Raw milk has been in the human diet since the beginning. We feed it to our babies (breast milk is raw human milk), and chances are your grandparents and great grandparents drank raw milk either from a cow or goat. God listed milk and honey to be abundant in the promised land. Peoples around the world today consume raw milk in large quantities…so why does it scare us?
We’ve been indoctrinated. From childhood we saw the word pasteurized on our prized milk carton as we went to grab a glass to go with our cookies, cereal, or donuts. Most of us didn’t even know what RAW milk meant the first time we saw the word. We read of the horrors of people who died from contaminated raw milk in the 1800’s and early 1900’s and how tuberculous spread through raw milk, thus pasteurization was born and quickly became popular.
What we aren’t told is that the milk that killed so many was from sick cows, in crowded quarters, fed less than an ideal diet…these cows were eating leftover grain sludge from the breweries that made alcohol. No, this they do not tell us.
Why WE drink raw milk:
First we believe God gave us milk in raw form to nourish our bodies and act as a medicinal food.
Second our eldest son was diagnosed with asthma when he was a toddler. He spent most of his infant years hooked up to a nebulizer, receiving breathing treatments up to 6 times a day to keep him out of the hospital…and he spent many days in the hospital. Eventually they switched him to an inhaler as he grew. Every year he spent time in the hospital or ER for some kind of pulmonary problem. I read about a study that was done is Europe that showed raw milk protected children from asthma. The last time my son got pneumonia, I was done.
I was done with the daily meds, and rescue medication. Done with the endless Dr. appts, and hospital and ER visits at 2 am because he can’t breathe and 105 temperatures. We drank raw milk here and there for years. But it was hard to get when we lived in NC at it was illegal and I had to buy it from a bordering state. Not cost effective. When we moved to FL, it was available but at $11 a gallon it didn’t really fit into our budget as easily as the $6 organic milk. But I couldn’t take it anymore and we made the switch to raw only.
We stopped drinking milk as a beverage and treated it as a living food. Instead of giving my kids 16 ounces of milk every day, they each received 6 ounces every morning. That was it. I still made our yogurt from the cheaper organic milk for a several months. Now that we live in CT, raw milk is abundant and even sold in stores. It isn’t cheap at $13 a gallon, but it is the only thing we buy…even for our yogurt making. We consume less milk now than ever but the quality of the milk we drink is top notch. The good news: my son didn’t get ill for the first time this past winter. He is also off of all of his asthma meds. None.
I realize raw milk isn’t for everyone. I simply present this information and our story so you can see the other side of the milk story. I know some of you would love to drink raw milk but simply can’t source it or afford it. That’s okay. God is our provider and protector, we trust in Him, not our food choices. Simply buy the best food you can afford and God has made available to you.
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