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Real milk from real cows

March 30, 2010

Milk – we LOVE it. Now there’s milk and there’s milk. I’m talking about reaaaalll milk – fresh from the cow. Now there are cows and there are cows and I’m talking about reaaallll cows – the ones that graze on beautiful green grass under the sun and aren’t fed rubbish like corn, M & Ms and potato chips, and that aren’t injected with antibiotics and hormones. Real milk from real cows is sooo good.

Sadly, raw milk is illegal in Australia. Thankfully, there are loopholes and we can buy it as bathmilk “for cosmetic use only” or through herdshare where you buy a share in a herd (usually for $10) which legally entitles you to the milk. We get the most divine “real” biodynamic herdshare milk through Food Connect (a community sustainable agriculture organisation).

Milk solved my gall stone issues. After ten years of liver flushing and other natural therapies and still refusing to have my GB removed, I met someone who said his gall stones had stopped bothering him once he started drinking raw milk. I tried it and I have not been bothered by my gallstones since and it has been 7 years now. (In 1994, at age 24, I had a massive gall bladder attack that left me unable to walk for a week and I refused the operation to remove my GB).

Once upon a time, there were raw milk sanitoriums – where people went for treatment for all kinds of ailments and illnesses including TB. There are issues with raw milk which is part of the reason why pasteurised milk came into being but the issues were to do with the conditions the cows were kept in and the way the milk was stored and distributed. Fresh, raw milk from healthy pasture fed cows has enough beneficial bacteria in it to counteract any bad bacteria. Pasteurisation kills off everything including enzymes such as phosphatase which is essential for the absorption of calcium (and people wonder why osteoporosis is so rampant these days??).¬†Pasteurised milk goes off (rancid) whereas raw milk simply lacto-ferments and goes sour. If we don’t get through all our milk in time and it goes sour – we simply put it in our smoothies.

Anyway, the story of milk is long and involved and as with most of the food industry, it is extremely political and in my opinion, extremely corrupt. For me, it solved a problem that had plagued me for more than ten years. Real milk for real health.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne permalink
    September 3, 2011 12:27 pm


    Great info, how much raw milk did you drink a day to get over the gallstones? Can you let me know via email as I don’t know how to get back to feeds to read reply’s.

    Thanks again for your info.

  2. July 11, 2012 10:30 am

    I was wondering the same thing how much did you have to drink ? Where did you find this out from. I have had gallbladder attacks for over 2 years now and one year I was attack free I did drink a lot of raw milk that year and now I wonder if that could have ad an effect?

    • July 11, 2012 9:49 pm

      Sarah, I don’t think raw milk was the only factor that settled my gall bladder and stopped the attacks but it certainly coincided with the attacks ceasing. At the same time as I took up raw milk, I started eating meat again after 17 years of veganism/vegetarianism. I heard about raw milk helping gall bladders from the owner of a health food shop. He said raw milk had helped his symptoms. I’d been having lots of attacks and couldn’t do the liver flushing anymore. When I started drinking raw milk, the attacks settled down. Now, fat is a really important part of my diet. It’s been 8 years and as long as I eat a traditional, unprocessed, whole food diet, my gall bladder does not trouble me. I do feel the odd twinge or “fullness” from time to time but no attacks. I’ve read that gluten can be a trigger too. It’s all about trial and error. Digestive enzymes (hydrochloric acid and betaine) really helped me as I have low stomach acid from all my years of a low protein diet.You’re welcome to email me ( if you want to talk more about this. Otherwise, the Weston Price Australia yahoo group could be a helpful place to get support too. Good luck on your journey.

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