In March, I went out and purchased raw milk from a local organic grass-fed farm. I was truly hesitant because when I tried it just over a year ago I wound up with an upper respiratory infection (URI) within 24 hours of drinking it. And it took for what seemed like forever to get rid of it.
At the time I wasn’t aware of the A1 and A2 breed of cows until I researched raw milk and URI. That’s when I found Dr. Mercola’s article about “The Devil in the Milk” and “Avoid drinking pasteurized milk until you learn the shocking details“.
“However, some people may still experience problems, such as upper respiratory congestion, when drinking raw milk, and the difference between the breeds of cows the milk comes from appears to hold the answer.”
After reading that I researched what breed of cows the farm had when I got sick and they had a mix of A1 and A2 cows. That explained it. But I wasn’t up for trying raw milk again until now.
That’s because my health has truly suffered over the years because of my diet choices (taking full responsibility for my actions here). Because my body literally reacts to so much, I’ve been free of: dairy for a very long time, gluten for years and soy for about a year. If there was anything I was good at, it was eliminating food from my diet.
I honestly thought eating 100% raw food, vegan and plant based was the answer to better health. But for me, it caused the opposite effect because I eliminated the one thing that my body actually required…meat. And I had removed it a lot from 2007 until 2018. But I started to notice the changes in my health in 2012.
Changes like low red blood cell counts, estrogen dominance, nutritional deficiencies (low Vitamin D, B12…), the beginning stages of cataracts, hot flashes, anemia, candida, thyroid problems and I now have a higher risk of endometrial cancer.
After doing some research, I found that taking probiotics to help fix the gut could solve a lot of problems like yeast, even my allergies to food. Since raw milk is full of natural probiotics I thought I would make raw yogurt to enhance the effects because I believe as Hippocrates did that food is our medicine.
But that first glass of milk was absolutely delicious…after I got past my fear of drinking it raw. This farm has strictly A2 Jersey cows and I had only one reaction during the first week. There’s an itchy spot on my thumb knuckle that suddenly appeared. I’ve had this before but since I’ve been off dairy for quite a few years, I attribute it to that.
But I’ve noticed something that I didn’t expect…I got energized by the milk which tells me it’s healing. It made me feel naturally happy. And because of that, I’m willing to keep this in my diet. That was until week three.
Week three I started experiencing itching sporadically on my chest, stomach and neck. I was getting bloated right after eating raw yogurt. But I felt I should stick with it.
After doing some research, I learned that because I likely have bad gut bacteria and with recently learning that there’s a candida problem in my body, that this could be what’s called “die off“.
“Probiotic bacteria are active against yeast, harmful bacteria, and fungi. When someone introduces probiotics in the form of a supplement or fermented food, harmful microorganisms will start to die. This die-off can create gas and a feeling of being bloated. Especially fungi can create much gas in the gut. However, gas production does not happen quickly. When you have your next meal, gas produced from the previous meal is most often the cause of feeling bloated.“
Not gonna lie, I thought about throwing in the towel on this one. But where I stand, the good far outweigh the bad. For instance, I’ve noticed in the first three weeks that:
- I sleep much harder and a little longer now.
- My nails are growing and not breaking as much as they used to.
- My body is starting to warm up a little bit.
- My hair doesn’t appear to be falling out as much.
- And my teeth seem a bit less sensitive.
Based on that I’m going to keep going knowing that the bloating and itching here and there will eventually cease. Unless it doesn’t and I find out it’s more of an allergy to the milk instead.
And as an FYI, I also just started taking food grade diatomaceous earth and oil of oregano to kill the yeast and any other bacteria and fungi that don’t belong. This will allow the probiotics in the raw milk to repopulate the gut with healthy bacteria.
I will continue to post my own findings and experiences with raw milk as I go along. So stay tuned. And if you’ve got a raw milk success story you’d like to share…I’m all ears.
UPDATE 4-26-2019: After a little over a month, I’ve had to remove raw dairy completely because it started making me tired, caused itchy patches on my skin and was triggering inflammation in my body. This is likely due to a sluggish liver, candida overgrowth (which it was contributing to) and unhealthy gut bacteria. Once I’ve solved these issues, I will revisit and try it again.