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After 20 Years of Lactose Intolerance, The Joy of Finding Raw Milk

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The Kind of Letter That Gives Me Hope for the Future

Recently, I received the following email. It is a wonderful testimony about the power of raw milk to change a life.

Hello Kimberly,

I’m writing to inquire about the local Weston A Price Foundation chapter that you lead.  I’m entirely new to the foundation…I’ve been hearing about it at a local homeopathic study group that I’ve been attending since May. At first it sounded bizarre but the more I listened, the more it started making sense (just like homeopathy).

Then I tried, for the first time, some raw milk and it just blew me away.  In fact, I’ve never liked milk much and I’ve been lactose-intolerant for the past 20 years. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing about raw milk so I drank one-third of my half gallon the night I brought it home. Amazingly - no problems at all.

In fact, I woke up the next morning with a strong craving for it. The next night I pushed the experiment further and ate a HUGE piece of cake with buttery frosting (this would normally put me in agony) and drank a BIG cup of the raw milk. I had not a single bit of discomfort. Truly astounding. And now, I can barely tolerate the soy milk and hemp drink I had been using in place of milk. Even my 2-1/2 year old, having tasted the raw milk just once, is STILL asking for it (2 weeks later).

Anyhow, I’m wondering what the local chapter does, how I can get more involved, deepen my understanding and put the foundation’s principles into practice.

Thank you -

Chris Downey

Chris Downey’s websites are the Vaccine Ingredients Calculator and the open source project that produces the software.

He is a supporter and volunteer for the National Vaccine Information Center.

Note from Kimberly:

Here is the blog post, Yummy Raw Milk, Chris did after sending me this letter about his first experience with raw milk. I wrote Chris back and suggested he join our Northern Virginia Whole Foods Nutrition meetup group, which is what our local chapter uses to do outreach and education. I highly recommend WAPF chapter leaders to use meetup.com for organizing your events and activism. See my article about How Meetup is Helping us Grow WAPF on Cheeseslave.com.

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  1. My husband has had a similar healing. Since high school he suffered lactose intolerance with bloating, stomach pain and diarrhea. As soon as it came on the market, he would drink lactose-reduced milk from the store and purchase enzyme tablets to allow him to digest any milk he came into contact with. Forgetting a tablet before a single slice of cheese or sip of milk caused him problems for hours.

    About a year ago we found a raw milk provider (it is also a2 milk, for those familiar with that terminology) and began drinking that milk and using it in food preparation exclusively. When hubby ran out of his lactaid pills, he didn’t buy more, and found he didn’t even need them!

    Now, at age 50, he is able to drink a big mug of hot cocoa with no stomach upset at all. He says it makes him feel like a kid again! I don’t know if the credit belongs to the raw milk or the a2 component, but for now I don’t care, we’re just so happy that such a healthy, real food is back in our diet!
    .-= Local Nourishment´s last blog ..Big River: A King Corn Companion =-.

  2. Our family has been drinking raw milk for nearly 2 months now; it took a long time to find a source since everything in my home state of WV is illegal. I was raised on raw milk, so it was like being young again for me. My husband took some coaxing. After our 3 boys saw their dad thoroughly enjoy his glass of milk, they all gave it a go. Now, the kids will drink only raw milk disliking pasteurized completely. My 5 year old who used to refuse to drink milk now asks for it!!

    BTW…our 13 yr old who has mild asthma has been able to stop all his medications since starting raw milk. That is enough reason for us!

  3. I loved this post. I found out last summer that my father-in-law, who has osteoporosis (actually now it’s just osteopinea — he’s gotten better) was drinking soy milk. He said he drank it because he could not digest milk. We know the damage soy does to bones and teeth! I told him about raw milk and he agreed to try it. He has been drinking raw milk ever since — he has no problems digesting it.

    He also had amazing results with drinking kefir. For years and years, he was on all kinds of medication for digestive problems, including very bad GERD. I gave my mother-in-law some kefir grains and she started making him daily kefir smoothies. He was able to go off all of his medications.
    .-= CHEESESLAVE´s last blog ..No Knead Sourdough Bread Success! =-.

  4. I love this! I am trying to convince some family members the importance of raw milk. Keep these success stories coming!
    .-= Meagan´s last blog ..Cinnamon Scones =-.

  5. Kimberly Hartke says:

    So excited to hear the news about your successes with raw milk. Cheeseslave, your Dad has come a long way, I remember you telling me how sick he was.

    Just keep those testimonies coming. Who needs to wait for science to prove it, when you have the truth!

  6. I used to get headaches, bad skin, acne and blocked up nose. Discovered it was milk, then I avoided milk during my formative years to produce a crammed jaw, then I discovered raw milk, and I now drink sometimes a liter a day of Guernsey or Goat milk. Every day, I notice my crowded teeth and this motivates me to do more to let others know about the benefits of raw milk and the tyranny that steals it from our kitchens.

  7. Terrance says:

    Raw milk gives me the same symptoms as pasteurized. I was tootin all the way home with terrible cramps. I’m staying away from milk in all forms, it just isn’t worth it….

  8. why cant we use lactaid for lactose intolerant? ive been taking it and it seems to help my stomach better.

  9. Kimberly Hartke says:

    Hi Mae, here is a site I found with side effects that you want to be on the lookout for:


    My blog tends to promote real food rather than pills or manufactured products to handle health issues. But, each of us needs to find our our solutions, with the guidance of trusted health providers and family. Glad you found something that works for you!

  10. Kathy Cawley says:

    I also discovered raw milk from some friends of mine and I absolutely love it and hope that I will be able to have it in my diet for the rest of my life. I am also interested in making raw milk kefir and am looking for a good source for the grains. I live in Alexandria, Va.

  11. I’m a regular sufferer of GERD, heartburn and indigestion and it’s painful and sometimes to the point of debilitating. I’ve had time when the pain has been so immense that I’ve almost fainted. And there is no real cure or treatment. What I’ve learnt is that it really about healthy eating and no overindulgence. So under the recommendation by a few online blogs I tried raw milk as an alternative and I also supplemented it with apples and honey. And you know what? It works really well for those ailments. So I must say that I support your message about raw milk and also the comments from some of the other posters/commentators.

  12. Oh milk has tons of benefits, especially for the teeth and bones. It’s ideal to give your child full glass of fresh milk everyday to ensure teeth growth and healthy smile. But there are also other sources of milk like pastries that have milk as one of the ingredients. Dairies are very healthy, too.


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