Raw Milk & Kefir (Video Library)Submitted by stillwater on Sat, 03/05/2011 - 10:08
This post is the second installment in a series of posts I am creating on the subject of fermented foods and beverages. The first post in this series was on Kombucha Tea.
In this post we will learn about the health benefits of raw milk, and how these benefits may be substantially increased by fermenting it into kefir(also known as "the champagne of milk"). In the “Introductory Videos” section, Mark McAfee, founder of Organic Pastures Dairy, gives an excellent overview on the subject of raw milk. The "Raw Milk & Kefir Testimonials" section is quite extensive and provides a broad sampling of the experiences people have had with both raw milk and kefir. I have placed the kefir videos towards the end of the post after the section with Mark McAfee's presentations. While watching the videos, it may be helpful to keep in mind the difference between milk kefir grains and water kefir grains. Milk kefir grains primarily feed on lactose and water kefir grains feed on sugar (sucrose, glucose, etc.). Also, milk kefir grains may be used to culture non-dairy mediums such as coconut water but they will only propagate in milk. Water kefir grains will culture non-dairy products such as coconut water or juices but will not do well in milk. The term "kefir" originally referred to the milk kefir grains which came from the Caucasus Mountains in Russia, but is now often used when describing water grains or tibicos as well. As you will see in the videos, when left out long enough, milk kefir will eventually separate into curds and whey. The whey may then be used to culture vegetables. This process will be covered in a future post.
At this point, the post primarily covers milk kefir but I may add some additional info in the future on the health benefits of coconut water and coconut water kefir.
Best of Health~
Real Milk Cures Many Diseases - Article by Dr. J. R. Crewe
”The following is an edited version of an article by Dr. J. R. Crewe, of the Mayo Foundation, forerunner of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, published in Certified Milk Magazine, January 1929. We are grateful to Dr. Ron Schmid, ND of Middlebury, CT for unearthing this fascinating piece. The "Milk Cure" was the subject of at least two books by other authors, written subsequently to Dr. Crewe's work. The milk used was, in all cases, the only kind of milk available in those days—raw milk from pasture-fed cows, rich in butterfat. The treatment is a combination of detoxifying fast and nutrient-dense feeding. Note that Crewe quotes William Osler, author of a standard medical textbook of the day. Thus, this protocol was an orthodox, accepted therapy in the early 1900s. Today the Mayo Clinic provides surgery and drug treatments, but nothing as efficacious and elegant as the Milk Cure.”
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“For fifteen years the writer has employed the certified milk treatment in various diseases and during the past ten he had a small sanitarium devoted principally to this treatment. The results obtained in various types of disease have been so uniformly excellent that one's conception of disease and its alleviation is necessarily changed. The method itself is so simple that it does not greatly interest most doctors and the main stimulus for its use is from the patients themselves.
To cure disease we should seek to improve elimination, to make better blood and more blood, to build up the body resistance. The method used tends to accomplish these things. Blood conditions rapidly improve and the general condition and resistance is built up and recovery follows.
In several instances, Osler (Principles and Practices of Medicine, by William Osler, MD eighth edition) speaks of milk as being nothing more than white blood. Milk resembles blood closely and is a useful agent for improving and making new and better blood. Blood is the chief agent of metabolism. Milk is recognized in medical literature almost exclusively as a useful food and is admitted to be a complete food.” Continued...
What is Kefir? - Article by Egon Skovmose
“In November 1881 the German naturalist Eduard Kern reported to Botanic Society in St. Petersburg about a mysterious beverage, which was exclusive common to the higher regions of the Caucasus and said to assure the inhabitants of this area good health and a very long life expectancy.
This beverage is kefir, a fermented milk product whose particular features is that in addition to lactic fermentation it also undergoes alcoholic fermentation caused by the presence of yeast, which yields this sourish, yeasty, sparkling, refreshing end product.
Kefir is not only a very valuable tasty, physiologically nutritional milk product it is said to be a “miracle” product.
Research conducted by East European institutes has proven that there is something to the reputation of kefir. In Rumania where research has been carried out by Professor Dr. Asian on the causes of old age, the effect of kefir on prolonging life is being studied. According to gerontologist at the Genatric Centre of Suchumi (former USSR) the importance of kefir has not yet been completely recognized. The general opinion is that the life-prolonging effect is to be attributed to certain components of the kefir grains. Continued...
Kefir - Article from probiotic.org
“Kefir is a milk-based beverage that is made by fermenting milk (goat, cow, sheep) with kefir grains and is rich in both enzymes and beneficial bacteria. This beverage is made with the kefir culture, and this culture is more commonly referred to as a “grain.” Kefir “grains” are comprised of lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, and polysaccharides. The live bacteria and yeast found in kefir grains are friendly microorganisms that not only aid the digestive system but also help strengthen the intestines and resist the growth or harmful bacteria or pathogens.” Continued...
The Truth about Raw Milk with Mark McAfee from Organic Pastures - “This video takes a look at the history or milk and provides an easy to understand comparison between raw milk and pasteurized/homogenized milk.”
From Grass to Glass - This clip shows how Organic Pastures brings raw milk to its customers.
Mark McAfee on Raw Milk - “Mark McAfee excerpt from We Are What We Eat The Movie
The Two Raw Milks in America - Mark McAfee compares dairies where cows are raised on green pastures to conventional dairies where cows are raised in unsanitary feed lots.
Organic Raw Milk & Genetic Diversity - Abundant Harvest Organics interviews Mark McAfee
Is Raw Milk Right For You? - “Natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola wants you to learn from his personal experiences with raw milk and how you can apply it to all health recommendations you receive.” He mentions that he is not able to take raw milk but in a later video he mentions using raw milk(possibly sheep’s milk) in his healthy breakfast recipe.
Lew Rockwell interviews Mark McAfee - (The Lew Rockwell Show, Podcast #298)(08/03/2012)
Raw Milk & Kefir Testimonials
Real Milk Testimonials (pdf format) - “These testimonials on the health benefits of raw milk and raw milk products were selected from a collection compiled in January/February 2007. Over 200 written testimonials were generated in response to an incident in Michigan in 2006.”
Raw Milk and SB 201 - “Information about senate bill 201 and how it affects consumer choice.” Includes some testimonials.
Kefir Cures - EarthClinic.com
Raw Milk Testimonials - From rejoiceinlife.com
Raw Milk Video Testimonial - Brisbane, Australia
Raw Goats' Milk Testimonials - From welltellme.com
Kefir Testimonials - From welltellme.com
PRESENTATIONS GIVEN BY MARK MCAFEE
Dr. Mercola Interviews Mark McAfee about Raw Milk - "Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews one of the leaders in the raw milk movement, Mark McAfee, about being in one of the largest producers of raw milk in the United States and how to educate the public about its importance."
Mark McAfee talks about Raw-Milk - “On 10/29/08 Mark McAfee, owner of Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno Cal., came down to speak at the first Weston Price Foundation Chapter meeting here in San Diego. It was a very good lecture and well worth the time to watch it.”
The Raw Milk Controversy: Fact & Fiction -“A conversation between Dr. Dale Jacobson, D.C. and Mark McAfee, owner of Organic Pastures Dairy Company, in Nevada City California on June 23, 2007.”
Chapter 1, Part 1
Chapter 1, Part 2
Chapter 1, Part 3
Chapter 2, Part 1
Are you doing Immune System Push-ups? - Mark McAfee speaks to a Von James Extreme Burn exercise group.
Homemade Kefir - Presented by Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist.
Kefir Grains - Milk kefir grains vs. water kefir grains
Coconut Milk Kefir
Making Coconut Milk
Milk Kefir - Presented by Steve Jacobson, Cultured Probiotics
Making Milk Kefir for both Probiotic Benefit and Taste
Coconut Water Kefir
How to Make Milk Kefir - Presented by Julie from CulturesforHealth. Good presentation but not made with raw milk.
Raw Milk Kefir using Kefir Grains - LifeWithLivingFood
Best Post Workout Drink: Kefir - Presented by Dane Miller, GarageStrength.com
Kefir in the Kitchen - Presented by Jeff Wahlen.
How to Make Milk Kefir - KefirMaker
A Campaign for Real Milk - RealMilk.com (a project of The Weston A. Price Foundation)
What is Real Milk?
Where can I find Real Milk?
Fresh, Unprocessed (Raw) Whole Milk:
Safety, Health and Economic Issues
The Health Benefits Raw Milk: What the Science Says - Power Point pdf for Sally Fallon Morell’s presentation at the 2010 Raw Milk Symposium in Madison, WI
What is RAW USA? - A good general guideline of what to look for in a dairy that sells raw milk.
Dom’s Kefir Site - Probably the most comprehensive collection of information about kefir on the web. (Caution: I would advise obtaining kefir grains elsewhere as many people have reported not receiving their orders from Dom.)
Dom’s Yahoo Kefir Making List
Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm (Video Library)
Global Gardener (Video Library) - Permaculture, Forest Gardening, Urban Gardening, etc.
Natural Sequence Farming (Video Library) - Peter Andrews and his system of Natural Sequence Farming for converting salt-ravaged properties into fertile, drought-resistant pastures.
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