The Medical Cure You've Never Heard of
This is a story for the archives….I am not certain what I think about it. I am not advocating anyone try it, but it may have some merit. Currently, unpasteurized milk is being seized and sellers being jailed due to concerns about foodbourne illness. This story is the other side of the coin, possibly.
In 1929, Mayo Clinic’s Dr. J. R. Crewe wrote an article about the miraculous healing abilities of raw, grass-fed milk.
His protocol for the “Milk Cure” was simple – put patients on bed rest and feed them nothing but a couple of gallons of milk a day.
The milk Dr. Crewe was speaking of was the unpasteurized, non-homogenized, rich-in-butterfat milk of heritage-breed, pasture-raised cows.
The results were so “uniformly excellent” his words, that they changed Crew’s entire “conception of disease and its alleviation” and inspired him to open a sanitarium where he used raw milk almost exclusively in the treatment of all kinds of disease.
His 1929 article, “The Milk Cure,” became the subject of two subsequent books and quoted an earlier medical textbook of the day, suggesting he was not the only doctor of his time using milk as medicine.
“For more than 16 years I have conducted a small sanitarium where milk is used almost exclusively in the treatment of various diseases,” Crewe wrote in Certified Milk Magazine. “The results have been so regularly satisfactory that I have naturally become enthusiastic and interested in this method of treating disease. We used good Guernsey milk, equal to 700 calories to the quart.”
Crewe and his colleagues used the milk cure to treat countless conditions, including tuberculosis, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, diseases of the nervous system, diabetes, anemia, obesity and underweight patients.
“Striking results are seen in diseases of the heart and kidneys and high blood pressure,” he wrote. “Patients with cardiac disease respond splendidly without medication.”
“One patient reduced from 325 pounds to 284 in two weeks, on four quarts of milk a day, while her blood pressure was reduced from 220 to 170.”
“One patient with very advanced cardiac and nephritic disease lost over thirty pounds of edema in six weeks. One would expect the large quantities of fluid would increase the edema but the above experience has been repeated many times in lesser degrees.”
Crewe spoke of the “worst case of psoriasis” he’d ever seen: “This boy was literally covered from head to foot with scales. We put him on a milk diet and in less than a month he had a skin like a baby’s.”
He also spoke of a “very sick” diabetic man: “As milk contains about five percent milk sugar, it was feared that he could not manage this amount of sugar. But he did manage it, and improved in every way, and in eight weeks was sugar free”
“A professor of surgery in one of our state universities once said to me, ‘Since I have used your method in preparing prostate cases, I have had most excellent results and no mortality.’” Crewe wrote. “I replied that if he had continued the treatment a little longer, he would not need to operate. All infections of the urinary tract are greatly improved by this treatment.”
Crewe received a letter from a soldier quarantined in a government hospital with tuberculosis. He’d heard about Crewe’s method from a former patient and was doing so well on it he’d inspired several other patients in the ward to try it.
“The patients had to buy their own milk and received no encouragement from the hospital authorities,” he said.
Crewe said he even had a number of patients who used the raw milk fast as a beauty treatment: “The tissues become firmer and the general appearance is markedly improved.”
“It is well known that there is no time in the life of practically any mammal, but especially of the human, when the body is so beautiful and perfect as during the period when milk is the only food,” Crewe writes.
“The Arabs are said (Encyclopedia Brittanica) to be the finest race, physically, in the world. Their diet consists mostly of milk and milk products with fruits and vegetables, and some meat,” he adds.
“The treatment of various diseases over a period of 18 years with a practically exclusive milk diet has convinced me personally that the most important single factor in the cause of disease, and in the resistance to disease, is food. I have seen so many instances of the rapid and marked response to this form of treatment that nothing could make me believe this is not so.”
Despite its success “The Milk Cure,” it has since been long forgotten. The Weston A. Price Foundation speculates two reasons for this: 1. Mainstream milk is no longer a medicinal super-food, it’s a disease-causing, denatured, highly processed product of factory farming. 2. The medical industry can’t make any money from it.
“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,” Crewe noted. Due to the vast changes of the Earth’s soil and the over processing, not to mention modifications of crops it is very much in question as to whether it is possible to obtain these results today. It is interesting to note that, as always, food has the capability to cure all types of seemingly unrelated disorders. I have always known that all “diseases” are in fact deficiencies of nutrients. This story certainly substantiates that. Next week join me for a discussion about anxiety and the great gift it may be.