Raw Milk: It’s Good for You, Right? : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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So what is the deal with raw milk… All good? All Bad? Or somewhere in between…

I probably address raw milk about every 5-6 months, but today I feel like the time is right for another commentary on it…

In this article (Q & A), I will share my thoughts on raw milk as well as how to deal with back acne when it comes up unexpectedly.

Let’s get into it right now…

Hi Kevin, what is your opinion on Raw Milk? Thank you, Olga

Hey Olga, I’ve written and spoken about raw milk before in the past. Here and here and here.

My opinion — which has evolved a bit — is that many people cannot digest either lactose or the casein in any milk product — raw or not. On the other hand, some people can. This may be due to strong digestion, good flora, genetics or other factors I’m unaware of. So, ultimately, I don’t think cow’s milk — raw or not — is the best form of dairy if you choose to eat it.

Goat’s kefir was a fantastic tool for me to use to get my health back on the right track. I have a feeling it was a combination of the proteins, vitamin A, essential fats and microflora that helped — but I have no tangible data to support that.

I just know that the inclusion of this into my diet increased my energy, adjusted my hormones, raised my cholesterol and brought my blood work back closer to optimal.

So I think — based on my experience and that of others — is the best way to drink raw milk is to ferment it and turn it into kefir or yogurt. This way you will be able to get some of the nutrients provided in it as well as eliminate a good deal of the lactose and break down some of the casein (the bacteria do this.)

With that said, goat’s kefir was a transitional tool for me. While it helped eliminate some of the acne that I was getting on my back and face, I started to feel like I didn’t need it anymore and noticed that it gave me a distinct type of pimple on my cheeks.

I’ve stopped eating dairy since (maybe once every 4-6 months), but have included some local eggs and wild seafood into my diet with success. So, basically, I’m not opposed to fermented raw milk, but I’m not so hot on straight dairy. Lactose is lactose and you have to make sure your dairy has A-2 casein (a protein that is easier to absorb.)

Another other issue, these days in Northern California, some of the dairy is still registering with detectable levels of Cesium which is radioactive fallout from Japan. I know that sounds like stuff from a sci-fi movie and I’m not a fear-monger, but this is a real concern. Chances are if you live far away from Nor-Cal and are getting local dairy, this won’t be a problem.

Two more things…

Be careful of the advocates that say you can eat as much raw dairy as you want. Don’t get carried away with this. Be sensible to yourself, your health and our animal friends by taking a less is better approach.

And finally, there are studies that exist and do not support the consumption of dairy. But do keep in mind these studies do not include raw, pasture fed dairy animals. I find it hard to group all dairy into one large group like this. You wouldn’t call a factory farm raised piece of lettuce the same as an organically grown, local leaf, would you?

So the same applies to dairy.

Eat good, organically grown food, get your blood tested and make improvements from there. Don’t freak out about what the experts tell you because many of them can’t even read a blood test or figure out that sometimes certain things don’t work for everyone.

Your blood is your compass, so use it as best you can.

What about the breakouts on my back?

So my question is this, I still experience an occasional breakout here and there as well as on my back like you said you had a few times. Im still a strapping lad in my early 30s with an extremely healthy lifestyle. So its kind of a mystery to me. Im pretty well hydrated and ive also started consuming raw dairy from a local farm to help with healthy gut flora. (I know you’ve touched on that as well) its helped with general wellbeing and my strength in the gym. – Paul

Hey Paul, you strapping lad, back acne is not fun — believe me, I know from experience.

In the past, I had it in high school and this was likely related to two things:

1. My hormones.
2. My addiction to cheese.

I had a recurrence of back acne a few years ago that was directly related to my hormones and my diet experiments. This was strictly a hormone issue.

So, for your situation, I’d recommend two things. First, and least expensive, is to eliminate the dairy and see if that gets rid of it. If you’ve had the back acne before that — when you weren’t consuming dairy — then this may not apply. But if it started after, then you may have a culprit. A two week, dairy free diet should be sufficient to determine if this is a factor.

Secondly, I’d have your hormones and cholesterol checked. I’d specifically test your pregnenolone, your testosterone and your DHEA — and with your cholesterol, make sure you get an entire blood lipid profile that includes HDL, LDL and low density LDL as well. Any abnormality in these tests may explain the issues with your back — including low cholesterol.

Chances are you’re deficient in some of these markers and getting your hormones back in check as well as adding some good essential fatty acids into your diet (algae or marine animal source) should help you out.

Let us know if this helps, we sure hope it does!

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Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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