Where can I find real milk products?

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I found a local person that sells me real milk right from her own cow! This site has listings for sources of real milk all over the US and even in other countries

My milk is raw and unpasteurized (and non-homogenized). I recognize there is a lot of controversy associated with milk and even more with raw unpasteurized milk.

Some people feel cow's milk and dairy products are not healthy for humans. On the other hand, some groups feel cow's milk is an ideal food - as long as it is raw and non-homogenized. And of course, the "official position" is that raw milk is not fit for human consumption or commercial sale, while ultra-pasteurized, homogenized, irradiated milk is perfectly fine - as long as it is reduced fat (which mine is certainly not).

What's my opinion? I disagree, to some extent, with all these views.

First, I obtain raw, unpasteurized milk, which certainly rubs a number of government agencies the wrong way. Then I proceed to boil my milk, which certainly causes an uproar among those who are campaigning for raw milk. And finally, I take a "perfectly good" predominantly plant-based diet and add animal protein plus saturated fat (whole milk) to it. This makes another group of nutritionists crazy. (In another article, I'll go into some detail on why saturated fat is not always 100% bad.)

My "radical" approach to milk goes even further. Not only do I start with whole milk, I add some additional ghee (clarified butter) to it!

I actually follow a precise Ayurvedic procedure for preparing my milk where I boil it with saffron, and then I add turmeric, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon (plus the ghee) as it cools. 

In fact, my approach isn't really radical at all. It's right out of the thousands of years old tradition of Ayurveda. Not only does Ayurveda have tradition behind it, it is amassing some modern scientific research in support of its practices. 

However, I rarely offer up advice that is straight out of an Ayurvedic text book. My experience with the ancient texts leads me to feel that all the knowledge contained therein is not fully understood at this time. If it was, for example, Hindus would be among the healthiest ethnic groups in the world. So far I cannot find evidence in support of this. (If you know of some good research on this topic, please send me a link.)

Ayurveda contains a wealth of knowledge, but I think most would agree that deciphering the exact meaning of the ancient sanskrit texts and then applying that wisdom to our current modern circumstances is a challenge.

Ayurveda does have the rare benefit of a living tradition. The value of this cannot be understated. However, over time, the original knowledge may have become slightly distorted. It is likely that today's Ayurvedic tradition includes some practices that are out of sync with what the ancient masters would have sanctioned.

For that reason, I use a system of cross checks. I try to validate each Ayurvedic practice with some supporting evidence from modern science as well as my own experience.

In addition to Ayurveda, I focus on macronutrients and micronutrients and I pay a lot of attention to things such as peroxidation of lipids. (With a name like freeradicalfederation.com, would you expect anything less than an obsession with lipid peroxidation?) These concepts are all mostly absent from Ayurveda.

The Ayurvedic approach to milk has proven to have great value for me. But I don't obtain and prepare my milk the way I do simply because Ayurveda recommends it. I do it because there is a lot of modern evidence supporting this approach.

Contrast this with the common Ayurvedic recommendation to favor white rice. This recommendation may have merit for some people with weak digestion, but so far I have not found it to be a valid recommendation for most healthy people in today's society. Modern nutritional research says that whole grain rice is higher in fiber and nutrients. (Some followers of Ayurveda seem to think that white basmati rice is an unrefined whole grain. I have searched high and low for such a thing as unrefined whole grain white basmati rice and I do not think it exists!) The most nutritious rice is whole grain brown rice, provided you digest it well. (Rather than stray too far from the topic of this article, I'll save my comments on the rice controversy for another article.)

And speaking of controversies, I originally had no idea that this site was connected with the Weston A. Price Foundation. I guess that foundation isn't all bad ;) If you have read any of my recent articles on nutrition, you know that I jumped into a debate between Joel Fuhrman and a follower/supporter of Weston Price. I did not realize this post would connect with that debate at all, but there was the Weston A. Price Foundation again, where I least expected it. (Because I have mentioned the Weston A. Price Foundation so many times in this post, I have to mention that I cannot recommend their dietary principles to anyone! Read Joel Fuhrman's blog articles on the topic and read The China Study and don't be fooled by the Weston A. Price Foundation.)

Back to the point: in this post I mainly wanted to let people know about the resource I found for obtaining real milk. Finding this resource was very, very important to me, so I hope my link to it helps someone else.

 

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I wish you good luck in

I wish you good luck in raising your own cow. Where do you live? If you are serious about raising your own cow, please send me an email through the contact page on this blog.

Regarding references for boiling milk, you can see "Heaven's Banquet: The Maharishi Ayurveda Cookbook" by Hospodar. On page 487 the author says, "Ayurveda recommends boiling milk before drinking. Unboiled milk increases Kapha."

I have also have personal communication with several ayurvedic physicians who recommend boiling milk. Boiling milk does not do the same thing as ultra-pasteurization. Ultra-pasteurized milk is basically dead. You can compare for yourself and I'm sure you will see that boiled milk is not the same as ultra-pasteurized milk.

Another reference is "Ayurvedic Healing Cuisine" by Johari. On page 22 he says, "Boiling milk makes it easier to digest." However, in another paragraph, he also recommends drinking milk straight from the cow while it is still warm. So apparently, Johari believes good quality raw milk is OK and that boiled milk is easier to digest.

Johari says cows should not be milked while pregnant. But milk taken between 21 and 120 days after delivery is especially good.

Johari also makes comments that electric milking machines are not good. Cows should be milked by hand. Incidently, in my research on ghee, I found that it is possible to get ghee here in the US that is made from hand-churned butter. (Most butter - even organic -- is made by an extrusion process rather than hand-churned.)

Hmm, I didnt know ayurveda

Hmm, I didnt know ayurveda recommends about boiling milk. Can you cite a source for this?

We do the same thing here, because my mom gets raw milk directly from the stables, but it is boiled. And I am quite skeptical about boiling it. The reason I live with it is because I am not raising my own cow (so far)
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I plan to update my article

I plan to update my article on obtaining real milk because the only source in my area "dried up." I was lucky to find an alternative, but it is a different type of milk. I will post a new article describing the new product because it is widely available and it might interest you.