The Milk Cure in Action: Days 1-3

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

Memories are made of thisBack in 1929, Dr. J. R. Crewe MD of the Mayo Foundation, a forerunner of today’s Mayo Clinic, wrote an extensive article for Certified Milk Magazine about the curative effects of a raw milk fast.  The only milk available in those days was, of course, raw milk rich in butterfat from old fashioned cows grazing on unsprayed pastures – nothing like the highly processed store milk of today full of synthetic fortification, allergenic proteins and antibiotic and hormone residues.

The Milk Cure, as it was known, was an established, conventional therapy in the early part of the 20th century.  Due to its simplicity, however, many doctors had little interest for the Milk Cure.  Consequently, initiation of a raw milk fast typically came from patients themselves!

The Milk Cure is also the subject of at least 2 books.  In Principles and Practices of Medicine, by Dr. William Osler MD, pastured raw milk is referred to as “white blood”.  The reason is the close resemblance of milk to human blood and the stimulation milk consumption has on the body to make new and better blood.

The protocol for the Milk Cure is extremely simple.   Dr. Crewe write:

The patients are put at rest in bed and are given at half hour intervals small quantities of milk, totaling from five to ten quarts of milk a day. Most patients are started on three or four quarts of milk a day and this is usually increased by a pint a day.

The treatment is used in many chronic conditions but chiefly in tuberculosis, diseases of the nervous system, cardiovascular and renal conditions, hypertension, and in patients who are underweight, run-down, etc.

Patients with cardiac disease respond splendidly without medication. In patients who have been taking digitalis and other stimulants, the drugs are withdrawn. High blood pressure patients respond splendidly and the results in most instances are quite lasting. The treatment has been used successfully in obesity without other alimentation. 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. Some extremely satisfying results have been obtained in a few cases of diabetics.

The Milk Cure has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity as people increasingly seek nontoxic, noninvasive alternatives to the drugs and surgery approach of conventional medicine today.

The Milk Cure in Action

My friend, Paula Jager CSCS, who writes the fitness posts for this blog, recently told me that she was going to try the Milk Cure herself.   She initially planned to do a 5 day fast, but as of this writing she is on Day 9 and continuing with the fast until she feels the need to stop.

Paula has been sending me daily updates on her progress with the fast and I asked her if she would mind if I posted them on The Healthy Home Economist in case others were interested in the process for themselves. She agreed, so I will be posting her progress and observations in the coming days for you, dear reader, to read and analyze!

Day 1:  The purpose of my raw milk fast is more of a cleansing or detox intent although I did take a starting weight of 123.4 on 3/15.   Started off with 2 cups for breakfast at 7:30 am.  Felt fine all morning, hungry at 10:30 am so had 1 cup. Was hungry at noon and was time for a workout.  Energy was good though and did a light workout consisting of easy cardio and bodyweight exercises.  Drank 3 cups for “lunch” around 2:00.  3 pm and feeling fine, pleasantly full, no hunger pangs, no real feeling of deprivation from not chewing.  Drank every couple of hours and finished off the 3 quarts with about 2 ½ cups for dinner at 8:45 pm.  Went to bed at around 10 and slept as usual.

Day 2: woke up feeling a little hungry but not too bad.  Was concerned about elimination but everything went smoothly this morning.  Looked a little different, cream colored swirls in the usual brown color?  TMI but thought I would include it.  Rationed more appropriately today by consuming more for breakfast and early morning.  Energy levels have been good all day and I am honestly not hungry and thus far do not miss chewing.  I really do not feel any different at all today.  I have been very busy with work, all good and it has been nice to not have to cook and take time to eat.  So far, it seems really easy and I am not craving anything whatsoever.  Sarah was right; the milk has a pale beige color to it.  Seems extra creamy and delicious and 3 quarts seems to be a good amount for me so far.

Day 3: not hungry at all this am, weight holding consistent.  Slept very well last night but too soon to tell if related.  TMI again but “waste material” was even more cream colored this morning, not sure what this means but went smoothly.  Energy levels consistently good throughout the day and workout. Zero cravings or desire for additional food.  It’s like my body is craving this.


Days 4-6 to be posted tomorrow! Thank you, Paula, for sharing your journey with all of us!




Source: Real Milk Cures Many Diseases

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Comments (37)

  1. So I just watched this movie fat sick and nearly dead about a vegan juicing fast. This man looked and felt great by the end. I have been doing the WAP now for three mo and feel better but was inspired by his results. i looked on your website to find out more on fasting and came across this milk fast. Can I do both and I saw in an recent blog from you that one should stay away from raw kale and other veggies like them? Does the juicing book you recommend for Christmas talk about this? Thanks, Sara

  2. Before I ask my question – let me first tell you this. I understand the benefits of it – indeed I weaned my son onto it starting when he was one year old.

    I would love to do raw milk and raw milk products, but how do I get to the point where I like it (to me it has a terrible and strange smell and taste)?

    Did you like it right away?

    I’d appreciate comments from any and all!

    I have a hard time drinking it even with my nose plugged.

    • Well thanks Sarah for answering this question via email – you are right. I found a dairy that makes drops in my town who also sells in my town’s grocery. They have grass-fed Jersey cows and their milk has absolutely no unpleasant flavor whatsoever and I love it! So does my son. I’m so excited to start purchasing my milk and beef/poultry/pork products from them!

      I can’t wait to get their tallow so I can make your guilt-free french fry recipe!

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  4. In “The Miracle of Milk: How to use the milk diet Scientifically at Home”, the author, Bernarr Macfadden says to use the milk of holsteins because it has less fat. As a member of Weston A Price, we typically look for milk with more fat (Guernsey, Jersyey, Brown Swiss, etc.). But Macfadden suggests using holstein milk (less fat) because most people gain wait on the diet! The diet is recommended for many types of disorders, not for weight loss. So it will be very interesting to see if it works for the menopause spread”. Also, when doing the diet, one is to be in bed with no activity and I see that you have been working out etc. I am really looking forward to hearing how it all turns out.

    • Donna,

      About the Milk Diet, in “Raw Milk Cures Many Diseases”, the author, J. R. Crewe says:

      “For more than 16 years I have conducted a small sanitarium where milk is used almost exclusively in the treatment of various diseases. 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.”

      So… two doctors using two kinds of milk with success.

      This makes me think about the A1/A2 milk discussion… does it really matter?

  5. Sure wish she would use her energies to help the cause of legalizing raw milk rather than this self-centered venue. Just my opinion.
    Legal access to raw milk would offer truly unhealthy people to reap the benefits.
    How detoxed does one person need to be?

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  7. How much would you detox? Is it safe while nursing? I practically live on raw milk already (pretty much the only thing I have besides dinner and chocolate occasionally).

  8. This is very interesting. I have never considered a milk fast before but it makes sense after what I have been reading from the post and the comments. I have actually never been able to do a juice fast, it is not for me. Considering that the milk contains important fat and amino acids, (along with enzymes/minerals/vitamins of course), makes it so much better for a fast. It is definitely so much more complete than a juice.

  9. Pavil, The Uber Noob March 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I decided to start it over the weekend since my wife was on a retreat. So, this is day 3. I am delightfully surprised by the satiety – this is not difficult. Currently doing a cup every hour. A couple cups of milk come from the daily kefir harvest.

    I lightly spray some Magnesium on the shins and ingest a few drops of iodine with a cup of water. Also, still taking a heaping teaspoon daily of fermented cod liver oil blended with butter oil. Hopefully this should optimize milk digestion.

    I am also drinking a half gallon of water kefir daily – so getting plenty of fluids.


    PS: If this regimen kills me, I will let you know.

  10. I have also thought about doing the milk cure. My husband boys and I go through about 5 gallons of milk a week… which has come down from about 8 gallons a week when we got our milk from a different farmer for less. Of the 5 gallons, my husband and boys drink 3/4ths or more of it because I was never a milk lover. I am diabetic, and I know that doing the milk cure could help me so much (but I am actually stable right now, and have even begun to lose weight), BUT here’s the thing, milk makes me crave water. It’s sign I get from my body when there is too much sugar in whatever I am consuming. if I take a drink of milk, the sweet taste soon fades, and is replaced by a sour taste and and overpowering urge to wash it out with water. Again, this is how my body reacts to sugar, so what I am wondering is (if any other diabetics out there have done this) should I ignore this sign and proceed with the milk cure anyway, or should I abandon the idea altogether?

  11. Sarah, not that I don’t love milk, but what about doing the same “fast” with homemade kefir and yogurt? I’m thinking that would be a good thing and doable for people on the GAPS diet.

    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist March 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

      Hi Alpha, I don’t think fasting with kefir or yogurt would be a good an idea as the carb portion of milk (lactose) is used up by fermentation and this would drastically change the balance of nutrients consumed during the fast and likely affect outcome.

  12. Wow! Thanks for sharing (all of it)! I would love to try this. I have done Master Cleanser before, this sounds MUCH better – and Paula, I agree, nice to not have to think about/take time for cooking & eating (except I still need to do it for the family)! Where ever would I get that much milk? We’ll be milking one of our cows this summer, but I don’t think she’ll have enough for that, we’ll see! I can get some goat’s milk, but not sure how much AND they’re fed grains (at least some). Very interesting!

  13. Sarah and Paula, Do you take your daily vitamins and drink water too or “just” the milk? I’m very excited to learn more about this … I need a pick me up in a huge way! 😉
    Also, have you heard if it helps people with MS? Just wondering.
    Thanks for posting this info … I went to get a tall glass of raw milk as I was reading 😉

    • Hi Cara,

      I have drank some water but have found I am not nearly as thirsty and the milk seems to be more than satisfying my thirst. I took out all supplements and vitamins before starting the milk fast as I didn’t want anything to interfere with digestion.

  14. Please tell Paula it’s NOT too much information! We need to be in touch with every aspect of our body, and the appearance of bm’s can be very telling. I have been considering this fast for several years now, for diabetes. It sure would be great for some people who have used this fast successfully for diabetes to share their experience and results.

    The milk I get is not very rich, but according to Bernarr MacFadden, that is the kind of milk to use. I am in NC and buy “pet milk” for $3/gallon! The cows are not grass-fed however, so I’m not sure how good this milk is. I figure it must be better than store-bought stuff. Input, anyone?


  15. I read about the raw milk fast when I researching treatment for psoriasis, I have had severe psoriasis, now controlled by my diet, but I still have mild breakout. Reading this is giving me confidence that I could have completely clear skin again! Can’t wait to read the rest, thank you.

    • i also have psoriasis, how are you looking these days?
      and if u don’t mind me asking, what else has worked for u?
      All The Best – – –

  16. Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama March 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I’m assuming it would be ideal to do this once the milk in your area is from the best spring grass, right? That has not yet happened here. (I know it has for you.)

  17. I think that I could totally do this diet- but….I don’t know how I’d get so much milk! My cowshare is only for 1 gallon every week, and I’d need that much every day.

  18. This is so interesting. I had never heard of the milk fast before, but it makes good sense. It would seem that the fat and protein in it would be much more satisfying than the fruit or vegetable juice fasts I have heard of. Just reading about this makes me thirsty for milk.

  19. Very cool! I did a milk fast for 23 days around this time last year. It was definitely a testament to how much milk and I get along. You are definitely meant to drink quite a large amount of milk–I drank about 4 quarts per day. For the full benefits of the fast it’s also good to drink small amounts every half hour or so (not so easy in our lifestyle today, but it does aid digestion and assimilation of nutrients). Also, milk should be room temperature or warm whenever possible. You can read more about my experience with the milk diet here:

    Also, check out the works of Charles Porter and Bernarr MacFadden. Both wrote books on the milk cure and they can be found read free on the internet.

    • Thanks for posting this link to your own experience with the Milk Cure, Elizabeth! I think the popularity of this fast will continue to grow in the coming years. I think it’s a safer type of fast than these veggie juice fasts which don’t have any fat in them. Raw, pastured milk has the perfect balance of nutrition yet is as easily absorbed, digested as fresh veggie juice so is a much better option for folks to consider, IMO if a fast is something they seek for detoxification and improved wellness purposes.

      • That’s one of my favorite things about the raw milk fast–you get so many of the benefits of fasting with a balance of nutrients and none of the negative side effects we usually associate with fasting. There’s no crazy hunger or feeling deprived. In fact, while I was doing it I felt exceptionally satisfied and even keel.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I actually did come across your “experience” with the raw milk fast while I was researching before starting. Thanks for sharing, it helped me know what to expect. Read Charles Porter’s book but want to check out the other.

      • Cool. That’s one reason I did post so much about my experience with the milk diet, because there just isn’t a lot of info out there about it. Even in the last year, though, a lot more information is surfacing. Glad to hear about your experience and looking forward to learning more!

  20. I love your site Sarah. Without your videos my raw milk kefir would have turned out horrible.

    The milk authors suggest that one take the milk in half hour intervals (very small amounts 4-8 oz.) with complete bed rest if possible. Perhaps this is only necessary for those who are very sick.


  21. Is this considered a cleanse or detox as well? And by cure, can anyone do this without a specific reason, or health complaint? And just simply to re balance ones body better?


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