Is Raw Milk Better For You?

Is raw milk better for you? There is an assumption by the general public that pasteurized milk is safer than raw milk. Let's explore this subject together!

There is an assumption by the general public that pasteurized milk is safer than raw milk. Most of us were taught that dairy products are only safe if they have been heated to a temperature that kills all bad bacteria and pathogens. When I began to look into eating more foods in their original, God-created state, I was quite hesitant to take that first drink of raw milk. My brain was so trained to think that “raw milk was dangerous”. I had to educate myself on this subject, and now I am more leery of drinking milk pasteurized.

Why Is Pasteurized Milk Not The Best Option?

When milk is pasteurized, it is not a “whole food”, meaning it is no longer in the form that God created it to be. Milk in its original, raw state contains inhibins that fight a large number of pathogens. When milk is heated, it inactivates the inhibins in milk, causing pasteurized milk to have an environment that supports the growth of harmful bacteria. Pasteurization inactivates the safety of the milk, it also destroys the enzymes in milk, causing digestive troubles when consumed. Do you have a milk intolerance? Try switching to raw cow’s or goat’s milk and see if the intolerance disappears. Most believe that pasteurized milk is completely safe, but it can cause illness outbreaks. As a few examples, in 2006 over 1,000 prison inmates were sickened by pasteurized milk, and in 2007, 3 people died in Massachusetts. Pasteurization is not a guarantee that the milk is 100% safe.

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Is Raw Milk Safe?

Let’s see what raw milk is made of to help us decide that question.

  • Raw milk contains bioactive components that help eliminate bacteria and strengthen the immune system.
  • Raw milk’s white blood cells consume yeast, mold, and bad bacteria. They also produce specific antibodies.
  • Raw milk contains inhibins, which are the enzymes lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase.
  1. Lactoperoxidase seeks out and destroys bad bacteria.
  2. Lactoferrin stimulates the immune system, inhibits the growth of fungus, bacteria, viruses, and parasites.  It works effectively against {get ready for this list}: E. coli, Vibrio cholerae, Haemophilus influenzae, S. typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus subtilis, Candida crusei, Tinea pedis, Plasmodium falciparum, hepatitis C, Herpes simplex, Toxoplasma gondii, S. aureus, Candida albicans, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and other pathogens. (1)

Because of the amazing benefits of lactoferrin in raw milk, you can actually purchase lactoferrin in supplement form! From 1990-2004  there were over 30,000 illnesses from produce alone, not to mention the many, many illnesses caused by seafood and meat.  And yet, raw milk is under such criticism when it causes far less illness than other every day foods.  If you study reports on illnesses caused by raw milk, you will find that many of the reports are misleading.  Raw milk that is responsibly handled and that comes from clean, healthy cows rarely leads to cases of food-borne illnesses.  According to Ron Schmid, ND, you are over 2500 times more likely to contract illnesses from foods other than raw milk.

What About Organic Store-bought Milk?

Organic milk purchased at the store has still been pasteurized, unless it specifically says “raw” on the label.  While you will get a better product since this milk is hormone-free and most likely comes from healthier cows, it will still be void of healthy nutrition, and contribute to digestive troubles and other health problems.  Most states do not allow raw milk to be sold in stores to consumers, but there are a few states that do allow them.  The healthiest choice is milk that is not only all–natural, but raw!

How To Find Raw Milk

If your state does not allow raw milk to be sold in local stores, check with a health food store or food co-op in your area that may be able to put you in touch with a farm that sells raw milk.  It’s important to tour the farm and make sure that the milk is handled properly and the cows are well taken care of.  You can also find raw milk by visiting the Real Milk Finder.

There are many healthy recipes you can make with raw milk!  Here’s a great list of resources:

Yogurt

Our Favorite Yogurt from Titus 2 Homemaker 

Make Your Own Yogurt from Nourishing Simplicity 

Homemade Frozen Yogurt from Blessings Overflowing 

Coconut Milk Yogurt in a Slow Cooker from The Holistic Mama 

Transferring Ordinary Yogurt into Greek Yogurt from Don’t Waste the Crumbs  

Milk Kefir

Step by Step How to Make Kefir from Don’t Waste the Crumbs 

Milk Kefir from Richly Rooted 

Other Dairy Recipes

Homemade Cottage Cheese from Homegrown and Healthy 

How to Make Butter from The Prairie Homestead 

Homemade Whipped Topping from Jill’s Home Remedies 

Dairy Alternatives

Homemade Rice Milk from Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Are you a raw milk drinker?

Sources: 

  1. The Untold Story of Milk 
  2. Campylobacter Blog 
  3. Center for Disease Control 

How To Make Collagen Rich Bone Broth

How To Make Collagen-Rich Bone Broth | Jills Home Remedies | Today I'm going to teach you how to not just make any bone broth, but collagen rich bone broth!

I was recently at a local health food store talking to the owner. We were discussing how bone broth can heal digestive issues and she told me that making broth with chicken feet produces a lot of healthy, healing collagen.

Now I’d been reading a lot on the internet about how important collagen is for joints and to slow down aging.

But chicken feet?! My curiosity got the better of me and I just knew I had to give this a try.

You have also likely heard the great benefits of collagen. And you’ve also likely heard how healing bone broth is. Today I’m going to teach you how to not just make any bone broth, but bone broth that is very rich in collagen.

Why Does Collagen Matter?

Collagen is a protein in the body that strengthens our hair, nails, teeth, and gives us strong, pain-free joints to name a few things. As our body ages, we produce less collagen which results in wrinkles, sagging skin, and joint pain. In fact, women will pay a lot of money to have collagen injections to slow down their aging! The good news for those of us that don’t have the money or desire to have collagen injections, we can add lots of collagen to our diet for just a few dollars.  

Why Bone Broth is So Good for You

 According to Dr. Josh Axe [1], bone broth is the number one thing you can consume to: 

  • Boost the immune system
  • Help heal joint pain
  • Bring a stop to food intolerances and allergies
  • Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Reduce cellulite

Bone broth is a nutrient dense food, meaning it has a lot of nutrients that are easy to digest and can bring about healing in the body. Cultures all over the world use bone broth as a base for many meals. I think this needs to become more of a practice in America as we eat mostly dead foods with no nutrition, and our health as a nation is evidence of that.

But what do I mean by bone broth? Many of us will roast a chicken or beef roast in the oven or crockpot and it makes a broth. While that broth is healthy and delicious to eat with cornbread and vegetables, that’s just broth and not the bone broth that I’m talking about.

Bone broth is cooking just the bones for at least 24 hours to make a more concentrated, nutrient dense broth to add to foods or to just drink on its own. So yes my family loves the broth from a roasted chicken, but I also desire to get the concentrated bone broth in our diets too. Bone broth is where true healing can come from! And it’s so super simple to make!

How To Make Collagen-Rich Bone Broth | Jills Home Remedies | Today I'm going to teach you how to not just make any bone broth, but collagen rich bone broth!

I froze most of my broth into ice cubes to use in recipes as needed. This makes things so easy!

How To Make Collagen Rich Bone Broth

You can make bone broth with any bones as I explain in this post, and you may get some collagen from it. You can tell you have collagen if it gels when it cools. But the way to get truly rich collagen, is to use animal feet as I mentioned above.

OK, so yes, I know that’s strange to those of you that are Americans, but do you know cultures all over use chicken feet often? That’s because they are full of tendons and cartilage that is full of collagen! You can use any animal feet, but I found chicken feet at the store that were already well washed and peeled, so I purchased those. Makes life easier.

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Is anyone else slightly horrified looking at a package of chicken feet?! I was horrified and excited all the same time when I found them at the store. Horrified because of how “freaky” they looked all skinned and packaged up, and excited because I knew the healthy broth they would make!

And does anyone notice the “chicken paws” label? Since when do chickens have paws? LOL This gave me and several people on social media a good laugh. Anyone know why they call them that on the label? I’m interested to hear if you do. :) 

If you use chicken feet directly from a farm, you will want to wash and clean them thoroughly and peel them to make sure all bacteria are gone. I’ve never peeled chicken feet, but you can see this post for those instructions.

Bone broth is SO easy to make! All you need is the bones, some raw apple cider vinegar, and mineral sea salt! You can add herbs and/or vegetables to make it even healthier and tastier, but that’s up to you! Be creative and do what you wish. I added astragalus to this broth in this post. I buy astragalus here.

And don’t worry if you just can’t quite bring yourself to use animal feet – just make broth with bones! You can even combine regular bones with the 

Ingredients

3 pounds chicken feet, or other animal feet/hooves
4 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons mineral sea salt

Directions

  • Place chicken feet in a crockpot.
  • Cover with water by 1-2 inches
  • Add vinegar, salt, and any herbs or vegetables you wish to.
  • Cover with lid.
  • Cook on low for at least 24 hours.
  • Strain out bones and use broth for soups, stews, etc.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds chicken feet (or other animal feet/hooves)
  2. 4 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  3. 2 tablespoons sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place chicken feet in a crockpot.
  2. Cover with water by 1-2 inches.
  3. Add vinegar, salt, and any herbs or vegetables you wish to.
  4. Cover with lid.
  5. Cook on low for at least 24 hours.
  6. Strain out bones and use broth for soups, stews, etc.
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Have you ever made bone broth from animal feet? I’d love to hear your experience!

References

  1. #BoneBroth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis, and Cellulite. (n.d.). Retrieved July 17, 2017, from https://draxe.com/the-healing-power-of-bone-broth-for-digestion-arthritis-and-cellulite/

Make Your Own 5-Minute Antibiotic Garlic Salve

Garlic is a powerful antibiotic.  Consuming 3 cloves of garlic is said to be equal to taking one dose of antibiotics, but without the side effects.  One way I like to get the properties of garlic into my family is with homemade garlic salve.

Garlic Salve

This powerful garlic salve takes me 5 minutes to make and is an excellent way to get antibiotics into a patient.  When rubbed on the back and chest, it helps with coughs and congestion, as well as getting it into the system; when rubbed on the bottoms of the feet, this salve goes directly into the bloodstream to do its work.  You can use it for any illness: fevers, coughs, congestion, flu, viruses, bacterial infections, etc.  I do give a natural antibiotic internally along with the salve like colloidal silver, echinacea, raw garlic, etc.

This recipe for garlic salve is taken from Be Your Own Doctor.  This book is the one I go to most for times of illness: a must have for every bookshelf!

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 Homemade Antibiotic Garlic Salve

1/3 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 cloves peeled garlic {must be raw garlic}
5 drops of lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well.  Strain through a fine strainer and pour liquid into a glass jar.  Keep refrigerated.

To use, rub the salve on the chest, back, and bottoms of feet at least 4 times a day.  Apply hourly for more serious conditions like pneumonia, croup, whooping cough, serious asthma attacks, etc.

How do you use garlic for illness?

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