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The Raw Truth edit

Cau_1 My mission last Sunday was "MILK", unpasteurized, grass feed, top-heavy with its natural cream. Oh, ...so delicious with some freshly baked brownies and cookies.

The dairy is immaculate, it was built  approx. 50 years ago following American standards to supply milk to the Panama Canal Authority.

On this morning I was greatly surprised to find Mr. Alberto, the owner working at the office. He is a very nice "young" man, one that you enjoy a conversation with. I asked him for 2 gallons of raw milk. Since I arrived at the exact time the caws were marching to the area where they get milked, I was about to get some still warm and delicious elixir of life.

I had to wait for about 20 minutes to get my milk, time during I had a nice chat with Mr. Alberto. I remarked that I was told by a Dr. friend of ours that he drank it every day and  had done so all of his life. His face clouded over, the corners of his mouth turned down and he stared at his hands. "Yes", he replied. "I have been drinking raw milk everyday for as long I can remember. But my doctor told me last week to stop it because it contains too much FAT, so I did."

Can you believe the arrogance and ignorance of present-day doctors? The farmer´s doctor is probably young enough to be his grandson. What does the doctor know about fat metabolism? Cholesterol metabolism? Lactoferrin? Xanthine oxidase? Beta-lactose? Trans fatty acids?

Our new friend is so alive, weighs about 140 pounds (just right for his height), and appears to be in perfect health, physically and mentally. HIS DOCTOR, playing nutritionist knows NOTHING!!!

Mr. Alberto is 93 years old!!!

A few months ago I had the privilege to meet Caroline, she is along with her husband and an excellent team, working on a magnificent project called " THE RAW TRUTH".

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At this point of the project, they and their associates, Organic Pastures, are soliciting funds to make a documentary film about raw milk. You can help bring the story of this incredible healing food to the screen.

When it comes to raw milk, Americans are asleep at the plate. This film will awaken them to the "Raw Truth", and you'll receive the benefits of increased consumer demand: more availability and lower costs for raw dairy products.

Part of the footage has already been shot—but they need funds to complete the project. Be part of the Raw Milk Revolution! Your dollars will make a difference.

Send checks payable to White Tiger Productions, C/O First Republic Bank, 1099 4th St. San Rafael, CA 94901

The following information on the "Health Benefits of Raw Milk" is from the "Organic Pastures" website:

Our raw dairy foods are an outstanding source of nutrients, including beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus, vitamins, and enzymes, and are one of the finest sources of calcium available. If you've been drinking pasteurized milk and you switch to this raw milk, you'll likely start experiencing a very positive difference in the way you feel, which is in basic terms your body "telling you" this natural food is good for you.

Never processed, never pasteurized, and never homogenized, Organic Pastures raw dairy products are naturally filled with living enzymes and cultures vital for health, offering a wealth of health boosting rewards, including the following:

   1. Lactose intolerant consumers can eat raw milk because lactase producing bacteria are present.

   2. Raw milk strengthens the immune system with the seeding and feeding of diverse beneficial essential bacteria.

   3. Immunoglobulin in raw milk resolves asthma.

   4. Raw milk has been used in effectively treating diabetes in the days before insulin.

   5. Raw milk has also been utilized in treating eczema and arthritis.

   6. Raw butter has been used effectively to assist Autistic children.

Organic Pastures produces pasture fed milk in harmony with nature. Their Jersey, Ayreshire, and Holstein cows produce fresh delicious milk alive with flavor. This raw milk is high in antioxidants, vitamins (including B-12), all 22 essential amino acids, natural enzymes (including lactase), natural probiotics, and good fatty acids.

Que disfruten! and ...Happy New Year with plenty love, health and delicious food!

Chef Melissa

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  • by Chef Melissa
  • December 27, 2005
  • 6:00 pm


Picture of Yovanna .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
12.27.05 at 11:29 PM |

My mom grew up on the family farm in Chiriqui drinking raw milk and loved it. When she came to the states, she began drinking packaged/bottled milk (pastuerized and homoginzed). Now she’s lactose intolerant and has to drink a special dairy product that’s lactose free. It’s interesting to read, that according to those folks at Raw Truth that lactose intolerant people can drink raw milk. I wish I could give it to whirl and see how I react to it (I’m lactose intolerant as well and only drink rice milk. I’m okay with cheese and ice cream for the most part though.)
I happen to live in dairy country in California, but I don’t have up-close and personal contact with cows. Haha. I suppose I could hop a fence sometime with a bucket;) haha

Picture of Cannella Cannella said on...
12.28.05 at 05:38 AM |

Hola Melissa:
había entendido que tú también habías participado en el MeMe de Oriol, pero he buscado en tu blog y no he visto las fotos. Propongo: ¿hacemos otro para la mesa de fin de año?
Me encaaaantan estas vaquitas!
Un beso!

Picture of maria luisa maria luisa said on...
12.28.05 at 06:15 AM |

Que el año 2006 te traiga todas las cosasa buenas que deseas…
Recibe un cordial saludo y un fuerte abrazo en estas fiestas amiga.

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
12.28.05 at 10:15 AM |

CANNELLA: lo que sucede con mi -post- de la cena de navidad es que por haber estado cocinando tanto los dias anteriores, a la hora de ir a la fiesta de cena de navidad….me quedé dormida.

Esa es la razón de por qué solo publiqué en la meme algunas fotos de platos que cociné para esas fechas smile

Me parece Genial la idea de la MeMe para Año Nuevo. Ok, te envío un e-mail al respecto dentro de un rato. Abrazos!

MARIA LUISA: muchísimas gracias por tus deseos de año nuevo! Ya verás que el 2006 será fabuloso,...lleno de triunfos gastronómicos para ambas, al igual que con mucha salud y amor. Abrazos!

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
12.28.05 at 11:54 AM |


Your story is the same story we hear every day. It is amazing how the nutrition experts have missed the boat on lactose intolerance. One of the major causes of this common condition is the very milk product they recommend to their patients – pasteurized, homogenized milk. Many doctors are adamantly against milk for adults in any form (“Milk is for babies.”). They are right for the wrong reason. They are correct because the milk sold in supermarkets is unfit for human consumption.

I suggest that you read “The Milk Book”, written by William C. Douglass II, MD. A new edition will be out soon titled: The Raw Truth About Milk, available at http://www.drdouglass.com

The normal sugar found in milk is lactose. But when you pasteurize, homogenize, and radiate the milk under artificial UV light in the dairy display case – three steps for disaster – some of the lactose is converted to beta-lactose. This abnormal form of lactose is a major cause of “lactose intolerance.”

Feliz Año Nuevo!!!

P.S.: I wish you luck in your quest for buckets (and more buckets) of glorious, health-giving raw milk.

Picture of Yovanna .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
12.28.05 at 07:16 PM |

While we’re on the topic of milk (makes me think of ron ponche;), are there other kinds of Panamanian beverages such as ron ponche? We have several bottles of wonderful Panamanian rum, so I’m thinking there must be more than just the usual rum and coke recipe out here. Do you know of any Melissa?

Quien agui tiene recetas para bebidas con run? Quiero apprender! Gracias!

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
12.28.05 at 08:26 PM |

Hmmmm…Yovanna, that´s very inviting! Ok, Let me se if I can find some of may favorite holiday drinks recipes with rum. Will do my best to post them soon. Love,

Picture of tankeduptaco tankeduptaco said on...
12.29.05 at 12:55 AM |

Hi Melissa, you should be so lucky as to drink raw milk. In Australia we went to the trouble of banning unpasturized cheeses, to save us all from a bacteria that was already present in pasturized cheeses. At last the wheel is turning back; they were never able to ban parmigiano reggiano as there are too many Italians here, but now Roquefort has become available again in the last six months. However no cheesemaker here is allowed to work with unpasturized milk. The closest milk we have to unpasturized is an organic, unhomogenised product, which my daughter loves, She opens every bottle, sticks her finger in and scoops out the cream!

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
12.29.05 at 08:16 AM |

You daughter knows what is good!!! Good for her! Today I will go to the dairy again and will take with me a very good friend of ours and her daughter. They are from Australia! They moved to Panama sometime ago,...and the girl is missing the raw milk!

Picture of Verdant Verdant said on...
12.30.05 at 10:08 AM |

Great article, Melissa.  I found my way to your site through several Indian food blogs that you frequent.  I used to live in Miami, Florida.  One of the things I miss about South Florida was the wonderful mix of Caribbean and Latin American cuisines.  The cooking style I am most familiar with is Indian, but I’m looking to expand upon that with the help of your excellent blog. 

I only heard about the benefits of raw milk when I moved to California a year ago, specifically in relation to weight training.  Unlike most states in the United States, raw milk is not illegal in California.  It’s still somewhat rare, and is only available at natural food cooperatives.  I’ve shied away from it, as I am mildly lactose intolerant.  I can handle all fermented cheeses and yogurt, since fermentation in the cheese and bacteria in the yogurt break down lactose.  However, pure milk and unfermented cheeses like Indian paneer wreak havoc on my tummy. 

“Lactose intolerant consumers can eat raw milk because lactase producing bacteria are present.”  This is a bold claim, but I’ve always been the adventurous sort, so I’ll give it a try.  Thanks for the informative post.

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
12.30.05 at 10:30 AM |

Verdant, thank you for your visit and your kind words!
I do believe in the power of milk. I have read many books on the subject, but the two that changed my life are: The milk book, by Dr. Douglass, AND the “Milk Diet”, as a remedy for crhonic disease.
Yesterday was my first day on the raw milk diet. I am going to give it a try and then I´ll post about it.
Hugs and Felíz Año Nuevo!

Picture of Verdant Verdant said on...
12.31.05 at 08:07 PM |

I just had my first glass of milk in 10 years, and my first raw glass ever.  I went on a mini-fast to make sure that in the event of any stomach problems, I’ll know for sure that it’s the milk.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
12.31.05 at 08:21 PM |

You did it!!! Good for you, ...please keep me posted. I am keeping my fingers crossed too smile Hugs and Happy New Year!

Picture of Verdant Verdant said on...
12.31.05 at 09:57 PM |

I also bought a wedge of organic roquefort cheese made with raw milk.  I just had some with bread and…WOW!  It had such concentrated flavor, that I had to eat it in tiny nibbles.  I’ve had organic cheeses before, but never one made from raw milk.  I’m so glad I live near a natural foods grocery dedicated to making such things available at a competitive price.

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
12.31.05 at 10:13 PM |

Verdant,...guess what? I just went through The Weston A. Price Foundation´s (http://www.WestonAPrice.org) shopping guide 2006, and I found different sources where I can purchase natural culturing starters for dairy products, etc.  I am planning to make my own cheese from raw milk. I can get a few different natural culturing starters here, but I want to try more! I´ll keep you posted smile

Picture of Verdant Verdant said on...
12.31.05 at 10:29 PM |

Melissa, you read my mind!  I was thinking about finding natural culture starters for homemade yogurt.  Thanks for the link!

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
12.31.05 at 10:34 PM |

Verdant, will send you the info by e-mail. I am not sure if the shooping guide is available from the website smile

Picture of Verdant Verdant said on...
12.31.05 at 11:49 PM |

I’ve spent the better part of the day reading about raw milk.  Some sources say that you don’t even need a starter culture for raw milk, since it already has an abundance of acidophilus bacteria.  Simply setting it aside at room temperature for 24 hours will yield “clabbered” milk, which is a lot like kefir, which can then be heated to 110 degrees for 3-6 hours to create thick yogurt.  But once you’ve made your first batch this way, you can save some of the yogurt to act as a culture for the next batch.

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
01.01.06 at 01:44 PM |

Verdant, I agree with you. But I was thinking about preparing other dairy products as well. Hmmm…, mozarella, parmesan, creme fraiche, buttercream, butter, cream cheese for my cheesecakes! Wow…After visiting this website http://www.cheesemaking.com/ last night,....I could barely sleep thinking of all those delicious things I´ll be preparing soon! Hugs and Happy New Year smile

Picture of Verdant Verdant said on...
01.01.06 at 04:48 PM |

Oh, whoops, you’re right.  I was thinking specifically of yogurt.  I bet homemade cream cheese is fantastic.  Oh, and the raw milk was okay for me to drink after all.  I’m pretty impressed.

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
01.01.06 at 06:29 PM |

Verdant, I am so happy for you!!! Those are great news, congratulations and welcome to the raw milk world smile

Picture of sha sha said on...
01.04.06 at 08:05 AM |

cant find it here in Greece raw milk
had the chance to drink that in UK
organic movement in UK is doing well…

Picture of katrina .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
03.03.06 at 10:15 AM |

good grief.  i feel so at home.  i’m so glad to know that i’m in abundant company with my love of food, especially dairy.  i learned of raw milk only about a year ago and am just going to get to try some today after scouring the internet for articles and info and i can’t WAIT !  i have been drinking non-homogenized, low pasteurized since november and the difference in that and regular or organic store bought is tremendous.  it’s creamy and sweet.  i’ve been told that the raw is even creamier and better.  i think that this is what i’ve been waiting on all of my life.  (smile)

Picture of katrina .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
03.03.06 at 10:19 AM |

and melissa, i sure hope you told mr. alberto that his 90+ years is indicative of the benefits of raw milk.  everyone that i know that grew up on raw milk is old and robust, including my mom and dad.  not feeble at all.

Picture of Heather Zimmerman .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
05.03.06 at 10:30 PM |

I would like to share my story of healing with the use of milk as it is given to us by God, in hopes that it will help others in need of healing from chronic disease, who have access to raw milk.
    I located an old book written by Dr. Porter M.D. who permanently cured or modified various diseases with the use of a raw milk treatment that dates back to the time of Hippocrates. Dr. Porter prescribed the milk treatment to over 18,000 patients in his 41 years of practice. The Porter Method forcibly demonstrated its ability to produce gratifying results as a remedy for chronic disorders. Various diseases responded especially well. They include, functional disorders of the Heart, Arterio-Sclerosis or High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Pressure, Rheumatioid Arthritis, Chronic Inflammation, Disorders of the Digestive Tract, Constipation, Colitis, Asthma, and chronic fatigue.  In his book, Milk Diet As a Remedy for Chronic Disease, all his instructions for the treatment and his observations are recorded to make it of practical working use!  We searched out the book, having read of this book in another Milk Book, and we applied the treatment to a severe case of asthma in my four year old daughter and to a chronic bone inflammation problem in myself. Though this book was shelved for many years within it’s contents rested dormant a near cure for my daughter, who has not had an asthmatic episode since the time of the treatment over two years ago now,  and a complete modification of a silent yet slowly debilitating bone disease in myself. In fact prior to making use of the information in Dr. Porter’s book I was unable to deliver a baby without the need for a C-Section due to the chronic inflammation in my pubic area and praise to God and the MIlk Cure 5 weeks ago I was able to deliver a healthy baby boy vaginally!!!  After a normal delivery, I not only could walk ( without shuffling my feet to get around), but I was able to walk without pain!
    The healing is from the Divine Physician, truly and without exaggeration! There are actual healing episodes that are experienced while healing is taking place! The healing is described by Dr. Porter (and I witness to it’s truth) as a seeming return of the disease only lesser in intensity. One knows that he is overcoming the disease, for with each healing episode the pain or whatever the symptom is, gets lesser and lesser until finally it is gone! With my daughter for example, her silent wheeze (a more dangerous wheeze) became audible while undergoing the milk treatment! Also her right ear, which had been infected in the past several times nearly requiring tubes for the ears, painfully popped open and from her right nostril drained green discharge! I a few examples to show that the healing is very dramatic, but that it should be welcomed and not feared as it is a true healing, not just the suppression of symptoms.
    To Porter’s work which has been reprinted and not rewritten I add our testimony, research on the safety of raw milk and information on how to locate quality raw milk. I also wanted to understand how milk was able to heal disease. So I went to the medical library in our area and researched the composition of milk.  It is nothing short of white blood. Raw milk is nearly identical to human blood. With the use of milk one is actually able to take on a passive or a second type of immune system and the body is able to heal well beyond the limitations of one immune system, especially one inflicted with disease.
    Additions to Dr. Porter’s book, now newly back in print, dealing with the composition of raw milk include-just to give you an idea, The Composition of Milk- Proteins in Milk are Transerred Directly from the Blood of the Mammal- Immunoglobulins Confer Passive Immunity- No Qualitative Difference Between Milk and Colostrum- Avalibility of IgG antibodies and their Role- Growth Factors (IGF-I and IGF-II) in Milk and Colostrum - IGF-I Stimulates Cell Proliferation in a Variety of Cells- IGF-I and Cartilage Cells, Bone Cells, Muscle Cells, Vascular Smooth muscle cells and it goes on. If you or someone you know is suffering with a chronic disease this book is newly available through God’s Whey, LLC (262) 692-3086 or online at http://www.orgaincpastures.com. We are ever thankful to God for placing it in our hands and for this reason we offer it to you!  God Bless you in your present suffering!

Picture of Jerusha .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
01.07.09 at 12:27 AM |

I’m so glad to find this article. We’ve been looking for a dairy in Panama where you could get raw milk; both for the health benefits and for possibly making our own cheese. Could you tell me where this dairy is located or how to get a hold of raw milk? This website tells you how to make cheese from raw milk, without a starter culture. http://biology.clc.uc.edu/Fankhauser/Cheese/Cheese.html But I think you still have to have rennet. Can you get this in Panama? I’ve heard people say you can get it at the pharmacies? But I don’t think you can. I know raw milk is supposedly one of nature’s perfect foods. My husband’s Panamanian grandmother, who lived to be 92, grew up drinking fresh raw milk; and I think that may be one of the secrets of longevity of the older people living in the interior!

Thanks, Jerusha

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