What Animals Tell Us About Pasteurized Milk

Posted by editor | Healthy Food | Friday 28 January 2011 6:08 pm

Did you know that baby goats can’t live on “store-bought” milk (pasteurized, homogenized)? In fact, discovered our local raw-dairy neighbors, it will kill them, at least as demonstrated in their own experience. To read the story, see our recent post at More Than Gluten about “Store-Bought Milk and Dead Baby Goats,” categorized under “Gluten and Diary.”

Another story we heard recently from our raw-dairy neighbors involves one of their good friends, dogs, cats, raw milk, and a veterinarian.

A long-time cow-dairy farmer nearby normally has some 20 or so cats in his barn. In the country, we refer to them as “mousers.” The dairyman has always poured fresh, raw cow milk into a big container for the cats, who come running everyday to devour it. A “conventional” vet was in the barn one day to witness this ritual and commented that raw milk would kill dogs and cats. In fact, the vet continued to harp on the subject. The dairyman, a man of few words, finally stated that those cats were there of their own free will and they could leave anytime they felt the need.

We’re not sure where the vet got this opinion. We relate the story because we know the people personally and do not doubt the story. Obviously, the cats (and our own dog and cat) do just fine on raw cow and/or goat milk. Our dog loves it. We recently noticed a raw-food website for dogs and cats that recommended raw milk for dogs and cats.

People and animals have consumed raw milk from cows, goats, sheep, horses, llamas and camels for thousands of years. Simple sanitation suffices, as we know from 11 years of buying raw goat milk from a number of backyard hand milkers. When a milking machine is used, say our certified raw-dairy friends, that machine and all the tubes must be meticulously cleaned each time (which they do) and their milk is wonderful for human adults, kids, and babies (as we can attest) as well as for baby goats, dogs, and cats.

Know your supplier, and enjoy your raw milk!


Warning! Be An Informed and Vigilant Patient

Posted by editor | Healthy Aging,Natural Medicine | Friday 28 January 2011 5:06 pm

Our own personal definition of natural health is to stay as healthy as possible and avoid, as much as possible, conventional doctors, hospitals, prescriptions, etc. That’s not advice. That’s our own personal choice.

But we do have this advice, gleaned from experience in a caregiving business, from friends, and from reading:  stay informed about your own health situation, your own medications (if you must have any), your own hospital stays, medical procedures, tests, etc. Do you own research. Ask questions of everyone. Stay on top of the situation. It’s your health.

A business partner was scheduled yesterday for an invasive procedure to determine if a disc was indeed leaking. The doctor knew his patient was on a baby aspirin regimen. The procedure was referred to a hospital-clinic location normally used by this surgeon. No written protocol was given to the patient, such as “do this” and “don’t do that.” Part of the protocol would have been “no aspirin for 7 days prior to procedure.” The oral instructions given over the phone by a representative of the hospital (given after the patient inquired, “What about medications?”) was “don’t take your aspirin and one other medication in the morning.”

The patient was hooked up to an IV and a port for anesthetic when the charge nurse caught the problem — the patient had not been off aspirin for 7 days. Whoops!

Doctors, nurses, assistants, etc., are not infallible. Especially today, with so much specialization and delegation, most medical professionals are just not as involved with their patients. You have to be totally involved. You have to be vigilant.

In addition, see our post at www.preparingtocare.com regarding a round-the-clock advocate for any hospital or facility stay.

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