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'The Milk Cure'

Decades before the introduction of pasteurisation and homogenisation to the dairy industry, doctors of the Mayo Clinic used raw milk as a cure for many diseases, with phenomenal results. These results, outlined in Dr Crewe's article 'The Milk Cure', have been long-forgotten – but given the staggering lack of modern research attributed to raw milk and its benefits, we feel this article, from nearly a century ago, needs to be brought to light. You, our customers, have told us your own health benefits from drinking our raw milk over the years – perhaps we still don't know the limits to how good raw milk is for us!

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The Milk Cure


In the 1900s, the doctors of Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, were curing just about every disease under the sun with just one simple medicine: raw, grass-fed cows’ milk.


Dr Crewe’s protocol for ‘The Milk Cure’ was simple: have the patients rest in bed and feed them nothing but a couple of gallons of raw milk a day.


“For more than 16 years I have conducted a small sanitarium where milk is used almost exclusively in the treatment of various diseases,” Crewe wrote in Certified Milk Magazine. “The results have been so regularly satisfactory that I have naturally become enthusiastic and interested in this method of treating disease.”

The Results

“Striking results are seen in diseases of the heart and kidneys and high blood pressure. Patients with cardiac disease respond splendidly without medication.”

“One patient with very advanced cardiac and nephritic disease lost over thirty pounds of edema in six weeks. One would expect the large quantities of fluid would increase the edema but the above experience has been repeated many times in lesser degrees.”

“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.”


Crewe spoke of the “worst case of psoriasis” he’d ever seen: “This boy was literally covered from head to foot with scales. We put him on a milk diet and in less than a month he had a skin like a baby’s.”


He also spoke of a “very sick” diabetic man: “As milk contains about five percent milk sugar, it was feared that he could not manage this amount of sugar. But he did manage it, and improved in every way, and in eight weeks was sugar free.”


“A professor of surgery in one of our state universities once said to me, ‘Since I have used your method in preparing prostate cases, I have had most excellent results and no mortality.’” Crewe wrote. “I replied that if he had continued the treatment a little longer, he would not need to operate. All infections of the urinary tract are greatly improved by this treatment.”


Crewe received a letter from a soldier quarantined in a government hospital with tuberculosis. He’d heard about Crewe’s method from a former patient and was doing so well on it he’d inspired several other patients in theward to try it. “The patients had to buy their own milk and received no encouragement from the hospital authorities,” he said.


Crewe said he even had a number of patients who used the raw milk fast as a beauty treatment: “The tissues become firmer and the general appearance is markedly improved.


“It is well known that there is no time in the life of practically any mammal, but especially of the human, when the body is so beautiful and perfect as during the period when milk is the only food,” Crewe writes.

Crewe's Conclusion

“The treatment of various diseases over a period of 18 years with a practically exclusive milk diet has convinced me personally that the most important single factor in the cause of disease, and in the resistance to disease, is food. I have seen so many instances of the rapid and marked response to this form of treatment that nothing could make me believe this is not so.”

“The method itself is so simple that it does not greatly interest most doctors and the main stimulus for its use is from the patients themselves,” Crewe noted.

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