Building a Better Immune System

Do you like cheese, yogurts, butter and fresh milk? Most people, all around the globe would say yes to one or more of these foods.  In fact, the more I learn about eating a “traditional” diet, the more I see the immense importance of fresh, raw dairy, and fermented dairy products.  One of today’s nutrition buzz words is “Probiotic”. Finally, we have a modern trend that I can get behind.  The truth is, every culture around the world, up until about 150 years ago, ate and drank probiotics all the time in the form of raw milk, fresh raw cheeses cultured for weeks or months, and a host of soured milk products like Kefir, yogurt, and sour cream.  When these foods are made traditionally from grass fed cows milk, they have an amazing side effect of boosting your immune system and helping you ward off disease. This is by design. And don’t dismiss real butter from the same raw milk. It’s super high in Vitamin A, D, and K.  It will not raise cholesterol. That is a myth.

Here’s a partial list of some of the more biologically active ingredients identified in grass fed cows milk that helps explain why it’s such important tool for getting and maintaining strong immunity:

Immunoglobulins IgG, IgA, IgM, IgE, IgD: Large, complex sugar/protein (glycoprotein) molecules (also known as antibodies) used by the immune system to find and deactivate pathogens such as bacteria and viruses.

Transforming Growth Factor Beta: Stimulates growth and repair of the gastro-intestinal tract.

Epidermal Growth Factor: Biochemically regulates cellular growth, cellular division and cell type. Fosters rapid tissue repair.

Glutathione: Powerful antioxidant that offers protection to cells from free radicals.

Interferons: Specialized proteins that inhibit replication of viruses within cells throughout the body.

Interleukins: A large group of signaling molecules that help regulate the immune system.

Oligosaccharides: Groups of 3-10 sugar molecules that protect against pathogens by competing for binding sites on the intestinal epithelium and provide support to friendly probiotic bacteria.

Proline-rich Polypeptide (PRP) or Colostrinin: Anti-inflammatory hormone that helps regulate immune system activity by stimulating the thymus gland.

Transferrin: Immune system glycoprotein that binds free iron, which, in turn, inhibits bacterial growth.

Are you tired or wary of the useless pasteurized milk products in our stores?  Aside from a few good yogurts, like Brown Cow and Cultural Revolution, and Kefir from Lifeway, there’s not much worth while in the supermarket cooler.  If all you ever do is add yogurt and kefir to your diet, that is awesome and will certainly help.  If you want to go all the way and start drinking “the good stuff”, start searching for a source of grass fed cows milk.

It may not be legal in your state to buy raw milk, even from the farm.  In Texas it is legal to get it from the farm, or via a milk club (buying together as a group). If you are in the Dallas area, ask me about a local milk club.

The first, and probably best place to go for information on obtaining raw milk near where you live is a site run by the Weston A. Price Foundation. Here you’ll find a treasure trove of information pertaining to raw milk and the the political storm swirling around it.
Go here to find a supplier near you (also on the realmilk site, but just to save you a few clicks):
At the end of the day, I’d rather spend a little extra on the best of super foods, then a lot of cash at the Doctor’s office. Isn’t that a better and healthier way to live?
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Posted on April 13, 2010, in the everyday. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. hey Jon! Had a quick question regarding the following statement…

    “Epidermal Growth Factor: Biochemically regulates cellular growth, cellular division and cell type. Fosters rapid tissue repair”

    in your opinion, would you say this would apply to tissues damaged by cancer treatments like radiation??? I have a survivor friend I’d love to pass this info along to, but would like to know what your opinion is from your studies in the benefits of Raw milk!!

    • Hi Susan. Here’s what I think as someone who is not professionally trained in medicine or nutrition, but am just learning as I go. First, this is just my opinion and not a diagnosis. From reading “The Untold Story of Milk” I read much about doctors who used raw milk as a cure because it does one thing really well. It converts to new healthy blood very easily. This rush of new healthy blood carries all of the nutrition in raw milk to all of the organs and tissues. I know if I had cancer, or was recovering, I would do the month long milk cure diet for my own health. It was their experience that the influx of nutrition and good blood helped repair tissues in every organ while flushing out the bad stuff. I always recommend that anyone thinking of doing the Milk Cure diet do a lot of online research be “totally up to speed”.. And I would start by reading the book that I mentioned. So in my opinion, yes, raw milk helps restore after cancer and ultimately prevent cancer.

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