The Raw Milk Diet: A Physician’s Experience With Real Healing

by Charles on July 29, 2009

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The pharmaceutical industry gets rich making drugs that “manage” rather than “heal” disease. But a licensed M.D. had astounding success with real healing using a simple food substance from nature: Grass-fed Raw Milk. He wrote a book about his work. Another man, a nutritionist, healed himself using the milk diet and went on to build upon and modify it.

Milk Diet As A Remedy For Chronic Disease by Charles Sanford Porter, M.D

Milk Diet As A Remedy For Chronic Disease by Charles Sanford Porter, M.D

First, do no harm. Dr. Charles Porter practiced medicine at the turn of the 20th Century. He took to heart the words in the Hippocratic Oath “to obstain from doing harm.” We know these words better as “First, do no harm.” This phrase reminds us of another popular one: “sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.” The problem with this latter phrase today is that modern medical cures don’t typically cure but only manage the disease so one can live more comfortably and perhaps with it: diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. But the  dictionary definition of “heal” is “to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment.” Free from ailment. Our modern drugs don’t, as a rule, free us from ailments; they modify symptoms: i.e. blood pressure, etc.  But once one stops taking the ‘medication” the effect stops too. So one is not healed of the problem for which the drug is taken.  Worse, the side effects can include possible damage to the organs. If you have never looked through the Physicians Desk Reference, do so. Take a look at the possible side effects for any drug. It is not a small matter.  However, a rarely mentioned side effect of most every drug is that of nutrient depletion. These drugs do not just go in and do their job; they tend to deplete the body of nutrients — vitamins, minerals, etc. Now how is it possible to heal the body while depleting it of nutrients? “Do no harm”?

Healing, not managing; feeding, not depleting. But Dr. Charles Porter was keenly interested in effecting actual cures, and doing so with one of natures finest substances: raw milk. While he surely lived by the the motto “first, do no harm,” I believe he should have had a second  motto: “feed the body.” He successfully treated and cured thousands of patients with 6 quarts of raw milk daily using a specific regime. Under his care, his patients typically recovered from their illness, they healed. Subsequent to the milk diet they did not require nutrient depleting medication to manage a disease they no longer had. Their bodies had been fed with high doses of a nutrient-dense super food giving the body the nutrients they needed to heal on their own. The body can heal itself; it just needs the tools. The milk diet supplied those tools.

The Milk Diet, in brief:

*Raw milk is a nutrient dense food that gives your body the tools it needs to heal and rebuild.

*Since it is liquid, it is more easily absorbed than solid food.

*The raw milk diet is exclusive — nothing but raw milk for a period of about 3 weeks.

*Daily intake of about 6 quarts taken on an ongoing “sipping” basis throughout the day.

*Sipping slowly throughout the day allows nutrients to constantly enter the body without compromising assimilation via digestion overload.

*High density nutrient feeding is coupled with bed rest 24/7 throughout the diet. This is impractical for some but is ideal for the truly ill.

*The intense rest allows and enables the body to focus it’s limited energy exclusively on healing, not exertion.

The high quantity of milk is vital to the success of the program. Dr. Porter writes: “there is no halfway method of taking the milk diet for people who have much the matter with them. Enough milk must be taken to create new circulation, new cells, and new tissue growth, and cause prompt elimination of the waste and dead matter that may be poisoning the system.” (pp. 126-7)

Two Personal Stories. My life was saved in 1978 by a nutritionist whose own childhood was marred by illness and turned around by the milk diet. Rheo H. Blair, who carved out a career for himself from the 1950’s to the 1980’s as the “Nutritionist to the Hollywood Stars,” lost a kidney in an accident around the age of 9, subsequent to which his health plummeted. He was one very sick young man and so weak he was finally removed from high school as an invalid. He tried everything in desperation to get his health back. He exercised to no avail. He went on many diets including the carrot juice diet, a vegetarian diet, etc. Now while some of these might work for someone else, it did not work for him — we are all different in our body chemistry and what works for one will not necessarily bring the same results for the next. So Rheo finally heard about the milk diet and gave it a shot. This worked perfectly for him. For the first time in years his respiratory and sinus problems cleared up. His chronic fatigue and weakness turned into energy, vim and vigor. He put on weight — muscle. He got a job and for the first time in over a decade began to lead a normal life. Over the next few years he developed a nutritional regime for which he became famous that included high levels of protein, supplements, and rest, 24/7. He achieved many miracles during his career. At the base of his philosophy and methods was always the milk diet. The high levels of milk supplied high levels of protein. The supplements aided in the assimilation of the milk and worked along with the milk to improve the organs and alter the chemistry of the body. The bed rest allowed for better healing and growth.

The second personal story is my own. At the age of 16 I was put under the care of Rheo Blair. My own situation was quite similar to his as a child (although I had not lost a kidney). My parents were terribly concerned such that I was taken out of school to be with Rheo Blair at his home on a 24/7 basis. Now I hasten to add that the program I followed was not the milk diet as described by Dr. Porter. But the similarities were substantial and the basis for the core of the Blair system was the milk diet. All day long I remained in bed (though I insisted on being out of bed from time to time — try to keep a teenager down!) All day long I sipped a milk and egg based non-denatured protein mixed with raw milk (and in some cases, raw cream). With this I took supplements to enable and enhance the milk/egg protein my body was being flooded with. I did some minor exercising. My un-retouched photos are below; you may judge for yourselves. The period between the photos is 90 days. Were it not for the milk diet, this would never have happened and I would not be writing this blog.

Before (2)AFTER (3)

Not only did I gain 35 pounds of muscle, my complexion cleared up, my respiratory and sinus problems went away, my hair took on a new luster, my energy went through the roof, I stopped getting colds on a frequent basis. I was brand new. Reborn. In my before state, Rheo, who grew up on a farm, said I “looked like a chicken getting ready to die.” In my after state, an author who included my story in a book some years ago, described me as an “adolescent hunk.” Chicken getting ready to die —-> transformed into an adolescent hunk.

The power of nature. The power of the body given the food, nutrients, and rest it needs to heal, transform and grow.

Now, dear reader,  you know something about the person behind this blog and why I am so interested in what I call “real” health. I am blessed to be married to someone who shares my passion for the wisdom of nature and the goodness of raw milk. Lorraine drinks it daily and says she could not live without it. I have seen her own health transform over the past few years as raw milk has become a staple for her.

Bottom line of this post: real food both feeds and, where necessary, heals, the body. Raw grass-fed milk is real food.

If you would like to obtain your own copy of the Milk Diet book, which at 250+ pages goes into far more detail than I can here, including exactly how it the diet works, details on the immune factors in colostrum, and much, much more, please click on the link below to order directly from Amazon.


The following books will facilitate your further study of this important subject. The more information you have, the more you can do for your own health and that of your loved ones!

Milk Diet, as a Remedy for Chronic Disease

The Untold Story of Milk, Revised and Updated: The History, Politics and Science of Nature’s Perfect Food: Raw Milk from Pasture-Fed Cows

The Raw Truth About Milk


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Sargese July 30, 2009 at 10:59 am

I’m currently drinking raw colostrum daily to heal my torn up knee. I pray I have great success with this. Thanks for spreading the word about this healing super food!

TrailGrrl July 31, 2009 at 12:33 am

I just got a source for raw milk and bought my first gallon today. I had a glass and it tastes great! I’m hoping it helps with some joint issues and getting rid of asthma and sinus infections.

And it plain tastes good!


Kimberly Hartke August 25, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Thanks for submitting this excellent post to my Natural Cures blog carnival on raw milk, gut health and immunity.

My great grandmother was healed of TB by a regime of raw milk and raw egg. Your story is so similar to hers, I just had to tell you!

For Trailgrrl–raw milk has greatly aided me in conquering knee pain. So I have hope for you!

Thanks again. Great blog!


Andy H December 26, 2010 at 1:03 am

Good to read post and also read others’ comments. Wish everyone wellness in the days to come and am appreciative of the efforts of so many to bring this vital message of healthful realities and possibilities to light.

Sam West June 6, 2011 at 1:41 am

Within 24 hours of drinking just a few glasses of raw milk the aches and pains in my 58 year old knees stopped.

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