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Eva Lou
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   Posted 6/1/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there- I noticed you are drinking raw milk daily, & doing a raw milk fast 1 day per week. Is this helping you? Have you noticed any difference in UC symptoms and/or general digestive health since you started drinking it? And are you drinking whole milk? I've been looking into the raw milk industry lately, as part of getting more interested in the slow food/local foods market, & potential for health benefits that raw milk offers is pretty wild... I mean, even Jini Patel talks about a raw milk cure! I'm not a believer in any sort of "cure", but the stuff does interest me. So how's it working for you? And where do you buy yours? What state do you live in?
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


ickypoo
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Total Posts : 224
   Posted 6/1/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I need more time to experiment with it before making any claims - I'm still in learning mode and haven't been at it very long. The best I can say at the moment is so far so good! It certainly hasn't caused me any problems. One of the things I love about it (besides the flavor) is that it is not homogenized. Since I buy it in half gallon glass bottles (which I bring with me), by the time I open the second bottle all of the cream has risen to the top. Marvelous. One of life's simple pleasures that few people experience anymore.

I purchase whole milk from a small organic dairy in upstate New York (I buy eggs from them as well). The entire workforce consists of a family of four (mother, father, and two sons). They also consume the milk they produce (raw, of course), and have been doing so in that family for generations. They all look pretty fit to me.

I'm not so sure about a raw milk "cure" either, but I do think it offers another resource for those of us having to deal with IBD. It is also consistent with the slow food movement, which is an important plus in my book. Whatever happens in my little experiment, I know that I will never go back to pasteurized milk again.

To find a source in your area, check the web site www.realmilk.com/where.html.

Cheers!
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.

Current Meds: Sulfasalizine (2 g), Rowasa (now and then), Folic Acid (1 mg)

Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.

Other: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.


Eva Lou
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   Posted 6/1/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the info- I do know of quite a few dairies in my area where I can purchase raw milk. I already buy eggs from farms, too, but none of them offer milk. Please keep us updated on any changes, good or bad, with the milk drinking. I'm betting it's doing you a world of good! And yeah, that fresh cream is to DIE FOR..... Anyway, gotta love slow food! Good luck- hope it helps!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


ickypoo
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 224
   Posted 6/1/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are going to give raw milk a try, perhaps we could compare notes? I'm also wondering if it would be worthwhile to start a topic on raw milk as a possible "supplement" for those with IBD? (I don't think "? for ickypoo" will capture much attention in that regard). I have thought about doing that, but wasn't sure if it would be taken seriously. Would appreciate your thoughts (and anyone else who may have stumbled upon this).

By the way, I'm really going to have to change my handle. I was obviously in a delusional state when I picked "ickypoo".
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.

Current Meds: Sulfasalizine (2 g), Rowasa (now and then), Folic Acid (1 mg)

Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.

Other: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.


Dr-A
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2105
   Posted 6/1/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
It is so darned expensive here. Far superior to regular milk though. You notice when your regular milk spoils it really goes bad, lol. Your raw milk doesn't do that. Would love to try the goat milk. We use to get milk from nextdoor dairy farm when I was a kid. Besides the smell of the cows on certain windy days the milk was awesome. Much simpler times.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA


Serenity Now
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Total Posts : 2153
   Posted 6/1/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Aw, I love "ickypoo" and other names like that. Mine is so boring.
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't started "using" raw milk, per se, because getting it requires a day trip! But I agree that it does deserve it's own topic, especially if others are using/drinking it regularly. The cost doesn't bother me so much, because we rarely, if ever, eat red meat. So I figure the money I save by not buying meat just goes to farm eggs & milk. WE garden a lot & preserve a lot too, plus I'm pretty neurotic about only spending XXX amount on food per month. Even with the farm produce, I manage to stay well within my budget. It really seems to me that raw milk would be as beneficial for IBD as yogurt, or kefir, or another cultured milk product. I was surprised to see a fari amount of research on raw milk & IBD on the internet- like I said, even Jini Patel talks about it! Goat milk is also supposed to be very good for people with IBD, very easy to digest, etc. There is a health food store near me that caarries goat milk & yogurt & such on a regular basis. I don't think they sell raw milk though- plus, I'd rather buy it as fresh as possible right from the farmer. Ickypoo is pretty funny......

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 

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