Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are provided by Sally Fallon Morell, unless otherwise indicated.


Q. Does it harm raw cheese and other dairy products to heat them – particularly when you put raw cheese or butter over warm meals and it melts?

A. Gentle heating is probably okay, such as putting cheese in an omelet, warming milk (but not more than you can touch it without burning). But high heat does change the dairy products. If you have a high tolerance to dairy, heated cheese is probably okay in small amounts.

Q. Is it okay to freeze raw milk and butter? Is it okay to freeze milk in glass?

A. Yes It is fine to freeze raw milk and butter. There is no harm to the enzymes in milk nor to the fat-soluble vitamins in butter. Dr. Price actually tested frozen butter after a year and found no degradation. You can freeze milk in glass if the container is open and not completely full, although plastic is safer from a breakage standpoint.

Q. I have heard that spray dried milk is bad for you. Is dried cheese also and what about freeze dried cheese and milk?

A. Carcinogens are always formed in the process of spray drying. I don’t know about freeze drying, but I would suggest sticking to real, unprocessed cheese.

Q. I am considering switching my family to raw milk. However, I have only one remaining concern, I have been reading about the bovine leukemia virus that is transmitted through raw milk and there have been breast cancer studies that have found it in tissue. I’m also finding on nomilk.com that dairy farmers who drink raw milk have higher rates of leukemia. Will you comment on this?

A. Please show me this website where they say that drinkers of raw milk have more leukemia. This is a completely unsupported statement! There have been no studies of drinkers of raw milk in the US for over 60 years. Milk from pastured cows is perfectly safe to drink. These cows do not have leukemia. But I would not drink raw milk from confinement cows.

Q. I have just found a source for raw cow’s milk, who would I contact to find out what to look for and what questions to ask to know if the cow is clean and a good milk source?

A. Here are some summary guidelines. The last one is not really necessary if all the others are followed.

  • Cows graze on unsprayed pasture except during the coldest time of the year and then are fed mostly hay and silage when in barns.
  • The herd is tested free of TB and brucellosis.
  • When a milking machine is used, the cow’s teats are washed with iodine before putting the milking caps on.
  • The milking shed and surrounds are clean and tidy.
  • Milk is kept chilled in a stainless steel tank or individual containers.
  • Milk is tested regularly to ensure the absence of human pathogens.

Q. Do you have information showing the nutritional value of raw milk vs pasteurized?

A. The closest thing we have to an article on the nutritional composition of raw milk is our powerpoint presentation on raw milk.

The problem is that when you do an analysis for vitamins and minerals, raw milk does not look that different from pasteurized. But what is destroyed is the carrier proteins, which are destroyed by pasteurization. But the tests don’t look for this.

Q. Is there growth hormone in milk?

A. All cow milk contains growth hormones, which are identical to human growth hormones. These are being sold as a health food and are considered beneficial in the health food industry.

Q. My acne seemed to get better when I stopped drinking skim milk.

A. Skim milk could cause acne for several reasons, notably because it depletes vitamin A and also because, if it is pasteurized, the body mounts an immune response to it. Raw whole milk often clears up acne.

Q. I would like to have information on the safety and value of raw cheese.

A. There is a book called, American Farmstead Cheese, The Complete Guide to Making and Selling Artisan Cheeses, by Paul Kindstedt (with the Vermont Cheese Council). It has a chapter about raw milk cheese safety, although no recipes. It’s a pretty interesting book. I would contact him directly at the University of Vermont, Dept of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

Q. I was recently advised not to drink milk because of the possibility of it causing Lyme Disease. Please comment.

A. This is just one more slur against raw milk. Raw milk contains components that kill all pathogens. One body of opinion believes that Lyme is caused by pesticides, not a virus. One of our members, Dr. Ron Schmid, cured himself of Lyme disease by drinking lots of raw milk.

Q: What does pasteurization do to the fat in cream?

A: Pasteurization is much more damaging to the proteins than the fats. The only thing ruined in the fats will be the Wulzen Factor, which protects against arthritis. If only pasteurized cream is available, you can get the Wulzen Factor by taking high-vitamin butter oil.

Q: In your Real Milk brochure you mention German hospitals using raw milk, what are they doing?

A: In many hospitals they just give raw milk as part of the diet. They may also be using the milk fast, described here.

Q:Is it lawful to purchase raw milk for personal use and take it across a state line? 

There is a federal regulation prohibiting raw milk for human consumption in interstate commerce.  According to an FDA official, the agency’s position is that it is illegal to purchase raw milk for personal use and carry it across state lines.  Having said that, I can tell you the FDA has never taken any action against a consumer who has done this.  I would not let the FDA’s position dissuade you from obtaining foods that you believe are healthy for your family.  I believe that the regulation is unconstitutional.  The FTCLDF (ftcldf.org) is currently representing an Indiana farmer that is challenging their ruling.

Update: See our article on the FTCLDF lawsuit against the FDA, Update, Summer 2012. The FDA has gone on record promising not to take action against individual consumers who cross state lines to obtain raw milk.

Q: Which whey is better to use for fermenting vegetables and fruits, the whey obtained from raw goat milk cream cheese or the whey obtained from a 24-hour (heated goat milk) yogurt goat milk is the only milk I use?  I find the whey from the cheese culture mild, almost sweet tasting compared to the whey from the yogurt culture which is sharper, more lemony tasting.  Since I’ve been making the cream cheese more often than the yogurt, I have more of the cheese whey on hand however, I wouldn’t want my recipes to spoil on me.

Whey from sour milk, yogurt or cream cheese are all fine.  But best not to use the whey from other cheeses–this whey has undergone an additional fermentation and I don’t know what the results will be  We have found that using cheese whey for the baby formula causes it to curdle.  

Q: I used the recipe below to make whey using raw milk.  However after 4 days I strained it and I don’t think it had separated enough, because I only got about 1/2 cup of cream cheese and the whey looks pretty thick.  It does smell sour.  I was wondering if I should let it sit out longer?

A: Yes, you should let it sit out longer.  It might help if you added a spoonful of yoghurt to the milk, it might separate more quickly.

Q: To separate milk, do I need to open the milk bottle in the first place, or can I take a sealed and un-opened bottle of milk and place it on the counter to separate?

A: You may let it separate in the bottle if the milk is in glass bottles but the problem with letting the milk separate in a milk bottle is the small opening at the top–it is very difficult to pour out.  Also, I think it would take much longer if you had not first exposed the milk to air.

Q: Can you tell me about the raw milk diet and specifically an article by J.W. Crew?  Also, is the raw milk diet helpful for alcoholics?

A: The only reference I have for this is the original article by JW Crewe.

Since raw milk is an excellent source of vitamin B6, that alone would make it helpful for alcoholism.  Also, since on the raw milk diet, one gets off all grains, this would also make this diet helpful.

Q: If I skim cream off raw milk, is the remaining milk considered skim?  Is that okay to drink and will it make him fat?

A: If you skim the cream off the milk, it is “skimmed” milk.  It is probably the equivalent of about 1% milk.  If you use the cream and also drink this skimmed milk, this is fine.  But if you just drink the skimmed milk without consuming additional butterfat from butter or cream, you might develop nutrient deficiencies and even have weight gain.

Q.  Why do you not recommend aseptically packed rice milks?

A.  Because they are highly processed and contain emulsifiers, synthetic vitamin D (toxic), sweeteners.

Q. In Arizona, I can only get raw milk from one source and since there is little grass here, the cows are fed:  50% organic alfalfa, 50% organic tritical hay and oats, probiotics in the water and hay, and Redmond sea salt, bentonite clay and kelp for minerals.

I wonder if these cows contain many of the benefits bestowed in grass-fed milk?

A.  This is a good question!  My reply is that I would still recommend this milk and here’s why:  When my children were little, my only source of raw milk was Alta Dena Dairy in California–this was a large confinement dairy and the feeding program was probably not as good as the one you describe. Yet my children thrived on this milk–it is still way, way better than pasteurized milk.  And fortunately there is no soy in the feed. Just make sure you tell people what the feeding program is when they ask about raw milk.

Q.  How much milk do you recommend drinking?

A.  We recommend 1 quart per day for pregnant and nursing women.  We don’t have any specific recommendations for children and other adults–it really depends on their personal tastes and preferences.

Q.  I’m well-aware that raw milk is best, and that’s what we drink in our family, but if someone doesn’t drink raw milk, I assume it is best to at least be sure to drink whole milk, but if heating/pasteurizing the milk oxidizes the cholesterol, is it better to say drink either raw milk or NO milk?

A.  Regarding milk, the more I learn about pasteurization, the more I realize how harmful it is (for other reasons than the oxidation of cholesterol).  And now most milk is ultra-pasteurized, especially most organic milk.

I think if people can’t get raw milk, the next best thing is pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized) cream diluted with water. The fats are much less prone to damage by pasteurization than the water portion of the milk, and at least the fats in cream have not been homogenized.  This is what I did for my family when we could not get raw milk.  We used diluted cream on porridge and in cooking.

Q. Do you know whether the heat process of clarifying butter would destroy the “X factor” in grass fed dairy ghee?

A. Answer from Chris Masterjohn: My understanding is that heat destroys the Wulzen anti-stiffness factor but not the X factor, which is consistent with heat having little effect on vitamin K2.

81 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. I milk our own grassfed cow by hand. I try to be careful with cleanliness etc. but was recently told by when of our friends who gets from us that after a few days it has a “sulfer” smell. Not in every batch, but sometimes. Any ideas on what would cause this? They are not referring to normal souring, and not exactly rotten, but a “rotten egg” smell with an off taste? I can’t figure out what I would have done different.

    • Sally Fallon Morell responds: It might be because the cow is eating onion grass in the pastures. If you are feeding a little grain, you can mix some vinegar with the grain and that will reduce the onion taste/smell.

  2. I am wondering if it is safe to consume milk from goats that are positive for CL (caseous lymphadenitis). Should all goats be tested before their milk is consumed? Thank you!

  3. heating milk can destroy the enzymes. What do you think about baking and cooking with milk? It is safe or we must avoid cooking with milk?

  4. I’m looking to switch my baby over to raw milk at 1 y/o. She currently eats (1) 7.5 oz bottle of German goat milk formula a day and breastfeeds the rest of the day. I have been looking EVERYWHERE trying to find a guide for starting baby on raw milk. I’m wondering if there is any special process on how to introduce raw milk that is different from what they recommend when telling you how to transition to pasteurized milk at 1 y/o? Or are basically the same guidelines followed for all types of milk?

  5. Can raw milk cause a herxheimer reaction, or die off?

    I am starting off slowly, been on 1/2 cup for past two days and I feel weird! I am not in pain but my stomach will gurgle and slightly cramp, almost as if its trying to adjust to all this new bacteria! Is this normal? How long should I expect this to go on for?

    – newbie in maryland

  6. Is it safe to heat raw milk to steam it? I like frothing my raw milk for coffee, but I’m worried the heat might denature the proteins or destroy the enzymes and bacteria. Is there a temperature that it’s safe to heat it up to? Thanks

  7. Our 13 month old boy is constantly constipated.. Our understanding is that at this age he can have raw cows or goats milk from the best sources we can find at this age. However, he remains constipated with both.. we’ve tried several sources and still the same outcome. I’m thinking to add in lactose. We are using goats milk at the moment and I’m adding the recommended b12 n iron from nutritional yeast. Is there anything else you’d suggest? I’ve added in keifer, done belly rubs, bone broths, the digestive tea, Celtic sea salt, prune juice, butter for the butyric acid, sourkrout, short of enemas every time he needs to poop I don’t know what else to do. Please advise..

  8. Hi, I recently went to a farmer near me (in Canada, ON), and he said that he doesn’t test his cows for TB because his vet told him he doesn’t need to worry about it. His cows get vaccinated for TB at an early age, and he said he never had any occurrences of TB for the 12 years he has been providing raw milk. Do you think it’s a good idea to consume the raw milk he supplies? or should I look for a different farmer that regularly tests for TB? Thank you

  9. Hello,
    I prefer raw milk (either goat or cow) and I’m against antibiotics and vaccines.
    There’s one thing that I’m not certain about yet. If a cow (or goat) is vaccinated only once, in a very young age, when it’s still a calf, is its milk completely safe to drink in the future? In other words, is one vaccine in a very young age still a bad
    thing or not?
    Thank you.

    • Sally Fallon Morell responds: It’s best if the animals are not vaccinated. There are toxins in vaccines and they could come out in the milk. However, even milk from vaccinated animals is a safe and healthy food.

  10. I was able to visit a small nearby goat breeder who will occasionally share/sell/trade her free-range raw goat milk. The farm was clean and all the animals were very happy and well cared for. When she buys new goats they are always tested for various diseases and she only purchases ones with negative results. After some time, several of them always seem to develop toxoplasmosis, possibly from neighboring cats. She will still drink her raw goat milk but will never sell it because of possible effects toxoplasmosis can have, mostly on pregnant women or immunocompromised people. I can not find anything on your site about drinking raw milk and the prevalence or need to test for toxoplasmosis for safety. Can you please advise?

  11. HELLO!!!! HELLO! First! Thanks so much for being here! Recently I met someone interested in liver pate’ and Raw Milk for her, a nursing mother, and her 3 year old. I told her a few places she could get it. Later she thanked me and said it was so delicious! Now just 2 weeks later she said that her 3 yr old has had a rash since drinking raw milk. I have never heard of that and wanted to get a good and proper answer for her. That can be scary and maybe misleading. Please let am know asap. Or if there is a link, an article, a pod cast or ? that talks about it so I can refer it to her. Thanks so much!

    • Sally Fallon Morell responds: She needs to find out what is causing the rash. Go off the raw milk for a bit and see whether the rash clears up. Also it could be something the cows are eating, such as soy or too much grain. If this is the case, then perhaps find another source of raw milk.

  12. I love raw milk and have been drinking a lot of it. It is one of my favorite things to consume. Recently my doctor told me not to drink milk because it causes inflammation. I didn’t get into a discussion with her about the fact that I was drinking raw milk, because I presumed she would not know anything about it, but I’m wondering what you can tell me, does raw milk cause inflammation in the body? Also, what can you say about osteoarthritis and drinking raw milk?

  13. Hello,
    I have been giving my infant enfamil formula, which I don’t like. Im trying to make a better transition to him into better milk decisions. Considering raw milk and adding cod liver oil. is it good to give to my 3 month old?

  14. quick question about your body’s reaction to the milk. knowing your family drinks it everyday their body’s would be used to it. do you need to introduce it slowly to get your body used to drinking raw milk? it drives me crazy how real milk is so inaccessible in Canada. I’m across from Detroit and I can’t find any website that will ship to Canada. Marijuana legal yet real milk illegal what has this world come to?! also does fermentation further reduce pathogens?
    thanks so much

  15. Since the RealMilk Webmaster is not familiar with dogs and epilepsy, I asked Will Winter, DVM, if he had any advice to give. His reply:

    I’m a big fan of the natural cure (and prevention) of all disease, including epilepsy.

  16. I have recently started buying raw milk and I have noticed if I wait more than 2 or 3 days to skim the cream that there is much less of it. Is this normal?

  17. I have been buying raw milk exclusively for my children the past year from a heritage cows grass fed farmer. It just dawned on me that maybe my kids aren’t getting vitamin d since it is not added to the milkI got very concerned and tried to do some research on this site but nothing in the f&q was about vitamin d. Can anyone give me some good info about vit d and raw milk and if I should be supplementing with additional D? Ugh, I wouldn’t even know how much to give my kids, debating weather to go back to the pasteurized milk.

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: There will be vitamin D in whole milk from pastured cows, but better sources are butter, egg yolks, lard, poultry liver and cod liver oil. These should all be included in the diet of your children.

  18. We buy local raw milk in southeastern MI. In our refrigerator I’ve had milk sit in the back, unopened, for about 4 weeks and still taste great. Once we opened it, though it soured pretty quickly.

  19. Regarding the Bovine Leukemia question… what kind of answer was THAT to a perfectly reasonable and legitimate concern?! And the blanket statement that pastured cows “do not have leukemia” begs for supporting research as well. The answer seems defensive that someone would even QUESTION the veracity and health of the raw milk platform and shuts down what could have been an informative dialogue. This person, and the rest of us, deserves a thoughtful and intelligent response instead of a defensive one. And the fact that you are stating that their anecdotal evidence isn’t good enough- what about all the answers you’ve provided with your own personal anecdotal “evidence”? Just please don’t perpetuate the belief that raw milk enthusiasts are anti-science fanatics by providing such poor answers to legitimate questions and concerns. Now how about some good objective information for us concerned about bovine leukemia?

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: Here’s an answer: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6941037

      This study found a small but statistically insignificant relationship of leukemia among conventional dairy farmers in Wisconsin.

      The main risk factors for leukemia are smoking, exposure to radiation, and exposure to benzene. A possible cause of leukemia in conventional dairy farmers is exposure to fly sprays containing benzene–flies are a HUGE problem in conventional dairies.

      But if you are concerned, then ask your dairy farmer to test their herd for bovine leukemia. It should not be hard to do–just send in one test of the pooled milk.

    • Buenos dias! Lo siento mucho, no hablo mucho espanol, pero creo que entiendo su pregunta. The listings are provided by farmers and consumers in these locations. So there are no listings in Puerto Rico because no farmers or consumers have let us know about sources. If you do some research in Puerto Rico and find raw milk sources, please let us know. Gracias!

  20. I am currently feeding the Answers Raw fermented Goat milk cure to my dog who has epilepsy and is currently on three different high dossage anti-seizure meds. Shes only been on it for a month now and is loosing weight and having itchy skin issues to the point shes getting scabby. It has been hard to control her fleas but I was thinking it could also be a detox issue from the milk and her meds. I am thinking about weening her off most or all of her meds and starting from scratch with her as far as her diet and adding any meds if need be. I was wonddering if there are any detox symptoms and what are they when doing the goat milk cure diet? Any information would be helpful regarding the milk cure and epilepsy.

    • Since the RealMilk Webmaster is not familiar with dogs and epilepsy, I asked Will Winter, DVM, if he had any advice to give. His reply:

      I’m a big fan of the natural cure (and prevention) of all disease, including epilepsy.

      Seizure occurrence is actually a SYMPTOM not a disease, it’s like a cough, loose stool or a rash, it could be from any of a wide variety of causes. There are dozens of different categories of causation mainly lumped under the following types: genetic (very rare), vaccinosis (from vaccine), brain trauma, infection, glandular condition (diabetes, thyroid, hormones, other), poisons (including toxins, food ingredients, mold, others), and allergic (very common, but food is usually the #1 source). Deep testing with a holistic mindset is the most important thing to do. Sometimes the tests show nothing but it’s very important to rule out serious issues.

      Encourage the owner to use a multi-faceted approach, not the “silver bullet” approach, even if raw milk works, which it can. I’m not against raw milk for cure, but I’d go with other well-established natural plans, to wean off drugs completely. There’s no good prognosis for the patient who needs to take anti-seizure meds. I have zero history to go on with this case, so this is GENERAL ADVICE….

      A simplified holistic treatment Top Ten plan:
      1) Testing, as mentioned above, including for heavy metals, pesticides, etc. is very important, don’t start treatment without an attempt at a diagnosis.
      2) Switch to a 100# home-made diet, see the internet for guidance (there are a few really good commercial raw diets). But ease into it SLOWLY, never more than 5% at a time!
      3) Reread the last part of the last bullet point. Never change quickly. Switching to an all raw, home-made diet will eliminate about 95% of all chronic disease.
      4) Use ingredients not likely to cause allergy, stick with chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, and mix with sweet potatoes, rice, oatmeal and other small grains. Avoid GMO foods, especially corn and wheat. Add organ meats to about 10% of the total meat intake. The meat should be between 1/3 and 1/2 of the total never more. Eggs are OK too. The maximum amount of raw milk daily would probably be about 1-2 tbsp/20 # of body wt.
      5) Add digestive enzymes to every meal, about 1/3 tsp then add another 1/3 tsp per additional 20# of body weight
      6) I use hemp oil as an anti-inflammatory. At a rate of about 1/2-1 tsp/20# body wt. Some animals improve using pastured pork lard instead but hemp is better.
      7) Also add the following to the daily meal
      ~a good Vitamin-Mineral Mix that includes a probiotic (which is also in raw milk).
      ~ Detox clay, a good montmorillinite fine clay 1/3 tsp per 20# body wt daily
      ~Fresh greens, 1/4-1 cup daily depending on size
      8) If possible have a certified vet chiropractor see if there is any neck or skull misalignment problems.
      9) Use the most common homeopathic detox remedies such as Thuja, and Nux Vomica. There are other remedies specific for seizure problems.
      10) Avoid everything toxic (except, for legal reasons, the 3 year killed-virus rabies vaccine). Never any other vaccines, heart worm meds, flea and tick meds nor any wormers.

      DISCLAIMER: Nothing I say here or in any post should count as medical advice for you, your friends or family, pets or livestock. Everything I am saying falls under the category of my constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech, and it is the culmination of my clinical observations, as well as my opinions and theories which have been collected over a decades-long career of study and literature review. Readers should exercise their own judgement with regard to all herd health decisions. Nothing here is intended to replace actual advice by your own health care professional or veterinarian.

  21. This is not true, because all grocery brands of batch pasteurized organic grass fed milk are not homogenized. Unless there is some local brand outside the midwest but that would be weird because why would a brand be safe enough to do low temp or flash pasteurization but somehow still be untrustworthy enough to homogenize anyway?

    • I’m having trouble understanding what you take issue with in my previous comment. It is true that some grass-fed, pasteurized milk in the store is not homogenized. The more commonly available ones, at least in Virginia where I live, are all homogenized.

    • The worse the quality of the commercial milk, the worse the detrimental effects from that part of the glass of milk, I suppose, but it won’t specifically negate the benefits of the raw milk like the raw fat, raw protein, CLA, Wulzen factor, lactoferrin, etc. It isn’t as if the pasteurized milk contains one for one “anti-” versions of the beneficial substances in raw milk.

  22. Grains are absolutely terrible and caused ecoli to exist. I would put grass-fed and organic far above raw. Not Horizon or Organic Valley or some other terrible company.

  23. I would like to buy raw milk, but to keep down the cost, I would like to mix a gallon of raw milk with a gallon of pasteurized milk from the store to get the benefit of the enzymes in the raw milk. Would that be safe to do?

  24. I need some help figuring this one out….
    I sell raw milk from Dutch Belted/Jersey cross cows. They are mostly grass fed but I do feed some grain during milking and during the winter. During the winter the amount is just under a third of what is fed to a “typical” dairy cow. Recently, I had a customer come to me with a large order (12 gal/week for now, wanted to increase to 20 in a few weeks). She stated that she was in a group that had ben getting their milk from a “sweet little old man in Cave City.” He will be having back surgery and is suspending milking for a while. I explained that I could only guarantee 8 gal of milk that was less than 24 hours from milking on the day she chose to come. She stated that she did not mind getting older milk because they were able to keep the milk in their refrigerator, unopened, for 3 weeks and it was “as fresh as the day I got it.” I told her my milk would keep for only 1 week, maybe 10 days max. She took the milk and four days later called to cancel future orders. She said the group was not happy that mine would only last one week and that the milk they had been getting was much thicker than my milk. I was shocked by this because I have had several customers who have stated that mine had considerably more cream than what they had been getting! Dutch Belteds test a cream content that is very close to the Jersey’s which I have always thought wee the highest in cream content. I have heard tales of watered down milk, skimmed milk and store bought pasteurized milk being re-bottled and sold as raw. But never heard a complaint because it lasted only one week. All my other customers come once a week because they want “fresh” milk. And I can’t imagine how mine could be thinner than any other raw milk. How was this guy getting his to last so long and what makes his thicker? Is it diet or handling? Please give me any tips you can.

    • I’ve had raw milk from a number of sources and a week to ten days (unopened) is as long as it ever stays fresh without starting to sour, in my experience. I get milk in half gallons vs. gallons so I can keep one unopened while I’m drinking the first one. I keep them both in the coldest part of the fridge.

      Sally Fallon Morell says: “I would suggest telling customers to put the milk, unopened, at the back (coldest part) of the fridge. Open before one week and once open it should last five or six days. Fresh milk is just that–fresh. I does not last very long before starting to sour (although it is still safe when sour.)”

      We don’t know why his would be thicker also. Maybe other readers can help out.

  25. Sally,
    There seems to be differing opinions about what age to transition to straight raw milk from the raw milk formula? My daughter just turned 1 and we started to switch her, but I’ve heard other people say to wait until 2? We are still adding whey and gelatin to help with digestion. And she eats 3 meals a day of solids–animal fats/proteins, fruits, veggies. Should we wait to switch her or go ahead?

  26. I live in delaware and was told I cannot buy raw cheese there because it contains raw milk, which is still illegal to sell in delaware. is this not true?

    • Who told you that you cannot buy raw milk cheese? My understanding is that one can buy at least aged raw milk cheeses pretty much anywhere–with different regulations such as “aged at least 60 days” or whatever. Fresh cheeses, maybe not, depends.

      • Wow, sorry! I realized when I saw your reply that I was thinking of raw butter. Such as ghee. I tried to buy that in Delaware and they said there was raw milk in it, and therefore could not be sold in states where raw milk sales were illegal. Is this also true?

        • Aged raw milk cheese is the only raw milk product I am aware of that is available at retail stores in every state. However, that’s only true for commercial retail. In the large majority of states, you can buy all other manner of raw milk products at the farm, through private buyer’s clubs, and farmshares (varies a little by state).

  27. I have recently decided to take my tooth mineralization into my own hands, starting by drinking only raw milk! I can’t find out anywhere how many calories are there in an 8 oz glass. Just trying to juggle my calories eaten vs those burnt. Does anybody know?

  28. I wonder what is better, raw milk in which the cow was feed regular grain(not non-GMO) or organic milk from the store?

  29. One more question: if calves wean from their mothers, and human babies wean from their mothers, I’m wondering why/if we do in fact need milk for health? I do use milk, but this is one of those burning questions that has recently popped into my head. Thanks for your help.

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: Human beings all over the world have consumed milk from cows, sheep, goats, water buffalo, camels and reindeer and have thrived on it. Without milk or dairy products it is hard for humans to get enough calcium. AND many animals will drink milk from another species if given to them.

  30. I’ve become interested in raw milk recently. However, I just read an article about dairy cows. It said the cows must be impregnated and, in order for us to get the milk, the baby calf must be taken away from the mother which is very
    distressful to both. This was upsetting to me and seems so unnatural. It would seem if the cow is stressed it would have a negative impact on the milk. I wonder if there’s a way to keep the calf with the mother and still get milk for human consumption?
    (Prime example of not knowing where your food comes from!)

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: In conventional dairies, the calf is taken away right away. In grass-based dairies, the calf stays with the mother for 4-7 days and then is put with other calves, but still given milk in a bottle or bucket. It is not stressful, mother and calf get used to it right away.

  31. I live in Thailand and, by pure stroke of luck, a farm has just brought in 2 Holstein cows (the black and white ones) for the purpose of selling organic raw milk to the local community here. One of the cows is currently providing milk (her calf watches from close proximity and is given a fair proportion of her mother’s milk each day). The other cow is expecting.
    I have been to check out the milking process and saw that they are meticulously clean and organised. They do the iodine teat clean, test for TB and the milk goes straight into stainless steel containers. They really do care for the cows here, but to my disappointment, I then saw that they heated the milk before bottling and chilling. It was heated in a water bath and not to such high temperatures, but heated all the same.
    So, i’m going to ask if they wouldn’t mind selling me a couple of gallons before it gets heated (i.e. raw milk). I think they will, but my question to you is how to ensure the safety of this raw milk up until i consume it.
    How quickly must the milk be chilled? Would 10 mins down the road be ok before getting it into my fridge?
    What other precautions should i take?
    What other questions should i ask?
    Finally, i suffer from flares of ulcerative colitis and I’m intending to try the milk cure diet on myself. I have a couple more questions:
    1. would 4 quarts of raw milk be sufficient do you think? do i have to drink only raw milk and nothing else?
    2. for how long should i follow the raw milk diet?
    apologies for all the questions, and maybe you don’t know all the answers. if not, then i will experiment and post my learnings on your website at a future date.
    thanks for creating such a great resource of information on raw milk!

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies:

      (..saw that they heated the milk before bottling and chilling. It was heated in a water bath and not to such high temperatures, but heated all the same.)
      If it is not heated past 110 degrees, it should be OK.

      (How quickly must the milk be chilled? …)
      The farmer should put the bottled milk in an ice bath to chill it down right away. But if you are buying it straight from the cow, it would be good to put it in ice if you can.

      (would 4 quarts be sufficient…)
      Yes, 4 quarts sufficient. The diet has to be only raw milk.

      (for how long should I follow the raw milk diet?)
      I think you can follow it 6-8 weeks. Be sure to read Raw Milk Cures Many Diseases from the realmilk.com page. You also need to do the enemas and the sweat baths.

  32. My 14 month old has been on raw milk and the homemade formula since 12 months. I have been giving her more just milk lately and she has been doing fine. I have noticed after our vacation, and when she isn’t getting raw milk, she has been constipated and her poops have been lighter. Is it possible she has a milk allergy but only for pasteurized milk??? Thanks!

    • Sally Fallon Morell replies: Yes, that is completely possible. Pasteurized milk is very allergenic, but raw milk is not. Next time you go on vacation, contact the WAPF chapter leader in the area where you are going on vacation and see whether he or she can pre-order raw milk for you.

  33. We have been consuming raw milk for about 3 months now; way better than store bought; but naturally more expensive. I believe our daughter is definitely having less running noses, general sickness overall. Our family of 3 go through 1 gallon a week. Are we consuming enough to get the best benfits out of this?

    • This is hard to say, not knowing your family and their specific needs. Certainly you could try increasing your consumption and see if you notice a difference. If you have access to other raw dairy products–butter, cream, cheese, yogurt, kefir, ice cream, etc., you could try using more of those as well.

  34. “Milk from pastured cows is perfectly safe to drink. These cows do not have leukemia. But I would not drink raw milk from confinement cows.”
    You people do realize how ridiculous and unprofessional this sounds right? No actual scientist or scholar would even think about uttering an absolute statement like this. Also, don’t even get me started on the amount of biased statements contained in this FAQ sheet. Do you see any credible sources on this website? I don’t think so. Just one RETIRED physician. Drinking raw milk is like playing Russian roulette and it’s completely not worth it. There is no scientific evidence to back up any of their claims against pasteurized milk and no scientific evidence to back up that raw milk is a “cure all” (because it’s not). Please educate yourselves and learn to tell the difference between a credible source and a quack. That is all.

    • Please see the “Key Documents” section for a number of papers that include dozens of references from credible medical and research journals. This FAQ page provides simple Q&A for the lay person regarding common questions. The Key Documents area, as well as a number of the articles under the Safety and Health headings, provide information in a more formal tone, with references.

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