We have a new contributor to Rogue Produce! Yvette Bedrossian is a registered nurse and licensed acupuncturist at Community Acupuncture and Natural Health, in Ashland. In this post we share Yvette’s recommendation for raw milk and it’s nutritional benefits. We also provide you with contact information for White Oak Ranch, in Eagle Point, where you can sign-up to be a part of their raw milk program here in the Rogue Valley!
Health Benefits and Preparation Tips
Over the years I have seen so many patients whose bodies cannot tolerate conventional dairy. Over half of those patients however thrive when they try milk, yogurt, cheese, etc, that has *not* been homogenized or pasteurized. Processed milk, no matter how organic, no longer contains the live enzymes that our bodies need in order to digest its nutrients. This is why I have been ordering my dairy products from trusted raw milk farmers for the past 12 years. My favorite thing about it is that it does not putrefy! In fact, the taste becomes even sweeter after sitting out a little while (tastes like liquid ice cream to me) before it eventually starts to clobber into Kurds and whey. At that point I like to separate the solid and liquid components and make a nice cream cheese with the former, and a fermented salsa with the later. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, cow milk is considered to have slightly cooling qualities. It moistens dryness and is considered a tonic for the heart, lung, spleen and stomach. When I have patients who are concerned about raw dairy contributing to any kind of dampness or phlegm in their system, I recommend that they add a drying herb such as cinnamon to their milk or yogurt to balance out this effect.
Where to Get Raw Milk
Rogue Produce has been providing home delivery of the incredible pork and beef products from White Oak for several years. However, we are not allowed to deliver their raw milk – it is only available from Devon at White Oak Ranch, directly. She has several drop sites where you can pick up raw milk on a weekly basis. For more information, email Devon at firstname.lastname@example.org.