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Authors: N.D. Christopher Vasey

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The Whey Prescription

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May your foods be your medicines.

H
IPPOCRATES

Contents

Cover Image

Title Page

Epigraph

1.
The History of Whey

2.
What Is Whey?

3.
The Nutritional Substances in Whey

LACTOSE

LACTIC ACID

LIPIDS

CALORIC INTAKE

PROTEINS

MINERALS

VITAMINS

4.
The Healing Properties of Whey

A GENTLE BUT EFFECTIVE INTESTINAL LAXATIVE

REGENERATING THE INTESTINAL FLORA

STIMULATING AND DETOXIFYING THE LIVER

ELIMINATING EXCESS WATER FROM THE TISSUES

STIMULATING TOXIN ELIMINATION BY THE KIDNEYS

ENCOURAGING ASSIMILATION

CORRECTING THE BODY’S INTERNAL CELLULAR ENVIRONMENT

5.
Principal Indications for the Whey Cure

ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT

ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES

BLADDER INFECTIONS

BLOOD VISCOSITY AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL

CONSTIPATION OR INTESTINAL LAZINESS

DIABETES

FATIGUE, LACK OF ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM

GAS AND BLOATING

HEART ATTACK AND STROKE

HEMORRHOIDS

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

INDIGESTION

JOINT DISEASES

KIDNEY DISEASES

KIDNEY STONES

LIVER DISEASES AND INSUFFICIENCIES

MUSCULAR SPASMS AND CRAMPS

SKIN DISORDERS

WATER RETENTION AND EDEMA

WEIGHT PROBLEMS

6.
The Practice of the Cure

WHAT KIND OF WHEY SHOULD I USE?

DOSAGE

THE WHEY CURE

THE WHEY CURE AND DIET

CONTRAINDICATIONS

7.
Supplementing the Whey Cure

MEDICINAL PLANTS

OXYGENATION

PHYSICAL EXERCISE

OTHER MODALITIES

Appendix 1:
The Basic Principles of Detoxification Cures

ILLNESS: AN ACCUMULATION OF TOXINS

THE PROFOUND NATURE OF DISEASE

THE EXCRETORY ORGANS: THE EXIT DOORS FOR TOXINS

TO HEAL MEANS TO DETOXIFY

THERAPEUTIC DRAINING

THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING GOOD EXCRETORY FUNCTION

RECOGNIZING GOOD EXCRETORY FUNCTION

THE DRAINERS

THE PRACTICE OF DRAINING CURES

Appendix 2:
Nutritional Analysis of Powdered Whey

Resources

POWDERED WHEY

SPA WHEY CURES

AUTHOR’S WEB SITE

Footnotes

Also by Christopher Vasey, N.D.

About the Author

About Inner Traditions • Bear & Company

Books of Related Interest

Copyright & Permissions

1

The History of Whey

A patient in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, whom the medical treatments of the time were unable to cure and to whom the doctors were giving little time left to live, journeyed to the mountain village of Gais (in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden) in 1749 and was healed of his disease by drinking whey on a daily basis.

Was this patient aware of the past success of treatments based on drinking whey, the liquid known to the Greek doctors of antiquity as “healing water”? Or had he heard the peasants of this mountainous region talk about whey’s healing properties?

We don’t know, but the news soon spread of this patient, who survived despite his doctor’s terrible diagnosis, and numerous people with illnesses flooded to Gais to benefit in turn from the miraculous healing properties of whey. A health spa was soon created in this tiny village. It was followed by the opening of more than 160 others in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. These spas were most active in the middle of the eighteenth century and throughout the nineteenth century. The renowned benefits of the whey cure brought emperors, princes, and aristocrats from all of Europe to take the cure in these spas, to be healed of their ailments or simply to improve their general health.

What is most amazing about whey is that its healing properties have been recognized since antiquity, and modern scientific research has only confirmed the knowledge of the ancients. The whey cure is used today just as it was twenty-four centuries ago. Few remedies or cures can boast of such a long history and such unanimous agreement about their virtues.

Hippocrates (466–377
BCE
), the father of medicine, recommended whey to his patients. Following him, Galen (131–200
CE
), another founding father of medicine, advised his patients about the whey cure. For a time he even directed a treatment center, sponsored by the famous school of Salerno, at the foot of the “milk mountain” in Italy, between Sorrento and Naples.

Whey cures were also recommended by other famous names from the history of medicine: the Islamic doctor and author of nearly two hundred works, Ibn S
n
, known in the West as Avicenna (980–1037
CE
); Thomas Sydenham (1624–89), the “English Hippocrates,” who especially recommended whey for the treatment of gout; Hermann Boerhaave (1668–1738), the famous Dutch physician whose methods of clinical instruction were used throughout Europe; Victor Albrecht von Haller (1708–77), the Swiss biologist, considered the father of neurology, who discovered the function of bile; Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland (1762–1836), the German physician who taught how to prolong life by adopting healthier ways of living; and Samuel Auguste Tissot (1728–97), of Switzerland, remembered for his studies on migraines, which laid the foundation for future research by generations of doctors.

Contrary to what its French name,
petit-lait
, which means “little milk,” might suggest, whey is not a poor relative of milk.
While milk is universally esteemed for its nutritional value, whey is valued for its many healing properties
. These properties are enhanced by the fact that whey is easily digested and can be drunk in much larger quantities than milk. Whey’s therapeutic activity is beneficial to the major organs of the body: heart, liver, kidneys, and intestines. Its action is cleansing, detoxifying, and regenerative. It has been—and still is—used with success for liver diseases (hepatic insufficiency, hepatitis, gallstones); kidney disorders (infections, kidney stones, edema); intestinal disorders (fermentation, flatulence, constipation, chronic indigestion, bloating); joint diseases (rheumatism, arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout); and against the scourge of modern illnesses, the cardiovascular diseases (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks). Whey is also very effective in the fight against excess weight (obesity) and skin disorders (acne, eczema), and for improving general health and well-being.

Like many other remedies, the whey cure has experienced its times of glory and times of oblivion. Those times when the cure was abandoned were not due to the ineffectiveness of whey, but rather to problems involving its preservation—a dilemma that has now been resolved.

Whey is an extremely perishable beverage, which must be consumed within nine to ten hours of its manufacture. Liquid whey quickly spoils, and changes in its taste and odor make it undrinkable. Now, thanks to the fabrication of whey in powder form, its benefits are available to everyone.

In the eighteenth-and nineteenth-century health spas, a carefully timed system had to be put in place so that people wishing to take this cure could have whey at their disposal. Whey that had been prepared late at night was carried, at about 3 a.m., from remote mountain cheese makers and after a two- or three-hour walk reached the spa at the first gleams of dawn. The containers that held the whey were carefully wrapped in cloth so that the liquid would hold its heat while being transported and arrive still warm. A ringing bell announced the whey’s arrival and it was quickly poured into glasses, each holding about
1
/
4
liter (1 cup), that were lined up on tables for those following the cure. Given the fact that the cure consisted of increasing the quantity consumed each day and, depending on the case, ingesting eight to twelve glasses in a row, new glasses were continually being filled and a bell rang every quarter hour to announce that the time to drink the next glass had arrived.

The whey was still fresh enough in the middle of the morning when the three hours necessary to drink a dozen glasses had elapsed. By the end of the morning the whey was no longer useable, and one would have to wait until the following morning for fresh whey to arrive.

Today, the consumption of reconstituted whey from whey powder makes it easy to follow the cure throughout the day or simply to drink it occasionally for pleasure and general well-being.

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