Camel’s Milk and Luke’s Baptism

I apologize for the lack of blogging – between Luke’s birth, our October Perfect Health Retreat, and other obligations, the last three months have been hectic. But everything has gone very well, life is returning to normal, and I will resume blogging soon.

In the meantime, let me share a video from Australia and some baby photos.

PHD Cameo on Aussie TV

The Australian television show “Sunday Night” did a special on camel’s milk, and reader Richard Price was featured. He managed to sneak a copy of Perfect Health Diet into the video (watch starting 3:19 for Richard’s story):

A note on milk: Milk and dairy generally are listed among our “pleasure foods”, meaning they are acceptable in small doses but discouraged in large doses. We often serve a mug of warm whole milk with honey and turmeric as a dessert at our retreats; but we recommend against using milk as a staple food, due to evidence of danger such as this study. Milk supports growth of a healthy gut flora, so it can be therapeutic; but I am not familiar with special advantages to camel’s milk.

Baby Photos

Luke was baptized yesterday, and Mom and Dad are proud. Father Mark Murphy presided, the godmother was present, and the godfather participated by Skype from Switzerland:

Father Murphy and company at font

After the ceremony Luke was able to converse with his godfather:

Luke and his godfather

Here is our family (minus two):

Family after baptism

We had been saving a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1998, originally received as a wedding present, for a special occasion. It was a very generous gift and we thought Luke’s baptism the best opportunity to open it:

Celebrating Luke's baptism

The activity may have tired him out a little:

Luke resting after baptism

Can’t get enough baby photos? I’ve posted a few more on Facebook.

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  1. God’s blessings on Luke and your family! Congratulations!

  2. What a cutie. Mom looks beautiful and dad looks pleased. May you always be as happy as you are now.

  3. He’s beautiful! Congratulations on the sacrament of baptism. You’ll treasure that day forever.

  4. I love that you shared this with us! Congratulations to you and Shou-Ching! He’s a beautiful child and what a wonderful blessing!

  5. Congratulations on his baptism. May God bless you and make you a blessing, Luke!

  6. Exciting times for you. Congratulations 🙂

    That milk study you linked provides very weak evidence against milk. I mean, it’s epidemiology.

    Anyways, camel milk is awesome! Particularly beneficial for T1 diabetics:

  7. Congratulations and the best wishes 😀
    Thank you for sharing with us!

  8. How was the Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1998? Worth $10,000? Magnifique?

    • No, it’s not worth $10,000. It wasn’t even worth $949. But it was very good. I think we probably waited beyond its peak flavor, or peak complexity at least, but it was delicious.

  9. What a beautiful family! God bless Luke on his special day. Our daughter made her Confirmation yesterday!

  10. The study conclusion ends with “Given the observational study designs with the inherent possibility of residual confounding and reverse causation phenomena, a cautious interpretation of the results is recommended.”

    Which contradicts your statement, “but we recommend against using milk as a staple food, due to evidence of danger such as this study.”

    You should have taken greater care to reference a study that supported your claim.

    • It’s not a contradiction. We support moderate consumption of milk (e.g. a glass a day) and oppose making it a staple food, i.e. 20% of calories or more. That seems entirely consonant with a cautious interpretation of this and other studies. Note that in this study, even one glass of milk a day led to 93% higher mortality. If we believed that, our milk recommendation would be more restrictive than it is.

  11. Thank you for sharing this very special event with us!! Luke looks extremely calm and happy!!What a beautiful ceremony and the Church is gorgeous!! Congratulations!!!
    Best always,
    Mario and Kathy

  12. congrats!!!
    about milk… I suffer from an unknown cause of malabsoprtion. I was suggested to take raw cow’s milk, and a lot of it. What do you think about raw cow’s milk for malabsorption?

  13. another question for the followers of the PHD. I’m reading teh book again for a second time. What are your meals plans? What is a typical day (meals and eating times) for you? Looking to make it real…. help…

  14. Congratulations! Now I know why there’s a sudden hiatus… it’s worth the wait. Welcome little Christian!

  15. I’m a sucker for a baby pic. He’s adorable Paul and Shou-Ching! Congratulations on his baptism. Beautiful pics and wow what a fancy bottle of wine. I need friends like yours! The only person I kind of with a bottle of Chateau Lafite is a multimillionaire who consults as the doctor for a world leader…and we are not good enough friends that I would be gifted a bottle. You guys are truly blessed!!!

  16. Welcome to the Body of Christ, Luke!!! May God bless you and your family abundantly!

  17. Congratulations on the baptism! Was there a reason you had it done at three months? The Church teaches that it should be done rapidly after birth–traditionally around a week of age. (Just like the past rite of circumcision–baptism is the “new circumcision” as St. Paul says.)

    On another note entirely, why don’t you mention raw milk, as WAPF points out? That study appears to concern only standard commercial milk (pasteurized, homogenized). A totally different animal.

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