Harald W. Tietze
Kefir for pleasure, beauty and well-being.
If you think that the only thing that can heal is a drug then you
may see Kefir as a powerful drug. Considering the therapeutic value
of Kefir some may think it's a drug but it definitely is not, it is
simple living food. A drug is something that people take to help for
a certain period of time in a disease, like a pain killer against
pain. Healthy living food is something to preserve our health and
life - to maintain our healthy body. Attempts to see if something is
a drug or a food does not need millions of dollars of expense. One
can make a test very simply and easily. If you take something, and
you can live in good health without negative side effects, then it is
a food. The term drug is used for something that you take only in
very small dosages, and where you can't live in good health if the
drug is your only intake.
Drugs are based on sickness, not on healthiness.
For maintaining health or to regain health, only living matter can
help in the longer term.
When I studied Agriculture over 30 years ago, one of our teachers
warned that by over-use of antibiotics we will develop resistant
strains against those antibiotics that they are not effective
anymore. It was a monk who was not educated in veterinary medicine.
On the other side our professional teacher for veterinary medicine
had scientific evidence about different antibiotics. He explained,
backing it up with scientific proof, that antibiotics don't harm, not
even in the long term. We hear similar stories of developing
resistance from chemical industries producing sprays against all
sorts of plants and insects. The chemical industry produces new
products every few years, stronger and more effective, and now,when
we look back to the old monk we must confess that he was right, not
only with antibiotics but with all of modern agriculture.
How many resistant strains of unfriendly bacteria and viruses do
we have now? Think only about TB, the nearly forgotten illness.
According to reports in the last 12 months, 3,000,000 people
worldwide die from TB. The antibiotic treatments which worked very
efficiently years ago are now useless with these new resistant
If you think agriculture and drugs of modern medicine have nothing
to do with Kefir you should think again.
A well balanced intestinal flora is a key for successful treatment
of illness. Antibiotics are not very selective as to which bacteria
they eliminate. They kill and destroy the balance. When taking
antibiotics, a brief improvement may be noticed because the
antibiotics kill the unfriendly bacteria that make us ill which is
the reason they are taken. But they kill the friendly bacteria as
well and disturb the balance. With a disturbed intestinal flora the
body's immune system suffers and we are more open to develop new
illnesses. Antibiotics are taken again, and again, and ...... it's an
endless downwards spiral.
Coming back to the old monk, he saw the discovery of penicillin as
gods blessing when it's used in cases where penicillin is the only
answer in a life or death situation. He recommended that in these
cases after antibiotic treatment, sour cream, butter milk, yoghurt
(natural only of course) should be taken to rebuild the intestinal
When I wrote my first Kombucha book I warned against too much
euphoric beliefs in regard to miracle healing. So I was surprised by
the thousands of testimonials I got, proving, that lactic acid
fermented living food can really work miracles. This is why lactic
acid fermented food does not cure one specific illness but the lot
from A to Z and on top of it makes people feel younger with grey hair
disappearing and hair regrowth. Women in menopause, even if they had
not been menstruating for many years, suddenly start to menstruate
again. Women become pregnant at an advanced age. An illness people
have suffered from and treated with drugs for 20 years or more,
suddenly disappear within only a few weeks or days. All this is
something many can't understand. It's the simplest thing in the
world, the friendly bacteria in the intestines.
The reason why Kefir and the other lactic acid ferments work like
a wide spectrum miracle drug is only because of the friendly bacteria
in it. The miraculous healing effects are only possible due to the
other dead food we eat, like processed, chemicalised, irradiated,
over cooked, microwaved and so on. These foods are dead and cause our
modern health problems of Western Society.
If you are interested in more information about the revolutionary
friendly bacteria, the book by Leon Chaitow and Natasha Trenev,
Pro-biotics, is highly recommended.
In short, friendly bacteria can aid in:
- bowel problems
- stomach disorders
- building up the body's own immune system and detoxifying
- playing a vital and important role in the development of a
healthy digestive tract in babies.
- controlling high cholesterol levels and in this way protecting
you from cardio vascular damage. Bowel function is enhanced. Some
literature recommends that against constipation, a fermentation
time of only 24 hrs works like a mild laxative. Kefir fermented
for 48 hours has a balancing effect.
- People with candida albicans may be worried about the yeast's
in Kefir. Experience shows that the disease is an imbalance of
intestinal flora and friendly bacteria. Yeast helps to rebalance
the intestinal flora and fight candida albicans.
- Lactic acid fermentation enhances the digestibility of milk
based foods. People who cannot otherwise digest milk, can enjoy
the vital calcium rich Kefir.
- During fermentation the bacteria produces the enzyme lactase
and in this way predigests and enhances the protein quality in the
milk for a better absorption and digestion.
- Scientific studies in different countries show that friendly
bacteria have an anti-tumour potential and act as
anti-carcenogenic (anti-cancer) agents.
- The symptoms of anxiety are reduced.
- They produce specific antibiotic substances and eliminate
- Instead of trying to treat acne externally, with the help of
friendly bacteria in the intestine acne disappears by itself in
- Friendly bacteria manufacture B vitamins such as B3, B6 and
- In Russia, Kefir is commonly used to aid in TB treatment.
- Doctor Drasek saw the potential of Kefir before the second
world war and the cure of catarrh of the breathing organs, stomach
cramps, chronic intestine infections, liver infections, gall
problems, and bladder problems and recommended it to people for
recovering after heavy illness. It is used as well against
pregnancy eczema and female ailments.
- Cardish-Umbricht uses Kefir as an aid in nearly all illness
and as treatment especially for internal ulcers, asthma,
bronchitis, all types of scleroses, gall, liver and kidney
infections, stomach and intestinal problems like diarrhoea and
constipation, anemia, rashes and eczema. The dosage she recommends
is one litre per day. For skin disorders a dosage of 1/2 a litre
is recommended plus additional washings with Kefir of the problem
areas. Kefir is rubbed in the skin and left over night.
- An information sheet (author unknown) which is distributed
with fresh grains when they are given to friends promises the
following: The people from the Caucasus drink Kefir instead of
water and eat thickened Kefir in place of a dessert. Their life
expectancy lies between 110 - 150 years (the latter not being a
rare occurrence). They do not have cancer, tuberculosis or
digestive disorders. Professor Dr. Kanschlikow devoted a large
part of his life to Kefir research and has observed its healing
effect on the following disorders: catarrh, digestive nodes,
stomach ulcers, anemia, all kinds of eczema, astral nodes, bilious
complaints, hepatitis, diarrhoea, constipation and high blood
pressure. Kefir prevents the decay of residual influence on the
process of convalescence and may even be administered as a
substitute for mothers milk. .... Kefir may be taken daily,
preferably with the evening meal (also as a sweet alone) In case
of serious illness, one must drink up to a litre a day. Kefir is
not only a medication but also a special nourishment. It may be
used instead of sour cream for salads and sauces.
Please note; 12 hour Kefir is a mild laxative, 36-48 hour
Kefir causes constipation. Based on today's knowledge we have
enumerated those illness' and disorders on which Kefir has a
A women asked me to publish following helpful use of Kefir to help
many others with this simple application:
Use Kefir as a douche for instant relief from the maddening
irritation of thrush.
Harald W. Tietze
Kefir for pleasure, beauty and well-being.