HEALTH / NUTRITIONSince antiquity whey has been known as "healing water" by Greek physicians. Hippocrates and Galen both recommended whey to their patients. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, spas across Europe offered the whey cure to aristocrats and commoners alike. Modern scientific research has confirmed the curative capabilities attributed by our ancestors to this dairy product, but because it is highly perishable and must be consumed while very fresh, this cure fell out of favor in our modern urban age. Now, thanks to the availability of whey powder, this highly nutritious and effective healing agent is once more within the reach of everyone.Whey is the watery part of milk that is separated from the curd in the process of making cheese. It is rich in lactose, minerals, and vitamins. Beyond its nutritional value, whey has powerful detoxification properties and its therapeutic action is beneficial for the major organ centers of the body: heart, liver, kidneys, and intestines. It is especially effective in the treatment of liver ailments such as hepatitis as well as the treatment of skin problems, infections, edema, digestive disorders and gallstones, and the painful joint diseases of arthritis and rheumatism. Whey also has been shown to be a powerful treatment against obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. In addition to its ability to treat these specific illnesses, whey is a proven invigorating supplement that promotes overall good health and vitality.Christopher Vasey, N.D., is a naturopath specializing in detoxification and rejuvenation. He is the author of The Water Prescription and the bestselling The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health. He lives nearMontreux, Switzerland.Vasey, Christopher is the author of 'Whey Prescription The Healing Miracle in Milk', published 2006 under ISBN 9781594771279 and ISBN 1594771278.