“When his symptoms (Lyme disease) became worse, the congressman thought he needed to try something else. Interestingly, a constituent told him about a farmer on the Iowa/Minnesota border who was doing something unique. Borrowing a concept from veterinary medicine, Herb Sanders used colostrum - or first milk - from a cow to treat disease in humans.
Sanders became interested in the concept after losing a dairy herd to disease. According to "Tackling Giants," Bedell's biography, the medicine is made by injecting killed germs of a particular type - in this case, Lyme disease - into the udder of a pregnant cow. When the cow has its calf, the whey from the colostrum is used as medicine.
The farmer gave Bedell that whey and some instructions: "Take a tablespoon every hour and a half while I was awake. So I carried a timer in one pocket and a little bottle in the other. It wasn't very long before my symptoms disappeared. I haven't been troubled since."
Sanders, however, was. Even though others reported similar success for a number of diseases, he was arrested and charged with fraud, cruelty to animals and practicing medicine without a license, according to Bedell.
"The farmer didn't have any money so they had to appoint a public defender. The public defender was unhappy with the medical community because he didn't think they treated his late wife the way they should have." The state, however, was unhappy with the way he handled the case and pulled him off it. Undaunted, the attorney agreed to represent Sanders. To help, Bedell offered $20,000 for expenses. "When the (attorney) went out to interview these expert witnesses, the prosecuting attorney went with him. I think he got his eyes opened that this may make some sense."
Just days before the trial, all charges were dropped - except practicing medicine without a license. "I told the farmer to pay the small fine, which I would have helped him with, but the farmer wouldn't do it," Bedell says. The trial went on. "It was the longest trial in St. James, Minn., history. It lasted three weeks." A hung jury resulted. A second trial took place. It, too, resulted in a hung jury and, finally, the state gave up. Sanders (the farmer) died….”