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Is Cow's Milk Unhealthy?

Updated on August 31, 2012
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I'm Giving Up Milk and Here's Why

My Opinion
Cow's milk is the right food for a calf. It is unhealthy for humans and other species.

Sharing Info
I actually like milk in that I adore ice-cream and love pizza and cheese. But over time I've come across a lot of information that tells me dairy isn't something that I should ingest. I will leave it for the baby cows. This article will share the information I've found about the truth about dairy.

Studies Show Cow's Milk Grows Cancer Cells in Rats

Source: The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD
In this book Dr. Campbell shares that casein (which is the protein found in cow's milk) causes cancer cells to grow in rats. He did multiple studies because he himself was astounded that casein could be so harmful and wanted to verify that casein was "turning on" the cancer cell growth in rats.

He then found evidence in China that people eating closer to vegan (plant based diets) have less cancer.

My take: I am not going to wait for science to prove without a shadow of a doubt that cancer cells also grow in humans when people ingest dairy.

Milk and Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Source: Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Dr. McDougall's July 2002 Newsletter
In his book Dr. Barnard shares the studies that show that cow's milk likely causes Type 1 diabetes in children. The body's antibodies against the milk attack its own pancreas mistakenly, causing a life-long illness. Dr. Barnard explains the science of it and describes convincing studies in this book. A very good explanation is found at the link above for Dr. McDougall's July 2002 Newsletter.

My take: Having a close relative who has Type 1 diabetes, I know first hand the damage and destruction this disease causes to the body ~ blindness, kidney damage, and amputations, it's no joke. I'm not going to wait for the mainstream doctors and media to finally point the finger at the dairy industry.

Addictive Properties of Milk

Source: Breaking the Food Seduction by Neal Barnard, M.D.
Milk, whether human breast milk or cow's milk, has properties which naturally work to soothe the baby or calf drinking it. The scientific term is casomorphine, an opiate that is released in your stomach when casein breaks down. Casein is concentrated in cheese and this, along with its high fat content, explains its appeal.

My take: Avoiding dairy completely will rid me of it's cravings. I can also enjoy substitutes such as nutritional yeast for cheese or banana "Ice-cream" for ice-cream. Banana "ice-cream" is simply frozen bananas that have been blended with a food processor with a little soymilk, ricemilk, or vanilla extract or other flavoring. It's delicious!

Causes Acne Too

Hormones in Milk

Source: Foods that Fight Pain by Dr. Neal Barnard
Milk has a lot of hormones that cause heavier periods that last longer. This has been shown in studies. The hormones are already present, and are increased from what would be the natural amount for a nursing cow because the cows are kept pregnant to increase milk production.

My take: I don't think nature intended me to be ingesting hormones meant for a growing calf. My body makes its own hormones, thank you very much.

Osteoporosis and Dairy

Source: Senior Fitness by Ruth E. Heidrich, PhD
Milk and meat make the ph of human blood acidic. The body then takes calcium out of the bones to buffer this acidic blood a maintain a more alkaline or neutral blood ph. Over time, this is osteoporosis.

My take: I can get all the calcium and other vitamins and minerals my body needs to build and keep strong bones by eating greens and beans, and by taking regular exercise.

Mucus and Congestion

I noticed, once I stopped dairy completely, that my congestion was significantly reduced. My allergy to grass went mostly away and my sinuses feel clear and clean.

More Reasons I Gave Up Dairy

Humans Drinking Cow's Milk is Unnatural
It is unnatural for humans to drink the secretions of the mammary glands of cows, even if it is common practice in Western cultures.

Lactose Intolerance

The majority of the world's adult human population is lactose intolerant.

Milk is for Babies
Baby animals around the world are weaned at a certain point and no longer drink from their mother's teats. Milk is the right food to grow baby animals until they are able to eat the regular food of their species.

Mean to Cows
The life of a dairy cow is a sad one. They are kept continually pregnant, their calves are taken from them, and after their peak production years are over, they get killed and made into hamburger meat.

Unhealthy

Items you will likely find in milk:

  • cow pus from mastitis
  • pesticides
  • growth hormones

Substitutes Abound
There are plenty of yummy substitutes for cow's milk everywhere!

  • rice milk
  • soymilk
  • almond milk
  • hemp milk
  • oat milk
  • and more!


In Conclusion

Giving up dairy is the best choice for me and for many others too.

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    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR

      carozy 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for the vote, glad I'm not alone in this.

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      Ciel Clark 

      6 years ago from USA

      Why is drinking the milk from a different species seem normal when so many people get uncomfortable about breastfeeding human babies??

      I admit that occasionally I eat something containing dairy, (cow or goat not human) but I think about how odd it is every time. Cross-species milk and I am older than 5. Nice hub. Good reminder to think about why we do things that seem "normal" voted

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR

      carozy 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      B. Leekley ~ thank you for the vote up! :)

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR

      carozy 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I noticed very soon after dropping dairy, maybe a day or two. My sinuses feel clear and clean too, that's a good way to put it, and also I don't have to clear my throat as much. Now I only get congested if I have a cold, and even that is less severe and less congestion.

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      DeviousOne 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hi carozy. I've heard of a similar thing about nasal congestion. How long did this take before you noticed a difference?

      (In reference to: I noticed, once I stopped dairy completely, that my congestion was significantly reduced. My allergy to grass went mostly away and my sinuses feel clear and clean.)

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      Brian Leekley 

      6 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      You convinced me. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR

      carozy 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for sharing your honest experience. I heard of this happening before with Carl Lewis, the great Olympian, when he went vegan to control his weight he was so athletic that he also had that weak feeling. His vegan doctor told him to eat more, maybe eat more starches, because he was eating less calorie dense food and he was burning it all off with his heavy training. So maybe that would help you if you decide to go vegan again. Anyway, thanks for the vote up and good luck!

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      Miss Mimi 

      6 years ago from On the road again

      In general, I agree with you. The dairy industry is just awful and manipulative, I have heard my whole life that it bought its space on the FDA food pyramid. However, I strongly feel everyone has to listen to their own bodies. I've made my living for the last six years as n athlete, I grew up vegetarian and a few years ago decided to try a vegan diet. With all the exercise I was doing, I felt weak all the time, visibly lost muscle tone and muscle mass, felt lightheaded and started developing allergies, especially to soy products. I introduced dairy back into my diet after a several months of feeling ill, and instantly felt like I had regained my balance. I'm careful about what dairy I buy, where it comes from and whether or not there are additives and chemicals because there are terrible things in so many dairy products. Thanks for posting these studies, it's definitely good to stay informed, and I appreciate this scary evidence...might have to try vegn again someday when I don't depend on protein as much as I do now. Voted up and interesting for sure.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR

      carozy 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      That's true, most people in the world are lactose intolerant. There are healthier alternatives that don't cause cancer growth and are easily digestible. Thanks for your comment.

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      CHEETA 

      6 years ago

      carozy, it is very informative hub.. people really need to get educated about milk sideeffects. after the age of 10 80% of us lose the ability to digest milk.. when i drink milk it cause me stomach disorder.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR

      carozy 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Why thank you. I wonder how much cheese I've had in my life. Too much! There are many health myths about dairy is healthy that keep people "in the dark" -- the key one being that people must be dependent on dairy for calcium. Thanks for sharing.

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      assimilated 

      6 years ago

      GREAT. It's good to see people come to their senses. (Finally.)

      I've munched literally more than 500 pounds (!) of cheese in my life which disgusted me when I computed that number. Why did I do that? Because I was thinking about going vegan and I wanted to see how much of which food I had consumed. In December 2011 I did become a vegan and it was one of the best decisions in my entire life.

      I always thought milk would be energizing, e.g. after sports, but today I know for a fact that the opposite is true.

      Thanks for sharing this. Already pinned and tweeted it :-D

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR

      carozy 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      The book "The Starch Solution" by Dr. John McDougall, would be the best answer as my response. Cultures the world over have thrived on starch-based vegetarian diet and the book explains it better than I can in this little comment box. Anyway, thanks for sharing.

    • carozy profile imageAUTHOR

      carozy 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks and good luck on your new hub, lol! :)

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      JThomp42 

      6 years ago

      Yes, If people would see the milk in it's original form they would never drink another drop.

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      mio cid 

      6 years ago from Uruguay

      I totally disagree with the notion of people only eating vegetables, if that was the case we would still walk in four legs and eat grass.Milk is in my opinion a very important food and a natural way to remove toxins from your body,the studies that link milk to cancer are unreliable at best, although as with everything else consuming milk in excess is for sure unhealthy as it is to even drink water in excess which can and has caused people to die from it.A diverse balanced diet is in my opinion the healthiest. I know and have known many people who are either vegetarians or health food freaks and they are the unhealthiest people I know, they always have something,many unfortunately are no longer with us, including my mother.My grandfather who ate everything and drank everything in moderation lived healthy to the age of 98 years old and so did my grandmother.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      I've often contemplated giving up dairy. I admit I love the texture of cheese. But, I'm a big advocate of eating as close to a plant-based diet as possible. It's not only better for cows, chickens, and the rest of the animals, it's much better for the planet. Egads, you gave me a hub idea! Thank you! :D

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