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Is Cow's Milk Unhealthy?
I'm Giving Up Milk and Here's Why
Cow's milk is the right food for a calf. It is unhealthy for humans and other species.
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.
The China Study
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.
Senior Fitness Book
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.
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.
Items you will likely find in milk:
- cow pus from mastitis
- growth hormones
There are plenty of yummy substitutes for cow's milk everywhere!
- rice milk
- almond milk
- hemp milk
- oat milk
- and more!
Giving up dairy is the best choice for me and for many others too.