Is milk bad for you? The truth about milk and how it affects the body
Every time I drank a glass of milk I thought I was one step closer to looking like Tomb Raider in the “got milk?” ads.
And why shouldn’t I? These ads were everywhere: billboards, TV commercials, magazines. You couldn’t look anywhere without being advised that “milk does the body good.”
Strangely enough, after I drank the glass of milk, I didn’t feel anything like Tomb Raider. I felt bloated and gassy, and I looked pregnant.
But I kept drinking it because, like most people, I had been raised to believe that milk is good for you.
So, why is milk bad for you?
Rennin and Lactase
There was a good reason why my body was rejecting milk: I just don’t have the enzymes to digest it. And I’m not the only one.
Rennin is the enzyme that digests the milk protein casein, and we start losing this enzyme after our teeth are formed.
Lactase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down the main sugar in milk (lactose), also diminishes as we grow older.
As we become adults, our bodies stop producing the enzymes necessary to digest milk. That’s the body’s way of telling us that milk is no longer necessary.
But we don’t listen, and we keep chugging down the milk, even if this brings another set of problems.
Problems associated with milk consumption
I was producing a lot of phlegm. It was nothing short of embarrassing! If I wasn’t careful enough, phlegm would fly out of my mouth every time I coughed. (Yeah, I know, disgusting!)
I knew it was the milk causing it, so I would stop drinking it for a time and the phlegm would disappear. Then, when I was feeling all better, I would go back to my drinking problem (milk, that is). And this became part of a vicious cycle.
Milk and dairy products are known to cause:
- congestion of nasal passages, chest and mucous membranes
- breast cancer
- kidney stones
- heart disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
So, is milk bad for you?
Yes! In case I wasn’t clear enough in the previous paragraphs, let me emphasize it: Milk is bad for you!
Let’s go through the logic of it.
All mammals produce milk. Why? To feed their offspring. Humans are mammals, so our mothers produced milk to feed us when we were babies, which explains why our bodies produced rennin and lactase at that time.
Cows are also mammals, so they produce milk for their offspring.
A calf and a baby are two very different creatures with very different needs. Human milk meets the needs of babies and provides them with a very specific combination of nutrients for its growth.
But milk must be good because it has so much calcium, right? WRONG! Cow milk has more calcium and protein than human milk. The extra calcium and protein is needed because calves develop their large bones and bodies early. Humans develop their brains and nerves first. The phosphorus-sulphur ratio in human milk is perfect for this mental growth.
Each milk is perfect for its offspring. Which milk is right for you?
Milk is bad for you and your bones
My mother’s main worry when I stopped drinking milk was: “but what about your bones? You need calcium…”
She was astonished when I explained to her that milk was actually getting rid of calcium and destroying my bones.
Here’s how it works:
Milk, like all animal protein, acidifies the body. Calcium is a great acid neutralizer. When we drink milk, our body’s pH is acidified. The body tries to look for ways to neutralize this new acid, so it has to find calcium to neutralize our pH. And the biggest storage of calcium is in our bones.
So in its effort to keep us healthy, our body pulls out calcium from our bones, which can leave us with a calcium deficit, which makes our bones weaker.
In less words: less dairy, stronger bones.
What’s in a glass of milk?
Gone are the days when farmers sat in their little stools to milk their cows by hand. We have machines that do that now. And these machines are not tender…
The cows’ udders are strapped to these machines, which pull the udder constantly, causing cuts and wounds that become infected. Infection leads to pus, and pus ends up in our milk.
Cows are given antibiotics consistently. Those antibiotics also end up in our milk, which can lead to the development of resistant strains of bacteria. If humans become infected with resistant bacteria, normal treatment with antibiotics may be ineffective.
According to the book “Kitchen Garden Cookbook”, by Steve Meyerowitz, milk also contains:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Oat gum
- Propyl gallate: an antioxidant […] to be studied for mutagenic and reproductive defects
- Nordihydrogualaretic acid (NDGA): an antioxidant […] shown to cause cysts and kidney damage in rats.
- Residual antibiotics
- Wax particles
So, just to clarify...Milk is bad for you, right?
YES IT IS!