Milk it Does a Body What?
Cows on Two Farms
How did it come about that we humans consume milk from a different species? How about a nice cold glass of rat's milk? No? Maybe dog's milk would be nice on your cereal. Ewww! All mammals produce milk yet we settled mostly on cow's milk to add to our diet. Elsie the cow is a wholesome reminder that we should drink our milk to make our bodies strong. Elsie or not, lactose intolerance is actually the norm for the human race. Places like Asia, the Middle East and Africa (where the human race is supposed to have origins) are almost completely lactose intolerant.
For the first people to drink milk we have to look elsewhere. Looking at the statistics, we see that Northern Europeans have the most tolerance for lactose. We can surmise then that milk drinkers came from places with northern climates. Even in hot places the farther north you move the more likely the people are to be able to drink milk. Almost all Dutch people and 99 percent of Swedes are lactose tolerant while in England, Germany and Finland as much as 85 percent of people can drink milk. In Northern India and East Africa 70 percent of the people can drink milk but further south the numbers reverse.
Mutants drinking milk
Scientists say we developed the ability to digest milk sometime about 5000-4000 B.C. by the spread of a genetic mutation called lactase persistence. This genetic mutation allowed humans to continue to digest milk after weaning. Those without this mutation lose the ability to digest milk around the age of eight years. Those of us that can drink milk are therefore mutants! This lactase persistence seems to have developed in different peoples at different times and not because of interbreeding.
Whomever was the first to drink milk had to have some guts or be desperate. The first cattle to be domesticated were the Aurochs, but by the 16th century, the Aurochs were extinct. Imagine looking at an aurochs cow and thinking that if I can just grab those teats and squeeze I will get to drink the stuff that comes out. No word on what the cow thought but they are not known to be deep thinkers. Before the domestication of cattle, we were already busy milking domesticated goats but since goat milk is such a small part of modern dairying, we will stick to cattle. There is some evidence of the domestication of cattle as early as 8000 B.C. in Mesopotamia but Neolithic farmers in Britain and Northern Europe are thought to have been the first to begin milking cattle for human consumption as early as 4,000 B.C. A thousand years later, by 3000 B.C., the milking of dairy cows had become a major part of Sumerian civilization (present day Iraq) with Sumerians drinking milk and making cheese and butter.
The question remains, why cow's milk? All mammals produce milk and each species produces milk that will help their young thrive. As for us, why not rat milk or dog's milk? That's pretty disgusting and who wants to milk a rat but it does point out that our love of cow's milk is just cultural conditioning, there is nothing special about cow's milk. Other people are milking camels and goats.
Health effects of cheese
No Lactose in Cheese
Quite possibly, the ancients discovered that they could consume cheese. When milk is turned into cheese the process of fermentation converts the lactose (milk sugar) in milk into lactic acid. When the cheese is complete, most or all of the lactose is gone. The longer a cheese has to ripen the less lactose will remain. As a result, cheeses like Parmesan or aged Cheddar may be completely digestible while ricotta and Mozzarella will still present a problem to the lactose intolerant person. If you still cannot digest a cheese like Parmesan, chances are you have a milk allergy, which is far more serious and thankfully rare.
Casein is the primary protein in dairy. It shares structural similarities with gluten. An intolerance to casein can sometimes cause symptoms similar to lactose intolerance as well as gluten intolerance. Most dairy products contain casein, but not all. Casein s found in dairy products that have a higher protein content, such as milk, yogurt, kefir, cheese and ice cream. Dairy products such as butter and cream only have traces of casein. If you clarify butter into ghee you will remove all of the lactose and casein.
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Food Allergies and Intolerances
The symptoms associated with a food allergy can be quite severe and immediate and include wheezing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, hives even death. The reaction for food intolerance is usually less severe and may take some time to show up. Common symptoms of a food intolerance include problems such as diarrhea, bloating and abdominal cramps, although some people can also experience joint pain, fatigue and behavioral changes.
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Cheese is giving Americans a heart attack, says the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Cheese and ice cream consumption has skyrocketed since 1970, making cheese the nation’s biggest source of saturated fat. If you look at a menu at McDonalds you won't even see a burger offered that doesn't have cheese on it and this practice is almost universal.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we each now eat 30 pounds of cheese a year. That compares to only 11 pounds in 1970. Look at the dairy isle in your supermarket to see how many varieties of yogurt are available, how many different types of cheese? A recent study showed that the more servings of dairy foods that adults consumed, the greater the percentage of their total calories that came from saturated fat At the same time the amount of many important nutrients -- like calcium, magnesium, folate, the B vitamins, and vitamins A, D, and E -- also increased along with the number of dairy servings. A study in Finland looked at changes in bone thickness and density in girls 10 years old-12 years old whose diets were supplemented with either cheese, calcium, or calcium plus vitamin D. The cheese-eating group appeared to have bigger increases in bone mass than the other groups. Spanish researchers found that calcium from low-fat dairy products was related to a lower blood-pressure risk. Iranian researchers have concluded that those who consumed the most dairy (milk, yogurt, and cheese) were less likely to have enlarged waists and metabolic syndrome. A researcher from the University of Alabama at Birmingham noted that although an analysis of overall calcium consumption has not linked calcium to greater weight loss, there is increasing evidence that calcium from dairy products may play a role in body-weight regulation.
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Cancer from milk? You bet!
In October 2015, I was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. So far I am okay with suppression of testosterone and only time will tell when this will kill me. There is no cure although it can be held at bay for an uncertain period of time which can range from months to years. Prostate cancer is only curable in the early stages before it has spread. When it spreads the most likely place for it to go is to bone which weakens the bone.
I looked into the causes of prostate cancer and what I found out is sobering. One might think that smoking would underlie this as it does so many other cancers but no. A high fat diet, specifically high fat dairy and meats is the chief culprit. So, all those years in the restaurant business with prime rib and Brie beckoning from the menu will be my downfall.
Somehow I always thought that cigarettes would kill me and no one ever said Just say no to milk.
Low-fat dairy is the answer! Or is it?
Looking at the studies above yields one other conclusion. The studies were all conducted in countries that ban the use of synthetic growth hormones and which therefore use less antibiotics in their cattle. Milk allergy is the most common food allergy in the US according to CNN and WSJ. Is there something foreign in our food that was not there years ago? In 1994, scientists developed synthetic growth hormones that are injected into cows to make them produce more milk. These hormones also make the cows sick so farmers also feed antibiotics to the cattle to keep them alive and well. Around the world, governments have prohibited the use of these synthetic growth hormones in their cattle because they have not been proven safe. All 27 countries in Europe have banned these chemicals. Except of course for the US, we say: They haven't been proven dangerous"! So we allow their use, we eat the meat, drink the milk and eat the cheese. We will continue to do so until and unless someone proves that these substances are dangerous or we have an outbreak of illness that can be traced back to these hormones and antibiotics. Good luck with that, there is a lot of money invested and a lot of profit to be made.
Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone RGBH
Fifty years ago an average cow produced 2,000 pounds of milk per year. Today the top producers give 50,000 pounds! Drugs, antibiotics, hormones, forced feeding plans and specialized breeding gave American farmers sick mutant cows that produce huge amounts of milk and heavy cuts of beef. The latest high-tech onslaught on the poor cow is recombinant bovine growth hormone or rBGH. This genetically engineered drug is supposed to stimulate milk production but, according to Monsanto, the hormone's manufacturer, does not affect the milk or meat. There are three other manufacturers: Upjohn, Eli Lilly, and American Cyanamid Company. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone is a genetically engineered copy of a naturally occurring hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by Monsanto Company, the drug is sold to dairy farmers under the name POSILAC, it is also called BGH, rBGH, BST and rBST. You and I get milk and meat that is banned in Canada and Europe but it is profitable for Monsanto and farmers. There have been no long term studies human about the effects this milk or meat will have on us. The FDA to the rescue! No, the FDA says these chemicals have not been proven dangerous.
Milk was a questionable food source even before Monsanto became involved. Mammals produce milk according to the needs of the species, cows need large muscles and heavy bones and cow's milk is well designed to do that job. People need large brains and a well developed nervous system, for this we need essential fatty acids which are deficient in cow's milk. Mothers' milk has six to ten times as much of the necessary fatty acids, especially linoleic acid.
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Allergies Politics and Diet
Between 1997 to 2002 peanut allergies doubled. One out of 17 kids under the age of three now has a food allergy. During the same period, hospitalizations due to food allergy reactions increased by 265 percent.
There is a great deal of politics involved in the debate about dairy and dairy states want to keep using chemicals that increase profits. If we sort out and eliminate the crackpots who promote weird diets and unattainable lifestyles we still have to decide if we are willing to consume dairy and other food products that may be contaminated in order to get the benefit of more vitamins and protein. If you have kids, you are turning them into guinea pigs for companies that want to sell genetically modified seeds and hormone treated meats. Alternatively, you could buy expensive organic foods and write your legislator demanding the FDA remove these toxins from our food supply. You could even contact companies like Kraft and Coke and Wal-Mart and tell them that you want foods that are uncontaminated with antibiotics and hormones. These companies already sell foods in Europe where the worst chemicals are banned, we can demand that they do the same here. Individually we may have little power but collectively we can roll back bad decisions by government and business.
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Is Organic Milk the Answer?
According to the FDA and USDA, there are no significant differences between organic and regular milk in quality, safety and nutrition. Biotech giant Monsanto even went so far as to file a suit against a small milk producer in Maine. Oakhurst, dairy advertises its milk contains no artificial growth hormones. Monsanto claims the advertisements give the public the impression artificial growth hormones are not safe. Monsanto claims that by doing this Oakhurst is directly disparaging Monsanto’s product Posilac, the only artificial growth hormone on the market.
On one side of the argument we have Monsanto, the FDA and the USDA all promoting the use of hormones, antibiotics, chicken poop and genetically modified corn being fed to the cows kept in milking sheds to produce the milk you gave your child this morning.
On the other side are a handful of dairy farmers that actually allow their cows to graze in pastures, avoid antibiotics unless a cow is sick and use no growth hormones. Becoming a "Certified Organic" producer is an expensive proposition so some small farmers use organic methods but cannot afford to become certified. Organic milk is the kind of milk your grandparents drank when they were growing up. Certified Organic has no hormones, no antibiotics, and no GMO feed, plus thousands of years of history behind it. Monsanto milk does have one benefit, it is cheap.
So, drink up! Or buy a cow.