Why Milk is Bad for You and Your Bones...
and how obesity and milk consumption are connected...
A Dairy Milk Free Diet is the solution to a variety of Health Problems
Dairy foods have been hyped in the media for many years.
'Milk is good for you' is the slogan.
But many unhealthy side effects have been associated with cow's milk consumption - and dairy products in general.
Rice Milk Recipe ... and other 'Goodies'...
Dairy products can cause allergies, due to lactose intolerance.
'Lactose intolerance, also called lactase deficiency, is the inability to digest and metabolize lactose, a sugar found in milk. It is caused by a lack of the enzyme lactase in the digestive system, required to break down lactose.
It results in symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, nausea, and acid reflux.
Most mammals normally become lactose intolerant when they are young.
What do the experts say?
Use enzymatic lactase supplements... These artificial enzymes are similar to those produced in the small intestines of humans, industrially produced by fungi of the genus Aspergillus... yes a fungus!
Why would anybody want to take this?
Ahh... good question? Because ... here the experts again... of the beneficial calcium found in milk.
Isn't that funny?
We can get all the calcium our body needs from... vegetables, legumes, nuts and friut.
Additionally, dairy products can cause a variety of other discomforts, including congestion, sinusitis, colon cancer, hypertension, fatigue, mental fog, joint pain, skin conditions, bad cholesterol which comprises heart health, and many more...
'Young children sometimes become anemic due to significant iron loss from intestinal bleeding. The only people who run into trouble are the ones who eat a lot of dairy products, fatty foods, sugar and junk foods.'
– Wilson J, Journal of Pediatrics, 1974, 84:335, 1974Cited in Diet for a New America by John Robbins
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'A 38-year-old woman had, for 11 years, been suffering from steadily worsening rheumatoid arthritis. Three weeks after doctors removed all dairy products from her diet, she showed signs of improvement. In four months, her arthritic symptoms had completely disappeared.
In the interest of scientific curiosity, she once again ate some cheese and milk. The next day, her joints were swollen, stiff and painful. Her symptoms again disappeared as she resumed her abstinence from dairy products.'
– Parke, A, “Rheumatoid Arthritis and Food…”British Medical Journal, 282:2027, 1981Cited in Diet for a New America, by John Robbins
'Twenty five patients with bronchial asthma were put on a strict vegetarian diet and showed 71 percent improvement within four months and 92 percent improvement within one year.
– O Lindahl, et al, “Vegan Diet Regimen with Reduced Medication in the Treatment of Bronchial Asthma”,Journal of Asthma, 22:45-55, 1985Cited in Let Food Be Thy Medicine, by Alex Jack
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'A 16-nation study, based on World Health Organization Statistics, found a high correlation between consumption of animal protein, particularly from beef and dairy products, and lymphoma mortality.
The study indicated that beef and dairy food increased the risk of lymph sarcoma and Hodgkin’s disease by 70 and 61 percent respectively, while cereal grains lowered the risk by 46 and 38 percent.
Harvard University researchers asked hundreds of women with ovarian cancer to record in detail what they normally ate. There was one thing that they had eaten much more frequently than women without cancer: dairy products, especially the supposedly “healthy” products such as yoghurt.'
– A S Cunningham, “ Lymphomas and animal protein consumption,” Lancet, 2:1184-86, 1976Cited in The Cancer Prevention Diet, by Michio Kushi
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'Populations that consume large amounts of milk and dairy products have a much higher incidence of cataracts. The problem appears to be the milk sugar, lactose.
In the digestive tract, lactose breaks apart, yielding two simple sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. When blood concentration of galactose increase, it can pass into the lens of the eye.
As we age, many of us lose much of the capacity to break down galactose.'
– Couet C, jan P Derby G, “Lctose and cataract in Humans: a review”, Journal of the AmericanCollege of Nutrients, 10(1):79-86, 1991Cited in Food for Life, by Dr Neal Barnard
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Diabetes in Children
'Cow's milk protein can enter the infant's blood stream and stimulate the formation of antibodies which, in turn, destroy the insulin-producing pancreatic cells. Diabetes becomes apparent when 80 – 90 percent of the insulin-producing beta cells are destroyed.
Researchers found high levels of antibodies to a specific portion of cow’s milk protein… in every one of 142 diabetic children they studied.'
– Scott F W, “Cow milk and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus…”American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 50:728-30. 1989Cited in Food for Life, by Dr Neal Barnard
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'Probably most surprising of all, milk has been found to contribute to osteoporosis – the very disease that it is supposed to help prevent!
Even those studies by the National Dairy Council for the express purpose of showing the benefits of milk for women susceptible to osteoporosis have, in fact, ended up showing something quite different.'
– Recker R, “The Effects of Milk Supplementation on Calcium Metabolism, Bone Metabolism and Calcium Balance,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 41:254, 1985
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'The calcium in kale and other green vegetables is more efficiently absorbed than the calcium in milk.
– Robert p Heaney and Connie M Weaver, “Calcium Absorption from Kale,”American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 51:656-57, 1990
'Milk does contain calcium... but they are also high in protein and diets that are high in protein, especially animal protein, cause more calcium to be excreted. Meats also contain large quantities of phosphorus, which can impair calcium balance.'
– Hegsted R B, Barden H S, Zemel M B, Linkswiller H M,
Did we get used to seeing this word on milk cartons? Did you ever think about the process?
So... what is it?
Homogenization - a process used to stop separation of milk and cream and to extend shelf life. This process reduces the fat globules in size. No big deal... just that this allows enzyme xanthine oxidase to break away and reach the blood stream. Having this stuff in your blood stream... just clogs the whole system up.
Cow’s milk is full of a variety of hormones which affect the hormone balance in humans.
Cows live in a hassled condition due to disease, infections and over-milking, causing the overproduction of cortisol in the blood. Stress levels in humans rise when drinking cow's milk.
The growth hormone rBGH which is used to increase milk production has been linked to colon, prostate and breast cancer.
Did you know that there is an allowance for pus content in milk?
Ok... let's not get into it... if you really want to know... check out this link about milk.
There are several healthy options that can replace cow's milk.
Dairy Milk Free alternatives
Non-dairy milk alternatives include rice milk, oat milk and almond milk which can be found in many supermarkets - or easily home-made – try it!
Raw Vanilla Almond Milk
1 cup (soaked) almonds
(Soak in a bowl in the refrigerator overnight and rinse before using)
3 cups water
1 vanilla bean, seeds scooped out
3-5 soft pitted dates (or soak hard dates in water for 1/2 hour)
It's absolutely delicious!
Enjoy, and be well!
~ Candia Lea Cole
Forty smooth-sipping, refreshing, dairy-free beverages ... delicious and healthful, and made in only 3-5 minutes, from the freshest and most nourishing ingredients. Creamy texture, low allergenic, high in usable protein, vitamins, and minerals. A few of the zestful beverages in this bright, new book: Velvety Vanilla Cashew, Mocha Mint Almond, Caramel Date Pecan, Blackberry Banana Walnut, Sweet Pear n' Pine Nut, Minty Carob Pumpkin Seed, Lemon Coconut Cashew, and dozens more! Illustrated.
Candia Lea Cole is a prize-winning chef and caterer; an instructor in healthful cuisine.