Essential Food Group?
The average American eats close to 600 pounds of dairy products a year, which makes it the single largest component of their diet. On television we see reassuring images of healthy, beautiful people assuring us that milk is good for us.
Our dieticians insist that “you’ve got to have milk, or where will you get your calcium?” School lunches always have milk, and growing up weren’t you told that dairy products are an essential food group? Yes, the American Dairy Board has done a very effective job of marketing this product. Most people believe they need to consume large, daily quantities of milk to achieve good health. NOTHING could be further from the truth.
If we look at this on a very basic level, how would you feel about drinking the milk from a dog or a horse? A dog’s milk is for pups, a cat’s milk is for kittens… Clearly this is how nature intends it. The milk of every species of mammal is unique and specifically designed to meet the needs of that animal. Human’s milk is designed to take an infant from 8 pounds to 40 pounds in 18 months. Cow’s milk is designed to take a calf from 90 pounds to 1,000 pounds in 24 months.
Cow’s milk is not designed for people. For one thing, it has 20 times the casein of human milk. Casein leads to numerous allergic reactions and high levels of mucous in our noses and bowels. Did you know that Elmer’s glue is made from cow’s milk casein? That’s why there’s the picture of Elsie the cow on each bottle.
WHAT IS MILK?
Milk is a maternal lactating secretion, a short term nutrient for new-borns. Invariably, the mother of any mammal will provide her milk for a short period of time immediately after birth and then wean the new-born from the milk. Humans are the only species that continue to drink milk. The fact is that the body digests milk (any milk) differently once gastric juices begin to flow (at around 18-20 months old). Before gastric juices flow, milk is alkaline an non-mucous forming in the body, but once gastric juices enter the picture, they turn the milk to acid, forming mucous, causing sinus problems, allergies, colds, etc.
From 1988 to 1993 there were over 2,700 articles dealing with milk in the Medicine archives. Fifteen hundred of these had milk as the main focus of the article. Dr. Robert Kradjian reviewed 500 of the 1,500 articles discarding articles that dealt exclusively with animals or inconclusive studies. To his horror, none of the articles spoke of cow’s milk as the “perfect food” we have been led to believe by the milk industry. The main focus of these reports were on intestinal bleeding, anemia, allergic reactions in infants and children, as well as infections like salmonella. Contamination of milk by blood and white cells (pus) was also discussed.
Among children some of the common problems found were allergies, ear and tonsillar infections, bedwetting, asthma, intestinal bleeding, colic, and childhood diabetes. Pediatric literature confirms that milk is the leading cause of childhood allergies. Ear specialists frequently insert tubes into the ear drums of infants to treat recurrent ear infections. It has replaced the previously popular tonsillectomy to become the number one surgery in the country. Unfortunately, most of these specialists don't realize that over 50% of these children will improve and have no further ear infections if they just stop drinking their milk. In adults the problems centered more around heart disease and arthritis, allergies, sinusitis, and the more serious questions of leukemia, lymphoma and cancer, especially breast cancer.
It Gets Worse
Fifty years ago an average cow produced 2,000 pounds of milk per year. Today, the top producers give 50,000 pounds! How is this accomplished? Mainly, via drugs, antibiotics, and hormones. The latest high-tech onslought on the poor cow is bovine growth hormone (BGH, aka rBGH). This genetically engineered drug is used to stimulate milk production, and according to it’s manufacturer Monsanto (creator of genetically modified food and now animals), does not effect the milk or meat. The FDA gave its approval for the sale of Monsanto’s BST product back in 1993, but in Canada and Europe it remains unapproved because of strong indications that it causes cancer
It will be difficult for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to acknowledge that milk from BGH-treated cows might be implicated in common cancers. Historically, the FDA has maintained a very close relationship with Monsanto, the chemical company that spent a billion dollars developing BGH. The FDA approved BGH for cows in 1993 and issued regulations that made it illegal to label milk BGH-produced or BGH-free. Some of the FDA officials who approved BGH and who established the regulations discouraging labeling products as BGH had previously worked for Monsanto.
In 1994, Monsanto sued two grocery sores that labeled milk BGH-free, because the chemical giant feared that, given a choice, consumers would reject BGH-produced mlk. The FDA’s anti-labeling regulations (signed into law by a former Monsanto official) were clearly intended to help Monsanto succeed in this marketing ploy.
Sorry, There’s More
I hate to tell you this, but the bovine leukemia virus is found in more than 60% of dairy cows in theUnited States! (In some areas up to 90%) Unfortunately, when the milk is pooled, a very large percentage of all milk produced is contaminated (90 to 95 per cent). Of course the virus is killed in pasteurisation--if the pasteurisation was done correctly. However, there can be accidents. One of these occurred in theChicago area in April, 1985. At a modern, large, milk processing plant an accidental "cross connection" between raw and pasteurized milk occurred. A violent salmonella outbreak followed, killing 4 and making an estimated 150,000 ill. And remember, 60% of these cows were carrying the bovine leukemia virus.
What happens to other species of mammals when they are exposed to the bovine leukemia virus? It's a fair question and the answer is not reassuring. Virtually all animals exposed to the virus develop leukemia. This includes sheep, goats, and even primates such as rhesus monkeys and chimpanzees.
At Roswell Park Memorial Institute inBuffalo, New York, ovarian cancer--a particularly nasty tumour--was associated with milk consumption by workers. Drinking more than one glass of whole milk or equivalent daily gave a woman a 3.1 higher risk over non-milk users.
A huge study showed that human breast milk in over 14,000 women had contamination by pesticides! Further, it seems that the sources of the pesticides are meat and--you guessed it--dairy products.
Two cardiologists from Conneticut (Oster & Ross) identified an essential enzyme in milk that destroyed one third of the atrial material in the arteries of their patients. galactose, a milk sugar. According to recent research, galactose accelerates aging, particularly brain-aging, in mice and rats. In some recent studies, galactose is specifically used as an "aging accelerator" to test the protective effects of various supplements against it.
One particular protein, beta-caseine, found in cow’s milk, can trick the immune system into attacking and destroying the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. There are 52 kinds of antibiotics and 59 bioactive hormones found in milk
But What About All The Calcium?
Milk is often pitched as a great source of Calcium. It is not. Yes, it has a high calcium content, but the body cannot utilize it, in fact, consumption of milk actually leaches calcium from the bones! Because the milk is highly acidic, the body needs to buffer it with more internal calcium than you get from the milk. The 10-1 ratio of calcium to magnesium found in milk is insanely high and devastating to the body.
The majority of us have been raised with milk and dairy products and for many it may seem foreign to not have it. Luckily, there are many amazing alternatives available. We have soy milk, rice milk, oat milk, almond milk, there are new products coming out all the time. It may seeem to taste a bit different at first, but I guarantee after a short while you will start to love it and wonder how anyone could possibly drink milk from a cow. Are they mad?