GOT BULLSHIT? Milk, exposed…
A couple years ago I had the pleasure of dating a boy that felt the need to fight me on every lifestyle choice I ever had. Whether it was religious, nutritional, or even physical; he had an opinion that was directly opposite my own. I remember one disagreement we had about milk and its benefits to humans; or in my case, the complete lack of benefits. He fought tooth and nail to defend his beloved milk; no, not heated adult discussions, but fights… over milk. Whaaa…? We are all so addicted to our habits that we make up excuses and convince ourselves we are right. Even if the evidence is sitting right in front of us, we just don’t want to be told that something we love to do is wrong or bad for our health. I was so excited to when I read that The Harvard School of Public Health sent a strong message to the United States Department of Agriculture and nutrition experts everywhere dismissing dairy from its recent release of “Healthy Eating Plate” food guide. This excited also influenced me to share with all of you the dangers of dairy.
Milk Myth #1: Milk is good for your bones
Milk has 300 mg of calcium per cup, so I can see where the milk industry decided to run with this idea. “It’s filled with calcium! You need it to live! Milk is beautiful! Drink it with every meal!” The Got Milk ad was one of the most influential advertising campaigns growing up. Everyone and their dog believed that in order to get beautiful skin, strong bones and grow tall, all you had to do was just drink more milk! Think about how many influential athletes and supermodels wore their mustaches proud in those ads. The milk industry has tons of money to spend on making such lies a truth for you.
Here’s what those ads don’t tell you, many studies have shown a variety of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. The most surprising link is that our human bodies are barely able to absorb the calcium in cow’s milk. This is even lower when it comes to pasteurized milk. But to make matters worse, cow’s milk actually increases calcium loss from the bones. According to the Nutrition Health Action, countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis and fractures, such as the United States, Canada, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis.
How? Well like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body’s pH level. Calcium is an excellent neutralizer and therefore, it is leeched out of the bones to bring the body pH back to normal, it then leaves the body as urine. Bye Bye Calcium… It’s not how much calcium you eat, it’s how much calcium you prevent from leaving your bones.
Milk Myth#2: Milk is part of a well balanced lifestyle
Humans are the only species to continue drinking milk long after we are completely developed. We humans are also the only species to drink milk from another species. Dogs don’t drink from cats, so why would it make sense for humans to drink from cows? Human milk is made specifically for humans and cows specifically for cows; it’s not rocket science people. Look at our children; young kids are growing faster and bigger, girls are developing at an earlier age than ever, and both sexes are becoming obese and/or overactive.
A normal healthy cow used to produce about 4 to 5 litres of milk a day, while the cows today have to produce about 45 to 50 litres of milk a day. These living milk machines are injected with growth hormones to produce more milk. To avoid complications due to the growth hormones, the cows are also preventively given antibiotics. Their udders become so full that it hurts and they need to be milked more often. Many cows (if not all) develop Mastitis; a kind of abscess full with accumulated pus. When these cows are milked, the liquid from the Mastitis as well as blood ends up in the milk that you drink. Because Mastitis is so common in the milk industry, special mastitis detection machines and equipment have been developed. This ensures the milk does not contain more than the FDA’s allowed amount of pus and other fluids. But how much is too much? Hmmm? Any at all is too much in my eyes.
Recently, a Harvard researcher gave a provocative talk on the association between cancer and cow’s milk. Ganmaa Davaasambuu, M.D., Ph.D., noted that ingestion of natural estrogens from cows in milk may be linked to prostate, breast, and testicular cancers in humans. All of which are cancers categorized as “hormone-dependent” tumors, meaning that they need sex hormones to grow. Davaasambuu emphasized that natural estrogens are 100,000 times more potent than environmental estrogens and that milk from today’s cow is exceptionally rich in them. This again is because dairy farmers milk their cows about 300 days per year. For much of that time the cows are pregnant, and as pregnancy progresses, the estrogen content of their milk increases.
In the same study Davaasambuu cited a study comparing diet and cancer rates in 42 countries that showed a strong link between milk consumption and the incidences of various cancer among men and women were highest in high consuming countries such as the United States, Canada, Switzerland and Denmark and low in other parts of the world where people eat less dairy.
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