Does Milk Really Look Good On You? Don't Drink It!

i knew there was a reason i did not drink milk!!! :imp:

Does Milk Really Look Good On You? Don’t Drink It!

by Ingri Cassel

Pasteurized, homogenized cow’s milk has been promoted as the perfect food for humans, especially for our children. This multi-generational advertising campaign has been so successful that the industry has a $multi-million advertising budget and a legislative lobbying influence in congress so powerful that every child in a public school receives a pint of milk each day – whether he or she can pay for it or not.

In 1999 the Department of Agriculture donated $200 million to America’s dairy farmers despite the fact that the wholesale price for milk had reached the highest levels in history.

Most people have been so conditioned to believe that the healthy growth of their children’s bones is dependent upon receiving calcium from processed cow’s milk that they view milk commercials as more of a public service announcement than an attempt by businessmen to sell a product.

Several well-footnoted books and countless articles on the subject show that processed cow’s milk is not healthy for humans and, to the contrary, has been linked to a wide range of physiological complications. The list of problems that have been associated with the consumption of milk and dairy products includes iron deficiency anemia, allergies, diarrhea, heart disease, colic, cramps, gastrointestinal bleeding, sinusitis, skin rashes, acne, arthritis, diabetes, ear infections, osteoporosis, asthma, autoimmune diseases and possibly even lung cancer, multiple sclerosis and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Milk and dairy products are acid-forming and mucus-producing substances that provide the ideal bodily environment for many children and adults to experience increased frequency of colds and flues.

The milk of mammals is species-specific and cow’s milk is a species-specific food for calves. Dr. Frank Oski explains in his book Don’t Drink Your Milk!, ìThe milk of each species appears to have been specifically designed to protect the young of that species…Heating, sterilization, or modification of the milk in any way destroys the protection.î

There is a tremendous difference between human babies and baby calves and a corresponding difference between the milk intended to nourish human babies and baby calves. It takes about 180 days for a human infant to double its birth weight, and human milk is five to seven percent protein. It takes only 45 days for a calf to double its birth weight and cow’s milk is 15 percent protein. This protein in cow’s milk is of a different composition than that of human milk and is poorly assimilated in the human body. The primary type of protein in cow’s milk is casein. According to Dr. John R. Christopher, N.D., M.H., there is up to 20 times more casein in cow’s milk than human milk which makes the nutrients in cow’s milk difficult (if not impossible) for humans to assimilate.

Lost in the process

Pasteurizing milk destroys enzymes and reduces the vitamin content by over 50 percent. Raw milk contains beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus acidolphilus which holds the putrefactive bacteria in check. This is why raw milk will eventually curdle and sour if allowed to sit at room temperature. Pasteurized milk, not having any beneficial bacteria or enzymes, eventually rots.

The irony of pasteurization is that it destroys the germicidal properties of milk. Experimental animals deteriorate rapidly on pasteurized milk. For instance, calves fed pasteurized milk die within 60 days, as shown by numerous experiments. So why do we pasteurize milk? 1) It extends the shelf life of milk from five days to several weeks and 2) It enables the farmer to have lower standards of cleanliness. The standards for certified dairy herds and milk handlers of raw milk are considerably higher than for herds whose milk is to be pasteurized. Homogenizing milk has been linked to the rise in arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease. The culprit is an enzyme in milk called xanthine oxidase (XO) which partly survives pasteurization (40 percent). When the cream in milk is in it’s natural state, the fat globules are too large to go through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream.

Homogenization changes that by straining the fat through tiny pores under great pressure. XO attaches to the fat molecules (now reduced in size but increased in amount a hundred times) which are now small enough to get into the bloodstream and do its damage.

Scientists have discovered that a significant amount of XO is present in areas of hardened and blocked arteries. XO is not present in human milk. In clean, raw cow’s milk. XO is not absorbed by the intestines.

Your bones are a mineral bank for your body storing 99 percent calcium, 85 percent phosphorus and 60 percent magnesium. When mineral levels are low in the blood, osteoclasts break down bone to free up these minerals and deposit them in the blood. Excessive animal protein intake increases the need for calcium to neutralize the acid formed from digesting animal protein. This indicates that the drinking of processed milk destroys bone in the process of digestion – the opposite of what the Dairy Farmer’s Association of America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration has been telling the American public for generations.

Conditioning the American public to believe that processed cow’s milk is beneficial, if not critical to growing healthy bodies is not unlike conditioning the American public to believe that fluoride prevents tooth decay.

Jethro Kloss, author of the internationally recognized and revered herbalist resource guide ìBack to Edenî stated in 1939 that, ìCow’s milk is unfit for human consumptionî and causes the symptoms of ìintestinal auto-intoxication.î

The Monsanto connection

In 1994 the FDA approved the use of recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST – better known as bovine growth hormone – BGH), a genetically-engineered hormone manufactured by Monsanto that increases milk production in cows by 10 percent to 25 percent. The milk from cows treated with BGH contains elevated levels insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), one of the most powerful growth factors ever identified. While IGF-1 doesn’t cause cancer, it definitely stimulates its growth. Recent studies have found a seven-fold increase in the risk of breast cancer in women with the highest IGF-1 levels, and a four-fold increase in prostate cancer in men with the highest levels of IGF-1.

BGH is banned in both Canada and Europe. BGH-treated cows are also more likely to contract mastitis, a persistent infection of the cows’ udders. These cows are then treated with a myriad of antibiotics and sulfa drugs. Trace amounts of these drugs as well as pus and bacteria from the infected udders are also found in their milk. Many of these antibiotics, even in trace amounts, can cause allergic reactions – from mild reactions such as hives to anaphylactic shock.

The role of Monsanto, one of the world’s largest chemical corporations and developer of the terminator gene for seed crops, in the willful adulteration and contamination of milk must be considered. Monsanto, also one of the world’s most prolific polluters, intends to control the world’s food supply by making sure that farmers must come back and purchase its seed year after year because terminator gene-containing plants will not produce viable seed. Monsanto also developed the FDA-approved bovine growth hormone that increases production at the expense of the cow and the health of the adults and children who drink the milk.

Kloss’ statement, which cannot be interpreted as ìvagueî or confusing, was published long before Monsanto was able to further contaminate milk with bovine growth hormone. If cow’s milk was ìunfit for human consumptionî in 1939, has Monsanto and the FDA, with the introduction and approval of BGH, made it more or less fit than it was before WWII?

Dietary alternatives to cow calcium

Our nutritional education in school (funded in part by the dairy industry) taught us that dairy products are one of the four basic food groups we ALL need for proper nutrition. Largely as a result of this K-12 conditioning, the average American consumes 375 pounds of dairy products a year. One out of every seven dollars spent on groceries in the U.S. goes to buy dairy products.

There is no question that cow’s milk contains calcium. What is in question is how much of that calcium is made available to the body through the digestive process.

We have been told all of our lives to drink plenty of milk in order to build strong teeth and bones. Curiously, the U.S. as a whole records the highest consumption of dairy products in the world and also boasts the highest incidence of bone fractures and osteoporosis in the world. In the January 1988 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, scientists reported that calcium excretion and bone loss increase in proportion to the amount of animal protein ingested. Animal proteins, due to their high sulfur content, alter the kidney’s reabsorption of calcium, so that more calcium is excreted on a diet based upon meats, eggs and dairy products. People on high protein diets excrete between 90 to 100 mg. of calcium a day.

The difference in health between consumers of milk and those who choose to abstain are astounding. Dr. John R. Christopher tells the story of a woman who came to his office with her three grown daughters. All three daughters were encouraged by their mother to drink lots of milk but one of the daughters had rebelled. The two daughters who dutifully drank their milk and lots of it wore false teeth whereas the third daughter who abstained still had all her teeth intact.

Being a former La Leche League leader, I have heard numerous stories told by mothers of the trials and tribulations of raising children. The most frequent success stories I have heard about resolving chronic ear infections and frequent trips to the doctor’s office is the elimination of dairy products. Over and over again these women relate how surprised they were to have healthy kids at last. Others have found that milk, being quite addictive, was more difficult to eliminate totally. These families would go on a dairy binge periodically. The following week they would pay for it with a flare up of symptoms from the build up of mucus.

Dr. J.Dan Baggert, a pediatrician in Alabama, describes his experience after recommending that ALL his patient’s eliminate cow’s milk from their diets:

In Don’t Drink Your Milk, Dr. Baggert was quoted as stating, ìDuring the years from 1963 through 1967, I referred an average of four appendectomy cases per year. During the past five and a half years, I have referred only two patients for appendectomy, the last one being three years ago. Both of these children were professed milk guzzlers… I do not have a single case of asthma. In fact, I have nearly forgotten how to prescribe for them…

ìPerhaps the most significant thing I have learned is that Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus germ will not, under ordinary circumstances, establish an infection in a child kept on an absolutely no-milk-protein dietary regimen. I have been aware of this for the past two and a half years and, so far, there have been no exceptions. Anytime a patient of mine is found to have streptococcal pharyngitis or pyoderma, we can establish by history that he ingested milk protein within five days prior to onset of symptoms or signs bringing him to the office…

ìI now admit an average of 12-14 patients per year to the hospital. Their average hospital stay is three days. Between 1963 and 1967, I admitted an average of 100+ patients to the hospital per year. Their average stay was five days.î

Considering all this evidence, it would be difficult to still buy into the media hype that cow’s milk is the perfect food and natural for humans to consume. So what do you drink instead? Distilled water, herbal teas and fresh-extracted fruit and vegetable juices. And if you are a newborn infant, there are two obvious alternatives – the right and left breast of your healthy mother.

To increase dietary calcium, consider increasing your consumption of green leafy vegetables such as collards, kale and spinach. Adding these greens to soups, stews and even chili is a more appetizing way to incorporate them into your diet. Carrots and their juice are also an excellent source of highly assimilable calcium.

From the February 2000 Idaho Observer:

Dr. Mercola’s Comment:

The article states the case quite nicely for avoiding milk. However, the author is not a physician and does not realize that one also needs vitamin D for calcium absorption. Vitamin D is added to nearly all milk and is a highly important nutrient to supplement if you live in a climate (most of us) that does not allow you access to regular sun exposure in the winter. I advise 400 units from October to April for anyone in this situation. Toddlers likely require half that amount I would also advise seeking a natural, not synthetic vitamin D.

I read the first couple paragraphs before I rolled my eyes…

Know what? The generations before me drank milk, and they all lived long enough for me. Milk is delicious.

I don’t care for the pseudo-science this “expert” tries to push, because I got a pint of milk for him…

There’s a lot “real” non-pseudo science on Milk production.  A lot of it concerning the way cows are drugged up and stuff, and the amount of pus allowed in commercial milk production. 

But your reasoning “The generations before me drank milk” is not very sound.  The generations before you also prescribed smoking for asthma patients, or thought that it was ok to have radioactive  paint on their wristwatches.  And no, generations before you didn’t live as long as we do now. 

There are a lot of easy ways to poke holes in this guy’s argument but that isn’t one of them. 

Smoking use to be alright at one time to, because the tobacco companies told us so. no one seems to look into anything any more because we are dumbed down sheep, lied to constantly for the progression of the almighty dollar. Here is another site to read one of many out there,

just remember everything in moderation.

Yeah I won’t drink American milk either.
Or beef.
Or chicken.
Or beer.

Thank God we have people like Harper who will “harmonize” food and drugs regulations so our farmers can poison us too!

Agreed.  There’s no point to drinking American beer…it is watered down, worthless swill.
Give me a good Canadian or European beer…real beer. :sunglasses:

If you look at the big picture, milk could be considered a population control instrument:  a mean of culling the herd if you allow me this pun!

I read stuff about the pus in milk about ten years ago.  Absolutely gross.  But yet, I still drink milk, but not as much as I used to.  I’ll have a small glass every second day maybe.  Nothing else will go with cookies!  And I can’t live without cheese but again, I have somewhat slowed down on that too.  I can’t eat yogurt.  I use to have yogurt every morning.  By the end of the afternoon, my bowels were acting very strange and what followed wasn’t a good feeling either.  I stopped  yogurt and things change dramatically for the best.  I did a few tests and found that if I had yogurt again, the same discomfort would reoccur. 

The moderation, as stated by CIA, is the key here like in many situations. 

But your reasoning “The generations before me drank milk” is not very sound.  [/quote]

My grandparents are 80-something now, and kicking fine! They drank their milk. Good enough for me.

I’m tired of hearing all this BS about everything killing you these days. I’m gonna eat my red meat, drink my milk, beer and coffee, and have some goddamn enjoyment.

Y’all can send me a postcard on your tofu vacation.

I have relatives in their 90s.

They are very catholic, and whenever they get sick, they pray, or go visit Fatima, or do something very religious.  Then they get better.

So, using your logic, we should ignore science and all become Catholics, right?

It’s called superstition, and it’s not logic, it’s the absence of logic.

Your grandparents aren’t 80 because they drank milk.  I’ll bet they also wore shoes for most of their lives.  Does that mean that wearing shoes makes you live to be 80?  I know someone who drank a glass of milk every day in his life, and died unexpectedly when he was 19?  Does that prove milk is bad for you?  By your logic, it should.

Correlation is not causation. Especially when it’s only two people we’re talking about. What about all those milk drinkers who died in car accidents? Did milk kill them? 

Learn some logic man, or go join a church – they’ll appreciate your blind faith in superstitious ‘logic’. 

What does milk even taste like ?  I dont any milk these days, but every couple weeks I eat a quart of ice cream and end up coming close to shitting myself at work the next day, without fail.

Tofu’s pretty good, why are so many people reactionary about people questioning the soundness of their diets and start bustin down on so called ‘hippie foods’ ?  

I shred my fair share of beer and coffee (realizing I have both a cup of french-pressed espresso roast in my left hand and a grolsch tallboy in my right) - but neither of those two products make me really go eww when I think about how they are processed and brought to my face (beer is the exception, I guess when you think about it its basically fungi piss).

Milk on the other hand, grosses me out on a few levels.  I’m all for eating cows, chickens, goats, etc.  But drinking what is excreted from some weird gland on them ? Seems wack when you put in writing.    My distaste for milk started when I was about 16 and after getting super baked I had a big glass and started to wonder what the fuck was the flavour of milk !?!

cheese on the other hand… (there go them bacteria again…)

They keep changing the definition of ice cream, so that ice cream you’re buying may not even contain any cream.  That’s why you see such a range of prices for ice cream.  The real stuff is super expensive compared to the edible oil products that are now allowed to be labeled “ice cream.”

A generation ago, you couldn’t sell most of the ice cream that is sold now, because it would be considered false advertising.

Speaking of things being bad for you, bad science and fear mongering:

Did mercury in vaccines cause autism? Do vaccines cause autism?

I rock the breyers cookie d’oh, I was under the impression that it contained real milk products.

I hear the growth hormones cause big titties.

Every week, a new report comes out “saying this is bad”, or “this is good”, or “we were wrong”…

Doesn’t stress increase cholesterol levels, or something?

There ya go, using logic now, not superstition.

HAHA… whatever man! Follow every modern health recommendation, and I’m sure you’ll live to be 140!

Nah, I agree with you.

I just don’t think you bringing up your grandparents is a good way to fight “psuedo-science”…

You don’t use religion or superstition to fight bad science.

Hahaha, I’m terrible in debates. Is this why I get my ass whooped on Fark all the time?

Apathy: it makes me happy

I love Milk too I drink lots maybe too much  :smiley:…, my friend who is Chinese, says in china they don’t drink milk like us westerners do and studies show that Chinese people out live western people by 20 years do to the fact Chinese people diet is mostly made up of rice and vegetables and some meet. Our diet is rich in fatty food, high cholesterol and artery clogging fats.    :cry: