We were raised to think of cow’s milk as a perfect food. I personally have always hated milk, and if you read my about page, you’ll see that I learned passive resistance to milk consumption at an early age. The National Dairy Council advertises that “milk is natural” and If you don’t drink milk, the council will tell you that your bones will become brittle and your strength will fade due to a lack of calcium.
Many Americans out of fear make dairy products a staple of their diets. Knowledge is a killer of fear. The more you know the less you fear. Drinking milk will not make you big and strong, nor will it prevent osteoporosis.
Humans are the only species that drink the milk of another animal. Cows do not drink cow’s milk. Calves stop drinking cow’s milk between the ages of six to eight months. You will never see a kitten drink milk from a goat, or a doe drink milk from a bear. However, we have been conditioned to think that we must drink milk from cows. We are told that we must drink milk from cows. We are told that we must drink cow’s milk for the rest of our lives. No adult animal continues to drink milk after they are weaned. We, as humans, drink milk from an adult animal that do not drink their own milk after they reach 7 months of age. Would you drink milk from lactating women? To my surprise when I ask this question, many people frown in disgust. Human milk is made for human consumption for a specific period of time. It has the appropriate nutrients dedicated to building and maintaining our bodies. After 22-24 months, humans no longer need their mother’s milk. So why are we still drinking cow’s milk as adults? Not to mention giving it to our children.
Cow’s milk is meant to turn a 200-pound calf
into a 2,000-pound cow.
This reason alone is why
America is the leading country in the world of obesity.
One of the biggest problems with cow’s milk is that the protein in the cow’s milk damages the human immune system. Amino acids, the units that make up proteins, are building blocks for all living cells. When amino acids in our food are properly broken down by the digestive system into protein, it does no harm to the immune system. Protein from milk, however, is absorbed into the blood fully indigested, provoking an immune response. Repeated exposure to these proteins disrupts normal immune functions and may eventually lead to diseases.
Milk and milk products cause an estimated 50% of the adult population’s uncomfortable bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea. Lactose intolerance can result from two things: either through a natural enzyme deficiency, which prevents the body from digesting milk sugars, or through an allergy to milk itself. The amount of lactase, the intestinal enzyme responsible for the digestion of lactose, the sugar found in milk, typically declines naturally after weaning, unless the body is genetically predisposed to produce more lactase. After this decline, the disaccharide lactose cannot be broken down. Continued avoidance of lactose can send a signal to the intestinal brush border that lactase is no longer “needed” for activity, and decline can go further into completion than if the intestines were fed milk more often. But again, the natural tendency for the majority of world adult populations is the gradual lessening of enzyme activity.
What risks come with drinking milk from cows injected with recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)?
Many dairy producers use rBGH as a way to increase milk production in their cows, resulting in up to 20% more production. When Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream decided not to use milk from cows injected with Monsanto’s rBGH, many consumers became more conscious of what was in their food and milk products. Many dairy producers use rBGH as a way to increase milk production in their cows, resulting in up to 20% more production. However, the hormone causes udder inflammation in cows, which can lead to the contamination of the milk from secreted pus common in udder inflammation. Also, antibiotics used to treat inflammation have been discovered in trace amounts in the milk. Such contamination leads many people to wonder whether milk is safe for daily human consumption. In addition, milk produced by rBGH-treated cows has higher concentrations of insulin-like growth-factor-1 (IGF-1). Higher levels of IGF-1 have been indicated as a potential risk factor in prostate cancer.
Milk is the Veritable Hormone Cocktail. Click here for some additional information on what is contained in that milk you drink.
And then there is cheese. Ever felt like you couldn’t give it up?? Ever think it might actually be a drug? The surprising news is that as far back as the 1980′s researchers have known that cheese contains trace amounts of morphine.
Seriously, cheese is dairy crack.
Dr. Neal Barnard writes: Government-sponsored programs aim to keep you hooked. They – the dairy pushers – have worked with Wendy’s Pizza Hut, Subway, and other restaurant chains to add more and more cheese to menu items, intentionally trying to “trigger the cheese craving.” They have managed to boost America’s annual cheese consumption from fifteen pounds per person in 1975 to thirty in 1999.
When I went vegan, I’d estimate it took about 3 weeks before the thought of cheese started to sound kind of disgusting. Now, I don’t even like the taste. Since I learned (or acknowledged) that the cheese industry feeds the veal industry, the ethical side of things made the elimination of cheese from my diet much easier.
And then there is Daiya … A wonderful cheese substitute! And now that I know how to make Fermented Soy Cheese, I am able to make a pretty mean (cruelty free) pizza. For more non-dairy cheeze ideas, check out the Artisan Vegan Cheese cookbook. Gourmet restaurateur and vegan food expert Miyoko Schinner shares her secrets for making homemade nondairy cheeses that retain all the complexity and sharpness of their dairy counterparts while incorporating nutritious nuts and plant-based milks.
Recently released, additional information can also be found in a startling documentary “Got the facts on Milk?”. Addressing myth, truth and all in-between, the film is a humorous yet shocking exposition that provokes serious thought about this everyday staple. Please visit MilkDocumentary.com for more information and to view the movie on-line.
And aside from not being healthy for your body, your continued support of dairy products contributes to cruelty to animals.
Got Milk? If so, Dump It! I won’t be crying over spilled milk …