“Neither kids or their parents are learning about how milk has been linked to Type 1 diabetes, prostate cancer, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis or other autoimmune diseases, and how casein (the main protein in dairy foods) has been shown to experimentally promote cancer and increase blood cholesterol and atherosclerotic plaque.” p. 294 The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell
I probably could not bring up a subject anymore “un-American” than suggesting not to drink cows milk and stay away from dairy. I am talking about some not-so-nice and startling truths. Maybe it is time to ask, who is running things anyway? That was rhetorical; we all ready know. But I am here to remind you, big business, special interests and clever marketing distort the truth and are misleading. They have their interests in mind–not yours!
Growing up, our family drank more milk than the Albertson family down the street–with their 8 kids; we were half that number. My Mother was quite proud of that accomplishment and boasted frequently. Even now, as these words roll off my keyboard, they would be considered blaspheme within my childhood home. Yet, did you know, Countries that use the most cows milk and its products also have the highest fracture rates and worst bone health? Americans consume more cow’s milk and its products per person than most populations in the world. So Americans should have wonderfully strong bones, right? (Nope.) Studies show American women 50 and older have one of the highest rates of hip fractures in the world. 1 (p. 205) The China Study
Dr. Thomas Rau, MD, Medical Director of the Paracelsus Clinic Lustmuhle, made the following comments when it comes to milk and dairy:
“The only cow dairy allowed (for his patients)are small amounts of organic butter and cream from time to time, because my concern is with the proteins, not the fat. Even if you are not allergic to cow’s milk, I discourage its use. Because of the way milk is collected, processed and distributed in the United States, it is possible source of many contaminants, not least being the artificial estrogen DES given to cows to boost their milk production on large corporate farms. This drug causes unexplained infertility in humans as well as cancer, and traces are present in the milk of cows treated.
Problems such as osteoporosis arise not from drinking too little milk, but from ingesting too much animal protein. It is acidity in the bloodstream caused by eating too much protein that leaches calcium and other minerals from the bones and cartilage. Numerous studies as far back as 1988 have documented this; though it is only recently, with the latest results, that the public is being made aware. Eating plenty of leafy green vegetables and whole grains will give you all the calcium you need. Combining this good diet with moderate weight-bearing exercise will result in healthy bones.Every time you drink a glass of cow’s milk, eat a container of yogurt or cottage cheese, or dig into a slab of Cheddar, your immune system is assaulted. Most people who believe they are lactose intolerant are actually suffering from an allergy to the proteins in the milk, not the lactose, which is a simple sugar.
Women in particular are beset with this problem because before and during menopause, to avoid osteoporosis they are strongly encouraged by their doctors—and the dairy industry, which has a very powerful lobby—to drink excessive amounts of milk. And look at all the symptoms that crop up at this time in their life: fatigue, depression, lack of muscle strength, indigestion, acid reflux, insomnia, thyroid insufficiency.”
There are many alternatives such as unsweetened almond, coconut or rice milk. So Delicious makes a great Cultured Coconut Milk Yogurt. Instead of cheese for an afternoon snack reach for a stalk of celery and almond butter; even hummus and sliced cucumbers are refreshing and filling. Balancing your system and constantly lightening your toxic load is an intelligent and powerful way to lead a healthy and active life as long as you can.