If you are North American, you no doubt grew up with a glass of milk at every meal and when you were thirsty, you reached for the milk carton and downed another glass or two.
Then with desserts of course, another glass of milk. Who can deny that biscuits (cookies) and milk are inseparable? Your mother dutifully heeded the milk industries ‘advice’ on the importance of milk for your family as did the schools. The government as well – being closely related to money making industries.
While the milk industry convinced the general public that milk was the best source of calcium and was the (almost) perfect food. It also was busy developing more and more products based on the white gold.
In the meantime, and since the 50’s, food allergies and intolerances have significantly increased, most notably lactose/casein intolerances. Milk was also praised as the singular most important product against osteoporosis.
America consumes the highest quantities of milk products, and yet has increasingly higher cases of osteoporosis and calcium deficiencies than ever before.
Paradoxically, it is also the only modern, western society that has alarmingly high statistics of malnutrition even amongst the middle class – obviously, this not being due entirely to the high milk consumption but caused by the typical North American diet based on processed, junk foods, high protein and fat intake and otherwise inadequate diet.
Carbonated drinks leach calcium from the body contributing greatly to calcium deficiency and malabsorption of vitamins as well.
What may have been well intentioned in the early 1950’s has proven to be one of the best advertising schemes of the modern food industry. Pictures of contented cows, the 50’s ideal of the perfect home, the current ‘milk moustache’ campaign has sold the public on the milk industry’s white lie – that milk is good for you.
Their own laboratories know the truth, yet the public is given half truths and blatant fabrication of the truth about milk.
The milk industry has been relentlessly successful in their drive to convince the public of the ‘benefits’ of milk. And it spends millions to dispel and ridicule evidence against its use. They would have you believe that milk is the only and best source of calcium and that milk is liquid protein. Yet it is a known fact that high protein consumption is a Pandora’s Box leading to many illnesses.
What is milk?
In a sentence, it is the first nurturing substance given to a cow’s offspring. It is the perfect food – if you are a calf. Humans really have no need to drink it. In fact, humans are the only creatures that consume a nurturing substance from a creature other than their own species.
Milk is mainly composed of water, lactose and casein. Lactose is milk sugar; casein is milk protein. Lactose is found in all mammalian milk. It is interesting that in infancy almost all babies can tolerate lactose (mother’s milk), but many develop an intolerance once given cow’s milk.
Lactase is an enzyme present in the small intestine that digests lactose. Not enough of this or lack of it is the cause of lactose intolerance resulting in severe intestinal cramping, diarrhea and vomiting.
In babies, symptoms can be as subtle as nappy rash (diaper rash), irritability, frothy stools, passing much wind to screaming bouts after feeding with drawn up legs (a natural reflex to ease abdominal pain). Or more complex as seemingly unrelated symptoms such as skin irritation or eczema.
70% of the world population is lactose (non-mother’s milk) intolerant. Certain races such as African, Asian, Malay, Filipino, Native American, Southern European, Australian Aboriginal and Hispanic race or mixed ethnic background are known not to produce this enzyme or have such low levels of lactase, that this leads to adult lactose intolerance.
90% of adult blacks are lactose intolerant and 20-30% of Caucasians. In societies where milk consumption is highest, lactose intolerance can develop after the age of 4-5 years. Those of Caucasian or Northern European genetic background usually have no problem with lactose intolerance.
Yoghurt and certain cheeses pose less of a problem for those with lactose intolerance. This is due to the higher concentration of ‘good bacteria’ that consumes the lactose in place of the missing enzyme.
The White Lie #1
What the milk industry doesn’t want you to know about is the long list of problems related to milk. Here is a short list:
· milk encourages mucus and catarrh (it doesn’t produce it)
· pasteurised milk can aggravate candidiasis if you have it (many people do but do not know it)
· the process of pasteurising milk destroys 50% of Vitamin C
· juvenile insulin dependent diabetes is higher in high milk consumption cultures
· it is the main cause of infant colic and of allergies in infants to adults
· higher incidences of ovarian cancer as well other cancers (such as lymphatic and lung cancers)
· excessive dairy consumption can cause you to loose calcium through the urine and hence actually cause osteoporosis
· Because of the high protein found in dairy products, excessive consumption can actually interfere with calcium absorption. This excess protein is a major cause of the osteoporosis riddle.
· osteoporosis is not caused by lack of calcium but by LOSS of calcium
· a 30 year Scandinavian study showed an indisputable link between milk and arthritis
Milk contributes to poor liver function
And the list goes on. Excessive milk product consumption contributes to a sluggish liver which, amongst a plethora of problems such as inability to loose weight, build up of toxins in the body, will interfere with the conversion of Vitamin D.
This vitamin is found in sunlight or a balanced diet. Vitamin D is vital for the body to absorb calcium. Lack of it or not enough of it means that you can consume all the calcium supplements and milk products you wish, you will still have a calcium deficiency. This alone is ONE of the reasons why excess milk consumption is a major factor in the osteoporosis riddle – the liver cannot convert the vital Vitamin D.
Excess protein in the diet is the primary cause of osteoporosis next to malabsorption of calcium. We really only need about 45 g. for a 60 kilo adult and can get by quite well with 28 to 30 g. daily, yet the meat industry will have you believe something else.
Most of humanity’s health problems are due to an overworked, sluggish liver caused by poor nutrition and excesses. The liver and the kidneys are the most important filtering systems in the body.
High milk and protein consumption are one of the dominos in a long row. Think of a sluggish liver as the first domino. Push the liver too far and you can imagine the effect. The Domino Effect. But the liver is a subject for another article.
The White Lie #2
‘Contented cows. Cows milk is pure’.
I assure you, they are not contented and the milk is far from pure. Here a few facts: In the early 50’s cows produced an average of 2,000 pounds of milk yearly compared to top producers today giving 50,000 pounds. Is this because the cows are contented? Hardly – drugs, antibiotics, hormones, forced feeding and selective breeding is the industry norm.
Milk is so full of pus from infected utters that antibiotics and medicinal ointments are necessary, which is passed on to you. Certainly, the milk is pasteurized, ‘sterilized’, homogenized etc. etc., but the pus cells are still in it and we drink it – along with chemicals from feed and hormones cows are injected with to produce even more milk.
Cows lead a miserable life with restricted movement all their lives. Some are so weak they collapse. The average cow rarely lives to 4-5 years compared to an average life span in the pre-50’s boom of 12 to 15 years.
By the way, is mother’s milk pure? A study involving 14,000 mothers showed that all of them had milk contaminated with pesticides.
Major sources of these types of pesticides are meat and dairy milk. Lactating vegetarian mothers, on the other hand had half the levels.
Women who nourish themselves solely on commercial products had, of course far higher levels of other toxins due to artificial foods, flavourings, preservatives, colouring agents and the added lactose found in most commercial products.
Women who avoided such foods and consumed only foods they prepared themselves from a close to natural state, had far lower levels. Their livers where healthier and vitamin deficiencies were almost non-existent.
How YOU fuel your body directly affects your health
You alone are responsible for your food choices. Clearly, there is a direct connection between how we nourish ourselves and illnesses caused through toxic build-up and excesses.
Shocking, all this – I know. Personally, I feel substantiated in my natural disinterest in drinking milk as an adult and am less concerned than before about osteoporosis and my relatively low dairy product consumption.
Will I give up the occasional yoghurt or crème fraîche because of the horror stories? No. But I will enjoy and use my almond or oat milk more and no longer worry about my low consumption of dairy products.
What I sincerely hope to achieve with this article is not so much ‘industry bashing’ as to enlighten about the White Lie and to encourage readers to be more aware and less trusting of mega-industries. Clearly, they are interested solely in making money and abuse consumer’s trust. Governments receive tremendous sums from these industries and neither is interested in your well-being. Don’t listen to the hype. Suspect it.
But why then, do so many doctors and ‘experts’ insist on drinking milk? Traditional thinking, stubbornness perhaps. Being a doctor does not necessarily make one a nutrition expert and so too often doctors as well fall for the industry supported hype (medical schooling barely covers the subject of nutrition).
Independent researchers and doctors who are against excessive dairy use have little to gain by cautioning against milk. However, the milk industry has much to loose and so spends millions convincing the public with half truths, misinformation and blatant lies.
In my opinion, any substance that has become an ‘institution’ or is madly hyped, should be suspect – be it a ‘wonder pill’, yet another artificial food or food substance hype such as high consumption of animal protein. Question ‘reports’ and who they are funded by. Obviously, ‘reports’ funded by any industry will only serve their own purposes. Question why.
As for what to do about getting the bone building calcium we need? It may surprise you that there are organic sources that give more calcium than milk per calorie. Get it where the cows get it. From plants. Get at least 15 minutes daily of sunshine to produce Vitamin D to metabolize calcium, lower your protein intake, get off the junk food and artificial consumer foods, eat real foods and learn about better calcium sources.
Take care of your liver so it can do its job, walk or do other low to medium impact exercise. And above all – wipe off the milk moustache!
Milk is the leading cause for allergies…
The milk industry spends millions in advertising campaigns and in dispelling disturbing evidence against the consumption of milk.
Trivia Corner:100 g. of almonds has 234 mg. of calcium, sesame seeds have 1160 mg. 100 g. of milk has only 120 mg.
Green cabbage, kale, parsley and fennel are but a few more excellent sources of calcium.