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Shaving the Milk Moustache: A Societal Paradigm Shift

I get a lot of questions from people about whether dairy is a good healthy food.   The short answer is yes, it is a good food for a baby calf who will grow from a newborn calf to a 1.5 ton steer. Dairy foods are marketed for many maladies. Weight loss, osteoporosis and many other problems allegedly benefit from dairy (according to industry spokesmen). I couldn’t disagree more.

Years ago when I was in graduate school I ran across some data that was shocking to me at the time. Because I had heard decades of discussion about milk and bone health I was surprised to see the real facts.   The countries with lower RDA’s of calcium and much lower dairy consumption had much lower osteoporosis rates than we have in western countries. Dr Colin Campbell in pages 204-211 of the China Study shines a light on this shocking situation. The bottom line being that, the countries with the highest milk consumption have the worst bone health and highest fracture rates. Of course, these are the countries where millions take biphosphonate drugs like Actonel and Boniva (Sally Field included).

Dr. Campbell shows evidence that animal protein, unlike plant protein increases the acid load in the body. As the body attempts to neutralize this acid it pulls calcium from the bones. This action of the body weakens the bones and increases fracture risk.

The milk on today’s grocery shelves contains about 60 hormones, fat, cholesterol in addition to the fact that it is one of the leading food allergies in the U.S. Most of us were taught that if we want strong healthy bones that milk is our best option. But there are many foods that have higher concentrations of these nutrients in a hormone -free form, such as dark leafy greens (kale, collards, spinach and broccoli) for starters.

But there is a new danger to the milk industry on the horizon. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) have petitioned the FDA to alter the definition of “milk” to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose. By altering the definition in this way these additives would not have to appear on the label. This isn’t only for milk, but for  17 other products made from milk. Accordingly, the petitioners state that milk flavored with non-nutritive  sweeteners should be labeled as milk without further claims so that consumers  can “more easily identify its overall nutritional value.”
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/039244_milk_aspartame_FDA_petition.html#ixzz2UJWXscag

Fancy that, the industry wants consumers to easily identify nutritional value without including the ingredients on the label.

Mike Adams from naturalnews.com sums it up this way, “Consumers have always been kept in the dark about pink slime, meat glue, rBGH  and GMOs in their food. And now, if the IDFA gets its way, you’ll be able to  drink hormone-contaminated milk from an antibiotics-inundated cow fed  genetically modified crops and producing milk containing hidden  aspartame. And you won’t have the right to know about any of  this!”
The FDA confirms this “secret” status of aspartame, stating, “If  the standard of identity for milk is amended as requested by petitioners, milk  manufacturers could use non-nutritive sweeteners in flavored milk without a  nutrient content claim in its labeling.”
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/039244_milk_aspartame_FDA_petition.html#ixzz2UJXgp000

So much for my hope that the FDA is really guarding human health as opposed to being industry front men. The clue to look for is openness. All we want is the choice to know what is is our food. But the industry has repeatedly played the role of the man behind the curtain….who hides his own existence as well as what he is doing.

Health Problems Caused by Dairy

Today’s milk contains roughly 60  hormones, a number of allergens, fat, cholesterol and has a possible link to  turning on and off cancer genes. Most people were taught that we must drink milk  for strong, healthy bones but, countless other foods contain higher,  hormone-free nutrients, such as dark leafy greens, especially spinach, broccoli,  wild caught salmon, and almond/coconut milk. Plant based sources of vitamin D  and calcium can be absorbed much easier than animal based sources, and are much  healthier for you. Single serve cheese slices are overly processed, high in  sodium, and not a significant source of calcium. Flavored yogurt usually  contains a long list of ingredients, including the toxic chemical, aspartame.  Most people focus on the importance of these two vitamins, but magnesium is also  extremely important and necessary for proper bone health, and the majority of  people are deficient.
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/036970_dairy_health_problems_alternatives.html#ixzz2UJImmBNU

 

Cancer

Prostate and breast cancers have been linked to consumption of dairy products, presumably related to increases in a compound called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I).15 IGF-I is found in cow’s milk and has been shown to occur in increased levels in the blood of individuals consuming dairy products on a regular basis.16,17 Other nutrients that increase IGF-I are also found in cow’s milk.

Dairy products account for approximately 65 percent of estrogens consumed. Estrogens (and their metabolites) are a risk factor for breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers due, in part, to their ability to influence cell proliferation.20 A study suggesting that milk consumption may contribute to breast cancer risk reported that 15 different estrogen metabolites were found in various milk products.  It is important to note that dairy products are the No. 1 source of saturated fat in the diet. Needless to say cheese is a huge contributor here.

 

Milk and Digestive Tract Disorders

Mike Adams at  Natural News has the following summary of milk and its influence on the digestive tract:

” Researchers found that concentrated milk  fats, like those found in butter or cream, can disrupt the ecology of the  intestines. The digestive tract contains both beneficial bacteria, needed for  break down the food for digestion, and harmful bacteria, which, under normal and  ideal circumstances, is disarmed and kept at low levels. Milk fats  are found in a majority of refined foods, and their presence in the gut gives  the harmful bacteria a competitive edge. Researchers found that a bacteria  called Bilophila wadsworthia, which is normally sparse, amplifies its  proliferation in the presence of milk  fats, and has been shown to be present in elevated levels in other localized  inflammatory diseases, such as appendicitis.
The immune system detects  the disturbance, and sends in sentries to handle the problem. Unfortunately,  what ultimately ends up happening, is that the immune system attacks the bowel  as a whole, causing widespread inflammation  and tissue damage. Despite the fact that the bacteria was the initial offender,  the immune system’s response quickly makes itself more of a problem for the  individual.
The current line of defense, after the disease  has been provoked, is the use of system-wide immune-suppressant drugs. This is  extremely problematic, because the body needs the immune system to defend  itself.
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/037156_milk_fats_bowel_disease_inflammation.html#ixzz2U7k7p1iC  Over the course of the investigation, researchers found that concentrated milk  fats, like those found in butter or cream, can disrupt the ecology of the  intestines. The digestive tract contains both beneficial bacteria, needed for  break down the food for digestion, and harmful bacteria, which, under normal and  ideal circumstances, is disarmed and kept at low levels. Milk fats  are found in a majority of refined foods, and their presence in the gut gives  the harmful bacteria a competitive edge. Researchers found that a bacteria  called Bilophila wadsworthia, which is normally sparse, amplifies its  proliferation in the presence of milk  fats, and has been shown to be present in elevated levels in other localized  inflammatory diseases, such as appendicitis.
The immune system detects  the disturbance, and sends in sentries to handle the problem. Unfortunately,  what ultimately ends up happening, is that the immune system attacks the bowel  as a whole, causing widespread inflammation  and tissue damage. Despite the fact that the bacteria was the initial offender,  the immune system’s response quickly makes itself more of a problem for the  individual.”

Dairy and Arthritis

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports that it may be possible for rheumatoid arthritis and migraine sufferers to alleviate their pain by avoiding dairy products. Dairy is a common trigger for arthritis pain and migraines. In adults who eliminate common trigger foods between 20 and 50% reduce or eliminate their pain.

The PCRM site states that “According to several studies, vegan diets appear to benefit about half of arthritis patients, including some who did not identify a specific diet trigger. A study evaluating the influence of a four-week, low-fat vegan diet on RA patients showed significant changes in symptomology, such as improvement in ability to function, a decrease in both joint tenderness and joint swelling scores, improved severity of morning stiffness, and a decrease in pain.

There are many more areas of human health that are impacted by dairy consumption. I urge everyone to research this. Don’t take my word for it. Today there are many, many good and healthy substitutes for milk (an entire aisle of them at natural food markets). 

I know in my own case, my lifelong struggle with rosacea ended, when after not eating dairy for a couple of weeks, my rosacea was gone and I finally made the connection. The final irony came one day when I was looking at a copy of Reader’s Digest. There was a open page that on one side had Martha Stewart in a milk mustache and the other side of the page had the beginning of a 6 page drug ad for a rosacea drug. The medical community is just not seeing these connections.