Milk is a main ingredient in most American children’s diets. In fact, American’s today consume more milk per year than any other country. We are taught from birth that we must drink a certain amount of milk per day for strong bones and teeth.
If the statements made about milk doing a body good are true, then why does research also prove that Americans have the highest number of cases of osteoporosis and bone fractures than any other country? Perhaps there is more to consider about why we drink milk, and what it is doing to our bodies.
The Powerful Dairy Industry
The dairy industry is a multibillion-dollar industry—an industry that has repeated its marketing message so often and for so long that most people now believe that dairy products are essential to bone health, despite extensive evidence to the contrary. The dairy industry has an army of dietitians, public relations consultants, and lobbyists on its payroll but does not have the evidence on its side.
The dairy pushers pay dietitians, doctors, and researchers to endorse dairy products, spending more than $300 million annually, just at the national level, to retain a market for their products. The dairy industry pays sports stars, celebrities, and politicians to push their product. They give out free teaching materials to schools, libraries and grocery stores.
Milk Doesn’t Do a Body Good.
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 risk of milk to an infant’s health and development has become a concern, and American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants, under one year of age, not receive cow’s milk.
What is in Milk that Makes it so Bad?
Some 75 medications are given to dairy cows to treat and prevent a variety of illnesses. Traces of those drugs like the antibiotics erythromycin, tetracycline or streptomycin contaminate the milk that's poured on our child’s cereal. Dissatisfied with the way the FDA is monitoring the milk supply, two independent organizations, the The Wall Street Journal and the Center for Science in the Public Interest CSPI) conducted their own random drug tests on milk samples nationwide. Their survey found that 38% of the samples contained antibiotic residues.
Over Production Leads to Infection
As if the thought of genetically engineered hormones weren’t enough to concern you, over-stimulating dairy cows leads to mastitis or infection of the utter and overworked cows become susceptible to a host of infections. Their solution, anti-biotics. As most know, any lactating mammal excretes toxins through her milk. This includes antibiotics, pesticides, chemicals and hormones. If you're like a growing number of people today, you would rather not take antibiotics when you get sick never mind drink them in your milk.
To Drink or not to Drink?
Once you understand how modern milk is produced and processed, it seems logical to just avoid it altogether. But Real Milk--full-fat, unprocessed milk from pasture-fed cows--contains vital nutrients like fat-soluble vitamins A and D, calcium, vitamin B6 and B12.
Real, raw milk is a source of complete protein and is loaded with enzymes. Raw milk contains beneficial bacteria that protect against pathogens and contribute to a healthy flora in the intestines. Culturing milk greatly enhances its probiotic and enzyme content, making it a therapeutic food for our digestive system and overall health.
This type of milk is difficult to find in some areas. So here are a few suggestions:
· Limit or eliminate all commercial milk consumption.
*Especially if you have acne, irritable bowel, allergies or other auto-immune diseases.
· Purchase Whole Organic milk, like Organic Valley and Tillamook, whenever possible.
Fat-free and Low Fat milk lacks essential fat-soluble vitamins and proteins.
***Warning*** avoid Horizon Organic milk products as they have be found to not practice strict organic standards.
· Organic milk is usually pasteurized, which eliminates the friendly bacteria that aids in digestion and enhances immunity, but also greatly diminishes the nutrient content of the milk. So consume sparingly.
· To find local farm raised milk in your area click here.
* Note * Some state governments forbid the sellling of raw milk
for human consumption but cannot stop you from purchasing it.
Labels on raw milk products will state “for animal consumption only.”
· Don’t substitue dairy milk for soy milk, especially for children and infants.
Non-fermented soy is not healthy and is very difficult to digest. It also interferes with thyroid function.