Holy Cow! Study Suggests Milk Is Bad For Bones, Heart…
It is starting to seem like the movie Sleeper had the future right: Foods we thought were good are bad, and bad are good. For decades in the UK and the U.S. milk had an exalted status, touted as not just good for us, but downright crucial. We were brought up to believe our bones would crumble if we didn’t force down three big glasses every day.
But what does the science say? A new study published in the British Medical Journal followed more than 100,000 people in Sweden over periods of 20 to 30 years. The result was a shocker: The good milk drinkers were more likely to die from heart disease and cancer, and among the women, the milk drinkers suffered more overall fractures and hip fractures.
Clip taken from the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. www.cowspiracy.com
Milk Is Dangerous for Your Health
Based on a research article by Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Walter Willett from Harvard, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study by Ludwig and Willett showed a lack of evidence for the government’s recommendations. The Harvard scientists found no data to support the claim that the consumption of dairy leads to better bones, weight loss, or improved health. They also found some serious risks tied to dairy consumption, including weight gain, increased cancer risk, and increased fracture risk. It turns out milk does not build strong bones! They also found that dairy may cause other problems like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas, diarrhea, allergies, eczema, and acne.
So, is milk nature’s perfect food? Yes. If you’re a calf.
Dairy should not be a dietary staple
While it is true that some people can tolerate dairy in small amounts—for example, descendants from Northern Europe and people who don’t have allergies, lactose intolerance, or a leaky gut—it should not be a staple of our diet. We should not be putting it on or in everything.
Dairy contains some very allergenic proteins, such as casein, which can be problematic for many people. And to make matters worse, the casein that’s in our modern dairy—sourced from modern, hybridized cows—has been genetically altered, creating a much higher likelihood of inflammation, autoimmune disease, and even type 1 diabetes. With this in mind, I strongly recommend that you limit the amount of cow-sourced dairy that you consume.
If you want to eat dairy, I suggest you try goat and sheep dairy, such as sheep cheese and yogurt or goat cheese and yogurt, both of which are widely available now. It is also important to choose organic when you can, because pesticides and chemicals are concentrated in the fat found in non-organic dairy.
This leads to another frequent question I receive: “Is organic dairy OK?” Organic cows are often milked while pregnant, producing milk that’s full of hormones. In fact, the average glass of milk has 60 different hormones in it. These are anabolic hormones, which means they help you to grow. But not all growth is good. You don’t want to grow cancer cells. You don’t want to grow big bellies. You don’t want to grow in ways that actually may be harmful.
What to do about dairy:
Take a dairy holiday for two to four weeks, and see how you feel. Does your postnasal drip go away, and do your sinuses clear up? Does your acne go away? Do you stop having bloating, gas, and diarrhea? Do you have more energy? Does your eczema clear up? Do your allergies get better? These are some very simple things you should notice when you eliminate dairy. Then try eating dairy again, and see how you feel. Do these symptoms return?
Stick with sheep or goat dairy if you do decide to eat dairy again, but try to avoid cow dairy.
The bottom line is, I don’t agree with the government’s recommendations regarding dairy consumption, and neither do some of the top scientists in the world. Dairy should not be a dietary staple and you should certainly not have three glasses of milk every day. Don’t listen to Uncle Sam on this one – listen to your body and to the science. You’ll know what’s best.
I’d like to hear from you!
What have you noticed?
Has dairy caused problems for you—acne, eczema, allergies, bloating, gas?
Have you eliminated dairy from your diet? If so, what happened?
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