Western populations drink gallons of milk as a main source for vitamin D, calcium and other essential minerals vital for building healthy bones and thus might be expected to reduce the risk of hip fracture and/or osteoporosis, and yet the more dairy products and milk they consume the higher the occurrence of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, acne, coronary illness, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation among them. We all have grown to trust that consuming dairy products can improve our body absorption of both vitamin D and calcium and hence many of us are unaware that milk is actually the most unhealthy and contaminated drink that left us many negative health impacts.

Milk and other dairy foods are widely consumed today, and thus they’ve occupied the large parts of your diet, but are they really healthy foods for your daily consumption? Many of us have grown to consume milk and milk products (such as cheese, yogurt) for calcium and essential minerals vital for building healthy bones that we’ve not given second thought to the negative effects of milk. Even the milk producers exaggeratedly advocate the health benefits of drinking milk, in terms of its calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients which I think is part of a dairy industry myth.

There are numerous health concerns that you should take into account while consuming dairy foods. Milk is polluted with pus, white blood cells, disease-causing bacteria and viruses, in addition to all the pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics and other chemical substances. In this matter, USDA is quite aware of the presence of toxins in milk products, but still permits them to be marketed for the consumption of the consumers.

Obesity is Linked to Consumption of Cow’s Milk and Other Dairy Products

You really can’t imagine how much fat is present in cow’s milk, dairy products (ice-cream, yogurts, cheese and etc.) and other products that use milk derivatives such as colostrums (cow’s first milk), lactose, whey and casein. The content of its fat is big enough to cause health problem if consumed in excess, particularly in gaining weight. Americans for example, consume large amount of dairy products and hence, approximately 58% of them are seen facing a health problem of obesity. One significant consequence of people consuming dairy foods is rapid fat gain, and this is indeed a high “octane” that fuels excess body fat particularly among children. Thing becomes even worst when they eat concentrated products like cheeses that is made from cow’s milk.

The Calcium in Cow’s Milk Can’t be Used by Human Body

Let me ask you. Do you know where do cows get their calcium? The answer is from the plant source. The plants that cows consume have a large amount of magnesium and thus enabling their body to use the calcium efficiently for building strong bones and teeth.

Even though cow’s milk has three times the calcium higher than human breast milk, your body is unable to absorb its calcium content because it’s lack of magnesium content. That means that calcium in cow’s milk is basically useless for your body but may harm your health. A significant proof is that those nations who have the highest amount of dairy or milk consumption are also those who have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Further, many scientific research have revealed that calcium found in dairy foods shows either little or no benefit for bone health. The continual dairy consumption will gradually cause a magnesium (a mineral helps to protect against heart disease) deficiency, and later, increasing the occurrence of heart-related disease.

High Protein in Cow’s Milk Accelerates Bone Loss

Do you know that about 80% of the protein in milk is consisting of a powerful binder or a polymer that is used to make plastics called casein? In fact, casein is a powerful allergen that may stimulate the secretion of mucus, and eventually causing health problem. It’s also surprising to know that melamine is added in the commercially sold dairy products to raise its protein content.

Cow’s milk has high protein content which may actually accelerate bone loss. This is due to that high protein causes calcium leaching from the bone tremendously. Therefore, it’s not surprising to learn that countries that consume high protein foods (such as milk, dairy and meat) are at the same time facing the higher risk of osteoporosis. Specifically, the highly acidic of animal protein as like cow’s milk in this case, undeniably, is the major factor that causes bone loss.

Due to the high protein content of the cow’s milk, it may force fluid losing from the infant’s kidneys, resulting in dehydration. That’s why mom’s breast milk sounds more nutritious to be given to the infant instead of cow’s milk.

Cow’s Milk is Completely Devoid of Nutritional Value

In terms of nutritional aspect, cow’s milk products are found to be nutritional deficiencies. They’re completely devoid of important nutritional value because they’ve insufficient amounts of minerals (such as iron, magnesium), complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids (such as linoleic acid), niacin, vitamin C, dietary fiber and other vitamins to suit the nutritional requirement of human body. Instead, saturated fat and cholesterol are found in cow’s milk, which can result in diabetes, obesity, high lipid, heart disease and high blood pressure. Even though skim milk may have less fat, it’s still lack of nutritional value mentioned to meet human body’s nutritional requirement for an optimum health.

Dairy Products are Loaded with Substantial Amount of Fat and Cholesterol

Do you know that three glasses of milk are equivalent to the cholesterol content that you’ll get from 54 slices of bacon? If any doctor asks you to eat that much of bacon every day, they must be a killer doctor. Believe me, if you eat 54 slices of bacon every day, you’ll end up in death very soon!

Dairy products are always loaded with abundant animal fats that will easily store beneath the skin as the “useless fat”. Since cow’s milk contains a unique fat with double bonds both located at C-17 and C-15 position on the fat’s carbon chain, a biopsy has shown the amount of this fat present in one’s body proportionally to the amount of dairy products they consume. Heavy consumption of foods that are loaded with such fat and cholesterol will result in the higher rates of colon cancer, hypertension, breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, obesity, strokes, to name just a few serious health problems.

Any 3-4 servings of whole milk contain 15-20g saturated fat. Since females need about 1,800 calorie (may slightly vary on the factors of physical activity, age and body condition), so they should keep the daily intake to no more than 16g. As for the elderly, they should limit the daily intake to 13g.

Cow’s Milk is for Baby Cows, Not Humans

Cow’s milk is for calves not humans. Hence, it’s weird for humans to drink milk after being weaned that is formulated specifically for a particular species. Also, it sounds unnatural for human to consume this white fluid.

Cow’s milk is tailored specifically to turn 65-pound young cows into 400-pound cows. The immunizing substances found in cow’s milk, namely immunoglobulins and lactoferrins are actually served as allergens in human body. Cow’s milk is obviously has insufficient amount of essential fatty acids (especially linoleic acid) as compared to human milk which has 6-10 times of the said acids to meet human body’s needs. Obviously, cow’s milk is not designed to be consumed by humans. As such, cow’s milk is the first food for baby cows which is supposedly not formulated for humans who are genetically unable of digesting it on the cause of either lactose (sugars) intolerance or protein (casein) intolerance.

 Cow’s Milk Adds in Additional Hormone in Humans for Abnormal Growth

Since cows are always milked while they’re pregnant, they’ll secrete high amount of growth hormone called estrogen into their milk. No wonder, when boys and girls drink large amount of cow’s milk, their prostates and breasts grow even before reaching puberty. The growth is due to that the hormonal messages that help stimulate breast growth in females and prostate growth in males. Besides estrogen, other powerful growth-stimulating hormones like rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) and IGF-1(Insulin-like growth factor-1) are also found in cow’s milk. When human cells are kept exposing to too much estrogen, rBGH and IGH-1, the abnormal growth or overgrowth may lead to cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dairy Foods Contributes to Global Warming

Consuming cow’s milk and dairy products are considered to be not environmental friendly. Large dairy farms can actually cause immeasurably detrimental effect on the environment. Imagine in the larger dairy farms, 275 pound of urine and feces is produced each day worldwide summing up to a daily total of 2.56 billion pound of pollution being released to the air, coupling with about 950 billion pound of untreated pollutants that polluted our rivers, lakes and other water resources. In California, the known region for America’s top milk producing state, feces produced by cows have poisoned hundreds of square miles of ground water and other water bodies.

According to the English New Scientist (pg 5-31.8.96), each cow releases approximately 48 kg or 105 pound of methane gas to the air. A lot of rice grains that should be fed to people are now instead used to feed the cows. Since dairy cows basically eat more to produce milk, the methane gas releases to the air each year is 9.2 million dairy cows multiply with a minimum of 100 pound of methane gas. These cows excrete more than 120 pounds of fecal matter each day which enters directly into the environment. Clearly, dairy cows are a major cause of global warming.

Over 60% World Populations are Lactose-intolerant

Worldwide, more than 60% people are lactose-intolerant (because their pancreas are unable to produce sufficient enzymes to break down sugars) to the lactose (including galactosemia and galactose; galactose has been confirmed as a trigger for glaucoma) in cow’s milk. Hence, milk and dairy products have caused them experiencing cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps and uncomfortable bloating. Lactose intolerance is said to have caused by either a natural enzyme deficiency that prevents human body to digest milk lactose (sugars) or an allergy towards milk consumption. Your body generally declines sugar found in milk after being weaned. When this happens, the disaccharide lactose can’t be broken down efficiently, making it harder to digest. Continued consumption of cow’s milk, undoubtedly, may lead your pancreas overworked to a point that you may end up with lactose intolerance in your life.

The Health Hazard of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) in Dairy Foods

Since 1985, U.S. dairy farmers or dairy producers were permitted to inject their cows with a genetically engineered bovine growth hormone called recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) to increase up to 20% more milk production. The high-tech onslaught of rBGH, however, has caused udder inflammation in cows resulting in pus (somatic cells) secretion that contaminates the milk. On average, one glass of milk contains at least 322 million cell-counts of pus, which is up to the human pus-intake limit, and may cause Crohn’s disease. The sad news is that one cubic centimetre (cc) of commercially sold cow milk is allowed to contain up to 750,000 pus cells (note: the healthy milk should contain below 100,000 pus cells) and 20,000 live bacteria. Further, rBGH has been associated with the occurrence of colon, breast and prostate cancer.

As rBGH is an unnatural substance, it has brought negative impact on cows. One of them is called Mastitis, which is observed to cause many cows’ udders (mammary glands) to be infected with incredibly severe inflammatory infections, and later they’re treated with high doses of antibiotics and medications. Cow’s udders can continuously be infected with awfully painful inflammation. E.coli is one of the one hundred fifty bacteria which can cause this disease and then this disease will pass along to the next generation of cows, and finally end up into the milk you drink every day.

Cow’s Milk is Contaminated with Blood Cells, Antibiotics and Other Chemical Compounds

USDA allows commonly-sold milk to contain up to 1.5 million white blood cells per millilitre. All milk, particularly cow’s milk contain 59 active hormones, up to 200 times the safe levels of dioxin, pesticides and herbicides, fat-borne toxins (such as lead), more than 52 powerful antibiotics, feces, pus, bacteria and viruses, of which may significantly affect your health, both the health of the pregnant mom and their offspring during pregnancy and nursing.

Cow’s Milk is Tainted with Disease-causing Bacteria and Viruses

Cow’s milk has never been proven to be safe to consume by humans. Leukemia is very common in the higher dairy consuming populations. Statistically, people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota for example, have higher incidence of leukemia which have been connected to uncontrolled bovine leukemia virus. This virus has been categorised under the similar group as the Human T-cell Leukemia/Lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1), and has been shown to cause lymphomas and leukemia in human beings.

Pasteurization is not being able to destroy bacteria in milk carrying by cows infected with Johne’s  disease.  This bacteria later “get a passport” to become cultured in milk, and begins to grow in human host after being drunk. As a result, you get Crohn’s disease or an irritable bowel syndrome. (Note: pasteurization raises a concern since it may break the viruses into fragments that may even harm your health. Baby cows which were fed with pasteurized milk died within a month).

By consuming dairy products, you and your family take the health risks, such as type-1 diabetes, food allergies, obesity, cancer, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), peptic ulcer disease, intestinal obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), bronchitis, atherosclerosis, skin rashes, colitis, bloody feces, tonsil enlargement, asthma, cerebro-vascular disease, heart disease, potential infections of leukemia viruses and so forth, which are all linked to the consumption of cow milk.  You see, Eskimos, Bantus and Asian populations who consume little or no dairy foods are at the lowest risk of getting MS. Both Neuroepidemiology journal and British medical journal Lancet have associated between eating dairy foods and the development of MS. The contamination of MS in milk further leads you to wonder if milk is still safe for your daily consumption. So, what are you going to say then?

IGH-1 Found in Milk is a Powerful Cancer Fuel

Milk produced by rBGH-treated cows is always has as much as 10-fold increase concentration of IGF-1 (Insulin-like growth-factor-1) which is not likely to be destroyed by pasteurization. The scientific research shows that higher levels of IGH-1 are more likely to have a potential risk factor in prostate cancer. In addition, IGH-1 is a fuel that promotes the growth of cancer in the lung, colon, breast and prostate. Indeed, IGH-1 is a powerful growth hormone that stimulates rapidly growth of cancerous cells, especially cancerous cells in colon, breast and prostate. Considering excess IGH-1 to be a fuel cell that induces cell proliferation and inhibits cell death in a tremendous manner, it’ll definitely send chill down your spine!

Milk and Dairy Products are the Main Cause of Osteoporosis

Milk is always regarded as a main source of both calcium and vitamin D and thus might be expected to decrease the risk of osteoporosis, yet research has not clearly confirmed this assumption as clinical research shows that dairy products and milk have little or no benefit for bone health. Evidence from many studies found that higher consumption of milk and dairy foods don’t appear to substantially cut off osteoporosis bone loss and hip fracture risk. Similarly, the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study published in Pediatrics in 2005 confirmed that dairy products or calcium supplements show no improvement in bone integrity. Probably this is due to the presence of other nutrients such as A that don’t benefit bone health at all. One of the examples is fortified milk which contains significant amount of vitamin A that has been proven to increase the risk of hip fracture.

It makes you wondering that people from New Zealand, the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Canada and USA who consume more dairy foods, osteoporosis and fracture rates are simultaneously the highest. Compared to those countries like Asia and rural Africa (such as Bantu women in Africa who generally consume no dairy products), where people consume little or no dairy foods, osteoporosis and hip fracture rates in these countries are the lowest. In comparison, the Chinese who consumes 8kg milk per year, the hip-facture rate is 6 fold lower than the American who consumes 254kg milk per year. If you still emphasize that milk is the primary source for calcium, why are there still 10 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis? The fact is that the less milk is consumed, the lower the osteoporosis is.

Do you know that milk is the main reason why your bones get brittle easily? Drinking milk is like you’re fixing an accelerator in your body which encourages an acidic environment in your body that eventually causes calcium leaching out of your bones to raise the risk of osteoporosis. Now, thing makes clear to you that calcium in dairy products has little effect on your bone health. This finding is in accordance to an article entitled “excess calcium causes osteoporosis” written by Thijs R.Klompmaker in 2007. The reason is that on a diet low in calcium, your intestine takes in more calcium and thus mineral absorption efficiency is increased, while on a diet high in calcium, the efficiency of mineral absorption is decreased as more unused calcium is left to be excreted in the form of feces. That means your intestine will always take in sufficient calcium to suit your body requirement.

Final remark:

The objective of writing this article is clear here that I’d like you to stay in healthy. If you’re still drinking cow milk or consuming any dairy foods, I’d advise you to stop the consumption for the sake of your health. Instead, you may substitute cow’s milk with almond milk, soy milk or rice milk. If you still want to drink cow’s milk, then make sure that you buy the non-genetically modified, organic raw one. Also, make sure that you eat less cheese.

If you’re still not convincing with what I’ve mentioned here, then go browse notmilk.com for further details. The choice is yours, but you should make a wise choice for your own health!

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