Milk…it does the body harm!

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“WHAT?” I can just hear you saying out loud. “But I thought that milk provided me with calcium & essential nutrients?” No, you’re not a calf, right? Nor are you a baby. Think about it this way: We scoff at mothers who let their child past a certain age still suckle at their breast, yet adults drink gallons of milk…although not from their mommies, but from another species. Does this make sense to you? It certainly doesn’t to me!

As Kim Barnouin & Rory Freedman point out in their book, “Skinny Bitch“, “We don’t need our mother’s milks as adults, just like grown cows don’t need their mothers’ milk anymore. We are the only species on the planet that drinks the milk of another species. We could be putting gorilla milk on our cereal or having zebra milk and cookies. Why cows’ milk? Using the animal that produces the largest quantity of milk but is more easily housed than an elephant means more money for farmers. It has nothing to do with health and nutrition…The dairy industry is a multibillion-dollar industry based on brilliant marketing and the addictive taste of milk, butter, and cheese. It has convinced doctors, consumers, and government agencies that we need cows’ milk.” (p. 57 – The Dairy Disaster) Yes, indeed you are being lied to…BIG time! 

Like Banksy, the Brittish graffiti artist who made the sign above, I’d hold this up to the dairy industry! “YOU LIE” to your consumers…and you know it! Meanwhile the public is getting heavier around the waistline and sicker from its products, but do you think they care? No they don’t! I hate to break it to you, but your health is in your hands! None of them care as long as they are making a profit! This is a business that’s about money…big time money and certainly not about your health! If you get sick then their friends in the pharmaceutical industry benefit as well because now you need drugs to stay healthy & alive! Meanwhile, you’re being bombarded with images like the one below. Portraying intelligent people, whom most of us trust, like Dr. Phil or Meredith Vieira and other celebrities trying to convince us that we must “get it” or else we’re just not that smart. It’s shameful!

Here’s something to consider from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, she writes, “In cow’s milk, 80-87 percent of the proteins are caseins, which is not a good thing. According to renowned researcher and professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University T. Colin Campbell, casein is the “number one carcinogen [cancer-causing substance] that people come into contact with on a daily basis.” In dairy-based cheeses, the casein is even more concentrated, and in low-fat dairy  milks, there tends to be more casein to make up for the fat that has been removed.” (p. 54-55) Not only is casein in milk a huge problem, but there’s also dioxin to consider, which is one of the most toxic substances in the world, often found in dairy products. Yikes, doesn’t that sound appetizing?

And there’s more toxic stuff for your body to battle with. Freedman & Barnouin write, “Sickening high levels of pesticides found in dairy meet government standards. Records from the Food and Drug Administration show that “virtually 100% of the cheese products produced and sold in the U.S. has detectable pesticide residues.” Would you like a glass of wine & crackers with that? I didn’t think so.

Here we are being lulled into thinking milk is good for us and like a friend said to me recently, “The people around us are starting to look more and more like the people in the cartoon Wall-E!” But is that their fault? 

No, it is not! All the chemicals and harmful substances are actually making it harder for them to loose the weight! Listen to this: Freedman and Barnouin write, “When you consume dairy products, you are ingesting the same antibiotics, pesticides, steroids, and hormones you would if you ate meat directly. Cows are injected with bovine growth hormone.” And where do you think all those harmful substances are going? Right, into your body! No wonder you’re expanding and you can’t seem to ever loose the weight even though you’re eating low fat yogurt for breakfast and drinking low-fat milk. Even worse, when your child enters early puberty in the second grade or someone you love comes and tells you they got cancer!

The good news is that you got plenty of other alternatives. Freedman & Barnouin give plenty of suggestions in their amazing little book, “Skinny Bitch”. Personally, I have never been a big fan of milk or dairy except in cheese and frozen yogurt, but now I will gladly go choose a vegan alternative or go for organic soy or almond milk instead.

almond milkAlmond Milk

The last thing to consider, but by no mean the least, is the way the cows are being treated in the factory farms. Cows only produce milk when they have given birth to a calf. After the birth, the calf is then yanked away from its mother. The mother cow cries out for the loss of her calf! Our vision of “mother & child” in the green pasture, sadly does not exist!  Further, Freedman & Barnouin write, “There is no gentle farmer milking the cow with a bucket between his feet. Cows are milked by machine; metal clamps are attached to the cows’ sensitive udders. The udders become sore and infected. Pus forms. But the machines keep on milking, sucking the dead white blood cells into the milk. How freaking gross is that?” (p. 60-61) Plus then there’s the radioactive particles found in milk…

Factory Farmed Milking CowHorrific practice!  Factory Farmed Milking Cows

If you still go ahead and drink a glass of milk after reading this, I’m not going to hold you back. Now you know the facts! I can’t spell it out for you any more than I have. Dairy products are harmful and disease producing! They cause suffering in major ways! Just ask my mother, she’s been eating lots of ice cream with whipped cream on top and as a result  she suffers from severe intestinal issues that will never go away because it has ruined her intestinal system. Time to stop acting like an ostrich and get your head out of the sandbox and stop buying lies! The view is way better from over here!

art_cowsThey Thank you and so do I! 

PS. Check out these other posts I’ve written on why dairy is such a bad idea. They are all found under:

My Cow With Dairy

 

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About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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  1. Very informative – I would like to point out as an addendum to your post that not only does milk do the body harm, but we in fact, might as well drink poison – the effects would be similar.
    When we consume milk and dairy products, it has an immediate effect on our bodies – it turns our blood against us. It turns our blood acidic. It actually changes the PH balance of our blood – and this is not a good thing. Our immune system kicks in and does its best to recover. The only way it can is by leaching out calcium from our bones to counteract the PH change. As it does this – it slowly changes back to the way it should – with one major change – our bones over time become more and more brittle as a result. They simply have less calcium in them. The excess calcium is excreted in our urine and this contributes to lower intestinal blockages over time. Know someone who has to go in for a gall bladder stone removal? Well guess what! If you look at societies who drink the most amount of milk – you will see that the western diet has the highest amount of osteoporosis in the world. There are some Asian countries where very little dairy products are consumed and they have some of the lowest counts of osteoporosis in the world.
    The lie that people are fed about “milk, it does a body good” couldn’t be further from the truth. We are told that women especially need to drink and consume lots of milk and dairy products to help protect themselves from the onset osteoporosis as a middle age adult. This is another lie. People who consume milk and dairy products are actually rapidly assisting the onset of osteoporosis. The calcium loss is directly contributed to the amount of dairy products we consume in our lives. So the next time you think you need more calcium in your diet and need to eat and drink milk and dairy – remember the lie. This is not about YOUR health and well being – it’s about THEIR profit and nothing more.

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Stormbringer! I really appreciate the extra information that you have provided for my readers! It’s excellent and so true! In Scandinavia, where there’s a lot of dairy consumption – they also have a significant number of people with osteoporosis and hip fractures all due to dairy consumption! Yet, people have no clue! The last time I was there, this woman who worked at the pharmacy was telling this old woman, “Yes, take these calcium supplements and then remember to drink your milk and eat your dairy!” I just couldn’t help myself! I had to say something. Not only is taking calcium bad for your heart but dairy…it does no body no good, as Chef AJ would say!

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