The Milky Truth

 

 

If you're an American you were probably raised believing that cows milk was a miracle fluid. Remember having to bring "milk money" to grade school. "Milk Does a Body Good?" right?Or what about the commercials where some puny nerd talks about how he's drinking milk and one day he was going to grow up to basically be Scott Baio? Of course milk is also good for famous people too. Dozens of them have been featured donning milky mustaches in the "Got Milk?" ad campaign. Here are some of my favorites:

What have we always been taught about milk? It gives us healthy bones and big muscles and makes us tall and sexy… don't forget sexy.

Your whole life people (the government, companies, schools, etc) have worked hard to convince you that dairy products are your friend.  But is that true?  Let's examine the facts:

FACT #1 – Milk is for Mammals by Mammals.

We all know where milk comes from, right?  It comes from Mom.  Is your mom a four-legged half-ton pasture animal? Yeah, mine neither. Nature originally intended that we get milk from mothers of our own species yet for some reason we will drink the milk of just about anything with teats.  Sounds strange when I put it that way doesn't it? Well it really is.  Most mammals do not feed on milk past the weaning stage at infancy.  However, humans drink it from the cradle to the grave.  If you have ever had an infant you know that humans can't even tolerate cow's milk until they are at least 1 year old.  Why?  Because WE AREN'T COWS!

FACT #2 – Most People Don't Tolerate Milk Well After Infancy.

Our biology is wired so that 2-3 years after weaning we no longer tolerate lactose, the sugar in milk.  To properly digest this sugar your body needs to produce an enzyme called lactase.  In fact, about 70% of the world's population is lactose intolerant.  This means that most people experience bloating, gas, abdominal distension, pain and/or diarhhea when they consume dairy after being weaned.  Dairy is so common in our culture that many people never associate these common symptoms with dairy until they stop consuming it.  Here is the data on Lactose Intolerance based on ethnic background:

Population

Prevalence of Lactose Intolerance ;Symptoms

Americans (African)

75%

Americans (Anglo)

6-20%

Americans (Mexican)

41%

Americans (Native)

90%

Australians (Anglo)

6%

Australians (Indigenous)

84%

British (white)

5%

Israeli Jews

60%

Italians

23%

Malaysians

88%

Norwegians

20%

Spaniards

75%

South Africans (non-white)

78%

Swiss

29%

Lactose Intolerance is also more prevalent in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Fructose Intolerance, Autism and Celiac Disease.  Chances are if you are reading this article you are probably Lactose Intolerant. 

FACT #3 – Milk is Hormone Soup.

These days everybody knows that they need to read labels on food.  Most of us know to look for 4 key pieces of information: Calories, Fats, Carbohydrates and Protein.  It's not that simple though.  There are thousands of different kinds of protein out there.  For example your muscle tissue is made up of protein but neurotransmitters are made up of protein too.  The term protein is generic for a molecule that contains multiple amino acids. The proteins in milk stimulate hormone responses in mammals.  This is one of the reasons it is so useful for infants.  These hormone responses cause our body to change, grow and develop.  However, after weaning it is not necessarily good to still be under the influence of these stimulations.  It's like a loooooong drawn out puberty.  I have seen many adults with acne in my practice and often they find that the acne goes away once they quit dairy.  Yes… they turned off the puberty. 

Some of the proteins in milk are even suspected to be related to the incidence of certain cancers.  Aside from proteins there are also low levels of antibiotics present in milk which are routinely used to treat milk cows.  These antibiotics may have negative health implications including impairment of your digestive processes.  All of these factors also make milk one of the most common food allergens.

 

I know… Now you are wondering why I would demonize milk when there are all of these health benefits we have always learned about. What about the Calcium?!? What about Osteoporosis?!?  Well brace yourself for….

FACT #4 – Milk Doesn't Improve Bone Health.

Yeah… Sounds crazy but it sure is true.  Americans drink more milk and consume more dairy than any other people on earth.  Nobody else even comes close.  You know what we also have more of than anybody else? Osteoporosis and pathological bone fractures!  WHOOPS!  So let's face the facts the milk isn't doing our bones much good is it?  Milk does not have a monopoly on calcium.  You can get all the calcium you need from vegetables and animals like sardines (yuck).  Even though it's fortified with Vitamin D which increases calcium absorption it isn't fixing the problem.  So can we please stop telling kids that drinking milk will give them healthy bones?  They are going to be furious when they get osteoporosis one day.

 

In Conclusion… I know you may feel betrayed.  You may wonder why you have been lied to by people like the lunch lady, Uncle Sam, Mom and even Christie Brinkley.  The answer is economic. Dairy is big money.  There are a lot of dairy farms out there with dairy farmers and families of dairy farmers.  They developed a very power lobby with government influence, clever brilliant advertising, and entwined themselves into the American way of life.  But all the money in the world just doesn't change the fact that dairy isn't that good for you.  It makes most of the world fart. It gives stomach aches, acne, and allergic reactions.  It's ok not to drink it.  It's ok not to give it to your kids.  Milk does a body good but not so much after you aren't getting it from your own human mother.  Don't believe me? ; Try it for yourself. Go 30 days without dairy and see how you feel.  Maybe you are one of the few who is well adapted for milk and you notice no difference.  However I bet most of you will notice that you are healthier; and healthier is happier.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Joan

    Hmmm, I don’t know what to think. I love milk! What good-tasting substitutes are there that don’t also cost most of my grocery budget? Not sure this old dog could learn a new trick, but my digestive system might thank me…I need to ponder this.

  2. Dan

    So… What would I put on my cold cereal in the morning? No way I can give that up! And soy is out of the question (history of breast cancer in the family) so what other options do I have? And yogurt! My precious, delicious yogurt!!! How will I live without yogurt?!?

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