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Compiled by Dr Peter Richard Pedersen
For a long time now I have been telling people not to drink milk.
That milk is not a healthy food, and, of all the living species in the world, the human species is the only species that continues to drink milk after being weaned.
For decades we have been bombarded by the milk co-operatives, large corporate milk farming enterprises, and milk producer associations to the effect that you must drink milk if you want to be strong and healthy…that cow’s milk is high in bone strengthening calcium and all those other good things.
Now they have multi-millions of people believing this lie.
Well, the truth is, the only milk that is really healthy, and does all those good things the milk producers claim and more, is breast milk. When an infant is weaned, it is time to get off breast milk, and to never have cow’s milk----period!
The U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of milk and milk products. The U.S. also has the distinction of having one of the highest rates of Osteoporosis in the world. Do we maybe see a connection here?
Recently we have had more bad news with regard to milk.
Professor Loren Cordain, PhD, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, says the latest bad news for cow’s milk is that it causes spiked insulin levels as well as increased prostate cancer risk.
Looking beyond calcium to milk’s other effects on the human body, Dr. Cordain investigated what happens in the bloodstream of healthy student volunteers after drinking a glass of whole or skim milk.
He was amazed to find that a glass of whole or skim milk had the same bad insulin impact as a slice of white bread or a bag of M&Ms.
Drinking that glass of milk sent their insulin levels soaring. That’s bad stuff, especially if you are a diabetic, overweight or obese.
“White” carbohydrates are considered the enemy by most nutritionists because of their high glycemic index. That means that blood sugar or glucose rises quickly after you have eaten these products. Again, bad for diabetics and also for people who are overweight.
Foods with a high glycemic index such as white bread, white flour, white rice and table sugar produce a very bad high insulin response.
This sudden increase in insulin is pumped into your blood causing a sharp drop in glucose which leads to sudden, and often, ravenous hunger. This type of unnatural body reaction can also result in fatigue, fat around the midsection and perhaps an increase in the speed of aging.
To keep glucose and insulin levels on an even keel, nutritionists encourage us to eat foods with a low glycemic index like vegetables, fruit, seafood and lean meat. Cow’s milk, on the other hand, is unique in that it has a low glycemic index but ACTS as if it had a high glycemic index.
As a result of this study, Dr. Cordain cautions the medical profession against recommending milk consumption for adults, especially those at risk for conditions associated with insulin resistance such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension and coronary artery disease.
Milk’s link to cancer is the rBGH (also known as BST) bovine growth hormone that is given to most milk cows in the U.S. to increase their milk production. (Organically raised milk cows are not given any bovine growth hormone).
Numerous research studies done in the U.S. and around the world link the milk from rBGH milk cows to prostate cancer, and also some indication, to breast and ovarian cancer as well.
The use of rBHT has been banned in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The European Union has maintained its moratorium on the use of rBGH. Also, milk products made with rBGH treated cows are prohibited from sale in countries within the EU.
Canada too has resisted pressure from the United States and the biotechnology lobby to approve the use of rBGH commercially in light of the serious concerns about the safety of human consumption of milk from rBGH treated cows.
The whole world appears to be against the use of rBGH bovine hormone, except the U.S., based on good solid scientific evidence, and they have gotten along very well without it.
Here in the US, the FDA and the USDA dance to the tune of companies like Monsanto (manufacturers of rBGH) and the huge milk lobbies, with little, and sometimes I think, no concern for the health of the rest of us!
Most people don’t know how cruel and inhuman the production of cow’s milk in the U.S. has become.
Corporate-owned factories where cows are warehoused in huge sheds and treated like milk machines have replaced most small family farms.
With genetic manipulation and intensive production technologies, it is common for modern dairy cows to produce 100 pounds of milk a day...10 times more than they would produce in nature and what organically raised cows produce. And, tragically, these rBGH treated cows never leave there stall!
To keep milk production as high as possible, farmers artificially inseminate cows every year. They feed their milk cows growth hormones and set up unnatural milking schedules causing the dairy cow’s udders to become painful and so heavy that they sometimes drag on the ground. This results in frequent infections and overuse of antibiotics which permeates into the milk you drink.
Cow’s milk, because of this unnatural treatment, and these frequent infections, is usually contaminated with cow's blood and pus and is frequently contaminated with pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics.
What about a glass of nice, delicious, cold COW’S MILK with all that GOOD STUFF in it?
If you’re drinking organic milk, it’s not this bad, but even if it’s organic, you don’t need to drink milk, I don’t.
Cows...like all mammals...make milk to feed their own babies...not humans.
Doesn’t it stand to reason that the nutrients and chemical make up of cows milk is different than human milk, given what we each look like?
And if milk is so important to strong bones and good health, how come calves, once they have been weaned, don’t need milk to grow up to be big strong healthy cows?
What about horses? And especially...what about monkeys? They’re closer to us than cows. Wouldn’t we be better off with monkey milk?
Fortunately, scientific research into the relationship between cow’s milk, disease and the human body is ongoing, and hopefully, the huge pile of evidence that is building up will force the FDA and the USDA to finally ban the use of rBGH bovine hormone.
Have a glass of rooibos tea. That at least is healthy for you, and yes, you can give it to children, it has no acid or caffeine. It’s good for babies too when they have colic.
Got milk? Too bad!
To your good health and longevity, Ira Marxe
CEO, Good Health Supplement
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