What Is Wrong With Milk?

I quit using dairy products years ago when I learned the truth about milk.  Below are some of the facts that changed my mind about this unnatural product. 

The first thing I learned about milk is that we are the only creatures on the planet that continues to drink milk after the normal weaning period.  Which is interesting because nature really made milk to be a short-term nutrient for mammalian offspring to be given up a short time after birth called weaning.

Weaning Period for Humans:
Many authors explicitly or implicitly seem to believe that it is normal for breast milk production to decline at 4-6 months of age and that solid foods are needed to make up for this.   The weaning period, defined as the period during which breast milk is being replaced by other foods, usually begins when the infant is 4-6 months old.   Others seem to confuse "exclusive breastfeeding" with breastfeeding per se and believe that international recommendations imply that breastfeeding should stop at 4-6 months.   The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breast-fed for at least 12 months and thereafter for as long as mutually desired.   In fact, the word "wean," in addition to referring to the entire shift from breast to foods, is at times used to refer to four separate processes: (a) to accustom the infant to some food in the early months of life, though amounts given are not intended to provide any nutritional benefit, (b) to complement breast milk when it can no longer provide for the complete nutritional needs of the child, (c) to replace breast milk with other foods, and (d) to stop breastfeeding altogether.

"There are 4,000 species of mammals, and they all make a different milk.  Human milk is made for human infants, and it meets all their specific nutrient needs," says Ruth Lawrence, M.D., professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y., and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We've known for years that the death rates in Third World countries are lower among breast-fed babies," says Lawrence. "Breast-fed babies are healthier and have fewer infections than formula-fed babies."

Cows milk is made by the cow for her calf, she puts blood products, RNA, and DNA into the milk to produce another cow not a human being.

This goes for adults as well as babies it was not made for us and it causes problems with our immune system.   Side effects for children drinking milk include allergies, ear and tonsillar infections, bedwetting, asthma, intestinal bleeding, colic and insulin dependent childhood diabetes.   Side effects for adults using dairy products heart disease, arthritis, allergies, sinusitis, leukemia, lymphoma and cancer.

In ancient times when famine was a constant threat it made good sense to have an animal around that could forage in the wild and supply us with nutrition whenever we needed it.   Today the threat is no longer present and the product is more of a problem than it is worth.

Fifty years ago the average cow produced 2,000 pounds of milk per year.   Today the top producers give 50,000 pounds.   How is this accomplished?   Drugs, antibiotics, hormones (the most dangerous of these is bovine growth hormone BGH by Monsanto), forced feeding plans and specialized breeding.

You might question what I have just said and say 'How will I get my calcium if I do not drink milk and eat cheese?'.   My answer is; 'The ratio of calcium to magnesium in milk is 8 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium; at that ratio the calcium cannot be absorbed and becomes toxic'.  In order for the calcium to be absorbed the ratio must be 2 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium.   Fresh orange juice can give you more useful calcium than the same amount of milk; so why drink milk or eat cheese?

Now at this point I do believe that yogurt is a dairy product that is fit for human consumption.   Yogurt has been transformed by another creature into a product that can be easily digested and does not cause the above problems.

Breast Milk or Formula: Making the Right Choice for Your Baby,
by Rebecca D. Williams and Isadora Stehlin
Ted Greiner's Breastfeeding Website,
Underwood BA and Hofvander Y. Appropriate timing for complementary feeding of the breast-fed infant. A review. Acta Paediatrica Scand 1982;Suppl 294:1-32.
Mosha AC and Lorri WSM. High-nutrient density weaning foods from germinated cereals. IN: Alnwich D, Moses S and Schmidt OG (eds): Improving young child feeding in Eastern and Southern Africa. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, 1988, pp. 288-299.
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