Dangers of Milk and Dairy Products


by Jennifer Stradlin edited by Brian Bartholomew D.C.  

We are always told that drinking milk is necessary for growing and maintain healthy bones and teeth.  I think the dairy industry has sold us this message for years.

But the truth is that the consumption of milk and dairy products is associated with serious health consequences such as cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, allergies and digestive problems, among many other problems.

For many it is difficult to accept this concept and change the eating habits we have had or have been taught since childhood. If we look at animals in nature, it is easy to understand why we should remove dairy products from our daily lives. In nature, animals drink milk only at early ages, and only from their own species. As humans, we drink milk in adulthood and in addition to other species: the cow, goat, sheep, water buffalo…. We are acting against nature.

But what’s wrong with milk? Here I list four arguments on why milk is bad for your health:

1.  Many of humans are lactose intolerant without knowing it

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases USA, 30 to 50 million people in this country are intolerant to lactose sugar in milk and its derivatives. Data from the Harvard School of Medicine, indicate that up to 70% of the world population is lactose intolerant. Dairy intolerance is not a disease but a normal physiological state. This is because between two and four years of age, our bodies starts to lose the power of the enzyme lactase, which is responsible for digesting lactose. To continue to consume milk, lactose is not digested and remains in the intestine where it is fermented by colonic bacteria, which cause gas, pain and even diarrhea.

2.  Our body cannot absorb the calcium in milk

When we talk of milk, the first thing that comes to mind is calcium.

The problem is that milk is so acidic it prevents us from absorbing calcium and in fact causes us a net loss in calcium.  When we consume dairy, our blood pH becomes very acidic and our body has to  take calcium out of our bones to neutralize the acidity.

A study performed by Dr. William Ellis, president of the American Academy of Applied Osteopathy, demonstrated that people who intake between 3 and 5 glasses of milk a day have lower levels of calcium in the blood. This implies that eating large amounts of dairy produces excess acidity, which the body tries to compensate by releasing alkaline minerals.

Living without milk is not an impediment to strong bones and teeth, on the contrary, studies have shown that consumption of dairy foods or calcium is not a protective factor against the risk of fractures. The best foods to acquire calcium are vegetables especially green vegetables like spinach, kale and broccoli.

3.  Milk and dairy consumption increases the risk of allergies and asthma

Cow’s milk has three times more protein than human milk.  Casein, one of milks primary proteins, is a very thick substance that our body turns our mucous into a glue like consistency.  This increased mucous causes problems in our bodies especially damaging our intestinal lymphatic vessels, immune system, allergies, asthma and respiratory challenges.

4.  May cause cancer

How do non-organic dairy farmers get cows to produce incredibly high amounts of milk? Many resort to recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which is injected into the cow to produce more milk than it could naturally. This synthetic hormone also increases the levels of another hormone called  insulin-like growth factor  (IGF-1), which is transferred to humans via milk and is related to prostate cancer, breast and ovarian cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute, published by the University Oxford. Most countries that have lower rates of cancer, such as China, are also those who do not consume much dairy.

Avoiding dairy consumption is not just a weight loss tool, but a necessity for great health. At first it might be hard to get used to living without dairy products, but the improvements will be noticeable in digestion, skin, energy, cholesterol levels and performance throughout the day.

Almond milk and coconut milk are great choices to replace any type of milk (whole, skim, lactose-free and light).  You will be able to prevent the risk of chronic disease and improve your quality of life.

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Dr. Brian BartholomewDr. Brian Bartholomew owns and operates Ithaca Family Chiropractic in Ithaca, Ny. As a family chiropractor, his expertise is in pediatric care, nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information go to Dr. Bartholomew is available for outside speaking for businesses, churches, groups, athletic teams, rotaries, health food stores and anyone who wants to take charge of their health naturally!


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