Does Milk Really Do Your Body Good?

Does Milk REALLY Do Your Body Good?

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Milk does a body good!” This mantra has been beaten into our population for decades. The dairy industry has spouted benefits of strong bones and teeth, calcium and vitamin D. But how true is this?

If you take a look at nature, humans are the only species that drinks the milk of other species. We are also the only species that drinks milk beyond infancy. As humans, we actually lose the enzymes used to digest breast milk around age 2 or 3 which is why a large portion of the population is considered lactose intolerant.

The truth is we are all lactose intolerant. Dairy products are one of the most common allergens out there, yet most people don’t recognize it.

If you’ve ever dealt with a child who is a chronic bedwetter and have taken them to a doctor, what is the first thing they suggest? That’s right. Take them off dairy products. Bedwetting is generally a symptom of enuresis, a bladder condition. Studies have linked enuresis to dairy allergies.

Parents have told their children for years to drink their milk. Schools serve milk daily, sometimes multiple times a day to our children. We hear about “the terrible twos” and we think that it’s a child who is starting to express their independence. However, dairy products have also been linked to chronic ear problems that develop around the time children are weaned from breast milk. Is the child having a tantrum or are they in pain and unable to express it?

Not to mention that the average age of young girls starting menstruation used to be around 15, it’s now around 12. Commercial milk is loaded with growth hormones as is most meat. A dairy cow in nature will produce about 2,000 gallons of milk per year. Cows in dairy farms produce close to 50,000 gallons a year due to the hormones. To believe there isn’t a correlation is naïve.

Children aren’t the only victims of our dependence to dairy products. Several conditions have been shown to be linked with dairy allergies. To name a few:

Alzheimers
Anemia
Asthma
Bone Disease
Breast Cancer
Crohn’s Disease
Diabetes
Depression
Ear infections
Heart Disease
Infertility
Iron Deficiency
Migraines
Multiple Sclerosis
Osteoporosis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sudden Infant Death
Uterine Cancer

I know some people reading this will think I’m crazy. “Bone disease? Osteoporosis? But milk is supposed to strengthen bones and teeth!” Osteoporosis, for example is caused by ingesting too much protein. Dairy products are very high in protein and while they contain calcium, the calcium needs magnesium in order to be absorbed. Dairy products have very little magnesium.

Studies have shown repeatedly that there are higher incidences of the above diseases in areas that consume high levels of dairy products as opposed to areas where dairy is not commonly consumed.

So before you open the fridge again for a tall glass of milk, slice of cheese or bowl of ice cream, do a little research. Decide for yourself if milk is really doing your body any good.

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