Milk consists primarily of white blood cells accumulated in the mammary gland for the survival and sustenance of an infant. The accumulation of white blood cells anywhere else in a body is called puss.
Milk is an unnatural food. Humans have only been drinking milk for a little over 2000 years and until recently in small numbers. Commensurate with the growth of milk consumption has been the escalation of non-communicable chronic diseases.
Humans are not designed to drink cows’ milk. We are the only species in the world who choose to imbibe the mammary excretions of another species.
A lot of people can't drink milk. Lactose intolerance is an affliction of well over half the world’s population, but still they are all encouraged and sometimes shamed into drinking milk. People who are lactose intolerant can’t eat or drink milk and have no requirement to do so other than peer pressure and marketing. One in ten people are allergic to milk.
Milk is high in calories and saturated fat. Milk has about the same calorie load as soft drinks; a large proportion of milk is lactose and lactose is still a sugar. A glass of milk can have the same saturated fat count as a pot of chips. Weight gain occurs when you eat more animal based food than your body needs, unused energy being stored as body fat. Milk can cause obesity.
Milk is high in animal proteins. All animal proteins are associated with the early onset of many of the debilitating diseases prevalent in the western world. One of the prime milk proteins is casein, the most relevant chemical carcinogen ever identified. Plants provide humans with all the protein they require.
Milk products cause cancer. Children fed a diet high in milk have a significant risk of colorectal cancer in adulthood. People of all ages eating dairy products maintain a significant risk of enhancing the development of existing cancer cells. New Zealand has one of the highest incidents of breast cancer in the world and one of the highest milk consumptions.
Milk can carry undesirable chemicals. Mass-produced milk comes from cows, farmed in very large numbers, where extensive use is made of antibiotics and many other management enhancing drugs.
Milk is dirty. Many herds carry viral infections such as bovine leucosis and bovine immunodeficiency; there is growing evidence of the danger of cross-infection of such diseases to humans.
Milk products increase the risk of heart disease. This is now well proven in many studies. Whilst high fat is known to increase the risk of heart disease, high protein is now discovered to be even more dangerous for the onset of heart and vascular diseases as well as cancers.
Milk can lead to asthma. New Zealand has one of the highest incidents of asthma in the world, and one of the highest milk consumptions. Infants with milk allergies are more likely to develop asthma later in life.
Milk can cause arthritis. Many sufferers have been fully alleviated from arthritic pain once they have removed all milk products from their diet.
Milk causes mucus. When milk drinking began to be popular in China, soldiers were only selected from villages that did not drink it, as milk drinkers were identified as being “with phlem”, an apt description coined 1500 years ago.
Milk weakens bones. As milk passes through the intestine it changes from alkaline to acid, forcing the calcium from bones to be released, and depleting bone strength, to bring the body’s pH back to normal. New Zealand has one of the highest incidents of broken hips in the world, and one of the highest milk consumptions.
Milk is not a good source of calcium. Many vegetables offer a better and more complete source of calcium, after all cows get all their calcium from vegetation.
Mild causes colic, particularly amongst those who are lactose intolerant or have milk allergies.
Toddlers shouldn’t drink cow’s milk. There are too many risks and all essential elements can be found in plant based foods.
Milk carries a narcotic, designed by nature to maintain the interest of the new born to keep seeking milk. This same narcotic is what makes it so hard for cheese lovers to give it up.
Milk products are as dangerous to our health as tobacco and should carry a warning “This product can kill you”.
Milk production is polluting. Vast amounts of energy, pollutants and water are expended and disposed in the production of milk, leaving the land, water and consumers in a poorer state.
The dairy industry knows all of the above faults and risks but spends inordinate time and money in obfuscating the facts in order to sell more of this dangerous poison and pollutant.
By placing so much emphasis on the production of animal protein and fats, New Zealand is at risk of being perceived as no more ethical than a cigarette company.
My thanks to Fonterra for providing a comprehensive list under the heading, “Myths about dairy”, and from which I drew my inspiration.
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