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Is Milk Unhealthy or Healthy?

  • Why Dr. Ginsburg recommends
    avoiding cow milk.  

Milk unhealthy?

Unfortunately for all of us that love cheese, yogurt, Greek yogurt, cream, ice cream... yes. The literature of medical research is NOT singing its praises. Rather, it is full of warnings and about the effects and
risks of cow milk and anything made from it. 

Milk from sheep, goats, and other animals is different. Dairy alternatives (cheese, milk, frozen deserts, etc.) made from rice milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, and other vegetable-based milks avoid the problems of milk.

Only the National Dairy Council  (a dairy marketing association) seems to be excited about it, using evidence that appears to us very one-sided and incomplete. Even the conservative USDA (Department of Agriculture) changed its food pyramid in 2010 to reduce emphasis on dairy.

We call it "milk", or "regular milk", but it's actually cow breast milk, to help baby cows grow into big, heavy, slow, adult cows.

The following is a list of major issues that have plenty of evidence backing them up. 
(Raw milk and milk from grass-fed animals avoids some of these problems. Human breast milk has none of the these problems)

  • Cow milk contains casein, which stimulates allergies and causes cancer cells to multiply and spread.

  • Cow milk contains a hormone called IGF-1, naturally occuring in cow milk, which stimulates the body to make fat and gain weight, helping cows to grow very very large.

    In humans it also causes the body to grow large and fat, as well as producing inflammation (which produces disease) and other unhealthy effects in the body such as excessive mucus, upper respiratory congestion , and possibly is a contributor to cancer.

    Human milk (breast milk) actually reduces inflamation and congestion in humans, and helps babies heal.  Cow milk has the opposite effect.

  • Eating cow milk produces mucus and phlem, which can cause other problems. For example, the first step in treating a child with an ear infection is to eliminate all dairy.

  • Allergy: 
    More than any other food, cow milk provokes allergies, and has several different components to which you or your child may be allergic.

  • Nutrition:
    Cow milk does indeed have a lot of calcium, but in a form that is not well absorbed by humans. Vegetarian sources are better.  Dairy products actually do not build stronger bones.

  • About 75 percent of the world's population is genetically unable to properly digest milk and other dairy products. It can cause loose stools/diarrhea, distress or pain in the gut, bloating, gas, constipation, and bad breath (from decaying milk in the stomach).

  • Carbs in milk:
    Whether it’s 1 cup of whole milk or 1 cup of skim, each serving has 12 grams of carbs, all of it in the form of sugar. That's a lot, unless it's desert. Skim milk, with less fat, has an even more sugary effect in your body than whole milk.

    Increasingly it is recommended that diabetics avoid it, and we have noticed children that drink much of it seem to lose ability to taste the natural sweetness in healthy foods such as vegetables and other unsweetened foods. The children usually lose interest in these foods, saying they "don't taste good"..
The above issues are real no matter where you get your milk, or whether the milk is organic, raw or pasturized / homogenized.

Bad Breath and Digestive Problems:

If you notice you have cronic bad breath, try eliminating milk, milk products, and foods with milk in them. This often makes a huge improvement. The bad breath is a sign that you are not able to digest the milk, and it is turning foul in your stomach. 

Even if you could digest milk as a child, you can lose the ability to digest milk at any point. For many it occurs around the age of weaning from the mother's breast, and most don't realize they have lost that ability. They do not connect the symptoms  (which can include bloating, gas, diarrea, loose stools, abdominal cramping) with continued consumption of milk.

Lactose intolerance (leading to the inability to digest milk) is only one of the possible causes of milk sensitivity or milk allergy. And all the effects listed above occur regardless whether you are lactose intolerant or not.

Living in the Real World

While all this is true, we still believe in occasional indulgences with tasty, fun foods. This can mean going out for ice cream on occasion with your family, eating quality bree or other cheeses while traveling, or while at a party.

But for day to day eating, we choose to remove milk products from regular eating, and are especially fond of coconut milk and milk products.

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