Milk is the single largest component of American’s diet, as they eat close to six hundred pounds of milk products a year. On television we see reassuring images of healthy, beautiful people assuring us that milk is good for us. Our dieticians say that – you have got to have milk, or how will you get your calcium.
Above facts tell us that American Dairy Board has done a very effective job of marketing milk products, that is the reason most people believe they need to consume large, daily quantities of milk to achieve good health.
But if we look on a very basic level, how would one feel about drinking the milk from a dog or horse. A dog’s milk is for puppies, a cat’s milk is for kittens. Clearly this is how nature intends it. The milk of every species of mammal is unique and specifically designed to meet the needs of that animal.
Some words about milk
Milk is a maternal lactating secretion, a short term nutrient for new babies. The mother of any mammal provides her milk for a short period of time immediately after birth and then other nourishments replace milk.
Fact is that body digests milk differently once gastric juices begin to flow. Before gastric juices flow, milk is alkaline an non mucous forming in the body, but once gastric juices enter the picture, they turn the milk to acid, forming mucous, causing sinus problems, allergies, colds, etc. Pediatric literature confirms that milk is the leading cause of childhood allergies.
Ear specialists frequently insert tubes into the ear drums of new born babies to treat, repeatedly coming back ear infections. Most of these specialists do not realize that over half of these children will improve and have no further ear infections if they just stop drinking their milk. But in adults the problems centered more on heart disease and arthritis, allergies, sinusitis, and the more serious questions of leukemia, lymphoma and cancer, especially breast cancer.
Milk is bad in some of the ways stated below;
Many people have some degree of lactose. For these people, eating or drinking milk products causes problems like cramping, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. Some groups are much more likely to have lactose intolerance, e.g., ninety percent of Asians, seventy percent of Native Americans and blacks and fifty percent of Hispanics are lactose intolerant, as compared to only about fifteen percent of people of Northern Europe.
The alternative for those who are lactose intolerant but who still enjoy consuming milk and other dairy products is to take a pill containing enzymes that digest milk sugar along with the dairy product, or to consume milk that has the lactase enzyme added to it.
A special type of sugar is released by the digestion of lactose in milk; this sugar has been studied as possibly damaging to the ovaries and leading to ovarian cancer.
Cooked milk Vs uncooked milk
An experiment, done by a pediatric tells the difference of cooked and uncooked milk. He fed similar groups of animals a diet of exclusively milk. Half of them ate cooked milk and other ate uncooked milk.
The results were amazing. Those ate uncooked milk did well, lived long, active lives free of any signs of disease. Those that ate cooked milk suffered from acute illness like vomiting, diarrhea and introduced to every disease now flourishing in our population.
Before heating, milk is a living food rich in colloidal minerals, rich in enzymes which are necessary for the absorption and utilization of the sugars and fats in the milk. Milk has an enzyme which allows the body to absorb the calcium from the milk and also an enzyme which allows for the digestion of lactose.
In addition, milk has beneficial bacteria and lactic acids which allow these bacteria to be absorbed by the intestines. All of these quantities are lost in the heating of milk. It then becomes decomposed, with precipitated minerals which can not be absorbed, with sugars that can not be digested and with fats which are toxic.
The above discussion proves that milk is not always good for our health. Milk is a good protein food and a good calcium food, but if one wishes to avoid the cholesterol in milk he can always switch to skim milk. Some people who are lactose intolerant can always switch to lactose free milk and people with sinus problems are better off switching to soy milk because cow’s milk and all other dairy products are mucus generating foods.
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