The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the basis for all federal nutrition programs. It incorporates the Food Guide Pyramid, a tool to educate consumers. The Pyramid recommends two to three daily servings of dairy products.
The dairy industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year to convince people to drink gallons of milk and stuff themselves with cheese, while responsible health officials warn that dairy products have four major drawbacks. Milk and cheese (1) are loaded with fat and cholesterol; (2) are frequently contaminated with pesticides, dioxins, and drugs; (3) are directly linked to obesity, diabetes,, heart disease, and certain cancers, including prostate cancer and breast cancer; and (4) may even cause osteoporosis—the very disease that the dairy industry loves to use as a selling point in its ads—because the excess protein in dairy products leaches calcium from the bones.
Cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, animals who, unlike you or your child, have four stomachs and gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months, sometimes weighing more than 1,000 pounds before their second birthday. Cow’s milk contains about three times as much protein as human milk (we eat too much protein, not too little, in this country, and that results in kidney stress). Despite the clever advertising of the dairy industry, it is about as far from “natural” as you can get for humans to drink cow’s milk. No other species drinks milk beyond infancy, and no other species drinks the milk of another species. After 2 years of age, most people begin to produce less lactase, the enzyme that helps with the digestion of milk. This reduction can lead to lactose intolerance—the inability to digest lactose—and, in turn, tummy trouble, sinus problems, and “colic.”
Lactose intolerance refers to the inability of the body to digest lactose.
Lactose is the form of sugar present in milk. The enzyme lactase, which is normally produced by cells lining the small intestine, breaks down lactose into substances that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. When dairy products are ingested, the lactose reaches the digestive system and is broken down by lactase into the simpler sugars glucose and galactose. The liver changes the galactose into glucose, which then enters the bloodstream and raises the blood glucose level. Lactose intolerance occurs when, due to a deficiency of lactase, lactose is not completely broken down and the glucose level does not rise. While not usually dangerous, lactose intolerance can cause severe discomfort.
From 30 to 50 million Americans suffer from the symptoms of lactose intolerance, but not everyone who is deficient in lactase experiences symptoms. Experts believe that 75% of the adult population worldwide does not produce enough lactase and is at risk for some or all of the symptoms of lactose intolerance. (14) (Source: Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Published December, 2002 by the Gale Group)
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School’s Guide to Healthy Eating (2001) debunks the myth that dairy products are necessary or even helpful, pointing out that the United States tops both the milk-consumption and bone-fracture charts and citing the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study that showed that “women who drank two or more glasses of milk a day were at least as likely to break a hip or forearm as women who drank one glass or less a week.” The authors note that as few as two glasses of milk per day have been shown to double a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer and that three-fourths of the world’s population does just fine on a diet free of cow mammary secretions. 13
Cow milk today is such a chemical, toxic concoction, that it is killing the baby calves that nurse from their mothers ! Plus it is shortening the lives of the cows themselves ! But that's a secret - YOU are not suppose to know about that ! Why ? Because government makes big bucks on all the harmful things we have today, including the dairy industry ! How ? First of all, cows' milk is loaded with more than 144 chemicals that are pumped into the cow; antibiotics, growth hormones, drugs, pesticides of all kinds, and fattening chemicals to fatten up the beef cows.
Yes - YOU are ingesting all those chemicals too, if you drink the milk or eat the meat; and these poisons stay in your cells and tissues forever ! Calcium ? Forget it ! You get little, if any, calcium from processed cow milk you buy at the store, and the vitamin D that they artificially add, is long gone by the time you pour your first glass !
Now, you ask, why is this ? First of all, cows' milk does NOT come from the cow already homogenized, as does goat milk. Nature homogenizes goat milk, but not cows milk, for Nature never intended for humans to drink cow milk in the first place. So it is artificially homogenized. This process kills your chances of getting any calcium, and what little is left, is no longer absorbable by your body. Then it goes through the pasteurization process that kills ALL the enzymes (we need those) and bacteria, including the good bacteria we need. It also removes any vitamins the milk may have, yet does not destroy any of the harmful chemicals in the milk that was injected and ingested into the cow.
So all the good stuff, at this point, is dead. Then they artificially put Vitamin D in it so they can advertise 'fortified with Vit. D' -- yet 10 minutes exposed to any light, such as on the grocer shelf, this artificial vitamin D is also gone !
So now all you are left with is a watered down, pasty-tasting, chemical drink, that in no way, shape or form, has any nutrition in it - just chemicals.
And you feed this to your child.
You may not want to hear this but what you've been told all your life about milk is an outright lie.Your glass of milk, even low fat, is awash in fat (the equivalent of three slices of bacon), cholesterol, antibiotics, bacteria, and--the most distasteful ingredient--pus. Cows are still allowed to eat feeds that can include parts of pigs, fish, chicken, horses, even cats or dogs. And some of those animals -- before being rendered and mixed up for cattle feed -- are raised on food containing the same cow parts now banned from cattle consumption.
And cattle can continue to consume pig and horse blood for protein, as well as tallow, a hard fat from rendered cattle parts, as a fattening source.
And if that was not enough, the Food & Drug Administration had approved the use of a genetically engineered hormone called "recombinant bovine growth hormone" (rBGH). The alleged purpose of the hormone, a $500 million investment on the part of the Monsanto Company, is to increase a cow's milk output.
As a result A dairy cow in 1930 supplied the milk and dairy needs for an imaginary family of 5.6 people. Today that same cow supplies the dairy needs of 30.7 people.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, cow’s milk is the number one-cause of food allergies in children. According to the former director of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Frank Oski, there is evidence to indicate that up to half of U.S. children have some allergic reaction to milk. For these kids (and for adults who are allergic to dairy foods), milk is a mucus maker and can lead to persistent problems such as chronic coughs and sinus infections, asthma, and ear infections.
More and more physicians and dietitians realize that removing dairy products from the diet can be the solution to many childhood illnesses such as runny noses, constipation, colic, ear infections, and gas—and the list goes on.
Frank Oski, M.D., the former director of the Department of Pediatrics of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and physician-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, said in his 1992 book, "The fact is: The drinking of cow milk has been linked to iron-deficiency anemia in infants and children; it has been named as the cause of cramps and diarrhea in much of the world’s population, and the cause of multiple forms of allergy as well."
Sixty percent of human illness is from food intolerance.
There are several, specific foods that most people with allergies are allergic to: the first food is milk. Dairy products are the leading cause of food allergies. Milk contains more than sixty different proteins, at least thirty-one of which may induce allergic reactions in humans. Numerous studies report that one of the common areas of the body to be affected by milk allergy is the brain and central nervous system. This explains why such symptoms as fatigue, depression, and headache occur. 16 Katy Chamberling
Symptoms of milk allergy can affect the skin, causing rashes or hives; the digestive tract, causing bloating and diarrhea, and the respiratory system, causing runny nose and asthma, plus:
● hyperactive behavior
● runny nose
● stuffy nose
● ear infections
● watery eyes
● allergic shiners (black around the eyes
● recurrent bronchitis
● failure to thrive
Lactose intolerance describes a food intolerance to lactose, a sugar found in milk products. People who suffer from lactose intolerance lack the enzyme, lactase, that is necessary to completely digest foods with lactose. When foods containing lactose are consumed, the sugar enters the colon whole and is digested by colon bacteria. As a consequence, this can produce excess gas, bloating, abdominal cramping and diarrhea.
An estimated 50 million Americans have lactose intolerance. Some people suffer from a deficiency of this enzyme due to damage to the cells lining the intestine. Genetics also play a role. Certain groups are much more likely to have lactose intolerance. For example, 90 percent of Asians, 70 percent of blacks and Native Americans, and 50 percent of Hispanics are lactose-intolerant, compared to only about 15 percent of people of Northern European descent. It is estimated that 70% of the world's population has trouble digesting lactose, so lactose accounts for the vast majority of milk-related digestive problems. 18 (Harvard School of Public health)
"There's no reason to drink cow's milk at any time in your life. It was designed for calves, not humans, and we should all stop drinking it today." -Dr. Frank A. Oski. Former Director of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University.