Why is Milk Bad for Health?
This is main page of milk, with links to other milk related pages.
The main page gives details about problems of pasteurizing milk and destruction of vitamins and other nutrients in the pasteurizing process and problems of modern dairy industry cow feeds. It also briefly mention about health effect of raw milk with external links. The links listed in the Table of Content are not the same as this page, but will take you to other milk subtopic pages.
Table of Contents
Below is the list of all major health problems caused by drinking or eating milk products. They are explained in other pages. This page only gives summary and overview of health effects of milk with some raw milk info.
Before anything can be said about milk, there is something to be thought about human drinking cow’s milk. No species naturally drinks milk beyond infancy, and no species would naturally drink the milk of a different species. Cow's milk is designed for baby cows, which have four stomachs, double their weight in 47 days, and weight 800 pounds within a year.
Let’s take standard approach that milk is good, but even so, the milk sold in the supermarket, which is either pasteurized or powdered, is bad. Pasteurization does not guarantee milk is clean. There was a salmonella outbreak in 1985 in Illinois affecting 14,000 people from pasteurized milk.
Pasteurization destroys the beneficial organisms in raw milk. These organisms not only are good for body, but also prevent bad bacteria from growing in the milk. Without these good bacteria, it is easy for milk to go bad.
Heat during the pasteurization process also alters amino acids in milk, which makes milk rancid and destroys vitamins. During pasteurization process, vitamin C loss is over 50%, vitamin B-12 is totally destroyed, and other vitamin losses are up to 80%. Milk comes with enzymes which help the body to digest the milk. Pasteurization kills all these enzymes. After pasteurization, synthetic vitamin D2 may be added, but this synthetic vitamin D2 has been linked to heart disease.
Because milk is devoid of its enzyme content, it puts an enormous strain on digestive system. In the elderly, and those with milk intolerance or weak digestion system, milk passes through not fully digested, which can be built up around the small intestine walls, preventing the nutrients absorption and build up toxic substances inside intestine. 1
The modern milk cow has been bred to produces 3 to 4 times as much milk then an average cow. This type of cow has overactive pituitary glands which produce excessive growth hormones and they are fed to excessive high protein diet. Also, nowadays cows are injected with rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), a synthetic growth hormone, in order to push cow to produce more milk.
Today's milk is overloaded with growth hormone, which leads to many young people to sexually premature which also leads to shorter heights and other health problems. Excessive pituitary hormones are also associated with tumor formation, and some studies link milk consumption with cancer. This type of milk cow is prone to many diseases. The breast of cow always secretes pus into milk and needs frequent doses of antibiotics.
The high protein feed these cows eat is mainly soy beans and grains which are not cow's natural diet. These cows are also fed bone meals – powder which dead animals are grounded up. Bone meal consists of dead animals which are killed from fetal disease such as mad cow disease and also include chicken doug. This is just tip of iceberg regarding abominable aspect of bone meal. Click here to read more. Study after study shows that when vegetarian animal is fed omnivorous or meat diet, they get diseases, which modern human gets such as cancer, diabetes, rheumatism arthritis, etc. 1
By the way, even if the milk is skimmed to make skim milk, all the toxics from cow feeds, including bone meals, antibiotics, and anti-oxidants are present. Not only that, about half of the milk is made out of lactose. Lactose is sugar – it is disaccharide sugar derived from galactose and glucose. So even when you are drinking skim milk, you are drinking sugar that has been pasteurized, devoid with nutrition.
There are evidences that raw milk produced by organic grass fed, free range, no antibiotic, no growth hormone, pesticides free, disease free cow is actually good for human without any of adverse effect listed above. Current FDA's position is that raw milk is dangerous. In many states, it is illegal for grocers to sell raw milk. In some states, farmers can sell raw milk but only at their farms.
Given the FDA record these days, one should not trust everything it says, but one also must consider of dangerous aspects of raw milk if it is came from unclean farm. If you want to buy raw milk, make sure that farm follow organic standard and the milk cows are only fed grass which are grown without pesticides; cows should roam free in open field and have adequate shelter during bad weather. Also you have to make sure that farmer follow all the hygiene procedures in producing raw milk. When all these conditions are met, you may buy and drink raw milk.
Many people respond positively from drinking raw milk. Some don't. I believe this has to do with whether or not farm was following conditions stated above. Personally, I wouldn't drink raw milk because I can live without it.
Also there is a pasteurization process called low temperature pasteurization. This is much better at preserving vitamins, minerals, enzymes, beneficial fatty acid, and creamy taste in raw milk then standard high temperature pasteurization. However, this takes more time and money then standard pasteurization. With current business culture, it is unlikely that such thing will be spontaneously implemented, without consumers' demand; in other words, if enough consumers demands and have their voice heard actively, it can be done – just like everything else.
Below are some links that you can read about raw milk. Below links mainly talk about raw milk benefit and explain misunderstanding about raw milk. If you want to read about "raw milk is bad for you" and dangerous raw milk, you can read in www.fda.gov. Sites below are saying opposites of what FDA say and explain the reasons why.
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