Nov 192011

Like most people in North America I grew up drinking milk. In fact I was a milk-o-holic. I loved milk, I drank it every morning and at almost every meal. I often drank milk as a snack between meals. As I grew up I thought I was going to be extra healthy because of all that milk I was drinking. Turns out I was dead wrong. Milk is not actually good for you. Not only does it not give us calcium, it actually depletes it! Keep reading if you want to know how.

Mother Natures perfect food?

Yes…for a baby calf, until it’s weaned. All mammals produce milk and feed it to their young, but we are the only ones that continue drinking it throughout our adult lives, and we are definitely the only ones who process and drink the milk of another animal.

The problem with drinking a liquid meant for a baby?

It contains stuff meant to make that baby grow quickly. A baby calf puts on about 300lbs in it’s first 5 months. Inside cows milk are growth hormones to make the calf grow quickly. In nature baby animals have a greater risk of being attacked by predators, so the quicker they grow the safer they are. When we consume these growth hormones on a regular basis, they have negative effects on our bodies. One of the worst being cancer development.

What secrets are lingering in that pretty white liquid?

  • At least 59 active hormones
  • Allergens (like casein)
  • Lots of Fat and Cholesterol
  • Herbicides, pesticides, dioxins, antibiotics (Aka poisons)
  • Blood, pus, feces, bacteria and viruses

I thought my milk was only 2% fat?

This is actually just tricky labeling by the industry. The milk labeled as 2% Fat actually has 35% of your calorie intake from fat. In addition, meat isn’t the only culprit to your high cholesterol. All animal products, milk included are loaded with bad cholesterol (LDL), leading to heart disease, our nations #1 Killer. If you have high cholesterol, stop drinking milk!

I need to drink milk to prevent osteoporosis and calcium deficiency.

Wrong again! Where do you think those cows get their calcium from? They certainly aren’t drinking each others milk until they get old. They get it from plants! Calcium from plant sources has a high percentage of magnesium. Magnesium is required for the body to be able to use the calcium we consume. Milk does not have enough for us to use the calcium. Did you ever wonder why the nations (like ours) that drink the most milk have the HIGHEST rates of bone disease? Does this make sense? Not if milk is supposed to do our bodies good.

But all those commercials tell me otherwise, why would they lie?

Why are any commercials on the air? To get you to buy stuff. All those ‘got milk’ commercials are put on the air by the dairy industry. The government gives out millions in subsidies, and much of it is spent on those clever ads we see on TV. Just like a commercial for a pharmaceutical drug, they want you to believe milk will do good things for your health, and don’t want you to know about all the bad ‘side effects’.

What bad stuff does milk really do?

Well it’s linked to a long list of health conditions

  • Cancer (American milk is actually banned in Europe because of this *rBGH*)
  • Diabetes
  • Crohn’s
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Allergies
  • Digestive problems
  • Asthma

Why would drinking milk cause calcium deficiency?

One of calcium’s primary uses in the body is to maintain pH levels (It’s a buffer). When we eat too much acidic food (basically anything processed ranging from gummy bears to wheat flour – essentially the basis of the Western Diet) our body uses buffers to deal with that acidity. That means it uses up the calcium. Milk itself is an acid forming food, so when we drink it, our body might have to use the calcium from our bones to deal with that acidity. It has the OPPOSITE effect as what they advertise.

Where can I get calcium from then?

The best sources of calcium are actually fruits and vegetables. Societies that don’t consume a lot of milk (as seen in the China Study) and rely on a plant-based diet have very few problems with bone disease and bone fractures (hip being our most common).

  • Dried herbs (add them to your meals to make them delicious)
    • Savory, celery seed, thyme, dill etc
  • Flax (also great for omega-3’s)
  • Green leafy veggies (you’ll get much more than just calcium too)
    • Turnip or dandelion greens, kale, collard greens
  • Some nuts and seeds
    • Sesame seeds, almonds, brazil nuts

So it may come as a surprise, but milk is actually not good for you or your bones. Supplement your diet with whole foods rich in calcium (milk is not a whole food, it is a processed food). If you decide to give up milk, you might even be surprised next time you step on the scale. You’ll probably be a few pounds lighter from cutting out the extra fat intake.


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  9 Responses to “Is Milk Good For You?”

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  1. I find your results are to prove your point or opinion that you don’t think humans should consume milk.  I disagree and I can find just as much research to support my opinion. 

    My mother has been drinking 1-2 glasses of milk a day for her whole life and she just received a bone density test that said she had the bones of a 35 old woman; the Dr attributed that to her milk consumption.  ‘

    I also know many people that think milk has hormones and that is not a true FACT, unless the dairyman is giving them, which most do not especially here in California. The milk that is free of hormones is labeled as RBST free. 

    They also claim that milk is the cause of children becoming fat!  This is quite funny, these are the same individuals that give their children foods high in fat and preservatives.  My children drink Safeway milk off the shelf, excerise and eat balanced diets, including milk, cheese and yogart, my daughter is 13 and yet to have her period, there are no eariy to maturity issues.  People are looking for reasons to stop eating a balanced diet, meat, dairy, vegetables and fruits, and excercise, and not excerise and eat whatever they want.

    I too have always drank milk and ate yogart (love the greek yogart, low in fat, high in protein) and have been able to maintain my weight and great health.  The key is moderation of everything and a balance.

    You can eat meat and drink milk, but you need to also NOT eat chips, ice cream, cookies, etc. and excerise, run, walk, yoga, bike etc.  Good health to you all :)

    •  Thanks for your comment AC. I suggest you read the book “The China Study”, as not all ‘research’ is created equally. On that note, all of our nutritional educational materials in public school/medical school are provided to us by the dairy and meat industries. These guys have a very biased opinion.

      I’m glad to hear your mother is healthy! That’s great. I would disagree with your doctor as to the reason why though.

      As for hormones, milk DOES have hormones, regardless of if they are added synthetically or not. It is added in many places, and labeling milk as rBGH free was outlawed in some states, though I don’t know if the ban is still in place. Cows are big animals, and they produce their own hormones, whether you want them to or not. By eating animal products of any sort, you will always be consuming these hormones. Sometimes synthetic hormones are added to the natural ones, but the natural ones will always be there.

      I never said milk is the cause of obese children. You are right that children do eat too much sugar and processed junk. When I was growing up I drank milk like nobody’s business, and I never had a weight issue. My sister wasn’t so lucky, but there were other reasons for that.

      Milk consumption cannot be blamed as the main culprit for obesity, that would be ludicrous. But it’s fat content cannot be ignored, and it is a contributing factor to a high fat diet, which most people eat.

      -As for your greek yogurt, I’m surprised to hear you call it low fat, because greek yogurt is traditionally very high fat, up to 50%. There is such a thing as ‘low-fat’ or no fat yogurt, but beware of these products as the fat is usually replaced with refined or empty carbohydrates (sugar and other sweeteners), and a high sugar diet (not so much a high fat one) is what causes weight gain. This is due to pancreatic response to blood sugar levels.

      Thanks again for your comment, and I hope this gave you a bit of insight. All the best to you :)

  2. Keep on writing and chugging away!

  3. How did you come across this information? Personal studies or computer research?

    (this is my first time seeing this site, just curious about its reliability .)

    • Hi L
      Thanks for your question.
      When I first came across this information, I was quite shocked to hear it. I like most other people had thought milk was healthy and part of a balanced diet. The first place I learned the truth about milk was in a book Cleanse and Purify Thyself by Dr. Richard Anderson. After that I did further research on the subject. Other books I recommend are Eat to Live and The China Study .
      The last book, showcases a huge study that (among many other things) links areas where osteoporosis and bone fractures are prevalent to areas where milk is consumed in the largest amounts (you would think they would be getting so much calcium that their bones would be healthy – but the opposite is true.)
      You can search the internet for relevant information (it will be quicker), but reading the books will you give a more complete understanding of the subject.