What’s all this fuss about dairy products?
Summary: Populations that use dairy products have higher rates of vascular disease and cancer than those that don’t.
People who have done their own research on what to eat for the best health run across some data about dairy products that can plant some seeds that question the safety of eating dairy products.
Is there any hard data out there that might implicate dairy products as being less that healthy for us?
As we start out here, be aware that all the information that you have stored in the back of your brain says that dairy products are the healthiest foods you can eat and if you are unhealthy, you might not be eating enough dairy products. This is the information you get from all the ads paid for by the dairy industry. The propaganda begins when you were a small child watching TV. Most of us were raised in families where milk and cheese and ice cream were served regularly.
The information in this blog is meant to cause you to distrust that imprinted information. I realize that you don’t know me as well as those billboards showing good looking models that have white mustashes and say “got milk?” So just take a look at some of this information and take it for what its worth. This information is the result of doctors that have questioned the concept of milk being a healthy food. It is by no means complete and represents a smattering of what this blogger has discovered jumping around the internet.
Random articles on the subject.
1. World War One and Two. Wars represent horrible breakdowns of communication between countries but can result in some dietary changes that can make us wonder about our current diet and its relationship to disease. This link discusses the two world wars and their effect on health in Denmark and Norway. It is from a Mormon website and they weave their teachings of what to eat through the link.
This summarizes the changes in diet in Denmark during WW1 and Norway in WW2 that had rather sensational results in decreasing cardiovascular events in the involved countries. When the wars were over, dietary preferences resumed and the diseases reverted back to normal for their diet. Just looking at this information would make one wonder if animal meat and dairy products are good for us or perhaps cause us to have a higher incidence of coronary artery disease. This would be what would be called a flawed study in that many other factors were in play such as taking away gasoline so people had to walk more and lower calorie intakes so they lost weight.
2. Next look at a recommendation by a Senate committee way back in l977. There was concern that Americans were not eating properly and this could lead to more diseases in the future which might overwhelm the medical community. Their recommendation favored more fruits and vegetables and less animal products. As expected there was a dissenting note from Senator Percy who felt there was inadequate information.
If we would have taken their advice back then and made some changes in the schools, providing education on the dangers of a sugary, fatty, and salty diet, we would have saved millions of people from expiring from an early death. Do you have any relatives that have died from hypertension, a stroke, or heart attack? Sudden death is not a bad way to go but when a loved one expires before enjoying his or her grand kids and a nice retirement, it is a true tragedy for the family.
Changing someone else is hard, but you can change yourself by perusing this website and taking the nine health steps and doing the diet. We now know that vascular damage can be reversed if you stop the process that created it. Our bodies can heal even the most dangerous wounds.
The report above was called the McGovern report. This was labeled as quackery by industry sponsored committees that made recommendations that supported the foods we ate then and still eat now. Dr. T. Colin Campbell sat on some of these committees but was removed when he objected to the direction that the food industry was pushing the agenda. He documents this in his excellent book “The China Study”. This gives you a good idea of why the mountain of information on diet, exercise, and disease is being suppressed by those food industrialists that are profiting by selling you unhealthy food. Twenty years from now, this fight will still be raging, but my hope is that you will look at the data at this website and change what you eat and how you exercise.
3. Dr. Kradjian addresses cow’s milk.
THE MILK LETTER : A MESSAGE TO MY PATIENTS Robert M. Kradjian, MD Breast Surgery Chief Division of General Surgery, Seton Medical Centre #302 – 1800 Sullivan Ave. Daly City, CA 94015 USA
Dr. Kradjian discusses dairy products and their risk verses benefit ratio. He finds little to recommend milk products in humans.
He begins by saying that humans are the only species in nature to drink milk from another species after babyhood.
His opinions are formed from personal practice and review of 500 articles dealing with milk as the subject. These articles were from medical journals. None of the articles felt dairy products were a good food for humans.
Some of the objections were colic, anemia, allergies, salmonella infections, bovine leukemia, and concern for increasing the likelihood of type 1 diabetes. In adults there were heart disease, arthritis, allergy, sinusitis, leukemia, lymphoma, and other cancers.
We are not talking “paper cuts” here.
I am summarizing his article because I could not get it to load using the link.
A cow from 50 years ago produced 2000 pounds of milk per year. Now they give 50,000 pounds. How? Through the miracle of chemistry. Hormones, antibiotics, specialized breeding, forced feeding, and other drugs.
Bovine Growth Hormone is just one of the hormones that is used. Many countries have banned its use.
So, is mother’s milk safe for babies? Well, it certainly contains linoleic acid that we need for early development. Cow’s milk does not have it. When human mother’s milk is tested for contaminants – pesticides and antibiotics are also found but they have been injested largely from animal products and come through to human babies via the breast milk.
Dr. Oski, wrote the book “Don’t drink your milk” and is quoted by Dr. Kradjian as recommending that this experiment come to an end unless all the answers regarding milk safety be known.
What about the leukemia virus so prevalent in dairy cows? It is a world-wide problem. Not all cows have it but the milk is generally pooled so that it will test over 90 percent positive. If given to other mammals, they get leukemia. Pasteurization kills the virus so as long as our milk is pasteurized, we are fine, but what if some newbie is running the pasteurizer? The viral fragments are also suspect when they are absorbed after the pasteurization process.
If it is a problem then people that associate with these infected cows might be at risk. Dairy farmers and vets run higher than normal risks in states where the infection rates are higher. The good news is that the infected cows actually give more milk – or is that the bad news?
What about other cancers, does milk prevent them? Nope. Ovarian cancer rates go up by a factor of 3 with drinking more than one glass of milk per day. Men are not safe here. Their prostate cancer rates double with three or more glasses a day.
This is a direct quote from Dr. Kradjian’s article.
SUMMARY (Dr. Kradjian)
To my thinking, there is only one valid reason to drink milk or use milk products. That is just because we simply want to. Because we like it and because it has become a part of our culture. Because we have become accustomed to its taste and texture. Because we like the way it slides down our throats. Because our parents did the very best they could for us and provided milk in our earliest training and conditioning. They taught us to like it. And then probably the very best reason is ice cream! I’ve heard it described“to die for”.
I(Dr. Kradjian) had one patient who did exactly that. He had no obvious vices. He didn’t smoke or drink, he didn’t eat meat, his diet and lifestyle was nearly a perfectly health promoting one; but he had a passion. You guessed it; he loved rich ice cream. A pint of the richest would be a lean day’s ration for him. On many occasions he would eat an entire quart – and yes there were some cookies and other pastries. Good ice cream deserves this after all. He seemed to be in good health despite some expected “middle age spread” when he had a devastating stroke which left him paralyzed, miserable and helpless, and he had additional strokes and died several years later never having left a hospital or rehabilitation unit. Was he old? I don’t think so. He was in his 50s.
So don’t drink milk for health. I am convinced on the weight of the scientific evidence that it does not “do a body good.” Inclusion of milk will only reduce your diet’s nutritional value and safety.
Most of the people on this planet live very healthfully
without cows’ milk. You can too.
It will be difficult to change; we’ve been conditioned since childhood to think of milk as “nature’s most perfect food.”
I’ll guarantee you that it will be safe, improve your health and it won’t cost anything. What can you lose?
(Article courtesty of Dr. Kradjian and http://www.afpafitness.com/articles/MILKDOC.HTM)
Here is another article that relates Type 1 Diabetes to milk ingestion. They feel the offending problem is the casein which is the milk protein present in all dairy products. This is from 20 countries studied over a 20 year period. Type 1 diabetes is growing in this country by leaps and bounds, more than can be expected just from more childhood obesity.
Here is another summary of a practicing physician’s take on milk and human health. Dr. McDougall is a lecturer and author of many successful books on changing what we eat and getting healthier. This is the link to his article on what he thinks about milk as part of our diet.
He discusses the milk industry and their plan to market milk as a weapon to combat rising obesity rates. This flies in the face of a product consisting of fat particles and the protein casein which is designed to make little calves grow into big cows. Dr. Campbell (The China Study) has shown that tumors in mice can be turned on and off by giving high and low doses of casein. Dr. McDougall again addresses viral contamination of the herds and how pasteurization breaks these viral fragments into pieces that present themselves as antigens. If they get attached to other cells then our body can attack itself as in the example of type 1 diabetes.
Here is Robert Cohen’s summary of various articles on milk and its relationship to cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease.
Go to his website and open “IGF-1” where he discusses the common cancers we all have after age 50. (Scary?) Women have it mostly in their breasts and men in their prostates, but we all have little cancer cells somewhere as we get older. It seems that the milk growth hormone “IGF-1” can turn these little tumors into real problems. The bottom line is that I am 69 years old and am trying to have less cancer risk, not more. I’m passing on the dairy products, but thank you for asking.
In summary: Milk has been marketed as a health tonic. It is the way to get calcium and protein as we grow and mature. The truth is that milk was never a good food for humans to drink. Small dairy farms have not been profitable and most milk is now harvested on huge farms where cows have to be treated with antibiotics and growth hormones to be competitive in the marketplace. Bovine leukemia is rampant worldwide throughout the herds. The virus is killed with pasteurization but there is concern about the viral fragments that we ingest.
Large studies from the countries that consume the most dairy products show that those countries have high leukemia and lymphoma rates but most importantly they have high cardiovascular disease rates, which are the number one killers of men and women in the United States.
Dairy products including ice cream, cheese, milk, skim milk, cottage cheese, and yogurt should not be consumed. They should not be “cut back” but eliminated completely. You will be healthier for your decision.
I’m Dr. Joe and I’m in your corner.