Now, don’t have a cow but… the milk you think is so good for you and your bones is actually contributing to the deterioration of your bones, organs, and waistline—yes, even skim milk! Regular cow’s milk products are the biggest culprits and should be avoided at all costs. But goat and sheep dairy products are acceptable, particularly if they are raw. For example, there is an excellent cheddar-style raw goat cheese made by a California dairy called Alta Dena. This cheese is stocked in most health food stores nationwide. It is delicious and fully satisfying for all you cheese lovers out there!
There are two things that make cow’s milk products so bad. First, the protein molecule in cow’s milk is too difficult for the human body to break down, which means it will leave waste residue in the body and really pile up if you consume it regularly. Remember, cow’s milk was designed for baby cows-not humans! Second, the milk is pasteurized, so any good attributes it may have had are cooked out, including its enzymes.
A bit of good news, however, is that butter and cream-since they do not contain the casein- heavy protein-are much easier to break down and are acceptable in small quantities. Nut milk, like almond or hazelnut, will quickly replace your need for cow milk. If you’re up for it, you can even make your own nut milk (blend 1 part nuts with 3 parts water, and strain through a cheesecloth) or you can buy the Pacific brand nut milks, which are delicious and store very well. In terms of your calcium needs, consider this:
- In order for calcium to be properly absorbed and not leached from the bones, magnesium is needed. Dairy products contain very little magnesium. Leafy greens contain calcium and magnesium in perfect ratio for optimal calcium absorption.
- Despite the fact that Americans women have been consuming an average of two pounds of milk per day for their entire lives, according to the National Institute of Disability and Research, it is estimated that 30 percent of postmenopausal white woman in the United States have osteoporosis of the spine, hip, or arm!
- According to the European Vegetarian Union, “Vegetarian women were also shown to have a much lower rick for and a lesser degree of postmenopausal osteoporosis. The Chinese vegetarian women tested only consume about one-third the amount of calcium European women do, but in their case, all the calcium is derived from plant foods instead of dairy products, as is often the case in western countries. Osteoporosis as we know it is virtually unknown in this area and not one of the women tested had this disease!
- According to Australia’s Nexus Magazine (November 1998), “The Bantu of Africa have the lowest rates of osteoporosis of any culture, yet they consume from 175 to 476 mg of calcium daily. The Japanese average about 540 mg daily, but the early postmenopausal spinal fractures so common in the West are almost unheard of in Japan. Overall, their spinal fracture rate is one-half that of the United States. All this is true, even though the Japanese have one of the longest life spans of any population. Studies of populations in China, Gambia, Ceylon, Surinam, Peru, and other cultures all report similar finding of low calcium intake and low osteoporosis rates. Anthropologist Stanley Garn, who studied bone loss over a fifty-year period in people in North and Central America, failed to find a link between calcium intake and bone loss.
- The growth hormones and antibiotics that are injected into cows to produce milk enter directly into our bloodstream when we consume milk products. Even most organic dairies use these hormones—just in smaller amounts.
- Milk is one of the most mucus-forming foods we can consume. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that America children suffer to such a great extent from asthma, allergies, ear infections, and colds. Reared on formula, cow’s milk, and dairy-rich diets, their bodies become laden with mucus buildup in just a few short years. World-renowned physician and best-selling author Dr. Christine Northup states, “Dairy is a tremendous mucus producer and a burden on the respiratory, digestive, and immune systems.” She says when patients “eliminate dairy products for an extended period and eat a balanced diet, they suffer less from colds and sinus infections.”
- According to Victorias Kulvinskas, cofounder of the Hippocrates Institute and best selling author, pasteurized diary and cooked meat cause our white blood cell count to increase by 300 to 400 percent. This is what happens when the body responds to infection!
- Dairy can block iron absorption resulting in a reduced red-blood cell count, which causes anemia.
- Pasteurized dairy intake is linked to thyroid conditions and diabetes.
- While dairy products do contain calcium, they also contain difficult-to-digest animal proteins, lactose sugar, growth hormones, and numerous other contaminants.
Since eliminating dairy from your diet can be a very big step, many of you will continue to consume it. At the very least, you can learn how to combine it properly with other foods. Dairy combines best with raw and cooked vegetables. Therefore, if you would like to enjoy cheese as part of your meal, make a big raw salad topped with your favorite natural cheese. Goat cheese and goat milk are superior to cow-based dairy products, as the protein in goat milk is much easier for humans to digest. Goat milk is often used as a more natural substitute to mother’s milk for infants and toddlers. Raw goat-and cow-milk cheese are always preferable to regular pasteurized cheese.
The most healthful sources of calcium are leafy, green vegetables like kale, dandelion, and Swiss chard, which are high in absorbable calcium, not to mention a host of other healthful nutrients. THE RAW FOOD DETOX DIET by NATALIA ROSE.
My question to you is, Why is Cow’s Milk in our schools for our children today? WHY??