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The Deceitful Cow..
The Deceitful Cow..
Recently..one of my posts Terrified of Sleeping... mentioned the fact that I had given up dairy for reasons of health. In doing so..I had dramatic improvements in my health. Yes..other things have been given up as well. But dairy was one of the main culprits in my deteriorating physical condition.
A couple of years ago..a pap smear had come back positive..necessitating a follow-up ultra sound. I was informed by my doctor that the lining of my uterus was 10 times thicker than was normal. I was told that it was pre-cancerous. That thickness is the result of fibroids. Fibroids are caused by dairy products. A subsequent biopsy showed no cancer..but I have to be checked every 6 months to be sure. This sucks!
I used to be plagued by sore throats..sinus infections and colds several times a year. Bloating was common place after eating icecream or cheese. I would get stomach cramps after eating icecream and/or diarrea. Drinking milk always resulted in stomach cramps. Cheese would sometimes cause constipation..in addition to bloating.
No one warned me about this stuff. I just noticed that when I didn't eat it there was an improvement. Some years ago I had read warnings on the dangers of dairy. I had come across a pamplet in a health food store..in which the author pointed out that cows have four stomachs to digest milk. Humans have one. It is not natural for humans to drink milk or eat diary. Our systems are not made to handle it.
As with much of what I learned in my younger days..I fell out of the habit of being healthy.. eating a healthy diet. I have since gone back to it..not completely still much work to do..but my health has improved dramatically. I've lost a lot of weight and have more energy and a more positive outlook on life.
As a result of that previous post..
two AdultFriendFinder members..snatchmatch71snatchmatch71
requested more information on diary. Therefore..I've included more information here..as well as references that people can look up and research for themselves. There is entirely too much information to include here..but this is a start.
I sincerely wish you good health.
THE DANGERS OF EATING DAIRY
Although milk is promoted for preventing osteoporosis..clinical research shows otherwise. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study. (1) which followed more than 75,000 women for 12 years..showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk. In fact, increased intake of calcium from dairy products was associated with a higher fracture risk.
An Australian study(2) showed the same results. Other studies (3&4) also found no protective effect of dairy calcium on bone. You can decrease your risk of osteoporosis by reducing sodium and animal protein intake in the diet (5 &-7)increasing intake of fruits and vegetables( exercising (9)and ensuring adequate calcium intake from plant foods such as leafy green vegetables and beans.
2. Cardiovascular Disease
Dairy products–including cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and yogurt–contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and fat to the diet.(10) Diets high in fat and saturated fat can increase the risk of several chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease. A low-fat diet that eliminates dairy products..in combination with exercise..smoking cessation..and stress management..can not only prevent heart disease..but may also reverse it.(11) Non-fat dairy products are available..however..they put you at risk for other health problems..listed below.
There are several cancers..including ovarian cancer..which have been linked to the consumption of dairy products. A study by Daniel Cramer, M.D..and his colleagues at Harvard (12) when dairy product consumption exceeds the enzymes’ capacity to break down galactose..it can build up in the blood and may affect a woman’s ovaries. Some women have particularly low levels of these enzymes..and when they consume dairy products on a regular basis..their risk of ovarian cancer can be triple that of other women.
Breast and prostate cancers have also been linked to consumption of dairy products. This is presumed to be related..at least in part..to increases in a compound called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-.(13&15) IGF-I is found in cow’s milk and has been shown to occur in increased levels in the blood by individuals consuming dairy products on a regular basis.(16) Other nutrients that increase IGF-I are also found in cow’s milk. A recent study showed that men who had the highest levels of IGF-I had more than four times the risk of prostate cancer compared with those who had the lowest levels.(14).
Insulin-dependent diabetes (Type I or childhood-onset) is linked to consumption of dairy products. Epidemiological studies of various countries show a strong correlation between the use of dairy products and the incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes.(17&1 Researchers in 199218 found that a specific dairy protein sparks an auto-immune reaction..which is believed to be what destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
5. Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance is common among many populations. It affects approximately 95 percent of Asian Americans..74 percent of Native Americans..70 percent of African Americans..53 percent of Mexican Americans..and 15 percent of Caucasians.(19) Symptoms.. which include gastrointestinal distress.. diarrhea, and flatulence..occur because these individuals do not have the enzymes that digest the milk sugar lactose.
6. Vitamin D Toxicity
Consumption of milk may not provide a consistent and reliable source of vitamin D in the diet. Samplings of milk have found significant variation in vitamin D content, with some samplings having had as much as 500 times the indicated level, while others had little or none at all.(20&21) Too much vitamin D can be toxic and may result in excess calcium levels in the blood and urine, increased aluminum absorption in the body, and calcium deposits in soft tissue.
Synthetic hormones such as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) are commonly used in dairy cows to increase the production of milk.(13) Because the cows are producing quantities of milk nature never intended, the end result is mastitis, or inflammation of the mammary glands. The treatment requires the use of antibiotics, and traces of these and hormones have been found in samples of milk and other dairy products. Pesticides and other drugs are also frequent contaminants of dairy products.
8. Health Concerns of Infants and Children
Milk proteins, milk sugar..fat.. and saturated fat in dairy products may pose health risks for children and lead to the development of chronic diseases such as obesity..diabetes..and formation of athersclerotic plaques that can lead to heart disease.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants below one year of age not be given whole cow’s milk..as iron deficiency is more likely on a dairy-rich diet. Cow’s milk products are very low in iron. If they become a major part of one’s diet..iron deficiency is more likely.(10) Colic is an additional concern with milk consumption. One out of every five babies suffers from colic. Pediatricians learned long ago that cows’ milk was often the reason. We now know that breastfeeding mothers can have colicky babies if the mothers are consuming cow’s milk. The cows’ antibodies can pass through the mother’s bloodstream into her breast milk and to the baby.(22) Also..food allergies appear to be common results of milk consumption..particularly in children. A recent study(23) also linked cow’s milk consumption to chronic constipation in children. Researchers suggest that milk consumption resulted in perianal sores and severe pain on defecation, leading to constipation.
Milk and dairy products are not necessary in the diet and can..in fact..be harmful to your health.
1. Feskanich D, Willet WC, Stampfer MJ, Colditz GA. Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: a 12-year prospective study. Am J Public Health 1997;87:992-7.
2. Cumming RG, Klineberg RJ. Case-control study of risk factors for hip fractures in the elderly. Am J Epidemiol 1994;139:493-505.
3. Huang Z, Himes JH, McGovern PG. Nutrition and subsequent hip fracture risk among a national cohort of white women. Am J Epidemiol 1996;144:124-34.
4. Cummings SR, Nevitt MC, Browner WS, et al. Risk factors for hip fracture in white women. N Engl J Med 1995;33267-73.
5. Finn SC. The skeleton crew: is calcium enough? J Women’s Health 1998;7(1):31-6.
6. Nordin CBE. Calcium and osteoporosis. Nutrition 1997;3(7/:664-86.
7. Reid DM, New SA. Nutritional influences on bone mass. Proceed Nutr Soc 1997;56:977-87.
8. Tucker KL, Hannan MR, Chen H, Cupples LA, Wilson PWF, Kiel DP. Potassium, magnesium, and fruit and vegetable intakes are associated with greater bone mineral density in elderly men and women. Am J Clin Nutr 1999;6927-36.
9. Prince R, Devine A, Dick I, et al. The effects of calcium supplementation (milk powder or tablets) and exercise on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. J Bone Miner Res 1995;10:1068-75.
10. Pennington JAT. Bowes and Churches Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, 17th ed. New York: Lippincott, 1998.
11. Ornish D, Brown SE, Scherwitz LW, Billings JH, Armstrong WT, Ports TA. Can lifestyle changes reverse coronary heart disease? Lancet 1990;336:129-33.
12. Cramer DW, Harlow BL, Willet WC. Galactose consumption and metabolism in relation to the risk of ovarian cancer. Lancet 1989;2:66-71.
13. Outwater JL, Nicholson A, Barnard N. Dairy products and breast cancer: the IGF-1, estrogen, and bGH hypothesis. Medical Hypothesis 1997;48:453-61.
14. Chan JM, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci E, et al. Plasma insulin-like growth factor-1 and prostate cancer risk: a prospective study. Science 1998;279:563-5.
15. World Cancer Research Fund. Food, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective. American Institute of Cancer Research. Washington, D.C.: 1997.
16. Cadogan J, Eastell R, Jones N, Barker ME. Milk intake and bone mineral acquisition in adolescent girls: randomised, controlled intervention trial. BMJ 1997;315:1255-69.
17. Scott FW. Cow milk and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: is there a relationship? Am J Clin Nutr 1990;51:489-91.
18. Karjalainen J, Martin JM, Knip M, et al. A bovine albumin peptide as a possible trigger of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med 1992;327:302-7.
19. Bertron P, Barnard ND, Mills M. Racial bias in federal nutrition policy, part I: the public health implications of variations in lactase persistence. J Natl Med Assoc 1999;91:151-7.
20. Jacobus CH, Holick MF, Shao Q, et al. Hypervitaminosis D associated with drinking milk. N Engl J Med 1992;326(1:1173-7.
21. Holick MF. Vitamin D and bone health. J Nutr 1996;126(4suppl):1159S-64S.
22. Clyne PS, Kulczycki A. Human breast milk contains bovine IgG. Relationship to infant colic? Pediatrics 1991;87(4):439-44.
23. Iacono G, Cavataio F, Montalto G, et al. Intolerance of cow’s milk and chronic constipation in children. N Engl J Med 1998;339:110-4.
Most of this information comes from my researh on the internet. However since we are not allowed to post direct links to other websites here..simply type on your browser: "The harmful effect of dairy". It should lead you to that and other sites.
4/4/2006 9:56 pm
hey kiss a few months back goddess1946 did a post similar to this and I must say it was an eye opener I dont like dairy products much anyway so its no love loss but just the stuff I've read was enough to put me off, my wife how ever is a lactose vegetarian and I tell her to read these things but she is pigheaded so its on her but thanks for the info can never have too much |
4/5/2006 10:45 am
Hope the day finds you well. Too bad your wife won't try going dairy free..even for a month. She'd feel better. Maybe at some point..she'll discover for herself.
There's lots you can eat..specifically the living foods..
the one's that actually give life to your body. The fruits..the vegetables..the grains. These are the foods that take their energy from the sun. This energy is passed on to you when you eat them. How can something dead..infused with chemicals and contaminates..give you energy and the stuff needed to build health within you? As the saying goes "you are what you eat".Life gives life. Dead things give..______?
4/5/2006 10:58 am
Wow, NOW that was an educational post. And wish you much luck with your health. I also stay away from dairy.|
When I was a little dude, I had a bad allergy to it. So during the phase when kids get alot of dairy products crammed down their throats, I had to use substitutes or lack there of. I out grew it as a young teen, and can have any dairy that I want. But I dont. I guess not needing it and what it could have done to me rubbed off as a habit that I still follow to this day.
4/5/2006 1:00 pm
Thank you for the research and all the information you have provided!!!!|
4/5/2006 1:39 pm
Thanks for coming by. Always appreciate your comments. But I can't really take the credit for all this. The folks on the Vegetarian site did the work. I've done some editing and re-wording here and there..so people would be more inclined to read the info.
As for you not eating dairy..you're a wise man to stay away from it!
Always good to have you come by. Again... the folks at the Vegetarian site deserve the credit for all that work. I've just basically passed on the info...with some editing and testimony regarding my personal experience. I'm hoping that folks will get some benefit from it.
4/5/2006 2:33 pm
Some folks are alergic to dairy and some are not. Osteoporosis is a real problem and should not be minimized.|
Cows have several stomachs in order to digest grass...not to digest milk. Cows don't drink milk. Nursing calves drink milk and it as natural for them as mothers milk is for a human baby. All that said....do humans need cow's milk. No, but they do need calcium in the proper amount to maintain strong bones.
Not all who drink milk have a reaction like you do. It is hypothesized that northern europeans developed the ablility to digest cheese and other dairy products because they did not get enough sun in the northern latitudes. The dairy products had the vitamins their bodies could not make from lack of sun.
Not all milk have traces of pesticides, herbicides, and antibiotics. Do we use too many of these things to grow our food....positively! The average non-organic potato grown in America "demands" some 10 applications of herbicides and pesticides. If that is what it takes to grow a living food.....I don't want to touch it.
Your essay is important if it makes people think about what they eat and research how it is produced. If it simply moves them from one poison to another it only makes them think they are eating better.
Knowledge will make us free.....given all things in moderation.
4/6/2006 3:15 am
Homo sapiens are the ony creature on earth that consums milk after weaning, well assuming we were indeed breast fed! |
Which is the ony way, if possible to feed an infant! Saves a ton of medical expenses in the first 6 months.
I'm unsure about dairy products, ice cream, cheese and such. But milk in reality, aside from the calcium is not good for you!!
4/6/2006 3:28 pm
thank you what a wealth of info. . i think at best it certainly sounds unnatural and at worst could cost lives. . . can i ask you another question? is there anything besides soy i could use in a latte to substitute for the milk? that is the only dairy i will have probs parting with, and i have tried it with soy but tastes bad.|
4/6/2006 9:44 pm
Kissmystuff, thanks for the post.|
I can't remember the last time I drank milk from a glass!
I do eat cheese and icecream sometimes, and milk chocolate.
I've read that although there's much calcium in cow's milk, the act of pasturization renders it unavailable to the human system. I've also read that homogenization makes milk even worse for you. The new super duper homogenization actually makes the fat molecules so small they can penetrate through the walls of the stomach (and damage you).
Where'd I read that? Sally Fallon of the Price Pottinger Foundation and Weston Price Organization.
Raw milk, especially goat milk is much better, but its sale is prohibited by "law" throughout most of America. This prohibition began in the days of Teddy Roosevelt. Notice that alcohol prohibition has been repealed, but raw milk is still banned most places.
In Ohio recently, the feds or state food piggies set up an Amish farmer for a bust by tricking (begging) him into selling them some raw milk.
I used to buy raw goat's milk at a local farmer's market day on the square. The lady who sold it made you promise it was for your pets.
Interesting factoid: There are at least two Yahoo Groups dedicated to causing women to lactate so their spouses/mates/SOs may nurse:
1.) Yahoo Nursing Adults Group
2.) The Society of Nursing Couples list
What the heck... maybe better than cow's milk, but from all reports it's a real nuisance for the woman.
However, children who nurse full term, which is about two (2) years, develop one hell of a kick ass immune system. I know people who's son has Down's syndrome. Generally these children are terribly sick much of the time, including lung ailments (pneumonia). I wonder how much a diet of dairy and cow's milk brings that on? She nursed the child for two years and he's hardly ever even had a cold.
Regarding fibroids, which often lead to hysterectomy (via the "logic" of the warped minds of American herr doktors):
I've heard that African American women are literally plagued with fibroids and hysterectomy. No doubt the lactose intolerance has much to do with that, but these people are still encouraged and targeted to CONSUME milk and dairy products.
America! "They" may hate us for our freedom, but we sure as hell ain't "Free" to drink raw milk....
4/6/2006 9:50 pm
Quoting a Raw Goat's Milk website...
The real reason you want to drink fresh, non-pasteurized milk is to begin correcting five generations of degeneration. Pasteurization, 145 degrees for 30 minutes neutralizes the carrier (digestive) enzymes that help you digest the food product. Thus the pancreas has to do all the work getting the remaining nutrients digested.
The second generation (1937) of God's little helpers invented homogenization, a process that bonds the cream and whey. The cosmetic appearance of cream floating to the top in the milk bottle just didn't look right.
Goat's milk molecules are one fifth the size of cow's milk and therefore it doesn't separate. The end result of homogenization is a scarring of the blood vessels followed by increased cholesterol patches, followed by clogged arteries.
Fifth generation food manufacturers, the world's biggest form of industrialization, has come up with ultra-pasteurization. This method heats the milk to 280 degrees, rendering it completely indigestible. And for this convenience you get to pay over $12 a gallon.
Got Milk? (Got trouble!)
4/8/2006 8:53 pm
I will not give up pizza, bacon cheeseburgers, or chocolate shakes! Life would not be worth living if I gave those up! |
To each their own. :]
4/9/2006 12:18 am
If you take a look at #5 in the post...it indicates that only 15% of Caucasians are allergic to dairy. They show the lowest incidence of intolerance.
Yes..osteoporosis is a real problem...see section #1 of the post. According to the studies listed...dairy does not provide the calcium protection against that condition. There are calcium rich plants that would be better protection.
Take a look at section #1 of the posting regarding osteoporosis.
I love those things you mention also. However...I've made a conscious choice to be healthy. Having made that choice means that I can't make a habit of eating those things. I'm still paying for the years I did. There are rare occasions when I allow myself some ice cream or a slice of pizza. But for the most part I stay away from that stuff now. If I'm to continue to improve my health...this is something I must do. I figure I'm worth more than the momentary pleasure a piece of cheese can give.
You're right to each his or her own. I'm simply presenting the information...and sharing my personal experience. You have to make your own decisions.