Real truth behind milk

Real truth behind milk

Darryl D'Souza in the Jan'16 edition of the 'Eat Treat' magazine on Health & Fitness writes on the real truth behind milk and milk products and their effects on our overall health.The summary is as below.

“ Humanbeings have been consuming milk for generations and there is a huge, worldwide industry that advertises the consumption of milk on a daily basis. We take it for granted. Nevertheless, there is a rising opposition to the consumption of milk;

Human beings are the only mammals on the planet who drink milk after the age of 3 years. M0thers try every conceivable way to get children to drink milk - hot milk with an artillery of Bournvita, Complan, Horlicks or cold milk with coffee, and flavoured milks.

Let,s ask ourselves a fundamental question Why do mammals produce milk? Milk is a basic and highly nutritious liquid food produced for the nutritional needs of mammals when they are at a primary stage of growth. That is, when their teeth, digestive system, and digestive juices have not yet developed adequately to eat other forms of solid food. It does take a bit of time for a baby mammal to develop its natural senses of taste and smell as well its coordination of biting and chewing. So, milk is meant for this interim period only. During this period, the nutritional composition and taste of breast milk in humans changes as per the nutritional requirements of the growing baby. As per this natural cycle, a mother also stops lactating once this period of 2-3 years is over, unless she has another baby during this period which will extend her period of lactation by another 2 years. In tune with this, a baby beyond 2-3 years of age also naturally stops craving for milk. The baby instead, starts craving other natural foods of the world because its teeth and digestive system are developed and ready for them.

As humans, we have drifted so far away from our natural instincts that we simply refuse to acknowledge such truths. What is worse is that we steal the milk of other animals that have different properties than human milk and force it down our children’s throats. This imbalance does have serious consequences in the long run..

Children beyond the age of 3 years stop producing two very important digestive enzymes, namely rennin and lactase that are necessary for the complete digestion of milk. Why? Because their bodies are designed to start digesting new solid foods. After 4 years of age, most children begin to develop a mild lactose intolerance, (inability to digest the protein and sugar in milk), because they lack the digestive enzyme lactase. Studies show that around 75 % of the world’s population is lactose intolerant.

Cow milk contains 3 times as much protein as human milk, about 50 % more fat, and the molecular weight of casein (basic protein) present in cow milk is a whopping 233K in comparison to the main protein in human milk, lactalbumin, which has a molecular weight of 14K. In fact, because casein is so durable and sticky, it is used as a binder in paint and as glue that holds plywood together and sticks labels to bottles. This is perfect for building a calf’s tissues but causes incalculable harm to humans.

Casein is an immense and unwieldy protein, difficult for a human child (or adult for that matter) to properly break down, creating a lot of acidic residue when metabolized. In the case of young children, it causes many serious digestion problems. The excess mucus (casein) caused by milk can harden to form a coating on the inner wall of the intestines, hindering the absorption of nutrients from our other foods. By drinking such high protein milk, we are subjecting the human body to 3 times the concentration of the protein it requires. When this high concentration of protein is metabolized and absorbed as amino acids, it results in acid formation in the body.

This is the very same low-lying level of acid in the human body that is responsible for the leaching of calcium from our bones and magnesium from our muscles. That is why the highest number of osteoporosis sufferers are found in the western world, where dairy consumption is the highest. Very few dairy products are consumed in eastern countries such as China and Japan, which also happen to have the world’s lowest rates of osteoporosis.

Cow milk actually curdles in the human intestine, forming a filmy coating, which prevents the digestive system from absorbing other vital vitamins. It also increases mucus formation, leading to catarrh, chronic coughs, colds, and sinus blockage. Cow milk also causes colic pains and disturbed sleep in babies, acne, pimples, cysts, fibroids, mumps, anemia, atherosclerosis, heart disease, high bp, pneumonia, gallstones, kidney stones, tumors, cataract, allergies, dental problems, and gastrointestinal problems such as acidity, constipation, bloating, stomach cramps, dysentery and wind. The list is endless.

Adults who drink pure milk have seriously conditioned minds as a result of their local or religious tradition and quite often a great fear that they will become nutritionally deficient of calcium and protein, because they are simply unaware of the hundreds of other sources of calcium and protein."

.Mmilk contributes to diabetes, milk, is the single largest contributor to hormonal imbalance, and foods that have higher calcium and protein than milk .

This article is based on f D'Souza's book 'Become Healthy or Extinct' ..

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  • A very interesting and very provocative piece!

    He argues his point well, but who is he and where is the scientific evidence for his argument? Just a preliminary Google would suggest he is an author without a science background but he does have a book to sell. And, that while it is true that some people have a genuine intolerance for dairy products, the majority gain from the nutritional benefits provided by milk and dairy products, particularly the calcium and protein. He may well have benefited personally by cutting milk out from his diet, but it doesn't follow that we all would.

    Clearly, I have a "seriously conditioned mind" according to D'Souza! So I would just ask him to point me to any recent scientific literature making the same arguments, based on sound science from peer reviewed journals, to support his views.

  • Perhaps I can recommend searching nutritionfacts.org for the word milk and you should very quickly get to a lot of research on milk. The top reference I found concerned research about children and constipation.

  • D'souza does seem to be a bit of a crank, just found this bizarre statement on his website:

    "There are some people who live just on the sun’s energy, by absorbing it directly through their eyes, energy centers and skin. They eat nothing and seldom drink water."

    So it doesn't exactly fill one with confidence about his other writings

  • Hahaha. He sounds like David Avocado Wolfe.

  • Thanks for the reference, I'd not come across Wolfe, he's definitely far out too :)

  • I appreciate some people are allergic to lactose &/or casein, but have read enough about acid diets to know it's another health food spin. See articles below. Milk curdles in the stomach on contact with digestive enzymes, so I'm

    not convinced by the author of that, It coagulates on contact with

    rennin which breaks doen the casein protein. Lactase is also needed to

    digest milk which some adults stop producucing this in childhood, hence their

    intollerance.

    I've cut out all dairy more on than off for nine years, going from vegetarian to vegan, & found it made me quite ill. Aside from dairy & occasionally cheese, the rest of my diet is plant based. Reintroducing milk as kefir made an improvement to my digestion & wellbeing. I now eat organic, unhomogenised wholemilk kefir every day, made from predominantly grass fed cows. Also a coffee with milk every day. I've suffered with sinusitis for 35 years, & going dairy free made no difference to this, my BP, or skin whatsoever. My digestion & general health was much worse whilst vegan, although I know a number of people who feel healthier eating this way. Dietary preferences can be influenced by genetics affecting the enzymes we produce, as well as lifestyle or ethical choice.

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  • Could you double check the link to the independent? It doesn't work for me.

  • Just added another link: independent.co.uk/life-styl...

    Should the others not open, try copying & pasting the text into your search engine.

  • Thanks, the new one works fine

  • Usual pseudo science, quackery and Woo. Am surprised it isn't hosted by Natural News.

    I can fully understand vegans who eschew dairy on ethical grounds, and fully accept that there are people who are lactose intolerant (although probaly a lot fewer than think they are), but otherwise there is nothing wrong with milk.

    I shall file this author in the same folder as the peddlers of lowfat healthy spreads and detox products: exploiting people's insecurities and lack of real science to make money.

    Oh, no, wait... just read his website. He offers 'Reverse Aging', ' Power Vison' (which cures every eye defect known to man) and organises 'Cosmic Gatherings'. Sounds much more legit now.

  • Thank you all for the good and enlightened comments on the author, views. can you all comment on his views reproduced below

    "Let,s ask ourselves a fundamental question Why do mammals produce milk? Milk is a basic and highly nutritious liquid food produced for the nutritional needs of mammals when they are at a primary stage of growth. That is, when their teeth, digestive system, and digestive juices have not yet developed adequately to eat other forms of solid food. It does take a bit of time for a baby mammal to develop its natural senses of taste and smell as well its coordination of biting and chewing. So, milk is meant for this interim period only. During this period, the nutritional composition and taste of breast milk in humans changes as per the nutritional requirements of the growing baby. As per this natural cycle, a mother also stops lactating once this period of 2-3 years is over, unless she has another baby during this period which will extend her period of lactation by another 2 years. In tune with this, a baby beyond 2-3 years of age also naturally stops craving for milk. The baby instead, starts craving other natural foods of the world because its teeth and digestive system are developed and ready for them.

    "

  • Humans have grown exponentially in numbers, & adated to living everywhere naturally but Antarctica & the extreme Arctic, by exploiting animals. The consumption of dairy products are part of this exploitation, as is eating meat & using animal skins & fur for clothing.

    I fully understand people's objection to dairy on ethical grounds. With this in mind, I choose my food sources carefully as to minimise both animal & environmental harm. However, milk seems to be a foodstuff that I not only tolerate well, but become ill when I remove from my diet. I do not consider using more vitamin & mineral supplements as a good replacement for a natural foodstuff.

    Several vegan people I know constantly spout the similar material to that you've quoted, as well as utter hocus pocus. I'm sure SOME of the things D'Souza quotes might be based on real science, which is how they get away with fooling people, but this seems like just another money spinner.

  • Okay.

    I'm going to go along with statements made in teh first few lines. Yes, that is why mammals produce milk. To feed their young.

    Then the author makes this leap of logic:

    "So, milk is meant for this interim period only."

    woah.. where did that come from?

    If we are going to follow this line of reasoning we could ask "why do animals develop muscle tissue?" and the answer would not be 'to make steaks or bacon'.

    Why do potatoes develop tubers? not to make chips.

    Why do grapes ferment? probably not with intention of making wine.

    Just because babies are able to chewing everything in reach from being dependent on the nutrients in milk for ther protein and fat intake does not demonstrate that those same nutrients have now somehow become harmful to them. They are still the same proteins and fats they were before. Your body's ability to metabolise them does not change based on the number of teeth you have.

    Incidentally there are bodybuilding supply places that sell human breast milk, but, y'know, that's a bit weird, even for me. and I have my coffee black, anyway.

  • Bit off topic, but had to laugh, your post reminded me of someone I used to work with who, fed up of people pinching her milk for their coffees, brought in a small bottle labelled " breast milk" funnily enough no one nicked that lol

  • Scaremongering is how I see it. To be honest if we believed everything we read we would neither eat or do anything!! My mother drank a lot of whole milk every single day and she never ever had problems with her bones, she was very strong and looked after herself right up until the day she died - she was 83.

    There are people out there that are lactose intolerant but there are a lot of people that can drink milk and eat dairy without any problems.

  • First of all, I profusely thank you all for interesting discussion on consumption of ”MILK” which has educated all of us .

    There is lot of confusion about Milk consumption for both diabetics and non diabetics, Firstly we should address if the milk we are getting is good or not.First thing to understand is that the Cows which are of Indian Breed contain A2 protein. A1 Protein is more in Cows which are from other developed countries where there a lot of studies are done which are linked to consumption of milk with lactose intolerance, digestive problems and Diabetes, But on the contrary the milk form Indian country bred cows is considered very easy to digest and that is why Ayurveda recommends it,

    So for now the safe milk is milk from Indian bred cows and that to getting it from a milk vender called

    Doodhwala in India.

    The Bos Indicus cow is0f the country (desi) breed that produces the A2 milk with the good quality protein but it has been conveniently replaced by the high-yielding cross breed, popularly known as HF or Holstein Friesian in India which provides the A1 variety of milk. This is something you need to consider beyond the 'type' of milk.”

    If you are serious about reversing your diabetes, follow a healthy diet .

  • I found this Indian site arguing against milk consumption but without supplying references:

    sharan-india.org/milk-is-no...

    I'm a vegan myself so I don't eat dairy anyway, and whilst I'm sympathetic to arguments against it on health grounds, I think these need to be supported by evidence.

  • that is why Ayurveda recommends it,

    As per Ayurveda one of the cause of Diabetes is ... foods and lifestyle activities which increase Kapha.

    As per Ayurveda..milk aggravates the Kapha dosha

    Hence,Ayurveda suggests limited consumption of milk.

    easyayurveda.com/2013/11/25...

  • Not sure if I'm being stupid,but your intial post suggested nobody should consume milk, no mention of diabetics. I haven't got diabetes, but there is a separate group on HU for those who have,.

    I avoid GM, & chemcally or biologically treated food. I make a point of getting the best quality milk available from traditional breeds, though i've read nothing regarding different quality casein from other breeds, rather how it's produced & the unwanted drugs & chemcals that can be ingested from non-organic. I predominantly use milk from Guernsey & Ayrshire cows, not genetically altered high yield breeds that depend on agri-chemicals for production. It's organic, as I've said already, & for most of the year, grass fed. This does affect the nutritional value.

  • Thumb rule is larger the animal more are IGF contents..

    Now whether IFG is good or bad is debatable...

    Indian cows are smaller breed than western cows...

    Further,Ayurveda clearly says anything in excess is bad..

  • The argument is because of injection of harmonies to increase fat content in milk as also muscles for meat purposs. The modern way of feeding a cow is no more natural grass feeding

  • Harmonies?

    What animals are fed would depend on the type of farm, & the market they aim to sell to

    Fortunately, there has been a growing movement in farming in the UK, & I've read elsewhere, for better & natural treatment of domesticated animals which leads to better quality products:

    theguardian.com/uk-news/201...

    Regarding the health impact:

    theguardian.com/lifeandstyl...

  • kindlly read as harmones. harmonies was a typing error.i agree to your opinion

  • Ah, hormones! Yes, I agree that is bad, hence choosing organic grass fed.

  • i don't think you get grass fed cow milk that easily.

  • In the UK the majority of dairy cows are grass fed.

  • It's available in The UK from farms with high standards of animal welfare. Milk, butter, etc, have higher nutritional value, though this will fall during winter months.

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