Reading this could save a child's life.
First thing first. Whenever I speak about it at any forum, everyone is very skeptical about quitting milk. With their raised eyebrows and unfaithful tone they question "but we have been drinking milk all life, in fact from generations." Some doubt the authenticity of my dialogue and tell me that I am the first person to say so on the contrary milk is a complete food and everyone suggests drinking milk for strong bones and good health.
Let's see how many of these facts were known to you.
Imagine Lord Krishna (Hindu God) taking a glass of milk from a double door fridge and gulping it down the throat. Something's not right? Yeah! Lord Krishna is always seen with a pot of curd or butter but never milk. Milk was simply unavailable.
1) Milk production in India increased from 17 million tons in 1950-51 to 132 million tons in 2012-13 making us the largest producer in the world (17 per cent).
2). The storage and processing of milk has made it available to everyone everywhere all the time.
3). Humans are the only species which drink milk from other species. (a friend once joked that even cats do that - and its true for cosmopolitan cats and dogs. Lols).
A huge grazing field full of cows and buffaloes with a beautiful landacape of mountains at the backdrop can only be an imagination now.
4). Unimaginable reality is CAFO - Concentrates Animal Feeding Operations (you may surf the net rather than imagine).
Cows and buffalos are not only devoid of eating green grass but apart from the processed fodder, they have also been subjected to eating the meat of their own species ( that is what causes the famous Mad Cow Disease).
5). Milk contains growth factors which are needed for rapid growth of infants. But a human child is not supposed to grow as fast as a buffalos calf. Comparison is 20 years to 2 weeks. Watching your child grow is a pleasure of life but this fast would be a horror.
It has been found that these animal milk contain very high quantity of growth factors like Insulin Like Growth Factors (IGF) which not only stimulate growth but also cause hormonal disturbances. High IGFs are linked with increased risk of cancers. Imagine a tissue growing more than it should - its called a 'Tumour'.
6). Hormonal injections of Bovine Somatotropin and oxytocin given to cows further elevate the hormonal problems.
7). The use of antibiotics in animal husbandry is the highest. (Stay tuned to the blog to know the effects of antibiotics. It is way more dangerous than milk)
8). Intolerance to Lactose, the natural sugar present in milk, is a great menace especially in the Indian sub continent. I am sure you would say you are not one of them - I hear it all the time.
Milk is good for the bones?
Have you ever heard anyone getting cured or even alleviation of their orthopedic problem by drinking milk? (Or for that matter even Calcium tablets) I am sure not.
9). Surprisingly we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), and to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. Unbelievable?
A 12 years long Harvard Nurses’ Health Study based on 77,761 women found that those who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk.
“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets while countries with the lowest consumption of dairy products also have the lowest fracture incidence in their population.
Why does this happen ? Rather I will answer how.
Do you recall the skeleton hung in chemistry lab of your high school? Now imagine dipping it in a pool of acid. What do you see ? The bone just melts away. Isn't it ? Literally that is what happens inside our body.
The normal pH of our blood is 7.35 (water has a neutral pH of 7, below which is acidic and above it is basic). Milk acidifies the body pH which creates a risk for survival. Calcium being an excellent acid neutralizer our bones are utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.
If you thought bones are the only organ affected by milk, get your facts right.
10). Casomorphin (from casein and morphin) is one of the opioid compounds formed in our stomachs when we drink milk. Opioid activity of casomorphin which may have a depressive effect on the respiratory center in the central nervous system of infants and induce a phenomenon called milk apnea (when a baby stops breathing) is caused due to high level of casomorphin in the child's blood.
A case of a breast-fed infant with recurrent apnea episodes, which have always been preceded by his mother’s consumption of fresh cow’s milk has been reported.
As many as 1 in 10 infants (in America) with recurrent apneic episodes cannot be saved and die of SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome (also known as crib death).
11). Casomorphins is also linked with conditions like Postpartum psychosis, Circulatory disorders, Food allergies, and Autism.
12). Type 1 Diabetes caused by destruction of pancreatic beta cells is due to an auto immune response which may be triggered by incomplete digestion of milk protein.
13). Lastly excess/ deposition of Calcium is responsible for a range of diseases including calcification of kidney, strokes, calcified tumors, Hypertension etc.
1). Avoid milk especially if you are suffering or do not want to suffer from a lifestyle disease (I consider cancer one of them and which I will highlight in my future blogs). Rather take fermented curd but not too much.
2). Soy milk, coconut milk are good substitutes.
3). Vitamin D (from exposure of skin in the sun) is very important for proper utilization of Calcium in the body.