“Of all the animals on the planet, people are the only creatures who routinely consume the milk products of other species. What has been assumed to be a beneficial practice is, in fact, more than merely questionable. The scientific evidence suggests that the consequences of this practice are devastating.”
~ Alan Goldhamer, D.C.
Most of us have grown up brainwashed to think that "everybody needs milk" or "milk does a body good". Why? Because the dairy association has spent millions in advertising as well as providing elementary schools with beautiful, free "nutritional" teaching materials. But the truth is, it "just ain't so"!
“It appears likely that no other component in the modern diet causes more pain and suffering, including premature death and disability, than dairy products.”
~ Alan Goldhamer, D.C.
Dairy products include milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, cream, ice cream, kefir, ghee, and whey. The human system in general does not easily process dairy products. They are the MOST mucous forming of all foods, clogging the system, and causing a strain on the eliminative organs.
“I believe that dairy is one of the most inflammatory foods in our modern diet, second only to gluten.”
~ Dr. Amy Myers
Dairy is the MOST common food allergen (to the protein casein) and at least 50 – 75% of the population is lactose intolerant (to the milk sugar lactose) causing allergic reactions, poor digestion and even more mucous build up in the body. It is also highly acid-forming (the basis of all disease) with ice cream being one of the MOST acid forming foods you can consume! There is plenty of evidence to show that there is a link between dairy consumption and cancer, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal issues, allergies, sinus issues, ear infections, diabetes, constipation, skin problems, and even osteoporosis. Not only is dairy NOT a good source of calcium like we’ve all been led to believe, it actually leaches calcium from our bodies. Despite all the hype, science says that LESS dairy equals better bones!
In addition, conventional (non-organic) dairy products contain harmful substances such as puss, blood, antibiotics, pesticides and hormones, and are often raised in horrible living conditions and fed a grain based diet full of GMOs.
“Cheese is a very popular ingredient in American cuisine. You can find it in almost any traditional American comfort food, so when you think about it, it hardly comes as a surprise to find out that many people are actually addicted to cheese.”
~ Alanna Keller
When we eat dairy, the casein actually releases opiates known as casomorphins, which are similar to morphine. Cow’s milk has at least 10 times the amount of casomorphins as human milk, and since it takes 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese, the casomorphins in it are highly concentrated. This explains why we may feel strong cravings for this food, and our unwillingness to give it up. In addition, it may be a significant reason that cheese consumption has tripled since the 1950’s – along with the obesity rate.
The good news is that you don’t have to give up dairy products entirely – just be mindful about drastically cutting down your consumption, having it as an occasional treat rather than a regular staple in your diet. I invite you to give it a try and see how much better you feel!
Happy, Healthy Living!
JoAnn Newton is a Holistic Nutrition Educator and Master Massage Therapist with a private practice in Graton, CA.
Passionate about helping people transform their health through holistic nutrition, she facilitates a 23 day online Nutritional E-Cleanse Program seasonally with coaching, compassion, and humor.