Milk – Is It As Good As They Say?: Pre-Transformation Post 2
Moo! The milk cows will like this post, but the dairy farmers may not…lol!
Looking back, another thing that has positively impacted my health is decreasing my milk and dairy intake. I first read about it years ago. At the time I was interested because research seemed to suggest that dairy products might somehow create more mucous, and might somehow agitate my sinuses…which kept leading to sinus infection after sinus infection. I have to tell you that it was hard for me to even think about it at first. All my life I had cereal (processed sugary crap that I had to beg my mom to buy like Count Chocula…she tried to help me choose better things…but who could resist my “please ….”) for breakfast, along with milk! The media always promoted milk as good, that it would build my bones, that it would give me protein and energy and that to top it all off, when you drank milk you had an amazing time sporting that white mustache. I remember so vividly the slogan they used that was so catchy … Got Milk? I remember they even did “hip” ads showing some diary farmers grooving and rapping to a milk song. Heck there was hot chocolate, there was Nestles chocolate milk powder. And cheese! Cheese and crackers was great! Ice cream! Yogurt! Yum yum yum. But I kept getting sick, sick, sick.
However I have seen too many things that suggest that maybe dairy products aren’t as good for us as we have been led to believe. I have read of many instances where dairy increases dis-ease in the body. Many people seem to be allergic to it now…lactose intolerant. They pump tons of growth steroids into cows to increase their milk productions….where do those steroids end up? (and by the way haven’t we banned steroid use in most sports?) I coach basketball, and see many of the young men playing…is it coincidence that they kids are getting taller and taller and taller at younger and younger ages? Milk cows are also given antibiotics to decrease infections. And it was a wicked cycle of antibiotics that I was caught on when I was ill. These materials (like growth hormones and antibiotics) become contaminants in the milk and their impact on the human body is not entirely known. The more you research the subject, the more mystified and alarmed you may become.
And before you read below, just allow yourself to ponder this: Are milk and dairy products a HUGE business? Is there a lot of money to be lost by some people if dairy consumption decreases? Things that make you go hmmm…
I found a very interesting article (see here) written by Dr. Mark Hyman about milk and the many reasons to decrease your milk or pass on it altogether. Amongst other things the article discusses the work of Walter Willet, M.D., Ph.D Following are some clippings from the article I read:
The Truth about Dairy
Based on such findings, Dr. Willet has come to some important conclusions:
• Milk doesn’t benefit sports performance.
• There’s no evidence that dairy is good for your bones or prevents osteoporosis — in fact, the animal protein it contains may help cause bone loss!
• Dairy is linked to prostate cancer.
• It’s full of saturated fat and is linked to heart disease.
• Dairy causes digestive problems for the 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance.
• Dairy aggravates irritable bowel syndrome.
Plus, dairy may contribute to even more health problems, like:
Our bodies just weren’t made to digest milk on a regular basis. Instead, most scientists agree that it’s better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein, and fats from other food sources, like whole plant foods — vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seaweed.
What can you drink instead? Try almond milk. (I will discuss this more in a following post)
During the 21 Day Health Challenge I will be challenging you to give up milk for 3 weeks. Give it a try and see how you feel. You may be surprised what nagging things quietly disappear.