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People who have been taught that cow's milk is the "perfect food" may be shocked to hear many prominent medical doctors are now saying dairy consumption is a contributing factor in nearly two dozen diseases of children and adults. 
Doctors say cow's milk can lead to iron deficiency anemia, allergies, diarrhea, heart disease, colic, cramps, gastrointestinal bleeding, sinusitis, skin rashes, acne, increased frequency of colds and flus, arthritis, diabetes, ear infections, osteoporosis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, and more, possibly even lung cancer, multiple sclerosis and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
In American society, one of the most sacred of all sacred cows is the milk of the cow itself. Cow's milk is more American than apple pie, but that's because apple pie doesn't have Congressional lobbyists and a multi-million dollar advertising budget. Most parents wouldn't think of raising their children without the benefit of cow's milk to help their little bones to grow big and strong. Its silky, white texture is the very epitome of our concept of wholesome purity.
Our "nutritional education" in school (funded in part by the dairy industry) taught us that dairy products are one of the four basic food groups we all need for proper nutrition. And with more than 60 of the most powerful Congressional leaders in Washington receiving campaign contributions from the National Dairy Council, we can be assured that dairy products are well-entrenched as a major staple of our government-sponsored school lunch programs.
Cow's milk is promoted as the "perfect food" for humans, and especially for our children. This advertising has put such a strong emphasis on the health of our children that some people view milk commercials as more of a public service announcement than an attempt to sell a product. These ads have told us "Milk is a Natural," "Everybody Needs Milk," "Milk is the Perfect Food," etc. This advertising has served its purpose well because the average American consumes 375 pounds of dairy products a year. One out of every seven dollars spent on groceries in the U.S. goes to buy dairy products. 
But to gauge the full impact of this promotion, we must consider more than just the dollar amount spent on dairy products. We must also consider the impact this massive advertising, promotion, lobbying, "nutritional education" and public relations effort has had by creating a widely-held perception of cow's milk as a very wholesome and healthy product. This promotion has been so effective that it is common for even people who give up meat to still feel that they should continue consuming dairy products to ensure they receive sufficient protein or calcium. People buy cow's milk for their families based on the premise that this product provides essential nutrition, helps to build a healthy body, and that indeed, their precious health may be in jeopardy if they do not drink milk.
If this is the premise on which Americans spend an incredible chunk of their grocery bill to provide for the health and nutrition of their loved ones, we need to further examine this premise. 
Despite what the dairy industry has led us to believe, many medical doctors and nutritionists are now saying that cow's milk is not healthy for human consumption, and that it can lead to many serious diseases. When you look at the credentials of the doctors making these statements, it would be hard for the dairy industry to accuse these physicians of being on the lunatic fringe of the medical world.


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Comment by Alessandra on November 5, 2012 at 9:43am

and one last point was...cows and other factory farmed animals are the number one cause/source of green house gases!  But can't talk about that!

Comment by Alessandra on November 5, 2012 at 9:41am

oh, the book.  Mad Cowboy by Howard should be required reading for everyone on the planet.


Comment by Alessandra on November 5, 2012 at 9:40am

I want to 'bean' all of those famous people who do those ads with their milk mustaches......I think even Susan Sarandon did one.   Could not believe it!  Milk does not do a body good.

And then meat........there are more cows than people on this planet.   Everyone talks about climate change and green house gases....but no one wants to take on the 'sacred' cow, most of the worlds arable land is used to grow grain for cattle (and cows are not even able to digest grain properly!  It causes their insides to fall out, literally..rectal and vaginal prolapse which tear the cows open, are common in grain fed cows), far too much of the world's water is used for the raising & slaughtering of cows, and they pollute the water and completely ruin rivers (by eroding the edges and turning cold, clean swift flowing rivers into wide, shallow, muddy, polluted, warm bacteria laden cess pools.) 

No one addresses they would get shot, run out of town, create a ruckus, can't have that!


Just read the's a real eye opener.


Comment by Stephanie Baker on November 4, 2012 at 1:46pm

Just yesterday I had a very young mother w/ a 2 yr old daughter that had lots of intolerance to milk/etc....and of course the doctors didn't tell her not to feed her milk....but that maybe her tolerances will change...gimme a break!! cut out the milk i told the mother and i suggested she do some of her own research. self education people.....imagine that....something changing my diet made me aware have to think for yourself!!

Comment by Melanie Sernaque on November 3, 2012 at 7:15am

Hello Jane,

Definitely, the best thing that Margaret Thatcher did was to stop all of this.  But for exemple in Quebec,

till this day there are schools that still have the  free milk program. I used to drink a lot of milk before, as

well as in primary school where at that time was also free so no wonder I had trouble with my weight :S.

My friend has a 3 year old precious little girl  and she would give her a lot of milk, about almost like 6 or

7 big glasses a day. Her daughter became allergic to a lot of things,  on top of that she suffered from

asthma.  I talked to her a month a go and she told me that she had stopped given her cow milk for about

4 months now and replaced it by soya mik and she could see how her daughter was getting better :-), she

told me she noticed that her daughter was healthier and  almost no allergies. So, as for me I really think

in the end  it is very damaging in the long run(short run too).:(

Comment by Jane on November 3, 2012 at 4:03am

Sadly, I’ve been reading this sort of information, and more (particularly the hormone issue), for literally decades.  I think changes are happening for the better, but slowly.  The ‘China Study’ helped, though is not without its critics.  I know this isn’t an ideal example, but 20 yrs ago, even 5-10 yrs ago,  you couldn’t buy a soya mylk, hazelnut latte in a rip the world off coffee shop, which I guess means there’s money to be had in soya products (well that’s stating the obvious).  You can also buy commercial nut mylks in supermarkets – I guess these things raise awareness at the very least.  I’m just old enough to remember a time in England when primary school children had milk breaks.  Milk was actually delivered to schools and each child had a free bottle of milk every morning.  Yikes!  Fortunately, Margaret Thatcher stopped all this, though obviously not for health reasons.  The media coined the phrase “Margaret Thatcher milk snatcher!” :-) Possibly the best thing she ever did in my opinion.

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