August 3, 2017

You Should Avoid Dairy Products

Note: this post has been updated in January 2022.

Avoid dairy products – why?

I grew up on a small farm in Ohio and would not have thought of questioning whether milk was good for me.  I am sure many of us who are older grew up on small farms having a few cows for milk. We never questioned the idea that we shouldn’t be drinking milk. We can all relate to the child drinking milk. As I got older and started to read the literature on nutrition and health, I was getting a vastly different picture. Now, I have a vastly different view of the need to consume dairy products and I do avoid dairy products. See my Update on Dairy Milk

Cow's milk is for baby cows

Well, you shouldn’t drink cow’s milk unless you are a baby cow! Cow’s milk is good for baby cows, not humans. We cannot dispute that cow’s milk is an excellent food source for calves. A calf weighs around one hundred pounds at birth and typically gains approximately eight times its weight by the time it is weaned. Once calves are weaned, they never drink milk again. The same applies to every mammalian species on this planet—that is, except humans.

Have you ever wondered why humans are the only mammals who drink another species’ milk? And why cow’s milk? Why not goat’s milk or some other mammals’ milk?
– via The Dangers of Dairy Explained
– via Why Milk Is Bad for You

Controversy – Nor Really

Look at this short video to get a grasp of the milk industry’s astounding public influence on dairy

Influence of the Dairy Industry

I can understand why this video and other statements may create controversy.  Whenever you go against the established power structure and try to introduce change, even if it is based on sound research, it is an uphill battle. However, dairy is the only industry that influences decisions of the foods we eat and the medication that we take. see the article called healthy diet and industry intrusion.

The present government agencies are heavily influenced by the dairy industry. There is a large amount of money spent to influence decisions. The dairy industry particularly has gone to great lengths to keep us thinking that the only way for us to get adequate protein or vitamin D is by drinking milk.

The dairy business is huge and has a large advertising budget, and many of their corporate executives sit on government boards that influence the decision process.  These industries have a great deal to lose if there is a paradigm switch away from dairy. Their power and influence will become less of a factor as more individuals start eating a plant-strong diet and ditch dairy.  It’s about time!

Your health matters - avoid dairy products and be careful of the lies by the Dairy Industry

North Americans are some of the least healthy people on Earth. Despite the advanced medical care and one of the highest standards of living in the world, one in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and 50 percent of US children are overweight.

This crisis in personal health is the result of chronically poor dietary and lifestyle choices. Below are resources that will get you to think about using any dairy products. These articles provide great reading and after reading you may look at using dairy products a little differently and want to avoid dairy products.

Got Milked?: The Great Dairy Deception and Why You'll Thrive without Milk

What's in Your Milk?: An Exposé of Industry and Government Cover-Up on the Dangers of the Genetically Engineered (rBGH) Milk You're Drinking

The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy

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