“Sustaining controversy as a means of discrediting findings that cause economic or social discomfort is one of the greatest sins in science”
Read that again. Again. Do you get it? It’s so true. So simple. A person, a special interest group, a union, a government, should not try to discredit reliable scientific findings because the results of the findings make us uncomfortable in some way. Or because the findings do not necessarily make an aforementioned group more profitable. Get it? If not, email me. I am screaming from the top of my bandwagon today. I so wish you’d join me. This issue pushes my buttons and may roll my car to Washington…or Wisconsin…some day. What issue, you ask…”Milk, it does a body good”. We’ve been duped…
So, rewind to 2008, I wouldn’t be surprised if I consumed more dairy than each of you. Loved milk…in a glass, hot or cold, with cereal, with cookies, with PB&J. Like Dr. Seuss, I would drink it “here or there,” Yes, I would drink in anywhere! Because it tasted good, because it had calcium, because it was a low cal source of protein, because cows were cute…I didn’t need a good reason, I slurped it up. And, cheese “Cheese marvelous cheese” so scrumptious. Then, The News. Breast cancer…stage 4, no cure just a lifetime of treatments. And, by the way, your lifetime will be cut way back. SCREAM!!! PANIC!!!! EDUCATE!!! CHANGE!!!! in that exact order, of course.
After seeking the advice of a well regarded nutrionist (remember Doctors are lucky to have a course or two on the topic), I was taken off milk. If she were me, this nutrionist would use cream for her coffee, period. No milk. No cheese. But, why?
I’ve told y’all to quit it. Don’t make your kids have milk with supper. Give them water. But, still, you resist. Because I wasn’t giving you all the info you wanted. Or perhaps you don’t want it. I hope you’re not of the notion that ignorance is bliss. Cuz, really, ignorance, when avoidable, is stupid. Anyhow, I’ve taken some time and done some reading, and now I’ll share. Now you’ll have the info and can choose accordingly.
“Americans consume more cow’s milk and its products per person than most populations in the world…American women aged fifty and older have one of the highest rates of hip fractures in the world” as stated in The China Study. The body doesn’t like the acidic load that this animal protein places on it. “In order to neutralize the acid, the body uses calcium, which acts as a very effective base….It ends up being pulled from the bones, and the calcium loss weakens them, putting them at greater risk for fracture.” And, as you might guess, animal protein increases the metabolic acid load more than plant protein. Dang, the stuff I was drinking to increase my calcium has actually been leeching calcium from my bones. Just like coffee. I’d rather have the coffee..
Basically, you must remember that your gorgeous bod is a machine. To function at peak performance, it maintains a certain level of alkalinity. It will do this on its own regardless of the fuel you provide. As you may have guessed, though, it prefers that you don’t make it do the math. Most of us don’t enjoy the math. (I’m weird, I love it…but that’s just one of my ailments!) So, if your food is more alkaline than acid, your body smiles. What is alkaline? Things you can eat raw, even if you cook them, for starters. You got it, fruits and veggies. Yes, even “acidic” fruits become alkaline in our bloodstream. Moderately acidifying are whole grains and rice, both white and brown. Very acidifying are all meats and dairy, whole wheat and white carbs. Sadly, I must report that soy milk and almond milk are acidifying, too. I cannot find info on coconut milk or hemp as far as acidity is concerned. Clearly, we are going to eat acidic food. Period. We are and we know it. The goal should be to greatly tip the scale in alkalinity’s favor. Ex: Stir fry a boat load of veggies with 1/2 a chicken breast and serve over 1/4 cup rice. Better yet, skip the chicken. It’s a process. It takes practice. But, consider the consequences. Consider them every time you open your mouth!
Back to bovine breast milk. Can I just say, “ew”. Why is it so socially acceptable to drink the milk of another animal? I suppose because it’s available. But, even a baby cow doesn’t consume its mother’s milk for as long as we do. Geez, we don’t consume our own mother’s milk as long as we’re willing to consume a cow’s milk. I dunno, I never thought much about it BC (before cancer, of course), but now it just seems so weird to me.
There have been very valid tests done that have linked the early consumption of cow’s milk to both type 1 diabetes and MS. It is a very complicated process, but basically, some people cannot break down the protein in milk and its fragments happen to look like pancreatic cells. So, our immune systems attack these milk fragments and then go on to attack healthy pancreatic cells as well. This impairs little pancreases and increases a person’s risk for type 1 diabetes. Simple solution? Feed infants human milk. In MS, along with genetic links, which account for about 25% of disease incident, there is a correlation between saturated fat and the disease. The saturated fat is from all animal protein.
It is estimated that about 75% of adults in the U.S. become lactose intolerant. Apparently most of us are ill-equipped to handle milk sugar forever.
Cows milk contains a growth hormone, IGF-1 (insulin growth factor). Sportsters may have heard of it as I have read that it helps shed fat and bulk muscle. Well, for those of us with breast cancer, it is a danger. Along with promoted cancer cell growth, it is even trickier. It inhibits apotosis (cell death) even in cancer cells that have been exposed to chemotherapy. Yikes!
Ok, we gotta eat stuff. We can’t eat only broccoli and brussel sprouts. But, we can make good, conscious choices. And, when we are confronted with science that contradicts marketing, we can spread the word. Sure, milk fills you up. To many, it tastes good. If you give up meat, it might not really harm you. But, consider its source…
Purified water, it does a body good!