Do you feel nauseous, bloated, gassy and get the runs if you consume too much dairy. Well chances are you are reacting to the lactose in the dairy. Lactose Intolerance along with other food intolerance's e.g Fructose affects millions of people around the world. Here at LivingSafe.com.au we believe that this calf pictured left, is the only baby who should be drinking cows milk. After all do humans have a 4 chambered stomach and chew our cud like our bovine friends? Medical Experts are now starting to agree with what alternative health practitioners have
advocated for decades now. That cows milk is actually very unhealthy for us and can potentially cause 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. Not so great news for those who love dairy products.
Remember when we were growing up, our parents would tell us to finish our milk so that we can grow up to be big and strong! How false this claim now is, the fact of the matter is that milk, meaning cows milk, is just not compatible with the human digestive system and it takes a lot of work for our bodies to be able to process the stuff!!
How many of us adults, used to feel sick to the stomach each morning after our parents made us consume our daily glass of milk?! The human body is pretty good at letting us know if something isn't compatible with it.
Babies who predominately consume cows milk are often diagnosed with anemia, this is because cows milk actually stops the body absorbing iron from other iron rich foods, plus it can cause the intestines to loose blood read the facts in this report by Medicine Plus for the National Institutes of Health
Frank Oski, M.D., author of Don't Drink Your Milk! is the Director of the Department of Pediatrics of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, gives a very convincing and powerful argument about why dairy is just so unhealthy and especially for babies and children. This article here breaks down into lay-mans terms Dr Oski's report
Here is another article from the prestigious Harvard University about Calcium and where we should be getting it from and milk is definitely not high up on their list. Have a read here
Also read their article Health Concerns about Dairy Products
Here is another interesting article by Dr Kradjian goes into an in-depth explanation about how milk affects the human body.
Then you have the other problem, the giant that is the Factory Farming Dairy Industry. This less than ethical, multi-billion dollar industry, over-stimulate, over milk, over impregnate and over medicate their dairy cows. This practice is extremely inhumane and causes the lactating cows a lot of stress, pain and disease e.g infection, mastitis, tumors etc.. Add to this the fact that only a cow that has been pregnant lactates and you have the added cruel practice of tiny calves being torn from their mothers side and milk (designed by nature for them only) so that we humans can have both the milk and the meat!! To find our more read read the Dairy Cows Fact Sheet from Animals Australia .
The unpalatable fact is, we are actually drinking plenty of pus cells when we drink the milk that comes from these Factory Farmed Dairy Cows. Read this report How Many Pus Cells Are In Your Milk by Food Matters. Or read the in-depth and factual report published by The Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation aptly named, White Lies. This is the report that saw celebrity vegetarian Heather Mills, (Paul McCartneys ex) has been passionately advocating, as it proves just how sabotaging cows milk is to our health.
Here is an extract from White Lies
Mastitis may be referred to as sub-clinical (no symptoms) or clinical whereby symptoms include swelling, pain, hardness, milk clots or discoloured milk. The cow responds to the infection by generating white blood cells (somatic cells) which migrate to the affected area in an effort to combat the infection. These cells, along with cellular debris and necrotic (dead) tissue, are a component of pus and are excreted into the milk. The number of somatic cells in the milk (the somatic cell count) provides an indication of the level of infection present. The somatic cell count usually forms part of a payment structure to farmers with defined thresholds of concentration determining the qualification for bonus payments or penalty charges (Berry et al., 2003). In the European Union the somatic cell limit is a maximum of 400,000 cells per ml in bulk milk (Dairy Products (Hygiene) Regulations, 1995). This means that milk containing 400 million pus cells per litre can be sold legally for human consumption. So one teaspoonful of milk could contain up to two million pus cells! It could be even worse, as concerns have been raised about the efficiency of cell counting techniques (Berry et al., 2003).
There is however some debate that raw organic unpasteurized cows milk may be okay for the body, so far I couldn't find enough factual evidence to yet support this claim. Anyway at this stage in time in developed countries, 99% of people drink only pasteurized cows milk.
So What Can We Do?
I can already hear you all saying, but where do we get our Calcium from? Don't worry you can get all the Calcium you need from the following foods and as opposed to dairy milk, they won't leach iron from your body.
Here is a list of foods and drinks that contain Calcium, be sure to pick organic varieties of the following.
Calcium Rich Non-Dairy Food List
- Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives - Calcium Fortified Soy, Oat, Rice, Hemp and Quinoa Milks, Yoghurts and Cheeses
- Seeds - Hemp Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Tahini which is made from Sesame Seeds, Whole Flaxseed not the oil or milled flaxseed
- Chocolate - Raw Cacao the basis of all chocolate in its pure form
- Vegetables - Beans and Pulses, Soy Beans, Soy Nuts, Broccoli, Kale, Tofu, Mustard Greens, Tempeh, Mustard Greens, Okra
- Fruit and Nuts - Dried Figs and Brazil Nuts, which are very high in Calcium, Almonds and Almond Butter
- Seaweed - Kelp (make sure not harvested from the oceans around Japan)
- Black Strap Molasses is one of the highest sources of non-dairy Calcium around.
If you want a breakdown of the amount of calcium per serve of the above foods see here
About.com has a is a great guide to dairy-free , high Calcium cooking click here
Some more reading on foods that contain Calcium
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