May 23

Abandon Animal Milk

Animal milk is meant for its offspring, not ours. There is increasing evidence to show that consumption of animal milk can lead to many diseases and problems in human beings. On the other, there is no evidence to show that animal milk is essential for improving our bone health. Therefore, drinking animal milk is not just an insult to motherhood, but also a recipe for diseases.

It is difficult to find people endorsing a statement that milk is not a healthy food. Many of those who drink milk have a sort of   emotional attachment with that ‘food’. After all, it is one ‘food’ that is consumed throughout life, right from the moment one is born. And man has been drinking it for millennia.

Is it not a nectar of life?

Is it?

Milk is a complete, excellent nutrition. No doubt. It is the highly specialised, specific nutrition [Hamosh M, 1996] made by the mammalian mother for HER OWN child. Nothing more. The fact of life is that milk of a mammalian species is highly specific for its own progeny and for none else. [Kradijan RK] While breastfeeding is the proud privilege of the mother, getting that nectar from the mother is the birth right of every child. Just as a mother will not feed a child not her own, any other milk is neither a food nor a necessity for the child (and for those who have grown beyond childhood). Drinking animal milk is, therefore, an insult to motherhood. And that may be the reason why most kids refuse to drink animal milk!

Milk does not fulfill all the nutritional needs of a growing baby beyond the age of six months. If one relies on milk as a ‘complete nourishment’, a false sense of security about the ‘virtues of milk’ may in fact lead to deficiency of many vital nutrients. [Palmer LF]. The capability to digest and absorb milk declines naturally as one grows [Rees L], resulting in malabsorption and diseases.

It is often argued that man has been drinking animal milk from time immemorial and the fears of any adverse effects of its consumption are unfounded. But is this true? Man started using animal milk only about seven to eight thousand years ago and until about 150 years ago, milk was used largely to make cheese and butter [Rollinger M] and its direct consumption was not a regular habit. The processes of pasteurization, skimming, homogenisation etc., have all been developed only in the last 100 years and it is only very recently that animal milk has ‘become an essential nutrient’ for man [Brief History], touted as something as good or even better than breastmilk!

On the other, what is being today sold as ‘milk’ seems far from the animal milk that was consumed about 70-80 years ago. Milk is a homogenous mixture of lactose, various fats, proteins and other vital nutrients like minerals in a composition that is unique to a particular species. Skimming, pasteurization, homogenisation and such other processes ensure that this wonder food is converted into a fat-depleted white concoction that is rich in proteins (possibly denatured by heat) and calcium! While it has been conclusively established that the various animal proteins of the dairy milk can trigger a variety of problems in humans, [Stengler M; Kitazawa H, 2007; Tailford KA, 2003; Rytkönen J, 2006; Almås H], there are not many studies on the effects of pasteurization on the milk proteins and the resultant problems.[Real Milk; Alvarez; Rytkönen J, 2006]

It must be said that our knowledge of the many contents of milk and their actions on the human body is incomplete. Recently a vascular endothelial growth factor was isolated from human milk.[Hoshimoto, 2000] There are many such growth factors and other components in milk that promote the development of the brain and nervous system, immune system, gastrointestinal tract, bones and other organs in the new born baby.[Grosvenor CE, 1993]. But by consumption of milk beyond early childhood, these growth factors can promote abnormal and unnatural growth. Many studies have revealed that children consuming animal milk grow taller.[Hoppe C, 2006; Okada T, 2004; Rich-Edwards JW, 2007; Wiley AS, 2005]

It has also been shown that growth factors like the IGF 1 present in milk can promote tumor growth and that incidence of some types of cancers is higher in people consuming animal milk.[Epstein SS, 1996; Larsen HR; Oransky I; PCRM; Stewart A, 2004] It has also been reported that various hormones secreted in animal milk can act on the human reproductive system, leading to reproductive disorders and even malignancies of the reproductive system.[Ganmaa D, 2001; Ganmaa D, 2002; Ganmaa D, 2003; Ganmaa D, 2005; Health Effects; Li D, 2003; Sato A]

Food consumed by the cattle and the pesticides therein as well as the growth hormones and various drugs administered to the cattle find their way into the milk secreted by these animals and can cause detrimental effects on the consumers of animal milk.[Epstein SS, 1996; Palmer LF]

Shall we then abandon drinking milk? Yes and not at all. Mother’s breastmilk is nectar for the baby and it is a must, there should not be any doubts on that. Animal milk is unnecessary and can cause several problems in humans. Former is the fact of nature and the latter is a multi billon dollar business!

  • Mother’s milk is nectar for her baby, it is the most complete and the best food for the new born. It should be fed within half an hour of birth and should remain the exclusive food for the first six months of the new born’s life.
  • Only mother’s milk is the food for her baby; milk of one mammal is meant for its own offspring, it won’t suit another.
  • Animal milk is not properly digested and absorbed in the human intestine. [Rees L] Compared to breastmilk, the ratio of fats, proteins and lactose is very different in animal milk and this can affect the growth and development of the child and lead to many diseases thereafter.[Oski FA, 1985]
  • Anything that is white is not milk. From milking to the hands of the consumer, animal milk undergoes so many processes that by the time it is marketed, it is more of a concoction of proteins (altered by the heat of pasteurization), calcium and lactose, deprived of the essential fats that keep these components together. Far away from the nature’s wonder. Completely different from mother’s milk. And this can do more harm than good.[Real Milk]
  • Consumption of animal milk can lead to obesity, atherosclerosis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory disorders, cancers, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and fractures, many types of infections, acne, stones in the kidneys etc.

Why breastfeeding?

Milk is the highly specialised food made by the mother for her OWN child. Its a ‘live food’. It provides energy in the form of lactose, various proteins that are highly specific and help in promoting the growth and immunity of the new born and very important fats that play a significant role in the development of the brain in the initial months of the new born’s life. Breastfeeding is the continuum of the bonding between the mother and the child, supporting the child’s physical, mental and emotional development in the post natal life. This is why breastmilk is unique and nothing else can replace it.

Initiating breastfeeding within half an hour of birth helps in the formation, development and strengthening of feeding and satiety mechanism in the brain, with long term implications on feeding behaviour [Alexe D, 2006; Bonnet M, 2002; Bouret SG, 2004; Bouret SG, 2004b; Bouret SG, 2004c; Casabiell X, 1997; El-Haddad MA, 2004; Gluckman PD, 2006; Gunderson EP, 2007; Gupta A; Mantzoros CS; Miralles O, 2006; Pico´ C, 2007; Salimei E, 2002; Steppan CM, 1999] that may help in the prevention of obesity, diabetes and such other metabolic disorders later in life.

To facilitate the transition from gestation to lactation, there occur adaptations in the gastrointestinal and immune systems during the first year of life.[Summary, 1985] During the first six months, the infant’s intestine absorbs anything and everything that is fed.  For this reason, it is now recommended that in the first six months of life, the child should be fed only mother’s milk, nothing else, not even water.[CDC; WHO]

Breastfeeding confers many advantages to the infant. Breastfed children have better host protection and improved developmental outcomes compared with formula-fed premature infants. Compared to formula-fed infants, breast-fed children experience less illness and appear to have enhanced cognitive development.[Breastfeeding, 2005; Dewey KG, 1998] Breastfeeding decreases the incidence and/or severity of a wide range of infectious diseases. Studies suggest decreased rates of sudden infant death syndrome in the first year of life and reduction in incidence of insulin-dependent (type 1) and non–insulin-dependent (type 2) diabetes mellitus, lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkin disease, overweight and obesity, hypercholesterolemia, and asthma in older children and adults who were breastfed, compared with individuals who were not breastfed.

Breast-fed infants appear to self-regulate their energy intake at a lower level than consumed by formula-fed infants and have a lower metabolic rate. Evidence to date suggests that there are no apparent adverse consequences associated with the lower intake and slower weight gain of breast-fed infants. Breast fed infants are not only leaner, but also tend to put on less weight even after complimentary feeds are introduced. That means breastfed children are protected against the development of obesity. On the other, formula feeding leads to abnormal weight gain right from infancy. The WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study (MGRS), which was implemented between 1997 and 2003, included children from a diverse set of countries, namely Brazil, Ghana, India, Norway, Oman and the USA. This study found that the breastfed children had lesser body weight compared to the growth chart then in use. This growth chart was based on the weights of formula fed infants from studies conducted in the UK more than 20 years earlier.[Baby growth; Bonyata K; WHO revises] This multicentre study has now formed the basis for the new growth chart for babies that shows a leaner weight for the breast fed infants. A key characteristic of the new standards is that they explicitly identify breastfeeding as the biological norm and establish the breastfed child as the normative model for growth and development.[Onis MD, 2006] Although we sent an artificial satellite around our planet earth 50 years ago, it had to wait for 2006 AD for the human race to realise that mother’s milk is the best (and the ONLY) food for the new born baby!

Mother’s milk is nectar for the baby. Nothing else can come anywhere close to it. Any attempt to promote animal milk or formula feeds as equivalent or superior to mother’s milk is nothing but an insult to motherhood and an attempt to break that special bond between the mother and her child.

Composition of milk differs from species to species. Look at this comparison:[Cip; Dairyforall a,b,c; Foodsci; Saanendoah]

Product Fat (%) Protein (%) Carbohydrate (%) Calcium
(mg/100 g)
Phosphorus (mg/100 g) Water (%)
Human Milk 4.4 1.0 6.9 32 14 87.7
Cow’s Whole Milk 3.3 3.3 4.7 119 93 88.0
Goat’s Milk 4.1 3.6 4.4 133 111 86.5
Low fat milk 2.0 3.3 4.8 122 95 89.2
Skim milk 0.2 3.4 4.9 123 101 90.8
Cultured buttermilk 0.9 3.3 4.8 116 89 90.1
Plain yogurt 3.3 3.5 4.7 121 95 88.0
Butter 81.1 0.9 0.1 24 23 15.9

Human milk has higher concentration of sugars and fats with low quantities of proteins while animal milk has higher protein content. The calcium content of human milk is almost one fourth of what is present in animal milk while the phosphorus content is about one eighth compared to animal milk. The reasons are simple: The human child needs far less proteins, calcium and phosphorus for its growth compared to the animal calves. And the high levels of these substances in animal milk could be detrimental to our babies.

And the fats in human milk are specifically needed for the development of the brain tissue after birth. Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are essential for growth and development, and their crucial role in the development of the central nervous system and in retinal function has been the subject of many studies. A study among Swedish mothers found the ratio between arachidonic acid (AA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the milk to be approximately the same as in the brain of infants, and was found to be positively correlated with the rate of gain of the occipito-frontal head circumference and of the calculated brain weight at 1 month and 3 months of age, respectively.[Xiang M, 2000] Studies have shown that children who had consumed mother’s milk in the early weeks of life had a significantly higher IQ at 7 1/2-8 years than did those who received no maternal milk. An 8.3 point advantage (over half a standard deviation) in IQ remained even after adjustment for differences between groups in mother’s education and social class.[Lucas A, 1992; Morley R, 1988] A meta-analysis indicated that, after adjustment for appropriate key cofactors, breast-feeding was associated with significantly higher scores for cognitive development than was formula feeding.[Anderson JW, 1999; Uauy R, 1999]

Milk proteins comprise of the casein family that contain phosphorus and the serum (whey) proteins that do not contain phosphorus. The high phosphate content of the casein family allows it to associate with calcium and form calcium phosphate salts. The abundance of phosphate allows milk to contain much more calcium.[Milk Protein] Human milk has whey and casein protein at a ratio of 70:30 respectively.[Summary] In cow’s milk, approximately 82% is casein and 18% is whey protein. That means, the casein content of breastmilk is not even 50% of that in cow’s milk and this excess casein in cow’s milk has been blamed for the many allergic reactions found in those consuming cow’s milk.[Stengler M] The serum (whey) protein family in cow’s milk consists of approximately 50% ß-lactoglobulin, 20% α-lactalbumin, blood serum albumin, immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, transferrin, and many minor proteins and enzymes. ß-lactoglobulin is not present in human milk.[Milk Protein] It is these ‘foreign proteins’ and the altered ratio of casein and whey proteins that elicit allergic response in the human body and result in many problems. [Docena GH, 1996; Høst A, 1994; Lara-Villoslada, 2000; Stengler M] Feeding infants during the first year of life with whole milk from cows is associated with occult gastrointestinal bleeding, iron deficiency anemia, and cow’s milk allergy. The consumption of whole milk after the first year of life has a potential role in a variety of disorders including recurrent abdominal pain of childhood, atherosclerosis, cataracts, milk-borne infections and juvenile delinquency.[Oski FA, 1985] If the mother is drinking cow’s milk, the cow’s milk proteins are secreted in breastmilk and even this can cause severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in the baby.[Lifschitz C, 1988]

Gut is the gateway that gets directly exposed to milk and can suffer innumerable problems due to milk – from aphthous ulcers in the mouth to serious disorders like the inflammatory bowel diseases. Here are the reports:

  • Antibodies against cow’s milk have been demonstrated in 25 to 75 percent of patients with recurrent aphthous ulcers.[Earl BJ, 1989; Woo SB, 1996]
  • Bovine whey protein can elicit symptoms of infantile colic in colicky formula-fed infants.[Lothe L, 1989]
  • Mothers taking cow’s milk can pass on the proteins to their babies through breast milk and this can cause infantile colic in the infants and the symptom disappears when mothers stop the ingestion of cow’s milk.[Jakobsson I, 1978]
  • Gastroesophageal reflux in infants and young children may be related to cow’s milk allergy.[Forget P, 1985; Iacono G, 1996; Nielsen RG, 2004; Salvatore S, 2002]
  • Cow’s milk intolerance may lead to gastroduodenitis resulting in occult gastrointestinal hemorrhage and hypochromic anemia[Coello-Ramirez P, 1984] and may cause impaired gastric function and malabsorption.[Kokkonen J, 1979]
  • Cow’s milk protein-sensitive enteropathy (CMSE) is a well known entity among children [Kokkonen J, 1979] and may cause overt rectal bleeding or profound anemia from occult intestinal bleeding.[Willetts IE, 1999]
  • It has been reported that children who had failure to thrive, diarrhoea and/or vomiting when fed a diet of cow’s milk, improved when their diet was changed.[Vitoria JC, 1979]
  • In young children, chronic constipation can be a manifestation of intolerance of cow’s milk.[Iacono G, 1998]
  • Many studies have shown a relationship between cow’s milk sensitivity and the development of ulcerative colitis.[Glassman MS, 1990; Knoflach P, 1987; Pittschieler K, 1990; Samuelsson SM, 1991; Taylor KB, 1961; Truelove SC, 1961] Antibodies to cow’s milk proteins have been found to be significantly elevated in patients with inflammatory bowel disease as compared to controls.[Knoflach P, 1987; Taylor KB, 1961] Ulcerative colitis patients were found to be more likely to have symptoms induced by drinking milk.[Samuelsson SM, 1991; Truelove SC, 1961] Severe colitis with bloody diarrhoea has been reported in a 3 month old boy due to cow’s milk proteins secreted in breast milk.[Pittschieler K, 1990]
  • Suppression of mucosal phagocyte function by microbial mannans, possibly of Mycobacterial origin, may contribute to  pathogenesis of Crohn’s Disease. Mycobacterium paratuberculosis present in cow’s milk may inhibit the phagocytic activity against E. coli, the gut bacteria whose numbers are found to be increased in Crohn’s Disease [Mpofu CM, 2007]
  • Studies also suggest a relationship between cow’s milk consumption and irritable bowel syndrome.[Niec AM, 1998; Vernia P, 1995; Vernia P, 2001; Vernia P, 2004]

Cow’s milk and its allergy can cause many problems involving the respiratory tract, from sinusitis to asthma:

  • Heiner syndrome is a food hypersensitivity pulmonary disease that affects primarily infants, and is mostly caused by cow’s milk. Only a few reports have been published, which may be due to its misdiagnosis. The symptoms can be in the form of cough, wheezing, hemoptysis (blood in the sputum), nasal congestion, breathlessness, recurrent ear infections, recurrent fever, lack of appetite, vomiting, colic or diarrhea, bleeding in stools, and failure to thrive. There may be infiltrates in the lung on a chest x ray. High titers of precipitating antibodies to CM proteins and milk-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) are demonstrable in these children. Milk elimination results in remarkable improvement in symptoms within days and clearing of the pulmonary infiltrate within weeks.[Moissidis et al, 2005]

  • Avoiding standard cow’s milk based formula reduces the risk of infants experiencing asthma or wheeze during the first year of life.[Ram FSF] and in another study, follow-up until 5 years of age showed a significant lowering in the cumulative incidence of atopic disease in the breast-fed and the whey hydrolysate groups, compared with the conventional cow’s milk group.[Chandra RK, 1997]

  • Children with cow’s milk allergy in infancy, even when properly treated, experience significantly more recurrent otitis media, the risk associating with concomitant development of respiratory atopy.[Juntti H, 1999]

  • Milk lipids can disturb gas exchange in asthmatic patients.[Haas F, 1991]

This is not all. There is more, much more. Cow’s milk is increasingly being blamed for serious disorders like Insulin Dependent Diabetes (IDDM), cancers and many more. Early exposure to cow’s milk has been reported to be an important causative factor for beta cell destruction and type 1 diabetes mellitus (IDDM).

In the first six months of life, the gut absorbs everything easily and feeding animal milk during this period would result in the absorption of animal proteins that can induce antibodies, resulting in various disorders, including Type 1 diabetes.

  • There is a significant positive correlation between consumption of unfermented milk protein and incidence of IDDM in data from various countries. Conversely, a possible negative relationship is observed between breast-feeding at age 3 months and IDDM risk.[Scott FW, 1998]

  • Associations of infant feeding patterns and milk consumption with cow’s milk protein antibody titres were studied in 697 newly-diagnosed diabetic children, 415 sibling-control children and 86 birth-date-and sex-matched population-based control children in the nationwide Childhood Diabetes in Finland study. The results suggest that young age at introduction of dairy products and high milk consumption during childhood increase the levels of cow’s milk antibodies and that high IgA antibodies to cow’s milk formula are independently associated with increased risk of IDDM.[Virtanen SM, 1994]

  • It is reported that a shorter duration of exclusive breast-feeding is a risk factor for IDDM and that the introduction to cow’s milk products before age 8 days is a risk factor for the disease.[Gimeno SG, 1997] Many studies have shown that early exposure to cow’s milk or Cow’s milk-based infant formulas may be an important determinant of subsequent type I diabetes.[Gerstein HC, 1994; Schrezenmeir J, 2000; Wasmuth HE, 2000]

  • The cow’s milk proteins have been shown to be ‘diabetogenic’, [Wasmuth HE, 2000] acting as the triggers for the autoimmune destruction of pancreatic beta cells. It has been suggested that cow’s milk proteins like β-lactoglobulin, albumin etc., may be the triggers and antibodies to cow’s milk proteins that may cross react with beta cell proteins have been reported in patients with IDDM.[Dahl-Jorgensen K, 1991; Dahlquist G, 1992; Karjalainen J, 1992; Savilahti E, 1988; Savilahti E, 1993; Wasmuth HE, 2000]

Milk and Multiple Sclerosis

Consumption of animal milk early in life has been blamed as a cause for multiple sclerosis, a debilitating neurological disorder, later in life. Cow’s milk has only one-fifth as much linoleic acid as human breast milk and deficiency of this vital building block for the nervous system during the formative years may predispose to multiple sclerosis later in life. [Agranoff BW, 1974; Simon H; McDougall JA]

Milk is also blamed as an important cause for acne in adolescence

Milk is increasingly being blamed for acne, a common problem among adolescents.[Cordain L (a); Cordain L (b)] It is suggested that hormones and bioactive molecules present in milk may be linked to teen-age acne.[Acne; Adebamowo CA, 2005; Adebamowo CA, 2006]

Milk is a cause for obesity and atherosclerosis

Milk is one among the foods blamed for the obesity epidemic.[Pangborn RM, 1985] It has been found that animal proteins tend to increase the blood levels of cholesterol [Kritchevsky D, 1995] and casein is atherogenic.[Tailford KA, 2003]

Milk is also blamed for kidney stones

Milk consumption is also related to kidney stones. Patients with kidney stones are more likely to have a monotonous diet consisting mainly of milk and dairy products.[Kwias Z, 1979] Calcium intake, particularly through dairy products, may be associated with increased excretion of calcium in the urine and stone formation.[Goldfarb DS, 1999] Recently, tiny microbes called nanobacteria have also been blamed for kidney stones. (See below)

Milk and nanobacteria

Some researchers have reported on tiny microbes in the blood that tend to promote calcification in atherosclerotic plaques and renal stones. Termed nanobacteria, these have been isolated from cows’ blood. Milk is reported to enhance the growth of these bacteria. If their existence is proven, it may be interesting to see whether cow’s milk is the primary source of these bacteria for human infections and to know whether milk plays havoc by promoting their growth in human blood and tissues. [Carson DA, 1998; Ciftcioglu, 1997; Kajander EO; Kajander EO, 1998; Miller VM, 2004]

Milk can be a source for other infections as well, including tuberculosis. See these reports:

Animal milk, after collection and on storage, is an excellent medium for many types of microbes to grow profusely. Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Campylobacter, Yersinia enterocolitica, Listeria monocytogenus, Escherichia coli, E. coli 0157:H7, Shigella, Brucella, Toxoplasma, tubeculosis causing Mycobacteria, Hepatitis A virus etc., can be transmitted to man through animal milk.[Alvarez VB] Prior to pasteurization, cow’s milk was an important source for infections like tuberculosis and diarrhoeal infections were common among infants not wholly breastfed.[Atkins PJ, 1992] In June and July 1982, a large interstate outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica infections caused by an unusual serotype occurred in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi and it was fund that drinking milk pasteurized by a particular plant was associated with the outbreak.[Tacket CO, 1984] Many studies have shown that milk can be an important source for tuberculosis. Mycobacterium bovis infection through consumption of unpasteurised milk has been reported to cause tuberculosis of the intestine [Ayele WY, 2004; Leite CQF, 2003], tongue [Pande TK, 1995], lymph nodes of the neck (scrofula) and other forms of nonpulmonary TB.[Cosivi O, 1998] A study from Russia found that pulmonary tuberculosis was more common in those drinking raw milk.[Coker R, 2006]

Milk is blamed for many cancers too!

Today, the incidence of various cancers is not only increasing, but also increasingly striking the younger generation. Association of  consumption of animal milk and dairy products and cancers of the breast, female reproductive organs except the cervical canal, prostate, testes, kidneys, lungs as well as leukemias and lymphomas have been reported in many studies. Many reports have suggested that the various growth factors in milk could promote growth of cancer cells in humans.[Buehring GC, 2003; Chan JM, 2001; Davies TW, 1996; Epstein SS, 1996; Ferrer JF, 1981; Ganmaa D, 2002; Ganmaa D, 2003; Garner MJ, 2003; Larsen HR; Li D, 2003; Matsumoto M, 2007; Mettlin C, 1989; Mettlin CJ, 1991; Milk Causes Cancer; Oransky I; Park Y, 2007; Park SY, 2007; PCRM; Qin LQ, 2004; Rose DP, 1986; Sigurdson AJ, 1999; Stang A, 2006; Stewart A, 2004; Studies; Ursin G, 1990; Ward MH, 1994; Zheng T, 2004]

Even with all these, milk is promoted in a big way as a source of calcium, to prevent osteoporosis. But the fact is that animal milk increases the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. It is obvious that the Dairy industry is behind this propaganda. [Dairy’s Role] It can be easily seen that many papers on the virtues of milk are published with the support of the dairy industry. 9Some examples are: Jean Woo, 2007 supported by Fonterra Brands; Fiorito LM, 2006 by The National Dairy Council; Cadogan J, 1997 by UK Dairy Industry; Black RE, 2002 by New Zealand Milk. Even then, these papers claim that there are no conflicts of interest!) On the contrary, there is not enough evidence to support the claim that consumption of milk can prevent osteoporosuis or that milk is a good source of calcium for humans.[Weinsier RL, 2000] Studies have found that consumption of milk can in fact increase the risks of osteoporosis and fractures.[Calcium and Bone; Got Osteoporosis]

  • A 12-year prospective study conducted at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., among 77761 women, aged 34 through 59 years in 1980, who had never used calcium supplements found no evidence that higher intakes of milk or calcium from food sources reduce fracture incidence. Women who drank two or more glasses of milk per day had relative risks of 1.45 for hip fracture and 1.05 for forearm fracture when compared with women consuming one glass or less per week. Likewise, higher intakes of total dietary calcium or calcium from dairy foods were not associated with decreased risk of hip or forearm fracture. These data do not support the hypothesis that higher consumption of milk or other food sources of calcium by adult women protects against hip or forearm fractures.[Feskanich D, 1997]

  • In an 18-y prospective analysis in 72 337 postmenopausal women conducted at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, neither milk nor a high-calcium diet appeared to reduce the risk of hip fracture. Because women commonly consume less than the recommended intake of vitamin D, the authors recommend that a supplement use or dark fish consumption may be prudent.[Feskanich D, 2003]

  • A study of 39,563 men and women (69% female) from six prospectively studied cohorts found that a low intake of calcium (less than 1 glass of milk daily) was not associated with a significantly increased risk of any fracture, osteoporotic fracture or hip fracture.[Kanis JA, 2005]

Therefore, hardly any evidence supports the notion that consumption of animal milk could be of benefit for man. In addition to all the adverse reports listed above, a recent report suggests that even a little milk in your cup of tea negates the beneficial effects of tea on your blood vessels![Lorenz M, 2007] Milk no doubt is a poison! It is therefore being suggested that growing children should get the required calcium from non-milk sources.[Lanou AJ, 2005]

If you want to live long and be healthy, STOP ANIMAL MILK NOW!


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