The benefits of drinking milk are … well there aren’t any, other than the fact that you are drinking, so keeping your hydration up. Milk benefits are a myth. How it ever came into being is a mystery. But today, the industry is desperate to keep it going, and people are gullible.
Not only is there no benefit of drinking milk, it is actually harmful, both to infants on formula milk and to adults. Goat’s milk is no better than cow’s milk, even though some children don’t react as badly to it.
Formula Milk For Infants and Children
Cow’s milk is a wonderful food – for baby cows. Each species have unique requirements, including that for their young. Each species grow at different rates, develop at different rates, have different nutritional requirements and so on.
Cows grow at a phenomenal rate. They are huge animals with massive bones. They are fully mature in 12 months.
Humans grow at an incredibly slow rate, not being fully grown till around 16 – 17 years of age.
These two stark differences means that the diet must be very different. It also means that the milk, the first food, of the young will vary enormously.
Milk contains the perfect balance in the exact proportions for the growth of the young of the mother. Fat, protein, water, lactose (the milk sugars), minerals (including calcium and iron), enzymes, phospholipids (like fat) all vary according to the species. Human milk is much lower in calcium, protein and sodium, than cow’s of goat’s milk. This is to accommodate the much slower growth rate.
This is why formula fed babies gain weight much more quickly than breastfed babies. And there are consequences for this later on in life.
Dairy milk contains 1200mg calcium per quart. Human milk contains 300mg per quart. Yet the breastfed baby absorbs more calcium than does the formula fed baby.
Other differences are that human milk contains higher levels of polyunsaturated fats, carbohydrates, iron and vitamin C.
Mother’s milk is also a source of protection from infections for the infant, because babies don’t have an immune system. It is yet to develop. Bovine infections are very different from human infections.
The diseases common in infants or children who drink fresh milk (or any product which contains it) include:
- iron deficiency anaemia
- anaemia from a steady gastrointestinal haemorrhage too small to be visible in the stool
- diarrhoea from poor assimilation
- skin problems such as rashes, acne
- streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)
- ear infections
- probably leukaemia
- probably rheumatoid arthritis
- vague, recurrent abdominal pains, repeated headaches, aching muscles/joints
- simple bedwetting
Adults Who Consume Dairy Products
Adults fare little better than children. All the different types of milk that are produced in an attempt to keep people drinking milk and other dairy products, such as lactose free milk and a2 milk are creating the same problems. Processing anything de-natures it creating complex and long term health issues for the consumer.
Pasteurized milk is considered as a safety measure as it is heated in an attempt to kill off bacteria such as streptococcal. But it only manages to reduce the numbers and strep throats are still very common.
Homogenized milk is done to mix the cream in with the milk. Both pasteurisation and homogenization are processes that severely de-nature the milk, adding in more problems for the consumer, including heart related health issues.
Many people feel that there are benefits of drinking milk if it is raw. Certainly raw milk is more natural, so will have less of an impact on the consumers health. But consider this. To obtain milk, the calf (or kid) is usually removed from the mother, often at birth. Can you imagine the grief the mother (not to mention the baby) feels? This is the worse thing you can do to any mother.
Can you begin to imagine the effect this will have on her milk? How on earth can any thinking person consider the product from a deeply grieving animal can benefit them?
What about organic milk? Surely that is healthier. Certainly it is a lot healthier as there aren’t the problems with toxicity from agricultural chemicals. But the other factors remain.
Skimmed milk is a common diet food, but the above problems, plus an additional processing, remain.
The diseases common in adults who drink fresh milk (or any product which contains it) include:
- diarrhoea from poor assimilation
- central in the origins of atherosclerosis
- central in the origins of heart attacks
- probably multiple sclerosis
- probably dental decay
Are there any benefits of drinking milk?
Is milk good for you?
Is milk healthy?
There is no such thing as healthy milk except for mother’s milk fed to her baby. There is no good reason for weaned children or adults to consume any form of milk or product which contains milk. There is only one reason to consume milk, that is unavoidable. And that is when a mother can’t make enough milk for her baby. And she doesn’t live near any human milk bank. Even then, that should be limited to three times the birth weight, and when the infant is eating solids. And homeopathy may be able to help the mother produce more milk.
If you care about your health, ditch the entrenched idea that there are benefits of drinking milk. There aren’t. Find a substitute for your tea/coffee, cooking, etc. Oat milk, almond milk, rice milk or no milk.
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Ref Frank A Oski MD