Milk. It does the body…well…not a whole lot of good, at least according to a variety of studies.
But before all of that, let’s actually talk about dairy. Humans aren’t really supposed to consume the milk produced by animals. That statement alone shouldn’t need much explaining or validating, but I know for some, dairy is a bit of a heated talking point. Unless you are a calf, you don’t need cow’s milk. This is nature speaking more than me writing. That’s because Americans have been brought up to believe that milk is healthy and essential to our lives. The milk industry is huge and largely incestual with our government’s food agencies (have a look at the food pyramid, folks).
The food pyramid, however, is a constantly evolving scam which tries to find balance between the lobbyist ambitions and consumer pushback. Recently, sugar consumption was lowered. It only took them 40 years to figure out that large sugar ingestion was causing an issue for our nation. I’ve never enjoyed dairy, mostly because when I drink milk or eat cheese I have a notable phlegm / mucus reaction. Common sense tells me that isn’t good. Studies, such as this one, have long pushed the idea that all of us who believe milk creates more mucus are overly imaginative. But similarly, the studies don’t really prove otherwise, either, as is evidenced in the once I cited. If enough people are saying it, my intuitive “smoke there is fire” alarm tends to go off.
But what about prostate cancer? Prostate cancer is rampant in our culture, terrifyingly so. The odds of a man being diagnosed with prostate cancer? 14%. That’s the lifetime risk. So then if it runs so rampant, what the heck is the cause? Surely we’d know that, right? Well, according to the Mayo Clinic, being obese, being black or just flat out being old are the culprits. Obesity can be changed, but if you are old or black, good luck because this news sounds mostly like a death sentence really. But there must be more factors, surely? And of course, there are: Dairy.
According to Mother Jones.
In the early 2000s, Davaasambuu began investigating why the rate of prostate cancer in Japan, while much lower than that of the United States, had increased 25-fold over the past 50 years. She and a colleague, the Japanese doctor Akio Sato, examined 36 years of dietary data in Japan and found that the incidence of, and mortality from, prostate cancer correlated most closely with the consumption of milk. Dairy products weren’t widely available in Japan until after WWII, when it imported American cows and dairy techniques, and a new law, enacted in 1954, mandated that schoolchildren drink 200 milliliters of milk at every school lunch.
What about breast cancer and ovarian cancer?
In a follow-up study, Davaasambu found that milk consumption strongly correlated with the rates of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers in 40 countries. Part of the problem, she believed, was that milk contains high levels of sex hormones such as estrogen. It’s well known that estrogens can induce prostate cancer in rats, and some epidemiological studies (but not others) have associated higher blood levels of estrogens in humans with prostate cancer risk. Estrogen imbalances have also been linked to breast cancer, and milk may be a delivery vehicle for the hormone. A 2004 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that rats fed a diet of milk developed more and larger mammary tumors than those fed a diet of artificial (non-dairy) milk.
Another big issue with dairy milk is vaccines. Go figure, right? Dairy farmers are now being encouraged to vaccinate pregnant cattle.
This calving season, SDSU Extension specialists are encouraged to consider pre-calving vaccination to get ahead of diseases.
Scours is a complex and costly disease. Vaccinating pregnant cows can greatly increase the disease-fighting antibodies in her milk, explained Joe Darrington, SDSU Extension livestock environment associate. In order to be effective, though, calves must ingest enough colostrum within their first 12 to 24 hours of life, he added.
Timing vaccinations is critical. In order for this type of vaccination to be effective for the calf, it has to be given to the pregnant cow in the right dose and in the right timeframe.
Yep, they shove vaccines into your precious milk cows. So you get some cow vaccines in your own body. Does that make sense? If the calf receives the milk, which is the point of the impregnated cattle receiving the vaccine, wouldn’t you assume you get it as well?
Milk is not healthy. The deeper you look into milk, the more disturbing the truth reveals.
Marketing milk to western culture has been a priority for the dairy industry. And it has been incredibly effective when you consider that milk has found itself under scrutiny for almost two full decades. But milk marketing is brilliant. Here is the beautiful Selma Hayek, dressed enticingly enough, panicked because she ran out of milk. Her dire attempts to get milk at a late hour imply she worked all day just to come home and relax with a glass of “healthy” milk. It also implies, judging from the kitchen and her car and her outfit, that the rich, educated and elite enjoy milk after a hard day’s work.
In 2013, the Rock also ran out of milk. Horrifically enough, this happened during the Superbowl pitting the Ravens against the 49ers. The commercial features Dwayne Johnson “the rock” and a lot of cute kids essentially taking down the world in an effort to get some “nutritious” milk. “The Rock” is a symbol of ultimate health.
Superbowl ads are the ultimate financial commitment. No television show is more watched by western culture than the Superbowl. But worse more, what does “The Rock” eat on the daily? Well funny enough, his diet is public.
Meal 1 – 10 oz cod, 2 whole eggs, 2 cups oatmeal
Meal 2 – 8 oz cod, 12 oz sweet potato, 1 cup veggies
Meal 3 – 8 oz chicken, 2 cups white rice, 1 cup veggies
Meal 4 – 8 oz cod, 2 cups rice, 1 cup veggies, 1 tbsp fish oil
Meal 5 – 8 oz steak, 12 oz baked potato, spinach salad
Meal 6 – 10 oz cod, 2 cups rice, salad
Meal 7 – 30 grams casein protein, 10 egg-white omelet, 1 cup veggies (onions, peppers, mushrooms), 1 tbsp omega-3 fish oil
According to The China Study, casein is a cancer promoter. It is the protein found in milk. But what’s interesting is that Johnson doesn’t list milk in his diet, nor cheese. He’s extracted the protein. And in doing so, we’d likely assume he’s getting a grass-fed, organic version. That’s a far cry from the commercial’s pitch.
Marketing milk to children is essential. Any industry knows that hooking children is the most efficient way to success. And no one does it better than milk. The use of cute cows, happy and healthy kids, colorful boxes, infiltration in schools, are all essential to the mission of capturing kids early on. Most will never give it up. Even though some will grow out of wanting a tall glass of milk, many will forever be hooked on cheese pizzas and ice cream.
The hope really is that more stories like this one are shared and read by the masses. Each time people see this stuff in their Facebook feed, they are influenced in a small way to at least do research, or even give up dairy for a short stint. Both of these options typically lead to much lower dairy intake.
But what if a video were made which reflected the dreary and grim realities of milk ingestion for people? Well, that’s been done also, but it hasn’t been advertised during the Superbowl so you might have missed it.