Hi my healthy friend 🙂
Cow’s milk contains different kind of nutrient. Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, minerals, vitamins and the Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1).
Milk has been widely used in the human diet and its consumption has constantly increased. However, the benefits of milk and dairy products on the health, especially cow’s milk, has been the subject of many controversies and many scientists have had their doubts.
In 2011, 730 million tons of milk have been produced in the world.
It is huge! And increasing every year…
Would our interests vary between financial concerns and conflicts of ego?
Let me tell you two little stories…
The first one is coming from my personal experience. Just over 5 years ago, every so often, I was still drinking a little bit of organic milk along with having some yogurts. As the weeks and months go by, I became obsessed with the idea of being constantly obliged to plan my days and my evenings out. (work, events with friends, travels, a car trip, etc.) according to the possibility to get some toilets nearby or not. Yet I thought I was eating healthy as almost all my diet was organic and varied. So why was I having stomach ache and diarrhea?
The second story is coming from one of my mentors, a great professor of oncology and digestive surgery, oncology surgeon and author of several nutrition books.
He was telling us about his brother who was suffering from both of his hips due to a bilateral coxarthrosis (degenerative disease of the hip joints). After taking a look at his X-ray, this great professor went to see a friend of him who was orthopaedic surgeon. He advised him to replace both hips. His brother agreed as he was constantly in pain. This surgery cannot be done at once but one after the other with a gap of three or four months in between, due to an arterial embolism risk (blood flow blocked in an artery blocking the flow of blood).
After the first surgery, his brother was pleased because it was over but he was particularly annoyed by the physiotherapy and not being able to work.
His brother surgeon asks him: “Do you really want to do the operation of the other hip?
After this humorous discussion, 6 years on, his brother had still not had his second hip operated on. Yet the X-ray was the same. What happened?
Cow’s milk contains mainly:
– Carbohydrate: lactose (sugar that is found in milk);
– Fats, almost all of triglyceride
– Proteins, with 80 % of Caseins (caseins are proteins);
– Minerals, are rich in calcium and phosphorus;
– Vitamins, contains A, D, E, K, B2, B3, B12;
– Growth hormone.
We think that milk is beneficial for adults because of its calcium ensuring bone strength and protecting against osteoporosis.
What they don’t tell you…
Cow’s milk undergoes a thermal shock at 140 degree for about two seconds. This is UHT sterilization, or Ultra-High-Temperature. All microorganisms are indeed killed off, but this also destroyed vitamins, and above all, it does not destroy the growth hormone meant for the calf to put on 365kg in its first year of life while us, little human, are taking about 5kg.
Long gone are the days when we would, in Europe for instance, go and fetch milk from a cowherd and boil it at home. This produced a thick layer of cream on top, which contained the growth factors. They were destroyed by the heat, which was long, because it took several long minutes before the milk started to boil.
2. Growth hormone
Milk contain the IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1) may have a growing effect on humans through internal circulation. In addition to causing higher growth in size, it has been identified as an additional cause of cancer and other diseases.
The biological activity on humans of the natural hormones found in cow’s milk is considered to be null because pasteurization or UHT sterilization as well as digestion destroy most of these hormones (IGF-1 is a polypeptide that can most likely be deactivated by heat). However, there has been a “growing effect” observed in dairy products, as many comparative studies have shown especially in Japan but also in the U.S.
Also, the injection of synthetic growth hormones (BGH or BST) increases milk production in cows, but there are possible side effects as well. If authorized in the U.S, this method is banned in Canada and in the European Union.
About 70% of the worldwide adult population has a lactose intolerance due to the lactase. (Lactase is an enzyme produced by many organisms. It is located in the brush border of the small intestine. Lactase is essential to the complete digestion of whole milk; it breaks down lactose (the sugar in milk) into glucose and galactose.
A study by a large cohort in Finland has shown greater mortality only in those who drink large quantities of milk. Galactose would be a contributing factor to faster aging by Oxidative stress and inflammation.
Calcium is supposed to help our bones. Does this produce the opposite effect?
Osteoporosis (excessive fragility of the skeleton due to a reduction in bone mass) is present in countries where the most milk is consumed.
At most 40% of animal-derived calcium is absorbed by our intestine and digestive tract. As a result, 60% of it is eliminated as waste.
However, we aren’t told that 75% of vegetable-based calcium we can find in apples, pears, vegetables, legumes, almonds, hazelnuts, etc. (anything plant-based) is absorbed if you chew very well!
Therefore, it is obvious that the vegetable-based calcium is more interesting to avoid an osteoporosis.
Furthermore, if you absorb more than this 40% of animal-derived calcium, which is possible is you have an Intestinal porosity (Intestinal porosity would be like an umbrella that let water going through, so you are wet). Therefore, molecules go through a porous intestine. For example, Fructose (a simple sugar found in large amount in fruits and honey) has to go through, but If there’s too much calcium that passes to the bone, it will be rejected and can wind up anywhere, resulting in micro-calcifications (accumulation of calcium in organic tissue, for instance, in breast tissue in women, called mammary micro-calcification, or in the prostate in men). This can lead to cancer or go to the articulation, giving you coxarthrosis (degenerative disease of the hip joints) or gonarthritis (arthritis of the knee) requiring visits to the orthopedist and all sorts of prosthetics (hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists) that going to cost you a fortune!
Milk is too high in proteins with 80 % of Caseins against 40 % for the human breast milk. In order for human milk to be eliminated by the body, it has to get rid of its calcium. Therefore, it is one of the reason of Osteoporosis.
Casein is a powerful glue that sticks to the organism dramatically.
It’s used especially to stick labels onto beer bottles and even glue furniture together!
Many researchers think that casein is the main substance responsible for joint inflammation that we can see with the Rheumatoid arthritis (degenerative inflammatory chronic disorder of the joints).
Like in the field of pig farming, traces of antibiotics have been detected in many countries…
7. Risk of Contamination
Milk can also contain contaminants such as pesticide residue (chemicals) and biocides (a large family of chemicals that includes pesticides), heavy metals, mycotoxins (toxins produced by various species of microscopic fungus such as mold), polychlorobiphenyls (PCB) (organochloric aromatic compounds), which are toxic and carcinogenic, and even dioxins, that come indirectly from the animal’s diet or environment or even the materials in contact with the milk. Ask any dairy farmer to measure the levels of pesticides in their milk, and although it’s easier to stay quiet, the results are indeed there. For example, by the large French organization INRA, or the National Institute of Agronomic Research, but the news is never released to the public…
Several studies have shown that consuming cow’s milk increases the risk of prostate cancer, especially after the age of 50. However, other studies indicate that there is no risk. The suspicion is sufficiently strong so that, by applying the principle of precaution (in the event of a risk of serious or irreversible damage, the absence of absolute scientific certainty must not serve as a pretext to postpone the adoption of effective measures aiming to prevent the degradation of the environment) the consumption of dairy products is not recommended for men. Excessive consumption of calcium seems to be an established risk factor.
Study carried out on October 29, 2014 by Swedish researchers, published in the British Medical Journal “The BMJ”
It is based on the analysis of two groups of women surveyed about their eating habits and lifestyle as part of a breast cancer screening campaign. The first group had 60,000 women aged 39 to 74, and other was a group of 45,000 men aged 45 to 79. The quantities of milk consumed daily was also quantified. Quantities of fermented milk consumed, such as yogurt and cheese, were also taken into account.
Women who consume three glasses or more of milk per day have a relative risk of death that is “90% higher” and a risk of breaking a hip “60% higher” compared to those who drink less than one glass a day.
The researchers from the University of Uppsala in Sweden who performed this study admit that their results may “call into question the validity of recommendations to consume milk to prevent fractures relating to osteoporosis.”
9. Vitamin D
Two forms of vitamin D exist: vitamin D2, or ergocalciferol, which is produced by plants, and vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol, which is produced by animals and some kinds of lichen.
Look on the label of your milk bottle! Yes, my vegetarian and Muslim friends, there is indeed D3! You may be surprised that you are consuming meat, including pork, without even knowing it.
Indeed, vitamin D2 that was added to milk (was coming from a combination of algae and bacteria exposed to ultraviolet light) has been replaced by vitamin D3 because Vitamin D2 was giving a bitter taste to the dairy products.
I’m sure you’ve got it, and I’m sure you have the answers to the questions in my two stories.
It’s now been 5 years since I’ve stopped consuming cow’s milk and its dairy products.
Our interests vary between financial concerns and conflicts of ego.
Stopping dairy products makes join pain disappears and it prevents from many diseases.
Leave the cow and its oil spill at the supermarket and the advertisers will understand that they must do a quality advertising instead of an advertisement that aspires to use us… because we are less stupid that they think 😉
As Chris Guillebeau says, “The gap between ignorance and knowledge is much smaller than the gap between knowledge and action.”
Take action by getting your calcium from vegetable-based sources to live over 100 years old 🙂
Tell me in the comments below how much cow’s milk you consume every day.
Wishing you a long and healthy life 😊