There’s likely not a parent out there that hasn’t heard about all of the varying alternatives to milk nowadays. Naturally, it leads us to wonder just why we need so many options. Today’s parents grew up with cow’s milk and heard very little about other choices. What’s with the milk trend? It’s about demand. More and more parents are waking up to the dangers of dairy, and this is why.
It’s not pure milk in that glass. There’s a whole lot more going into our bodies when we add some cow’s milk to our breakfast cereal. We transition our babies to it at one-year old and we think we’re doing what is best for them. Isn’t that what the doctor says? Aren’t we supposed to blindly trust them and never question their motives or outdated education?
The truth is, the dairy industry is one of the most profitable organizations in the world. In 2014 alone, their revenue total stacked up to $102 billion. They have oodles of reasons to try to mask the truth behind milk, and they’ve got all the money to tackle such a job, too. They’ll go to great lengths to discredit competitors and naysayers of dairy. Why? Shouldn’t it be a personal choice? Listen up. Throw out the milk.
13 Hormones, Honey
Our hormones are at the root of everything. Truly, that love we feel when we meet someone that just gets us? That’s hormones. The reason we get breasts? Hormones. The reason a boy’s pitch changes in adolescence? Hormones. The reason a dairy-heavy diet can contribute to excess weight gain and poor health? Hormones.
When growth hormones like Melengestrol and Trenbolone are injected into a cow, it’s natural hormone levels may elevate by as many as 20 times greater than normal. And there’s zero evidence that any of it is well-tolerated by the human body or safe for ingestion at any level.
Cows are pumped full of hormones to bolster their milk production and overall size. Why? Do we need more milk? Are we not producing enough to meet the demands of the masses each week as the supermarket? Nah, we’re all good. It’s about bottom lines. The more milk that can be produced, the more that can be sold. Even if it goes to waste, somebody paid for it. Cha-ching!
12 Pus Among Us
Just like us moms, cows can and do develop mastitis. When this happens, the somatic cells — which are present in amounts more than one million per teaspoon of milk — develop into neutrophils by a more than 90 percent margin. Those neutrophils produce pus. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?
Cows that become infected must be treated, per government regulations. Does that mean all of the pus is eradicated from the milk? Nope. Every ounce of milk certainly isn’t tested for quality. Does it mean there will be antibiotics in the milk you are giving to your baby? You betcha!
So, if you’ve been treating ear infections with garlic mullein oil and giving your baby probiotic drops like every good momma, but you’re thinking of giving cow’s milk once they turn one, it might be time to reconsider. You would be directly combatting all your efforts to keep the baby’s gut health intact.
11 The Dairy Industry Is For Profit
Are you seeing dollar signs yet? Ready to sign up to be a dairy farmer? Once upon a time, it wasn’t such a lucrative career. Today, it’s still not unless you sell out to the government, and that’s what most small farmers have been forced to do. As government regulations get tighter, it makes farming matters more and more restrictive.
The government hands out subsidies to farmers who join ranks with them, and those small business farmers are drowning in debt and failed production compared the hormone-injected farming machines the government has helped to create.
Small dairy farmers simply cannot keep up with the output required and the red tape that the industry is pressing upon them. It’s all for one very shady reason. They want to bring those farmers on board so that they can monopolize the dairy market. Like having choices? Stop buying cow’s milk.
10 Pesticides, Mmmm!
I know what you’re thinking. No, they do not spray the cow’s down with pesticides. But they do sometimes give them medications to ward off diseases from insects like stable flies. In 2004, the USDA performed a test on over 700 conventional milk samples and found DDE, a byproduct of DDT, in 96 percent of them. Diphenylamine was in 99 percent, and 41 percent contained organochlorine, which was banned ages ago.
However, the more important part where pesticides are concerned is what the cow is eating. Most of the time, it’s all grain. If they’re eating corn, there’s an 88 percent chance it’s GMO corn. That means it was saturated in glyphosate. You may know that as Round-Up. Then the cow ingested it, and when you eat the cow or it’s milk, you’re eating it. Yum!
Yes, there are grass-fed cows. The USDA makes sure to market that part of the process well on every carton that they can possibly sell. But does it mention whether or not that grass was treated with Round-Up? Again, glyphosate, which has been shown to contribute to autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, and more.
9 The Cholesterol Catastrophe
All these years the government has been pumping school kids and adults full of milk. The message was hammered home strong that milk is the optimal nutritious food and what every individual needs. It makes for a healthy body. Except when it doesn’t.
Milk actually contains a lot of saturated fat in the form of triglycerides. Individuals who test high for triglycerides are normally told to lay off the meat and dairy — two major culprits of it. A lot of people find it difficult to give up red meat. They love a good burger or steak on the weekend.
Truth be told, many of them could still chow down on that charbroiled burger if they were willing to give up the cheese on top of it. Yep, it’s not just milk that’s a no-no. It’s dairy in general.
8 The Maltreatment Of Cows
Have you ever watched a documentary on milk? Got Milk? is a good one! But be careful. It’s some eye-opening stuff right there. Having to watch how cattle are treated just to get milk from them to allegedly nourish our babies’ growing bodies is a hard thing to do, because you can’t un-see it.
Often, cattle are stuffed together like sardines in a can into a barn or field where they can barely move. They spend hours of each day hooked up to machines that pump their breasts in excess.
They are stuffed with excessive amounts of hormone and pesticide-laden food that cause excess gas to build up in the stomachs. Cows were not meant to eat corn! So, they can’t digest it. Holes are them punctured into their stomachs and the contents are scraped out as the gas releases! Still want milk?
7 Better Alternatives
There is simply no reason to put these stringent demands on the cattle crops anymore. We have so many options when it comes to milk. Many mothers who have a low supply will choose goat’s milk for their little one after one-year old. Others opt for the healing nature of camel’s milk.
Some are steadfast in their belief that humans should not consume animal milk. So, they offer nut milks. Cashew and almond milks are the most popular. You can buy store brands or learn to make your own fairly easily. Coconut milk is another tasty option. We add it to all of our smoothies in our house. Hemp, rice and pea milk are other options.
If you’re really not down for trying any of these other delicious options, you can find organic cow milk in most grocery stores now. It’s still from the cow, and there are still plenty of reasons to opt out, but it’s safer than going with the non-organic variety. Raw, unpasteurized is an option, too, but it’s not widely recommended for little ones.
6 Synthetic Nutrition
Parents often opt for milk for their kids over juices or other beverages. They automatically assume it’s the safest and most nutritional option. After all, isn’t it? Would a for-profit industry that spends billions of their budget on marketing lie to us about milk for all these years?
They would, and they did. That food pyramid they made you learn in school? It’s all crap. Wheat and dairy were never supposed to be a part of your diet, but they make lots of money for the government — who created the pyramid! Research from Harvard Medical School backs this up.
All of the nutrients found in milk are killed when it is pasteurized. This is why so many people are fans of raw, unpasteurized milk. However, the government (who is in bed with the USDA) banned the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk. Funny how that works.
Have you ever wondered just how your milk really stands up to other drinks? Any guesses as to how much sugar is in milk? Try 3 teaspoons in just one 8-ounce glass. Wake up; milk is a processed food.
5 Folate Is Our Friend
Dairy in general is a big issue when it comes to our health. One of the most critical parts of methylation in the human body occurs when it breaks down folate. Methylfolate comes from food sources. When we go the synthetic route, it is replaced with folic acid. The problem with this is that more than half the population is affected by the MTHFR gene mutation. Most people are completely unaware they have it.
What’s the big deal? That mutation impairs the body’s ability to process folic acid. Instead, it clogs folate receptors. In addition, dairy packs a double whammy and blocks those receptors altogether. So, even when the individual is consuming methylfolate in their diet, the dairy is working against them and not letting it get through to the rest of the body. Scary!
4 Stronger Bones? Just The Opposite
For a long time now, milk has been marketed as some kind of super-beverage that can save us from all kinds of illness. Little did most of us know that it’s actually contributing to some of those ailments. One of the biggest lies ever told about milk is that it’s a necessary component in our diets to get all the calcium we need.
Cue the celebrity-laden milk mustache commercials about milk making for strong bones, right? Remember those? Ever wonder how the dairy industry can afford to pay all those celebs? Because they’re raking it in from all that false advertising.
Research published in the British Medical Journal notes that milk consumption is associated with a higher rate of mortality among some people, and that the incidence of fracture is actually higher among people who drink milk.
3 Lactose Intolerance
Did you know roughly 30 to 50 percent of people in the United States are lactose intolerant? That’s a lot. Think about it. If half the country can’t even properly ingest this food without physical pain, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and gut damage, why are we pushing it so hard? Why not find a food everyone can enjoy and exploit that?
Why not create a government agency that insists we all need to eat broccoli every day? Because broccoli doesn’t keep as long. It’s not shelf stable. There’s no dehydrated broccoli powder. But we can freeze broccoli. We can grow it in our own back yards. Oops, there’s the catch. It’s a lot easier for more people to grow broccoli than buy it. The government is for-profit, remember?
2 It’s For Cows! Not People!
If you’ve ever entertained a conversation with other moms about cow’s milk, you’ve likely heard this is one of the primary reasons a lot of mommies choose to forego it altogether. Yes, it’s true. Cow’s milk was made for cows. Mother’s milk — human breastmilk — is what human babies should be consuming in an ideal world.
Of course, sometimes things don’t work out that way. We aren’t here to shame the moms who can’t breastfeed, but we do want to encourage that they seek support. In addition, donor milk and using an SNS with another alternative in it while nursing are quality options, too.
Just as the human body was made to produce breastmilk, the human body was made to digest human breastmilk. When it comes to cows, they’re supposed to be nursing their calves, not being pumped and medicated to fill the dairy case at Wal-Mart.
1 How About Some Prostate Cancer?
I don’t know about the rest of the moms out there, but I didn’t have a very hard time giving up milk, because I never loved the stuff much. The kids didn’t miss it either. Now, Daddy was another story. So, if you’re struggling to appeal to the man in your life, you might need to aim for his manhood.
Prostate cancer diagnoses are increasing. Northwestern University notes that rates of prostate cancer jumped by 72 percent between 2004 and 2013. Say hello to the new breast cancer, right? More than twenty studies have been completed showing milk is a contributing factor.
The process is pretty simple. Dairy products increase insulin-like growth factor in men, and that causes cancer cells to blossom. Add to that the depleted folate, the fact that milk also depletes vitamin D, and weigh all those pesticides and hormones factor in, and it’s a recipe for disaster.