1.- Milk reduces iron in young children. This is why in 1993, the National Academy of Pediatrics of the United States published an official statement expressing that in its opinion, no child should drink animal milk before 18 months of age. In the same way, it contributes to the deficiency of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E.
2.- Animal milk stimulates the body to produce mucus. This is why when you have a cold, doctors recommend not drinking milk.
3.- Animal milk is full of bacteria. Therefore it is an excellent means of making bacteria grow in the body. This is why children who do not drink animal milk or dairy products of animal origin, do not get sick as often, suffer from fewer cavities and ear infections. The pasteurization used by the milk industry generally takes 15 seconds. However, for the bad bacteria in the milk to be inactivated, the process needs to last at least 15 minutes.
4.- Casein, is a protein present in milk and is used to manufacture glue, it produces in a large number of children, that the soft tissues swell. These soft tissues are commonly found in the throat, nasal cavities, and sinuses. When these are inflamed, breathing difficulties occur.
5.- Drinking and consuming dairy products is associated with various diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart, Chron's, irritable bowel syndrome and even cataracts.
6.- Milk contains abnormal amounts of antibiotics as farmers inject them into cows to prevent them from ceasing milk production due to udder diseases. These types of diseases are common in dairy herds. These abnormal amounts of antibiotics help bacteria become resistant to them, making them harder to fight when dealing with more serious illnesses.
7.- Animal milk and derived products contain excessive amounts of female hormones. 80% of cows are pregnant while used to produce milk, which naturally raises the levels of these hormones. Additionally, farmers inject cows with synthetic hormones to increase milk production. These high levels of female hormones in the food chain have been linked to health problems around the world. They are also associated with precocious puberty.
8.- Milk contains large amounts of fat, which clogs the arteries even in young people.
9.- The sugar in milk (lactose) is very difficult to digest since when a person reaches the age of two years, the intestines make less lactase, an enzyme necessary to absorb and digest lactose. This decrease in lactase production in humans occurs when the ingestion of breast milk is no longer necessary for growth. When we consume milk or animal dairy products, lactose is very likely to ferment in the intestines causing digestive problems such as bloating, gas, and other serious difficulties.
10.- Animal milk contains a perfect combination of minerals designed to help mature the digestive system of their young. This digestive system will allow them to properly digest the nutrients of the grass and herbs. Cows have a stomach configured by four chambers and they regurgitate, chew and swallow their food several times before digesting it. They have a very different digestive system than humans and therefore have different needs. When we consume milk, we are ingesting the minerals and chemicals that cows need in their system and since our diets are different, these chemicals and minerals disturb our digestion and affect the absorption of the nutrients present in our diets.
11.- Milk ranks high on the list of products that cause allergies and sensitivity. It has been shown to affect behavior, sleep, concentration, and even bedwetting.
12.- Milk by itself or when combined with gluten (present in grains) is associated with autism. When someone is suspected of having Leaky Gut Syndrome, a dairy and gluten free diet is recommended.
13.- Disabled children who suffer from neurological problems such as Autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities and brain injuries are especially vulnerable to dairy products. Certain proteins found in animal milk, such as casein and whey, appear to irritate the nervous system in humans, causing these neurological problems to be worse in children. That is why if you do not drink milk or dairy, rehabilitation programs produce better results, compared to those who do.
14.- Studies have shown that the consumption of hormones, cholesterol and the fat found in animal milk makes a person more likely to develop acne and wrinkles on the skin.
15.- People of Asian, African, Hispanic or Southern European descent are especially vulnerable to problems associated with the consumption of milk. This explains why most countries in the world do not drink milk.
16.- Milk is one of the substances that contain more dioxins. Contrary to popular belief, Dioxins in milk and cheeses are ten times more likely to cause cancer. During the summer of 1999 the milk industry in Brussels shut down for a month because the milk contained 100 times the recommended levels of dioxin.
17.- Milk contains animal blood.
18.- Milk contains Pus. The rules of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state that milk is abnormal and should not be ingested if it contains more than 200,000 dead white blood cells per milliliter. In 2001, milk produced in 48 states was tested for compliance with FDA standards. Each state was found to exceed the allowed limits. Even my own state, Florida, was the worst. He had a cell count of 548,000.
19. Milk is associated with prostate cancer in men. The risks increase by 30% if you consume two to three servings a day. Women who drink dairy products increase their risk of ovarian cancer by up to 66%.
20.- The consumption of milk and cheese is associated with Asthma. When humans consume the protein Casein (used to create the glue that bonds labels on beer bottles) they produce histamine and then mucus. If the bronchi fill with this substance, breathing difficulties occur.
21.- Children who drink a lot of milk and consume a lot of cheese often lack Zinc.
22.- Milk is high in cholesterol, which causes heart disease.
23.- The stories associated with calcium and milk consumption is mostly a myth created by the milk industry, who in their advertising campaigns say that cow's milk contains large amounts of calcium. Strategically also they say that we need calcium. These two statements are true, however, they do not say that consuming milk provides us with this calcium, this is because in reality it does not happen that way. Calcium in milk combines with other minerals, which are found in excessive amounts in animal milk, forming a molecule most of the time too large to be absorbed by the human intestine. In areas of the world where milk is not consumed, diseases associated with a lack of calcium are almost nonexistent. Osteoporosis and atherosclerosis are very rare in cultures where milk consumption is limited. In fact, recent studies suggest that milk and cheese may actually be the cause of osteoporosis as the high amounts of protein in dairy cause calcium to separate from the bones.
24.- The regulation of the presence of Vitamin D in milk is very poorly regulated. Recently, it was found that in 42 samples only 12% had the promised amount of vitamin D. 10 samples of infant formulas have also been studied. 7 of them contained twice the amount of vitamin D advertised. One even had 4 times more. Vitamin D is toxic in overdose amounts.
25.- Drinking milk could contribute to bone fracture. In a study of 78,000 women done over a 12-year period, milk did not reduce the risk of fractures. In fact, women who drank milk three times a day had more fractures than those who rarely. 26.- Another important factor is cholesterol. The risk of heart disease and circulation. 8 ounces of milk equals 14 pieces of bacon. Is this what you want for yourself or your children? It is your choice. A glass of milk is equivalent to 35mg of cholesterol. 4 pieces of bacon equals 30 mg.
27.- Other effects associated with the consumption of animal milk include diarrhea and constipation, especially in young people.
28.- The consumption of animal milk can also be associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis disease (Lou Gehrig's disease).
29.- Milk is a good conductor of poison. A study that reviewed cases of poisoning in England and Wales between 1992 and 1996, 20 of these cases were associated with the consumption of milk and its derivatives.
30.- The chemical composition of cow's milk is absolutely perfect for nourishing a calf. It provides the exact nutrients to make the cow perfectly nourished and helps it develop its digestive and immune systems. Human milk is just as perfect for babies. If we gave human milk to a calf, it would suffer from poor nutrition and become ill in no time. Of course, anyone would think that doing this is ridiculous. However, is this much more ridiculous than feeding our children milk and non-human derivatives?
There are many other alternatives to animal milk. Rice and potato milk is excellent. In some countries you can find almond, coconut and banana milk. In most supermarkets you can find vegetable cheese, alternative yogurts, and even rice ice cream.
For babies, there are brands of formulas based on plant milk and they are as nutritious and healthy as those containing animal milk.
And finally there is the milk-free diet. Most of the world does not drink milk and they obtain calcium satisfactorily from other foods. Almonds, amaranth, pinto and black beans, broccoli, cabbage, chickpea, cauliflower, collard greens, dandelion flower, figs, hazelnuts, green cabbage, endives, leek, molasses, okra, olives, peanuts, parsley, pistachios, raisins, sesame, spinach, sunflower seeds, watercress, are just some of the foods that contain considerable amounts of calcium that our body can absorb and that we can enjoy.