11 reasons to give up cow milk. Cow milk is for cows. Babies who are breastfed longer have higher IQ, better eye health and stronger immune system than those drinking cow milk.1. PREVENT INGESTION OF CANCER tumor enhancing IGF-1 IN ORGANIC MILK AND ORGANIC DAIRY, SYNTHETIC GROWTH HORMONES IN NON-ORGANIC MILK, BACTERIA in all milk, IMMUNE SYSTEM WRECKING ANTIBIOTICS in non-organic milk:
Harvard article explains that higher insulin-like growth factor-1, IGF-1, can triple cancer risk ► http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/1999/04.22/igf1.story.html
. Meat and dairy raise IGF-1 levels and thus cancer risk.A glass of milk from factory farms got about 130 million pus cells... and antibiotics (banned in Europe) that wreck our immune system, hormones banned in Europe that cause cancer, etc...
. Even organic milk has some of that stuff. :) rBST HORMONE is banned in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel and the European Union since 2000. Argentina also banned the use of rBST.http://nutritionfacts.org/2011/09/08/how-much-pus-is-there-in-milk/
explains that pus is not somatic cells, but neutrophils (white blood cells) mixed with dead bacteria. According to the USDA, 1 in 6 dairy cows in the United States suffers from clinical mastitis, which is responsible for 1 in 6 dairy cow deaths on U.S. dairy farms. This level of disease is reflected in the concentration of somatic cells in the American milk supply. Somatic cell counts greater than a million per teaspoon are abnormal and “almost always” caused by mastitis. When a cow is infected, greater than 90% of the somatic cells in her milk are neutrophils, the inflammatory immune cells that form pus. The average somatic cell count in U.S. milk per spoonful is
Pus is found in regions of bacterial infection and it's made of neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils (3 types of white blood cells) and dead bacteria, as well as inflamatory exudate.2. PREVENT DIABETES TYPE 1
► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/5VVB1tPWG1dSeveral studies show that milk induces type 1 diabetes in many kids, due to the fact cow milk causes an autoimmune destruction of the beta cells producing insulin. A simple explanation is at http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/confirmed-anew-cows-milk-may-trigger-type-1-diabetes
. The more technical paper is at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3580116/
According Harvard researchers (see the paper at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2567871
) when dairy intake exceeds the enzymes’ capacity to break down galactose, it can build up in the blood and damage the ovaries. Women with low levels of these enzymes have triple the risk of ovarian cancer when they consume dairy.
For 8 reasons why dairy is bad, see http://www.nutritionmd.org/nutrition_tips/nutrition_tips_understand_foods/dairy.html3. PREVENT HEART DISEASE:
Cheese (sour cream too) has a lot of saturated fat, which is known to contribute to diabetes. Milk also can have saturated fat clogging the arteries and leading to heart disease.4. PREVENT COLIC IN BABIES when mothers or babies drink milk
► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/Gnzubp93Drpcow milk protein ingested by mom can end up in breast milk fed to the baby and lead to baby developing colic and crying a lot (one in 5 babies has colic). Removal of dairy from mom's diet led to end of crying and colic. For vegan mothers this is not a concern.
Sixty-six mothers of 66 breast-fed infants with infantile colic were put on a diet free from cow's milk. The colic disappeared in 35 infants; it reappeared on at least two challenges (cow's milk to mother) in 23 infants (35%). A double-blind crossover trial with cow's milk whey protein was performed in 16 of these 23 mothers and infants. Six infants had to be taken out of the study for various reasons; of the remaining ten infants, nine reacted with colic after their mothers' intake of whey protein-containing capsules. Sequential analysis showed a high correlation between infantile colic in breast-fed infants and their mothers' consumption of cow's milk protein. A diet free of cow's milk is suggested for the mothers as a first trial of treatment of infantile colic in breast-fed infants."
A very similar study shows how replacing cow milk with soy milk removes colic, but this was done on babies, not their mothers
US National Library of Medicine suggests no cow milk for infants under 1 anyway
For more info on the cow milk protein allergy in infants, you can also read this study
.5. PREVENT CHRONIC CONSTIPATION IN KIDS
Cow's milk can also lead to chronic constipation in infants
► Iacono G, Cavataio F, Montalto G, et al. Intolerance of cow’s milk and chronic constipation in children. N Engl J Med 1998;339:110-4. Thus, it's always better to breastfeed for 1 year or even more (some people do 2 years, but at least 6 months as CDC i think recommends) than to do what many moms do, which is switch to cow milk or infant formula after 1 month, formula or cow milk void of many benefits of human milk antibodies that build a strong immune system, etc. Infants are not baby cows, they have different immune systems. Human milk is designed for optimal brain development and eye development. Cow milk is not. Children who had been breastfed for 12 months had an IQ that was four points higher than those breastfed for less than a month
. The first two years of life is the critical time for malnutrition, the consequences of which are often irreversible and include poor cognitive development, educability, and future economic productivity.
Iodine deficiency causes a 12 point drop in IQ, so it's important to provide vitamins or salt with iodine to people. In America people get iodine from salt, so it's not a problem, but in other countries it is an issue. 6. PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS
► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/N29AnqZKfexCountries with highest milk consumption have highest osteoporosis rate. Women who drink lots of milk have double the hip fracture rate. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study followed more than 75,000 women for 12 years and showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk. In fact, increased intake of calcium from dairy products was associated with a higher fracture risk.
► Feskanich D, Willet WC, Stampfer MJ, Colditz GA. Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: a 12-year prospective study. Am J Public Health 1997;87:992-7.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, led by MD Neal Barnard in Washington, explain at ► http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/health-concerns-about-dairy-products
why dairy is bad. Neal offers more tips for preventing osteoporosis with a vegan diet at ► http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/preventing-and-reversing-osteoporosis
.7. PREVENT DIARRHEA, GI DISTRESS due to Lactose intolerance
Lactose (a sugar in milk) intolerance (gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and flatulence, plus other complications) affects 95 percent of Asian Americans, 74 percent of Native Americans, 70 percent of African Americans, 53 percent of Mexican Americans, and 15 percent of Caucasians. 8. PREVENT PROSTATE CANCER
► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/4Xq2dd7LMs2The higher the intake of dairy, the higher the prostate cancer rate
. See a recent review of studies at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/255277549. PREVENT OVARIAN CANCER
► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/5ozBdZZRrbmAccording to Harvard researchers, when dairy intake exceeds the enzymes’ capacity to break down galactose, it can build up in the blood and damage the ovaries. Women with low levels of these enzymes have triple the risk of ovarian cancer when they consume dairy.
► http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/256787110. CALCIUM IN MANY VEGGIES IS HIGHER THAN IN MILK AND BETTER ABSORBED
Kale and many vegetables have more calcium per 100 g than milk and that Calcium is better absorbed ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/gE59dXRTnkK
. They got vegan icecream ► http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/non-dairy
, vegan cheese, etc. :)11. PROTEIN QUALITY IN MANY LEGUMES AND VEGGIES IS SUPERIOR TO MILK
If you look up nutritiondata.com
for milk and lentils, beans, spinach, kale, etc, you will see that milk has lower aminoacid score than all of these. 100 g of raw lentils has 26 g of protein of higher quality than milk and 100 g of milk has 3 g of protein.
For dozens of reasons I went vegan over a decade ago, see ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/UsxcV9Bycsb