Rethinking Milk

“Got Milk?”

Despite all the ads over the years for drinking milk in the “Got Milk?” series – I do not recommend drinking milk.

Milk is one of the most mucus-producing and one of the most allergenic foods we have.  In addition, whatever the cow is fed gets concentrated into the milk it produces.  Cows are being fed growth hormone to get them to produce more milk, they are fed antibiotics because their living conditions are not natural for cows making them more susceptible to infections, and they are fed corn grown with pesticides.  So what do scientists find in the average glass of milk?

  • Growth hormone
  • Pesticides
  • Antibiotics

Now we have the concerns about genetically modified foods.  It is estimated that 80% of the corn grown in this country is now genetically modified.  Studies are suggesting that cows fed genetically modified corn are developing early signs of kidney and liver disease.

What this means about the milk we would be drinking from those cows is currently unclear.  Are the genetic changes in the grain that seem to pass into the cow going to pass into the milk we drink and the foods made from that milk?

We are guinea pigs or experimental “mice” in this big experiment.

And if all of this is not enough, here is something to pull your heart strings:  Cows grown and used in factory conditions lead a very limited life.  See the photo about how much room they have during the day.  They are milked by mechanical milk machines several times per day. These machines can give shocks to the cow and make the cow more vulnerable to getting mastitis. The females are impregnated annually. Female offspring are raised to produce milk.  Male offspring become veal.  A dairy cow raised under “natural” conditions can live up to 40 years. These cows are raised in the open, get to move around, eat grass from the pasture, and actually show different chemical components that benefit us better than cows raised in factories.  On factory farms, their life span is more like 4 years because they cease being able to produce enough milk to merit being kept alive.

So the next time you think about having non-organic milk in your coffee, or cheese on your salad or in your sandwich, consider where that milk came from, how it was produced, and the factory life-style for the cows that provided the milk in the first place.  Then remember the toxins in their dairy products that end up in our bodies when we eat them.

“Got Milk?”  No thanks!

To your health…

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