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You like milk?

Some resources and studies for you on dairy:

Dairy food may be the most potent factor in the development of breast cancer. Source: Paolo Toniolo et al., “Calorie-Providing Nutrients and Risk of Breast Cancer,” Journal of the National Cancer Institute 81:278-86, 1989.

Researchers found that breast cancer incidence was associated with higher consumption of cheese (as well as meat and alcohol) with cheese elevating risk the highest (2.7 times normal). Conversely, vegetable consumption offered significant protection (40 to 60 percent on average), especially green leafy vegetables. Source: F. Levi et al., “Dietary Factors and Breast Cancer Risk in Vaud, Switzerland,” Nutrition and Cancer 19:327-335, 1993.

Giving cow’s milk to babies may increase their risk of developing diabetes. Researchers reported that children with diabetes produced large amounts of antibodies against cow’s milk which may attack the pancreas cells which make insulin.

Source: J. Karjalainen et al., “A Bovine Albumin Peptide as a Possible Trigger of Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus,” New England Journal of Medicine 327:302–7, 1992.

You like milk?

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Harvard Scientists Urge You to Stop Drinking Milk

Vegans may have had it right all along; while raw, organic milk offers numerous health benefits, a Harvard researcher and pediatrician argues that conventional milk and dairy products alike are a detriment to your health – thanks to added health-compromising sweeteners.
Harvard Scientists Urge You to Stop Drinking MilkThe age-old saying that drinking milk is one of the keys to good health received a strong rebuttal from Harvard pediatrician David Ludwig who argues that dairy products with added sweeteners are a detriment to one’s health.

Drinking reduced-fat milk inadvertently encourages the consumption of added sugars. There have been countless pieces of research concluding the ill effects of sugar-sweetened beverages and the over-consumption of sugar has been tied to obesity, diabetes, inflammatory-related pain, and much more.

Ludwig’s recommendation: less is more, and some people might be better off drinking no milk at all. Humans, like cows, get all the calcium they need from a plant-based diet. If you are concerned about daily calcium intake, there are many alternatives to milk.

Ludwig says: “we can get plenty of calcium from a whole range of foods. On a gram for gram basis, cooked kale has more calcium than milk. Sardines, nuts seeds beans, green leafy vegetables are all sources of calcium.”

While saturated fat was discredited for decades, full-fat dairy (raw, organic, and from grass-fed cows) has been found in research to potentially promote heart health, control diabetes, aid in vitamin absorption, lower bowel cancer risk, and even aid in weight loss. But while pure dairy could promote your health, conventional dairy may prove damaging.

Before you drink your next glass of conventional milk, please educate yourself as to what you are consuming. You’d be surprised that there could be painkillers, antibiotics, and much more lurking in your milk.

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and milk is not the only source of calcium.


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I was browsing a local forum recently and came across a group of young people discussing what brand of fresh milk is the best, and cheapest. I can understand the need to watch one’s budget, especially when one is young and starting out on a career, but I think they missed a very important point – milk may not be necessarily good for them. I couldn’t resist penning a response to the topic, which I reproduce below:

“Medium to long term consumption of dairy (and this includes fresh milk) has now been proven to cause breast cancer in women and prostrate cancer in men.

The notion that we should drink milk for calcium so as to prevent brittle bones has since been debunked by a study undertaken by Harvard University. This is just but one article on it: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0820/is_n243/ai_19986663/

As to the reasons why we have been brainwashed to think that dairy is good for us, now that’s a long story. Do your research. All I will say here is that it involves the big farms, the big companies that produce these dairy products. In short, its about BIG profits.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with milk from cows, or goats, for the matter. Similarly, there is nothing much wrong to consume red meat now and then. It is not the animal’s fault. It is the way we do farming now, especially the way we feed these animals. Long ago, cows and goats ate GRASS. Now they eat a mixture of corn, soy and wheat – basically junk food for animals. What happens when these animals eat this junk food? Their bodies become imbalanced – they now have much, much more omega 6 in their bodies compared to omega 3. If they ate grass, God and nature had intended that there is a perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 intake (a balance close to 1/1). If they eat corn and soy, the resulting imbalance in our bodies (yes, after consuming their milk or meat) is as much as 1/15, even 1/40. If you want to know what this does to your body, go research. A clue – cancer.

I have not even mentioned about the pellets they feed to pigs and chicken and cows. Add all this up and you will get my drift.

So here we are, eating all this dairy, supposedly good for us and enjoying our steaks. What we are actually putting into our bodies are zero nutrients, bad omega 6 and best of all – chemicals (that the animals consume).

I do not mean to be a bringer of negative news. After all, its your own body and your health and that shouldn’t be my business. 

Just thought you should be informed. 

P.S. Forget about asking doctors about nutrition. Most of them know next to nothing about it. They DO NOT TEACH nutrition in medical schools, period. Want proof? Ask any relative or friend who has undergone major surgery, especially for cancer. When they ask their doctors what they can eat after the surgery, 99% of doctors will advise “Eat anything you want.” So go ahead and eat your bak kut teh, steaks, satay, char kway teow, barbecued delights, etc…..”

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