Milk is the "Perfect Food"...
for Baby Calves
People who have been taught that cow's milk is the "perfect food" may be shocked to hear many prominent medical doctors are now saying dairy consumption is a contributing factor in nearly two dozen diseases of children and adults.Our "nutritional education" in school (funded in part by the dairy industry) taught us that dairy products are one of the four basic food groups we all need for proper nutrition. And with more than 60 of the most powerful Congressional leaders in Washington receiving campaign contributions from the National Dairy Council, we can be assured that dairy products are well-entrenched as a major staple of our government-sponsored school lunch programs.
Frank Oski, M.D., author of Don't Drink Your Milk! former Director of the Department of Pediatrics of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 19 medical textbooks and has written 290 medical manuscripts.
In the first chapter of his book, Dr. Oski states, "The fact is: the drinking of cow milk has been linked to iron-deficiency anemia in infants and children; it has been named as the cause of cramps and diarrhea in much of the world's population, and the cause of multiple forms of allergy as well; and the possibility has been raised that it may play a central role in the origins of atherosclerosis and heart attacks." Dr. Oski comments, "Being against cow milk is equated with being un-American," but still he notes, "Among physicians, so much concern has been voiced about the potential hazards of cow milk that the Committee on Nutrition of the prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics, the institutional voice of practicing pediatricians, released a report entitled, 'Should Milk Drinking by Children Be Discouraged?' Although the Academy's answer to this question has (as of this writing) been a qualified 'maybe,' the fact that the question was raised at all is testimony to the growing concern about this product, which for so long was viewed as sacred as the proverbial goodness of mother and apple pie."
Another outspoken critic of cow's milk is Dr. William Ellis, a
retired osteopathic physician and surgeon in Arlington, Texas,
who has researched the effects of dairy products for 42 years.
Dr. Ellis is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the East, Leaders
of American Science, the Dictionary of International Biography
and Two Thousand Men of Achievement. Dr. Ellis says dairy products
are "simply no good for humans... There is overwhelming evidence
that milk and milk products are harmful to many people, both adults
and infants. Milk is a contributing factor in constipation, chronic
fatigue, arthritis, headaches, muscle cramps, obesity, allergies
and heart problems." When Washington D.C.-based pediatrician
Dr. Russell Bunai was asked what single change in the American
diet would produce the greatest health benefit, his answer was,
"Eliminating dairy products." Dr. Christiane Northrup,
a gynecologist in Yarmouth, Maine, states, "Dairy is a tremendous
mucus producer and a burden on the respiratory, digestive and
immune systems." Dr. Northrup says when patients "eliminate
dairy products for an extended period and eat a balanced diet,
they suffer less from colds and sinus infections."
So how can all these medical statements be explained in light of what we have been taught all of our life about milk? Remember "Milk is the Perfect Food"... "Milk is a Natural"... "Everybody Needs Milk." Are we talking about the same food here? Perhaps we are not. It would appear that promoters of cow's milk are creating advertising statements that are meant to appeal on a subconscious level to our positive feelings and experiences with human breast milk. All mammals, including humans, are intended to be nourished during infancy by milk from their mother. Part of the very definition of a mammal is that the female of the species has milk-producing glands in her breasts which provide nourishment for her young. Each species of mammal produces its unique type of milk designed specifically to strengthen the immune system and provide nourishment for their babies, which are weaned after their birth weight has approximately tripled.
So, absolutely yes, "milk is a natural"... in the
proper context. It is perfectly natural for infant mammals,
including humans, to be nourished exclusively by milk from their
mother's breasts. So if we are talking about human breast milk
for babies, yes, "milk is the perfect food." And yes,
during infancy when we have no teeth for eating solid food, and
as we need to strengthen our immune system, "everybody needs
good place to start in analyzing the distinction between milk
of different species is to begin to understand how nature works.
As Dr. Oski explains in Don't Drink Your Milk!, "The
milk of each species appears to have been specifically designed to protect the young of that species.
Cross-feeding does not work.
Dr. Michael Taylor, a Chiropractic Physician, doctoral candidate
to become a Doctor of Nutrition and fellow of the American Academy
of Orthomolecular Medicine, agrees, stating, "It is a dietary
error to cross species to get milk from another animal."
He notes there is a tremendous difference between human babies
and baby calves, and a corresponding difference between the milk
that is intended to nourish human babies and baby calves. In an
interview on "Let's Eat," a Seventh-day Adventist television
program, Dr. Taylor notes that human infants take about 180 days
to double their birth weight, and that human milk is 5 to 7 percent
Another reason many people suffer various symptoms of disease
from drinking milk is that, according to Dr. Oski, the majority
of the world's adult population is "lactose intolerant,"
meaning they cannot digest lactose, the sugar in milk (cow's milk
and human milk). An enzyme known as lactase is required to digest
lactose, and Dr. Oski states that "between the age of one
and a half and four years most individuals gradually lose the
lactase activity in their small intestine. This appears to be
a normal process that accompanies maturation.... Most people do
it. All animals do it. It reflects the fact that nature never
intended lactose-containing foods, such as milk, to be consumed
after the normal weaning period."
When a reasonable person considers all this evidence, it would
be difficult to still believe cow's milk is healthy for human
consumption. So, what do we drink instead? Dr. Oski partly answers
this question by writing, "For the newborn infant, there
are two obvious alternatives -- the right and left breast of the
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