Is Milk Healthy?
Is milk healthy for you?
One thing that parents believe they do right is to give their child a glass of milk every day. That is one of the strongest nutritional messages during the last century, that milk is healthy for humans and that you need it for strong bones and to grow better but that is wrong.
A study in Sweden shows that women who drink more than three glasses of milk per day had almost twice the mortality over 20 years than those women who drank less than one glass of milk each day. The researchers also found out that those who drank a lot of milk did not get an improved bone health. As a matter of fact, they got more fractures.
Is milk healthy for kids?
Casein, the protein in cow’s milk, promotes cancer, so people who consume milk and dairy products has an increased risk to get different types of cancer, such as ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. It’s also a higher risk to get; multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, acne, ear infections, constipation, eczema, asthma, joint pain, obesity, hyperactivity, cataracts, bowel disease and osteoporosis.
Babies may also get colic. The main reasons why babies get colic is because they may suffer from stress when they get separated from their mothers, and because many babies have a hard time to tolerate cow’s milk in the breastfeeding mother’s food and infant formulas.
And girls and women who consume milk and dairy products may get more problems with PMS and menstrual cramps according to the recognized gynecologist Christiane Northrup. She said that there is absolutely no evidence that milk improves the menstrual cycle, it’s the opposite.
Human beings are the only animal in the animal kingdom who consume milk beyond infancy.
A cow’s life
Speaking about stress, it’s not only human babies that can suffer from anxiety when separated from their mothers, but the calves suffer too when they get taken from their moms. I can promise you that it is heartbreaking to hear the calf and the cow call for each other. That sound is unbearable; it makes you sad. Because to get milk a cow need to give birth to a calf every year, meaning they get artificially inseminated for that to happen. And as soon as it’s born the calf get separated from its mother. It’s rare if the calf is allowed to stay with its mother. The milk that the cow produces for about ten months goes to people, and the calf gets raised on formula.
And this cycle continues until the cows get sick or get reproductive problems or if their milk doesn’t meet the demands from the dairy factories which happens when they get mastitis. So because of all this a cow on a dairy farm usually only becomes 4-5 years old. Most of the cows never experience sunshine and grass under their hooves during their entire life. When they are of no use anymore, they are sent to the slaughterhouse.
Sometimes calves are only babies when they get slaughtered
When the slaughter truck comes, the cows can get hit and kicked by the driver when he leads them on the truck. And then a stressful, long journey and an awful death are the only things that await the cows.
A female calf is raised to become a cow and live the same life as its mother did unless the calf is barren, for instance, twin calves can be sterile if so it’s sent to the slaughter house almost right away.
The male calves are raised to become meat and get often killed when they are about a year old or younger. Sometimes calves are only babies when they are slaughtered to become food for people. The natural lifespan for cows and bulls are about 20 years.
There are no words for what I think about this industry because it’s way beyond cruel…
The dairy industry is also terrible for the environment. A massive amount of fresh water get used when you raise cattle, and it also leads to air and water pollution.
Vegan children are healthier
Therefore, I suggest that kids should be raised as vegans because it’s kinder and vegan children are healthier.
Dr. Thomas M. Campbell says that it’s vital to feed kids properly, that it’s an urgent issue in our society and that people are doing a terrible job of it because they eat too much processed food, added sugar and junk food. He explains that they need to eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
If you eat a plant-based diet, he recommends that you take vitamin B12. That’s also crucial for pregnant women and women who thinks about becoming pregnant. And when the baby is born and starts to get solid food whether that’s 8, 9 or 10 months or so, a lot of food is supplemented with B12, but many babies haven’t a lot of those. So Dr. Campbell says that it’s possible that you need to supplement with a small portion of a B12 pill. He says that B12 deficiency results in severe illnesses, so it’s critical for everyone to get B12!
Another thing that babies need is vitamin D since humans don’t live outside anymore, particularly breastfed babies during the winter time in the north needs vitamin D. Dr. Campbell endorse vitamin D as a supplement and says it’s common for breastfed babies.
The most nutrient rich diet you can consume is a plant-based diet
Dr. Campbell also explains that the most nutrient rich food you can consume is a plant-based diet. It gives you more vitamins and minerals compared to a diet with processed food. There is no need to worry about not getting enough protein; you will be just fine with a vegan diet.
There are lots of people worrying about calories and making sure their child is growing enough. He says that breastfed babies grow a little bit slower than formula fed babies and that’s probably a good thing, kids do catch up; they grow the same amount. Dr. Campbell explains that if it’s an issue of calories beyond breastfeeding time that he encourages parents to give their children guacamole, avocado, peanut butter, and nuts. You can rely heavily on those foods; your child will get lots of calories from it.
Is milk healthy?
So the answer is no, the milk is not healthy for you. You do not get stronger bones by consuming milk. This quote says it all.
“One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with’, and…all the while he walks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.” – Henry David Thoreau