Perspectives on Dairy
By Gabriel Cousens
focus of this article is to clear up some of the confusion about
the purity, harmlessness, and safety of consuming dairy products.
This includes organic and raw un-pasteurized dairy. Dairy products
include milk, cheese, cream, butter, yogurt, and whey from lactating
animals. Stopping dairy intake is not just about our personal health,
but is also associated with the prevention of cruelty to cows and
the protection of the ecology and energy of the planet. In this
context, going vegan is a call to put our own self-serving or narcissistic
needs aside and move toward elevating planetary healing. We can
do this by choosing a diet that serves both the healing of the planet
and heart-stopping details and visual treatment of cows, watch the
(earthlings.com). You will quickly understand how cruelly cows are
treated before being killed for meat and "Indian leather."
you can get "organic raw milk," it is very difficult to
get non-commercial, real grass-fed, free-range organic milk. Even
with the best grass fed milk there are no guarantees of purity and,
of course, the cows are still milked artificially. Whether raw or
pasteurized, there are opioids (casomorphins) in it that make it
easier for humans to be addicted to milk. According to Dr. Neal
Barnard, M.D. in his book Breaking the Food Seduction, the strongest
morphinogenic compound in dairy is as powerful as 1/10th the power
of pure morphine.
in the dairy industry is widespread! If you are a lacto-vegetarian
because you think that these animals are not killed for food and
do not experience suffering to produce dairy, think again! Not only
does the dairy cow end up on the plates of your carnivorous friends,
she also experiences tremendous amount of cruelty in the whole "production"
cycle, making death a final horrific release from suffering. And
the male cows are used for clothes, fertilizer, animal feed, and
pet food, among other things. This is, of course, after their sperm
has been used to produce more females.
To keep the
dairy animal's milk flowing, she is artificially inseminated two
to three months after giving birth. The result is a crushing double
burden of pregnancy and lactation for seven months out of every
12. In truth, the dairy cow is the hardest worked of all farmed
animals, nurturing a growing calf inside her while simultaneously
producing 30-50 liters of milk a day. No other farmed animal carries
this dual load of pregnancy and lactation. Professor John Webster
has likened the workload of the high-yielding dairy cow to that
a jogger who goes running for six to eight hours
every day." He believes that "the only humans who work
harder than the dairy cow are cyclists in the Tour de France."
cows are usually chained up in very confined limited spaces and
are milked by machines. Reproduction happens through the process
of artificial insemination. The cycle of cruelty begins at the time
of the birth of the baby calf, for which the mother's body is ready
to nurse. These bonded animals both suffer greatly when the female
baby calves are taken away after only three days. The mothers are
then left to be suckled by automated machines. The male calves are
taken away in the first few hours and enter the cruel death cycle
of the veal industry. Before being slaughtered, the male calves
are kept caged and immobilized without sunlight or nutrition for
6-weeks. It is commonly known that the mother cow knows that her
calf is going to be taken away from her and harmed or killed, and
the distress, which can last for days, causes toxins to be secreted
into her milk.
historical times, the practice in India recognized that the milk
belonged first to the calf. The mother cow fed her calf first and
only after the calf had taken its fill was the leftover milk taken
for human consumption. In this way, the abundance of milk was shared
with the family who owned her.
and Genetic Alteration
Cows today are
genetically designed to produce up to 25 times more milk. Fifty
years ago, the average cow created 2,000 lbs of milk per year. Now
the top dairy producers give 50,000 lbs per year.
To produce such
astounding production quotas the cow has become part of an elaborate
industrial process. Milking machines have been used since the 1870's.
Today the cow is attached to these machines for hours on end. This
overproduction is achieved by the use of Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH),
other hormones, antibiotics, drugs, and force-feeding. The BGH creates
a 50-70% increase in mastitis. The mastitis is treated with even
more antibiotics. The cows are also fed with sheep and fish parts,
made into a meal. It is unbelievable what goes on in the life of
Before the industrial
age we could say that cows lived a more natural lifestyle. Today
their artificial lifestyle creates an array of diseases in both
the animals and those that eat or use their products as we shall
see later in this article. Now due to unnatural overproduction,
what is actually happening to the cows being used for milk production?
The normal average lifespan of a cow is about 18-35 years. This
increased milking combined with being pregnant and lactating, milks
away her life force. The average milk producing cow lives an average
of 3 years, a factor of a 6-10 times shorter life. In human terms,
we can say that, rather than living to a ripe old age of 80, one's
life would end before reaching puberty. Cruelty and exploitation
take a toll!
& Ecological Damage
In this dairy
system we also create a massive hoarding of resources. There is
a tremendous loss in energy, materials, labor and caloric value.
Better use of these resources could help solve the food crisis on
the planet and prevent the death by starvation of 29,500 children
per day (according to UN statistics) and approximately 40 million
people who starve to death each year. There is a tremendous amount
of energy and grain that is required to feed the cows. The food
required to feed 100 cows could potentially feed 2,000 people. The
cows in the world consume two times the calories as the world human
population. In US the cows consume five times the amount of grain
which includes our dairy cows, causes the loss of 85% of the topsoil
each year. Not only this, the water used in the dairy industry (and
its by-products) is EXTREMELY high. A vegan lifestyle can potentially
save 1,500,000 gallons of water and 1 acre of trees each year! If
we all became vegan there would be enough energy and food to feed
the world human population seven times over.
it very clear that we are one interconnected global village. Cows
are higher up on the food chain, and concentrate the toxins. For
example there was a 900% increase in perinatal mortality in the
six weeks to three months after Chernobyl in the Boston area. What
they found was that the cows were consuming the radioactive iodine
that came from Chernobyl that landed in the water and on the grass.
The mothers consuming the cow milk filled with radioactive iodine.
This radioactive iodine was poisoning their babies. Now we are facing
the chem-trail and depleted uranium atmosphere contamination which
the cows are also concentrating, especially range fed cows.
disease (CJD) -- The result of all this cruelty and industrialization
of live stock, especially of cows is that cows have become carriers
of a significant disease. The 2004 edition of Friends of the Earth
cites several autopsy studies in the United States that suggest
between 3% and 13% of the people diagnosed with Alzheimer's actually
had "mad cow disease" or Creutzfeldt-Jacobs disease. The
research in Friends of the Earth suggests that Creutzfeldt-Jacobs
can be transmitted by a person consuming less than one gram of the
diseased tissue from any part of the cow. It alsosuggests that there
may be at least 120,000 cases of Creutzfeldt-Jacobs disease that
are unreported in the United States.
notmilk.com the average liter of milk in Florida has 633 million
pus cells, which is the highest in the nation. Montana is the lowest,
with 236 million pus cells per liter. This is not a healthy thing,
whether it is 236 or 633 million. Besides pus cells and blood, which
are now normal in milk produced during machine suckling, the milk
is also high in pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, hormones, radioactive
iodine, and disease factors such as mad cow prion and bovine leukemia
virus. In addition research cited by Robert Cohen of www.notmilk.com
has made the point that there is up to a gallon of extra mucus in
the body that is created as a result of drinking dairy. The mucus
problem is associated with the fact that eighty percent of milk
protein is casein, the main ingredient of Elmer's glue.
milk is a carrier for very significant disease vectors.
Para-TB -- One of these disease vectors is the mycobacteria Para-TB,
which causes not so much TB (although TB may be in raw milk), but
causes a chronic diarrhea and colitis. We know that in babies, this
is often seen as irritation that causes a significant blood loss
and anemia. In the cow, it is called myco-bacterial para-tubercula.
It causes what we call "Johne's" disease, which is chronic
diarrhea and colitis. It seems to be something that is transmitted
to humans as well, particularly unpastuerized milk. Studies performed
in the United States, the UK, and the Czech Republic have found
that live, viable M. paratuberculosis organisms are even present
in retail pasteurized milk sold in stores. These studies prove that
either (a) the organism is capable of surviving conventional pasteurization
(the more likely explanation) or (b) there is a significant source
of post-pasteurization contamination in the milk supply.
While it has
not been definitively proven that M. paratuberculosis causes disease
in humans, there are a number of researchers who believe that the
organism is a primary cause of Crohn's disease. They cite clinical
similarities between Johne's disease in ruminants and Crohn's disease
in humans, as well as studies showing that a significant number
of Crohn's patients also have the organism in their gut. However,
there is no consensus yet of the effects of a M. paratuberculosis
infection. What is clear is that all known mycobacteria can cause
disease, that M. paratuberculosis causes disease in ruminants, and
that the bacteria are present in retail milk.
e. coli, yersinia enterocolitica, and Staphococcusare some of the
main disease vectors. In 1984 JAMA reported a multi-state series
of infections of Yersinia enterocolitica (bubonic plague). In a
study at UCLA, over 1/3 of all cases of salmonella infection in
California in 1980 to 1983 were traced to raw milk.
drink cow's milk have an 11 times higher rate of juvenile diabetes
than children who are breastfed by their own mothers. Although we
are not aware of it, milk consumption is directly associated with
Juvenile diabetes. The key to this is that there are over 100 antigens
found in milk. The reason for the increase in juvenile diabetes
is that the children have much higher formation of antibodies to
the cows' milk antigens. Researchers found up to 8 times the number
antibodies against milk protein in dairy product consuming children
who also developed juvenile diabetes. (Vaarala, O et al. Diabetes,
48:1389-1394, 1999) In Finland, which as the world's highest milk
consumption, they also have the world's highest rate of insulin-dependent
diabetes. The problem is that the antibodies to the milk antigens
cross react with the ß cells (the cells that produce insulin)
and of the pancreas create inflammation and scarring. This consequentially
blocks or destroys B cell production of insulin.
deficiency disease -- There is also bovine immune deficiency disease
which is another virus. In Russia they found that it is transferred
to humans. The Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, and Russian
literature, found the detection in human sera of the antibody to
the bovine immunodeficiency virus protein. This virus may be similar
to the human immune deficiency virus.
virus -- Bovine leukemia virus is found in about 80% of the dairy
herds in the U.S., or 3 out of 5 dairy cows. It is mostly destroyed
by pasteurization. In raw milk it is not killed. In raw milk, the
bovine leukemia virus is recovered from 2/3 of the samples. The
bovine leukemia virus is associated with an increased rate of leukemia
or lymphomas. To support these statements, we would expect that
the states highest in dairy use-such as Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, as well as countries like Sweden and Russia-would
have a statistically higher incidence of leukemia than the national
average. Indeed that is the case. Dairy farmers also have a significantly
elevated leukemia rate.
Virus in raw milk Raw is a particular problem, because the leukemia
virus is rendered inactive by the pasteurization, but remains active
in raw milk. All studies show that cows with leukemia offer a significantly
higher rate of leukemia in the animals and humans who drink this
bovine contaminated raw milk.
What we see in Norway where they studied 422 individuals who were
followed for 11.5 years; those drinking two or more glasses of milk
per day had 3.5 times the incidence of cancer in the lymphatic organs
compared to the normal population. Ref: British Med. Journal 61:456-9,
March 1990. There seemed to be a high correlation found by some
researchers between increased death from lymphomas and beef and
dairy ingestion in the 15 major countries. The reason for this is
that the dairy intake creates a chronic immunological stress that
tends to cause lymphomas both in laboratory animals and also possibly
in humans. We know that ingestion of cows' milk can produce generalized
lymphopathy, swollen liver, swollen spleen, and significant adenoid
hypertrophy. In England they also found a strong positive interaction
with lymphoma. The British Journal cites research in which they
studied 16,000 individuals for 11.5 years. They reported that drinking
two glasses of milk per day, or the equivalent created a 3.4 times
greater incidence of lymphoma. British Journal of Cancer 61 (3):456-9,
-- Drinking more than one glass of milk a day, or its equivalent,
gave women a 3.1 times higher risk of ovarian cancer than non-milk
drinkers. Harvard Medical School did a study and analyzed data from
27 different countries, and they found the exact same thing: an
increased amount of ovarian cancer is associated with dairy.
-- Persons drinking 3 or more glasses of milk a day had a twofold
increase in lung cancer. (International Journal of Cancer, April
-- Men who were drinking 3 or more glasses a day of whole milk,
had a 2.49 times increase in prostate cancer. (Cancer 64 (3): 605-12,
for Dairy Digestion
The other argument
as to why it is not good for humans to have dairy, is that it is
not our natural cycle. We do have the physiology as a baby to deal
with dairy while we are breastfeeding. Our bodies then change and
we really don't need mother's milk past the age of 3 to 5, or when
we stop breastfeeding. Many stop producing lactase enzyme and thus
become sensitive to milk. This is known as lactose intolerance.
Lactose intolerance affects 50 million people and is associated
with the gastrointestinal tract. The milk industry itself admits
that lactose intolerance plays intestinal havoc with as many as
50,000,000 Americans. Up to 90% of blacks and 20%-40% of Caucasians
are lactose intolerant, with variation in between, according to
different race genetics.
The result of
eating dairy when we no longer need it is that we tend to develop
a multitude of gastrointestinal problems, allergies, congestion,
and sinusitis. Some of the biggest problems are gastrointestinal
and anemia because the reaction of the milk in our GI tract causes
bleeding. Also, if you are drinking a lot of milk (three or more
glasses a day) it is going to increase the rate of osteoporosis,
according to the research, because of the high protein.
is not a mother's milk replacement!
of not being aligned with the natural cycle is that human mother's
milk is designed for the nervous system of infants, and cow's milk
is more designed to grow a calf. Cow's milk is 4 times higher in
protein than human milk. It is designed for the massive skeletal
and muscle growth which a 400 pound cow needs. Human milk has 6-10
times the essential fatty acids, especially the linoleic acid and
DHA, which is needed for human brain development and overall nervous
system development. One research showed breastfed children had 10
points higher IQ than children not given mother's milk.
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