Don Bennett, DAS
Does a Body Good, Milk Has Something for Everyone, Milk is a Natural,
Got Milk?" We've all been subjected to the American Dairy Association's
TV programming regarding milk. You've seen well-known public figures
sporting milk mustaches. But how much do you really know about this
Admittedly, the ads are catchy and entertaining.
But do these clever commercials say anything more than, "DRINK MILK"?
Do they speak to our intellect with facts that support their contention
that milk is good for us, or are these 60 second bits of TV programming
crafted merely to appeal to our psychological wants and desires? (Mmm,
milk 'n cookies. Mmm, don't those milk-drinking models look good. Hmm,
drink milk, be famous!) Does the ad's message, "Milk has calcium for
strong bones" mean that milk is good for our bones? What good is calcium
if your body doesn't make effective use of it due to interference from
milk's other factors (very acid forming).
Let's take an in-depth look at milk consumption.
As we give thought to this topic, we need to set-aside for a moment
everything we think we know, and use logic and common sense. We know
we're designed to drink our mother's milk for sustenance prior to our
consumption of solid food. No other mammal continues to drink milk after
this period, yet we do. Mammal milks vary in design from animal to animal.
Human milk is different from cow milk is different from dog milk, etc.
In the case of bovine baby vs. human baby, cow milk is designed to nourish
the calf's relatively rapid bone growth (a calf will gain approximately
40% of its full-grown weight in its first six months, while a human
baby will gain only about 10%). A human infant's brain experiences more
rapid growth compared to that of a calf, and logic would dictate that
its mother's milk provides for that. This would explain why mammal milks
have different compositions; they are uniquely designed for those who
are intended to consume it.
Two questions now present themselves:
Why are we the only species that continues to drink milk after it's
time to be weaned from it? And why is this milk from another species?
One possible answer: It has become a profitable industry. And any time
a profitable product of questionable value is promoted by large corporations,
can mis- and dis-information be far behind? An expression comes to mind:
Let the buyer beware.
Some people have trouble digesting milk
and other dairy products. This condition has been termed "lactose intolerance".
But might this be a normal condition? Assuming we're not supposed to
consume milk past childhood, the fact that it gives some adults digestive
problems would be normal wouldn't it? If this is so, why do drug companies
regard it as an abnormal condition; something to be treated with over-the-counter
Here's a story that didn't make the front
page: There are watchdog groups that scrutinize media advertising, looking
for false or deceptive statements. When the TV ad campaign, "Milk Does
a Body Good" aired, a lawsuit was initiated by just such a group charging
that, while cow's milk does a calf's body good, it's questionable whether
it does a human's body good, thus the ad could be deceptive in nature.
The case was settled out of court; the milk people agreeing to discontinue
the ad if the suit was dropped. The ad was replaced with, "Milk: It
Has Something For Everyone"; a meaningless statement if ever I've heard
one, but one that was sure not to be challenged.
And did you know that: Milk is one of
the foundations of heart disease, and an explanation for America's number
one killer? That milk is a reason one out of six American women will
develop breast cancer? That twenty-five million American women over
the age of forty have been diagnosed with arthritis and osteoporosis,
and these women have been consuming in excess of two pounds of milk
products a day for their entire adult lives? That the calcium in milk
is not adequately absorbed, and milk consumption is a probable cause
of osteoporosis? That the countries with the highest per capita consumption
of dairy products have the highest incidence of osteoporosis? That milk
is responsible for allergies, colic, colitis, earaches, colds and congestion
in young children? That research indicates a bovine protein in milk
destroys insulin-producing beta cells of the human pancreas causing
diabetes? And that sixty-percent of America's dairy cows have leukemia
Got milk? I think a better question is:
If you find the above hard to believe,
The Deadly Poison by Robert Cohen. If you must have "milk",
why not consider a dairy alternative: coconut milk or almond milk (and
coconut ice cream). For those with a blender, you can even make your
own; there are "nut milk" recipe books.
While we're on the subject, the best
T-shirt I've ever seen sported a drawing of a cow. Under this cow were
two people on their hands and knees drinking her milk as a baby calf
would, and the caption read, "MILK IS A NATURAL?"
Those of you with access to the Internet,
do visit www.notmilk.com for some
fascinating information on this very misunderstood subject.
So remember, what you don't know CAN
hurt you! And what may also do you great harm is what you know, that
just ain't so.
Lies? Milk Myths Debunked
a study was called into question for suggesting that chocolate milk
could be beneficial for teens recovering from concussions. Not surprisingly,
the study was funded by the dairy industry. For decades, milk marketers
have been spreading misleading information about the supposed health
benefits of dairy products. Thanks to these marketing campaigns, milk
myths abound in our culture. But science doesn't support them. Lets
take a look at five common claims about dairy products:
1: Milk builds strong bones
dairy and bone health link is one of the most pervasive milk myths.
One large-scale Harvard study followed 72,000 women for two decades
and found no evidence that drinking milk can prevent bone fractures
or osteoporosis. Another study of more than 96,000 people found that
the more milk men consumed as teenagers, the more bone fractures they
experience as adults. Similarly, another study found that adolescent
girls who consumed the most calcium, mostly in the form of dairy products,
were at greater risk for stress fractures than those consuming less
2: Drinking milk can help you lose weight
advertisers would like you to believe that drinking milk can slim you
down, studies consistently show that dairy products offer zero benefits
for weight control. One major study even found that dairy products might
lead to weight gain. In 2005, the Physicians Committee for Responsible
Medicine petitioned the FTC to put an immediate end to the dairy
industrys misleading campaigns about milk and weight control.
In response, the government no longer allows advertising campaigns to
claim that dairy products lead to weight loss.
3: Milk is natures perfect food
milk might be ideal for growing baby cows, but its far from a
perfect food for humans. More than 60 percent of people are lactose
intolerant, which can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like cramping,
diarrhea, and bloating (and lactose intolerance as an adult is natural,
not a condition to be treated). Regular consumption of dairy products
has also been linked to prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer,
and ovarian cancer.
4: Kids need milk to be healthy
babies are weaned from breast milk, they do not need any type of milk
to be healthy. Milk consumption during childhood has even been linked
to colic and type 1 diabetes. Another study found no evidence that low-fat
milk plays any role in preventing childhood obesity.
5: Milk is heart-healthy
and other dairy products are the top sources of artery-clogging saturated
fat in the American diet. Milk products also contain dietary cholesterol.
Diets high in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol increase the risk
of heart disease, which remains Americas top killer.
6: "Milk, it does a body good"
we're talking about a human body, then, no, cow's milk does not
do a body good. And when the dairy industry launched this ad campaign,
they were sued because of this fact. They settled out of court with
the provision that the ad had to be stopped immediately, and replaced
by another ad that had to be approved. The replacement ad campaign that
the milk industry came up with was: "Milk: It Has Something For
Everyone". Since this was a meaningless statement, there was no
choice except to approve it.
do you like being taken advantage of? Because that's what the dairy
industry is doing: taking advantage of you for the sake of profit at
the expense of your health.
Bennett is an insightful, reality-based author, and health creation
counselor who uses the tools in his toolbox like logic,
common sense, critical thinking, and independent thought
to figure out how to live so we can be optimally healthy.
here to see typical dietary recommendations regarding milk... recommendations
that are incorrect and unhealthy.
How government helps Big Dairy sell milk
NOTE: The statement in the above video, "Milk
and dairy products can be part of a healthy diet" is incorrect.
I'm guessing VOX said this to cover their butts,
or else they're simply bad researchers who didn't
do their due diligence.
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