Milk is universally agreed to be one of the healthiest drinks in the world. It has been used for centuries by most civilizations. Milk and dairy products also form a massive chunk of our daily diet. The slogan “Got Milk?” has stuck on well and has helped improve milk’s marketability. It is rich in vitamin D and calcium. But here is a study that shows the dangers of consuming pasteurized milk.

The study was conducted on 61,433 women, who were between 39 to 74 years of age and they were followed for twenty years. 45,399 men between the same age bands were also followed for eleven years. The participants were regular milk drinkers and a shocking revelation showed that these milk consumers were more likely to suffer osteoporosis and die or have bone fractures.

So why does this phenomenon occur? Osteoporosis is nothing but an advanced form of calcium deficiency, which is causes as the body pulls calcium from the bones & tissues to offset calcium carbonate that is formed due to pasteurization process. The calcium carbonate can only enter the cells with the use of a chelating agent, which is why the body pulls out calcium.

It is well known that milk is a good source of protein. But the main protein in milk is casein and its effects are very similar to that of gluten and can lead to immunity related problems. It can also cause several allergies, respiratory issues and other illnesses. The book “The China Study” written by Dr. T Campbell provides several insights that consumption of animal protein is linked with cancer development. Unlike in older breeds of cattle, where the protein is beta-casein A2, the protein found in pasteurized milk contains a long chain amino acid – A1 beta casein, which is considered to be a genetic mutation in cows. This can have negative effects on our immune system.

Consuming milk and other dairy products tends to create acidity in the body, as they are generally acidic in nature. Here again, to neutralize / alkalize the body, phosphorous and calcium is drawn from the bones and tissues and this causes a form of calcium deficiency. Ultimately this leads to conditions like osteoporosis, as it is observed by many including Dr. Amy Lanou, who is the nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine who are based out of Washington DC. Dr. Amy is of the opinion that calcium from the cow’s milk is not absorbed by the body and that countries with maximum patients suffering from low calcium levels are those who consume most milk.

It is also well known that milk increases the insulin levels in the body. Its insulin index is high, despite its low glycemic index. A study conducted in Finland in the year 2001, showed that more than 3,000 infants increased their risk of developing diabetes due to milk consumption.

There are some healthier alternatives to drinking milk such as kefir, whole milk yoghurt, clotted milk and cultured butter.

Source: Natural Medicine House

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