Milk: Does a body no good (How cliche Dru…I promise a better lead line next article…)
Let’s start this article with the blunt statement: Cow’s milk, or any mother’s milk other than the mother’s milk of a human, is not for you to drink.
In no way, shape or form is it genetically constructed for a human. Cow’s milk, goat’s milk, no matter what animal It is coming from it’s not for you. Period. There is no religious debate about this, or opinion that will out weight or discredit that fact.
So now that this is out of the way, it’s time to explain the WHY.
Well my metalhead friends, the WHY is very simple. Humans are the only animal that intentionally and by choice drinks the breast milk (i.e; nursing lactation) of another creature on this planet. So for starters, it’s literally the same mentality behind the idea of how humans operate: you have something so we’re just going to take it because we want to, not because we need to.
I know, this is a blunt slap in the face with how people function. But that is how human logic works. When you operate with this mentality and then live in a delusion as if you need something to survive, you’re operating with a conquering logic that does not benefit the planet, and all that comes with it.
So you’re probably waiting for facts and science and all that. So let’s get to it!
Let’s go to the obesity issue first. Of a study conducted that was released by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, of over 12,000 children studied it was found that 35% or more were likely to become overweight by consuming three servings of dairy a day than those who did not. The average American receives nearly 12 times the amount of calories from dairy products (547 per person) each day as opposed to juice (47 calories per person). The dairy industry however blames America’s obesity issue on juice consumption. Their statement? “Many parents don’t realize that many fruit juices contain a lot of sugar and calories with relatively few nutrients in return. As a result, kids who drink juice all day long are depriving themselves of essential nutrients their growing bodies need”.
To review the nutritional content of fresh juice compared to milk (1 cup):
Apple Juice = 117 calories, 0.27 gms. fat, 0.0 cholesterol
Milk = 150 calories, 8.15 gms. fat, 33.18 mg. cholesterol
Milk also contains powerful growth hormones as to where fresh juice (or pasteurized juice) does not. We’ll get to that.
To continue, countries that drink the most dairy also have the highest rates of Osteoporosis. It results in poor absorption and bone loss.
When we eat diets high in animal protein as well, out bodies become acidic and calcium is drawn from out bones to neutralize that acidic process. Dairy, is in fact, highly acidic. Among other things Kale also has more calcium than a cup of milk, and is better absorbed by your body.
What about Heart Disease? Dairy packs a lot of cholesterol and saturated fat. Low fat dairy products have not only been linked to increases in allergies but childhood onset diabetes.
Next up, the mass production of milk requires cows to be taxed beyond their natural ability to produce. This results in mastitis in the cows, which requires antibiotics, which then makes it’s way into the milk you drink. Synthetic hormones such as recombinant growth hormones are commonly used in diary cows to increase milk production.
Along with this, if you think just be not eating meat and drinking milk you’re being more humane towards animals, you’re wrong. Dairy production is one of, if not the worst, processes in animal farming. (http://veganoutreach.org/modernfarms/#dairyindex.html). Baby calves are pulled from their mothers at birth. Mother cows will then deal with immense stress of being separated from their young. While female calves are slaughtered or kept alive to produce milk, male calves are taken, chained in tiny stalls and raised for veal. And, since is unprofitable to keep dairy cows alive once their milk production declines, they are usually killed at 5 to 6 years of age (though their normal life span exceeds 20).
We should also add that about 75% of the world’s population are lactose intolerant, and those who aren’t, can tolerate cows milk due to an inherited genetic mutation”>inherited.
We could go on and on here, but we think you’re getting the point. It comes back to the simple truth: We’re not designed to consume milk. We do not need it to survive (we don’t need any nursing milk past a certain point to survive, including human’s milk) so to drink it is a choice or a choice to feed it to our young (we won’t get into the morphine-like hormone that comes in any mothers milk that is intended to get the drinker literally addicted to it for nursing purposes, another fact). Since it is a choice, and not a need, by relaying these facts to a milk drinker is only passing along information.
It is up to us, as the supposed superior species on this planet, to recognize the difference between actual ‘need’ and ‘choice’. To recognize the oppression of the animals involved is a choice to support. Pointing this out is not stepping on someones freedom of choice because in having freedom of choice comes a responsibility of those choices. Once your choices oppresses someone or something else, it invalidates the whole concept of freedom. There is nothing wrong with living outside of the “me first” mentality and put the lives of other creatures before our taste buds. Sound preachy? Only to those with a selfish mentality.
It’s time to start living past the “Generation Me” and progress to a better mentality about what you support and consume. There are no negative benefits involved in living this way. Promise.