What you read below is going to be contrary to what you've probably been told for much of your life.
Listed below are excerpts from several published studies from respected scientific journals regarding dairy's influence on osteoporosis and other health conditions.
I removed dairy from life a few years ago and will never look back. I choose not to suffer from the consequences of consuming dairy and I feel better when I don't. I had terrible allergies for years. They went away after I quit consuming dairy products.
In today’s world, it's almost impossible to totally avoid dairy because it's in so many food preparations. If you are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy, you know the challenges faced when trying to avoid it. My goal has been to severely restrict my intake of any dairy products when possible. If you remove or restrict harmful foods from your diet, this certainly diminishes the potential for negative health consequences.
Dr. Robert M. Kradjian wrote an incredible letter to his patients addressing his concerns about milk. Please read it here to learn some amazing facts.
We have all heard that “milk does a body good.” Well, let's revisit that for a moment. First, we are the only mammals on the planet who drink milk beyond normal weaning years and we drink it from another species! Mammalian milk is designed to give the infant, colt, suckling, calf etc., a head start on life. Animals need to build strong skeletons and muscles quickly so they can run and escape danger. Milk is a very high protein, lower fat mixture. Human milk is lower in protein and much higher in brain-building healthy fats. Human babies need to build healthy brains quickly; not so much a big and muscular skeleton. Moms of all species except humans wean their babies after about 90 days, the milk has done its job, part of which is to help the infant develop a strong immune system. Do you want the immune system of a cow? Even if that milk is pasteurized, it still has live bacterium and puss from the cow. It also has bovine growth hormone (BGH), antibiotics and maybe pesticides.
The next time you drink milk, take note of the mucous coating that begins to build in your mouth and throat soon after consuming it. You are not aware of it, but it continues to build that coating throughout your digestive system. This is the first sign that something the body considers a foreign invader has entered the body. Mucus is the body’s way of trapping the invader in slimy goo. This release of mucus is an allergic reaction, just like when your nose goes crazy and releases mucus when you have nasal allergies like hay fever, ragweed, or a head cold.
The information below is courtesy of:
Robert Cohen author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
Another great read about the impact of dairy on our health is author Ron Brown's “How Dairy Products cause Osteoporosis.”
Remember that dietary protein is acidic and causes an excessive urinary excretion of calcium. Dairy products are high in protein; they're actually considered liquid protein. In addition, milk protein may cause other health problems, including type 1 diabetes in children that may be genetically at risk:
"Early weaning (2-3 months) from breast milk has been shown to increase the risk for Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM). Maternal milk contains colostrum, a light fluid that contains a variety of protective factors for the infant. Infants have an immature and easily penetrable gut system allowing food, in this case cow’s milk, to easily cross into the bloodstream. The gut system works in one of two ways: it will either accept (build tolerance to) or reject (develop immunity to) food and its dietary components (13). Several cow’s milk proteins have been shown to be related to IDDM such as bovine albumin, beta-lactoglobulin, and beta casein (14,15,16)."
Quick Facts on Milk:
“Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein.”
“Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis.”
Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993
“What appears to be important in bone metabolism is not calcium intake, but calcium balance. The loss of bone integrity among many post menopausal white women probably results from genetics and from diet and lifestyle factors. Research shows that calcium losses are increased by the use of animal protein, salt, caffeine, and tobacco, and by physical inactivity.”
Neal Barnard, M.D., Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, Understanding Health, December, 1999
“Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood, which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton.”
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61 (4)
“About 50,000 Americans die each year of problems related in some way to osteoporosis.”
Osteoporosis International 1993;3(3)
“Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a high-protein diet.”
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1979;32(4)
“Increasing one’s protein intake by 100% may cause calcium loss to double.”
Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111 (3)
“The average man in the US eats 175% more protein than the recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats 144% more.”
Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health, 1988