Why Milk is Dangerous for Your Health

Why Milk is Dangerous for Your Health

Our current government guidelines recommend drinking three glasses of milk a day for every American over five. For kids under five, Uncle Sam recommends chugging two glasses a day. But is milk a health food? Should we really be eating dairy? Is there any real science behind this, or is this just the result of the powerful Dairy Council lobby?

Got proof?

I recently wrote a blog called Got Proof? The Lack of Evidence for Milk’s Benefits, which was based on a research article by Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Walter Willett from Harvard, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study by Ludwig and Willett showed a lack of evidence for the government’s recommendations. The Harvard scientists found no data to support the claim that the consumption of dairy leads to better bones, weight loss, or improved health. They also found some serious risks tied to dairy consumption, including weight gain, increased cancer risk, and increased fracture risk. It turns out milk does not build strong bones! They also found that dairy may cause other problems like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas, diarrhea, allergies, eczema, and acne.

So, is milk nature’s perfect food? Yes. If you’re a calf.

Dairy should not be a dietary staple

While it is true that some people can tolerate dairy in small amounts—for example, descendants from Northern Europe and people who don’t have allergies, lactose intolerance, or a leaky gut—it should not be a staple of our diet. We should not be putting it on or in everything.

Dairy contains some very allergenic proteins, such as casein, which can be problematic for many people. And to make matters worse, the casein that’s in our modern dairy—sourced from modern, hybridized cows—has been genetically altered, creating a much higher likelihood of inflammation, autoimmune disease, and even type 1 diabetes. With this in mind, I strongly recommend that you limit the amount of cow-sourced dairy that you consume.

If you want to eat dairy, I suggest you try goat and sheep dairy, such as sheep cheese and yogurt or goat cheese and yogurt, both of which are widely available now. It is also important to choose organic when you can, because pesticides and chemicals are concentrated in the fat found in non-organic dairy.

This leads to another frequent question I receive: “Is organic dairy OK?” Organic cows are often milked while pregnant, producing milk that’s full of hormones. In fact, the average glass of milk has 60 different hormones in it. These are anabolic hormones, which means they help you to grow. But not all growth is good. You don’t want to grow cancer cells. You don’t want to grow big bellies. You don’t want to grow in ways that actually may be harmful.

What to do about dairy:

Take a dairy holiday for two to four weeks, and see how you feel. Does your postnasal drip go away, and do your sinuses clear up? Does your acne go away? Do you stop having bloating, gas, and diarrhea? Do you have more energy? Does your eczema clear up? Do your allergies get better? These are some very simple things you should notice when you eliminate dairy. Then try eating dairy again, and see how you feel. Do these symptoms return?

Stick with sheep or goat dairy if you do decide to eat dairy again, but try to avoid cow dairy.

The bottom line is, I don’t agree with the government’s recommendations regarding dairy consumption, and neither do some of the top scientists in the world. Dairy should not be a dietary staple and you should certainly not have three glasses of milk every day. Don’t listen to Uncle Sam on this one – listen to your body and to the science. You’ll know what’s best.

I’d like to hear from you!

What have you noticed?
Has dairy caused problems for you—acne, eczema, allergies, bloating, gas?
Have you eliminated dairy from your diet? If so, what happened?

Practicing Physician, Scholar, New York Times Best Selling Author

Comment by BILLSCOTT
April 18, 2015
Pasteurize makes milk safe. My father was milk and dairy inspector and learned a lot about production. I consume lactose free milk and the Dr's could not figure out my intolerance I did. Have helped others figure out lactose intolerance.
Comment by jeshurun
April 17, 2015
I guess we shouldn't eat honey because we're not bees. Milk is a God given source of nutrition. So are eggs; so who's going to eat them, baby chicks, no. For years the food police told us not to eat eggs or no more than one per week; now we know that is not the case. I never believed it anyway.
Comment by Abenna
March 18, 2015
I have jersey milk cow and I have have very good experiences with raw milk vs pasturized. We have even had friend who give it to their kids. Their son was 4 w autism and would not or could not talk. Since he had been drinking our milk he is in normal classes as a second grader now and has an aid to help him but now he is caught up with his fellow classmates,talks now and his parents contribute this to fresh cow milk. We also have drs that tell people to to find a dairy that raw milk and to try to eat as much organic produce as possible. Also I have terrible gass and heartburn w pasturized milk but not with raw milk, yougurt and keifer. Yes we do milk our cows when they are pregnant but have never heard of the hormones hurting anything. We also do not give our cow any drugs and we grass feed our cows and supplement w feed bc all cows need feed contrary to popular opinion. Not all grass is equally nutritious.
Reply by Ramsay2303
August 31, 2015
I totally agreed with ur comments! I used to drink raw milk and never bothers me! I love to drink organic milk! And free cage eggs! Think that God provides everything that we find in nature, to humans to be consumed. Yesterday was the egg, today the milk, and tomorrow who will know! Meanwhile people still eat what they like or what they think it's good for consuming! Some European country use milk as one of the most important diary products in their life as well as cheese, and they are very healthy indeed! I really don't know so many contradictions here!
Comment by Century4
March 06, 2015
"Milk is dangerous for your health" is really a blanket statement that should be used with caution. Unless everyone on this planet is tested to see the effects of dairy, how can the dangers of dairy be proven. Over the last decade we have heard about the dangers of wheat and the danger of fats and now the dangers of dairy to the point that I am sure everyone is wondering what food sources are safe these days. I grew up in an era when all of these foods were fresh, wholesome, nutritious, and good for dietary health. Food allergies have been around for centuries and will probably be around forever, but they are usually due to individual metabolism. It is very important for each person to do their own thorough research and not simply accept everything that is printed!
The only problem with Almond milk is it has literally no protein and kids need protein. We all do. Hope they are getting a good quality protein from another source.
I think the word you're looking for is "virtually" not "literally." Almond milk has generally about 1 1/2 grams of protein per cup.
What's the difference in cow milk vs sheep or goats milk? Aren't they still getting injected with chemicals? It's the chemicals that we're allergic to. It's in everything we eat! Even if it's says,"natural" or Organic" Next thing you know your saying goats milk and sheep milk is bad too. Milk is only for calfs, baby sheep or baby goat. Yes or no?
Reply by ewald
March 05, 2015
and baby humans. They need to grow too. If the milk is organic goat milk, and the goats were not hybridized, and the milk is not homogenized it is ok. The baby needs hormones to grow so it is ok. Goat milk is very similar to human milk.
Comment by lildchic
March 04, 2015
I stopped eating dairy and it was the best thing I ever did. I don't break out anymore I'm not bloated as I used to be and I have lost weight and been able to keep it off. If you actually stop and think about dairy is in everything its on pastas, in burgers, in nearly EVERY dessert and I don't think as consumers we even think about how much dairy we eat/drink!
I love dairy. But, I belive the casein causes me to become congested. I've even gotten a migraine from too much dairy. I have eliminated milk, butter, ice cream and yogurt. Cheese is my weakness, and sometimes caramel. When I first stopped eating dairy, I eliminated ALL dairy, and my cholesterol went down! I have not been diagnosed with any dairy issues. I decided on my own to do so, because I hate waking up so congested.
Comment by Jayq2025
February 28, 2015
Everyone is talking about the milk is a problem. It's not the milk, it is what they are shooting these cows up with to produce more. Shooting them up with different Hormones and drugs to produce more and grow faster for meat.
Comment by TMLBlack
February 28, 2015
I've eliminated dairy for the most part from my diet. I substitute cow dairy with goat cheese and yogurt; and switched to almond milk. I did this upon the recommendation of a naturopath and as well through research I have done. Although I haven't noticed significant physical change, I do believe that it is better for me and have incorporated it into a healthier lifestyle. As a result of no cow dairy, I have started to take a daily probiotic to ensure that I have that 'good bacteria'.
Comment by skyqueen1969
February 26, 2015
I give my 8 year old son Almond milk most of the time. I, however, drink a lot more than I should. I am going to give it a shot at reducing my intake as much as possible for 2-4 weeks and will return with some findings.
Reply by Kasia79
March 04, 2015
Almond milk is not dairy, made from cows, doesn't contain animal by products. It's made from ground almonds.
Comment by JuliDeat
February 26, 2015
Certainly dairy is something I am cautious of being a survivor of a near death experience from a rare case of childhood gastrointestinal disorders. As a child from the southeastern US raised in the '90's this problem was almost unheard of in pediatrics! Honestly, never have I been a top milk drinker! To this day, I have a 2 year old that is milk intolerant, but really do not have much education about this issue. I had been told baby's "grow out" of this sensitivity by the time they are 2. Just last week I was told, "well maybe when he is 3". After I attempted breast feeding for a week he was placed on Alumintum for his first year. When the doctor's suggested that I take him off of formula at 12 months I discovered whole milk and lactaid caused my little one to vomit until passing out and soy milk caused his little private areas to become inflamed with redness and swelling and shrinkage. The WIC program in this state does not provide the milk my toddler needs. So, I have decided to use almond and rice milk imitations with his daily diet because of the high recommendations to drink milk. Everyday I worry that foods with milk contaminents will make him sick but have gotten no support from family members about this concern. Are their specialists to get with about certain diets? This article was very helpful with my concerns and would be glad to keep you posted of any changes.
Reply by Beagles mom
March 01, 2015
Hi. My niece gives her 2 1/2 year old Almond milk as he doesn't do well on cow's milk. He's doing great!
Comment by gohawks
February 24, 2015
I agree if we're talking about pasteurized cow milk, but what about raw goat milk?
Reply by MarcL
February 27, 2015
I think any unpasteurized milk is good for you. Bodybuilders go straight to farmers to get it because they cant buy unpasteurized milk from the store.
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