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Causes: (a) Saturated fats and cholesterol that clog our arteries, increase hormone activity and reduce insulin activity (b) Acidic proteins that increase the pressure on our kidneys and lead to loss of bone mineral density

Milk's foodprint: Heart diseases, Cancers, Diabetes, Kidney diseases, Osteoporosis

A large number of people have grown up with the myth that milk is healthy. However on closer examination, milk & milk products lead to very similar adverse health complications, as the consumption of meat products. The reasons behind these health complications are also similar, coming down to 2 primary reasons:

  • It is unnatural for any adult animal to consume milk post weaning. Additionally, it is also unnatural to consume the milk of another species.
  • Certain substances in milk products, cannot be effectively digested by our bodies, and is the primary driver behind a number of chronic diseases.

Why consuming cows milk is unnatural

Consuming milk post weaning: Milk is meant specifically for the very rapid body and organ growth that is required in the very initial stages of childhood. No other free living animal in nature, continues to consume milk once it has been weaned of it's mothers milk, since their bodies and organs no longer require the high growth food substance required in early ages of childhood. There is nothing different in the human body structure, that requires us to consume a food substance meant in nature exclusively for babies.

Consuming the milk of another animal: The mother's milk of any particular species is unique, based on the essential nutrients, fats, proteins, vitamins, hormones and enzymes that are required for the development of that particular animal baby. Humans are the only animal species that consumes the milk of another animal. Is it likely that the nutrient structure of cows milk (meant for an animal that weighs 8-20x our weight and with a significantly less developed brain) is similar to the nutrient structure required by the human body?

Nutrient composition of cow vs human milk: Even a brief study into the nutrient composition of cow's milk, clearly indicates that cow's milk provides a mix and type of nutrients that differ significantly from the nutrients required by our bodies. Cows milk has too much saturated fats, too little polyunsaturated fats, the wrong type of protein (caesin), harmful hormones, the wrong mix of vitamins, infectious particles and somatic cells. This nutrition structure (ideal for a baby calf, but wrong for humans - adult and child), is the key reason behind the large number of health complications and diseases associated with consuming milk.

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Harmful substances in dairy products

Harmful substances in dairy products

  • Saturated fatsour body reacts to saturated fats, leading to
  • Acidic proteinsour body reacts to proteins in animal products, leading to
  • Lactose: the majority of humans are lactose intolerant, leading to bloating, stomach pains, nausea and vomiting. 
  • Hormones: Milk products contain hormones like estrogen and insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF1) that have been directly linked to increased chances of breast and prostrate cancer

Scientific evidence: Milk and diseases

Research that has been conducted on the linkage between dairy and diseases have found

  • Higher risks of contracting heart diseases, cancers, diabetes, kidney diseases and osteoporosis amongst meat eaters
  • Hormones in milk, especially damaging with relation to risks of breast and prostrate cancer

Details of the same (including the research methodology, key findings and a link to the original study) are available in the resource tab below. More research studies related to specific diseases are also available in the individual disease sections.