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11 Reasons to Stop Eating Dairy

11 Reasons to Stop Eating Dairy

Milk and dairy products are not the health foods we’ve been told they are.  Here are 11 reasons to stop consuming them:

1. Cow’s milk is intended for baby cows.  We’re the only species (other than those we are domesticating) that drinks milk after infancy.  And, we’re definitely the only ones drinking the milk of a different species.

2.  Hormones. Not only are the naturally-present hormones in cow’s milk stronger than human hormones, the animals are routinely given steroids and other hormones to plump them up and increase milk production.  These hormones can negatively impact humans’ delicate hormonal balance.

3.  Most cows are fed inappropriate food.  Commercial feed for cows contains all sorts of ingredients that include:  genetically-modified (GM) corn, GM soy, animal products, chicken manure, cottonseed, pesticides, and antibiotics.

4.  Dairy products, when metabolized, are acid-forming.  Our bodies are constantly striving for biochemical balance to keep our blood at 7.365 pH.  Eating excessive acid-forming products can cause our bodies to overuse some of its acid-balancing mechanisms, one of which is the bones.  Alkaline calcium is stored in the bones and released to combat excessive acidity in the body.  Over time, bones can become fragile.

5.  Research shows that the countries whose citizens consume the most dairy products have the HIGHEST incidence of osteoporosis.

6.  Most dairy cows live in confined, inhumane conditions, never seeing the pastures of green grass they were intended to eat.

7. Most dairy products are pasteurized to kill potentially-harmful bacteria.  During the pasteurization process, vitamins, proteins, and enzymes are destroyed.  Enzymes assist with the digestion process.  When they are destroyed through pasteurization, milk becomes harder to digest, therefore putting a strain on our bodies’ enzyme systems.

8.  Dairy products are mucous-forming. They can contribute to respiratory disorders.  When I remove dairy and sugar from the diets of my clients, they stop experiencing hay fever and seasonal allergies.

9.  Research links dairy products with arthritis. In one study on rabbits, scientist Richard Panush was able to PRODUCE inflamed joints in the animals by switching their water to milk.  In another study, scientists observed more than a 50% reduction in the pain and swelling of arthritis when participants eliminated milk and dairy products from their diet.

10  Most milk is homogenized, which denatures the milk’s proteins, making it harder to digest.  Many peoples’ bodies react to these proteins as though they are “foreign invaders” causing their immune systems to overreact.  Research also links homogenized milk to heart disease.

11.  Pesticides in cow feed find their way into milk and dairy products that we consume.

Check out my Dairy-Free Soft Cheese recipe for a delicious alternative to dairy cheese.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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3:42AM PDT on Apr 2, 2015

Your working is truly appreciative, it sounds good to read your blogs thanks a lot guys! Self Employed Health Insurance

1:38PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

so sad , Rosemary h..the rainforest is also destroyed for cattle feed-to provide that butter-unless you are able to get soem other kind of butter-from non-soy-fed cows..i love butter too, and wont go the palm-oil route,,,but,,enough is enough!home-made jam is qute nice too...

1:35PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

having just seen "Cowspiracy", i recommend that all intersted in these matters see it before making up your mind to ignore this article..i kinda feeel that the way peolpe used to use cow-milk wasnt so bad-when we got so much less of it, when it wasnt full of meds, when cows were better looked after--nowadays when ew know th eimpact of intensive cattle farming on the world, starvation,cutting of rainforest for gM cattle-feed, climate change etc, we should be thinknig very carefully...

10:00AM PST on Feb 13, 2015

*eye roll* Still eating butter and cheese, thankyouverymuch. Also ice cream, as my tolerance dictates.

I've worked on dairy farms. Your repeated information is faulty.

9:47AM PST on Feb 13, 2015

Makes me think twice,with all the dairy alternatives now adays it is harder and harder to justify use of cows for their milk. providing milk for another species and being held in confinement just seems inhumane.

1:26PM PST on Jan 30, 2015

Obviously a repeat and I will still eat dairy, organic when possible

12:28PM PST on Jan 30, 2015

I kinda knew this was coming... again!

Like most people I spread soft yellow stuff on bread. I know butter tastes best, but thought I ought to buy margarine... but then I read the labels. Palm oil, palm oil, palm oil.... It was in every one!

So because I care about the rain forest, I put all the margarine back, told Customer Services why I didn't want the biscuits already in my basket because they had it too, then bought butter to spread on my bread.

Of course C2 would like us to eat dry bread!

4:09PM PST on Dec 30, 2014

I usually agree with most of the studies associated with Care2. However, my 46 yr. old son went breast to raw cows milk. We raised our on cow. That was long before pesticides, ect. He grew to 6'7" and is very healthy today. Then in the '80s when I was in the nutrition business I milked five goats and two cows twice a day and raised five kids on it. Hummmm. Did I do wrong?

12:23AM PST on Dec 22, 2014

Ty

12:23AM PST on Dec 22, 2014

Ty

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