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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 the upcoming book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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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


12:23AM PST on Dec 22, 2014


3:06AM PST on Dec 21, 2014

I was raised on a farm and drank the milk straight from the cow, never hurt me, will never stop eating or drinking dairy products, thanks for the info anyway.

4:03PM PST on Dec 17, 2014

If you must eat dairy try and buy organic when possible especially for your young children who have no say in the matter.

3:13PM PST on Nov 8, 2014

I am beginning to wonder why I bother with care2.Most of the articles are biased and stretch your credibility to the limit.

2:39AM PDT on Oct 4, 2014

Thanks for sharing

6:23PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

I agree with you Margaret M. F.

7:17PM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

Unless one is either vegan or allergic/lactose intolerant, then there is no real reason to avoid dairy unless one dislikes the taste.

All these problems for the most part can be avoided by purchasing from organic sources.

5:37PM PST on Feb 6, 2014

Thank-you for posting this article again as has been around for awhile. I found the comments quite interesting with some real dialogues going on. Personally, I find it to be a bit too biased for me. Pesticides are on/in so many other foods offered for consumption that I don't really think that the amount of pesticides that make the long journey to a cow's mouth to her mammary gland is actually enough to get all worked up about. I would like to see more recent study results to backup the author's claims in all areas when it is stated that research has shown.... Dairy products are mucous-forming. Really??? Maybe 4% milk, yogurt, & cottage maybe. Want less mucous & easier digestion? Decrease the amount of fat content. The higher the fat content the longer it will take for the offending dairy product to empty out of the stomach. Enough. I thank-you for reading this.

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