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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 15-time book author and doctor of traditional 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 Phytozyme Cure. 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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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.

12:15AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Good to know about dairy and the comments here are a real testament to the brutality of farmers to make a buck. TY for posting.

11:53AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thank you for sharing this article, my family always told me to drink my milk, even at school we got every day a free little package of milk, that was in the 70thees, i have being diagnosed with osthéoperose now...

1:38PM PST on Jan 22, 2014

Nobody should be judged for what they eat or they don't eat. In my family, my husband had severe allergies and a mouth abscess due to consumption of milk with cereals,dairy creamer in coffee and of course cheese. He gave up the milk part replacing with Almond and soy creamer for coffee. I see a great improvement. I for one never liked milk and for 5 years now I turned vegetarian and lately almost vegan (exception of some cheese and fish here and there), and I feel healthier than ever. With my busy schedule, I don't have time to spend to doctors' offices and have them use me as their 'guinea pigs' so they can cash in their high profits.

7:00AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Thanks for sharing this article.

3:56AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

12. Ants are better!

5:57AM PST on Dec 20, 2013

Well this one has me thinking. I don't eat beef or drink milk but a piece of Real Cheese every once in a while is something I will not readily give up!

1:40AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

8:09PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thank you for putting the information out there!

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