Life Force Diet: Dump the Dairy

In the same way that we’ve become accustomed to thinking of meat as the only source of protein, we’ve come to think of dairy prod≠ucts as the only source of calcium. This myth is having detrimental effects on our health. Dairy products are not health foods, contrary to what dairy boards and their milk-moustache-wearing celebrities may suggest. There’s no question that milk and other dairy products contain calcium.

But just because milk contains calcium does not mean that your body will absorb the calcium, nor does it mean that it is a healthy food option. Laboratory conditions used to determine the amount of calcium in dairy products are simply not the same as the conditions inside the human body.

Other than domestic animals to which we feed cow’s milk, humans are the only species that consumes the milk of another species. And that’s long after we’re supposedly weaned from milk consumption as infants. Cow’s milk is simply not suitable for human consumption. A cow has four chambers in its stomach to help it to digest its mother’s milk. A human being has only two stomach chambers, which is insufficient to adequately break down the milk protein.

Our modern cow’s milk supply is laden with growth hormones used to fatten cattle and lengthen the duration of lactation, antibiotics used to ward off animal infections, and residue of other medications that they may have consumed.

The United States and Canada have two of the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world, yet North Americans drink more milk and eat more cheese and ice cream than most other countries in the world. What are better sources of calcium? Try almonds, leafy salad greens, fresh carrot juice, kale, and tofu.

If you need more convincing, consider the environmental impli≠cations of raising meat and dairy cattle. As more parts of the world, including the American Mid-West, experience extended droughts, water is becoming an increasingly precious resource. The amount of water required to raise beef and dairy cattle is staggering, especially in contrast to the amount required to grow an equivalent measure of vegetables.

Begin today to wean yourself off dairy products. Yes, that means all dairy products: milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, and even “cheese substitutes” that contain casein or other dairy ingredients. Your life force will thank you! For most people, the more they avoid dairy products, the better they typically feel. This is especially true for anyone with allergies, breath≠ing disorders, and pain disorders like arthritis , since many people have hidden food sensitivities to dairy products that are creating the symptoms of these illnesses.

Use almond milk or rice milk in your baking, on your cereal, or to make smoothies. Don’t expect them to taste the same as cow’s milk–they have their own delicious taste. If you don’t like one particular variety, try another one, since the taste varies between varieties and brands.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, CNC, is a six-time and best-selling book author whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. She is a doctor of natural medicine, holistic nutritionist, and holistic life coach. Visit to learn more. provides content and community for who you aspire to be–personally, socially and globally.


Faith B.
Faith Billingham6 years ago

great article, thanks :)

Sumiko K.
Sumiko K7 years ago

All people who promote organic milk will change their minds if they visit slaughterhouse and witness bloody gruesome slaughter of spent cows and totally defenseless calves because ALL organic dairy farmers send spent cows and calves to slaughterhouses.
Needless to say, factory dairy farmers are worst kind of people who have no concern for animal suffering, our health, and environment.

Sumiko K.
Sumiko K7 years ago of slaughter of cows and calves&o=15527&l=dis&prt=NSS&chn=retail&geo=US&ver=4

Horrendous reality of slaughtering cows and calves.
All dairy consumers are responsible for this shocking cruelty.
Professor Francion(did I spell correctly?) said we are all Michael Vick.
How true!
MIchael Vick committed hidious crime but how about people who are keep consuming animal products knowing unimaginable torture and cruel death of farm animals and pretend they are civilized compassionate people!
No, these people are not civilized compassionate people.
In my opinion, these people are not so much different than Michael Vick.

Sumiko K.
Sumiko K7 years ago

Emily A and other people who promote consumption of dairy products don't want to face reality of cruel dairy farms.
Sure, free roaming cows in green pastuer sound pleasant but please do not deny reality.
ALL spent cows and worthless male calves are end up in horror of bloody slaughterhouses!!!
Do I need to post link of shocking bultality of slaughtering cows and calves?? Sometimes dairy farmers send pregant cows to slaughterhouse.
I am sure people don't want to think about horror of slaughtering cows and totally defenseless calves.
Type slaughter of cows and calves on search engine to learn reality of dairy farms.
Of course dairy lovers and dairy farmers don't want speak about horror of killing cows and calves. How about heartbreaking separation of mother cows and their calves?? I never can understand people who promote consumption of dairy products knowing or without knowing horrible cruelty in ALL dairy products!!!!

Rosie M.
Rosie M7 years ago

I avoid milk and other milk products (except for cheese and yogurt) because I'm lactose intolerant. Also, whenever I did drink cow's milk or eat ice cream, I would feel absolutely ill! For me, milk makes mucous despite what some medical studies state.

Julia K.
Past Member 7 years ago

I have to agree with this article, humans don't need dairy products to be healthy! I stopped drinking milk at age 12 and eliminated all dairy products when I was 15 and did perfectly fine! I made a big mistake when I tried to include dairy when I was pregnant due to pressure from my family; it only made me sick! Most of the worlds population does not consume dairy products, but the U.S dairy industry continues to promote something that is not even natural for human nutrition. No wonder so many Americans are sick!

Tarryn S.
Tarryn S8 years ago

I went dairy free about 1 week ago and I'm starting to feel a bit better. I had some dairy after about 3 days and suffered as a result with a very upset stomach. It was a good incentive to remain dairy free.

Vural K.
Past Member 8 years ago


Tara D.
Tara D.8 years ago

Raw, unpasturized dairy from grass fed organic cows is a totally different story, both for health and the environment than conventional dairy which it seems this article is based from........

Carole Pontius
Carole P8 years ago

I agree with a lot of what you say on dairy but since when do humans have 2 stomch chambers?