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    Default Health arguments against dairy products

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    What's Wrong with Dairy Products?
    Facts about Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
    Compiled from The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine




    Many Americans, including some vegetarians, still consume large amounts of dairy products. Here are eight important reasons to eliminate dairy products from your diet.




    1. Osteoporosis


    Milk is touted for preventing osteoporosis, yet clinical research shows otherwise. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study,1 which followed more than 75,000 women for 12 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk. In fact, increased intake of calcium from dairy products was associated with a higher fracture risk. An Australian study2 showed the same results. Additionally, other studies3,4 have also found no protective effect of dairy calcium on bone. You can decrease your risk of osteoporosis by reducing sodium and animal protein intake in the diet,5-7 increasing intake of fruits and vegetables,8 exercising,9 and ensuring adequate calcium intake from plant foods such as leafy green vegetables and beans, as well as calcium-fortified products such as breakfast cereals and juices.


    2. Cardiovascular Disease


    Dairy products—including cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and yogurt—contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and fat to the diet.10 Diets high in fat and saturated fat can increase the risk of several chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease. A low-fat vegetarian diet that eliminates dairy products, in combination with exercise, smoking cessation, and stress management, can not only prevent heart disease, but may also reverse it.11 Non-fat dairy products are available, however, they pose other health risks as noted below.


    3. Cancer


    Several cancers, such as ovarian cancer, have been linked to the consumption of dairy products. The milk sugar lactose is broken down in the body into another sugar, galactose. In turn, galactose is broken down further by enzymes. According to a study by Daniel Cramer, M.D., and his colleagues at Harvard,12 when dairy product consumption exceeds the enzymes’ capacity to break down galactose, it can build up in the blood and may affect a woman’s ovaries. Some women have particularly low levels of these enzymes, and when they consume dairy products on a regular basis, their risk of ovarian cancer can be triple that of other women.


    Breast and prostate cancers have also been linked to consumption of dairy products, presumably related, at least in part, to increases in a compound called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I).13-15 IGF-I is found in cow’s milk and has been shown to occur in increased levels in the blood by individuals consuming dairy products on a regular basis.16 Other nutrients that increase IGF-I are also found in cow’s milk. A recent study showed that men who had the highest levels of IGF-I had more than four times the risk of prostate cancer compared with those who had the lowest levels.14


    4. Diabetes


    Insulin-dependent diabetes (Type I or childhood-onset) is linked to consumption of dairy products. Epidemiological studies of various countries show a strong correlation between the use of dairy products and the incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes.17,18 Researchers in 199218 found that a specific dairy protein sparks an auto-immune reaction, which is believed to be what destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.


    5. Lactose Intolerance


    Lactose intolerance is common among many populations, affecting approximately 95 percent of Asian Americans, 74 percent of Native Americans, 70 percent of African Americans, 53 percent of Mexican Americans, and 15 percent of Caucasians.19 Symptoms, which include gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and flatulence, occur because these individuals do not have the enzymes that digest the milk sugar lactose. Additionally, along with unwanted symptoms, milk-drinkers are also putting themselves at risk for development of other chronic diseases and ailments.


    6. Vitamin D Toxicity


    Consumption of milk may not provide a consistent and reliable source of vitamin D in the diet. Samplings of milk have found significant variation in vitamin D content, with some samplings having had as much as 500 times the indicated level, while others had little or none at all.20,21 Too much vitamin D can be toxic and may result in excess calcium levels in the blood and urine, increased aluminum absorption in the body, and calcium deposits in soft tissue.


    7. Contaminants


    Synthetic hormones such as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) are commonly used in dairy cows to increase the production of milk.13 Because the cows are producing quantities of milk nature never intended, the end result is mastitis, or inflammation of the mammary glands. The treatment requires the use of antibiotics, and traces of these and hormones have been found in samples of milk and other dairy products. Pesticides and other drugs are also frequent contaminants of dairy products.


    8. Health Concerns of Infants and Children


    Milk proteins, milk sugar, fat, and saturated fat in dairy products may pose health risks for children and lead to the development of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and formation of athersclerotic plaques that can lead to heart disease.


    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants below one year of age not be given whole cow’s milk, as iron deficiency is more likely on a dairy-rich diet. Cow’s milk products are very low in iron. If they become a major part of one’s diet, iron deficiency is more likely.10 Colic is an additional concern with milk consumption. One out of every five babies suffers from colic. Pediatricians learned long ago that cows’ milk was often the reason. We now know that breastfeeding mothers can have colicky babies if the mothers are consuming cow’s milk. The cows’ antibodies can pass through the mother’s bloodstream into her breast milk and to the baby.22 Additionally, food allergies appear to be common results of milk consumption, particularly in children. A recent study23 also linked cow’s milk consumption to chronic constipation in children. Researchers suggest that milk consumption resulted in perianal sores and severe pain on defecation, leading to constipation.


    Milk and dairy products are not necessary in the diet and can, in fact, be harmful to your health. Consume a healthful diet of grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fortified foods including cereals and juices. These nutrient-dense foods can help you meet your calcium, potassium, riboflavin, and vitamin D requirements with ease—and without the health risks.

    References
    1. Feskanich D, Willet WC, Stampfer MJ, Colditz GA. Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: a 12-year prospective study. Am J Public Health 1997;87:992-7.
    2. Cumming RG, Klineberg RJ. Case-control study of risk factors for hip fractures in the elderly. Am J Epidemiol 1994;139:493-505.
    3. Huang Z, Himes JH, McGovern PG. Nutrition and subsequent hip fracture risk among a national cohort of white women. Am J Epidemiol 1996;144:124-34.
    4. Cummings SR, Nevitt MC, Browner WS, et al. Risk factors for hip fracture in white women. N Engl J Med 1995;332:767-73.
    5. Finn SC. The skeleton crew: is calcium enough? J Women’s Health 1998;7(1):31-6.
    6. Nordin CBE. Calcium and osteoporosis. Nutrition 1997;3(7/8):664-86.
    7. Reid DM, New SA. Nutritional influences on bone mass. Proceed Nutr Soc 1997;56:977-87.
    8. Tucker KL, Hannan MR, Chen H, Cupples LA, Wilson PWF, Kiel DP. Potassium, magnesium, and fruit and vegetable intakes are associated with greater bone mineral density in elderly men and women. Am J Clin Nutr 1999;69:727-36.
    9. Prince R, Devine A, Dick I, et al. The effects of calcium supplementation (milk powder or tablets) and exercise on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. J Bone Miner Res 1995;10:1068-75.
    10. Pennington JAT. Bowes and Churches Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, 17th ed. New York: Lippincott, 1998.
    11. Ornish D, Brown SE, Scherwitz LW, Billings JH, Armstrong WT, Ports TA. Can lifestyle changes reverse coronary heart disease? Lancet 1990;336:129-33.
    12. Cramer DW, Harlow BL, Willet WC. Galactose consumption and metabolism in relation to the risk of ovarian cancer. Lancet 1989;2:66-71.
    13. Outwater JL, Nicholson A, Barnard N. Dairy products and breast cancer: the IGF-1, estrogen, and bGH hypothesis. Medical Hypothesis 1997;48:453-61.
    14. Chan JM, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci E, et al. Plasma insulin-like growth factor-1 and prostate cancer risk: a prospective study. Science 1998;279:563-5.
    15. World Cancer Research Fund. Food, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective. American Institute of Cancer Research. Washington, D.C.: 1997.
    16. Cadogan J, Eastell R, Jones N, Barker ME. Milk intake and bone mineral acquisition in adolescent girls: randomised, controlled intervention trial. BMJ 1997;315:1255-69.
    17. Scott FW. Cow milk and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: is there a relationship? Am J Clin Nutr 1990;51:489-91.
    18. Karjalainen J, Martin JM, Knip M, et al. A bovine albumin peptide as a possible trigger of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med 1992;327:302-7.
    19. Bertron P, Barnard ND, Mills M. Racial bias in federal nutrition policy, part I: the public health implications of variations in lactase persistence. J Natl Med Assoc 1999;91:151-7.
    20. Jacobus CH, Holick MF, Shao Q, et al. Hypervitaminosis D associated with drinking milk. N Engl J Med 1992;326(18):1173-7.
    21. Holick MF. Vitamin D and bone health. J Nutr 1996;126(4suppl):1159S-64S.
    22. Clyne PS, Kulczycki A. Human breast milk contains bovine IgG. Relationship to infant colic? Pediatrics 1991;87(4):439-44.
    23. Iacono G, Cavataio F, Montalto G, et al. Intolerance of cow’s milk and chronic constipation in children. N Engl J Med 1998;339:110-4.
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    Default Ten reasons for zero dairy

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    TEN REASONS for ZERO DAIRY



    1. HEART ATTACKS, STROKES, AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE six times
    more heart attacks in milk drinkers

    Briggs, R. "Myocardial Infarction in Patients Treated with
    Sippy and other high Milk Diets,", Circulation, 21:538, 1960

    Hartroft, W. "The Incidence of Coronary Heart Disease in
    Patients Treated with the Sippy Diet" American Journal of
    Clinical Nutrition, 15:205, 1964

    2. DIABETES, AUTISM, SCHIZOPHRENIA milk antibodies in blood
    of diabetic children

    Dosch, Hans-Michael, "The Possible Link Between Insulin
    Dependent (Juvenile) Diabetes Mellitus and Dietary Cow Milk"
    Clin Biochem, Vol 26 pp 307-308 August 1993

    Sun, ZJ, Cade JR, et al "Beta-casomorphin induces Fos-like
    immunoreactivity in discrete brain regions relevant to
    schizophrenia and autism" Autism March 1999 vol 3(1) 67-83

    Sun, ZJ, Cade JR "A peptide found in schizophrenia and
    autism causes behavioral changes in rats" Autism 1999 vol
    3(1) 85-95

    3. CANCER breast, ovarian, prostate, lung cancer all dairy
    linked

    Westin, Jerome B. "Carcinogens in Israeli Milk: A Study in
    Regulatory Failure" International Journal of Health
    Services, Vol 23 No 3 pp. 497-517 1993 Baywood Publishing
    Co. Inc.

    4. ANTIBIOTIC RESIDUES 30 to 80 different antibiotics cause
    chronic resistant infections

    5. PESTICIDE RESIDUES linked to cancer, chronic fatigue,
    infertility

    6. HORMONE RESIDUES menstrual problems, osteoporosis

    Baldini, M, Coni, E. et.al. "Presence and Assessment of
    Xenobiotic Substances in Milk and Dairy Products" Ann. Ist.
    Super. Sanita Vol. 26, N. 2 (1990) pp 167-176

    Mepham, TB Public health implication of bovine somatotrophin
    use in dairying: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine,
    Vol 85 Dec1992 pp. 736-739

    7. OSTEOPOROSIS National Dairy Council study shows bone loss
    caused by milk drinking

    Lovendale, M. " The Impact of Dairy Products on Human
    Health, the Environment, and the National Budget" Advanced
    Health Journal March 1993 No. 4, Advanced Health Center,
    Monarch Beach, CA 92629

    8. LEUKEMIA VIRUSES 20% of all cows carry leukemia viruses
    that can infect humans

    Ferrer, J. Milk of dairy cows frequently contains a
    leukemogenic virus Science 213:1014 1981

    9. ALLERGIES, ASTHMA, CHRONIC SINUSITIS

    Gerard J.W. Mackenzie J.W.A. Goluboff N. et.al. Cows Milk
    Allergy: Prevalence and Manifestation in an Unselected
    Series of Newborns Acta Paediatr Scand. Supplement 234 1973

    10. DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS, CANDIDA OVERGROWTH caused by allergy
    and antibiotic residues

    Info courtesy of M. M. Van Benschoten, OMD, CA

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    Awesome!!

    I would add---->The Milk Letter:
    A Message to My Patients
    By Robert M. Kradjian, MD

    http://www.vegsource.com/articles/kradjian_milk.htm

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    Default PCRM: Milk - No Longer Recommended

    From http://www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/milk.html:

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    Milk: No Longer Recommended or Required


    A substantial body of scientific evidence raises concerns about health risks from cowÍs milk products. These problems relate to the proteins, sugar, fat, and contaminants in dairy products, and the inadequacy of whole cowÍs milk for infant nutrition.


    Health risks from milk consumption are greatest for infants less than one year of age, in whom whole cowÍs milk can contribute to deficiencies in several nutrients, including iron, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E. The American Academy of Pediatrics1 recommends that infants under one year of age not receive whole cowÍs milk.


    CowÍs milk products are very low in iron,2 containing only about one-tenth of a milligram (mg) per eight-ounce serving. To get the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of 15 mg of iron, an infant would have to drink more than 31 quarts of milk per day. Milk can also cause blood loss from the intestinal tract, which, over time, reduces the bodyÍs iron stores. Researchers speculate that the blood loss may be a reaction to proteins present in milk.3 Pasteurization does not eliminate the problem. Researchers from the University of Iowa recently wrote in the Journal of Pediatrics that ñin a large proportion of infants, the feeding of cow milk causes a substantial increase of hemoglobin loss. Some infants are exquisitely sensitive to cow milk and can lose large quantities of blood.î3


    Although concerns are greatest for children in the first year of life, there are also health concerns related to milk use among older children and some problems associated with cowÍs milk formulas.


    Milk Proteins and Diabetes


    Several reports link insulin-dependent diabetes to a specific protein in dairy products. This form of diabetes usually begins in childhood. It is a leading cause of blindness and contributes to heart disease, kidney damage, and amputations due to poor circulation.


    Studies of various countries show a strong correlation between the use of dairy products and the incidence of diabetes.4 A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine5 adds substantial support to the long-standing theory that cowÍs milk proteins stimulate the production of the antibodies6 which, in turn, destroy the insulin-producing pancreatic cells.7 In the new report, researchers from Canada and Finland found high levels of antibodies to a specific portion of a cowÍs milk protein, called bovine serum albumin, in 100 percent of the 142 diabetic children they studied at the time the disease was diagnosed. Non-diabetic children may have such antibodies, but only at much lower levels. Evidence suggests that the combination of a genetic predisposition and cowÍs milk exposure is the major cause of the childhood form of diabetes, although there is no way of determining which children are genetically predisposed. Antibodies can apparently form in response to even small quantities of milk products, including infant formulas.


    Pancreatic cell destruction occurs gradually, especially after infections, which cause the cellular proteins to be exposed to the damage of antibodies. Diabetes becomes evident when 80 to 90 percent of the insulin-producing beta cells are destroyed.


    Milk proteins are also among the most common causes of food allergies. Often, the cause of the symptoms is not recognized for substantial periods of time.


    Milk Sugar and Health Problems


    Many people, particularly those of Asian and African ancestry, are unable to digest the milk sugar, lactose. The result is diarrhea and gas. For those who can digest lactose, its breakdown products are two simple sugars: glucose and galactose. Galactose has been implicated in ovarian cancer8 and cataracts.9,10 Nursing children have active enzymes that break down galactose. As we age, many of us lose much of this capacity.


    Fat Content


    Whole milk, cheese, cream, butter, ice cream, sour cream, and all other dairy products aside from skim and non-fat products contain significant amounts of saturated fat, as well as cholesterol, contributing to cardiovascular diseases and certain forms of cancer. The early changes of heart disease have been documented in American teenagers. While children do need a certain amount of fat in their diets, there is no nutritional requirement for cowÍs milk fat. On the contrary, cowÍs milk is high in saturated fats, but low in the essential fatty acid linoleic acid.


    Contaminants


    Milk contains frequent contaminants, from pesticides to drugs. About one-third of milk products have been shown to be contaminated with antibiotic traces. The vitamin D content of milk has been poorly regulated. Recent testing of 42 milk samples found only 12 percent within the expected range of vitamin D content. Testing of ten samples of infant formula revealed seven with more than twice the vitamin D content reported on the label, one of which had more than four times the label amount.11 Vitamin D is toxic in overdose.12


    Osteoporosis


    Dairy products offer a false sense of security to those concerned about osteoporosis. In countries where dairy products are not generally consumed, there is actually less osteoporosis than in the United States. Studies have shown little effect of dairy products on osteoporosis.13 The Harvard NursesÍ Health followed 78,000 women for a 12-year period and found that milk did not protect against bone fractures. Indeed, those who drank three glasses of milk per day had more fractures than those who rarely drank milk.14


    There are many good sources of calcium. Kale, broccoli, and other green leafy vegetables contain calcium that is readily absorbed by the body. A recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that calcium absorbability was actually higher for kale than for milk, and concluded that ñgreens such as kale can be considered to be at least as good as milk in terms of their calcium absorbability.î15 Beans are also rich in calcium. Fortified orange juice supplies large amounts of calcium in a palatable form.16


    Calcium is only one of many factors that affect the bone. Other factors include hormones, phosphorus, boron, exercise, smoking, alcohol, and drugs.17-20 Protein is also important in calcium balance. Diets that are rich in protein, particularly animal proteins, encourage calcium loss.21-23


    Recommendations


    There is no nutritional requirement for dairy products, and there are serious problems that can result from the proteins, sugar, fat, and contaminants in milk products. Therefore, the following recommendations are offered:


    Breast-feeding is the preferred method of infant feeding. As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, whole cow's milk should not be given to infants under one year of age.
    Parents should be alerted to the potential risks to their children from cow's milk use.
    Cow's milk should not be required or recommended in government guidelines.
    Government programs, such as school lunch programs and the WIC program, should be consistent with these recommendations.


    References
    1. American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Nutrition. The use of whole cow?s milk in infancy. Pediatrics 1992;89:1105-9.
    2. Pennington JAT, Church HN. Food values of portions commonly used. New York, Harper and Row, 1989.
    3. Ziegler EE, Fomon SJ, Nelson SE, et al. Cow milk feeding in infancy: further observations on blood loss from the gastrointestinal tract. J Pediatr 1990;116:11-8.
    4. Scott FW. Cow milk and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: is there a relationship? Am J CLin Nutr 1990;51:489-91.
    5. Karjalainen J, Martin JM, Knip M, et al. A bovine albumin peptide as a possible trigger of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med 1992;327:302-7.
    6. Roberton DM, Paganelli R, Dinwiddie R, Levinsky RJ. Milk antigen absorption in the preterm and term neonate. Arch Dis Child 1982;57:369-72.
    7. Bruining GJ, Molenaar J, Tuk CW, Lindeman J, Bruining HA, Marner B. Clinical time-course and characteristics of islet cell cytoplasmatic antibodies in childhood diabetes. Diabetologia 1984;26:24-29.
    8. Cramer DW, Willett WC, Bell DA, et al. Galactose consumption and metabolism in relation to the risk of ovarian cancer. Lancet 1989;2:66-71.
    9. Simoons FJ. A geographic approach to senile cataracts: possible links with milk consumption, lactase activity, and galactose metabolism. Digestive Diseases and Sciences 1982;27:257-64.
    10. Couet C, Jan P, Debry G. Lactose and cataract in humans: a review. J Am Coll Nutr 1991;10:79-86.
    11. Holick MF, Shao Q, Liu WW, Chen TC. The vitamin D content of fortified milk and infant formula. New Engl J Med 1992;326:1178-81.
    12. Jacobus CH, Holick MF, Shao Q, et al. Hypervitaminosis D associated with drinking milk. New Engl J Med 1992;326:1173-7.
    13. Riggs BL, Wahner HW, Melton J, Richelson LS, Judd HL, O?Fallon M. Dietary calcium intake and rates on bone loss in women. J Clin Invest 1987;80:979-82.
    14. Feskanich D, Willett WC, Stampfer MJ, Colditz GA. Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: a 12-year prospective study. Am J Publ Health 1997;87:992-7.
    15. Heaney RP, Weaver CM. Calcium absorption from kale. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;51:656-7.
    16. Nicar MJ, Pak CYC. Calcium bioavailability from calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1985;61:391-3.
    17. Dawson-Hughes B. Calcium supplementation and bone loss: a review of controlled clinical trials. Am J Clin Nutr 1991;54:274S-80S.
    18. Mazess RB, Barden HS. Bone density in premenopausal women: effects of age, dietary intake, physical activity, smoking, and birth control pills. Am J Clin Nutr 1991;53:132-42.
    19. Nelson ME, Fisher EC, Dilmanian FA, Dallal GE, Evans WJ. A 1-y walking program and increased dietary calcium in postmenopausal women: efect on bone. Am J Clin Nutr 1991;53:1304-11.
    20. Nielsen FH, Hunt CD, Mullen LM, Hunt JR. Effect of dietary boron on mineral, estrogen, and testosterone metabolism in postmenopausal women. FASEB J 1987;1:394-7.
    21. Zemel MB. Role of the sulfur-containing amino acids in protein-induced hypercalciuria in men. J Nutr 1981;111:545.
    22. Hegsted M. Urinary calcium and calcium balance in young men as affected by level of protein and phosphorus intake. J Nutr 1981;111:553.
    23. Marsh AG, Sanchez TV, Mickelsen O, Keiser J, Mayor G. Cortical bone density of adult lacto-ovo-vegetarian and omnivorous women. J Am Dietetic Asso 1980;76:148-51.

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    hey all, new here...
    i was just thinking about the dairy industry. i mean, there is the puss and antibiotics and genetically altered growth hormones as a reason not to eat dairy, but those are HEALTH issues, not MORAL ones, you know? Morality wise... well, the veal industry is dependent on the milk industry... but what are some other moral reasons not to consume dairy? i am a vegan but i'm looking for snappy comebacks thanks!

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    Well, I'm no expert, but here are the reasons I recently gave up my (sizeable) skim milk habit in favor of a (just as sizeable) soy milk habit. First is the veal issue, which you already mentioned. Second is the fact that calves are denied the milk they need to grow properly so that humans can drink it instead. Third, dairy cows are constantly kept pregnant and lactating, which is obviously stressful on their systems. Fourth, dairy cows are considered disposable when their production slows. That's plenty enough reason for me... please let me know if I've missed (or mistated!) anything. Thanks!

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    Well first of all the cow is raped by a human and impregnated against her will every year. Her calf is taken away and she is attached to a milking machine 2 or 3 times a day, 10 months out of the year, seven days a week. When not being milked the cow is in a narrow concrete stall. When the cow no longer profitably produces milk (at about age 5 out of a 25 year lifespan) she is sent to slaughter.

    These are just bare-bones facts. Cows also suffer greatly from injury and disease. Methods vary somewhat around the world but they all involve cruelty.

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    Hello dirtysole, have a read of the Scary Dairy tales here.

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    um... gert, the link is not working...

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    I am not a primarily AR vegan.

    I have heard AR people refer to milk as being as good as "liquid meat" morally, as well as nutrtionally.

    Dairy cows can live 25 years. They live 5 years in dairy farms. Once they cannot produce they are turned into meat. In other words, if you buy milk you are contributing to killing a cow anyway.

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    Question Calves

    Hi everyone~
    My dad told me that his grandpa worked on a dairy farm and that there are dairy cows, that have to give milk or else they get sick. (Or hurt--can't remember exactly what he said). He said they don't necessarily (spelled right?) have to have calves to give milk. Is this true? And if it is, how can I fight against this "excuse"? Thanks!

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    veggie4life139, cows only produce milk just as a human mother produces milk only after giving birth. Sick, well having been manipulated over the years to produce more milk than is required their udders may scrape along the ground, producing painful mastitis, lameness and laminitis, likened to slamming your finger tips in a door and then standing on your hands.

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    Almost all the UK's two million plus dairy cows have their calves taken from them shortly after birth. No one refers to it and a veil is quietly drawn over the cruelty because this is what dairy farming is about. Professor John Webster, head of the UK's leading Department of Animal Husbandry, spells it out: 'The most potentially distressing incident in the life of a dairy cow is the removal of her calf. But no one is listening!

    The supposedly idyllic scene portrayed by grazing dairy cows is a charade - a deceit. Humans have taken the magical process of creation and despoiled it. As a consequence, dairy cows lead a short and extremely painful life, phiysically and emotionally. The irony is that the product of this suffering - milk - is linked to a range of human diseases and a product promoted as pure and essential for good health is anything but

    Ignorance of the dairy industry is profound. The belief that to produce milk, all a cow has to do is graze is widespread. Not so! Just as a human mother produces milk only after giving birth, so does a cow but while a human baby is adored and nurtured, many calves have a shotgun placed to their heads within 48 hours of being born and their brains are blown out. These little male calves are the unwanted by-product of dairy farming - too scrawny to make 'good' beef and unable to produce milk.

    Some would say they are the lucky ones. Before the imposition of export restrictions because of mad cow disease (BSE), 450,000 were shipped abroad every year instead of being shot, to spend their short lives chained in narrow veal crates, unable even to turn around. Fed a liquid, low-iron diet to make their flesh white, they were so diseased with anaemia - purposely so - that few would be capable of surviving much beyond their allotted six months.

    A cow is a highly intelligent animal and fiercely protective of her young so you don't need much imagination to comprehend the dreadful anguish she feels at this sudden and brutal separation. Nine months of gestation followed by just 24 or 48 hours in which to cherish and comfort her little one before he or she is taken away. Even those calves who aren't immediately disposed of struggle to survive. Denied the immunity-giving colostrum from their mothers, 170,000 die every year from severe diarrhoea.

    Calves deemed bulky enough to make 'good beef cattle face a series of highly-painful mutilations - castration, dehorning and, in the case of female calves kept to replenish the herd, the unbelievable barbarity of slicing off of excess teats where there are more than four - a surprisingly common event. Many of these mutilations are carried out without a vet, anaesthetics or pain killers.

    On top of their appalling emotional stress, dairy cows face a life of acute physical pain. Evolved to live for 20 years or more, they are exhausted at about five years old after just two or three lactations - the equivalent of a girl in her early teens being utterly worn out.

    Human demands are such that that just three months after giving birth, a dairy cow is made pregnant again, forcing her to carry the double burden of pregnancy and milking for seven months each year. This unnatural manipulation of cow's maternal instincts has led to a doubling in her milk yield since the 1940s to 6,000 litres annually and in some cases quadrupling to 12,000 litres. Udders designed to carry two kilograms of milk routinely contain 20 kilograms.

    And it is this which destroys her, sometimes distending her udder so it scrapes along the ground, producing painful mastitis, lameness and laminitis, likened by Professor Webster to slamming your finger tips in a door and then standing on your hands. Look at any dairy herd, particularly the high-yielding, black and white Friesian/Holsteins, and you'll see swollen udders, difficulty in walking and the loss of body tissue which turns a dairy cow's rear end into little more than a bag of bones.

    When they are finally despatched to slaughter, at least 150,000 cows every year are pregnant - 40,000 in the last trimester and carrying fully-developed calves. There is no mercy.

    And all for a 'wonder' product that is anything but. Laden with cholesterol and unhealthy, saturated fats, it is linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. It contains lactose which most humans cannot digest because we have evolved not to drink milk - and certainly not that of another species - after weaning. As a consequence, the number of children suffering from allergies and eczema goes on increasing. Even the calcium it provides is readily obtainable from plant sources.

    Milk also contains animal proteins which overwork the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure. Just like meat, dairy is high in sulphur-containing amino acids which can leach calcium from the bones and lead to osteoporosis - the very disease it is supposed to protect against. People are beginning to realise that meat eating and good health don't go together.

    This is from The Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation ,sister group of Viva!

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    I like this thread coz sometimes I get this rediculous urge to eat yoghurt- although I never do (I did once and I cried). Every time that happens from now on, I am going to read this thread.

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    He said they don't necessarily (spelled right?) have to have calves to give milk. Is this true?
    If you have a hunt on the web you will find lots of advice for farmers which will clarify how the dairy "industry" works. This page, for instance:

    http://interactive.usask.ca/ski/agri...anagement.html

    - which says (among other things)

    "The goal of an efficient breeding program should be to breed each cow so that she produces a calf every year. After giving birth, the cow should be rebred within the next 2 - 3 months to ensure she will calve again with only a short break (2 months) during which she will not be producing milk. This break between when the cow is "dried off" (stops milking) and when she calves again is important because it gives the cow a chance to regain weight she lost during her lactation and for the growth and development of her calf."


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    Watch John McDougall MD perils of dairy streaming video at www.vegsource.com on the right hand side.

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    The dairy industry is so sick, because it is the dirty secret of the Meat Industry.
    Humans wouldn't even drink human breast milk as adults, so why Cows' milk?
    I shudder to think of what I once consumed/contributed to.

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    Default Dairy denounced by nutrition experts

    Taken from this weekend's You magazine:

    "Too grown-up for milk?"

    "A new survey this week suggests that milk may affect your health. The Institute for Optimum Nutrition surveyed more than 37,000 patients over the past two years and found that the more dairy products people consumed the more likely they were to have problems with their digestion, hormones, immunity and cardiovascular system.

    "'Consuming dairy products after weaning is unnatural in evolutionary terms,' says Jeff Holly, professor of clinical sciences at Bristol University. 'Milk is designed to be full of nutrients to support your tissues through a very fast-growing period, and there's no reason you should drink it after weaning.' In fact, 70 per cent of people stop producing lactase, the enzyme that enables us to digest milk sugar (lactose) after weaning, which suggests that it's not an ideal food.

    "Although we're led to believe that milk is vital to provide calcium for our bones and prevent osteoporosis, experts point out that in countries such as China, where traditionally little dairy is consumed, incidences of osteoporosis are few. To get your calcium without the milk, boost your diet with seeds, mung beans and alfalfa, nuts, crunchy vegetables including kale and cabbage, tinned sardines and salmon. [ ] Even better, all these foods contain magnesium, which aids the body's absorption of calcium. Alternatives to cow's milk include oat, rice and soya milks, available at health food stores and supermarkets. For more details visit www.patrickholford.com ."


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    Quote Gorilla

    "'Consuming dairy products after weaning is unnatural in evolutionary terms,' says Jeff Holly
    What it failed to mention is that dairy is designed for BABY CALVES not humans

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    Something for non vegans to take note.

    Vegetarian doctor urges diet free of beef, dairy products

    By MARY VUONG, Nov. 1, 2004, www.chron.com

    Be honest, he says. Cheese smells like old socks.

    So why do people love cheese?

    Dr. Neal Barnard, psychiatrist and nutrition researcher, tackles the must-have-now nature of chocolate, cheese, meat and sugar in his book Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings -- and 7 Steps to End Them Naturally (St. Martin's Press, $14.95 in paperback; $24.95 in hardcover).

    Barnard, founder and president of the Washington-based nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, was in Houston recently to promote the paperback release of his book.

    He's not a nutritional guru, the food police or your conscience, Barnard said in an interview. He's a vegetarian who considers a diet free of meat and dairy crucial to good health, and he wants you to try it.

    Start small. In three weeks, "something happens," he says. "Tastes change."

    It's up to you to decide if those changes become permanent.

    Barnard's grandfather was a cattle rancher, and his relatives continue to run the family business in Illinois. "They're good, decent folks," he says, but "frankly, I wish they had been rice farmers."

    He explains why in his book: "More life-threatening illnesses have been linked to meat-based diets than to just about any other factor in our lifestyle or environment."

    He says upon contact with the tongue, meat prompts a release of opiates in your brain, serving as a reward that leads you to eat it habitually. Meat also triggers insulin, he adds, which sparks dopamine, the "ultimate feel-good chemical."

    Writing about cheese in a chapter titled "Opiates on a Cracker," Barnard cites studies that detected morphine in milk from cows and humans, and also a protein named casein that releases numerous opiates.

    Sugar stimulates opiates, as well, he notes, the same way exercise releases endorphins to make you feel better. Sugar on the tongue prompts nerves to alert your pleasure center.

    Then there's chocolate. The word alone can trigger cravings, never mind its aroma and taste. Barnard writes: "It targets the same spot on your brain as heroin or morphine," and contains chemicals whose effects compares to caffeine, amphetamine and marijuana. He calls chocolate "the whole drugstore."

    Growing up, Barnard ate roast beef, baked potatoes and corn. While working as an autopsy assistant, he came across a heart-attack victim whose removed ribs showed a frightening amount of artery blockage. A pathologist told him he saw similar blockage in about 75 percent of people by 23 years old, Barnard's age then.

    Barnard became a vegetarian. Although his book includes dietitian-approved recipes, he calls himself "useless in the kitchen" and depends on ethnic restaurants, from Ethiopian to Vietnamese.

    He advocates four food groups: four or more servings of vegetables, three servings of legumes, four servings of whole-grain products and three or more servings of fruits.

    Barnard conducted a pilot study on the effects of a vegan diet on type 2 diabetes patients and found that after 12 weeks, two-thirds of the vegan eaters reduced or erased their medication use. Now he is comparing vegan and American Diabetes Association diets, also on adult-onset diabetics, in a 22-week study.

    He wants to explore the extent to which diet affects such illnesses as cancer, and how to keep vegetarians on track -- some who do well for six months to a year become tempted to reintroduce meat and dairy.

    Barnard does not discount the everything-in-moderation advice that dietitians generally dispense, but he says simply switching from red meat to chicken is not enough.

    People cheat on diets, so the higher you set the standards, the more healthful they will aim to be, he reasons.

    But cutting meat and dairy overnight can be too extreme, even if only for the three weeks that Barnard suggests as the trial period. So before you go vegan, test recipes and taste products such as soy bologna and nutritional yeast. If you normally eat beef tacos, consider the bean burrito.

    "But don't stay there," Barnard warns. Confront food addictions the same way you treat alcoholism -- head on.

    "We have addictions that we don't think of being addictions," Barnard says. "Don't stick your toe in the swimming pool. Jump in."

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    Quote wuggy
    The dairy industry is so sick, because it is the dirty secret of the Meat Industry.
    Humans wouldn't even drink human breast milk as adults, so why Cows' milk?
    I shudder to think of what I once consumed/contributed to.

    yes. it makes me sick. once i went vegan a couple of months ago my mom told me "ya know, when you were a baby you wouldn't even drink milk. you were on soy milk the whole time."


    hmmm, i wonder why. maybe because milk is sick! maybe if i would have known that i would've gone vegan earlier. is it possible children recognize things we as adults don't? i think so. we're so jaded.
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    For the Horrors of Dairy, go to this website (you will find alot there):

    http://www.notmilk.com

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    KJ4 I first visited notmilk.com in 1999, and it is till the best website on scary dairy truths. CASOMORPHINE - now that's scary!

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    Quote Veggie4Life139
    Hi everyone~
    My dad told me that his grandpa worked on a dairy farm and that there are dairy cows, that have to give milk or else they get sick. (Or hurt--can't remember exactly what he said). He said they don't necessarily (spelled right?) have to have calves to give milk. Is this true? And if it is, how can I fight against this "excuse"? Thanks!

    Cows have to be pregnant to give milk, just like humans. As soon as they aren't pregnant anymore, their milk eventually dries up, just like humans. They're impregnated often so that they can keep giving milk. Their calves are taken away from them when they're less than two days old, and thrown into a veal cage, and the process starts all over again. As someone else said, a cow's life span is about 25 years. Some dairy cows are lucky if they make it to their fourth birthday.

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    Actually... this is kind of an irrelevant point, but I don't think their milk would dry up if they did not get pregnant again... human milk does not dry up as long as suckling continues, which is what allows for "wet nurses," or nannies who suckle their charges. I think the insemination in cows occurs only to strengthen the milk production, and reinforce it.

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    Actually... this is kind of an irrelevant point, but I don't think their milk would dry up if they did not get pregnant again... human milk does not dry up as long as suckling continues, which is what allows for "wet nurses," or nannies who suckle their charges. I think the insemination in cows occurs only to strengthen the milk production, and reinforce it.
    No, you have got that wrong, no animal lactates if not pregnant or nursing regularly, except in freak circumstances. Cows have to keep churning out babies for this reason.

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    I see what you mean, but that just makes the whole process even more sick - it's 'fooling' the Cow into yielding milk.

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    KJ4 I first visited notmilk.com in 1999, and it is till the best website on scary dairy truths. CASOMORPHINE - now that's scary!


    Vegan Drummer,

    Where do I find this link @ the notmilk website here? I tried looking it up, but I think that I'm looking in the wrong area, for some reason I can't find it. I'd like to read that article, if you'd supply me some information here.

    K4J

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    I they've hit some pretty good points in a mostly accurate mannner. I also like how they recommend other milks over cow milk. Maybe, just maybe some omni will read that and think "gee, I don't want to get osteorporosis - I should try switching to rice milk". If enough people do this, then the dairy demand goes down while the demand for rice, soy or oat milk goes up.

    I, personally, would have no problem with that. I would really love to see the day where people rely on plants and not animals to get on nutritionally.

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    Milk is for cows.

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    ( Source: SeedsofDeception.com )

    Last year, the Tillamook County Creamery Association moved to ban the use of a genetically engineered drug that increases milk production in cows. Soon after, the association reported that the drug's manufacturer, Monsanto Co., was pressuring Tillamook farmers to reverse the decision.

    For those familiar with the history of this controversial drug, a growth hormone sold under the brand name Posilac, the intrusion by Monsanto is no surprise.
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    Default The Times- The Dairy News

    An article in The Times today claiming dairy is an ineffectual way of providing calcium for your bones. 'dairy foods and meat can even promote a leaching of calcium from the bones.'

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...551321,00.html

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    Does anyone have a link about excess dairy consumption and the excess build up of mucus due to milk drinking?

    My cousin always has an irritating cough, Iam convinced it is due to this, but need documented evidence to support my argument.

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    This link has some useful info.

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    Default Drinking milk may lead to Parkinson's

    I bet Yoda was a vegan

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    Hello Cloudy This doesn't surprise me at all. But will it be highly advertised? Probably not... Things like this should be. I hope this converts a few more vegetarians to giving up the white stuff.

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    Rebecca Foster, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, warned against cutting milk from the diet.

    She said: "Milk and milk products (such as cheese and yogurt) are important sources of essential nutrients in diet, including protein, B vitamins such as riboflavin and B12, and minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium.

    "For example in the UK milk and milk products provide 43% of calcium intake, providing 33% of riboflavin intake and 35% of iodine intake in men and 42% in women."
    Don't like that bit very much....

    She didn't mention that dark green leafy vegetables, brocolli, various nuts (such as almonds) and fortified soya milk (to name a few) can be just as good a sources of calcium (if not better) than milk products - which are chock full of nasties.

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    Don't like that bit very much....
    She is from the British Nutrition Foundation, I found this on their site:

    The Foundation promotes the nutritional wellbeing of society through the impartial interpretation and effective dissemination of scientifically based nutritional knowledge and advice. It works in partnership with academic and research institutes, the food industry, educators and government. The Foundation influences all in the food chain, government, the professions and the media. The Foundation is a charitable organisation which raises funds from the food industry, government and a variety of other sources
    So the dairy industry pays her salary more than likely.

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    That figures!

    Thanks for sharing that Feline.

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    The media here in Australia is showing a heap of adverts on the benefit of dairy in weight-loss. The ads say that recent clinical research shows that people increase their chances of losing weight by including 3 serves of dairy every day. In fact they state that in their trials, adults consuming the 3 serves of dairy per day lost 70% more weight than others. They also apparently conserved more muscle. They offer more info on the role of dairy in weight loss at www.dairy.foodoflife.com.au

    Meanwhile, a new study from Purdue University counters the notion that dairy products encourage weight loss, as touted in dairy industry advertisements. Research was carried out with 3 groups, and none of the groups lost weight. In fact, the high-dairy group gained 1.5 kg over the year, slightly greater than the weight gain in the control group (0.8 kg) and the medium-dairy group (0.8 kg).

    Dairy products clearly did not facilitate weight loss. In fact, if the high-dairy group’s experience continued in a similar fashion over a 10-year period, it would lead to an average body mass index of 27.8, which puts the group well into the overweight range (BMI > 25). The control group’s 10-year experience, if similar to the one-year result, would have been a gain of about half as much weight as the high-dairy group.

    Refs: Gunther CW, Legowski PA, Lyle RM, et al. Dairy products do not lead to alterations in body weight or fat mass in young women in a 1-y intervention. Am J Clin Nutr 2005;81:751-6. For information about nutrition and health, visit www.pcrm.org.
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    Dairy as a weight loss aid! How hilarious!

    Milk will bring a calf from about 80 lbs.* at birth to nearly 600 lbs.* at weaning in 6 to 10 months, but it will make people lose weight!?!

    Eve, think they'll buy a bridge? Cheap?

    *Sorry, too lazy to convert to kg.

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    Quote Seaside

    *Sorry, too lazy to convert to kg.
    Hi, try typing '80 lbs in kg' in Google, and you'll get this message:
    80 pounds = 36.2873896 kilograms
    I will not eat anything that walks, swims, flies, runs, skips, hops or crawls.

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    Good to see in today's 'Weekend Australian' quite a large article titled "Doubts over milk's role in strong bones". It quotes a review by the pcrm on 37 studies that show no relationship between dairy foods and bone health, and that "support for the milk myth crumbles". At the end of the article, a nutrition scientist for the British Nutrition Foundation says nutritionists remain cautious about ditching the dairy, and that "some calcium is essential in the diet, and that dairy remains a useful way to get it". Why does she have to leave the impression that milk is the only way to get calcium?
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    here is some info from the uk campaign.

    *dairy can make you beautiful* is another angle.

    the last line in this article says it all really

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    I believe the most convincing reason to give up dairy is not the diseases it gives up but the fact that we are the only species who, as adults, drink milk - from another species, that is! If you really think about this, it is grotesque and utterly unnatural, regardless of what the milk industry tells us.

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    Quote littleTigercub
    I believe the most convincing reason to give up dairy is not the diseases it gives up but the fact that we are the only species who, as adults, drink milk - from another species, that is! If you really think about this, it is grotesque and utterly unnatural, regardless of what the milk industry tells us.

    littleTigercub
    I wish I saved what I read.
    Anyway, somebody was telling people about when he forgot to put milk back in refrigetor, he found two layers of different colors in bottom.
    Pink(because of blood) and yellow(because of puss).
    Isn't this enough for people to throw up?

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    Default Kushi Institute on meat and dairy products

    http://www.kushiinstitute.org/healing/meat-dairy.html

    Meat and Dairy Products




    Meat, poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, and other dairy foods are the backbone of the modern diet.



    Physiologically, they give the human organism an immediate burst of energy and strength. It was this raw power that allowed nomadic tribes of Indo-Europeans to overrun traditional grain- and vegetable-consuming cultures in ancient Greece, Italy, the Near East, and India. In the Americas, a heavy meat-centered diet enabled pioneers to level whole regions of the continent quickly and efficiently, though at high cost to native peoples and the environment.

    While meat and other naturally processed animal-quality foods are part of the traditional diet in colder and polar regions of the world, their regular consumption in temperate and tropical climates can have adverse effects on human health. Meat begins to decompose as soon as it is killed, even with traditional preservatives such as salt or with refrigeration to retard spoilage. Meat is harder to digest than plant foods and continues to putrify in the digestive tract, taking about 4 to 4 1/2 hours to be absorbed in the intestines versus 2 to 2 1/2 hours for grains and vegetables. Putrefaction produces toxins and amines that accumulate in the liver, kidneys, and large intestine, destroys bacterial culture, especially those that synthesize the vitamin B complexes, and causes degeneration of the villi of the small intestine where metabolized foodstuffs are absorbed into the blood. Saturated fatty acids, from meat and other animal products, accumulate in and around vital organs and blood vessels, often leading to cysts, tumors, and hardening of the arteries. Saturated fat also raises the amount of cholesterol in the blood, further contributing to the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque.

    To compensate for eating meat, poultry, eggs, and other animal foods, the body requires more oxygen in the bloodstream. The breath rate rises after eating animal food, making it difficult to maintain a calm mind. Thinking in general becomes defensive, suspicious, rigid, and sometimes aggressive. A very narrow, analytical view is often the result.

    The relation between saturated fat and dietary cholesterol- the main ingredients of meat and poultry- are now well known. For example, women who eat beef, lamb, or pork as a daily main dish are at two and a half times the risk for developing colon cancer as women who eat meat less than once a month. The conclusion, drawn from a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1990 of 88,751 nurses, over a ten-year period, found that the more beef and other meat in the diet the greater risk of getting colon cancer. "The substitution of other protein sources, such as beans or lentils, for red meat might also be associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer in populations that consume more legumes," researchers concluded. "The less red meat the better," recommended Dr. Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, who directed the study. "At most, it should be eaten only occasionally. And it may be maximally effective not to eat red meat at all."

    Dairy food, which often accompanies meat consumption, contributes a soothing, stabilizing, and overall calming influence on a digestive and nervous system subjected to volatile red meat elements. However, it can lead to illness in its own right or in combination with other factors. Casein, the protein in cheese, milk, cream, butter, and other dairy foods cannot be assimilated easily and begins to accumulate in an undigested state in the upper intestine, putrefying, producing toxins, and leading to a weakening of the gastric, intestinal, pancreatic, and biliary systems, as well as mucous deposits.

    The inability to digest milk or other dairy products is known as lactose intolerance and is found in about 50 to 90 percent of the world's population groups with the exception of those of Scandinavian origin and of some other European ancestries.

    Dairy food affects all organs and systems. However, because it is a product of the mammary gland, it primarily affects the human glands and related structures, especially the reproductive organs. The most commonly affected are the breast, uterus, ovaries, prostate, thyroid, nasal cavities, pituitary gland, the cochlea in the ear, and the cerebral area surrounding the midbrain. Its adverse effects first appear as the accumulation of mucus and fat and then the formation of cysts, tumors, and finally cancer. Many people who eat dairy food have mucous accumulations in the nasal cavities and inner ear, resulting in hay fever and hearing difficulty. Accumulation of fatty deposits from dairy food consumption in the kidneys and also gallbladder leads to stones. The development of breast cysts, breast tumors, and finally breast cancer follows a similar pattern. Common problems from dairy also include vaginal discharges, ovarian cysts, fibrosis and uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate fat accumulation with cyst formation. Many diseases of the reproductive organs, including infertility, are associated with dairy consumption. In the case of the lungs, fat and mucous accumulation in the air sacs causes breathing difficulties. In combination with tobacco, dairy food can trap tars and other ingredients of tobacco smoke in the lungs, leading often to lung cancer.

    Modern medical studies have begun to link milk and dairy food consumption with a wide variety of sicknesses including cramps and diarrhea, multiple forms of allergy, iron-deficiency anemia in infants and children, aggressive and anti-social behavior, atherosclerosis and heart attacks, arthritis, and several forms of cancer. Since more oxygen is needed to carry hemoglobin to cells enveloped with mucus, dairy food consumption contributes also to un-even thinking, dulled reactions, and emotional dependency.

    In a large case-control study in France, published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 1986, involving several thousand women, increased risk for breast cancer was found among those who consumed dairy products. For daily cheese consumption, the risk was 1.5 times higher, and for full cream consumption the risk was 1.8 times as great. A 1989 study of women with breast cancer in the northwestern province of Vercelli, Italy, found that they tended to consume considerably more milk, high-fat cheese, and butter than healthy women of the same age in Italy and France. Breast cancer risk tripled among women who consumed about half their calories as fat, 13 to 23 percent of their calories as saturated fat, and 8 to 20 percent of their calories as animal protein. "These data suggest that during adult life, a reduction in dietary intake of fat and proteins of animal origin may contribute to a substantial reduction in the incidence of breast cancer in population subgroups with high intake of animal products," researchers concluded. "[A] diet rich in fat, saturated fat, or animal proteins may be associated with a twofold to threefold increase in a woman's risk of breast cancer."

    Dairy food consumption has also been linked with ovarian cancer by researchers. In 1989 Harvard University researchers noted that women with ovarian cancer had low blood levels of transferase, an enzyme involved in the metabolism of dairy foods. The researchers theorized that women with low levels of transferase who eat dairy foods, especially yogurt and cottage cheese, could increase their risk of ovarian cancer by as much as three times. The researchers estimated that women who consume large amounts of yogurt and cottage cheese increased their risk of ovarian cancer up to three times. "Yogurt was consumed at least monthly by 49 percent of cases and 36 percent of controls," researchers reported in The Lancet. "World wide, ovarian cancer risk is strongly correlated with actase persistence and per capita milk consumption, further epidemiological evidence that lactose rather than fat is the key dietary variable for ovarian cancer . . . Avoidance of lactose-rich food by adults may be a way of primary prevention of ovarian cancer. . . . "

    In recent years, the American Heart Association, the World Health Organization, and other major scientific and medical associations have issued dietary guidelines calling for everyone, not just middle age, or older people at risk for heart disease, but also children over the age of two to limit whole milk or eating cheese, butter, ice cream, and other whole milk products. A small amount of nonfat or skim milk is generally allowed. However, Dr. Spock, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and others have gone further, recommending that even low-fat dairy foods be avoided because they are high in animal-quality protein that is associated with heart disease, osteoporosis, and other disorders.

    The difference between human milk and cow milk is substantial. The ratio of protein to fat and carbohydrate in mother's milk is about 1:7, which is the proper ratio of human width to height, while that of cow's milk is about 2:5, which is the ratio of a cow's width and length. This is why people who eat dairy products tend to develop large bone structures and other bovine characteristics. Mother's milk also contains less protein, but it is soluble in water and easy to digest, while cow's milk protein is insoluble, coagulates (curdles) in the stomach and diarrhea occurs. The fat content is the same, but in human milk fat is more finely emulsified. The pH reaction means that with human milk, the blood's normal alkaline condition can be maintained without buffer action, whereas cow's milk requires minerals to offset the acidic reaction. In addition to more natural human qualities, breastfeeding creates psychological and spiritual unity between mother and child.

    Human milk is the ideal food for human infants. The chief nutrients for which cow's milk and dairy foods are often eaten, such as calcium and iron, are found in proportionately greater amounts in vegetable-quality foods as shown in the accompanying tables. If animal food is desired, fish and seafood may be taken occasionally. Marine products such as these contain unsaturated rather than saturated fat, and among them white-meat fish and slower-moving shellfish are less fatty than red-meat, blue-skin, or faster-moving varieties.
    I will not eat anything that walks, swims, flies, runs, skips, hops or crawls.

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    I've seen milk seperate like that before, but I never knew what the colours meant.

    Now that I know, I really want to lose a lot more than just my lunch.
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    Quote Kiva Dancer
    I've seen milk seperate like that before, but I never knew what the colours meant.

    Now that I know, I really want to lose a lot more than just my lunch.

    but do we know? is it a fact it was blood and puss? or is that just speculation?
    please could you stop the noise? i'm trying to get some rest from all the unborn chicken voices in my head.

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