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Why Do You Believe Dairy Is A Problem?
February 02

Milk Making Process

As I discussed in my earlier post, I do not believe there is a good reason to drink milk. This is why I think it could be detrimental to your health.

  1. Dairy cows are fed the wrong food, which not only changes the nature of the milk but causes health problems for the cows. They are fed soy, corn, cottonseed meal or other commercial feeds, which contain all sorts of things including chicken manure and citrus peel cake, laced with pesticides. These foods are not appropriate for cows, who are ruminants and should be feeding on green grass in the spring, summer and fall and on green feed, silage, hay and root vegetables in the winter. Unfortunately most dairy cows are kept in confinement, given antibiotics and hormones, and never see green grass their entire lives.
  2. Then the milk is pasteurized. Pasteurization is the process of heating a liquid to a high enough temperature to kill certain bacteria and disable certain enzymes. It destroys enzymes, vitamins, denatures fragile milk proteins, kills beneficial bacteria and promotes pathogens. Even calves fed pasteurized milk do poorly and many die before maturity. Pasteurization was instituted in the 1920s to combat TB, infant diarrhea, undulant fever and other diseases caused by poor animal nutrition and dirty production methods. But times have changed and modern stainless steel tanks, milking machines, refrigerated trucks and inspection methods make pasteurization absolutely unnecessary for public protection.
  3. In some cases, milk is ultra-pasteurized to get rid of heat-resistant bacteria and give it a longer shelf life. Ultra high temperature pasteurization is a process that takes milk from a chilled temperature to above the boiling point in less than two seconds. This process is utilized for the boxed milks that can be kept at room temperature
  4. To make matters worse, milk is homogenized. Homogenization is a process that breaks down butterfat globules so they do not rise to the top. Homogenized milk is harder to digest, so proteins that would normally be digested in the stomach are not broken down and instead are absorbed into the bloodstream. Often the body reacts to these “foreign proteins” by triggering the immune system, causing inflammation. It can even trigger auto-immune problems. Homogenized milk has also been linked to heart disease probably because of the fat globules that are dispersed by the process.
  5. In addition to being chemically altered into something that hard to digest and causes problems, today’s milk usually contains steroids, antibiotics, pesticides from treated grains, bacteria from infected animals, and genetically engineered growth hormones.

So if you do drink milk, I suggest you look for pure raw milk from grass fed cows (which is hard to get in most states unfortunately), because it may not be the milk per se, but how milk is chemically altered that causes the problems.

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  • http://barbarasinclair.com/ Barbara

    It's sad that the majority of people have no idea that the milk they buy on most grocery shelves is not healthy for them. The “got milk?” campaign started by the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) in 1993 and featuring celebrities galore is a prime example of the power of advertising. On the flip side, you have small dairy farmers being raided for selling raw milk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v….

    Great article, Dr. Lipman!

  • CBNGLOBALWELLNESS

    WERE NOT COWS, GOATS MILK IS CLOSEST TO OUR PH, BUT AGAIN WERE THE ONLY LIVING SPECIES WHO EATS/DRINKS OTHER LIVING SPECIES MILK… DO COES DRINK HUMAN MILK, OR FEED IT TO THEIR BABES. EACH IS GIVEN MILK FOR -THEIR- YOUNG UNTIL ABLE TO EAT AND IMMUNITY IS ESTABLISED…. WAKE UP, WERE ALWAYS LIVING OUTSIDE THE LAWS OF NATURE AND THIS IS WHT WE SUFFER. DONT TAKE IT INM JUST BECAUSE IT EXIST AND IF YOU DO … DO SO GRASS FED, ORGANIC, LOCAL AND SPARINGLY. OR AT LEAST CONSCIOUSLY, KNOW HOW IT EFFECTS YOU!

  • Manda s

    what would you suggest to give to my children as an alternative ? They were both breastfed for a year .

  • Teal_moore

    So here are some fun facts for everyone to consider. Cattle are given antibiotics to help treat diseases. If I got worms or an infection, I would really like to be treated for it. I believe that in order to be humane to the animals whose byproducts I consume, they should be treated as well. All milk is tested to make sure that there is no antibiotic or steroid residue in the milk. Most drugs given to cattle have at least a 21 day holding period where that milk cannot find it way into the consumers hands. Meaning there is no “steroids, antibiotics, pesticides from treated grains, bacteria from infected animals, and genetically engineered growth hormones.”  Giving the cattle vaccines actually helps insure that there are no bacteria from infected animals.
    I am also quite curious where the author got the idea that calves drink processed milk. Milk is not processed until it leaves the dairy. Do you really think a dairyman would purchase processed milk to feed his calves rather than feed them the free product produced on his own farm?? That ni no way shape or form is a sounds business practice.
    You are correct when you say pasteurization was started because people were dying from TB. Here's the fun fact about it though. If any single molecule of raw milk gets above 45 F more than 15 minutes after milking spore are formed and pathogens grow. Rarely are these pathogens good. They include not only tb but also anthrax and brucillious. There are people who have gotten paralyzed or died from drinking raw milk. Can you truly insure that no single molecule will get above 40 F?? It's a quite large risk to take. Pasteurization greatly reduces this risk.
    UTH milk is a great substitute for soda or fruit drinks in lunch boxes because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and still has many of the nutritional benefits.
    Homogenization occurs because otherwise milk separates and looks extremely unpleasant. You can purchase unhomoginized milk as the homogenization is an optional part of milk's standard of identity.
    I am very confused about how you came to the conclusion that milk is chemically altered. All the processing of milk includes it heating. If you look at the ingredient list it says milk, vitamin A, Vitamin D. How many ingredients do you think are in a comparable soy product??The author of this artificial needs to do some serious research before making such outrageous claims.

  • Oiaegno

    I can't believe this MD put his name on this fabrication! If i had more time i would refute everyone one of his negative points with sources… Please everyone do your own research!

    Some of his points aren't even negative… “In some cases, milk is ultra-pasteurized to get rid of heat-resistant bacteria and give it a longer shelf life.
    Ultra high temperature pasteurization is a process that takes milk from
    a chilled temperature to above the boiling point in less than two
    seconds. This process is utilized for the boxed milks that can be kept
    at room temperature” This is just a description for the UHT process of pasteurization which might i add is the predominant form in Europe.