Saturday, 3 May 2014

The DANGEROUS Truth about MILK: Parents must know!

In the last 40 years, the dairy industry has poured millions of dollars into promotional initiatives made to appeal, mesmerize, and scare people into consuming their products. Their frosted hands have gradually tightened their steely grip of influence over retirement houses, educational institutions, hospitals, and doctor’s offices; permeating books, publications, journals, and commercials with their agenda that is promoted by biased information. After years of mind-numbing “mustaches” of adjustment, we now suppose that milk products are a normal and natural section of the human diet. Nevertheless, that is not even close to the reality.
Like all female animals (including humans) who make milk for their young, a cow produces milk that’s meant to nurse her child calf for about 12 months. That fat hormonal secretion (containing over 60 hormones and growth factors) was created to simply take her 65-pound new-born calf and change him into cow in under twelve months — a significant task!
Throughout pregnancy, a cow’s estrogen level sky-rockets over 30 times greater than when she’s not carrying a calf. Because today’s factory dairies pump milk from female cattle constantly to improve earnings, higher hormone levels (both naturally-occurring and those developed by agribusiness) are observed in dairy milk, which also is actually disastrously high in fat; a vital issue further exacerbating elevated estrogen levels in humans.
When kids are handed this hormonal cocktail masquerading as a wonderful health elixir, their pristine systems are flooded with milk’s huge amount of estrogen, resulting in a crisis of precocious puberty. In addition, kiddies wind up eating sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics in most glass of milk.
A cow’s udders may become abnormally bloated from having to create a large number of additional gallons of milk each year, making them drag on the floor. Many real milk tons are provided with loads of bacteria-laden manure. The feces contaminates her udders, creating infections (mastitis), and is among the factors antibiotics are routinely given to dairy cattle.
Still another dangerous component in cow milk is insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). Their IGF-1 levels also increase, accounting for that effects of cow’s milk, when people eat up this hormone. Unfortuitously, if breast cancer cells or prostate cancer cells are subjected to IGF-1, they multiply like weeds, resulting in illness at an alarming rate. Oddly, this essential information is never contained in milk promotional literature.
Because the beginning of time, numerous cultures have thrived without a drop of “ivory syrup.” How did the indigenous populations of Hawaii endure without cow milk prior to the introduction of cattle in 1793? Exactly the same way that indigenous people of Mexico did before cattle was introduced in 1521. Lots of people all over the world have not seen a cow, not to mention drank her hormonal secretions. Big communities global have now been thriving without bovine milk for ages. Eating cow milk is very unnatural; there’s no animal in nature (apart from people) that drinks the milk of another species naturally. Tigers don’t chase lactating goats for a sip of milk, and horses don’t run to nurse on pigs’ teats; the mere thought seems ludicrous.
Leading pediatricians such as for instance Doctor. Benjamin Spock (also an important and best-selling writer of parenting books) and Doctor. Jay Gordon have now been strong advocates of the diet for children. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a non-profit organization whose members include 150,000 health care professionals, happens to be adamantly against cow milk consumption.
They discovered that of the responding 106 schools, on average, medical students received near to 24 hours of nutrition education, once the Journal of Clinical Nutrition interviewed all approved medical schools in america in 2006 about their dietary courses. Some received nothing. Their conclusion was the quantity of nutrition education in medical colleges was “inadequate.” That’s quite an exaggeration. A hair dresser gets more education before reducing customers’ hair professionally, yet parents are taking advice from people with almost no impartial dietary education?
Medical colleges are highly influenced by the industry. Agri-business continues to focus on pediatricians practices with advertising strategies made to drive their extremely tricky philosophy, therefore it’s barely surprising that numerous well-meaning pediatricians are ill-informed in regards to the problems of milk products. Looking to get significant, objective, and neutral dietary advice within an environment affected by agri-business and dairy interests results in predictable tips to eat dairy at all health costs.
Fortunately, many parents are getting out of bed to the facts about milk products and seeking healthier alternatives. Rice, almond, coconut milks, and almond are good choices for all kids and adults. These could be easily experienced with oatmeal, wholegrain cereals, and creamy soups. Among my personal favorite ways of improving kiddies’ (and adults ‘) nutrient use is by using fan or rice milks in smoothies; putting nice, clean, delicious whole fruits and vegetables such as kale, spinach, or abundant lettuce, and mixing them for a tasty drink. Leafy vegetables are better resources of nutrients than milk products. The soluble fiber present in veggies, fruits, whole grains, and beans also helps with escorting estrogen from the body. Many vegetables include not only large levels of calcium, but extra nutritional elements crucial for building bone health, including boron, magnesium and vitamin D. Being physically active can also be essential for building bones, and is yet another reason to have the kiddies off the sofa and on the playground.
Milk products must be approached with extreme care given the total amount of information easily available about their dangers, just like no loving parent allows her little child to play on busy highways. As parents, we’ve the duty to analyze and inform ourselves concerning the food choices we offer our kids. They rely on us whole-heartedly for searching for their needs. Helping kiddies avoid milk products is among the most loving, thoughtful, and responsible actions a parent may take for the youngster, themselves, and for creating a world.



And all the crap they put into the cows to make them produce more milk, growth hormones, genetic manipulations, antibotics and medications, etc! Its a plague and danger!
This actually makes a lot of sense and could help explain why kids reach puberty at a much earlier age than in past history. Yet another of the many wonderful benefits of factory farming...


Hormones in milk can be dangerous


Ganmaa Davaasambuu
Ganmaa Davaasambuu, a Mongolia-trained medical doctor, a Japan-trained Ph.D. in environmental health, and a current fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study: 'The milk we drink today may not be nature's perfect food.' (Staff photo Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard News Office)

Hormones in milk can be dangerous

By Corydon Ireland
Harvard News Office

Ganmaa Davaasambuu is a physician (Mongolia), a Ph.D. in environmental health (Japan), a fellow (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study), and a working scientist (Harvard School of Public Health).
On Monday (Dec. 4), she drew on all those roles during a lunchtime talk to most of her fellow fellows.
Ganmaa's topic was lunch-appropriate: the suspected role of cow's milk, cheese, and other dairy products in hormone-dependent cancers. (Those include cancers of the testes, prostate, and breast.)

Schedule of public talks
by Radcliffe Fellows

The link between cancer and dietary hormones - estrogen in particular - has been a source of great concern among scientists, said Ganmaa, but it has not been widely studied or discussed.
The potential for risk is large. Natural estrogens are up to 100,000 times more potent than their environmental counterparts, such as the estrogen-like compounds in pesticides.
"Among the routes of human exposure to estrogens, we are mostly concerned about cow's milk, which contains considerable amounts of female sex hormones," Ganmaa told her audience. Dairy, she added, accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of estrogens consumed.
Part of the problem seems to be milk from modern dairy farms, where cows are milked about 300 days a year. For much of that time, the cows are pregnant. The later in pregnancy a cow is, the more hormones appear in her milk.
Milk from a cow in the late stage of pregnancy contains up to 33 times as much of a signature estrogen compound (estrone sulfate) than milk from a non-pregnant cow.
In a study of modern milk in Japan, Ganmaa found that it contained 10 times more progesterone, another hormone, than raw milk from Mongolia.
In traditional herding societies like Mongolia, cows are milked for human consumption only five months a year, said Ganmaa, and, if pregnant, only in the early stages. Consequently, levels of hormones in the milk are much lower.
"The milk we drink today is quite unlike the milk our ancestors were drinking" without apparent harm for 2,000 years, she said. "The milk we drink today may not be nature's perfect food."
Earlier studies bear out Ganmaa's hypothesis that eating dairy heightens the risk of some cancers.
One study compared diet and cancer rates in 42 counties. It showed that milk and cheese consumption are strongly correlated to the incidence of testicular cancer among men ages 20 to 39. Rates were highest in places like Switzerland and Denmark, where cheese is a national food, and lowest in Algeria and other countries where dairy is not so widely consumed.
Cancer rates linked to dairy can change quickly, said Ganmaa. In the past 50 years in Japan, she said, rising rates of dairy consumption are linked with rising death rates from prostate cancer - from near zero per 100,000 five decades ago to 7 per 100,000 today.
Butter, meat, eggs, milk, and cheese are implicated in higher rates of hormone-dependent cancers in general, she said. Breast cancer has been linked particularly to consumption of milk and cheese.
In another study, rats fed milk show a higher incidence of cancer and develop a higher number of tumors than those who drank water, said Ganmaa.
All this begs the question of the health effects of milk on children. About 75 percent of American children under 12 consume dairy every day, but its health effects on prepubescent bodies is not known - "a good rationale for further study," said Ganmaa, who studies bioactive substances in food and reproductive health disorders.
She and her Harvard colleagues have already conducted two pilot studies.
One compared levels of hormones and growth factors in American milk (whole, whole organic, skim milk, and UHT - ultra-high temperature - milk) to milk from Mongolia. Levels were very low in both American skim and in Mongolian milk.
Another pilot study looked at third-graders in Mongolia. After a month, the hormone levels jumped among the children fed commercial U.S. milk.
Long-term studies are needed to see if any of this is important for children's health. "We don't know what the larger implications are," said Ganmaa. (The National Institutes of Health is now reviewing Ganmaa and her team's application to fund a two-year study.)
Meanwhile, Ganmaa is investigating 22 years of data from Harvard's Nurses Health Study, looking for a potential link between dairy and endometrial cancer.
But she is cautious about the implications of her studies of cancer rates and dairy consumption.
For one, said Ganmaa, "milk is a food of great complexity" and contains high levels of beneficial nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D. (Mongolian children, who drink a third less dairy than their American counterparts, have low levels of vitamin D.)
"The hormonal effects of milk are very new," said Ganmaa during questions from her Radcliffe audience. Until more research is done, she said, "I'd like to keep our heads low."
But steps can be taken now to reduce the amount of hormones in milk, said Ganmaa. Because hormones reside in milk fat, drinking skim milk is one option. Getting calcium from green leafy vegetables is another.
Modes of milk production can also change, said Ganmaa. She suggested milking only nonpregnant cows (the Mongolian model), or not milking cows when they are in the later stages of pregnancy, when hormone levels are particularly high.
"The dairy industry in the United States is not going to change in any radical way," said artist Shimon Attie, the Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at Radcliffe - and a former dairyman.
But in the meantime, he had a suggestion for the coffee setting at future Radcliffe Fellows luncheons: a pot of nondairy creamer.
Radcliffe sponsors 50 fellows a year - scientists, artists, writers, and scholars of every stripe. Three times a month, one of them gives a private luncheon talk for other fellows.



Hormones In Milk (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone): Does it always do a body good?

Milk is an interesting food.  Is it good for hormones, or is milk bad for you? Should you eat only organic or raw milk? With all the contradictory information about milk and how it impacts hormones, what should we believe?
Milk is seen, almost universally, by the average American as a health food. Those seeking muscle building and fat loss usually have nothing but great things to say about milk. And for good reason.  It has valuable anabolic properties. But milk may be an issue for some. As it relates to hormones, it may present some issues for some women, men and children.

A February 2010 article in the journal Pediatric International (February 2010. Vol. 52 #1) showed a potentially disturbing issue related to milk and its impact on the hormonal system.

The modern dairy cow has been converted to a full time milk factory. It is not often talked about, but modern industrialized dairy cattle continue to produce milk throughout their pregnancy. This milk goes directly into the food supply and contains varying amounts of bovine estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are then directly absorbed by consumers.

The researchers of this study wanted to see what impact these hormones were having on men and women so they enlisted seven men, five women, and six pre-pubertal children. The adult male and child participants in the study drank the equivalent of 2 8oz glasses of milk and had their urine and blood tested before drinking the milk and at multiple time points after milk intake.  The adult women in the study drank the same amount of milk (2 8oz servings) daily for 21 days beginning on the start of their menses.  They were then followed for two more consecutive menstrual cycles to determine if female ovulation was impacted.

The results of the study were worrisome especially for children. The adult male participants had significantly increased blood levels of all female hormones including estrogen and progesterone as well a sharp decline in serum testosterone. All the adults in the study as well as the children had increased levels of estrogen and progesterone and a suppression of their body’s own hormonal regulation of these same hormones.

According to the researchers, the levels of hormones could be especially problematic for children by delaying sexual maturation in young boys and increasing it in young girls. In addition, as discussed by the researchers, adults could theoretically see increased risk for hormone sensitive cancers including breast and prostate cancer.  The lowered testosterone seen in men in this study raises a counterargument to the common belief that milk helps increase testosterone and improve body composition.

The integrative medical community has had questions about milk intake for sometime. Milk is no longer processed the same way it once was. Selective breeding of dairy cattle, the use of drugs and hormones to generate greater milk yield per cow, issues with pasteurization and others have altered the quality of milk and raise questions about how healthy it really is for human consumption.

There are many other issues often raised with modern day milk intake. These include a link of milk intake to acne, recurrent ear infections in children, possible relation to low thyroid activity, hormone related cancer, and food allergy and food sensitivity.

Keeping things in context

It is easy to take a single study like this one and become alarmist.  The truth is information such as this needs to be viewed in context. This is a small study and there are many other studies showing positive aspects of milk consumption.   Examples of beneficial aspects of milk intake include increased protein (especially BCAA), vitamin D and calcium among others.  Protein as well as vitamin D and calcium are positively associated directly or indirectly with testosterone among other hormones.

The metabolic effect clinic has seen both benefits from and issues with dairy. Many men and women suffering from hormone related issues (PCOS, PMS, acne, prostate issues, etc) benefit from either reducing dairy intake or eliminating milk consumption altogether.  We have also seen great health improvements in many after replacing refined starch and sugary foods with milk protein (i.e. replacing morning cereal with a whey protein meal replacement shake).

Given these seemingly contradictory pieces of information, both clinically and in studies what take homes can we offer related to the potential downside and obvious upside to dairy protein? Here are our suggestions:
  1. If you are eating large amounts of dairy foods in the form of daily milk intake, cheese, yogurts and other foods AND you are suffering from hormone related issues (acne, PCOS, PMS, prostate, etc), then it may be wise to reduce your milk intake, eliminate it for a brief period of time or find a permanent replacement for milk (see elimination diet advice below).
  2.  When choosing dairy foods opt for organic or even raw milk products (available in some areas).  These products have less of a chance of being issues.
  3. If organic dairy products are not an option you may want to opt for lower fat milk since higher fat items concentrate fat soluble compounds like hormones. High fat milk contains more hormone.
  4. If you suspect dairy foods may be an issue do a diet elimination and challenge test.  Eliminate all dairy foods for a period of 10 to 14 days or until symptoms improve.  Then “challenge” the food by having 1 large serving of a dairy food. After this one meal challenge, once again avoid dairy foods for a period of 4 to 5 days looking for any worsening or return of symptoms. As an example, if you suffer from acne and milk elimination results in improvement, but the challenge causes a return or worsening of the condition you have a positive challenge and should decrease milk use, eliminate it altogether or at the very least consume with digestive enzymes (McCann, M. “Pancreatic enzyme supplement for treatment of multiple food allergies,” Ann. Allerg. 71:269, 1993).
Milk Alternatives
For those who would like to try to avoid milk or eliminate it for a short period of time here are the alternatives we recommend.
  • unsweet almond milk
  • unsweet coconut milk
  • unsweet soy milk (downside= a source of plant estrogens, possible thyroid disruption)
  • unsweet rice milk (downside= high in carbohydrates)
  • almond and rice cheeses
  • pea, hemp, rice, soy protein replacement shakes (our favorite is Vega one, Vega Sport and ME The Meal DF)
Final thoughts

Hopefully you can see the issue is not so clear.  Many do wonderfully on milk.  Some do not. While there are many beneficial aspects of dairy, there are also potential concerns. Given the individual nature of metabolism we cannot and should not make blanket statements regarding foods.  One person’s food can indeed be another persons poison.

References & further information:
  1. Murayama, et. al. Exposure to endogenous estrogen through intake of commercial milk produced from pregnant cows. Pediatric International. Feb 2010;52(1):32-38.
  2. Ganmaa D, et al. The possible role of female sex hormones in milk from pregnant cows in the development of breast, ovarian and corpus uteri cancers. Med Hypotheses. 2005;65(6):1028-37. Epub 2005 Aug 24.
  3. Velle W, et al. Endogenous anabolic agents in farm animals. Environ Qual Saf Suppl. 1976;(5):159-70.
  4. B. Melnik. Milk consumption: Aggravating factor of acne and promoter of chronic diseases of western societies. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges, 7(4):364{370, 2009.
  5. Farlow, et al. Quantitative measurement of endogenous estrogen metabolites, risk-factors for development of breast cancer, in commercial milk products by lc-ms/ms. J. Chromatogr. B Analyt. Technol. Biomed. Life Sci., 2009;877(13):1327-1334.
  6. Raloff, et al.  Janet Scientists find a soup of suspects while probing milk’s link to cancer. Science News March 28th 2009; Vol.175 #7
  7. Allen, et. al.  Animal foods, protein, calcium and prostate cancer risk: The european prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition. Br. J. Cancer, 2008;98(9):1574-1581.

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