Dispelling The Myth of the Sacred Cow©
Nature’s Perfect Food is not be the health food you are led to believe.
The National Dairy Council warns us that if we dont
drink milk, our bones will become brittle. Milk has no valid
claim as the perfect food.
out of fear and misinformation, many Americans make dairy
products a large part of their diets.
are significant studies to support that diary products cause
allergies, asthma, and sinusitis. Cysts, tumors, skin diseases,
arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease are linked to Natures
Perfect Food. Ovarian cancer rates parallel dairy-eating patterns
around the world.
Today’s cows are fed a host of drugs, hormones to make them fat
(which makes humans fat as well) and steroids and antibiotics
which you ingest when you eat cow's milk products. Even moderate
amounts of antibiotics in animal food result in antibiotic
resistance in human beings. According to an August 1992 report
in Science, Doctors around the world are losing the
battle against an onslaught of new drug-resistant bacterial
infections. Also, hormones ingested from cows
milk and its by-products create hormonal imbalances in humans,
leading to many health problems, including cancer.
dairy from the diet has been shown to shrink enlarged tonsils
and adenoids, and many physicians report a reduction in colds,
flus, allergies, and sinus, throat and ear infections with dairy-free
Christine Northrup of Maine states, dairy is a tremendous
mucus producer and a burden to the respiratory, digestive
and immune systems. Hormones in dairy have been linked
to PMS and menopause systems as well.
of milk products has been associated with insulin-dependent
diabetes, and a 1989 study in nutrition and cancer linked
lung cancer and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma with the consumption
of cows milk.
impact of food on your mind is as great as it is on our body.
Milk and its by-products foster passivity and dependency,
make you irritable, anxious, overly- emotional and can lead
to insomnia and depression. Perhaps it is more profitable
to come up with new mood elevators and tranquilizers than
to research the relationship between diet and emotions.
where will I get my calcium? I am constantly asked.
Results of the most comprehensive study of the relationship
between diet and disease challenge much of American dietary
dogma. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from
Cornell University, headed the China Study which began in
1983. The study shows that animal products, including dairy,
are not needed to prevent bone loss.
Osteoporosis tends to
occur in countries where calcium intake is highest and where
most if its protein comes from rich dairy products. The Chinese
data indicates that people need less calcium than we think,
and we can get adequate amounts from vegetarian foods. Women
in China do not develop breast and reproductive cancers or
osteoporosis. Most Chinese eat no dairy products and get their
calcium from vegetables. The Chinese consume half the calcium
Americans do and osteoporosis is uncommon in that country.
many cultures who do not eat dairy food and exist on grains
and vegetables, experience less bone loss than cultures who
consume large amounts of animal and dairy protein. Elderly
people in a number of developing countries show low osteoporosis
rates despite calcium intake as low as 200 mg.
more calcium is not the only factor involved in bone loss.
Too much protein, especially animal protein, depletes calcium and other mineral reserves
in the bones, as do coffee, alcohol, sugar and tobacco.
eat a diet rich in dark green leafy vegetables such as kale
and collard greens, and include a variety of other vegetables,
and are open to try some new foods such as tofu, sea vegetables,
beans, legumes, soy products, nuts and seeds, your calcium
requirements will easily be met. Including outdoor exercise
on a regular basis is a positive in building healthy bones.
defending cigarette smoking during his presidential campaign,
Bob Dole cynically stated that, Some people even think
that milk is not good for you. Well, Bob, Im one
of those people.
Americans have abandoned destructive heavy meat-eating patterns.
Isnt it time we wean ourselves from the udder of the
sacred cow so that we may realize our full potential as human
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