Dairy (All pasteurized dairy products)

Man is the only mammal that continues to drink milk beyond the first year of life.

Some people are lactose intolerant, others allergic, perhaps to casein, the protein found in dairy products or possibly from the antibiotics that is often found in milk products.

In America the FDA and USDA allow 750 million pus cells per liter.

We are taught that we need dairy as a source of calcium, however there are other better sources of calcium available, (leafy green vegetables). Dairy products are a poor source of calcium because when calcium is mixed with protein it becomes poorly absorbed by the body.

Enjoy the following short video on facts about Dairy Products.

Consider this: American women are among the biggest consumers of calcium in the world, yet still have one of the highest levels of osteoporosis in the world.

A study funded by the US National Dairy Council, gave a group of postmenopausal women three, 8 oz glasses of skimmed milk a day for two years, then compared their bones with those of a control group of women not given the milk. The dairy group consumed 1,400mg of calcium a day, yet lost bone at twice the rate of the control group. Similarly, the Harvard Nurses' Health Study found that women who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk.

Another piece of research found that women who get most of their protein from animal sources have three times the rate of bone loss and hip fractures of women who get most of their protein from vegetable sources, according to a 2001 National Institutes of Health study.

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1985, 78 reported

"In the case of the eight year old female subject, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was a milk allergy. After avoiding dairy products, all pain was gone in three weeks”.

Neal Barnard, M.D. of www.pcrm.org writes

"Certain foods trigger the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and eliminating these foods sometimes causes even long-standing symptoms to improve or even remit entirely. It is important to avoid the problem foods completely, as even a small amount can cause symptoms. All dairy products should be avoided: skim or whole cow’s milk, goat’s milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, etc."

Allergy specialist Dr. James Braly, in the book Alternative Cures says,

"Milk is one of the two or three most common food allergens in the American diet,"

According to Alternative Medicine,

Up to half of all infants may be sensitive to cows milk. As a result, symptoms of an underlying milk allergy may start as early as infancy, only manifested as eczema, a symptom that may remain later on in childhood and adulthood. Furthermore, in addition to asthma and eczema, an underlying milk allergy may manifest as bronchitis, sinusitis, autoimmune disorders, frequent colds and ear infections and even behavioral problems.

Food Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper states that

"Reactions that induce joint pain and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea”.
Decide for yourself AFTER testing no dairy for a month whether this is something you should be eating or not.

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This information is not designed as or intended to be used as medical diagnosis or advice. Patients should consult their physicians about diagnosis and treatment.