6 Reasons NOT to drink your milk:

  1. If dairy is pasteurized, then the heat has caused the production of heterocyclic amines, nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These are all very potent carcinogens, which have been found to be genotoxic and damaging to the DNA (Agudo et al, 2004).
  2. There is a very powerful naturally occuring growth hormone in dairy called IGF-1, or insulin-like growth factor-1.This hormone resembles insulin and makes cells grow quite quickly and is a primary reason calves can grow so fast in a short amount of time. Increased levels of IGF-1 has been implicated in increases of breast and prostate cancers. IGF-1 also accelerates tumor growth and can make them more aggressive (Ethical Investing, 2011). In addition, the use of genetically engineered bovine growth hormones (rbGH & rBST) in commercial cows has now been shown to increase the level of IGF-1. In a notorious 1989 clinical study involving rbGH, all animals consuming milk which contained these additional artificial hormones developed cancer (Cohen, 1998).
  3. Dairy contains casomorphins which are opioids that make it easier for a human to become addicted to milk. According to Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D., ‘the strongest morphinogenic compound in dairy is as powerful as 1/10th the power of pure morphine’ (Cousens, 2011).
  4. Plasmologen is a ‘phospho-lipid-cholesterol-like substance which surrounds each of the cells making up a normal heart, arterial wall fibers, kidneys, mucous membranes of the large intestine and myelin sheaths. It has been described as being essential to cell integrity like mortar is to a brick wall. Bovine milk is a significant source of xanthine oxidase (XO) which can oxidize and change plasmologen to a different substance. Tissue samples from diseased arteries have been found to contain XO and found it to still be biologically active and breaking down tissues (Cohen, 1998).
  5. Homogenization of milk is a process of micronizing which reduces fat molecules by a factor of at least ten times. While large fat globules are not easily passed through the intestinal wall, homogenized fat with accompanying xanthine oxidase and IGF-1 can easily be passed through. This may explain the correlation observed between nations which homogenize milk and death rates from degenerative heart disease (Cohen, 1998).
  6. Bovine milk also contains the myco-bacterial para-tubercula (Para-TB) organism which seems to be capable of surviving conventional pasteurization and is easily transmitted to humans. It can cause the symptoms of chronic diarrhea and colitis. A number of researchers believe this organism is the primary cause of Crohn’s disease as a significant number of Crohn’s patients also have this organism in their gut (Cousens, 2011)

References:

Agudo, A., Amiano, P., Garcia-Closas, R., Gonzalez, C.A., Ibanez, R., Jakszyn, P., Pera, G. (2004) Nutrition and Cancer. Development of a Food Database of Nitrosamines, Heterocyclic Amines, and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.The Journal of Nutrition 134 (8), 2011-2014

Cohen R. (1998) Milk: the deadly poison. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Argus Publishing, Inc., 1998

Cousens, G. (2011) Perspectives on Dairy. Retrieved on October 25th 2011 from http://www.gabrielcousens.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=1P6YKB1c9Fg%3D&tabid=364&mid=6700&language=en-US

Ethical Investing (2011) rBGH (Posilac) — Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer. Retrieved on September 19th 2011 from http://www.ethicalinvesting.com/monsanto/bgh.shtml