A lot of the info about the problems with cow's milk can be found in the book, “The New Wellness Revolution” by Paul Zane Pilzer. The book is mainly about our current and future wellness / healthcare system and potential opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs looking to get into the wellness industry. According to the book, the following are true about cow’s milk:
- Milk causes osteoporosis, despite advertising that states milk prevents it.
- Milk contains hormones and carries infectious diseases.
- A normal cow produces about 10 pounds of milk per day. However, dairy cows produce up to 100 pounds of milk per day because of the massive amount of specialized hormones such as bovine growth hormone (BGH) given to the cows. This makes the cows udders so large that they drag on the floor which creates frequent infections and the need for constant antibiotics.
- The USDA allows cow milk for consumption to have 1 to 1.5 million white blood cells (which is pus!) per milliliter.
- The growth hormones given to cows are a major cause of breast cancer in adults because the hormones act the same as it does in the cows. The hormones cause malignant tumors in the human breast to grow just like in the cows.
- Despite the fact that numerous consumer groups have asked the FDA to ban BGH and other hormones, the FDA continues to allow the use because of powerful ADA lobbyists in Washington DC.
- Cows contaminate the environment. For every 100 pounds of cow milk produced per day, a cow produces 120 pounds per day of waste which is equivalent to the waste of 24 people.
- Dairy products are the major cause to 65 percent of the American population being overweight.
- Milk accounts for 40 percent of the 4 pound of food an average American eats daily; however, it contains no fiber, and is filled with saturated fat and cholesterol.
A glass of milk is 49 percent fat and the lower fat milk (like 2% milk) is only slightly lower in fat.
- The book recommends switching to soy milk which has the following benefits:
* Soy is the best low fat source of carbohydrates, fibers, protein, vitamins & minerals.
* Soy can help to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease and cancer.
* Soy is high in calcium and does not contain casein proteins which cause calcium loss in
* Soy reduces the frequency and intensity of hot flashes in menopausal women which is
similar to estrogen-replacement therapy.
* The American Heart Association endorses soy to help consumers lower their (bad)
cholesterol and reduce risk for heart disease.
* Soy contains more protein per weight than beef, fish, and chicken with no cholesterol
and very little saturated fat.
* Of the 9 basic amino acids needed for the body that can’t be produced by the body,
soy provides all 9, however, without the hormones, saturated fat and calories (as with
cow milk and meat products).
So there you have it. It seems there are many advantages to switching to soy milk and other soy products. However, I’m sure if you research any animal product, there are always hormones used to process the product. You may be thinking that buying 'organic' milk from cows that are not subjected to hormone treatments are better for you. That may be the case, but that doesn't get rid of cow milk protein, casein. Also, just because a cow may not have been subjected to unnatural hormones doesn't mean its free from them. Cow's have been tampered with for years, maybe decades. Some experts say it may take several generations of cow offspring before you have a herd that is free from left over hormone treatment problems.
BTW... I have been dairy free/meat free for just about a year now. I've had my lipids checked and am fine. No deficiencies of any kind. Unless you count 125 total cholesterol a deficiency.