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LGLWSM Newsletter 076 - 6 Good Reasons to Moderate Dairy Consumption
October 31, 2014
Hi!

About 5 years ago now, I gave up drinking cows milk and switched over to soy… before I knew about GMO’s. When I found out, I stopped drinking that too! Instead, I rely on Greek yogurt and greens to provide the calcium that my bones need.

Most mid-aged people remember consuming milk regularly as a youngster. Our parents gave us milk as children and told us to ‘drink up’! We were also given milk at school.. and later on, in order for more students to drink more, we were offered chocolate milk as an alternative. What could be better? After all, milk’s good for young growing bodies! Right?

As it turns out, that’s not necessarily true. Cow’s milk (and the products that are made from it) is extremely hard to digest and can induce a negative domino effect on your health. Below are some of the very reasons you may want to cut down on your consumption, if you haven’t already done so.

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6 Good Reasons to Moderate Dairy Consumption

  • Researchers have found that dairy products are many times the cause of heart attacks, hardening of the arteries, (atherosclerosis) and heart attacks. Finland, (which has a booming dairy industry), has the highest death rate from heart disease in the world – and also one of the very highest rates of dairy product consumption.

  • Did you know that consuming dairy products could cause you to develop osteoporosis? You may be scratching your head wondering what the heck? Aren’t dairy products suppose to build strong bones? John Robbins at Healthy at 100 explains:

    "Americans consume more cow’s milk and its products per person than most populations in the world. So Americans should have wonderfully strong bones, right? Unfortunately not. A recent study showed that American women aged fifty and older have one of the highest rates of hip fractures in the world. The only countries with higher rates are in Europe and in the south Pacific (Australia and New Zealand) where they consume even more milk than in the United States."

    "These researchers explained that animal protein, unlike plant protein, increases the acid load in the body. An increased acid load means that our blood and tissues become more acidic. The body does not like this acidic environment and begins to fight it. In order to neutralize the acid, the body uses calcium, which acts as a very effective base. This calcium, however, must come from somewhere. It ends up being pulled from the bones, and the calcium loss weakens them, putting them at greater risk for fracture."

  • Cows milk consumption may be directly related to the many autoimmune diseases (as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus) that are rampant today. In The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, says that cow’s milk was found to be as good a predictor of MS as latitude (i.e., getting or not getting adequate sunshine).

  • The cows of today are forced to produce milk at a much higher rate than when we were growing up. In fact, 10 out of 12 months of the year, they are hooked up to machines that extract the milk from their feeble bodies. They are also forced to eat feed that’s GMO based, and given vast amounts of artificial hormones, steroids, and antibiotics. Many studies have shown connections between the hormones in dairy products and the formation of hormone- related cancers. By simply moderating animal milk products, you have a better chance of avoiding breast, prostate, colon, and many other cancers.

  • Most people know that consuming milk causes the body to produce excess mucus, which can lead to congestive problems of the sinuses, throat, bronchi, and lungs. That excess mucus formation can cause you to lose your sense of smell, taste, and hearing and impedes breathing. Respiratory problems and stagnation of the lymphatic system can largely be blamed on ingestion of dairy foods.

  • Many food allergies are associated with the regular consumption of dairy products. The low-fat versions are even worse for you as compared to the high fat versions! This is because they contain higher levels of protein to fat and it’s that high level of protein that induces the allergic response.

    Aside from these health reasons, the dairy industry is one of the filthiest industries in business. This doesn’t even account for the way cows dairy are mistreated. Mother cows lead very sad and depressing lives. And even though cows can live 15 years or longer, they’re usually slaughtered around four years of age... and their remnants go into hamburger meat.

    For many reasons, see what you can do to cut back or at least moderate the amount of dairy products that you consume. Sign petitions often... to help force the industry to change its devious ways! And get the word out to friends and loved ones.

    Americans have been subjected to many changes over the years – and far too few of them have been for the betterment of our existence. Remember that green veggies provide the best source of calcium that truly build strong bones!


    Resource - Do You Believe Dairy Products Are Necessary for Good Health?

    I was also hoping to tell you some awesome news! but it didn't work out for right now. I approached a local news station recently and asked them to do a story about GMO's. And two weeks later, a reporter got back to me and asked me if I'd appear on camera. I said HECK YES!

    I cleaned my house and yard like crazy and was ready for the interview but the reporter cancelled on me at the last minute. Although I was bummed out, I'm not giving up! They may still run the story later, so I am on hold for now. If their network won't do it though, I will approach the other networks! NC is far behind the rest of the country and I am hoping that GMO labeling laws win in Colorado and Oregon next week. Fingers crossed! I promise to keep everyone posted! XOXO

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