I’ve been wanting to share some information about dairy for a while now. I’ve been hesitant because I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching or trying to push my beliefs on anybody. But there is so much false propaganda out there about the health benefits of dairy, I just wanted to play devil’s advocate to give you some food for thought, no pun intended. I’ve included no pictures of the torture cows endure because I find that too difficult to look at, as I’m sure you do as well. Instead, I’ve added some pictures of cows in a more positive light, the ways in which I wish they could be able to live.
A couple of years ago, Justin came home with a book that he thought I’d be interested in: MILK The Deadly Poison, by Robert Cohen. Now before reading this book, I had read some articles and books depicting dairy in a not-so-positive light. There was something different about this book though. Whether it was the tone or the information, I’m not sure, but what I am sure of is that I was so affected by it that it became the crux of me, my transition from vegetarianism to veganism.
For 20 years now, thanks in large part to the Monsanto Company (responsible for genetically engineered seeds and agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology – basically the downfall of all agriculture), cows have been injected with a growth hormone known as recombinant bovine somatotropin, or recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBST or rBGH). This hormone enables cows to produce more milk; however, it also makes them sick causing mastitis – which is the inflammation of breast tissue – as well as cancer, according to Jane Heimlich, author of What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You. Robert Cohen, in his book MILK The Deadly Poison, states that sixty percent of cows have leukemia (and considering this book was published in 1998, I’m assuming those numbers are higher today). rBST is banned in many countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, and Argentina. A glass of milk contains fat (equivalent to three slices of bacon), cholesterol, antibiotics, bacteria, and pus, according to Heimlich. Yes, pus…
The amount of calcium needed to make your bones stronger can only be found in dairy is a complete myth, created, of course, by the dairy industry. One tablespoon of chia seeds contains more calcium than one glass of milk. No other species drinks another’s milk except for humans, and no other species consumes milk after the age of about two. According to Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat, “Cows don’t drink milk after calfhood, but they grow bones that fully support 800-pound weights and more. They do this by eating grass. Grass has calcium, and so does every other food plant: fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts.” Unfortunately, you won’t find much support or truth from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as they are influenced by special interest groups and pharmaceutical companies who thrive from the sick in need of drugs.
Just like other animals, cows are not meant to nurse for their entire lives, and with the addition of growth hormone injections, their udders drag on the floor as they walk causing constant torment and non-stop bleeding throughout their lives. According to nutrition expert John Pierre, “A cow’s udders can become unnaturally distended from being forced to produce thousands of extra gallons of milk per year, making them drag on the ground. Most concrete dairy lots are paved with piles of bacteria-laden manure. The fecal matter contaminates her udders, causing infections (mastitis), and is one of the reasons antibiotics are routinely administered to dairy cows.” This fact alone has stuck with me and is the main reason I’ve been able to so easily stay away from dairy. I’ve chosen not to include a picture of this as it’s too upsetting, but the photos are deeply dismaying and one look in their eyes depicts a lifetime of agonizing pain, mind-crippling fear, and a plea for an end to it all.
You may not realize how much dairy you’re eating and drinking because not everyone is a milk drinker, but Robert Cohen makes it easier to understand with a conversion chart. Some of these facts include:
- It takes 21.2 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter
- It takes 12 pounds of milk to make one pound of ice cream
- It takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of hard cheese
Dairy causes clogged arteries, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. It increases the body’s level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) which is a known cancer promoter. Dairy, especially cheese, contains a mind-boggling amount of chemicals. Methyl cellulose, a thickener used in processed cheeses, is also a chemical used in making adhesives and make-up. Sodium carboxymethyl, a stabilizer, is also used in paints and inks. Dairy causes inflammation throughout the body, resulting in acne, irritable bowel syndrome, as well as allergies, mucus, and sinus problems. There truly is an enormous amount of information out there, just google negative side effects of dairy, and a plethora of reading material awaits you.
Cohen, Robert. MILK The Deadly Poison. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Argus Publishing, Inc., 1998. Print.
Nestle, Marion. What to Eat. New York: North Point Press, 2006. Print.
Pierre, John. WHAT EVERY PARENT NEED TO KNOW – The Sour Facts About Dairy, wordpress.com.
Trudeau, Kevin. Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About. Elk Grove Village, Il: Alliance Publishing Group, Inc., 2004. Print.