Should You be Drinking Milk?
December 16, 2013•9 min
Although American women consume tremendous amounts of calcium, their rates of osteoporosis are among the highest in the world.According to the American Gastroenterological Association, cow’s milk is the number one cause of food allergies among infants and children. Most people begin to produce less lactase, the enzyme that helps with the digestion of milk, when they are as young as two years old. This reduction can lead to lactose intolerance. Millions of Americans are lactose intolerant. An estimated 90 percent of Asian-Americans and 75 percent of Native and African-Americans suffer from the condition, which can cause bloating, gas, cramps, vomiting, headaches, rashes and asthma. A U.K. study showed that, "people who suffered from irregular heartbeats, asthma, headaches, fatigue, and digestive problems marked and often complete improvements in their health after cutting milk from their diets.” Calcium and protein myths: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Organization (PETA) found that although American women consume tremendous amounts of calcium, their rates of osteoporosis are among the highest in the world. Conversely, Chinese people consume half as much calcium (most of it from plant sources) and have a very low incidence of the bone disease.A Harvard Nurses’ Study of more than 77,000 women ages 34 to 59 found that those who consumed two or more glasses of milk per day had higher risks of broken hips and arms than those who drank one glass or less per day.Is raw milk safe and possibly better for you to drink? A growing number of people feel that pasteurized milk depletes some of its nutritional and health benefits.The raw milk diet is a controversial topic and public health officials have a strong stance against raw milk. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), raw milk can contain dangerous bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, which can lead to serious illness. The FDA further claims that pasteurization, a heating process developed back in 1864, does not cause lactose intolerance or allergic reactions, nor does it reduce milk’s nutritional value. Dr. Decker Weiss explains why you should cut milk from your diet altogether.