Hey, I understand feeling bad for cows but, to be honest, I’m kind of tired of reading articles that tell me to stop eating dairy because the cows are abused. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the plight of cows forced to produce milk in an unnatural way but there are plenty of grass fed cows producing raw milk that health conscious people drink every day. My question remains, should I stop eating dairy to fight cancer?
Nobody seems to write or produce any substantive articles or videos on the subject. The authors of these articles and videos seem to always focus on bad practices in the commercial dairy industry. Now, I understand that these practices are bad for the cows and often bad for people but, I haven’t read anything that helps me decide if I should stop eating dairy. So, I’ve decided to do my best to tackle the subject.
I Already Know This! 🙂
Let me explain to you what I have been reading about standard dairy practices and why they are unhealthy. Yes, I was complaining about this before but, I want you to have all of the information as a good starting point before we try to answer the question about dairy and cancer.
The biggest problem with the milk we buy in the grocery store today is that it has been processed. Now, when I say processed I mean that it barely resembles the milk that came out of the cow. It’s been changed. It’s….mutant milk! OK….DRAAAMAAAA!!!! 🙂
Here’s the problem. The milk we purchase in the stores has been cooked and manipulated so much that the cream natural to the milk no longer separates. The technical terms are pasteurized and homogenized. So, you might wonder, why that matters at all. It matters because it changes how your body digests and processes that milk. Let’s take a closer look.
First, let’s take a look at the most blatant offense to cows and man….Bovine Growth Hormone. Now, if you haven’t heard of this I would be really surprised. There was a huge push to ban this substance and a giant media campaign to boycott it. In fact, if you look, most milk cartons make a point of noting that there is no bovine growth hormone in their particular product because of this. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are many farms, or should we call them dairy factories, that still use this but, you only have to read the carton to avoid it.
How does this hormone get in the milk? The cows are injected with growth hormones and antibiotics by the dairy farm. Here’s the worst part. There is now something called rBGH aka recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone A.K.A. Posilac. It’s genetically-engineered. It’s mutant milk! 🙁 This man-made hormone introduced by Monsanto in 1995 increases milk production in cows by about 20% and increases Insulin Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) in cow’s milk. Think cancer. It has been banned all over the world including the 25 European Union Countries, Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Comforting, isn’t it? You can read more in the article that I’ve quoted from below.
Acting on this cumulative evidence, a 1999 European Commission report by a team of internationally recognized experts concluded: “Avoidance of rBGH dairy products in favor of natural products would appear to be the most practical and immediate “dietary intervention to . . . (achieve) the goal of preventing cancer.” Furthermore, this warning has been endorsed (in our 2002 publication in a leading scientific journal) by over 100 leading independent experts in cancer prevention and public health, besides citizen activist groups. Read More
First, why do we pasteurize milk at all? Historically, commercial dairy farmers who were trying to make the most profit per cow were selling milk to the public that was unsanitary. The cows were not cared for and were kept in filthy conditions and the equipment was not clean. The entire process was filthy and people got sick. So, rather than clamp down on these offenders and make them clean up their act the government stepped in and had them “cook” the milk to kill the germs. That’s pasteurization.
Now, things have changed quite a bit since then but we still cook our milk before it is sold to the public. Here’s the thing, not only does the pasteurization process destroy the beneficial qualities of the uncooked (raw) milk but, it turns it into a “sugary drink”. You see, just like a “fruit rollup” type of product can be 100% fuit it is, as I’m sure you realize, nothing but fruit flavored sugar. They cook it until there is nothing left but the sugars. It’s the same with many fruit juices you get in the store. They cook them and make them sweet. It’s like caramelizing an onion. Think about it. Have you ever had 1% milk? It’s super sweet. The fat is gone and it’s been cooked. Yup, it’s a sugary milk flavored drink but, not the natural food that comes from mother nature! Here’s some more info.
Valuable enzymes are destroyed, vitamins (such as A, C, B6 and B12) are diminished, fragile milk proteins are radically transformed from health nurturing to unnatural amino acid configurations that can actually worsen your health. Finally the eradication of beneficial bacteria through the pasteurization process actually ends up promoting pathogens. Read More
“Homo” is the latin root of this word and means “the same” or similar. In this case homogenization means that the milk has been violently “mixed” to a point that the cream in the milk no longer separates and rises to the top of the milk. It is “the same” throughout the entire bottle. Here’s the problem. You are not drinking a whole food. You are drinking a processed milk flavored drink. Our bodies need whole foods to be healthy. You see, not all of the fat remains in the milk. They remove it and put it back in but…not all of it. You can read all about homogenization and why it is bad in the article that I’ve quoted from below.
Vitamins A and D are also fat-soluble. So you can’t absorb them from milk when all the fat has been skimmed off. (This makes fortified skim milk the biggest sham of all — you can pump fat-free milk full of a year’s supply of vitamins A and D, but the body can’t access them). Read More
This has nothing to do with Eddie Murphy. 🙂 All of this has caused health conscious people to move to something called raw milk. Raw milk is basically a play on the raw food movement where fruits and veggies are consumed raw rather than cooked for health reasons. Raw milk is typically unpasteurized and not homogenized and left in it’s natural state. In fact, when you get a bottle of raw milk it will usually get to you with the cream floating at the top. I’ve had it and to be honest it took a bit of getting used to. It’s a different taste. If you want to drink real milk this is it! In my opinion, you need to try it at least once. Just do a search for raw milk in your area and you will probably find some for sale. Although in many states raw milk is illegal so, respect your local laws. After all, I don’t want to make a food criminal outta ya! We don’t want to cause milk mayhem or create dairy dissenters….or…or….ok, I’ll stop. 🙂 Here’s a great video if you’re so inclined. It’s a dairy farmer’s take on the subject.
Summing It Up
Let’s sum up the background information that we’ve put together and tie it all together so that we can move on. Basically, the dairy industry has taken the milk mother nature has given us and processed it into a factory food that is less healthy for us. In addition, they constantly impregnate the female cows so that they are constantly producing milk. The cows are fed cheaper corn and grain based foods rather than allowing them to graze on the natural grasses they need to eat to stay healthy and produce healthy milk. The homogenization process removes the cream (dairy fat) needed by our bodies to process the healthy properties of the milk and they cook it into a sugary milk flavored drink with pasteurization. Finally, some of these cows are injected with genetically modified growth hormones to increase milk production artificially. So, we are now at the same place that all of the other articles have left us but, we still haven’t answered our question.
Should I Stop Eating Dairy to Fight Cancer
Finally! We are ready to answer the question. First, let me tell you that this is not an easy question to answer. There is nothing but nonsense out there. Here’s my take on it from what I’ve been reading and watching. Milk is a high sugar and high protein drink designed to make baby cows grow quickly. Now, from what I have been reading about cancer this is the exact thing we need to avoid. Sugar has been flagged as a food to avoid when you have cancer because it seems that it causes cancer to grow much quicker. You can take a quick look at this article if you’re so inclined.
Sugar’s harmful effects do not stop at diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hyper- and hypoglycemia, GERD and heart disease. Sugar and cancer are locked in a death grip, yet oncologists often fail to do what’s necessary to stop their patients from feeding their cancers with sweets. Read More
Now, there has been some recent research saying that sugar does not cause cancer to grow at all but, I know that sugar helps all cells to grow in general so…….I’m cutting back as much as possible. I’m especially cutting back on the cooked, unnatural sugar that has been processed in some food factory. If I’m having sugar then it’s going to be a low glycemic food that is part of that food in it’s natural state. I know…not that much fun.
Finally, this naturally high sugared drink for baby cows is also very high in protein. Which is good if you’re looking to grow big muscles but, if you’re looking to keep your cancer from spreading then I’m thinking it’s not your best move to drink milk. For the most part, I have been eating a veggie based diet because I have been trying to lower the amount of protein that I am ingesting. I’m trying to starve my cancer so, low protein has seemed to be the best choice for me.
So, in my opinion, milk should be avoided and it doesn’t matter if it’s homogenized, pasteurized or raw. It’s a high protein sugary drink designed to increase the growth of baby cows. So, it’ll do the same for you!
What about other Dairy Products
Most other dairy products are, in my opinion, a “no no” as well. Most of these other dairy items like yogurt, ice cream and the like are made from milk and usually the worst milk available. I know that some anticancer protocols call for eating cottage cheese but, that is something you have to investigate for yourself because I don’t know much about those protocols. I just know what I’m trying to accomplish. My conclusion is that I think avoiding dairy as much as possible is a good move for a cancer patient. If you disagree, let me know 🙂
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