12 Frightening Facts About MilkSeattle hypnosis clients are frequently provided nutritional information to improve their health and wellness. One new article they now have access to that was written by Thomas Campbell, M.D., is  12 Frightening Facts About Milk which I found at the Center For Nutrition Studies. For almost 18 years I have been teaching self hypnosis to people who want to improve their health with a plant based lifestyle. Are you eating and drinking dairy products? And, what about your kids? Are you really giving them milk, cheese, butter and ice cream – foods that are know to make you fat and sick? Is that really what you want for yourself and for your family? No matter where you may live, give me a call or send me an email and find out how you too can learn self hypnosis to create a large amount of no desire.

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12 Frightening Facts About Milk

Center For Nutrition Studies, Thomas M. Campbell, MD, October 31, 2014: A large observational cohort study in Sweden found that women consuming more than 3 glasses of milk a day had almost twice the mortality over 20 years compared to those women consuming less than one glass a day. In addition, the high milk-drinkers did not have improved bone health. In fact, they had more fractures, particularly hip fractures.

Interestingly, the study also found that fermented milk products (cheese and yogurt) significantly decreased mortality and fractures among these women. For each serving of these fermented dairy products, the rate of mortality and hip fractures was reduced by 10-15%. The researchers pin the negative effects of liquid milk on D-galactose, a breakdown product of lactose that has been shown to be pro-inflammatory. Milk has much more D-galactose than does cheese or yogurt.

I am surprised that this study garnered so much mass media attention upon its release, as it highlights the deleterious side of milk, but I also think it is important to keep the findings in context. And when it comes to the health effects of dairy, the context is not so pretty:

  1. In observational studies both across countries and within single populations, higher dairy intake has been linked to increased risk of prostate
  2. Observational cohort studies have shown higher diary intake is linked to higher ovarian cancer risk.
  3. Cow’s milk protein may play a role in triggering type 1 diabetes through a process called molecular mimicry.
  4. Across countries, populations that consume more dairy have higher rates of multiple sclerosis.
  5. In interventional animal experiments and human studies, dairy protein has been shown to increase IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1) levels. Increased levels of IGF-1 has now been implicated in several cancers.
  6. In interventional animal experiments and human experiments, dairy protein has been shown to promote increased cholesterol levels (in the human studies and animal studies) and atherosclerosis (in the animal studies).
  7. The primary milk protein (casein) promotes cancer initiated by a carcinogen in experimental animal studies.
  8. D-galactose has been found to be pro-inflammatory and actually is given to create animal models of aging.
  9. Higher milk intake is linked to acne.
  10. Milk intake has been implicated in constipation and ear infections.
  11. Milk is perhaps the most common self-reported food allergen in the world.
  12. Much of the world’s population cannot adequately digest milk due to lactose intolerance.

So despite being very pleased that the public is glimpsing some of the evidence against milk in this recent study (though they also could be hearing about the benefits of cheese and yogurt from this same study), I think there is a far more powerful story; a story that takes into account the largely hidden context of diet and dairy research. There is a wealth of indirect evidence of very serious possible harms of consuming dairy foods, and, on the flip side, the evidence that milk prevents fractures is scant.

As we look beyond the headlines, it is hard to think that we should continue to consume the lactation fluid that exists in nature to nourish and rapidly grow calves.

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I know that I just posted Got Milk, Got Disease: 3 glasses of milk a day linked to earlier death last Monday, but this is just an important topic for your health that it bears repeating.

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