Scary Dairy? You decide.Posted by Jaime on Jan 15, 2013 in Nutrition & Health, Uncategorized | 13 comments
Got Milk, Or Not?
What’s better than a fresh batch of warm cookies and a tall glass of cold milk? If you just boxed jumped on to your kitchen table, ripped off your shirt and yelled MEAT! VEGGIES! WATER! MUSCLE UPS!…Dude, chill out. Nobody’s looking, you can agree that this stuff at least tastes good.
Now put your shirt back on.
Growing up being the rolly polly I was, cookies dunked in milk was my favorite! snack……..dessert……..entree. To be honest, anything dunked in milk. MILK! Loved the stuff as a kid. I used to drink so much, my nana would see me and say “ oh, there’s goes my little calf.”
Did she just call me a cow? A small cow, but a cow none the less.
Oh well, gulp gulp gulp, dunk dunk dunk, waddle waddle waddle.
If you’re on the primal wagon, dairy is off limits (with the exception of grass-fed/pastured butter). Do you know why?
Everyone, in unison
Oh dear God.
Yes that’s true, cave folk weren’t exactly chasing down saber cats and milking them. Except for Greg Focker’s ancestors. They probably milked cats.
Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson and other brilliant minds can explain the super science behind the dairy exclusion, but here’s a few things to consider for now:
- We are the only species to consume milk after infancy.
- We are the only mammals to drink another mammal’s milk.
- Our bodies haven’t evolved enough to properly digest dairy. One more time, “IF A CAVEMAN DIDN’T EAT IT, WE DON’T EAT IT.”
But isn’t dairy good for me?
No, not really. But later on I’ll discuss some loopholes.
But what about all the health claims?
Oh right, the propaganda, I mean “health claims” created by *Big Dairy and our true blue American government.
* Big Dairy: Conventional dairy factories interested in high production and making money. Not interested in health of the cows, the planet or you.
*Government: Factory of congressmen interested in high production and making money. Not seemingly interested in health of the cows, the planet or you.
You Remember the claims, right?
Well, you decide.
Countries who consume the least amount of dairy have the lowest rated of osteoporosis. Americans consume over 600 lbs of dairy per year (per person), an abundance of calcium from dairy, yet suffer some of the highest rates in the world. Hmm, that’s odd.
Oh, and about those so called health claims above…..
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently asked the UDSA to look into the scientific basis of the claims made in the “milk mustache” ads. Their panel of scientists stated the truth clearly:
• Milk doesn’t benefit sports performance.
• There’s no evidence that dairy is good for your bones or prevents osteoporosis — in fact, the poor quality animal protein it contains may help cause bone loss!
• Dairy is linked to prostate cancer.
• Dairy causes digestive problems for the 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance.
• Dairy aggravates irritable bowel syndrome.
Simply put, the FTC asked the dairy industry, “Got Proof?” — and the answer was NO!
(Dr. Mark Hyman)
So how am I supposed to get calcium?
Calcium is important, but not in the mass quantities that Americans consume. Far superior sources that are bodies are better suited for are:
- Salmon, sardines
- Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, swiss chard
- Some seeds
Not to mention you are probably Vitamin D deficient. That’s the real ticket in preventing cancers, diabetes (I and II), obesity, depression, osteoporosis and a boat load others.
- Cod liver oil
- Eggs from chickens that play in the sun
- Meat from animals that play in the sun
- The best way of course is good old fashioned sunshine!
Hey Twilight, go outside. While you’re at it, walk to the store and buy a quality D3 supplement and some fish oil too.
So is all dairy is totally off limits?
As you can see above, we don’t need dairy to survive and thrive. In fact, there’s a lot of evidence to support dairy being completely disastrous for human consumption. However, I’ll bet most of those negatives associated with dairy are because it came from a very sad cow on a production line being fed GMO soy and corn, not a happy cow living on a real farm eating grass and playing in sunshine. Totally different story. Insert possible dairy loophole as promised above.
Check out Mike Adams’ pictogram from Natural News.
Don’t just skim over, really read it!
In conclusion, finally.
Do I think we’re meant to have dairy and need it to be healthy? No.
Do I think “Big Dairy” is full of B.S. ? Yes.
Do I think there are some benefits in RAW (or grass fed/pastured) dairy? Yes, in moderation. But play around with it and see how you feel. Maybe you can tolerate more than others.
Good places to find RAW ( or grass-fed/pastured) dairy?
Local health food stores. The Safeways, Vons and Alberstons of the world won’t have it. Shop outside the box!
Look for brands like:
- Humbolt Creamery
- Strauss Family Creamery
- Organic Pastures RAW dairy
- Kerrygold (Irish ) – Trader Joes carries their butter and cheese
- Sierra Nevada Cheese Co.
- Local farmer’s marketAnother great source is the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Enough about what I think, what do you think? Have you had any experiences with dairy in your diet and taking it away? Different brands?
Come on, leave me some comments so I know you’re reading.
By the way, this is what I know and will share today. Although it’s unlikely, 50 years from now dairy could save the world! I encourage you to question everything you buy, everything you’re fed and everything you read, even this. Ultimately, do what’s best for you.