Milk: A dangerous food?

Eugenia - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I've very recently received an e-mail about the dangers of consuming cow's milk. I've only just started doing some research on the issue and was shocked to find out about the diseases and side-effects of cow's milk consumption. Many researches urge parents not to let their children drink milk. Any views on the subject? What does one give their children in stead of milk?

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User - posted on 02/21/2010

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I think Sue brought up a very good point about research that you find on the internet. When you are looking be sure to also do the research on who is paying for the research. It can sometimes take a little digging but often the most inflamatory statements are paid for by special interests groups, like a soy company saying cows milk is bad.

I do agree with with the problems of chemicals. My family only consumes locally produced organic milk. I don't buy raw milk like some people do, but I still am able to find it locally. I don't see anything wrong morally or health wise with consuming it and will continue in a responsible way.

If you are worried about what's in your food check at your local famers market or health food store and they can probably put you in contact with local small scale farmers. We belong to a amish food co-op that's a great source of produce, I get my eggs from a farmer less than 10 miles away that actually keeps his chickens more like pets than farm animals and of course the milk. It does cost a little more, I pay $2 a dozen for eggs, but I think it's well worth it.

Eugenia - posted on 02/21/2010

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Emilie, people have indeed been drinking cow's milk for hundreds of years but modern milk is so NOT what it used to be a few hundred years ago. It's a well known fact that cows live in horrible conditions and are constantly given antibiotics to stop the infections they get there. This is not just about humans digesting cow's milk, but whether modern cow's milk contains all sorts of chemicals that are potentially harmful to people.

Sue - posted on 02/21/2010

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Cows milk doesn't agree with everyone and yes it can be hard to digest. I know it causes asthma issues in some people including my partner. However we still drink it. He can drink it but knows when to stop. Cream and creamy soups can do it to but again he knows how to balance it out.



One thing I have noticed is an increase in reviews advertisments etc about how bad cows milk is then I discovered a lot of research was conducted by labs who had been asked to perform tests by soy milk companies. I have also read a great deal on how bad soy milk is and how it can cause cancer ......... I bottle fed my daughter soy milk because she had allergies to my milk and standard formula.



I also read an article that potatoes can cause cancer until I read in the test that the rats were being fed 10 times their own body weight in spuds every day [yep I am sure if I ate that much potato I'd be in for a bit of cancer]..... basically what I am trying to say is be careful about what you read, where it comes from and what it is trying to get you to do. Having worked in a pharmacy its real interesting what some companies will do to get you to buy their product and I am now very cynical about research. Lots of these papers that I read all the way through followed right at the end with an advertisement for a product that they had been saying was a good alternative to cows milk. Lets scare everyone into buying what we are selling shall we.



Again yes cows milk does have its problems and I totally agree 100% that we don't need it after a certain age. But I still like to drink it and so does my partner.

Rachelle - posted on 02/20/2010

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I have also heard that. I haven't done enough research to really know a lot about it though. I do know that if you cut out cows milk soy milk is not a great alternative for little boys, it has too much estrogen in it.

Emilie - posted on 02/20/2010

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I agree with crystal, People have been drinking cows milk for hundreds of years, I have never heard any complaints before until recently. Milk does have nutritionla value. Most people do not eat enough fruits and veggtables to cut out milk. I do think soy milk would be a good alternative than cows milk, but until I see that it is doing my family harm then I am not going to change to soy.

Crystal - posted on 02/20/2010

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I've heard that our bodies don't really digest cow's milk very well. A friend of mine has tried to get our family to switch to Soy milk because of that.. saying that cow's milk has no nutritional value. Well, I honestly don't really see the harm ... but I haven't done much research myself either... but humans have been drinking it for decades .. I've grown up on it, still drink it from time to time, so why change now ... because a scientist has an opinion about it? Just my point of view.

Jamese - posted on 02/20/2010

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We don't drink milk n my home. Humans are the only creature that consume milk after infancy. If you improve your diet you have no reason to drink milk. Everything found in milk can be found in fruits and vegetables.

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