Milk is Bad Mmmm-Kay

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7 Ways Milk and Dairy Products are Making You Sick


MARCH 19, 2016

Fork Over Knives

Americans consume 600 lbs. of dairy products annually. The largest concerns with the ever increasing consumption of dairy products are their associations with multiple serious health issues. There has been documented increases in levels of estradiol and progesterone in both children and adults blood and urine. Men will absorb the estrogen in milk significantly decreasing their testosterone levels. Pediatricians have been expressing their concerns with prepubescent children showing early sexual maturation related to exposure to exogenous estrogens in commercial milk. Multi-centered, peer-reviewed studies have shown that consumption of dairy products is the on the most concerning and consistent risk factors for hormone-dependent malignant diseases; including ovarian, breast, testicular, and prostate cancers. Several studies have found that casein protein in dairy facilitates the growth and development of cancer. Multiple large-scale studies have revealed positive correlations between consumption of cow’s milk to type 1 diabetes. This has been evidenced by the body’s immune systems auto-attacks being triggered by the foreign peptides in dairy products that have similar components in the human body. Another problem is with pesticides that still exists in our environment showing up in dairy products. These show up with greater capacities in dairy products due to the high fat content. Doctor Ochoa concludes that humans are not intended to drink other mammals milk. Biologically we are not to consume our own species milk after the weaning process.

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Sofia Pineda Ochoa, MD is a practicing physician in Houston, Texas who is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Her other credentials include; professor of biochemistry at the University of Guadalajara’s School of Medicine in Mexico, and a co-founder the educational non-profit Meat Your Future (provides fact-based information about the health, environmental, and ethical implications of consuming animal products). “7 Ways Milk and Dairy Products Are Making You Sick” was published by Forks Over Knives. Forks Over Knives was launched in 2011 as a feature documentary. The film was backed by scientific research through evidenced based studies including Dr. Campbell’s acclaimed China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project. Promoting the concept that by eliminating a highly animal-based diet and adopting a whole food plant based diet we can gain the power to heal ourselves through good nutrition.

The article was not a lengthy one, but this was refreshing and ended up proving to be extremely informative. One of the biggest obstacles we face in the health care industry is the heath literacy of our patients. I feel Dr. Ochoa trimmed the unnecessary medical jargon that inhibits people from sustaining interest in what they are reading, leading to a lack of understanding in the concept. Utilizing the data collected from scientific research studies and her background in biochemistry, Ochoa presented a strong case. Linking not just high consumption of dairy products, but all consumption of dairy products to the source of our countries leading health problems.

The material regarding high animal protein content of dairy inducing acidosis sparked my interest the most. Increasing the proportion of sulfur-containing amino acids results in our body leaching calcium from our bones to neutralize the increased acidity. It makes you think if dairy milk is supposed to strengthen bones, then why are the highest rates of hip fractures related to osteoporosis found in countries who consume the most dairy milk.

Our immune systems are engineered to; seek out, attack, and destroy any foreign substances that are not intended for our cellular make up. Humans are the only mammalian species that consume other animals milk. You don’t see a cow shopping for a gallon of momma’s milk at her local grocers. Overall, Doctor Ochoa’s conclusions were spot on, and matched the data found in the research studies she referenced.