It Does the Body….Good?

We’ve all seen the magazine ads and commercials of celebrities with the milk mustache telling us “it does a body good”   But is that really true?

A Harvard study reveals that milk from cows raised on factory farms produce milk (and milk products) with dangerously high levels of an estrogen compound called estrone sulfate, actually up to 33 times more.  This compound has been linked to breast, testicular and prostate cancers.   That little tidbit alone should make us all question the media messages we are bombarded with on a daily basis!

The government gives farmers incentives to confine their cattle in cages, feeding them genetically modified corn instead of allowing them to graze in pastures as they are meant to, given hormones and milked 300 days out of the year, even when pregnant!  While the cows are forced to produce much more milk when they are treated this way, they are not healthy and so they end up on antibiotics.  And then so do we!

Besides all the antibiotics and hormones the cows are given which end up in the milk, the pasteurization process kills the enzymes along with any health benefits.  The way the cattle are raised and fed, when they are milked and how the milk is handled makes a huge difference in the quality and health benefits of the final product.  Treating the animals in a humane way is good for all of us.

The study concluded raw, grass-fed, organic milk from cows milked at the proper times is linked to improving digestion, healing autoimmune disorders and boosting overall immunity, which can help prevent cancer.  That is why I believe it is critical to use dairy products that are produced properly in order to actually improve health – especially for our children.

Does it surprise you to realize that what has always been considered a “healthy” food is anything but and that when the animals are treated humanely and properly, they produce a healthier product?

About amusico

I am a holistic health coach and independent nutritional consultant. All my coaching plans are based on my 3-D Living program and a big part of that are the Youngevity Products and Supplements I proudly offer! Visit my website at http://www.threedimensionalvitality.com and learn more about the products and my coaching plans!
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12 Responses to It Does the Body….Good?

  1. Cam says:

    Thanks for the post Ann.
    This is something I’ve known for some time, and why I have chosen to get my calcium from Spinach rather than milk. Spinach has over 30% more calcium per calorie than milk does, and it is healthier when grown organically.

    Thanks for another great post!
    ~Cam

    • amusico says:

      Thanks Cam – I have spinach almost every day. You are right there are lots of great food sources of calcium other than cow’s milk – sesame seeds are a good one too.

  2. I totally agree!
    However, I also would like to raise the point that cow’s milk was never intended for human consumption in the first place. It is fine for calves, and even babies up to two years of age, because they have the necessary enzymes to digest milk. But after age two us humans don’t have the enzyme anymore hence a lot of people have milk intolerances because their digestive system doesn’t know how to deal with it properly. On top of that comes obviously what you have mentioned above: that an “unnatural” production of milk doens’t do anyone a favour, leading to even more people who experience problems when consuming milk. Most people don’t even realise that milk doesn’t agree with them. I get a headache, a funny thight feeling in my throat and an uncanny ill feeling in my gut. Others might simply have a blocked nose. 😉
    And if it is the calcium your after: there are other options that have a much higher concentration of it that milk (e.g. kale, figs, sardines).

    Love
    Anna

    • amusico says:

      Absolutely Anna! There are some dairy products that come from specific breeds of humanely raised cattle that do not produce the protein that causes the digestive problems as well. Beyond Organic Amasai is cultured so you get probiotics instead of antibiotics and it doesn’t contain the allergy-causing protein (A1 beta-casein) that causes digestive problems, and is slow pasteurized and never heated above the cow’s body temp 101. By the way, sardines and figs are some of my staple foods! Thank you for sharing your thoughts – I appreciate it.

  3. Michael says:

    The film Forks Over Knifes talks in detail about this. Also been reading The China Study by one of the doctors featured on the film. He was raised on a dairy farm and spent years researching and advocating the benefits of adequate protien comsumption, especially from cows (milk, beef) only to change his mind after seeing the obvious link between the Casien protien in milk to cancer. It was basically turning on and off the cancer growth. Turned out 5% consumption did nothing to the cancer growth, while 20% turned in “on”. They flat out say stay away from all dairy and animal meats.

  4. Ann,

    Great post! I rarely drink milk. I’ve switched to almond milk for almost everything that requires milk.

    Have a Victorious Day!
    Marianne Clements
    Victory Christian Coaching

  5. Wow, wow, WOW! It’s amazing what you think is good for you, ends up being totally opposite. We have to be very intentional with what we take into our bodies, and not do it because of the picture media and society paints for us. Thanks for this, Ann…

  6. Michael Good says:

    Ann,
    Claudia and I do drink raw, organic milk from grass fed Jersey cows. Claudia has done a lot of research in this area and feels very strongly about it. Don’t get her started… 🙂
    I’ll have to make sure she sees this.

    • amusico says:

      Haha – I understand – I bet she and I could definitely have a lot to discuss about this subject. That’s awesome Michael! It’s wonderful that you have access to it.

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