You don’t need milk to get calcium

No other species on this planet drinks another species’ milk, and no species drinks its own mother’s milk beyond the age of weaning because it isn’t necessary anymore. Then why do we drink it after babyhood? Mom doesn’t want us sucking on her the rest of our lives, right? The whole purpose of cow’s milk is to get a 70lb baby calf to become 1,000 pounds in a year. So you are drinking something that is MADE to make you fat–and quickly! If we wiped away technology, packaging, preservatives, etc., you are basically sucking out nasty puss with your lips on a dirty cow’s teets. Sick. You can get your calcium in other less-nasty (and much more healthy & humane) ways.

The dairy industry claims that milk will stop osteoporosis but that is not wholly true, thanks to more recent tests and studies. Harvard Medical School says to take a look at other evidence: “in particular, these studies suggest that high calcium intake doesn’t actually appear to lower a person’s risk for osteoporosis. For example, in the large Harvard studies of male health professionals and female nurses, individuals who drank one glass of milk (or less) per week were at no greater risk of breaking a hip or forearm than were those who drank two or more glasses per week.”1 AJ Lanou from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that “osteoporotic fracture rates are highest in countries that consume the most dairy, calcium, and animal protein”2

Yes milk has calcium but it also has crap that causes depletion of the body’s other important resources such as the bone itself since its PH level is on the alkaline side. Milk is on the acid-forming side so it creates more opportunities to pull those resources away in order to make the blood have higher PH and the bones are the perfect place to draw away from. “Dietary protein, another important factor in bone health, is a double edged sword. High dietary protein intake leads to endogenous acid production. This may [decrease] renal tubular reabsorption or by cell-mediated bone resorption and/or by direct physio-chemical dissolution of bone. These actions may occur in an effort to neutralize the acidic tendency of the protein. Subsequently, this may result in weakening of bone.”3 Also, “high levels of galactose, a sugar released by the digestion of lactose in milk, have been studied as possibly damaging to the ovaries and leading to ovarian cancer;”3  Get your calcium from other stuff, not dairy, so you can skip the acid-forming environment and therefore possible bone depletion and these other possible cancers.

One study found this conclusion about dairy: “dietary calcium intake is assumed important in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. However, people in countries with a high calcium intake from commodities such as milk and milk products have a high incidence of hip fracture.”4

Here’s another bad part of milk: casein, the primary protein in cow’s milk, is one of the most potent chemical carcinogens ever identified. CARCINOGEN, as in “any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer” as defined by Wikipedia; and explained further by Dr. Collin Campbell.5

How about this one guys? — Prostate cancer? –> high dairy consumption “has been implicated as a probable risk factor for prostate cancer. In a Harvard study of male health professionals, men who drank two or more glasses of milk a day were almost twice as likely to develop advanced prostate cancer as those who didn’t drink milk at all.”1 And, the British Nutrition Foundation explains that many “ecological studies have suggested that prostate cancer is associated with a Western lifestyle, with emphasis on diet and in particular increased consumption of fats, meat and dairy products.”6

Get your calcium from these healthy alternatives and STOP MAKING COWS SUFFER:

  • broccoli
  • beans
  • leafy green veggies
  • soy milk
  • tofu
  • calcium-fortified OJ
  • see table below from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (try to ignore the dairy listings and look for the veggies, fruit, and soy stuff):

Eric has agreed to try out hazelnut milk for a week in replacement of his usual cow whole milk. Hazelnut milk is rather tasty and it’s rich too, and I hope that he ends up continuing to use it and permanently ditches cow milk! I suggest you switch over this way also, then gradually try others like almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and hemp milk, and find the one you like the most. I use almond and coconut the most. If I were you, I wouldn’t try coconut first, though, if you are switching from whole or 2% or even 1% milk because you may find it too watery or weird.

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  1. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/calcium-full-story/index.html
  2. Lanou AJ. Should dairy be recommended as part of a healthy vegetarian diet? American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2009 March 25.
  3. Morehouse, K. (2009). The effect of vegetarian and vegan diets on bone health; a brief literature review. Nutritional Perspectives: Journal of the Council on Nutrition, 32(4), 39-43. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
  4. Cho, K., Cederholm, T., & Lökk, J. (2008). Calcium intake in elderly patients with hip fractures. Food & Nutrition Research, 521-5. doi:10.3402/fnr.v52i0.1654
  5. Hogervorst, J. F., Baars, B., Schouten, L. J., Konings, E. M., Goldbohm, R., & van den Brandt, P. A. (2010). The carcinogenicity of dietary acrylamide intake: A comparative discussion of epidemiological and experimental animal research. Critical Reviews in Toxicology, 40(6), 485-512. doi:10.3109/10408440903524254
  6. Givens, D., Morgan, R., & Elwood, P. (2008). Relationship between milk consumption and prostate cancer: a short review. Nutrition Bulletin, 33(4), 279-286. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
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