Debunking The Milk Myth: Why Milk Is Bad For You And Your Bones

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Did you know that in Medieval England parents would tie rabbits’ feet around their babies’ necks to ward off illness? Doctors would also spit on wounds because saliva was believed to have healing properties.

Indeed, history is replete with unfounded health beliefs, and to everyone’s detriment, the milk myth is among the most tenacious.

Milk is much more than just a drink; it’s a cultural phenomenon that can be traced back thousands of years. And still today, the milk myth resonates loud and clear: in 2001, the average American child consumed 104 quarts of cow’s milk.

Milk depletes the calcium from your bones

The milk myth has spread around the world based on the flawed belief that this protein and calcium-rich drink is essential to support good overall health and bone health in particular at any age. It is easy to understand that the confusion about milk’s imaginary benefits stems from the fact that it contains calcium – around 300 mg per cup.

But many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. And the most surprising link is that not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. What an irony this is!

Here’s how it happens. Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. You see, calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer and the biggest storage of calcium in the body is – you guessed it… in the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.

Knowing this, you’ll understand why statistics show that countries with the lowest consumption of dairy products also have the lowest fracture incidence in their population (there’s more on this later).

But the sad truth is that most mainstream health practitioners ignore these proven facts. I know it firsthand because when I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, my doctor recommended that I drink lots of milk in addition to taking Fosamax.

Fortunately, I did neither, because I knew that…

Cow’s milk is custom-designed for calves

Thanks to our creative ingenuity and perhaps related to our ancient survival needs, we adopted the dubious habit of drinking another species’ milk. Nobody can dispute that cow’s milk is an excellent food source for calves. Weighing around 100 pounds at birth, a calf typically gains approximately eight times its weight by the time it is weaned. But unlike humans, once calves are weaned, they never drink milk again. And the same applies to every mammalian species on this planet.

Also, each mammalian species has its own “designer” milk, and cow’s milk is no exception. For example, cow’s milk contains on average three times the amount of protein than human milk which creates metabolic disturbances in humans that have detrimental bone health consequences.

It’s important to bear in mind that mother’s milk is excellent nourishment for human babies, but its composition is very different from cow’s milk.

Scientific studies show that milk increases fracture risk

Many scientific studies contradict the conventional wisdom that milk and dairy consumption help reduce osteoporotic fractures. Surprisingly, studies demonstrating that milk and dairy products actually fail to protect bones from fractures outnumber studies that prove otherwise. Even drinking milk from a young age does not protect against future fracture risk but actually increases it. Shattering the “savings account” calcium theory, Cumming and Klineberg report their study findings as follows:

“Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture in old age. (“Case-Control Study of Risk Factors for Hip Fractures in the Elderly”. American Journal of Epidemiology. Vol. 139, No. 5, 1994).

And the 12 year long Harvard Nurses’ Health Study found that those who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk. This is a broad study based on 77,761 women aged 34 through 59 years of age.

In the authors’ own words:

“These data do not support the hypothesis that higher consumption of milk or other food sources of calcium by adult women protects against hip or forearm fractures.” (Source: Feskanich D, Willett WC, Stampfer MJ, Colditz GA. Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: a 12-year prospective study. American Journal of Public Health. 1997).

Shocking statistics ignored by mainstream medicine

In the Save Our Bones Program one of the topics I discuss is the complete disregard of scientific evidence that discredits milk and dairy products as the best source of calcium.

One exception is Amy Lanou Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., who states that:

“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”

Surprised? You shouldn’t be, because as I mentioned earlier in this article…

Milk is an acidifying animal protein

Like any other animal derived protein-rich food, milk has a positive potential renal acid load (PRAL) which triggers a protective biological reaction to neutralize all the damaging acidic protein before it reaches the kidneys.

The body is designed for survival, so it sacrifices bone density to protect the kidneys and urinary tract because the latter are essential to survival. And the most readily available source of acid neutralizer is in the bones. So even though milk contains calcium, it ends up sapping your bones of that crucial mineral. But that’s not all because…

Today’s milk is a processed food

Until the end of the 19th century in Europe and the beginning of the 20th century in the US, milk was consumed unpasteurized or raw. Later on, homogenization became the industry’s standard. These processes further alter milk’s chemistry and actually increase its detrimental acidifying effects.

Raw milk advocates claim that if cow’s milk is left “as is” it is a healthy and wholesome drink. It is true that raw milk is less acidifying than processed milk and that pasteurization and homogenization may cause a long list of digestive and other health problems, but I still don’t recommend drinking any kind of cow’s milk.

Nowadays, milking cows are given antibiotics and most are also injected with a genetically engineered form of bovine growth hormone (rBGH). A man-made or synthetic hormone used to artificially increase milk production, rBGH also increases blood levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in those who drink it. And higher levels of IGF-1 are linked to several cancers.

This should not be ignored, especially in view of recent information by Samuel Epstein, MD, Professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, and Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition. In an article titled “Monsanto’s Hormonal Milk Poses Serious Risks of Breast Cancer, Besides Other Cancers” (http://www.preventcancer.com/press/releases/july8_98.htm, June 21, 1998) Dr. Epstein concludes that:

“Drinking rBGH milk would thus be expected to significantly increase IGF-1 blood levels and consequently to increase risks of developing breast cancer and promoting its invasiveness.”

Even though organic milk is from cows that are not given antibiotics or rBHG, if you truly care about your bone health and your overall health, you should…

Avoid drinking cow’s milk

As I explain in the Save Our Bones Program and contrary to mainstream recommendations, drinking milk and eating lots of dairy products are not the answer to reversing osteoporosis. And while in the Save Our Bones Program no food is completely off limits, I strongly recommend that you explore the different milk substitute options that I will list for you here.

But first, I’d like to clarify that unsweetened fermented or cultured dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, and sour cream are acid neutral. Yogurt in particular is chock-full of beneficial qualities. As is the case with milk, organic yogurt does not have rBGH, but even several of the most well-known yogurt brands have stopped using the bovine growth hormone (rBGH). You should call your favorite yogurt company to confirm. One more clarification: when I say unsweetened I mean without sugar or any artificial sweetener. However, you can add honey or stevia, a zero calorie plant-derived sweetener that is delicious and alkalizing as well. I like to carry around stevia packets in my purse so that I’m always able to sweeten food or drinks when I’m on the go.

The best milk substitutes

My favorite milk substitute is unsweetened almond milk, not only because it is alkalizing (as almonds are), but also because it’s delicious and tastes very similar to milk. I even cook with it!

If almond milk is hard to get, you can also try rice or soy milk. I strongly suggest consuming only organic soy milk to insure it’s not made with genetically modified soy. There is also some controversy about unfermented soy products, so try to use it in moderation.

What Else Haven’t They Told You?

What else have you been told about bone health by your doctor or other “experts” that is flat out wrong? What other “facts” (like drinking milk does a body good) are keeping you from optimal health?

Myths like these are a big reason I created the Save Our Bones Program. To give you the straight scoop on how to deal with osteoporosis the natural way.

I can help you take control of your future.

Learn more about the Save Our Bones Program here →

And remember, if you ever hear someone ask “Got milk?” smile and think to yourself “No, because I know better!”

And as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share them with me and the rest of our community by leaving a comment below.

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  1. Shirley May 30, 2016, 6:31 pm

    I just found you on line, wish I would have know about you before. I have extreme, as stated by medical experts oste. I have been on infusions, pills, watch my diet, have never since adulthood drank glasses of milk, but used it on deserts, in soups. ect. I had a dexa scan in 2015, and am not eligible again until 2017. I have medicare and united health care, I have ordered and take twice daily TrueOster. In 2017 when I can have a scan if I have not improved will your garentee be good?

  2. Debbie May 29, 2016, 6:57 am

    I have just read the article about cows milk which has left me astounded! I am 55 recently diagnosed with ostioporosis and determined not to take the poison doctors prescribe for it. However I have been drinking smoothies with essential,fruits and of course cows milk. I now intend to change to almond milk or soy which I do buy as well. Thank you for this informative article all these tips are so welcome and I hope so many other women and men are helped by your knowledge thank you so much 😉

  3. dt May 25, 2016, 8:03 pm

    Another hoax?

  4. hiling99 May 25, 2016, 12:17 pm

    “So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk.” This is incorrect, earlier on they stated that milk raises the pH of the body, which is true since milk is alkali but raising the pH means making it less acidic as pH 1 is a strong acid and pH 14 is a strong alkali. This statement makes me doubt the accuracy of the rest of the article.

  5. steelneena May 21, 2016, 1:24 am

    You are extremist idiots. The things you’re touting as major concerns are negligible in the reality of statistics. Just because cow’s milk isn’t the best source of calcium doesn’t mean that it’s a. a bad source of calcium, or b. bad for you. It is neither of those things. You have only used the statistics that back up your opinion. The articles I have studied have covered both sides of the issue, even using the same studies, but providing all the information garnered in those reports. you’ve picked your way through them, not even attempting to come up with anything viable to people who do their homework.

    • TokyoGaijin May 24, 2016, 5:11 am

      I actually agree with you, steelneena. The facts here are skewed.

      I love how the obviously know-nothing individual here suddenly knows much better than cardiologists, nutritionists, and other MDs who have gone through 8+ years of medical school, which includes biochemistry, human and animal physiology, and pharmaceutical training, THEN practiced medicine as interns for 5 years, way before they’re even ALLOWED to have their own medical practice…

      And someone with almost no college education (by comparison) writes a feminazi/vegan article attacking dairy?!

      Meanwhile, I wouldn’t put on those shoes (all shoes are made from leather – animal byproducts, including skins and other such that come off of animals, painfully)…

      I wouldn’t put that bra on (polyester which contains sheep products in the mix)

      I would probably even skip those clothes too (which are made from sheep products, cotton – which is also held in place with animal skin, or if you’re really hypocritical – which no doubt you are – silk, which is made from insect byproducts).

      I’d also skip out on chocolate bars, which contain cow’s milk.

      And oh yes… veggies. Which are grown, thanks to (get ready for it…) ANIMAL WASTE after being fed by (here it comes again…) FEED grown and made in fields fertilized by (oh boy, not again…) ANIMAL BYPRODUCTS!!

      Wow! So many things we rely on animals for! The Vegan edict is to live animal free (including byproducts). Looks like you hypocrites need to rethink where you stand on the animal/human relationship…

      • Samantha May 28, 2016, 11:47 am

        There is a fundamental difference between eating plants grown in soil containing of the fossilized remains of dead wild animals and the intentional breeding and slaughter of billions of farm animals. If you had half a brain, you’d realise that veganism isn’t about perfection – it’s about causing the least harm possible and falling 1% short of that standard is far better than someone like you who won’t even try.

    • Veganpride May 23, 2016, 12:15 am

      You clearly haven’t been doing your homework, or are trusting the wrong information. We’re not meant to drink cows milk. Think- does any other animal include a different species’ milk in their diet daily? We’re the only species that enslaves animals, impregnates them, then steals the (raped) animals baby so we can drink its milk. Pretty disturbing

      • Sharon May 28, 2016, 1:12 pm

        Your logic is flawed. Just because we are the only ones has nothing to do with it being bad… I really don’t see any logic between your first fact making your second fact true.

        We are the only animal who creates pills, multivitamins, do open heart surgery, able to communicate between each other even if we are miles and miles away. I think it makes us stronger than other animals that we are the only ones to do that.

        Of course we have tons of flaws and are causing lots of harm to this planet… But that’s a different story.

      • RTCdeVries May 24, 2016, 1:33 pm

        *Slow clap* Best troll I’ve seen for quite some time.

        Yes, the bio-industry does need some regulation and some options qua drinks are better than others. But this argument is utterly bullsh*t. Calcium ions are necessary in the body (e.g. your heart does beat because of the flow of calcium ions). So to kick all milk products out of your diet is just plain stupid. Furthermore I would love to see some better arguments with sources.

        Kind regards,
        RTCdeVries (proud sipper of milk since 1995)

  6. Jasmine crawford May 18, 2016, 9:46 am

    Im glad i stumbled on to this artical about cows milk . me and my husband had a talk about this . our children were drinking cows milk until we decided to change their diet. But now since he talked to his boss who told him that almond, coconut , is worse than cow milk which make no sense to me . i mean cow’s milk is for cows. But long story short now our kids dont drink milk at all untill i proce to him that my way is better than his boss’s way.

  7. Jimmy. May 17, 2016, 5:21 pm

    I have 6brothers and a sister we are all over 50. We have always had cows milk. From your tests we should have all suffered with broken bones can you tell me why we have not? Be nice if you reply. Thanku.

    • BRedd May 18, 2016, 1:15 am

      It’s not just your bones breaking, it may cause other health issues. It’s really obvious, like mammals end up stop drinking milk. We’re basically drinking a whole other species milk, if you think about it, it’s kind of disturbing. It’s basically mucus. It is different in aspects of reactions and allergies to everyone. Whether it’s digestive issues, cancers, illnesses and so on.

      • Gaylord May 28, 2016, 12:46 am

        We also eat their bodies. Cocks ‘n balls ‘n all.

  8. Daishi May 15, 2016, 12:58 am

    Soy milk is NOT UNHEALTHY contrary to all the stuff you see online (aka scare tactics from the dairy industry to defend their freefalling profits). SOY MILK IS GOOD! I like to drink both soy and almond milk and ever since I gave up cow’s milk for these alternatives I’ve felt so much better in life! As stated in the article, unsweetened almond milk is the closest in taste, if that’s your concern.

    Stop supporting the cruel dairy industry and start living!

  9. Charlie May 9, 2016, 1:16 pm

    My parents force feed me milk. 🙁 And like, a lot of it.

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 6:30 pm

      My parents did the opposite Charlie as my family had to share one and a half litres of milk per day between the four of us and my dad had the lion’s share. I didn’t like that at the time but I am glad now as my bones are strong and dense.
      How old are you?

  10. Ron Lewis May 5, 2016, 2:40 pm

    True Story
    In 2004, at age 45, I stopped a 30 year long cigarette habit. I am a wheat rancher / graphic designer / web developer.
    I carried a cooler with milk in it, the 2% kind, and every time I got a craving for a cigarette,… I opened the cooler and took a drink…
    Soon,…. my cigarette addiction was gone, but I had a new addiction: 2% milk.
    I started gaining weight like a pig, and soon was over 300 lbs., which isn’t that bad because at the time I “was” 6 feet 4 inches tall.

    Over the course of the next few years, my wife “weaned” me to 0% non-fat milk, which I could guzzle nearly a gallon at one sitting if I wanted too,…!

    In 2009, I noticed something drastic had transpired between the ages of 45 and 51,.. I had grown nearly 3 inches in height,….!!!!

    Making a long story shorter,…. a doctor at the time thought it was the growth hormone in the milk that caused my late life growth,.,… now I am worried as to what else it did,.. well not worried,.. concerned,….!

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 6:36 pm

      I didn’t think you could grow anymore after you became an adult. At least no later than your mid 20s if you are a male because men stop growing later than women do.
      Did you become 6’4″ after you drank lots of milk or 6’7″?
      Drinking less than the RDI of dairy milk is one reason I didn’t grow much, according to your theory.

  11. Grace May 3, 2016, 4:58 pm

    If not drinking milk is good for your bones, then why did you get osteoporosis? Didn’t work for you. Also, milk is not highly acidic. It is almost considered a base because it’s ph is about 6.7 and neutral is 7.0. I believe milk got a bad rep because of the artificial hormones added to it which increases risk of hormone related cancers – prostrate, breast, and ovarian. Also the antibiotics given that are passed through the milk and do God only knows what. Then there was the big low fat scare that brainwashed people into decreasing fat and increasing sugar consumption leading to an increase in obesity and diabetes. I believe that as long as you drink organic hormone free, antibiotic free milk in moderation, it can be a healthy addition to your diet.

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 6:39 pm

      Who got osteoporosis Grace?

  12. Anonymus May 3, 2016, 10:25 am

    This article is total BS. If you look at it, for every food item there are BS articles but about milk? Seriously?! And you’re using “evidence” from 30 years ago! We have literally been drinking milk for about 7000 years! Oh and I’m dying to see your PhD in nutrition. Please don’t go around misinforming people!

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 6:44 pm

      Anonymous, many people can’t tolerate dairy milk. More people than you think. And bone loss isn’t the only problem, apart from being lactose intolerant. My 81 year old Aunty recently gave up dairy milk because she had been suffering from sinus problems for years. I had suffered from eczema since I was a child but it has cleared up now after I gave up dairy milk last year. My doctors only gave me prescriptions for harmful and useless steroid creams instead of addressing my diet. That is so wrong!

  13. lewis May 2, 2016, 3:42 pm

    this article is absolute bullshit ive drank predominantly milk all my life and never broke or fractured a single bone and been in many situations where other people would have broke there bones for instance the time my leg got ran over and its just the same for all my brothers theve drank predominantly milk all there lifes and never broke or fractured a bone

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 6:51 pm

      Lewis I drank well below the RDI for dairy milk and, like you I didn’t break bones when most people would have. In fact my bone density at 37 years old was as good as a 20 year old’s so pushing people to drink dairy milk to get strong bones is a lie in my case.

    • StrongArgument May 7, 2016, 6:23 pm

      I heard Personal Anecdote is the best way to live your life, my uncle smoked for 50 years and died at age 100 cigarettes don’t cause cancer! My friend had sex with over 100 women unprotected and never got an STD, Condoms are bullshit! Do i need to go on? Pwnt.

      • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 6:52 pm

        You are idiotic!

    • Jim May 2, 2016, 8:53 pm

      dude, you’re an idiot, just because you haven’t broken any bones doesn’t mean that there isn’t any correlation between drinking milk and weak bones.

      • lewis May 3, 2016, 1:59 pm

        shut the fuck up you little bitch just because your probably just a scrawny little cunt, if you actually understood the human body like i do, you’d know this article is bull shit so go finger your arsehole you absolute faggot

        • Tom May 20, 2016, 11:44 am

          You are a brain dead moron. Go play with the children if you can’t carry on a conversation like an adult.

        • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 6:54 pm

          Lewis you are a disgrace!

        • Captain Big Dong May 5, 2016, 1:25 am

          whoa there bud, why so harsh?

  14. Rob April 28, 2016, 1:29 pm

    Quack! I mean, Moooo!

  15. GMofficial2016 April 27, 2016, 1:35 am

    All Rubbish
    In US they started promoting fat free milk decades ago due to which there was no calcium in their milk, majority of the US crowd consumes 2% fat milk which is too less if you compare to what we have drank over the years.
    Now when you remove the creamy layer of the milk you remove a lot of calcium as well.
    Our ancestors lived for more than 100 years and they all believed in the richness of milk.
    None of them May have ever consumed low fat or fat free milk.
    All these worthless studies that come now a days on milk majority never talks about the milk was full fat or fat free.
    IGF1 is a protein peptide, unless it is injected in the body through injection it has no effect, so if you inject milk in veins then probably you will have issues, but if you are eating it orally it gets digested and metabolizes just like any other protein.

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 6:59 pm

      Obviously you didn’t read this article properly, as it does state the claims are made on pasteurised milk, NOT raw milk!
      By the way, not that many people lived to 100 years ago. In fact, most people died well before then so what YOU are saying is bullshit!

      • Tom May 20, 2016, 11:51 am

        Actually many people lived to be 90 to 100 years old. The “average” age of death was lower primarily due to accidents and public health diseases like malaria and typhus. If you could avoid accidents and drinking water that is contaminated with other peoples feces, you could expect to live pretty long.

    • Daniel May 2, 2016, 11:23 am

      You are completely ignoring the fact that is scientifically PROVEN that milk ingested from cows with bovine growth hormone increases risk of cancer. It’s not just someone’s opinion.
      Additionally, it’s not the issue that calcium is taken out of milk when you reduce the fat, it’s the issue that the human body barely absorbs the calcium that’s in cow milk.
      Also, did you just make up the part about all our ancestors living for more than 100 years based on the richness of milk? Our average lifespans have nothing but increased over the years. Moreover, there is no proven link to milk consumption and longevity

      • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 7:02 pm

        Exactly right Daniel! He obviously didn’t read the article properly and is talking bullshit about our ancestors living over 100 years.

  16. Arny Silverman April 24, 2016, 8:29 am

    Hi Vivian in the quote from the comments below
    Dr. Anne McKay DNP, ANP-BC, CCD, NAMS-C April 18, 2016, 4:57 pm

    “In order to accurately assess the true “side effects” of a medication you have to know the FDA rules behind reporting of side effects. If 2% of patients in the premarketing study of a drug report any physical symptom while in the study it must be listed as a side effect. What you need to look at is the comparison between side effects reported in the individuals on the drug and the group on placebo. In the drug trails for Prolia of all the side effects listed the only one that was statistically more significant in patients receiving Prolia vs. placebo was skin infections. The incidence of skin infections in individuals receiving Prolia was 15 in 3800 or less than 1%. I currently have over 500 patients on Prolia and we have given over 4000 injections in the past 5.5 years. I have taken 4 patients off the medication for skin infections during that time and all were diabetic. Otherwise I have found it to be very well tolerated by patients. In addition we have seen a reduction in fractures and measurable improvement in bone mineral density in the vast majority of these patients.”
    Take home message: If you have osteoporosis, statistically your risk of a side effect from Prolia or any other osteoporosis medication, properly prescribed, is far less than your risk of a fracture.

    This Doctor who wrote this seems to refute your oft stated claim that the osteoporosis drugs are bad and counterproductive,Like every other Dr. i’ve encountered. I’m 70 years young, recently diagnosed with Osteo. My Doctor wants to start me on Prolia but I’ve been stalling the decision primarily based on the side effects and an unpleasant experience with Actonel and of course all of what you say. I am following the Save The Bones program. Who or what to believe Vivian is my question? More Counter claims only serve to increase my confusion.
    I have another question also. Being a GERD sufferer pH is important to me. You mention Kefir milk as being acid neutral yet in his book “Killing Me Softly From Inside” Dr. Jonathan Aviv lists Kefir as having a pH of 4.17 which is on the acidic side of the pH scale. This I don’t understand. So again how does acidic neutral and a pH of 4.17 reconcile with each other ?

    • Tom May 20, 2016, 12:00 pm

      A pH of 4.17 is very acidic. Are you sure this number is correct. Liquids with a pH of 4 will be able to dissolve metal, and will burn your skin if you stay in contact with if for very long.

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 7:06 pm

      Good point Arny.

  17. tristian April 23, 2016, 2:22 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this crucial information with us. I already new that when milk is pasteurized it releases minuscule proteins it can cause histamine reactions that can be detrimental.

  18. Catherine April 15, 2016, 9:02 am

    I’m 22 and I was diagnosed with advanced osteoporosis back in October. I have a compression fracture and scoliosis and kyphosis from the fracture. I was lactose intolerant in most my childhood and didn’t drink milk. My osteoporosis is probably from having celiac disease, asthma medication when young, lactose intolerance, and IBS. These are all factors that should be thought about before it’s said milk isn’t needed for bones.

  19. Dora Kolker April 11, 2016, 12:16 pm

    i started drinking unsweetened almond milk because it has much, much less potassium and i wanted to cut down on potassium. i am 88 and potassium is not good for kidneys and too much protein is not good for kidneys.

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 7:09 pm

      Potassium is an important mineral Dora. I hope you don’t have a lot of salt as you need more potassium than sodium to regulate proper blood pressure.

  20. PurrpleICon April 11, 2016, 9:23 am

    Very interesting article. I would like to recommend a video entitled “Udderly Amazing” which I have watched several times and is an amazing expose on the subject of humans drinking milk. The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-PQCCiw_Zs

    • Mee Xiong April 15, 2016, 12:00 pm

      that was a very interesting video. thank you for sharing!!!

  21. Nicurru April 6, 2016, 7:21 pm

    Raw milk is actually an alkaline food, and raw organic milk is very healthy! I recommend everyone who can get it to try and see if they get as great benefits from it as I have. I have always had problems with my stomach, and it has gotten 80% better with raw milk. My skin is better, I have more energy and many other things. The studies about milk being bad is actually low fat milk. Whole milk, and especially organic, is a great food that many people have great use of. Its the claim that milk is bad that is the myth, and not the other way around. There is a very big difference between low fat pasteurized milk, and then raw whole milk.

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 7:14 pm

      It’s not a myth that milk is bad as most people do drink low fat pasteurized milk. If you had read the article properly it does state that raw milk has different properties. By the way, selling raw milk is prohibited in most areas.

    • T Pain April 8, 2016, 5:25 pm

      Butterfat content U.S. terminology
      80% Butter
      45% Manufacturer’s cream
      36% Heavy whipping cream
      30% Whipping cream or light whipping cream
      25% Medium cream
      18–30% Light cream, coffee cream, or table cream
      10.5–18% Half and half
      3.25% Whole milk or regular milk[10]
      about 2% 2% milk or reduced fat milk [11]
      about % 1% milk or low fat milk [11]
      0–0.5% Skim milk or nonfat milk

      Your claim is invalid. Milk is acidifying as is all animal protien. Unless you’re an actual Nutritional Analyst then you have no stake in this claim.

      • Johnny April 12, 2016, 1:05 pm

        And unless YOU are an actual nutritional analyst, you have no stake either.

        • Jimmy May 11, 2016, 4:06 am

          Hehe…steak

  22. Kenneth Dunlap April 6, 2016, 8:11 am

    Claims of acidifying the body are nothing more than the blatherings of witch doctors.

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 7:17 pm

      No it’s not Kenneth. There is proof. Do you also say that about meat?

    • Phil May 12, 2016, 1:51 pm

      They’re not saying your body actually gets acidified. Those claims are stupid (like the ones saying drink mineral water to make your body more alkaline). They’re saying that it acidifies the blood which your body then combats by taking out calcium from the bones to maintain homeostasis, and this is true. Your body pH doesn’t change like those witch doctors claim, but it has a negative effect on your bones because your body has to maintain its pH this way.

    • Dr. MARK R April 6, 2016, 8:17 pm

      Sure…and Donald Trump will be a worthy president…Clinton is not a lying crook…and Putin is a great guy.

  23. Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 6:20 pm

    I am so happy I found your sight,Just in time when My “NEW” Doctor has prescribed that I get the every 6 Month shots of “PROLIA”.I looked it up and there are 50.”Yes” 50 Side effects of this drug.Why would any doctor prescribe this.? Anyway I searched and am so glad I found you as all that you say makes so much sense.I hope I am able to get more information about my progressing Osteoporosis…..I am 76 But in no Pain(Still can’t figure out why the doctor would prescribe this .I haven’ even had a Bone Density test since 2012…….Thanks for your Information Articles…..Joyce

    • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 7:20 pm

      It’s irresponsible of your doctor to not order a bone density test done if you have osteoporosis. How do you know you have osteoporosis?

    • Dr. Anne McKay DNP, ANP-BC, CCD, NAMS-C April 18, 2016, 4:59 pm

      PS to Joyce above. Any prescription of medication should be made on an up-to-date DXA ( bone density) scan and accurate FRAX score.

      • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 7:21 pm

        That is what I thought.

    • Dr. Anne McKay DNP, ANP-BC, CCD, NAMS-C April 18, 2016, 4:57 pm

      In order to accurately assess the true “side effects” of a medication you have to know the FDA rules behind reporting of side effects. If 2% of patients in the premarketing study of a drug report any physical symptom while in the study it must be listed as a side effect. What you need to look at is the comparison between side effects reported in the individuals on the drug and the group on placebo. In the drug trails for Prolia of all the side effects listed the only one that was statistically more significant in patients receiving Prolia vs. placebo was skin infections. The incidence of skin infections in individuals receiving Prolia was 15 in 3800 or less than 1%. I currently have over 500 patients on Prolia and we have given over 4000 injections in the past 5.5 years. I have taken 4 patients off the medication for skin infections during that time and all were diabetic. Otherwise I have found it to be very well tolerated by patients. In addition we have seen a reduction in fractures and measurable improvement in bone mineral density in the vast majority of these patients.
      Take home message: If you have osteoporosis, statistically your risk of a side effect from Prolia or any other osteoporosis medication, properly prescribed, is far less than your risk of a fracture.

  24. Nancy Steele April 4, 2016, 10:35 pm

    What about aged, organic cheese? Is that okay for bones, or is it as calcium-leaching as milk?

  25. Brennan April 3, 2016, 3:33 am

    You mention you use soy/almond milk instead, have you ever read up on Carrageenan, the thickening agent in virtually all substitute “milks”, and all the lovley things it does?

    • joe April 4, 2016, 1:38 pm

      Is it safe?

      You may have heard of health concerns surrounding carrageenan. Perhaps you’ve been reading a popular health food website, or maybe you have encountered a research study suggesting it is not safe.

      However, you should know that these sources are not all reliable. There is an abundance of misinformation and misguided science out there, and it can be difficult to know what is true and what is not.

      Food grade carrageenan has never been found to be harmful. It is a perfectly safe ingredient that has a major role to play in the food industry, and the foods you love wouldn’t be the same without it.

  26. Francesca March 30, 2016, 8:58 am

    Hi, I have been making goat’s milk kefir for a few months now to try and introduce natural probiotics into my system and reduce feeling bloated. However i learnt that mammals milk is really bad for you. Is goats milk kefir also bad for you also? Since the fermentation eats away the lactose, will it become acid neutral? Or will the effect be the same as milk which draws calcium out of bones? Please advice as i can’t find much “bad” evidence on milk kefir.
    Thanks, Francesca

    • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 6:58 pm

      May be a Good Idea to just get A Probiotic Capsules from The Drugstore/Be sure to get ACIDOLFuLOUS Pure…./////////////TAke One a Day for Bloating.They worked wonders for me.My niece is a Nurse and I suggested them to her.She’ very happy with them…..No more Bloating…..

  27. Nat March 25, 2016, 9:12 pm

    Can I just say that using a case control study and a prospective study from the 90s do nothing to support your claims. For a start, they’re both 20 years out of date. Secondly, you have not used a single RCT or systematic review. Do you know nothing about the hierarchy of evidence? Regardless of whether this is true, come back when you learn how to research properly so you can present a better argument

    • Dr. Anne McKay DNP, ANP-BC, CCD, NAMS-C April 18, 2016, 5:11 pm

      Totally agree Nat. Dates on the studies are 22 and 19 years ago and they are not random controlled studies. Unfortunately the general public does not understand the scientific research process or hierarchy or evidence; therefore, for the most part,.Ms.Goldschmidt and pick and choose her evidence without challenge from the subscribers of her website. Very unethical in my view.

    • NikkiRose April 7, 2016, 8:41 pm

      Hmmmm.. Nat. You say, “regardless of whether this is true or not…” so, it is true and you just don’t like it so you’re poking holes in her presentation of the information?

      I’d also like to hear what you think you know that could be helpful. Seems to me that drinking another species milk intended for its young is illogical. . Or should I be feeding my breast milk to my pet dog, and maybe some cats or better yet, maybe we’ve got it all wrong and humans should be drinking feline milk!?!!! Ridiculous… after all… evidence of the world being round wasn’t saturating the common man, or widely accepted at once- in fact it was refuted just solely based on prior thinking, despite evidence to the contrary.

      I think I’ll stay away other species body fluids, thank you.

      • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 7:27 pm

        You make sense NikkiRose as there is no need to drink dairy milk at all. It’s purely a marketing gimmick and we have been lied to about needing it.

      • Mal April 17, 2016, 11:55 pm

        All things in moderation I always say. You say you won’t eat another species fluids,what about another species meat.we know too much red meat is not good for you, but a little is beneficial. The same thing for raw whole milk.

        • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 7:29 pm

          Mal it is illegal to sell raw milk where I live.

      • Stefan Dingenouts April 11, 2016, 4:02 am

        NikkiRose, while I agree with you that Nat’s response has little value I have to correct a pet peeve here.

        People have through all recorded history known the earth was a globe. The story that people thought it was flat was made up by a guy who wrote a book about Columbus. The real reason people thought his journey was crazy was because they didn’t know how big the globe was, so there was no way of knowing how long it would take him to sail around the world. The writer thought this wasn’t dramatic enough and made up the story that people thought the world was flat and Columbus would fall of the rim.

        Later on people kept repeating that people thought the world was flat while in fact they didn’t, certainly not sailors who knew you could hide your ship over the horizon because of the curvature of earth.

    • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:00 pm

      Would like to know what your Qualifications are Nat?Do you have information that we need to know???

  28. Caroline M March 25, 2016, 1:55 pm

    Hello,
    Feel blessed to have found your website.
    am 63 years old and was diagnosed with osteoporosis in high school. Was breaking bones every 2 years so they sent my tests to a lab in California. The results were that had bones of an 80 year old lady in my hips and spine and a 70 year old in my legs.
    My uncle who was a heart doctor and my doctor at the time told me to “drink more milk”. That is all that was said. Tried it and intuitively felt something was not right. The feeling I had is that calcium was floating in my bloodstream but was not going into my bones. Tried calcium supplements and had the same feeling. So stopped taking them. The most interesting part of the story is that there was very little information from doctors or endocrinologists about how to improve your bones other than calcium supplements and have more dairy.
    In 1993, had a Dexca (sp) scan and my bones were still osteoporotic.. Since that time, have had other bone scans and have gone from osteoporotic to osteopenia.
    Have changed my diet considerably since then: am now gluten free and beginning to be dairy free, cut out all processed meats and foods, make bone broths, eat only dark chocolate for ‘candy’, drink only green tea, red wine and cut out coffee for the most part. May have an organic cup once every 2 weeks. Do enjoy organic grass fed beef, chicken, turkey, lamb and lamb liver.. Enjoy sardines and salmon. Still test scores are not good. Wondered if they changed the testing criteria. From all the research have now done, would not touch any of the osteoporotic drugs. Will keep on my journey. And thank you for confirming what I already surmised – that milk does not support healthy bones. Am thinking there is a hormonal issue involved in my case as recently diagnosed with Hashimotos. Looking forward to receiving your program. All the best..
    Caroline

    • Ches April 6, 2016, 12:31 pm

      Magnesium (Mg) is the problem. You will be very deficient in Mg and a good quality supplement will definitely help your condition (not Mg oxide). Try either Mg citrate powder (especially if you suffer constipation) or Mg chloride solution. You can also use a topical Mg chloride if you prefer. Calcium (Ca) and Mg are antagonistic partners, one cannot work without the other. Without enough Mg in your body to keep Ca dissolved in the blood, Ca will calcify and cause bone spurs, kidney stones, atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation and arrythmias, depression, muscle spasms, headaches… the list is endless. Mg is necessary for every one of your trillions of cells. Mg controls ATP production and keeps Ca outside the cells. It keeps it where it belongs, in the bones and dissolved in the blood. Our modern diet is low in Mg and high in Ca. A 1:1 ratio of Ca:Mg is what to aim for. Do some research on the importance of Mg and its balance with Ca. Ches

      • Cheryl May 14, 2016, 7:34 pm

        Chess thank you for your information. You are right.

  29. Martin Kliff March 24, 2016, 5:58 am

    It is totally wrong..Milk is awesome resource for our bones……..

    • Stefan Dingenouts April 11, 2016, 4:04 am

      Just repeating something you’ve been told doesn’t make it true.
      Actual studies, that are independent, show proof it isn’t.

    • Susan April 8, 2016, 3:45 pm

      Lol. No.

    • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:03 pm

      What Credentials to you have to prove That you are right?

  30. Also... March 21, 2016, 10:45 pm

    Did anyone else find it ironic (albeit a bit sad) that the writer, who refuses to drink dairy, got osteoporosis and somehow thinks it’s evidence to support her claims?

    One last random thought. I hear people say stuff like milk and eggs aren’t “made for people” to eat. Really though what is actually made with the intention of being eaten by a human being?
    Fructose in fruits causes diabetes. Also there’s amygdalin in tons and tons of “edible” plants all over the world, including apple seeds and when that stuff comes into contact with a human digestion enzyme it turns into CYANIDE. No joke look it up. (No it doesn’t kill you so don’t freak out)
    Humans/human ancestors have been eating meat since about 2.5 million years ago so this whole its unnatural thing just needs to go. Meats and other animal products can be crazy good for you when eaten in correct proportions.

    ALSO ALSO if anyone responds with go read “The China Study” or anything said by Dr. Campbell please just stop and do yourself a favor. Go look up one of the many times what he’s said has been refuted. The raw data did not support his claims. Seriously it’s almost like the vaccines cause autism B.S. again…(OK that might’ve been tasteless but there are definitely parallels to be drawn there)

    • Stefan Dingenouts April 11, 2016, 5:09 am

      In response to your thing about the china study: the same goes for the studies that claim milk is healthy. The only 2 or 3 studies that milk-health claims are based on and are repeated by everyone are known to have incomplete data that is manipulated (in a non-scientific way) and even then their positive results weren’t actually significant enough to make any claims either. Their raw data didn’t show any positive results at all. In contrast to the few independent studie that haven’t been manipulated and show health risks.

    • F_Ivanovic March 31, 2016, 9:50 am

      Does anyone think it’s ironic when non-smokers who claim that smoking is bad for you get lung cancer? No? And when the smoker who lives to a ripe old age of 100 with no health problems at all? Drinking milk only increases the risk of osteoporosis. It doesn’t mean if you drink it you will get it or if you don’t drink it you won’t get it. Just like smoking doesn’t mean you will definitely get lung cancer or non-smoking means you won’t get it. Also, the reader may not have always avoided milk – probably grew up drinking it like most of us which could have contributed to their osteoporosis now.

      Right. The key is moderation in any thing we eat or drink. Of course fruit was made for us to eat. So are plants. And so is meat. However, I don’t eat meat because of the way the animals are treated and the fact we don’t need to eat it for a healthy diet. We’re omnivores and have the ability to choose. In caveman times sometimes we wouldn’t see food for days so meat was a good source of energy during that time…. But milk was made for calf’s to drink. If Humans needed milk all their lives for a healthy diet then mum’s would constantly have to breast-feed.

      • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:12 pm

        When My son was 8 Yrs old he was very Thin and I thought something was wrong with him as he had a poor appetite! I took him to childrens hospital and the doctor told me to stop giving him Milk .It wasn’t good for his digestive system.He could not tolerate it///So! I would not let him drink milk .OH! A little on his cereal….. he did. Today he is 51 Yrs old and it hasn’t hurt hm one bit.

  31. Side Note... March 21, 2016, 10:22 pm

    Spit actually does have healing properties… It has trace amounts of growth hormone as well as antibacterial properties. Why do you think the mouth is the second fastest healing thing on the human body?

    Also http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22081694
    For people who don’t like clicking on random links this is a medical website stating that milk is non-acidic and also does not cause a release of acids when metabolized so the whole acidic breakdown thing is totally bogus….

    • Lolz April 8, 2016, 5:33 pm

      This is the same FDA and USDA that tell us that legumes/beans and other plants are “incomplete proteins” and we need to eat animal protein to survive. And yes it acidic. You are not a nutritional analyst so don’t go pulling poor credentials from a government website that is ultimately ran by Monsanto.

      • Mal April 18, 2016, 12:08 am

        Red meat has certain fats that are essential for a healthy diet which you won’t find in plants. Also red meat is the richest source of vitamin b12 which is essential for proper brain function

      • Seriously April 9, 2016, 4:56 pm

        Without iron supplements it actually is pretty difficult to be healthy without eating meat. I also like how this article claims that almost all milk is treated with rBST and rBGH. Now I live in a farming community so maybe I’m spoiled but every milk carton I’ve ever seen has had the words “not treated with rBST or rBGH”. The article also says that all animal proteins are acidic, then why do bodybuilders, most of whom consume 200+ grams of protein EVERY day, have extremely high bone density on average? They aren’t eating 6 pounds of black beans every day i can tell you that. They’re eating chicken, beef, fish, pork, dairy, and maybe 25% of that protein comes from vegetables, grains, and fruits.

        • Stefan Dingenouts April 11, 2016, 4:31 am

          No it is not. 40% of people in India are vegetarian/vegan and have been for countless generations without any problems. Simply put: eat vegetables with dark green leaves and you’ll get enough iron, calcium, et cetera. It’s not difficult at all: “eat food, mostly plants, not too much.”

          You don’t get the absurd amount of protein you need for body building out of your normal meals. They use protein supplements (shakes) for that, and these are nearly always plant based as it’s the most efficient way to create proteins. So I seriously doubt your 25% claim, it’s more likely to be 75%.

          Apart from that, high bone density in athletes in general is an survival/adaptive mechanism as well: you’re constantly putting high strains on your bone structure, so your body compensates for it by increasing bone density. Broken bones are bad for survival in the short term. That doesn’t mean it’s healthy, because that calcium, etc. could be needed elsewhere in your body as well and could have long term effects. What you say shows your body takes care of short term threats first, not that there are no threats. A lot of body builders develop all kinds of health problems later in life.

  32. Logic March 19, 2016, 10:40 am

    It took me a while to decide the legitimacy of this article, but now I know for a fact its BULLSHIT. Because all you have to do is look who this site is sponsored by! Fox News, CNN, and the rest of those corporate LIARS!

  33. Johanita Kruger March 16, 2016, 7:01 am

    I was allergic to milk when I was small, so according to your reasoning and how terrible milk is, it should have gotten worse? But no…drink it now every day.

    • Stefan Dingenouts April 11, 2016, 4:52 am

      This article has nothing to do with allergies. Though, in fact, most of the worlds population can’t even digest diary. It’s only people with genes originating in Europe that have the ability to digest lactose.

      To answer your specific question about allergies: what you are allergic to changes over your life, especially around puberty. Many people who can’t deal with milk when they are young grow over that. But just because you don’t get an allergic reaction to it anymore, doesn’t mean it has suddenly become healthy.

      That’s like claiming you used to cough when you started smoking, but now you smoke every day and you don’t have to cough when you inhale smoke anymore, so it must be healthy after all.

    • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:14 pm

      OK! so you drink it everyday! But how old are you…..??? It may come back to bite you….

      • steelneena May 21, 2016, 1:32 am

        you lady, are a wacko

  34. Tim N March 12, 2016, 6:16 pm

    I have read this article and find it is flawed. It is based on assumptions that have used data that is incomplete or just plain inaccurate. This kind of thinking leads to urban myths and a reduction in public health. here is a link which provides good evidence to the benefits of milk including cows milk. http://www.livescience.com/36512-experts-explain-milk-health-benefits-risks.html
    I would further like to add that a balanced diet is the one which generally is best for people. One other thing. pasteurised foods tend to be safer.

    • Brock March 16, 2016, 12:09 am

      Just because something is good for us doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t wash it off or clean it. Going off of this same logic one of the last things we should drink is water. Look at the lengths we go through to purify water. We go to greater lengths to purify water than we do to clean our fruits and vegetables. Is that to say that water is bad for us? Absolutely not. Also like Tim N, I’d like to see some of those “credible sources.”

    • Wendy March 13, 2016, 1:53 pm

      I can understand why so many people are resistant to facts, when they’ve been taught that milk is good for you, that the calcium is needed to grow strong bones, that animal proteins are what the body needs, all their lives, and handed down for generations. Superstitions are passed down that way too. It’s hard to change beliefs.
      Look at the scientific facts. Look at the credentials, look at the sponsors of the studies. Cows’ milk is for calves, and there’s no justification for the cruelty the cows endure to support a myth. If you want protein, get it from the earth (that’s where the animals got it in the first place, why not go to the source?) You’ll also get all the calcium you need from that primary source. Why do people eat meat? It’s “tradition,” it’s taste and texture. But it’s also totally unnecessary abuse and cruelty. Dairy farmers do “rape” cows about once/year to produce calves, removed at birth and some calves caged their entire lives to produce veal. The cows suffer from infected, painful and sore udders, and their milk is full of pus, white blood cells and bacteria. Is that what you want to drink? Is that what you want in your butter and yogurt and just about all processed foods? Sure, it’s pasteurized – think why it has to be. Strong bones? No. Needed protein? No. Harmful to humans? Absolutely.
      Do we have to pasteurize fruits, vegetables and nuts? If milk is so good for us, why do we have to make it “safe” to drink?
      Compare the studies but look at the sources of the information. There’s no doubt about the credibility of the large numbers of doctors who debunk the value of milk, and for good reason.

      • Tim N March 14, 2016, 4:19 am

        Well Wendy its nice that you are defending your position, but please some genuine citations from recognised sources if you please! I have shown you 1 highly recognised source which states that milk is good for you and there is no scientific doubt that humans have been harvesting milk for about 8 to ten thousand years. In fact mainstream science says the opposite to everything you claim. Stronger bones – True, Great source of protein – True harmful to humans – The Milk – not at all, Unpasteurised … cows are known to carry TB. Turns out that many vegetables undergo a process similar to pasteurisation due to the soil borne disease they carry, nuts are also treated. Did you know that there is a lobby group who claim that with the correct amplification you can hear carrots screaming as they are being picked? Did you also know that vegetables, especially rice, transmit more arsenic to humans than meat or fish?

        • Stefan Dingenouts April 11, 2016, 5:04 am

          Mainstream science says nothing of the sort, mainstream marketing keeps repeating the same few studies as so called proof. These are 2 or 3 studies that claim health benefits and they were not independent studies, are known to have incomplete and manipulated data (and not in the way you have to do in valid science), and even after manipulation their data didn’t show positives that were significant enough to base any decision on.

          Mainstream independent science says that if we look at the results of those studies, even ignoring that the data is incomplete and manipulated, they are inconclusive. On the other hand, the few independent studies with real science have shown health risks.

          Your claims after the stuff about pasteurisation get so irrelevant and illogical (that something is done mean that is good) that I’m not even going to respond to that.

  35. Tim Mitchell March 9, 2016, 1:54 am

    It is important to note that what is said in this article is for store bought milk only. RAW milk from a responsible farmer who has healthy cows, is one of the most nourishing and building of drinks. RAW milk doesn’t erode and weaken bones, it doesn’t make your body acid and it doesn’t contribute to cancer, it protects from cancer and boosts the immune system. Stop drinking store bought milk, it is trash, drink RAW milk instead, it is what builds healthy calves and babies and will build strong and healthy young children, store bought milk will do the opposite. God gave us RAW milk and it has been building healthy bodies since He created man: don’t throw the baby out with the bath water….

    • rob March 10, 2016, 4:00 pm

      No. That’s not true Tim. Nothing you’re saying here is scientifically supported.

      Raw milk, and pasteurized milk do not contain nutritionally significant differences. Raw milk however is full of potential viruses, like bovine tuberculosis.

      Milk, is not good for you. If god had a hand in any of this, it was giving women breasts, and their own milk. Why people like yourself instantly turn to the rational you have here is beyond me. We didn’t start milking cows until a thousand years ago. So how is god involved in that at all?

      • Tim N March 12, 2016, 5:55 pm

        Rob your reply to Tim Mitchell is absurdly wrong. Here is a link and there are lots more. http://milk.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000018
        In fact milk is a great source of food and to be honest most of this entire site is dedicated to promoting urban myths. In other words Rob you are full of it.

        • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:19 pm

          The article looks good but there are many other factors not mentioned/Like Contaminants and other adiditives to the milk they didn’t have years ago

  36. Sean March 8, 2016, 4:04 pm

    Thank you for this article. I find it quite interesting. I also have a couple questions. You said that contrary to popular belief, milk is actually detrimental to the calcium supply in our bones, because the effect milk has on our metabolism actually works to deplete more calcium than the amount that the body actually absorbs. You said this is because animal based proteins upset the bodies PH level and calcium is then used to neutralize this upset, causing a reduction in calcium (which is primarily stored in our bones). First question: does this mean that every time I am eating an animal based protein (which I do very often), I am depleting the calcium supply in my bones? Second question, if we should not drink milk as a source of calcium, what is a good natural replacement (excluding vitamins because they are unnatural and the body tends to pee out most of the contents in a vitamin supplement anyways).
    Thanks

    • Eunice March 11, 2016, 9:35 pm

      Hi Sean, here are some great non-animal sources of calcium (and yes, animal protein in general has an acidic effect on the body causing calcium to be drawn out of the bones):
      Many kinds of vegetables, particularly dark green ones like broccoli, kale, bok choy, watercress, mustard and turnip greens, collard and dandelion greens, also calcium-set tofu, various beans, almonds, oranges, figs, blackstrap molasses, fortified juices and non-dairy milks, and many others.

  37. Knowledge Seeker March 1, 2016, 11:56 am

    Do your own research before discrediting someone else’s. If you think that dairy cows aren’t used up for every drop of milk, THEN butchered for meat afterwards..you are living in some dreamland. The populations of our country alone demand milk and meat higher than our planet can naturally produce it..which lead to the mistreatment of the animals in order to produce the product. Big food companies don’t care about your health, just their profits. Let me ask you this…in most mammals when is milk produced?? Only when they are pregnant..so how are dairy cows able to produce so much milk?? They are constantly impregnated over and over again until their bodies can’t handle it anymore..then they are turned around and butchered. I used to live in a dream, believing our country treated animals right, because “great cheese comes from happy cows, & happy cows come from California”….right??? SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH. Milk is stolen from pregnant cows instilled with fear. On another note there is literally blood and pus in milk. The USDA ALLOWS 750,000 somatic cells per MILLILITER. (& this is for Grade A classification and after pasteurization) In fact the USDA allows all kinds of things to pass in our processed foods..bug wings in peanut butter, rodent droppings in others..everything is safe as long as it doesn’t hit a certain level they claim. I’d rather do without honestly. I am no vegan or vegetarian..in fact I thoroughly enjoy meat and cheese, to clarify. I just happen to be too smart for my own good and I like to know where things come from and why things are the way they are. A true scientist by nature…and let me tell you..the life we share on this planet is all but natural. We are the only species to nurse off another’s milk for “health”..Don’t get me wrong, there has been cases of other animals nursing other species, for example abandoned babies receiving care in the wild from another species, but it doesn’t happen on the regular. Just be open minded and look up things for yourself. Look at both sides of the argument and make your own decision. In 2016 being ignorant is YOUR OWN CHOICE! We live in an Information Age, so everything is at your fingertips. KNOWLEDGE, does a NATION good.

    • steelneena May 21, 2016, 1:36 am

      Happy cows come from Wisconsin.

    • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:26 pm

      How right you are about many things in your article……Do you know that Verments get into the Vats from the vineyards and they make juices and Drinks and jams & Jelly ……Well/Known companies!!!!!! They are suppose to have two guys on the boxes watching and they throw out the rats ,mice and snakes that get into the boxes.Some they miss///They just get ground up when they deliver to the companies that process them. What else are we eating that we don’t know about.? Best to grow your own then you know what’s in your products.

    • vertaler March 5, 2016, 2:18 pm

      This is untrue: milk is not produced by pregnant cows. Milk is produced by cows who, having been pregnant, have recently given birth – milk is food for baby cows, not foetuses. So, milk is not stolen from pregnant cows. It is stolen from calves, who are no longer allowed to drink the food specially formulated for them… Please give people accurate information when you are trying to persuade them to your point of view…

    • Knowledge Seeker March 1, 2016, 12:00 pm

      “…there have** been cases…”..not “has been” hahaha my bad.

      • Tim Mitchell March 9, 2016, 1:44 am

        Milk is not stolen from calves generally speaking, it is fed to the calves until they are of weaning age and then the farmer continues to milk the mothers until they fall pregnant again. A good responsible farmer will increase the nutrients of the feed to the mothers that they are milking to give them all that they need and rotate them around the paddocks to food that will give them what they need. Good healthy RAW milk from responsible dairy farmers is a healthy and building food and has been since the dawn of creation. The only problem is when we started to pasteurize the milk, killing all the enzymes and immune building components which makes milk good. Try raising a baby on almond milk, it will kill them. If it isn’t good as a replacement for a baby then it isn’t a good replacement for growing children. RAW milk is much less acidifying, than the rubbish that we buy in the store today, it does not cause cancer or deplete the calcium from our bones. Store bought milk is all that this article says it is, so don’t stop drinking milk, just find some good raw cows or goats milk….. from a responsible and sustainable farmer.

        • Eunice March 11, 2016, 9:44 pm

          Tim, in the vast majority of dairy farms, cows do not “fall pregnant again.” Soon after they have given birth and had their calf taken from them, they are placed in a contraption known colloquially in the dairy industry as a “rape rack,” and artificially inseminated with a sperm gun that is shoved elbow-deep into her vagina, in order to keep her milk production high, continuous, and profitable to the farmer. The cow then goes through another pregnancy, another birthing, her calf is taken away again, and her milk is sold to human beings. This cycle continues for 4-6 years, until her milk production slows down so that she is no longer profitable, and then she is taken to the slaughterhouse and turned into hamburger. Cows live a natural lifespan of about 25 years.

          • Nicole April 2, 2016, 9:58 pm

            This is accurate. In addition, when the calves are taken away, a plastic spike ring is fastened to their noses to prevent them from feeding off the lactating mother (it pricks the mother, causing her to pull away).

            Sometimes these are fastened so tight, they pierce the calf’s nose.

            In addition, the lactating cows are are shockingly thin and unhealthy because all of the nutrients that are injested are used in the production of milk.

            I recommend you search images of both of these so you can see a glimpse into this filthy business that is, the milk industry.

        • Eunice March 11, 2016, 9:40 pm

          Tim, in the vast majority of dairy farms, cows do not “fall pregnant again.” Soon after they have given birth and had their calf taken from them, they are placed in a contraption known colloquially in the dairy industry as a “rape rack,” and artificially inseminated with a sperm gun that is shoved elbow-deep into her vagina, in order to keep her milk production high, continuous, and profitable to the farmer.

        • Auzie o March 9, 2016, 8:58 am

          Would you drink “RAW” milk from another human?!?
          Upon giving birth most mammals on the planet naturally have “RAW” milk! Their “raw” milk is specifically formulated and strictly meant for their own offspring and species! PERIOD!
          That’s how nature works on planet earth!
          Humans have NOT been drinking cows milk since the “dawn of creation” !!! Humans have been breastfeeding from cows for about 7500 years (hardly the dawn of creation) and it started in Europe due to famine poverty desperation and stupidity!!! God gave gorillas giraffes dogs cats etc. etc. etc. “RAW” milk upon giving birth, should humans drink from them too?! I’m pretty sure some morons would drink milk from just about any creature but does it mean we all should?! Does it make it right?!?
          The cow is not your mother!!! (unless she is!?) and if you are over the weaning age you’re too old to breastfeed! It’s preverted!!!
          Milk is baby food!!!! And a mothers milk is for her baby only!!! PERIOD!!!! It’s really pretty simple!

        • Auzie o March 9, 2016, 8:49 am

          upon giving birth most mammals on the planet naturally have “RAW” milk! Their “raw” milk is specifically formulated and strictly meant for their own offspring and species! PERIOD!
          That’s how nature works on planet earth!
          Humans have NOT been drinking cows milk since the “dawn of creation” !!! Humans have been breastfeeding from cows for about 7500 years (hardly the dawn of creation) and it started in Europe due to famine poverty desperation and stupidity!!! God gave gorillas giraffes dogs cats etc. etc. etc. “RAW” milk upon giving birth, should humans drink from them too?! I’m pretty sure some morons would drink milk from just about any creature but does it mean we all should?! Does it make it right?!?
          The cow is not your mother!!! (unless she is!?) and if you are over the weaning age you’re too old to breastfeed! It’s preverted!!!
          Milk is baby food!!!! And a mothers milk is for her baby only!!! PERIOD!!!! It’s really pretty simple!

  38. References here February 27, 2016, 11:25 am

    From the quoted sources
    Case-Control Study of Risk Factors for Hip Fractures in the Elderly:
    Article above quotes: “Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture in old age.”
    Does not mention that the reference also says:
    “However, the quality of recalled data on dairy products and physical activity is questionable, and so our results for these two exposures should be interpreted with great caution”
    “A recent longitudinal study of women in their 20s found that adjustment for protein intake increased the strength of the association between calcium intake and increased bone density (Recker RR, Davies M, Hinders SM, et al. Bone gain in young adult women. JAMA 1992;268:2403-8). Failure to adjust for the potential confounding effect of protein intake might explain the dairy product-hip fracture results in our study.”
    “Our surprising findings could be due to chance or bias, particularly differential exposure misclassification and confounding. Nevertheless, there are plausible biologic reasons why overweight and dairy product consumption might be associated with an increased risk of hip fracture.”

  39. ANNOYED February 27, 2016, 10:08 am

    Where are the links to these studies? Why are posting things on the Internet with out siting sources and backing up your statements. This is why some want regulation of the Internet and they may get it if people like you post this kind of crap without backing it up. Someone please, take it down.

    • Nat March 26, 2016, 11:07 am

      What happened to freedom of speech????

    • Nat March 26, 2016, 11:06 am

      Yes God gave us natural made milk from cows for calves to drink not humans. Were the only mammals that have sooo many diseases that we cant keep up with them n were also the only mammals that drink otha mammals milk raw or pasturised.
      To me if u think bout it no it dsnt make sense why do we drink cows milk.
      And i raised my 16yr old daughter on Goats milk only wen she was a toddler n so on.
      And wen she was 5yrs old she tripped over on cement n her arm didnt break HER BONE BENT n had to b operated on to straighten it.
      SO TO BE HONEST IM NOT SURE BUT I SUPPOSE EVERYTHING IN MODERATION IS THE BEST BET

  40. Steve February 26, 2016, 1:58 pm

    I was looking something else up about milk and I got a bunch of these Vegan propaganda articles claiming milk is bad for you. At least for those of us who can tolerate lactose, it is good (in moderation, as with all things). I’ve been drinking it for years and my bones are in good shape and I’ve never noticed any negative sides to drinking it.

    • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:29 pm

      For some reason I don’t think men are affected as much as Women with Osteo….I could be wrong but you don;t hear it as much! Why///Wonder if its a Hormonal thing

    • gabriela March 2, 2016, 11:54 pm

      Not your mom, Not your milk. I am not vegan and can tell you that! Also, milk is bad did you not read the article? Geesh

  41. Certified Scientist February 24, 2016, 11:30 am

    What a joke.

    Of course milk is good for you! Calcium, Vitamin D, it has everything you need for strong bones and teeth, and the minerals your body needs! Now, almond milk, soy milk, and all those processed garbage milks are bad for you, but not cow’s milk. Especially if you get home-grown, or local cow’s milk that are grass-fed. Obviously, everything excessive is bad for you. Milk is good to drink in the mornings, or with other foods and liquids, but you should never eat or drink anything TOO much. 8 oz of milk a day is good for you, I’ve heard. Just remember ANYTHING, not just milk, is bad in excessive amounts for your body. You need variety in food, as well. According to studies, you shouldn’t overeat anything, even if it’s healthy, like fruits and vegetables. They are linked to certain diseases, and probably even cancer. Always include several minerals and vitamins in your diet, and try not to buy so much canned and processed food, unless you have to. Do not buy things with hydrogenated oils (such as soybean oil, cottonseed oil, palm oil, etc), as those are linked to diseases, as well. They are vegetable oils, but hydrogenated. Unless it says FERMENTED vegetable oil (such as “fermented sunflower oil”), then that’s fine. Stay healthy everyone, we’re all trying to survive in a disease-increasing and processed environment.

    • Anneli February 24, 2016, 9:16 pm

      Vitamin D is added to milk in the United States. It is not naturally present in milk.

      • David March 2, 2016, 8:50 pm

        I’m glad someone else pointed out that milk contains 0% Vitamin D. It does contain B-12 though. However, I still prefer to avoid milk. I prefer to use whipping cream (35% fat) in coffee, and greek yoghurt (9% fat) on my muesli. I know, dairy is bad, ra ra ra. But fat is good.

        They don’t feed cow’s milk to baby gorillas, or other mammals. So why would we want to drink it?

        • Tim Mitchell March 9, 2016, 1:48 am

          Milk doesn’t contain 0% vitamin D, that is only the filtered and destroyed fat free milk that you get in your local store. Vitamin D is naturally in the fats that are in the RAW milk and is higher when the grass is growing faster in the spring. The store bought milk is trash, if you want vitamin D and A and immune building compounds which build strong bodies…. and bones, get raw milk from a responsible farmer. Raw milk doesn’t make weak bones, it makes strong bones.

  42. Denise Scott February 24, 2016, 9:31 am

    Thanks for the interesting article. I just want to say that correlation is not causation. If it were, I could point to all the people I know who have had plenty of milk in their lives and have strong bones. Like my 95-year old mom, who drank a cup of warm milk (she used powdered) every night for her whole life (on top of milk in cereal and coffee). She died at 95 without ever having broken or fractured anything in her body – and she worked outside until she was in her mid 80s – and actually fell to the ground several times.. (she was always running somewhere…). Not only did she not fracture or break any bones, but she rarely even bruised!! Nevertheless, what you say makes sense. I have osteoporosis. Almost every day I have a shake that consists of kale or collard greens, papaya, blueberries, banana, tumeric, a pinch of red pepper, ginger, and chia seed – and almond milk. I also have naturally sweetened (like Brown Cow) yogurt every day. Soy has been linked to health issues, so I don’t overdo it on that. I could find a more scientific source, but the Pritikin site notes that “many studies on soy-eating populations in Asia have found links between their diets and reduced risk of various diseases, including heart disease and cancers of the breast and prostate.” So, for me, moderation is key. I think exercise is key for bone health.. walking every day, weight-bearing exercise. All the best of all of you!!!

    • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:31 pm

      mmm you drank Almond milk///Your mother drank Powered milk///Theres the answer

  43. mmmm February 20, 2016, 10:15 pm

    Stop spreading your bullshit

    • ANNOYED February 27, 2016, 10:10 am

      Right? No sources or links to back up this article. Stupid people shouldn’t be allowed on the Internet.

      • Nat March 26, 2016, 11:16 am

        So freedom of speech is bullshit then i take it.
        N to be honest i didnt know stupid people werent allowed on the net thats all i see on there everyday.
        N by the way wats ur IQ????

  44. Drew February 20, 2016, 1:47 am

    Did you cite anything in this entire article?

  45. Daniel February 19, 2016, 11:21 am

    Hello,

    I would like to ask if cottage cheese also affects the bones negatively. I rat this alot when I workout to recover.

    Looking forward to your reply (and sorry if I missed the answer in the text).

    Kind regards,

    Daniel

  46. Margaret February 17, 2016, 11:29 am

    I grew up on a dairy form and there were jokes about how much milk our family drank. My mother has severe osteoporosis and fractured her hip, and my father also had osteoporosis and a hip replacement. I wish I had had this information when I was much younger.

    • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:43 pm

      Debbie needs to read your article again………..By her comment she didn’t understand what you were saying! I liked you r artcle

    • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:32 pm

      Thank you for sharing that////Goes to show!!!!

  47. Debbie Asmar February 15, 2016, 8:14 am

    I think you forgot to mention it also has casein in it. Also pus and blood. Casein causes cancer. Look it up if you don’t believe me. Its clearly written in wiki .

    • Steve February 26, 2016, 3:42 pm

      You mean the part on wiki from “The Chinese Study”? The book is a joke written by a Vegan with an agenda. He believes in a low fat diet. This low fat crap is what has made everything half or no fat, but with four times the sugar. You cannot demonize a single aspect of our diet and reject it like that. The proper diet is to eat a range of everything( all in moderation ). We are omnivores, we have evolved eating whatever is available. The people with diet based health problems are those who haven’t properly diversified their diet or simply have bad genes. To be vegan you must eat many foods with planning else you will end up underweight and malnourished as many vegans do. Add just a little meat and fat to a vegan diet will greatly reduce the need to pay close attention to what you eat. On the flip side, going full carnivore isn’t so easy either. It’s a fine balancing act.

      Why would we care about blood? Milk will pass on whatever might be in the blood anyway and we eat plenty of blood in meat. Pus isn’t much concern either, we discovered a great technique, it’s called pasteurization. If there is enough to make it taste funny, I’ll buy someone else’s milk.

    • Jack Woodcrest February 21, 2016, 11:25 pm

      Casein on its own doesn’t cause cancer, but in tandem with complex sugars and fats (often also found in milk) it can lead to an increase in IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1, a steroid-type protein with a superficial resemblance to insulin) production. IGF-1 leaves certain types of cells a more fertile environment for independently mutated cancers. Drinking fat-free milk could potentially negate this.

      Also, seriously? Milk contains pus and blood? Are you shitting me? That’s like saying “beef contains horse” as a net statement because of that one manufacturing error in England. Pus and blood in your milk would be the result of poorly maintained machinery and/or a neglect of the dairy cows’ welfare.

      • karen February 24, 2016, 10:43 am

        Sorry to tell you but my friend works in a multi award winning butchers. Many cows have cancerous growths cut out and then the rest ends up on your plate.
        The meat/dairy industry hide so much from the customer. It’s in their best interests to do so

        • Jack Woodcrest March 7, 2016, 5:17 pm

          You haven’t addressed either point. Also, what’s your point? Cancerous growths are difficult to process and generally disgusting.

        • Steve February 26, 2016, 3:49 pm

          Last I checked they don’t butcher dairy cows for milk and I don’t see the issue with cutting off cancer, it is not like cancer can be contagious… at least cross species anyway.

          • Tim N March 14, 2016, 4:22 am

            I used to live on a dairy farm. None of our cows ended up as hamburgers or steaks. When they were to old to produce they lived out their lives peacefully and were buried on the farm.

          • ME March 2, 2016, 2:43 pm

            Every single Dairy cow ends up as a burger

  48. Jeremy February 12, 2016, 6:22 pm

    Tities

    • Baby baby baby oH February 23, 2016, 10:41 pm

      amazing

  49. Jeremy February 12, 2016, 6:22 pm

    Unless the government gets to all the turtles in the form of medication

    • Steve February 26, 2016, 3:50 pm

      Turtles?

  50. Jeremy February 12, 2016, 6:21 pm

    If your gonna do it just drink some titty milk, I’m sure it’s much needed! supply, demand, Tittie’s! What’s not to love. Jobs for everyone, we can just set up woman boobie factory’s, to make it more private! Oh, and have drive through tittie places, with organic boobie fruit flavored sanitizing lube. Now I understand our fascination with breasts! Thanks guys

    • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:34 pm

      I must say your comment is funny but then you are a Man!

  51. Jeremy February 12, 2016, 6:14 pm

    Facts are facts, ignorance is ignorance, it’s either two jackasses, or people working for the milk company; u can lead a dumbass to beer, but you can’t stop a dumbass from drinking it. Either afraid of the truth or to damn dumb to comprehend!

    • Alan February 19, 2016, 3:54 pm

      You seem to be a loudmouth idiot

      • josh February 22, 2016, 6:04 pm

        agreed

        • karen February 24, 2016, 10:45 am

          Good to see someone speak sense Jeremy

  52. Happy February 10, 2016, 7:14 am

    Morons to say that. Humans are the only people that drink from other species. This doesnt make sense! Why dont we just drink from rats then!? You say it is because they dont have milk, maybe they do, we don’t know, we only know that we aren’t suppose to drink from them. Same with cows and goats and anything else.
    ANIMAL MILK IS BAD! Scientists have proven.

    • Steve February 26, 2016, 4:09 pm

      Oh and milk is just a mixture of food. The fact it provides everything a young animal needs to live for the first years of its life is plenty to say it is very healthy, but it also says too much will make you grow as fast as that animal and calves grow fast.

    • Steve February 26, 2016, 4:06 pm

      All mammals produce milk, even rats. However rats, unlike cows, wouldn’t produce enough to be worth harvesting. Also, people don’t like rats so it’d be hard to find a market for rat milk. Same issue with dogs and cats, too small. We could milk humans, but morals and health issues prevent that. We do milk sheep, goats, yaks, buffalo, horses, reindeer, llamas and camels. Basically, if it can produce enough milk to be worth it and isn’t a risk to milk (like an Elephant) then we probably milk it. Similarly, if it lays an egg (even snails), someone eats them.

    • Clark February 15, 2016, 9:09 am

      ANIMAL MILK IS BAD AND ANIMAL MEAT IS WORSE. YOU SHOULD EAT HUMAN MEAT INSTEAD OF ANIMAL MEAT OR DON’T EAT MEAT AT ALL!

      • Joyce I Benedict April 5, 2016, 7:35 pm

        LOL Thats not funny!

    • Blake February 10, 2016, 7:36 am

      Smart

  53. Cotton Headed Titty Muggins February 5, 2016, 7:46 pm

    This article is dum. You all so dum. Hairy booby titty milk saved my life. I had case of queefs and then i suck nipple of cow 12 times. I got super powers and was known as titty boob man who shoot laser beams out my foot long nippy nips. Milk is good for yall. Make you all big boom boom. you get all ya vitaminz and have a good tim. Stop being a bunch of cotton headed titty nuggets and suck yo titty boob milk

    • Suck The Titty Milky Teets February 5, 2016, 8:00 pm

      Yo what the heck u mean nippy titty milk is bad 4 u. Dont be bad bout sexy cow tits they hairy good make bones strong. Suck titty milk and you be good big and hairy cow nipps will help u. Milky tits have many good things and pills make u big boom boom. Ur queefs will be vitamin and more cow nip tit milk will make healthy boy cuz i suck milk tits since i young girl and my mommy says i big girl.

  54. Nick M. February 4, 2016, 3:44 pm

    Hi. Milk is good for you. I love milk. Milk.

    • MEEE March 8, 2016, 12:07 pm

      NICK M YOU IGNORANT SLUT DID YOU EVEN READ THE ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cotton Headed Niggy Muggins February 5, 2016, 4:29 pm

      aw hell ya hairy booby titty milk

      • Blake February 10, 2016, 7:38 am

        I’ll be laughing so hard, when all of you DIE of cancer or DIABETES!!!!

        • me February 27, 2016, 1:09 pm

          Why would you laugh? Ill laugh when you feel like shit when all the close minded people you care about die from not listening to the science. Your mean bro you deserve cancer

  55. VEGANBOY420BLAZEIT February 4, 2016, 3:27 pm

    You all so dum. Milk makes everyone so happy and big and boomboom. i wish everyone lactate so i nipple suck everyone. hairy nipps make best milk all day me love much. lick them long time. long nipple is best. milk is best

    • Karen Call February 17, 2016, 12:56 pm

      Get lost troll.

    • Cotton Headed Niggy Muggins February 5, 2016, 4:28 pm

      Hairy cow nipple milk make me boom boom

      • Blake February 10, 2016, 7:35 am

        Morons, why should we be drinking from other species? Do cow drink from goats?! NO!!! Ofc not. so shut up.

  56. David Hurlbert February 4, 2016, 3:21 pm

    Why have they been adding aspartame to the milk aspartame has been linked to causing depression and several other disabilities???

    • VEGANBOY420BLAZEIT February 4, 2016, 3:24 pm

      You wrong. Nipple milk makes strong you good. Aspertame is good for me and my bones. You stupid

      • Cotton Headed Niggy Muggins February 5, 2016, 4:26 pm

        Nipple do me real good u all so dum

      • VEGANBOY420BLAZEIT February 4, 2016, 3:24 pm

        cotton headed niggy muggins

        • Karen Call February 17, 2016, 12:56 pm

          Is there no moderator on this website for trolls?

          • Cotton Headed Titty Muggins February 17, 2016, 9:14 pm

            There’s nothing to be moderated here because we are busting out the truth. Sucking nipple of cow relieves your queef pain and make you big boom boom. Get it right, woman.

  57. VEGANBOY420BLAZEIT February 4, 2016, 3:20 pm

    Hey everyone,
    This article is completely false. I sucked on nipple of cow 42 times as boy, and I love it and im healthy very. Never break bones and i play many sports and run a lot. I don’t understand why you say it bad. Hairy cow nipple milk very good for me and everyone to get strong and big. Love milk and it very good.

    • Karen Call February 17, 2016, 12:56 pm

      Don’t feed the trolls.

    • Blake February 10, 2016, 7:32 am

      Shut up, totally not true. Wait till you get cancer than lets see who is talking.

  58. Andy February 3, 2016, 10:04 pm

    This was a great read, really. But where are your sources page? How did you get all this information? Especially about the study that had been done?

  59. Tim January 30, 2016, 11:04 pm

    I really enjoyed the article. If you have ever watched cowpirisy you might understand why the push for milk exists. The industry is protected by government. It’s cow growth juice. Cows milk turns a 100lb calf into a 2000lb cow very quickly. So imagine the effect on the human body from those natural hormones.

  60. Rachel January 27, 2016, 3:55 pm

    I was curious about goats milk. We have gotten it from an Amish farm. Would that be a considerable substatute??

    • Symone February 2, 2016, 3:15 pm

      No it is still as bad. The only reason why cows are used for milk is because they produce such a high amount of it, so therefore more money. Milk from any animal other than your mother is in natural and not for you. Humans are not to drink another species Breast milk.

      • Eevees February 5, 2016, 12:11 am

        I agree. I also think humans are best to not eat another species meat. Only organic human meat for a healthy body.

  61. Jacqui January 25, 2016, 5:16 pm

    Hi. This is fascinating stuff. I’ve obviously been lucky. I’m now 60 and have always drunk lots of tea with cows milk in (probably 8-9 cups a day). I use cow milk for making porridge, and on cereals too (I have porridge for breakfast most days). So far my only bone ‘problem’ has been a fracture in my foot about 30 years ago – due to a 3/4 ton mare standing smack on it, something that would no doubt cause damage to most people. Even so I’d like to reduce even if not totally eradicate my use of cow milk. I love goat milk but my only source of that would be from a shop. It’s also much more expensive than cow milk, and being semi-retired I live on a limited budget. I’ve tried soy milk for cereal etc and find that good, but in tea (good old fashioned camellia sinensis, none of the herbal or fruit teas as I’ve tried many and find them pretty revolting) I’ve tried soy, almond, rice etc and to me they all make the tea taste horrible They really do seem to have a strong taste of their own when used in tea. So – can you please tell me if there are any cow milk alternatives that DO work well in tea? I’ve yet to find one. I don’t like black tea (unless it’s Earl Grey which I like to drink occasionally but wouldn’t want all the time), so I need something to put in it. Thanks 🙂

    • Blake February 10, 2016, 7:33 am

      Put in some plant based milk like soy, almond, oat, etc. Be creative.

  62. mr.scientist January 17, 2016, 2:56 am

    I disagree
    This whole article is based on “belief”, written by “experts” (marketing experts).
    Give me some sources, if you may 🙂
    Show data and reliable stats prove your claims.

  63. Linda Pietrucha January 9, 2016, 10:37 am

    So, if a person who has osteoporosis, stops drinking milk, can bone density be restored?

  64. Pepcy Gail January 8, 2016, 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the insightful information on milk. I have always known that it is folly to get milk from an animal. No animal ever drinks human milk but we do theirs. At the time a child is weaned off breast milk, the child does not need any further milk again.

  65. Mark Edwards January 8, 2016, 8:44 am

    A citatiion is needed. What studies can you cite to support your statements above?
    Thank you.

    • William Bauer February 21, 2016, 11:08 pm

      They throw around like two researchers’ findings from the entirety of the American Journal of Public Health. Aren’t those cherry-picked examples enough for you?

  66. Me, myself and I January 7, 2016, 12:23 pm

    “I strongly suggest consuming only organic soy milk to insure it’s not made with genetically modified soy. ”

    That goodness you said that. I was suspicious but open minded to what you were saying, but thankfully you corrected me. Now I know you are just one of those vegan hippies who believe we should all go back to eating nuts and berries in the plains of Africa. Of course milk is good for me, what was I thinking! Thanks again!

  67. Ted Haas January 6, 2016, 1:21 pm

    Vivian, I have several questions for you. In these studies about calcium loss in bones due to cow’s milk, do these studies take into account that most milk today comes fortified with the proper balance of vitamin D, which is essential to help absorb calcium into bones? That is also the case with taking calcium supplements today, whereas they include just the right amount of vitamin D to also help absorb the calcium into your bones.

    Another fact is, with good health and a proper diet, your body should have a more alkaline ph balance, which will in turn help with more functions than just helping your body to absorb more calcium into your bones. For instance, if drinking milk in your breakfast, it is also recommended to eat a well balance meal, which includes fruit and citrus, which helps to lower the acid levels in your body. As you well know, eating/drinking too much of anything good or not good and not eating/drinking the other things that are essential for a proper nutritional balance to your diet, will cause various problems. It is possible to to showcase any food item and find it’s flaws. But taking it in moderation, along with a balance of other proper nutritional food items, will give the body proper protiens, carbs, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to feed cells, ward off baterias, fungals, etc, create essential amino acids internally and chemical reactions that the body needs to function optimally.

    Here is my question to you to call you out on any underlying motives.

    1.) Are you a vegetarian or vegan?
    2.) Do you support or are a member of PETA?
    3.) Do you get any monetary income or support from other alternative milk substitute companies?

    • Hi February 25, 2016, 12:35 am

      I know that countries that drink most milk have also the highest rates of osteoporosis. Nordic countries Sweden (3rd) Finland (4th) and Norway (5th) are on the list and in these countries vitamin D is added to milk

    • Dee Jay February 12, 2016, 5:20 pm

      I’m glad you could put my thoughts so eloquently. In my mind the results that “have been shown” by these “scientific studies” probably don’t take into context the inclusion of other directly related factors. Such as the inclusion of vitamins like D and C that help with Calcium absorption or offsetting acidity through consumption alkaline foods.

      Too much of anything may be unhealthy, though studies usually take such imbalances to unrealistic extremes, the problem is most people don’t give enough attention to recognize and neutralize risk when it comes to their diet.

  68. Sharon J. Bainbridge January 5, 2016, 12:39 pm

    My Vegan Home Ed friend sent me a link to your website. Thanks for this very valuable information. Another friend, ex nurse, warned me that Milk is bad for Asthma, which both my daughter and I have. I have just found out the Asthma Inhalers can take calcium from the body, which is why my daughter is so small for her age. I would really appreciate some help with the researching Organic Raw Vegan health. I need to find out if they get colds and flu. If the food they consume protects them from this illness, then I know for sure that Asthma can be 100% cured. I have attached my Blog with questions and information: http://www.butterflylullaby.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/organic-raw-vegan-health-research-debate.html P.S. My daughter had to go into hospital with Asthma before Christmas. Sadly, they gave her milk, because that is how most nurses are educated on health. If I can find a diet that cures her health, I really want to try it.

    • JP February 5, 2016, 3:12 am

      Speaking from personal experience, I have not had a cold since I went to a plant based diet. I am now on mostly whole foods, organic, plants based, raw and haven’t had even a sign of a potential illness. After hearing others tell of their experience, my success in remaining healthy and free of these colds, etc. is the rule and not the exception. Do not think I don’t have my share of exposure between work, kids, etc.

      Prior to going entirely plant based, I had a lot of respiratory problems. I had a history of asthma, every time I caught a cold, it would turn into bronchitis or pneumonia, I would wheeze a lot, be short of breath at times. I was not out of shape. I would run races, dance, and otherwise be active but, it often felt like more of a struggle than it should. I also had frequent heart palpitations that would sometimes get so bad I would have fits of coughing where they would affect my breathing. I haven’t had a single rattle in my lungs since I switched. The heart palpitations took longer but, they are mostly gone now. So, even if this doesn’t entirely “cure” all your daughter’s asthma, I believe it will help a lot.

      The benefits get better over time but, it does take some learning. Most people were not raised to eat this way. It is amazing how many delicious food options are overlooked when we use animals and animal products in our diet.

  69. Mark January 2, 2016, 7:42 am

    To support this article; the British Medical Journal concludes that “Increasing calcium intake from dietary sources or by taking calcium supplements produces small nonprogressive increases in BMD, which are unlikely to lead to a clinically significant reduction in risk of fracture.”

    http://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/351/bmj.h4183.full.pdf

    • Jack Woodcrest February 21, 2016, 11:14 pm

      Did you even read that study beyond the ‘conclusion’ paragraph? Hell, did you even read that paragraph? Calcium supplements do provide a statistically notable boost to bone mineral density, but this boost doesn’t increase proportionally with your intake of calcium. You have terrible reading comprehension.

  70. Ryan Hibbs December 29, 2015, 4:38 pm

    I find this all very interesting as I quit drinking cows milk for digestive reasons about a year ago. Are there any sources available for this information?

  71. Smartenoughtoresearch December 28, 2015, 1:34 pm

    I think it’s funny how many uninformed morons are on these comments. If you took 5 minutes to Google search milk, you’ll find nothing but research and actual scientific studies from schools like HARVARD and other medical sites that say the same thing. This isn’t anything new. You’re all to bust watching CSI and Football to care. Meanwhile your kids are sucking on poison.

    • Certified Scientist February 24, 2016, 11:53 am

      Another vegan moron…

      • Cris May 18, 2016, 11:55 am

        The study although from Harvard must only refers to middle aged white women! Don’t believe everything you read even if it is from Harvard. And read the actual papers and not just the headline.

  72. Junious December 23, 2015, 10:57 am

    Sorry folks this information is the truth and it’s not your fault for being angry.. Peace out!!

  73. Sadam December 21, 2015, 8:33 pm

    This article is written by a fool.
    Lots of comments and no scientific studies cited or foot notes.
    So we should take this fools word for it?
    Who the hell is he except a monkey that know ho to type

    • me February 27, 2016, 1:20 pm

      Dont need to rake their word for it but your free to research it for yourself. No matter the subject matter its always important to do your own research. Your and idiot.

      • me February 27, 2016, 1:22 pm

        Sorry im on a mobile. This damn autocorrect

    • Riley December 29, 2015, 7:40 pm

      Well, atleast he can grammar

  74. WellActually December 19, 2015, 11:15 am

    Yea actually saliva does specific enzymes which work as anti-bacterials, so it might not be “healing” but is fires have protective properties

  75. Cloe December 18, 2015, 8:13 am

    Soo i guess cow cheese is not good either? Or is it made differently or something?

    • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 12:07 am

      Cheese actually has a chemical in it that make you addicted to it. All processed foods and meat have GMO’s that directly contribute to breast tumoe, kidnry, and liver problems. This comes from a scientist in France calledS
      Sirilini, I may be wrong on the spelling of his name. Watch “GMO OMG” on Netflix.. Get your mind blown!

      • JP February 5, 2016, 3:19 am

        It’s actually a protein found in dairy called casein. It is designed to make the mother’s milk more appealing to the baby and make him/her want to feed. This helps make sure the baby will grow fast, big, and healthy. It affects humans as well by making us crave cheese in particular because, it is more condensed in cheese as opposed to milk.

  76. commenter December 17, 2015, 1:25 pm

    m8,
    With all due respect, fuck off. The only people who agree with you are vegans and christians because they want for once to not look like idiots. http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/dairy-truths?page=1 , this article is a balanced explanation on the effects of milk by a frickin’ professional website (extremely reliable source), this states that milk, even though it has contributed to certain health problems, is very healthy. I had one of my friends coming in class with this bullshit stuck in his head and now he’s a vegan promoting veganism in my fucking geography class. He’s failed his biology gcse because of this article. Please take it off! It’s a pain in the ass for all of us.

    • VEGGIEDUDE January 5, 2016, 10:09 am

      I read the WebMD article. It says “there’s very little evidence that milk consumption is associated with reduced fractures”.

      It also says “One cup of 2% milk has 138 calories, for instance. Drinking three cups a day adds 366 calories to the diet — a lot for anyone watching their weight.” Note they are talking about 2% milk, which all milk drinkers will tell you, “is like drinking water.”

      WebMD also warns “there’s quite a body of data showing a higher risk of fatal prostate cancer associated with milk… we’ve still seen a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer associated with drinking three or more servings of milk”

    • Albert Dingus December 20, 2015, 4:55 pm

      What makes WebMD reliable? Because you say so? If you’re going to be a troll you should be less obvious.

      • lol December 28, 2015, 1:29 pm

        So instead of making your self look like a bigger fool why not google it and find out for your self rather than posting what you think is the truth. Don’t be made because your ignorant and misinformed.

        • KBToy January 4, 2016, 11:40 am

          Webmd is an extremely reliable health information source; much more so than saveourbones.com.
          You need a lot more than just calcium to have healthy bones; you need good doses of Vitamin D. Milk has both, healthy doses of calcium AND Vitamin D. You best alternative to milk would be salmon, but according to this article, that’s bad too, since it’s meat and meat produces calcium-reducing acids… Such hogwash.

          • steelneena May 21, 2016, 1:44 am

            i read the article and I realize it was written by someone who played the cons heavier because they have an agenda. 1% for life, yo

          • veggiedude January 5, 2016, 10:12 am

            You should read the WebMD article – it does not support drinking milk. It merely lists the pro and the con, and the con is very damning, no one would want to drink milk after reading it.

  77. Bill Pickersgill December 16, 2015, 7:42 pm

    It has to be whole milk , think about it since everyone has believed the lie that “whole” milk is bad osteoporosis has become epidemic , it was unheard of when people reguarly consumed” whole” milk , not 2%, 1%, skim .

    The bible is the secret or” Foundation of Nutrition” and it speaks highly about the benefits of whole milk from a goat or cow , se Ex 3 , 13 , 33, and Isa 7 : all, Isa 55 : 1 NIV bible .

    It’s one of the” 4 “original food groups , and think about it are not” whole” grains good why would” whole “dairy not be , why wouldn’t you want something” whole” ?.

    Don’t believe the lies you hear today almost nothing you read or hear is true as one of God’s great prophets predicted for our” modern “times Isa 59 : 15 [ NIV] bible .

    And remember the most important” 2″ points to milk is that it’s whole and the cows are grass fed , raw isn’t necessary because vit D is stable in heat , and of course hormone , anti biotic free .

    • JP February 5, 2016, 3:31 am

      Actually, osteoporosis is so common now because, all those children that were drinking milk (esp. Whole) so readily as they were growing, and then into adulthood, and throughout their lives, have now reached an older age where their calcium stores have depleted, and the damage of a lifetime of milk consumption is evident in their hunched backs, their fracturing hips, and so on. There are many in our population hitting these ages now.

      By the way, the food groups are changing for a reason.

  78. Aaron December 15, 2015, 10:06 am

    I am a computer scientist, with no background in Ag. I see that you have a MA in nutritional sciences and biochemistry, so I am sure you have run into sources that back up some of these claims. Please post! 🙂

  79. Annika December 14, 2015, 11:42 pm

    With respect, Matt, the offering of bulls was part of the mosaic law which is no longer practiced today, and the taking of hard drugs though not explicitly described in the Bible as wrong, in principle is warned against in 2 Corinthians 7:1: “Since we have these promises, beloved ones, let us cleanse ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Keeping your body clean means not taking drugs, and not smoking either. Please do your research first.

  80. Matt December 12, 2015, 8:41 pm

    God also says that his favorite smell is that of a burning ox. Have you sacrificed an ox lately? Why not? God explicitly states this. Don’t you want to please your almighty? God also mentions nothing about doing hardcore drugs. So it’s either God has no foresight and is not almighty, or God specifically thought it was okay and people who say it’s not are being arrogant blasphemers.

  81. Cole December 10, 2015, 11:27 pm

    You’re hilarious, milk and flesh contain insane amounts of not only estrogen, but tos of other hormones (60+ including stress hormones from you know, being released when the animal was being tortured and killed) in levels much higher than soy. That said, I very rarely consume it unless it has been fermented but I don’t know where you are finding your Ag-lobbied data, but it’s pretty amazing how easily you swallow their obvious agenda. Go vegan, minimize suffering and save the planet. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/how-dairy-affects-your-hormones/

  82. kega doru December 10, 2015, 5:59 pm

    Exactly this. Author is probably a vegan fatso with no friends.

    • Lydia Bradford December 20, 2015, 12:57 pm

      Author obviously isn’t vegan as they are promoting honey and other dairy products such as yoghurt. You just can’t face the truth.

  83. John December 10, 2015, 12:05 am

    Hmmm………… Let me guess. I can just see the author now. A pathetic, oily haired, sickly, pale complexioned righteous know-it-all liberal vegetarian with no athleticism whatsoever with the strength of a butterfly whose idea of a good time is to ponder all the “dangerous” food and beverage STILL available.

    Three words…………. Get. A. Life.

    • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 12:10 am

      You seem to have nothing nice to say. Guess you got offended by this artivle, so you gave to degrade someone else to feel superior and intelligent!? Go you.

      • Certified Scientist February 24, 2016, 11:51 am

        Says the vegan, once again!
        *article
        By the way, stop arguing with people that aren’t your “kind,” just because they’re not vegans.

        • me February 27, 2016, 1:30 pm

          I didnt know vegans promote eating dairy yogurt…?

  84. Mara December 6, 2015, 3:30 pm

    What a stupid article.

    If you consume ANY protein your uric acid levels will go up and your body will have to neutralize. Should we also stop eating nuts, broccolli and soy because it is depleting calcium from our bones?

    Wow, stupidity has reached new lows.

    • Lydia Bradford December 20, 2015, 1:00 pm

      No, stupidity has reached new lows when the human race are consuming the milk of another species even though we are repulsed by the idea of the consumption of our own species breast milk after infancy.

      • Certified Scientist February 24, 2016, 11:50 am

        I agree that stupidity has reached new lows with the human race, but you’re part of it. Why would you still drink breast milk after infancy? You like using woman for your advantage? Human’s use other animals for food, and it’s been that way for centuries! Obviously another vegan on this website…

      • zzz January 1, 2016, 4:22 pm

        It’s only animal protein that causes the PH to lower. It is due to the high sulfur content in all animal protein. When sulfur combines with water (in the blood) it becomes acidic.

        • KBToy January 4, 2016, 11:43 am

          Where did you get this information from? ALL forms of protein break down into amino acids. Digestion of proteins in the stomach is helped by stomach acid, which is strong hydrochloric acid. It has nothing to do with animals.

          • veggiedude January 5, 2016, 10:18 am

            Source of protein does matter. There’s more to it than amino acids. The sugar in meat is Neu5Gc – suspected to be a cause of cancer in humans. The gut bacteria in humans will create TMAO when it comes in contact with meat, chemicals harmful in increased risk of heart disease.

  85. Philip Ngeno December 5, 2015, 10:03 am

    Hi,
    Thank you for an incredible research in regard to detrimental effect of milk. Despite great resistance and criticism, it remains to be a fact. God created us as vegetarians. Study your teeth without even reading the bible. Milk is very dangerous. It actually changes our body chemistry negatively and its the genesis of many diseases. In old age, people use to drink milk ignorantly but their electricity (energy) were 20 times ours. God ignore the time of ignorance. Continue preaching the truth even to the rebellious generation which is similar to the time of Noah and Lot. Herbivorous animals are strong and healthy without drinking milk. How can they get calcium?

    • KBToy January 4, 2016, 11:44 am

      But yet… God speaks EXTREMELY HIGHLY about the benefits of drinking cow’s milk…

    • bible bill December 22, 2015, 6:21 pm

      Philip, the bible is Gods word and it speaks highly of drinking milk Isa 55 : 1 , Ex 3 , Ex 13, Ex 33 NIV bible .

      It’s one of the” 4 “original food groups , how could a food group be bad ?, remember the old saying to ensure you get all 6 essential nutrients eat from all 4 food groups. And how could something” whole” be bad , whole grains are good why wouldn’t” whole” milk be ?.

      Look at all the disk and skeletal degeneration over the last 20 yrs since everyone quit drinking” whole” milk , and go back even 50yrs ago , people grew up on and lived their whole lives on whole milk and they were way healthier than we every are .

      Don’t believe much of anything you read or hear today as one of Gods great prophets predicted for our” modern times” about 4000yrs ago Isa 59 : 15( NIV). bible .

  86. Terry Mahan December 3, 2015, 7:22 pm

    My Husband wants to know why we can have unsweetened Yogart. It also comes from cows. Thank You

  87. JimZucco December 3, 2015, 3:04 pm

    I think this all comes down to people with diseases and health problems wanting a scapegoat to direct their anger and frustration towards. The concepts in your article are not facts, they are misguided theories. When you look at reliable data and actual statistics you’ll see that those who drink milk on a daily basis show much better health, especially bone health, than those who don’t. Drinking more milk would certainly be beneficial to someone with osteoporosis. Natural medicine does not work and should never be practiced in place of real medicine.

    • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 12:19 am

      Drinking more milk lj actually made me gain weight, feel sluggish, anxious, have digestive problems, more acne, and depression. Once I removed it from my diet, I started eating more fruits, oars, graibs, and berries. Each and every negative affect from the milk decreased. Within only two weeks I feel better. I even lost ten pounds in a month. Then ten more for two more months. I’ve never felt more energized. Milk is not put our safe anymore when there are so many impurities in its now because of the previewing l processing and Additives, aka genetically modified organisms. GMO’s do cause negative affects in your body. Face that facts and try testing it out yourself if you don’t believe. You can prove its yourself. I challenge all of you “nay” Sayers to just test run going without animals in your mouth. I have helped convert some to the vegan LIFESTYLE, and those who told me are happy they evolved from eating meat. True carnivores do NOT COOK their meat, so why do you? Wild carnivores eat raw bloody flesh.

      • Einārs Mednis February 5, 2016, 9:54 pm

        Vegangirl, you lost 20 pounds in 2 month time after starting veganism. Your body used fat and muscles to survive, becouse vegan diet not gave enough nutritions. The same result you can acvieve with normal diet consuming less calories.

    • Bible Bill December 22, 2015, 6:26 pm

      Jim ,your exactly right , osteoporosis was unheard of when people drank whole milk like 50yrs ago and before, as opposed to now were every one has been” falsely” led to believe whole milk is bad .

      And remember what Hippocrates said ” Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food “. Real medicine is food , conventional medicine is terrible , the side effects.

      • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 12:22 am

        The processed food you eat today has no real nutritional value. It’s junk. Real food is not processed such as, dates, figs, veggies, seeds, etc…

        • Certified Scientist February 24, 2016, 11:47 am

          Says you? You drink Almond Breeze, ffs!

        • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 1:23 am

          People from the Bible didn’t consume, antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides, and GMOs. Back in those days the animals lived in natural environments, not tiny cages.

    • Meghan December 5, 2015, 3:48 pm

      http://nutritionstudies.org/12-frightening-facts-milk/

  88. jIm December 3, 2015, 2:58 pm

    I love the milk rage. People like ready to stab each other over a milk argument. All I have to say is that everything the author said about acidity and calcium deficiency is not true. And that’s literally the only point they had. Check out the link below:

    http://chriskresser.com/does-dairy-cause-osteoporosis/

  89. Sharon December 2, 2015, 10:17 pm

    Of course most the the responses are rude, crude or plain ignorant. People just love their milk and (especially) cheese so they aren’t going to listen to you. But of course, you are correct. Thanks for your article.

    • Certified Scientist February 24, 2016, 11:46 am

      Sharon, are you a moron?
      Oh wait, I already know that.

      Go and smell the roses before calling others ignorant, when you’re the ignorant one.

    • KBToy January 4, 2016, 11:48 am

      There is some truth to the information in the article, yes, but also some very misleading, misguiding stuff. ALL protein consumption results in a spike in acid, as protein enzymes break down into Amino Acids. This has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with cow’s milk and/or animal protein, but rather with the human anatomy and protein breakdown in general.

    • Lydia December 20, 2015, 1:03 pm

      Yes you’re right some people are so spiteful and filled with such hatred. It’s such a shame.

    • David Brown December 7, 2015, 6:49 pm

      Thank you! people are so stubborn when it comes to milk and other dairy products. Your body has a hard time digesting dairy products period whether you are lactose intolerant or not. why is it that people get backed up and constipated when they consume to much dairy? Also your body makes its own calcium. Its up to you to give it the proper nutrients like building blocks to produce it. Calcium is a dead mineral your body cant use it very well in its dead state, probably just fuck your joints with calcification down the line. its like consuming a bag of concrete and shitting bricks,but my mommy said…??? Your mommas wrong, especially for feeding you the pasteurized shit.

      • Bill Pickersgill December 22, 2015, 6:46 pm

        Dave, it’s the opposite whole dairy helps you move your bowels , it’ doesn’t cause constipation , and hardly anyone drinks” whole” milk today in our country mostly 2 % , 1% , skim.

        And I drink like a half gallon a day of” whole” milk and move my bowels like 4 times a day , and pasteurization doesn’t alter milk at all because Vit D is stable in heat , the only Vit that’s” not “stable in heat is . “C ”

        Look at all the disk and skeletal problems today because everyone has believed the lie whole milk is bad , and osteoporosis is epidemic in women , again, because no one is drinking” whole” milk .

        It’s one of the” 4″ original food groups ,” whole dairy” products , think about it, how could a food group be bad , and how could something” whole” be bad , ?. Don’t believe the nonsense you hear today it’s all lies there is no truth out there today as was predicted for our modern times by a great man of God, Isa 59 : 15 [ NIV] bible .

        It used to be called” White blood” because it was so important to good health back during the world wars.

        • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 12:24 am

          Ur no supposed to poop 3-4 times a day! This article is facts.

        • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 12:00 am

          I care. I appreciate you doing your research and using reputable sources. Most people will be offended by this because it goes against what they were taught and bright up with, but unfortunately this article is true and terrible. Several of you say noon one cares. Obviously you do care of you would refrain from commenting at all. Great article; don’t stop!

  90. Spencer November 29, 2015, 7:00 pm

    People drank milk all throughout the Bible. So i would rather trust God rather than some idiot writing this article. The thing is that we have to drink raw milk from healthy cows or goats.

    • Jordan January 6, 2016, 10:34 am

      Even if people drank milk throughout the “Bible”, how to do you know it was not bad for them at that point as well? If people slammed heroin throughout the bible would you then believe that it’s good for you? Sorry but, your comment is irrelevant and I’m sure I speak for many when I say that I trust someone who has osteoporosis and has done plenty of research on the given subject over some “guy” up in the clouds telling us how to live our lives. Or an old book that was written and re-written hundreds of times by hundreds of people. Maybe one of them was a dairy farmer? Who knows…who cares.

    • veggiedude January 5, 2016, 10:23 am

      If you are going by your bible, it says your god designed people for the garden of eden – they were vegan – all animals were vegan, even the lion. After original sin they were cast out. If you believe so much in gods perfection, why not try to live it as he intended you to?

      • Angela February 17, 2016, 10:25 pm

        No they were not vegans for one

        beasts [chayah] of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. And God made the beasts [chayah] of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:24-25)

        All of these use of the words shows they were meat eaters not all were vegans

    • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 1:28 am

      They didn’t consume GMO’s, antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides either. Unfortunately, the things listed are in all meat, corn, and American and Canadian processed junk. Cow milk and giat milk are designed for their respective young. Furthermore, if you want to go Bible deep. Go to Genesis where it is mentioned that fruit and seed bearing plants will be your meat. Also, thumb through to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they turned away from meat and consumed only vegetables, fruits etc..

      • KBToy January 4, 2016, 11:50 am

        They’re also included in virtually any food you eat, be it organic vegan or not. Even if you grow your own stuff, the soil it grows in is full of GMO, pesticides, etc.

    • Bible Bill December 22, 2015, 6:33 pm

      Spencer , your exactly right , the bible is the secret or” Foundation of Nutrition” and it’s speaks highly of whole milk , but you don’t need to drink it raw , Vit ” D” is” stable” in heat so pasteurization doesn’t alter it to any appreciable extent. What’s most important is that the cows are grass fed , and that the milk is whole , why wouldn’t any one want something” whole” .

    • Wow. December 3, 2015, 3:10 pm

      You sir, are officially the stupidest person I have seen this week

    • nobody cares December 2, 2015, 11:54 pm

      Fascinatingly stupid.

      • Jordan January 6, 2016, 10:26 am

        Another reason that the bible is a book of nonsense.

  91. ot November 29, 2015, 2:15 pm

    This is bullshit. In my country all the people who live in the villages drink milk everyday and they tend to be one of the healthy people and ones who live a longer active lifestyle. My grandparents drank milk at least once a day and they lived to 87 and 96 and almost till the end(a little over a month) they were active and healthy and they drank milk and ate other milk base foods. What it is also true is they used natural cow milk.

    • Dexter December 3, 2015, 9:49 am

      We all know milk is made to provide a source of food for new born babies until they can digest whole foods, This goes for goats, cows, humans, and all other speices. So why would grown human beings drink milk that was made for a baby calf’s genetic make up? If we want to drink the milk that was made for us, why don’t we drink human milk? Then we wouldn’t even drink human milk because it’s made for babies.

      • Bill Pickersgill December 22, 2015, 6:58 pm

        Dexter, milk is a” food and it’s a whole food at that , you drink it for nourishment not hydration .

        Go back 50 yrs and before people were way healthier than we are now and they grew up on and lived their whole lives on” whole” milk , calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body , that’s why today so many have disk and skeletal problems , because everyone quit drinking whole milk , believing the lie you hear today that it’s detrimental to your health .

        There’s a saying ” If it’s true it’s not new , and if it’s new it’s not true “., don’t believe the nonsense you hear or read today . There is no truth out there today , you have to search for the real truth , as Christ said” seek the truth and the truth will set you free”.

      • Mara December 6, 2015, 3:27 pm

        Saying that milk is for babies, thus grown ups should not drink it, is like saying seeds are for growing new plants, therefore you shouldnt eat them.

        Milk=highly nutritious protein and calcium rich food.
        Seeds=highly nitritious protein and fat rich, in some cases calcium rich.

        • S December 22, 2015, 6:17 am

          Hey there!

          I’m a little bit confused by your comment here because seeds grow into plants and plants do not get help from their parents to grow. Therefore these two things are not comparable. Also the bottom line is if humans were meant to drink milk throughout life our mothers would continue to produce milk for the duration of her life. 🙂

          • S December 28, 2015, 4:32 am

            Hey Vee!

            Although your statement is somewhat true you didn’t take into consideration that after menopause it is hard for women to produce milk and almost impossible to do it naturally!

          • Vee December 24, 2015, 8:39 pm

            UHMM if a baby continues to drink from a womans breast, the mother continues to produce milk. You can have a ten year old child and if they continued to breast feed, you would still produce milk, once the infant/child stops suckling, the milk stops producing. Have you ever heard of a wet nurse? Your point is invalid after that statement.

  92. Ash November 23, 2015, 2:02 pm

    I was wondering if this article is really true? There is a lot of controversy in comments from others! i am not sure whether to stop drinking milk or not! Please help!
    It would be great if you gave real scientific proof to back you up.
    I have been told for years that milk is good for me from home to school. How can it be so bad for us? And why wouldn’t higher authorities inform us!!

    • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 12:34 am

      From my personal experience milk is terrible for you. It also increases mucus build up. Milk comes from tortured raped cows whos babies are then sold, collared and chained up to be sliced into veal, placed in a dumpster, killed, or sold at auction because they are not needed. That’s how you get milk. Think about if it were you. A cow living in a natural environment can live up to 28-30 years, but the oppressed ones die of exhaustion at 4 – 4.5 years. The animals is dirty and unclean from chemicals when she heads to slaughter. They cry out for each baby taken from them as well so you know. Cows are sweet, gentle, loving, and form loving bonds with all creatures naturally. The industry treats the cow as a machine which clearly is not. Most Jews and black people can relate to impression and can see clearer why these things are wrong. Even Hitler learned how to torture and disfigure Jews by visiting slaughter houses, so he could do it to people.

    • Calen November 30, 2015, 10:16 pm

      H! I totally support and believe this. Everything that we know is produced misinformation by the dairy industry. You can learn that now, I’m so excited that this news is finally breaking to the public. The vegan community has known about this for a long time. For more information, I love love love this video. It’s great for anyone to watch!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-F8whzJfJY

  93. T November 23, 2015, 8:07 am

    Take your study,

    & SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS!

    I can’t believe people believe stuff like this. Wait, yes I can! Vegetarians and vegans LOOOVE this kind of shit because it validates their practices… what is really wrong with people who fall apart emotionally at the thought of killing an animal? They are either VERY frail minded, or they have dirty laundry…

    • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 1:35 am

      Unfortunately, you were brought up and taught how to hate, abuse, and torture animals. Naturally, a baby will play with a bunny and eat an apple if placed in front of them you are the weak one. It’s takes far more resources to produce milk and meat. You need to grow a backbone you spineless coward. You call yourself strong because you can kill, maim, and abuse a defenseless gentle creature? Watch a documentary and expand your mind. Several I’ve already listed. You are the coward you abusive ahole.

      • steelneena May 21, 2016, 1:52 am

        the kid is hungry and starving the the woods. it watches the wolves that raised it feast on the flesh of lowly beasts. it understands sustenance. it sees the bear eat berries yet also fish. it understands sustenance. Put a child before food and they will eat it. We are OMNIVORES. naturally, we eat both. We don’t need as much meat as we eat, but neither can man survive on any extreme. My grandfather lived to 99. He walked out of his house after his stroke and into the ambulance. His motto was everything in moderation. He drank milk, and ate meat.

    • tvd November 27, 2015, 1:43 pm

      Dairy is not only horrendously unethical, it’s very unhealthful for humans, (besides breast milk for babies) http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/dairy/

    • mon November 23, 2015, 10:12 am

      I am not vegan nor vegitarian. But i’ll always pass on the titty milk.

      • calen November 30, 2015, 10:18 pm

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-F8whzJfJY

        Also, it’s called having feelings. This is a normal thing that we all have. Some of us are just more in touch with our feelings than others. One day we’ll look back and laugh and wonder how we can do something so unhealthy and unethical.

  94. Mollie November 21, 2015, 5:01 am

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22081694

    • tvd November 27, 2015, 1:48 pm

      http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/dairy/
      A LOT of studies and info there show how bad dairy is for humans (besides breast milk for babies).

      • bikejumpr9 December 3, 2015, 10:34 pm

        Where does it ONCE say on that site there is proof of anything? It all says “may also” or “may be linked” or “potentially allergenic”. Also, if it were all based on facts, where is the links to the studies? All they do is link to their own site…

  95. Sarah November 16, 2015, 12:30 pm

    When I learned that cows milk had an allowable amount of pus, blood cells, and that it can deplete your bones of calcium I stopped drinking it. A couple of months later I stopped consuming all dairy and found plant based calcium rich products. I used to have arthritis in my toe and ankle joints from wearing high heels most of my 20’s and had broken both my feet within a few months time and was still having pain from this. Ditching cows milk and dairy, now my arthritis does not bother me at all it so little I no longer need medication, same for my pain from my past broken bones- it’s gone or hardly there. My skin is more clear and my hair is more healthy. I feel so much better.
    It’s crazy how many people still think cows milk is good for you even when faced with medical facts.
    Cows milk is for baby cows. Ditching dairy is not just good for your health but it also helps save baby cows lives who are stolen away from their moms and killed for veal, and fights against dairy farm cruelty period.
    You have nothing to lose by ditching cows milk and dairy altogether.

    • KW December 8, 2015, 12:30 pm

      Oh yeah! I’ll take a hot ass perky boobed vegan chick over a fat greasy pasty meat eater any day. They’re vegan because it works and their bodies and complexions are testament to it. Easy test – See how long you stay healthy eating only meat vs eating only vegan.

    • Kyle November 20, 2015, 8:20 pm

      There is no medical fact that says bovine milk is bad for you. I imagine that most likely what has helped you, is that you have stopped drinking commercialized milk. That is not natural milk. If you were drinking skim or lowfat milk, that was even worse. Since arthritis can be made worse from a deficiency in calcium…eliminating the commercialized bovine milk likely allowed many toxins to be removed from your body. I don’t know what plants you switched to, but many plants have magnesium, which is one of the requirements for calcium absorption. Saturated fats are also required for proper calcium absorption and utilization.

      Too much estrogen or not enough can also make arthritis worse, and underactive thyroids can cause a reduction in insulin, and this can make arthritis worse as well. I would not be surprised if eliminating the milk reduced your estrogen down to a more balanced level. Eliminating soy from your diet will have a beneficial effect on you as well, as pretty much all thyroid issues in the U.S. are related to having too much improperly prepared soy in their diet.

      Drinking milk is not necessary, but its not bad if you get the right milk, and like I said, I drink only grass fed and usually raw milk when I can. I hope to switch to goat or sheep milk someday, but bovine works for now as long as its from properly raised cows.

      Congrats on getting rid of your arthritis! Hope you continue to live as naturally pain free as you can:)

    • alex cordova November 19, 2015, 10:19 pm

      true. i am a high school student, and i may not be well informed about this but i do know that cow milk contains extra hormones, causing some skin problems. i had acne, but once i stopped drinking cow milk i slowly got healthier skin. it was slow but it was noticeable. i didnt need any acne medication, all i needed was to stop drinking or eating products that produce acne, like milk. therefore, i agree with your stance because of your knowledge and experience

  96. Judy Ladd November 16, 2015, 10:09 am

    I have never drank cow’s milk…It just does not agree with me…I do like goat milk though..and goat yogurt…What’s your feeling on that?

    • Dexter December 3, 2015, 9:48 am

      We all know milk is made to provide a source of food for new born babies until they can digest whole foods, This goes for goats, cows, humans, and all other speices. So why would grown human beings drink milk that was made for a baby calf’s genetic make up? If we want to drink the milk that was made for us, why don’t we drink human milk? Then we wouldn’t even drink human milk because it’s made for babies.

  97. Tubbish November 13, 2015, 4:00 am

    Milk depletes calsium from your bones because milk acidifies the body pH? Then lemon juice should be bad for our bones as well! Don’t drink lemon juice or eat lemons or eat oranges or eat fruites or just die, what a nonsense.

    • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 12:38 am

      Those are natural fruit acids that are actually healthy acids.

    • Sheila December 20, 2015, 1:42 pm

      Warm diluted lemon juice actually neutralizes stomach acids facillitating heartburn prevention. It is countertuitive to think of this juice as alkaline when metabolized, but true nevertheless. There is nothing more annoying and speaks of laziness when speaking on something to which you know little or have not done your homework.

    • Adam November 15, 2015, 9:45 pm

      Lemons and other citrus fruits leave alkaline residue after digestion. Meaning they do not create acidity in the stomach. Animal protein is different. It causes acidity which triggers calcium to be leeched from the bones.

      • Kyle November 20, 2015, 11:24 pm

        I’m not sure what you mean by ‘create acidity in the stomach’. Hydrochloric Acid is always in our stomach, though the stomach cells can increase acid production when stimulated by Gastrin It has two purposes. One is to provide a medium for the enzyme Pepsin to break down protein into peptides and amino acids for later absorption in the intestines.

        The other is to inactivate any harmful micro-organisms you may have ingested along with your food (food borne pathogens). Other than the acidic E. Coli strain bred inside grain fed cows (vs the neutral or alkaline E. Coli that is bred inside pastured grass raised cows), most food borne pathogens have no chance in the stomachs of healthy individuals.

        The pancreas secretes a bicarbonate buffer into the small intestine to neutralize the acidic food particles coming from the stomach. The neutral environment of this portion of your gut encourages the activity of more protein-digesting enzymes originating from both your pancreas and the cells lining your small intestine. These enzymes work on the food peptides, systematically breaking them down into even smaller peptides and then snipping off the amino acids one by one. At this point, the absorptive cells of your small intestine carry the single amino acids to your bloodstream and then on to the cells throughout your body.

        Carbs and lipids are first broken down in the mouth via saliva, and are then later broken down inside the intestines. Both saliva and the small intestine contain the enzyme Amylase, which breaks down starches. . Similarly, the three major enzymes which break apart sugars — sucrase, maltase and lactase — are also found in the saliva and in the small intestine. The digested starches and sugars move through the small intestine where they are absorbed.

        To be clear, no where in the digestive system is calcium involved. Blood pH is controlled by the lungs and kidneys. The kidneys have two very important roles in maintaining the acid-base balance: to reabsorb bicarbonate from urine, and to excrete hydrogen ions into urine. The kidneys are slower to compensate than the lungs, but renal physiology has several powerful mechanisms to control pH by the excretion of excess acid or base. The major homeostatic control point for maintaining a stable balance is renal excretion.

        Bicarbonate (HCO3-) does not have a transporter, so its reabsorption involves a series of reactions in the tubule lumen and tubular epithelium. In response to acidosis, tubular cells reabsorb more bicarbonate from the tubular fluid, while collecting-duct cells secrete more hydrogen and generate more bicarbonate, and ammoniagenesis leads to increased formation of the NH3 buffer. In response to alkalosis, the kidneys may excrete more bicarbonate by decreasing hydrogen ion secretion from the tubular epithelial cells, and lowering rates of glutamine metabolism and ammonium excretion.

        Source: Boundless. “The Role of the Kidneys in Acid-Base Balance.” Boundless Anatomy and Physiology. Boundless, 21 Jul. 2015. Retrieved 21 Nov. 2015 from https://www.boundless.com/physiology/textbooks/boundless-anatomy-and-physiology-textbook/body-fluids-and-acid-base-balance-26/acid-base-balance-248/the-role-of-the-kidneys-in-acid-base-balance-1219-9206/

        This is one source, but there are others. Its a scientific fact that food has no affect on the body’s pH, and our bones, along with calcium, are not involved in any way with controlling blood pH.

        If eating meat was bad, homo sapiens would not exist. Herbivores do not digest their food in their stomach, although stomach number 4 in ruminants do perform some digestion. Carnivores, and humans, do not have the ability to digest cellulose. This is why foods surrounded by cellulose, that are not chewed properly to break its coating, are not digested, but instead eliminated as waste, and found in your stool. Humans, unlike carnivores, do have amylase, to assist in breaking down carbs, but its not efficient. Herbivores have extremely large cecums full of bacteria for digestive aids. Carnivores have a very, very small cecum/appendix that has an as yet determined function. Humans have a cecum/appendix, that is slightly larger, proportionally, but also with an as yet determined function. The only reason humans are classified as omnivores, and not carnivores, is because we have the enzyme amylase, which gives us the ability to digest carbs from plants. While inefficient, this is likely an adaptation to allow us to survive in times where meat was scarce, though going too long without meat would severely weaken us, as unlike herbivores who continually digest many pounds of bacteria to obtain animal protein, we can not do the same, though eating insect and insect larvae that resided on any plant material we ingested, would help with this.

        • Megan February 5, 2016, 1:13 am

          Thank you Kyle !
          If I had to say anything it’d be:
          Go read Kyle’s posts for some knowledge.

        • Sheila December 20, 2015, 1:52 pm

          You were sounding credible up to the point where you begin to theorize in your closing statements. Not much supports what you say.

          • Kyle December 22, 2015, 4:36 am

            I never said my theory on why we have amylase was correct. I did say it was likely, based on the facts that I laid out. Maybe amylase has always been there, and our bodies have either gone from efficient to inefficient, or stayed at inefficiency due to a lack of necessity for it in our history. Considering that agriculture has only been around for several millennia, I believe that efficient to inefficiency just doesn’t make sense. So we either didn’t start with it, and developed it over time, or we did start with it, but rarely used it until the beginning of agriculture.

            Keep in mind that most foods that aren’t meat or fruits require preparation for our bodies to even use. This was done early on in our agricultural history. Its only in very recent industrialized history that proper preparation is no longer done. Soaking, sprouting, and/or fermentation of many nuts and vegetables, and all grains and legumes is generally the best, or in some cases, the only way to make them useful. Plants can’t move, and many develop anti-nutritional (phytochemical) defenses.

            Herbivores do not need to prepare their herbs prior to digesting. In most cases, humans do. I’ve never heard of any other omnivore that prepares their vegetarian diet before eating. In my opinion, this supports my reasoning that amylase exists in humans solely to provide for us during times when meat is scarce, because in the beginning, we didn’t know how to properly prepare them to optimal nutritional value.

      • Heidi November 20, 2015, 1:58 pm

        Lemons and oranges are acidic outside of the body, but once our body digest them, they turn akaline. There are great books and articles on the PH balance.

        • Theodore November 23, 2015, 6:11 am

          Don’t, just don’t.. kyle knows exactly what he talking about…

          • Kyle December 18, 2015, 5:50 pm

            Gaurav,

            Please explain your reason for believing I don’t know anything about acidity. Good luck, as everything I posted is easy to fact check, but I would love to see you give source based reasons behind your belief that I’m incorrect on anything I posted.

            Lets see your data points.

          • Gaurav December 5, 2015, 7:21 am

            No, not really. He gives a lot of data points to make you believe it, but he doesn’t. He didn’t know what acidity means. 🙂

  98. Kyle November 13, 2015, 3:42 am

    One thing I forgot to mention, is why calcium isn’t the reason we should be drinking milk. I don’t believe that human babies should ever be fed milk from any other mammal. They need human milk only. Because milk is designed for the young if its own species, it will generally not have all the required nutrients that a different species would have. As an adult human, I have no problem drinking raw bovine milk from a naturally raised cow, as I am in it for the protein and probiotics (when I drink the raw milk). I’ve been asked why I don’t just get protein from other foods, and I tell them I do, but milk is a liquid, and while thicker than water, its a thirst quencher, and I enjoy mixing it with my grain free cereal and yogurt just before bed. Even with the additional fat contained in raw milk, I still get additional fat from other foods that I eat prior to my bedtime cereal I generally have 2 cups of herbal tea with a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil in it as well each night, and all my cooking is with coconut oil or animal fat.

    I’d also like to mention that raw goat milk is far better than raw cow milk. Though not a perfect substitute, as I think there is one main ingredient its missing or low in, it is probably the closest you can get to human milk without actually being human, chemically speaking. I don’t have affordable access to raw goat milk, though. Its nearly twice as much fatty acids as bovine milk, which is a huge plus. I’ll be switching to raw goat milk if I ever get practical access to it. If I ever get a big enough home and yard, I may see about getting my own goat, but I know nothing about raising or milking a goat, and would have lot of studying to do before I would do something like that.

  99. Kyle November 13, 2015, 2:41 am

    This article is full of misinformation.

    First of all, milk does not turn your body acidic nor alkaline. NO FOOD OR DRINK TURNS YOUR BODY ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. Your blood ph remains a static 7.35 to 7.45 and there is absolutely nothing you can do to change this, except die.

    I don’t know where this faddish idea of acidic and alkaline eating came from, but its total whack. Since it badmouths fats and red meat, its already flawed from the get go. At 40 years old, with nary a broken bone or a sickness to be had, I’m very healthy according to my doctors. I have eaten meat, especially chicken and beef, nearly my whole life. I drink plenty of whole milk, eat plenty of sushi, and shunned veggies, grains, and legumes….not because I thought they were bad, but because I prefer bacon, eggs, and milk for breakfast, any meant for lunch, and lots of meat and fish for dinner. I put garlic and either cayenne, chili, or habanero pepper on nearly everything I eat. (I actually use many different kinds of herbs and spices, but those are my favorite) My bones are strong with no signs of weakening. Now, in the past 2 years, I’ve included steamed or sautéed leafy greens, with mushrooms, and carrots with my meat, used my bones to make bone stock for soups and hot drinks. I’ve switched to grass fed only beef and raw milk, pastured chicken, eggs,, turkey, and pork, with even more bacon than ever. I maintained my summer sun, but now including UVB tanning with VitD supplementation in the winter, along with HighVitK2 grass fed butter and fermented fish oil supplements. I eat more deep sea salmon and skipjack tuna than ever before, mostly on workout days, as eggs and tuna are a great protein meal. I only eat between 4 and midnight, and usually my last meal before bed is a bowl of grain free cereal with raw whole milk and grass fed plain, unsweetened live yogurt. My doc says I’ve gotten even more healthy in the past year and asked what I changed.

    now, 2) Milk does NOT suddenly become bad for you simply because you are weaned and mamma stops producing milk. Raw, natural pastured cow, goat, sheep, and many other mammal milk is great for human consumption at ANY age. Human milk is even better. The reason why mammals generally stop drinking milk after weaning is because mamma stops producing it. Why does she stop producing it? Because the amount of energy required to produce nutrients for herself and her babies is very extensive. Once her children can eat their normal diet, its simply not practical to continue producing nutrients for so many stomachs, especially stomachs that are wanting more and more as they grow. So nature tells momma to stop producing milk, and since the ability to drink milk is no longer necessary, the majority, if not all, nonhuman mammals start reducing the production of lactase. Due to the domestication of some milk producing animals and the subsequent milking of such animals for cheese and yogurt as far back as 11,000 years ago in the middle east, a genetic mutation happened around 5000-7000 years ago, give or take, that spread through Europe like wildfire, allowing lactase to be produced throughout a person’s lifetime, which is why most Europeans and their descendants have no problems drinking milk throughout adulthood. ‘Tis good to be Irish:)

    3) Calcium may be the reason people have been told to drink milk, but that is not the reason to drink milk. We actually don’t need that much calcium, but we do need magnesium, something which many americans do not get enough of. Vitamin A, D, E, K, and Calcium are fat soluble. The body needs saturated fats, and magnesium, to absorb calcium into the bones. The body also needs those fats to convert beta carotene into vitamin A, and to carry fat soluble vitamins and minerals throughout the body. The heart has the most Magnesium in your body. Too much calcium can cause a deficiency in your magnesium, if you don’t have enough Mg to compensate for it, and that could lead to heart attacks. However, that is not enough. K2 keeps calcium where it belongs. Too much calcium and not enough K2 allows calcium to accumulate where it doesn’t belong. Also, while you can’t overdose on vitamin D through the sun and foods, taking too much oral supplementation of vitamin D (its really a hormone, not a vitamin, but old habits die hard), without enough K2 to compensate, can cause Vitamin D toxicity. However, this is rare, and it does take quite a bit of vitamin D to cause this, generally in the tens of thousands of UI per day for several months, based on some studies…however, it is still in the study mode. Basically, you need to maintain a balance of calcium, magnesium, K2 and D in your body. Calcium and magnesium should be about 1:1. Industrial agriculture has greatly reduced the amount of magnesium in the soils, so unless you’re getting local farm grown foods, or your own backyard with good mineral fertilizers, you may need to get look out for signs of magnesium deficiency, sense its difficult to detect in the blood. Numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, headaches, nausea, fatique….yeah, the same symptoms for many other issues. Leafy greens like spinach and seaweed, along with some nuts and seeds, and even avocados are good sources. Spinach and sweet potato leaves are great sources of nutrients in general. Eating avocados with spinach together give a nutrient dense result bigger than the sum of their individual parts. For whatever reason, spinach and avocado work great magic together inside your body. K2 can be gotten through animals based foods such as meat, poultry, butter, cheese, and eggs. Most people get enough calcium from their foods, so its only K2, magnesium, and Hormone D you need to worry about, depending on how much meat and greens you eat, and sun you get. Remember, you can’t make Hormone D if you’re using sunscreen, and you need saturated fats to absorb your fat soluble nutrients, including calcium. That is why using vegetable oils to cook in, while drinking lots of lowfat and/or skim milk does nothing good for you, and much bad for you. Too much unused calcium is a bad thing, and your bones get brittle. Its like dying of thirst on an island. You’re surrounded by your need, but unable to partake.

    4) seriously, do I need to say more? Here’s the deal. Is lowfat milk bad for you? yes. its useless at best, and bad at worst. Is skim milk bad for you? yes, same thing. Is whole milk bad for you? That depends. If it came from commercialized feedlots, then yes. If it came from organic farms…then its probably good, but then it depends on the farm. Organic (as related to animal products) is supposed to mean animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. Now, generally, once a calf is separated from its poor, sad, lonely, and depressed mother, and switched to corn and other grains, the cow must receive antibiotics in order to keep from getting too sick from eating unnatural foods. They generally receive growth hormones as well, to grow them as quickly as possible. Now, this tells me that organic beef must be mostly grass fed, if not fully, with perhaps minor supplementation during certain times of the year with some grains. I try to only look for milk that is labeled grass fed, or organic milk from farms I can visit and see myself. There is a local farm near me, where I can get raw grass fed milk, and I get it whenever I can afford it, and its available. When I can’t, I opt for organic, pasteurized milk. I also look for local grassfed butter (i’ve not found any near me) or kerrygold butter. I look for raw cheeses and naturally raised animal cheeses. I go for the blocks, grate or shred them, and store them in airtight containers. I love using shredded cheese, as they melt so much better.

    6) is almond or coconut milk good for you? if you see it in a carton, then no. If you get it straight from the nut, then maybe. Always soak your nuts overnight with a touch of vinegar. Dry them, and mash the almonds yourself. For coconuts, soaking is not necessary, and you just pop a hole, insert straw and drink up. Later, crack it open and scoop out the meat for eating as it, or save it to use it in a dish. If you look at almond and coconut milk ingredients on the carton, you’ll quickly see why its bad. Most of the time you’ll see Vitamin A Palmitate, which is bad, as are ALL synthetic vitamins. Vitamin D2, which is the toxic form of Hormone D. In cases of Hormone D toxicity, I believe it was D2 that was the problem, and not D3. This could be because D2 is made by irradiating yeast and mushrooms. Many contain carrageenan, which is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of WHO) as a potential carcinogen. For me, with so many alternatives, no way would I drink any of these.

    Lastly:) Soy milk. There is NO SUCH THING AS GOOD SOY. Even year long fermented soy from Asian countries is not good….just not that bad, and is ok in moderation. If you buy anything soy in American, its probably bad, unless its a soy sauce that has been properly fermented for months. I can promise you the fermentation was done in another country, not America. Few companies will take the many months required to properly ferment soy to make it ok for human consumption. Soy is responsible for many of the thyroid and estrogen related cancer problems rampant today. Its full of phytoestrogens that are very bad for the body. Babies fed soy formula were found to be take the hormone equivalent of 4 birth control pills a day. Even if that is a tad bit exaggerated….holy cow! Girls used to hit puberty at 14-15. Now, many are hitting it at 6-7. Even the tiny gymnasts are hitting it at 12-14, instead of the normal 17-18, I say normal, because until the 1900s, that was normal. The grain revolution of the 20th century is destroying our bodies and our babies. Soy is also a big goitrogenic food. This prevents your thyroid from getting enough iodine. Thyroid failure occurs, and then nothing but weight gain complaints every day for the rest of your life. The phytates in soy can not be soaked out. They must be fermented out over months. Phytates inhibit nutrient absorption, and is present in all grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes, but normally in amounts that can be managed through overnight soaking, minor fermentation, and/or sprouting. Soy also contains Trypsin inhibitors, which inhibit the protein digestive enzyme Trypsin. Without enough Trypsin…stomach cramps, diarrhea, bleeding, and future problems with the pancreas can develop. While the Chinese began fermenting the soy bean about 3000 years ago, for use as a condiment, many Asian countries continue the practice today…and partake as much as 2 teaspoons a day of highly fermented soy sauce. That’s right. Asians on average, ONLY EAT about 10grams…or 2 teaspoons of months long fermented soy a day, as a condiment to an otherwise extremely healthy diet. Not like American companies would have you believe, and insist on feeding you up to a 100 grams a day, of soy that is barely fermented, if at all, on top of an already highly processed and unhealthy diet full of grains and legumes. The human body was not designed to consume grains and legumes without days of preparation.

    • bri April 19, 2016, 1:25 am

      Hi Kyle, I don’t know if you will even see this because this post was written so long ago, but I really like your views and agree with you! It’s refreshing to finally find someone who talks about the science behind all these food myths, and stating facts. Most people just speak of their “opinion” without any knowledge or background information on the subject.

    • Rachel La Fein November 16, 2015, 2:48 pm

      Hi Kyle,
      What is your background? You seem very well informed. Have you watched Cowspiracy? Curious what you would think.

      • Kyle November 19, 2015, 2:12 am

        No, I have not watched Cowspiracy. Never even heard of it. My background is naval nuclear power, electronics, electrical, communication, and some mechanical. I have always been a science and math geek, and I thirst for knowledge. Most of my life, I’ve enjoyed studying biological evolution, chemical analysis, geological history, astrophysics, and more recently, nutritional and strength training.

        I’ve spent the last 2 years researching the ideal total body workout program that would work for me (and I’m still playing with it, though I feel I’m close now, modifying it less frequently), along with how the human body works with different nutrients. I’ve always had a distrust for medicine, with 2 parents that are walking pharmacies, and until I was 31, the only medicine I’d ever taken was Nyquil. At 31, I took my first Tylenol due to an ear infection. First time I had pain I couldn’t deal with. What started my research was 2 things. I finally decided to research why the cooks stored eggs in part of the engine room (I was a submariner) instead of the fridge (that was an eye opener!). The other was I got tired of people slamming the Sun, meat, saturated fats, and egg yolk as bad. It didn’t make any sense. I knew that we all came from the sea, a sea full of protein and saturated fats. I knew that sunlight is the source of all life on Earth, and that we need the Sun to make Vitamin D…which is actually a hormone that affects every single cell in our body. I knew already from researching Harvard controlled studies that eating egg yolks either did nothing to cholesterol levels, or increased the good HDLs, along with providing the omega 3s that we need to actually use the protein. I knew that our stomachs are full of hydrochloric acid specifically designed as a medium for protein digestion, along with being a great defense against food borne pathogens. I knew that there is no way nature would create a life form that needed to be exposed to the sun to live, yet suffer from cancer by doing so. I knew that no life form would evolve utilizing protein, if digestion of such protein would be detrimental to its health. I knew that until the manufacture of supplements, there was no such thing as a human vegetarian…..never mind the completely moronic vegan. If I offend any vegans….good. I meant to. You’re either stupid or ignorant. One can be fixed, but you’re running out of time.

        As a side note, for those who cite Hindus in India…consider that they got their animal nutrients through eating vegetables with insects and insect larvae, likely due to non pesticide use and inefficient cleaning methods. Hell, I find insects on my kale all the time. Takes really good rinsing to get them all out…and I still seem to find one per batch after making kale chips. Still not convinced? Well, it only came to light after studies were conducted to find out why Hindus moving to England started having B12 deficiency related illnesses. England is much more efficient at insect elimination on their produce.

        I’ve learned tons about nutrition in the past 2 years, though it was slow going at first, with so much BS out there to sift through, and science is forever coming out with new discoveries. Unfortunately, big corporations also keep funding correlation studies that have nothing to do with science nor fact. Take the history of sunscreen. It began as tanning lotion, and only advanced to sunscreen with increasing SPF after skin cancer began increasing. Of course, no one thought that the cancer was likely coming from the chemicals in the lotion, combined with an increasingly nutrient deficient American diet. As the SPF increases, so does UVB blockage, which leads to potential skin cancer, as very little of the Vitamin D hormone is produced, all while UVA is still damaging your skin, and aging it. As long as you do not burn, the Sun is safe. When you start to turn pink, cover up. Over time, you’ll be able to stay out longer and longer without burning, and without any danger of skin cancer. I have only used sunscreen for 2 months of my life…about 2 years ago. Never again, though I have started using coconut oil as a moisturizer.

        Grains, legumes, sugar and starches, have replaced nutrient dense foods in our diet. Corn, subsidized by the government, not only destroys our soil and will require years, if not decades, of mixed farming and/or crop rotation to restore, but requires massive amounts (many millions of tons) of nitrogen and phosphorus based fertilizers each year. This drains into the Mississippi River, creating an algae bloom that creates hypoxic water at the mouth of the Mississippi. The Gulf Of Mexico Dead Zone is several thousand square miles, varying in size from year to year, likely due to rainfall variations, though the overall trend seems to be increasing. In 2011, over 12 billion bushels of corn were produced in the U.S., and it takes an average of 4,000 gallons of water per bushel….and yet we have people worried about the amount of water used to grow almonds. I love almonds. Almond butter tastes and smells very much like peanut butter, which is a good thing for me, since I no longer eat peanuts. I’ll take almonds over corn any day of the week and twice on Sunday….though I do love Doritos.

        Anyone know a way to make grain-free spicy nacho Doritos?

        • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 12:53 am

          I don’t get offended by stupid factless idiots who can’t or won’t research the truth about the processed tampered foods you eat. It’s not safe. It’s not sustainable. It directly impacts humans rights and starvation because as much grain as it takes to feed one cow a year could feed and entire community. Also, the animals nevr live in natural environments. They eat GMO foods, and pesticides as well as being injected with two types of growth hormones, and antibiotics they don’t even need. You dear sir are the one who is racing towards death by consuming these poisons. Watch “Earthlings,” “Food Inc,” “Cowspiricy,” “GMO OMG,” Forks Over Knives,” and “The Best Speech Ever” by Gary Yourovsky. He will meat bash you all the way to hell and back. Grow a backbone and watch these documentaries if you have the guts. I hope one day you will no longer desire to abuse and neglect animals.

        • Albert Dingus December 20, 2015, 5:19 pm

          Kyle you take yourself and your opinions way too seriously. You don’t know everything, sorry, nobody does. You accuse others of using the file drawer effect or picking and choosing studies, but you do the same. Really a study can be shown to produce any desired result, which is why industry based studies support industry. Even when that industry has been shown to cause harm, cigarettes for example. You have never heard of a cell phone company producing a study that shows that cell phones are possibly damaging to health. Objectivity in science is largely an illusion and at most is an ideal.
          Furthermore you know nothing of “Hindu” diet. It uses clarified butter as a base for almost every dish and includes large amounts of milk and cheese. Your insect theory is laughable, yes some bugs are consumed as a result of vegetable consumption. B12 is generally found in healthy soil and places that wash foods maniacally lose much of the B12 with the rest of the soil.
          Everyone’s body tells them what they need to eat, if they listen. You seem to be pretty in tune with yours and that is good. Some people are different from you and that doesn’t need to threaten you.

          • Kyle December 24, 2015, 11:01 pm

            Its not a theory. It is established as part of the truth. The other part that goes along with it in this paragraph and I added a source to support it.. Research it yourself if you don’t like my sources. Modern agricultural methods have reduced the B12 in our soil to extremely low levels. While the gut bacterial in animals produce B12, unless you going to start eating your own feces, you need to eat another animal to get it, unless you take B12 supplements. Prior to chemically sanitizing our water supply, drinking from mountain streams and other natural water sources likely gave us plenty of B12 as well. Another study that is indicative of the Hindu Indians deals with just such a possibility.

            http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/int

            There are many Hindu Indians that do not eat dairy products, and I assume these are the ones that the studies and articles were about. Generally, I would think a diet rich in dairy products would be B12 sufficient, and moving from India to England would not affect this unless they ate much less dairy than before. I am only pointing out what established studies have shown, and I have listed my sources. I tried to do so before now, but it took me awhile to realize I am not allowed to submit more than one source per comment, or at least not more than one source with an active link.

            I don’t know whether to agree with you or not about listening to what your body tells you. I would say maybe its true, but most of don’t listen, and most of us don’t know how to listen. I had to do tons of research to sort out all the BS out there, find reputable and unbiased sources, and that takes time. I enjoy techno, dubstep, and other electronica. I’m 40 years old. If i want to continue to be able to jump up and down all night until I’m 80, I can’t be eating processed junk. I believe our bodies are perfect, and that other than the rare allergy, all human bodies are chemically the same. The only way to ruin our body is by ingesting crap through eating, drinking, and breathing, contamination through open wounds, or chemical contamination through skin absorption and/or UVB blockage, though the latter creates D3 deficiency, which is one of the worst ‘vitamins’ to be deficient in.

        • Gaurav December 5, 2015, 7:29 am

          Hi Kale, since you are such a science geek and do quite a bit of research, can you please enlighten us by letting us know where you studied that Hindus get their proteins from insects on veggies? You are a funny guy! 🙂

          • kyle December 24, 2015, 10:12 pm

            Gaurav and Albert ,

            My sources as you requested for the Megaloblastic anaemia in a vegetarian Hindu community.

            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2865624

            As you’ll notice….they give additional references and sources at the end of their findings.

        • skyebaby November 26, 2015, 7:03 pm

          Excuse me, but B12 is not gotten from animal proteins, so your story is total bull about the Indians going to England and having deficiencies. You may seem like you’re totally credible because you use fancy words and type a lot, but I DO kbow what I am talking about. B12 is made by the body, and only naturally found in soil. Your body needs very, very little B12, and it can be stored for up to 30 years in the body. The only people who have deficiencies are the ones who have conditions such as thyroid cancer. You are wrong.

          • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 12:56 am

            Bragg’s nutritional yeast has b12 in its as well as Bragg’s amino acids. Marmite also has b12. B12 is in meat. We do produce low amounts of b12 in our bodies.

          • bikejumpr9 December 3, 2015, 10:48 pm

            I think Wikipedia would beg to differ with you… – Neither fungi, plants, nor animals (including humans) are capable of producing vitamin B12. Only bacteria and archaea have the enzymes required for its synthesis, although many foods are a natural source of B12 because of bacterial symbiosis.

  100. Marilyn November 12, 2015, 7:30 pm

    I’m just wondering if cashew milk is as good as almond milk or soy.

    • VeganGirl January 4, 2016, 1:38 pm

      When i first stopped drinking milk and eating anything dairy, I switched to Almond Breeze! It is delicious, especially when you know ther are NO chemicals in it that can make you sick, have diaherria, ancne..etc all the ailments.. You can make smoothies, back cakes, cookies, and other doughs with nutmilks. I don’t drink alot of soy milk unless its been fermented first because of the dangers it can cause when non-fermented. The Almond Breeze Cashew Alomond/Vanillas are my favorits and my 6 year old LOVES THEM

      • Certified Scientist February 24, 2016, 11:44 am

        Almond Breeze is processed garbage!
        Pretending to be a “better version of milk!”
        If you get cancer or a disease, don’t say I didn’t say so.

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