Milk and milk products can be hard to give up, primarily because we’ve been led to believe they’re an essential part of a healthful diet. This is not surprising, given the millions of dollars spent on milk ads and that most doctors recommend osteoporosis patients to drink milk.
But the truth is that milk is neither nutritionally essential nor a good source of calcium for your bones. And your body knows it, so if you need more reasons to continue on a milk-free path, this post is a must-read.
Today you’ll discover four signs that show your body and bones don’t like milk, regardless of what your taste buds tell you!
Let’s begin with arthritic aches and pains, symptoms that you may not associate with dairy intake.
1. You’re Plagued By Aches And Pains
Milk acidifies the body due to its high animal protein content. The pH of pasteurized milk ranges from 2 to 4, with processed, pasteurized milk having the lowest, and therefore most acidic pH.
Not coincidentally, arthritis can be attributed to a build-up of acid in the system, leading to joint deterioration and pain. And of course, an acidic body environment reduces bone density in addition to inflaming joints. In fact, it sets the stage for chronic inflammation, which increases fracture risk.
Milk does contain a significant amount of calcium, but the irony is that milk is so acidifying that the calcium does not get absorbed. In fact, the opposite is true – you actually lose calcium if you drink milk, because your body takes it from your bones to neutralize the acidic environment created by it.
2. You’re Frequently Tired
Milk contains high levels of a substance called tryptophan, which is necessary for serotonin production in the brain. Among other roles, serotonin helps regulate the sleep cycle, and is actually required for melatonin production.
But there are plenty of bone-healthy foods that promote sleep, such as chickpea-based hummus, and even some that contain tryptophan, like almonds.
There’s another way that milk can make you feel tired: it’s hard to digest (more on that below), which can simply drain you of energy. In addition, milk contains opiate-like substances, which we’ll take a look at next.
3. You Experience Brain Fog
It’s a very unpleasant experience when you feel like you just can’t get your thoughts together, and your brain feels sleepy and sluggish. The reason may be your glass of milk.
Milk contains casein, a protein that is specific to mammalian milk. In cows and other ruminants, alpha-lactalbumin and beta-lactoglobulin make up the majority of the casein proteins, with the latter being the culprit behind most milk allergies.
To compound the casein problem, a mutation in the beta-lactoglobulin casein (or beta-casein for short) has been detected in some cattle (but not goats or sheep). The mutation results in a proline molecule being replaced by a histidine molecule, which makes for a much more problematic casein. Here’s why.
Histidine is not as strongly bonded to an amino acid called BCM7, one of many amino acids that make up casein. Because of this, BCM7 gets released in the GI tracts of anyone who drinks the milk, where it shows up in blood and urine. And BCM7 has a powerful effect on the brain (more on that below).
This A1 mutation – and thus, the worse form of casein – is commonly found in Holsteins, which make up the vast majority of U.S. dairy cows. Even raw, unpasteurized milk “straight from the cow” can contain this mutated casein if it’s from a Holstein. (Note that whey and dairy fat from any breed do not contain casein.)
In cows without the mutation, such as older breeds like Jerseys and Guernseys, BCM7 stays bonded to the proline molecule and does not get into the milk. (Milk from these cows is still an acidifying animal protein, however, and is not recommended for bone health.)
How Does Casein Affect The Brain?
BCM7 has been linked to neurological disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, and has even been implicated in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).1 BCM7 has an opiate effect – when autistic children in a double-blind study were given an opiate antagonist, they experienced a significant reduction in symptoms.2
Research has also indicated that BCM7 absorption is much less in individuals who have a healthy digestive tract, which brings us to the next point.
4. Your Digestion Is “Off”
Your digestive system is very complex. One of its primary functions is nutrient absorption, and milk prohibits the assimilation of antioxidants and key nutrients, like magnesium. This is another way that drinking milk undermines your bone health, even though you “feel fine.”
You may think you can tolerate milk, but just because you do not have the classic symptoms of lactose intolerance or a milk allergy doesn’t mean it’s agreeing with you. Conditions like reflux, GERD, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation can all be related to dairy.
What’s fascinating is that this information is not new. Way back in 1976, a small study showed clearly that,
“Because milk contains both protein and calcium, and each are stimulants of gastric-acid secretion, there is reason to question its frequent ingestion by patients with peptic ulcer.”3
The experiential evidence is significant here, too – many, many people have found relief from reflux and ulcers when they stopped drinking milk. Yet doctors still recommend milk for upper GI conditions!
I’ve heard from many Savers who were once plagued by GERD or reflux, only to find their symptoms disappeared while on the milk-free Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
When you give up drinking milk, it gives your digestive system, including your liver, a much-needed break.
Ready To Give Up Milk?
If you’re still drinking milk, a good place to start is with a cleanse, where you focus on liver-cleansing foods and eschew milk and dairy products. The Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse: The 7 Day Bone Building Accelerator, is a week-long cleansing plan that does not include milk.
Instead, the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse emphasizes pure water with cleansing lemon juice and foods that detoxify and hydrate, like artichoke, parsley, cucumber, cruciferous vegetables, and watermelon.
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And there’s more to the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse than just foods and drinks. It consists of six easy steps, including how to cleanse with proper breathing . After just one week, you can look forward to more energy and vitality, better liver and kidney function, a younger look, better sleep, and accelerated bone building.
The Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse also helps you remove other toxins and osteoporosis drugs you may have taken in the past.
As it says on page 15,
“I created the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse to help you detoxify and to give you a nutritional boost with vegetables and fruits that will strengthen your bones.”
That says it all!
1 Kaminski, Stanislow, Cieslinska, Anna, and Kostyra, Elzbieta. “Polymorphism of bovine beta-casein and its potential effect on human health.” Journal of Applied Genetics. 2007. 48(3): pp 189-198. Web. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17666771
2 Scifo, R, et al. “Opioid-immune interactions in autism: behavioral and immunological assessment during a double-blind treatment with naltexone.” Ann Ist Super Sanita. 1996; 32(3): 351-9.
3 Ippoliti, A.F., Maxwell, V., and Isenberg, J.L. “The effect of various forms of milk on gastric-acid secretion. Studies in patients with duodenal ulcer and normal subjects.” Ann Intern Med. March, 1976. 84(3): 286-9. Web. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/946584
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i notice I am allergy to something not too sure what is was,when I start feeling dizziness when I drank milk I decide to goggle if it is the milk that make me feel this way or not,i was drinking a cup of tea with milk when it happen I was still on the up,i normally feel the room spinning and I have the sweaty that run all over my body and the feeling is really terrible ,that you to draw my notice on the milk,i also have inching noise
I make and drink about a qt. of kefir a day. It is made with raw milk and double fermented with dried apricots and stevia. Is that too much to drink or ok?
What about raw milk cheese?
This article is full of misinformation. First of all milk doesn’t have a PH of 2-4. It is more around 5-6, AFTER it has been pasteurized. Therefore it is only slightly acidic. Secondly, there was a study done where subjects were given radioactive calcium. They were then fed high protein diets…beef, milk, etc. They found that the majority of the calcium (90%) secreted in the urine was from the food itself. Therefore you are more likely to have calcium loss from drinking coffee than milk. I think you need to update your facts a little better!
When I drink milk after a few days from not having it, I find that it tastes as if it’s curdled in my mouth, but what I think is happening is that my tongue is no longer acidic and it immediately notices the acidic nature of the milk.
Is A2 milk ok?
Wildly interested in this, but no dairy and no beans is fiakerng me out. I could cut dairy to some extent. I do love me some coconut milk, so that would be fine. But no legumes? Oh how I love my legumes!
I am a 51 years old women who had a premature menopouse at of 37 and couple of days ago diagnosed with advance osteoporosis. I never missed my diary product including milk. Majority of time had organic milk. Had my caltetate with vit D, added with other minerals. Apparently none of them helped:(;(. I have bad knee pain. I was wondering if you have any recommendations for it. Greatly appreciate all your great research and it is an eye opening for me.
Hyaluronic acid is supposed to help with that. I got mine at Iherb.com
What’s the findings on Hemp milk? Unsweetened kind.
I have read several of these articles about milk being bad for your bones, but there is never a notation about HOW MUCH milk say per day is destructive. I drink one glass of skim milk per day, about 8 oz., plus calcium citrate as a supplement, eat non-fat Greek yogurt several times per week, and do weight bearing upper extremity exercise (among others). Your opinion please.
what about yogurt cheese?
Dear Vivian – How do you feel about rice milk & almond milk? Are they good for our bones & our health in general? Thank you for all your hard work. We really appreciate everything you do for us.
What do you think about Strontium as a supplement along with the Osteopro calcium. I heard, at the health food store, that many women had experienced good results.
I would appreciate your opinion.
Please, Vivian, or someone, clarify for me: I do not drink milk for some time already.
I would love to eat plain greek yogurt, but if yogurt is a derivative of milk, and it
contains lactose, how it is ok to eat it?
Please, please, clarify
When active yogurt cultures are added to milk, they digest the sugars in the milk. End product is yogurt. Plain yogurt is a bit bitter for that reason. So in answer to your question, most of the sugars have been digested for you! Greek yogurt is made by removing the whey protein from the yogurt. That’s why it’s heavier and thicker. I eat organic plain Greek yogurt just about every day. With my own frozen berries on top, they infuse into the yogurt as they defrost. That’s plenty sweet!
I stopped drinking milk some time ago. Now, if any type of yogurt is a derivative
of milk, it contains lactose, how is it ok to take it?
Please, I need to know because of course, I love plain greek yogurt, but do not
take it because the above reason./ I appreciate your input Vivian
I never drink milk but I a square of cheese at night. I’m guessing that is not good either. ??
Already sent question about coumadin foods to avoid
Is yogurts ok? I’ve heard that it is good fir your bones even though milk is not.
So what is wrong with SKIM milk in decaffienated lattes?
I read your book. It gave me the courage to not use the strong medicines prescribed by an endocrinologist. I’ve been using distilled water. However, I read an article out of Johns Hopkins, that said distilled water has a lot of acid. I haven’t stopped drinking it but I’d like to hear from you an explanation. I’m confused.
PS I sent this message once before but I have not yet received an answer. Also, I have been following your nutritional recommedations and your exercises. Thank you!
Anyone seen this awesome cokoobok? known as Chef 790 Secrets? My partner shed about 13 excess pounds in merely a month soon after eating food from the cook book! You have to google the website I cannot recall the address.
Are there any dairy products that are ok, like feta which is from goat milk?
I paid $27.00 for a Liver Cleanse and was never able to access it.
Should I have the credit card bill reversed? Thank you. Phyllis Roberts
In your article today, you talk about pasteurized milk being bad for your health because of the acidity and lack of nutrients. I would like to hear your comments on unpasteurized goat’s milk(?)
What about the occasional use of cheese for tacos?
I recently found a grass-fed source of organic yogurt, which I enjoyed as a treat, the last thing I would eat after dinner.
I haven’t had milk for a beverage in years. I use almond milk for protein drinks and smoothies.
Can anyone comment? Thank you.
I has been facing calcium deficiency and popping in all my joints of body whether shoulders, leg fingers, in my arms, all making cracking sounds many times a day. Now I started drinking milk in a plenty. But still there is a little relief but could get the recovery that should be the output after 1 months of drinking milk and other dairy products. I feels that my body is not producing enough calcium. I noticed it that this popping sound raise when I got a nightfall or ejacuation by masteribation. I am 24 year old. 1 year ago I was getting enough recovery after taking dairy products but now that is not working I also noticed sexual excitement much after consuming dairy products upto last year not it has also been affected, it dropped.