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

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. Breeze May 4, 2017, 7:24 pm

    What is up with some of these ridiculous comments? Calling the author a “dumb slut?” Misspelling “you’re” to boot. LMAO and you call HER dumb?! And the cola bit. Are you honestly using the “cola defense?” Last I checked, cola, while also not healthy for you, as milk isn’t, wasn’t laden with antibiotics and growth hormones like milk is. This is why many girls are reaching puberty at a younger age. Not to mention how gassy many people get drinking milk. Would you drink cat’s milk? How about rat’s milk? No? Why not? Why in the world would anyone in their right mind drink liquid coming out of animals? When you think about it, it’s nasty! We were all brainwashed in grade school learning about the 4 major food groups. Guess who subsidizes those programs? The meat and dairy industry! Not to mention the cruelty on factory “farms.” Do some research on how cow’s are treated in the dairy industry. If a male is born to a cow they are stilen away at birth and placed into dark crates to be slaughtered as veal. Let’s not forget the disastrous environmental effects resulting from factory farmed animals. Air, water and ground pollution. It’s solely about money. They don’t care about your health, the animals or the environment. Wake up people.

    • Brin May 7, 2017, 8:24 pm

      hell yes i agree!!!

      • poop May 17, 2017, 12:16 am

        RIP the cows 🙁

  2. Chris May 3, 2017, 6:57 am

    Clean water pH 7… milk pH 6.4 to 6.8 (hardly acidic)… Cola 2.5. No wonder you can clean oil of your drive with it, imagine what it does to your bodies natural balance! Instead of using milk, a drink people have enjoyed for thousands of years, as a means to bring about awareness of animal cruelty think about this…

    The countries (pertaining to this article) that drink the least amount of milk no doubt consume the least cola also (and other sodas), have a better diet rich in vegatables not processed meals, and lead a more active and less sedentary lifestyle. Cola, enjoyed by millions, does far more damage to the body than milk ever could and has none of the health benefits of milk, perceived or otherwise.

  3. Mujtaba April 26, 2017, 11:46 pm

    This woman clearly has an agenda. I hope God exacts justice from her. This is one of the most misleading articles I’ve ever read. Milk is a blessing and a wonderful complete food, in fact, eggs and milk are the ONLY two whole foods that have the full nutritional profile to sustain LIFE. (eggs have everything inside them to facilitate growth of life and similarly, milk facilitates growth in newborns and sustains life).

    Raw milk is THE best food on the planet. This woman needs to examine her head lol but clearly she is just lying for some other agenda she has.

    Anyone who seeks the truth would understand this basic fact: Cows have been domesticated for more than 10,000 years and so, milk has been drunk by humans for similar amount of time (completely raw until the 1800s when pasteurization was introduced DUE to malpractice of farmers).

    Conclusion? If MILK was so BAD for us, it would have been removed from our diets 1000’s of years ago……but it has PERSISTED throughout our diets after 1000’s of years of observations and experiences and people living on milk and milk is still here.

    If milk was giving people weak bones and other problems, just after a few generations of drinking milk, people would have learned and told their children to not drink milk.

    The only reason MILK persisted till now is because it is so good for us.

    And your reasoning is bullshit. LMAO it’s actually laughable. Milk can be slightly acidic BUT all the minerals and vitamins it has in it have the OPPOSITE effect because they are alkaline. You said yourself that calcium is one of the biggest buffers of acid in the body……and Milk has A LOT, and to get it from other sources is REALLY tough.

    And again…LMAO. Milk has so many things in it to facilitate BONE GROWTH. LOL.
    Milk does not help pull calcium from the body, it helps to PUT IT BACK IN.

    The fat in the milk (especially guernsey/jersey cows with 5% fat milk) is a major factor for bone growth (in fact, butterfat/butter increase bone density the most out of any other fat, followed closely by olive oil)….meaning saturated fats in the milk.

    The potassium in the milk helps bone growth and to RETAIN CALCIUM..LOL.
    The vitamin K2 helps to absorb more calcium and to PUT IT IN THE BONES…again LOL.
    The Vitamin D again, helps to absorb more calcium and utilize it.

    oh…and the MAGNESIUM (yes raw milk has a A LOT of magnesium) helps to increase bone density and retain calcium.

    oh…and the B VITAMINS….and etc etc..you GET THE POINT I HOPE LOL.

    One more thing, vitamin D deficiency is actually CALCIUM deficiency…so get the hell outta here with this milk myth…..people are getting so many diseases because they LACK CALCIUM to buffer the acidity in their body (your point!).

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2362.1988.tb01165.x/abstract

    the study above shows that increase in calcium intake, INCREASED serum vitamin D by 20% or more, in just ONE MONTH.

    I had weak bones for years and injuries/fractures in my wrists, my shoulders, my ankles and my 2 fingers. They didn’t heal for 4 years!!! Then when i started drinking raw milk, they fully healed in 7 months!!!!! During those 4 years, i was having an “amazing” diet i thought, full of nuts seeds, vegetables, fruits , some occasional meat.

    My experience with milk has been the complete OPPOSITE of this dumb article. And I can prove it with studies if someone doesn’t believe me.

    Calcium is the MAIN mineral in the body for a reason!!! God created us perfectly, the only reason we can survive so long without food (just water) is because our bones break down to provide calcium !! In comparison, Magnesium (which is so highly regarded these days, only has storage capacity in body of 30g!!!!….whereas calcium is up to 1.2KG or 1200g!!!!) We need Calcium WAY MORE THAN MAGNESIUM and other minerals.

    And I firmly believe all these diseases people are getting is because of lack of CALCIUM.

    Studies even show, that LACK of calcium causes kidney stones, especially with a high vegetable diet (with lots of oxalates and phytates).

    IF ANYONE READ ALL OF THIS, THANK YOU, and YOU HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE I SHARED, IT REALLY IS THE TRUTH, SO FEEL FREE TO BELIEVE IN IT 100% !! (Do your own research too and you will know i have spoken the truth, whereas this woman has lied to thousands or millions of people!)

    🙂

    • Roderick Ewins May 14, 2017, 9:24 pm

      There are so many of these sorts of “scare” posts on the internet, that it pays to check them with REPUTABLE sources. The Mayo Clinic has a number of articles online about calcium intake, and lists milk as one of the appropriate natural sources. One article is http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/calcium-intake-for-adults-over-age-55/ but there are a number — check Mayo Clinic site. I would sooner believe their experts than this person.

    • Michelle Dinova May 6, 2017, 5:24 pm

      So misinformed, you are. The so-called “scientific research” was done by scientists paid for by the dairy industry, whose goal was to produce outcome-based results.
      Dairy is said to be the most successful marketing scam since the tobacco industry’s 1950’s & 1960’s compilation of lies that “scientifically proven”, tobacco is non-addictive and non-harmful and even had doctors promote it in advertising. These scientists were also paid by the tobacco industry, just like the dairy industry. Research and know the truth.

    • Breeze May 4, 2017, 7:28 pm

      WRONG. If anyone has an agenda it’s you. Your claim that milk is legit because it’s still around is flimsy. Twinkies and child prostition have been around a long time too. Do some more research.

    • Jack April 30, 2017, 7:32 pm

      You argument is for the cows!! You left the F out of LMAO. Drinking all that milk from the utter is causing you to lag. Who uses LOL in a respectable argument. Go take a Valium with your milk.

      • Breeze May 4, 2017, 7:30 pm

        HA! Good one Jack .. agreed. Maybe she needs 2 V’s.

    • Kelly Foster April 30, 2017, 4:35 pm

      wow this is the most ignorant comment I have ever seen. Do some research before you start acting like you know anything.

    • Grant Kennedy April 27, 2017, 9:29 pm

      Mujtaba it seems you are full of it. And you bring god into this?

      Approximately 70% of all people are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk protein. It is a horrible food for humans. Luckily I was told by a doctor 20 years ago that milk is good for baby cows but not people!

      • Breeze May 4, 2017, 7:30 pm

        Exactly. Maybe she works for Oberweis.

  4. Darwin April 26, 2017, 12:01 pm

    I never could drink milk… didn’t have much of a go at mom’s milk cause her teats were too small… and couldn’t drink cow’s milk… it always settled too heavy in my stomach… the only exception is the occasional drink at 0600 of fresh raw chilled milk from Mother Dairy… by 12 years of age, I had already figured out and made clear to my mom, cow’s milk if for calves, not adult humans, period…

  5. Advoc April 23, 2017, 3:13 pm

    Everything is bad for you in some way, and everything has a small benefit is someway or another…
    I’ve drank milk, chocolate milk for 30 years probably more than I should and I’m one of the strongest men at my job site …. has this been proven by scientists experiments having humans drink large amount of milk as their only beverage or is this just another theory made by individuals who hate the taste of milk ? … Europe and America have the largest amounts of osteoporosis because of milk or is it the processed gmo foods injected to grow faster be larger, stay on the shelf longer ?

    If this is true and you drink milk, don’t be lazy… get up and move and make sure your eating and exercising to build bone mass, the older you get the less your bone has to work will when it’s tearing down and rebuilding

  6. A guy who took 7th grade science April 21, 2017, 6:35 pm

    MILK IS NOT ACIDIC!!! ITS A BASE!!! Like wtf, you’d think with all the good reasons to be vegan, you wouldn’t see so many dipshits on the internet.

  7. Casper April 19, 2017, 11:29 am

    Ya know what VEGANS? Why do we insist on trying to convince Animal-eaters to come over to veganism (Or at least plant-based nutrition)? Why? Let them continue to listen to Weston A. Price and William Davis… they’re so brainwashed by the Meat-industry that they refuse to look at science. They can’t even use common sense anymore.

    Even a 7-year old, can look think and draw a logical conclusion without scientific evidence… and ask “Mommy, why do more than 1 million people die in America in diet-related deaths and you are feeding me the same crap that 98% of the people eat? Aren’t I also going to get diseases like these other people?”

  8. Pat April 15, 2017, 4:19 pm

    I only use unsweetened almond milk. I was watching TV one day and saw a infommercial for a new type of milk made from peas. It’s not widely available yet. Could this be another form of non-dairy milk to use and would be good for you?

  9. Carlos April 11, 2017, 5:57 pm

    This article has some serious flaws. First off, using calcium to reduce acid is NOT the body’s first line of defense. Bicarbonate is by far the #1 buffer in the human body capable of handling large amounts of both volatile and dietary acids. “New” Bicarbonate is made every day in the kidney, and our serum has approximately 24mmol/L, which can prevent fairly significant pH swings. As an example, our metabolism alone creates enough endogenous acid that if you hold your breath for one minute without a buffer, it would kill you! Lucky for us, we have a great buffering system. That just shows how powerful bicarbonate is, and how much it can handle. Drinking a few glasses of milk WILL NOT make you acidic enough to need calcium to balance the charge. I would like to see more studies published, as I believe that science moves forward based on evidence from research, but until more research is conducted showing a direct link and not just a association, keep drinking milk.

  10. Ben April 8, 2017, 1:06 am

    So if milk is acidic due to the fact that it’s an “animal protein” and ” all animal protiens are acidic” – as you claim – why is yogurt not acidic? Isn’t yogurt an animal protiens? One with an even higher protiens concentration than milk? Also, after slamming milk, you recommend people use honey??? Numerous studies have shown honey to be much more damaging than milk could ever hope to be, not only is it a sugar – which, surprise, is acidic in nature – it’s partially broken Dow making absorption into the blood stream quicker, which causes hard to control and severe blood sugar spikes,and contains digestive enzymes from the bees… like cows milk being made for a calf, honey… is made for bees. Being ” natural” doesn’t always mean it’s good. Finally the typical gallon of almond milk has something like 4-6 whole almonds in it… There are no health benefits associated with almonds, in almond milk. Soy also contains absurdly high levels of estrogen… Not God for anyone. But hey, slam whoever you want! Write articles with no sources listed except two poorly sighted statements.

  11. Guest April 8, 2017, 1:05 am

    Take chemistry 101 as you have lots of wrong scientific information. You have no understanding of basic chemistry and you allow yourself to go deep into basic. Iochemistry and you are Wasting readers time and derailing them from what really happens when one drinks milk. Your calcium depletion explanation is wrong and has nothing whatsoever to do with science.

  12. Jessica March 28, 2017, 9:54 pm

    I like how very little sources you provide to back up your argument and the fact that what you do present is from the 90’s. Your information is outdated. Read some current research and then present these so called “facts”.

  13. david west March 26, 2017, 7:45 am

    there’s something here that everyone is missing. Except for the 100% fact that cow’s milk is meant for calves, have any of you ever asked yourselves what happens to the calves that are born from these dairy cow’s? The meat, dairy and fishery industries are an absolute disgrace and it doesn’t matter what excuses you continue to make about the supposed “need” for these “food” items…

    https://www.whitelies.org.uk/animal-welfare/what-happens-calves-when-we-drink-cow%E2%80%99s-milk

    • Breeze May 4, 2017, 7:32 pm

      Amen.

  14. Ross March 21, 2017, 12:04 am

    As a nutrition student I had to write a paper about a food myth, I chose whether or not milk is harmful to consume or not and after reading this article and researching the claims I can tell you this article is very weak in support.

    1. In the article the first claim she makes is that “milk depletes the calcium from your bones” rather than the bones absorbing the calcium. However the only support she provides is “But many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption.” There are no graphs, data, quotes, or any reliable form of evidence provided in this claim.
    2. Goldschmidt claims that milk is pulling calcium from the bones because milk is causing an acidifying effect in our body. However milk is a base, and the body pulls calcium from the bones when the body is breaking down proteins. The body releases acids into the bloodstream to breakdown proteins and then pulls calcium from the bones to neutralize the pH level. According to Harvard University “Nurses’ Health Study, for example, women who ate more than 95 grams of protein a day were 20 percent more likely to have broken a wrist over a 12-year period when compared to those who ate an average amount of protein (less than 68 grams a day).” Harvard University also points out that this is still a controversial topic because studies show that high protein diets also lead to high bone density.
    3. Goldschmidt also claims that countries with low dairy intake have a lower chance of fractures but still lacks to provide evidence to support her claim. After that she then states that healthcare practitioners ignore these so-called “Facts” (which she still has failed to provide support). She then goes on to point out that cow’s milk is designed specifically for cows. She claims that it will only cause metabolic disturbances. However this is an assertion because she does not address lactose intolerance which not everyone has.
    4. Harvard: “When researchers combined the data from the Harvard studies with other large prospective studies, they still found no association between calcium intake and fracture risk.”

    • Marie petite April 3, 2017, 1:45 pm

      She is selling a product…almond milk.

      • Breeze May 4, 2017, 7:32 pm

        Well she must be selling so and rice milk too cuz she mentioned both of those as well. Idiot.

    • Josh March 25, 2017, 4:51 pm

      Milk is actually slightly acidic.

    • Robyn March 24, 2017, 9:43 am

      Thankyou. I will research current information. If i hadnt read these replys and comments i may have been fooled.

      • Rex March 26, 2017, 7:43 pm

        Okay, so I thought I would read this article to look at the ‘other side’ of the dairy milk discussion.
        I am not a scientist but as a sustainable horticulturist I do understand some basics of chemistry.
        Any credibility in the argument put forward in this article fell apart thanks to this…”milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. You see, calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer…”
        Let’s just dissect this shall we?
        – Milk does not acidify anything. It is pretty darn close to pH neutral. That is one of the reasons it is very useful for mild heartburn – it can re-balance stomach acid.
        – Nothing, repeat nothing, ‘acidifies the body’ or the blood on any more than a minor and temporary basis. If your blood or body was ‘acid’ (or alkaline for that matter) you would know about it. Big time. You would be very, very ill with renal failure or very unpleasant severe GI symptoms.
        – Please someone explain to me how milk is apparently acid or has an acidifying effect yet it is pH neutral & is rich in calcium & this sentence then tells us that this same calcium, which in milk is apparently acidifying, is “… an excellent acid neutralizer…”
        Look, sorry, but there are some basic & immutable principles of chemistry that are being disregarded by this milk/calcium/bone theory – the pH scale & acids & bases – these chemical reactions are facts, not theory.
        I won’t even get into the fact that pH regulation in your body is performed mainly by your kidneys, not somehow magically by your bones.
        I have a very open mind but I start from the point of facts. I am yet to see any substantial ones in this argument.

        • Shocked April 20, 2017, 8:19 am

          Shockingly stupid response. Anyone thinking milk is ph neutral needs to try to make cheese. Milk will drop to 4.0 if left too long on the counter. Almost vinegar.

  15. Blaise March 16, 2017, 12:29 pm

    After doing additional research I can only come to the conclusion that the author is either a Peta member or just dumb. It’s unfortunate that people will read this and take it the wrong way.

    • Eric Davidson March 18, 2017, 3:31 pm

      I Drink milk all the time, and it “increases fracture risk” ive fallen 5-12 feet before and landed on hard ground directly on my arm with my hand stretched out and havent broken/fractured any bones. i played hockey for 10+ years being slashed by hockey sticks quite alot and no bone fractures either, do i just have strong bones or is the “increase fracture risk” completely bullshit.

      • Maze April 12, 2017, 1:48 pm

        You are honestly are praising milk because you have not broken bones…
        Read the comment you wrote several times to yourself …………holy cow

  16. James March 16, 2017, 8:24 am

    I consume 18 pints of cows milk a week which only cost me £4.35 if i where to swap to an alternative like almond milk it would cost me £16.20, that’s almost £65 a month just for milk, so unless i become rich i will be sticking to cows milk, milk alternatives are a rip off and the production does not justify the price.

    • Tara Prasad Tripathy March 18, 2017, 7:08 pm

      You don’t need to consume milk substitutes which are either overpriced or too much for your budget. Milk substitutes are only sold for helping people transition from the vegetarian diet since most people are addicted to the taste of milk, cheese and butter. If you just want to keep your bones healthy and need calcium you can consume any green leafy vegetables, carrot, cabbage, etc. To see a detailed list of plants that contain calcium visit this link http://adaptt.org/veganism.html and click the link titled ‘Vitamins, Minerals, and Other Nutrients’. The only reason cows milk has calcium is because cows feed on grass which is rich in calcium. But that calcium from cows milk as explained in this article is not absorbed by our body and the other byproducts in milk actually lead to decrease in bone health. By the way, if you still need a substitute, you can prepare oat milk (which is really healthy), by soaking the oats overnight and mixing them in a food processor. If like me, you are wondering why the hell were we taught that ‘milk is good for bones’ I have no idea, since every evidence proves otherwise. If you have any doubts please reply and ask.

      • Samuel April 4, 2017, 3:23 am

        Ok. Wait. Go it!
        Everyone, nearly in this comment section is saying this article is old, outdated and completely wrong. And I don’t know what to believe anymore. LITERALLY, I’ve been seeing so much evidence that milk is good for you, and I can’t find enough evidence to support that it isn’t good for you. I am REALLY desperate to find enough evidence and information to prove it’s bad for you.

        • Michelle Dinova May 6, 2017, 5:44 pm

          Forget whether a female cow’s breast milk is good for you. Go onto Glass Walls fb page for a behind-the-scenes truth about the dairy industry. Repeated rape of each female cow, while in a “rape rack”, the kidnapping of her babies, almost immediately, they both cry for each other until they lose their voices in about 3 days, at which point their tears continue to flow for about 3 weeks. Men kicking, punching, calling them ‘Bitch” and “Cunt”, because their bodies are so spent that they can’t walk or get up, so while being kicked they are yelled at by men abusively yelling, “Get up bitch”, or “Get up you fucking cunt”. Of course they want to get up but can’t, so then are then dragged by a forklift which have them chained to one of their legs, even attached to their broken leg, and dragged as far as needed, along gravel and concrete in excruciating pain and ultimately terrified until their horrific slaughter.

  17. Janine Goodwin March 14, 2017, 5:27 pm

    I have switched to goat’s milk, as reading up on it, they say the body absorb’s this milk more easily than cow’s milk, I found with drinking almond milk, I wasn’t getting enough calcium. Do you agree?

    Regards Janine

    • Michelle Dinova May 6, 2017, 5:47 pm

      Go onto Glass Walls fb page for a behind-the-scenes truth about the dairy industry. Repeated rape of each female cow/goat, while in a “rape rack”, the kidnapping of her babies, almost immediately, they both cry for each other until they lose their voices in about 3 days, at which point their tears continue to flow for about 3 weeks. Men kicking, punching, calling them ‘Bitch” and “Cunt”, because their bodies are so spent that they can’t walk or get up, so while being kicked they are yelled at by men abusively yelling, “Get up bitch”, or “Get up you fucking cunt”. Of course they want to get up but can’t, so goats are then dragged by a man by their hind leg, cows by a forklift which have them chained to one of their legs, even attached to their broken leg, and dragged as far as needed, along gravel and concrete in excruciating pain and ultimately terrified until their horrific slaughter.

    • Avi March 15, 2017, 2:24 pm

      I don’t believe that the author would agree, especially since she has advocated that all types of animals on this planet once they would have weaned their young off of milk, there was no turning back. Humans are the only ones it seems who seems to want to regress instead of growing and thriving in the way nature intended.
      I also understand that Goats multiply in body weight more quickly than cows, it has more fat in it, its intended for goats and not you, in addition to almond milk and other plant based milk (that’s perfect for human consumption) green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of calcium, you don’t need to resort to the animals to get your calcium, just look at what they eat to get their calcium…and leave the goats alone.

  18. The Milk Man March 7, 2017, 1:57 am

    Please link me to these ‘scientific studies’ you mention in your article. You include no sources where this information is coming from and I cannot find similar research on the Internet.

    • Blart March 21, 2017, 2:30 am

      Are you the same Milk Man from HWNDU? The guy who ate the raw cow brains in front of vegans?

    • Jon March 19, 2017, 2:39 pm

      From the Nutrition article / study mentioned by Eclipse:

      “Numerous studies (see below) have shown the effect of individual nutrients on calcium status and bone mass, but only 2 studies compared the effects of different dairy foods. In both studies, milk had a favorable effect whereas total dairy food and cheese intakes did not have a favorable effect on bone mass (17, 26).”

      • Michelle Dinova May 6, 2017, 5:51 pm

        The bigger problem is not whether or not cow’s secretions are good for humans is the cruelty and torture of the dairy industry. Go onto ‘Glass Walls’ or ‘Mercy for Animals’ fb page for a behind-the-scenes truth about the dairy industry. Repeated rape of each female cow, while in a “rape rack”, the kidnapping of her babies, almost immediately, they both cry for each other until they lose their voices in about 3 days, at which point their tears continue to flow for about 3 weeks. Men kicking, punching, calling them ‘Bitch” and “Cunt”, because their bodies are so spent that they can’t walk or get up, so while being kicked they are yelled at by men abusively yelling, “Get up bitch”, or “Get up you fucking cunt”. Of course they want to get up but can’t, so then are then dragged by a forklift which have them chained to one of their legs, even attached to their broken leg, and dragged as far as needed, along gravel and concrete in excruciating pain and ultimately terrified until their horrific slaughter.

    • Eclipse March 14, 2017, 2:18 pm

      Not the person who wrote it but here is a website with research on it, http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/72/3/681.full

    • I. N. Telligent March 10, 2017, 5:51 am

      How retarded do you have to be to think milk is bad for you? Apparently quite a bit.

      • Tara Prasad Tripathy March 18, 2017, 7:19 pm

        You may find this video by Mark Hyman (MD) helpful to understand why dairy isn’t good for our health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O-ehIkwGME There are other videos on youtube which are also informative. Please search around and educate yourself. It’s on your own and you family’s health. Don’t believe what the society and media tell us.

        • Samuel April 4, 2017, 3:25 am

          The media can never be trusted. Especially when it comes to feminism. Gooodness me! Media promoting feminism is one of the worst things ever. Because it’s a complete lie.

      • John March 11, 2017, 1:13 pm

        Passing judgement on a subject you have obviously not researched really shows your level of ignorance. It’s never to late to try and make some changes.

        Good Luck.

  19. scan dog March 5, 2017, 9:56 pm

    not drinking milk will lessen the effects of flatulence.. So if you want to have good volume in your farts keep drinking milk!

  20. Evan March 5, 2017, 7:15 am

    this is stupid i have drank milk all my life and i have never broke any bones i fell from 15 feet and landed on my wrist while it was bended back and all i got was a sore wrist.

    • DatSampleSize March 13, 2017, 11:14 am

      Nice sample size of 1 man. Very scientific and we’ll thought out.

      • Samuel April 4, 2017, 3:27 am

        Love that comeback, spot on!

  21. bill d casteel March 4, 2017, 4:01 am

    This clip is from “SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN”….Do Dairy Products Cause Osteoporosis?
    People who are suspicious of milk’s role in bone health like to point out that the countries with the highest consumption of dairy products also have the highest incidence of osteoporosis. Is this convincing proof that dairy products cause osteoporosis? Not even remotely.

    There are many things that affect bone health, including genetics, physical activity, body weight, smoking or exposure to second hand smoke, alcohol use, hormone levels, and medications. If any of those risk factors are more common in countries that have higher dairy consumption, then the link between dairy and osteoporosis may be nothing more than a coincidence.

    • Tammy March 26, 2017, 4:41 pm

      Now this comment is a well thought out and practical comment.
      Very logical!
      Thanks for posting!

  22. bill d casteel March 4, 2017, 3:53 am

    My grandparents ran a dairy farm back in the 1920 ‘s- 1968..drank whole milk and homemade cheese n ice cream. Grandma lived to be 82 and grandpa 103 yrs old. Their sibling all lived passed their 80’s. We ( a family of 15 ) are enjoying life well past our 60’s n 70’s. All milk drinkers..so WE are totaly contrary to tyour facts presented. I myself taught gymnastics over 35 yrs and can still do a good share of them even now. My old sis broke a collar bone as a kid falling down the stairs. My heart goes out to these other who have allergies and bone loss…but your facts havent touched over 6 generations of our family of milk drinkers.????

    • Shelly Jebavy March 7, 2017, 5:50 pm

      Is this the same coach that taught in Columbus Ga back in 1980?

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  25. Still hopeful February 25, 2017, 12:14 pm

    Re advice to substitute milk with rice milk, almond milk or soy milk:

    The commercially packaged milks found on grocery shelves have additives/preservatives (includes organic milks) that should be avoided.

    Carrageenan comes to mind. It is allowed in some organic foods. This additive is an inflammatory agent linked to GI problems ranging from IBS to colon cancer.

    You can easily make fresh coconut milk with canned or fresh coconut.

    If you don’t like coconut, homemade almond milk is another option.

    Both recipes are on the internet.

  26. Eric February 11, 2017, 10:16 am

    oh boy, milk is good for you not bad for you…although drinking TO MUCH MILK can is very bad for you as long as you drink a good amount of milk your 100% A.O.K but to much, A.NO.K

  27. coco February 10, 2017, 4:30 pm

    what an idiotic argument, calcium from the bones doesn’t help reduce the body acidity. That’s completely wrong,calcium comes from the cells in the body , not extracted from the bones. This article is BS.

    • dan February 25, 2017, 5:53 am

      The sarcoplasmic reticulum stores calcium which is located in the muscle, calcium aids muscle contraction in the sliding filament theory, to allow the cross bridges to move therefore contract the muscle fibre

  28. elle February 7, 2017, 10:42 am

    I just skimmed through the comments. Yeah, people are not that easily convinced however.

    I’m Asian, I hail from the Philippine Islands and my late aunt died recently. She had arthritis, really bad arthritis, so bad she’d moan and groan for the pain to go away. I even had to apply some sort of liquefied ointment on her skin to make the pain of the bones underneath to go away. Yeah, that’s cause she lived here, in San Francisco, United States. Where we sell tons of dairy.

    My aunt drank coffee with guess what? Milk in it too and she was quite fond of purple yam ice cream. So yeah, did that shit help with her arthritis? Nope.

    I have some relatives in the Philippines. Filipinos don’t drink milk. I would know, I was born in Manila. My aunts and uncles over there? No way to get calcium through dairy products, so not a broken bone. You convinced me, so thank you writer. As for the others, well, whatever. Call me gullible, but I believe in what you have to say.

    I say fuck milk, that’s only for baby cattle you know? If the cows started drinking milk from humans, well, I would feel violated and raped of what I need to feed my babies exclusively.

    The comments section showed so much stubbornness and adamance of others and how they don’t want to listen to somebody who has actually done their research. Sad.

    • Robyn March 24, 2017, 9:51 am

      Lol

    • Casondra February 10, 2017, 10:04 pm

      Likes ^^^

      • K.B. March 15, 2017, 2:24 pm

        You do know that arthritis and bone fractures are completely different problems, right?
        Think, and do some research before fucking something

  29. Poezedoez February 6, 2017, 5:55 pm

    “milk acidifies the body’s pH”
    I have stopped reading after this, because this is completely bullshit

    • Omarv February 9, 2017, 3:05 am

      If youdont believe it put about 20 minutes if extensive research yourself and look it up buddy. It you still dont want get it through your skull. Well whats worse than being ignorant, is being ignorant of your ignorance.

      • shane February 26, 2017, 3:30 am

        I have spent more than 20 minutes reading the ‘extensive’ research. It is all BS. As a matter of fact at least one doctor (Dr. Nick Berg) recommends acidifying for health but that it is difficult due to your bodies ability to control it’s PH. Another (see Quackwatch website) agrees. Chris Kresser calls it BS. There were many others. I actually am having a hard time finding research that ‘proves’ or evening lend a little credence to the alkaline BS.

        Perhaps Google is conspiring to keep that information unavailable?

    • Ryan Welsch February 8, 2017, 11:13 pm

      Have fun living in pain if you live that long. Hope you saved money for medical costs and you are not looking for us to pay the bill.

  30. andrea February 3, 2017, 12:27 pm

    PAM, you are not in touch with what is going on in our food system. Yes, there are Hormones in our animal products. Organic products do not include hormones, or so they say, but the MAJORITY of our Factory Farmed dairy is done cheaply to provide a product as quickly as possible to feed the masses. Read about it, it is EVERYWHERE. That is why many, not all, little girls are menustrating at 7 years old. Yes, that means she is capable of having a baby! Uterine Fibroids, another one brought on by xenohormones. Read, Read Read….The China Study, educate yourself. No not everyone will get cancer, just like all smokers won’t get lung cancer but the statistics are showing we are getting sicker with cancers and cardiovascular disease.

    • Chuck March 3, 2017, 2:41 pm

      Around here milk has recently broken the $1.gallon price–less that $1/gal, not at all stores but several.

      A friend told me that in MI, loads of milk are being dumped on farmland, over production. I dont know that consumption is down. We do kill thousands of babies every year in MI.

      CL

  31. andrea February 3, 2017, 12:11 pm

    Despite what the Bible says, despite what all doctors say, despite all opinions of all people, it is an obvious fact that we were NEVER intended to drink milk from another species, only milk from our own mothers. When that milk naturally “dries up” then we nourish ourselves on other nutritious foods that provide all the calcium needed. That is exactly how that little calf survives and grows to be a LARGE, HEALTHY animal. In addition, it is very unnatural and disgusting the way we treat farm animals, cows included. Watch Mercy For Animals and other videos and see for yourself just exactly what goes into providing a glass of milk or a chunk of cheese, both of which are proven to be cancer causing and detrimental to cardiovascular health. The abhorrent conditions and horrifying abuse for unnecessary products.

    • Roop February 12, 2017, 1:54 pm

      Well, for some who don’t believe this article…get on Netflix, with a free trial or anyhow if you wanna learn, watch Food Choices entirely. It’s a documentary about meat and milk…it will change your mind. Otherwise we can’t convince someone just by one article.

      • Curious questioner March 10, 2017, 4:52 pm

        Who or what is to say that NetFlix is not in cahoots with this art

  32. Max February 2, 2017, 5:35 am

    Im sorry but either this tread is just absolutely BS, or my body has mutated to sustain bone structure or what ever way is explainable. Same goes for my step-father. We both drink outrageous amount of 2% cow milk on a daily basis. I have yet to have had a broken bone and I’ve had my fair share of crashes in cars or crazy stupid flips on my ATV/dirt bike/snowboard/snowmobile. I’m currently 23 my step-father is 46 and we have no issues with our bones. I have sprained my ankles, wrist, fingers even sometimes bruises for weeks but no broken bones. Maybe the milk in Quebec, Canada is just that great!

    • Kristen February 6, 2017, 5:00 pm

      Same I drink so much milk, and haven’t had a single broken bone.

      • Beth April 20, 2017, 6:01 am

        And I’ve never broken a bone either and have been vegan for over 20 years since I was a teenager (i.e. none of this counts as evidence!!).

        What is indisputable however is that milk is definitely not necessary and if we can source our calcium elsewhere, why should we enslave cows to be continually pregnant milk machines? It’s a horror. If we can live without hurting others, shouldn’t we? (that has to be good for our bones too, in some way 🙂

  33. Jordan B.S. January 27, 2017, 6:21 pm

    You say,”Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction.”

    Seeing that the pH level is higher in breast milk, wouldn’t that have an increased effect on calcium depletion?

  34. LUCY January 21, 2017, 10:38 am

    Good or bad, fact or fiction. When there are so many other plant based alternatives to get calcium etc. why choose to put an animal through so much suffering?

    • Jordan Smith January 23, 2017, 5:42 pm

      I’ll stop drinking milk when stops tasting so good. The sun gives you cancer and so do cell phones. Are you going to stay indoors and not communicate with the outside world now?

      • Dan March 15, 2017, 6:07 pm

        You don’t actually think cell phones cause cancer do you?

      • Cole January 24, 2017, 3:56 am

        If each time I went outside women were raped, then their male children stolen from them, murdered after a few weeks and then their mother’s were raped again. Yes I wouldn’t go outside. Fortunately if you want this to stop happening in cows you don’t have to stop going outside, you can just drink something else instead of dairy milk.
        Cheers

        • Richard Clarence January 26, 2017, 4:11 pm

          Are you suggesting cows are raped?

          • Casondra February 10, 2017, 10:08 pm

            Why do you think it is called a “Rape rack”?

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UcN7SGGoCNI

          • Spencer Lee January 29, 2017, 7:55 am

            yes. In order to produce milk, cows are raped.

  35. Rosemarie Markell January 17, 2017, 1:40 am

    Perhaps the reason u have osteoporosis is that u havent had enough dairy? Also in countries with maximum dairy consumption there r highest rates of obesity. That could contribute to osteoporosis. But dairy can also mean cheese and butter (more fatty than lowfat milk) .

  36. Pam January 15, 2017, 12:07 pm

    You say that “most” dairy cows are injected with rBGH. Well, I don’t know of a single milk producer/brand that uses rBGH. From the cheapest brands to the most expensive, conventional to organic, none of them (that I’ve seen) use it. Since you used the word “most”, I’ll assume that you have a list of producers that use it. Could you please supply that list?

    • Jordan Smith January 23, 2017, 5:38 pm

      No hormones in Canada. As for antibiotics are concerned, they’re are guidelines about how long after the cows can milked after injection.

  37. Richard January 14, 2017, 4:11 pm

    Let’s just round up all the cattle world wide and slaughter them all. Then a whole slew of problems are solved in one fell swoop. You will though, have to leave the cows in India alone since they are sacred creatures. But still, think about it? Global warming?…..bye bye. Milk good vs. milk bad?…..bye bye. Inhumanity to cows?…..no longer an issue. Actually now that they are all dead except the ones in India, they truly have become godlike.
    So there you have it dipshits. Problem solved. Now you can either go find something real to discuss or argue over or go crawl to your little snowflake safe places and cry a tear for all the future unborn baby cows.
    Mental midgets!

    • Jasna January 15, 2017, 8:23 am

      That was quite the chimp out, over people having a discussion about health. One might even say you seem ‘triggered’.

      I’m not sure how you arrived at the conclusion that we would have to slaughter all cows to stop ourselves from ingesting dairy, but it was quite a remarkable display of melodrama.

      Dick, I think you need to take some deep breaths and let’s adults communicate, if you are incapable of having a discussion without becoming emotional.

      • Ryan Welsch February 8, 2017, 11:18 pm

        Well said Jasna.

  38. Sky January 13, 2017, 1:17 am

    Mike,….your kidding me right??? The milk money makers are bigger than any scrubs trying to push -no product imparticular-, just deter people from drinking milk by trying to open so many small brainwashed minds. And what’s all this about “radical vegans” o0o0o0o. Scary!!! It’s as if they are violently trying to,…oh wait???educate people on a very important subject, that no more evidence be needed, than common sense, like a.(um milk’s for the baby’s), it can only be produced by pregnant mothers of any mammal. Creepy how we artificially ensiminate them so they will keep producing milk for us!!!! & for free, the PEOPLE that sell it however are very rich, and therefor powerful & unless your on the payroll, Mike, why are you so radical in your disapproval of people sharing this very sound & rather obvious concern & in my opinion obvious conspiracy??? Are you that hooked on milk that you can’t stand anyone putting it down especially when the evidence neednt be mentioned with the immense amount of agenda driven motivation by: corporations/such as,but not limited to::pharmaceutical, food,dairy who have gotten so good at irradicating basic common sense & comprehensive ability in their consumers that they have them attacking those who are hip to the what’s really going on. So I ask YOU,….who in the hell would be paying these ” radical vegans”..???? which, btw, I am not,.. which I am presently ashamed of since I cannot think of anything that could justify this. However in the meantime I won’t lash out (because im in denial) at those sharing who are not.

  39. Claire January 12, 2017, 10:15 pm

    All I can say is that 15 years ago I had blood work done and it was not good. Everything was all over the place and my bad cholesterol was high! I stopped eating red meat and 99.9% dairy 2 years ago and last year I had my blood work done again (I hate needles so as you can see I don’t have this done very often) and EVERYTHING was in the normal range……everything! All I did was stop digesting everything related to cows. I’m happy and feel just great. You can believe me if you want but I can guarantee you I’m not the only one. I have decreased my chances of hormonal cancers too because of this. We’ve all heard or read “The China Study”….there’s a reason they give this book out to cancer patients! You all do what you want and believe what you want….It wouldn’t do for us all to believe in the same things. It would make for a really boring miserable world.

    • William January 19, 2017, 4:03 pm

      I eat red meat, chicken ,and fish. Drink dairy and eat veggies. I work out daily and never have had bad blood work. I believe a well balanced diet and plenty of excersise is key.

  40. Joseph Arputharaj January 12, 2017, 6:10 am

    May be God didn’t study this write-up when he promised his people a land where milk and honey flows abundantly.

    • Kelsie January 12, 2017, 1:01 pm

      There are also many different kinds of milk. Human milk would make the most sense to me, as it is made just for us. Like how cows milk is only for cows.

  41. Jackie January 10, 2017, 4:04 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to thank you for putting this together. I was really frantic because I want to become vegan but I was worried because my family has a long history of osteoporosis. Thank you so much 🙂

  42. Mike January 5, 2017, 2:09 pm

    This column is slanderous bullshit. How much are you getting paid by Lobbyists to write this complete nonsense in favor of Almond Milk. Your readers should slam you good and proper.

    • Rach January 6, 2017, 6:52 pm

      Mike who do you work for the dairy industry? Lol The milk and dairy industry profits are at an all time low and for good reason! A little part of you deep down inside must be asking the question why the hell am I drinking milk from an animal…that is absolutely insane! Lol

  43. Matt December 28, 2016, 6:13 pm

    With respect, acidosis of the blood is tightly regulated, predominantly by the bicarbonate buffering system. That i’m even responding to this is sad but… I believe this article to be a classical case of the “brandolini law” which is “the amount of energy needed to refute b******t is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it”. You see, because in order to refute most what is written in this article requires one to go away and do a lot of reading, which is one of the reasons so many people probably accept what is written as canon.
    From my point of view, this article is flawed and provides no supporting evidence. I see someone has already cited this article which strongly disagrees with this article’s claims, and instead suggests that milk has no effect on systemic pH… https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22081694

    • JC January 4, 2017, 9:16 am

      Couldn’t agree with you more. It’s this pseudo-science BS being spread around (generally by the Vegan community) that actually does more harm than good

      • Rach January 6, 2017, 7:04 pm

        JC…vegans and long time vegans are all the proof you need that drinking milk is not required to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Vegans are making the world a better place by not contributing to animal suffering and leaving less of a carbon footprint. I’d love to hear what you’re doing to help!

        • booger January 22, 2017, 7:59 am

          “not contributing to animal suffering”
          Plants are living things too! You plant murderer! Just because you don’t hear them squeal doesn’t mean they don’t get hurt.

          • Gasmansew February 2, 2017, 8:04 pm

            Booger – Plants don’t have a nervous system or a brain you idiot so it’s impossible for them to feel anything!! You clearly don’t have much going for you in the intelligence department!!! Hahaha.

        • JC January 7, 2017, 8:45 am

          With regards to Carbon Footprint, I’m sure you’re going to base that on the infamous “Cowspiracy”

          Please take some time to read the following research

          https://www.quora.com/How-accurate-is-the-movie-Cowspiracy

          Now I’m sure you’ll disagree, and say that this is probably a product of the dairy & farming industries.

          Each to their own…but I prefer to follow real-science and facts!

  44. Douglas Gray December 27, 2016, 11:09 pm

    The Bible says: “Thou shalt have goat’s milk for thyself and all the members of thy household.”

    Raw goat’s milk is by far the best dairy product, much closer to human Mother’s milk. Just research it online.

    • Nicole J January 5, 2017, 1:56 am

      no other species drinks milk past infancy, and we are the only ones who drink others species milk .. that in itself is weird. might as well start mass producing breast milk and drinking that. gross? yeah well same thing as drinking an animals milk that is intended only for their young. not human consumption.
      and the bible has been proven to be wildly untrue and un-historically correct in most stories.
      and there is some truth to the less milk you drink the better your bones are.
      I NEVER drank milk past 6yrs old. grossed me out. I have never broken or fractured a single bone in my body & my calcium & cholesterol levels have always been perfect. I am now 30 years old. my sister on the other hand drank and drinks milk like its going to disappear tomorrow, she has terrible calcium levels and has a ton of bone related issues – and she’s only 24. I have also had a complete thyroidectomy and still my calcium levels are perfect. there is absolutely truth to the less dairy you intake the healthier you are.

      • Iain March 25, 2017, 11:47 pm

        I am not convinced either way given the huge amount of discussion on both side; however, the argument that no other species drinks milk after infancy is just plain stupid. How would they be able to do so … a lion takes down a wlderbeast and decides to drink the milk rather than eat the meat. Do other animals drink milk – YES. Do they seek milk out as part of their diet – NO. If eating the udder counts as drinking milk, then lions drink milk.

      • Ryan Welsch February 8, 2017, 11:03 pm

        Why would you have a thyroidectomy?

      • Jo bob January 5, 2017, 10:10 pm

        moo

      • Shaun January 5, 2017, 12:55 pm

        Anecdotal evidence has no place in scientific research. Also has any other species conducted scientific research? No they haven’t. Your arguments are stupid and illogical.

        • Rach January 6, 2017, 7:17 pm

          Millions of lifetime vegans living healthy lifestyles without the consumption of milk is all the evidence you need! It’s business Shaun don’t take it too seriously and I’m sure the multi billion dollar dairy industry has your best interest in mind!

  45. Ashley December 27, 2016, 1:52 am

    k but god doesnt exist

    • Bob January 4, 2017, 1:00 pm

      Maybe he doesn’t for you but that’s your opinion. Just like this article. You can find studies that are both for and against milk, just like almost anything. Don’t believe everything that you read on the Internet. Moderation is the best medicine.

  46. the general December 26, 2016, 4:42 am

    Well played sir.

  47. Carol Bledsoe December 23, 2016, 10:53 pm

    Do not like reading books that are downloaded. Is this book available in book stores or in hard/soft cover?

  48. Arggg December 23, 2016, 1:34 pm

    I quit drinking milk about 20 years ago, after fighting incessant ear infections. Several doctors, including an allergist, weren’t able to help me. Antibiotics lasted a few days and then stopped. On a whim I thought I’d give up milk to see what happened. My ear infections and sinus infections disappeared completely. No more dizziness. I was concerned about calcium, so I took a bone test at age 37 – 85% density. I didn’t take any supplements, however, and forgot about it. At age 50, I was worried that I might have osteoporosis, so I took another bone test. 95% density!!! My bones had gotten stronger, apparently by avoiding milk. I still eat too much sugar and don’t exercise enough, but my bones are still strong. People talk about “lactose-intolerance” but I think we’re just meant to eat other things. Green vegetables and raw nuts are great sources of calcium. There are good supplements you can buy. I know this article is absolutely correct, due to 20 years of online research and personal experience, but I agree with the person who asked for sources. I’m still trying to convince other people that I’m right about this.

    • Sunline February 18, 2017, 4:54 pm

      You are a perfect example of the writers debate.
      I have close family members who still criticise my strict vegan diet, which I have maintained for at least ten years.
      Long distance running has become a passion and my legs and stamina have never felt stronger, completing a marathon in the process. I am an example of both sides of the coin because I used to consume dairy in all forms like there was no tomorrow. My digestive system was weak eating dairy and I got shin splints easily.
      Instead of thinking of yourselves and your own needs people, take some time to visualise the suffering that goes on in the dairy industry. Pay a visit to an accredited website (mine would be Animals Australia) and educate yourself on what really goes on behind the scenes. By cutting out dairy, you are actually making it a win/win situation. Isn’t that great?

    • Mike January 5, 2017, 2:12 pm

      How much are they paying you.

      • Jasna January 15, 2017, 8:31 am

        Who is ‘they’ Mike? It’s never even been contested that the majority are lactose intolerant, this is something all the mental gymnastics and conspiracy theories can’t deny.

  49. Kylee December 15, 2016, 8:43 pm

    Would love to cite this in a meta-analysis I am doing… except for the fact there is no academic research associated with it? Would you cite your sources please, otherwise you look like another radical vegan on the internet. And that’s coming from a vegan.

  50. Cormac December 15, 2016, 8:03 am

    I’m 6’5 and 200 lbs (19 years), I genuinely drink more milk than I would water in a day (avg. 2 liters). I have been playing rugby a contact sport since my early years and now at a very high level. I have never broken a bone! I find it quite hard to believe this article to be true, as I like many others, have been led to believe growing up that milk is very beneficial for you. Maybe its because of luck that i have never broken anything? (highly unlikely as i have been injured before many times), or it could possibly be my mind deceiving me into thinking it was the milk that was building up calcium in my bones and protecting me, acting like a placebo? Either way I am just confused.. because I do not see any negative affects either now or long term from drinking the creamy good stuff.

  51. Jdawg December 13, 2016, 6:10 am

    Too much of anything can be bad, same goes with milk. But drinking a couple glasses a day won’t do any harm as long as you maintain a balanced diet. I drink up to a litre a day. Milk isn’t even very acidic anyway (6.7 ph??). The amount of calcium you’re losing is insignificant in comparison to the amount you’re gaining from the milk.

  52. Stella December 10, 2016, 6:37 pm

    So….following the logic that we should consume only what weaned baby animals eat, we should not eat anything cooked or baked. Animals don’t fry, poach, grill, or steam their food.

    • Matt January 12, 2017, 1:19 am

      We aren’t baby animals. Our diets require a larger range of vitamins and minerals than that of an animal that’s going to grow up to be 800 lbs. Their diets need to consist of lots of fat in order to be 800 lbs

  53. Illuminate-deluminate December 7, 2016, 10:38 pm

    Hard to say with milk. Arguments on both sides. I say play it safe, consume only a little bit, and get on with your life. The internet seems to be the ultimate disinformation playground, and the more you get caught up in trying to figure out what is safe vs dangerous, the less time you have to just live your life.

    • Mila December 14, 2016, 4:29 pm

      Here’s a point: ignorance can shorten that life; and “you are what you eat!” …so it’s good to know what you are putting in your body. Is it going to be lot of garbage or quality food, as God intended.

      • Ashley December 27, 2016, 1:54 am

        k but god doesnt exist so

        • Dana January 24, 2017, 4:30 pm

          maybe not your god , but my God does exist……

          • Robyn March 24, 2017, 10:07 am

            Oh for gods sake just drink beer.

          • Ripper February 3, 2017, 6:28 pm

            No he doesn’t.

  54. Jeff December 4, 2016, 7:02 pm

    I like how you only used “many scientific studies” for the basis of your argument that milk is actually stealing calcium from your bones. I also like “12 year long Harvard Nurses’ Health Study” first I don’t think there was even such a study and second how can this possibly prove anything. there are a lot of outline possibilities say the milk drinkers have underlying heredity bone issues, or maybe you can say the milk drinkers are more proactive about there health therefore exercise and engage in more physical or risk taking activities.You haven’t cited any of your sources that you claim conducted studies. To me this just makes you sound f@#king crazy.

    • Johan December 14, 2016, 2:17 am

      Lol, classic, people like you love to ignore the facts so they don’t have to change their lifestyles

    • Isla December 12, 2016, 11:40 pm

      Here is the article if you haven’t seen it. Harvard Nurses Study. It actually happened. Imagine that.
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12540414

      • sdf December 17, 2016, 7:38 pm

        After checking the link you provided, the whole article becomes even more pointless

  55. Stephany Spencer December 2, 2016, 11:11 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this very vital information online. I have your book and have benefited greatly from your information. I don’t usually take the time to leave a comment, and certainly don’t give out my email address, etc., but you have earned it. Thanks for all you do and for being there for us.

    • Jeff December 4, 2016, 7:17 pm

      Dont listen to this crap where has this person cited any of there claims. Does god talk to you and are people tapping your phone too cause you have to be f@#king nuts to believe this. I mean there could be a smidgen of truth in there but again this guy doesn’t back up any of his claims, which makes me weary of her claims.Also if your going to stop drinking milk read a little more than this site to make that decision. Maybe from a collection of professional nutritionist,medical institutes, or healthcare professionals.

  56. Laura Harwood November 23, 2016, 4:28 am

    I can’t believe how rude people are to each other online, its really sad. If we were all together in a room discussing this, we wouldn’t (I hope not anyway…!) dream of being so incredibly rude, mean or childish…or insulting each others spelling or grammar…why?

    I guess it is because we feel safe in our homes, in our armchairs, all anonymous. Are we really so full of hate and aggression for each other?

    Anyhow, I think all the mis and dis info out there is incredibly confusing. Its almost impossible to know what to do for good health and the health of our planet. I guess if you feel good and healthy with the way you live your life, then you are doing well. If not make some changes. It seems to make sense to avoid processed food. Its seems to make sense not to cause suffering to other sentient beings as much as one can.

    I tried veganism, like many others it made me feel good at first, then slowly, I became very low energy, even though I was eating whole foods and plenty of them. I added back line caught fish (not farmed) and some eggs from my friends rescued battery hens. She gives them a lovely life. I drink almond milk and don’t take dairy because I don’t feel I need it. I am doing the best I can to strike a balance – but I’ll probably still make mistakes – I’m human.

    Thats all we can do, be thoughtful and try to eat relatively heathily and compassionately – lets treat each other well too, with respect and love. Its a difficult world sometimes.

    • D January 3, 2017, 4:38 pm

      Well said. Manners goes a long way.

      • D January 3, 2017, 4:39 pm

        Manners GO a long way. So does grammar! It’s been long day. Maybe I’ve had too much milk 😀 I’m keen to try Almond milk.

  57. Al Xhong Rinpoche November 18, 2016, 9:40 am

    This is true in the USA where they inject cows with rBGH and iGF. In the USA milk is pasteurized to 99.9 %. There is no bacteria to digest it. It creates imbalance and depletes the bones of calcium. The milk contains all sorts of enzyme created by sick livers and sick kidneys the cows get from rBGH and iGF. The cows live to be 5 years old and produce milk 24 hours a day with these hormones. In Canada Cows live to be 20 years old but produce milk from 2 to 6 hours a day. They do not contain sick proteins and the pasteurization process is eliminating only 88 % of the bacteria that you actually need to digest the milk and since they grow in your gut the bones are nourished. The USA thanks to Monsanto produces poisonous milk.

    • Robyn March 24, 2017, 10:11 am

      Lucky Australians drink Australian milk. And beer.

    • Stacy November 30, 2016, 8:26 pm

      Do they then sell those 5 year old sick cows to McDonalds and Burger king spraying them with an ammonia based product?

  58. Dominick November 10, 2016, 6:06 pm

    Other animal’s milk was not meant to be consumed by humans. Humans are meant to consume breastmilk from their mothers while they are infants. Just because you drink a large amount of milk and do not have any health problems for your bones, does not mean that it is good for you. You can drink a ton of milk and be healthy and you could drink no milk and have many bone diseases. That fact is, milk increases your chance of bone related diseases

    • Jade November 16, 2016, 1:59 pm

      Yeah, I read the article too.

  59. Kyle November 8, 2016, 9:00 pm

    This whole article is based on a lie that milk turns the bones acidic, most milk nowadays isn’t pure and has lost much of it’s protein also it’s basic not acidic do a pH test if you don’t believe me or if you have heartburn drink cold-milk neutralises the acid.

    • Mila December 14, 2016, 4:59 pm

      Milk creates an acidic environment in the stomach; lemons, on the contrary take acid away. If you suffer from heartburn, milk will temporarily take away the burning, but only for a short period. Milk requires hydrochloric acid (created by your stomach) to get digested, and it is the hydrochloric acid that squirts up into the esophagus, causing heartburn. Lemon would be the firefighter, by creating an alkaline environment in the stomach. Also it alkilizes the blood, if you consume it daily. Cancer and disease live in acidic blood. As a result of having stomach issues in the past, I did my research and experimented with food to come to this conclusion.

  60. John November 6, 2016, 7:39 pm

    How about some references?

  61. Lynn DeFilippo October 26, 2016, 9:59 am

    I was hoping to see some of the research cited for this article. I’ve been consuming dairy products my entire life, and at 52 was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I also had extremely achey joints & painful knees. After a Dr. visit to an orthopedic here in Alaska i was put on megadose Vitamin D therapy, which made me feel way better & reduced joint pain to almost nothing. But I figured that with all the dairy I consumed (even made my own yogurt &kefir) to have osteoporosis at 52, I’ve almost completely eliminated it from my diet, except for some aged cheeses. Seems to also help with joint pain. But sure would like to bring back the yogurt. I’m sure that quality of diary product might have something to do with it too. I’m sure Vit D as well as other nutrients play a role, as may genetics. I’ve added lots more vegetables to my diet, espec. greens. I’m sure the truth about milk & calcium absorption is a more complicated issue than a simple causal study. Citing the research would help.

    • Pam January 15, 2017, 11:17 am

      Lynne, your body requires Vitamin D in order to process calcium. That’s why your doctor put you on megadose therapy… it sounds like you were seriously deficient (not uncommon for people who live in Alaska and some of the other northern states in the US). Don’t be afraid to bring yogurt back into your diet. It wasn’t the dairy that caused your osteoporosis, it was the lack of Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays many important roles in the body, so it’s no surprise you were having joint pain and other issues. Now that you’re getting your Vit D levels squared away and feeling much better, bring back some of the foods that you enjoy!
      https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

      Also, don’t listen to Jeff. Jeebus, 52 isn’t “old”.

    • Jeff December 4, 2016, 7:24 pm

      Holy shit you got osteoporosis when you’re old woah…………………….must be the milk….moron. At 52 you are developing something that happens to your age group regardless of whether you drink milk all day everyday or have never had a drop.

  62. Eno October 4, 2016, 11:12 am

    Bullshit!
    Everything in moderation. Milk is good like any other food as long as you consume it in moderation.
    I come from a country where consumption of milk is high, never hears of bone issues.

    Bones fracture due to lack of vitamin D3.
    Bye!

    • Zerin Knight November 28, 2016, 1:42 am

      Evidence please. Are you a health professional?

  63. Elissa Murphy October 3, 2016, 5:53 pm

    Well, I hate to debunk your myth,, but I live off of cows milk…skim to be specific. I too have great bones and am currently on the far side of 60.
    I gave milk up for a period of time.I was drinking whole milk and would gain weight. Reduced milk greatly, still ate all the other good things in life, veggies, grains, fish, protein. and ended up with stress fractures and calcum so low it didn’t register on the doctors chart.
    Switched to skim milk and now have no problems with osteoporosis or any other bone issues. Osteoporosis runs on both sides of my family.
    As for lactose intollerance…drink chocolate milk, it alleviates the problem. Sounds strange, but it works. Don’t forget yogurt and yellow cheeses, most people with lactose intollerance can eat those also with no issues.

    • Sarah October 9, 2016, 9:21 pm

      Some people smoke until they’re 90 and never have any problems, but it is well known that cigarettes are harmful.

      • Lucy Hulley October 25, 2016, 4:10 pm

        What a stupid reply!!! Some people also drink alcohol, or eat too much fatty foods and also live until they are 90, but as a nurse I also know they suffer from many other health related aspects such as COPD …However it doesn’t support the subject in anyway about how drinking milk that was designed for BABY cows is good for you or ethical.

        • Melanie Jackson January 5, 2017, 10:46 am

          Please do not say any comment is stupid. It is an opinion. How would you like it if someone said your comment is stupid. Please be more respectful to what opinions others have.

      • Wayne October 20, 2016, 7:07 am

        While that’s true (actor George Burns who lived to 100 despite regularly smoking cigars comes to mind) what about Elissa ending up with stress fractures upon reducing milk consumption?

        Mind you, this article isn’t the first in which I’ve heard about the detrimental effects of cows milk consumption, and most of the points mentioned I’ve seen before. And I have little doubt that the dairy industry has a vested interest in concealing them.

  64. shawnen September 29, 2016, 11:49 pm

    Hi impressive article, mum has osteoperosis and is taking extra dairy, I am trying to find statistics 50 years ago verse today..to show that in fact it has increased in the time of t”drink milk” if you have seen such a comparative subject please forward

    cheers

    • James November 2, 2016, 2:14 pm

      Have you watched the documentary “forks over knives”. Fascinating and backed up by the research of two doctors. We’ve all been hoodwinked.

      • Jeff December 4, 2016, 7:30 pm

        How do you know these are licensed practicing doctors in the video. Cause t a title comes up under their name when they are on screen and they wear a white coat. How do you know, there are also tons of people making videos full of false claims anything by Michael Moore is a testament to that.

      • Zerin Knight November 28, 2016, 1:46 am

        Yes, I’m with you James.

  65. Megan September 29, 2016, 6:48 pm

    Some of these comments are extremely stupid! And I can definitely tell which people are educated and which ones clearly are NOT! (?)
    To everyone saying that milk is NOT bad for you: Why dont you actually do some research before assuming that??? Just because its “been around for years” doesnt mean its GOOD!!! Its ALL for marketing!!!!! Humans are the ONLY species that drinks another mammals milk!!!!
    …..Babies drink breastmilk and then after that they switch to COWS milk…?
    MILK IS FOR BABY COWS. NOT HUMANS. DO SOME FUCKING RESEARCH PEOPLE!!!!

    • jemma wilson November 5, 2016, 9:33 am

      Well said Megan, your reply made my day!

      • Mila December 14, 2016, 5:03 pm

        Except the very last remark. Totally unnecessary!

    • Scott October 21, 2016, 12:36 am

      The logic you are using is flawed: just because humans are the only species that drink milk from another species doesn’t automatically mean it’s bad for us. Humans are also the only species that go jogging, or store food in refrigerators, or play tennis, or fly to the moon or invent computers.
      I’m not saying you are wrong – I’m not weighing in on that one as I’m here doing exactly as you suggest and am ‘actually doing some research’ – I’m just saying your argument is flawed.

      • Peter Lawton November 16, 2016, 7:55 am

        That humans go jogging, or keep food in ‘fridges, is maybe not so good. Running hard and purposefully to catch fresh food, and eating fresh food,(not old out of season ‘fridge food) would be far better for body and bones. (Just thinking)

    • Anderson October 4, 2016, 5:53 pm

      Megan, you obviously don’t understand what most people are replying. They are not doing research however they are going off of personal experience, and if something is beneficial to them I’m sure they would express what it is. You are the uneducated one for not reading before replying, it’s sad you think you’re so much smarter than everyone.

      • Lucy Hulley October 25, 2016, 4:13 pm

        Anderson and Scott…. Wow!!!! Classic example right there of being SOCIALLY CONDITIONED!!!!!! Wake up people!

    • Jon September 30, 2016, 12:35 am

      Its not a matter of whether milk is bad for you its a matter of whether too much milk is bad for you. Foods high in dairy and fats are not digested well by the body and may simply pass through your body. But like every food your calories need somewhere to go. If you’re a rather sedentary person who can get their required amount of nutrients through simple meals milk is probably of no benefit to your overall health. However for people that go to the gym and workout and whose bodies are breaking down muscles to build them up milk is beneficial to that process. Milk as stated above is good for growth in every species whether its cows or humans that is its purpose. IF your are not trying to grow (muscle growth is growth) then you are drinking milk for the taste and that’s fine but your body wont digest it as well if its not trying to grow. This can be associated with the osteoporosis claims because if your body cant digest it well you are not absorbing it so the amount of calcium you think you are ingesting you may only be getting half if not less. If you look at the Gronkowski brothers, all of them drank a gallon a day and are in the NFL and look at the size of them. Milk is great for growth and is perfectly healthy. I can guarantee the majority of people that claim milk is not good for you are people that don’t exercise rigorously enough and are blaming their unhealthiness on milk rather than their actual lifestyle. A lot of women get osteoporosis and I’m willing to bet the main determinant is not whether one drinks almond milk and one drinks a cows milk. Risk factors causing osteoporosis are lack of calcium which if you’re drinking milk is surely not the reason and oh wait…lack of activity?! Impossible!!! So instead of bashing milk on the internet, go to the gym, workout, and have a glass of milk. Oh almost forgot, closing point, weight training increases bone density which if I’m not mistaken osteoporosis is a condition where bones become less dense…If you are not seeing a correlation you are just too stubborn to argue with. every part of your body if it is not exercised will decay. If you don’t exercise your brain you have a higher chance of dementia or Alzheimer. If you don’t exercise your muscles or body, you will have a higher risk of heart disease, weak muscles, OSTEOPOROSIS and so on. If you think that you can go through life without exercising you body and not reaping negative health consequences you are naive or you simply just have great genetics, but for every other mortal that is not realistic. Just like other foods made into enemies like red meat, milk and red meat are not the main reason for your health problems, it’s your lifestyle. Stop pushing blame and take accountability.

      • Damian November 16, 2016, 12:46 am

        So…because the Gronkowski Bros. drink cows milk, they are big and strong? Is that the Popeye theory? It’s definitely an example of a post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy. There are vegan bobybuilders who could’ve beaten Sylvester Stallone in arm wrestling at the height of his Over the Top days. That doesn’t mean that either of them are good actors. And just because the national dairy association pays some big dudes to chug milk on t.v. doesn’t mean they can stop going to the gym 8 days a week. Just sayin’.

        • Kassy December 3, 2016, 8:26 am

          Damian…. That’s not what he said. Next time read the whole post before you speak.

      • Hannah October 27, 2016, 8:54 am

        Hei, read the china study, there are plenty of research links in there 🙂 humans lose the enzyme necessary to brake the lactose around 1 year of their life, and yes milk does cause acidity and pulls out the calcium of bones, get to reading people

        • Jeff December 4, 2016, 7:35 pm

          So wheres the link to this study then if it provides cited information?

      • Alan October 23, 2016, 6:32 pm

        Well said mate

      • Sam October 13, 2016, 1:16 am

        Great Statement !

      • Anon October 12, 2016, 5:24 pm

        Excellent response. I’m really glad to see a broader, less simplified explanation of what’s going on. As every researcher should understand: correlation does not equal causation!

        • Mac Swanson October 13, 2016, 12:59 pm

          It’s interesting you used the Gronkowski brothers in your statement. While all of the Gronkowski brothers may be massive human beings (contributing to your argument that milk promotes growth) they have also suffered throughout their entire careers with reoccurring injuries. They are what you could call injury prone players. Rob Gronkowski just recovered from a broken arm. So while they may be large, they could also be used to prove the point that milk actually reduces calcium in the bones, as explained in the article. But as always, citing on individual (or brothers) success or failure with drinking milk cannot be used to sum up its overall effect on the human body.

          • Jeff December 4, 2016, 7:39 pm

            Now season ending back surgery so what some people just have poor bones maybe the more height the less bone density.He also plays a game where other 300 pound guys try to destroy him every play.

  66. Abby September 28, 2016, 9:37 am

    What about cheese? From cow milk, goat milk, sheep milk?

  67. Ravishankar September 28, 2016, 2:46 am

    Could you clarify if ghee is good for health and can be consumed by all ages (provided they are organic, I understand)

  68. Kyle September 27, 2016, 9:40 pm

    The only reasons there’s arrivals like this is to try to run farms out of business. Milk is not bad for you. It’s been around forever. How about we thank farmers for what they do. Don’t make up crap to try to run us out of buisness!

    • Mila December 14, 2016, 5:23 pm

      Farmers, these days, use homoginization. Milk-fat molecules that are homogenized (broken down) scar the arteries, causing cholestorol to stick to the walls of the arteries, and trigger vascular disease, leading to heart attacks.
      All good food in moderation is beneficial, but only 100% natural, as God intended.

    • Jeff December 4, 2016, 7:46 pm

      Arsenic has been around forever too are you going to eat that. I think this article has no basis but you cant just make a stupid claim as your argument.

    • James Goodchild November 2, 2016, 2:38 pm

      Thanks Farmers for imprisoning,raping and stealing the calves of the sentient beings known as cows so that we can be poisoned by their milk. Thanks Farmers, you’re awesome!!

      Kyle you’re a moron

      • joe February 10, 2017, 9:30 am

        The only thing I’m raping is your mom@James Goodchild

      • Allyson November 2, 2016, 4:07 pm

        YES THANK YOU!!!! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • greg October 17, 2016, 2:04 pm

      You are only bias because you happen to make your living selling humans milk that we don’t need. Sorry but you picked the wrong vocation we are smarter then we were 100 years ago we question everything now and we expect rusults from what we research.
      The world was flat for a very long time untill we found it wasent we thought milk was awesome till we found out better.

      • Jeff December 4, 2016, 8:06 pm

        What research is behind this article. How can you prove your claim that we are smarter than 100 years ago and you’re generalizing of course. I mean certain types of knowledge say computer technology or medical science but the depth and grasp of knowledge I would have to disagree.Also everything is done for us without ever having to calculate or conceptualize.There was also no way to determine if the world was flat or not when it was a theory(which was far beyond 100 years ago) but this was the foundation of exploration and scientific study to prove otherwise.Why are education statistics at an all time low then.I think your world is still flat.

      • FM October 19, 2016, 5:24 am

        Great answer Greg. People immediately get emotional and rationality goes out the window. Farmers, I understand as dairy is their life, but that does not mean that they have the monopoly on how other people think and act. People of limited intelligence go off like a rocket instead of thinking ok I will research this and come to my own conclusion.

    • Sarah October 9, 2016, 9:24 pm

      Your idea of “farmers” is probably the guy out in the field at 6 am milking the cow by hand. That’s just not the case anymore, everything is mechanic. Yes it’s a hard job, but it’s not nearly as difficult as it used to be. and quite frankly, for the sake of the environment, I would love if factory farming could stop, yes.

      • Anon October 12, 2016, 5:33 pm

        As a person who knows multiple farmers who keep a variety of animals (including dairy cows) I can assure you that milking machines do not mean no early mornings. They don’t magically attach to the cow’s udder having cleaned it thoroughly beforehand. These machines just mean that larger herds can be milked more efficiently instead of having cows waiting to be milked by a few workers (an impatient cow waiting to be milked is not a happy cow!) who have to milk each cow individually, taking up a whole lot more time than a purpose built machine. Leaving a dairy cow for too long between milkings (yes, even in one day, and yes, even when they have a calf suckling) can cause a lot of stress to the cow. Certified organic farming can be done with the help of machines or entirely by hand. What you’re thinking of is fully traditional farming.

        • Damian November 16, 2016, 1:01 am

          If you dont want unhappy cows, maybe you shouldnt force them to stay pregnant for the rest of their sad lives as soon as theyre old enough. Maybe you shouldnt switch them from grass to grain, or lock them up inside and inject them with rBGH. In fact, if youre really concerned about a cows happiness, then maybe you shouldnt be a dairy farmer.

  69. Gilbert September 25, 2016, 10:05 am

    I would like to know the scientific source about the studies done that show dairy milk provides no benefit and it’s actually harmful. I have read that almond milk is dangerous so offering as a substitute is not a good idea.
    http://www.youthhealthmag.com/articles/2532/20141119/dangers-of-almond-milk-you-need-to-know.htm

    I grew up drinking whole milk, we only had one type of milk back in the 70’s when I was born. I still drink milk but not as often, mainly with cereal, home baked cookies, cake, etc. I played football and other sports all through high school and continued weight training and fitness up until today. I’ve never broken a bone and I’ve had some hard falls, hits, etc. My son drinks a cup of milk daily as well as a healthy diet, he is a very healthy boy so far. I also eat whole grains despite the gluten free trend that is going on right now, again, I am a healthy man in my early 40’s.

    • Marilyn Sneddon October 20, 2016, 1:33 pm

      Don’t get me going about gluten free being healthy. Gluten free is for people with coeliac disease and proven gluten sensitivity. I drink a bit of milk in coffee eat cheese and yoghurt, exercise by walking lots and suddenly I have compression in my spine. Also take fish oil and Vitamin D. Was perfectly healthy till I had head and neck radiotherapy for benign tumour. Now I have pseudo gout and crush fractures and osteopenia not osteoporosis. Go figure

  70. Laurie Powell September 25, 2016, 5:05 am

    Milk is for babies. It is liquid food for newborns who have no teeth. Your milk should come from your mother or a mother of your own species. If you would not consume human breast milk or products made from it as an adult, then don’t get all crazy and consume a cow’s udder milk and products made from it. If, like a kneading cat, you wish to revisit nursing because it comforts you, please drink a plant-based milk substitute. Forcing innocent animals to partake in your infancy fantasy subjects them to the indignities and cruelties they would suffer in an animal brothel, and worse. Seriously, humans… you need to stop. Thank you.

    • Jeff Changeux October 3, 2016, 3:00 am

      Milk main purpose is not “Babies only.exe” The substance in milk help grow the bones and growth of humans and other species that produces it. The reason why we don’t drink milk from our mothers after we out of the baby phase because breast while similar to cow milk, does not have to necessary content for already grown humans, but you know what does and still good, Cow’s milk. Which still helps, even better for those looking to train their bodies.

      • Christina October 16, 2016, 10:35 am

        Why on earth would the breastmilk of a different species have the necessary content for humans? Human mothers’ breastmilk is made to suit their own baby, based on what diseases they are exposed to, how much fat or water they need, etc.

        Cow milk is breastmilk from a cow. It is meant to feed a calf and grow that calf into a 1000 lb animal. What part of that sounds necessary for a grown adult human?

  71. Debbie Edgerton September 24, 2016, 9:59 pm

    Become vegan 2 years ago and it all started with dairy. After realizing that dairy is actually bad for our health not to mention the suffering it causes to cows I stopped. Boom I was done. 40 pounds lighter. Brighter complexion at 64. Happy and healthy!

    • Matt January 12, 2017, 1:49 am

      That 40 lbs you previously had is probably from your overconsumption of certain fatty dairies. Chugging whole milk or other fatty dairies is not a good thing (obviously). With the removal of that fat from your diet you are going to lose weight, but your weight loss doesn’t necessarily mean you are more healthy. They are many great vitamins and minerals in dairy products. If you don’t want so much fat don’t consume fatty dairies, instead drink products such as fat free milk, which has the same vitamins and minerals as whole milk. Also put down the fork and that’ll give you your “brighter complexion”.

  72. SHERRY September 24, 2016, 1:33 pm

    rBGH is prohibited in Canada.

  73. Sloane September 6, 2016, 2:38 pm

    Can you send a list of the scientific articles that you used to support your article. I would like to read further into the specifics of them.

    • Tech September 27, 2016, 5:13 pm

      Hi there,
      You can start with the references that are cited in the article:
      **Cumming and Klineberg (Case-Control Study of Risk Factors for Hip Fractures in the Elderly”. American Journal of Epidemiology. Vol. 139, No. 5, 1994).**

      **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**

      ** Amy Lanou Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C.**

      ** 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 **

    • Laise September 22, 2016, 12:05 pm

      Hi! I would like to have this list of articles too if possible!
      Thank you!

    • Johannes September 12, 2016, 9:08 am

      Hi Sloane!

      Did you get an anser to your intriguing question?

  74. Avon September 3, 2016, 8:06 am

    All good for the article… but do some more dogging around before using the advised stevia… just because it’s derived from a natural plant, does not mean it’s end result is net good… it has been linked to being mutagenic in the right quantities. Knowing how much sugar people consume on the regular -a whole other problem- its not too conceivable that this article teaches good but ends up promoting other advise that may cause other problems.

    • Scott October 21, 2016, 12:46 am

      It’s amusing when people claim that something is healthy just because it is ‘natural’. Tobacco and Marijuana are natural plants. As is the castor oil plant and the suicide tree, both of which can and have killed people. But they’re completely natural.

      • Free the weed December 4, 2016, 9:34 am

        “It’s amusing when people claim that something is healthy just because it is ‘natural’. Tobacco and Marijuana are natural plants.”
        Yes and tobacco readily absorbs different molecules then cannabis (marijuana). Cannabis is the healthiest plant on earth, please show me a study(not paid for by big companies) that show cannabis with adverse effects and adverse health effects. Cannabis if juiced has some of the highest nutritional content. Cannabis until it’s prohibition in 1937, was in the top 3 most used drug by healers. Please do not use reefer madness propaganda. It proves your intelligence levels are subpar. Please legalize the cannabis plant across the globe, that is what is truly needed for a happy healthy planet. Peace and love.

      • Mike October 23, 2016, 5:31 pm

        Scott, when did marijuana consumption kill someone? Documentation?

        • Joanne November 17, 2016, 5:39 am

          Mike. He never said Marijuana is a killer, he said it was unhealthy. If you read it properly you’ll realise that it is in the next sentence where he referred to the castor oil plant and the suicide tree as being killers.

  75. Brendan August 31, 2016, 5:38 am

    This woman is a dolt. Drinking milk does not cause acidosis, and in fact in large amounts does exactly the reverse (as in the milk-alkali syndrome, caused by ingestion of large amounts of milk as a historical therapy for peptic ulcers).

    • Tami August 31, 2016, 11:26 pm

      You must have fallen off the turnip truck, or maybe it was the milk truck. Lol. You need to do some more research. And make sure the studies you research weren’t paid for by the dairy industry…

      • Marius September 3, 2016, 10:54 pm

        Soy milk industry paid research is much better…

    • Carlos August 31, 2016, 6:33 am

      Touché

  76. jade August 30, 2016, 12:49 pm

    I have read MANY MANY of articles, books, and documents on effects from eating ALL ANIMAL PRODUCTS including milk, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry and there is proven evidence that is it does increase the acidity in our body which creates a great breeding ground for diseases like CANCER. Now if you eat pretty decent besides the animal products, you may very well be a somewhat normal healthy person because guess what…. there are other foods that increase the alkalinity in your body and reverse those effects. It’s hilarious that everyone is so quick to point out the falsities in this article but no one is willing to read a book and educate themselves on the harmful effects dairy and meat products DO have on the human body. AND if most of you who are against this article knew the processes and chemicals put into producing that MILK THAT IS OH SO GOOD FOR YOU, you probably would never drink it again… that is if you actually give a hoot into what you’re ingesting, which most people don’t. I suggest you go on netflix and check out the documentary COWSPIRACY.

  77. Kip August 27, 2016, 12:33 am

    I think at least part of this is true. If we’re to consume any kind of milk product wouldn’t you think that perhaps it should be human milk then? The proteins and such found in human milk is made for human bodies and easier for it to break down. Such isn’t always the case with cow’s milk which is why some people are lactose intolerant. It’s not made for us. It’s made for cows.

    • Alan September 21, 2016, 4:37 am

      Human breast milk *always* contains lactose. Lactose is *not* a problem for babies. What normally happens is that we lose the ability to produce lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in to glucose and galactose) as adults. Drinking human milk as an adult would have the same adverse effects on those who are lactose intolerant. It’s not the cow’s milk that’s the problem. It’s completely the reverse: Human evolution in agricultural societies led us Western Europeans to maintain lactase production in adulthood. It should really be called “adult lactose tolerance” (because we are the minority) rather than “lactose intolerance”.
      BTW lactose is a sugar, not a protein; just in case that wasn’t already clear.
      Also: Just because it isn’t “made for us” doesn’t mean it isn’t good for us. Chicken eggs are made to supply chicks with the nutrients they need to hatch. They’re really good for us *because* they’re packed with those nutrients.

    • Peter August 31, 2016, 4:06 pm

      Actually, lactose intolerance has been linked to Cesarean birth….if a new born doesn’t travel through the birth canal, it misses out on the mothers ‘yogurt’…a mouthful of vaginal bacteria that is the newborns first introduction to gut biota…missing out on this crucial bacteria infusion leads to a vast array of future health complications including poor immune system, lactose intolerance, asthma and various food allergies as the infants body hasn’t received its initial gut biota properly. Here’s a link to one of many articles on the subject http://www.nature.com/news/scientists-swab-c-section-babies-with-mothers-microbes-1.19275

      • Poosey lava September 22, 2016, 3:43 pm

        So are you saying that if I eat a lot of pussy I’m going to live forever?

      • james September 17, 2016, 10:24 pm

        Haha actually Peter lactose intolerance has been linked to every human to exist. We all are 😉

        • james September 17, 2016, 10:25 pm

          Ever*

  78. Carmen Smith August 25, 2016, 7:31 am

    Milk is horrible and adults do not need the stuff. I never really liked it and I’m so glad that there are other products out there as alternatives. White people will never give up their milk, unfortunately, Most non-Whites, who tend to be lactose-intolerant, aren’t as fond of baby calves’ food so it doesn’t bother us as much when we stop buying milk. It’s also over-priced, fattening, sugary, and just yucky. Thank the Goddess for soy, hemp, almond, rice, and other ‘milks’!

    • Sarah September 16, 2016, 12:35 pm

      Kind of racist, no? I am white I’ve given up milk long a go. So have many of my other “white” friends. All given up milk.

    • robert September 9, 2016, 2:47 pm

      you decide to use the expense as a reason to not drink milk? how does a gallon of cows milk compare to the price of a gallon of almond milk? They don’t even sell almond milk by the gallon because of the cost!!!!

      There are a ton of things we don’t need. Liquor. do you ever have a drink? it’s bad for you. Fried Chicken. I mean the list goes on and on. Milk is pretty low on the list of bad things for you to consume. Just saying.

    • Carlos August 31, 2016, 6:46 am

      Milk is not overpriced, in fact it is quite cheap. Here in Colombia, it wasn’t uncommon that some extremely poor children grew up almost exclusively on plantain, corn, or rice porridges with no added milk. And you know what? Those children tended to be shorter, suffer from stunt growth and stuff like that. Fortunately, nowadays the great majority of people can afford milk for their children. I don’t mean milk can’t be replaced by any other food, actually I think that eggs, poultry and meat could do that. But think about it: if they couldn’t afford milk, let alone any other animal food. OK, legumes can be an inexpensive choice, but not completely. And by the way, fattening? Really? I’m a regular consumer of dairy products and I’m not fat at all.

    • KR August 29, 2016, 2:23 pm

      so because you don’t like it, it’s bad for us?
      you know what i don’t like? bull – that IS bad for us.

  79. Zane August 20, 2016, 10:14 pm

    Sorry everyone but this absolute horseXXXX. Im happy so many of you are also skeptical of this because you are absolutely correct. To say that milk acidifies the body is EXACTLY the same as saying eating meat acidifies the body. They both are made of amino acids but neither of them acidify the body. That makes no sense. Quick science lesson: your body/blood is what chemists call a buffer. In a buffer you can add quite a good amount of acid while barely affecting the pH. If the pH changed a lot then maybe that would degrade our bones idk but you probably cant ever drink enough milk or eat enough protein in one sitting to actually change the pH of your blood. Also to claim that something special about milk is bad for you compared to other protein sources is complete garbage. Maybe adults just are supposed to grow out of milk but it is not bad for us really at all. Dont go overboard obviously! Thanks hope u learned some real science not this biased garbage.

    • David Bowie August 25, 2016, 5:06 pm

      You’re wrong. The body while it does balance it has to use resources to do that. As this article stated the resource here is bone calcium. For those of us in the fitness field who do nutrition plans for clients we’ve known this for years. This is not new info !!!! There are many studies that back this article especially when you get to the highly processed milk in your stores today ! Yes the body balances to reach homeostasis but again it has to use its own resources to do that !!

      • Alan September 21, 2016, 4:57 am

        Please don’t taint our profession with such rhetoric.

        I’m a fully-qualified personal fitness trainer and nutritionist. Zane is right. Once in the blood, amino acids are amino acids. It doesn’t matter what source they came from.

        Blood is slightly alkaline and if you think that bone calcium is the primary way that this is kept in balance, then please show me a bony stomach. That environment is far more acidic – getting down to ph 1.5 – and we don’t melt ourselves out from the inside.

        This page misrepresents scientific articles and uses them to try to add validity to an idea that is grounded in personal philosophy than any actual evidence. As a side-note: I do think that on average, we consume too much milk and dairy and that the health benefits have been overstated and hyped by the industry. BUT that does not automatically mean that everything is false and wrong. It’s similar to the iron hype for spinach. It still has iron in it. It’s still good for you, but you’re not going to turn in to a Popeye by eating it.

      • Get Bent August 28, 2016, 10:45 pm

        Ahh, another genius personal trainer. Know how the body compensates for acidaemia? By increasing the rate of breathing. Go XXXX yourself, moron.

        • Joanne November 17, 2016, 5:44 am

          Wow, lovely childish response there, Bent.

  80. magy August 19, 2016, 4:00 am

    Milk is mucus forming food

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    • Zane August 20, 2016, 10:24 pm

      Just trying to save you from this but the last person this woman is, is an expert on the subject. Idk what this womans profession is but if she here writing a bubbly wordart filled article on the internet, she is definitely not an expert. The only true experts on this subject are chemists who know thinggs about acids, buffers,chemicals etc. and quite simply the chemistry just does not point to any of this being true. Also if you cite a study that found a correlation between low dairy consumption and low fracture rate you are not an expert. Your most likely dumb and unable to realize an invalid study when you see one. What do those things have to do with each other. I believe not engaging in risky behavior like mountain biking/rock climbing/football. Those things are correlated to fracture rates, not milk consumption lol.

  82. Angela A Stanton, PhD August 16, 2016, 11:54 am

    Holly Cow my friend. According to your article I should be dead by now since I drink a ton of whole milk (pasteurized organic). I should have osteoporosis and have not a bone without breaking.

    I must say that the myth on milk is what you write–perhaps those rabbits were tied to you as a child. Milk is great and very healthy for you. I am at the age when women show osteoporosis and bone weakness. My X-RAYs show the bone of a 25-year old and let me tell you I am over 60.

    So don’t believe any on this anyone. Not true. Just another myth.

    • EU September 20, 2016, 9:27 pm

      Jesus, i did not know americans could be this stupid…. glad i live in europe!!

    • Sarah September 16, 2016, 12:38 pm

      Countries with the highest dairy intake also have the highest hip fractures. It does not protect you from osteoporosis. Other countries that do not take in cows milk have less fractures and actually need less calcium. Why? Because their diets don’t deplete the calcium which animal protein does.

    • pat p September 14, 2016, 7:22 pm

      1 or 2 case of something happening does not make it fact. There are many people who smoke and live to 90+ but is smoking good for you? Lets be objective here instead of “oh this is my experience so it must be true!”.

    • Reto Marzari August 17, 2016, 6:21 pm

      I agree with Angela and I am 68.
      Another miss-leading article that goes around in the internet.
      The issue is not the milk, which has been a healthy and nourishing food for thousands of years, but what chemicals goes into the milk today and by the way not only in the milk.
      No wonder we have parents today (Vegans) who are ending up in Jail for neglect of their children who are malnourished.
      So lets use some of our own common sense and stop following every hysterical so called “scientific” article.

      • Tarick September 13, 2016, 8:20 pm

        I am glad I mentioned to my mom how much milk I drink a week. 2 gallons at38 years old. Cause I like it more than anything. She said, we don’t need it after a baby. So it spurred me to find out why. Your article was amazing and informative. I’m sad but glad to know the bad effects of drinking it. Can I keep drinking it and take calcium pills or something to off set it?

  83. Barbara & Richard Houck August 14, 2016, 7:25 pm

    What about Goat’s Milk, and Goat’s Milk Yogurt?

    • Paul August 23, 2016, 1:42 pm

      Consuming yogurt from goats is the real and original,gogurt!

    • Sean August 15, 2016, 6:30 pm

      It’s common sense to just not eat stuff that comes from other animals. Raw vegan is the optimal diet but it’s hard if your not in the tropics. Human food comes from plants – fruit and tender vegetables . Check out sweet natural living on YouTube.

      • Zue September 14, 2016, 4:52 pm

        Do you know that 84% of vegetarians and vegans become ex-vegans ? 🙂 Go and do a research as to why they go back to meat diets.

      • joe September 8, 2016, 4:49 pm

        Then how come every animal on earth eats other animals lmao ah yes the lion should search for fruits and vegetables lmao obviously not so why would humans, eating animals is probably the most natural thing a person can do….looking for fruits and vegetables high in x y z in order to replace what you would g et from eating meat lol why not just eat the meat…its all about moderation…you can pretty much do and eat anything in moderation…its the secret to life…

        • the general December 26, 2016, 5:15 am

          Umm, Joe, aren’t cows, sheep, buffalo, antelope, deer and other such herbivores animals also?

      • KR August 29, 2016, 2:27 pm

        it’s common sense to contract “you are” as “you’re”, also.
        fruit and veges are great for us. but you should try steak. it’s brilliant.

        • Carlos August 31, 2016, 6:51 am

          You’re right. Steaks have higher concentrations of vitamins and mineral than most fruits and vegetables, let’s say apples and onions. Besides they are a complete source of essential aminoacids, contain large amounts of fat, so they provide energy. And last, but not least, they taste absolutely amazing. Long live steaks!

  84. Kuchipatchi August 12, 2016, 10:55 am

    I stopped drinking milk a few months ago and haven’t regretted it. Milk has a lot of sugars in it and I don’t need that. I can get calcium from others foods that are much healthier. Next step is cutting out cheese.

  85. Kaitlyn Lindsay August 6, 2016, 3:25 am

    3 words: Cite. Your. Sources.

    • Belegija August 16, 2016, 6:38 am

      exactly

      • Angela A Stanton, PhD August 16, 2016, 11:55 am

        Right on.

        • Kevykevykev August 16, 2016, 10:36 pm

          No need to cite sources as you can do the research for your self.

          And thanks for the information Vivian Goldschmidt.

          • kevykevykev November 12, 2016, 1:04 am

            Your drinking milk simply because someone told you it does a body good… so now you need someone to tell you to stop drinking milk. Most people are like sheep!

          • robert September 9, 2016, 2:54 pm

            wow did you ever take a writing class? thats 101. cite your sources. then we can believe you without having to do more work. otherwise it’s just drivel.

          • KR August 29, 2016, 2:28 pm

            ha! “research for yourself” is the internet equivalent of “because I say so”.
            if you’ve got a legitimate point, you could back it up.

          • AJ27 August 25, 2016, 12:41 pm

            Research yourself? The only sources you can cite for this tripe is other non-sense. Absolutely shocking that the author can write this, but anyone with any common sense would sense this whole article is BS. The article is largely talking about the whole ‘Alkaline diet’ nonsense – maybe have a google of Robert O Young – a quack that’s been spreading this nonsense for years (he’s now in prison by the way)

  86. Dietologist August 2, 2016, 8:24 pm

    “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!”

    I see that the internet became an El Dorado for various simpletons spreading anti-milk agenda. Just try to count, how much almonds you would have to eat to match the amount of bioavailable calcium from 1 liter of milk!

    • MissC August 6, 2016, 9:54 pm

      In addition, Allmond milk is incredibly easy to make out of almonds and water.

    • Dietologist August 2, 2016, 8:29 pm

      “drinking milk and eating lots of dairy products are not the answer to reversing osteoporosis.”

      Of course. Just like drinking milk is not a recipe how to become a body builder. You will have to pick up a dumbbell from the ground and start training. But some people think that they will lie on the bed and their muscles and bones stop detoriorating only due to some magic pill.

      • Adam August 3, 2016, 9:02 am

        You don’t need a high dietry calcium intake for bone health. I eat very little milk products (maybe a handful of cheese every month). I have eaten this amount of dairy for close to 25 years.

        I have also lifted weights the last 20. Result? I have excellent bone density, have no ailments and almost never get sick.

        The weights probably contribute to the good bone density, but one would expect me to have osteoporosis now. Doctors can’t pinpoint why I have good bone density and most dieticians tell me I am not eating enough calcium.

        I don’t tell people not to drink milk, but I hardly believe it’s a vital human need. Milk is a retail product, just remember that.

  87. Ruth August 2, 2016, 12:52 pm

    Hi,
    Would you give us the names and places where we can access the research about the milk controversy? I know that the dairy association is very strong, but there must be some peer reviewed data to support your conclusion. It also occurs to me that the countries that do not drink milk also enjoy more sunlight than the ones that do so ther could be a correlation with the quantity of vitamin D that they get.

    • abx September 2, 2016, 3:38 pm

      http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/is-milk-healthy

    • Sean August 15, 2016, 6:33 pm

      It’s commen sense to not drink milk from another animal

      • bob August 20, 2016, 12:17 am

        You would think it was common sense on how to spell “common”

        • Luana September 30, 2016, 5:30 am

          You would think that someone who knows how to spell “common” would be able to form a structurally correct sentence.

          • Sami November 22, 2016, 2:11 pm

            This won the internet.

      • Afnan August 19, 2016, 9:49 am

        Hmm is it really? ya gotta ask yourself that. shark babies are eating their siblings and you think drinking another animal’s milk is bad? Millions of people have been drinking milk for years with very little problems. there maybe problems but its well worth the risk

  88. Mindy Rowser July 20, 2016, 3:01 pm

    Could you please site your sources so those of us who are curious can look up your studies. I beg to differ that it is the kidneys, not the bones which play a part in balancing your PH. Very factual article here with sited sources on all of this: “Observational studies have not found a correlation between dietary acid load and bone mineral density (BMD) or fracture risk, nor have they found a correlation between urine pH and BMD or fracture risk. (16, 17, 18) Additionally, higher protein intakes are correlated with better bone health in multiple studies, even though high-protein diets are generally net acid forming. (19) In fact, animal protein in particular (the most acid-forming food of all) has been associated with better bone health. (20, 21) Imagine that! One study included in a recent meta-analysis did find an association between higher protein intake and greater risk for fracture (22), but compared to the numerous more recent studies showing the opposite, this evidence isn’t very strong. Overall, the acid-ash hypothesis of osteoporosis is not supported by physiology, clinical trials, or observational data.” http://chriskresser.com/the-ph-myth-part-1/

  89. Sue July 20, 2016, 12:52 pm

    Even if cows milk was a superfood, just the very fact that a calf has to be removed from their mother in order to take their breastmilk should stop any thinking person in their tracks. The dairy industry is one of the most abusive, even a meat animal endures less suffering. Milk is the meat industry, with an extra five years of cruelty thrown in.

    • Kc August 16, 2016, 9:45 pm

      As a dairy farmer it is hard for me to read comments like this. Our cows come first before our own schedules. Our cows get more attention than we get ourselves. Our cows can eat when they want, walk around when they want, and sleep when they want. We ask them to get up twice a day 12 hrs apart to milk and thats it. Cows enjoy getting milked too.. it is not abusive at all. Baby calves are removed from their mother for their own safety. Its not as dramatic as you think. The cows are given time to spend with their calf and then the calf is removed to its pen because it can get trampled on easily and is more suseptable to bacteria with the cows. It is given milk from its mother for the first couple days so it kick starts a healthy immune system for the calf.

      Oh.. also.. the last 4 days have been 90-100 degrees and humid and it was WAY cooler in the barn than my own house. I almost grabbed a chair and sat in the barn after work it was that hot in our house. Our cows have fans running on a sensor and also misting water on them. When i walk through the barn 90+ degree days it is the coolest area on the entire property. So I assure you farmers do not abuse their animals.

      • Nantucket August 27, 2016, 11:40 am

        Seriously…..you are ONE farmer and one farmer does not the whole system make!!! There are plenty of huge dairy farms where their cows are NOT treated like you treat your cows!!!

      • questions August 25, 2016, 6:44 am

        How old are they when slaughtered? What happens to the boy cows?

        • Carlos August 31, 2016, 9:48 pm

          “Boy cows” Hahahahahahahahaha

  90. UmmAmi July 14, 2016, 6:45 am

    I think it’s hilarious that someone who is touting negativities of milk has a bone disease. Talk of irony, you say….should have took your milk like mum taught you *giggling*

    • Perhaps July 16, 2016, 8:53 pm

      Perhaps she drank milk as a child, lost the calcium, got educated as an adult about the subject and then, got the diagnosis when there was nothing (or very little) she could do about it. As adults we don’t absorb calcium that much regardless of how much you consume. Metabolic acidity is also caused by other acidic foods like cokes, but nobody shows disbelieve about that one. Anyway, I think is just plain weird to drink another’s specie milk. Can’t imagine myself breastfeeding a kitten (weeeeeird!).

      • KR August 29, 2016, 2:34 pm

        so weirdness > science?
        the reason people buy into so much horseXXXX is because they make false associations and construe them as cause and effect. she could have always been on the path to osteoporosis. i think the incident of cancer in the global population is pretty evident that there are many factors that contribute, and following all the dos and don’ts does not guarantee a damn thing.
        simple probability says someone in her position would exist.

  91. John Smith July 14, 2016, 2:18 am

    This illustrates the dangers of believing everything you read on the Internet.

    Here is some actual scientific data from a peer-reviewed source that addresses exactly these worries:

    “Fenton TR, Lyon AW
    Milk and acid-base balance: proposed hypothesis versus scientific evidence.
    The Journal of the American College of Nutrition

    Recently the lay press has claimed a hypothetical association among dairy product consumption, generation of dietary acid, and harm to human health.
    This theoretical association is based on the idea that the protein and phosphate in milk and dairy products make them acid-producing foods, which cause our bodies to become acidified, promoting diseases of modern civilization.
    Some authors have suggested that dairy products are not helpful and perhaps detrimental to bone health because higher osteoporotic fracture incidence is observed in countries with higher dairy product consumption. However, scientific evidence does not support any of these claims.
    Milk and dairy products neither produce acid upon metabolism nor cause metabolic acidosis, and systemic pH is not influenced by diet. Observations of higher dairy product intake in countries with prevalent osteoporosis do not hold when urban environments are compared, likely due to physical labor in rural locations.
    Milk and other dairy products continue to be a good source of dietary protein and other nutrients.
    Key teaching points:
    Measurement of an acidic pH urine does not reflect metabolic acidosis or an adverse health condition.
    The modern diet, and dairy product consumption, does not make the body acidic.
    Alkaline diets alter urine pH but do not change systemic pH.
    Net acid excretion is not an important influence of calcium metabolism.
    Milk is not acid producing.
    Dietary phosphate does not have a negative impact on calcium metabolism, which is contrary to the acid-ash hypothesis.”

    Now that you have all the information, make an informed decision.

    • Dietologist August 2, 2016, 8:33 pm

      “higher osteoporotic fracture incidence is observed in countries with higher dairy product consumption.”

      And this “fact” is actually not true. The highest rates of fractures in Europe are observed both in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean – regions with a very low level of physical activity.

    • bOB July 22, 2016, 7:04 pm

      There are a great many peer reviewed studies that argue both sides of this debate. It is important to remember that there is a large incentive on the side of the Dairy industry to use scientific studies to debunk research that opposes their ability to sell milk. Many scientists get roped into providing dubious studies that serve only to muddy the waters of true scientific discourse in favor of industry. This has been a systemic problem in science for more than a century now, when industry first prominent scientists were used to placate concerns over the use of lead in many household products. A single scientific study, even peer reviewed, is as good as a single anecdote (i.e. totally worthless and proves nothing). If you really want to learn the truth, read ALL of the studies and then make your decision from a place that is truly informed with the best information available. There is a decent chance that “john smith” represents the dairy industry peddling the research they have paid for to support their position and protect their investments, as such practices are common in every form of industry that comes under scientific scrutiny. What makes this comment truly dubious is that it simply lists the conclusions of the study without detailing the methods used to come to this conclusion, who performed the research, and who funded it. All very important questions these days.

      That being said it would be advisable for the author of this article to provide evidence that there are indeed more “studies demonstrating that milk and dairy products actually fail to protect bones from fractures outnumber studies that prove otherwise,” so that we may, as concerned consumers, fact check the claims made in the article, as they may be as dubious as Mr. “Smith’s.”

      • Juan September 5, 2016, 2:33 pm

        After reading plenty of different discourses in this site, this is by far the most on point comment. This argument has not been settled yet and you can quote as many research papers you can find but the honest truth is most of these papers are biased by the ones who fund them. “Scientism” has become a religion of sorts to back up anything you want to believe, when in fact all we need to do first is understand who’s behind it. Read and be objective. And don’t bring you own personal experience into the discussion, that’s irrelevant by all standards.

  92. Anais July 12, 2016, 10:00 pm

    I came here just to know if I was getting TOO much calcium from milk but reading these articles sent me on a journey that led me to this video that you HAVE to watch.
    http://www.goryfoodservice.com/
    Chickens are hung upside down ALIVE, with their feet in hooks while they spin around a conveyer where a blade is suppose to cut of their heads but OFTEN FAILS! Jesus god almighty, fix this insanity!

    This came after reading how cows, hogs, pigs, are slaughtered by a bolt being shot into their forehead that renders them stunned but certainly still conscious and definitely still feeling everything before their heads are sliced open and blood drained out. Who knows how long it takes to get from BOLT in head (not in brain – so they are still very much cognizant, albeit dazed) to the time they are hung by their rear legs (in terrible pain from the chains around their feet and the full weight on their bodies pulling on them) before they actually receive that throat slashing that drains their blood for several minutes before they die.
    I can’t be fine eating meat or chickens anymore. Milk or eggs is definitely questionable too.

    • DJIVJMEKSHXN July 18, 2016, 5:42 pm

      More reliable sources of chicken meat and such product hang chickens in a sort of cone like contraption and then sever their major arteries. This is because it’s the fastest and most humane way to kill them, causing the least amount of pain and being more reliable than injection or decapitation.

      • PH August 16, 2016, 9:17 am

        Bowing after slapping your grandmother in the face is the most humane way to slap your grandmother in the face. Just because its more humane doesn’t mean it’s something that should ever be classified as humane.

  93. Dean July 10, 2016, 7:13 am

    Hi I study Health and longevity the Blue Zone by National Geographic which shows the longest and healthiest living people on Earth there are 5 Blue zones in the world and the people that live there don’t drink any dairy products or eat meat. The average lifespan for Americans is 76 in the blue zone most of the people live over 100 and cancers and diseases virtually non existent. LOOK IT UP.
    They get all the protein and calcium they need from a plant based diet.
    Milk and meat is Acidic which causes cancer Dr Otto Warburg Nobel prize winner said No disease, including CANCER can exist in an alkaline environment.
    I wish people with closed minds had closed mouths and listen to common sense instead of talking XXXX but common sense is not so common any.
    There is a lie in believe and people believe in the lies they are told We all walk around with smartphones computers in our pockets but yet no one finds time to do any research and we teach our kids to read but not to question every the they read so they grow up to be stupid like their parents.
    I know all of this and I’m only 19.

    • Paul August 23, 2016, 1:54 pm

      You also have to take a look at it from a historical view of people who drank milk from over 100 years ago in their society. Question if they drank everyday,also what the cows consumed during spring was most likely green grass not grains all year long.A cows tongue actually heals grass consumed by the cow.

    • Sway July 12, 2016, 8:36 pm

      Ha ha! Such attitude from the ‘know it all’ age. (anything under 25)
      There is probably still a net gain of calcium after consuming milk – to assume it depletes 300mg, every cup you drink seems overboard. Like with anything, moderation is key.

      • TheLadyOfPain July 13, 2016, 2:52 pm

        So? Even if it didn’t deplete all of the calcium, that doesn’t prove it’s good for you at all. The majority of people are lactose intolerant (look it up, dumbass). Also, milk is one of the world’s leading allergies. You sound like a moron in denial.

        • Philip W. Starr August 1, 2016, 4:34 pm

          “The majority of people are lactose intolerant (look it up, dumbass).”
          Dumbass, most people who are lactose intolerant are intolerant of factory “milk,” not real milk. Look it up.
          .

        • Lactose intolerance is just that, intolerance July 21, 2016, 6:29 pm

          Lactose intolerance is not an allergy, it is an intolerance. Allergy is an adverse reaction whey and casein, the proteins in milk. Intolerance is an adverse reaction due to lactose, the sugar in milk. Dumbass.

        • Debra July 15, 2016, 9:33 am

          Even cows don’t drink dairy past year 1. Cows are smarter than humans…they MOOve on to water. We humans drink artificially colored, sweetened, chemical-laden drinks including cow’s milk laced with hormones and antibiotics and we scream “WHY Cancer WHY?!?” Oh my god it is infuriating. The simplest answer is right under your nose, in your glass. Is it half empty with soda or half full with water…

          • KR August 29, 2016, 2:40 pm

            our chemically treated water you mean?
            sure, water is great for us, but cows aren’t “smarter” by graduating to water. i’ll agree, anything we’re processing, is a possible carcinogen. but now you can agree, that includes our water supplies, should you not live alongside fresh, naturally refined water supply.

          • Sherry August 1, 2016, 11:02 pm

            You are so funny Debra but that is sooo freaking true. Why are people so clueless when it comes to what they eat, their health and their body. Isn’t it ironic that we don’t even know how our own bodies work?

  94. Bilwill July 9, 2016, 9:01 pm

    My 13 year old boy had horrible acne,took him off dairy and it cleared up in a month but now I’m worried about his calcium intake.

    • Brittany July 12, 2016, 5:09 pm

      Dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach (there are others) are excellent calcium sources.

      • Barbara & Richard Houck August 14, 2016, 7:37 pm

        When my daughter got off the milk because of serious bone loss in her shoulders. She tried the Kale thing…be careful…her blood thickened and she went to the hospital with a blood clot, 3 weeks later, and several procedures later, she’s recovering.

  95. Tyler July 7, 2016, 3:10 am

    There are so many things wrong with this article, but I’ll just name a few…

    “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.”

    Okay, so you’re saying that “acidic” milk, with a pH of 6.7 – and no, not raw milk, actual, processed milk has a pH of 6.7 – causes osmosis? Sure, okay, I guess that before I looked into it a little more, acid seems bad, but then I found a chart of the pH of many food and liquids. Now, there was one particuarly interesting to me. Can you guess what that was? Worry. That’s right, emotions produce actual changes in body pH. Now, for me, your article was much more damaging than my glass of milk per day. My glass of milk per day, with it’s 6.7 pH, is much less harming than me having to worry about your mental wellbeing while reading this article, with it’s pH of 3.

    “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.”

    Now, lady, I kind of got the vibe that you were something like the milk-hating vegan equivelent of a Jehova’s Witness, you know, going around knocking on people’s doors, “Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior Jesus almond-milking Christ?”

    Until I read this:
    “Fortunately, I did neither.”

    It was then that I realized that you truly are a lost cause. However, the show must go on, so I’ll continue.

    Do you really think that just because you read an article online means that you are smarter than a medical doctor with a degree that took a minimum of eight years to earn, as well as five years afterwards as a practicing medical assistant. He or she went through years upon years of their life training to be a respected medical professional, and you spent a day typing an article to make a crowdsourced institute whose main focus is purging the world of the evil plague that is: milk. You could have spent your life working to cure cancer. Working end world hunger. Fighting against child labor. Instead, you chose to be a milk nazi. *Slow applaud*

    • JC January 4, 2017, 9:31 am

      Brilliant

    • Cindy Cagle July 8, 2016, 11:36 pm

      I am a family dr ! I’v done my research and I do not recommend milk ! We ARE the only species that drink another’s milk ! It’s true about other countries and their intake of milk is far few and between and we here in America consume more milk as well as other diary products yet we have more fracture and osteoporosis. Milk also is a contributor to certain cancers ! As far as a jehovah witness if they preach about milk maybe you should start listening to them before it’s to late ?

      • A White October 5, 2016, 6:42 am

        My cat happily drinks cows milk. There are numerous other animals that have surrogated other species, its really not hard to find.

        http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/05/images/050905_dogtigers.jpg

      • Grammer July 21, 2016, 6:44 pm

        It is hard to believe you are a medical doctor when you use the following grammar and punctuation: “As far as a jehovah witness if they preach about milk maybe you should start listening to them before it’s to late ?” Jehovah’s Witness is capitalized and has an apostrophe. To late? Proper use of the word is “too late.” Also, after a word, there is no space between that word and the exclamation point. Your credibility as a doctor may limit your practice.

        • johnpaul August 19, 2016, 11:09 am

          Medicine is not only studied in English language.

          • KR August 29, 2016, 2:48 pm

            that, and i find it highly unlikely a respectable family doctor has the time or inclination to trawl through blogs like this to comment.

          • KR August 29, 2016, 2:46 pm

            what bob said. and what cindy said. “we here in America”.
            granted, i believe she wants to “make America great again!”

          • bob August 20, 2016, 12:23 am

            I’m pretty sure “Cindy Cagle”‘s primary language is English. Something about that name doesn’t sound to foreign to me

  96. Dr Apoorva Kulkarni July 1, 2016, 4:23 pm

    Great ! Great! Great !
    The article Debunking the Milk Myth is very very good.
    Can some body send me email id of Mr. Vivian Goldschmidt ? I want to ask some questions and also write my own experience. dr.apoorvakulkarni@gmail.com

  97. Sam June 30, 2016, 10:05 pm

    Wow I’m shocked by everyone’s ignorance?!!

    The majority of humans are completely unaware of how milk is produced?!!

    Vivian is merely pointing out the facts as to why it’s bad for you, if you really want to know why you should stop drinking milk do the research and find out how a cow is raped and then forced to have its baby ripped away from it when it’s born so that we can consume it’s milk, it’s plain and simple ANIMAL ABUSE!!!!

    If you’re going to be so opinionated then take the time to research :
    http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/06/the-truth-about-milk-warning-you-may-never-drink-milk-again/

    I’ve become vegan after finding out and I will bring my children up differently so that the change can begin in the next generations

    • KR August 29, 2016, 2:51 pm

      wait. a vegan telling us they’ve become vegan? no…
      and no, she isn’t pointing out “facts”.
      and you’re not even keeping on topic. this is about milk consumption, not animal abuse.

  98. Vasuforpratibha@yahoo.com June 28, 2016, 5:42 pm

    The quantity of milk produced in any mammal is just enough for its young ones. How is this justified that we ignore this fundamental fact and deprive the natural food of the young ones of some specific mammals and snatch from them for our consumption.
    Its a kind of cruelty.

    • KR August 29, 2016, 2:53 pm

      my mother fed myself and the child of another mother who could not produce breast milk. maybe it is weird nowadays, but nobody batted an eyelid in the early 80’s. and we were both adequately fed.
      i’m going to say you’re wrong.

  99. Billy gaston June 24, 2016, 10:50 am

    I call BS. ive ALWAYS drank ALOT of milk… im 6’7″ tall… ive rode motorcross, saddlebronc and even been a skater, far FAR fewer broken bones than the little guys… ive been in 2 major motorcycke accidents, torn flesh, but only broke my foot because i kicked a car bumper to keep from getting run over…. been in 5 diffrent major car accidents…. one destroyed the car i was in, pushed my knees through the dash, and bent over the steering wheel…. careflighted… had whiplash and a bruised rib… no broken bones… not one. So umm yeah im callin bs… and guessin these “facts” were manufactured by a vegan, who is already degenerated to cow like status they are no longer able to think about anything other than convincing others to become as bovine like as possible.

    • poop May 17, 2017, 12:11 am

      be careful driving

    • Bilwill July 9, 2016, 9:06 pm

      Sounds like they should make an action movie of your life.

    • J June 29, 2016, 1:35 pm

      Billy, have you ever heard of the word outlier? In addition, Vivian offered evidence from scientific studies whereas you offered anecdotal evidence.

  100. Linda June 23, 2016, 1:52 am

    I am completely dairy free since January this year , as I had numerous symptoms ie : throat irritation, ear problems and irritation and complete sinus problems and IBS , I saw a private allergenis and was told I was off the scale with dairy. Since I stopped it took a while to see a difference I have gone to Koko milk and soya and feel a different woman .
    One thing is clear that in all of my 63 years I haven’t gone so long without going to the doctors for one thing and another. Interesting you say about soya , I will make research but I find that other milks don’t suit my cup of tea other than a particular brand of soya .

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