We begin this Bulletin with a startling new discovery that adds to our scientific understanding of the dangers of drinking milk. Researchers have shown that a glass a day of milk increases the risk of breast cancer.
Given our mounting knowledge of just how unhealthy cows' milk is, perhaps it's no surprise that another major milk producer, Borden Dairy Co., has filed for bankruptcy.
Finally, we'll look at an Australian study that found signs of frailty in 45 percent of people in their forties. Normally the same level of frailty isn't seen until people reach their seventies.
Breast Cancer Risk Increased By Drinking Milk
An eight-year study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology tracked the dietary intake of 53,000 initially cancer-free North American women, aged 30 and older. They compared the participants' dairy intake to whether or not they developed cancer.
Drinking milk was associated with breast cancer, and even a small amount of milk consumption was enough to establish a statistically meaningful link.1
“Higher intakes of dairy milk were associated with greater risk of breast cancer, when adjusted for soy intake. Current guidelines for dairy milk consumption could be viewed with some caution.”1
For many decades the dairy industry has bombarded the public with advertising that insists that milk is healthy, and in particular that it's important for our bones. Most doctors even recommend milk to osteoporosis patients to get adequate calcium. At the Save Institute, we’ve warned about the detrimental effects of drinking milk from the get-go.. While milk does contain calcium, it iis highly acidifying, and studies have found that milk consumption actually increases the risk of fracture.2
There are better sources for the nutrients contained in milk. Nuts, cruciferous vegetables, and milk alternatives all provide more of what you need, without the increased risk of cancer. Almond milk is a particularly good alkalizing substitute for dairy milk.
An eight-year study found that drinking as little as a quarter cup of cow’s milk each day is associated with a 30% increase in breast cancer. Participants who drank two to three cups of milk per day saw a 70-80% increase in breast cancer risk. Milk has also been shown to harm bone health. Substitute cow’s milk with almond milk, or another dairy milk alternative of your choice.
Borden Dairy Co. Files For Bankruptcy
The growing public awareness of the dangers of dairy milk has naturally lead to reductions in milk consumption. This decreased demand has taken a toll on the dairy industry. The most recent indication of the hastening decline of milk is the bankruptcy declaration of Borden Dairy Co..
“Borden Dairy Co., one of America's oldest and largest dairy companies, on Monday became the second major milk producer to file for bankruptcy in the last two months.
Tumbling milk consumption combined with the rising price of milk have crippled the dairy industry with debt. Dean Foods, America's largest milk producer, filed for bankruptcy on November 12.
The company said it also has been hurt by broader industry trends, including a 6% drop in overall US milk consumption since 2015. Borden noted that more than 2,700 family dairy farms went out of business last year, and 94,000 have stopped producing milk since 1992. With the wholesale cost of milk rising due to fewer suppliers and retail milk prices weaker due to lower consumption, the margins for milk processors like Borden have suffered, the company said in its filing.”3
Borden Dairy Co. was founded in 1856 on the first successful commercial method of condensing milk. The company grew and expanded over the decades, introducing its advertising mascot “Elsie the Cow” in 1936.
Now that healthier alternatives are available, the substantial health risks of drinking milk make it undesirable and dangerous. As the dairy industry declines, other industries are growing to meet the rising demand for healthy non-dairy milk. As a result, many new businesses are being created, and we've never before had so many healthy alternatives on grocery store shelves.
One of the nation's oldest and largest dairy producers, Borden Dairy Co., has declared bankruptcy, citing steep declines in demand and the rising cost of raw milk. It’s the second major dairy producer to declare bankruptcy in the past two months, a clear indicator that people are turning to healthier milk alternatives.
45% Of People In Their Forties Are On The Path To Frailty
An Australian study has revealed that the signs of frailty are present much earlier and in far more people than experts could have predicted.
Researchers followed 656 healthy participants from age 40 to 75 living independently over 18 months. They assessed participants’ sleep quality, nutrition, hydration, and activity patterns, as well as the number of falls and ‘near misses’ they suffered. They also analyzed blood pressure, heart rate, balance, cognition, and memory and how they managed anxiety and depression. Taken together, all of this data allowed them to assess when and if each participant crossed the threshold into frailty, or “pre-frailty.”
“Scientists highlighted poor balance, weak lower limb strength, poor nutrition and problems with pelvic floor muscles – those around the groin that help prevent incontinence – as ‘pre-frailty’ indicators.
Frailty factors include poor mental state from living alone, high psychological distress, poor lung function and poor sleep quality.
Results showed ‘pre-frailty’ occurred in 45 percent of people aged 40 to 49 – about the same percentage of people aged 70 to 75.”4
The findings show that age isn't as large of a factor as scientists previously thought. That's great news because it means that your actions are more impactful than your age. It also means that you must start taking action as early as possible to avoid frailty. Just because you're relatively young doesn't mean you can't become frail.
Start shedding bad habits now and start creating new ones: the study authors recommend that you increase physical activity, improve posture, build muscle and bone strength, improve nutrition, and boost mental health. Of course these are all strategies that the Save Institute has advocated for years, since they're proven ways to improve your well-being and protect your bones.
An Australian study found that just as many people in their 40s show signs of pre-frailty as do people in their 70s. The path to frailty and the health complications it brings (such as falls and fractures) starts earlier than many scinetists realized. It's imperative that you take action to prevent frailty as soon as possible– improve posture, increase physical activity, improve diet, and work to boost mental health.
What This Means To You
The easiest lesson of this month's bulletin is one Savers know well: stop drinking milk. Replace cow’s milk in your diet with a nutritious non-dairy alternative like almond milk. And that's one great step toward avoiding frailty. With a clear plan of action, you can grow stronger with age instead of weaker.
Perhaps the greatest wisdom of age is learning just how much power you have to improve your health and change your life. Start today!