There are only a handful of dairy farms in all of San Diego county. It’s tough to find a link to even one website. On the whole, they seemingly tend not to enjoy publicity, other than from the labeling we all see on the multitudes of dairy products sold in every grocery store.
In advertising, we see dairy peddled to babies at just a few months old to women further on in age, to supposedly provide calcium to osteoporosis inflicted bones.
Most of us grew up on milk and most of us feed it to our kids. Because that’s what we’ve always done.
Let’s look at a few facts:
- The average glass of milk contains 322 million pus cells.
- In order for a cow to give milk, it must be impregnated continually. In order for the cow to get pregnant, it must be artificially inseminated repeatedly. The cows then give birth (an unfortunate result of pregnancy) and their male calves are raised for slaughter while females are kept inside and put through the same processes. Because of the nature of their living conditions, they must be fed antibiotics to stay…not entirely sick.
- Antibiotics: Currently, cows are in such a state of disease and mistreatment that they are continually being injected with antibiotic medicines, and rubbed down with chemical-laden ointments to deal with their chronic infections. Regulating committees only test for 4 of the 85 drugs in dairy cows. This means that the other 81 drugs in cow’s milk are coming directly into your glasses and bodies. Estimates show that 38% of milk in the U.S. is “contaminated with sulfa drugs or other antibiotics,” according to a study by the Centre for Science in the Public Interest and published in the Wall Street Journal. A study from the FDA data showed that over half of all milk was laden with traces of pharmaceuticals yet nothing has been done to control this. (Read the full article here.)
- Every sip of cow’s milk contains 59 different bioactive hormones. In a dairy farm, as with any typical farm that has become mechanized, faster and bigger is top priority. To make a cow produce the maximum amount of milk in a typical day, the cow is given hormones. The hormones pass into your glass. Mmmm! This has been linked to early-onset puberty in children.
The Swiss Pediatric Association says of the hazards of bovine milk:
Whole bovine milk should not be fed to infants during the first year of life because of its association with occult gastrointestinal bleeding, iron deficiency anemia, and cow’s milk allergy. The consumption of whole milk after the first year of life should be discouraged because of its potential role in a variety of disorders including atherosclerosis, recurrent abdominal pain of childhood, cataracts, milk-borne infections. (And that’s in Switzerland! They are the epitome of milk!)
- Milk consumption is linked to prostate cancer and osteoporosis. It is interesting that Americans, who consume the most dairy on earth, also have the most cancer and the most osteoporosis. Hmmm.
- Dairy consumption causes fat, phlegm, runny noses and ear infections in kids.
There are a ton of alternatives to milk. It’s different at first to slug down a glass of almond milk, but in cereal or coffee, alternatives to milk are hardly noticeable after a few tries. Soy isn’t a great alternative (nor is it recommended for babies) due to the human body’s inefficiency in assimilating soy in general. Rice milk is very close in taste and texture to 2% or skim milk.
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