Since the time we are born, we hear multiple stories about why we should drink our milk. It’s good for your bones, helps you grow and gives you strong teeth. But in reality, this is far from the truth.
Milk that is pasteurized and homogenized leads to so many health problems; mainly allergies, asthma, nasal congestion, constipation, diarrhea, cancer, headaches, skin rashes, hives, eczema, osteoporosis, cavities and ear infections. Milk is extremely mucous forming and is linked to almost every health problem in children (Frank Oski M.D.- Don’t Drink Your Milk). Yes, milk does not do a body good. I’ve read that calves given their own pasteurized milk sometimes die.
Let’s start with milk in general. Most milk found in U.S. grocery stores contain rBGH. This artificial growth hormone is genetically engineered and given to cattle to increase milk production. This hormone has been banned in Europe, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Canada. According to Dr. Samuel Epstein, M.D., a scientist at the University of Illinois school of Public Health, “rBGH milk contains very high levels of natural growth factor known as IGF-1 (insulin-like Growth Factor), increasing this to very, very, high levels of this natural growth factor. When you drink it, the IGF-1 survives digestion and is readily absorbed from your small intestine, into your blood. This increased level of IGF-1 has been shown to increase risks of breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer. He goes on to say that increased levels of IGF-1 block natural defense mechanisms against early cancers.