Stay away from milk

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 11:27 p.m.
Recently, the Gainesville Sun has published a number of articles and letters discussing raw vs. pasteurized milk. Here is the end to this debate: No one, except infants, should drink any milk at all.
Humans are not designed to drink the milk of other animals. Humans are the only animals who drink the milk of another species. Just as dog's milk is intended for puppies and human milk is intended for human infants, cow's milk is for calves.
The powerful and profit-driven dairy industry has led us to believe that drinking milk is good for us. The truth is, milk and dairy products are a health hazard. They are high in saturated fats and cholesterol, contain cow's blood and pus, and are frequently contaminated with pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. Dairy products have been linked to allergies, obesity, heart disease and cancer.
The dairy industry tells us that milk will protect and build our bones, but research shows otherwise. The high protein content of milk actually leaches calcium from the body. Areas of the world where the most dairy products are consumed have the highest degree of osteoporosis. A better source of calcium can be found in plant foods such as leafy green vegetables, broccoli, beans, and calcium-fortified cereals and juices.
The health risks are also high in infants and children. Human children have no nutritional requirement for cow's milk, and they will grow up healthy and strong without it. Delicious alternatives to milk and other dairy products can be found in natural food stores and in most major grocery stores.
To find out more, go to, or the The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine website,
Justine McCoy, Orange Lake

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