The 3 stages of truth was first observed by Arthur Schopenhauer when he said “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” We have been talking about the Milk Myth on our website for quite some time now. Of course there have been many mixed responses about it. It appears now that milk is finally starting to be exposed for what it truly is to our body by many well researched studies. It is gaining enough momentum that many are now seeing it as self evident, while some are simply violently opposing it. This is good news as at least it is past the stage of simply being ridiculed.
The key point I intend to make in this article is that a recent study published in March in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, revealed that milk DID NOT help to strengthen the bones of almost 80,000 people involved in the study over a 18 year period. Milk has always been sold to the public as being a key factor in strong bones yet there is no evidence to show this to be true, but plenty of evidence to show how powerful corporate lobbying can be in shaping public opinion.
I remember growing up believing that milk was good for me and made my bones strong. The funny thing was my brother drank about 10 times as much milk as I did and yet he broke several bones in his body during our childhood. I on the other hand, rarely touched milk and in times where I thought for sure I had broken something, I never did. My personal experience led to research and that research confirmed what I had seen in my own experience. Milk does not strengthen your bones, but instead makes them weaker. How? Simple, when milk enters your body it creates a VERY acidic environment in your body. Your body then releases calcium from the bones in order to help neutralize the acidic state. This allows us to easily see that milk in fact makes bones weaker and not stronger.
Beyond it being self explanatory that no other species on this earth drinks the milk of another species except humans and the fact that even when animals do drink milk they only consume it when they are babies, it’s quite easy to understand why milk single handily can cause a huge number of health issues for people. Sometimes we look at raw milk, organic milk or other types of animal milk, in the end it doesn’t change the health results a great deal. Yes cleaner and non pasteurized milk is BETTER, but no it’s not very good for the body. Animal cholesterol is the number one cause of heart disease as it destroys the inner lining of the arteries. This doesn’t allow the arteries to properly release a gas that is produced to break down cholesterol in the arteries. Eventually build up happens and bingo, heart attack.
Some interesting facts according to Dr. Willet who is a long time researcher or milk. He has completed numerous studies on milk and reported the findings below.
Milk does not reduce fractures. Contrary to popular belief, eating dairy products has never been shown to reduce fracture risk. In fact, according to the Nurses’ Health Study dairy may increase risk of fractures by 50 percent!
Less dairy, better bones. Countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.
Calcium isn’t as bone-protective as we thought. Studies of calcium supplementation have shown no benefit in reducing fracture risk. Vitamin D appears to be much more important than calcium in preventing fractures.
Calcium has benefits that dairy doesn’t. Calcium supplements, but not dairy products, may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Not everyone can stomach dairy. About 75 percent of the world’s population is genetically unable to properly digest milk and other dairy products — a problem called lactose intolerance.
Currently there are movements occurring to try and remove milk from school cafeterias as a staple in children’s diet. Too much information is being released that disproves what was once believed about milk. A HUGE increase in milk alternative products like rice milk, almond milk and coconut milk are popping up in grocery stores and convenience stores everywhere. It seems it won’t be long before the truth about milk will become self evident.