Originally published on Medium.
A couple of days ago, I was out for evening snacks with a group of friends. One of them had an urge to drink hot chocolate. Me being me, I told them that drinking cow’s milk is bad for humans. Them being them, they did not agree. Can’t blame them.
The propaganda about the necessity of milk is so strong that it is a shock to hear that milk is not necessary for good health, and it may even be detrimental to sound health. Everyone’s parents told them that drinking milk is good. 2 cups a day, you’ll stay in good health.
Recently, I read a book, Milk: A Silent Killer by Dr. N.K. Sharma and it was quite a shocker. Even I believed that milk is good. Obviously, right?
Dr. N.K. Sharma cites lots of research in the book and drives a very logical point home. Humans don’t have any enzymes to digest milk from a foreign source after weaning away from mother’s milk.
An obvious argument
Just like you would not take the blood of another blood group, let alone another animal, inside yourself. It is mindless to consume cow milk. Every other mammal on earth only consumes milk of their own species. You don’t see lions hunting deer for their milk. It is not the law of nature to consume another mammal’s milk. So why do humans need cow’s milk?
All milk is not created equal
Above all, over thousands of years, each mammal has developed milk to suit it’s own children, not humans. There are different nutrients in different quantities in different mammal’s milk, that are suited for the growth and development of that particular animal.
For example, cows milk is designed for a calf that weighs ~40 kg at birth and grows up to ~900 kg in 2 years. Thus, cow milk has more steroids in it for accelerated growth.
On the other hand, human babies weigh 3–4 kg at birth and only grow up to 50–70 kg in 18 years. We don’t need that extra growth hormone, it is just not natural.
But, milk makes my bones strong…
The author smartly debates the Calcium propaganda. We’ve all heard it, milk gives you calcium, right? Nope. Milk has calcium in it, it does not give you calcium.
A bottle with water in it cannot quench your thirst if it cannot be opened.
The calcium in cows milk is basically useless because it has insufficient magnesium content. The absorption of calcium takes place in humans with a 2:1 ratio with phosphorous, no animal milk has this ratio. Hence, the calcium is of no use.
Pasteurized milk is dead food.
Pasteurization is heating milk to kill off all potentially harmful bacteria.
The disease producing qualities of milk multiply when pasteurized. Enzymes are what keep a cell alive. If you heat a food item above 130°F, the enzymes in it die. Pasteurize milk at 170°F, and you end up with a soup of dead enzymes.
The reason raw milk is pasteurized is to kill disease causing bacteria. But, heat does not differentiate between good bacteria and bad bacteria. This dead bacterial soup invites other bacteria to rot.
Experiments by Francis M. Pottenger, an English physician, observed that calves fed on pasteurized milk died before maturity in 9 out of 10 cases. If pasteurized milk is not good for the very animal it is meant for, how could it be any good for humans?
Experiments on rats fed with pasteurized cow milk show that pasteurization is bad for tooth health as well.
Combining milk with other food items is detrimental to health
All of us enjoy a Cheese Sandwich, a Cheese Dosa, Curd Rice or a Pizza. All these are examples of wrong combination of milk and carbohydrates.
The body can secrete juices to digest one food at a time. This is not just applicable to milk but also to other foods. But why does this law affect food combinations with milk so much? Blame the fat content of milk.
On reaching the stomach, milk coagulates to form curds. These tend to encapsulate the other food particles and prevent their digestion until the milk curds are digested.
Milk also does not combine with other proteins. Milk products with meat, eggs, nuts are wrong combinations. Dahi Vada, Cheese Omelette, and Almond Kheer are all harming your digestive system.
These are different proteins that call for secretion of different amounts of digestive juices at different times.
This is the reason why kids might throw up after a picnic where they ate cheese burgers and ice-cream. The body can’t digest different protein groups at the same time.
Skimmed Milk isn’t any good
For years, we wanted to find the main culprit behind the detrimental effects of milk, recent studies show that animal fat has hazardous effects on human beings.
The solution? Skimmed milk — milk with the fat removed.
According to system theory, a system is disturbed by the addition or subtraction of a single element. There is always a good reason for the natural proportion of elements in a food. The fat in milk contains protein splitting enzymes. By removing the fat, we make the protein absorption even difficult.
Even nuts with the fat extracted from them are inferior foods. If you want to use milk, use whole milk. Tampering with nature’s balance only makes it worse.
Ice Creams are cold poison
Not a single thing is good about ice cream, the universal dessert. All it does is soothe your palate and harm your health.
Cheap ice creams are not made from milk in the first place. They use scraps from slaughterhouses and extract fat to make ice cream.
Dr. Alex Gibson, a pioneer in the study of protein putrefaction, says “The freezing process, however, gives to the cream it’s last and final touch of physiological corruption. Quality fermented substances like milk, cream and fruit break down structurally at the first touch of frost”.
Milk extraction is bad for cows
We are stealing milk from the calves. Why cows? Because humans domesticated them and they are now easy to control. Extracting milk from the mother cow leaves little or no milk for it’s children, which is inhuman.
Cows have been specifically bred to produce more milk. They have an overactive pituitary gland. In some cases, cows are injected with Oxytocin and other hormones that stimulate milk production.
20% of the cows in the US have been found to have leukemia viruses, which affect the whole milk supply. These viruses are resistant to pasteurization and were found in supermarket milk supplies.
From infancy to old age, milk creates nothing but suffering and diseases. Stop consuming dairy!
We all love milk products, so stopping it completely would be a little difficult. In the book, the author recommends no more than 200 ml of milk consumption a day. A cappuccino or a cup of chai is no harm. Rejoice.
This post was inspired by the book, Milk: A Silent Killer by Dr. N.K. Sharma and it was a quite a surprising revelation. I highly recommend reading it if you found this article interesting. There’s much more to the book, in the other parts the author explores the science behind why milk can be cancerous and can cause other deadly diseases.