Nutrition and Prevention

Why I Don’t Drink Conventional Cow’s Milk

List of unhealthy “Ingredients” in and added to Cow’s Milk

Cows Milk

Here are just a few of the unhealthy components found in the average glass of pasteurized and homogenized milk on the American dinner table:

  • A Veritable Hormone Cocktail: 59 hormones are found in both regular AND organic milk, including pituitary, steroid, hypothalamic, and thyroid hormones (remember most cows are extremely stressed).  Also cow’s milk contains considerable amounts of female sex hormones. Dairy accounts for 60 to 80 percent of estrogens consumed.  The most dangerous hormone in cow’s milk is called Insulin-like Growth Factor, or IGF-1.  This hormone’s danger lies in the fact that it is basically fuel for cells to grow.  This means that if cancer cells are present in the body, IGF-1 will help them to grow and proliferate rapidly.  In fact, the medical world says IGF-1 is a key factor in the rapid growth and proliferation of breast, prostate, and colon cancers, and we suspect that most likely it will eventually be found to promote all cancers.
  • Gastrointestinal Peptides:  Nerve and epidermal growth factors, and the growth inhibitors MDGI and MAF.
  • Casein – The protein casein in dairy products creates serious problems just like the protein gluten in some grains like wheat. Casein (and gluten) can trigger an autoimmune response and/or mimic endorphins to cause changes in perception, mood, and behavior. The mechanism involved has to do with a failure of a particular enzyme which disassembles the gluten and casein protein, a digestive process necessary for our bodies to extract the nutrients from these proteins. Because of the failure of this enzyme to do its job, a remaining undigested fragment of those proteins survive, and to our defense/immune system this fragment resembles a virus. Then, thinking that it is a virus, our bodies will trigger an immune/defense response to protect our bodies from the ‘invader’. Because this casein fragment is so similar to various disease-causing viruses, it will generate a complex reaction, an autoimmune response which is suspected to play a role in type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis and autism. Complex immune responses damage different tissues in different people, so the range of diseases is very diverse. Also, the undigested casein fragments look like opium-like drugs which can have a significant influence on our behavior and brains. They are literally drugs – and that is why people are so hooked on dairy and gluten!
  • Casein, which accounts for approximately 80% of the protein found in milk, immediately clumps together once it enters the stomach, making digestion very difficult. Furthermore, that component is homogenized in the milk sold in stores. Homogenization means equalizing the fat content in milk by stirring it. The reason homogenization is bad is that when milk is stirred, air gets mixed in, turning the milk’s fat component into an oxidized fatty substance – fat in an advanced state of oxidation. In other words, homogenized milk produces free radicals and exerts a very negative influence on the body. The milk containing oxidized fat then gets pasteurized at high temperatures over 212°F. Enzymes are sensitive to heat, and begin to be destroyed at temperatures of 200°F. In other words, milk sold in stores not only lacks precious enzymes, but the fat is oxidized and the quality of the proteins is changed due to the high temperature. In a sense, milk is the worst type of food.
  • rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone): Is a genetically engineered hormone directly linked to breast, colon and prostrate cancer. This is injected into cows to increase milk production. It is not present in organic milk.
  • Pus: National averages show at least 322 million cell-counts of pus per glass![2] This is well-above the human limit for pus-intake, and has been directly linked to paratuberculosis bacteria, as well as Crohn’s disease. The pus comes from infected udders on the cows known as mastitis.
  • Blood Cells: The USDA allows up to 1.5 million white blood cells per milliliter of commonly-sold milk.[3] Yes, you are drinking cows blood in the milk and the USDA allows this!
  • 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. Currently, 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 on December 29, 1989. 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.

More reasons to avoid milk:

  • Milk contains many oxidized fatty substances that damage the intestinal environment, increasing the amount of bad bacteria and destroying the balance of the intestinal bacterial flora. As a result, toxins such as free radicals, hydrogen sulfides, and ammonia are produced in the intestine. Research about what kind of process these toxins go through and what kinds of illnesses arise is still ongoing, but several research papers have reported that milk not only causes various allergies but is also linked with diabetes among children. These research papers are available on the internet, so I encourage you to read them yourselves.

How Does This Affect the Cows?

Milk Cartoon

Furthermore, not only are people drinking in these toxins, we are also taking in the energetic effects of the life of the cow.

Studies show that many cows are infected with incredibly painful inflammatory infections such as mastitis. Due to over-milking, artificial hormones, bacteria and medications, cow’s udders can become chronically inflamed, thus altering the color and taste of the milk.

Over time, this bacterial invasion causes harm to the cow’s mammary gland, reeking havoc on the milk being produced. From parasitic worms to cancerous tumors, these diseases are often passed along to the next generation of cows, and more often, into the milk we drink.

Even more, the conditions in which cows live, as well as the rigorous milking regimes, cause dairy cattle to live in a permanent state of sympathetic (stress) response, as well as adrenal over-load. When our adrenal glands are overworked for long periods of time, there is a overload of cortisol in the blood. When we drink this milk, we are then exposed to the millions of stress-response cells in the milk of cows. It is no wonder that we are a chronically-stressed society!

How To Avoid Dangers Related to Cow’s Milk

In conclusion, it might be a good idea to take a cleansing break from dairy. Here are some ways to avoid the dangers associated with cow’s milk:

  • Replace cow’s milk with healthy natural substitutes: coconut milk, rice milk, almond milk, raw goat’s milk or hemp milk.
  • If you do insist on drinking cow’s milk, make sure to buy only the non-genetically modified, grass fed, organic raw versions.
  • Eat less cheese and always buy organic versions. Goat’s cheese is the best for you!

For in depth information on the dangers of cow’s milk I recommend visiting

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About Kim Martindale

Mother of two, wife of one, home manager, gardener, student of health and wellness, world traveler, nature lover, researcher, Jesus follower, community builder. I'm seeking to become resilient and to live sustainably. I desire to give back and share what I'm learning with others.


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