The really bad stuff:
he key factor in breast cancer growth is a powerful growth hormone manufactured by the human body called IGF-I. That same hormone is manufactured within a cow’s body. By drinking cow’s milk, one delivers IGF-I in a bioactive form to the body’s cells.
Many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. And the most surprising link is that not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk, but it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. A 12 year long Harvard Nurses’ Health Study found that those who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk. This is a broad study based on 77,761 women aged 34 through 59 years of age. According to Amy Lanou Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C.:
“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”
Nobody can dispute that cow’s milk is an excellent food source for calves. Weighing around 100 pounds at birth, a calf typically gains approximately eight times its weight by the time it is weaned. But unlike humans, once calves are weaned, they never drink milk again. And the same applies to every mammalian species on this planet. Also, each mammalian species has its own “designer” milk, and cow’s milk is no exception. For example, cow’s milk contains on average three times the amount of protein than human milk which creates metabolic disturbances in humans that have detrimental bone health consequences. Mother’s milk is excellent nourishment for human babies, but its composition is very different from cow’s milk.
Alternatives are almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, oat milk, and hemp milk.
— with Lorraine Battersby and Angie V Heringer.
Ethically Opposed to Veal? Then Dump Dairy
“No one with a conscience would eat the bodies of calves who spend their short lives in misery. Cows are individuals with distinct personalities. Some are bold and adventurous; others are shy and timid. Some are friendly and considerate; others are bossy and obstinate. Animal behaviourists have found that cows interact in socially complex ways, developing friendships over time and sometimes holding grudges against other cows who treat them badly. Cows have been known to go to extraordinary lengths to escape from abattoirs.
Cows are also protective and nurturing mothers. Yet in the dairy industry, whether she gives birth to a male or a female, the time a mother cow will get to bond with and care for her baby is measured in hours. Female calves, like their mothers, face a lifetime of forced pregnancies and babies lost to the milk industry, and males – referred to as ‘by-products’ – are either shot at birth or destined to become veal.
Make no mistake: both mother cows and their calves are emotionally traumatised as would be any parent and child when forcibly separated from one another. The mother cows bellow in desperation, and the calves wail inconsolably. They cry out for each other for days. Wide-eyed and terrified, the babies are desperate to suckle and will attempt to suckle people’s fingers for comfort. What they get instead is a bottle of milk replacer.
Our most basic need as parents is to love, shelter, feed, nurture and protect our children from harm. And yet we ignore the very same innate need in animals. We are the only species to drink another species’ milk and the only species to continue to consume milk beyond infancy. Human children have no nutritional requirement for cow’s milk and grow up healthy and strong without it. Research suggests that cow’s milk is linked to numerous common health problems (runny noses, allergies, ear infections, recurrent bronchitis, asthma, etc.) that often keep kids out of school and parents home from work.
There are really unpleasant and unhealthy substances in milk, including growth hormones, saturated fat and cholesterol. It’s also acceptable under UK standards for milk to include pus. A safer and more natural choice for adults and children is to consume soya milk, almond milk or another plant-based alternative to cow’s milk. Parents who want to keep their children healthy should look behind the dairy industry’s well-financed marketing promotions.
World-renowned paediatrician Dr Benjamin Spock urged mothers to breastfeed. Dr Frank Oski, the former director of paediatrics at Johns Hopkins University in the US, said, “There’s no reason to drink cow’s milk at any time in your life. It was designed for calves, it was not designed for humans, and we should all stop drinking it today, this afternoon.”
Milk and veal go hand in hand – one does not exist without the other. If the thought of animal suffering bothers you, remember: you don’t have to support an industry that tears calves away from their mothers for milk or for veal.”
– Yvonne Taylor
Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur. A new-born calf is removed from his mother to be placed in a veal cage. — with Joanna Hulbert, Rachel Molyneux, susan, Teddy Fowles and Ximena Vilches Castellano.