Milk…It Does a Body Bad!

One of my good blogger buddies, Deep End of a Puddle, recently shared with me that she didn’t realize that you could get enough calcium without eating dairy. I’m guessing that she also doesn’t know about the research that shows that dairy contributes to a host of diseases like cancer. I know she is not alone (I certainly used to be unaware too!). I think most people believe that milk is good for them. And why wouldn’t we think that since even the government tells us we’re supposed to drink it. This, however; is not what research tells us. If you’re not familiar with the research, then I hope you’ll read this post.

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I recently watched a re-run of the show, Frasier, where Roz is pregnant and has a meltdown after realizing that she’s run out of milk. “I’m going to be a terrible mother,” she cries to Frasier. Not knowing what’s upset her, Frasier tries to calm her down. Still aggravated, however; Roz storms to the kitchen and comes out shaking an empty milk carton saying, “See! Milk is a staple, and I ran out of it. My baby is doomed.”

As this Frasier episode shows, our society has bought into the idea that milk does a body good so much so that we believe it’s necessary for our health. When you stop to think about it, however; this is strange. Milk is produced by a mother to nurture her infant. When the baby no longer needs this rich form of nutrients, she’s weaned. End of story, except for humans, that is.

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Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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6 Responses to Milk…It Does a Body Bad!

  1. That is an interesting take and though the image was creepy but worth pondering about. I am a vegetarian though and milk is used in cooking sometimes. The cattle raising has changed lately. I don’t remember cattle being forced and fed for increased milk production in india, while growing up. Cow is considered holy in my culture.

    • Hey Sonal! I know that you drink milk, so I appreciate that you read this article and exposed yourself to why vegans abstain from dairy. I love that you’re open like that! When I was growing up, cattle raising in the US was different too. The whole factory farm system that is in place now is relatively new. Big organizations have driven most small farms out of business, and these big businesses don’t treat animals well at all. I don’t know what things are like in India today, but I’m guessing that the cow’s holy status may make things better for dairy cows there. I don’t know for sure, however. I will never judge you for eating dairy Sonal, but if you ever decide to give it up I’d be happy to support you in that transition. Have a wonderful weekend chica!! Celeste 🙂

  2. carmen says:

    Even if cows are treated better in some farms or countries, the problem is the same; cows have their calves taken away, if they are male most will be killed for meat (some will be kept for breeding) and the females will have the same fate as their mothers. I believe to truly ‘honour’ a cow we should let calves drink their mothers’ milk – not us! Sometimes we need to question tradition and customs to decide for ourselves if we need to change our mind.

    I have read that there are over 3,000 slaughterhouses in India, and they have over 30,000 illegal slaughterhouses. We need to find out the facts and then make a decision based on compassion if we truly care about animals.

    Believe me, I loved yogurt and cheese more than anyone, but I had to stop once I knew the truth.

    With compassion,
    ❤ carmen

    • Thank you for sharing what you know about India’s slaughterhouses Carmen. I was really unaware. I love how you say, “Sometimes we need to question tradition and customs to decide for ourselves if we need to change our mind.” It reminds me of this quote, “Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity. – George Bernard Shaw

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