4/19/2009

Dairy-Free Pt. One

I'm not going to attempt to actually "write" an article about why commercially available dairy products are not a food our family chooses to eat. I'm simply going to lay out some key points of interest and provide links to my sources. My intention in doing this is to peak your interest, and encourage you to find your own information that will be valuable to you.


(If at any time you feel uncomfortable while reading this, OR inclined to leave a nasty comment, please remember that the red X in the upper corner of your screen will immediately remove said discomfort. *grin*)


Ready? Here we go...


~Commercial dairy products affect the way the immune system functions~

::From an article by Robert Cohen, published on the Not Milk! homepage:

"The average American drinks milk and eats cheese containing new strains of bacteria, immune to the 52 different antibiotics which are also present in milk."

You know how scientists are saying that if you over use antibiotics, your body will become immune to them and they will be less or completely ineffective? Well, the above quote means that milk drinkers are consuming not only new strains of bacteria, but also a dizzying array of antibiotics, more than any human should ever put in their body.

:: From an article by Dr. Akilah El, Ph.D., N.D., found here: http://www.celestialhealing.net/milkpage.htm

"The Biggest problem with cow’s milk is that the protein in the cow’s milk damages the human immune system. Amino acids, the units that make up proteins, are building blocks for all living cells. When amino acids in our food are properly broken down by the digestive system into protein, it does no harm to the immune system. Protein from milk, however, is absorbed into the blood fully undigested, provoking an immune response. Repeated exposure to these proteins disrupts normal immune functions and may eventually lead to diseases."

::Dairy products are often a large contributing factor in how healthy our kids are. In his globally renown book titled, "Baby and Child Care", Dr. Benjamin Spock writes, "I no longer recommend dairy products. the essential fats that are needed for brain development are found in vegetable oils. Milk is very low in these essential fats and high in the saturated fats that encourage artery blockage and weight problems as children grow.". More on this can be found here: http://www.milksucks.com/sickkids.asp

:: In relation to the function of the immune system, is the inflammatory response to toxins or allergens introduced to the human body. Here is an excerpt from an article written by Eric Eamedes, found here:http://www.thehumandiet.com/veracitas/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=6&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

"For desert she made apple pie and Hagen Daas® ice cream – my favorite dessert. I ate it with glee – the first dairy product I had eaten in 6 weeks. And within a few hours I experienced the return, with a vengeance, of the du Toit cramps. Now I realized that I had been weeks without them. I was sold – it all came together for me. My allergies were gone, my face cleared up, my throat was neither painful nor itchy, my stomach pains were gone and I had lost 30 pounds – all in 6 weeks."

This gentleman had grown up, as many Americans do, with milk as an unquestioned part of life. After all, he asks, where would we get all our calcium? After being scheduled for surgery to remove his tonsils, he had a friend advise him to try going dairy-free for 6 weeks. After experiencing the complete turn-around of his health issues, he canceled his surgery.
(As a side note, I would highly recommend anyone who is curious about dairy issues to read this entire article!)



Next time:
~Commercial Dairy Products are the largest cause of allergic response, both in children and adults~









1 readers took time to leave a thought:

The Barfield's April 28, 2009 at 3:59 PM  

You have no idea who I am...I've been a lurker for some time now. But based on your self comments I think if we were IRL neighbors we might be IRL friends! Anyway, just wanted to thank you for your Dairy Free Pt One Post. I've been feeling a bit uneasy I guess is the best word, about our diet lately. It really isn't bad compared to an average American Diet, but I know it can be better on a regular basis. Your dairy points hit home! I'm looking forward to part two! Thanks!
dd barfield

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