Posted on 10/23/2012

'Milk Free Monday'!

Did you know that dairy products are not necessary for a healthy life? In fact, dairy products are a contradiction.  A few significant drawbacks to dairy product consumption arise from the highly bacterial concentrations, bovine hormones (yes, even the organic and raw), mucous producing properties and highly allergenic elements.

One of the first books I read, and recommend, was Don't Drink Your Milk, by Dr. Frank Oski,  former Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University.  In this book he states, "no mammalian species, except for the human (and the domestic cat), is milk consumption continued after the weaning period [the period of breast-feeding]. Calves thrive on cow milk. Cow milk is for calves."  Everything about the design of a particular mammalian breed is designed to optimize the growth of that specific infant breed.  For instance, we are not cows and should not be consuming the infant growth 'food' for cows.  Our systems reject 'milk' in the form of disease from allergy and intolerance symptoms left unaddressed.  Dr. Oski noted that to be considered a candidate for a cow's milk allergy a patient would exhibit "(1) persistent or recurrent nasal congestion; attacks of asthma or chest infections; (2) persistent or recurrent skin rash; (3) vomiting or diarrhea (persistent or recurrent)".   That sure sounded like my family!

I decided to take dairy products out of my family's diet.  It was like a miracle.

We have been dairy free since 1995. Most notable improvement in my life is being acne free and having a super duper immune system. I just don't get sick. No doctor visits, no medications!

My children have been raised dairy free since 1995 and have been healthy since 1995. At the time their ages were 7, 5 and 1. Having spent those first 7 years of family life at the pediatricians office regularly it is worth noting that once dairy products were removed from their diets the need for the doctor, antibiotics and other meds totally vanished. Most notable improvements were no more; ear infections, skin conditions, bronchitis (asthma), strep, fevers and sinus problems. No antibiotics since 1995!

My family is no longer a doctors dream!  You can free yourself from the wasted time of illness and doctor visits and the damage you are doing to your immune system too.   Milk is not the perfect food we have been taught thought a multitude of marketing campaigns.  Dairy free is easy to do and so rewarding.

Do you suffer from strep, acne, sinus problems, asthma, bronchitis, COPD, chronic bacterial infections, ear infections, runny nose, stomach issues, behavioral issues, autism, IBS, Crohns disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis , kidney stones, autoimmune conditions or female issue such as heavy periods, endometriosis, cancer......? Consider these diseases or as I like to call them, symptom labels, as your possible symptoms of dairy consumption.

Try the Dairy Free Challenge. Omit all forms of dairy products for 4 weeks. (No cheating!) Note your health improvements.