Don’t believe any of the dairy industry’s claims about the so-called bone-strengthening benefits of milk. In fact, quite the opposite is true.
When consumed, animal products create an acidic environment in the bloodstream. In response, the body leeches calcium from the bones in order to neutralize the acid. Consumption of dairy products, especially those which are low- or non-fat (meaning they have a higher percentage of protein), can therefore lead to lower levels of calcium in the body.
Indeed, one set of studies published by The BMJ analyzing 100,000 people for two decades suggested that milk can actually increase the rates of bone and hip fractures, which might explain why some of the highest rates of osteoporosis are found in the countries with the highest rates of dairy consumption. Americans consume more calcium from dairy products than any other nation and yet we have the highest incidence of osteoporosis. Something must give, and it turns out to be your bones.
It seems the negative effects of milk on the body only become worse with age.
Think about this for a moment: Milk is specifically designed to help a baby—whether it’s a calf or a human—grow as fast as possible. That’s why milk is packed with growth hormones and sex steroid hormones like estrogen. When you’ve stopped growing, however, these hormones help grow cancerous tumors instead of bones.
The association between milk and prostate cancer was proved by a study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. These researchers dripped milk directly onto prostate cancer cells in a laboratory, which had the effect of turbo-charging the cancer progression in each of the 14 experiments they performed, fueling the cancer growth rate by more than 30 percent. Moreover, a 2015 meta-analysis published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that high intakes of dairy products, including whole and low-fat milk, appears to increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer.
The research even suggests milk can cause problems even before birth—“Women attempting conception should avoid milk and dairy products,” concluded one study in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine. Why? Because potentially unsafe complications such as twinning may occur, which may explain why women who eat entirely plant-based diets give birth to twins at just one-fifth the rate as omnivores.
All the evidence screams one simple point: Dairy milk is unsafe at any age. Leave cow’s milk for baby cows. Repeat after me, “No moo milk here!”
Repeat it with me again: Don’t Drink Your Calories! What’s left to drink, then?
Here’s a hint: It’s colorless, odorless, transparent, and it’s the most important liquid in the entire universe.
I’m talking about water. Not vitamin water, coconut water, fruit water, or any other flavored calorie-infested crap. Just plain old water. Not drinking enough of it has been linked to bone fractures, heart disease, lung conditions, kidney stones, colon cancer, urinary tract infections, constipation, cavities, compromised immune systems… I can keep going for pages and pages. Don’t want bladder cancer? Drink more water. A Harvard University study of nearly 50,000 men found that the risk of this painful and deadly condition drops by 7 percent for every cup of water you drink daily. Don’t want a heart attack? Drink more water. The Adventist Health Study, which followed more than 20,000 people, determined that people who drink five or more glasses of water per day have half the risk of dying from heart disease compared to people who drank two glasses or less.
Drink water and drink it often.
This is an excerpt from Pillar #3 in the Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet on why we don’t drink our food.
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