We’ve pretty much all grown up being told to drink milk for beautiful teeth and strong bones and then there are the commercials and advertisements using celebrities with milk mustaches telling us “it does a body good.” But does it really?
“The dairy industry has been hard at work the last 50 years convincing people that pasteurized dairy products such as milk or cheese increases bioavailable calcium levels. This is totally false. The pasteurization process only creates calcium carbonate, which has absolutely no way of entering the cells without a chelating agent. So what the body does is pull the calcium from the bones and other tissues in order to buffer the calcium carbonate in the blood. This process actually causes osteoporosis.” (Emphasis mine)
Maybe like me you’ve wondered, if drinking more milk and eating more dairy is so good for our bones, then why does osteoporosis seem to be increasing? Calcium is most definitely one of those critical minerals every cell in our body needs. However, from the quotation above you can see that the form of calcium is critical. Also, having enough of the co-factors that work synergistically with calcium, like magnesium, vitamin D, boron and vitamin K2 help get the calcium deposited in the bones and teeth and not in soft tissue like arteries!
As in all foods, quality is the key. As you can read in more detail here, pasteurization kills powerful, healthy components in milk like phosphatase, enzymes and magnesium; the hormones conventionally raised cattle are fed increases levels of estrogen, which we now know causes estrogen dominance, a serious problem. The byproduct of breaking down the dairy sugar is galactose, which is extremely inflammatory and inflammation is the root of all disease. Raw milk and cheese and fermented raw dairy have much less of that inflammatory by-product.
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Also alarming is the fact that milk contains the hormone IGF-1, which is intended to make the young calf grow quickly. Well it’s been found to also fuel cancer cells and accelerate aging. Pasteurizing milk was intended to make it safer to consume, but in reality it destroys healthful enzymes, vitamins B, C, makes critical minerals like calcium and magnesium less absorbable. Although it’s rather disgusting, because conventionally raised cattle are fed antibiotics and hormones due to their unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions, the pasteurized milk is essentially a lifeless liquid that is full of pus and fecal bacteria!
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We want our bones and teeth to stay healthy throughout our lives and we want our children to grow up healthy and strong. Our skeletal system is the framework of our body and we need it to stay strong, active and well-nourished all our lives. You may not have access to raw milk where you live – I do not here. If you must drink milk or someone in your home wants it, I strongly suggest you only buy organic milk with no added hormones and antibiotics and that you limit consumption. Better dairy alternatives are fermented dairy like full fat, plain Greek yogurt, kefir and Amasai as well as raw cheese. Non-dairy alternatives like coconut or almond milk are great too.
Is pasteurized milk one of your family’s staple foods? Would you consider making some changes? Why or why not?