Sunday, 27 May 2007

What's Wrong With Milk?

you can view the entire article from this link.
Patrick Holford is a well-known nutritionist in UK. he had written many books on various topics. you can find his books in all singapore major bookstores. take a look at this article.
Perhaps, we should advice our friends around us to stop

drinking milk.

What's Wrong With Milk?

� Half the world don't drink it.

� 70% of people don't have the enzyme to digest it.

� All of us produce an antibody against it.

� It's the top allergy provoking food, linked to asthma, ear, sinus and throat infections.

� The largest ever UK health and diet survey involving over 37,000 people, found the more milk a person drinks the worse their overall health, their digestion and immunity.

� Milk is not recommended for babies. Early feeding creates allergy in one in ten babies resulting in diarrhoea, vomiting, colic, eczema, catarrh, bronchitis, asthma, sleeplessness.

� A protein in milk, BSA, that dramatically increases the risk of child-onset diabetes, is an infant is given milk before the age of 4 months. 100% of newly diagnosed IDD children have antibodies to BSA, compared to 2 per cent in normal children.

� It is linked with autism, ADHD and possibly cot deaths.

� at least 5% of milk on shop shelves is reportedly contaminated with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP), a bacterium linked to Crohn's disease.

� The higher a country's milk intake, the higher its incidence of cardiovascular disease.

� Milk consumption is strongly linked with breast and prostate cancer. For example, the chances of women in China dying from breast cancer are 1 in 10,000, as opposed to close to 1 in 10 for the UK. For prostate cancer the difference is even greater. In rural China the incidence is 0.5 in 100,000, yet it is estimated that, by 2015, 1 in 4 men in the UK will have a diagnosis of prostate cancer at some point in their lives. It is obviously not genetics since Chinese men emigrating to Europe soon end up with similar risk. The likely major candidate is milk. Why?

� Milk contains Insulin Growth Factor (IGF). IGF-1 is very rich in milk. It's doubly rich in modern milk, partly because cows have been selectively reared to produce milk during pregnancy. This milk is especially rich in oestrogen. On top of that, in the US cows are treated with bovine growth hormone (BGH), which is a growth hormone capable of further increasing milk yield by about 12 per cent. All this means a cow's daily milk production has gone from 3 to 30 litres. Not surprisingly, this milk has two to five times the amount of IGF-1, while the beef from a BST treated animals has about double the IGF. Casein, the protein in milk, helps to carry the IGF into us. The more milk you drink the higher your blood level of IGF-1.

The higher a woman's IGF-1 levels the higher her risk for breast cancer. One study found that women in the top 25 per cent of IGF-1 scores had two to three times the risk of women in the bottom 25 per cent of IGF-1 levels. A study from York University in the UK on the link between IGF and prostate cancer risk in men found a similar result. Men in the top 25 per cent of IGF levels had three times the risk of prostate cancer. These are just two of a dozen trials finding a strong link between circulating levels of IGF-1 and breast and prostate cancer.

Despite all this negative evidence, the Government still tell us to drink it every day. Most people believe it's essential during pregnancy, breastfeeding and for infants. It isn't. The most of humanity's history we haven't drunk milk. Our ancestors weren't milking buffaloes. Sure, you need protein, you need calcium and vitamin D, but there are many other foods that provide these better than milk. Who exactly does need milk?

A word of caution: For the average person milk is a very important source of vitamin D, calcium and protein. If you choose to stop drinking milk make sure your diet includes both fish (for vitamin D and protein) and seeds, nuts, beans and lentils (for calcium and protein), or supplements providing enough vitamin D and calcium. Provided you have these nutrient needs covered there is no need to drink milk.

If you'd like to read my in depth interview about milk with Professor Jeff Holly then please click here

By the way, have you read the disclaimer?


  1. :'( I will never drink milk again...

  2. i'm scared now. i drank milk this morning. D:

  3. Does this apply only to cow's milk? What about Almond Milk or other kinds of milk?

  4. It applies to cow's milk. However, to take note animal's milk is for animal. It is never meant for human to drink.

  5. I don't drink milk and i never will now!!!

  6. I believe Almond milk or any nut milk is ok since we eat nuts regularly. I mean I love cheese and I would probably eat some in the future but because of many articles like this that state the dangers of cow milk, I will probably cut out milk as a regular food group from my diet!