By Nourjannah Hendi
Contrary to popular belief, milk is not as healthy a drink choice as many
Milk has long been presented as the epitome of healthy living. Drinking it,
we’ve been told, is an important part of a daily diet. This myth has been around
for much too long.
Let’s start from the source – cows. According to PureHealthMD, “milk cows are
given growth hormones to increase their milk production and antibiotics to
decrease infection.” These hormones and antibiotics both contaminate the milk.
When looking for milk that may not contain these chemicals, the label “organic”
is often misleading and does not always mean that the cows were not given any
hormones or antibiotics. “Organic” may mean that the cow was given either
hormones or antibiotics in different cases, or that the cows were fed organic
Not only do the additives contaminate a cow’s milk, but the milk itself in not
body friendly. According to Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, and Allergist-Immunologist,
dairy is one of the most commonly reported food allergies and is, “frequently
not tolerated by the gastrointestinal tract,” which means that digesting this
recommended drink is highly difficult.
For many, milk causes bloating, constipation, and reflux. Milk may also be
linked to eczema, joint pain, worsening sinus problems, and migraine headaches.
Milk is also well known for producing mucus and is, “clinically thought to
aggravate congestion,” says Wegrzyn.
Doctor Frank Oski, a Johns Hopkins physician, wrote about the decreased results
of strep throat in children when milk is removed or eliminated from their diet.
Milk: yet another trigger.
One of the deadliest of all diseases, cancer, is also linked to milk. Doctor
Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and head of the nutrition department
at the Harvard School of Public Health, says that there is, “quite a body of
data showing a higher risk of fatal prostate cancer associated with milk.”
Studies have also shown a higher risk of ovarian cancer associated with drinking
three or more servings of milk a day, the recommended daily intake.
Not only is milk the cause of multiple illnesses and abnormalities, it also
isn’t as healthy for one’s bones as marketers, such as those from the Got Milk
campaign, present. Although one of the main arguments for drinking milk is that
it reduces risk of fractures, in fact there is minimal evidence in support of
this. Willett points out that the countries in which no milk is consumed have
some of the lowest rates of fractures.
But milk has calcium, and calcium makes for strong bones, right? Wrong. Human
bodies barely take in any of the calcium in milk, especially in pasteurized
milk. The minimal amount of calcium that is absorbed creates calcium loss.
Milk is acidic, and calcium is a neutralizer. When milk enters the body, calcium
is released from bones and teeth to neutralize the acidic substance. Instead of
adding calcium to the bones, milk attracts calcium out of the bones, creating a
Milk is not the epitome of healthy drinking, and much of what is known is a
myth. Next time you go to the store, make a more educated decision and spend the
extra three dollars on a healthier alternative.
Maybe…it’s better if you didn’t!