The Great Milk Debate

I have long been on the fence with milk. Part of this could be my own partiality to dairy. I love cheese, there I said it! But then in my research I see the Weston Price information on raw milk and dairy it becomes a little less clear on whether or not to pitch it totally or focus on the source. During a weight loss mode I definitely think dairy restriction is a must. I definitely think grocery store milk is pretty toxic. But what if you’re at your ideal weight and you believe in an 85/15 rule, can you dabble in a little raw cheese or raw butter or kefir? Or is a definite hell no, do away with it for good? Upon reading Paleo Answer, there is a strong argument to not consume dairy at all. So right here today I am going to lay it on the line. In one corner we have Paleo in another Real Milk and the Weston Price and in the last corner Primal (I have to say in many instances I’m partial to Mark he gets lifestyle and he is fun to read, but also very informative and studied).

Paleo Outlook on Milk

  • Milk is designed to make young animals grow rapidly and to prime their immune systems and prevent disease by allowing hormones and other substance’s in the mom’s milk to enter their bloodstream.
  • 65 %  of the population has a milk allergy causing bloat, gas, and digestive distress
  • High calcium may actually be worse for your heart, and lead imbalances magnesium
  • It has an adverse affect insulin and its glycemic index is worse or similar to white bread. These elevated insulin levels could cause acne.
  • Cow hormones crossing over because they have protease inhibitors that prevent breakdown. Bovine insulin associated with increased risk Type 1 diabetes. Increases insulin-like growth hormone 1 (IGF-1), which can lead to growth, like in cancer.
  • More milk makes estrogen levels higher, meaning higher insulin in our systems. Women increase risk breast and ovarian cancers, men testicular/prostate. Think after milk production nowadays and increased hormones, how much earlier girls develop nowadays.
  • Associated increased mucus production and incidence asthma.
  • Lactose and galactose (another milk sugar) premature cataracts.
  • Zinc (73% of population is deficient. Low zinc is associated with:  low sperm count, reduced libido, reduced immune function, increased susceptibility to upper respiratory infections, white spots on fingernails, rough skin, lack of sexual development, stretch marks, macular degeneration, reduced collagen, increased wrinkling), iron (40% of population is deficient. Low iron is associated with anemia, can impair mental functioning, pregnant greater risk preterm, affect work ability and athletic performance) the high calcium in milk can actually interfere with zinc and iron absorption.

REAL Milk Campaign

  • This five-fold protective system destroys pathogens in the milk, stimulates the Immune system, builds healthy gut wall, prevents absorption of pathogens and toxins in the gut and ensures assimilation of all the nutrients.
  • A homemade formula made from real, raw milk is safe for babies and has saved hundreds from having to consume commercial formula—indeed has saved many lives
  • Early studies showed that children consuming raw milk had greater resistance to disease, better growth and stronger teeth than children consuming pasteurized milk. Animal studies indicate that raw milk confers better bone structure, better organ development, better nutrient assimilation, better fertility and even better behavior than pasteurized milk.
  • Several recent European studies indicate that children who receive raw milk are much less likely to develop allergies and asthma, especially if the raw milk is given at a young age, in the first year of life.
  • we have received many testimonials on the beneficial effects of raw milk for osteoporosis, arthritis, digestive disorders, fatigue, weight loss and even cancer.
  • Raw milk contains enzymes and encourages beneficial bacteria that contribute to easy digestion and ensure that all the vitamins and minerals are absorbed
  • In 2007, the Weston A. Price Foundation conducted a survey of raw milk drinkers in Michigan.  Of those diagnosed with lactose intolerance, 82 percent stated that they could drink raw milk without any problems

Primal Blueprint

  • The most important thing is what the animal ate. It has more fat-soluble vitamins (like A, E, and K2), more carotenoids, more CLA, and more omega-3
  • Raw milk is only coveted when compared to pasteurized milk. It’s not that it’s so much better than other foods (although it is better than many of them), it’s that it’s usually so much better than pasteurized milk.
  • Pasteurization depletes mineral content, including iron, copper, and manganese, along with vitamin C. It also impairs B6 bio availability, and it may lower the absorption of vitamin A by destroying a heat-sensitive dairy protein which promotes intestinal absorption of vitamin A.
  • Raw milk seems to be better tolerated by people who cannot tolerate pasteurized dairy.
  • Raw milk consumption during childhood is strongly associated with resistance against asthma and allergies later in life.

Do you see the dilemma? On one hand I totally get the Paleo, eat natural, early man wasn’t milking other animals. But then I do see what the Weston Price says. I have never been a milk drinker, but I think the occasional raw milk product is not an end-all. Raw milk doesn’t have to be a requirement to drink so many glasses daily, but if you are going to consume dairy look at your choices. Go raw. It’s like wine or the occasional dark chocolate, make wise decisions about your indulgences. To say you can NEVER have dairy I think is a little ridiculous. Cordain says right in Paleo Answer to practice 85/15. I have heard of several sites or food bloggers complaining about the Paleo ‘food police’. I say take the stick out of your ass. We’re all going to die, but while we’re alive let’s do the best we can. Live a little an indulge occasionally. Chill and stop stressing over everything. Pick and chose your battles.

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