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Milk Controversy

I found this on the Supertraining forums written by Mel Siff. I didn’t have time to read it myself, I just figure it’ll add a little fuel to the fire in the milk debate.

Here is another website which discusses the controversy of milk consumption
by human adults:

This is one of its introductory extracts:

<There are students of human nutrition who are not supportive of milk use for
adults. Here is a quotation from the March/April 1991 Utne Reader:

If you really want to play it safe, you may decide to join the growing number
of Americans who are eliminating dairy products from their diets altogether.
Although this sounds radical to those of us weaned on milk and the five basic
food groups, it is eminently viable. Indeed, of all the mammals, only
humans–and then only a minority, principally Caucasians–continue to drink
milk beyond babyhood. ???Indeed, of all the mammals, only humans–and then only
a minority, principally Caucasians–continue to drink milk beyond babyhood.

Who is right? Why the confusion? Where best to get our answers? Can we trust
milk industry spokesmen? Can you trust any industry spokesmen? Are n
utritionists up to date or are they simply repeating what their
professors learned years ago? What about the new voices urging caution?

I believe that there are three reliable sources of information. The first,
and probably the best, is a study of nature. The second is to study the
history of our own species. Finally we need to look at the world’s scientific
literature on the subject of milk.>

Dr Mel C Siff
Denver, USA

[quote]chrismcl wrote:

Indeed, of all the mammals, only
humans–and then only a minority, principally Caucasians–continue to drink milk beyond babyhood. ???[/quote]

that line of reasoning is retarded. What other group of mammals cook their food? sit and watch TV, spend hours on the internet looking at porn? get under a bar to squat 500lb?

got to weigh in here:
from : http://www.mercola.com/2000/jun/17/milk_diabetes.htm

A new study suggests that consumption of cow’s milk during childhood may increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes in children who are genetically susceptible to he disorder.

Researchers found that children who had a sibling with diabetes were more than five times as likely to develop the disorder if they drank more than half a liter (about three glasses) of cow’s milk a day, compared with children who drank less milk.

While it is not clear which component of cow’s milk may increase risk of diabetes, researchers suspect that one of several proteins may be to blame by causing the immune system to attack insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children or adults under 30. People with type 1 diabetes usually take life-long insulin injections to control their blood sugar.

In addition to the milk connection, a greater number of children who developed diabetes were found to be genetically susceptible to the disease. Seventy-nine percent of these children carried a particular genetic variation associated with diabetes while only 30% of those who did not develop diabetes had the variation.

And further:

The path that transforms healthy milk products into allergens and carcinogens begins with modern feeding methods that substitute high-protein, soy-based feeds for fresh green grass and breeding methods to produce cows with abnormally large pituitary glands so that they produce three times more milk than the old fashioned scrub cow. These cows need antibiotics to keep them well.

Their milk is then pasteurized so that all valuable enzymes are destroyed (lactase for the assimilation of lactose; galactase for the assimilation of galactose; phosphatase for the assimilation of calcium).

Literally dozens of other precious enzymes are destroyed in the pasteurization process. Without them, milk is very difficult to digest. The human pancreas is not always able to produce these enzymes; over-stress of the pancreas can lead to diabetes and other diseases.

There is more, make up your own minds