August 27, 2010

The truth about dairy products

The truth about dairy products

Consumers who avoid meat for ethical or health reasons, usually continue to treat dairy products as nutritious and beneficial. In fact I (as a vegetatian) try to avoid them whenever there are vegetable-based (or call it vegan) alternatives available.

Consumers who avoid meat for ethical or health reasons, usually continue to treat dairy products as nutritious and beneficial. But products made from cow's milk are far from being "natural" to humans and are anything but beneficial for the cows and their calves.
Cow's milk is suitable for the nutritional needs of calves, which unlike human infants double their weight in 47días (unlike the 180 days it takes for humans) develop four stomachs, and weigh between 1,100 and 1,200 pounds in two years. Cow's milk contains about three times more protein than human milk and almost 50% more fat.
Apart from humans, no other species drinks milk after infancy, and no other species drink the milk of another species (except domestic cats and dogs acquiring the habit of humans). After four years of life, most people develop lactose intolerance, inability to digest the carbohydrate lactose (found in milk), because they no longer synthesize the digestive enzyme lactose. People with lactose intolerance who drink milk may suffer stomach cramps, gas and diarrhea. By some estimates, up to 70% of the world population are lactose intolerant. (1). Lactose intolerance occurs in 50% of Hispanic adults, and 75% or more of those descendants of Africans, Asians or American Indians.

Liquid Meat

Besides being an anti-natural food for humans, cow's milk, other dairy products, is unhealthy. Dr. John A. McDougall called "liquid meat" to dairy products because their nutritional content is very similar. Dairy products are high in fat and cholesterol. These include cheese, milk, butter, cream, yogurt and whey (found in many margarines and baked goods), which contribute to the development of heart disease, some cancers and stroke, the three diseases our nation's deadliest. Robert Cohen, author of "Milk: The Deadly Poison" (The Milk: The Deadly Poison), estimates that when the average American is 50 years old, he or she will have consumed dairy products the same amount of cholesterol present in a million slices of bacon. (2) Perhaps most surprising is that the consumption of dairy products has been linked with osteoporosis, the disease itself is supposedly prevented by the milk.
Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Contrary to the claims of the dairy industry, this bone loss does not stop or prevent an increase in calcium intake but a decrease in protein intake. In fact, after studying the diet of 78,000 American women over a period of more than 12 years, researchers at Harvard University concluded that "it is unlikely that high consumption of milk or other food sources of calcium in adulthood provide significant protective effects against hip fractures or forearm "in fact, those study participants who consumed more than 450 milligrams of calcium from dairy foods doubled the risk of hip fractures. (3) The animal protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products, separating the calcium in the body to regulate acid derivatives resulting from the decomposition of excess protein that causes a net loss of calcium (4) . Those societies with little or no consumption of dairy products and animal protein, show a low incidence of osteoporosis. Furthermore, Dr. McDougall says, "Calcium deficiency caused by an insufficient amount of calcium in the diet is not known among humans." (5)

Other diseases are also more prevalent among those who consume large quantities of dairy products than among vegans. 90% of asthmatic patients who underwent a totally vegetarian diet (no meat, eggs or dairy products) experienced great improvements in the frequency and severity of attacks. (6) According to the Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, United States, milk is the main cause of allergies in children, causing various symptoms such as excessive runny nose, ear problems, muscle fatigue and headaches. (7). Dairy products have also been associated with heart failure, neonatal tetany, enlarged tonsils, ulserosa colitis, Hodgkin's disease, and respiratory problems, skin and gastrointestinal. (8)

A cow's life

At least half of the 10 million cows bred to be milked in the United States live on factory farms in conditions that cause tremendous suffering to the animals. Do not spend hours grazing in fields, but live crowded into pens or milking stalls with concrete floor, where they are milked by machines two or three times a day.

Milking machines often cause them to cuts and wounds that would not occur if the milking was manual. These wounds promote the development of mastitis, a painful bacterial infection. More than 20 different kinds of bacteria causing the infection that spreads easily from one cow to another and if not controlled, can cause death.

In some cases, milking machines also cause electric shock as a result of voltage surges, the cows causing great discomfort, fear, immune system damage and in some cases, death. It is possible that only one farm lost hundreds of cows due to voltage surges. (9)
Large dairy farms also have a detrimental effect on the surrounding environment. For example, in California, which produces one fifth of the total milk supply in the country, the fertilizer from the farms has poisoned hundreds - probably thousands, of square miles of groundwater, rivers and streams. Each of the more than one million cows excreted been 120 pounds of waste daily, equivalent to excrement two dozen people. (10)
In today's farms, cows live only four to five years, in contrast to the life expectancy of 20-25 years they enjoyed in the past. To keep the animals a high level of productivity, the producer kept continuously pregnant using artificial insemination. Producers also use a variety of drugs, such as bovine growth hormone (BGH by its acronym in English), prostaglandin, which is used to provoke the jealousy of the cow when the producer wants it to be inseminated, antibiotics and even tranquilizers in order to influence the productivity and behavior of cows.
Many of the country's dairy cows routinely injected with BGH, which, according to producers, increases the production of beef by 20 percent. That is not all that the hormone BGH increases. According to the government warning that by law must be posted in every package of Monsanto BGH, the use of this hormone "has been associated with increased cystic ovaries and uterine disorders, and may increase the number of cows suffering from mastitis. (11) The increase in the rate of infections in cows has led to increased antibiotic use in an age where scientists say the overuse of antibiotics has caused more and more strains of bacteria are resistant to drugs. Consumers Union, in an editorial in the magazine Consumer Reports (Consumer Reports) notes that a higher rate of infections in cows also means more pus in the milk consumed. (12)
Some researchers also worry about long-term effects of consuming milk from cows treated with BGH. For example, Dr. Samuel Epstein, professor of environmental medicine at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, believes that such milk could increase the risk of certain cancers in humans. (13)

What happens to the calf?

Perhaps the greatest pain suffered by cows in the dairy industry is the repeated loss of their young. Calves should join the line of milk producers, but the calves are usually separated from their mothers within 24 hours of birth and either sold at auctions to be used in the industry known or calf meat producers. If you kill the calf when young, his fourth stomach is also used in making cheese because it contains rennin, an enzyme used to curdle (or coagulate) milk to make cheese. Rennet, which has a membrane of which rennin is an extract can also be used in this process. It is possible to produce cheese without rennet (available in health food business), but the close connection between the dairy industry, the calf and leather makes for cheese producers to be more economical to use the parts of the calf enzyme of plant origin.
After 60 days, the cow will be impregnated again. For about seven months of her pregnancy lasts nine to continue milking the cow will milk for her calf to above. A typical industrial dairy cow give birth to three or four times in his short life. When their milk production declines, is sent to the slaughterhouse, most likely to be crushed and turned into fast food burgers.

References
(1) Dana Wood, W, Nov. 1996, page 114.
(2) Robert Cohen, "Milk: The Deadly Poison," Earth Island Journal, Summer (Southern Hemisphere) from 1997 to 1998, page 19.
(3) "Calcium: High Intakes May Double Hip Fracture Rates," Lunar Osteoporosis Update, November. 1997.
(4) Neal Barnard, MD, Eat Right, Live Longer, (New York: Harmony Books, 1995), p. 162.
(5) John A. McDougall, MD, and Mary A. McDougall, The McDougall Plan, (Piscataway, NJ: New Century Publishers, Inc., 1983), pg. 52.
(6) John Robbins, Diet for a New America (Walpole, NH: Stillpoint Publishing, 1987), p. 300.
(7) "Some Doctors Can not Swallow 'Drink Your Milk" Admonition, "The Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 8, 1996.
(8) McDougall, appropriately cited, pages 49-50.
(9) Jack Anderson and Dale Van Atta, "Stray Voltage Killing U.S. Dairy Cows," The Washington Post, 9 August 1989.
(10) Marla Cone, "State Dairy Farms Try to Clean Up Their Act," Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1998, p. A1.
(11), The Humane Farming Association, "Special Report: Bovine Growth Hormone." 1994
(12) Kathleen Day, "Dairy, Consumer Groups at Odds on Cow Udderly Hormone," The Washington Post, May 2, 1995, p. D1.
(13) Anita Manning, "Risk of Cancer Debate," USA Today, January 23, 1996, page 1D.
Source: PETA
 

1 comment:

Sakura said...

That is disgusting!!!!
Animal cop can kiss my ass!!
This is truly cruel