Various cultures around the world have been drinking regular cow’s milk for centuries. Touted for its significant calcium and protein content, it has even become a widely accepted substitute for breast milk. Regular cow’s milk consumption has been linked to a host of ill health effects and so avoidance of this beverage may be prudent.
Read further and discover more about the negative effects of regular cow’s milk and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this source of hydration to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
Regular Cow’s Milk Risks:
Regular cow’s milk comes from dairy cows raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Animals in CAFOs are given pharmaceuticals on a regular basis so as to ensure optimum production as well as contain diseases. One of these is recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). rBGH functions by stimulating the release of another hormone called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) which is responsible for increased milk production. IGF-1 also stimulates growth of cells and the hormone is associated with certain cancers namely breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer. Worse, IGF-1 is not deactivated or denatured by pasteurization. In fact, said sterilization process makes IGF-1 even more bioactive, making absorption of the hormone potentially high especially in infants fed with regular cow’s milk.
Administration of rBGH also makes dairy cattle more susceptible to udder infections, which subsequently necessitates more antibiotics. While studies are sparse, many scientific researchers believe that this rampant practice in the dairy cattle industry may result in antibiotics resistance in humans.
Dairy cattle are fed corn and soy bean feed as well, most of which are likely genetically modified. Studies on the ill effects of GM crops have mostly been done on mice, with results such as infertility, toxicity to internal organs, tumor growth and cancer. Meanwhile, farmers who give their livestock feeds sourced from GM crops reported infertility and death among their animals. An unnatural diet of corn and soy beans results in diseases in these animals, too, which again requires administration of antibiotics.
Regular cow’s milk may potentially contain lectins as well. Lectins are a class of proteins that are resistant to digestive enzymes and gastric acids. Lectins are found in a wide range of crops including corn and soy beans fed to dairy cattle. Lectin ingestion may result in nausea, vomiting, and inflammation. Lectin has also been found to inhibit cell repair and so is toxic to already damaged cells. Lectins bind to and subsequently damage the gastrointestinal wall and these mechanisms are linked to the development of celiac disease and colorectal cancer.
Regular cow’s milk may potentially be contaminated with pesticides as well. Organophosphates, for instance, are routinely sprayed on dairy cattle to fend off flies and other disease-carrying insects. Exposure to this toxin is associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, certain cancers such as bladder cancer, and brain and nervous system damage.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of instant coffee and why you should avoid it to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of drinks to avoid as well as consume regularly and moderately on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:
- Non-Caffeinated Teas
- Coconut Milk
- Raw, Grass-Fed Cow or Goat’s Milk
- Sports Drinks
- Smoothies (With Natural Ingredients)
- Arabica Coffee Regular and Decaf
- Caffeinated Tea (includes Green Tea)
- Anti-Oxidant Drinks or Powders
- Rice Milk
- Almond Milk
- Red Wine
- Energy Drinks
- Flavored Waters
- Soy Milk
- Regular Cow’s Milk
- Instant Coffee
- Blended Coffee
- Mixed Drinks
- Hard Alcohol
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