Milk, It Doesn't Do a Body Good
by Rebecca Rogers
If you are like me, you’ve always been told to drink your milk “because it’s good for you.” Thankfully, my mother didn’t like milk so she was not a stickler for making us drink milk. I’ve never had a full glass of commercial milk. Gasp, what? That’s right, I never drank it because the few sips I would have would always send me directly to the bathroom. I would have skim milk in my cereal of the morning but it was like an instant laxative. I was always thirsty at school but couldn’t quench my thirst because the only offering, other than a water fountain when given permission to go, was milk. Knowing the consequences, I knew better than to attempt to drink it. The school rules were that you couldn’t have a glass of water unless you were allergic to milk so I was thirsty all the way up to junior high. That’s when I became proficient enough to write like my mother (without her permission) and state that I was allergic to milk and needed a glass of water at lunchtime. Thirst was finally quenched!
This was before “lactose intolerant” was a diagnosis. My body naturally kept telling me I didn’t need it. Such is the case with a (now comical) story of having a few bites of ice cream at the most magical place on earth with my family. We were the typical family wandering the Magic Kingdom on a super-hot summer day in Orlando. My dad decided it would be a nice treat for us to rest, cool off, and have an ice cream cone. A few bites in and the magic ended quickly while desperation set in. We didn’t have a map, my two-year-old sister was on dad’s shoulders, and I was hanging onto both my parents while stomach cramps kept me struggling to walk. The bullets of sweat were now painful as I was praying for the magical bathroom and for those annoying, squawking parrots to just shut up! I was desperate, my parents were desperate, my sister couldn’t care less so the three of us were praying that I could hold it together until a bathroom was found. It seemed like an eternity but a bathroom was finally located. While those parrots squawked and pirates “aarghed” right outside the bathroom, I stayed in there for at least an hour thinking I was going to die and planning their demise. Next stop, the first aid station. I became very familiar with the location of bathrooms and the nice lady at the first aid station for the remainder of the day. It was until years later, that I ever made the connection between the ice cream and the pain.
Years later, I was at a very reputable place that sold fresh raw but tested, milk and was offered a taste. Again, it was a hot summer day and thoughts of the Magic Kingdom came racing back to my intestines. I, reluctantly, took a sip and ended up drinking a full glass. It was amazing, no intestinal distress at all. I started questioning if commercialized milk was good for you or if the dairy industry had just done a heck of a sales job in getting the American public to buy into the marketing campaign featuring all those famous people of “Milk, it does a body good.” With years of life and business experience now under my belt, I believed it was the latter.
Based on my research I came to learn that the very enzyme we need to be able to digest commercial milk is removed when it is pasteurized and that skim milk isn’t a healthier alternative that it’s simply a by-product that allowed the commercial milk industry to, smartly, make a larger profit by marketing something they already had. I also must question when milk before commercialized processing has plenty of vitamins, why is it necessary to have added vitamins to milk once it is processed? It just didn’t add up. Below you will find links to articles and studies that may suggest why milk doesn’t really do a body good but it sure does keep the dairy industry in the black.
Just like we should in everything, educate yourself, keep an open mind, make the decision that you think is best, keep researching, be a life-long learner but most importantly, listen to your body because it will give you some amazing insight if you will only take the time to notice and not just keep numbing the communication and signals with things your body doesn’t really need.
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