The Truth About Milk: Dairy Dangers

the truth about milk

For a long time, milk has been marketed as a health food. Over time, milk infiltrated every American home and we found it extremely valuable. Without much thought, we accepted what the dairy industry and the government told us about milk. But what if they were wrong? Here’s the truth about milk.

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The Life Of A Dairy Cow

What do you envision when you think about drinking milk? I know I thought the main way to get milk out of cows was the old fashioned way: hand milking cows into a bucket. But with modern technology, there are no more hand-milked cows. In facts, there is nothing natural about what the dairy industry is doing to cows.

Milk comes from a cow that has recently given birth to a baby calf. Just like humans, milk doesn’t just produce itself. That means in order for the dairy industry to stay in business, these cows must be impregnated as often as they can be (once a year).

The process of impregnating these cows is gross and sad, to say the least. First, semen has to be collected from males. Then, the semen must be placed into the uterus of the female cow. This is done by a human inserting their arms into the cow’s anus to make sure the semen is placed in the right spot.

The cows are kept in place by a “rape rack” so they cannot move and ‘mess up’ the procedure. You can read all about artificial insemination at thebeefsite.com.

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Cows placed in a ‘rape rack’.

Cows carry their baby calf for nine months, similar to how humans carry their children. Then, they get to live through the best experience a mother can have: giving birth and meeting their child for the first time.

All the uncomfortable days and nights have finally come to an end and are worth it when they get to see, lick, and touch their baby.

Unfortunately, the joy of motherhood is short lived as almost all calves are stolen from their mother within a few hours after birth. In some cases, the calves are taken away after two days of strong bonding.

This causes extreme stress in the mothers and they can mourn up to weeks for their child. Calves also cry out to their mothers as they’re taken away from the only thing on this earth that they trust.

Male calves are taken away to be sold for veal. Because of this, they’re fed a malnourished diet (to keep growth minimal). Female calves will be kept to endure the same fate as their mothers.

Mother cows endure this process four to five times to keep milk production going. However, at this age milk production slows down and it only makes sense for these companies to replace them with newer cows.

Compared to their wild lifespan of 25 years, cows are slaughtered at 4-5 years of age after enduring force impregnation, witnessing their children being stolen, and forced to stand and be milked day after day.

It’s a life full of suffering that ends in the worst way… every single time. That’s the cruel truth about milk consumption.

 

Antibiotics And Hormones

We’ve heard the old saying, “You are what you eat.” But what’s in our food?

Did you know? Out of all the antibiotics sold in the United States, 80% of them are given directly to livestock. [1]

These medicines are given to the animals to prevent infections and to promote abnormal growth of tissues. Many animals would not survive without these antibiotics because their living conditions are so filthy.

However, the large number of antibiotics given to animals are ending up in the consumer’s body. This causes ‘superbugs’ to form and ultimately leads to antibiotics resistance.

For example, a woman from Nevada died from one of these superbugs. It was resistant to all 26 known antibiotics available in the United States. [2]

The antibiotics aren’t the only cause for concern when it comes to milk.

There are 60 hormones in organic milk with no added hormones. [3] There are a lot of negative side effects of ingesting these hormones.

Is Milk Bad For Humans?

the truth about milk

First off, it’s important to remember why this cow creates milk… to feed her children. However, her baby is taken from her so that they won’t be able to steal any of our milk. Doesn’t really make sense, does it? It’s technically that baby’s milk.

Would you drink a glass of human breastmilk? Or a cat’s? What about a pig’s? So why on earth are we drinking milk from a cow that just gave birth? It’s actually quite gross.

Because of the high amount of hormones, people experience mood swings and acne. For example, insulin-growth factor (IG1) is found in all milk. It causes swings in blood sugar levels and leads to acne.

Mood swings result from our sex hormones being out of balance. Unfortunately, cow’s milk is filled with estrogen and has androgenic properties which raise testosterone levels. [3]

Also, a study was conducted and associated high milk consumption with a link to a greater risk of prostate cancer.


 

Why Is It So White?

Have you ever heard of mastitis? Mastitis is inflammation of the udder tissues and mammary glands. It’s extremely painful to the cows and results in pus ending up in the milk.

Yes, pus.

According to the USDA, 1 in 6 cows in the dairy industry suffer from mastitis and 1 in 6 dairy cows die from this infection. [4]

In the United States, the average somatic cell count in milk per spoonful is 1,120,000. That’s over a million pus cell in one spoonful. The FDA allows no more than 750,000,000 pus cell per liter. [5]

Sipping on a pus-filled glass of milk is not something I personally would enjoy.

Healthy Alternatives

Luckily, there are many plant-based milks that taste great! Here are a few:

You don’t have to remove milk from your cereal, just pick a hormone, pus, and cruelty-free one. They’re so popular now that I’ve been finding cheaper, name brand ones.

The dairy industry was down $1.1 billion dollars in 2018 because people are switching to plant-based alternatives. [5] This is a great thing. The less milk being produced means fewer cows and calves being harmed for human consumption.

Plus, why hurt an animal when you can get the same (if not better) substance without hurting an animal?

Are you surprised to hear the truth about milk and the practices in the dairy industry? Every dollar you spend is a vote of which products you support. You may just be one person, but your choices matter.

With love,

Ariel Shanelle

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4638249/
  2. https://www.statnews.com/2017/01/12/nevada-woman-superbug-resistant/
  3. https://drhyman.com/blog/2011/02/11/do-milk-and-sugar-cause-acne/#close
  4. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahms/dairy/downloads/dairy14/Dairy14_dr_Mastitis.pdf
  5. https://vegnews.com/2019/3/milk-sales-plummeted-by-11-billion-in-2018

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