“The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.”
~ Michael Klaper
Do you know what is the only thing that humans do that other animals do not? Humans consume the milk of other species.
If I do something that is not in accordance with the natural order of things, I must be violating the rules of nature which, for obvious reasons, leads to nothing but problems with health.
There are many people who are lactose intolerant yet still continue to consume milk. Their bodies are begging them to stop by displaying a variety of unpleasant symptoms but they have already developed an addiction to the taste of milk and struggle to overcome it. A conflict between the body and the mind — what’s this if not going against nature?
There are many pro arguments for giving up milk however the implication that drinking milk is simply not natural remains my major reason against its consumption. As this reason might be a weak argument for people who advocate for drinking milk I will share my second point of concern. Another thing that scares me about milk is the same as in the case of meat — the hormones.
First of all, a disturbing number of people have a misconception about the way milk is produced. When asked what it takes to cause lactation in a human female, 100% of respondents are confident that in order to lactate a woman has to get pregnant. However, somehow people fail to apply the same logic to cows. In order to give milk cows also need to get pregnant first, not simply eat grass.
After the birth, a dairy calf is immediately separated from his mother. This cruel practice allows to collect and sell most of the milk, rather than let the calf to consume it. Cows are injected with synthetic hormones in order to spur their lactation. Even the so-called “organic” milk of the grass-fed cows is not hormone-free. Some people are also unaware that many cows are slaughtered for meat once they become useless for milk production. However, my goal here is not to polemize about ethical notions of dairy farming practices although they are extremely inhumane. My major concern is the hormones that still remain in the milk even after processing. Estrogen and progesterone levels are not something you want to artificially elevate especially being a man.
I do not want to be considered a hypocrite. Even though I abstain from milk and the majority of dairy products I still occasionally eat cheese. Sharing a pizza with friends is still my small indulgence. I consume cheese in moderation and take full responsibility for the health issues that may arise as consequences of its consumption.
Again, I repeat — I do not claim to be a nutrition guru. I do not insist on following my example and quitting certain foods. It’s your call.
I found what works for me. Nutrition-wise, I discovered certain principles. I didn’t invent them, I just dispelled my preconceptions. Validated through my personal experience, they have stood the test of time. Food poisoning, stomach aches, bloating, nausea, diarrhea — this is by far not the complete list of problems that had zero incidents since I quit milk and meat.
I believe that these principles are applicable to all human beings. Give them a shot and see if they will work for you. I hope this chapter will nudge you toward questioning your approach to nutrition and help you to reconsider how important it is to continuously educate yourself on this matter. Carry on your self-study.
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