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6 Reasons You Should Avoid Dairy
Posted By Mark Hyman, M.D. On May 13, 2010 @ 11:34 am In Detox, Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
These days, it seems like almost everybody does. Celebrities, athletes and even former president Clinton’s head of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, are all proud to wear the white “milk mustache.” After all, everyone knows that you need milk to be healthy …
Dairy  is nature’s perfect food — but only if you’re a calf.
If that sounds shocking to you, it’s because very few people are willing to tell the truth about dairy. In fact, criticizing milk in America is like taking on motherhood, apple pie or baseball. But that’s just what I’m about to do.
Based on research and experience practicing medicine, I typically advise most of my patients to avoid dairy products completely. I like ice cream just as much as the next person but, as a scientist, I have to look honestly at what we know. In today’s blog, I will explore many of the documented ill-effects of dairy, and give you six reasons why you should avoid dairy at all costs.
There are many reasons to pass up milk, including:
Here are some important conclusions:
Plus, dairy may contribute to even more health problems, like:
Due to these concerns, many have begun to consider raw milk an alternative. But that isn’t really a healthy form of dairy either. Yes, raw, whole, organic milk eliminates concerns like pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and the effects of homogenization and pasteurization. But, to me, these benefits don’t outweigh dairy’s potential risks.
From an evolutionary point of view, milk is a strange food for humans. Until 10,000 years ago, we didn’t domesticate animals and weren’t able to drink milk. If you don’t believe that, consider this: The majority of humans naturally stop producing significant amounts of lactase — the enzyme needed to properly metabolize lactose, the sugar in milk — sometime between the ages of 2 and 5. In fact, for most mammals, the normal condition is to stop producing the enzymes needed to properly digest and metabolize milk after they have been weaned.
Our bodies just weren’t made to digest milk on a regular basis. Instead, most scientists agree that it’s better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein and fats from other food sources, like whole plant foods: vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds and seaweed.
So here is my advice for dealing with dairy.
Still got milk? I hope not! Remember, dairy is not crucial for good health. I encourage you to go dairy-free and see what it does for you .
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, M.D.
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