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Drinking three glasses of milk a day increases the risk of osteoporosis, bone fractures, and correlates with a higher mortality rate, according to a new study by Michaëlsson  K, Wolk  A, Langenskiöld  S, et al. in the The British Medical Journal. The BMJ explains, “Michaëlsson and colleagues suggest that milk is harmful because a metabolite of lactose, D-galactose, mimics aging through inflammation and oxidative stress in animal models,” and they call for a more definitive answer on the relationship between dairy and mortality.

With campaigns like the now-defunct Got Milk? the dairy industry has been soap-boxing for decades about the importance of dairy for calcium intake and bone strength. We’ve been bombarded with the idea that dairy is our most important nutritional supplement, and the best thing for a growing child. Not true. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine shows this is only the latest in a history of studies showing not only that milk fails to protect bone health, but that plant-based nutrition is more effective for disease prevention. One of the best ways to increase bone density is through exercise.

This news may not come as a surprise to readers, who know calcium and dairy need to break up, but it is impressive because of its scope. The researchers followed 61,433 women for over 20 years, and 45,339 men for 11 years. The scale of the study should satisfy concerns of bias, and spur the conversation about how marketing campaigns have substituted for real health advice, at least in the United States. We can only hope that findings of this magnitude will provide the push for government health programs to change their policies, from the food pyramid to The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), a federal food subsidy program for low income nursing mothers and young children, emphasizing animal-source nutrition.

From children told to drink milk with their lunches to the elderly attempting to fight bone loss with cow’s milk, the system has to change. The good news is that studies like this provide both proof and reason.

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179 comments on “Cow’s Milk May Actually Be Bad For Your Bones!”

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Peter James
1 Years Ago

Fuck you green monsters for deleting my comment. Spineless sellouts is what you are.


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Cindy Green
1 Years Ago

This is refering to processed milk not raw milk people. Raw milk is fantastic for you and very good for your bones. Please do not get this confused with Pasturized store bought milk.


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Peter James
05 Nov 2014

Right on, Cindy! Fake food as in pasteurized industrial milk can not be compared to raw organic milk which is grass fed cow\'s milk and an awesome food. This article is just propaganda since it is using half truths to lead people the wrong way. One Green Planet sound a lot like One agenda 21 new world Marxist globalization slogan. Why would we expect balanced journalism from green monsters? On the inside they are red anyway.

Cindee Green
06 Nov 2014

Raw milk is for baby cows, not for human consumption. Don\'t be a part of the cruel industry that impregnates a female cow over and over and steals her milk meant for her baby. You have no need for it in the first place.

Sara Green
06 Nov 2014

Raw milk is for baby cows, not for human consumption. Don\'t be a part of the cruel industry that impregnates a female cow over and over and steals her milk meant for her baby. You have no need for it in the first place.

BoSai BehDeh
1 Years Ago

Next..I will cut down on dairy products..I owes this to you..If it hadn't for you..I wld hav still continue to eat plenty of meat. I used to eat halal beef and mutton, becos of you, the beef and mutton I bought before Hari raya are still in fridge. everytime I feel like to cook it I wld imagine the pain the cow and sheep had endured..and wld put it back again. If it wasn't becos of you..I wouldn't have that consciousness developed in me. Thanks to you.


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Sutra Dewi Haruni
1 Years Ago

I used to be a lacto-vegetarian, meaning i still took diary.. Dairy chocolate and cheese were my number one favourite.. A friend, Robert Lynch from the UK introduced me to a compassionate way of living mid last year and i became vegan afterwards.. I'm very much indebted to him for helping me to see things i didn't see before. Thank you dear dear Bobby..... And among the good news since the change is I haven't had a single day of sick leave this year.. This is truly a record breaking experience for me..


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Sutra Dewi Haruni
1 Years Ago

That is a very good change. Keep it up.. I'm sure you won't regret your choice :)


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BoSai BehDeh
1 Years Ago

I hv infact cut down so much on meat lately..eating mostly boiled greens..with no salt and oil.


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Sutra Dewi Haruni
1 Years Ago

but the meat and dairy industry will claim it as such... we just have to take our pick then


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Sutra Dewi Haruni
1 Years Ago

it's honest info. scientifically proven.. It's not a propaganda


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Zaesha
1 Years Ago

This article is misleading, especially since other variables are not controlled (for over 20 years!) and data are only based on questionnaires. At least the article ends with: "The results should, however, be interpreted cautiously given the observational design of our study. The findings merit independent replication before they can be used for dietary recommendations."


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Tasha
1 Years Ago

It\'s common sense. Animals produce milk to feed their young, unless you are a \'baby\' of that species, you have no place drinking it. It\'s perfectly designed for the \'baby\', not a adult of an entirely different species. People find it acceptable to drink cow breast milk but would be sickened at the thought of human breast milk.. ?
Plenty of calcium etc from other sources, minus the fat and sugar and other crap, contained in milk and plant milks which are widely available if you really can\'t do without. :)


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