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PostSubject: COW MILK KILLS   COW MILK KILLS EmptyTue Jul 24, 2007 11:41 am

Want to Know How to Make a Killer Milkshake?
Just Add Milk.

Up against the dairy industry’s multimillion-dollar “Got Milk?” ad campaign, PETA is battling back with a “truth in labeling” campaign—a new billboard that shows milk cartons emblazoned with the diseases linked to drinking the fat- and cholesterol-laden stuff!

The White Stuff Ain’t the Right Stuff

The dairy industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year to convince people to drink gallons of milk and stuff themselves with cheese, while responsible health officials warn that dairy products have four major drawbacks. Milk and cheese (1) are loaded with fat and cholesterol; (2) are frequently contaminated with pesticides, dioxins, and drugs; (3) are linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers, including prostate cancer and breast cancer; and (4) may even cause osteoporosis—the very disease that the dairy industry loves to use as a selling point in its ads—because the excess protein in dairy products leaches calcium from the bones.

Cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, animals who, unlike you or your child, have four stomachs and gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months, sometimes weighing more than 1,000 pounds before their second birthday. Cow’s milk contains about three times as much protein as human milk (we eat too much protein, not too little, in this country, and that results in kidney stress). Despite the clever advertising of the dairy industry, it is about as far from “natural” as you can get for humans to drink cow’s milk. No other species drinks milk beyond infancy, and no other species drinks the milk of another species. After 2 years of age, most people begin to produce less lactase, the enzyme that helps with the digestion of milk. This reduction can lead to lactose intolerance—the inability to digest lactose—and, in turn, tummy trouble, sinus problems, and “colic.”

Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School’s Guide to Healthy Eating (2001) debunks the myth that dairy products are necessary or even helpful, pointing out that the United States tops both the milk-consumption and bone-fracture charts and citing the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study that showed that “women who drank two or more glasses of milk a day were at least as likely to break a hip or forearm as women who drank one glass or less a week.” Click here for a review of the science on dairy products and bone health. The authors note that as few as two glasses of milk per day have been shown to double a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer and that three-fourths of the world’s population does just fine on a diet free of cow mammary secretions.

How Now, Downed Cow?

The dairy industry’s treatment of cows is hard to stomach. Dairy cows are genetically manipulated to produce milk at many times the level that nature intended, far exceeding their natural capacity and leaving them “used up” after just a few years, at which point they are trucked to slaughter and ground up into burgers. Newborn male calves are torn from their mothers, causing acute distress to both calves and cows, and chained inside tiny, dark, filthy crates for 16 weeks before being dragged off to slaughter.

Discover the Joy of Soy

Since 1995, soy-milk sales have increased by nearly six times while sales of cow's milk have been stagnant. Fortified soy milk offers calcium, vitamins A, B, and D, iron, zinc, and protein but contains not a speck of cholesterol. In fact, soy foods can actually reduce harmful cholesterol levels, in addition to helping ward off cancer and heart disease. Soy milk is perfect for drenching cereal, “creaming” coffee, and souping up soups and is an outstanding stand-in for “moo juice” in baked breads, goodies, and other recipes. Article from

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