Dairy products may harm babies

Editor:

The dairy industry markets their products as being good foods which are healthy, especially for our bones. Its hype is right up there next to Fairyland. Unfortunately, Dairyland has done a great job at keeping the general public confused about whether there are health benefits or risks associated with dairy consumption.

Of course, it’s much easier to mislead the public when you control the message. After all, Dairyland funds most of its own research – this is known as “checkbook science” – and also has representatives sit on the boards of various government agencies to protect their image and deceptive advertising.

You can learn the truth at reputable sites like http://www.nutritionfacts.org or http://www.pcrm.org (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine).

Many studies implicate dairy as having a participatory or direct causal relationship to allergies, ear infections, asthma, poor brain development, postpartum psychosis, constipation, acne, autism, obesity, autoimmune disease, leukemia, cancer, bowel disease, Parkinson’s, osteoporosis, and hip fractures. Countries with the highest dairy consumption have the greatest number of hip fractures.

So, obviously there’s no benefit to our bones. Certain populations of children who are given cow’s milk too early can develop Type I diabetes. Also, since cow’s milk can swell the lining of the bladder in children, they cannot sense a full bladder, and may then be punished or humiliated for bedwetting.

A new mother who drinks cow’s milk before breast feeding could have a negative impact on the respiratory system of the infant and lead to milk apnea, where breathing stops. This relates to Casomorphin, one of the opioid compounds that forms in the stomachs of those who drink milk. This is what makes cheese so addictive.

Sadly, as many as one in 10 infants with recurrent apneic episodes die of sudden infant death syndrome (also known as crib death). Every day six babies will die from this.

If we don’t know our risks, we cannot make informed decisions. No parent would purposely feed a dangerous substance to their child, and no child wants to see a parent suffer from a debilitating condition or deadly disease.

Maybe it’s time to examine the free milk programs for children. Sometimes free comes with too heavy a cost in the end!

Susan Angland

Sweet Home

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