of the United Kingdom's school milk program are becoming more vocal, challenging
the widespread national assumption that drinking milk is good for children.
Winston Churchill's wartime order to keep the milk flowing, which was formalized
under the 1946 School Milk Act ... the idea that it is natural, healthy
and an essential part of a good diet has been unchallenged," writes
Andrew Marszal in The Telegraph.
consensus is wavering. Recently, junior health minister Anne Milton suggested
that the national program to provide free milk for children under five should
abolished. And research continues to emerge that milk is neither an essential
nor healthy part of the human diet.
notes, milk contains no nutrient that cannot be found in a balanced, dairy-free
diet. Although milk is high in calcium, most of this nutrient cannot actually
be absorbed by the human body, making green leafy vegetables a much more
effective source. Cow milk, designed for calves, also contains more fat
and protein than the human body needs -- which is unsurprising considering
that while it takes a human infant 180 days to double its birth weight,
it takes a newborn cow only 47 days.
of the concern over milk comes from the hormones and antibiotics inserted
into it by modern factory farming. In the book Alternative Cures, author
Bill Gottlieb quotes cancer specialist Elizabeth Ann Lowenthal as saying,
"All dairy products, even those such as fat-free milk, contain potential
tumor-promoting growth hormones that are fed to cows to improve their milk
organic milk has more than 30 proteins that can produce adverse reactions
in the body, such that 7.5 percent of British children suffer from dairy
allergies. Milk may also produce eczema, constipation, lingering ear infections
and frequent colds. In addition, as many as 75 percent of adults may be
recent research has also linked milk consumption to an increased risk of
prostate cancer and both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
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