Updated: Jun 24
Is drinking milk good for health or is it bad to drink milk?
While cow's milk does contain plenty of nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, protein, vitamin B12 and vitamin D, it seems that milk's benefits aren't worth the hassle required to obtain it. Milk seems to do more harm than good- just ask the cows, who are dying daily to provide their own milk to humans who don't even really need it.
You may not realize this but the cows are milked by machines! Do you think the machines are gentle? Of course not. Imagine being milked by an electric breast pump, standing still in the same place, day in- and day out. You'd be depressed for sure, because your breast would be so red, inflamed and infected that you'd be absolutely miserable. Some vegans choose to abstain from meat & milk simply due to the inhumane treatment that dairy cows undergo.
Even without bringing morality into it, there are a plethora of reasons not to consume cow's milk. One of the main reasons is that cow's milk is not intended for adult humans, its for baby cows. In nature, only babies require milk and even then, to be effective, it needs to be from the same species (human, not cow, goat, etc.). It is said that humans have unnaturally "adapted" to drinking cows milk as adults. However this so called "adaption" is not fully realized because so many of us are still "lactose intolerant".
What is lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is an adverse reaction experienced by humans to the lactic acid found in milk. This reaction can include but is not limited to:
Can humans live without milk?
Of course humans can live without milk! Humans don't need milk to survive. Especially beyond childhood. Nothing beats mother's own special breast milk, however millions of humans have been raised to adulthood without ever having tasted human breast milk. So if humans can successfully reach adulthood without human milk, then it's pretty safe to say that we can don't need cow's milk to survive.
What exactly is pus?
Pus is a cloudy white, or even yellowish protein-rich fluid called liquor puris that accumulates at the site of an infection. It is made of a buildup of dead, white blood cells that are created when the body's immune system responds to an infection. When this buildup appears on or near the surface of the skin, it is called a pustule- aka a pimple or a zit.
Is there really pus in milk?
That depends on who you ask. Some farmers and scientists argue that technically pus and white blood cells (somatic cells) are not the same thing. Pus consists of macrophages and neutrophils. In other words, there is more to pus than just somatic cells. So while the milk industry does not hide that the milk contains white blood cells, they don't like to call it pus, because technically it's not.
Somatic cells are actually natural, even in human milk. Somatic cells are also present in meat. In fact, the word "somatic" simply means "body". Somatic cells become pus when neutrophils cells are allowed to build up. So "pus" is the accumulation of a large amount of white blood cells around a given area.
To put it another way, somatic cells don't become pus until they have been allowed to gather and fester. So if a bodily infection is allowed to go untreated, eventually the white bloods will pool together around the infected site and die creating what we call: PUS.
When cows are over milked (which is often), the cow's utter becomes inflamed causing the cow's body to make white blood cells (somatic cells) in an effort to heal the infection. Treating these cows like milk machines has led to an onslaught of production-related diseases such as lameness and mastitis, the two leading killers of dairy cows in the United States.
So is there really pus in milk? If you ask the dairy industry, or anyone who wants you to keep buying milk, they'll say no. But this is just wordplay. The problem is that the cows (especially in the U.S.) are very sick, so pus is in some ways inevitable. If the cows weren't so heavily stressed and mistreated, we
What is the healthiest animal milk?
If you must consume animal milk it is said that goat milk presents the best digestibility, alkalinity, buffer capacity, and therapeutic effect in human nutrition, especially for children and the elderly with cow's milk allergies.
What are the best non dairy cow's milk alternatives?
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