Wait. Before You Drink That Factory Farmed Cows Milk…

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nickwinter Published Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

 by Nick Polizzi 


When I was a teenager, I drank about a half gallon of milk a day. It was honestly my beverage of choice. But then again, I also downed bologna and Miracle Whip sandwiches like there was no tomorrow too!

Organic foods were nonexistent in my town in the 70′s and 80′s.  Natural food was an iceberg lettuce salad with Kraft Creamy Italian dressing drizzled across the top.

The point is, we’ve come a long way. But apparently, not far enough. Sometimes I lose track of the fact that the nutrition-conscious among us are definitely still the MINORITY.  Unfortunately, most people still eat factory farmed food, without doing any research on the potentially hazardous side-effects.

milk1Perhaps the most deadly of these foods is factory farmed cow’s milk.

The aim of today’s piece is to arm you with scientifically valid, bite-sized bits of information that you can use to easily communicate the dangers of drinking factory farmed cow’s milk to your friends and family.

Below are three facts all cow milk drinkers should be aware of:

Fact One (The Scary Approach):  All factory farmed cow milk contains very high levels of IGF1, or “insulin-like growth factor-1″. A Harvard study shows that IGF-1 dramatically increases the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer.  This study showed that people with significant levels of IGF-1 in their system are FOUR TIMES more likely to develop cancer.

Factory farmed cows contain much more IGF-1 because they are injected with Bovine Growth Hormone (or rBGH), to artificially elevate weight gain and milk production.  IGF-1 content also elevates with these injections.

Unless your milk is labelled with “No rBGH”, I would think twice about bringing it into your home.

This next fact is your “ace in the hole” for making your friends and family think twice about drinking factory farmed cow’s milk.

udder1Fact Two (The Gross-Em-Out Approach): Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) also increases a cow’s risk of mastitis, which is a type of udder infection. Industry data shows that over 80% of all cases of mastitis occurs in cows injected with rBGH. Aside from the obvious inhumanity of making a cow suffer through this type of pain, there are some serious health risks to humans associated with bovine mastitis.

A) An inflamed udder produces a large amount of pus and blood. This pus and blood all drains through the udder into the milk that is then drank by the consumer, and their family.

The USDA actually has a metric by which they determine “allowable” amounts of pus in our milk!!

B) In order to treat mastitis, some heavy antibiotics are injected into the cow as well. These cattle grade antibiotics also find their way into the milk that is then drank by the consumer, and their family.

Fact Three (The Common Sense Approach): Cow’s milk is biologically designed for baby cows, not humans. We are the only species on earth that drinks the mammary gland extract (milk) from another species.

calf1Did you know: that the average calf gains about 740 pounds in it’s first year? That’s over 2 pounds per day. Therefore cow’s milk is perfectly designed with enough natural hormones to beef up a calf to over 15 times it’s initial birth weight – in less than a year.

My question is, what will that same cow formula do to a human?
I hope you find these milk facts helpful. I know some of this information is scary, but I feel it’s our responsibility to keep our families safe and healthy. Knowledge is power, so let’s pass it on.

Until next time,

Nick Polizzi

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15 Comments on this post

  1. Ana says:

    I think you should include the difference between pasteurized milk and raw milk. Two completely different drinks. If you are informing the people then give them all sides and let the truth be known.

  2. Mike Grant says:

    A bit biased towards veganism (maybe understandably so) – but i am veggie and purchase organic milk..which i do not consume in large amounts – so you could have maybe suggested that option to non-vegan readers. Just a thought!

  3. rob mohr says:

    What is a safe milk or milk substitute to drink that give you the same calcium and portein?

  4. I would love for all of humanity to be Vegan.

  5. Nick Polizzi says:

    Certain Hemp Milks actually have greater calcium than cow’s milk. As another poster mentioned, Local Raw Unpasteurized Cow and Goat Milk is, in my opinion, a pretty good way to go as well. But not in super large portions.

    Hope this helps!


  6. You all think that this is as simple as the very basic statement that milk is not healthy? Get the facts about real food research at westonaprice dot org. This forum and many others don’t consider that animals have been feeding humans from the beginning of creation. If you don’t believe in creation, you may not care to understand the biological affects of animals on the land. Allan Savory might fill you in on the climate of deserts brought back to life with livestock. Because we have a brain, we can harvest and store food, ferment and age all sorts of vegetation and dairy. We can even decide that the only animal products that support human health are grass-fed and preferably raw. Yes, even meat can be eaten raw, not just the cruelty free soy crap that needs destructive chemicals, fuel and negative carbon affects to feed a person deficient in intelligence to consider all of that. Want facts, look for the truth! Be well, be aware. Eat unprocessed food from local sources. Tx

  7. Hi, Thanks for the article about milk. What we need is the big and powerful adds that the dairy industry have to brain wash us with to counter those adds. Got to see it to believe it. Maybe we could get Bill Gates to sponsor that. Mel

  8. I specifically drink RAW cow milk and have done so for years now. It has almost a perfect Nutritional ‘make-up’. There is a Gym near to me that ONLY supplies smoothies that are made of RAW milk. We have to deliberately make people aware of what’s on your plate? As many are led astray by what the TV and Media suggest is wright for us? Some neighbours of mine tried RAW milk and said the taste was foul? (Sorry) This only points out to me that their diet isn’t really a compatible one with nature and that they need to have a make over! Thanks for the topic and keep them alive for the good of mankind!

  9. Lisa says:

    One of the most dramatic, hard hitting but simply put posts I’ve read in a long time.
    Thank you Nick for raising this important issue. Milk of today is
    so far removed from what my mother, who was raised on a dairy farm in the 40′s,tells
    me about, grass fed, free roaming ‘happy’ cows, the odd occurrence of mastitis was
    treated with a natural salve the family used themselves in the household, and the cow
    ‘Rested’. Milk was consumed straight from the dairy, two inch cream on the top and all.
    Of course the milk would still have then gone on to be pasturised, but the family consumed
    raw milk at home. Look at the process now, raw milk is banned and the industry is awash
    with animal abuse.And we are supposed to be an intelligent species!

  10. I would like to share my story:
    I had a chin rash for over 1 year. I tried to get rid of it with various treatments…nothing helped. It started getting worse by spreading to my cheaks and forhead. I grew up drinking milk and being told milk is healthy. I used milk for coffee, shakes, cooking, baking and and and. I went thru 3 gallons a week just by myself. One day a friend mentioned that he had a rash in his face too and his doctor told him to cut the milk because of the growth hormones.
    Needless to say……”A BELL WENT OFF”! I emidiately gave up the milk, my thinking that milk is healthy and all products that are made from milk. Now…5 month later…the rash is gone but I am wondering if I did damage to my body that will show in the future.

  11. Anna Doukas says:

    Thank you Nick for the awakening!

  12. I think that people reading this are missing the point cows milk is for cows where ever or how ever it is produced does not alter the fact even if it tastes good its still not for humans . a very good artical thanks

  13. Excellent information.Thanks for sharing.

  14. Katie says:

    I think everything in moderation, but if people are going to drink milk, it should be raw and not processed. It is all of the processing that makes it a terrible food.

  15. Cherie says:

    I keep hearing that for humans to digest cow’s milk our bodies need to use calcium, the process takes the calcium from our bones and requires more calcium than what we can absorb from the milk. I believe the same is true of all dairy.
    I’ve also read that Dairy consuming countries have the highest incidences of osteoporosis.