Most Human Beings Are Lactose Intolerant: Here’s Why


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milk kidLactose intolerance is when the body does not produce enough lactase to break down lactose, a sugar found in milk and many other milk derived dairy products.

The enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose is lactase, an enzyme found on the wall of the intestines. Lactase breaks down lactose (the sugar found in milk) into galactose and glucose. The activity of lactase becomes reduced after breastfeeding, at that point the body no longer needs as much lactase. Not to mention a human mothers milk is much different from the milk of a cow.

The reduction of lactase activity after infancy is a genetically programmed event. Approximately 75 % of Earths population is lactose intolerant for a reason, because it’s perfectly natural.

The statistics vary from race to race and country to country but overall they show an abnormal amount of individuals who qualify. In some Asian countries, 90 percent of the population is lactose intolerant.

Interestingly, we are the only species on the planet that drinks milk from another species. Since lactase’s only function is the digestion of lactose in milk, most mammal species experience a dramatic reduction in the activity of the enzyme after weaning. Lactase persistence in humans has evolved as an adaptation to the consumption of non-human milk and dairy products consumed beyond infancy. Our diet has changed a lot, and as a result some of our genes have adapted, but it’s not an easy process. This is why most humans are lactose intolerant.

Every other species weans and then never drinks milk again for the rest of their lives, and because of that they don’t have an enzyme to break down the sugar in milk. But during human evolution, some humans experienced a mutation in the LTC gene, the lactase gene, these mutations allow us to process lactose as adults. With over 75 percent of humans on the planet unable to properly process it, it is evidence enough that we are not doing what is natural and in accordance with our bodies.

Our natural state is to be lactose intolerant. Undigested lactose in the small intestine acts like an osmotic agent, causing water and electrolytes to be pulled into the intestines, which results in diarrhea, bloating and gassiness. The body struggles and compensates, as well as protects itself by developing coping methods for our unnatural habits.

Lactase enzyme, found in the cells lining the small intestine of mammals, cleaves lactose, a disaccharide, into the constituent monosaccharides, galactose and glucose, which are readily absorbed by the intestine. The amount of lactase activity decreases substantially after weaning in mammals, as lactose is no more a major part of their diet. This condition in humans is referred to as lactase non-persistence (LNP) or adult-type hypolactasia or primary lactose mal-digestion (LM). In several human societies all over the world, lactose is a part of the diet of adults due to the prevalence of dairy products and fresh milk in diet; this has been the case ever since human societies had domesticated cattle. A genetic mutation seems to have occurred in one (or more) such society (ies) resulting in lactase activity persisting in the cells lining the intestine even in adult stage. This condition is referred to as lactase persistence (LP). This mutation, due to its selective advantage, had spread extensively in such cattle rearing societies; this is the generally accepted explanation for Northern European societies having a large proportion (up to 90%) of the population being LP. Human genome sequencing studies done since 2001 have led to uncovering the molecular basis of this mutation. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at the position 13910 nucleotide upstream to the gene coding for lactase (LCT; located on chromosome 2) appears to determine the LP/LNP status of most populations studied. The nucleotide C at this position (which is the ancestral condition as determined by comparison with primate genome sequence data) corresponds to the LNP status whereas the nucleotide T at this position (which is a mutation) corresponds to the LP status. LP allele is dominant over LNP. This relationship between the SNP at -13910 upstream of LCT and LP/LNP has been verified for several populations including East Asia, East Europe etc and holds good nearly universally with the exception of some small pockets of indigenous populations in African Continent and Arabian peninsula. Studies carried out (to be published) in the Indian population by scientists at Biotools Technologies Pvt Ltd., and a Govt. Medical Research Laboratory show that the SNP at -13910 upstream of LCT does determine LP/LNP status in Indian population as well. (1)

A huge increase in milk alternative products like rice milk, almond milk and coconut milk are popping up in grocery stores and convenience stores everywhere. It may be long before the truth about milk becomes more common knowledge and consumption and production weans off.

You can view more of our articles on mile and dairy products below:

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2011/12/15/the-dairy-myth-“milk-does-a-body-good”/

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/08/28/milk-making-its-way-through-stages-of-truth/

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/02/27/aspartame-added-to-milk-dairy-hidden-additive/

 

Sources:

http://www.biotools.in/scientific_details.htmlhttp://www.cdhf.ca/digestive-disorders/statistics.shtml (1)

http://www.statisticbrain.com/lactose-intolerance-statistics/

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Lactose_intolerance

http://www.naturalnews.com/031255_milk_health.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/248912-foods-that-leach-calcium/

http://www.notmilk.com/deb/willet.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/dairy-free-dairy-6-reason_b_558876.html


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  1. Sheri Armstrong

    I have been lactose intolerant for roughly ten yrs now. I find it incredible how many products have milk in them that you would never think they would- hot dogs contain allot of non fat powdered dry milk in them as a filler-any flavored potato chip contains it…who would have thought potato chips contained lactose??!! I take no supplements or vitamins, but eat a diet high in vegies along with meats and cheeses-just got my lab work back- and all my numbers are great! My calcium is right where it should be-no milk or suppliments needed!!
    I might be wrong here, but I THINK we are the only species that drink milk beyond infancy at all- don’t ever recall seeing a full grown cow try to nurse from another cow…?

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    • Kathleen Murphy

      I thought I was lactose-intolerant but as it turns out it is the factory dairy that my system cannot tolerate. Dairy from grass-fed cows is the opposite experience for me and I refuse eat any dairy unless it is from grass-fed cows only.

      I regret all those years wasted believing the John Robbins vegan bandwagon that ALL dairy is bad, when there is a major difference between dairy from grass-fed or “pasture raised” cows and dairy from unnaturally raised factory cows. If anyone wants to research this further, the research of dentist Weston A. Price on the effects of diet on teeth is a great place to start.

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      • Luca

        That’s actually better but nevertheless its still pasteurized milk. The most you’ll benefits is from raw organic goat cheese or even cow i guess. Once pasteurized it becomes and acidic based food and it cause nutrients to be depleted from the body so your not benefiting from it. Where mainly suppose to eat an alkaline diet and if your aware of how acidic foods react to the body you would know that it does deplete your body from nutrients. The pasteurization also kills enzymes and nutrients and then because the body cannot digest it causes more issues. Did you read the article??

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  2. I believe it is the way that the milk is being processed now.or how other products are being processed, far too many unknowns being put into food now, that effects the body even when you are carrying a baby. You hardly ever heard of anyone being lactose intolerant years ago. This is why I eat fresh foods as often as possible, no preservatives.

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  3. TerryB

    Cholesterol from animal products does not clog the arteries. This has been erroneously believed for far too long, and has been disproven. People have consumed animal products for thousands of years, and heart disease was rare. It is processed and refined foods. Raw milk does not produce the symptoms of lactose intolerance. It is the pasteurizing and homogenizing that causes the problem.

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    • Sanda

      You are so right TerryB. You will attacked for posting this by some, but you have a valid point.

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    • Kathleen Murphy

      Raw dairy from factory cows can kill a person, but grass-fed cows is the most healthiest foods of all. Without stressing this difference between grass-fed and factory cows your statement is worthless and dangerously misleading.

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    • Oh really?

      It was interesting that when scientists thawed the 5000 year old corpse from the ALPS “the Tyrolean Ice Man” and examined his stomach contents he had eaten a lot of meat. He also had gallstones. Obviously the meat he ate was free range but this hunter-gatherer showed signs of severe atherosclerosis therefore one would assume that the meat was the problem then and not the taint of process.

      http://www.academia.edu/859123/New_radiological_insights_into_the_life_and_death_of_the_Tyrolean_Iceman

      Do you realize lactase is added artificially by the dairy industry to cow’s breast secretions to break down lactose?

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      • Bonnie Lill

        Is it possible that his atherosclerosis is the result of an inflmmatory process? Dental caries, abscessed teeth, and/or poor oral hygene? There have been a number of very interesting studies that show it is an inflammatory process caused by poor oral hygene and the inevitable cavities & abscesses that result from poor oral hygene that cause the lining of vessels to thicken & become rough that cause plaque to stick rather than pass through.

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      • Erik

        What a great point because comparing a 5,000 year-old corpse to modern day living humans is legit.

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      • Laura

        Using one case of mummification (of a specimen in the ALPs – an extreme diet no doubt!) to ‘prove’ animal cholesterol is the culprit is more than just a little bit of a stretch.
        This article just glazes over the race distribution issue and misleads the facts substantially. Up to 80% of the African and Asian population are estimated to be lactose intolerant. Only 15% of Europeans are. Keep in mind that those who are lactose intolerant can still consume up to 12 oz of milk PER DAY without issue.
        Now, if you look at the population distribution of the world, 5.2 billion people (or 75% of the world’s population) reside in Africa and Asia. Two of the poorest continents on earth, the least likely to have access to an expensive commodity such as milk, leading to an unfamiliarity that no doubt your body would struggle with. Considering the audience this article would reach (written in English, posted on the internet), this 75% ‘fact’ is highly misleading and borderline fear mongering. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0501/p1845.html

        Also – if dairy milk is offered to animals other than humans, it is readily accepted (cats, dogs, etc). The process of obtaining milk (finding a cow who’s lactating, getting close enough to suckle a tit) is a bit of a daunting task to other carnivores and omnivores.

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        • Bev

          Couldn’t agree more. Lactose intolerance is a serious issue – don’t weaken your argument by misusing the evidence.

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        • Linda

          Cow milk always gave our animals Diarrhea.

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          • Vrinda

            Maybe it was the other garbage you fed them.

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  4. This article supports the idea of the ‘Blood Type’ (ancestry) diet. And yes Louis Pasteur made a breakthrough preserving milk but at what cost? All foods taken to high temperatures – milk/canned foods – have the ‘good’ bacteria/enzymes etc. destroyed as well as the ‘bad’ in order to improve shelf life.

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  5. Tamara Dippel

    It’s not the milk, it’s the pasteurization that makes it harmful!

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    • Kathleen Murphy

      If you leave out the part about how factory dairy is extremely harmful, and dairy from grass-fed cows is the most healthiest food there is, then your statement is dangerously misleading to those who are still being misinformed by both vegans and Big Ag.

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    • What’s in a glass of milk?

      Blood, pus, +80 hormones (including from cows not injected with rBGH), lactose, which our bodies CAN NOT process, so lactase is artificially added (because the meat and dairy industries know what’s best for us, right?), casein (which our bodies can not use & is indicted with many forms of cancer), long-chain saturated fatty acids which do not flush out of the body (unlike the medium-chain length from plant sources such as avocado & coconut), cholesterol, acidic protein which leaches calcium from bones, dioxins, dead bacteria from pasteurization, pesticides, herbicides, and antibiotics. Cow’s milk is a mucus and acne producer.

      Cow’s milk has an opiate effect on the brain, has been indicted with Diabetes T1 & 2, osteoporosis, arthritis, breast, colorectal, ovarian, kidney and prostate cancer, gallstones, Alzheimer’s, anemia, autism, allergies, asthma, constipation, headaches, obesity, and more.

      There is no such thing as humane dairy. With every drop of dairy, rape occurs, a baby is stolen and a murder happens. And all for a product that kills us inevitably, leads to disease outbreaks and environmental destruction, and that we don’t need.

      And you think it’s just the pasteurization?

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      • Joanna

        And it is almost certainly no coincidence that some of the healthiest communities on earth do not consume dairy (and hardly any meat) – yet they have zero incidences of osteoporosis and virtually no incidences of cancer.

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        • Vrinda

          What healthy communities and where are they located? You don’t say that, so how can anyone believe you?

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      • Amber

        Here’s more info on dairy(ALL DAIRY) causing osteoporosis too Karen~

        Despite what TV commercials say about milk creating healthy bones… Meat & Dairy have been linked to causing Osteoporosis.

        “After looking at 34 published studies in 16 countries, researchers at Yale University found that countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis including the United States, Sweden, and Finland are those in which people consume the most meat, milk, and other animal foods.

        Despite the dairy industry funding study after study to try to prove its claims that consuming dairy products will make your bones stronger, the truth is exactly the opposite.

        The primary cause of osteoporosis is the high-protein diet most people consume today. Eating a high-protein diet is like pouring acid rain on your bones. (The protein increases production of acid in the blood which is then neutralized by calcium taken from our bones) Remarkably enough, if dairy has any effect, both clinical and population evidence strongly implicate dairy in causing, rather than preventing, osteoporosis.” ~ Dr John McDougall

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      • arvistatom

        Amen ^

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  6. Many informed population know that for thousands of years we did use milk without problems. Now “scientist” say, oh it’s milk problem. Nobody don’t say that toxin which food corporations use make that problem. If we eat good food we will have no problems

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  7. keehotee

    Many reasons to leave dairy behind – it’s toxic.

    http://www.notmilk.com

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    • Kathleen Murphy

      Factory dairy is toxic, but dairy from grass-fed cows is one of the most beneficial foods there is.

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  8. BULLSHIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • keehotee

      Let me guess…you make your living selling bovine secretions.

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      • vlada

        i wonder what did you mother feed you with when you were just a baby?????, was it milk, that you are lactose intolarnet????

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        • wow did you read the article or not

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  9. Jesse K

    I’m always eager to learn. I got to the point where I stopped drinking cow milk and switched to almond milk, is it my understanding that now milk is not necessary for a person’s diet entirely?

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    • Marc C

      Of course it isn’t necessary. Is it natural for a human being to suck on a cow’s tit?

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      • Laura

        Is it unnatural? Over killing and eating the cow, or stealing her food sources and land to cultivate our own veggies, for a population we can’t support because we couldn’t properly use, distribute, and un-stigmatize contraception? Ya, I think I will drink this replenishing and nutritious naturally formed food.

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        • If you are American, your factory farmed milk is far from natural…

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  10. ARM

    TerryB is right. It is the processing and additives that make it dangerous. I have learned first hand that milk
    that is passed it’s best before date is returned to the factory, added to the new milk, reheated and repackaged.
    I have relatives that are lactose intolerant but since finding unprocessed milk from a dairy farm the symptoms
    have disappeared. Similar to flour, milk has to have additives such as vitamin A and D to be of any benefit.

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  11. Matt

    Hey, I’m a geneticist and I’d like to correct you on this. You’re absolutely right that most of Earth’s population is lactose-intolerant, but there’s a simple reason for this – most human populations evolved in areas without domesticated cows. In the absence of milk, lactase production serves only to waste the body’s resources that could be used in other ways. As such, evolution will tend to limit lactase production to those periods when it’s needed, i.e. the period during which breastfeeding occurs.

    However, most populations that evolved in the presence of cows do show lactase production continuing into adulthood. This suggests that when milk is available, it is beneficial to drink it; natural selection by definition only selects for those things that help in survival or reproduction.

    This is actually what the person in the video you linked said, though I think you didn’t fully understand what they meant by ‘selective advantage’ (it’s a bit of a technical term, so don’t feel bad). A ‘selective advantage’ means that having a certain trait means that you are more likely to survive or reproduce successfully – in other words, that it gives you an advantage in the great race of natural selection.

    In other words, our ancestors who had the ability to digest lactose in adulthood had a great advantage over those who couldn’t, and this advantage let them survive and reproduce more successfully. The result is that people with this ability quickly came to outnumber people who didn’t in most areas where cattle are farmed.

    In my opinion, this shows fairly clearly that drinking milk is perfectly healthy, because if it wasn’t, milk-drinkers would have had -poorer- survival rather than better survival. The evidence doesn’t lie, I’m afraid :p

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    • Karla

      I couldn’t have said it better myself Matt! While growing up, my family had a milk cow. We used the milk and cream to make a variety of foods. Our milk was not pasteurized but strained with cheese cloth and we took great care that our pails and jars were sanitary. There is nothing better than homemade butter, different types of cheeses, or just a nice tall class of it chilled with dinner. As a child growing up on a family farm, I did witness adult steers try to suckle of lactating females. Our pets who came into the barn to be with us as we hand milked our cow “Tessie,” enjoyed her milk squirted straight from her teat. I do agree though that what and how we feed and treat commercial cows has a lot to do with how it effects our own bodies and perhaps there-in lies the biggest problems with human health. As a little note: I enjoy Almond, Soy and Coconut milk as well as regular cows milk. Cows milk is the only one that goes well in coffee in the morning. The other types of “milk” kind of broil and bubble if I add it to my coffee.

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    • Why does that show to you that forcing another species to produce milk for a completely different species and beyond weaning age from our own mothers, is healthy? That’s quite a jump to make.

      Every drop of cow’s milk in any cow’s milk product represents a baby that is not getting the milk designed for him or her.

      Male calves are taken from their mothers within 12-24 hours after birth, fed a low iron diet and kept mostly all indoors in the hutch in order to induce anemia (for the most pale, tender flesh), and with a bottle of milk not superior to its own mother’s milk, so that the milk intended for it does not go to to the calf, but to humans it was never created for. The only reason the farmer lets the cow suckle for the first few days is to get the milk flowing after colostrum, just like in humans, and then the baby and mother never see each other again.

      On the other hand, If nature were allowed to take its course, the calf would breast feed for up to a year (which is about the same time many humans choose to stop.).

      In order for that hypothetical cow’s mother to be pregnant, it had to be Artificially Inseminated on what is called a “rape rack”.

      The Artificial Insemination process is an element the dairy industry does not advertise when selling their products: a farmer sticking his entire arm up the colon of the cow to his elbow in order to manipulate the cervix and shove a long steel device containing a long needle syringe of semen into the vagina and through the uterine wall. He masturbated the male to climax (Webster’s dictionary definition of Bestiality). This is done to the female as soon as she is possibly able to conceive (imagine in human years what this would mean: it is the equivalent of 10-12 year old pregnant human girls.).

      The farmers keep the cows constantly impregnated throughout their lives, starting as young as they can possibly become pregnant, and each time they give birth after gestation period of 9 months (the same amount of time it takes for a human mom to develop a baby), they are impregnated again 3 weeks later, until they are no longer producing milk at the same rate as their younger sisters, at which point they are slaughtered: every female cow still lactating from the nipples as it hits the slaughterhouse floor.

      There is no magic cow that magically makes extra milk for humans. Like humans, they must first give birth.

      These are what the hutches look like in reality: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=422882381091565&set=a.422499237796546.91761.422224324490704&type=1&theater

      Farmers don’t allow the babies to drink the milk (except to suckle for the first few days of their life. That baby can not be called “breast fed”, anymore than you can say a human baby who suckled for colostrum only the first 2 days of its life was “breastfed”).

      The next time a farm tells you they allow their male calves to breast feed, be sure and ask: “for how long?” Because stated one more time: they only allow the baby to suckle for the first few days in order to get the flow of milk started, contrary to the feigned pretense that they are actually breastfeeding, or that they are doing it for the baby’s health. They are in the industry as a business and it is not profitable for a baby to cut into those profits by drinking the milk the mother made for it.

      The milk that they normally make for their calves would in no way cause their udders to become engorged were they not mechanically suctioned on average of only twice a day, making it very painful for the cow to the point where she is unable to stand from the weight–she would have to be milked and must return for it: this pain is induced and would not occur in nature were she just feeding her calf. (So the whole lie we’re brought up with that “cows need to be milked because otherwise it hurts them! They like being milked, because they walk right in to be milked!” is exposed for why that is. You don’t make the problem and then claim to be the hero for “saving the day”.).

      Were you undergoing the same pain from this overfullness of milk, (since they are induced to create 35-50 litres of milk per day (about 13 gallons), which is more than 10 times what they would normally be making for their baby calf), you would want relief too.

      The veal industry is a direct by-product of the cow’s breast secretions industry and is inseparable.

      The male babies are disposed of in one way or another (either shot within hours of birth, a hammer taken to the head, or raised in a short, miserable few weeks of life away from their mothers to be slaughtered as veal), because they are of no use to the industry, just like male chicks are ground up alive in mechanical macerators, gassed, or suffocated in bags after hatching. The females follow the same slave footsteps as the mother until they too, reach the same death end.

      If what happened to female cows happened to female humans, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that it would be called rape: they are forced into pregnancy without choice of partner, or choice of when they want to be pregnant, or if they want to be pregnant at all, all so that humans can take and murder the baby for the breast secretions, hook them up to machines in spaces that make them stand until 40% of all female cows are too lame to walk at a pre-determined “slaughterhouse time” and must be dragged by chain across the floor.

      The cows watch in complete terror as relatives and people of their social hierarchy in front of them are raised by the foot on a conveyor belt or taken a bolt gun to the head, and have their throats slit, sometimes still conscious and kicking, and shred of their parts within seconds after murder, with no choice to go anywhere but to the same fate forced upon them. The screams of slaughterhouses, the stench, the run-off–it is horrendous.

      As a mother, I dreamt of this before I went Vegan, of what it would be like to be a female cow on this planet. And it was a nightmare, more hellish than anything I could possibly imagine. I knew there was no other word for the actions perpetrated on this species than evil.

      The tipping point that turned me Vegan: a photo entitled “milk by-products”–a pile of dead newborn calves, shot and piled on top of each other, in a bin, view angled from the top of the bin. They look like baby deer. Then I discovered there is no worse sound than a mother who has been separated from her baby, who will bellow frantically for days, or a baby from the mother.

      If given the option, mother cows and their offspring would stay together for life.

      On a happier note, a video of a sanctuary who rescued a separated mother and brought the calf back to return:

      http://www.godvine.com/Cow-Cries-All-Night-Over-Loss-of-her-Calf-Then-They-Reunite-1903.html

      All cows, unless rescued by someone who cares an awful lot, and raised in a non-profit sanctuary, are being killed so someone can have their hamburgers of their bodies and then wash it down with milkshakes of their own secretions.

      There are no more wild cattle (except in very tiny amount as endangered species) in any areas of the world because of the tyranny of some humans. This is not an exaggeration.

      But if there were, the cattle prefer living in mountain forests–not flat, dry, void, grassland. They can live anywhere from 25-35 years old in the wild. As business commodities for profit, the dairy cows are slaughtered on average between 2-4 years old.

      De-horning (the equivalent of breaking our bones), tail docking, third degree burn branding, and burning the tissue (also third degree burns) from their heads where the horns would normally grow so the horns won’t grow in can in no way be called “natural”, so why do people who drink cow’s breast secretions say these standard “requirements” are a natural thing to do?

      There are no U.S. laws that give rights to “humane” treatment of farm animals (as long as the businesses get together and decide to do a practice, no matter what that practice is, it is upheld as “industry standard”), none enforcing transportation standards, which result in deaths, sicknesses and injuries. Here are a few research websites:

      http://nzdairy.webs.com/thelifeofadairycow.htm

      Here’s many different diseases indicted with consuming cow’s milk:

      http://www.notmilk.com

      This powerful study shows the blood of those on a Vegan diet is 8 times better at both slowing the growth rate of cancer cells and stopping it in its tracks. Check out the results of only 2 weeks on a Vegan diet on breast cancer cells.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTIrmOdmil4

      “20 experts on the breast cancer and dairy connection”:
      http://freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/20-experts-on-the-dairy-%E2%80%94-breast-cancer-connection/

      What’s in a glass of cow’s milk?

      Answer: blood, pus, +80 hormones (including from cows not injected with rBGH), lactose, which our bodies CAN NOT process, so lactase is artificially added (because the meat and dairy industries know what’s best for us, right?), casein (which our bodies can not use & is indicted with many forms of cancer), long-chain saturated fatty acids which do not flush out of the body (unlike the medium-chain length from plant sources such as avocado & coconut), cholesterol, acidic protein which leaches calcium from bones, dioxins, dead bacteria from pasteurization, pesticides, herbicides, and antibiotics. Cow’s milk is a mucus and acne producer.

      Cow’s milk has an opiate effect on the brain, has been indicted with Diabetes T1 & 2, osteoporosis, arthritis, breast, colorectal, ovarian, kidney and prostate cancer, gallstones, Alzheimer’s, anemia, autism, allergies, asthma, constipation, headaches, obesity, and more.

      There is no such thing as humane dairy. With every drop of dairy, rape occurs, a baby is stolen and a murder happens. And all for a product that kills us inevitably, leads to disease outbreaks and environmental destruction, and that we don’t need.

      The testimony of a worker who was in charge of separating the mothers from their babies and ensuring the babies accept the substitute powdered water “milk”:

      http://motherhooddeleted.blogspot.com/2008/11/crying-of-mothers.html

      I could go all night into the environmental and humanitarian consequences, so I’ll save that arena for another time.

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      • Jen

        Why do you keep comparing cows to humans? I am an animal lover, however I truly believe in the circle of life. I will continue to love and enjoy consuming dairy products. You are taking this much too seriously…

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        • Jen, you’re obviously not including your own life in the “circle of life”, if you’re not okay with those same things that are happening to the cow, happening to you. Loving and killing someone at the same time are not compatible.

          Karma and reincarnation are cyclical concepts, but perhaps you can explain how the “circle of life” would exclude humans? Perhaps you think those things will never happen because a book claiming authority on God and a next life tells you so? (Logically: if you believe in God, do you believe God wants humans to kill and/or exploit animals, after making them capable of feeling pain and fear? What kind of sadistic individual would that make him/her?)

          You can’t have dairy without exploitation, breaking of family bonds, manipulated reproductive system of another species, without theft of secretions that were designed for the baby of another species, and without the inevitable murder of that species as they are treated as objects for profit. There is no separation between the dairy and veal industry. And there is no such thing as humane slaughter for someone’s profit or pleasure.

          Show me a No-Kill sanctuary selling animal products and I will show you a business out of business. Why? Because it’s of no profit to keep animals if or once they are of no profit to the company.

          So it should be no surprise that the same problems happen in the goat dairy industry:

          http://tinyurl.com/copkql3

          The question is: why do you NOT compare the cow’s capacity to suffer, feel, to experience joy, pain, pleasure, breathe, see, solve problems, bond with his or her family and others, live for his or her own reasons, with a beating heart, to your own?

          Shattering the myth of Human Superiority:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqT82oGeax0

          Improperly working empathy mirror neurons is not something to be proud of.

          You say you love animals, yet say you love and enjoy consuming the products of suffering, rape, and murder.

          No, friend. You’re then loving your tastebuds more than animals.

          And saying you love animals yet don’t mind hurting a species that hasn’t and isn’t hurting you is like saying you love people, but don’t mind owning black slaves. Obviously you don’t love ALL animals.

          More than 99% of farmed animals raised for slaughter in the U.S. are factory farmed.

          If listening to this 30 second clip of inside of a factory farm makes you want to turn it off or in some way disturbs your senses, then congratulations: you have empathy! Then imagine 30 minutes of this clip, 30 hours, 30 days, or several years, how you would be kept within those shackles, and see if you can keep telling yourself how you would love to be a part of this “circle of life”.

          http://peta.vg/1mg

          Some photos for memory:

          https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=550460488344648&set=a.215554041835296.55797.211273715596662&type=1&theater

          https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=336615899800757&set=a.146411282154554.28356.100003570496623&type=1&theater

          There’s also an organic component of craving, as milk products (along with animal flesh, slave chocolate (which most often contains cow’s milk unless >70% cacao content and/or uses a nut milk instead), and table sugar, which most companies process w/ animal bone char) has a narcotic, opiate effect on the brain.

          To break these things is to literally break an addiction, and an unhealthy addiction at that: it’s not “just you” thinking, “This is what I crave” (which often leads to the faulty conclusion that “this therefore must be what I need”), or in other words: it’s not just merely psychological. There IS an organic component.

          However, there is also no scientific basis for a body’s cravings being to say that you need a particular food: you simply need the same nutrients and/or fats from a plant-based source. There’s also zero need for dietary cholesterol, as our bodies make all that it needs. See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VWi6dXCT7I

          In terms of cow’s milk breast secretions, what one thinks one is craving can be substituted with the right cultured nut milk cheese, or simply calcium-rich plant foods!

          http://www.thisveganlife.org/i-couldnt-give-up-cheese-so-i-gave-up-animal-cruelty-instead/

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      • Cristina Gallagher

        Thank you for this, i am so happy that more people out there know the truth! It’s so sad to read the comments where people try to justify eating and consuming animals without the knowledge of what happens to them. Thank you!

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      • Thank you

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    • Children that have a nut allergy and a leaky gut should not drink cow’s milk as it can lead to type 1 diabetes. For more information read the China Study by Colin Campbell. I wish I had known this information about the dangers of dairy 20 years ago, then my son would not be diabetic.

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      • Kathleen Murphy

        The dairy that was used by Colin Campbell in his study was factory dairy. If you look up any research done on “grass-fed” dairy (try the research done by Weston A. Price to start) you’ll see the exact opposite is true.

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    • - Collective Evolution

      she is simply saying that certain mutations have allowed us to process lactose as adults…some have developed them and most haven’t…

    • - Collective Evolution

      I don’t think it’s evolution I think it’s unnatural adaptation.

  12. Only 33% of the population is lactose intolerant. This article is pure bullshit propaganda.

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    • - Collective Evolution

      I looked at multiple sources, some of them gave that statistic. But more of them point to mine, it depends what sources you look at and how many you look at.

    • Marc C

      No, it’s common sense.Human beings are not designed to drink any milk besides their mother’s, pure and simple logic. Now we see the effects…

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      • Kathleen Murphy

        Actually we are! Look up the research done by the dentist Weston Price on dietary effects on teeth.

        It is interesting that the difference between factory dairy and dairy from grass-fed cows is ignored by both vegans and big Ag. Perhaps if more people knew the health value of dairy products from grass-fed cows there’d be no factory dairy industry.

        How tragically ironic that it is the lies from vegans like John Robbins that have helped keep the dairy factories in business.

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      • Steve D

        MMMMore Ice Cream for ME!

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  13. Jon

    Ive always thought it was ridiculous that humans drank milk… No other species on Earth goes to (and relies on) another animals milk in its adulthood for nutrition.

    When was the last time you’ve seen an adult Antelope trying to get a female Elephants tit?

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    • smokey T

      When was the last time you saw a dog cooking a steak… just because they don’t doesn’t mean its a bad idea haha

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      • who said cooking a steak is healthy? or cooking anything at all. a gorilla is enourmus living on bananas and greens. our bodies are not even carnivourus bodies, we dont have sharp cat teeth and our intestines are long, meaning the meat that goes through our bodies is rottening before it leaves our stomaches. Cats have short intestines meant for eating meat, and they wouldnt survive without it. We do. b12 exsists in algaes and all other vitamines one has to be sure to get them. Dark leafy greens consists of more protein than meat. We look like gorillas, apes and so on and not like hunter animals. So we can do it, but it doesnt mean its good for us. Like milk, go ahead but read the comment above from Karen Call because its true. If you had your own garden cow that ate just grass, then maybe it was okay. But you had to make it have a baby to get milk though, it doesnt produce itself out of the blue. Or maybe we should start eating human milk? get some humans into production

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        • Laura

          Someone please explain the difference between a carnivore (such as cats) and an omnivore (humans) to this girl. You DO have sharp meat cutting teeth. Ever notice how grazing animals have side facing eyes? It’s so that they can spot you – a hunter, with forward facing eyes as you hunt them. There are a host of different adaptations to make humans capable of hunting. Stay awake in biology and anthro class next time.

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  14. Carol

    I think that unless we really know what we are talking about, we shouldn’t spread information that may not be true. Thanks, Matt, for your educated view. It’s silly to speculate on humans and cow teats! Really.

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    • Do you know how and why cows give milk? They give milk for the same reasons humans do: for their young.

      Every drop of cow’s milk in any cow’s milk product represents a baby that is not getting the milk designed for him or her.

      Male calves are taken from their mothers within 12-24 hours after birth, fed a low iron diet and kept mostly all indoors in the hutch in order to induce anemia (for the most pale, tender flesh), and with a bottle of milk not superior to its own mother’s milk, so that the milk intended for it does not go to to the calf, but to humans it was never created for. The only reason the farmer lets the cow suckle for the first few days is to get the milk flowing after colostrum, just like in humans, and then the baby and mother never see each other again.

      On the other hand, If nature were allowed to take its course, the calf would breast feed for up to a year (which is about the same time many humans choose to stop.).

      In order for that hypothetical cow’s mother to be pregnant, it had to be Artificially Inseminated on what is called a “rape rack”.

      The Artificial Insemination process is an element the dairy industry does not advertise when selling their products: a farmer sticking his entire arm up the colon of the cow to his elbow in order to manipulate the cervix and shove a long steel device containing a long needle syringe of semen into the vagina and through the uterine wall. He masturbated the male to climax (Webster’s dictionary definition of Bestiality). This is done to the female as soon as she is possibly able to conceive (imagine in human years what this would mean: it is the equivalent of 10-12 year old pregnant human girls.).

      The farmers keep the cows constantly impregnated throughout their lives, starting as young as they can possibly become pregnant, and each time they give birth after gestation period of 9 months (the same amount of time it takes for a human mom to develop a baby), they are impregnated again 3 weeks later, until they are no longer producing milk at the same rate as their younger sisters, at which point they are slaughtered: every female cow still lactating from the nipples as it hits the slaughterhouse floor.

      There is no magic cow that magically makes extra milk for humans. Like humans, they must first give birth.

      These are what the hutches look like in reality: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=422882381091565&set=a.422499237796546.91761.422224324490704&type=1&theater

      Farmers don’t allow the babies to drink the milk (except to suckle for the first few days of their life. That baby can not be called “breast fed”, anymore than you can say a human baby who suckled for colostrum only the first 2 days of its life was “breastfed”).

      The next time a farm tells you they allow their male calves to breast feed, be sure and ask: “for how long?” Because stated one more time: they only allow the baby to suckle for the first few days in order to get the flow of milk started, contrary to the feigned pretense that they are actually breastfeeding, or that they are doing it for the baby’s health. They are in the industry as a business and it is not profitable for a baby to cut into those profits by drinking the milk the mother made for it.

      The milk that they normally make for their calves would in no way cause their udders to become engorged were they not mechanically suctioned on average of only twice a day, making it very painful for the cow to the point where she is unable to stand from the weight–she would have to be milked and must return for it: this pain is induced and would not occur in nature were she just feeding her calf. (So the whole lie we’re brought up with that “cows need to be milked because otherwise it hurts them! They like being milked, because they walk right in to be milked!” is exposed for why that is. You don’t make the problem and then claim to be the hero for “saving the day”.).

      Were you undergoing the same pain from this overfullness of milk, (since they are induced to create 35-50 litres of milk per day (about 13 gallons), which is more than 10 times what they would normally be making for their baby calf), you would want relief too.

      The veal industry is a direct by-product of the cow’s breast secretions industry and is inseparable.

      The male babies are disposed of in one way or another (either shot within hours of birth, a hammer taken to the head, or raised in a short, miserable few weeks of life away from their mothers to be slaughtered as veal), because they are of no use to the industry, just like male chicks are ground up alive in mechanical macerators, gassed, or suffocated in bags after hatching. The females follow the same slave footsteps as the mother until they too, reach the same death end.

      If what happened to female cows happened to female humans, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that it would be called rape: they are forced into pregnancy without choice of partner, or choice of when they want to be pregnant, or if they want to be pregnant at all, all so that humans can take and murder the baby for the breast secretions, hook them up to machines in spaces that make them stand until 40% of all female cows are too lame to walk at a pre-determined “slaughterhouse time” and must be dragged by chain across the floor.

      The cows watch in complete terror as relatives and people of their social hierarchy in front of them are raised by the foot on a conveyor belt or taken a bolt gun to the head, and have their throats slit, sometimes still conscious and kicking, and shred of their parts within seconds after murder, with no choice to go anywhere but to the same fate forced upon them. The screams of slaughterhouses, the stench, the run-off–it is horrendous.

      As a mother, I dreamt of this before I went Vegan, of what it would be like to be a female cow on this planet. And it was a nightmare, more hellish than anything I could possibly imagine. I knew there was no other word for the actions perpetrated on this species than evil.

      The tipping point that turned me Vegan: a photo entitled “milk by-products”–a pile of dead newborn calves, shot and piled on top of each other, in a bin, view angled from the top of the bin. They look like baby deer. Then I discovered there is no worse sound than a mother who has been separated from her baby, who will bellow frantically for days, or a baby from the mother.

      If given the option, mother cows and their offspring would stay together for life.

      On a happier note, a video of a sanctuary who rescued a separated mother and brought the calf back to return:

      http://www.godvine.com/Cow-Cries-All-Night-Over-Loss-of-her-Calf-Then-They-Reunite-1903.html

      All cows, unless rescued by someone who cares an awful lot, and raised in a non-profit sanctuary, are being killed so someone can have their hamburgers of their bodies and then wash it down with milkshakes of their own secretions.

      There are no more wild cattle (except in very tiny amount as endangered species) in any areas of the world because of the tyranny of some humans. This is not an exaggeration.

      But if there were, the cattle prefer living in mountain forests–not flat, dry, void, grassland. They can live anywhere from 25-35 years old in the wild. As business commodities for profit, the dairy cows are slaughtered on average between 2-4 years old.

      De-horning (the equivalent of breaking our bones), tail docking, third degree burn branding, and burning the tissue (also third degree burns) from their heads where the horns would normally grow so the horns won’t grow in can in no way be called “natural”, so why do people who drink cow’s breast secretions say these standard “requirements” are a natural thing to do?

      There are no U.S. laws that give rights to “humane” treatment of farm animals (as long as the businesses get together and decide to do a practice, no matter what that practice is, it is upheld as “industry standard”), none enforcing transportation standards, which result in deaths, sicknesses and injuries. Here are a few research websites:

      http://nzdairy.webs.com/thelifeofadairycow.htm

      Here’s many different diseases indicted with consuming cow’s milk:

      http://www.notmilk.com

      This powerful study shows the blood of those on a Vegan diet is 8 times better at both slowing the growth rate of cancer cells and stopping it in its tracks. Check out the results of only 2 weeks on a Vegan diet on breast cancer cells.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTIrmOdmil4

      “20 experts on the breast cancer and dairy connection”:
      http://freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/20-experts-on-the-dairy-%E2%80%94-breast-cancer-connection/

      What’s in a glass of cow’s milk?

      Answer: blood, pus, +80 hormones (including from cows not injected with rBGH), lactose, which our bodies CAN NOT process, so lactase is artificially added (because the meat and dairy industries know what’s best for us, right?), casein (which our bodies can not use & is indicted with many forms of cancer), long-chain saturated fatty acids which do not flush out of the body (unlike the medium-chain length from plant sources such as avocado & coconut), cholesterol, acidic protein which leaches calcium from bones, dioxins, dead bacteria from pasteurization, pesticides, herbicides, and antibiotics. Cow’s milk is a mucus and acne producer.

      Cow’s milk has an opiate effect on the brain, has been indicted with Diabetes T1 & 2, osteoporosis, arthritis, breast, colorectal, ovarian, kidney and prostate cancer, gallstones, Alzheimer’s, anemia, autism, allergies, asthma, constipation, headaches, obesity, and more.

      There is no such thing as humane dairy. With every drop of dairy, rape occurs, a baby is stolen and a murder happens. And all for a product that kills us inevitably, leads to disease outbreaks and environmental destruction, and that we don’t need.

      The testimony of a worker who was in charge of separating the mothers from their babies and ensuring the babies accept the substitute powdered water “milk”:

      http://motherhooddeleted.blogspot.com/2008/11/crying-of-mothers.html

      I could go all night into the environmental and humanitarian consequences, so I’ll save that arena for another time.

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  15. Steve D

    I like milk. I crave it sometimes. I like organic milk like Horizon. I don’t like kale on my cereal. I like ice cream. I like sour cream. I like butter. I’m not fat, or unhealthy. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean we all have to be like you. No other species blah, blah, blah…. No other species hunts, or raises animals for meat, or raises crops, or posts inane statistics on lactose intolerance, but that’s not stopping you.

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    • Sam

      Actually, pretty much every other carnivorous species on the planet hunts.

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  16. Jay Gardner

    In 1983 I bought the book the McDougal Plan. (I still have it if anyone wants to borrow.)The good Doctor claimed that the body uses more calcium to break down dairy proteins than it gains. When I would tell people this they responded that doc is full of crap. Why? because the Billion $$ Dairy interests have fed us a bunch of crap for years and the Sheeple believe the industry. Now 30 years later Dr. McDougal’s findings are being brought to light.

    From Dr. McDougal 30 years ago: “The overall effect of the Western diet is bone damage: The National Dairy Council would like you to believe, “There is no evidence that protein-rich foods such as dairy foods adversely impact calcium balance or bone health.” But these same dairy people know this is untrue and they state elsewhere, “Excess dietary protein, particularly purified proteins, increases urinary calcium excretion. This calcium loss could potentially cause negative calcium balance, leading to bone loss and osteoporosis. These effects have been attributed to an increased endogenous acid load created by the metabolism of protein, which requires neutralization by alkaline salts of calcium from bone.”

    More from Dr. McDougal:
    “Recommending Dairy is Racist

    The National Dairy Council says, “Minorities who have experienced gastrointestinal problems consuming milk are learning new strategies to enjoy milk and other dairy foods. This means that minorities (and non-minorities) with lactose intolerance no longer need to miss out on essential nutrients provided by dairy foods. The health consequences of avoiding dairy foods, the major source of dietary calcium, may be especially serious for African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Native American Indians. Many minorities are at high risk of hypertension, stroke, colon cancer, and osteoporosis – diseases in which a low calcium intake can be a contributing factor.”18 This is fear-mongering at its worst.

    White people have a high tolerance for the sugar found in milk, known as lactose. Non-whites commonly have a normal, natural “intolerance” to milk sugars, and such sugars consumed after the weaning-time cause them intestinal distress with flatulence, cramps and diarrhea. Milk makes 60 to 90 percent of these people sick.

    An editorial from the October 2006 issue of the British Medical Journal addresses this, “Furthermore, we need to ask the question of whether we are doing children a disservice by encouraging them to meet recommendations. Childhood obesity is on the rise in westernized countries, and dairy products—the main source of calcium recommended by nutrition guidelines—contribute greatly to the intake of fat and sugar in children. Nearly three quarters of the world’s population are estimated to be lactose intolerant after the age of weaning and therefore do not tolerate the consumption of milk and other dairy products well. In addition, some studies suggest that the consumption of cow’s milk increases the risk of some types of cancer.”19 Diary products do essentially nothing to help prevent or treat hypertension either—at best, a review funded by the dairy industry showed a reduction of 1.44 mmHg systolic and 0.84 mmHg diastolic.20 (By comparison, our results from the McDougall residential center show a 23/14 mmHg decrease in blood pressure in people with high blood pressure (150/90 mmHg or greater) in less than 10 days; and almost all of these people were taken off all of their blood pressure medication during the 10 days.)”

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  17. Sam

    People in Asian countries are lactose intolerant because they don’t have a lot of cows there. The human body is a lot more dynamic than this article gives credit for. As it was pointed out in the comments prior to my posting this: adaptation is the name of the game. If you live in a part of the world that, for the past couple thousand years hasn’t drank much milk, then it should come as no surprise the necessary mechanics to digest it would go by the wayside.
    I just don’t know what to make of this. In one portion of the article, the author calls the ability to digest lactase in some adults a mutation, but then goes on to say “we are not doing what is natural and in accordance with our bodies”. Both statements are a contradiction in terms. Genetic mutation is the reason the world is the way it is now. Humans, alone are the product of millions of years of genetic tweaks and adaptations. By that logic, coffee is out, soda pop, pretty much anything with sugar in it, anything processed, alcohol… Pretty much everything you eat can be harmful.
    To reiterate my point: The human body is vastly more complex and adaptive than this article bears out.

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    • Amber

      Just because human bodies are adaptive, say to eat and process meat/dairy doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

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  18. Great Contribution Arjun!!
    The majority are lactose and gluten intolerant.Some suffer noticeably, and many don’t know they are!!

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  19. Hunter

    No other species consume milk? What utter nonsense. Ever seen a cougar or coyote take down a lactating goat? If available, they very much go after the milk, well before various other parts. Even dogs consume milk if given the opportunity.

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  20. Sierra

    Source listed..
    The title says 75% of earths population is lactose intolerant… well why does your source say.

    Total percentage of people who are lactose intolerant 33%
    Total percentage of adults that have a decrease in lactase activity 75%
    Total percentage of people who maintain ability to digest lactose after childhood 40%

    I can’t take this article seriously.

    Animal fat is not bad, refined vegetable oils are bad.

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  21. Kathleen Murphy

    Without differentiating between “grass-fed” cows and “factory” cows, all discussion on dairy is worthless lies. Dairy products from grass-fed cows are the exact opposite of dairy products from factory cows!!!!! It’s that simple.

    I used to believe those John Robbins vegan lies because YES, factory dairy is extremely harmful and all my health problems went away as soon as I stopped consuming factory dairy. But as far as human health goes, grass-fed dairy is the exact opposite experience.

    If only the truth did not take so long to catch up with the lies… still being spread by well-meaning people, but who are clearly too lazy to investigate the amazing history of grass-fed dairy story which stretches back thousands of years.

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