A glass of milk contains the same amount of fat that’s found in the equivalent of three rashers of bacon. *Photos supplied
A glass of milk contains the same amount of fat that’s found in the equivalent of three rashers of bacon. *Photos supplied

One of our earliest childhood memories is usually our parents telling us to drink a glass of milk to help us grow big and strong.

However, fast forward and you may find that you have joined one of the 25 million people over 40 living in America with osteoporosis. 

Even though they have been consuming milk daily since childhood.

We are told that the calcium in milk is vital for developing strong bones, but what we’re not told is that the same glass of milk contains the same amount of fat that’s found in the equivalent of three rashers of bacon, even the many low fat varieties of milk.  

This leads us onto the fact that milk is one of the primary causes of heart disease.

You are most likely reading this is slight disbelief, I wish that the above problems were the only ones related to milk. It gets more alarming.

In 1990, genetically modified milks made their way onto the supermarket shelves. This milk is produced from cows that are treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Cows that are given this hormone produce on average 20 per cent more milk. The dairy farmers had dollar signs in their eyes, along with the drug companies selling these growth hormones.

But whilst this hormone may produce more milk in cows, what is it doing to us humans? It’s known to cause growth defects in the human body due to the fact that it alters the levels of a compound in our bodies called IGF-1. This altered compound is directly linked to the increased transformation of normal breast tissue to cancerous cells. 

You may be thinking that this is okay though because the milk is then pasteurized before consumption, and this destroys all the harmful chemicals. 

But the pasteurization process also destroys all of the healthy vitamins and minerals that milk has been touted to have.

So the white stuff labelled as milk that we consume on a daily basis in coffee, cereal, desserts, etc is still going strong making these drug companies richer by the day and society more sick. With all these problems coming from only one source why do we continue to drink this stuff? 

Go for the alternatives such as almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, goat’s milk or even do what Popeye does and grab a bowl of spinach. These all contain an adequate amount of calcium needed for strong healthy bones and can be bought in grocery stores across the island. 

For more informaiton visit cayliffe@courthouse.bm. Sourced from ‘Milk: The Deadly Poison’ by Robert Cohen.