Milk- Does a body good- or does it?

I used to willy-nilly drink and eat dairy whenever I felt like it. Never even noticed if it was in my foods, never really cared. I knew it was "fattening" so if i was trying to slim down, i would leave it out, but really, really wanted it.......I always bought skim milk and thought that "it's not that bad, it's MILK, after all!!!". We were raised on it, our parents gave it to us, we gave it to our kids,  it was healthy and recommended by every doctor, it builds strong bones, it DOES A BODY GOOD- FOR GOODNESS SAKE!! - plus all those cool mustache ads!! (please note that the above reasons do not necessarily make a good argument, remember in the 1970's when doctors claimed that smoking was good for you???)

I used to suffer from sinus issues quite often. I constantly had sinus headaches and often times infections. It was terrible and painful. I used to chock it up to the "weather" or "allergies" or the "Santa Ana winds". I found that if I took a Zyrtec every evening before bed, I wouldn't wake up with as bad of a headache, but still could tell there was something not quite right. I went to multiple doctors over the years and they would give me more allergy meds and told me "too bad, you were born with allergies". I always was a bit unsettled at their lack of questions or interest in my problem. Let me tell YOU something. After I cut out dairy last November, I have not had one sinus headache, let alone infection, and no longer even need the 300 target-brand zyrtecs I have in my bathroom cupboard. I wake up with a clear head and brightness that I never knew I was missing. I am attributing this to dairy. Not to say i never eat it, but I'm cautious.

I am cutting and pasting this below article for you, because it reflects everything that I feel about cow's milk. I didn't feel the need to paraphrase or rewrite it. Now, don't get dramatic, I'm not saying that i've cut all dairy from my life (except when detoxing), but I have pretty much excluded it where I feel it's not necessary or enjoyable (i.e. just there to be there). I have discovered the JOYS of almond milk (it's pretty much replaced any beverage or recipe that I used to use cow's milk)- it has no added sugars, antibiotics, additives or chemicals. It's delicious! I even use Almond Creamer in my coffee.

That being said- I still have a love for cheese. I love cheddar, bleu, gouda, goat, sheep, manchego, pretty much EVERY cheese. I now only eat it when it's a treat, like a cheese plate or a slice on top of a burger or queso dip at a tailgate party. (and let me tell you, when i choose to indulge, my body won't let me forget it-- I feel terrible afterwards- the price i must pay).  I no longer "sprinkle" it on top of soups, salads or bread. I've switched to coconut milk yogurt or ice cream. Try it without cheese and see if you really miss it.

The below article was taken basically word for word from:

Today we need to talk about WHY milk is bad for you and your bones. Not just any milk, but specifically any milk coming from another animal. Here are my top reasons why MILK is BAD for you:

1. Todays’ milk is a processed food! - Until the end of the 19th century in Europe and the beginning of the 20th century in the US, milk was consumed unpasteurized or raw. Later on, homogenization became the industry’s standard. These processes further alter milk’s chemistry and actually increase its detrimental acidifying effects.

2. Added Unwanted Ingredients!
Under current industrial methods, cow’s milk is often a toxic bovine brew of man-made ingredients like bio-engineered hormones, antibiotics (55% of U.S. antibiotics are fed to livestock), and pesticides—all of which are bad for us and the environment. For example, unintentional pesticide poisonings kill an estimated 355,000 people globally each year. In addition the drugs pumped into livestock often re-visit us in our water supply.

3. Cows milk belongs to cows!
We are the only animals on the planet who take another animals milk and drink it for consumption. We are biologically designed to drink our own mother’s milk. Would you go and put your mouth to a cow’s nipple and start drinking it? It’s not a naturally occurring desire in my mind.

The biochemical make-up of cow’s milk is perfectly suited to turn a 65-pound newborn calf into a 400-pound cow in one year. It contains, for example, three times more protein and seven times more mineral content while human milk has 10 times as much essential fatty acids, three times as much selenium, and half the calcium. Some may like cow’s milk but drinking it is both unnecessary and potentially harmful.

4. It depletes bone Calcium !
Despite popular opinion, recent studies have shown that dairy can actually CREATE osteoporosis in your bones. According to the SAVE OUR BONES CAMPAIGN and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. This increases your risk for fractures and more.

5. Frequent milk consumption = increased risk of Osteoporosis
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent."Do you remember the GOT MILK ads that you used to see everywhere? Did you know that they had a million dollar lawsuit against that ad due to the fact that this wasn’t true?

They had to stop saying that milk creates strong bones. Many of those ads disappeared after that lawsuit.

6. Unnecessary Weight Gain !
As beverages go, milk is relatively high in calories. One cup of 2% milk has 138 calories, for instance. Drinking three cups a day adds 366 calories to the diet — a lot for anyone watching their weight.

7. Exacerbates Acne and Creates Gas Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found an association between dairy and acne. They suggest that removing milk or dairy can help to clear your skin.

8. It’s an Acidifying Animal Protein Like any other animal derived protein-rich food, milk has a positive potential renal acid load (PRAL) which triggers a protective biological reaction to neutralize all the damaging acidic protein before it reaches the kidneys.

What does this mean exactly? Any body that is in an acidic state is at higher risk for cancer, disease, soreness, short recovery time, and more.

9. Drinking creates excess mucus
There’s not much more I need to say here. Give it a try and see for yourself.

10. It promotes animal cruelty
Many of the animals today are factory farmed and abused.

Those are just a FEW of the reasons why milk isn’t the most optimal of foods for our bodies. 

But remember that it doesn’t stop there. Milk is found in cheeses, yogurt, non-vegan ice creams, whey protein, whipped creams, and ANY type of dairy product.