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Milk Is Dangerous for Your Health

Milk Is Dangerous for Your Health

Our current government guidelines recommend drinking three glasses of milk a day for every American over five.  For kids under five, Uncle Sam recommends chugging two glasses a day.  But is milk a health food?  Should we really be eating dairy?  Is there any real science behind this, or is this just the result of the powerful Dairy Council lobby?

Got proof?

I recently wrote a blog called Got Proof? The Lack of Evidence for Milk’s Benefits, which was based on a research article by Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Walter Willett from Harvard, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  The study by Ludwig and Willett showed a lack of evidence for the government’s recommendations.  The Harvard scientists found no data to support the claim that the consumption of dairy leads to better bones, weight loss, or improved health.  They also found some serious risks tied to dairy consumption, including weight gain, increased cancer risk, and increased fracture risk.  It turns out milk does not build strong bones! They also found that dairy may cause other problems like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas, diarrhea, allergies, eczema, and acne.

So, is milk nature’s perfect food?  Yes. If you’re a calf.

Dairy should not be a dietary staple

While it is true that some people can tolerate dairy in small amounts—for example, descendants from Northern Europe and people who don’t have allergies, lactose intolerance, or a leaky gut—it should not be a staple of our diet.  We should not be putting it on or in everything.

Dairy contains some very allergenic proteins, such as casein, which can be problematic for many people.  And to make matters worse, the casein that’s in our modern dairy—sourced from modern, hybridized cows—has been genetically altered, creating a much higher likelihood of inflammation, autoimmune disease, and even type 1 diabetes.  With this in mind, I strongly recommend that you limit the amount of cow-sourced dairy that you consume.

If you want to eat dairy, I suggest you try goat and sheep dairy, such as sheep cheese and yogurt or goat cheese and yogurt, both of which are widely available now.  It is also important to choose organic when you can, because pesticides and chemicals are concentrated in the fat found in non-organic dairy.

This leads to another frequent question I receive: “Is organic dairy OK?”   Organic cows are often milked while pregnant, producing milk that’s full of hormones.  In fact, the average glass of milk has 60 different hormones in it.   These are anabolic hormones, which means they help you to grow.  But not all growth is good.  You don’t want to grow cancer cells.  You don’t want to grow big bellies.  You don’t want to grow in ways that actually may be harmful.

What to do about dairy:

  1. Take a dairy holiday for two to four weeks, and see how you feel.  Does your postnasal drip go away, and do your sinuses clear up?  Does your acne go away?  Do you stop having bloating, gas, and diarrhea?  Do you have more energy?  Does your eczema clear up?  Do your allergies get better? These are some very simple things you should notice when you eliminate dairy.  Then try eating dairy again, and see how you feel.  Do these symptoms return?
  2. Stick with sheep or goat dairy if you do decide to eat dairy again, but try to avoid cow dairy.

The bottom line is, I don’t agree with the government’s recommendations regarding dairy consumption, and neither do some of the top scientists in the world.   Dairy should not be a dietary staple and you should certainly not have three glasses of milk every day.  Don’t listen to Uncle Sam on this one – listen to your body and to the science.  You’ll know what’s best.

I’d like to hear from you!

  • What have you noticed?
  • Has dairy caused problems for you—acne, eczema, allergies, bloating, gas?
  • Have you eliminated dairy from your diet? If so, what happened?

Feel free to share your story with us in the comments section below.   Sign up for our newsletter. Share this with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter, because they might have problems with dairy, too. Don’t forget to submit your questions, so that next week I may make a house call to you.

Learn more

Got Proof? Lack of Evidence for Milk’s Benefits

Dairy: 6 Reasons You Should Avoid It at All Costs

Do Milk and Sugar Cause Acne?

Mark Hyman MD is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

Comments (62)

  • This blanket dairy bashing seems ill-founded to me. Certainly there is a lot to be suspicious of regarding modern mass produced dairy products. But frankly, i’m surprised to see the wonderful Dr. Hyman talking of the saturated fat worry re dairy. Are you familiar with the “MESA” study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last year (summarised here http://www.smarteaters.org/index.php?id=47). Basically it appeared to show that the biggest consumers of dairy has the least heart attacks and strokes with those consuming the least dairy having the most CVD incidents? A straight line association suggesting dairy to be cardioprotective … Then there was this year’s major meta study published in the European Journal of Nutrition reviewing the links between dairy and obesity and CVD and diabetes: it basically found variously no association (cardiometabolic etc.) and in some cases, the opposite of what we might expect (high fat dairy associated with lower weight etc.) It’s here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22810464
    The more realistic issues to be concerned about are probably intolerances and immune reactions which do seem to be on the rise. But, as with wheat, the issue is not dairy per se but what has been happening to dairy in recent times in terms of mass production. Intolerance appears to be more about use of non-heritage breeds, pushing cows production to ridiculous levels via various manipulations and the now standard practice of homogenisation. Those drinking real milk, organic and raw if possible, I suspect are generally helping their health.
    And I’ve not yet gone near the various cancer curing properties variously associated with bovine colostrum, bovine lactoferrin and, emerging shortly, bovine oligosaccharides.
    As ever, the picture is not clear cut.
    And while I’m at it, can we all please agree to drop the vacuous quip about dairy being great if you’re a calf: it’s a nonense! No food is “pre-ordained” for human consumption with the sole exception of human mother’s milk. A lamb’s liver is meant for filtering lamb urine; a chicken leg for supporting a chicken; a fruit, to dispense the seed of a given plant etc. Yet all serve as our food …
    And finally finally, I’m surprised at the suggestion that we should consider getting our calcium from supplements (I see that the idea of getting Ca from food was also offered.)
    Certainly osteoporosis levels are lower in warmer countries: generally this understood to be due to Vitamin D levels.
    I’m no dairy nut not by any means and if one doesn’t work to find and drink real milk, then yes, maybe moderating its use may make sense. But the evidence, both modern RCT stuff and traditional folk science from Ayurveda to Zulu, suggests animal milk does have not just a place but even a particularly significant place in a healthy human diet.

    • I agree that the science is still being worked out on this one, and common sense and ethics can take the lead. It is in my view the consequences of mass production –hormone levels, antibiotic load, pesticides, and whatever neuropeptides get secreted by a life of fear and misery–added to an already questionable product for human health.
      Asking my patients, the majority of whom suffer from the some type chronic dyspepsia/GERD/bloating/constipation , to go off dairy for 2 months is the most productive intervention in my primary care practice. Not only do they feel better, but they begin to be able to lose weight, especially belly fat more easily. Not to mention the savings in end on H2/PPI, unnecessary endoscopies and GI referrals. Very rewarding for all (except maybe the GI doc:)

      Also, I think we may be better designed to digest the milk of smaller livestock, rather then that of a very large ruminant with a huge, multi-chambered stomach. And then, as you say, there’s all the ways we have manipulated (and tortured) that creature in ways totally unprecedented until very recently.

      Glad we are having this conversation– for people, cows, and the earth.

    • I drink over 1 gallon of whole milk a week sometimes 2 gallons . I have been a milk drinker all my life . Been in bad car wrecks sheared off a utility pole and hit a building ,hit an oak tree once(that hurt), construction accidents , motorcycle accidents , Thrown from horses and never broke any bones . I am 59 and I think milk has gotten my body through some tough times and I highly recommend drinking it.

  • I love cheese and cream cheese and sour cream and yogurt and pretty much every single dairy product. However….once I eliminated dairy from my diet, my sinuses instantly cleared up and I could breathe through my nose. I never thought I had problems with breathing through my nose because that was normal to me. But once I experienced what it was really like to take a full breath through my nose, I know now that my sinuses were very congested. I also have less skin problems when I don’t eat dairy. I have it every now and again and I actually just had some cheese on Saturday night. Whaddayaknow? I had some skin breakouts yesterday. My mother has to be lactose intolerant because she goes to the bathroom every time she eats ice cream, but she continues to eat dairy anyways. Giving up dairy is hard at first, but with all the alternatives from goat/sheep dairy products to coconut milk ice cream (and coconut milk yogurt and coffee creamer, etc. – although they do have carrageenan in them) to almond milk and such, it’s getting easier on us dairy-lovers to replace what hurts us 🙂

    • im a health pro. avoid dairy at all cost. I work tomorrow, I must go now. milk does not gives you calcium. it takes off calcium from you. I have months of study on this, at the pro level (ultra). meat, on the other side is a little innofensive baby compared to dairy ( from animal source for human ). still, meat is not super good for health either!. good day!

  • I’m a 54 yr. old female. I was tested for osteoporosis and told I was in a borderline situation. No meds needed but I should supplement or make sure I was getting enough calcium in my diet. I’ve been drinking about a gallon of milk a week for years, thinking I was ok. I was also tested for vit D and had almost 0. It turns out I’ve been taking thyroid medicine for 24 years which depletes you of calcium in the bones. I don’t understand how they can continue to lie to us and get away with it! I know there’s lots of money in dairy industry but I really don’t think people will change their habits that much if they hear the truth. The truth should be told! Doctor should also be more careful to tell their patients what the meds will do to them and how to avoid it. I read about the thyroid medicine causing osteoporosis! Never, ever was I told by my doctor and no doctors have ever mentioned it when they see my meds!

    • You’re right. Many doctors never tell you what might be wrong with the drugs they prescribe. I’ve been on thyroid medication for decades, but I take Armor Thyroid, not synthetic. Most doctors prescribe Synthroid. I don’t think Armor Thyroid has the same side effects.

  • I stopped eating dairy to see what would happen. I was suffering from psoriasis , that was really bad. After 3 weeks it was completely gone!

  • I would also like to add, why do you think milk causes cancer but you don’t think fish oil causes cancer? Regarding fish oil you said that association doesn’t mean causation so couldn’t you say the same about milk?Has there been an intervention study over about 20 years that shows milk causes cancer? Also with regards to milk causing cancer, couldn’t you also say what about the other myriad of factors like lifestyle:smoking, nutrition, stress, exercise? Isn’t it too simplistic to reduce a disease as complex as cancer down to one trigger, milk? The guy who runs the authoritynutrition website has done a lot of research and says that there is no evidence that dairy is linked to cancer in humans. What would you say to him?

  • I really did enjoy reading this article. I have noticed a decreased change in how often I get acne since I have stopped consuming dairy within the first 5 days. Dairy before had worsened my allergies, made me bloated after eating it or consuming it. I could not figure out why until I read this article a few days ago. Thank you!

    My question is: what is your take on dairy, meat, and milk alternatives for vegetarians and vegans?

  • i used to get acne, dandruff and skin peeling like ecszema when i was a teenager drinking milk everyday.i didnt know i was allergic to milk.i felt i was losing out coz i couldnt drink milk when i found out i was allergic to it in my twenties.now i try to avoid milk….but its present in all the food that i love eg cheddar cheese, yoghurt and chocolates!

  • My husband and I were both lactose intolerant and never grew up drinking milk. We started raising our own goats and cows about 6 years ago and drinking unpasteurized milk and eating our own cheese and now we do not experience any of the negative effects that we experienced before when consuming dairy products from the grocery store. We still are not huge milk drinkers since we didn’t grow up drinking milk but we drink some and we consume a lot of yogurt and cheeses every day. Our message is: Organic is not the only thing to consider when purchasing dairy products. Consider herd size and whether or not the animals are primarily grass fed.

  • Hello Dr. Hyman,

    I was wondering if milk is still as bad in Canada as we do not use hormones here? As well, I heard that yogourt is better than cheese since it’s “partly digested” by it’s enzymes?

    Thank you!

    Dominique

    • Dear Dominique,
      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. In general, fermented foods tend to be better digested so if you tolerate dairy this may work for you. Stick with organic, grassfed dairy so you increase the nutrition profile and weed out the junky toxic chemicals. And remember, all dairy contains hormones (natural) that are there to help the calf grow. Thus, dairy is a source of hormones and that promotes growth-not the type of growth you probably want! So, best to limit dairy and when you do have it, source it from the highest quality cattle you can.

      In good health,

      The Nutrition Team

  • Was the Ludwig/Willet study done with standard commercial milk from cows fed a grain diet? Are there any studies showing adverse health effects from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows? I think this is very important information that needs to be clearly stated along with a study’s conclusions. Grain is not a natural diet for cattle and alters the nutrition of both meat and dairy significantly.

    I have seen study results that show inflammation, IBS and altered stomach/intestine pH in cattle fed a primarily grain diet. The animals get sick more often and require more medications compared to grass-fed cattle. If the animals are sick and not getting proper nutrition to maintain health, why would we expect the meat and dairy from those animals to be healthy for us to eat?

  • For me, “the dose makes the poison” when it comes to dairy intake. I may have a spoonful or two of well-chosen yogurt and a little milk foam in my half-caff cappuccino. I don’t need or want much, but a little here and there gives me pleasure and makes me happy. 🙂

  • Hi Dr. Hyman,
    Very informative article! Thank you. I’d love to oblige and cut out milk and milk-based dairy, but what do I eat instead? I’ve had migraines my whole life ’caused by the substitutes you mention above: nuts, seeds, nut butters, legumes, cheeses, etc. We migraineurs can’t eat those substitutes. Now what? Thanks again.

    • Hi Lorrie,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/

      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching where you can receive 1:1 support with Registered Dietitians, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

    • Hi Ed!

      Dr. Hyman prefers you to choose hypoallergenic proteins to help stabilize your blood sugar and promote weight loss. The protein from whey is why physicians and practitioners use this powder. However as you observed, eating 4 to 6 ounces wild salmon or a handful of nuts and seeds is a whole food approach your body best understands. Eating real food makes it easy for your body to metabolize the food you eat into nutrients and energy without converting it to fat. Whey powder, however, is usually sourced from unhealthy cows fed a grain diet. Without the nutrition normally seen in grassfed cows, this whey may actually be more inflammatory, causing your body to hold onto weight and store incoming food as fat. If you do choose to have some whey protein ensure it is from non-denatured, grassfed cows milk that has not been exposed to high heat. This helps ensure your product retains nutrition. And please – choose unflavored and unsweetened of course! Please see Dr. Hyman’s nutrition coaching portal for a personalized plan to help you get the appropriate 1:1 support for learning more about food as medicine. http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs-More

  • Hi all,

    first of all, this is a great article. Second, there is always a reason why someone reads it. Maybe you were searching for something causing your disease and you found out that diary could be a reason. Than you say, what a nonsense because My grandma said always: “milk is good and makes you strong!” So what can you say, if you are a child and you don’t know the reason and your own body. Now you become older and there are some problems. In my case it is Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I am not a stupid guy and my brain is still working very fine. So what I do, is to take two opinions and I decide for the one which sounds most understandable.
    I went out and looked for reasons why I have MS. One reason could be my mother because she has it. So I asked my self why she has it. I found one reason which might be milk.

    I don’t say it is milk but during the study on milk I found out a lot of things. I listened to a lot of Prof. and Dr. and all these people who think they know what is right for me and what is not.
    The last 30 years of my life I listened to the people who said milk is good, so now I listen since 5 weeks to the people who say the opposite.

    My friends think I am an idiot and that I don’t see the benefit of milk.

    So I asked them:

    – why is milk so good?

    a: the milk contains a lot of calcium!

    Yes they are right, milk contains a lot of calcium. but !!!

    milk also contains a lot of proteins which makes you blood higher in acidity. which tells the body to use the calcium of the bones to reduce the acidity in your body. so it happens that milk weakens your bones.

    I asked back and said

    If milk contains so much calcium, what is eaten by the cow that she can produce it?

    – grass and water!

    hmmm, they said that’s true.

    there are so many things which tells me that milk is not a normal thing to drink.

    for example that the human is the only animal which is drinking milk from ANOTHER animal. Why are all other animals healthy?
    Why it is so seldom that you find a deer in the forest which has cancer?

    For me the answer was directly in front of me. 50% of the illnesses we have are coming from the food.
    People are feeding us because they make profit out of it. I know this very well.
    They don’t care if the food makes the people sick as long they pay for it.

    I don’t take any more diary products plus I reduced the consumption of meet.

    I take more vegetables, fruits and other healthy stuff which I never ate before and I didn’t even knew the name of it.

    I tell my friends that I don’t say, I don’t want you to stop it.

    I just say try it for 4 weeks. It’s not the end of your live and you can start eating all the rubbish after this test. If nothing changed, ok. fine with me.

    but if something changed and you feel better, you can invite me for a good vegan meal and a big beer. Because I am a German I will not stop drinking beer. Don’t worry I don’t drink it every week. But from time to time also a German needs to enjoy.

    I hope I could help some people who are reading my “five cent” input to make a self try on it.

    And be careful: it is a lot of fun to make your own food! best if you have a buddy or a partner who will do it with you.

    cheers

    Michael

  • Dairy is a huge issue. Many, including me about 5 years ago, don’t want to admit it but….it is!
    I had IBS with constipation, bloating and gas. Did an elimination diet and wow….I found out what it is like to feel comfortable in your clothes. I have been this way since a young kid! My skin cleared up and I stopped having sinus headaches.
    I now work with women that have digestive issues, sugar addictions and want to have more energy and lose weight. Dairy is the first thing we have them give up just to see how they feel. I have yet to have anyone not feel some kind of affect!
    Choosing good health, tons of energy, a working digestive tract and feeling great trumps the momentary satisfaction of eating dairy! There are so many great alternatives – almond and coconut dairy, homemade nut cheeses that are so delicious.
    Great blog post – I am sending to a few “hard-core” dairy lovers in hope they will choose good health!
    Thank you,
    Mindy

  • I was when I started using micellair casein isolate as a workout supplement I started to associate milk to some health problems I experienced the years before. The casein caused tremendous abdominal pain and resulted in increased pimples / abscesses in the dermis layer of my skin (cheeks and between the eyebrows). Apparently my intestines are unable to process casein by cutting it up, which results in unprocessed protein in my bloodstream which causes blockages.

    As in your country, in my country milk is promoted as a staple in our diet. I am not really sure if I have an allergy or the problem targets more people who simple do not know about it. But since then I have mostly banned milk from my diet and have learned to listen to my body. The problems have disappeared ever since. Your advise of ‘listen to your body’ makes much more sense and increases awareness, thank you.

  • Our family of 4 just gave up all dairy products a few weeks ago and our lives have changed DRAMATICALLY!! Our 20 month old was our inspiration, as we found out (through our own research) that he has a dairy allergy. The signs started when he was 8 months ( but looking back, he was a a tough baby so it started from birth). He had a persistent ear infection that doctors just kept giving him rounds and rounds of stronger and stronger antibiotics. Finally, I did some research myself and saw a post where someone had suggested a possible milk allergy. I took him off milk while he was on his last round of antibiotics before he would get surgery–tubes in both ears…and the fluid behind his ears had cleared up after just a week. He was finally balanced enough to walk without falling without all the fluid behind his ears and he could hear!! He had other signs too–very cranky all day, especially when we switched him to cow’s milk (his poor tummy was probably in knots not being able to digest the stuff), eczema on his cheeks, etc. We tested him with cheese and same awful reactions so we learned that we needed to eliminate milk, butter, cheese, most lunch meats–anything with casein, whey, lactic acid. My husband has always had lactose intolerance with milk and ice cream, but would tolerate the pain to eat cheese which he loved. Taking the family off dairy has made him realize just how cheese was affecting him (even though that was the only dairy product left that he was allowing himself). He no longer has IBS, no longer snores at night, and no more insomnia! Our 3 year old was surprising too when we took him off dairy–he always drank almond milk but he would eat cheese and ice cream, etc. His mood swings are gone! He is a complete pleasure to be around all the time. He’s back to taking naps but he has alot more energy during the day (he used to act tired ALL the time), no more tummy aches and IBS symptoms are gone. Lastly, a HUGE change in myself. We had given up gluten first, thinking that might be the problem with our family, but in doing so realized dairy is affecting us all and probably everyone that consumes it. I was one step away from knocking on a therapist’s door for medication for PMDD or depression, or whatever was going on with me. My mood swings are gone (sometimes my mood would make a 180 for no reason at all)! I’m no longer bloated, I feel energized and NORMAL again. I think some has to do with no more gluten but MOST is because of dairy. I will happily never eat a piece of cheese again to feel like this.
    I wish everyone would try this, just for 2 weeks. I see toddlers literally losing their minds at the playground and I want to scream from rooftops to stop giving your children milk and you will have that sweet angel back. It is much harder with children–Pediatricians are pushing milk down our throats, almost every convenient snack has dairy in it, cheese, yogurt, pizza, ice cream, birthday cake! But we’ve made the choice and are so happy about it…I’ll just have to bring our own mini pizza and cupcake to future children’s parties, but it’s worth our sanity.

    • Hi Greta,
      Thank you for sharing your family’s story. We are so happy to hear that you have all transformed your health so quickly!
      Wishing You the Best of Health!
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  • Well,sometimes it does not take much to see facts.You can just look around and observe nature more.Of ocurse that cow milk is designed perfectly for calf!..That it’s the purpose of milk.I have hated milk and meat since my childhood but i ate it sometimes…i had alergies,immune deseasealways tired..sinusitis(2 operations) ,many problems..I stopeed with milk and meat and in 2-3 weeks my life changed!I am full of energy,have no facial swelling anymore,sinusitis etc…So,basivally listen to your body and see how you feel after having consumed certain food or drink.Cow milk you drink is full of cow femiale hormones which are not destoyed during pasterization process,it depletes bones and it is most certainly an “alien” drink introduced into the human body.cheers!:)

  • I drink around a half gallon of milk every day, I also eat as much red meat as I can get. I do like my corn and potatoes, but don’t really need greens and fruit. Don’t get me wrong, I like them sort of. I do not eat sweets or Soda water but do have moderate amounts of Scotch and Beer. I am 58 and have had this diet since I was in college. The only thing I have changed is I avoid fried foods. I am 15-20 lbs. overweight, it has creeped over the last15 years, but I still do extreme manual labor without any problems. My daughter is lactose intolerant. I drink her share of milk. No acne, no bloating, no gas. Just that great feeling from an ice cold glass of whole milk. And when I can get it, I get it straight from the cow- not homogenized or pasteurized, just scoop off a cup of cream from the top, save it for real cream or make butter. I have never had a energy drink, prefer milk.

  • I was a milk drinker and yogurt eater and decided to minimize dairy because of a fibroid that was painful. My midsection just felt inflamed. I substituted almond milk and almond yogurt and my pelvic pain was gone!

    Though I’m sure the fibroid is still there, I feel no inflammation. A pain in my calf, which I blamed on a pinched nerve , is also gone. I am sure that minimizing dairy has also minimized inflammation in my body.

    I still eat small amounts of cheese occasionally, but I’m mostly milk free. I’m so glad I did it!

    • Buffalo milk is great!!!
      It is very high in fat and proteins.
      Makes THE BEST THE BEST yougurt

  • Dr,Hymam,

    I find this article interesting. I was raised on a dairy farm. All of the cows were raised on alfalfa, we never fed them corn or shot them up with steroids or any other type of drugs. At times we did have to give vitamin shots to the cafs. My grandparents sold milk out of the house and did nothing more than skim the milk and sanitize the milk containers and tits of the cows. This is unheard of in todays world of boiling, adding sugar, corn syrup and any other item that allows you to keep milk in the fridge for over 6 weeks. Truly organic milk should not be kept in the fridge longer than three weeks.

    RAW milk is no different than RAW honey or any other raw item that we consume. It is always best to consume any given food in its natural state. Neither of which I would give a kid under the age of three or an elderly person. Even then I would test with small amounts and only use local raw milk\honey.

    I believe in the majority of cases people are lactose intolerant because of other unknowns. Such as steroids, pesticides, hormones, feeding dairy cows corn , corn syrup etc. Im sure everyone gets the point here. Lets not forget if they are allergic to the grasses\alfalfa that is being fed to the animals either. We also know the older and less active we get the more sensitive we are to food and health issues in general.

    Up until the last 30 yrs we rarely heard of lactose intolerance. Thirty years ago you purchased milk\honey form a local farmer and not Wal-Mart. Go figure and then you start hearing about multiple health issues contributed to food sensitivity and then taking a pill to resolve a health issue.

    You will never , yes I said it NEVER be able to point any given trigger to the cause of cancer.

    I also have a cure for individuals that are sensitive to food. This does not include the young or elderly.
    Get off your rear end, stop making excuses, stop using a dump truck to enter garbage into your mouth, stop making excuses, stop taking pills, start treating your body like a temple, start taking responsibility first for yourself and then your family, have more sex with the person you love most and most importantly never take anything too seriously.

    This is not a question of being allergic to milk as much as it is to having a balanced life style.

  • I have had Hashimoto’s Disease for over 22 years now. Last year I started suffering from severe joint pain in feet, fingers, hands, knees and elbows. I was referred to several different doctors only to be told nothing was wrong with me. Finally found a holistic np that told me to stop all dairy. After 3 days of being dairy free my joint pain was gone and I lost 6 pounds in 3 weeks. So i definitely agree that dairy is not good for you. I know drink almond or coconut milk which is supposed to have more calcium in it.

  • I’ve asked the following questions so many times and yet i still did not recieve fullproof answers with scientific data to back it up.
    And these are the questions: Is 1% milk is still harmful than 3% or 5%? what about UHT milk which goes through protein denaturation and spores elimination (135 dC or 275 dF)?

    What are the best substitutes for cow milk? are they less harmful than cow milk?

    If you do have answers for these questions , on what scientific research do you base your claim? (where, when and who published them)

  • I’ve suffered from acne most of my life. It got so bad at some point I never wanted to leave the house. Benzyl peroxide,neomyxin, oral antibiotics,retin.A, and all sorts of diet regimes,name it, nothing seems to completely work. I changed pillow linen every night,used fresh towels to clean my face everyday. Basically, there probably nothing I’ve not tried yet the acne persisted. Over the course of 25 years i must have literally tried more than a hundred off the shelf products and nothing totally eliminated acne. The severity of the acne varies over the years but at various times I was really traumatized by the constant teasing by school mates and catty comments by even random strangers. I believe it took away part of my youth and it’s a feeling only a sufferer of severe acne can really relate to. Nevertheless I was relentless in my research for a clearer skin. Then about 3 months ago I stumbled on an article linking dairy products and acne together. And I went cold turkey immediately given I was ready to do anything to have a spot free complexion. The result has been totally dramatic,I have not had a single pimple ,I repeat a single pimple in almost the 3 months since I’ve started. For the last 25 odd years of my life I’ve never ever gone 2 days without some random pimples sprouting out of nowhere on my face. I even experimented at some point and went 2 days without even washing my face despite having an oily skin no pimple came. After about a month into it I stopped all my skin regime Ive been doing before still no acne.For me, I feel so liberated and feel like I’m free from acne troubles and finally free from the tyranny of skin regimes I’ve religiously adhered to over the years . I feel like standing on the roof top and shout to all acne sufferers like me to at least give a diary free diet a try and it might change their lives. A bit mad tho that fu***ING dairy almost ruined long periods of my life. Pls let’s spread the word.

  • I recently stopped eating dairy, because I have a problem with mild acne on my lower face and I didn’t want to take drugs or other extreme measures for it (I’m in my 30s..) so I decided to see if a non dairy diet helped. Within a few days my skin was clear. CLEAR! This was pretty outstanding given I’ve always had a few pimples at least. I ate some dairy based things over Thanksgiving and the next day I had acne worse than ever. Regardless of what evidence there is or isn’t about how bad dairy is, my experience is enough proof to know it isn’t good for my body. I now eat a fairly strict Paleo diet and feel better than ever. I think processed sugar and dairy are definitely the crack cocaine of foods!

  • I agree with the post about listening to your body. Read both sides, do some experimenting and find whats right for you. I never liked milk as a kid. Growing up I had terrible pain and bloating after eating. At the age of 36, I started reading about Gluten free diets but had a lot of negative feedback from my family..that’s just a fad..so it quickly dropped off. Now at the age of 42 I have found out I have celiac disease. I now have the answer to all the pain, bloating, blisters on my fingers that doctors could not figure out. I wish I had gone with my gut instinct (no pun intended) at 36. I have energy I have NEVER felt in my life. I am also lactose intolerant…the tiniest bit of salad dressing and i have issues. I also have 7 children, one with severe cerebral palsy…they have all had issues ranging from eczema, ear infections, to acne. I looked into a million things, vaccines, food etc. Bottom line is, it isn’t worth arguing over studies. It is worth it to cut something out and see. If your eczema went away for good or now you have energy and no pain, doesn’t matter about the specifics. Don’t look at cutting something out as a horrible “I cant have this” situation. Look at it as an experiment. Makes it a lot more fun. Also gets you more in tune with your body. Some things we have become used to so we don’t even pay attention anymore. Believe it or not my pain from consuming wheat became normal so I just dealt with it.

  • I’m giving up dairy for a few weeks, but I have a sweet tooth. What about desserts baked with cows milk? does it have the same effect as drinking milk or once baked does it take on a different structure and safer to digest?
    Thanks
    -John

    • Hi John,
      If you are avoiding dairy for a few weeks, you should avoid ALL dairy and dairy products including ingredients in baked goods. Try almond, coconut, or hemp milk as an alternative in baked goods.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  • Giving up dairy helped clear my acne. At 25 years old, I usually had several pimples on my face at any given time. I tried all kinds of acne products, and they made no difference. My skin cleared up within two weeks after cutting out dairy. I tried adding back dairy FIVE different times, and I had a noticeable breakout each time. I recently found out there is a good chance that I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), so there is a good chance that my acne was hormone-related. I can’t say that giving up dairy will definitely help your acne, but it’s worth a try. You should also cut back on high glycemic load foods (starch and sugar), which would be good for you no matter what your goals. By the way, I’m also a registered dietitian (RD), and I do not push my clients towards dairy products.

  • I would like to share my experience. I started having more milk few years ago on the advise of my fitness trainer. Digesting milk is not an issue with me. But what I have noticed is that I am not able to think clearly. Always used to feel lazy, Wanted to sleep. Then after noticing this things I started reading health and food books. I gave me informations about dairy production, how it is affecting my health. I stopped. Now I feel more comfortable. The main thing is that, I am feling lazy, able to think clearly. Can apprehend things properly.

  • I have suffered from psoriasis most of my life and GERD for about 15 years. I am 56. Grew up on a farm where we drank a lot of milk. For the last year I no longer drink cow’s milk but instead use almond milk. Both of the conditions above have completely gone away. I think it was Socrates that stated your health comes from your gut. My wife and I also take a probiotic containing 66 billion of 12 strains. Just my two cents…

  • I’ve eaten dairy products all my life, am 66, NO osteoporosis, weak bones, fractures are anything else. My skin is clear and I look 46. I understand some people cannot tolerate it, then drink something else.

    Dairy bashing has to go the way of meat bashing. Conor hit it right on the head.

  • Hi, I am reading your article. I am 58 years old, female and of mixed East Indian and European heritage. I have had dairy (especially yoghurt) all my life. I was never a big milk drinker but ate cheese, yoghurt, buttermilk, ice cream, chocolate without issue. About 6 months ago I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I started both medications and gas and discomfort started as well as severe coughing. The Doctor discontinued the cholesterol medication and told me to lose weight and check again in 6 months and modified my BP medication. The coughing has pretty well stopped. I was sent to an allergist/repirologist and am having tests done. I was put on a 21 day modified diet which discontinued nearly everything. I have completed that (lost 15 lbs) and have been adding back things. I was successfully adding back things without incident and then I added back Plain Greek Yoghurt 2 days ago. The distress I am feeling at the moment is horrible. My stomach hurts and rumbles. The gas has been awful. I read your article and do have mild eczema and noticed it was almost gone. I plan to cut out the dairy for a week or two to see if it clears. I am being tested for IBS and other diseases at the moment and go back to my doctor mid March. I did not know you could suddenly develop this because as I said this has happened in the last 6 months.

  • I totally agree, its amazing how my life changed when a listened to my body one day and notice how bad was milk for me and my family and when I saw you video explaining about the milk it just confirmed what I was experiencing, I suffered from constipation for 30 years and never realized it was the milk, I am so happy I found he solution for all my health problems. Stop drinking cow milk.

  • Though this article is written by doctor i think milk is good for health.giving injection to cow for producing more milk and drinking that milk would be certainly bad for health, otherwise milk is good for health.drinking pure milk without addition of powder causes cancer that is complete absurd,do more research doctor.

  • I have done my research on the facts of milk. Every time I try and share my knowledge with people, I get mocked. It does not bother me at all it just shocks me how close minded people are. How they are brainwashed by the government and are closed off to anything they know nothing about. I have given up dairy and I feel amazing. Every time I cheat and have dairy I regret it. It makes me break out, feel bloated, cause gas, I feel terrible. People do no know how good their body’s are suppose to feel because they treat their body like a garbage bin and put junk in it. I am so passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. I wish the facts were more known to people. People are so naive it makes me sad for the society we live in.

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  • It is controvertial in my opinion how he says “milk is healthy for you if you are a calf” and then proceeds to recomend milk from goats. Isn’t it the same? Neither was made for human consumption, only our own mother’s milk.

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