Why I Recommend Eliminating Cow Dairy and Soy Products for Some People
The evidence that this is sound advice is clearly seen in the results with the children I have worked with over the last 30 years. It is something that causes a lot of “push back” initially but it doesn’t take long to see the difference in the child once the plan is put into effect. Not always, but sometimes it takes a google search or two. If you look up videos of dairy mills you can see the negatives. The cows are kept pregnant, and their calves are immediately taken away from them. They give the cows medicines to increase production, and milk them very frequently. Pus and blood are often part of what is put in the carton on your table. Gross but true.
If you really think about it, dairy products are derived from the milk of cows. Cow’s milk is a highly specialized baby formula designed for baby cows but not designed for baby human beings (or adult human beings either!). Cow baby formula contains special hormones for baby cows. These hormones are not good for humans. Therefore, even organic milk is still not good for your child as compared to human breast milk. Goat milk formula can be made at home, easily and without chemicals and other junk they put in store bought formula.
Baby cows drink the milk and grow up to be heavy, lazy, non-intelligent beings…not to be mean, but it is true.
Cow’s milk that is not organic contains growth hormones to increase milk production. These additional growth hormones are also a very bad idea for human beings, especially very young human beings whose immune systems can be especially fragile.
Cow’s milk contains casein, which reacts with the opiate receptors in the temporal lobes of the brain. The temporal lobes are involved with speech and auditory integration. When casein reacts with the opiate receptors in the temporal lobes, it can mimic the effect of opiate drugs, and this may negatively impact speech and auditory integration. It is worth noting that the peptide from milk is called caseomorphin. You can investigate that more if you wish.
Most of us were raised on cow’s milk. We had it on our cereal for breakfast. We had little boxes of it with our school lunch. We were likely served it at each meal. It is inexpensive. In the olden days, milk was plentiful, and often traded by farmers for other “necessities” like eggs and produce. Milk is thick and filled up the tummies of young children, so they did not have to eat as much to become full. It is also full of calories and “vitamins” which are often not the quality we can find in other “people food”. Were you told as a young child that if you did not drink your milk, you would never grow up to be big and strong? Did your parents surprise you with chocolate milk so you would drink more of it?
COW MILK IS FOR BABY COWS. I PROMISE
Here are a couple of good things that happen when you stop cow dairy. The little one’s nose will stop running, and you will start to hear breath through their nostrils. Ear fluid with get thinner and just like the nose boogers, it will be easier to clear. Which in turn will allow the hairs in the ears to perform as they should and help with balance. Fluid will not stay in the ear while bacteria forms, into an infection often resulting in antibiotics. Once the child is given antibiotics it is expected the infection will resolve, but we don’t often go back to the doctor to confirm it is no longer an issue. So, ear infections will come back, or maybe never even go away and the ears just keep growing bacteria, which is treated with antibiotics, which become less effective, which causes a whole new list of problems.
Sometimes we are told to put in ear tubes to help the ears clear the fluid. Well, if that fluid is thick a small tube is not going to do much as the thick mucus will fill the tube and…just think about it. It is not logical. Kids sometimes need more than one set of tubes, they fail, they fall out, they get lodged in the ear. They aren’t “working”. Those black circles under your child’s eyes will go away and not come back. The trips to the doctor, or worse, the hospital, will become fewer. Appetite, sleep, and behavior all may be much better. And the best yet, understanding language, speech and articulation will improve as well.
Put a dot on your calendar today and another one on the calendar exactly six weeks from now. Eliminate all dairy products starting today, and when you come to that second dot six weeks from now, ask yourself what changed? If there are clear changes for the better, you have your answer.
Not sure how your child can get the vitamins they need to grow up big and healthy? Many vegetables provide a fine source of calcium. The green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, collard greens, turnip greens, beet greens, and Swiss chard provide a rich source of calcium. These vegetables should be cooked and can be served several times a day. These are among the most nutritious of all vegetables, so it is very important to provide the opportunity to enjoy these vegetables while your child is young and learning how different foods taste. Make a smoothie, use lots of ice. Make popsicles, have fun!
Giving your young child a wide palate for many different tastes and textures makes a huge difference later. Children who are not exposed early to a wide variety of foods are more likely to stay with a narrow diet throughout life.
Beans also provide calcium. Beans must be properly cooked to be digestible. We recommend that beans be soaked at least four hours, and then discard the water. Place the beans in a slow cooker with herbs or seasonings and lots of water. Cook overnight, or for at least eight hours. The beans should be very soft so that you can mash them with a fork or puree them easily. Sesame seeds and almonds are a very good source of calcium.
Finding alternatives now is much easier than 30 years ago when I was searching for ways to help my own children.
Trust the process and let me know how it goes.