The evidence that dairy products are actively bad for you just keeps mounting. A 2009 study linked them to breast cancer. Another study has linked them to testicular cancer.
The website Free from Harm has brought together information from 20 experts on the connection between dairy products and ill health.
Up until the last few years, powerful dairy interests have successfully convinced the public that milk and cheese is not only safe but provides many health benefits. But what does the scientific community with no industry affiliations report on the link between dairy and breast cancer? That is the question this story attempts to answer by citing text from a collection of the leading experts on the subject.
Expert opinion, we learn is honing in on the connection between casein, which makes up 87 percent of cow’s milk protein, and breast cancer. Casein feeds cancer. Here are some more excerpts from the post:
“Casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein, promoted all stages of the cancer process. What type of protein did not promote cancer, even at high levels of intake? The safe proteins were from plants, including wheat and soy. As this picture came into view, it began to challenge and then to shatter some of my most cherished assumptions.”
— Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study
“I performed multiple regression analysis on breast cancer incidence. The highest correlation with breast cancer incidence was from animal source calories as compared to plant source calories.”The saturated fat in meat and milk products increases the risk of breast cancer.”
— Dr. William Harris, author of Cancer and Vegan Diet
“As families became more affluent in Japan, they began adopting daily meat and dairy into their diet. What was the result? Well, nothing short of shocking, actually. The affluent Japanese women developed breast cancer at a rate EIGHT times higher than their non-affluent Japanese neighbors who ate a diet free from heavy meat and dairy.”
— Dr. Janet Bruno
“The link between IGF-1 and cancers has been shown through population studies, which show a correlation between average milk consumption in the population and the occurrence of cancers. For instance there are 68.8 cases of breast cancer among every 100,000 woman in England and Wales compared with just 11.2 per 100, 000 in rural China where dairy is not included in the diet.”
— Lifestyle Correlates of Plasma Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 and Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein 3 Concentrations.
Add to this the way the cows are treated at dairy factory farms, the antibiotics and other drugs they’re fed, and the way they’re bred to ensure maximum milk production before exhaustion sets in and they’re sent to slaughter, and you have a perfect storm of sickness and cruelty.
If you’re planning on going veggie but are thinking that it’s OK to skip the meat but keep the dairy, think again. You and the animals are, frankly, better off if you quit the dairy and eat the meat instead.