Milk-the big, white lie!

By: Ian Kelley Chef/Bodybuilder/Health Advocate

Please know that I am just like you and I am not trying to speak down from a hilltop or condescend. I would do that if I thought it would work but humor is usually more effective. I too once believed that milk was healthy, good and should be guzzled down like beer through a funnel.
Milk is touted by the “experts” as the “Perfect Health Food” and best choice for dieting and weight loss. The opposite is actually true. The growth hormones, chemicals and bacteria in milk will make you gain weight, retain body fat and make you sick. Try this experiment. Cut out all dairy products for one whole month (cheese, ice cream, everything). Resume eating dairy products again. I did this and now I become very ill when I drink milk or eat cheese and ice cream in any quantity. I used to drink 2 gallons of milk a week! Lactose intolerance is another way of saying that milk makes people sick. 95% of African Americans are lactose intolerant, 20-40% of Caucasians are lactose intolerant, and 50-70% of Asians are lactose intolerant. I do not know of any other “Perfect Health Foods” that make so many people sick.

MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of dollars have been spent to put milk mustaches on celebrities, athletes and models. Millions and millions of dollars are spent on marketing dairy products to the American public and reassuring us that dairy is healthy and safe. “Got Milk” “Milk does a body good” and lets not forget the great calcium hoax. Where will we get our calcium if we do not drink milk? Well, cows get it from grass but the best human source is green leafy vegetables. More than 75% of the earth’s populations do not consume regular dairy products. They are not dropping dead from calcium deficiency. Most people resist strongly when I suggest that dairy products are unhealthy because of the massive amount of media and government brainwashing (marketing) that takes place in this country. The consumption of cow’s milk and dairy products has been linked to many diseases and ailments like: Breast cancer, other cancers, Heart Disease, Stroke, MS, Diabetes, Obesity, Acne, Varicose Veins, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Allergic Reactions, Bloating, Gas, Cramps, and many more. You must check out Robert Cohen’s website to get the truth about milk. Read “The Famous Milk Letter” or click on the link below to view the 1999 video report and prepare to be shocked:

After the age of 4 or 5 our bodies lose the ability to effectively digest milk. It is the same for other animals; they are weaned and taught to eat regular food. Humans are the only species that continues to drink milk in adulthood. What makes it even worse is that it is the body fluid from another animal, which was intended for calves. The human body has an amazing tolerance level for toxins and for most people if they never stop drinking copious amounts of milk their bodies just take it and slowly build up mucus and disease over time.

Convincing Americans that milk is not healthy is a tremendous challenge. Let me apologize in advance to all the dairy farmers, lacto-ovo vegetarians and milk chugging enthusiasts who might be offended by my opinions. I have discovered that some people really cherish their dairy products and become quite upset at any suggestion that dairy products are anything less than a healthy, wholesome food that will nurture them for a lifetime. I suppose if you got your own cow, milked it yourself, and consumed small quantities of pure, fresh, raw milk and dairy products like our ancestors did than you might be OK. This is, of course, if you’re mostly Northern European ancestors drank milk and you tolerate it to begin with. This would be the only way to be sure you are not being poisoned.

When I brought this article to my writer’s group-a small clan of literary giants I now highly respect- the response I got was “Wow, this guy really hates milk.” Actually, I hate the people and organizations behind the milk deception. I like milk. It’s rich and delicious; it’s just not a health food. Don’t be fooled by the dairy industry marketing. If you like milk then please swill down a tall glass right away and have a nice life. Just know that it is not good for you and think of it as you would a dessert or a cigarette.

The milk industry grew out of need to feed a hungry, growing nation. In many cases we have taken the gifts of nature and altered and perverted them. Domestication of animals, and advances in science and chemistry allowed for the “great” modern achievements of food processing, canning, Pasteurization, Homogenization, preservatives, food chemicals, hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. All these things have made food unhealthy, easy and very, very cheap and profitable. There was a time when most food was fresh, healthy and chemical free. There was a time when milk was pure in this country, when cows roamed free and ate grass free from antibiotics and pollutants. Maybe 50 or 100 years ago it was good and safe to drink small amounts of milk from a cow before it became the milk of today. I do not fault corporations for wanting to be profitable, or governments for obscuring the truth. It is our own responsibility to discover the truth and change our lives.

“Most people prefer a simple lie over a complicated truth!”

The milk industry and government know that MANY, MANY more people might realize that milk does not agree with them if they stopped drinking it for a little while. This is why it is so heavily marketed and subsidized by the government. Please understand, I am not a fanatic .I will still have a little milk froth on top of my double macchiato, or a small amount of cheese here and there. I think of dairy the same way that most people view processed sugar. Sugar and dairy are so pervasive in our food supply and such a big part of our American culture it is almost impossible to avoid them entirely but they certainly should not be considered healthy or made a staple of your diet or added as a healthy component to a suggested eating guide or pyramid. Today’s milk is a processed food and processed foods and chemicals are harmful, toxic or at least unnatural to the human body.

So what about organic milk? Organic milk is great but it is still homogenized, pasteurized and meant for calves. Americans everywhere are feeling happy and safe by switching to organic milk. How wonderful it is that we now can enjoy milk from happy, grass fed cows that have been massaged and groomed everyday and not fed any antibiotics, growth hormone or chemicals, right? Sorry folks, organic milk is just like light cigarettes, it is healthier but will still kill you! Homogenization turns dairy products into a deadly artery scarring poison. Homogenized dairy products are one of the real reasons behind our epidemic of heart disease.
Milk is mostly casein, which is a mucus-producing glue that accumulates in the human body causing long-term health problems and disease. Milk from cows was intended for calves, even cows do not continue drinking their own milk in adulthood they get their calcium and sustenance from grass.
Guess What. Yogurt is crap too! Two different friends recently were asking me about yogurt. “Yogurt is still healthy, right?” No. Yogurt does contain healthy bacteria, which aids in digestion but it also contains milk and often is loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners and other chemicals. A better strategy, if you are looking to improve your digestion, would be to take digestive enzymes, probiotics or Acidophilus pills which are available at health food stores everywhere and are much more effective.

If you want to lose body fat, feel healthy and avoid chronic disease than cut out or reduce all dairy products from your diet. I achieved an incredible new level of health and leanness after I banished dairy products from my life. Don’t take my word for it, do the research for yourself and you will find out what the dairy industry has been hiding. Run quickly to your refrigerator and dump your milk down the sink today. I know you will enjoy better health tomorrow and hereafter.


Oski, Frank A. Don’t Drink your milk! Teach Services, Inc., 1996.

Cohen, Robert. Milk-The Deadly Poison. Argus Publishing. 1997.

Author's Bio: 

Ian Kelley- Author of The Organic Body fitness and cookbook and creator of . Ian is a lifetime chef and former restaurant owner with over 20 years of experience working with food, Since 2000 Ian has been the Foodservice Director and Health and Nutrition Educator for a Drug and Alcohol Rehab in the mountains of Vermont and more recently a competitive Natural Bodybuilder, Holistic Health Advocate and Writer.