Last week, I shared with you how ever since we started unschooling, its been about making conscious choices all along. Unschooling led to un-jobbing and then conscious birthing, no vaccinations, moving from Delhi to Goa and many other small and big choices we continue to make that align with an effort to live intentionally.
Going vegan was one such choice. When my health was spiraling downwards what with life-long anemia, laboured breathing, heavy monthly bleeding and finally hypothyrodism, I decided I’ve had enough. My hobbies, projects, gardening – all can take a back seat for a while, while I listen to my body and act on it.
You see, when we channel our intention and spiritual energy into doing something earnestly, forces align, people appear in our lives out of nowhere to help and guide, events coincide, stories come out in the open and basically things start falling in place. This has been true for me for years now.
And, we uncovered a whole host of truths and myths – about acidifying and alkalizing food, dairy and the dairy industry, proteins and carbs, raw foods, about the digestive system and how it functions.
But, the biggest of them all was about dairy.
And, I’ll get to it starting this article – one disease at a time.
It was to take a holistic perspective and seek guidance for my hypothyrodism that I finally decided to meet Darryl D’Souza – a therapist, alchemist and author of the book, Become Healthy or Extinct. I’d known Darryl for a while now but have no idea why I couldn’t have prioritized meeting with him to consult for some of the health issues I was facing. Was it because we put health on a back burner as compared to other interesting things – our hobbies, travels, home decor, social agenda?
But, before fixing an appointment with Darryl, I bought his book and started reading. Page after page, this book laid bare information that is continuing to change my health – and hence life – for ever, for the positive. We’ve always followed a healthy diet and life-style – organic home-cooked whole foods, less oily and spicy, no alcohol, no refined sugar or salt. Yet, this book was an eye-opener in many ways. There were revelations that made us go, “oh, wow, really? I wish I had this information 10 years back.”
I had no doubt now that I could self-heal myself. My body was not a mystery to me anymore. And, I was pretty convinced I now knew the broad reasons for my chronic anemia, thyroid issues, the extra kilos that I didn’t want and more. With this new insight, it would be foolish to not start implementing and take control of my own health. And, the health of my family. My two little girls. I cannot imagine they going through a similar fate as me.
We didn’t see why we should be wasting time in contemplating and going slow and taking one baby step at a time. We really wanted to go the whole hog and find it out for ourselves. And, then also meet Darryl, the author himself, to gain more insight face-to-face.
So, literally overnight, we started implementing some radical (if one may want to call it that way) food choices.
The most important of them all was NO cow’s milk and dairy products. No milk, ghee (clarified butter) or curd or lassi for that matter. We never were eating butter anyways or drinking milk for that matter. And, cheese was limited. Only Pari ate it with her pasta at times. (But, yes, we loved our milk-based ginger tea, we relished the sweets and desserts made from cow’s milk. Hubby and the girls loved their curds – with paratha, rice, upma. ) And, me per se – well, I couldn’t even fathom starting my day without 2-3 cups of tea.
But, we took the plunge….
Ah, and it was a bonus that Darryl emphasized an alkaline diet vis-a-vis an acid-causing one – something that we’d already implemented for couple of months by then – after we found about the principle behind why lemon shots work. (read my first article in this series).
Once initiated, I was intrigued. There was no stopping. I’m a researcher at heart. So, that, and more importantly, I had to dig out the root cause behind some of the childhood health issues I had to cope with (some I’m still bearing). I started reading more such books to refine and validate my understanding. One other book which sorted out every possible question about dairy is ‘Milk the Silent Killer’ by Dr. N.K. Sharma.
These two books plus a host of credible research, movies, and most importantly signals from our own bodies convinced Avie and me beyond doubt that milk and milk products are not for us.
A sense of enlightenment….
During our research we came to know that cow milk and other dairy products were the cause of more than a dozen serious illnesses – some common, some chronic and some lethal. More than anything else, I felt a sense of enlightenment to figure that all my health hazards from childhood through puberty and adult years were connected to milk consumption. To be afflicted with an illness is bad enough, to not know what’s going on is even worse. It’s especially worse when you’ve always pursued a healthy lifestyle and consumed nutritious, organic foods. That was my case.
So….starting with this article, I’ll share with you my findings on milk and how its connected with almost every possible disease.
I’ll start off discussing cow milk’s main component – a protein, called Casein, and why its deadly for human beings – infants, toddlers, young adults and adults.
“Cow’s milk causes more mucus than any food on this planet”:
(‘Milk a Silent Killer’ by Dr. N. K. Sharma)
That childhood sinus that I acquired, which went on to give me maddening headaches and a system so choked for weeks on end that I’d breathe with my mouth agape – where did all that come from. I was wrongly made to believe that it was the coastal climate of the place I was born and grew up in. Coastal climate and sinus? Really? Isn’t the sea air supposed to be good for health?
So, yes, it wasn’t my small coastal town on the Chandipur beach that was the culprit; it was that daily dose of milk with ginger that I relished every morning and evening, and the rabri, and kheer and a whole array of milk-based Indian desserts and savoury dishes that were an intrinsic part of my growing up. Well, if my childhood is memorable, it’s in no small measure due to the food I got to relish thanks to my master-chef mom. But, the nostalgia aside, time to face the truth in the here and now. Phew!
Sinus Problems, Asthma and Milk Casein – the protein component – called Casein – in milk is a very thick, coarse substance, and known for the development of huge bones. And, cow’s milk has truck-loads of it – literally. It contains 300 per cent more casein than in mother’s milk. Casein coagulates in the stomach, and forms large, tough, dense, and difficult to digest curds that are adapted only to the four stomach digestive apparatus of a cow. The bacterial decomposition of casein end up in thick rope-like mucus, which sticks to mucus membrane and clogs the body. It irritates the immune system and the body reacts in the form of allergic reactions like Sinus problems or asthma. “The mucus deposition is partially eliminated by way of seasonal attacks of cold, cough, diarrhea and boils”, writes Dr. N.K. Sharma.Got it!
I now know the truth behind my 35+ years of sinus (it was at its worst when we lived in Delhi and has reduced drastically since we moved to Goa (around the same time that I reduced milk intake).
Casein is actually such a sticky, glue-like substance that it is the base of one of the strongest glues used in woodworking. Yes, that’s true, and in the international bestseller, Fit For Life, Harvey and Marylin Diamond ask to do something. They say, “next time you dust your house, how about smearing some glue all over the dusty spaces”. Do you think it’s going to be easy to clear the dust? This is exactly what happens in our bodies when the mucus formed due to milk products form a layer of glue on our membranes. The toxins will stay put, the nutrients from all the healthy foods that we eat will not be absorbed. Result – an exhausted body from lack of nutrient assimilation and a system clogged with toxins. Dr. Norman Walker, the pioneer in holistic health, also an expert on the glandular system states that a major contributing factor to thyroid problems is casein (pg. 143). The mucus formed due to casein coats the membranes and intestines and forces everything to become sluggish, especially the endocrine glands. Life-giving energy is wasted.
And, they say hypothyroidism is a genetic or hereditary disease? Well, dig up some more and you’ll find that most diseases are actually not genetic. And, even though some could be, we can always change our predisposition to it by way of food, lifestyle and life choices.
Also, casein and high calcium in cow milk – both lead to poor iron absorption (and other nutrients) when infants and toddlers nurse on cow milk . Poor nutrition means less than optimum brain development among a whole host of other issues. A well researched and documented finding that you can read here.
“Why would cow’s milk be designed for a human baby?”
Darryl D’souza, with his 20+ years of study and experiences writes, “the protein in cow’s milk, casein, has a molecular weight of 233k whereas the main protein in human milk, lactalbumin, has a molecular weight of 14 k. It is perfectly suited to build sensitive human tissue. Casein, on the other hand, causes serious digestion problems in young children. In the first 2 years of a human baby’s growth, milk is supposed to be the only food because it is a complete food.”
Norman Walker says, Cow’s milk is vastly more coarse than mother’s milk, and it contains 300% more casein than does mother’s milk. It is intended to double the weight of the calf in 6 to 8 weeks, whereas a child’s body requires 6 to 7 months to double its weight. Cow’s milk builds up the body structure of the calf to attain a weight of 1,000 to 2,000 lbs. at maturity. We have yet failed to find a man or woman whose ambition is the attainment of even 250 or 300 lbs. in weight!
It’s Milk Casein all the way! Right from infancy, to childhood to puberty and adulthood, casein that causes heavy-duty mucus is the leading cause of many illnesses.
Now, it’s not easy to digest that milk could be ruining your health, is it? After all, we’ve been indoctrinated for ages that milk is the panacea for supreme health.
Hence, I’d suggest you study your body, conduct an elimination diet experiment. What does that mean?
It means that you conduct a 21-days (at least) experiment during which you eliminate all forms of dairy from your diet. Now, if you have any health issue – any, whatsoever – you observe during this period to figure if the condition of your ailment gets worse or better. For example, if you have knee pain, banish dairy for 21 days and observe your body. And then, after 21 days, re-introduce dairy and now watch yourself. What happens?
Here’s an article that explains how to go about a simple elimination diet that can be life-changing.
Next up – In my third article in this series, I’ll focus on some other aspects of cow milk and how they’re linked with yet another set of diseases. For example, the dozens of hormones in cow milk that are not meant to be directed into the human body and why.
Here’s the first article in this health series:
I sincerely hope you read these articles with an open mind (yes, an open mind is the key), do your own research and take positive steps for your health. Please do share widely if it makes sense to you. I’ve invested considerable time, thought and energy researching, reading and then writing it in a way that I can share the crux of it, holding your interest as you read. My deep interest/intention lies in sharing something that I’ve benefitted from. No vested interests. :-)
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