By: Dr Alex Robber
Many diseases, including fibromyalgia, are adversely affected by milk consumption. These include asthma, diabetes, migraines, osteoporosis, problems with the prostate, rheumatoid arthritis, diseases of the sinus, tuberculosis, colon cancer etc.
Milk problem for people suffering from Fibromyalgia
The milk products contain between 25 and 27 different proteins. One main protein called Casein produces over 80 per cent of all cow milk proteins. This protein enhances mucus production and thickens it, too. It is also a major component of industrial adhesives, adhesives that are used for furniture assembly due to its ability to make a strong bond.
The normal person ingests dairy or a dairy-related product 3 to 8 times a day, and given Casein’s function as a thickening agent, it makes sense that it would adversely affect the organs of the human body, especially the prostate, the lungs, and the intestines. Caso-morphine is a further key ingredient. This protein mimics the effects of an opiate, making you feel sleepy, as its name would suggest.
It also has the effect of making you feel groggy, exhausted and promoting depressive feelings. Since several patients with fibromyalgia often complain of cognitive problems commonly referred to as’ Fibro fog,’ it may make sense to consider removing milk from your diet as you do not want to worsen this cognitive impairment.
IGF-1 is a potent growth hormone found in both humans and cows, but this growth hormone is genetically unique to the cow in the dairy sector. Lactose-albumin is a milk protein associated with the development of juvenile and adult diabetes by The New England Journal of Medicine.
What other things does Dairy do to patients with Fibromyalgia?
Another major problem with dairy products is that, provided the cows, they generally have the residue of several health aids to assist them develop. These contain more than 50 hormones and 50 single antibiotics. Milk products also often contain pesticides and herbicides, such as dioxin.
Another problem is that bacteria and viruses frequently survive the pasteurization process, which can be especially dangerous for patients with Fibromyalgia who have already damaged their immune systems. In fact, blood, feces, and pus make it into dairy products too. The way this occurs is that overmilked cows suffer breakdowns of their udders, producing infected wounds.
This scum also makes its way into the milk, as it cannot be easily filtered out. With all of that said, there’s no definitive scientific evidence that dairy intake increases pain. Nonetheless, having observed some of the bad and potentially dangerous ingredients in dairy products, it is not unreasonable to conclude that they could cause the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
How to check if you are allergic to milk
Seek 7 to 10 days to remove the dairy from your diet. Keep a food journal, to see how your body is reacting to this dietary adjustment. Take specific care of your body and health at the end of the 10 days. Feeling lighter? Is it easier to move about? Did you feel calmer and more relaxed? Obviously, we would not need to argue for the abolition of dairy without solid scientific evidence.
What is important to understand is that milk and products that have milk often contain several proteins, growth hormones and other potentially toxic substances worthy of study in terms of their potential harmful effect on your fibromyalgia pain
What Can Fibro Patients Use to Replace Milk?
We are certainly aware that observations from your diet can be difficult in the meeting. That said, there are some alternatives to milk that you should look at. And they’re not all bad goodies.
- Soja milk is commonly used as a supplement for dairy products. It originates from soybean and performs like milk, but with the added advantage that it does not contain all the unpleasant growth hormones and other polluted chemicals.
- Almond milk is a supplementary supplement.
- Take the time to look around and compare some alternatives to milk. A range of them are available, and diverse brands make them up. You may want to find a dairy alternative that is low in calories, or one that has a flavor, so the next time you’re in your local grocery store be sure to check what options are being offered.
- We don’t want to advise you to avoid milk, as we have said, but we ask you to study and consider how milk interacts with your symptoms of fibromyalgia. This is a good way to describe the role milk could play in your symptoms of fibromyalgia
Milk involvement in strengthening the bones and in the prevention of osteoporosis
There’s a good logic in it if you’re drinking milk to keep your bones healthy. Milk and milk products are concentrated sources of calcium and we know that calcium prevents osteoporosis and fortifies bones.
Osteoporosis is a chronic condition in which bones deteriorate, and over time lose minerals and mass. The name is descriptive of the nature of the disease, meaning porous bones. It has a lot of different variables and triggers, including exercise and hormones, that are completely unrelated to diet. Osteoporosis is far more prevalent in women than men, particularly after menopause. It increases significantly the risk of bone fractures, which can have a very negative impact on quality of life.
Dairy foods provide a combination of four nutrients such as vitamin D, phosphate, calcium and protein present in the correct ratio that allows for the specific interaction supporting the development and growth of the bone and skeletal muscles. This nutrient mixture is like a mixture of fuel with just the right additives to get maximum performance and winning mixture to reinforce bones.
Girls’ bones grow and lengthen to around eighteen years, and boys stop about twenty years old. The body then works on hardening and strengthening bones, using dietary minerals such as phosphorus and calcium to build bone up to around the age of 30. This is called peak bone density.
Creating peak bone density is a bit like a savings account. You will sock away all these minerals in your bones until you are thirty years old, building up your wellbeing for the future. That’s why it’s important for kids, teens and young adults to get enough nutrients to create bones. The best way to build strong bones is to drink milk or eat dairy 3 times a day.
How are your bones so strong?
Our bones are not rigid and lifeless; they are more living tissues developing in our bodies, even after thirty years of age. The technical term is “remodeling” where bone is broken down and continually built up; so, a steady supply of nutrients from bone building is required regardless of how old you are.
Milk builds strong bones and having at least three servings a day helps make sure they’re healthy at every step of the lives of your loved ones.
You need a certain amount of calcium, potassium, protein and other nutrients in terms of the bone health and development. Milk and other dairy products are the food that contains the most well-balanced sum of those items.
Effect of milk on osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is known as the silent illness, because without getting a bone scan or breaking a bone, you cannot say that you have it. If you think you’re at risk for low bone mineral density, it may now help to increase your dairy and milk intake.
As part of a healthy balanced diet rich in plant foods, milky foods do not cause osteoporosis when you have it in moderate amounts. Excessive protein intake raises the risk of bone loss, from any source.
How much milk should you drink a day?
Depends on what type of cow’s milk you have. If lactose-free, raw whole milk from pastured cows then one to three glasses a day should be beneficial unless you have unhealthy amounts of protein in your diet from other foods. When traditional, non-organic milk does not contain more than one glass per day, unless you are at risk for prostate cancer, then none.
Dietary sources of calcium are Milk
While milk contains 300 mg of calcium / cup, there are many other healthy dietary sources including yogurt, greens (kale, collards), figs, soybeans, broccoli, cheese, sardines, oranges and salmon (with bones), and lots of fortified foods. With a balanced diet, that includes vitamin D, calcium, protein, and regular exercise, you can achieve better bone health.
Clinical studies have found that drinking milk results in a healthy calcium balance, showing more calcium absorption than excretion. Many studies indicate that phosphate generally increases calcium retention and enhances bone health, not just from milk. Increased consumption of dairy is also consistently associated with improved bone health and lower osteoporosis levels.
Reference: All about milk By Megan Ware RDN LD via MNT