Guest Editorial - Dr. Kierstyn
The subject of yesterday's Notmilk column was DAIRY & PAIN. The column was written at the urging of Dr. Sunny Kierstyn.
At a time in my life when I was still eating pizza and ice cream, Dr. Kierstyn was successfully treating her adult patient's pain by weaning them from the cow's udder.
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MILK Does NOT Do a Body Good!
By Dr. Sunny Kierstyn Chiropractic Physician 59 Santa
Clara Avenue Eugene, Oregon
America has had a love affair with the juices from a cow since the wagon trains came west. When mom died, Dad could feed the munchkin cow's milk and the child would appear to thrive. Today, a hundred and fifty years later, Americans consume milk and dairy products in record numbers - in a dozen + varieties, upwards of a half a dozen times or more a day - for decades through their lives.
During my years as a Chiropractic Physician, at the second visit of each patient, I have been collecting food surveys designed to seek out the overt and covert ways people consume dairy containing foods. Ten years worth of these surveys have shown us that, on the average, Americans put some form of dairy foods in their body three to eight times a day! That's a lot of cow juice. So what is so wrong with that?
Research about cow's milk shows that it is designed to grow a 600 pound, breedable, animal within fifteen months of time. That's A LOT of calories and hormones and proteins. So what is wrong with that? What's wrong with that is that humans were never meant to drink the milk of another species and certainly not for prolonged times, such as decades! What's wrong with it is that we are finding out that those proteins cause disease.
Numerous diseases are known to stem from and/or be seriously (negatively) influenced by dairy consumption: acne, ADD (plus a variety of other behavioral problems), arthritis, PAIN (any PAIN problem), asthma, allergies, Alzheimer's, anemia, bed wetting, bone disease, PAIN, bowel function, breast cancer, brucellosis, cholesterol and liver problems, colic, colds, congestive conditions, Crohn's disease, PAIN, Diabetes (both juvenile and adult), depression, dioxin poisoning, early maturity, fibroids, fibromyalgia, PAIN, endometriosis, hormonal imbalances, headaches, heartburn, infertility, kidney stones, lymphoma, lactose intolerances, leukemia, lungworms, ALS (any autoimmune disease), PAIN, mucus problems, migraines, mood swings, MS, nasal dysfunctions, obesity, osteoporosis, ovarian cysts, PAIN, prostate problems (both enlargement and cancer), PAIN, rheumatoid arthritis, salmonella, sinus conditions, skin conditions, stroke, PAIN, stomach aches, SIDS, tuberculosis, the terrible twos, uterine cancer, colon cancer, PAIN ovarian cancer, etc., etc., etc.
How does that happen?
In the human, cow's milk presents problems from two sources: one stems from the proteins of the cow and the other is from the contents that are placed in the cow to increase its production and/or protect its health.
Let's talk about proteins first. There are 25 � 27 different proteins which dairy products present to the human. Let's look at the more abundant ones:
1) Casein: approximately 80% of proteins from the cow are casein. The properties of this protein include an increase of mucus production and thickening of mucus fields. Casein is so good at thickening that it is used to make glue...the glue that is used to make furniture (where they need a strong bond). It is also used to glue labels on to glass bottles...ever tried to remove a label from a dewy soda bottle or beer bottle? Well, that is what casein is doing inside of you: glomming up organs. Given that we generally consume dairy, in one form or another, 3 � 8 times a day, is it any wonder the various organs, such as lungs, bowels, ovaries or prostates, become dysfunctional to the point of developing disease?
2) Caso-morphine: A product from the break-down of casein, this protein acts just like an opiate, literally drugging you. Yes, warm milk will make you sleepy. It will also make you groggy the next morning, tired throughout the day, depressing your mentality and thinking, robbing you of your initiative and enthusiasm and your get-up-and-go. 'Foggy brain' is the residual from your dinner last night!
3)(Lacto-) Albumin: According to the New England Journal of Medicine (July 30, l992), this milk protein appears to be responsible for the development of diabetes, both juvenile and adult types. Given that this is the first foreign protein introduced to our infants, this could be the instigator in the development of juvenile diabetes. Knowing that we in America consume these proteins in abundance during all the decades of our lives, it is theorized that the action of casein combined with the negative action of the albumin could well be responsible for the growing number of cases of adult onset of diabetes.
4) IGF-1: a powerful growth hormone that appears to be the same protein in both humans and bovines. However, it contains 70 amino acids in the identical specific sequence for each species.
Today in America, dairy products contain residues of anything the cow consumes and/or is given as a health aid. Consequently, people who consume dairy products ingest residuals of these ingredients. Many are not good for the human system, provoking a myriad of diseases.
As of 2001, the contents of each glass of milk or each bite of dairy is:
* 59 hormones � half of which are designed to grow and maintain a 600# animal;
* 52 antibiotics � one of which is considered to be lethal to the human and has been found during autopsy of small children;
* pesticides and herbicides - remember dioxin, the most lethal herbicide on the planet? A recent study found that Ben & Jerry's ice cream contained 22 times the safe level of dioxin �. given off by the cow from the grasses it eats;
* Bacteria & viruses � many DO survive pasteurization. For example, the bacterium causing Crohn's disease � mycobacterium paratuberculosis � survives pasteurization and is the only known cause of this disease. Another instance is that 'out of nowhere. sore throat that you wake up with every so often can usually be traced back to dairy consumption; * Blood, pus, feces � yes, blood, PUS, and feces! Think about it for a moment � not to get gross here � a cow, in l975, provided 4 quarts of milk/day; in 2006, they provide 25 (!!) quarts/day. With that increase amount of milking, the skin of their udders break down and develop sores that then � due to continued usage - become infected. The residue from that inflammation cannot be separated from the flow of milk. The FDA oversees the issue with a regulation that states: "as long as there is no more than 750,000 pus cells/cc (a cc is 1/3 of a teaspoon), the milk can be sold." The language used in the regulation is 'somatic cells' which means pus.
*Incidental environmental pollutants such as strongium-90 from radioactive fallout and other organophosphates.
There are 3 bovine diseases known to affect the human being: leukemia, mad cow disease and john's disease.
Currently in America, over 75% of our bovine herds are infected with bovine leukemia. In l975, Dr. Virgil Hulse, then the head of the US Department of Agriculture, discovered the bovine leukemia virus would pass the human blood brain barrier. Fearing a panic within the diary industry, the USDA would not allow him to publish his findings. His book, Milkgate, unfolds the story and its consequences.
Mad Cow Disease because a concern in the l990s though the FDA assures us now that it no longer exists within the United States. Eating spinal or brain tissue is what they tell us has the most risk. Many people are back eating beef...No statement has been made about dairy products coming from these animals.
PAIN: As of this writing, it is unknown whether the contents of dairy or the proteins of dairy are responsible for the increase in pain. What we DO know is that any arthritic or structural problem will hurt more after diary products are consumed. What we know is that, when a person avoids cow's milk products � an/or uses diary products made from rice, nuts or soy � their pain patterns are dramatically reduced...and they can often do much more in their lives.
Dairy challenge: Do your own test: go without any dairy for 7 � 10 days (depending on how frequently you eliminate your bowels). Within a day or two of the time you stop putting these foods in your body, you will begin to eliminate the accumulated mucus. You may find yourself blowing your nose or spitting up mucus plugs. 'It's a good thing' as Martha would say.
At the end of the elimination period, notice how your body feels: lighter, easier to move around in, 'calmer'' is one word I have heard frequently to describe the new state.
Then, on the 8th or 11th day, have a serving of whatever is your favorite dairy food, whether it is ice cream, a cheese sandwich or buttered toast...and watch what happens in your body over the next 30 seconds to 3 days. You may be very surprised at how your nasal congestion increases or your aches and pains seem to suddenly return.
So, what do I do?
Today, we live in the 2000s. Every one of our favorite dairy foods is now available in commercial form made from soy or rice or nuts. The flavors are full, rich, wonderfully satisfying and comforting. You don't have to give up anything to avoid all of that disease risk. Why take the risk that dairy foods represent? Just get your dairy foods from the plant kingdom!
Dr. Sunny Kierstyn