Why You Should Stop Drinking Milk

Why You Should Stop Drinking Milk

A milk-mustache might not be so cute after all. Turns out your doctor may be wrong about milk.

Let’s keep in mind that humans are not designed to drink milk. We are the only animals that continue to drink milk after infancy. What’s even weirder is that we drink a different animal’s milk. Do we see cats drinking a goat’s milk? No. Kittens (and all other animals) only drink their own milk. We’ve been taught to drink milk because it’s healthy. Well, turns out it’s not so healthy after all. Here are four reasons why you should stop drinking milk immediately.

You're drinking pus

A glass of milk contains many disturbing ingredients, such as bovine growth hormone, feces, and antibiotics. Quite possibly the most shocking of all is that milk has an alarming amount of pus. Yes, the pus in milk is the same type of cells produced inside a zit. How exactly do these cells get in the milk?

Pus is produced as a reaction to bacteria in the udder, one of the most common infections in dairy cows in the United States. Pasteurizing the milk depletes it of a lot of the harmful bacteria’s, however, it doesn’t sweep it clean. The industry uses the somatic cell count to indicate the quality of milk because the number of cells increases in response to bacteria.

While the U.S. doesn’t have the highest cell count limit in the world, it’s far higher than in places like Europe and Canada.

Cows milk isn't meant for humans

A cow’s milk is perfectly fit to turn a newborn calf into a 400-pound cow in just one year. For a human, cow’s milk contains an abundant amount of pointless fat, cholesterol, and calories. All of this creates a huge imbalance in the human body.

The health benefits are misleading

Most Americans drink milk because it’s high in calcium which leads to strong healthy bones. Contrary popular belief, no reputable (or non-biased) scientific study has shown that milk reduces bone fractures. Shockingly, however, recent studies have shown a positive correlation between milk consumption and bone fractures. In places like Asia and Africa, where dairy consumption is lowest, osteoporosis less common. If this isn't enough to cut milk out of your diet, surely it raises suspicion.

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It’s a nightmare for the cows

Cows in the United States spend their lives in mud lots surrounded by diseases and their own feces. In the dairy industry, a cow is raised to produce milk over and over again. How does the industry maximize milk production? They repeatedly impregnate cows. This isn't a natural or simple process.

First, they must obtain the sperm. They do so by using an electro-ejaculator for bulls, which is a rather disturbing process. Once the sperm is collected, they confine the cow to a "rape rack", the industry's nickname for the device used to inseminate the female cow. When the cow gives birth, her baby is violently taken away from her (leaving the traumatized calf screaming for the mother, and most times too weak to survive).

The industry does this to prevent the calf from drinking the milk intended for humans. Once the cows can no longer physically produce milk, in exhaustion they collapse and are sent to the slaughterhouse and turned into hamburger meat.

This topic is still very controversial, but in the mean time, there are plenty of other healthy alternatives for milk. Almonds may very well be one of my least favorite things to snack on, but when I tried almond milk I was amazed. In all honesty, it’s far healthier and in my opinion tastes way better than milk. Other easily accessible alternatives that are pus free include cashew milk, hemp milk, and coconut milk. For strong healthy bones, try eating leafy greens like kale, spinach, or okra. For something more filling that’s full of calcium, try fish like salmon, perch, and rainbow trout. Next time you sport a milk mustache, think twice!

SEE ALSO: Why Vegans Are Gross

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Professional Athletes Are People, Too

How two NBA players are working to fight the stigma around mental health.

On February 17, 2018, DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors star basketball player, tweeted this out:

DeRozan was in California, preparing to play in the NBA All-Star game, with no obvious struggle to explain this tweet. He was having a career year and leading his team to their best season in franchise history. One of the best players in the league, he had plenty of money, fame, and success. And yet, DeRozan openly admitted that, despite his seemingly perfect life, he still struggles with depression. Two weeks later, Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love published an article on The Players Tribune website entitled “Everyone Is Going Through Something.” In it, he detailed his own experiences with panic attacks that led him to stop neglecting his mental health and talk to a therapist.

In his piece, Love revealed that DeRozan’s tweet helped him open up and share his story. After all, athletes aren’t used to talking about their mental health struggles; Love writes in his article that “I’d never heard of any pro athlete talking about mental health, and I didn’t want to be the only one.”

Having DeRozan be honest about his depression must have been a huge relief to Love, as it showed that he wasn’t alone in dealing with his mental health among his peers. This is why it’s especially important that two athletes revealed that they regularly struggle with their mental health. In sports, depression is seen as a lack of toughness, a crutch that can be taken advantage of.

Love writes that “I didn’t want to look weak. Honestly, I just didn’t think I needed [to see a therapist]. It’s like the playbook said — figure it out on your own, like everyone else around me always had.”

Just as athletes want to play through injuries no matter what, they have also grown up believing that sharing their inner problems will counteract their macho, tough image and make them look weak and vulnerable instead.

This stigma around mental health trickles down to outside viewers: little kids who see their favorite NBA players as superheroes and regular people who may deal with depression but feel isolated because no one talks about it openly. This is why having two athletes go against the mold, fight against the “figure it out on your own” culture in sports, and share their struggles, is so important.

Not only is it difficult for them to be vulnerable enough to share their struggles, but it also shows millions of fans who also struggle with their mental health that they aren’t alone and that their circumstances are very normal: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental health problems each year. Love and DeRozan sharing their own struggles will help lessen the stigma around dealing with mental health problems.

I applaud DeRozan and Love for being open and vulnerable enough to express their mental health stories. Knowing that millions of people would know something so sensitive and personal about them must have been very difficult. Their platform as professional athletes will hopefully improve how mental health is discussed, both in traditionally macho athletic settings as well as among the general public. Perhaps most importantly, kids who look up to these sports stars as heroes and role models will hopefully learn that mental health struggles are normal, that talking about mental health is extremely helpful, and that anyone and everyone can have down moments in which they need outside help.

DeRozan would later follow up his tweet and say that “no matter how indestructible we look like we are, we’re all human at the end of the day.” Hopefully, with his and Love’s experiences, more people can treat others with respect and kindness, knowing that everyone, even superheroic sports stars, is going through something.

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