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For decades milk was looked upon as “the perfect food” for its calcium content. The FDA, USDA and other government associations pressured Americans to drink milk for healthy bones and teeth in the 50’s and 60’s. Recent explorations have revealed that dairy is not quite the perfect food as was presumed 50 years ago.

Rheumatism and Arthritis

Drinking milk is generally not recommended for people with joint problems. Recent research links dairy products with arthritis inflammation. One study created inflamed joints in a group of animals by having them drink milk instead of water. Scientists in another study noted an over 50% reduction in the pain and swelling of arthritis symptoms occurred when dairy and milk were eliminated from the diet.

Obesity

Milk is high in sugars and saturated fats. Both add significant concerns for overweight individuals. Obesity has been linked to a myriad of problems including: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and joint problems. While some persons in this class might benefit from a glass of milk per day, polling of most Americans show that consumption is much higher, due to processed milk in many commonly consumed products, such as cream, butter, yogurt, ice cream and cheese.

Cancer Prevention

Studies of prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers have been linked to higher dairy consumption. The main protein in milk is casein. Casein’s slow digestion rate puts great strain on the digestive system Common side effects of casein include ingestion or heart burn and bloating.

Allergies

Because milk is mucous producing, dairy products often irritate allergies and sinus problems. Those who suffer from cystic fibrosis, asthma and other respiratory illnesses are advised to avoid milk.