Is Milk Good or Bad for Me? (Video)

Got the facts on Milk? is the work of filmaker Shira Lane whose dairy allergy prompted her to examine the scientific research on the subject. Apparently she did not find satisfactory answers to her questions. On her month-long, 4600-mile journey from Los Angeles to Washington DC through the American Southwest and Bible Belt, she interviewed top doctors and researchers, dietitians, dairy farmers, veterinarians, parents, teachers, and plenty of “ordinary Americans” who provide both comic relief and food for thought.

The movie contends that the political and financial power of the dairy industry have done a great disservice to millions of Americans. She brings research on the connection between dairy consumption and cancer, osteoporosis, weight gain, asthma, acne, hormones, early menstruation, as well as the prevalence of lactose intolerance in African Americans, Asian Americans and Indigenous Americans.

According to Lane: “Having a lifelong dairy allergy has forced me to learn how to read food labels and ask questions in restaurants, and the more research I did, the more passionate I became,” said Lane. “I would have wanted my parents to watch this film when I was growing up and I hope the information helps others.”

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  • ICE

    bulls milk…

  • ICE

    bulls milk…

  • Anarchy Pony

    Well if you really think about it, it is pretty goddamn weird to consume the milk and milk based products of other animals, and after the period of weaning.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      Absoloutely. We are not suppossed to be drinking calf milk. Dairy milk is one of the biggest cause of cancer.

      “Did you know that according to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, over 70% of the world’s population is unable to digest the milk sugar, lactose, after infancy?http://bit.ly/beqodR What if Mother Nature is trying to tell us dairy is not a food we should eat? Milk’s great for baby cows, but what if it’s not good for man?” -http://breastcancersisterhood.com/_blog/Brenda’s_Blog/post/Is_There_a_Link_Between_Dairy_and_Breast_Cancer/

      If you disagree go milk a puss filled udder and tell me if we should be drinking that shit.

    • Vagagbond78666

      its goddamn weird to eat any parts of an animal. Milk is the least freakiest aspect.

  • Wanooski

    Well if you really think about it, it is pretty goddamn weird to consume the milk and milk based products of other animals, and after the period of weaning.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Absoloutely. We are not suppossed to be drinking calf milk. Dairy milk is one of the biggest cause of cancer.

    “Did you know that according to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, over 70% of the world’s population is unable to digest the milk sugar, lactose, after infancy?http://bit.ly/beqodR What if Mother Nature is trying to tell us dairy is not a food we should eat? Milk’s great for baby cows, but what if it’s not good for man?” -http://breastcancersisterhood.com/_blog/Brenda’s_Blog/post/Is_There_a_Link_Between_Dairy_and_Breast_Cancer/

    If you disagree go milk a puss filled udder and tell me if we should be drinking that shit.

  • DeepCough

    Does this mean that raw milk is bad, too?

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      you know, i wonder how many of these statistics have been brought about since after pasteurization and the industrial treatment of milk became common practice. Cancer cases have exploded in the recent century, but dairy has been around since…. i dunno… 3000 BC? earlier?

      But at the same time, I do share the sentiments that it is a bit… odd… that we consume, not only another animals milk(its main purpose for transmission of antibodies), but also, we do so well after normal human weaning.

      Who’s to know… I guess i’ll have to watch it….

      • DeepCough

        If you consume honey, then you’re consuming bee’s vomit, and yet somehow, it is the most medicinal foodstuff you can buy to this very day.

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          honey is bee “vomit” the same way milk is cow “puss”. While they have some similarities in production, the differences and result gives a very good reason to have its own name

          • justagirl

            LOL!..   um… cow puss?   wtf.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            you make my point perfectly, its absurd right? calling honey bee vomit is just as silly

          • justagirl

            i like honey..

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            me too

          • DeepCough

            Honey FTW!

          • Monkey See Monkey Do

            I like bees more. No wonder they’re all vanishing. they need to dissapear from a planet ruled by over-consuming, over-polluting shaved monkeys!

          • justagirl

            puss.

          • justagirl

            puss.

          • Monkey See Monkey Do

            cows milk is not ‘puss’. but the vast majority of factory cows have puss congealed in their udders and it often comes out with the milk. Have you ever been to a factory dairy farm and see how they work?

            “Imagine a woman being forcibly impregnated. Go forward nine
            months and imagine that pregnant woman about to give birth. Then imagine that
            woman giving birth to a perfectly healthy baby.

            Now, imagine what it would feel like for
            that woman to have her newborn baby taken away from her…
            permanently.

            This is the routine for a dairy cow… and it happens
            every year for the lifetime of that cow.

            A Cow’s Life

            The pregnancy of a cow lasts for nine months. After
            a continuous cycle of yearly pregnancies, births, removal of its offspring, and
            near constant milking, the cow becomes “spent” after about 4 to 6 years. It is
            then sent to slaughter.

            And don’t think this only happens in factory
            farm systems. This exploitation exists across the board in the dairy
            industry.

            “All forms of dairy
            farming involve forcibly impregnating cows. This involves a person
            inserting his arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to position the uterus, and
            then forcing an instrument into her vagina. The restraining apparatus used is
            commonly called a “rape rack.”” http://veganmaven.com/blog/rape-abuse-and-murder-at-a-dairy-farm-near-you 

            -  and on and on and on it goes.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            Ahh, I was always wondering about the whole milk=puss thing… I’m not clear if i just misunderstood the argument before, or if I was getting it second hand from someone who did.

            I’d expect the abrasive machinery the cows get to deal with have a hand in that…

          • Brian

            Sweet…. I’m gonna go eat me a juicy CAB steak and wash it down with a tall glass of whole milk. 

            I’ll be back after my nap.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        Because something has been done for thousands of years doesnt make it good for humanity.

        There really isn’t a big mystery here. If you research independent nutritional science you’ll find that this is common knowledge that hasn’t broken into the mainstream because of vested interests. The same with the benefits of a vegetarian/Vegan diet. Ive always been of the view that if your in doubt you need to take the politics out of the issue and concentrate on the science.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        scratch what i said about ‘been done for thousands of years’. i re-read your comment and see that you were talking about cancer rates. – my bad, nevermind.

  • DeepCough

    Does this mean that raw milk is bad, too?

  • Fororsi

    Milk is only good for you when You just a Baby! Just like cows they do not drink milk when they old! We should’n eather!

  • Fororsi

    Milk is only good for you when You just a Baby! Just like cows they do not drink milk when they old! We should’n eather!

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    you know, i wonder how many of these statistics have been brought about since after pasteurization and the industrial treatment of milk became common practice. Cancer cases have exploded in the recent century, but dairy has been around since…. i dunno… 3000 BC? earlier?

    But at the same time, I do share the sentiments that it is a bit… odd… that we consume, not only another animals milk(its main purpose for transmission of antibodies), but also, we do so well after normal human weaning.

    Who’s to know… I guess i’ll have to watch it….

  • GrapeSodaWhat

    I love milk, 2%, 1%, whole.. I just love the shit! Me personally, I drink about 2 gallons a week. I always found it a little weird that we drink it so much. I figure if I smoke a lot of pot I can counter the bad effects of milk. (i.e cancer, stomach problems, etc.) I mean If I stop drinking the stuff….  I’m going to have to quit eating Peanut Butter and Oreos, and that will be a damn tragedy. Me and milk, we stay tight.    

  • GrapeSodaWhat

    I love milk, 2%, 1%, whole.. I just love the shit! Me personally, I drink about 2 gallons a week. I always found it a little weird that we drink it so much. I figure if I smoke a lot of pot I can counter the bad effects of milk. (i.e cancer, stomach problems, etc.) I mean If I stop drinking the stuff….  I’m going to have to quit eating Peanut Butter and Oreos, and that will be a damn tragedy. Me and milk, we stay tight.    

  • DeepCough

    If you consume honey, then you’re consuming bee’s vomit, and yet somehow, it is the most medicinal foodstuff you can buy to this very day.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    honey is bee “vomit” the same way milk is cow “puss”. While they have some similarities in production, the differences and result gives a very good reason to have its own name

  • justagirl

    LOL!..   um… cow puss?   wtf.

  • justagirl

    LOL!..   um… cow puss?   wtf.

  • justagirl

    LOL!..   um… cow puss?   wtf.

  • justagirl

    LOL!..   um… cow puss?   wtf.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    you make my point perfectly, its absurd right? calling honey bee vomit is just as silly

  • justagirl

    i like honey..

  • Zackwarp9

    This negative effects only relate to drinking low-fat pasteurized crap. Whole fat raw milk is one of the best things you can eat.

  • Zackwarp9

    This negative effects only relate to drinking low-fat pasteurized crap. Whole fat raw milk is one of the best things you can eat.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    me too

  • DeepCough

    Honey FTW!

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Because something has been done for thousands of years doesnt make it good for humanity.

    There really isn’t a big mystery here. If you research independent nutritional science you’ll find that this is common knowledge that hasn’t broken into the mainstream because of vested interests. The same with the benefits of a vegetarian/Vegan diet. Ive always been of the view that if your in doubt you need to take the politics out of the issue and concentrate on the science.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    scratch what i said about ‘been done for thousands of years’. i re-read your comment and see that you were talking about cancer rates. – my bad, nevermind.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    I like bees more. No wonder they’re all vanishing. they need to dissapear from a planet ruled by over-consuming, over-polluting shaved monkeys!

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    cows milk is not ‘puss’. but the vast majority of factory cows have puss congealed in their udders and it often comes out with the milk. Have you ever been to a factory dairy farm and see how they work?

    “Imagine a woman being forcibly impregnated. Go forward nine
    months and imagine that pregnant woman about to give birth. Then imagine that
    woman giving birth to a perfectly healthy baby.

    Now, imagine what it would feel like for
    that woman to have her newborn baby taken away from her…
    permanently.

    This is the routine for a dairy cow… and it happens
    every year for the lifetime of that cow.

    A Cow’s Life

    The pregnancy of a cow lasts for nine months. After
    a continuous cycle of yearly pregnancies, births, removal of its offspring, and
    near constant milking, the cow becomes “spent” after about 4 to 6 years. It is
    then sent to slaughter.

    And don’t think this only happens in factory
    farm systems. This exploitation exists across the board in the dairy
    industry.

    “All forms of dairy
    farming involve forcibly impregnating cows. This involves a person
    inserting his arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to position the uterus, and
    then forcing an instrument into her vagina. The restraining apparatus used is
    commonly called a “rape rack.”” http://veganmaven.com/blog/rape-abuse-and-murder-at-a-dairy-farm-near-you 

    -  and on and on and on it goes.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Ahh, I was always wondering about the whole milk=puss thing… I’m not clear if i just misunderstood the argument before, or if I was getting it second hand from someone who did.

    I’d expect the abrasive machinery the cows get to deal with have a hand in that…

  • justagirl

    puss.

  • Brian

    Sweet…. I’m gonna go eat me a juicy CAB steak and wash it down with a tall glass of whole milk. 

    I’ll be back after my nap.

  • Vagagbond78666

    its goddamn weird to eat any parts of an animal. Milk is the least freakiest aspect.