Whether to drink milk or not has generated a lot of heated debate over the years. I can’t say I am on one side or the other, but I have learned a lot about the pros and cons over the years. There are many people that feel it is one of of the staples of life. You know the many references to milk and honey. Some wouldn’t live without it. Pregnant mothers are encouraged to drink it. Children should have it everyday. I grew up on it and couldn’t live without it, how can anyone live without chocolate chip cookies and milk?
But what about those who are lactose intolerant or vegans that won’t drink it? What about all the hormones that cows are given? Does that help or hurt us? Also, is pasteurized milk better than non unpasteurized milk? Do bodies really need milk? There are so many sides to this argument I hardly know where to begin, so I will give you my experiences instead.
My second daughter when she was about 1 year old started getting really sick every 6 weeks. I couldn’t seem to keep her away from the doctors office. The antibiotics never seemed to really work for long and then she would get sick again. I will always be grateful for a very insightful and caring pediatrician. I was worried and told him of my concerns; this wasn’t normal and I wanted to find out what was going on with my baby. He did some tests on her and found out she was anemic. When we met again we talked for an hour as he asked some very pointed questions and then suggested that she may be allergic to milk. It seems that milk can block some bodies ability to absorb iron and therefore makes them anemic and their bodies weaker to disease. I took her off of milk and we went to goats milk instead. She was cured. No more reoccurring illness, just a normal happy baby. She is still allergic to milk and milk products, but she is no longer anemic, but very healthy. My other children are very healthy as well and they live on milk and have never had any problems.
I use to travel to Europe quite often and as those of you that have been there yourselves know; drinking milk like we do in the USA is not the norm in Europe, in fact it is harder to find, especially in restaurants and it doesn’t taste quite the same. So usually when I am in Europe, I never drink milk. It took me a while to notice the difference of how I felt in Europe as opposed to home. I never seemed to catch colds in Europe and I never had sinus problems. Phlegm completely disappeared and I felt healthier while I was there. I could walk for a long time without getting tired or winded. I guess the thing that finally brought it to my attention was when I got back to the USA and started to drink milk again, I would usually end up sick. Now does this mean that I have similar problems to milk as my second daughter does? Was I the one who passed it on to her? I don’t know, could be. I just know that I drink milk very seldom now and I don’t get as many colds.
I bring all this up not to stop someone from drinking milk, but hopefully to help any of you that are experiencing similar symptoms and have no idea what is causing the problems, to be aware of the possibilities of what you should be checking into and what questions you could be asking your doctor.
Just some more health tips.