Cow's Milk and Kids Aren't Made for Each Other

In Dr. Fuhrman's book Disease-Proof Your Child, Dr. Fuhrman presents studies linking diseases to cow's milk that including: allergies, anal fissures, childhood-onset (Type 1) diabetes, chronic constipation, Crohn's disease, ear infections, heart attacks, multiple sclerosis, and prostate cancer. He explains:

The leading cause of digestive intolerance leading to stomach complaints is dairy products. Many kids have subtle allergies to cow's milk that perpetuate their nasal congestion, leading to ear infections.

Milk, which is designed by nature for the rapidly growing cow, has about half its calories supplied from fat. The fatty component is concentrated more to make cheese and butter. Milk and cheese are the foods Americans encourage their children to eat, believing them to be healthy foods. Fifty years of heavy advertising by an economically powerful industry has shaped the public's perception, illustrating the power of one-sided advertising, but the reality and true health effects on our children is a different story. Besides the link between high-saturated-fat foods (dairy fat) and cancer, there is a body of scientific literature linking the consumption of cow's milk to many other diseases. If we expect our children to resist many common illnesses, they simply must consume less milk, cheese, and butter. Dairy foods should be consumed in limited quantity or not at all.

Cow's milk contains the calcium people need, but other foods are rich in calcium, too, including vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds. Today we do not need to rely on cows for our calcium. We can eat greens directly for calcium, the place where cows get it to begin with, and orange juice and soy milks are fortified with calcium and vitamin D, too. It is easy to meet our nutrient needs for these substances without the risks of cow's milk.

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Steve - December 20, 2005 5:40 PM

When I finally saw the light and rose up against the conventional wisdom and kicked the dairy I felt better almost immediately... as have all the adults and children I know that have done the same. There's some good info on the web site MilkSucksDotCom and on Dr. Fuhrman's site (, both have excellent intel on this topic.

I'm reading Dr. Fuhrman's' book, Disease Proof Your Child and it's the most authoritative book since Dr. Spock (not the Star Trek guy) only more current and timely. Thanks Dr. Fuhrman, great blog site too.

Dairy products are a health hazard. They contain no fiber or complex carbohydrates and are laden with saturated fat and cholesterol. They are contaminated with cow's blood and pus and are frequently contaminated with pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics. Dairy products are linked to allergies, constipation, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children, saying it can cause anemia, allergies, and insulin-dependent diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease, America's number one cause of death.

And dairy products may actually cause osteoporosis, not prevent it, since their high-protein content leaches calcium from the body. Population studies, backed up by a groundbreaking Harvard study of more than 75,000 nurses, suggest that drinking milk can actually cause osteoporosis.1-2

1. D Feskanich, WC Willett, MJ Stampfer and GA Colditz Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: a 12-year prospective study. American Journal of Public Health, Vol 87, Issue 6 992-997

2. R. L Wolf, J. A Cauley, M. Pettinger, R. Jackson, A. Lacroix, M. S Leboff, C. E Lewis, M. C Nevitt, J. A Simon, K. L Stone, and J. Wactawski-Wende. Lack of a relation between vitamin and mineral antioxidants and bone mineral density: results from the Women's Health Initiative. Am. J. Clinical Nutrition, September 1, 2005; 82(3): 581 - 588

Tabitha King - May 2, 2006 10:46 AM

I have read up on this topic and I am currently doing my research paper on the effects of cow's milk on the human body. I am amazed on all the information that is out there, but the average person still has no idea. I wish someone would inform the public of these findings. My sister-in-law does not trust what I say. She tells me that she does what her pediatrician tells her, and he told her that it simply is not true, now I sound like an idiot. Thank You for allowing my voice to be heard. Keep up the good work and spread this message. It is important.


monique - May 4, 2006 4:48 PM

HOw do I keep my son who is almost 11,and growing fast eating enough calories and protein as a apsiring vegan? Also, there is a tendency towards depression in our family, and I wondered how we could treat it naturally without fish oil, which I understand is very helpful with depression/biplar disorder Is flaxseed oil just as effective, or not? I am trying to give up fish and dairy in our family, but dont' want to end up with us being depressed. Thank YOu.

Sherri V. - May 21, 2006 9:59 PM

Ever since they could talk, both of my daughters constantly said their tummies hurt. It was a daily occurrence! But we couldn't pinpoint why. My oldest daughter had severe diaper rash from the time she stopped nursing and went on formula. We tried cloth diapers, creams, etc... to no avail. Then around the age of one, she developed severe eczema. The doctor's just kept prescribing steroids, but it never went away. We tried natural soaps, lotions, and it still persisted. Finally, a colleague gave me a tape on nutrition and it talked about how allergenic cow's milk is. I thought that maybe milk was the culprit. I gave it to my girls three times a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner - because that's what my mom did. So I took them off of milk and within 3 days, the eczema on my oldest daughter was GONE!!!!! Completely!!! And I realized that both of my girls quit complaining that their stomach hurt.

Steve Savage - June 19, 2006 3:04 PM

Amazingly, the American Academy of Pediatrics yet again reiterated that kids should have dairy products 3 times a day!

I guess they want our kids all fat and unhealthy. When I was young I rarely had dairy products and maintained a very healthy weight until my 30's.

I'm sure there's nothing wrong with dairy in small amounts as a "treat" (ice cream) but not in the quantities the dairy industry wants us to eat. Now if we could just get them to stop injecting cows with hormones and antibiotics.

Natalia Waters - November 14, 2006 8:06 AM

So how is my daughter going to get those fats that are needed for the growing brain? I was taught the more fat babies at the ages birth to 2 get the better! My daughter, 21 mon has had severe itching since 10mon old mostly in the diaper area and has had over 6 ear infections over the past 7 months and now tubes are recommended. I can't get her to stop itching, plus I beieve yeast infections are involved. I will try soy milk but is it OK to give her the flavored kind since she won't drink it plain (I mix yougart smoothies with whole milk to get her to drink it)? Any responses would be appreciated.

Kate - April 10, 2007 10:42 PM

In response to Steve who said
"...cow's blood and pus and are frequently contaminated with pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics"

Have you ever been to a dairy farm or seen milk loaded on a truck? Every single time milk is picked up, it is tested for somatic cells, antibiotics and other contaminants. Maybe in other countries this is not the practice but in America, milk is strictly regulated. As for hormones, you're probably refering to BST. For all you moms that breast feed your children and are worried about this hormone, you better switch to formula. Human breast milk contains multiple times higher doses of BST.

And pesticides? Are you kidding me? Where would these cows even be acquiring the pesticides? Are you aware that most pesticides, if for some reason accidentally make it into the feed they are not even excreted in the milk?

Do your research people. Milk is part of a balanced diet. Many of you reference it as if it were recommended to be the only food that someone consumes.

selina - November 7, 2007 1:38 PM

Joel Fuhrman is sick!instead of drinking healthy milk we should eat antibiotic meat?if you have problem with cow milk its your personal issue.about cancer linked to milk its false.its actully opposite.people who regularly drink milk have low risk of cancer.

Sherry - August 7, 2009 12:45 PM

My daughter (who LOVES milk, yogurt, cheese - and ate them daily... every meal really) has had trouble sleeping since birth. She had colic as an infant and almost didn't nap as a toddler - then had sleeping problems at night... waking frequently, hard time going to sleep, etc. She will be five in 3 weeks, and I just took her off ALL dairy. Within 24 HOURS, she was sleeping like a normal child - waking one a night around 3-5am to go potty, then back to sleep. Plus her behavior/mood during the day is completely changed. I am IN SHOCK. I actually am a milk drinker myself. She will NOT be drinking mild or consuming products that have it for the foreseeable future!

Teddy - June 29, 2010 10:19 PM

I think let us leave the cows milk for the calf ,sulk our mothers breasts then wean and move on.Have you peaple seen a big cow taking milk .It si not meant for human cosumption,futhermore our bodies dont have enough enzymes to digest the milk.Instead of getting calcium from cows milk,its actualy causing us loose calcium.Dairy products are bad.

Ross - September 26, 2011 4:56 PM

You people are ridiculous. There is evidence suggesting that cows milk that isn't even treated with bovine growth hormone has been linked to several different cancers.

@ Kate
Cows milk is NOT part of a balanced diet for humans. A human mother's milk is absolutely essential for a child, but there is NO reason for a human beyond infancy to drink the secretion of another animal. Cow's milk is meant for one thing; to grow the body that consumes it. There are no benefits WHATSOEVER for the human brain. You are the one who needs to do your research.

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