If you’re like me, you love having cereal in the morning, feed whole milk to your children or enjoy a nice yogurt on a regular basis. Over the past few years, however, there are increasing numbers of reports coming out linking breast cancer and dairy. Not only are the results alarming, they’re likely causing a wrinkle for the dairy farmer boards trying to quash the latest research.
Breast Cancer and Dairy
According to the latest Care2 report, a paper by Free From Harm outlines a compilation of information from experts linking the two. Here are the key points:
- “Casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein, promoted all stages of the cancer process,” says Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of the well-regarded, seminal China Study, summing up his relevant findings.
- “[S]everal epidemiological studies have indicated a relationship between dairy consumption and breast cancer risk in pre-menopausal women (Outwater, 1997).” -Breast Cancer Fund
- “It appears that when individuals do not have the correct enzymes to metabolize many of the hormones naturally found in any type of cow’s milk, a glass of milk can flood the body with excess estrogen. This raises the risk of developing or accelerating the growth of existing breast cancer.” -Susan Wadia-Ells, Founding Director of Knowbreastcancer.net
- Professor Jane Plant advocates changing from dairy to soy products to prevent breast cancer, noting that “even in Hiroshima, the chances of contracting breast cancer are half that of western nations. Only when Chinese and Japanese women move to Europe or the United States does their chance of contracting breast cancer dramatically increase,” as Free From Harm summarized.
- “While scientists are hard at work searching for specific breast cancer-fighting compounds, the safest approach is to apply what we already know: Diets that are highest in a variety of plant foods and stay away from heavy oils, meat, and dairy products, help prevent a great many diseases.” -Dr. Neal M. Bernard
- “Some dairy products, such as whole milk and many types of cheese, have a relatively high saturated fat content, which may increase risk. Moreover, milk products may contain contaminants such as pesticides, which have carcinogenic potential, and growth factors such as insulin-like growth factor I, which have been shown to promote breast cancer cell growth.” -The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The results, profound as they seem to be, are completely different with this report. In it, they claim that consuming dairy may actually reduce breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
So which one is correct? Does it, or doesn’t it contribute to breast cancer??
What is most telling, is the information that Phil Richards writes about the link between casein and cancer. A UK nutritionist, Richards claims that the correlation between these two:
…was so profound [in experiments on rats] that the scientists could literally turn cancer growth on and off in the laboratory animals, like a light switch, simply by altering the level of casein protein in their diets.” Specifically, “[c]onsuming dairy products is linked to an increased risk for breast cancer as dairy products are high in fat, animal protein, and hormones, each of which increases cancer risk. Since the 1980′s, study after study has linked dairy consumption to a high incidence of breast and other cancers.”
What scientists and nutritionists are saying, is that the main problem with cow’s milk consumption comes from factory farming. If you have any knowledge of the way animals are treated in factory farming, producers inject growth hormone into cows to get 10x the amount of milk they would normally produce. Their living conditions cause all kinds of problems in the milk due to infections and therefore, not a healthy item to ingest.
So when you’re mixing your daily morning smoothie – what should you use? In light of this research, I would consider replacing it with organic products like coconut milk, soy or even organic milk, which doesn’t contain nearly as many problems with the raising of their animals.
So if you’re worried about getting breast cancer, and dairy is your mainstay, please consider this research. Men, there is also much research linking dairy and prostate cancer so be warned as well.
If you think your family might be consuming too much dairy, please share this article with them!
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