GOT MILK? SAY CHEESE! GET REAL
By Mary Starrett
September 30, 2003
Those white-mustachioed celebrities touting "nature's perfect food" are inadvertently encouraging Americans to drink glasses of hormones, steroids, blood and white cells (pus). They're helping promote anemia, allergies, intestinal bleeding, viral infections, tonsillitis, heart disease, arthritis, lymphoma and bedwetting. That's the short list of what dairy can do.
To add insult to these injuries ,the Agriculture Department has warehouses filled with over 1.28 BILLION pounds of powdered milk. This dry milk stockpile is growing all the time and you are paying for it. Every pound of dry milk costs taxpayers 80 cents. That pencils out to over a billion dollars (and that's not including what it costs to store the stuff).
The government surplus comes from producing more than what the market can bear. Not only is this an expensive waste of your money, but the stockpile contains a product which human beings should not be consuming. The government officials trying to unload the stuff are foisting it on kids through school lunch programs, food banks and foreign aid programs. They're even shipping the stuff from the overstocked West Coast dairies back to ranchers there for use as cattle feed.
If none of this makes sense to you, sit back, grab a glass of something OTHER than cow's milk and educate yourself on why we've GOT MILK and why that does nobody's body any good.
Subsidy programs never have nor ever will make sense. Remember the cheese surplus during Reagan's reign? While that giveaway became the stuff of late night monologue jokes, an even cheesier scheme and the mountain of powdered milk come from the same program that's been in existence for half a century. In Congress's infinite wisdom (and to stay in office by showing constituents how subsidy-friendly they are) the dairy price-support program thrives. Dairy producers are required (by an act of Congress) to kick in money for the promotion of their products. Thus, more than $250 million a year is spent pushing cheese through programs overseen by the USDA.
When the agency isn't telling us to watch our fat intake it's pushing milk and cheese down our collective throats in an alarming way.
Thanks to our friends in the federal government, cheese consumption has risen to about double what it was 28 years ago. Per capita consumption is somewhere around 30 pounds.
That could be because the feds are helping the dairy industry get cheesier with fast food and chain restaurants. In other words, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Wendy's have been coached in how to add more cheese to their menu items. Take for instance Pizza Hut's Stuffed Crust Pizza. Cheese ON the pizza and IN the CRUST! How about Wendy's Cheddar Lover's Bacon Cheeseburger. -talk about redundancy.
Instead of government give-aways of cheese, now we're seeing it pushed in "cheese-friendly" menu items being encouraged by the agency responsible for making us all say "cheese" at every meal. It's overkill to say the least.
So what's wrong with eating cheese and drinking milk?
As much as I love dairy products, I've had to face the facts. Milk and cheese don't do anybody's body good.
Besides obesity, milk consumption has been linked to ear infections, allergies, gastric ailments and hormone imbalances. Could it be that our Creator never meant for us to drink the milk of a species whose young gain one thousand pounds in a year? Shouldn't the very concept of drinking cow's milk be as foreign to us as drinking the milk of a horse or a cat?
Going against natural design always has consequences. Cow's milk is distinct from human milk. It contains proteins and substances humans don't need. Any species' milk is designed for short term use. The baby drinks it for awhile then moves on to solid food. All except us. Most of the world sees the insanity in this and does not drink cow's milk. Despite the fact that we're told our bones will become brittle and osteoporotic without the stuff, the populations with the lowest incidence of this disease don't drink milk. In fact, milk can actually lead to the bone-weakening ailment.
Childhood ear infections treated by inserting tubes and prescribing drugs, in most cases, can be cleared up by eliminating dairy in a child's diet. The results are almost immediate.
It's time to wipe off the mustaches, end the deception about the benefits of milk along with the subsidies that have us all paying for this white lie.
� 2003 Mary Starrett - All Rights Reserved
Mary Starrett was on television for 21 years as a news anchor, morning talk show host and medical reporter. For the last 5 years she hosted a radio program. Mary is a frequent guest on radio talk shows. E-Mail [email protected]�
"...surplus comes from producing more than what the market can bear. Not only is this an expensive waste of your money, but the stockpile contains a product which human beings should not be consuming. The government officials trying to unload the stuff are foisting it on kids through school lunch programs, food banks and foreign aid programs."