Dairy consumption almost always makes patients with peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain suffer more than necessary.
This series of articles will not be “politically correct”. Nor will it likely be popular with the mainstream press. But the fact of the matter is, anybody with a degree in nutrition, who has done across the board research, understands the dangers of dairy products and human diet.
A landmark book on dairy and health called The China Study was published some years back. As serious students of health and nutrition, I recommend you get and read a copy of this book, at least once.
There are several major problems with dairy consumption in the human diet, but by reading magazines and watching television you would never know it.
The dairy industry is a huge industry—unfortunately, with an incestuous relationship with the FDA.
Almost everybody knows about struggling with lactose intolerance. Lactose is a milk sugar, which is difficult for some people to digest. But the dairy story goes far deeper.
One of my professors once said it best. Milk is designed to be a hormone delivery system from cow to calf. It is not intended for human consumption. Human milk is for humans, but only in the first two years of life.
Let’s first start off by talking about osteoporosis. Both doctors and patients alike are taught that dairy builds strong bones. Yes, calcium and vitamin D are essential for human health, but there are far healthier ways to get both of these besides milk consumption.
One of the most eye-opening things regarding osteoporosis is when scientists look at relatively “primitive” cultures which are active, consume a plant-based diet, spend a fair amount of time outside—and, almost never get osteoporosis.
This is in stark contrast to more developed countries like the USA, where osteoporosis is rampant and people consume large amounts of dairy and animal products.
Also, milk contains certain hormones, which are detrimental to human health. Some of these compounds have been linked to the development of cancers.
But, most importantly, dairy can aggravate inflammation in the body. And it almost always makes patients with peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain suffer more than necessary.
Future articles will talk more about the dangers of dairy products, but, suffice it to say, there are now many readily available alternatives. These alternatives include products made from almonds, coconuts, and rice.
It takes a little bit of experimentation to find exactly what works for you, but making the shift towards a more healthy diet goes a long way towards providing a healing environment for your neuropathy and chronic pain.
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