As a boy growing up in semi-rural Tennessee, I got to experience first-hand the production of milk. In addition to his day job of selling livestock feed for the Quaker Oats Company, my father operated several small, commercial farms near Murfreesboro, TN, where I spent my sophomore and junior years of high school. I speak further about this experience in Chapter 4 of our book.
At the time, back in the early 60’s, I had never heard a single person challenge the fact that milk was perhaps the most perfect food. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, who grew up on a dairy farm in Virginia, had not even discovered the “dirty little secrets” of the dairy industry yet. Later, he would go on to discover that cow’s milk is perhaps the most powerful carcinogen ever discovered. But, back then, it was a given — milk is good for you and you should drink at least several glasses a day. And since we had a dairy farm, we could enjoy our milk as often as we wanted. We even pasteurized that milk in our own kitchen.
But that was fifty years ago, and although much has been discovered about the extremely harmful qualities of cow’s milk for humans, the mighty dairy industry continues to march on — promoting it’s harmful products to the tune of $165 million per year — just for advertising. While all of the prominent scientists and medical doctors referenced in our book agree that cow’s milk is one of the most damaging products that we can consume, our schools of nutrition and most of our nation’s celebrities seem to be working with the dairy industry to promote the continued use of this deadly product.
Even Dr. Benjamin Spock finally learned the truth about dairy (in conferences with Dr. Campbell) before he died and made that fact public in the final edition of his book. (See my earlier post on that topic below.) And now, we have a new group that is trying to spread the “still well-kept dirty little secrets” about milk. From their website at milkdocumentary.com:
Got the facts on Milk? (also known as “The Milk Documentary” is an entertaining, award winning feature documentary that dares to question the conventional wisdom of the much publicized health benefits of milk and dairy products. Addressing myth, truth and all in-between, the film is a humorous yet shocking exposition that provokes serious thought about this everyday staple.
Take a moment to watch this trailer and help support getting the word out by buying the DVD or watching the movie online at their site. After watching the trailer, you may wish to review a few of my earlier posts on this topic.
For more information on this powerful documentary, visit milkdocumentary.com For my earlier blogs on this topic…
Where do you get your calcium? From plants or animals? (Includes a Dr. Greger video)
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