Hey Guys !
I thought I would share with you all why I initially gave up milk and why I haven’t consumed any dairy produce in 2 years. (I may have slipped up and eaten the occasional chocolate bar, but honestly, I’m much better off without it !)
Throughout my entire ongoing journey with Crohns disease, I have constantly been reminded by my Doctors, GP’s, Specialists and even Dieticians that Crohn’s is not affected by the foods we eat, the nature of the illness is not worsened or aggravated by food. Why would we all be referred to dieticians or be on low fibre diets if there was no connection?
It was my second 2 week stay in hospital in a period of 1 months, I was tubed up with steroids, antibiotics and a saline drip. My digestive system couldn’t process anything so my dietician at the time recommended I start a liquid based diet immediately. I was put on a Nestle product called Modulen, which was made up of nutrients, lactose and most of all milk proteins. At this time, my regular diet included some dairy (but no milk because I knew couldn’t tolerate it) I agreed go on the diet because I was strongly advised to, nothing else at the time had worked. To cut a long, painful story short, it didn’t work and my Crohns rapidly developed into something a lot nastier.
I was practically living on oral steroids to keep myself going. After some major food diary time I released that dairy was triggering around 70% of my “mini flares”. So I cut it out completely, that’s no milk, no cheese, no chocolate, no butter, no cake and no pastries. I had no idea how many products, sauces and other random groceries use dairy products!
In 2 weeks I felt considerably better, a lot less bloated and I had more energy. I decided to do some research on the human bodies capability to consume dairy produce, I had no idea just how bad dairy was for human consumption, sick or not sick, people should stay clear!
Here’s what I learnt
Milk is a great source of nourishment for a baby calf. The mummy cow’s milk contains 59 different hormones, one of which being the GROWTH hormone called Insulin- like Growth Factor ONE (IGF-1). It is identical in cows and humans, it causes the baby calf to grow, once the calf has grown enough it stops feeding from its mum and that is that. It’s the same for human mums and new-borns. Now as grown adults we are consuming alarming amounts of milk daily, that growth hormone isn’t making us “big and strong” its promoting the growth of abnormal lumps, bumps, autoimmune diseases and cancer cells. Scary huh?
I’ve also found a lot of direct links between cow’s milk and Crohns disease. Did you know that cows can get a bovine disease called “Johne’s” which is caused by a serious bacterial disease called mycobacterium paratuberculosis. Cows diagnosed with Johne’s disease have diarrhoea, and heavy faecal shedding of bacteria. This bacterium becomes cultured in milk, and is not destroyed by pasteurization. Occasionally, the milk borne bacteria will begin to grow in the human host this creating irritable bowel syndrome and Crohns disease.
- "It is reasonable to conjecture that M. paratuberculosis may be responsible for some cases of Crohn’s disease." - Journal of Clinical Microbiology 1992;30(12):3070-3073
- "Johne’s disease and Crohn’s disease are remarkably similar in clinical signs and intestinal pathology." - Hoard’s Dairyman, January 24, 1995
- "Of 77 milk samples (taken from cows with Johne’s disease), 11.6% were culture-positive (contained M. paratubercolosis)." - Journal of Clinical Microbiology 1992;30(1):166-177
- "Mycobacterium paratuberculosis was isolated from tissue taken from patients with Crohn’s disease and is implicated in the etiology of this disease." - Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 1993, May 31(5)
- "Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis crosses the species barrier to infect and cause disease in humans." - J Hermon-Taylor, British Medical Journal, Feb 1998.315
- "Mycobacterium paratuberculosis is capable of surviving commercial pasteurization, when there are more than 10 bacteria per millilitre in raw milk." - N. Sung, Applied and Environmental Microbiology: 64(3), Mar 1998.
- "Mycobacterium paratuberculosis RNA was found in 100% of Crohn’s disease patients, compared with 0% of controls." - D. Mishina, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences USA :93: September, 1998
I found all this info out here - http://www.notmilk.com. I recommend you take a look at the site, it discusses the links between many autoimmune diseases and dairy produce.
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