Say Goodbye to SAD

For decades, many of us believed we were taking care of our bodies by eating according to the Standard American Diet (SAD).  Unfortunately, there are many sad consequences to the Standard American Diet, due to the dependence on animal products.

In Whitewash:  The Disturbing Truth About Cow’s Milk and Your Health, nutritionist Joseph Keon, Ph.D., details dozens of reputable studies showing the hazards of milk allergies, and lactose intolerance, as well as adverse reactions to humans from the 60 or so different hormones and growth factors found in cow’s milk.  Even organic milk naturally contains growth hormones inherent in the milk, and found to be harmful to humans.

In the words of many researchers cited by Keon – and major studies published in the leading medical and nutritional journals – “milk is not only unnecessary in the human diet, it increases risk of an alphabet of diseases including arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, and more.”

Consider this…. Americans consume large amounts of dairy products and also have one of the world’s highest incidence of bone fracture.  Conversely, those countries with low-dairy, low-calcium diets do not have a problem with bone fracture, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  A Harvard University study involving 78,000 women found that the participants who drank the most milk had the highest risk of bone fracture.

One of the primary conclusions of T. Colin Campbell’s influential book, The China Study, was that long-term consumption of large amounts of animal protein (including milk) lead to numerous health problems, including two conditions called metabolic acidosis and acid-induced bone dissolution.  In other words, the excessive protein induces the body into an acidic state and, in its effort to restore balance, leaches alkalinizing calcium and other minerals from the skeletal system.  Keon writes, “Numerous studies dating back as far as seventy years document how, as dietary animal protein intake increases, more calcium is excreted in the urine.  In other words, rather than building bones, dairy may contribute to gradually pissing them away!”

The China Study’s author, T. Colin Campbell, PhD., grew up on a dairy farm, so he regularly enjoyed a wholesome glass of milk.  Campbell writes, “Not anymore. In multiple, peer-reviewed animal studies, researchers discovered that they could actually turn the growth of cancer cells on and off by raising and lowering doses of casein, the main protein found in cow’s milk.”

To learn more about recent research and findings on the health concerns about dairy products, you can visit the following websites:  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation.

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6 comments on “Say Goodbye to SAD

  1. Hello Kate! I’ve been enjoying your new blog! I recently have changed to plant-based, mostly vegan eating and appreciate your insights. I watched the documentary, Forks over Knives and made the decision to change. Have you seen it? Looking forward to future posts! Thank you.

    • Hi Kerri! Glad to hear you’re enjoying the blog, and that you’re leaning in to plant-based eating. Yes…I’ve seen Forks over Knives, and thought it was a very good film. There are so many great informational films and books. My desire with this blog is to share all this great information in a way that’s easy for people to get….they don’t necessarily have to read a whole book or watch a film to get the basics on the benefits of plant-based eating! Best regards to you!

  2. Hi Kate,
    I already can’t tolerate, and haven’t been eating, milk products. But my gut has been giving me more trouble, so I looked up some info on an IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) diet. It cautions not to eat animal protein, especially red meat, because the high fat content can irritate the gut. As can egg yolks, apparently, for the same reason. Eggs have been a primary protein source for me for some time, so this was bad news.

    Your post has some eye-opening information about the negative affects of too much protein. So here’s my question – what about protein? How much do we need? How can we figure that out? How can you possibly get enough on a plant-based diet? The standard beans and rice don’t excite me much. I know you have some ideas about this and I’d love to read them.

    Thanks, my friend. This is a terrific blog. May your readership grow and grow.

    • Hi Minda! This is such a great question, and one that comes up frequently. I do have some information to share with you that I think will be helpful, so stay tuned…. I’ll be posting again soon!

  3. […] health, eating animal products contributes to many of the health problems facing those living on a Standard American Diet.   And, isn’t it a blessing that the best diet for my own health is also the best diet for […]

  4. […] the modern agribusiness will not tell me what food I eat. No longer will I listen to what the “Standard American Diet“ says I need. Instead I will listen to my body and listen to proven scientific and medical […]

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