A Scientific Report on Cow’s Milk, Health and Athletic Performance

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This is the first known scientific report of its kind. This report consists of scientific independent and peer-reviewed studies, as well as essays from leading clinicians and nutritionists. This one of a kind review outlines the negative effects of dairy on health and athletic performance.

Quick Facts

  • The US spent $100 million to transport and store government cheese.¹
  • Dairy is the number one source of saturated fat in the American diet.²
  • Dairy contains IGF-1, which has been associated with increased risk of cancer and diabetes.³ ⁴
  • Dairy may increase one’s relative risk for breast cancer by 80%.⁵
  • All dairy contains bovine sex hormones.⁶
  • Environmental toxins can seep into cows’ milk. Cows’ milk is one of the most dioxin-contaminated foods.⁷

The report reviews dairy and the industry in its entirety—from the devastating chronic health implications of consuming dairy to the massive political aid, Olympic sponsorships, and marketing dollars.

Key topics include: Associations between dairy consumption and chronic disease; dairy’s negative effect on athletic performance; history of dairy marketing tactics, exploiting and targeting athletes; how dairy disproportionately sickens people of color; cozy relationships between the US government and the dairy industry; and optimum dairy-free nutrition for athletes.

The research and questionable history of the dairy industry speaks for itself: dairy is not a health food for anyone—not for kids, not for adults, and especially not for athletes.

References →
1. King SS. Warehouses Bulge With Surplus Cheese, Butter and Dried Milk. The New York Times. Published July 6, 1982. Accessed January 20, 2020.

2. Identification Of Top Food Sources Of Various Dietary Components National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Accessed November 12, 2019.

3. Christopoulos PF, Msaouel P, Koutsilieris M. The role of the insulin-like growth factor-1 system in breast cancer. Mol Cancer. 2015; 14:43.

4. Melnik BC, John SM, Schmitz G. Over-stimulation of insulin/IGF-1 signaling by western diet may promote diseases of civilization: lessons learnt from laron syndrome. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2011;8:41.

5. Fraser GE, Jaceldo-Siegl K, Orlich M, Maschak A, Sirirat R, Knutsen S. Dairy, soy, and risk of breast cancer: those confounded milks. Intl J Epid. Published online February 25, 2020.

6. Malekinejad H, Rezabakhsh A. Hormones in Dairy Foods and Their Impact on Public Health – A Narrative Review Article. Iran J Public Health. 2015;44(6):742–758.

7. Weber R, Herold C, Hollert H, Kamphues J, Blepp M, Ballschmiter K. Reviewing the relevance of dioxin and PCB sources for food from animal origin and the need for their inventory, control and management. Environ Sci Eur. 2018;30(1):42. doi:10.1186/s12302-018-0166-9


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