The animal production lobby and politics are highly interested in maintaining the sales of animal products at a high level. For this reasons, diets which do without these products are shown in a negative light and health issues are simply ignored. But the influence of food on people's health has been examined for many decades. In the meantime there are hundreds of studies that give unequivocal proof that the "Western diet", i.e. eating animals products every day, causes serious harm to our health. http://www.provegan.info/eng/studies/
The biggest myth of the food industry is about milk. For decades we have heard phrases like "milk products are rich in calcium", "milk is essential for growth", or "milk makes your bones strong". Yet, in recent years, milk products have been falling into disrepute.
First of all, we should be aware of the fact that the original purpose of milk is to breastfeed the babies of the respective species. The composition of milk is adapted to the needs of that very species.
In spite of this, man came to think – like in many other cases – that he could make his own rules in nature. So, a few thousand years ago, he began to domesticate the ancestors of our cows in order to make use of their milk.
Man is the only living being that on the one hand drinks milk of a different species and – on the other hand – keeps doing so after babyhood.
The fact that an estimated 70% of the world's population suffers from lactose intolerance, which means milk makes them ill, indicates that this behavior is not in accordance with nature. http://www.milk.co.uk/page.aspx?intPageID=138
But instead of simply conforming to the laws of nature, many people take pills against this intolerance or consume milk products whose lactose has been removed by a complicated procedure.
There are many other proofs showing that animal milk is not made for the consumption of humans:
It has been said again and again that milk contains a large amount of calcium and is therefore important for the development of bones. Yet, a comprehensive study of Harvard University which examined the influence of milk consumption on 75,000 women has shown that it is actually the other way round, as you may have suspected. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/calcium-full-story/
It is true that milk contains calcium but the sulphurous amino acids in animal proteins promote the excretion of calcium via the kidney.
On a closer look, the highly-praised calcium and protein content of milk is mere nonsense anyway. For milk does not contain more than just about 120mg of calcium and 3.8 g of protein per 100 g. There is a large number of foods that contain a multiple amount of this degree of nutrients. Tofu, for example, has double the calcium and five times the protein content of milk. Yet, in advertising and in industry, it is a universally applied method to emphasize the essential components of a product in order to make the product appear more valuable.
There is still another proof that the calcium contained in milk cannot be made use of properly: the rate of osteoporosis is highest in the countries where the most milk is consumed and it is lowest where the least is consumed. This contradicts the claim that milk makes our bones strong. By the way, a correlation between milk consumption and certain types of cancer has also been detected.
This is by far not the end of the myth. In the 1980s Dr T. Collin Campbell wrote his famous China Study. This study still ranks as the most comprehensive study in the field of dietetics.
It was financed with state subventions and enjoys world-wide renown. It gives plenty of insights into the effects of a purely vegan diet on our health. Although it may seem unbelievable at first, the study demonstrates that animal proteins have a high carcinogenic potential while plant based proteins possess a protective function.
One sentence of the study reads as follows:
Besides, the Swiss authority for health (BAG) has found out that 92% of all the poisonous substances contained in food (dioxins and PCBs) stem from animal products. The biggest singular supplier of these is milk with a share of 47%.
It must also be mentioned that milk products contain a large number of hormones which usually need to be prescribed by a doctor.
As has already been explained, the purpose of milk is to feed babies and it enables new-born beings to grow quickly in size and weight, for - among other – it contains growth hormones.
You need not be a genius to suspect that this share of hormones is no good to the human body.
In view of the aspects mentioned here, it becomes understandable why there are so many (chronic) diseases in countries with a high milk consumption: cancer, cardiac diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer's, strokes, dementia, etc.
It is obvious that the milk lobby (and all others that profit from it) do not keep calm when the edifice of lies which they have built up over decades is dismantled.
The most common method to save their credibility is to question studies. When you google the China Study, you will automatically come across counter arguments, which were compiled above all by a certain Denise Minger. She was a student of biology and she obviously tried – with the backing of the animal industry - to doubt Dr Campbell's decade- long researches. The latter, however, was able to convincingly refute all the critical arguments published by her.
Still, the objective of the mighty animal industry had been reached: the study was officially doubted and, although it is absolutely indisputable, has thus lost part of its credibility in the eyes of the average citizen.
On top of it all, a somewhat amateurish meta-study on milk consumption was published in 2015 from German agriculture government. It was named "Acquittal of Milk". Allegedly several hundreds of studies were examined and refuted in it - on no more than 40 pages written in big letters. When you read this study, however, you will discover that it was made in the style of an advertising brochure eulogizing milk and trying to persuade the reader to drink as much of it as possible.
Another reason why it cannot be taken seriously is the fact that it was compiled by order of the Bavarian Ministry of Agriculture. And slogans like "Milk is not unhealthy: criticism refuted by meta-study" sound good to the gullible citizen.
Actually, man should follow his own intelligence. Can we really trust a billion-dollar industry, which exploits animals for sheer profit and acts without any kind of respect for nature and resources?
Are we willing to trust an industry that employs elements of fairy tales in its advertisements and that operates behind tall walls in order to hide everything that could dissuade the customer from buying its products?
Or had we not better trust the more than 300 studies of serious scientists and doctors who worked out these studies independently without any economic interest and who have proved the health risks of animal products?
Beside the harmful consequences of dairy products on health, meat and fish are not any better either. Yet, only in very rare cases are the negative effects of the consumption of meat, milk, fish and eggs discussed openly.
The China Study has revealed the following insights among other things:
Even vegetarianism is unhealthier than a balanced omnivorous diet if it means that meat is replaced with a big amount of dairy products and eggs. This argument is of course highly welcomed by the animal industry and by those who mingle the vegetarian and the vegan diet.
Next to Dr T. Colin Campbell, the author of the China Study, Dr Caldwell Esselstyn is a further pioneer in the field of dietetic research. In 1994/95 he was listed as one of the best doctors of the USA, and, among other things, persuaded the former president Bill Clinton to live on a vegan diet, which helped him to overcome his heart disease.
In his book "Prevent Heart Disease" Esselstyn reveals the alarming fact that fat deposition can be detected in the arteries of 70% of all twelve-year-old children who are brought up following the typically Western diet of meat, milk, eggs and refined sugar, so in other words the immediate causes of coronary heart diseases.
If you have kept on reading up to here thinking that fish is a possible alternative to meat, milk and eggs, you will now be disappointed, too,
For in addition to the carcinogenic effect of animal proteins fish is strongly affected by environmental pollution.
The pollution of the oceans with oil, plastics and other chemical residues is transmitted into the organism of sea animals.
In 2009, the universities of Barcelona and Granada found undeniable proof of the correlation between the mercury pollution of children and pregnant women and their consumption of fish. http://journals.lww.com/epidem/Fulltext/2009/11001/Hair_Mercury_Levels,_Fish_Consumption_and.384.aspx
An increased mercury pollution affects people's mental capacity (memory, speech) and can also provoke retardation in children's development.
A French study of 2007 demonstrated similarly that above all fish and milk pollute us with poisonous substances like dioxins, furans and PCBs.
Despite all undeniable proof, health does not seem to be an extremely relevant issue for many people. Even if a change of habits can be observed with the trend to a healthy and sustainable diet, there are still many who do not attach too much importance to this topic.
So everyone has to decide themselves if they want to live on a vegan diet as the above mentioned arguments suggest.
However, everyone should be aware of the fact that we are constantly deceived as consumers to the detriment of our health and that we should honestly ask ourselves if we want to keep on supporting a system like that?
Dr Ernst Henrich comes to the following résumé:
"Despite the clear and weighty evidence based on reputable scientific facts, large parts of the media, unwitting doctors and alleged “nutritionists” keep spreading incorrect and misleading facts about the animal food industry and archaic and faulty doctrines. Altogether, this is a major health scandal. The prevention of diseases should be considered at least as important as their treatment. But our health systems earn millions with the treatment of chronic diseases caused by unhealthy diets. A massive new health policy aimed at prevention might take away large parts of the health industry’s profits. So it comes as no surprise that the conflicting interests of the health and animal industries, combined with widespread misinformation, have led to a situation in which the prevention of diseases through good nutrition falls by the wayside. And so it completes a circle in which humans, animals and the environment suffer tremendously. It is therefore in the interest of all citizens to look after their own diet."
This chapter can best be rounded off by quoting what Lisa Simpson said in 1995 in the episode 'Lisa becomes a vegetarian':
"Don't you all realize that you are being manipulated by the giants of the food industry?"