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We shouldn’t have to tell people allergic to milk to stop drinking it

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Why are people always looking for the right way to do the wrong thing?

My google alerts were flooded with milk news this morning, and two were particularly great examples of people looking for alternatives to their cow’s milk allergies, unwilling to simply give it up.

The first is the buzz happening around a2 Milk Co. Bloomberg posted about the companies international following, as they offer only a2 beta-casein protein in their milk, where other brands have a1 AND a2. Without scientific support, people are spending twice as much money to get it because they’ve been told it’s healthier. In the article, there are testimonials from people with severe milk allergies that have found no side effects from this variety. Can you imagine eating something, having your tongue swell up, and then still demanding that same thing again? It’s ludicrous. If you’re allergic to cow’s milk, like many people are, don’t drink it. If you aren’t allergic to cow’s milk, don’t drink it. There are more than enough nut, seed, and soy milk varieties in the world. 

The second post, from Bustle, brings to light roughly the same issue. Their piece, “7 Signs You Should Stop Drinking Milk Immediately,” makes me squeamish. They list extended periods of diarrhea, hives, and acne as culprits cows milk isn’t sitting pretty inside you. Can you imagine having severe cramps, gas, or other digestion discomforts, and never considering “hey, maybe what I’m eating isn’t working?” They point out that currently 40 million people in the US are lactose intolerant. Why are they all blindly remaining to consume dairy? 

I can’t believe that people have been taught that they should ignore their bodies. It’s bad enough that we are constantly taught to go against our hearts, and minds. Producing cow’s milk isn’t good for the cow, it isn’t good for their babies, and it’s not good for humans. 

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