Friday, October 16, 2009

Dairy Creates Intestinal Damage

A reader wrote the following:
I would like to learn more about dairy causing a leaky intestine.
Is it all dairy? Just cow’s milk? Goat’s milk? What about fermented dairy, yogurt and cheeses? Does pasteurization matter? Age of introduction? What about cream and butter?

If it hasn't apparently caused a problem for an adult, does it continue to be safe or is it a ticking time bomb?

The mechanism behind dairy causing the damage it does lies in several areas:

1. It stops the formation of glucosamine in the gut lining, thereby creating a leaky gut. (Glucosamine is known to help repair the mucosal-lining defensive barrier in our small intestine.)
2. It impairs immune system development in the gut and the maturation of important immune cells known as T helper cells – this can lead to autoimmune disease, asthma, allergies.
3. The milk from other mammals is too high in protein and phosphorus and the protein damages the gut lining.
4. Dairy products are highly chemically laden, the highest per gram of all food, and are thereby toxic to the gut lining.
5. Dairy creates a mucous “slime” in the lining of the gut that prevents the absorption of some nutrients as well as causing gut inflammation.

As a former dairy-lover, I understand the hopeful questions about yogurt, cheese, pasteurization, goat, sheep, etc. Unfortunately if it’s made from the milk of another mammal it’s not beneficial for us. Humans are able to digest their mother’s milk for the first few years of life only. After that they should no longer have it or anyone else’s milk.

I do have one piece of good news – Butter!

Butter is mostly fat and has very few milk solids. Therefore it is fine to consume for most people and the negative effects of the dairy protein are all but absent.

I would caution you to purchase organic butter because hormones are made from fat and we really want to avoid as many exogenous estrogens as possible.

Enjoy some butter!

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To your good health,
Dr Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN, CFMP

IFM Certified Practitioner

Founder of Root Cause Medical Clinic
Co-author of “The Gluten Effect”

Author of the eBook: “Gluten Intolerance – What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You!”


Anonymous said...

Thank you for en interesting blog! Do you have any references for your claims above? Without proofs, it´s hard to believe that dairy products can be that harmful, even though I try to avoid dairy myself. /Mark

Marisa McLane said...

I have a casein allergy and I use organic, grass-fed clarified butter (otherwise known as ghee), which is casein-free - all the milk solids are removed. It has a buttery taste, and is chock-full of vitamin A and K.

Thank you for your blog - looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at the conference! - Marisa McLane

Anonymous said...

I had problems with my ears as a child - recurrent infections, leading to operation after operation. My ENT insisted that 90% of his patients problems were due to a dairy allergy. I cut it out and now if I have a milk, I will get an external cyst on my ear, which has to be removed under anesthetic. I am grateful to my body's quick response to let me know that dairy isn't doing me any good! Thank you for the great article.

Brandi Nicole said...

I have breast fed my children and now I dont make them consume milk. I don't understand why it is so essential? I will find our vitamins and calcium else where.