Robert Frost’s well-known poem begins: “Two paths diverged in a yellow wood….” This is a poem about choice. Life, for better or for worse, is full of choices, and no where is this fact so evident as it in health. When it comes to our health, we have many choices, many paths. But which path is the right one? Which path is going to keep or return our bodies to a state of vibrant health?
Many in America have chosen the wrong path. It’s evident all around us. Cancer is now the #2 cause of death in the US and almost all of us know someone going through it. 70% of Americans are overweight, 19 million Americans are clinically depressed, and 40 million Americans have an anxiety disorder. . .
We can all see it: Something is very wrong.
The Road Most Traveled
Most of us ignore our health until the crisis hits, and when it does we seek the advice of standard medicine. Frequently the doctor will prescribe some drug to alleviate the symptoms rather than address the cause.
When people come to my office asking what the true path to health is, I always show them the way of real food. Like Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Surprisingly, the food that Hippocrates most often prescribed was milk.
Most of us have a knee-jerk reaction to the word “milk.” We immediately think of allergies, mucus, acne and a variety of other issues that we associate with milk.
The problem isn’t milk. The problem is us.
Milk is truly the most amazing food on Earth. As long as humans have been on this planet we have consumed it in some form, and by doing so we have thrived. From a microscopic level it looks almost identical to human blood and contains the ideal balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat – because of this, humans can survive indefinitely on nothing but milk. It’s the only food on the planet that takes absolutely no energy from our bodies to digest. It’s, in a word, perfect.
So why do so many of us have a physical problem with it? The problem with milk is the problem with our society, sourced in convenience and amplified by greed.
The reality of the situation is that milk has been manipulated from its true state. What’s supposed to happen is:
- Healthy cows live on a pasture and eat grass.
- The grass is grown in healthy soil and therefore contains all of the trace minerals and fat soluble vitamins we need to thrive.
- The cows produce up to 7 gallons of milk a day and live 15-20 years.
Here’s what actually happens:
- Cows reside in what are called Contained Animal Feeding Operations (essentially prisons).
- These cows are often given growth hormones and estrogen to produce up to 15 gallons of milk per day.
- They are fed GMO ethanol and pesticide-laced cottonseed, soy and hay.
- Because these cows are stressed they live only 4-6 years before they are slaughtered.
Because these cows don’t eat grass and don’t see the sun, their milk contains very few trace minerals or fat soluble vitamins, so it must be fortified with man-made synthetic versions. Then the milk is pasteurized at very high temperatures, which kills off all of the healthy enzymes. It’s then put in a machine under thousands of pounds of pressure to “break up” the fat molecules in a process we call homogenization.
This milk is poison. Think I’m exaggerating?
- The added hormones disrupt our endocrine system.
- The lack of fat stresses our pancreas and adrenals.
- The lack of minerals disrupts our mitochondrial function.
- Due to the lack of enzymes, it’s difficult to digest and therefore creates mucus in the body and free radical damage.
- It increases our risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, depression, arthritis and heart disease.
The Road Less Traveled
Farmer Hartzer had to choose a path, too. Many years ago he looked down at his soil and saw that all the earthworms were gone. The chemical fertilizer was making his grass grow but killing the life in the soil. He was aware enough to recognize the truth a long time ago.
He began to let his soil heal and allow the cows to pasture. Now he offers whole milk that is rich in all the cholesterol, fat soluble vitamins and trace minerals our bodies need. He began to pasteurize his milk at the lowest legal level possible (around 145 degrees) so as to maintain much of the life of the milk. He quit homogenizing the milk and also put it in glass bottles so as to remove the biological and environmental issues plastic creates.
When my patients consume whole healthy milk the only side effects that they have are:
- increased energy
- improved digestion
- improved hormonal function
- reduced risk of depression
- weight loss
- reduced joint pain
- decreased allergies and asthma
So now the question is this: which road will you take?
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.