Is consuming milk bad for health?
We have consumed milk
of various animals for thousands of years. Milk is an important part of
ayurveda. It is considered to be a medium as well as effect enhancer of
medicines. The milk of camel and goat also has medicinal properties. Gandhiji
was fond of goat milk and a goat used to accompany him whenever he travelled.
But today milk
allergies have flooded the world and milk is aggravating autoimmune and
Is this the fault of
Not entirely. The use
of bovine products in vaccines has triggered the allergies. The human body has
changed, thanks to medical interventions, and is today unable to properly
process and utilize many nutrients.
There is also a disease
miasm called Psora in homeopathy. People with this miasm react negatively to
milk. This is the most widespread miasm and forms the basis of other
conditions. Milk incompatibility can be rectified by the use of appropriate
The nature of milk has
also changed. Indigenous cows have been replaced by foreign breeds. The cows
are subjected to steroids, antibiotics, and vaccines that poison the milk.
There is also the threat of adulteration. Besides water of doubtful quality,
chemicals and detergents are used to enhance quantity and make milk more
There is also an
abundance of purely chemical milk in India. It is said that currently India
produces around 40% of the needs of the country. 60% demand is met with fully
adulterated milk. Thus consuming sweets and even tea from roadside vendors is a
Milk today needs a
"use with caution label". To circumvent the issues one can procure
milk from the cow sheds that keep indigenous cows. There are cow sheds that try
to supply good quality milk using safe and ethical practices. If milk agrees with
your constitution you can procure from such agencies. The price however is
The government should
take a critical look at the alarming situation and ensure that good quality
milk is available. However it is the government that is responsible for introducing
non indigenous breeds, artificial insemination, and encouraging extreme
medication and vaccination of cattle. It is unfortunate those even goats are
vaccinated. There are therefore no alternatives.
There are ethical
issues. People feel that drinking milk is a form of cruelty to the animals and
their offspring. This is also right. But there is an other side too. Animals
that provide milk and dung share a relationship with their owners and therefore
are well taken care of and avoid the slaughter house.
In India the cow was a
prized possession and a family member. In my ancestral house I have witnessed
the entire household take care of the 5 to 6 animals in the cowshed. The birth
of a calf was celebrated and we children used to play with them. The cows were
very spirited and getting close to a newborn calf carried serious risk.
The cows were kept for
household milk consumption and there was no business motive. Therefore the calf
were never constrained to drink their full. The cows provided enough milk for
everyone. They were also free to go for grazing and returned in the evening by
The cow dung and urine
was essential for agricultural activity. Today farmers are once again returning
to those methods. This ensured that cows past their prime were well taken care
of. The cowdung was also used for fuel and for mopping floors of mud houses.
The panchagavya was
also essential for the famous Durga Puja which was also conducted in our house.
The smell of the cows
and cowshed has a charm of its own. Much like horse stables in the West. That
earthy feeling is what many miss today. When I visit villages in rural areas
that smell reminds me of my own village.
The female members of
the families enjoyed taking care of the cows. They used to spend hours cleaning
and feeding them. We often lingered in the cowshed to take part. Each cow had a
different nature and our aunts used to tell us how to handle them without
There are instances of
cows providing warning to the family about upcoming incidents. Many also have
tales of cows taking the misfortune on themselves.
The cow became sacred
also for the reason that Sri Krishna was raised by a cowherd family. He used to
take the cows out for grazing and play his flute while they grazed. He was also
extremely fond of milk and milk products.