A Simple Yet Neglected Cure for Childhood Constipation

Childhood Constipation and Cow’s Milk

Back in the 1950s, it was suggested that some cases of constipation among children might be due to the consumption of cow’s milk. But it wasn’t until 40 years later that it was finally put to the test. We used to think that most chronic constipation in infants and young children was all in their head—they were “anal retentive”—or had some intestinal disorder, but a group of Italian researchers studied 27 consecutive infants who showed up in their pediatric gastroenterology clinic with chronic “idiopathic constipation” (meaning they had no idea what was causing it), and tried removing cow’s milk protein from their diet.

Within three days on a cow’s milk protein-free diet, 21 out of the 27 children were cured. There were clinical relapses during two subsequent cow milk challenges, meaning when they tried giving the children back some cow’s milk,  the constipation reappeared within 24 to 48 hours. The subjects came back after a month and stayed cured, and their eczema and wheezing went away, too! The researchers concluded that many cases of chronic constipation in young children—more than three quarters it seemed, may be due to an underlying cow’s milk protein allergy.

Chronic constipation is a common problem in children, for which fiber and laxatives are prescribed. If those don’t work, several laxatives at progressively higher dosages can be used, and that still may not work. Five years later, a considerable number of kids are still suffering. In fact, chronic constipation may even extend into adulthood. To cure the disease in just a few days by eliminating cow’s milk was a real breakthrough.

But it was an open trial, meaning not blinded or placebo-controlled. We didn’t have such a trial until a landmark study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine—a double-blind, crossover study, comparing cow’s milk and soy milk. The study enrolled 65 kids suffering from chronic constipation, all previously treated unsuccessfully with laxatives; 49 had anal fissures and inflammation and swelling. The researchers gave them either cow’s milk or soy milk for two weeks and then switched it around.

In two thirds of the children, constipation resolved while they were receiving soy milk, and the anal fissures and pain were cured. None of the children receiving cow’s milk had a positive response. In the 44 responders, the relation with cow’s milk protein hypersensitivity was confirmed in all cases by a double-blind challenge with cow’s milk. All those lesions, including the most severe anal fissures, disappeared on a cow’s milk-free diet, yet reappeared within days after the reintroduction of cow’s milk back into their diets.

This may explain why children drinking more than a cup of milk a day may have eight times the odds of developing anal fissures. Cutting out milk may help cure anal fissures in adults, too. Cow’s milk may also be a major contributor to recurrent diaper rash as well.

Why does removing cow’s milk treat these conditions? Studies that have looked at biopsy tissue samples in patients with chronic constipation because of cow’s milk protein hypersensitivity have found signs of rectal inflammation, suggesting that cow’s milk protein was inducing an inflammatory response.

Studies from around the world have subsequently confirmed these findings, curing up to 80 percent of kids’ constipation by switching to soy milk or rice milk. A common problem with the studies, though, is when they switched kids from cow’s milk to non-dairy milk, the kids could still have been eating other dairy products. That is, they didn’t control the background diet…until recently. A 2013 study (highlighted in my video, Childhood Constipation and Cow’s Milk, got constipated kids off all dairy products and 100 percent were cured, compared with 68 percent in the New England Journal study.

Isn’t this amazing? I just kept thinking, “why didn’t I learn this in medical school?” Is the dairy lobby so persuasive that a cheap, simple, safe, life-changing intervention like this remains buried?

Until now!

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Make sure to check out tomorrow’s video: Treating Infant Colic by Changing Mom’s Diet.

Avoiding dairy may be important for infant health too. Watch my 3-part video series:

Then the effects on adolescents and beyond:

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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  • guest

    The soy milk and rice milk in stores is loaded with synthetic vitamins as well as added minerals? Are these synthetics a concern of yours? Vitamin E has been warned against by you and others. So often it seems these drinks are just liquid plant foods with ground up synthetic vitamin pills stirred in (that’s actually what they seem to be doing at the production facility).

    • Thea

      guest: FYI: If you would prefer, you can get soy milk in the stores that is nothing but soy beans and water. Look at the ingredients of the milks in those septic boxes. I know that Trader Joes sells one under their own brand. And my local health store sells another brand. So, they may not be hard to find.

      My experience: I find that the brands that are nothing but soy and water are very rich and great for cooking, especially sauces, and baking. Though I do not enjoy soy milk in anything where I taste the soy milk by itself, such as in oatmeal. Hence I usually have both soy milk and almond milk on hand. I don’t consume very much almond milk, so I’m not worried about the added vitamins. I just enjoy the added boost of calcium now and then and don’t worry about the rest.

      • Jim Felder

        Home made almond milk is justification all by itself for buying a Vitamix. A cup (5 ounces) of almonds (soaked for at least an hour), 3-4 cups water (depending on how rich you like it), some majool dates (if you want a bit of sweet), vanilla extract (if that floats your boat), a length of cheesecloth or better yet a nut-milk bag and 1 minute in a vitamix and you have almond milk. Just strain out the solids and put the milk in the frig to chill. And as a bonus you get left-over high fiber almond pulp which can be used with beans, oats and brown rice to make veggie burgers. If not using the pulp right away, it can be frozen and defrosted at need. Angela Liddon on her Oh She Glows blog has a nice recipe (http://ohsheglows.com/2013/01/24/my-favourite-homemade-almond-milk-step-by-step-photos/)

        If you are using the almond milk in a recipe you could likely just skip the straining step and leave the solids in with the liquid.

        If you really get into it making almond milk, there are places on-line (like justalmonds.com) where in larger amounts almonds can be as cheap as $6.50/lb. Assuming that 5 ounces of almonds gets you a quart of almond milk, then the price of home made can be as little as $4/half gallon. That isn’t a whole lot less than commercial, but here you control what does and more importantly doesn’t go into your milk, and you can just make the amount you want/need.

        • Thea

          Jim: Good ideas! Those ideas don’t work for me most of the time, but I’m glad you wrote that out for others to see.

          FYI: I’ve got the vitamix, nut-milk bag, almonds, almond butter (an even easier way to do it), etc. I do sometimes use the trick of just adding nuts to a blender/sauce recipe over adding a nut milk. That can work great. And I do sometimes make my own nut milks. Just not very often. I’m more likely to make cashew cream to use for special situations.

          Hey, that Oh She Glows link didn’t work for me. I got a ‘Page not found’ error. Can you try again? I like the Oh She Glows site and have the cookbook.

          • Jim Felder

            Disqus can be pretty squirrelly with hyperlinks. Best bet is to go to her website (ohsheglows dot com) and then use the search bar to find “Almond Milk”. And of course while there go a little overboard geeking out over all the other incredible recipes she has. I haven’t added her cookbook to my overly large collection because my wife has laid down the law, no more cookbooks until you get rid of some, and how can I do that when I have tried all the recipes yet.

            I got a hemp nut milk bag on Amazon that I have been happy with. I wash it after each use with the dishes and make sure to rinse it extra well and it hasn’t gone off in any way. I liked the idea of a natural fiber rather than a nylon bag. Probably overthinking it, but the price was about the same as the synthetic bags, so why not.

        • WFPBRunner

          Jim great idea regarding the veggie burgers and pulp.

        • george

          Jim: Personally, the part of the procedure of making almond milk I dislike is straining, which is messy and a hassle. My solution: cashew milk, which doesn’t need to be strained; the bonus: cashews don’t need to be presoaked. But cashews are more expensive than almonds. Can you recommend a nut bag that does the job well and will last awhile? Thanks Jim

          • Thea

            george: Another option is to make almond milk from almond butter instead of whole almonds. (or any nut milk from the nut butter) It works pretty well and doesn’t really need to be strained. Chef AJ was the first person who introduced this technique to me. I don’t have a link on hand, but I’m hoping it won’t be too hard to find a recipe if you are interested.

          • george

            Thea: Thank you very much for the tip. I’ve tried to make almond milk from almond butter by mixing it with water in my personal blender but it didn’t work well. How do you do it? Use hot water? Use a powerful blender? (I do have a Blendtec.)

          • Thea

            george: I have a Vitamix, but a Blendtec should work just fine. I have a family member who makes almond milk the way you describe using a Blendtec and she is very pleased with the results.

            In what way did your effort not work well?

            If your problem was grittiness, I think that people have different tolerances for grit in their milk. For example, If I’m pouring it on my oatmeal, a tiny bit of grit does not bother me. But if I’m just drinking a cup, then even a tiny bit bothers. On the other hand, I saw a woman once give a demo on making almond milk. She used straight almonds and drank it without any filtering. And she did so with a big grin. Her tolerance for grit was pretty big I think.

            If your problem was that the taste was off, I would recommend to keep playing with it. Play with different amounts of water and different brands of almond butter (make sure to get a smooth one) and different sweeteners.

          • george

            Jim & Thea: When I tried to make almond milk with almond butter, I didn’t use the Blendtec; I used my small personal blender because I wanted to make a small amount, about a cup. I’m going to try using Blendtec today. From Jim’s message above, I think I know the mistake I made when I tried making almond milk : The first time, I used cheese cloth, it was a mess. The second time, I used a used nut bag somebody let me borrow. Both times my mistake was I used a small (2-cup) measuring cup as the reservoir. A trip to the thrift store this weekend will solve that problem. I have another question: after almonds are soaked in water, the water is supposed to be discarded. The reason given is the water contains phytates seeped out of the almonds. But, as we now know From Dr. Greger, phytates are beneficial. Given that, do you throw away the water? Thanks to both of you.

          • Thea

            george: I throw away the water just because almonds are so dusty/dirty. Even if you rinse first, the water seems pretty murky. But that’s just me. Did a little dirt really hurt anyone? ;-) The funny thing is that I have no problem eating dry almonds without pre-rinsing or soaking and throwing away the water. It’s just when I see it so obviously that I find it unappetizing.

            Here’s one more thought: I don’t usually bother to soak anymore since I have the Vitamix. So, it’s really a mute question for me.

            Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

          • george

            Thea: I made almond milk using almond butter in the Blendtec. It came out perfectly. Since almond butter is brown, I was expecting the milk to have a muddy color, but, no, it was a beautiful cream color. This is the best way to make almond milk impromptu, because in less than five minutes I can have perfect almond milk.
            I never wash or presoak almonds when I eat them, so when I buy a nut bag, I’m going to try making almond milk without presoaking them . Thank you very much for your help.

          • Thea

            This is so exciting!

            re: color
            I know!! I remember the first time I saw an almond milk making demo. It was like magic. I couldn’t believe how white it was. I thought it was so cool.

            Thanks for letting us know what happened. I’m glad you figured out a system to work for you.

          • Jim Felder

            I love cashew cream. I often make some on the spot to make *anything* that originally called for bovine cream. Potato and corn chowder is fabulous with cashew cream and so is vodka sauce. The secret I have found with straining is use a really large and wide mixing bowl and put the nut milk bag in the bottom when pouring in the almond milk from the blender. Fill the bag part way and then close the top of the bag and slowly lift the nut bag up and start to gently work the bag with your (very clean well scrubbed) hands until the pulp is well squeezed. But don’t work too hard so milk doesn’t spray out of the bag and so that you put too much stress on the bag and cause it to rip. The last 1/2 ounce of milk isn’t worth tearing a bag to get. Then pour the strained almond milk from the bowl into a glass carafe to store it in the refrigerator before you strain any additional milk so you always start with an empty straining bowl. And If you have more milk than will fit in a single bag full, then I suggest a second bowl to turn the pulp out in so you don’t have to deal with it much while you finish up straining the rest of the batch.

        • Cheryl

          The almonds are $8.50 a lb now.

          • Jim Felder

            Cheryl, I was quoting prices for a larger amount (20-30 lbs) at a time with the assumption of regular and frequent making of almond milk to us up before the almonds went bad. I was just out looking for the best bulk almond prices and found almonds at $4.35/lb for a 30 lb case! Undoubtedly that doesn’t include shipping and I don’t know how much that would be. They also had 5 lb bags for $5.36/lb.

  • rumicat

    This is what got me so interested in switching to a plant based diet, but no one I talk to seems to believe me, including my kid’s pediatricians. Both of my kids had terrible eczema, diaper rash, and some some issue with constipation. I didn’t know what to do with my first but I had read The China Study with my second and took her off cow milk. Shaazam, no more dry skin, no more diaper rash (had to repeatedly go in for prescription strength meds for both kids), and no problems with toilet training related to constipation (huge issue with my first child). My friend who has a child with lactose intolerance and constipation refuses to try soy milk convinced that it will give her kid cancer and hormone problems. Like their aren’t tons of estrogens in cow’s milk. The dairy industry is the devil.

    • Mel

      Soy is really bad for hormones, especially males. It contains high amounts of phytoestrogens. Gluten, dairy and soy free is the way to go. Stick to home made nut milks.

      • Thea

        Mel: If you research soy on this site, you will learn that traditional soy foods (like tempeh, miso, edamame, and tofu) are protective for both females and males. For females, there are special proven benefits such as fighting breast cancer. There are some non-gender specific benefits for everyone, such as cholesterol lowering (just like with any bean). And there is no reason to suspect a specific problem for males eating soy. For example, soy does not affect male infertility despite the myth that gets repeated so often. You can learn about all of this on the following topic page and then follow the links to get details, including the peer reviewed studies:
        http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/soy
        .
        Phytoestrogens means plant estrogens. It’s not the same as estrogen-estrogen, ie, real animal estrogen like is found in dairy. (The whole point of breast milk of any species is to grow a baby animal very fast. In the case of a cow, that milk is intended to grow the baby hundreds of pounds in a year. Of course, there are many hormones in cows milk/ any dairy even when the poor cow is not treated with even extra hormones.) So, you are right about that one. This site has a wealth of information about dairy.
        http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/dairy
        .
        Unless someone has celiac disease or a special gluten sensitivity, there is no reason to avoid gluten. It is good for you! You can find information about that on this site also.
        .
        NutritionFacts is all about sticking to the science. Check it out.

      • rumicat

        Actually if you search this site you’ll not find a lot of info on the harms of soy. Mostly it seems to be good, and may even prevent breast cancer. Not much to show it has any negative effect on men unless you are consuming enormous quantities of it. I don’t get the gluten think either. I know maybe one in twenty people might have some sensitivity but most people are just jumping on a band wagon, mainly reacting to the fact that eating lots of simple carbs is causing an insulin spike which is driving their blood sugar too low and making them feel cruddy. I’m more of an advocate of fiber.

  • L

    Yes, it is amazing! I can remember asking my mother to take me to the doctor to get help for constipation as a very young child in the 1950s. The pediatrician and my parents believed fervently that milk was important and necessary for growing children to consume. The doctors I saw as a child never had a solution. As an adult, I didn’t drink milk, but I did consume cheese, half and half, and yogurt on a daily basis. Consequently, I’ve lived with 60 years of chronic constipation and IBS. Sixty years! No doctor ever suggested removing milk and dairy products from my diet. I read “The China Study” and “How Not to Die” in December 2015, and I’ve been on a plant-based whole-foods diet ever since, a total of about 6 weeks. The chronic constipation has vanished. The IBS symptoms have vanished. I no longer have pain or bleeding from anal fissures and hemorrhoids. It’s nothing short of a miracle! I’m still in a state of astonishment over my frequent and easy bowel movements. I have a new lease on life, and I feel so good! Thank you, Dr. Greger. Your book was and is life-changing for me.

    • Thea

      L: I don’t know if a poster has ever brought tears to my eyes before you. I’m so happy you have finally found a solution. And so sad over those many years with suffering. Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Dara

      Thank you for sharing your story. I was able to convice a co-worker who had IBS and who thought it was a permanent diagnosis for her to lay off dairy and she reported a total recovery. (She admitted being quite surprised that what I suggested did resolve her IBS) There are so many people out there who wind up internally “owning” an IBS diagnosis when it is most likely the SAD diet doing it to them. I am so happy for you!

    • HeidiH

      As a physician, I sadly admit that most doctors are hearty promotors of dairy. We have been schooled into thinking that it is the only way to get calcium and that children need it to grow normally and have normal brain development. Nutrition was not part of the medical curriculum. Since stumbling on to the world WFPBD 6 years ago and becoming an avid proponent and student on the subject, I have recommended dairy removal to hundreds of patient families before operating on the ears of chronic ear infection sufferers. It is amazing how many have resolved their infections- more than 50%. But the families find it very hard to make change. The pediatricians think it is extreme that I would ask patients to change their diet and some will not refer to me any longer due to my dairy removal policy. I do not see the tide changing in medicine quickly. But it is such an easy experiment to try. 2 weeks off and most people feel so much better. They are surprised at what chronic issues clear up. A few days back on and the patients are back to their old symptoms. It is usually immediate and often amplified after being off for a few weeks. My specialty is now cyclic food allergies. Dairy is the number one offender.

      • GEBrand

        HeidiH, – I would like to support you in your efforts to get the word out re: cows milk and its many detractions. Please take a look at my post lower on this page regarding cows milk and Creutzfeld Jacob (mad cow) disease and Bovine Leukemia Virus’ correlation to breast cancer, (new research published 9/2015, link below). I, too, had chronic constipation as a child along with terrific gas, bloating, and cramping from cows milk. Producing a BM took supreme effort and my Mother had to administer suppositories which did not help. As a teenager I was warned against my decision to not drink milk. I also dispensed with the other usual dairy products: ice cream (sorbet is lovely), cheese (weight issue), yogurt (other sources for good probiotics). I haven’t consumed dairy in decades. I am 62 years old. My bone scans show no osteopenia or osteoporosis. You may also wish to read an excellent book about the negative impacts of cows milk:
        http://www.whitewashthebook.com/
        I share my support with you so that you can feel settled that you are giving your patients good advice. Stand strong.

      • Leslie Mantlo

        Heidi, we removed 90% of dairy 2-1/2 years ago from our diets because my son has chronic constipation, but we haven’t seen a huge change. I realized that we didn’t cut ALL dairy only this morning when I thought back to a scouting event he attended over the weekend and took string cheese as his snack, and also his love for sour cream though I only have gotten it for him periodically. As of my realization this morning, I won’t buy ANY dairy anymore. But now I wonder how to help him (he’s 8) with the constipation that is still a problem??? This morning I made him a smoothie with prune juice, fresh pineapple, banana, spinach, dates, chia, flax meal, cinnamon (just trying to sweeten it up away from the prune taste to make it palatable…) and he drank that pretty well. I have him sit on the toilet for 10 minutes after meals just trying to retrain his bowels and we’re having some success with this. Any thoughts???

        • R. Peterson

          I would try leaving out the chia seeds. They cause constipation for me. I know this because I’ve tried them on several occasions, hoping it was something else because I really wanted to be able to add them for the health benefits. Good luck. My son has had simulator problems. An apple banana type smoothie seems to work best with him.

          • Leslie Mantlo

            Thank you. I really appreciate your response. May I ask, did you do other specific things to help him overcome it? Did you have to take a medical approach?

        • HeidiH

          In the cyclic allergy world, any consumption even tiny amounts invalidates the test. So if someone was only off 90% dairy could still be an offender. Good Must take out 100% and see how it goes. I usually give my patients a handout to remind them of where dairy can be hiding: cream sauces, dressings, butter, baked goods, milk chocolate candy, caramel, and cream based soups etc. That is another reason WFPBD is such a great way to go as you are in control of the ingredients. It can be hard to control what the child eats outside the home as well. School lunches can really be a problem.

          Also, refined white flour products are really constipating. I remember my grandmother telling me they used to use white bread to treat diarrhea. So beware of baked good. They can really plug up the intestines.

          I do like smoothies when the children aren’t eating any vegetables but recent studies do show that eating the food provides more bulk and fiber for your intestines than grinding it so finely as is done with smoothies making. I would really push the vegetables. Many articles out there on constipation and need for increased fruit and vegetable intake and elimination of other dietary elements Here is one:

          J Clin Diagn Res. 2015 Jun;9(6):SC12-5. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2015/13290.6025. Epub 2015 Jun 1.
          Normal Bowel Pattern in Children and Dietary and Other Precipitating Factors in Functional Constipation.
          Sujatha B1, Velayutham DR2, Deivamani N3, Bavanandam S4.

          And several good articles on this website.

          As for such a long time on the toilet, our GI doctor discouraged that in our boys when they were suffering from constipation. (She never suggested changing the diet). Sitting and straining can be an issue and create hemorrhoids. Increase fluid consumption and fruit and vegetable consumption can help by creating a stool that is softer and generally more bulky (in a good way). The above article also discussed the psychological aspect of constipation. Many factors that can be involved. For constipation, diet elimination and re-challenges can help locate the triggers. Good eating habits are a great place to start. Diet journal and symptom tracker can be of tremendous benefit.

          Rotation diets can be useful to help sort out dietary symptoms.

          I realized for my family, the more I am in the kitchen chopping fresh ingredients the healthier they are. I remember reading a Harvard study that time spent in the kitchen preparing meals was directly correlated to improved family health. (can’t find the citation now)

          In my practice I was not out to cure constipation, I was trying to cure ear infections and the constipation cure was an added bonus! Now I have people coming to me, and ENT, with a main complaint of constipation. How funny is that! But it seems that a WFPB educated ENT with a keen interest in food-induced symptoms (the new politically correct term) can have a great impact on the GI health of any patient :)

          And of course the disclaimer I need to add is to talk to your doctor about specific concerns about your child :) This should not be construed as specific medical advise and is only a general health overview. Hope it helps.

  • Sylvie

    was this a pasteurised milk or raw? they have a completely different content of good bacteria, and that is key. i’m allergic to pasteurised milk, but raw milk doesn’t bother me a bit!

    • WFPBRunner

      Raw didn’t make a difference with my kids. They still had stomach aches and acne. Cow milk? Full of hormones. It’s from a lactating cow.

    • Susun Slatky

      Can you post studies supporting those claims, Sylvie? One of Dr. Greger’s videos debunks the myth of soy being estrogenic in that way, but I don’t know about physic acids in nut milks.

    • cecily

      Since I have always been allergic and sensitive to milk, and have usually used soy milk to save my life, and have made nutrition science my career, I can speak to the soy myths about estrogen. Soy mimics the good parts of estrogen, like reducing heart attack risk, yet doesn’t carry the risks of animal estrogens that can cause early puberty. Early-onset puberty happens with bioaccumilated toxins in animal products and large, continuos intake amounts of any protein. Genetics and plastics also play key roles in puberty.

    • GEBrand

      Yes, Sylvie, unpasturized raw cows milk does, in fact, contain other entities than pasturized cows milk. One of these is, in fact, bovine leukemia virus. BLV is found in 100% of dairy herds of 500 or more tested positive for BLV. Even dairy operations with small herds of fewer than 100 cows tested positive for BLV 83 percent of the time. BLV is easily transmitted between cows and dairy herds in the USA are not required to be tested for this Virus (not a bacteria i.e., cannot be killed with antibiotics). There is currently no cure for BLV. So, . .what’s wrong with this?
      REsearch recently published (SEpt, 2015) at UC-Berkeley demonstrates that BLV which was once thought to not have the ability to jump species does, in fact, have the ability to jump species directly to human beings. The additional problem with this is that researchers who have been searching human breast cancer tissue for BLV have found it in 59% of removed breast tumors. BLV is known to cause cancerous tumors in cows. Other viruses are commonly known to cause cancer in human beings – human pappiloma virus in cervical cancer, Hepatitus C in liver cancer, etc. And now we see bovine leukemia virus in the cancerous breast tissue of human beings (men have breast tissue as well).
      BLV-infected cows are removed from cow herds in other countries. But not cow herds in the USA. In fact, and because the Dairy Lobby (raw and pasteurized) lobbies against infected herd removal for safety, the testing is not even performed.
      Additionally, dairy herd testing is not performed for mad cow disease either (Creutzfeld Jacob Disease). In this case the offending entity is neither bacterial or viral. It is a prion, which is a heat stable protein that acts like a virus but, in fact, is just a very stable undestroyable protein that can create mad cow disease in human beings. It, as well, is not tested for in USA dairy herds except on a case by case basis. It COULD be tested for, . . but, again, our Dairy Lobby doesn’t like this idea. So it doesn’t get done.
      Additionally, the non-organic dairy herds are treated with regularity with rGBH, (growth hormone) which is well-documented to have very worrisome downstream side effects.

      If you would like to read about the recent BLV and human breast cancer correlation you can read more here:
      http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/09/15/bovine-leukemia-virus-breast-cancer/

      There is a link in the above article to the published research. Note that BLV can be destroyed by a good firm pasteurization for the most part. However, as we all know, there are sometimes resilient and resistant entities that escape pasteurization if it is not held to high enough temperature for a long enough period of time. Additionally, unpasteurized waste milk is routinely fed to the next generation of calves. Waste milk, per the Dairy Industry, is milk unfit for human consumption but can contain all of the worrisome bugs for which pasteurization is intended: BLV, Staph, Salmonella, E.Coli, Strep. We have seen unfortunate cases in the News where E.Coli has killed young children when consumed in Jack-In-The-Box hamburgers a while back. Creutzfeld Jacob – mad cow disease- is impervious to heat for destruction. Here are a couple of links detailing some of the disease issues in non-pasteurized/pasteurized milk:
      http://www.johnes.org/handouts/files/BovVet-calf-milk-pstzn-Dec-01.pdf
      http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_d/D208/

      Lastly, Sylvia, I would request that you send us links to the published research showing soy milk to be “just horrific especially for children”. Is this a scientific term which which I am just perhaps unfamiliar? The reason I bring this up is because NutritionFacts.org is a site that we all come to read because the presentations/information/discussions are scientifically based in fact culled from published scientific research. That’s the whole point here. So with the best of intentions, I respectfully request you share your research references.

      As for me, the above are 3 good reasons to steer clear of cows milk in any form. Add in the mTOR pathway issue . .. well, .. you get the idea.

  • billm123

    hi everyone, hopefully someone can help me. Ive been on gregers diet for about 2 years now, but about 6 months ago i started getting anal fissures. I eat beans, quinoa, and other whole foods every day. What can I do now? Please help community!

    • 108karen

      You could try smaller beans rather than the larger ones, lentils, mung dahl, My brother had to stop eating beans because they wrecked havoc in his intestines..IBS.

    • Nic Bleeker

      Hi Bill
      Anal fissures go along with constipation or hard faeces, so it is safe to assume that you are experiencing constipation or very hard faeces. From years of trending things in my own experience since 1977, I can give some tips, but it will not be comprehensive, since this is a multi-faceted subject. Take what applies to you. Experiment before you throw an idea out the door (for at least 3 weeks). Water is the lubricant of the body, so ensure you get sufficient pure, soft water in on a daily basis (on an average 2 litres). Exercise is vital to stimulate bowel action (walking being a very simple and effective form). Eating in between meals affects transit time, and increased transit time results in faeces getting harder, so avoid eating anything between meals (drink water if you feel hungry) and space them at least 5 hours apart. I would assume from your comment that you are not eating any red meat or using any dairy (both of these can cause constipation). Bowel flora balance that has been disturbed can also contribute. Insufficient magnesium (green leafy vegetables are good source) and too much zinc (e.g. over doing it on the pumpkin seeds) can contribute too. Balance is a key word, and like walking, you have to learn to do it yourself, and guidance does help. Watch out for dried fruit. Excessive quantities on the one hand and being preserved with sulphur dioxide on the other hand. When it comes to beans, ensure you soak them in water for at least 6 hours before cooking (throw off the water it was soaked in) and cook with a little salt (cook in slow cooker on high for 6 hours and it will be guaranteed to be soft and pleasant)..Hope you find some point useful. Kind regards. Nic

    • 8383338383

      Oh look, I found the paleo shill. Go die asshole.

  • Mateusz

    can other proteins do the same if someone is allergic ?

  • Cheryl

    My daughter had loads of pinworms and had severe constipation. Fecal impaction was seen on the xray so the pediatrician gave her worm medicine. No worms…no more constipation.

  • Claudia

    Soy not only increases estrogen levels but most grown in the US is GMO. Look up photos of rats fed GMO’s by French scientist Seralini, the only long-term study on GMO’s. I would never give my child soy milk today.

    • GEBrand

      Organic soy, by definition, contains no GMO’s. A majority of the GMO soy is used for animal feed. If you eat animals, you are downstream of the GMO’s.

  • Brynn Greene

    Does anyone have a suggestion for the following? I am giving my baby basic cows milk formula. I tried a soy based, but he did not tolerate it very well. He has horrible eczema! I’m willing to try the soy based again, but haven’t found any other options? I hate that he seems so miserable, constantly scratching. Any suggestions or links to other good articles?