Parent. Researcher. Teacher.

Not Milk?

A brief focus on medical literature that explains cow’s milk hypersensitivity and its effect on our children.

By Stan Kurtz

As far back as I can remember, I heard the message “Milk, it does a body good.” As an owner of a preschool and a researcher of children’s health, I have learned the popular marketing phrase is both grammatically and often physically incorrect.

The obvious signs of a possible problem with milk can illuminate when you think about how many other mammals besides humans drink milk from other breeds of mammals. Answer: none. The next consideration is how the process of heating and cooling (pasteurizing) destroys the enzymes in milk (Schmidt, 2004) binds the proteins and makes them, for the most part, indigestible (Chats, 2004).

The milk of mammals is species-specific and cow's milk is a species-specific food for calves. Dr. Frank Oski, Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center explains in the book Don't Drink Your Milk! That the milk of each species appears to have been specifically designed to protect the young of that species… heating, sterilization, or modification of the milk in any way destroys the protection.

The main protein in milk is casein. Casein is a complex protein and According to Dr. John R. Christopher, N.D., M.H., there is up to 20 times more casein in cow's milk than human milk, which makes the nutrients in cow's milk difficult (if not impossible) for humans to assimilate (Christopher, 2005).

If that is not enough, then take a peek at the significant rise in conditions that can be related to milk intolerance like asthma, eczema, runny nose, arthritis, abdominal pain, non-formed stool, diarrhea, dark puffiness under the eyes (sometimes called “allergic shiners”), sleep disorders, ringing in the ears, increased pulse rate, hyperactivity, AD(H)D, gut dysfunction (Chats, 2005 and Gottshall, 2004) and diabetes (Virtanen, 2002).

According to Jeffrey Zavik, the author of Toxic Food Syndrome, “95% of all people are poisoning themselves with food and don’t even know it” (Zavik, 2002). Of all the food intolerances and hypersensitivities, cows milk allergy is the most common in young children (chats, 2004). The executive director of Great Plains Laboratories, William Shaw PhD, tests thousands of children for undigested milk particles toxically leaking through the intestines and finds that “almost all” of the children he tests are hypersensitive to milk (Shaw, 2004).


None of this document’s information has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and it was written by a parent and independent researcher. This information is based on published medical literature and anecdotes, and should not be considered medical advice.