Step away from the milk!
As tasty as dairy and cheese may be, for some it might be something that causes greater health concerns.
Upper respiratory conditions, and strep throat in particular, are greatly aggravated by dairy. Dr. Frank Oski, head of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, wrote a book on this very topic called, “Don’t Drink Your Milk.” He writes about clinical experiences with children and the influence of dairy on their health, especially in regards to the occurrence of strep throat. After having moms and dads remove all milk and cheese from the house, the kids never got strep throat again. EVER.
So does dairy contain the microbe that is to blame for strep throat?
No. It simply supports its ability to overgrow. In the presence of dairy, by way of its negative impact on immune system cells and inflammation, dairy creates an environment in the body that simply allows the germ to grow. Food sensitivity tests can detect an allergy to dairy, and if you have high levels of these antibodies, even if you are an adult, this indicates that you likely will have had a history of strep throat as a child. This allergy follows us into adulthood and manifests itself in a host of other fashions. Adults who have a dairy allergy and abstain from consuming it often discover they’ve found an easy solution to addressing other health ailments. As the pressure is lifted from the immune system, the body can stop fighting off inflammation from dairy and concentrate on other issues. Some people might find that aches and pains dissipate, weight loss becomes much easier, energy increases, and colds become less frequent.
So what should we use instead?
With all of the resources and options available to us at grocery stores, living a dairy-free lifestyle has become easier than ever! Almond and other nut milks and creamers are available, as are cheese, chocolate and ice-cream substitutes. So Delicous is one of my very favorite dairy-free ice-cream brands, and they even carry a broad selection of low sugar options. Yum! 🙂
Dr. Karla Alberts, ND