Day 2: Eliminate Dairy Products. My now two year old has had congestion for months, a very common cause of this is dairy and there are many more sources of calcium available. Many conventional milk products such as cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and butter have been altered with a synthetic GE bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Some studies have linked rBGH to elevated risks of cancer. When cows are given this hormone they have been known to suffer from shortened life spans, mastitis, increased birth defects, and high rates of diseases, infertility, and stress. Antibiotics fed to live stock can enter the human food chain, affecting the way that hormones are metabolized in our bodies.
Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom, explained that women get relief from heavy menstrual bleeding, and endometriosis when they stop consuming dairy foods. She saw in her personal practice a link to dairy and chronic vaginal discharge, acne, menstrual cramps, fibroids, and intestinal upset. She noted that the patients who changed to organic dairy products sometimes saw a decrease in these symptoms.