Milk–It Does a Body Good…Except for Prostate Cancer Survival

This may come as a shocker to those who know me.  I’m no fan of dairy.  Despite the involvement in seemingly every public health recommendation there is, the research on dairy is just not supportive.  Actually, the research is less than supportive.  In same cases it is downright scary.

As I have mentioned before, I would like to understand the mindset of the first human to look at a filled-to-bursting cow’s udder and thought…”I’ve GOT to try some of that!!”  It’s easy to drink out of a carton, but stop for a minute next time and think where it comes from and what it was designed for.

Overall, though, dairy has been linked to ovarian cancer in several studies (these can be read by clicking here) as well as many other chronic diseases (type 1 diabetes, reflux, weight gain in kids).  But cancer seems to be somewhat of a recurring theme.  This might be because dairy is designed to support the rapid growth of cells.  This is great in a newborn, but not such a good idea as we age.

This particular study continues to add to this theme.

Researchers evaluated the data within the Physician’s Health Study on the relationship between prostate cancer and dairy consumption.  Here’s what they found:

  1. The intake of >2.5 servings / day of dairy products was associated with 12% increased risk of prostate cancer.
  2. Skim/low-fat milk intake was associated with an elevated risk of low-grade, early stage, and screen-detected cancers (that’s the good news!).
  3. Whole milk intake was associated with a 49% increased risk of fatal prostate cancer a > 1 serving per day.
  4. Worse, whole milk intake led to a 217% higher risk of progression to death once someone was already diagnosed (Tweet this).

So much for dairy being good for us, huh?

At one point is society going to stop believing the propaganda of the dairy council and stop poisoning our kids and yourself?

James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.