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“Got Milk? Got Colds or Tummy Aches?”
By Carolyn Allen

Interesting, isn’t it?  Milk and dairy products, a staple of most diets, is not even mentioned in the Word of Wisdom.  Today’s article shares how the author and her husband have improved their health since eliminating it from their diet.

(Author’s Note: It’s with some reluctance that I write today’s column.  It is information that I adamantly rejected several years ago, yet have quietly embraced as the health benefits far outweigh any minor personal losses.  As always, this information reflects my own personal health journey and experiences. It should not be substituted for advice from your personal physician.)

Like you, I am still basking in the glow of General Conference.  It is a thrill to be instructed by our Prophet and apostles. I have renewed my own commitment to follow the plan of happiness that comes from their counsel and from modern scripture.

When was the last time you carefully read D&C 89?  Look carefully and you will see a missing food common to most of us:  milk and dairy products.  What?  No milk?!  There’s no reference there, but isn’t it good for us? Over the past year, this has all been a revelation to me! 

 I offer today’s thoughts like D&C 89:2 says, “To be sent by greeting; not by commandment or constraint …”  in other words:  please read this with a prayer in your heart to determine  if this is a matter of importance to you and your loved ones:

My History

As a little girl growing up in Salt Lake City in the late 50’s and early 60’s, I have memories of Meadow Gold milk deliveries direct to our home.  I can still see the many bottles needed for a family with six children lined up our front porch.  Until the last year of my life (I’m 55), I have enjoyed milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc  and happily followed the advice to get enough calcium, especially since both my mother and grandmother have experienced osteoperosis.

As a mother, my first inkling that milk may not be all it is cracked up to be was when our third child, a son who is now a returned missionary, was born and diagnosed (as part of routine testing for all newborns) with a rare genetic disorder called “galactosemia” which is an inability to process lactose.  This is not an intolerance to cause stomachaches, mind you, but an extreme condition where the unprocessed lactose can cause permanent damage to vital organs. 

I’ll never forget the middle of the night phone call when he was less than a month old, where they told me to stop breast-feeding him immediately.  When we asked about being milk-free as a permanent way of life, the doctor responded “Milk isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  There are many ways to get enough calcium, and when he is sick a time or two from milk products, he’ll be happy to go without them. Lots of people get along just fine without milk, and he will too.”

Interestingly, this became a non-issue as he got to be a toddler.  His case was borderline and the enzyme and amino acids that process milk were just strong enough for him to have milk and milk products and we carried on as a typical American family with lots of milk and dairy products for all of us.

My Habits, Advice and Recipes

Throughout my own life (my weight challenges began at adolescence), when my weight got out of control, I returned to the Weight Watchers program where getting the milk exchanges/points was never a problem.  For five years, I was a Weight Watchers leader myself, carefully instructing my members on the importance of getting enough dairy.  Since then I have continued to write and encourage healthy living and a balanced diet from all food groups, just like the government pyramid says!

For many years, my own personal healthy dairy indulgence was hot chocolate, made with a cup of skim milk (heated in the microwave) with oxidant-rich cocoa powder and an artificial sweetner or two.  I continued to enjoy skim milk and low-fat cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.  Ice cream, my lifetime nemesis was reluctantly, prayerfully abandoned several years ago, as I could never not over-indulge, even its low-fat, sugar-free variations.

My recipes for my readers and members through the past ten years have often included dairy products.  When a Meridian reader and health professional advised me that many of my “healthy” recipes were really rather unhealthy with the milk and simple carbohydrate/refined ingredients, I was a bit offended and surprised.  As my own personal consumption of milk and milk products was then critiqued, I got mad. 

I felt healthy and strong and was certainly not giving up my cocoa or my Raisin Bran and skim milk snack in the afternoon, thank you very much!  I ignored this new knowledge and continued in my dairy ways.  (These were all recipes that are standard fare for Weight Watchers and anyone adhering to the government food pyramid.)

A Bend in the River

A year later our family was introduced to the health tea/tonic I now share at  The immediate personal benefits were significant and the continuing company teleconferences introduced us to people, professional health advisors and health options that were true eye-openers and not listed anywhere in all of my Weight Watchers material or the food pyramid.

Two of those special people are Nathan and JoAnn Howard, an LDS senior missionary couple then serving in the Washington D.C. Temple, and now serving at the Nauvoo, Illinois Temple.  Nathan enjoys life thanks to a heart transplant a number of years ago, and as a result is on strict medication and must be very careful of what he consumes.  He mentioned the book “Fit for Life” by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond as being extremely helpful and a number of the other people on the line agreed.  The book, though old, came up several more times, and it was time to get my own copy.

To my great surprise, there was the “no dairy” counsel – again– and a careful, easy-to-read explanation of all the information I had found so offensive a year before.  Though not an LDS publication, it is a wonderful, modern-day explanation of D&C 89, the Word of  Wisdom. 

Continual Colds

This time I was ready.  Why?  Because we were experiencing continual colds. Although, Bob’s spring and fall allergies had been greatly alleviated by drinking the tea/tonic, when hayfever season passed, we  got colds in November, got them cleared up in time for new ones in December, and then again had colds in January!  We attributed it to “getting older,” the demanding hours we keep with Bob teaching early morning Seminary, nasty germs from my work at an elementary school with the children and Bob traveling on the D.C. metro, etc.  What are you going to do???

The chapter in the book on how our bodies do NOT process milk were an “a-ha” moment that I was not happy to read about, since we all love our dairy.   The author’s simple explanation, however, made complete sense. 

“The chemical composition of cow’s milk is different from that of human’s milk.  If your insides could talk, they’d be saying “What is this person doing hanging around cow’s?”

The enzymes necessary to break down and digest milk are rennin and lactase.

  There is an element in all milk called casein, There is 300 times more casein in cow’s milk than in human’s.  It’s for the development of huge bones.  Casein coagulates in the stomach and forms large, tough, dense, difficult-to-digest curds that are adapted to the four-stomach digestive apparatus of a cow. 

Once inside the human system, this thick mass of goo puts a tremendous burden on the body to somehow get rid of it.  In other words, a huge amount of energy must be spent in dealing with it. 

Unfortunately, some of this gooey substance hardens and adheres to the lining of the intestines and prevents the absorption of nutrients into the body.  Result:  lethargy.

The by-products of milk digestion leave a great deal of toxic mucus in the body.  It’s acidic, and some of it is stored in the body until it can be dealt with at a later time.  The next time you are going to dust your home, smear some paste all over everything and see how easy it is to dust.  Dairy products do the same to the inside of your body.  Casein, by the way, is the base of one of the strongest glues used in wood working. “ (Fit to Live, pages 107-108.)

Wow:  could that be the cause of our colds and constant throat-clearing?  I pondered it for several weeks, then shared it with my wonderful husband.

We were then recovering from our January colds and agreed to follow the plan in part (eating just fruit in the morning and giving up milk entirely) for 4-6 weeks just to see what would happen.

Within two weeks, the continual need clearing in our throats was entirely gone.  Best of all:  Neither of us have had a cold since, (that was nine months ago) and Bob’s allergies (both spring and fall) are 100% non-existent at this time.  At one point, we thought there was a scratchy throat, but it was quickly gone and never developed into a real cold.

Hello!  This is fabulous!  How marvelous to be rid of these major inconveniences!  We are thrilled!  For us, the health benefits were relief from congestion and colds. For others, it’s relief from stomach distress and irregularity.

Dr. Russ Newman, a lympholgist in Mesa Arizona who advises us on the tea and teaches how to create wellness from within through natural ways, shares the story of a family he worked with.  Sick and tired of being sick and tired, they, like us, went on a dare and cleared out the freezer and refrigerator of all dairy products.  Within several weeks, gone were the stomach aches, constipation and indigestion for adults and children!

Dr. Newman says:

ALL milk products are very acid forming and the kidneys are not able to break down milk proteins, thus, milk products are creating many kidney problems and colon problems that could be simply avoided.”  For a very interesting video that Dr. Newman recommends for all of us, go to, 

Now, Do we miss the milk?  Are we 100% milk free?  What about calcium?  Isn’t it un-American to not drink milk?  After all, aren’t those eye-popping “Got Milk” ads U.S. government-sponsored Public Service Announcements?

Well, we missed it quite a lot at first, substituting water for beverages at meals.  Since we were eating fruit for breakfast, we didn’t need milk for cereal.  As the book recommended, we have made drinking milk an occasional treat and enjoy it once in a while.  Funny, however, it doesn’t taste as good as it used to.  I still cook with it occasionally, but our consumption is down probably to 85 or 90% of what it was.  Our kids (teenagers and early 20’s) are still drinking milk and I have chosen not to make a big deal out of it until they are ready.  Our 16 year old is starting to make the transition on her own.

What about calcium?  “The fact is, all green leafy vegetables contain calcium.  All nuts (raw) contain calcium.  And raw sesame seeds contain more calcium than any other food on earth.  Also, most fruit contains ample calcium.  If you’re eating fruits and veggies daily and some raw nuts even occasionally, you can’t have a calcium deficiency.  From what does the large-boned cow obtain its calcium?  Grain and grass!  Cows sure as life don’t drink milk or cheese for it.” (Fit for Life, pages 111-112.)

The scientific and political information is extensive.  It’s no surprise to learn that milk is a billion-dollar industry with many government strings.   If you’re interested in learning more, go to where I have posted some articles and the link to a video that Dr. Newman says is a “must see” for parents.  I’ve also posted some answers to frequently asked questions like “What about yogurt?”  and “What about soy milk?”

As for me and Bob?  Well, we’re looking forward to a winter – make that a lifetime — with colds kept to an absolute minimum, caused by something other than too much toxic mucous that is a by-product of dairy foods.

Will we ever drink milk, eat ice cream, cheese or yogurt?  Occasionally, but not as a major food group or milk as a main beverage.

Will we drive our friends and family crazy with this personal discovery – or get weird at Ward potluck dinners?  Hopefully not, knowing that a quiet, positive example is almost always the best introduction.   The scriptures have the best approach of all:  The “prudence and thanksgiving” referred to in D&C 89:11 is just the right principle for making such personal choices.  Though this is our prudent choice and we’re grateful to have the benefits and to have made the adjustment, we know that it won’t be right or accepted by everyone. 

Once again, the link with more articles and the video recommended by Dr. Newman is at


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