A new report in the Journal of Nutrition reveals how substances in unfermented cow's milk have gene-altering effects which trigger diseases in humans later in life. The specificity of mammalian milk is highly established- that it is specifically intended for and adapted to the infants of that species. Cross-species nursing is unheard of in Nature, and suckling beyond the period of infancy is also unheard of. The report seems to imply that taking cow's milk in fermented form, as yogurt, sour milk, cheese, etc., is much less problematic. There may be some truth to that, but I think it's best to just avoid milk products completely. That's what I do. And frankly, milk products can be very addicting. But, you can break the addiction, and once you do, you really don't miss them at all. Take it from me. Just remind yourself of how bizarre and disturbing it would be if someone got underneath a cow and started suckling from its teat. It's disturbing to think about. But, how much different is it just because we have modern machinery to make it accessible by cup? Get the milk monkey off your back, once and for all. 

Disease investigators are calling for ultra-heat treatment of unfermented cow’s milk products, in particular infant formula, to abolish the transmission of genetic material that programs humans for disease. [Journal Translational Medicine 2019]

While most cow’s milk undergoes heat Pasteurization to kill off potentially pathogenic germs, that is not sufficient to block the transmission of genetic material (microRNAs) that program humans for disease.

Researchers have identified small vesicles released in cow’s milk, that transfers diseases epigenetically and make non-communicable disease communicable. [Diseases 2017]

The genetic transfer of disease is facilitated by exosomes — tiny nano-sized (billionth of a meter) vesicles that carry genetic cargo from one cell to another.  This exosomal cell-to-cell communication system is a biological conduit for genetic instructions delivered by microRNAs.  MicroRNA’s role is to act as a messenger carrying instructions for DNA to produce proteins, what is called gene expression.

MicroRNA actually blocks genetic information and therefore silences or switches off genes.  All cells are packaged with the same set of genes and therefore should be the same.  But microRNA switches off some of the 25,000 or so genes packaged inside a living cell, thus facilitating the differentiation of one cell function from another.

Mother’s milk utilizes exosomes to transfer epigenetic instructions for cells to produce or not produce proteins, what is called gene expression. However, cow’s milk transfers a different set of instructions that are deleterious to human health. Short of avoidance of all non-fermentable cow’s milk products (fermented milk = yogurt, kefir, cheese), ultra-heat treatment disrupts exosomes and halts the transfer of undesirable microRNAs to humans.

Delivery of microRNA instructions during intrauterine development and infant growth is facilitated by exosome delivery in mother’s milk. It is during breast milk feeding that newborns are undergoing initial genetic programming via exosomal delivery of microRNAs.

What researchers have discovered is that when cow’s milk is substituted for mother’s milk, the delivery of microRNA is altered and may pre-program an infant for disease or obesity later in life.Cow’s milk, but not fermented milk products (yogurt, cheese, etc.) delivers disease-inducing microRNA signals via exosomes that program a child for future disease. Researchers list obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer and Parkinson’s disease among the maladies possibly programmed into human by exosomes released from unfermented dairy products (milk).

There are numerous published studies that cite increased mortality and increase incidence of disease in milk but not in fermented milk products.