'New' cow's milk is every bit as bad as the old

I've been warning you about the serious problems with genetically modified crops such as corn, including the new study linking them to a higher risk of huge and deadly tumors.

Today, I want to warn you about a new threat from genetic modification -- because scientists aren't stopping with corn - they're moving on to cow's milk. They're hard at work trying to engineer a better cow than the one God gave us.

You know how well that's going to work out, right?

The idea is to create a cow that produces milk with less of a protein responsible for some allergic reactions. They've already created one -- it's a cow named Daisy, and her milk has very low levels of the protein beta-lactoglobulin, which is responsible for many of the allergic reactions in babies and children.

Many, but not all of them -- in fact, between half and 80 percent of children and babies are allergic to something else in cow's milk, and removing the beta-lactoglobulin won't do a thing for them.

It also won't help adults, who are much more likely to be allergic to casein instead -- and ironically, Daisy's milk actually has higher levels of that.

So they can tinker with cow DNA all they want, but even if they manage to remove absolutely everything that could possibly cause an allergic reaction in everyone, what would be left? Would it even be cow's milk at that point?

There's a much simpler solution that would end milk allergies in all people for good -- and that's to simply stop drinking cow's milk. We're the only creatures on earth that drink the milk of another animal, and I think this is one case where the rest of nature got it right.

But we keep getting it wrong.

Just look at what our own bodies are trying to tell us about cow's milk. Nearly everyone has some kind of reaction to it, even if it's not immediately obvious. And in addition to the millions of Americans who suffer from diagnosed milk allergies, some 30 million others are lactose intolerant and can't even digest it.

To me, that's as sure a sign as any that cow's milk simply wasn't designed for the human body.

Besides, most of what you've heard about the benefits of milk simply isn't true. Vitamins A and D, for example, are lost when the fat is removed and have to be added back in later.

We talk about getting vitamins from food, but when it comes to A and D in milk, you're basically getting a supplement.

And while milk is loaded with calcium, the milk itself actually blocks you from absorbing it. It does this so effectively that you only absorb about a quarter of the calcium in each glass of milk -- and that's why people can drink milk every day and actually end up badly deficient in this essential mineral.

So save the cow for steak night. When you want milk, try coconut, almond, hemp, or hazel nut milk enriched with calcium instead.

If you've lived on regular milk for years it might take a little getting used to, but most people actually come to appreciate the richer and more flavorful taste once they make that adjustment.