The rise of civilization coincided with a strange twist in our evolutionary history. We became, in the coinage of one paleoanthropologist, “mampires” who feed on the fluids of other animals. No one can say why.


mk:

    Milk, by itself, somehow saved lives. This is odd, because milk is just food, just one source of nutrients and calories among many others. It's not medicine. But there was a time in human history when our diet and environment conspired to create conditions that mimicked those of a disease epidemic. Milk, in such circumstances, may well have performed the function of a life-saving drug.

It could be medicine. Beyond nutrition, milk contains active gene-regulators. It's also known that breast milk has antibiotic properties. My wife is breast-feeding our baby, and she was told to apply a small amount of milk where the baby scratches herself.

I'm surprised this article didn't mention any of these possibilites.

This is one reason why I swore off non-organic milk. I'm sure that hormones, antibiotics and the stress of factory milk production changes the miRNA profile of cow milk, and I would doubt that it is in a way that is good for me.


posted by NotPhil: 2152 days ago