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Milk May Not Do a Body Good

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 Milk, we've been told, is a good source of calcium, provides protein, vitamins, and other nutrients. It's also becoming a source of controversy among parents, doctors, and scientists. We need calcium for bone health and while other foods, like spinach and broccoli, contain calcium milk has been thought to be an efficient vehicle for delivery. What the research tells us about milk is confusing at best. In fact, according to some studies, too much dairy can actually be harmful to our health.

Milk does have its place in history. In fact there’s said to be Archeological evidence showing that the Ancient Sumerians drank cow's milk and also made it into cheeses and butters. Milk is even mentioned several times in the Bible. Although, as author Alissa Hamilton points out, drinking milk didn’t become common practice until the late 19th century. Hamilton claims milk is not the perfect food we’ve been led to believe it is. In her book Got Milked? The Great Dairy Deception and Why You'll Thrive Without MilkHamilton turns a critical eye on the dairy food group and draws on science and research to dispel the popular belief that milk is crucial to our health.  

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  • Alissa Hamilton – Author Got Milked? The Great Dairy Deception and Why You'll Thrive Without Milk 
  • Alan Bernsein – Co-author of Mastering The Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Love, Life, and Work


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  • "No Milk Today," Herman's Hermits
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 Jonathan McNicol contributed to this show.

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