According to a new scientific analysis on dairy products, every litre of milk is allowed to contain up to 400 million pus cells by law. Mastitis a painful infection of the udders that produces copious amounts of pus affects 30% of all British dairy cows at any given time due to modern intensive dairy farming. Some of it is permitted by law in milk and dairy products consumed by people. Dr Justine Butler authored the 76-page paper White Lies, which was released today by the health charity Viva Health and reviewed over 200 scientific references. Every sip of the white stuff contains a combination of 11 different growth factors and 35 different hormones, according to the study.
Why are there so many? Because two-thirds of all milk comes from pregnant animals, and the rest from those who have recently given birth both of which are times when oestrogen and other hormone levels are at their highest. The research gives a damning appraisal of dairy as a food source “‘Healthy’ food is accused of contributing to many of the deadly diseases that have reached epidemic proportions in the United Kingdom. Heart disease, strokes, diabetes, several malignancies, and even osteoporosis are on the list. It also suggests that dairy is linked to a number of childhood ailments, including allergies, anemia, and the rapidly growing problem of childhood obesity. “We have a unique circumstance in which up to 400 million pus cells are permitted in each litre of milk. Every tablespoon contains two million pus cells. Drinking a pint of pus every day didn’t have the same ring to it! According to Heather Mills McCartney, patron of the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation, “the government should ensure that milk cartons are labeled with the pus content, but if you don’t want to drink pus, you may buy or manufacture soya, almond, rice, oat, or any other nut milk you choose without any pus in it.” “Expensive marketing and widespread advertising all contribute to the idea that milk is pure and natural, which it isn’t. No one could call pus pure, and no other creature eats milk after weaning especially not milk from another species. Would you drink a cat’s, dog’s, or elephant’s milk?” An avalanche of scientific evidence proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that saturated animal fat, cholesterol, and animal protein are at the root of the nation’s health crisis and dairy has all three. Its combination of growth factors and hormones has also been connected to fatal diseases, although the industry’s use of selective research obscures this. The public is being duped, and the government is involved in this deception by continuing to offer huge subsidies for a diet that kills us.”
What milk does not contain pus?
Blood and pus are not found in regular milk. When a cow’s udder is infected with bacteria (mastitis), blood and pus may be present in the milk, however this milk is discarded by the farmer and not supplied to the factory.
Is milk contaminated with pus?
Mastitis, an udder infection that causes pus to leak into milk, is highly frequent in dairy cows. Almost all dairy milk contains this pus since it is collected together in big tanks. Before a litre of milk is deemed unfit for human consumption, it can include up to 400,000,000 somatic cells (pus cells).
In the previous ten years, the volume of milk produced by each cow in the UK has climbed by more than 13% to levels much beyond what is normal. As their bodies strive to keep up with the physical demands of producing so much milk, the cows become increasingly stressed.
Almost all dairy cows, including those covered by the ‘Free Range Pasture Promise,’ are kept in sheds for six months of the year, but an increasing number of cows are kept indoors permanently. Zero-grazing farms, where cows are housed in barren, featureless sheds all year, now provide up to 20% of British milk.
Dairy cows today generate so much milk that even those allowed to graze can’t receive enough nutrients from grass alone, so they’re given corn, soya, and other crops as well. In fact, British dairy cows are fed ten times more soya per year than is used to produce all of the soya milk eaten in the UK in a year.
Dairy farms, according to the Environmental Agency, cause considerably more water contamination incidents than any other type of agricultural. Dairy farm slurry flows into rivers and streams, killing fish and spreading disease.
Dairy farms not only pollute water, but they also consume a large amount of it. The amount of fresh water required to produce a litre of British cow’s milk is nearly double that required to produce a litre of soya milk. The disparity is significantly greater in most other countries.
Many people believe that veal the meat of young dairy calves has been outlawed, yet the UK still produces roughly 5,400 tonnes of veal each year. Veal exists only because dairy cows are forced to become pregnant every year in order to produce milk, which results in the birth of a calf. Calves, especially males, are frequently undesirable by farmers, thus they are sold and slaughtered for veal at a young age. Thousands are even shot while still in the womb.
Most people believe milk is completely safe because cows aren’t murdered to make it, but this isn’t true. Most dairy cows are fatigued and unable to keep up with demands made of them after five or six years of being continuously pregnant and driven to produce unusually enormous quantities of milk, so they are transported to the slaughterhouse to be murdered for cheap meat. A cow’s normal lifespan might be upwards of twenty years.
Dairy cows and their slurry produce massive amounts of methane and nitrous oxide, which are significantly more powerful greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide. Dairy production is considered to be responsible for 4% of all greenhouse gas emissions, with cow’s milk having a carbon footprint almost twice that of soya milk.
Although milk is frequently advertised as a good source of calcium, there are several plant-based meals that contain just as much or even more of this vital vitamin. Tofu has nearly the same calcium content as milk; dried figs have 35% more calcium; almonds have more than twice the calcium content of cow’s milk; and sesame seeds have more than eight times the calcium content of cow’s milk.
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Is there pus in organic milk?
Both organic and conventional milk contain white blood cells, and both must pass the same regulations in order to be labeled safe for eating and reach the shop.
White blood cells are found in your blood, my blood, and a cow’s blood did you know that? When we are infected, it is our white blood cells who come to our aid. So, just as they do in our blood, they do so in milk as well. White blood cells can be found in human breastmilk. The same can be said for cow’s milk.
White blood cells in cow’s milk are measured using a specific term: Somatic cell counts (SCCs) or bulk-tank somatic cell counts (BTSCCs) are two types of somatic cell counts.
- High SCCs indicate that the cow is infected, most likely with mastitis. In that situation, her milk will be discarded. Antibiotic residue violations may be indicated by high SCCs (milk with antibiotic residues is also thrown out.)
- Low SCCs result in higher-quality milk, and farmers are compensated accordingly. Pasteurized milk with a low SCC yields more cheese and has a longer shelf life.
Farmers have a vested financial interest in keeping their cows healthy and disease-free. Farmers are paid more for higher-quality milk, but they also face harsh fines if their milk fails to meet the criteria. Farmers’ permits may be suspended if their milk is frequently found to have BTSCC levels over the limit, according to the USDA.
Although the maximum BTSCC varies by state, it can never exceed 750,000 cells/mL in the United States or the more usual 400,000 cells/mL in Europe. Farms in the United States typically strive for a cell count of less than 200,000 cells/mL, and roughly 95 percent of milk produced in the country has a cell count of less than 400,000 cells/mL. (source: USDA.)
Does a glass of milk contain 135 Million “pus cells?
Let’s say I wished to discourage human breastfeeding. What if I started calling the white blood cells present naturally in human breastmilk “white blood cells”? “Pus?” you might ask. Using this (false) reasoning, I could get some traction. Who wants to give their newborns pus to eat? Exactly.
Returning to the notion that a glass of milk has 135 million calories, “Pustular cells.” Is this really the case? Is this yet another attempt to deceive you? Let’s have a look at it in more detail.
To begin with, there is no such thing as a “pupil cell.” (Actually, this is what set off my BS senses!)
Milk, on the other hand, contains white blood cells. A glass of milk contains around 250 mL. So 135 million white blood cells divided by 250 becomes 540,000 white blood cells per milliliter, which is less than the legal limit of 750,000 cells per milliliter.
I’m not sure where the 135 million statistic comes from, but milk is still OK and within guidelines even with that figure. In reality, according to the USDA: “BTSCCs in 95.6 percent of milk produced in 2013 were below 400,000 cells/mL during all months evaluated.” As a result, the real number for the United States isn’t even 135 million. It should be less than 250,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
What’s the agenda of the source of your information?
While some vegans aim to persuade you to stop drinking milk, others have different goals. Raw milk proponents, for example, tout the fact that raw milk contains living white blood cells as a plus! Pasteurization, after all, destroys white blood cells. In their paper advocating for the legalization of raw milk, the Mises Institute states:
Pasteurized milk is less nutritious than raw milk. Raw milk contains living white blood cells, mammary gland cells, bacteria (probiotics), and active enzymes, all of which are killed during pasteurization.
I’m not a big fan of raw milk because it can kill you and isn’t worth the risk. However, I needed to use this example to explain how the same truth that milk includes white blood cells may be portrayed in either a positive or bad light depending on the goal of each political party. Vegans seek to put an end to animal agribusiness (note: not all vegans are fanatics.) Raw milk should be legalized, according to the Mises Institute. Well…
The verdict: Pus in milk should not play a role in your decision to drink or not to drink milk.
I’ve previously written on why you shouldn’t drink milk. “Pus in milk,” for example, is a horrible one. In my perspective, you can drink or not drink milk for a variety of reasons, including lactose sensitivity, religion, and personal preference, to mention a few. However, the presence of pus should not be the deciding factor in whether or not you should consume milk.
Now it’s your turn to write a comment: Have you ever heard of the “pus in milk” claim? Did it influence your decision about whether or not to drink milk?
Is there pus and feces in milk?
Coles homebrand milk was taken from the market in January after it was discovered to contain too much feces. Yes, not just a little poo, but a lot… which means that it’s allowed for milk to include a particular amount of shite on a regular basis. That isn’t the only thing to be concerned about. Many dairy cows suffer from mastitis as a result of their frequent pregnancies and heavy milking. This is not only painful for the cows, but it also means that their milk contains blood and pus. The FDA allows 750 million pus cells per litre of milk in the United States. Regulators in Europe allow 400 million pus cells per litre. In Australia, there is no restriction to the amount of pus that can be consumed.
How much pus is in cow’s milk?
The FDA permits one of the world’s largest concentrations of somatic cells. Yes, the FDA willfully ignores the fact that one out of every six dairy cows in the United States suffers from clinical mastitis, implying that at least 20% of milk in the United States includes pus.
Is there pus in cheese?
- Rennet, an enzyme derived from the stomach lining of calves, is used in the production of many cheeses. To get things started, the pre-cheese gloop has to pass through a simulated calf stomach. Isn’t it a little difficult to take?
- Bacteria abound in cheese, some of which are safe and others which are quite unpleasant. For example, the same bacteria that causes Limburger cheese to stink, brevibacterium linens, also causes your feet to stink.
- Spray mold is a two-word phrase. To generate a white rind, cheesemakers spray mold on the outside of soft, slimy cheeses like brie. “Hold the mold!” you could say the next time someone attempts to shove a brie-slathered cracker in your face.
- Should you really be eating something if you have to ask what the pus content is? Cheese, like all dairy products, contains pus from cows whose udders become infected with germs as a result of the dairy industry’s treatment of cows as milk machines.
- Cheese is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, both of which clog arteries. Fat accounts for 70 to 80 percent of the calories in most kinds, whereas cream cheese has a shocking 90 percent fat content. The good news is that delicious vegan cheeses such as Daiya and Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese are cholesterol-free and low in fat without compromising flavor.
If all of that isn’t enough to make your stomach turn, consider the cows forced to stand knee-deep in their own dung and muck on factory farms, their young torn away from them days after birth so that humans can drink the milk that nature intended for them.
So, what are you waiting for if you’re still eating cheese? Toss that moldy piece of pus-laced stomach lining and try these delectable vegan cheese options today to save cows and your health.
Is Lactaid milk contaminated with pus?
“Milk does not include pus.” Somatic (white) cells are found naturally in all milk, including human breast milk, and are important in fighting infection and maintaining overall health.
When cows are milked, do they feel pain?
When cows are milked on a regular basis, they are not in agony. The udder of a cow is built to withstand the strong sucking of a newborn calf and, by extension, human or machine milking. Certain infections, on the other hand, can cause pain during the milking process if left untreated.
No, milk doesn’t contain pus.
Somatic cells can be seen in milk from healthy animals. Somatic cell counts are used as a quality indicator in the dairy business. A greater somatic cell count in the milk indicates that the cow is fighting an illness. In British Columbia, herd health is so thoroughly managed that somatic cell levels are frequently less than half of the permitted limit.
Somatic cells are not pus.
What exactly is pus? Pus is made up of dead white blood cells, skin cells, and bacteria, not the live somatic cells found in healthy cow’s milk. The somatic cell count is just one of many tests performed on each batch of milk to guarantee that it is of high quality.
Learn more about all of the quality checks that are performed on every dairy farm and dairy factory.
What are the ingredients in almond milk?
Ground almonds and filtered water are used to make almond milk. To improve consistency and shelf life, it may also contain starches and thickeners.
As long as it’s unsweetened, almond milk has fewer calories than other milks. It’s also naturally lactose-free and free of saturated fat.
Almond milk is not a good source of protein, despite the fact that almonds are. Almond milk isn’t high in calcium, either. Many kinds of almond milk, on the other hand, are fortified with calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D.