Thursday, October 4, 2012

No dairy? "But you NEEEEED the calcium!"

An interesting encounter today at the medical specialist, when I mentioned that I avoid dairy as dairy gives me acne and I was getting worse until I stopped eating dairy and grains:
If you don't eat dairy, then you must take calcium supplements. Otherwise you don't get enough calcium from nutrition.
Yeah, right.

Somehow the information that I tried to convey to her, that "Milk makes me ill", somehow that did not register for her. I know, it's only an anecdote to her, but still.

"If I eat this it makes me ill, if I stop eating it I get better" should be an easy to understand concept.

But I guess I am some sort of freak of nature and the only person in the world that has adverse health effects by dairy? And after all, don't all adult animals need calcium, well, because.

Yeah, right.

Maybe in 10 or 20 years we know much more about the adverse health effects of (pasteurized) dairy, and then she'll look back on what she told me about milk – or maybe not.

I wasn't in the mood to argue, so I just said "I am trying raw-milk dairy and it does not give me acne so far."

I guess she hears all kind of BS, so she'll file it under "Another Nutter", oh well. Whatever happened to being your own experiment, of being your own n-1?


  1. Doctors are incredibly ignorant about nutrition. I also get acne from dairy-- it is 100% reproducable. When I told my doctor I followed a paleo diet, he asked me if it was the blood-type diet. When I have told other doctors (friends of mine!) that I don't eat grains, they have asked how I get enough vitamins.

  2. Yet, the "grains needed for vitamins" meme seems strong, but if you read "Cereal Grains: Humanity's Double-Edged Sword" by Loren Cordain, you get a different picture. Especially Vitamin B12 is not only lacking in grains (unless "fortified"), but grains seem to hinder the absorption of B12 in the gut.


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