Earlier this week I created a post about whether milk is really good for us. My friend forwarded the link to his uncle who’s been a Paediatrician for 40 over years. His comments about milk, juice and more is as follows: –

Hello Ajay,

Many thanks for that interesting article on milk consumption in the western world. I agree with the writer that the Dairy & Beef industry lobbyists have brain-washed the public through sleek advertisements and strong political influence on respective governments. As a Paediatrician my recommendation to the mothers is that they breast-feed as long as possible in the first year of life (cow’s milk is for the calf!). If for some reason not able to breast-feed give formula as second best choice. I advise cow’s milk only after the first year and limit consumption volume to 300 to 400 mls per day and concentrate on giving healthy table foods for most calories. We recommend whole ( full fat ) milk in the second year of life and then decrease fat content over the next couple of years to zero fat content. We strongly recommend veggies & fruits ( not sweetened juices because of sugar & lack of fibre ) and whole grain diet for plant-based protein. Alas with fast food influence and busy working parents our message often gets lost! P

lease send me the web-site of that article on my e-mail address.

Thank You.

Love Kantikaka.

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Ajay Rajani · August 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Hi Heena,

I’m really trying hard to go from vegetarian to vegan now and in my own way it’s coming on nicely….just by raising my awareness I’m slowly but surely moving in the right direction….thank YOU for all your good work and being the inspiration!

Here’s an email the same uncle sent me when I mentioned this to him:

Hi Ajay, Going from lacto-ovo-vegetarian to exclusive vegan diet does carry some risks for calcium,zinc,iron, vitamin B complex deficiences in due course. So do consume a variety including leafy veggies,dry fruits especially dark ones ,all kinds beans & lentils, daily fistful of almonds and walnuts, whole grain cereals & breads. If unsure consult a dietition from NHS. Good Luck! Kantikaka.

Heena Modi · August 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm


Seriously I didn’t do anything. You did it all yourself. You could’ve ignored all the material. Left it for another time. “I’ll think about it when I’m older and closer to death.” etc.

But you didn’t so well done to you!

Excellent advice. Thanks for forwarding it.

H 🙂

Heena Modi · September 18, 2008 at 5:31 pm

The Ethical Consumer (http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/FreeBuyersGuides/fooddrink/yoghurtdairysoya.aspx) reports that: –

Health issues

Dairy products have been linked to osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and a range of allergy related problem.

Despite the dairy industry’s claims that milk is an essential source of calcium, a diet high in dairy products may leach the body of more calcium than it provides.

Alternative calcium sources include green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and nuts and seeds such as brazil nuts and sesame seeds.

So should mothers breastfeed where possible?

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