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Welcome to an exciting edition of Docsmo.com, where parents can get a free pediatric education on their schedule about the subjects that interest them. From the diapers to the diploma, if it involves children, we take it on here. Today I am honored to have as a returning guest, Dr. Sheila Kilbane, an integrative pediatrician with loads of education, knowledge and experience. Today, Dr. Kilbane and I are going to take on a longtime simmering controversy in pediatrics, that of the health value of cows milk. Yes, controversy…you heard me right. Not everyone agrees that consuming dairy products is healthy, especially many integrative pediatricians. Since we have one of the best in the world with us today, I thought we would get her thoughts on cows milk as it relates to the health of children. Welcome Dr. Sheila Kilbane. Are you ready to enlighten my listeners and me about the great cows milk controversy?
Dr. Kilbane, before we get into the nitty-gritty of the milk controversy, can you run though the anatomy of milk and get our listeners familiar with the terminology that surrounds milk, please? What exactly is milk made of?
SK: Milk broken down by components
(Explains above briefly)
Section 1- Points of Agreement?
DocSmo: Dr. Kilbane, maybe we should begin our discussion of cow’s milk with a list of things I think the pediatric medical establishment agree on. Feel free to comment on these points as I go through them, won’t you?
SK: Actually, the risks of drinking unpasteurized cow’s milk are very low. There have been very few cases of sickness.
(195 hospital trips, and 2 deaths between 1998-2009–CDC)
SK: I don’t recommend dairy after an infant’s first birthday. Other fat sources …
SK: Dairy is not the healthiest food source of calcium…
SK: sensitivity studies. Dramatic improvement off dairy. Examples
SK: Lacto free milk not appropriate for milk allergic children…
SK: Too much milk for too little vitamin D
Section 2-Points of Controversy
OK, Dr. Kilbane, enough for the things we can agree on, now let’s get into the controversies:
SK: Strongly disagree. Saturated fat, difficult to get calcium, phosphors too high. “Company that fats keep.”…
SK: rats with the casein studies…
SK: cite studies
SK: organic or nonorganic…cows pregnant all the time. Hormones high- promote cancers…
Dr. Kilbane, you always make us think out of the box when you bring your wisdom. I now can see why the most famous pediatrician of the twentieth century, Dr. Benjamin Spock, felt that drinking cow’s milk in childhood was destructive to children. It seems like time may be proving him correct. As I started to do my research for this podcast, I was actually surprised at how little evidence there is to justify the strong message that children must drink milk. It seems that this recommendation is justified more out of tradition than science. I suspect that the truth about milk lies somewhere between the two extreme positions you hear when you read about this subject…some claiming that milk causes most of the degenerative diseases in the Western world versus others insisting that milk is an absolutely essential nutrient to normal growth. Which type and how much dairy is healthiest for children only time will tell. Hopefully, we are getting closer to that answer.
I want to thank Dr. Sheila Kilbane for joining us today and bringing her perspective to my listeners and me. She is one of my favorite guests. Make sure you take a few minutes to check out her website at http://www.sheilakilbane.com/ and listen to the other podcasts we have made together that are posted on https://www.docsmo.com. They are full of Kilbane wisdom. This is Dr. Paul Smolen, hoping today’s pedcast helped make your decision whether to feed your children cow’s milk as smooth as silk. Until next time.