How Does Milk Affect Fibromyalgia Sufferers?

Dairy and Fibromyalgia: What’s the Connection?

It is estimated that one in every 50 Americans have Fibromyalgia. This is a large number and as a result, many people are searching for ways to control their symptoms.

Diet is a huge component of managing your Fibromyalgia pain. Today we are going to look at milk and the role it plays in interacting with Fibromyalgia pain.

Americans drink massive quantities of milk and other dairy products over the course of their lives. Medical research has demonstrated that cow milk, typically where we get our dairy from, is ideal for breeding 500+ pound animals, but is not ideal for human consumption. Evolutionarily, we were never intended to consume the milk of other animals, particularly not for extended periods of time.

There are many diseases, including Fibromyalgia, that are negatively affected by the consumption of milk. These include asthma, diabetes, migraines, osteoporosis, prostate problems, rheumatoid arthritis, sinus conditions, tuberculosis, colon cancer, etc.

Why is Consuming Milk so Problematic?

The problem of dairy for Fibromyalgia sufferers

There are between 25 to 27 different proteins contained in milk products.

 One primary protein called Casein  and it constitutes over 80% of all the proteins in cow milk. This protein increases the production of mucus and, as well, thickens it. It is also a primary ingredient in industrial glues- glues that are used to assemble furniture because of its ability to create a strong bond. The average person consumes dairy or a dairy-related product 3 to 8 times a day, and given the role of Casein as a thickening agent, it makes sense that it would have a negative effect on the human body’s organs, particularly the prostate, the lungs and the bowels.

 Another main ingredient is Caso-morphine . Like its name would suggest, this protein mimics the effects of an opiate, making you feel drowsy. As well, it has the effect of making you feel groggy, fatigued, and promoting feelings of depression. Given that so many Fibromyalgia suffers often complain of cognitive difficulties commonly called ‘Fibro fog’, it might make sense to investigate the elimination of milk from your diet, given that you do not want to aggravate this cognitive impairment.

 IGF-1 is a potent growth hormone  that exists in both humans and cows, but in dairy this growth hormone is genetically specific to the cow.

 Lacto-albumin is a milk protein  that the New England Journal of Medicine implicated in the development of juvenile and adult diabetes.

What Other Things Does Dairy do to Fibromyalgia Patients?

Another primary problem with dairy products is that they typically contain the residue of various health aids given the cows to help them grow. These include over 50 hormones and 50 individual antibiotics. As well, dairy products often contain pesticides and herbicides like dioxin. Another problem is that bacteria and viruses often survive the pasteurization process, which can be especially dangerous to Fibromyalgia suffers who already experience weakened immune systems.

And, not to be too gross, but blood, feces, and pus actually make it into dairy products, as well. The way this happens is that over-milked cows experience breakdowns of their udders, developing sores which become infected. This residue often makes its way into milk, as it really cannot be strained out effectively.

With all of that said, there is no definitive scientific evidence that consumption of dairy actually increases pain. However, having observed some of the negative and seemingly toxic ingredients contained in dairy products, it is not unreasonable to conclude that they could be aggravating your Fibromyalgia symptoms. But, don’t take our word for it. What you may want to do is to take a no dairy challenge.

How to Test if You Are Dairy Sensitive

Try eliminating dairy from your diet for 7 to 10 days. Keep a food journal and observe how your body responds to this dietary modification. At the end of the 10 days take particular account of your body and your health. Do you feel lighter? Is it easier to move? Do you feel more calm and tranquil?

Clearly, without strong confirmatory scientific evidence, we would not want to advocate for the elimination of dairy. What is important to understand is that milk and the products that contain milk also contain a range of proteins, growth hormones and other seemingly toxic substances that are worth examining in terms of their potential negative effect on your Fibromyalgia pain.

What Can Fibro Patients Use to Replace Milk?

We definitely understand that in the meeting notes from your diet can be difficult. That said, there are some milk alternatives you should investigate. And not all of them are bad-tasting.

  • Soymilk is commonly used as a dairy replacement. It comes from the soybean and performs similarly to milk, but with the added benefit of not having all of the nasty growth hormones and other toxic chemicals in it.
  • Almond milk is another alternative. Definitely, take the time to look around and compare various milk alternatives. There are a number of them out there and they are made by different brands. You may want to find a dairy substitute that is low in calories, or one that has a particular flavoring, but the next time you are in your local grocery store make sure to check what options are available.

As we have said, we do not want to tell you to eliminate milk, but we do advocate examining how milk interacts with your Fibromyalgia symptoms by taking the elimination challenge. This is a good way of determining the role dairy might play in your Fibromyalgia symptoms.