Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Strange Correlation Between Rising Number of Diabetes Cases And Milk


The number of diabetes cases in India are on epidemic rise. According to this article published in The Times of India -
"India is facing an epidemic of diabetes. At present, confirmed diabetes patients in India are 67 million, with another 30 million in prediabetes group. By 2030, India will have the largest number of patients in the world. Diabetes is not only a blood sugar problem, but brings along other complications as well"
The rise of diabetes is almost parallel to the decline of local cow farms, rise of co-operative dairies and increasing adulteration in milk. Of course there are other reasons such as eating out, junk food and sedentary lifestyle, but Milk could be one of the key reasons for our poor health.

India is a predominantly vegetarian country and milk forms an important part of our diet. Unfortunately, our milk is not as good to constitute as a part of our primary diet.

Pasteurized milk is no good for your health
There is a whole study done on the fact that pasteurized/packaged milk is doing no good to your health. What can you expect from milk in which 90% of nutrition is already burned and then it's packaged in plastic bags and kept in refrigerator for many many hours (may be weeks). If you are getting your kids, plastic pouches of milk, do not expect them to excel in study or sports.

I spoke to a leading supplier of packaged milk in my local area and I was shocked to learn this. He said -
"Even the senior executives of this packaged milk company are drinking the milk from local vendors..they don't drink their own milk!"
Another doctor I meet recently, warned -
"Adulterated/Packaged milk should not be consumed by young females as it may impact their fertility"
Though his study needs to be proven scientifically, we know for sure that our health is at stake and you don't want to wait for something to be "proven".

Can't rely on the milkman too
While your milkman next door might be a better option than packaged milk, he is no good. This article reveals the poor state of milk quality in India -
A recent study by India’s food safety regulator found that 68.4% of milk samples examined didn’t meet its standards. While most samples had been diluted with water, skimmed milk powder or sweeteners, some revealed more unpleasant surprises. Detergent, hydrogen peroxide and even urea are just some of the substances you may have ingested last time you had milk.
What's the way out?
Follow our ancestors. They were far more smarter than us. In older times, every house had a cow and she was considered a sign of "Wealth". The more cows one had, the wealthier he/she was considered. Yes, BMW's and Audi's may be sign of wealth today but they don't make you healthier or smarter. Cow milk does.

A better model
At Amrut Gir, we believe in starting small Gaushalas through collaborative efforts in every locality. It may sound like an extra effort every Sunday, but worth the investment in the health and wellness of your family, community and society.

Not to mention the true Wealth you will be proud to own. 

Photo credit: http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/beware-uncontrolled-diabetes-can-lead-to-gastrointestinal-problems/

6 comments:

  1. Good initiative we're there with you , Any Practical approach you've in mind in today's city life where land is limited even any one interested to contribute towards this initiative how can he/she will b able to do....?

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    1. It's a great question. I think the easiest way for us is to educate our local milkman on getting a pure desi cow. One of my friends bought a cow and gave it to a caretaker by paying Rs.5000/- month. For this amount he could get 3 liters of milk and ensure that cow eats the best fodder. A weekly trip to the caretaker might be needed just to see that your cow is in good shape.

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  2. I think this good model not available all places . Per my experience many would be willing to replicate such good model

    I think the big obstacle is lack proper guidance / information all in one place. I'm sure this forum can be a possible solution

    It'd be great place If you can kindly publish a case study similar model running successfully & all stake holders are happy, able to manage successfully ( video clip would be preferred for all people to understand easily.) .

    Also pl keep publishing similar information / research paper for every one to be aware of the benefits of fresh cow milk desi breed

    Thank you

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    1. Thanks for your encouraging words. I will certainly post on this blog as we make this model work. There is a huge interest prevailing in India about breeding Indian Cows and saving them. There are several small and big projects going which will certainly take our mission forward. We'll keep you posted.

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  3. Pranaam Hrishikesh Ji,

    I am extremely happy to go through you website & Particularly 'A Better Model'.

    I have taken Setting up a Goshala Very Seriously & have shifted from where i was born & brought up - Mumbai to my Native Place in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra,

    We have a farmland of 5 Accres & i wish to have a Progressive Goshala of 30 Govansh. To begin with i shall start with 10 & carry out Organic farming along with it.

    i really appreciate your willingness to Collaborate.

    i shall further appreciate if you could kindly explain further in Detail, as to what can i expect from your end.

    Thanking You,
    Warmest Regards,

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  4. I'm also planning to start a Desi cow farming in bangalore please suggest me where to buy the Desi cows

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