This starts pretty early in life.
Your grandma tells you – ghee is sacred, it is the gift of cows and food for Gods.
Then your ma tells you – want lustrous hair and skin? Chupchaap take some ghee!
Then your doctor tells you – for easy digestion make sure you get your share of dahi.
And then you will hear yourself thinking and saying things like – “I felt a little confused when some friends were saying such horrible things about having milk! Par kya hai na, I really go by my gut feeling about these things – I need dairy – milk and all products of milk – to be healthy”.
Whatever role we may be in – grandmother, teacher, vice president, CEO, teacher, mother, sister, banker, whatever – ability to think flawlessly is a great asset. We can all agree that it will come handy in every situation of life. This requires that we go meta, and that means thinking and examining the process of thinking itself.
I’ll share the most commonly seen blocks to sound thinking that I encounter in my line of work –
a. accepting inaccurate information
b. making wrong inferences
c. tailoring the information and inference to suit one’s bias
d. Making unjustified assumptions
e. Not staying open to listening to reasons
d. Getting defensive and or resorting to indifference
And when it comes to this particular topic of dairy, it’s common to see ethnocentric type of mental blocks. For instance, we north Indians, or we south indians, we hindus and we brahmins so on.
We protect and perpetuate our faulty thinking in many ways. Here are some common strategies we indulge in –
a. forming groups with others just like yourself – we the dairy lovers, we the coffee drinkers kinda thing. In a room full of alcoholics, the lone sober guy is the oddball after all!
b. staying passive and unquestioning in relationships – there are many payoffs to believing “my mother is my encyclopedia!”
c. cut off or use excuses when critiqued – aloofness is one way of cutting off. ‘This is how – I was raised /I am / it works for me – are some examples of excuses.
d. full blown acting out – having an emotional outburst disproportional to the context.
In clinical and hospital settings it is fairly common to see variations of these blocks and strategies unfold in real life situations. The intention of sharing it with you is to alert you to your own possible flaws of thinking that may come up in reading and processing the remainder of this post.
There is absolutely NO pressure on you to change your behavior. It is entirely your choice IF and WHEN you want to address it. So, take a brief pause, relax and read further. Read slowly. Assimilate the meaning of each statement in your mind before you read the next one.
The fat and protein content of mammalian milk varies greatly among the species.
It is inversely proportional to the the rate of growth at which the baby animal doubles in size. This is to say that, an animal that is fastest to double itself in size, has the highest content of protein in its milk. And it also has a comparatively shorter span of life.
Rat’s milk has 11.8 gm of protein per 100 ml – doubles it’s size in 4 1/2 days – has an average life span of 2 years
Cat’s milk has 9.5 gm of protein per 100 ml – doubles it’s size in 7 days – has an average lifespan of 2-16 years
Dog’s milk has 7.1 gm of protein per 100 ml – doubles it’s size in 8 days – has an average lifespan of 10-13 years
Goat’s milk has 4.1 gm of protein per 100 ml – doubles it’s size in 19 days – has an average lifespan of 15-18 years
Cow’s milk has 3.3 gm of protein per 100 ml – doubles it’s size in 47 days – has an average lifespan of 18- 22 years
Horse’s milk has 2.4 gm of protein per 100 ml – doubles it’s size in 60 days – has an average lifespan of 25-30 years
Human milk has 1.2 gm of protein per 100 ml – doubles it’s size in 180 days – has an average lifespan of 79 years
This is to say that, a human baby receives a low-protein content food, such a human breast milk – exclusively, that too – at the time of the greatest growth spurt in it’s lifetime.
While we’re on this topic of milk let me say this – you may have observed that fat content of human breast milk is same as that of cow milk. I only discussed proteins so far. But yes, it is same or similar percentage of fat content, in the region of 3.7%.
And you may be thinking to yourself – ” dekha! main na kehti thi ..! ” Wait, am not finished yet.
The cow’s milk is dominantly saturated fat, whereas human breast milk is not.
So having similar numbers don’t mean anything because they are of different composition altogether. This is to say, you can successfully make paneer, junnu and basundhi out of cow’s milk. But nobody can make ever make paneer, junnu or basundhi out of human breast milk for this reason. Eewww!
Now, you may decide for yourself whether dairy consumption is right for you, or not right for you. And I sincerely hope your actions will be in alignment with what you think and feel to be right.