Dairy spells Disease

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

I grew up as a dairy loving vegetarian. I drank three glasses of milk a day, and then yoghurt, butter milk, cheese, paneer, and other dairy products. But everything changed when I understood the cruelty of the dairy industry. Cows are repeatedly impregnated so that they continue supplying milk. Baby calves are taken away from their mothers so that the milk that rightfully belongs to them, could be sold. Male calves are sold to the leather industry soon after birth. I couldn’t be a part of it anymore.

It was only after I stopped consuming dairy that I understood why dairy is so bad for health. My skin cleared up, menstrual cramps disappeared, cold, coughs and fevers  almost never occurred. Weight loss happened by itself, I had more energy, and my state of mind improved dramatically.  And most importantly it helped me recover from an autoimmune disease – Guillian Barre.

Today, a lot more people know about the dangers of dairy. Plant-based milks and other dairy alternatives are available everywhere, for good reason. But India still has one of the largest population of bovines in the world and the highest production of milk. Dairy production is one of the biggest causes of ecological destruction. We can change this.

If this is as daunting to you as it was for me, decide to try only for one month and see the results!

Two FREE talks by Dr Nandita Shah this weekend in case any interest you – The Dilemma of Dairy on Saturday, 12th June and Covid-19 Prevention, Treatment & Post Covid Recovery Talk on Sunday, 13th June.

Her one year old daughter invited health into their home


Being a concerned mom wishing to order a healthy cake for her daughter, Bangalore based Mamatha was introduced to veganism by the lady who was baking a cake.

Coconut Lime Cheese Cake (Raw)

Even cheesecake can be made without dairy and sugar!! Do try this delicious recipe.

Ingredients for the Crust

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut (desiccated coconut)
  • ½ cup dates, pitted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp unrefined salt

Ingredients for the Filling

  • 1 cup coconut/cashew/ almond milk
  • 2 cups raw cashew nuts, soaked for 3-4 hours in double the quantity of water, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup date paste
  • ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
  • ⅛ tsp unrefined salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut butter

Ingredients for the Garnish

  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut (desiccated coconut)
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 lime, sliced (optional)


To prepare the crust, in a food processor pulse the almonds and coconut together into a fine flour. Add the dates, vanilla extract and salt. Pulse again a few times, until the mixture begins to clump together. Transfer to a parchment lined 9″ springform pan, spread out evenly and press down firmly. Place in the refrigerator to set, while you prepare the filing.

In a blender, place all the filling ingredients and blend until smooth.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with shredded coconut, lime zest and lime slices (if using).

Storage/Shelf Life

In the refrigerator for 2-3 days.


This recipe uses many nuts. Please keep your nut limit in mind if you are working on disease reversal. 

Serves 8

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Dairy spells Disease

Dairy is a part of our culture and unfortunately so is disease.  Few people understand how these are linked. Here are a few diseases that are directly linked to dairy.

1. Type 1 Diabetes 

Research has shown that children who have been exposed to dairy milk at a young age are more likely to have type I diabetes than their counterparts who were raised on breast milk.

2. Type 2 Diabetes

Milk contains fat and lacks fibre, resulting in a rise in intramyocellular lipids. This causes insulin resistance. Stopping all dairy often results in a dramatic drop in blood sugar levels.

3. Hormonal problems

All our hormones are orchestrated by the pituitary gland. When one hormone goes out of balance other hormones also get affected. Dairy is full of hormones since it’s the secretion of a female mammal. It contains growth hormones, estrogens, progesterone, prolactin, oxytocin and so on and therefore promotes hormonal problems like diabetes, hypothyroidism, premature puberty, PCOD, infertility, prostate enlargement, hirsutism, as well as breast, prostate and ovarian cancers.

4. Coughs, colds, sinus 

Both Ayurveda and naturopathy recognise milk as mucus forming. Almost everyone who stops consuming dairy will see, after an initial cleansing reaction, that colds, coughs and sinus problems disappear or become less frequent.

5. Acne

Most people notice that their skin becomes soft, clear and even glows after stopping dairy. Initially, though, there can be a cleansing period where the skin temporarily breaks out.

6. Cancers

The milk protein, casein causes tumour growth and is a known carcinogen. Milk also contains growth hormones and proteins. Proteins are the food for growth and cancers are growths. There is a clear connection. Ovarian, breast and prostate cancers are hormone dependant cancers and are promoted by the hormones in dairy.

7. Constipation, digestive issues

All animal products including dairy lack fibre. Fibre cleanses the intestines and is necessary for easy bowel movement. Lack of fibre causes constipation and the absorption of toxins;  and this can lead to colon and rectal cancers.

8. Acidity

High protein foods cause excess acid secretion in the stomach leading to acidity. Contrary to popular belief, stopping dairy actually helps reverse acidity and ulcers. The conventional home remedy, cold milk, may neutralise the acid temporarily but ends up maintaining the cycle of acidity.

9. Obesity

Milk is the food for a calf to grow into its full size in just 18 months! It’s replete with growth hormones. One of the biggest causes of the obesity epidemic so prevalent today is the consumption of dairy in concentrated forms, such as cheese, paneer and sweets.

10. Asthma and Allergies

Stop dairy and other high proteins and watch allergies gradually disappear in months!

11. Stress and Anxiety

In order to produce dairy, cows are repeatedly made pregnant and their babies taken away from them. They are often kept confined in extremely stressful conditions. This causes adrenaline secretion, which ultimately ends up in our bodies and fills us with stress and anxiety too.

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Deepa Ballal, a freelance writer based in Dubai.

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