6 June 2011
12 years ago, I was sitting on the side of my bed with my head in my hands, struggling to choose a shirt to wear. No amount of reasoning would have helped me to rationalise my behaviour. I had started putting on a significant amount of weight but I was working out in the gym regularly and doing plenty of cardio. It felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders.
I hadn’t known Gail long, but long enough for her to want to help me identify the problem. Doctors were unable to help. They checked for diabetes and thyroid, but there was nothing clinically wrong. Yet, I was struggling to function. I was getting unnecessarily stressed and the not knowing what was wrong was compounding the problem. UKFast was in its infancy and I remember sitting down with a friend who was also running a small business, who described similar problems. Yet, he was slim and seemed in great health now. He told me that he’d reached 18 stone and he’d been told he couldn’t digest certain foods. He simply avoided them and the rest is history. He gave me the telephone number of a chap called Peter and I agreed to meet him at the Midland Hotel for an allergy test.
There are 3 reasons that significantly contributed to me being successful, outside of all the luck I’ve had.
1. Gail – Great decision maker with the calmness that I can only pretend to possess
2. My avalanche accident, which taught me the importance of time and gave me the “Do It Now” concept.
3. The allergy test and clear head I have had since that day
I came down stairs from seeing Peter. He’d said I was lactose intolerance. I had no idea what this meant or the impending implications of eliminating milk from my diet. I thought, this is easy, it’s only milk. As I walked past my favourite restaurant, The French, located in the hotel, I realised that milk was in ALL of my favourite foods. Pastry, cream, cheese, the list is endless. But being an obsessive person, from that day on, I never (knowingly) ate milk again. I say knowingly because if I ever have it now by accident, I am seriously ill.
The first few days were hell. I had intense headaches and I felt terrible. Then one day I woke up and the headache was gone. It was like a cloud had lifted. I could see clearer and I could think with more agility. I was able to multi-function whereas previously I’d struggle to make decisions.
As a child, I struggled to concentrate and keep my attention on anything for even the shortest period. I had a short fuse which assisted me on the rugby pitch but not in everyday life. I had difficulties reading and I wrote certain letters in words the wrong way around. These days, they call this dyslexia. I was just pronounced as “less bright” than my counterparts back then. With milk out of my system, everything improved. I could read with confidence, without having words appear out of nowhere, and my dyslexia had miraculously disappeared.
Since that day, I often joked that I’d sooner drink petrol than a pint of milk. Interestingly enough, you should be careful what you wish for. After siphoning petrol from one of my quad bikes in Wales, I accidentally swallowed rather a lot of petrol. I was expecting some horrendous after effects but compared to milk, I can now promise you, Petrol is far easier to digest!
More seriously, knowing the difference this made to me, I went on a journey of discovery and also a journey to help others who may be suffering from similar symptoms and not know that their lives could be so much easier. To date, I have paid for over 200 people to be allergy tested. In fact, most people at UKFast have had the test. The results were so dramatic that I stopped doing it for a while as a number of people had similarly massive improvements, so much so that their personalities changed overnight as they became more dynamic, leaving for pastures new with a few even setting up their own businesses. I have since learned that someone’s health and destiny is more important than my own needs as a businessman.
The change in my personality was so dramatic, I needed to understand scientifically why this substance that so many people speak so highly about was literally poisoning me. It’s such an intrinsic part of the Western culture. How can people be unaware of its dangers? How can we still be giving it to our children?
I learnt a great deal over the next few years. I found out that in the US they are 20 years ahead of us. They have linked milk to behavioural disorders. In the UK, we drug children who have serious aggression problems and ADHD. In the US, they test the children for lactose intolerance.
I remember hearing my father-in-law and ex-teacher talking with my Uncle Peter, a child psychiatrist, and they were discussing “problem children,” and the drugs and treatment they give them. I listened as John said that every day after lunch in the playground a particular child would go crazy. Sure enough, they drugged him. Neither of these 2 highly intelligent men, whom I admire massively, picked up on the “after lunch.” What were they feeding this kid? Our culture doesn’t look at what’s causing things; we simply drug people. It’s easier. This is an industry in itself.
In the US, as part of their education programme, they reference aggression as being linked to lactose intolerance in kids’ films such as Hulk Hogan.
The production and distribution of Milk is big business. There is an entire industry promoting it and until recently there was the Milk Marketing Board, set up in 1933 and finally dissolved in 2002. This once powerful organisation brought us “Milk is good for you because it is full of Calcium.” Wrong. You cannot digest anything like the same amount of calcium from milk as you can from vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli. Calcium from dairy products is excreted and not ingested as it has a greater bioavailability than calcium from certain green vegetables.
Milk settles your stomach. Wrong. Cow’s milk has a pH ranging from 6.4 to 6.8, making it acidic. Listening to Tony Robbins, I learned that the acid / alkaline balance of the human body is very delicate. We constantly put too much acid in our system and its results in the long term can be fatal.
I have left some information that I have obtained at the bottom of this blog. If you genuinely care about yourself, have a read and really consider whether it is worth that “moment on the lips.” These days there are a huge amount of foods that are made without milk additives, including ice-cream and even cream which can be made from soya.
The links between milk and cancer, particularly prostate cancer, have been proven by 11 different Universities but this fact is rarely promoted.
Personally, I couldn’t operate at the same level and pace of life if I still drank milk or ate it in my food. If I have it by accident, my dyslexia returns within minutes, I get a blinding headache and come out in spots, along with some other horrendous side affects.
We carried out a social experiment at UKFast back in 2002 where we tested 17 people in one day. 14 were lactose intolerant, which is pretty close to the US research stating that 75% of all Americans cannot digest milk.
If you suffer from IBS, aggression or are overly irritable, or if you have skin disorders, hyperactivity or severe lethargy, I would bet money on you being one of the 75% and I can say with confidence, because I have helped so many people, that when you remove it you can get ready for a great new world. It will be like lifting a dark cloud. Watch you energy levels soar; you will be like a teenager again.
Try it! What have you got to lose?
Best of luck
PS. The allergy test is worth doing because it highlights a variety of substances that your body may struggle with. Although 75% of people suffered from milk intolerance, 100% of people registered at least 1 intolerance to one substance or another. What’s your poison?
Lactose, the disaccharide sugar component of all milk must be cleaved in the small intestine by the enzyme lactase in order for its constituents, galactose and glucose, to be absorbed. The production of this enzyme declines significantly after weaning in all mammals. Consequently, many humans become unable to digest lactose properly as they mature. There is a great deal of variance, with some individuals reacting badly to even small amounts of lactose, some able to consume moderate quantities, and some able to consume large quantities of milk and other dairy products without problems. The gene in humans that controls lactase production, and hence lactose tolerance/intolerance is labeled C/T-13910.When an individual consumes milk without producing sufficient lactase, they may suffer diarrhea, intestinal gas, cramps and bloating, as the undigested lactose travels through the gastrointestinal tract and serves as nourishment for intestinal microflora who excrete gas, a process known as anaerobic respiration.
It is estimated that up to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, including 75% of Native Americans and African Americans, and 90% of Asian Americans.
Lactose intolerance is a natural process and there is no reliable way to prevent or reverse it.
Some studies suggest that milk consumption may increase the risk of suffering from certain health problems. Cow milk allergy (CMA) is an immunologically mediated adverse reaction to one or more cow’s milk proteins. Rarely is it severe enough to cause death.
Milk contains casein, a substance that breaks down in the human stomach to produce casomorphin, an opioid peptide. In the early 1990s it was hypothesized that casomorphin can cause or aggravate autism spectrum disorders, and casein-free diets are widely promoted.
A study demonstrated that men who drink a large amount of milk and consume dairy products were at a slightly increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease; the effect for women was smaller. The reason behind this is not fully understood. Several sources suggest a correlation between high calcium intake (2000 mg per day) and prostate cancer.
A review published by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research states that at least eleven human population studies have linked excessive dairy product consumption and prostate cancer.
Medical studies also have shown a possible link between milk consumption and the exacerbation of diseases such as Crohn’s disease, Hirschsprung’s disease–mimicking symptoms in babies with existing cow’s milk allergies, and the aggravation of Behçet’s disease.