Lac vaccinum defloratum
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Humans are an exception in the natural world for consuming milk past infancy, despite the fact that many humans show some degree (some as little as 5%) of lactose intolerance, a characteristic that is more prevalent among individuals of African or Asian descent. The sugar lactose is found only in milk, forsythia flowers, and a few tropical shrubs. The enzyme needed to digest lactose, lactase, reaches its highest levels in the small intestines after birth and then begins a slow decline unless milk is consumed regularly. On the other hand, those groups who do continue to tolerate milk often have exercised great creativity in using the milk of domesticated ungulates, not only of cattle, but also sheep, goats, yaks, water buffalo, horses, reindeers and camels. The largest producer and consumer of cattle and buffalo milk in the world is India.
Reading Donkin's ,Skim Milk Treatment for Diabetes and Bright's Disease' gave Swan the idea of conducting a proving with potentized skimmed cow's milk. Donkin reported successful use of skim milk in the crude form in the treatment of diabetes, albumlnuria and other renal affections. More than 100 years later, a 1992 Finnish study suggests that certain children may be vulnerable to type 1 diabetes later in life after exposure to cow's milk while very young. This link had been suspected because populations with high rates of milk consumption, such as the Finos and the Canadians, also bave high rates of diabetes. Previous research had already suggested that children exposed to the insulin which can naturally be contained in cow's milk may develop antibodies to insulin. However, evidence to suppurt the theory is not conclusive and there is just as much evidence against it.