reply to post by Corruption Exposed
I have never claimed to be the sharpest knife in the block, so it may be surprising that a grown man - or more accurately, 'a grown child' (me) -
only recently learned that all human adults were once unable to consume dairy. If I understand correctly, children could drink milk, but, as they
entered puberty and eventual adulthood, there was a change in their system and were no longer capable of tolerating dairy consumption.
In a moment, I will look and edit this, or maybe one of you can set me straight if I am really way off.... At some time in our past, a mutation arose
that allowed some people to tolerate dairy consumption. This mutation spread and eventually brought us to where we are today, a place where the
majority of humans carry this mutation, with the minority remaining lactose intolerant.
I was once told the religious belief of excluding meat from one's diet arose, not from religious ideology, but because the meat preservation methods
were poor and would often result in members of the community becoming ill, with some of them dying. In order to prevent further illness in their
community, they began excluding meat from their regular diets.
I don't know if either are true, but it makes sense if they are correct.
It may not seem like it, but I am trying to link this to the OP...
Could it be that our evolution, coupled with our desire to avoid illness from dairy consumption, discarded the need for milk after childhood, as a way
to protect the greater population mass from undesirable illness and death?
If milk was a carrier of very dangerous viruses and/or diseases, but also contained vitamins crucial to a child's early health and development,
evolution may have taken the risk of some children becoming ill in order to benefit from the mother's supply of nutritionally valuable milk. Once the
child reached puberty or adulthood, there was no longer a need for the risk, so we developed an intolerance to dairy.
As our immune systems grew stronger and continued to evolve, the absence of dairy for generations may have tricked our immune systems into believing
it was no longer a threat.?. Possibly, by the time adults developed the mutated ability to drink milk, viruses and disease carried in milk may have
become ineffective against most humans' with healthy immune systems. If true, it could be a combination of evolving immunities, as-well-as upgraded
methods of dairy processing and storage, that have allowed the continued consumption of milk and other dairy products.
Something so universally threatening as cause for the development of intolerance in an entire species, as a way to insure future progeny, must be a
seriously efficient host of deadly or excruciating disease and virus.
Our current methods of creating a safe dairy product have been efficient enough to keep the dangerous viruses and diseases from causing any real
threat. However, as evolution goes, maybe this latest strain of MRSA is an indicator that evolution has, once again, begun to produce deadly virus
and disease strains that can resist Pasteurization and refrigerated storage.
Like I mentioned earlier, I am no expert. This comment was based on things I heard about in the past, but I have never been properly educated on the
subject. So, if I am way out in fantasy land with this comment, I apologize.