Long-term ailments, highly processed foods, and ongoing exposure to environmental toxins can result in the kind of persistent, low-grade inflammation researchers are linking to premature aging, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer.
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"Dairy contains simple sugars that the human body was never intended to digest past the age of weaning. Because we don’t digest dairy well, it ends up contributing to inflammation in the body," says Donald Abrams, M.D., chief of oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. Milk, in particular, has been linked to cancers of the breasts, prostate and bladder, as well as lymphoma.