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Hamson
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My friend is the type of person that thinks he's right a lot of the time, and when someone says he can't do something he aims to prove them wrong. He generally doesn't do incredibly stupid things though.

Starting Saturday (2/16) until the end of Friday (2/22) he intends to consume 15 gallons of milk. Obviously, that's a lot of milk. Worried mother figures aside, we've been hard pressed to find any sources about how potent this may be to the human body. So I've figured Hatrackers usually have knowledgeable input. Apart from an upset stomach, small weight gain, or general uncomfortableness, are there any serious health concerns that we should consider? Poisoning? Becoming lactose intolerant? Messing up your stomach for good? Dying?

He'll be drinking the milk as evenly spaced as he can, and we've advised him to drink maybe a glass or two of water or a gatorade like liquid a day as well. He'll still be eating (although less than normal of course).

If anyone has any recommendations or warnings, I'd be more than happy to pass them on to him. Thanks.

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He'll be fine, I think.
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My question is: "Why?"
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I drink 1 gallon/day as a matter of course, and have done so for years.

There is a report around around somewhere that milk consumption correlates with Parkinson's Disease but not in 2 week time frames. [Smile]

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Hamson
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Why? Because he doesn't think it'll be that bad, but everyone else thinks it will be really hard. He's convinced he drinks a lot everyday anyway, so it'll be cool to him to say he did something that a lot of people would look at him crazyily for.

Thanks for the relpies so far guys. I'll pass it on that you drink 1 gallon a day right now, Orlox.

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I'd worry about milk-alkali syndrome, even at 2 gallons/day. It can set in within a week of starting the overingestion. [this used to happen when people treated ulcers by drinking a lot of milk]

If he goes into kidney failure, he should be sure to tell (or have someone else tell) any healthcare providers about his recent milk intake.

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My take: dumb idea, dumb reason, makes him look like no more than a kid who just wants attention. However, we all make our own decisions.

And even if the numbers look like a safe range, you never know in advance how well his kidneys will function under an unusual environment. YMMV.

Drinking 2 gallons of milk a day is an unusual environment and a stress on the kidneys, especially as they are processing an extra protein load. Too much calcium mucks with the parathyroid hormone axis and can lead to all sorts of endocrine and kidney issues, and the kidneys would already be working overtime on the protein. I suppose he could come out of it with no longstanding problems, but he could also come out of it with some definite longstanding problems. Why bother? Get a job, get a hobby, get positive attention for doing something well that is hard to do, not for a silly stunt. [Smile]

[ February 15, 2008, 04:08 PM: Message edited by: ClaudiaTherese ]

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ClaudiaTherese
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(And those potential longstanding problems are not cool and dramatic ones like getting poisoned and spending a night in the ER, or death as young man with a pretty corpse for the funeral. It's more like potential kidney failure with the need for dialysis, which often means being bloated, in pain, hernias, itching, erectile dysfunction, recurrent infections, etc. Check out BlackBlade's recent thread on his sister's wait for a kidney transplant.

Or, I suppose, it could work out much better than that, and just end up a silly prank. Either way, it's not the sort of thing I'd admire someone for doing.)

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I think 2 gallons of milk a day is a bad idea as well. If my mother were here, she would predict that he gives himself diabetes.
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*must resist witty comment on CT's post*
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ClaudiaTherese
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No skin off my nose, Blayne. I've said my piece, and I don't much care what else happens.
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[Wink]
Common Blayne... give in to the dark side!

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You're a bit of a rabble rouser these days Telp.

Besides, we've seen Blayne in camo. He clothes himself in the dark side.

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Can he do it? Absolutely. There's no doubt in my mind.

Is it incredibly stupid? Yes.

It's not even cool. Really, I'd be more impressed if he learned how to make cheese or something rather than waste all that milk.

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I forgot to ask before. Is he actually going to drink it? Or is he going to drink it?
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Edited at Lytharns adive.

[ February 15, 2008, 05:03 PM: Message edited by: Blayne Bradley ]

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Lyrhawn
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I'd consider editing that out Blayne. I know you were kidding but, I think that was unintentionally rude.

And I don't think it was approbate at all.

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M.I.L.F.

Milk Ingestion Looses Flatulence

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I'd considering editing it out because it makes you look incredibly immature. It's like laughing at yourself saying "boobies".
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I'm not a mother, so the term is not even potentially applicable. Probably even more relevant is that neither the OP nor his friend know me, and I'm sure neither has the slightest desire to impress me, regardless.

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Thanks for the thoughtfulness, Lyrhawn.

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quote:
And I don't think it was approbate at all.
Or appropriate, for that matter.
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(Thanks, Blayne. [Smile] )
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M.I.L.K.

May I Loft the Kite?

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I'm already going through almost a gallon a day for myself and two kids, my head reels at the idea of one person more than doubling our consumption. I'm assuming he's going to be buying it in smaller quantities and frequently (like daily) rather than buying it all on one trip.
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quote:
Originally posted by Jon Boy:
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And I don't think it was approbate at all.
Or appropriate, for that matter.
That was much more funny when his original post was still there.


You're welcome CT [Smile] . The idea that someone would have no better or other reason to want to impress you than that just boggles the mind.

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The idea that someone would want to impress me boggles my mind. [Big Grin] How very sweet that the idea was even considered, even as a joke.

Excuse me now whilst I go creak up the stairs and rearrange my hairbun in the upstairs parlour.

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Don't forget to change your Oops I Crapped My Pants.
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Obviously the milk is unhealthy.
There simply isn't enough chocolate in it.
Tell him to switch it up with some chocolate milk, that should help.

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This whole milk thread is whey close to being spoiled. [Big Grin]
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I think the whole thread is udderly ruined.
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I guess I missed Blayne's post. Did he want to curdle up with CT or something?
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He can't seem to get past her eyes.

Pour kid.

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It was good that Lyrhawn was there to heifer. Blayne tends to jump the gun instead of keeping it in his holstein.
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I've been told that attempting to drink an entire gallon of milk in a single sitting almost invariably causes vomiting. I don't know about 2 gallons over the course of 24 hours.
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quote:
Originally posted by Sterling:
I've been told that attempting to drink an entire gallon of milk in a single sitting almost invariably causes vomiting. I don't know about 2 gallons over the course of 24 hours.

It's not impossible for the strong at stomach.

***ETA: WARNING. Link contains pictures of vomiting. Projectile vomiting. Milk. Just so you know.

I've meant to try this, believe it or not. Anyone want to witness? [Wink]

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quote:
The idea that someone would want to impress me boggles my mind.
Which is one of the reasons that impressing you is desirable.
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Well gee whillikers, young man. [Wink]
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Rent Supersize Me or download the video at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1432315846377280008 ,
then force your friend to watch it.
Cuz that's what he's proposing to do to himself, except faster cuz he's taking on 25% more excess Calories.

15gallons of milk per week is 5623Calories per day, which is ~2.5to3 times as many Calories as most men need.
Just to make it simple (and generous), let's assume your friend needs 2000Calories.
That means he is going to be drinking 3623Calories more than his body needs to fuel itself.
Assuming of course that he doesn't eat anything else.

A moderately-paced walk burns ~82Calories per mile.
Your friend would have to walk 44.2miles per day more than he normally does to burn off those extra Calories, which would take 14hours43minutes40seconds. Leaving 9hours16minutes20seconds per day for sleeping, showering, and other normal activities.
(no eating)
Or if he wants to spend less time exercising, he could triple his speed and run ~30.9miles in 3hours26minutes.
A marathon is only 26.2miles. So that's more than 8 marathons in a week. Somehow I doubt that he's gonna put in more than twice as many miles per week than what's on the training schedule of a top professional marathoner.

Check out about 37minutes into Supersize Me for the first weigh-in after he begins his McDonalds pigout. Expect the same weight gain or more for your friend.

A cup of milk contains 37Calories of protein, 47Calories of sugar, and 80Calories of fat. The fat level in your friend's bloodstream will constantly be far higher than that allowed for donation or for transfusion into another human.
There's gotta be something intrinsicly anti-healthy with having "medically illegal" blood within your own body.

I've a feeling that there's more stuff wrong about the 2+gallon per day milk diet concerning excess mineral&vitamin levels, etc...
...but I'll hafta remember some usefully limiting keywords in order to google the accuracy of what I almost remember.

[ February 16, 2008, 10:49 PM: Message edited by: aspectre ]

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Eaquae Legit
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He could reduce the fat issue by going with skim...

Not that that would help much. It's still a pretty stupid move. aspectre's calculations don't even take into account anything else your friend might eat during the week, but which will add to the calories.

For comparison, 3500 kcal = 1 pound of fat. That is, your friend can expect to put on 1-2 pounds of fat per day during the week, depending on what else he eats and how sedentary the overdose of milk makes him.

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I think someone's been watching too much Cool Hand Luke.
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BTW: 1kcal = 1kilocalorie = 1000calories = 1Calorie
which is why I capitalized.
When you read diet books or nutrition labels, the "calorie" they're misusing really means kilocalorie or Calorie.

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Also, with milk prices being what they are I think I could find something more productive to do with $60.

Sergeant

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Vitamin D toxicity is probably the one to be worried about, since milk is fortified with vitamin D and it can cause serious problems in overdose.
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it'll be cool to him to say he did something that a lot of people would look at him crazyily for.
Probably the most idiotic thing I've ever heard. Sorry for unedited opinion. Your friend of course may do what he wants.
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is he at least going to eat some cookies?
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[ROFL]
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My 11 year old predicts he will die within one day.
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I've tried the gallon challenge on a couple of occasions. I made it through one time, but I was told the rule is you have to hold it down for a whole minute after you finish and there was a slight problem there.

For the record, the gallon challenge is trying to drink a gallon of whole milk in one hour.

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I've always wanted to try the gallon challenge...
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Why?
There are better things to do with milk.
Like drink it in a normal way with cake or cookies limiting oneself to a 16 oz glass.

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