Doctor’s Advice: “Don’t Get Milked!” Dr. Nandita Shah on Veganism and the Truth of Indian Dairy


Kuntal Joisher, the first vegan to climb Mount Everest, recently joined FIAPO’s (Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations) campaign to promote veganism. Now Dr. Nandita Shah, founder, director and trustee of SHARAN, has come on board as well to tell you: #DontGetMilked by the marketing tactics of the Indian dairy industry!

After all, there’s no such thing as a happy cow, giving away her milk to humans while depriving it to her own babies.

While traditionally thought of as quintessential to healthy living, consumption of dairy and other animal products has been linked with most of the top 20 causes of early death! Cows in dairies are often given strong antibiotics, fed on chemically altered grass, and cruelly injected with the illegal hormone Oxytocin. All these unhealthy substances ultimately find their way into the milk we consume!

You can learn more about the realities of the Indian Dairy Industry in FIAPO’s Rajasthan Dairy Report.

Dr. Nandita Shah, a registered medical doctor specializing in homeopathy, and the author of ‘Reversing Diabetes’, founded SHARAN with the vision of helping people connect to animals and nature in order to heal themselves and the planet. Her inspiring story of adopting a no-dairy diet began with strong ethical motivations:

“I believe that everyone can become vegan if they have the opportunity to make an initial connection. Over the years I have seen people go from cynics to passionate vegan advocates once they had made the switch to a plant-based diet. I think it’s because just one initial shift can help people go beyond denial and justifications to then go onto making the complete connection. Veganism aligns us with our true values, which are compassion and oneness. I am more than happy to help FIAPO spread the same message with the Don’t Get Milked Campaign.”

(Dr. Nandita Shah)


We are glad to have such an inspiring personality as hers coming on board FIAPO’s national campaign, Don’t Get Milked, to bust the myths around the Indian dairy industry. We urge the youth of our country to question the realities behind the existence of the ever thriving dairy industry. The youth must look to science and proven facts, rather than what the marketing industry chooses to showcase to us!

Other Shocking Dairy Facts Directly Affecting Human Health:

  • A glass of pasteurized milk is a cocktail of up to 20 different chemicals including antibiotics, hormones & painkillers!
  • Lactose intolerance, milk allergies, osteoporosis and many other diseases are now increasingly being linked to dairy.
  • Cows are given rGBH, a growth hormone to increase the levels of IGF -1 or insulin growth factor in their bodies, which is increasingly being linked to breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.


Find out more about the campaign here.

Sign the pledge today to promise compassion to the cattle of the Indian Dairy Industry.


(Featured image credit T. A Joseph, CC BY-NC 2.0)

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FIAPO is India's apex animal rights organization. As the collective voice of the animal rights movement in India, FIAPO is the catalyst that protects the interests and rights of animals on local and national levels - through education, research, lobbying, mobilization, networking, training and direct action. Created for the movement, by the movement, FIAPO is India’s only national federation. It has over 80 members and over 200 supporter organizations across the country. Click to see author's profile.

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