Dear Cecil and M.D.s:
I am besieged by motherly and anecdotal testimonials that claim milk causes phlegm (sometimes, they say milk causes mucus, in general). The anecdotes often come from vocalists (the wussy kind who always have to have a glass of water with them on stage) who say that it creates too much phlegm and clogs up their chords. Mom always wanted to withold my milk during colds out of some fear that I’d become too congested.
Now, the scientist in me says, “What is it in milk that causes the production of all this lung mucus?” Mom has learned to ignore me when I question one of her religious beliefs like this, and the prima donnas just say, “I don’t know, it just does for me.”
Is it the calcium or the fortified vitamin D that tells the mucus producing glands to go at it? Does lactose lead to lung lactation? Or, are mom and the songbirds fooling themselves in thinking that white drinks create white bodily fluids? Or is there no connection at all?
Set me, mom, and the lounge singers straight on this, Cece.