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Milk and the Cancer


What ia new?

Hormones in milk can be dangerous

By Corydon Ireland
Harvard News Office Dec. 4 2011

'The milk we drink today may not be nature's perfect food.'

By Ganmaa Davaasambuu, a Mongolia-trained medical doctor, a Japan-trained Ph.D. in environmental health, and a current fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study:

Ganmaa's topic was lunch-appropriate: the suspected role of cow's milk, cheese, and other dairy products in hormone-dependent cancers. (Those include cancers of the testes, prostate, and breast.)

Natural estrogens are up to 100,000 times more potent than their environmental counterparts, such as the estrogen-like compounds in pesticides.

"Among the routes of human exposure to estrogens,cow's milk, which contains considerable amounts of female sex hormones,"accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of estrogens consumed.

Cows are milked about 300 days a year. For much of that time, the cows are pregnant. The later in pregnancy a cow is, the more hormones appear in her milk.

May contains up to 33 times more signature estrogen compound (estrone sulfate) than milk from a non-pregnant cow.

In a study of modern milk in Japan, contained 10 times more progesterone, than raw milk from Mongolia.

In  Mongolia, cows are milked for human consumption only five months a year, and if pregnant, only in the early stages. Levels of hormones in the milk are much lower.

One study compared diet and cancer rates in 42 counties. Milk and cheese consumption are strongly correlated to the incidence of testicular cancer among men ages 20 to 39. such as Switzerland and Denmark, where cheese is a national food, and lowest in Algeria and other countries where dairy is not so widely consumed.

 In the past 50 years in Japan, rising rates of dairy consumption are linked with rising death rates from prostate cancer - from near zero per 100,000 five decades ago to 7 per 100,000 today.

Butter, meat, eggs, milk, and cheese are implicated in higher rates of hormone-dependent cancers in general. Breast cancer has been linked particularly to consumption of milk and cheese.

Rats fed milk show a higher incidence of cancer and develop a higher number of tumors than those who drank water.

About 75 percent of American children under 12 consume dairy every day, but its health effects on prepubescent bodies is not known -

One compared levels of hormones and growth factors in American milk (whole, whole organic, skim milk, and UHT - ultra-high temperature - milk) to milk from Mongolia. Levels were very low in both American skim and in Mongolian milk.

After a month, the hormone levels jumped among the Mongolian  children fed commercial U.S. milk.

Long-term studies are needed to see if any of this is important for children's health.


Summary of articles

by Hans R. Larsen, MSc ChE


by Dr. Robert Cohen

"American dairy milk is genetically-modified unless it’s labeled “NO rBGH”

..................................................The FDA has failed to investigate the effects of long-term feeding of IGF-1 and treated milk on growth. Furthermore, the FDA has been hostile to the labeling of rBGH milk. The agency has prohibited dairy producers and retailers from labeling their milk as "hormone-free," The FDA states that such labeling could be "false or misleading" under federal law. Monsanto is suing several milk producers for using the label."....................................
"Most health food stores sell rBGH-free milk" "


Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., Chairman

Cancer Prevention Coalition
2121 West Taylor Street, M/C 922

Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 996-2297



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It's important to realize that at this point, the vast majority of common food crops grown in the US are already genetically engineeredii, including:

  • 94 percent of all soybeans
  • 93 percent of canolaiii
  • 93 percent of cottonseed oiliv
  • 72 percent of all corn
  • Approximately 25 percent of all milk and yoghurt contain genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH)v
  • iii
  • iv
  • v February 25, 2010


    "So far, 57 of the nation’s 100 largest dairies have completely or partially discontinued the use of rBGH, including Dean Foods, Kroger, Foremost Farms, Darigold and Prairie Farms Dairy. Starbucks company-owned stores and Chipotle Restaurants have gone completely rBGH-free and Walmart has eliminated its use from its store brand milk.

    Last year, the two largest yogurt producers in the country, Dannon and Yoplait-Colombo, both discontinued the hormone in response to consumer demand. A 2008 Consumer Reports survey found that 70% of respondents were concerned about cows given artificial growth hormones and 57% would pay more for dairy products produced without it."


    January 23, 1998: The Harvard Medical School  study

    IGF-1 or insulin-like growth factor-1, a very powerful hormone that is produced in the liver and body tissues-fatty or adipose tissues.

    IGF-I is identical in humans and cows, and this hormone has been identified as a key factor in tumor growth.

     Milk produced in the United States usually  contains high level of  IGF - 1 as cows are  injected with synthetic bovine growth hormone (rBGH or BST)(13) and this hormone is transmitted in the milk.

    rBGH was synthesized in the 1980s using recombinant DNA biotechnology (genetic engineering).  It is effective in increasing milk yields and In 1985 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the sale of milk from rBGH-injected cows(13-16). The FDA prohibited the special labeling of the rBGH injected milk . So, the consumer is unable to know whether or not to purchase the milk(13). 

     The  IGF-1 is found in milk from treated cows and can be  as high to 10 times higher than in non-treated cow's milk(13,14,23). The IGF-1 found in treated milk is less firmly attach to proteins making it much more potent than that found in non-treated milk(13).  Some people claimed that BST-milk was entirely safe for human consumption(16,24) and pointed out that BST-milk contains no more IGF-1 than does human breast milk, and is completely broken down by digestive enzymesn making it inactive (16). 


    "................ Use of.rbGH also increases levels in milk of another hormone (IGF-1) that has been linked to breast, colorectal and prostate cancer, although whether the increased levels of IGF-1 in milk due to rbGH use would affect health has not been established.”

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    Others argue that IGF-1 may not be completely broken down and become inactive and some of it can cross the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. Some  infants and people may lack digestive enzymes or suffer from protein-related allergies(13,14,20,22,25).

     IGF-1 is not not only destroyed by pasteurization but may  increases its concentration in BST-milk. Oral ingestion of IGF-1 significantly increased in the growth of a  group of male rats,  the Monsanto scientists dismissed this findings earlier(25).

    High levels of IGF-1 is most likely genetically determined or diet or some other factors?

    Bovine growth hormone is banned in Canada, European union countries, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.


    IGF-1 and cancer

    IGF-I is identical in humans and cows, and this hormone has been identified as a key factor in tumor growth.


    IGF-1 can stimulates the growth of both normal and cancerous cells(2,5).

     It promotes:

    i.) The growth of prostate cells(2), 

     ii) Breast cancer cells(6-8),

     iii) Many childhood cancers, breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer and prostate(9),

     iv) The first epidemiological showed close link to an increased risk of prostate cancer(10).

    v)  IGF-1's link to breast and colon cancers(10,11).

    vi) Ovarian and uterine cancers(  )


    Dr. Samuel Epstein, a scientist  of the University of Illinois who strongly believed  that IGF-1 in rBGH-milk could be a potential risk factor for breast and gastrointestinal cancers(13).


    Ovarian and uterine cancer

    Susanna C Larsson, Leif Bergkvist and Alicja Wolk.

    Milk and lactose intakes and ovarian cancer risk in the Swedish Mammography Cohort1,2,3

    Am J Clin Nutrvol. 80 no. 5 1353-1357 .

    "Poor absorption of lactose may more than double the risk of ovarian cancer in women."

    American Journal of Epidemiology, 1999;150

    "IGF-I can stimulate normally slow-growing cancers (like breast, ovarian, and prostate) to grow very quickly, causing them to appear in a decade or two or even less."

    Delicious 12/95

    "IGFs may be important in carcinogenesis, possibly by increasing the risk of cellular transformation by enhancing cell turnover. These emerging epidemiologic data indicate that high levels of IGF-I are associated with an increased risk of at least several types of carcinoma that are common in economically developed countries."

    Horm Res, 1999, 51 Suppl 3

    "The uterus and ovary, like the breast, are hormone-sensitive organs. Not surprisingly, uterine and ovarian cancers are both linked to fatty diets in epidemiologic studies."

    Cancer 1966;19

    "IGFs regulate important cellular activities involving cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Emerging evidence suggests that members of the IGF family play important roles in the development and progression of cancer. Diet, nutrition, and other lifestyle features affect the expression and production of IGF-1 and other members of the IGF family. This may provide new approaches for cancer prevention. Growth hormone (GH) stimulates the production of IGF-1. Use of GH replacement therapy to improve physiological and psychological well-being and to prevent aging-related diseases has been recommended. Given the close relationship between GH and IGF-1, the long-term safety of GH treatment warrants a serious concern."

    J La State Med Soc, 1999 Apr, 151:4

    "Galactose is linked both to ovarian cancer and infertility...women who consume dairy products on a regular basis, have triple the risk of ovarian cancer than other women."

    The Lancet 1989; 2

    "Interest in the role of the IGF axis in growth control and carcinogenesis has recently been increased by the finding of elevated serum (IGF-I) levels in association with three of the most prevalent cancers in the United States: prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and lung cancer. IGFs serve as endocrine, autocrine, and paracrine stimulators of mitogenesis, survival, and cellular transformation."

    J Cell Physiol, 2000 Apr, 183:1

    "IGF-I reacts in a synergistic manner with estrogen, and plays a role in the growth and proliferation of ovarian cancer."

    J-Clin-Endocrinol-Metab, Feb. 1994, 78(2)

    Prostate Cancer

    The Harvard study (1998) confirmed that the effects of IGF-1 concentrations on prostate cancer risk were found to be much higher than for any other known risk factor. The higher the concentration, higher was the risk.

    If concentration was between 300 and 500 ng/mL were found to have more than four times the risk of developing prostate cancer than when the level was between 100 and 185 ng/mL, especially in men over age 60 years (eight times more likely). The high IGF-1 is found to be present several years before an actual diagnosis of prostate cancer is made (12).





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    First published in International Health News Issue 76, April 1998

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    Milk Does Not Increase Cancer Risk


    How much milk should you drink? For years we've been told it's good for bones, now studies show prostate cancer linkJul 20, 2010 – Two new studies from Italy and Canada have linked milk consumption to a significantly higher risk of prostate cancer. ... type of fat known to increase the risk of heart disease - there's no link between milk and heart disease.


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          Important UPDATE 1/2001: 

    A study published in the January, 2001 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the diets of 1,035 women, particularly focusing on the protein intake from animal and vegetable products. Deborah Sellmeyer, M.D., found:


    In her study, women with a high animal-to-vegetable protein ratio experienced an increased rate of femoral neck bone loss. A high animal-to-vegetable protein ratio was also associated with an increased risk of hip fracture.


    I spoke with Dr. Sellmeyer, and here is her explaination: 

    "Sulphur-containing amino acids in protein-containing foods are metabolized to sulfuric acid. Animal foods provide predominantly acid precursors. Acidosis stimulates osteoclastic activity and inhibits osteoblast activity."


          Sellmeyer's remarkable publication reveals:

          "Women with high animal-to-vegetable protein rations were heavier and had higher intake of total protein. These women had a significantly increased rate of bone loss than those who ate just vegetable protein. Women consuming higher rates of animal protein had higher rates of bone loss and hip fracture by a factor of four times."

          Milk has been called "liquid meat." The average American eats five ounces of animal protein each day in the form of red meat and chicken. At the same time, the average American consumes nearly six times that amount (29.2 ounces) per day of milk and dairy products. ..............

    Dr. Sellmeyer may be reached by EMAIL:

    Original column:

          Human breast milk is Mother Nature's PERFECT FORMULA for baby humans. Even dairy industry scientists would not be foolish enough to debate this UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED FACT. In her wisdom, Mother Nature included 33 milligrams of calcium in every 100 grams, or 3 1/2-ounce portion of human breast milk. ...........

    One must wonder why Asians traditionally did not get bone-crippling osteoporosis...that is, until they adopted the "American Diet," a diet of milk and dairy products. ..........................

      American women have been drinking an average of two pounds of milk or eating the equivalent milk in dairy products per day for their entire lives. .............
    Twenty-five million American women have osteoporosis. Drinking milk does not prevent osteoporosis. Milk contains calcium. Bones contain calcium too. When we are advised to add calcium to our diets we tend to drink milk or eat dairy foods. 

    In order to absorb calcium, the body needs comparable amounts of another mineral element, magnesium. Milk and dairy products contain only small amounts of magnesium. Without the presence of magnesium, the body only absorbs 25 percent of the available dairy calcium content. The remainder of the calcium spells trouble. Without magnesium, excess calcium is utilized by the body in injurious ways. The body uses calcium to build the mortar on arterial walls which becomes atherosclerotic plaques.


     Arterial calcium dposition leading to plaque formation takes place in vitamin K2 deficiency. One needs Vitamin D, and K2 phophate,beside magnesium and may be many other things.This added, not in the original article as this was published 2001.

    18 March 2012.


    Excess calcium is converted by the kidneys into painful stones which grow in size like pearls in oysters, blocking our urinary tracts. Excess calcium contributes to arthritis; painful calcium buildup often is manifested as gout. The USDA has formulated a chart of recommended daily intakes of vitamins and minerals. The term that FDA uses is Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). The RDA for calcium is 1500 mg. The RDA for magnesium is 750 mg. ( Some thinks 1500 mg is too much).

    Society stresses the importance of calcium, but rarely magnesium. Yet, magnesium is vital to enzymatic activity. In addition to insuring proper absorption of calcium, magnesium is critical to proper neural and muscular function and to maintaining proper pH balance in the body. Magnesium, along with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), helps to dissolve calcium phosphate stones which often accumulate from excesses of dairy intake. Good sources of magnesium include beans, green leafy vegetables like kale and collards, whole grains and orange juice. Non-dairy sources of calcium include green leafy vegetables, almonds, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, oats, beans, parsley, sesame seeds and tofu. 


    Osteoporosis is NOT a problem that should be associated with lack of calcium intake.

    Osteoporosis results from calcium loss.

    The massive amounts of protein in milk result in a 50 percent loss of calcium in the urine. In other words, by doubling your protein intake there will be a loss of 1-1.5 percent in skeletal mass per year in postmenopausal women. The calcium contained in leafy green vegetables is more easily absorbed than the calcium in milk, and plant proteins do not result in calcium loss the same way as do animal proteins. If a postmenopausal woman loses 1-1.5 percent bone mass per year, what will be the effect after 20 years? When osteoporosis occurs levels of calcium (being excreted from the bones) in the blood are high. Milk only adds to these high levels of calcium which is excreted or used by the body to add to damaging atherosclerosis, gout, kidney stones, etc.

          Bone mass does not increase after age 35. This is a biological fact that is not in dispute by scientists. However, this fact is ignored by marketing geniuses in the milk industry who make certain that women this age and older are targeted consumers for milk and dairy products. At least one in four women will suffer from osteoporosis with fractures of the ribs, hip or forearm. In 1994, University of Texas researchers published results of an experiment indicating that supplemental calcium is ineffective in preventing bone loss. Within 5 years of the initial onset of menopause, there is an accelerated rate of loss of bone, particularly from the spine. During this period of time, estrogen replacement is most effective in preventing rapid bone density loss.

    Bone Mass is Genetically Determined

          In December of 1994 a study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, revealed that skeletal size and bone mass are genetically programmed. Optimal skeletal size is achieved through adequate calcium intake in an individual's youth. However, excess calcium has an effect upon bone mass. Once enough calcium is introduced, the excess is either excreted in the urine or absorbed by the kidneys, arteries and liver. This excess calcium can cause great damage. The decrease in skeletal mass associated with osteoporosis in women is primarily caused by the age-dependent decrease in hormonal steroid secretion by the ovaries. While optimal calcium intake in childhood and adolescence is important for achieving proper bone density, calcium intake in adulthood has little significance.

          An overview based upon recent findings regarding the pathogenesis of osteoporosis was published in Germany in 1994 and translated into English where the abstract appeared on MEDLINE, a computer service containing scientific abstracts of research. The premise of this study is that osteoporosis is an unavoidable consequence of aging for which no prevention was previously possible. However, recent hormonal therapies have slowed down the process of rapid bone loss. The lack of estrogen and progesterone play an important role in the development of osteoporosis.

          Human breast milk contains 33 milligrams of calcium per 100-gram portion and potato chips contain 40 milligrams!


    Find your favorite snacks on the following list and substitute them for pus-filled, antibiotic laden, allergenic and hormonal MILK.

    Calcium content of foods (per 100-gram portion)
    (100 grams equals around 3.5 ounces)

    1. Human Breast Milk

    2. Almonds
    3. Amaranth
    4. Apricots (dried)
    5. Artichokes

    6. Beans (can: pinto, black)
    7. Beet greens (cooked)
    8. Blackeye peas
    9. Bran
    10. Broccoli (raw)

    11. Brussel Sprouts
    12. Buckwheat
    13. Cabbage (raw)
    14. Carrot (raw)
    15. Cashew nuts

    16. Cauliflower (cooked)
    17. Swiss Chard (raw)
    18. Chickpeas (garbanzos)
    19. Collards (raw leaves)
    20. Cress (raw)

    21. Dandelion greens
    22. Endive
    23. Escarole
    24. Figs (dried)
    25. Filberts (Hazelnuts)

    26. Kale (raw leaves)
    27. Kale (cooked leaves)
    28. Leeks
    29. Lettuce (lt. green)
    30. Lettuce (dark green)

    31. Molasses (dark-213 cal.)
    32. Mustard Green (raw)
    33. Mustard Green (cooked)
    34. Okra (raw or cooked)
    35. Olives

    36. Orange (Florida)
    37. Parsley
    38. Peanuts (roasted & salted)
    39. Peas (boiled)
    40. Pistachio nuts

    41. Potato Chips
    42. Raisins
    43. Rhubarb (cooked)
    44. Sauerkraut
    45. Sesame Seeds

    46. Squash (Butternut
    47. Soybeans
    48. Sugar (Brown)
    49. Tofu
    50. Spinach (raw)

    51. Sunflower seeds
    52. Sweet Potatoes (baked)
    53. Turnips (cooked)
    54. Turnip Greens (raw)
    55. Turnip Greens (boiled)
    56. Water Cress

      234 mg
      267 mg
      67 mg
      51 mg

      135 mg
      99 mg
      55 mg
      70 mg
      48 mg

      36 mg
      114 mg
      49 mg
      37 mg
      38 mg

      42 mg
      88 mg
      150 mg
      250 mg
      81 mg

      187 mg
      81 mg
      81 mg
      126 mg
      209 mg

      249 mg
      187 mg
      52 mg
      35 mg
      68 mg

      684 mg
      183 mg
      138 mg
      92 mg
      61 mg

      43 mg
      203 mg
      74 mg
      56 mg
      131 mg

      40 mg
      62 mg
      78 mg
      36 mg
      1160 mg

      40 mg
      60 mg
      85 mg
      128 mg
      93 mg

      120 mg
      40 mg
      35 mg
      246 mg
      184 mg
      151 mg

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    Milk Consumption Does Not
    Prevent Hip Fractures

                                        A publication in the February, 2003 issue of the American
                                        Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Vol. 77, No. 2, 504-511)
                                        clearly demonstrates that eighteen years of milk consumption
                                        did not prevent hip fractures for post-menopausal women.
                                        How many subjects participated in the study?
                                        A mere 72,337. As part of Walter Willett's Harvard Nurses
                                        Study, investigator Diane Feskanich performed statistical
                                        tests of significance for 18 years of data including dietary
                                        intake of calcium (dairy and supplements) to determine her
                                        The conclusion reached from this observational analyses, is
                                        that dietary calcium plays little or no role in preventing
                                        bone loss. Drinking milk does not prevent osteoporosis. A
                                        total of 603 hip fractures were analyzed. Scientists
                                        determined that milk consumption was in no way associated
                                        with hip fracture risk. The same conclusion was reached for
                                        total calcium consumption.
                                        The Harvard Nurses study previously determined that there is
                                        no positive association between teenaged milk consumption
                                        and the risk of adult fractures. (American Journal of Public
                                        Health 1997;87). As a matter of fact, just the opposite was
                                        found to be true. Women consuming greater amounts of calcium
                                        from dairy foods suffered significantly increased risks of
                                        hip fractures.
                                        In light of these findings, the dairy industry milk mustache
                                        campaign has been proven to be one enormous deception. Bones
                                        break because women eating the wrong foods create an acid
                                        condition in their own bloodstreams, which must be
                                        neutralized by available calcium. The body achieves balance
                                        by taking calcium out of its own bones. Ergo, people eating
                                        the greatest amount of total animal protein are the ones
                                        experiencing accelerated rates of bone loss. The same
                                        Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (1995; 61, 4) confirmed this
                                        "Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood
                                        which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the
                                        Eighteen years earlier, as the Harvard Nurses study was just
                                        beginning, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
                                        (1979;32,4) reported:
                                        "Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up
                                        to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a
                                        high-protein diet."
                                        Why do you imagine that today's most recent study will not
                                        be publicized on tonight's 6 PM news, or headlined in your
                                        local newspaper? Because it lacks one critical ingredient.
                                        Cash. For a story to be released, it must be accompanied by
                                        paid dairy industry advertising. In this deceptively
                                        dangerous manner, most of us get our biased health
                                        Milk? It does not do the body good.
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                                        "About 20% of babies suffer from colic, or abdominal
                                        cramping and gas. Milk proteins may be one of the leading
                                        causes of this digestive disorder."
                                        Pediatrics, 1991; 87 (4):4
                                        Congress has passed a $190 billion subsidy act for farmers.
                                        This year and every year hereafter, the average dairy farmer
                                        is expected to receive a $10,000 subsidized gift from his
                                        benevolent Uncle Sam.

    Heart disease is America's number one killer. Most American's and scientific agencies are in agreement: Saturated animal fat and cholesterol do not do the heart any good. According to USDA figures, each day, the average American eats just 5 ounces of meat and chicken containing saturated fat and cholesterol, and 29.2 ounces of milk and dairy products (666 pounds per American) containing the same dangerous factors. The following nine studies are a confirmation to milk's link to heart disease:

    "Milk and milk products gave the highest correlation coefficient to heart disease, while sugar, animal proteins and animal fats came in second, third, and fourth, respectively."

    A Survey of Mortality Rates and Food Consumption Statistics of 24 Countries, Medical Hypothesis 7:907-918, 1981

    "More patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction had elevated levels of antibodies against milk proteins than was found in a comparable group of patients without coronary heart disease."

    Davies, Antibodies and Myocardial Infarction, The Lancet, ii: 205-207, 1980

    "Milk consumption correlates positively with cholesterol levels in blood as well as coronary mortality. In comparisons between 17 countries, there is a good correlation between national cholesterol levels and mortality from ischaemic heart disease."

    European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 48:305-325, 1994

    "Although studies point out strong negative correlations between wine consumption and heart disease... six countries with the highest mortality show no correlation at all. Finland ranks highest of all in milk consumption, wine consumption and mortality from heart disease."

    The Lancet, I, 1017-1020, 1979

    "Milk and many components of milk (butterfat, milk protein, calcium from milk, and riboflavin)… were positively related to coronary heart disease mortality for all 40 countries studied."

    Circulation 1993; 88(6):2771-2779

    "Greenland Eskimos, who have a very low incidence of ischemic heart disease, have a high-fat, high-protein diet, but a very low intake of milk."

    British J of Preventive & Social Medicine, 1977

    "For ischemic heart disease milk carbohydrates were found to have the highest statistical association for males aged 35+ and females aged 65+. In the case coronary heart disease, non-fat milk was found to have the highest association for males aged 45+ and females aged 75+, while for females 65- 74, milk carbohydrates and sugar had the highest associations...animal proteins contribute to homocysteine production; however, milk more than meat lacks adequate B vitamins to convert homocysteine to useful products. Lactose and calcium in conjunction with homocysteine from consumption of non-fat milk may also contribute to calcification of the arteries."

    Altern Med Rev, 1998 Aug, 3:4

    "Excessive milk consumption may adversely affect the circulation on account of the high calcium content of milk and because lactose promotes the intestinal absorption of calcium. Excessive calcium intake may cause calcification and rigidification of the large elastic arteries, which could be an important factor in causing myocardial ischaemia."

    Med Hypotheses, 2000 May, 54:5

    "Animal food-groups were directly correlated to mortality from coronary heart disease, defined as sudden coronary death or fatal myocardial infarction and vegetable food-groups (except potatoes) as well as fish and alcohol were inversely correlated with CHD mortality. Univariate analysis showed significant positive correlation coefficients for butter (R = 0.887), meat (R = 0.645), pastries (R = 0.752), and milk (R = 0.600) consumption, and significant negative correlation coefficients for legumes (R = -0.822), oils (R = -0.571), and alcohol (R = -0.609) consumption. Combined vegetable foods (excluding alcohol) were inversely correlated (R = -0.519), whereas combined animal foods (excluding fish) were directly correlated (R = 0.798) with coronary heart disease death rates."

    Eur J Epidemiol, 1999 Jul, 15:6, 507-15

                                        Heart disease is America's number one killer. Dairy products
                                        represent America's number one food group.
                                        Charles Attwood, M.D., once described to me the pint of
                                        blood he had drawn from a patient. In the hour before
                                        parting with his pint, the young man had eaten lunch at a
                                        fast food restaurant, enjoying hamburgers, fries, and a
                                        The blood was "murky and opaque," according to Dr. Attwood.
                                        I will always remember that phrase and Attwood's further
                                        descriptive imagery. After 15 minutes, a one-half inch layer
                                        of fat had risen to the top of the plastic package
                                        containing that blood.
                                        In 1980, the British journal Lancet (ii: 205-207) reported:
                                        "More patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction had
                                        elevated levels of antibodies against milk proteins than was
                                        found in a comparable group of patients without coronary
                                        heart disease."
                                        In 1994, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (48:305-
                                        325) found:
                                        "Milk consumption correlates positively with cholesterol
                                        levels in blood as well as coronary mortality. In
                                        comparisons between 17 countries, there is a good
                                        correlation between national cholesterol levels and
                                        mortality from ischaemic heart disease."
                                        There is controversy regarding the "fat-connection" and
                                        heart disease. Is it fat, or is it dairy, which also
                                        contains fat? In 1977, the British Journal of Preventive &
                                        Social Medicine noted:
                                        "Greenland Eskimos, who have a very low incidence of
                                        ischemic heart disease, have a high-fat, high-protein diet,
                                        but a very low intake of milk."
                                        The May, 2000 issue of Medical Hypothesis provided an
                                        important clue as to how dairy compromises the heart:
                                        "Excessive milk consumption may adversely affect the
                                        circulation on account of the high calcium content of milk
                                        and because lactose promotes the intestinal absorption of
                                        calcium. Excessive calcium intake may cause calcification
                                        and rigidification of the large elastic arteries, which
                                        could be an important factor in causing myocardial
                                        This morning, I remembered Dr. Attwood's Blood sample
                                        assessment while thumbing through a stack of reading
                                        material on my desk. The Physician's Committee for
                                        Responsible Medicine (PCRM) reports a second opinion that
                                        confirms Dr. Attwood's observation.
                                        The current issue of Good Medicine, PCRM's quarterly
                                        journal, contains evidence that just one single meal
                                        containing saturated animal fat can be harmful to the human
                                        Neal Barnard, M.D., includes a column citing a study that
                                        appeared in the Journal of American Cardiology (Nestel, PJ,
                                        et, al., 2001; 37: 1929-35). PCRM reports:
                                        "Australian researchers fed volunteers a ham and cheese
                                        sandwich, a glass of whole milk, and a dish of ice cream.
                                        Just hours later, their cholesterol levels were elevated,
                                        and they experienced a 25-percent reduction in elasticity of
                                        their arteries-both important risk factors of heart attack."
                                        Was this experiment a fair assessment of America's favorite
                                        fast-food meal?
                                        PCRM reveals:
                                        "The fat content of the experimental meal was 50 grams,
                                        still well below that of a typical fast-food meal such as a
                                        chicken sandwich and fries."
                                        Safe Alternative to Hormonal Replacement Therapy; Soy
                                        Consumption Shown to Alleviate Symptoms of Menopause
                                        MORE FUN-FILLED FACTS FOR WOMEN
                                        Women have been targeted by the dairy industry's milk
                                        promotion board. What the dairy industry neglects to
                                        advertise is the fact that cow's milk contains a very
                                        powerful growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-
                                        I). IGF-I is identical in humans and cows, and this hormone
                                        has been identified as a key factor in tumor growth.
                                        "IGF-I reacts in a synergistic manner with estrogen, and
                                        plays a role in the growth and proliferation of ovarian
                                        Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, Feb. 1994, 78(2)
                                        "Emerging evidence suggests that members of the IGF family
                                        play important roles in the development and progression of
                                        cancer. Diet, nutrition, and other lifestyle features affect
                                        the expression and production of IGF-1...Growth hormone (GH)
                                        stimulates the production of IGF...Given the close
                                        relationship between GH and IGF-1, the long-term safety of
                                        GH treatment warrants a serious concern."
                                        Journal of the Louisiana State Med Soc, 1999 Apr, 151:4
                                        "...women who consume dairy products on a regular basis,
                                        have triple the risk of ovarian cancer than other women."
                                        The Lancet 1989; 2
                                        "Poor absorption of lactose may more than double the risk of
                                        ovarian cancer in women."
                                        American Journal of Epidemiology, 1999;150
                                        "The uterus and ovary, like the breast, are hormone-
                                        sensitive organs. Not surprisingly, uterine and ovarian
                                        cancers are both linked to fatty diets in epidemiologic
                                        Cancer 1966;19





    Cows Used for Their Milk

    Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do: to nourish their young. In order to force the animals to continue giving milk, factory farm operators typically impregnate them using artificial insemination every year. Calves are generally taken from their mothers within a day of being born—males are destined for veal crates or barren lots where they will be fattened for beef, and females are sentenced to the same fate as their mothers.

    After their calves are taken from them, mother cows are hooked up, several times a day, to milking machines. Using genetic manipulation, powerful hormones, and intensive milking, factory farmers force cows to produce about 10 times as much milk as they would naturally.

    Animals are often dosed with bovine growth hormone (BGH), which contributes to a painful inflammation of the udder known as "mastitis." (BGH is used widely in the U.S. but has been banned in Europe and Canada because of concerns over human health and animal welfare.) According to the industry's own figures, between 30 and 50 percent of dairy cows suffer from mastitis, an extremely painful condition.

    A cow's natural lifespan is about 25 years, but cows used by the dairy industry are killed after only four or five years. An industry study reports that by the time they are killed, nearly 40 percent of dairy cows are lame because of the intensive confinement, the filth, and the strain of being almost constantly pregnant and giving milk. Dairy cows' bodies are turned into soup, companion animal food, or low-grade hamburger meat because their bodies are too "spent" to be used for anything else.




    Ten anti-vegetarian myths

                                                 There are meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.
                                                 Vegetarians drink milk and eat dairy products.
                                                 Vegans eat no animal products. By eating animal
                                                 flesh or drinking their body fluids, one ingests
                                                 their hormones. Vegetarians often drink more
                                                 milk and eat more dairy than meat eaters. Vegans
                                                 eat no animal hormones.
                                                 There are two reasons not to eat animals. Many
                                                 people become vegetarians out of compassion to
                                                 animals who do not deserve to die in pain by a
                                                 human knife.
                                                 The second reason, human health, far outweighs
                                                 the first. By eating animal products, one shows
                                                 no compassion to the human body. By eating dirty
                                                 fuel consisting of cholesterol, saturated animal
                                                 fat, and relatively large amounts of sulfur-based
                                                 amino acids (methionine, homocysteine), one places
                                                 considerable stress upon the body's cardiovascular
                                                 and immune systems.
                                                 Of the two thousand or so emails that I see every
                                                 day, I can always rely upon a handful to refer to
                                                 one or more so-called anti-vegetarian myths such as:
                                                 1) Meat eaters have lower rates of heart disease
                                                 than do vegetarians.
                                                 2) Meat eating men make for better lovers because
                                                 they have higher rates of the male sex hormone.
                                                 3) Meat eaters have lower rates of all of the
                                                 major diseases than do vegetarians.
                                                 4) Vegetarians have higher mortality rates than
                                                 meat eaters.
                                                 5) A vegetarian diet is not appropriate for a
                                                 pregnant woman or nursing mother.
                                                 6) Children born to vegetarians are smaller
                                                 than children born to meat eaters.
                                                 7) Meat eaters obtain more vitamins and nutrients
                                                 than vegetarians, because the animals they eat also
                                                 consume vegetables.
                                                 8) It is a proven fact that vegetarians have higher
                                                 rates of heart disease than meat eaters.
                                                 9) Meat eaters have lower rates of diabetes than
                                                 do vegetarians.
                                                 10) Meat eaters have lower rates of breast cancer than
                                                 do vegetarians.
                                                            ONE BY ONE, LET'S DISPEL THOSE MYTHS
                                                 1) Meat eaters have lower rates of heart disease
                                                 than do vegetarians.
                                                 "Significant atherosclerosis is rare in peoples
                                                 whose diet over the life span is predominantly
                                                 vegetarian and low in calories, total lipids,
                                                 saturated lipids and cholesterol."
                                                 Nutrition and Athersclerosis by Louis Katz. 1958
                                                 2) Meat eating men make for better lovers because
                                                 they have higher rates of the male sex hormone.
                                                 "The study measured testosterone levels in 696
                                                 Oxford University men. Of the study participants,
                                                 233 were vegan (ate no animal products) and 237
                                                 were vegetarian (ate milk and dairy products).
                                                 The remaining 237 subjects were men who ate meat
                                                 on most days of the week...vegans had higher
                                                 testosterone levels than vegetarians and meat
                                                 British Journal of Cancer, 83(1), July 2000
                                                 3) Meat eaters have lower rates of all of
                                                 mankind's major diseases than do vegetarians.
                                                 "Scientific data suggest positive relationships
                                                 between a vegetarian diet and reduced risk for
                                                 several chronic degenerative diseases and conditions,
                                                 including obesity, coronary artery disease,
                                                 hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and some
                                                 types of cancer."
                                                 Journal of American Dietetic Association, 11/97, 97(1)
                                                 4) Vegetarians have higher mortality rates than
                                                 meat eaters.
                                                 "Vegetarians often have lower mortality rates
                                                 from several chronic degenerative diseases than
                                                 do non vegetarians."
                                                 British Medical Journal,  1996; 313
                                                 5) A vegetarian diet is not appropriate for a
                                                 pregnant woman or nursing mother.
                                                 "Vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the
                                                 life cycle, including during pregnancy and lactation."
                                                 Am J Clin Nutr. 1994;59(suppl):1176S-1181S.
                                                 6) Children born to vegetarians are smaller
                                                 than children born to meat eaters.
                                                 "Vegan diets can meet the nutrient and energy needs
                                                 of pregnant women. Birth weights of infants born
                                                 to well nourished vegetarian women have been shown
                                                 to be similar to birth-weight norms and to birth
                                                 weights of infants of non vegetarians."
                                                 Pediatrics. 1989;84
                                                 7) Meat eaters obtain more vitamins and nutrients
                                                 than vegetarians, because the animals they eat also
                                                 consume vegetables.
                                                 "Vegetarian diets offer disease protection benefits
                                                 because higher concentration of antioxidants such
                                                 as vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and phytochemicals."
                                                 Am J Clin Nutr. 1996;63(suppl)
                                                 8) It is a proven fact that vegetarians have higher
                                                 rates of heart disease than meat eaters.
                                                 "Mortality from coronary artery disease is lower in
                                                 vegetarians than in non vegetarians."
                                                 British Medical Journal, 1994; 308
                                                 9) Meat eaters have lower rates of diabetes than
                                                 do vegetarians.
                                                 "Type 2 diabetes mellitus is less likely to be a
                                                 cause of death in vegetarians than non vegetarians."
                                                 Am J Clin Nutr. 1988;48(suppl)
                                                 10) Meat eaters have lower rates of breast cancer than
                                                 do vegetarians.
                                                 "Breast cancer rates are lower in populations that
                                                 consume plant based diets."
                                                 American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and Figures, 1994

     FRIDAY - JULY 3, 1998
                                                  AN AMERICAN PICNIC FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND
                                                  Happy Fourth of July weekend!  What could be more American than a slice
                                                 of apple pie a la-mode covered with whipped cream and accompanied by a
                                                 tall glass of ice cold frothy milk?  The dairy industry would have you
                                                 believe that by eating such a snack you are ingesting "great protein."
                                                  Let's investigate the most abundant milk protein, casein.
                                                  CASEIN is a tenacious glue.  Eighty-seven percent of milk is water. 
                                                 Four percent of the remaining thirteen percent is CASEIN.  The furniture
                                                 in your home is held together by this powerful glue.  So too is the
                                                 label affixed to a bottle of beer.  If you are a beer drinker, try
                                                 scraping that label off this weekend.  That will be no easy task and
                                                 quite a learning experience!
                                                  Food manufacturers have long understood that glue holds foods together
                                                 giving them a firmer and more concrete appearance.  It is no coincidence
                                                 that each of the major tuna fish manufacturers have elected to put
                                                 nature's perfect glue in their little cans.  Open that tin and expect to
                                                 eat tuna?  Got milk?  Got glue!  Starkist Tuna (Sorry, Charlie), Bumble
                                                 Bee Tuna and even Chicken of the Sea all use this tenacious glue.  Why
                                                 do they put milk in our tuna fish?  It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!
                                                  Can we ever look at Hostess Twinkies the same way after learning that
                                                 CASEIN is used as the binding agent?  American's munchie cravings are
                                                 satisfied by Ring Dings and Yankee Doodles...all containing this most
                                                 powerful bovine glue.  Why do they do that to us?
                                                  How can glue be used in the name of good health?  "Healthy Choice"
                                                 foods sells a product called Garlic Chicken Milano which contains
                                                 casein.  Certainly not my idea of a healthy choice!  Heinz sells a "Home
                                                 Style" gravy called "Chicken Classic."  They put this CASEIN-glue in
                                                 their home-style product.  Is that the way you cook home-style foods? 
                                                 Weight Watchers promotes a line of products called "Smart Ones."  Their
                                                 Strawberry Royal contains gluey CASEIN.  Is it really a smart choice to
                                                 eat glue to lose weight?  I'll bet that this glue does quite a bit more
                                                 than just stick to the ribs!  Not to be outdone, suppliments like Slim
                                                 Fast and Ensure have each added CASEIN-goo to their special foods. 
                                                 Ensure boasts, "#1 Doctor Recommended... Complete balanced nutrition." 
                                                 I'd like to have a word with those doctors and give them all a second
                                                 opinion.   Slim Fast sells "Jump Start, the natural way to lose weight
                                                 fast."  They put CASEIN in Jump Start.  How does one lose weight by
                                                 eating glue?  Perhaps your intestines are internally cemented and no
                                                 food can be absorbed.  Doesn't seem real healthy to me.
                                                  A review of cereals reveals only one product that contains CASEIN,
                                                 Special K.  Now, revealed for the first time, What it is that really
                                                 makes Special K so special?  It's glue!
                                                  The ultimate assault on logic and insult of our sensibilities can be
                                                 found in many non-dairy creamers.  The front container of Carnation's
                                                 milk substitute contains a lie and should be taken off the market,
                                                 revealed as a fraud.  The rear of that container reveals that sodium
                                                 caseinate; a milk derivative is a component of this "non-dairy" product
                                                 .  How can they get away with this?  Dry Coffee-Mate perpetrates a
                                                 similar deception... all in the name of good health.
                                                  One of the few truly offensive racial stereotypes still adorns a
                                                 supposedly healthy food product.  Aunt Jemima is no liberated African
                                                 American woman of the nineteen-nineties.  She represents a better and
                                                 simpler era to some... a time when women belonged in the kitchen
                                                 producing stacks of pancakes for men to eat.  Can you imagine that a
                                                 component of Aunt Jemima's secret recipe was glue?  Read the label. 
                                                 That's just what is in those pancakes.
                                                  What would America's foods be without this powerful adhesive glue? 
                                                 Would they be as attractive?  NO!  Would we have as much congestion and
                                                 mucus and asthma resulting from histamines produced to combat this
                                                 allergenic protein?  Food for thought!
                                                  Have a wonderful Fourth of July picnic and remember to carefully READ
                                                 THOSE LABELS!

    Thank you, Dr. McDougall!

                                                 Marketing Milk and Disease
                                                 Each year, just as white strawberry blossoms transform into
                                                 tiny green berries, and as Spring days grow longer and warmer,
                                                 the milk industry declares June to be: "National Dairy Month."
                                                 This year, America's most respected physician, Dr.
                                                 John McDougall, honors the milk marketers with his own
                                                 very special tribute. I enjoy receiving Dr. McDougall's
                                                 Internet newsletter. You can too. To subscribe, go to:
                                                 Marketing Milk and Disease by John McDougall, MD
                                                 The Dairy Industry is really big business, with sales of
                                                 over $11 billion for milk and $16 billion for cheese
                                                 annually in the USA alone, so you might expect hard line
                                                 marketing from them, but would you expect them to
                                                 aggressively sell their products if they were known to be
                                                 harmful to people, especially to women and children?
                                                 The Dairy Management Inc., whose purpose is to build demand
                                                 for dairy products on behalf of America's 80,000-plus dairy
                                                 producers, has just released the Dairy Checkoff 2003 Unified
                                                 Marketing Plan (UMP) with a budget of $165.7 million. (1)
                                                 The United Marketing Plan explains, "This ongoing program
                                                 area (referring to the section Dairy Image/Confidence) aims
                                                 to protect and enhance consumer confidence in dairy products
                                                 and the dairy industry. A major component involves
                                                 conducting and communicating the results of dairy nutrition
                                                 research showing the healthfulness of dairy products, as
                                                 well as issues and crisis management." (1)(Most likely, I
                                                 fall under the heading of "issues and crisis management.")
                                                 A significant portion of the money from the 2003 Unified
                                                 Marketing Plan is specifically targeted to children ages 6
                                                 to 12 and their mothers. The goal is "to guide school-age
                                                 children to become life-long consumers of dairy products,
                                                 2003 activities will target students, parents, educators and
                                                 school foodservice professionals." (1) (Similar words and
                                                 intentions have been attributed to the tobacco industry.)
                                                 All this marketing is working, too: annual fluid milk
                                                 consumption among kids 6 to 12 increased to 28 gallons per
                                                 capita, the highest level in 10 years. Children under 18
                                                 drink 46% of the milk consumed in the USA.
                                                 Realize that when I say milk in this article, I'm also
                                                 implicating all dairy products that are made from milk:
                                                 non-fat milk, low-fat milk, buttermilk, cheeses, cottage
                                                 cheese, yogurt, ice cream, whey, kefir, and butter. All
                                                 of them share a similar nutritional profile (plus or
                                                 minus the fat, protein, and sugar), and as a result, all
                                                 of them contribute to a wide range of health problems.
                                                 Will the UMP Inform You of the Contamination?
                                                 E. Coli, AIDS and Leukemia Viruses?
                                                 Last month I left you with some very disturbing facts
                                                 about the contamination of milk with loads of bacteria
                                                 and millions of white blood cells (pus cells) which are
                                                 there to help fight off the infections found in cows and
                                                 milk (see the April 2003 Newsletter found at
                                                 Will the 2003 Unified Marketing Plan specify money to
                                                 inform you of this upsetting information? You will never
                                                 see an advertisement with a famous movie star proudly
                                                 wearing a white mustache, properly labeled as containing
                                                 300,000 white blood cells and 25,000 bacteria.
                                                 Dairy products were the foods most often recalled by the
                                                 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from the period
                                                 October 1, 1993 through September 30, 1998 because of
                                                 contamination with infectious agents, mostly bacteria. (2)
                                                 They are commonly tainted with disease-causing bacteria,
                                                 such as salmonella, staphylococci, listeria, deadly E. coli
                                                 O1573 and Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (4) (possibly one
                                                 of the agents causing Crohn's disease; a form of
                                                 life-threatening chronic colitis), as well as viruses known
                                                 to cause lymphoma and leukemia-like diseases, and immune
                                                 deficiency in cattle.
                                                 AIDS and Leukemia Viruses
                                                 Dairy cattle are infected with bovine immunodeficiency
                                                 viruses (BIV) and bovine leukemia viruses (BLV), worldwide.
                                                 (Bovine immunodeficiency viruses can also be properly
                                                 referred to as bovine AIDS viruses.)
                                                 In the United States, results show an average 40% of beef
                                                 herds and 64% of dairy herds are infected with BIV. (5)
                                                 In Canada (6-7), the infection rate is 70% and in Argentina
                                                 (8) the rate is 84% for BLV.
                                                 Herds infected with the BIV are usually infected with the
                                                 leukemia virus (BLV) also. (5)
                                                 Both viruses can cross species lines thus infecting other
                                                 animals, like sheep, goats, and chimpanzees ‚€“ and they
                                                 develop disease. (5)
                                                 Nationwide and worldwide, leukemia is more common in the
                                                 higher dairy consuming populations. (9,10)
                                                 An increased incidence of leukemia has been found among
                                                 dairy farmers in multiple studies. (11-14)
                                                 BIV infection has been reported in a person. (15)
                                                 The bovine leukemia virus has been classified in the same
                                                 group as the Human T-cell Leukemia/Lymphotropic virus
                                                 type 1 (HTLV-1), which is known to cause leukemia and
                                                 lymphomas in humans (Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma). (16)
                                                 BIV is structurally and genetically closely related to
                                                 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) type-1 (the virus causing
                                                 human AIDS). (17)
                                                 Pasteurization kills many types of microorganisms, but it is
                                                 not foolproof. There is also concern that pasteurization may
                                                 break the viruses into fragments that may become even more
                                                 dangerous. (18)
                                                 Has it been shown that the bovine AIDS and/or leukemia viruses
                                                 will infect you and cause disease? No. Nor has it been proved
                                                 that they will not. Compared to the efforts to try to convince
                                                 you of the bone-building benefits of milk, almost nothing has
                                                 been spent to establish whether or not it is safe to feed your
                                                 family dairy products teeming with bovine immunodeficiency and
                                                 bovine leukemia viruses (and/or viral fragments). Some countries
                                                 take this matter very seriously. For example, in many European
                                                 countries, health officials have conducted programs to eradicate
                                                 infected herds; Finland' program has successfully eradicated
                                                 BLV from its cattle. (19)
                                                 If you live in a region with a high incidence of herd infection
                                                 with these viruses you can be pretty sure you will be consuming
                                                 dairy products containing whole viruses or fragments of these
                                                 viruses, since the milk from many dairy farms is mixed in large
                                                 vats at the dairy factory before processing and packaging.
                                                 Since the industry will not act responsibly in many countries,
                                                 consumers are left with one choice: eliminate all dairy
                                                 products from their diet. If eliminating dairy products would
                                                 prevent even a small risk of human disease, it would be well
                                                 worthwhile, especially since, as you learned in the April 2003
                                                 McDougall Newsletter, they are completely unnecessary for
                                                 excellent health.
                                                 Will the UMP Market the Pain and Suffering Caused Children?
                                                 The Dairy Management Inc. has specifically targeted children
                                                 in their campaign. (1) This will raise no public concern,
                                                 because most people consider cow's milk the healthiest of all
                                                 food choices, especially when it comes to children. Over 25%
                                                 of children are overweight in Western countries and cow's milk,
                                                 cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and sour cream, with all
                                                 their fat and calories, contribute greatly to this deadly
                                                 epidemic. Many of these overweight children are now developing
                                                 type-2 diabetes. However, the most common variety of diabetes
                                                 found in children is still type-1 or insulin dependent
                                                 diabetes (IDDM).
                                                 Type-1 Diabetes
                                                 The evidence incriminating cow's milk consumption in the cause
                                                 of type-1 diabetes is sufficient to cause the American Academy
                                                 of Pediatrics to issue these warnings, "Early exposure of
                                                 infants to cow's milk protein may be an important factor in the
                                                 initiation of the beta cell (insulin-producing cells of the
                                                 pancreas) destructive process in some individuals." (20) "The
                                                 avoidance of cow's milk protein for the first several months
                                                 of life may reduce the later development of IDDM or delay its
                                                 onset in susceptible people." (20)
                                                 Exposure to cow's milk protein early in life, when the
                                                 intestinal tract is immature, sometimes results in the milk
                                                 protein entering the blood stream where antibodies to this
                                                 foreign substance, cow's milk, are made by the immune system.
                                                 Unfortunately, these same antibodies also attack the insulin-
                                                 producing cells of the pancreas. By glassful of milk after
                                                 spoonful of ice cream, over a period of about 5 to 7 years,
                                                 the child destroys his or her own pancreas ‚€“ and is left
                                                 with a lifelong, life-threatening, handicap: diabetes. The
                                                 pancreas is forever destroyed and the child will have to take
                                                 insulin shots daily. Complications, such as blindness, kidney
                                                 failure, and heart disease will be a real threat during his
                                                 or her shortened lifespan.(See my July 2002 McDougall
                                                 Newsletter for a discussion of type-1 diabetes).
                                                 Not as life-threatening as diabetes, but for some as mentally
                                                 and physically distressing, is chronic constipation. As a doctor
                                                 who has cared for hundreds of children, I can tell you they suffer
                                                 with pain, bleeding, hemorrhoids, and embarrassment. The causal
                                                 effects of cow‚€™s milk were clearly demonstrated in a study of 65
                                                 severely constipated children published in the New England Journal
                                                 of Medicine. (21)
                                                 These boys and girls complained of only one bowel movement every
                                                 3 to 15 days and many didn't even respond to strong laxatives
                                                 (lactulose and mineral oil). Forty-four of the 65 (68%) found
                                                 relief of their constipation when taken off the cow's milk.
                                                 Evidence of inflammation of the bowel was found on biopsy, and
                                                 anal fissures and pain were commonly associated with the
                                                 constipation "elimination of the cow's milk solved these problems."
                                                 When cow's milk was reintroduced into their diet 8 to 12 months
                                                 later, all of the children developed constipation within 5 to 10
                                                 days.  For constipation alone, cow's milk should be banned from
                                                 the School Milk Programs, worldwide.
                                                 Rhinitis and Otitis Media
                                                 The multitude of snotty-nosed kids frequently visiting the
                                                 pediatrician's office for ear infections is much more obvious
                                                 than the constipated crowd, and these problems less devastating
                                                 than type-1 diabetes, but these complaints also can be due to
                                                 consuming the foreign proteins intended for calves. (22-25)
                                                 In addition, these same children are likely to suffer from
                                                 gastroesophageal reflux, asthma and/or eczema from their
                                                 unnatural habit of drinking cow's milk.
                                                 Diseases of Foreign Protein
                                                 Many conditions can be traced back to reactions to cow's milk.
                                                 Milk contains more than 25 different proteins that can induce
                                                 adverse reactions in humans. (26) Our immune system perceives
                                                 these foreign proteins as alien invaders, like a virus or
                                                 bacteria, and launches an attack in response, as in the case
                                                 of type-1 diabetes discussed above and many other allergic
                                                 and autoimmune diseases.
                                                 DISEASES CAUSED BY, OR LINKED TO, DAIRY PROTEINS
                                                 General: Loss of appetite, growth retardation.
                                                 Upper Gastrointestinal:
                                                 Canker sores (aphthous stomatitis), irritation of tongue, lips and
                                                 mouth, tonsil enlargement, vomiting, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD),
                                                 Sandifer's syndrome, peptic ulcer disease, colic, stomach cramps,
                                                 abdominal distention, intestinal obstruction, type-1 diabetes.
                                                 Lower Gastrointestinal:
                                                 Bloody stools, colitis, malabsorption, diarrhea, painful defecation,
                                                 fecal soiling, infantile colic, chronic constipation, infantile food
                                                 protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), Crohn's disease,
                                                 ulcerative colitis.
                                                 Nasal stuffiness, runny nose, otitis media (inner ear trouble),
                                                 sinusitis, wheezing, asthma, and pulmonary infiltrates.
                                                 Bone and joint:
                                                 Rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus,
                                                 Beheta's disease, (possibly psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing
                                                 Rashes, atopic dermatitis, eczema, seborrhea, hives (urticaria)
                                                 Nervous System (Behavioral):
                                                 Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, autism, schizophrenia,
                                                 irritability, restlessness, hyperactivity, headache, lethargy,
                                                 fatigue, "allergic-tension fatigue syndrome," muscle pain,
                                                 mental depression, enuresis (bed-wetting).
                                                 Abnormal blood clotting, iron deficiency anemia, low serum
                                                 proteins, thrombocytopenia, and eosinophilia.
                                                 Nephrotic syndrome, glomerulonephritis, anaphylactic shock and
                                                 death, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS or crib or cot death),
                                                 injury to the arteries causing arteritis, and eventually,
                                                 References are available through the National Library of
                                                 Medicine,  - Search cow's milk and
                                                 any of the diseases listed above.
                                                 All dairy products contain milk proteins, including skim milk,
                                                 yogurt, cheese, and butter, and many butter substitutes. Milk
                                                 proteins are listed in packaged food products with a variety of
                                                 names, such as milk solids, skim milk powder, casein, caseinates,
                                                 whey, and albumin. Milk is also often put into packaged foods and
                                                 not declared on the label - this is illegal and punishable by FDA
                                                 Even with all of this disease in children the American School Food
                                                 Service Association and the dairy industry have developed a School
                                                 Milk Pilot Test to demonstrate that kids will drink more milk in
                                                 school if certain product enhancements are made. (27)
                                                 The result was milk sales increased by an average of 18 percent
                                                 and consumption increased by 35 percent when schools provided
                                                 flavored milks and other package enhancements. (28)
                                                 The UMP Will Try to Deceive You about the Fattening Nature of
                                                 Dairy Foods.
                                                 "Independent research confirming dairy's role in weight reduction
                                                 is mounting," said Dr. Greg Miller, senior vice president of nutrition
                                                 and scientific affairs for the Dairy Checkoff. (29) "This helps to
                                                 position dairy foods as part of the solution to America's growing
                                                 obesity epidemic." And Miller added, "Informing the public about
                                                 dairy's role in the fight against obesity will help increase
                                                 consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt, among other dairy products."
                                                 Shouldn't the idea of milk acting as an "antiobesity" food
                                                 strike you as fundamentally contradictory? After all, the
                                                 biologic purpose of cow's milk is to provide large amounts
                                                 of energy and nutrients to grow the young animal from 60 to
                                                 600 pounds. So how does milk become a weight loss product in
                                                 the 21st century? This idea began with the observation that
                                                 underprivileged people, who have poor diets in general, are
                                                 often obese, and also consume few dairy products. (30) Some
                                                 experiments that followed showed people and animals on calorie-
                                                 restricted diets lost a small amount of extra weight when
                                                 calcium or dairy foods were part of their diet.
                                                 The "antiobesity" effects of dairy are difficult to explain, but
                                                 may be due to calcium binding fat in the intestine, preventing its
                                                 absorption. (30)
                                                 A thorough search of the literature for properly designed studies
                                                 shows only one of 17 randomized studies found weight loss in people
                                                 taking calcium pills, and of the nine randomized studies where
                                                 fluid milk was added, two showed significant weight gain, and none
                                                 showed significant loss. (31)
                                                 In one study funded by a grant from the International Dairy Foods
                                                 Association, 204 healthy men and women were asked to increase
                                                 their intake of skim or 1% milk by three cups a day for 12 weeks;
                                                 those consuming the extra milk gained an average of 1.32 pounds
                                                 (0.6 Kg). (32)  Can you imagine what their weight gain would have
                                                 been if they had been asked to add whole milk, cheese, butter,
                                                 and ice cream to their diet, instead of skim and low-fat 1% milk?
                                                 The result of all this research was well summed up by one of the
                                                 dairy industry's frequent spokespersons at the Dairy Management
                                                 Inc. sponsored Symposium: Dairy Product Components and Weight
                                                 Regulation, held April 21, 2002 in New Orleans, with this statement,
                                                 "In conclusion, the data available from randomized trials of dairy
                                                 product or calcium supplementation provide little support for an
                                                 effect in reducing body weight or fat mass." (31)
                                                 Yet the consumer will hear from Dr. Miller and the rest of the
                                                 industry, eat more dairy products and you will lose weight.
                                                 Dairy products are loaded with fats that are easily stored under
                                                 your skin as "body fat."  The fats in the cold glass of milk, the
                                                 little bite of cheese, and that small bowl of ice cream will move
                                                 from your lips to your hips effortlessly. In fact, it moves with
                                                 so little effort that the chemical structure of the fat isn't even
                                                 changed. Cow's milk contains a unique kind of fat with double
                                                 bonds located at the C-15 and C-17 position on the fat's carbon
                                                 chain. Examination of a person's fatty (adipose) tissues following
                                                 a biopsy will show the amount of this kind of fat present, which
                                                 will be in direct proportion to the amount of dairy products
                                                 the person consumes. (33)
                                                 All that fat the dairy industry asks us to eat is associated with
                                                 higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and breast,
                                                 prostate, uterine and colon cancer. Yet, as a marketing scheme,
                                                 the dairy industry has teamed up with the National Medical
                                                 Association to write articles about "the role of dairy in helping
                                                 reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension, and other serious
                                                 health issues." (34)
                                                 The National Medical Association promotes the collective interests
                                                 of physicians and patients of African descent. Please explain to me
                                                 how this association came about when the vast majority of people of
                                                 African descent (80% to 90%) cannot drink milk because of lactose
                                                 intolerance; causing them diarrhea, stomach cramps and gas. (35)
                                                 Not only is this dairy fat unattractively worn and a health
                                                 hazard, but it is also a source of large quantities of
                                                 environmental chemicals, like dioxins and DDT, that affect your
                                                 health and the health of a mother's offspring during pregnancy
                                                 and nursing. (36) One reason a young girl needs to start thinking
                                                 about a healthier diet early is because the accumulation of these
                                                 chemicals in her own body fat occurs over her entire lifetime.
                                                 The UMP Will Try to Confuse You about Bone Health and Animal Protein
                                                 Osteoporosis is caused by several factors; however, the most
                                                 important one is diet; especially the amount of animal protein
                                                 and acid in the foods we eat. (37-39 0 The high acid foods are
                                                 meat, poultry, fish, seafood, and hard cheeses, parmesan cheese
                                                 is the most acidic of all foods commonly consumed." (40)
                                                 Once consumed, this food-derived acid must be neutralized in the
                                                 body. Fruits and vegetables can do this neutralizing (these foods
                                                 are alkaline in nature). However, because the diet of the average
                                                 Westerner is so deficient in fruits and vegetables and so high in
                                                 acid foods, the primary neutralizer of dietary acid becomes their
                                                 bones. The bones dissolve to release alkaline materials.
                                                 Worldwide, the highest rates of hip fractures are among populations
                                                 that consume the most animal food (including dairy products) like
                                                 people from the USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand,
                                                 etc. (41,42) The lowest rates are among people who eat little or no
                                                 dairy foods (these people are on lower calcium diets) like people
                                                 from rural Asia and rural Africa. (41,42)
                                                 The basic experiments published in the 1980s clearly show protein
                                                 causes bone loss, and calcium offers little or no protection. (43)
                                                 Even the foremost scientists hired by the dairy industry know protein
                                                 is harmful to the bones. (44) In my April 2003 Newsletter I explained
                                                 there was only one properly designed study testing the effects of
                                                 fluid milk on the bone health of postmenopausal women, and the results
                                                 were: those who received the extra milk for a year lost more bone than
                                                 those who didn't drink the milk. (44) The authors, funded by the
                                                 National Dairy Council, explained in their paper, "The protein content
                                                 of the milk supplement may have a negative effect on calcium balance,
                                                 possibly through an increase in kidney losses of calcium or through a
                                                 direct effect on bone resorption." Trying to explain why those
                                                 receiving the milk were in worse calcium balance, they said, "this
                                                 may have been due to the average 30 percent increase in protein
                                                 intake during milk supplementation."
                                                 Unfortunately, all this damning information does not sit well with
                                                 the powerful dairy industry, so they have started the "3-A-Day of
                                                 Dairy" program to battle the calcium crisis in America by promoting
                                                 milk, cheese and yogurt for "stronger bones" and they have been busy
                                                 doing their own research to prove protein is good for the bones.
                                                 Regrettably for them, their designing means were just revealed
                                                 in the May 2003 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
                                                 (49) The article in this journal exposed the way they made the
                                                 results show protein is good for the bones. To devise research
                                                 that appears to contradict hundreds of articles published over
                                                 the past 35 years, you only have to provide sufficient alkaline
                                                 material in the diet of the people being studied to neutralize
                                                 the acid from the animal foods.  This was accomplished by
                                                 studying populations that have diets high in neutralizing fruits
                                                 and vegetables; the other approach employed was to add a strong
                                                 alkali source to the experiment, such as an antacid pill (wafer),
                                                 calcium citrate (like Citracal).
                                                 Once the acid from the food is neutralized, then any bone building
                                                 factors that might be present in meat and dairy can exert their
                                                 effects. High protein foods, and especially dairy foods, raise the
                                                 levels of a powerful growth-stimulating hormone in the body, called
                                                 insulin-like growth factor-1 or IGF-1. Stimulation of bone growth
                                                 by this hormone is now being offered as the reason dairy products
                                                 build strong bones. It has long been necessary for them to find a
                                                 more scientifically supportable explanation, because the bulk of
                                                 the research shows the calcium in dairy foods has little or no
                                                 benefit for bone health. (50-52)
                                                 The UMP Will Not Promote the Fact that IGF-1 is a Powerful
                                                 Cancer Promoter
                                                 Consumption of animal products increases the levels of
                                                 insulin-like growth factor-1 in your body. However, modern
                                                 dairy technology has made dairy products an even more potent
                                                 source of this growth stimulant. Since 1985, U.S. dairy
                                                 farmers have been allowed to inject cows with recombinant bovine
                                                 growth hormone (rbGH), a genetically engineered bovine growth
                                                 hormone that increases milk production. RbGH treatment produces
                                                 an increase in IGF-1 in cow's milk, by as much as 10-fold. (53,54)
                                                 IGF-1 is not destroyed by pasteurization. (53) The overall effect
                                                 is that milk seems to raise IGF-1 levels in people more than any
                                                 other component of our diet. (55)
                                                 The direct evidence of the effects of cow's milk on IGF-1 levels
                                                 in people has been provided by the dairy industry's own efforts.
                                                 Two recent studies, one on adolescent girls and the other on
                                                 post-menopausal women, showed increasing milk consumption actually raises
                                                 plasma levels of IGF-1 in the person's body by an average of 10%.
                                                 Their take on this is, "this is a beneficial effecT" because IGF-1
                                                 stimulates bone growth. But, the actual lasting consequences should
                                                 deliver the final deathblow to dairy products: IGF-1 promotes the
                                                 growth of cancer. This growth promoter has been strongly linked to
                                                 the development of cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon.
                                                 (58)  Excess IGF-1 stimulates cell proliferation and inhibits cell
                                                 death - two activities you definitely don't want when cancer cells
                                                 are involved. (58)
                                                 There is more to cancer promotion by dairy foods than IGF-1. Most
                                                 dairy products are high in saturated fat - and fat is the number
                                                 one suspect when it comes to the cause of most common cancers in
                                                 Western societies (for example, breast, prostate, colon, kidney,
                                                 pancreas). Recent studies have linked the sugar (lactose) and fat
                                                 in milk with ovarian cancer, (59,60)  and the calcium in milk
                                                 lowers concentrations of a specific form of vitamin D that protects
                                                 against prostate cancer, raising men's overall risk. (61,62)
                                                 (See my February 2003 Newsletter for more information on diet and
                                                 prostate cancer.) Hormones (estrogens) are also involved in cancers
                                                 of reproductive organs, like breast and uterine cancer. There are
                                                 several reasons dairy products raise a woman's hormone levels
                                                 causing a variety of hormone-dependent problems from early onset
                                                 of menstruation (menarche) to PMS and uterine fibroids - but one
                                                 is unique to cow's milk.  Cows are milked even while they are
                                                 pregnant. As a result of the pregnancy, cows secrete high levels
                                                 of estrogen into their milk. (63)
                                                 Will the UMP Advertise that Dairy Is Simply Liquid Meat?
                                                 Red meat has become a "dirty word" when it comes to health.
                                                 At the opposite end of the spectrum of opinions on food is
                                                 cow's milk - one of the world'S most trusted foods. Do you
                                                 remember the "Basic Four Food Groups?" Dairy was usually placed
                                                 first in this chart which was hung in every schoolroom (and by
                                                 no coincidence the dairy industry also provided the chart).
                                                 Dairy products are deficient in iron and beef is deficient in
                                                 calcium; both contain too little dietary fiber, essential fat
                                                 (linoleic acid), and vitamin C and B3 (niacin) to meet human
                                                 nutritional requirements. (64)  Heavy consumption of either of
                                                 these food groups - loaded with fat and cholesterol - will result
                                                 in the diseases common to affluent societies, such as obesity,
                                                 heart disease, strokes, type-2 diabetes and cancer, to name
                                                 just a few serious problems. (65)
                                                 If a patient bargained with me, "I'll give up only one of the
                                                 first two food groups "meat or milk" - hopes of getting well,"
                                                 my recommendation for almost all common health problems in
                                                 Western society would be, "You're likely to get the most benefits
                                                 if you give up the dairy products."
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