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: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2006/12.07/11-dairy.html
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."....................................
health food stores sell rBGH-free milk" "
Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., Chairman
Cancer Prevention Coalition
2121 West Taylor Street, M/C
Chicago, IL 60612
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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
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- 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
"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).
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 Nutr November 2004 vol. 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."
"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."
"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
J-Clin-Endocrinol-Metab, Feb. 1994, 78(2)
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).
First published in International Health News Issue 76, April
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|ALL ARTICLES By Robert Cohen MD|
CALCIUM AND BONE DISEASE
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,
ANIMAL PROTEIN INCREASES BONE LOSS
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.
WHY DOES ANIMAL PROTEIN CAUSE BONE LOSS?
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."
MEAT EATERS HAVE MORE HIP FRACTURES
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. ..............
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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. ..........................
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
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.
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)
- Apricots (dried)
(can: pinto, black)
- Beet greens (cooked)
- Blackeye peas
- Broccoli (raw)
- Brussel Sprouts
- Cabbage (raw)
- Carrot (raw)
- Cashew nuts
- Cauliflower (cooked)
- Swiss Chard (raw)
- Chickpeas (garbanzos)
- Collards (raw leaves)
- Dandelion greens
- Figs (dried)
- Kale (raw leaves)
- Kale (cooked leaves)
- Lettuce (dark green)
- Molasses (dark-213 cal.)
- Mustard Green
- Mustard Green (cooked)
- Okra (raw or cooked)
- Peanuts (roasted & salted)
- Peas (boiled)
- Pistachio nuts
- Potato Chips
- Rhubarb (cooked)
- Sesame Seeds
- Squash (Butternut
- Sugar (Brown)
- Spinach (raw)
- Sunflower seeds
- Sweet Potatoes (baked)
- Turnips (cooked)
- Turnip Greens (raw)
- Water Cress
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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
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
"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
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.
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
"Milk and milk products gave the
highest correlation coefficient to heart disease, while sugar, animal proteins and animal fats came in second, third, and
A Survey of Mortality Rates and Food Consumption Statistics of 24 Countries,
Medical Hypothesis 7:907-918, 1981
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
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
Eskimos, who have a very low incidence of ischemic heart disease, have a high-fat, high-protein diet, but a very low intake
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,
"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
MILK AND HEART DISEASE
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
In 1994, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (48:305-
"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
"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."
FUN-FILLED FACTS FOR WOMEN
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