By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Andie MacDowell's Dumb Milk Ad

Another celebrity has taken the money and posed for a milk
mustache ad, selling out her own values and betraying

Last time I looked, Andie MacDowell was a vegan. Vegans do
not drink milk. However, some vegans are so driven by cash
and career that they would do anything for endorsement
money. Check out a passage from an interview with the chef
who was assigned to find vegan meals for Andie on the movie

"When the movie 'Michael' with John Travolta was being
filmed in Austin, the producer called Roger (the chef) to
see if he could create a vegan chicken fried steak for the
actress andie MacDowell. A scene called for the actors to
eat steak in a diner, but Andie couldn't eat meat. Roger
went to work creating a vegan substitute that would look
like the real thing in the movie. He created it from tempeh,
a fermented soy bean, and used soy milk in the gravy. When
he went to the premier, he thought it looked believable."

Andie's sell-out milk mustache ad:

Next to her beautiful face, tarnished by a photographer's
mix of ice cream and sour cream applied between her nose and
upper lip, are these words: "Beauty Mark."

Below the photo of Andie sitting in a jeep in a country
field is this text:

"Milk has vitamin A and niacin, to help keep skin looking
smooth and healthy."

Andie MacDowell can be charming. I fell in love with her
after watching "Groundhog's Day."

The milk mustache ad campaign has one thing in common with
MacDowell. Andie starred in Steven Soderbergh's 1989 movie,
"Sex, Lies, and Videotape." That movie title also happens to
be the marketing strategy of the National Dairy Council.

This time around, the claim is that vitamin A in milk keeps
skin looking smooth and silky.

Too much vitamin A can be dangerous. As a matter of fact,
too much vitamin A leads to bone fractures, but first, let's
discuss skin complexion.

When teenagers combine their own surging hormones with
dietary saturated animal fat, cholesterol, steroid hormones,
dead white blood cells, and cow pus, they're gonna get zits.

Acne occurs when steroids (androgens) stimulate the
sebaceous glands within the skin's hair follicles. These
glands then secrete an oily substance called sebum. When
sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells build up on your skin,
the pores become blocked, creating a zit.

The Merck Manual states:

"Acne usually begins at puberty, when an increase in
androgens causes an increase in the size and activity of
pilosebaceous glands....if a food is suspected, it should be
omitted for several weeks and then eaten in substantial
quantities to determine if acne worsens."

In July of 1998, the British Journal of Dermatology (Volume
139:1) reported:

"Acne is an end-organ hyper-response to androgens... These
data show that sebaceous glands are stimulated by androgens
to varying degrees and support the theory of an end-organ
response in acne."

Are there steroid hormones in cow's milk? The Journal of
Endocrine Reviews in 1992 listed 59 hormones in every sip of
bovine milk (Volume 14, 6):

"Hormones found in cow's milk include: Estradiol, Estriol,
Progesterone, Testosterone, 17-Ketosteroids, Corticosterone,
Vitamin D, insulin-like growth factor, growth hormone,
prolactin, oxytocin..."

In September of 1999 (Volume 140;9), the Journal of
Endocrinology identified two milk hormones that accelerate
sebum production. These growth factors are IGF-I and GH.

The Journal of the American Dietetic Association published a
dairy industry-financed study (Volume 99, no. 10, October
1999) confirming the fact that serum IGF-I levels increase
in milk  drinkers.

So, if you want bad skin, drink milk. If you want oily skin,
eat dairy products. If you want zits and other skin
blemishes, eat cheese and ice cream and milk chocolate.

Now for the really bad news. Excess vitamin A can increase
bone fracture rates.

That is the finding of orthopedic surgeons in Sweden and the
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Their findings were published in the New England Journal of
Medicine (Jan. 23, 2003; Vol. 163, No. 4).

According to these scientists, previous dietary studies
suggest that people who consume large amounts of vitamin A
are more likely to suffer hip fractures that people who
consume small amounts.

The new study confirms previous findings.

The researchers found that men ingesting as little as 5000
International Units (IU) of vitamin A each day suffered more
fractures than those consuming half that amount. The RDA for
vitamin A in America is 10,000 IU per day.

This current study includes data from 2,047 men. The study
began in the early 1970s when the men were in their 50s.
Researchers took blood samples of the men to determine
vitamin A levels. Since the onset of the study, 266 of the
men (13 percent) have suffered at least one bone break. The
men were separated into five groups, according to levels of
vitamin A found in their blood.


Men in the highest group were two times as likely to get a
bone fracture as men in the middle group.

So, Andie MacDowell has been paid to look sexy, and spread
dairy lies by having her likeness publicized in print ads
and videotape. Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

In the movie, Andie was betrayed by her husband and sister.
In real life, the dairy industry uses Andie to betray the
health interests of all Americans.

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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