By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Ben's passion

Thanks to my webmaster (Dave Rietz) for creating a pulsating tribute to Ben Cohen, founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream:

Dairy industry milk mustache ads claim:


Ben Cohen just received four essential ingredients, each a large piece of vein taken from Ben's leg to replace and bypass badly damaged atherosclerotic sections of Mr. Ice Cream's arteries.

Ben's tasty treats may contain nine components that are essential to the financial survival of cardiologists and heart surgeons. Fat. Cholesterol. Xanthene Oxidase. Galactose. Dioxins. Virus, pus, bacteria & parasites.

Saturated animal fat. Milk has been called "liquid meat." Twelve pounds of milk are required to manufacture one pint of Ben's very rich ice cream. For some, this treat is an essential ending to a delicious meal. To others, it's an essential finale to a delicious life.

Cholesterol. That's another essential ingredient in Ben's gourmet ice cream. Ben has now been advised to limit his intake of cholesterol. Perhaps he'll seek a second opinion from a dairy industry cardiologist.

Xanthene Oxidase. Two Connecticut cardiologists (Oster & Ross) identified an essential enzyme in milk that destroyed one third of the atrial material in the arteries of their patients.

Galactose, a milk sugar. Another essential milk component that acts to degrade the arteries. The lucky people who cannot tolerate lactose avoid ice cream. Those who can digest lactose break it down into two other sugars, glucose and galactose.

Steve Milloy ( tested Ben's Vanilla ice cream. What did he find? Two hundred times the safe level of dioxins. Industrial sludge adds to the potent brew of essential ingredients.

Virus, pus, bacteria. Do infections do the heart any good? What is the effect of disease on the immune system?

Parasites? Heart worms, filaria. Slaughterhouses have employees whose job it is to fill bins with creatures who lodge in internal organs, destroying from within. Anybody with a dog knows that heartworm medicine is essential. Humans get heartworms too. Have you taken your medicine?

The best medicine is prevention. One gram of prevention is worth a kilo of cure. Prediction: Ben's future will not include ice cream.

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z

Executive Director
Dairy Education Board

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