By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Cork it

Tonight's talk (November 6, 2002) at the University of
Ireland at Cork is:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: An Infectious Disease?

Professor Eamonn Quigley, who delivers this lecture, should
consult with his colleague, Professor Fergus Shanahan, a
scientist investigating the use of various strains of
bacteria to cure irritable bowels and Crohn's Disease.

Please send Dr. Shanahan a copy of this column, with your
comments. His Email address:

Dr. Shanahan is beginning a one-year clinical trial of
Crohn's Disease in three European nations, Ireland, Spain
and Finland. This Irish scientist will be dosing his
patients with good (probiotic) bacteria in an attempt to
cure them of Crohn's Disease. Problem is, his experimental
protocol was designed to administer the medicine with milk,
which very well may have been the etiology of the original

It has been well established in scientific circles that
mycobacterium paratuberculosis (Para-T) infects dairy herds,
giving cows Johne's Disease. This bacterium is then passed
on to some humans in the form of irritable bowel syndrom,
ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's Disease.

Six years ago, the National Academy of Sciences published
shocking news about Crohn's. Dr. Shanahan must have been out
to lunch, stuffing himself with corned beef and cabbage,
followed by a pint or more of Tullamore Dew, when the
September, 1996 issue of NAS reported:

 "Mycobacterium paratuberculosis RNA was found
  in 100% of Crohn's disease patients, compared
  with 0% of controls."

Many a good Irishman wants nothing to do with British
culture, but an article in the February, 1998 issue of the
British Medical Journal should not be ignored by Dr.
Shanahan. Author J. Hermon-Taylor wrote:

"Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis crosses the species barrier
to infect and cause disease in humans."

Perhaps the good Irish doctor should carefully read this
limerick, just written by the Notmilkman:

There's a dumb doc from Cork lacking clarity,
Who's not heard of an orc, that's named Para-T.
He gives patients a pill, which they swallow with swill,
To the suffering, this physician lacks charity!

For more information of milk and Crohn's, see:

Recognizing that milk, cheese, and ice cream can cause the
most irritable of diseases due to the presence of Para-T,
Dr. Ira Shafran (Orlando, Florida) treats every one of his
Crohn's patients with two antibiotics intravenously. This
man of medicine recognizes the milk connection, and enjoys a
95% cure rate. Write to me privately for contact

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

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