By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Media Whores

This Dairy Whore is a Liar Too

Headline: Eating Yogurt Prevents Obesity Prediction: Get set
for a new wave of dairy promotion, based upon a phony study.

On June 5th, 2002, the Honolulu Star Bulletin interviewed
Dr. Michael Zemel, a nutritionist/researcher who prostitutes
himself for the dairy industry at the University of

The Star Bulletin wrote:

"Dr. Michael B. Zemel...has identified a fairly complex
sequence of metabolic events that show how increased calcium
intake, especially from dairy foods, causes fat cells to
make and store less fat and to release more fat."

Zemel was asked about possible conflicts of interest. His

"And no, we don't get funding from the dairy industry."

Uh, huh. That reminds me of Richard Nixon's famous "I am not
a crook" comment. My investigation of Dr. Zemel finds that
the man is a common liar. Was $2,231,385 given to Michael
Zemel by milk producers because he's a nice guy?

Two weeks after that interview appeared, Zemel was awarded a
$941,202 two-year grant from the National Dairy Council to
explore the role of dairy products in weight loss.

Soon after, Zemel received an additional $289,500 from his
same benefactors to explore weight loss in African-American

While being interviewed for the story, Zemel was completing
work on a $190,425 National Dairy Council research study:
Interaction Between Calcium-Rich Dairy Products and Dietary
Macronutrients in Modulating Weight Loss in Obese Mice.

This phony liar has a long history with the dairy industry.
The year before, he received $103,360 from the National
Dairy Council for research on The Effects of Calcium-Rich
Dairy Products on Weight Loss in Obese Adults.

In 1999, the National Diary Council paid Zemel $86,230 to
explore the role of calcium ingestion in obese transgenic

The National Dairy Council gave Zemel $69,919 in 1998.

The money keeps getting better and better.

Zemel enjoys sponsorship from cereal companies too. General
Mills also sponsors dairy research. Beginning in 2000
through today, General Mills has paid Zemel $550,749 to
perform four dairy-related studies.

After a study is performed, there are many months lead time
between the completion and publication in a scientific
journal. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA)
clearly had this inside story long before it was published
in a journal. They include the words "Embargoed for Release
Until November 17, 1999, 10 a.m., EST"

Like portions of ice cream, these stories are scooped out to
dairy companies so that their products can be promoted with
phony science.

Which brings me to Sunday's press release (April 13, 2003):

We are told:

"Now there's another reason to reach for yogurt more often.
New research out of the University of Tennessee suggests
that eating calcium-rich yogurt can help your body burn more

Unlike most press releases, this one has no contact
information. Great marketing. In fact, there is not even a
published study to review. I called Dr. Zemel's Tennessee
office and was told that the yet-to-be publsihed study will
be orally presented at a conference. There is nothing yet in
writing. So much for peer-review. I did learn that Zemel's
conclusions are based upon 36 obese black people who
participated in a 24-day experiment. That's science?

Zemel's previous work was performed on genetically
engineered laboratory mice. The yogurt-eating rodents lost
25% of their body weight and 60% of their body fat in just
six weeks. These must have been very sick mice. If a human
experienced a similar weight loss, his or her entire system
would shut down and death would soon result. No human has
ever lost 25% of his or her body weight in six weeks. Well,
perhaps Dr. Atkins did, but he had triple bypass surgery and
then suffered a stroke, fell, crushed his skull, and died.
That should be the true legacy of the famed Atkins Diet. I
would not recommend his weight loss method to anybody, even
Saddam. Perhaps the tummies of Zemel's genetically
engineered mice were liposuctioned. Perhaps Zemel cut off
their tails with a carving knife.

Consider for a moment the one true purpose of milk. Whether
you believe in God or Mother Nature or evolution, you must
admit that milk was designed for an infant to gain weight,
not lose weight. Milk is not diet food. Milk is a calorie-
rich food, containing fat and growth hormones which make
mammals grow, not shrink. If you are made to believe that
milk and dairy products make you lose weight, you might also
have believed the Iraqi minister of propaganda who went on
television to tell his people that American Soldiers were
committing suicide at the gates of Baghdad. The dairy
industry lie is much worse, because it fools you into
believing that an unhealthy product designed to turn calves
into 1500-pound monsters will end America's obesity

They who sell us out for dollars are meeting in San Diego
this week. The dairy industry has funded many similar
studies, to be replayed on television news shows and written
about in feature magazine articles with milk mustache ads.
Although today is April 15th, next week's April 21st Time
Magazine story has remarkably been written in the past tense
before the actual presentation was even made. Time will

"The first large study to look at total calcium consumption
in adolescents found that girls who consumed more calcium
weighed less and had lower body fat. The findings were
presented at the Experimental Biology 2003 meeting in San
Diego, as part of the American Society for Nutritional
Sciences program."

Time Magazine generates millions of dollars in revenue by
selling their integrity for ad space. Milk mustache ads.

Conspiracy? You bet. This time, I caught them with their
pants down. Most of America will never read or hear the

One last bit of incriminating information.

The American Society for Nutritional Sciences is responsible
for this conference. The President-elect of this
organization is Dale Bauman of Cornell University. What a
vicious cycle this is becoming. I wrote about Dale Bauman in


"No man has done more to further the goals and perpetrate
Monsanto's fraud than Dale Bauman of Cornell University."

My article:

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

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