|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
- The Nurse Study -
THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IS IN A BAD MOOOOOOD
If everybody in America reads today's newsletter, tomorrow will begin a most devastating week for dairy farmers. The single-most important reason for drinking milk has been contradicted and negated by the largest scientific study in history. Last week's events provided bad news for milk drinkers and milk producers. I'll get to the MAJOR STORY in a moment, but first, some lighter dairy news.
WE SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM
Last week, Ben & Jerry's began touting its new "environmentally friendly" ice cream container that contains no DIOXINS. Ben and Jerry do not want dioxins to leech into the ice cream they produce which is already loaded with atrazine, a powerful pesticide, as well as sugar and naturally occurring powerful growth hormones.
What Ben and Jerry forgot to promote was the TRUTH. Ninety percent of
the dioxins entering the human body come from dairy products and meat,
according to the World Health Organization. (See the final paragraph of
the 2/14/99 Dairy Education Board newsletter):
According to Ben & Jerry, "The only safe level of dioxin exposure is no exposure at all."
That being the case, here is a recipe for Ben & Jerry's new Rocky Roads, because, appropriately, it is sure to be a rocky road for all dairy producers from hereon:
Scoop out the contents of a one-pint container of Rocky Roads, add one
pint of freshly whipped cream, and pour it all down the drain and eat
the dioxin-free container.
THIS IS A BACKBREAKER!
MILK DOES NOT PROTECT AGAINST BONE BREAKS
The new ANTI-DAIRY advertising campaign from the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is an effective antidote for the dairy industry 'GOT MILK' moustache ad blitz. At last, science-based TRUTH for 40 million American women who suffer from the effects of bone disease.
THE TEXT OF THE ABOVE AD READS:
"Don't count on milk to beat osteoporosis. In a Harvard study of 78,000 nurses, drinking three or more glasses of milk per day did not reduce fractures at all. An Australian study showed the same thing. Still, you do need calcium, and good non-dairy sources include fortified orange or apple juice, green leafy vegetables, beans and calcium supplements. The amount you need is less when you reduce sodium and animal protein in your diet. Exercise and vitamin D (from the sun or a supplement) are also key."
(PCRM's ad campaign is based upon two studies;
(the worst news in dairy industry history)
THE HARVARD NURSES' STUDY
PCRM bases their ad campaign on the most complete and well-respected scientific study in American history; ongoing at Harvard University. Hundreds of publications in scientific journals have resulted from data gleaned from interviews and questionnaires completed by the study's participants. Diet records and health records are rigorously analyzed; obtained from 121,000+ female registered nurses in eleven states between the ages of 30 and 55. Nearly 78,000 nurses participated in the 12-year milk and bone fracture study.
MILK, DIETARY CALCIUM AND BONE FRACTURES
The study found "no significant association" between teenaged milk consumption and the risk of adult fractures. Data from the study indicate that frequent milk consumption and higher dietary calcium intakes in middle aged women do not provide protection against hip or forearm fractures.
A SHOCKING AND UNEXPECTED REVELATION
In the Harvard study, women consuming greater amounts of calcium from dairy foods had significantly INCREASED risks of hip fractures, while no increase in fracture risk was observed for the same levels of calcium from nondairy sources.
THE AUSTRALIAN STUDY
Two hundred thousand hip fractures occur in America every year. The Journal of Epidemiology published a case-controlled study of risk factors for hip fractures in the elderly. This study concludes: "Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures." The Australian study provides the mechanism for such a high correlation. The authors explain that the metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary excretion of calcium.
PHYSICIAN'S COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE (PCRM) president, Neal
Barnard, MD is a popular speaker and best selling author of many books
including my favorite, "FOOD FOR LIFE." Dr. Barnard founded PCRM in
1985 and the non-profit organization now includes 5,000 physicians and
100,000 laypersons in its membership.
NONDAIRY CALCIUM ALTERNATIVES
In September of 1998, the Dairy Education Board published a column containing a list of plant-based calcium alternatives. Human breast milk contains 33 milligrams of calcium per 100-gram portion. Baby humans do not grow up to become 1,200-pound cows. Foods are naturally loaded with calcium. Cows do not drink milk. However, their milk contains large amounts of calcium. They obtain calcium from plant-based foods. Their bones do not break (until they meet their ultimate fate on the way to Burger King).
A PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH
Once a person gives up all milk and dairy products, he or she takes the most significant first step in reclaiming good health. There is a FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, and my friend, Chet Day, has been teaching and writing about the right things to do for many years. His column is read by many thousands of health-conscious people and I highly recommend that you check out Chet's website and subscribe to his free health newsletter:
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PCRM:
Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine
5100 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 404
Washington, DC 20016
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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