By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only


Rowan and Martin used to bestow their very special "Fickle Finger of
Fate" award to a deserving party on each episode of their syndicated
LAUGH-IN television show.  In that grand tradition, I'd like to nominate
an under-secretary at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),
Shirley R. Watkins, a Clinton-appointee from the state of Arkansas. 
Ms. Watkins travels America delivering her words of wisdom to special
interest and minority groups.  One of her roles at USDA is to monitor
school lunch programs.  Last week Reuters News Service quoted Ms.
Watkins, who said:

"Black Americans have less healthy diets when compared to whites, and
especially need to drink more milk...African-Americans are more prone to
diet-related diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and

The USDA issued a statement revealing that only 15 percent of African-
Americans were drinking enough milk.  That same report revealed that
blacks are doing pretty well in their cholesterol intake, with 65
percent staying within the recommended dietary allowance.

It's amazing to me how USDA continues to miss the connection between
heart disease and milk and dairy products.  The average American will
eat, from his milk and cheese and butter and combined dairy products,
the same amount of cholesterol contained in 19,385 slices of bacon this
year.  That will add up to the same cholesterol contained in 1 million
slices of bacon by age 52.  Ms. Watkins mentions diabetes and forgets
the revelation once made by America's esteemed pediatrician Dr. Spock
who noted that a milk protein, lactalbumin, destroys the insulin-
producing beta cells of the pancreas.

I decided to research speeches made by Shirley Watkins over the past
year, looking for a pattern to explain her comments.  Shirley Watkins is
an African-American and must be aware that ninety-five percent of her
race cannot tolerate lactose.  Hispanics and Native Americans equally
reject the allergenic substances in "nature's perfect food."  I wonder
if Shirley is aware that there are 500,000 children in New York schools
receiving free dairy-based breakfasts, lunches and snacks which contain
nature's most tenacious glue, casein.  This milk protein, casein, has
been called the most allergenic food substances in our diet.  Such
reference was made in the May, 1995 issue of the Townsend Letter for
Doctors, a newsletter written by physicians for physicians.  Dr. Frank
Oski, Chief of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medical School called casein
the reason for violent allergies in more than half of America's
children.  Oski believed that allergenic symptoms disappear when casein
is completely eliminated from the diet.  See my recent column about
casein and learn that this dairy glue is found in many common foods
including cakes, tuna fish and even non-dairy creamer.

Shirley Watkin's most recent comments:

June 10, 1998 - (Los Angeles)

	"There are no bad foods, just bad eating habits."

(I just sent a copy of MILK-The Deadly Poison to Shirley's secretary,
Janie Manly at 1400 Independence Ave SW, Rm. 240E, Washington, DC,
20250.  Hopefully Ms. Watkins will review the 300 references that
overwhelmingly point to milk as being a "bad food." - R. Cohen)

June 3, 1998 - (To Native Americans at the Standing Rock Reservation in
North Dakota)

"There will be some conveniences added (to your free food programs) such
as processed American Cheese."

(Just what these Native Americans need, a food that makes them sick. Do
they put Lactaid in that processed cheese?- R. Cohen)

June 1, 1998 - (To Native Americans at the Pine Ridge Reservation in
South Dakota)

"There will be some conveniences added (to your free food programs) such
as processed American Cheese."

(Same speech...same effect. - R. Cohen)

April 6, 1998 - (To the National Association of Food Distribution
Program Executives on an Indian reservation in San Diego)

	"...we have a federal and moral responsibility..."

(What the heck is a federal responsibility? - R. Cohen)

March 29, 1998 - (To the American Commodity Distribution Association in

"Nutrition education must remain at the very foundation of our efforts."

(Whose textbook is used to teach?  The Dairy Industry! - R. Cohen)

March 24, 1998 - (To the Public Voice, Washington, DC)

"Every day 26 million children enjoy a healthy school lunch.  About half
of these children are at a nutritional risk.  About 7 million of these
children join us for school breakfast.  About 85 percent of them come
from families at or below the poverty level."

(About now you probably understand how good a job the dairy lobbyists
are doing.  They induce our regulators to purchase 4.1 Tg (9 billion lb)
of surplus milk each year so that these minority kids can continue to
suffer asthma, diabetes, and various allergies and behavioral problems.
R. Cohen)

March 23, 1998 - (Food Research & Action Center)

"Healthy food and strong child nutrition programs make for healthy
children and avid learners."

(The May 1995 issue of the Townsend Letter for Doctors listed eleven
symptoms from consuming milk including mood swings, depression and
irritability.  Sounds more like a prescription for juvenile delinquency.
Could it be a combination of the 59 different bioactive hormones found
in every sip of milk? - R. Cohen)

March 16, 1998 (American Dietetic Association)

"Our child nutrition programs are playing a critical role to play in
shaping our children's nutrition habits and health--and ultimately their

( about ignorance and fuel for the controversy...perhaps this
is why those same minority children have no rosy future.  Dr. D'Andrea,
a respected California physician and founding member of the Dairy
Education Board believes that the FDA and USDA are well aware of the
deleterious effects of milk proteins on minority children. - R.

March 13, 1998 - (North Carolina State Summit on Food Recovery)

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can
change the world."

(I believe she's talking about the Dairy Education Board! - R. Cohen)

February 9, 1998 - (American Food Service Foundation, Washington, D.C)

	"Our school meals programs are like pieces of a puzzle."

(Hmm.  Let's see now, minorities get sick from milk proteins...heart
disease, osteoporosis, asthma, diabetes...Let's feed them more milk. 
I'm beginning to see the solution to this puzzle! - R. Cohen)

February 5, 1998 (Retired Educators for Agricultural Programs, Langston,

"Agriculture is not just about working in a field...we are talking about
law, research, lobbyists and politicians."

(Did she really admit this?  Amazing.  Thank goodness for those lawyers
and lobbyists.  Who do you think is really paying the price? - R. Cohen)

November 13, 1997 (National Breastfeeding Promotion Campaign,
Alexandria, Virginia)

"Let's face it.  Everyone benefits from breastfeeding us all- In
healthier children.  In happier families.  In more productive citizens."

(At last, something I agree with.  Now only if FDA agreed.  On April 21,
1995 their scientists told me that hormones in milk do not work because
they are destroyed in the stomach by powerful digestive acids and
enzymes.  When I asked these men whether breastfeeding works, they
answered with a collective "NO!"  If breastfeeding does work (most
pediatricians and nursing mothers agree that lactoferins and
immunoglobulins are delivered to the infant) then one must also
recognize that hormones in cow's milk also survive digestion.  One
hormone in cow's milk, IGF-I, is the exact same hormone naturally found
in the human body.  IGF-I has been called the key factor in the growth
and proliferation of every human cancer.  IGF-I is the most powerful
growth hormone in the human body.  IGF-I in cows and humans both contain
70 amino acids in the same exact gene sequence.  For more information
see the website. - R. Cohen)

Robert Cohen
Executive Director
Dairy Education Board

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