Can six thousand physicians be wrong?
Read the NOTMILK wisdom of Neal Barnard, M.D.
Neal Barnard has dedicated his life to bringing health to
people through proper nutrition.
Doctor Barnard is president of Washington, DC-based
"Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine" (PCRM).
Founded in 1985, PCRM is supported by over 6000 physicians
and 60,000 laypersons. Its advisory board includes 26
medical doctors from a broad range of specialties. Dr.
Barnard is a popular speaker and the author of many best-
selling books, including "Food for Life."
DR. BARNARD'S SECOND OPINION ABOUT MILK
Here are a few of Neal Barnard's thoughts on milk:
"There is no nutritional requirement for dairy products. A
substantial body of scientific evidence raises concerns
about health risks from cow's milk. These problems relate
to the proteins, sugar, fat, and contaminants in dairy
products, and the inadequacy of whole cow's milk for infant
Dairy products offer a false sense of security to those
concerned about osteoporosis. Studies have shown little
effect of dairy products on osteoporosis. In postmenopausal
women, most studies show little effect of calcium intake on
the bone density of the spine. There is also little or no
effect on bone at the hip, where very serious breaks can
occur. Some studies have found an effect of calcium intake
on bone density in the forearm. Studies of postmenopausal
women have likewise shown that calcium intake has relatively
little effect on bone density. Science magazine of August 1,
1986, noted "the large body of evidence indicating no
relationship between calcium intake and bone density."
A recent report in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition found that calcium absorbability was actually
higher for kale than from milk, and concluded, 'greens such
as kale can be considered to be at least as good as milk in
terms of their calcium absorbability.' Diets that are
rich in protein, particularly animal proteins, encourage
Does your doctor consider food to be a cause or cure of
illness? Ask your physician whether the fat, cholesterol,
hormones and allergenic proteins in milk represent a healthy
diet for you. If your healer's advise is for you to drink
milk, inquire how many hours of nutrition he or she took in
medical school. If the answer is "less than ten," give your
doctor the prescription for good health: PCRM's phone
number is 202-686-2210.