By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only


June 8, 1999 BOSTON (Boston Globe) - "For generations,
mothers have told children 'drink your milk' and recently
celebrities sporting milk mustaches have offered similar
advice in glossy ads, making the beverage seem as American
as, well, motherhood and apple pie.  But now milk is at the
center of a major food fight."

The dairy industry is now doing damage control as a result
of this revealing article.


"There is a major campaign being planned to try to get
adults to drink three glasses of milk every day. That's what
the milk mustache campaign wants to do," said Dr. Walter C.
Willett, professor and chairman of the Department of
Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Willett and other health professionals argue that dairy
products should be listed as just one source of calcium and
should not be featured on the food pyramid as a separate
category, the "milk, yogurt and cheese group," from which
two to three servings a day should be chosen.  Dr. Willit
calls milk a key factor in bone disease and heart disease.


"The issue really is that there is a calcium crisis in this
country," said Susan Ruland, a spokeswoman for the National
Fluid Milk Processors Promotion Board, a group created by
the US Department of Agriculture and financed by the dairy


When is the last time you heard of a magnesium crisis?  For
every milligram of calcium you wish to absorb, you need an
equal milligram of magnesium.  The RDA for magnesium is
exactly the same as the RDA for calcium, yet, there is
little magnesium in milk and dairy products, so the milk
promoters do not promote magnesium.  Magnesium is the center
atom of chlorophyll.  To get magnesium and calcium in the
right proportions, eat dark-green, leafy vegetables.


Milton Mills, MD, was also quoted by the Boston Globe
article and had this to say about milk and dairy products:

"Very clearly, a number of persons of color are out there
suffering needlessly, spending all sorts of money on
medication they don't need." Dr. Mills said he has diagnosed
lactose intolerance in many of his minority patients who
thought they had irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, or
some other chronic lower abdominal disorder.

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK - The Deadly Poison
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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