|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Squirts of NOTMILK Wisdom
July 1999 Daily Dairy Diary Squirts of NOTMILK Wisdom (SHORTCUT: Click on day to go there!) 31 Dairy Education Board headline in the Washington Times 30 Robert Cohen's testimony has made it to the WTO. 29 Are great desserts without milk and dairy products possible? 28 Ruth Heidrich won her race for life by rejecting milk 27 Do Americans drink body fluids from diseased animals? 26 The dairy industry has formed the Calcium Summit 25 T. Colin Campbell 24 Dangerous bacteria survive digestion 23 British breast milk is contaminated 22 How to eliminate cramps and PMS 21 Milk is good for something! 20 Vegetarian Summerfest, a mini-journal 19 Five Minutes to Health - A Book Review 18 A BETTER LIFE 17 The Clinton Administration has called for warning labels on food. 16 Why is the rate of diabetes in children tripling? 15 The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Members got connections 14 Dioxins in milk and meat causes a panic in Belgium. 13 A new food pyramid grows as a monument to a new kind of slavery. 12 Science News Confirms the Cows' Milk/Diabetes Link 11 Behold the power of cheese! 10 Tribune Reports About the Dairy Education Board's Complaints 9 Attention Newspaper Editors and Directors of Advertising 8 A total media assault on teenagers 7 Sunday is supermarket day for my family, and... 6 Are Today's Teens More Toxic? 5 Where Have All the Flowers Gone? 4 AFRICAN-AMERICANS learn that MILK is a Deadly Poison 3 The "Berkeley Wellness Letter" should be renamed 2 Harvard School of Public Health has got Bad News 1 Dear Ann Landers... ***************************************************************** 31 ------------------------------------------------------------- Saturday, July 31, 1999 - Dairy Education Board makes headline news in the Washington Times: Read all about it! The Washington Times - June 25, 1999 2; Vol. 19, No. 32; A Section, story by Andrew Cain Title: Crusader assails milk ad series Says industry endorses rape Got morals? An anti-milk crusader has filed a complaint with Attorney General Janet Reno, charging that a print ad in the "milk mustache" series endorses statutory rape. The ad features Joshua Jackson, a star of "Dawson's Creek," a coming-of- age drama on the WB network. The ad makes light of an episode that aired last year in which Mr. Jackson's character, a minor on the show, has an affair with his English teacher, says Robert Cohen, executive director of the Dairy Education Board - which is "dedicated to dispelling the myth that milk is nature's perfect food." Mr. Cohen, 47, has written a book called "Milk - the Deadly Poison" and has a Web site, www.notmilk.com. Mr. Jackson actually is 21, but he portrays a teen-age character, Pacey Witter, a high school student described on the show's Web site as "a bumbling adolescent grasping for adulthood." In the ad, Mr. Jackson sits in a rowboat and holds a glass of milk. "I can't help it," he says. "Women of all ages look up to me. Why? I'm 6 foot 2. Thanks in part to milk. "The calcium helps bones grow strong. Considering 15 percent of your adult height is added when you're a teen-ager, that's good to know. Especially if you want to impress, say, an older woman." Mr. Cohen wrote a complaint to Attorney General Miss Reno on June 18, saying: "The dairy industry is now endorsing the crime of statutory rape, and in doing so is influencing the behavior of our children... " Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the New York advertising firm that produces the ads referred calls about Mr. Cohen's complaint to the International Dairy Foods Association. The organization's chief executive officer and marketing director were in meetings yesterday and did not return calls for comment. A spokeswoman at the network assigned to "Dawson's Creek" also did not return calls for comment. The program "dealt with the affair properly and the teacher resigned," Mr. Cohen said. But "the dairy industry glorifies the incident. "If you have sex with your high school teacher, it's cool. The dairy industry is making that glamorous." Nearly 100 celebrities - from Kermit the frog to baseball slugger Mark McGwire - have appeared in the ads sponsored by the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. Even Donna Shalala, the diminutive U.S. secretary of health and human services, donned a milk mustache to promote low-fat or fat-free milk as a source of calcium. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group of doctors based in Washington, recently filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission challenging the health claims in the milk mustache ads. The doctors' group argues the ads that feature black, male or older female celebrities imply that drinking milk can lower their risk of osteoporosis, prevent high blood pressure and improve sports performance. But the doctors said those benefits only apply to young Caucasian and Asian women. The milk processor promotion board believes the complaint is ludicrous. Susan Ruland, a spokeswoman for the board, called it "an outrageous complaint" by a group of "anti-meat and anti-dairy" doctors. Robert Cohen 30 ------------------------------------------------------------- Friday, July 30, 1999 - Robert Cohen's letter of testimony has been made a part of the official record at the World Trade Organization (WTO) & United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hearings. STATEMENT OF ROBERT COHEN Genetic engineering and food labeling issues continue to make headline news throughout the world. Regulatory agencies do their best to review scientific studies but pharmaceutical companies quite agencies often have agendas that reflect their bottom line and not the health and safety of consumers. In 1994, Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH) was approved for use on dairy cows. In order to dispel the controversy surrounding that approval process, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a review of scientific studies in the August 24, 1990 issue of the peer review journal Science. In that review, the FDA authors went to great lengths to demonstrate that the genetically engineered version of the bovine growth hormone was identical to the naturally occurring version. They cite Jerome Moore and stated that if an amino acid in the middle of a chain of a protein hormone differed from the naturally occurring protein, there could be disastrous consequences. In July of 1994, long after approval, Monsanto scientist, Bernard Violand, published evidence (Journal of Protein Science) revealing that Monsanto had created a "freak" amino acid in the #144 position of the 191 amino acid chain of bGH. Monsanto withheld that incriminating evidence from the FDA. Consumers have a right to know if they are eating foods that have been genetically engineered. Based upon that track record, there are clear contra-indications that should be taken seriously by WTO and USDA. Labeling of foods should not be an option. It should be every consumer's right to know. Robert Cohen 29 ------------------------------------------------------------- Thursday, July 29, 1999 - Are great desserts without milk and dairy products possible? Here's a recipe to delight your palate! JUST DESSERTS Fran Costigan is a great chef, and she does it all naturally. No milk, no butter, no eggs, zero cholesterol, no refined sugar, no junk. No hard work. No kidding! You won't believe the healthy delicious desserts in her new cookbook, "Great Good Desserts-Naturally." We recently tried the following recipe, and it's pure heaven. LET THEM EAT BREAD PUDDING Preheat 350 degree oven Oil a 9 X 13 inch baking dish INGREDIENTS 1 pound dense, whole grain bread (ten grain bread from our health food store) 2 cups of water 2 cups of vanilla soymilk (we made our own with our soy milk machine) 1 cup of apple cider (we made our own with our juicer) 3/4 cups of raisins soaked in 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice 1/4 cup of maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder 1/2 teaspoon of ground mace 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 1 teaspoon of almond extract 4 tablespoons of arrowroot (corn starch can be substituted-dissolved into 4 tablespoons of juice) 2 cups of chopped fruit: apple, peaches, pear, banana 3/4 cup of pecans, toasted, cooled and chopped 1. Put the sliced bread into a large bowl and cover with water. Soak bread for 5 minutes to soften but don't let bread disintegrate. Drain the bread, wipe out the bowl and return bread to the bowl. Drain the raisins, saving the orange juice. 2. In another bowl, combine the soymilk, fruit juice and orange juice, maple syrup, salt, spices, extracts and dissolved arrowroot. Pour the mixture into the bread pudding, add the chopped fruit, raisins and 1/2 the nuts into the pudding and mix well. 3. Spoon the bread pudding into the baking dish. Cover the top with parchment paper and over wrap with foil. Bake the pudding for 20 minutes; remove foil and bake 10 minutes longer. 4. Serve bread pudding warm or at room temperature. MORE GREAT RECIPES Fran's cookbook has recipes for wheat-free cookies and carob cake. You'll make fool-proof fruit tarts and gourmet GORP (page 62). For ordering information, contact Fran Costigan by EMAIL: Vegiecake@aol.com Robert Cohen 28 ------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday, July 28, 1999 - Ruth Heidrich won her race for life by rejecting milk and dairy products and eating a plant-based diet. ATHLETE OF THE YEAR I remember swimming 128 laps on Christmas day in 1996. The health club was open and I was alone in the swimming pool and I just went for it. I remember New Year's day of 1997. My arms still ached and continued to do so for a few weeks. I relate the above story because Ruth Heidrich outdid my feat and recently swam 2.4 miles in the strong surf of the Pacific Ocean. Upon finishing that grueling swim, she climbed atop her racing bike and pedaled against others in a 112 mile race. When that was finished, she immediately got off of the bike and began to run, working out sore muscles in the beginning miles of a 26.2 mile marathon run that became the final leg of her "ironman triathalon." She did this all after beating breast cancer. Heidrich is more than just an inspiration. She has identified the problem and, for millions of Americans, she has become "part of the solution." Ruth Heidrich is a triathelete and has won 700 trophies and holds numerous world's records in her age category. Dr. Heidrich was born in 1935 which makes her 64 years young. She is at an age in which 30 million American women have osteoporosis, yet, her bone density is that of an 18-year-old. I recently had breakfast with Ruth and she looks like she's thirty. So does the photo on her best selling book, "A Race For Life," which can be ordered from her website: http://www.ironlady.com VEGAN TRIATHLETE Ruth Heidrich recognizes that milk and dairy products are the cause of osteoporosis. She combines fruits and vegetables, grains and beans into a healthy diet which shatters the dairy industry myth that cow's milk builds strong bones. Ruth combines healthy foods with vigorous workouts and is the model of fitness. Robert Cohen 27 ------------------------------------------------------------- Tuesday, July 27, 1999 - Do Americans drink body fluids from diseased animals? What does the July issue of the dairy industry magazine reveal? HOARD'S DAIRYMAN - VOLUME 144, NO. 12 - JULY 1999 CONCERNED FARMERS The current issue of Hoard's Dairyman contains many examples of possible milk contamination. Taken together, the entire issue can make a diehard milk drinker sick. FARM FLASH Vaccinating heifers early protects against E. coli bacteria. Vaccinated cows had less severe rates of infections than non-vaccinated animals. Vaccinations prevent mastitis, a disease that adds pus, bacteria, and blood into the milk. Last year, the average dairy cow required $200 to treat this disease. Does this sound like a delicious and wholesome fluid to drink? Either you eat the bacteria and pus, or you eat the antibiotic. GOT INDIGESTION YET? PARATUBERCULOSIS The Texas Extension Service is recommending that all fecal tests be performed on all cows for tuberculosis which gives cows Johne's disease. Humans get irritable bowel syndrome (40 million Americans are so affected) and there is a direct link between drinking cow's milk and Crohn's disease. PREVENT INSECTICIDE RESISTANCE ON YOUR FARM A page 492 photograph shows a cow covered with flies. The accompanying text quotes a dairyman: "They just don't make pesticides like they used to." That's not such a comforting thought. More and more pesticides are being used on crops to feed cattle and on the skin of cattle to repel insects. Those toxins enter their flesh and body fluids. WHITE MUSCLE DISEASE A page 495 story reveals the dark secret of one farm in which 16 cows were so crowded into a pen that there appeared to be no room for them to lie down. Such treatment results in vitamin deficiency and cows have to be injected with more drugs. Such occurrences are commonplace on America's dairy farms. These secrets are kept from the public, but openly discussed in trade journals. EDITORIAL COMMENT A page 496 editorial warns: "Don't play raw-milk roulette." Words that strike fear in the hearts of dairymen and consumers are commonplace in the dairy barn. Listeria, salmonella, and E. coli are all rather commonplace in raw and unpasteurized milk. Severe intestinal disorders in humans are traced directly to milk consumption in this Hoard's editorial. QUESTIONS FROM READERS Page 497 includes a question about storage tanks and mastitis. Milk from dairy farms is held in bulk storage tanks while awaiting pickup from the milk truck. Larry K. Fox (Washington State University) argues that these tanks should be tested weekly for pathogens. MILK QUALITY The following page (498) relates the story of a farmer whose bulk tank contains a culture of strep, infecting every gallon of milk that is shipped out to consumers. VETERINARY COLUMN The inside cover page contains a veterinary column, appropriately facing the alien-like drawings of horn flies, face flies, and stable flies. Thank goodness chemical companies sell powerful products to kill these insects. We eat the residues. Two of the three questions to the vets at the University of Wisconsin deal with cow diseases. "Young cows go down" is the first letter. Fevers result in deaths and autopsies often show nothing. The second letter discusses unusual strains of salmonella, revealing that 100 million pathogenic organisms can be present in one liter of milk. Thank you, Hoard's Dairyman. If everybody read your magazine, would we still call your bacteria and pus-filled milk "wholesome"? Robert Cohen 26 ------------------------------------------------------------- Monday, July 26, 1999 - The dairy industry has formed the Calcium Summit Coalition claiming that there is a calcium crisis. More fraud and deceit. EMERGENCY CALCIUM SUMMIT Last month, the dairy industry held a calcium summit in Washington, DC. The summit was sponsored by the National Dairy Council and included federal health officials, researchers, and physicians, all with official and not-so official ties to the dairy industry. Dairy industry spokesman Robert Heaney (University of Creighton), who received grant support from the dairy industry and whose "expert opinions and quotes" appear on their milk mustache brochures, said: "In simplest terms, we need calcium in our diets because life is impossible without it." LIES AND FRAUD Attending that conference was Peter Holt, a New York physician whose dairy-sponsored study appeared in the October 2, 1998 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). In that same issue of JAMA, an editorial ridiculed Holt's actual study. Not one "subject" in Holt's study had colon cancer, yet Holt's conclusion was that eating cheese prevented colon cancer. That did not deter the dairy industry from promoting junk science and claiming that eating cheese prevented colon cancer. The dairy industry continues to "market" that "factoid," despite real science which indicates exactly the opposite. CONCLUSION OF THE SUMMIT University of Colorado's Susan Johnson told the summit: "The trouble is that most Americans still don't consume enough calcium to meet the recommended daily intake levels." The dairy industry does all that they can to advertise the lie that there is a "calcium crisis." In order to absorb one milligram of calcium, the human body needs an equal milligram of magnesium. IS THERE A MAGNESIUM CRISIS TOO? Where's the magnesium? Magnesium is the center atom of chlorophyll. That's why eating dark green leafy vegetables is the best way to get calcium and magnesium together. Pill manufacturers rarely sell just calcium supplements. Today's pills are calcium and magnesium in a one- to-one proportion. Milk contains plenty of calcium but very little magnesium. Even Robert Heaney, who is the dairy "expert," has written that only 25% of the calcium in milk is absorbed. THE NATIONAL OSTEOPOROSIS FOUNDATION The Osteoporosis Foundation attended the summit. They had to. After all, that organization was founded by the dairy industry and they continue to be funded by the dairy industry. What do you imagine is their agenda? Last year, this phony foundation raised $9 million and received a $700,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, a branch of the American government. Only $145,000 of the nine million dollars was used to fund research. MORE DAIRY SPOKESPERSON OPINIONS Both the Office of Women's Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have also joined the fight. Donna Shalala, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has somehow been induced to wear a milk mustache. We'd like to see Donna eating a nice big bowl of broccoli or collards. Robert Cohen 25 ------------------------------------------------------------- 25 T. Colin Campbell 24 ------------------------------------------------------------- Saturday, July 24, 1999 - Dangerous bacteria survive digestion. More powerful evidence is discovered. SCIENTIFIC STUDIES Hundreds of thousands of studies are published each year in thousands of scientific journals. One can hardly keep up with the volume of scientific "facts" which are continuously stored in data banks and cumulatively add up to the vast amount of scientific knowledge available to mankind. CLUES Thousands of clues have added up to condemn milk and dairy products as being unsafe. One new clue was actually discovered in 1987 and has remained buried for twelve years. SURVIVAL OF LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES IN MILK DURING HIGH-TEMPERATURE, SHORT-TIME PASTEURIZATION. This study was performed at the University of Wisconsin and appeared in the July 1987 (Volume 53) issue of the Journal of Environmental Microbiology. The authors were Doyle MP, Glass KA, et.al. WHAT WERE THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY? Milk from cows inoculated with listeria was pooled for 2 to 4 days and then heated at 162 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 seconds in a high- temperature, short-time pasteurization unit. Live listeria bacteria was then successfully isolated from the milk after heat treatment in 11 of 12 pasteurization trials. Results indicate listeria can survive the minimum high-temperature, short-time treatment required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for pasteurizing milk. In February of 1999, 350,000 cases of milk and dairy products were withdrawn from every state in America because of listeria contamination. Dozens of Americans died from a bacterial infection that might take as long as 45 days to incubate in the human body. One plays a deadly game of Russian Roulette by eating milk and cheese products. Robert Cohen 23 ------------------------------------------------------------- Friday, July 23, 1999 - British breast milk is contaminated. Do cows breathe the same air as nursing mothers? SUNDAY INDEPENDENT (London) July 10 More than 350 pollutants have been found in the breast milk of British women. They include pesticides and industrial raw materials, some of which cause cancer, impair the immune system, and disrupt sex hormones. DIOXINS Most seriously, an authoritative scientific report revealed that two- month-old British infants are taking in 42 times the safe levels of dioxin in breast milk. IT GETS WORSE The United Kingdom report not only reveals that highly poisonous dioxins have been found in breast milk, but pesticides like DDT and lindane have also been found, as have PCBs, notoriously toxic chemicals used in a whole range of applications from electrical transformers to paint. Mothers pass on chemicals that they have stored in their fat all their lives to their babies in their milk. COWS DO THE SAME Human mothers pass concentrated toxins to their children, and bovine mothers do the same to their infants. Milk from each species contains immunoglobulins and lactoferins. Despite the toxins, the World Health Organization concludes that the benefits of milk from a nursing mother far outweigh the negatives. HOWEVER Adults get no benefit from drinking milk. Adults do not have to double their weight in three months. Adults do not experience a rapidly growing brain and central nervous system. Drinking milk from one's own species as an adult is simply not part of Mother Nature's grand scheme. Drinking milk from another species is pure insanity. Armed with the fact that milk contains pollutants and carcinogens in concentrated form, why would anyone consider drinking it? Robert Cohen 22 ------------------------------------------------------------- Thursday, July 22, 1999 - How to eliminate cramps and PMS. VEGETARIAN TIMES ARTICLE The July, 1996 issue of Vegetarian Times featured a story by nutritionist Lauri Aesoph. CRAMPS According to Aesoph, fifty percent of premenopausal women suffer from cramps. HEALTHY DIET PREVENTS CRAMPS The author offers two forms of advice. The first is a list of proper foods to eat, with explanations. Whole grains, such as millet and brown rice, are high in magnesium which acts as a natural tranquilizer that also relaxes muscle contractions. Fruits and vegetables also contain magnesium and are also high in fiber. Vitamin C from fresh fruits and veggies helps the transport of nutrients into muscle fibers. AVOID Aesoph saves the best advice for last, and, in doing so, offers cramp- saving advice. Milk and dairy products should be avoided because they contain arachidonic acid, the fatty acid which the body uses to build the specific prostaglandins which create cramps. Dairy products also contain tryptophan and sodium. This one-two punch increases fatigue and bloating. Researchers have found that eliminating dairy products can reduce the severity of cramps by as much as 50% after just one month. Thanks to Lauren Eichelberger for sending this article to our attention. Robert Cohen 21 ------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday, July 21, 1999 - THE MILKWEED - July, 1999, Issue 240. Milk is good for something! The MILKWEED is Pete Hardin's economic and political dairy industry newsletter, read by tens-of-thousands of dairy industry "insiders." I am a subscriber, and find that each issue accurately reports the state of America's dairy industry and reliably forecasts future trends. MILK IS GOOD FOR SOMETHING! The page-2 headline reads: "Milk Can Help Save Knocked-Out Teeth!" Imagine my surprise when I read the article. Here's what was written: "Here's a use for milk that even dairy critic Robert Cohen could support!" The article then reports a paper presented at the Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists). WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE A TOOTH? Soak it in milk on the way to your dentist. According to Leif Bakland, MD, soaking a tooth in water causes the roots to absorb so much water that they burst, while soaking a tooth in milk does not seem to cause that effect. Perhaps the casein in milk acts like glue to clog up the roots. DOCTOR'S ASSUMPTION The root canal specialist further explained that water contains bacteria, while milk is bacteria-free. Apparently, Dr. Bakland has never smelled milk after a week of refrigeration. Bacteria continues to grow, even in the refrigerator. I'LL TAKE MY CHANCES I've never knocked out a tooth in my 17,300+ days on this planet (47+ years). Should that rare event happen (rather than keep milk in the fridge), I'll pack the tooth in ice and hope for the best. TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE MILKWEED The cost is $35 per year (12 issues) and you can send your check to: The MILKWEED P.O. Box 10 Brooklyn, Wisconsin 53521 Robert Cohen 20 ------------------------------------------------------------- Tuesday, July 20, 1999 - Vegetarian Summerfest, a mini-journal A SIX-DAY PARTY I recently spent six wonderful days in Johnstown, Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburg campus with six hundred amazing people. THE FOOD College cafeterias have rarely seen such bounty! Each morning, plates were piled high with organically grown berries, melons, and fruits of all sizes, colors, and descriptions. There were tofu eggs and soy-based sausages, buckwheat pancakes and hot and cold whole-grain cereals. There were herbal teas and nut milks, and fresh juices. Lunches and dinners never repeated the same dishes, masterfully prepared by chef Ken Bergeron. There were rice and whole wheat pastas, with curries and salsas, meat lookalikes, stews and ragouts of vegetables, grains and beans that delighted children and parent, young, old, singles, and couples in an enormous summer camp for vegetarians. THINGS TO DO There were six-mile runs with a triathelete, and soccer clinics, an olympic sized pool and yoga sessions. There were sky-watching sessions at 3:30 in the morning and lectures on a variety of subjects from 8AM until 10 PM. EDUCATION Some of America's best-known physicians shared their wisdom in classroom settings that seemed more like Greek-style lectures from Aristotle and Socrates than the traditional. I was fortunate enough to attend and participate in discussions led by a number of physicians including T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn, Milton Mills, Ted Barnett, and Joel Fuhrman. Activists and celebrities such as Howard Lyman, Diane Beeny, Joanne Farb, and Jim Mason filled audiences with their passions and information. ENTERTAINMENT Dana Lyons amused the audience with his brilliant "Cows with Guns" concert. Each evening there were different programs including concerts, juggling acts, and comedy/piano/political commentary by Vance Lehmkuhl. There was a film festival that included the brilliant documentary, "A Cow at my Table." There were also parties and dances with deejays that went long into the night. NEXT YEAR There's no date set yet, but the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) will be meeting in North Carolina next summer, and I intend to be there, and so will my children! This year, a good time was had by all. To contact NAVS you can call 518-568-7970. Their website is: http://www.cyberveg.org/navs Robert Cohen 19 ------------------------------------------------------------- Monday, July 19, 1999 - Five Minutes to Health - A Book Review Marilyn Joyce is one very special registered dietician who disagrees with the American Dietetic Association's "Everything in Moderation" mantra. Ms. Joyce recognizes that some foods just do not do the body any good, and right atop that list of harmful substances is cow's milk. Page 16 of her book, "5 Minutes to Health," gives a thumbs down to butter, cream cheese, ice cream, and whole milk products. Her book is more than just a list of no-nos. CANCER SURVIVOR Marilyn discovered that "getting back to basics" was her way to regaining health. "5 Minutes to Health" explores the various issues involved in simplifying a major consideration that impacts our daily lives: the foods we eat. What we buy, how we buy it, where we buy it, how we store it, how we prepare it, and how we feel about it are all very important aspects of the food we eat and how it affects our health. TIME IS ESSENTIAL To Marilyn, time is of the essence. Her formula for healthy eating is simple, quick, easy, and fun. And it makes sense. A RECIPE FROM HER BOOK We tried her Teriyaki Marinade on large portabello mushrooms which we later barbecued, then served on hamburger rolls. You deserve a break today! Try this non-meat substitute and you'll come back for seconds and thirds. Teriyaki Marinade 1 tbl. minced fresh ginger Juice of 1 large fresh lemon 3 minced garlic cloves 1 tbl. of sesame oil 1 tbl. of pure maple syrup 1/4 tsp. of hot pepper sauce 3 finely chopped scallions 1/4 cup of white wine or saki 1/2 cup of Bragg's Liquid Aminos 1/4 cup of water Combine all ingredients and marinate mushrooms for two hours. TO GET MARILYN JOYCE'S BOOK "5 Minutes to Health," a quick and easy approach to weight loss and the prevention or reduction of the debilitating effects of cancer, AIDS, heart disease, and other degenerative illnesses, can be found at Barnes and Noble bookstores or by calling (800) 352-3443. Robert Cohen 17 ------------------------------------------------------------- 18 A BETTER LIFE 17 ------------------------------------------------------------- Saturday - July 17, 1999 - The Clinton Administration has called for warning labels on food. However, the warning is in direct proportion to the power of each industry's lobby. GOT EGGS? The Clinton administration is proposing that warning labels be put on each carton of eggs sold in America because of possible salmonella food poisoning. SECRETARY OF HEALTH Donna Shalala said: "Eggs are a good source of protein, but must be handled and cooked properly or they could potentially be the source of a food-borne illness." THAT LADY HAS EGG ON HER FACE Donna Shalala is the Secretary of Health and Human Services. She recently wore a milk mustache and posed for the dairy industry's GOT MILK campaign. Doesn't Donna realize that more people get illnesses from milk and dairy products than from eggs? GAO REPORT The General Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report in which America learned that there were 40,000 cases of salmonella poisoning last year. GAO is the investigative branch of Congress. Were they looking for truth or a scapegoat? Apparently, GAO never consulted with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Had the two agencies gotten together, Mz. Milkstache (Shalala) might have gotten herself a dose of truth. HOW MANY CASES OF FOOD ILLNESS OCCUR EACH YEAR? According to CDC, there are 175 million cases of food-borne illness each year. If 40,000 cases result from eating bad eggs, that represents just one case out of 4375. HOW MUCH PUS IS ON DONNA'S MILKSTACHE? The average American eats or drinks 29.2 ounces of milk and dairy products each day. That adds up to 666 pounds per person per year. The milk and dairy group represents forty percent of the average American's diet. HOW MANY PEOPLE GET SICK FROM MILK? Forty percent of 175 million cases of food-borne illness equals 70 million bacterial infections from dairy products. Compare that to 40,000 infections from eggs. WHERE IS THE EGG LOBBY? Can we paint egg on Donna Shalala's face? Robert Cohen 16 ------------------------------------------------------------- July 16, 1999 - Why is the rate of diabetes in children tripling? CLUES Scientific journal articles rarely offer total and unconditional proof, just clues. After many clues, a principle is established, and a fact is universally accepted . . .until another scientist with a new study reveals a new clue. THE PERFECT STUDY Take three hundred children from birth, isolate them for two years from all human contact, feed one-third of them cow's milk-based formula, feed one-third a formula based on soy milk, and feed the other third human breast milk. Take blood samples every day, and test for antibody production. At the end of the two-year study, sacrifice the kids and autopsy their body organs. Perfect study? Perhaps to Dr. Mengele in Nazi Germany, but it isn't going to happen in our world. Any other study must be based upon good guesses and lots of clues. A NEW STUDY - A NEW CLUE An Associated Press story revealed the following news over the Fourth of July weekend: The rate of Type-II diabetes has tripled in children in the last three years. Larry Deeb, M.D., a pediatric endocrinologist at the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Center, commented: "It dawned on us this spring that four out of five new cases were Type II." This shocking rate of diabetes has doctors perplexed. Ronald Goldberg, M.D., a scientist at the University of Miami's Diabetes Research Institute, commented: "The rise in the incidence of obesity is making its ugly face known. Children are so much less active than they used to be." GOT MILK? Experts say that minority children are particularly at risk. Incidences of diabetes and obesity are soaring in black, Hispanic, and Native American populations. Children in impoverished communities are the recipients of free nutrition including chocolate milk and cheese. BEHOLD THE POWER OF CHEESE New studies are confirming the correlation between milk and cheese consumption and diabetes. Early exposure to bovine proteins has been called a key factor in the development of diabetes. CORRELATIONS Nations eating the highest levels of milk and dairy products also have the highest rates of diabetes. Cheese consumption rates have tripled in the last twenty tears. So too have diabetes rates. 'GOT MILK?' Join 16 million Americans who 'GOT DIABETES.' That number is expected to soar. Robert Cohen 15 ------------------------------------------------------------- July 15, 1999 - The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Members got connections. . . to the dairy industry. LOPSIDED FOOD PYRAMID The Dietary Guidelines Committee will soon issue a report to the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services with new recommendations for dietary guidelines to take America into the new millennium. Such important decisions should not be made by men and women with biases, particularly when some of the "esteemed" members are actually paid consultants for industries who will benefit from their recommendations. THE COMMITTEE There are eleven committee members. They include Doris Calloway, Ph.D., (Berkeley), Richard Havel, M.D., (University of California, San Francisco), Dennis Bier, M.D., (Baylor), Cutberto Garza, M.D., (Cornell), Shiriki Kumanyika, Ph.D., (Pennsylvania State College of Medicine), Marion Nestle, Ph.D., (NYU), Irwin Rosenberg, M.D., (Tufts), Sachiko St. Jeor, Ph.D., (University of Nevada), Barbara Schneeman, Ph.D., (Davis), and John Suttie, Ph.D., (University of Wisconsin). Two names immediately struck a raw nerve in this author. One was Dennis Bier and the other, Cutberto Garza. DENNIS BIER The Center for Food Nutrition recently held a convention. Dennis Bier joined the Dannon Yogurt company, Nestles, Campbells Soup, and numerous corporate biotechnology giants including Novartis, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and Monsanto. When Monsanto's controversial bovine growth hormone was about to be approved, Bier wrote a letter condemning Monsanto's critics. This was a favor, performed for Monsanto, who then highly publicized and marketed Bier's letter. That letter was filled with inaccuracies. Bier had blindly accepted Monsanto's representation that genetically engineered milk was indistinguishable from untreated milk. His say-so influenced congressional committees and FDA regulators. Last year, Bier received $8,769,710 in grant money from the USDA for his university, Baylor. CUTBERTO GARZA Garza has built a power base at Cornell University, an institution of great reputation that consistently maintains its integrity by refusing "pork barrel" dollars. Rumor has it that Garza receives in excess of $500,000 every year as a permanent line item from USDA. Garza's ties to the dairy industry are legendary. His influence places cheese and ice cream high atop the food pyramid, despite the evidence of the deleterious effects of milk and dairy. OTHERS REVEAL THEIR CONFLICTS Barbara Schneeman (University of California, Davis) is a major player in the California Food and Fiber Organization, a foundation started by the Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan? Anybody eat dry cereal? On October 6, 1997, Schneeman was a keynote speaker at the Fiber Foundation convention in Iowa. Sachiko St. Jeor (University of Nevada) recently attended the Chocolate Manufacturers & Confectioner's annual convention. St. Jeor became a spokesperson for the association and was part of a panel answering questions as to the health benefits of candy. When asked, "Should I give up candy on a diet?" Sachiko answered in the negative. Perhaps the new food pyramid should have a chocolate filled cherry on top? THE SYSTEM Biases and secret relationships should not dictate policy that will affect what children eat in America's schools, particularly children of color who are most affected by milk and dairy products. Well-respected doctors and scientists like the members of this important group gain positions to important committees, then bring along enormous baggage to such committees. Their favors to their financial masters often result in betrayal to those who they should really be serving. Robert Cohen 14 ------------------------------------------------------------- July 14, 1999 - Dioxins in milk and meat causes a panic in Belgium. America takes minimal precautions. BELGIUM PANICS It might have been a scene from a pre-nuclear war screenplay or the worst case scenario from somebody's Y2K nightmare. What actually happened in Belgium? There was a panic. Supermarket shelves were emptied and curfews were declared. Citizens of Belgium discovered last month that milk, dairy products, and meat were not safe to eat. DIOXIN CONTAMINATION - A SCAPEGOAT Contaminated fats used to supplement animal feeds were implicated (but not proven) as being the cause of June's European catastrophe. A few months earlier, the World Health Organization announced that 90% of dioxins that humans take into their bodies come from milk, dairy products, and meat. Last week, a story out of Britain revealed that mothers who nurse their infants have up to 50 times the safe level of dioxins in their breast milk. Blaming high dioxin levels on one tainted batch of animal feed is the easy solution to a potentially explosive problem. What would happen if the world's supply of milk and meat were declared to be carcinogenic, severely tainted by industrial wastes such as dioxins and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)? Finding a scapegoat for the dioxin scare is merely a simple Band-Aid for what might be a growing systemic cancer. FDA'S AMERICAN SOLUTION The Food and Drug Administration ordered that all milk products from Belgium be detained at American ports of entry. FDA's announcement placed the responsibility of testing on importers of food. WHAT'S GOING ON? Why doesn't FDA test the food? Why must food importers conduct the testing? Is any agency in the United States routinely testing American food for dioxins? Is the potential bad news answer something we'd rather not know? THE FOOD CHAIN The higher up an animal is on the food chain, the higher the concentration of dioxins in its flesh and body fluids. Rabbits eat plants after dioxins from the air find their way onto leaves and roots. If a hunter traps and eats a rabbit, that animal flesh will contain the concentration of many meals worth of dioxins. If the hunter becomes a vegetarian, his intake of dioxins will not be as high as the dioxin intake of his fellow meat eaters. The average American eats 6 ounces of meat every day and 29.2 ounces of milk and dairy products. You are what you eat. One pound of steak might contain a thousand times more dioxins than one pound of salad greens. This should be food for thought, particularly for nursing mothers. Robert Cohen 13 ------------------------------------------------------------- July 13, 1999 - A new food pyramid grows as a monument to a new kind of slavery. NEW FEDERAL GUIDELINES What first started out as a controversy is now developing into a serious philosophical argument that is sure to divide the races. Should the USDA include dairy products on their new food pyramid, as part of a recommended diet, given that African-Americans, Latin Americans, and Native-Americans get sick from drinking milk? Despite the fact that black celebrities like Spike Lee and Whoopie Goldberg have been lured by the milk processors to wear milkstaches, the Congressional Black Caucus, a growing coalition of health and civil rights organizations are declaring that milk does not do the body good. Donna Christian-Christensen, the Virgin Islands delegate to Congress, is a physician and chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Brain Trust. Here are her comments concerning the new dietary guidelines: "These are called Guidelines for Americans, so they should reflect all Americans." IMPROPER PROPAGANDA The spokeswoman for the dairy industry milk mustache ads has reacted negatively to the black caucus: "I believe they're using the racial card in a very irresponsible way to suggest that dairy products are not appropriate," said Susan Ruland, a spokeswoman for the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. "In fact, there's a calcium crisis in this country." CALCIUM CRISIS Milk contains plenty of calcium, but not very much magnesium. In order to absorb one milligram of calcium, it is necessary to have an equal milligram of magnesium. Does the dairy industry have that much power that they've deceived every governmental and scientific agency? WHERE'S THE MAGNESIUM? Not in the milk! Magnesium is the center atom of chlorophyll. Broccoli and kale contain magnesium and calcium in just the right proportion. So do all dark green vegetables. Grass contains calcium and magnesium too. That's how cows get so much calcium for their milk. Cows do not eat yogurt and cows do not wear milk mustaches. IT'S MORE THAN JUST LACTOSE African-Americans cannot tolerate lactose, a milk sugar. Casein, a milk protein, is much worse. As part of USDA's free food program, inner-city children who live below the poverty level are the recipients of free milk, chocolate milk, cheese, and other dairy products. Casein is a tenacious glue and mucus producer. Asthma rates are soaring in inner city school districts. As mucus is produced, bronchioles in lungs become clogged. Many people call white food slavery for black Americans. A DOCTOR'S ADVICE In May of 1995, the Townsend Medical letter listed eleven symptoms of milk consumption, including mood swings, depression, and irritability. Children receiving five doses per day in school are severely disadvantaged. By giving African-American children hormones and glue, we take away their ability to learn. This is a dietary form of slavery, and it does not do their bodies any good. Recommending that their diets include milk, because there is a "phony" calcium crisis, marketed and created by dairy industry advertising representatives, is to deny real science. Robert Cohen 12 ------------------------------------------------------------- July 12, 1999 - Science News Confirms the Cows' Milk/Diabetes Link SCIENCE NEWS VOLUME 155 - 6/26/99 "COWS' MILK, DIABETES CONNECTION BOLSTERED" Finnish researchers have concluded a damaging study that significantly adds to the case against milk. Scientists monitored 173 newborns from birth until the age of 8 months, and found that infants given cows' milk formula were more likely to develop diabetes. COW PROTEIN ATTACK THE PANCREAS Researchers determined that 11% of children being given cows' milk formula formed antibodies to bovine proteins. Having more types of these antibodies imparts an 80-90% likelihood of getting Type I diabetes. THE CURE Researchers suggest that eliminating cows' milk and cows' milk-based formula will eliminate diabetes. PUERTO RICO AND CUBA The Finnish researchers also cite a Latin American study comparing diabetes incidence in Puerto Rico to Cuba. In Puerto Rico, fewer than 5% of mothers breast feed their children, while in Cuba, breast feeding is nearly universal. Type I diabetes incidence in Puerto Rico is roughly 10 times the rate seen in Cuba. HUMANS ARE NOT COWS "We are the only species that drinks another's species' milk," writes the senior author, Hans Dosch, an immunologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. "We have not evolved to be exposed to bovine protein." Robert Cohen 11 ------------------------------------------------------------- 11 Behold the power of cheese! 10 ------------------------------------------------------------- July 10, 1999 - Chicago Tribune Reports About the Dairy Education Board's Complaints Against the Milk Industry PAGE TWO - "THE INC. COLUMN" BY ELLEN WARREN & TERESA WILTZ "Got Milk? Everybody's seen those milk ads: The celebrity posing with a smirk and the by now infamous milk mustache. Harmless, right? Mildly amusing, right? Except that a recent ad, featuring 'Dawson's Creek' TV star Joshua Jackson, has prompted two formal complaints with federal agencies-saying the ads are 'illegal and immoral.' The Dairy Education Board's Robert Cohen, who filed a complaint, contends that the ad glorifies statutory rape. On the TV show, Jackson plays a high school student who has an affair with a teacher. In the milk ad, he poses in a rowboat and recommends milk because it made him tall (6'2") and irresistible. So milk it is, 'especially if you want to impress older women.' The ad has the archbishop of New York ticked off, as well as a host of other less well-known clerics, who decry the ad for glorifying 'sexual activity between adults and minors.' The Dairy Education Board, which started the whole protest, is an advocacy group avidly devoted to one cause and one cause only: To get Americans to stop drinking milk." Robert Cohen 9 ------------------------------------------------------------- July 9, 1999 - Attention Newspaper Editors and Directors of Advertising - Write a story about the negative aspects of milk consumption and the dairy industry will invest tens of thousands of dollars in full-page ads. Their "DAMAGE CONTROL" = your financial gain! THE BOSTON GLOBE Recently a Boston Globe article reported the efforts of State Senator Dianne Wilkerson, who believes that milk does not do the body any good. One week after the damaging article appeared, the Globe ran printed a remarkable dairy industry ad. THE HEADLINE - Block Caps: "SORRY THIS ISN'T ANOTHER ENTERTAINING MILK MUSTACHE AD, BUT THIS IS AN EMERGENCY." The body of the ad asked the question, "Got Milk?" CALCIUM SUMMIT COALITION Our ANTIDAIRY Coalition has changed its name to the Dairy Education Board, but the dairy marketers are a bit slow catching on. Their response to our coalition was to form their own Calcium Summit Coalition. MONEY TALKS In placing this ad, the dairy marketing board lists the names of organizations which promote their message. Such organizations include colleges and Public Action Committees (PACS) that have received millions of dollars in donations and research dollars from the dairy industry. One group, the National Osteoporosis Foundation, last year raised $9 million dollars, including a $700,000 grant from NIH, while spending only $145,000 for actual research. THE MAGNESIUM SUMMIT COALITION? In order to absorb one milligram of calcium, the human body requires an equal milligram of magnesium. The RDA for magnesium is exactly the same as the RDA for calcium, yet not one of the dozens of scientific boards believes that there is a magnesium crisis. GOT MILK? Then you've got very little magnesium. GOT GREEN VEGGIES? Then you obtain calcium and magnesium in the proper proportion. Magnesium is the center atom of chlorophyll. Cows do not get osteoporosis and neither do elephants or giraffes. As a matter of fact, the nations with the highest rates of bone disease include Denmark, Holland, Norway, and Sweden. Those are the nations that consume the highest levels of milk and cheese. QUESTION: Why is there no magesium summit coalition? ANSWER: There is very little magnesium in milk, and billions of dollars have not been invested to brainwash Americans into believing that they need magnesium. Calcium, on the other hand... THE NURSES STUDY Harvard University has found that nurses who ate a lot of cheese and drank a lot of milk as teens grew up to have a higher rate of forearm and pelvic fractures than NOTMILK drinkers. Robert Cohen 8 ------------------------------------------------------------- Thursday, July 8, 1999 - A total media assault on teenagers. GOT MILK MUSTACHES? SUMMER, 1999 It doesn't look so bad from the outside. After all, it's just a magazine. It's called TEEN PEOPLE and the cover features ten of America's sexiest teenage idols. There's Will Smith and Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz. Ben Affleck joins Brandy, and Adam Sandler's photo sits atop Mariah Carey's. Leonardo is there, of course, and so is Ryan Phillippe. The cover advertises feature stories, like: "Celebs confess their most embarrassing high school moments," and "Find out who was a jock, a brain, a cheerleader, a drama nut and more." Who could resist such a lure? Not my daughters. They paid $3.99 for this 80 page special published by TIME, Inc. MY CHILDREN'S PLEASURE BECAME MY NIGHTMARE "Dad, look at this!" "What happened, Jen?" She handed me the magazine. I took it out of her hands and had that sinking feeling of doom and despair. I turned the pages. One milkstach advertisement after another. STATUTORY RAPE SELLS Twenty-five offensive full-page ads in all. The inside front cover featured the Back Street Boys and the inside back cover featured Joshua Jackson, the actor whose Dawson's Creek high school sophomore character had sex with his teacher, and now boasts of "impressing older women." SEX SELLS Britney Spears smiles, with her belly exposed and her legs in the air. Jennifer Love Hewitt beams, a very fair amount of sensual flesh exposed. Sixteen-year-old Leanne Rimes poses seductively, telling us that she sings songs about broken hearts. Wrestler Steve Austin poses with a bare chest, muscles rippling. Tyra Banks leers seductively at the camera, the top button of her pants undone. Does anybody notice? Got sex? Daisy Fuentes makes no mistake. She asks, "Girls, let's talk about the 'F' word." A healthy amount of Daisy's cleavage appeals to teens, with curves in places where many girls don't have places. Body parts are obviously aroused, particularly a point that is seemingly well made. Rebecca Stamos has a beautiful body, make no mistake about it. She stands in Times Square and the skimpiest of bathing suits (or is she wearing underwear?), leaving nothing to the imagination. IT'S ALL ABOUT SEX Our values have changed. I'd never thought that I would say this, having gone to college in the height of America's sexual revolution. Free love? Free sex? Yeah, we were free, and love was in, but there is a complete disrespect for sex and relationships today. Who shapes our values? The people who sell milk. THE BACK COVER There's Austin Powers, "The Spy Who Shagged Me." Shag is a word used to describe Power's sexual conquests. Shagging is the act of copulation. He lays on a couch, tongue in cheek, bathrobe barely covering the fact that his "mojo is working overtime." This is the message that my teenaged daughters receive, and I am not at all pleased. Offensive? To the max! Robert Cohen 7 ------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday, July 7, 1999 - Sunday is supermarket day for my family, and I'm sick to my stomach. (Today I'll be at the North American Vegetarian Summerfest in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. I wrote this column last Sunday.) THE COHEN FAMILY ROUTINE We pile into the van and have three targeted destinations every Sunday morning. First, we stop at the organic fruit and vegetable stand. Visions of smoothies dance through our heads as we touch, smell, then purchase melons and fruits at their ripest, unsprayed and unmodified by genetic engineering. Stop number two takes us to a nearby Oriental emporium. We live near New York City's Chinatown and our market brings in many different varieties of vegetarian dim sum, scallion pancakes, and veggie dumplings. Finally, we end up at the local mega-supermarket, in our case a sixty thousand square foot Shop Rite in Emerson, New Jersey. NOT MUCH LEFT TO BUY IN THE SUPERMARKET We buy napkins and paper towels, canned goods, and toiletries. There aren't very many factory foods that we find attractive or appetizing. Sometimes there's a bag of cookies, but that's rare. We read labels. Whey protein? No whey! Casein? No glue for us, thanks. MSG or NutraSweet? Slow poisons, and we want no chemicals in our bodies. We pass the dead flesh aisle and avert our eyes from the butchers who hack body parts from cute farm animals with gentle faces. We hold our noses as we pass the rotting flesh of week-old fish. The chicken arms and legs rest in cellophane packages, soaking up a mixture of pink blood and body fluids. REVELATION AT THE END OF AISLE NUMBER NINE I first heard my daughter Elizabeth ask, "Daddy, they're so cute. Can I have one?" My attention was focused upon a six-foot tall display inviting those children old enough to read, to receive: A FREE PLASTIC SQUEEZE BOTTLE These bottles were very colorful, but there was a catch. A rather unappetizing and unappealing catch. THE GREAT MILK MUSTACHE MAKER That's the name given to this plastic bottle. It's offered FREE when you buy two gallons of milk and a half gallon of chocolate milk. There sit forty free bottles to a rack, six racks high, a total of twenty dozen free bottles. These are very clever people, these milk marketers. A few pennies of plastic are colored and designed to elicit the most powerful whine from the youngest of milk drinkers. The thought of drinking milk and getting that upset feeling makes me sick to my stomach. "Please, Mommy. Please, Daddy. Get me one." What parent can resist such a healthy request? Robert Cohen 6 ------------------------------------------------------------- Tuesday, July 6, 1999 - Are Today's Teens More Toxic? Chicago Tribune Column Raises a "Pressing Need for a Cleaner Environment and More Nutritious Food." HEADLINE-CHICAGO TRIBUNE, JUNE 15, 1999 Dr. Robert Hatherill, a research scientist and environmental professor at the university of California, Santa Barbara, asks: "Are today's teens more toxic?" Hatherill argues that in addition to checking our children for guns and explosives, we should also be checking their blood for elevated levels of toxic chemicals, including lead, industrial chemicals, and pesticides. Professor Hatherhill supplies evidence that children are more vulnerable to pollutants, and because they are smaller and grow more rapidly than adults, they absorb 40-50% more toxins. Hatherill cites a February, 1996 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggesting a correlation between behavior problems such as mood swings, depression, irritability, and attention deficit disorder and toxins in food. A MISSING LINK One factor Hatherill did not consider was that teens are eating more cheese and ice cream than ever before. Increased incidences of aggressive behavior and incidents of high school violence are directly proportional to the increased consumption of concentrated amounts of powerful hormones in milk and dairy products. More cheese = more hormones = more violence. Three months after the JAMA article appeared, the Townsend Medical Letter for Doctors (written by physicians for physicians) attributed the same aggressive behavioral symptoms to milk and dairy consumption. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT Today we live in a world in which daily incidences of road rage result in all-so-common tragic newspaper headlines. Our world has changed and has become more violent. Also changing are the foods we eat. Fill a child's stomach with foods containing testosterone and adrenaline, and one might expect aggressive and anti-social behavior. Robert Cohen 5 ------------------------------------------------------------- Monday, July 5, 1999 - Where Have All the Flowers Gone? That's easy. They're growing by the sides of streams, fertilized by billions of gallons of waste products from dairy herds. WATER POLLUTION SUIT TARGETS DAIRIES HEADLINE-STOCKTON, CA Officials in the California State Department of Environmental Protection and local health authorities have filed suit against four dairy farms in San Joaquin County for fouling local waterways. STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL LOCKYER SAID: "We are seeking through joint state and county lawsuits to stop the pollution, and to extract civil penalties for the dairy farmers' failure to address the problem." THOSE WHO POLLUTE The defendants are Lucky J Dairy near Tracy, ManJean Holsteins near Stockton, Quaresma & Sons Dairy near Manteca, and Machado Dairy, also near Manteca. THE PROBLEM Last spring, state laboratory testing found streams nearby these farms toxic to flora and fauna. Dairies were ordered by state water regulators to clean up the streams and immediately cease discharging cow urine and manure into nearby waterways. Lockyer described these factory farms as "small cities." Imagine a small city without a sewage treatment plant. WHAT DID REGULATORS FIND? State investigators and local inspectors found large volumes of animal waste flowing into roadside ditches and streams, including one flow estimated at 50,000 gallons that traveled several miles into the San Joaquin River. Residents of San Joaquin Valley drink water from that river. HOW MUCH WASTE? A dairy cow generates more than 110 pounds of waste each day, according to Lockyer. There are more than 9 million dairy cows in America. That adds up to over 1 billion pounds of waste, dumped somewhere every single day! If one six-inch brick of bovine excrement weighed one pound, one could produce 500 million linear feet of bovine bricks per day. Allowing 10,000 bricks to the mile, in five days that line of bricks would stretch from the Earth to the moon. Anybody want to follow the yellow brick road to the cow jumping over the moon? If you do, watch where you step! Robert Cohen 4 ------------------------------------------------------------- 4 AFRICAN-AMERICANS learn that MILK is a Deadly Poison 3 ------------------------------------------------------------- Saturday, July 3, 1999 - The "Berkeley Wellness Letter" should be renamed the "Berkeley Illness Letter." UDDER CONFUSION The July 1999 issue of the University of California Berkeley newsletter makes an absurd effort to promote the drinking of body fluids from cows as an absolute requirement for humans to achieve good health. These ill-advised doctors, scientists, and medical writers could step up one giant level by reviewing real science, such as that coming out of respected medical schools like Harvard University (See yesterday's Squirt.) BERKELEY MEDICAL LETTER WROTE: "Milk used to be considered a perfect food...in recent years, however, 'cow's milk is for calves' has become a rallying cry for several groups. There is even an Antidairy Coalition, which claims that milk is nothing less than a 'deadly poison'- that's a title of a book it promotes. If you believe this group, milk is behind nearly all of our major diseases. Here are some of the claims being made about milk and dairy products-and our responses." REFUTED CLAIMS DAIRY PRODUCTS INCREASE HEART DISEASE The Berkeley Letter endorses the use of low-fat milk and dairy. Try ordering the low-fat version of Domino's Pizza or Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream next time you need a fix. DAIRY PRODUCTS INCREASE THE RISK OF CANCER Berkeley claims that "milk is not the problem, but rather total fat intake." These Berkeley types are way behind scientific times. Perhaps they are still in the 60's, under the influence of hallucinogens. They're certainly not up-to-date with the latest research. The Harvard Nurses' Study has shown that dietary fat plays little or no role in contributing to cancer. Science has taught us that cancer is very common, but normally controlled. The key factor in the growth and proliferation of every human cancer, particularly breast cancer and prostate cancer, is insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), a hormone that is identical between humans and cows. Like a key fitting into a lock, IGF-I is what opens the door to cancer. The Berkeley Letter claims that "Milk is not the problem, but dietary fat is." Again, these "scientists" are uninformed. The Harvard Nurse study has proven that those who eat low fat diets (GOT SKIM MILK AND LOW FAT CHEESE) have higher rates of breast cancer. CLAIM-JUVENILE DIABETES The Berkeley Letter says that "This was the most frightening claim...no respectable authorities have proposed that children avoid milk and dairy products." Ding-dong. Berkeley medical writers have their collective heads buried in the sand or in the "purple haze" of Haight-Ashbury's dense smoke. A recent Finnish study showed that 10% of children fed a milk-based formula developed indicators to insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Don't these doctors read medical studies? OTHER CLAIMS Berkeley cites biased research including studies on mucus production, osteoporosis, and lactose intolerance. Their evidence was financed by a not-so objective dairy industry. Interestingly, this Berkeley column has no author's signature. Who writes their copy? Perhaps a public relations con man from BSMG, the dairy industry's public relations firm. A CHALLENGE This is one challenge we know that Berkeley will not accept. Make our day, please. We dare you to knock this carton of milk off of our shoulders. We'll debate any one or a panel of experts regarding the July 1999 Berkeley Letter at any time on any radio or television station of Berkeley's choice. Berkeley claims to have science on their side so it should be easy to refute our claims. . . NOT! Robert Cohen 2 ------------------------------------------------------------- Friday, July 2, 1999 - Harvard School of Public Health has got Bad News for the Dairy Industry. A DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER: A recent letter from Walter Willett, MD, the principal investigator of Harvard University Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS), delivered extremely bad news for milk and dairy producers. Willett's letter, addressed as "Dear Colleague," went to researchers and subjects in the largest ongoing medical study in the history of mankind. WILLETT WROTE: "Many of these findings have had a major impact on thinking about the cause and prevention of disease. As you will note, we have already learned much about the relation of diet and lifestyle to risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer." PROSTATE CANCER Dr. Willett's letter contained a tremendous punch in the gut for those who earn their living by producing and marketing dairy products. Willet wrote: "Consumption of more than two glasses of milk per day was associated with almost twice the risk of advanced and metastatic prostate cancer." WHAT'S IN STORE FOR NEXT YEAR? Future studies will include analysis of dietary calcium, magnesium, and potassium needs. The dairy industry claims that there is a calcium crisis but makes no mention of there being a magnesium crisis. In order to absorb calcium, the body needs an equal amount of magnesium. While there is a lot of calcium in milk, there is not a lot of magnesium. Magnesium is the center atom of chlorophyll. That's why cows have a lot of calcium in their body fluids. The get it by eating "the green stuff," not by drinking milk! Preliminary findings in the Harvard study suggest that a potassium intake is best achieved by increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables and their juices. Willett has found that men in the top 20% of potassium intake had a 40% reduction in the risk of stroke compared to men in the bottom 20%. The results of this study have, so far, provided wonderful news for those men who eat no milk and dairy products. On the other hand, The conclusion for those who positively answer "yes" to the question, "GOT MILK?" will sadly be followed by another question, "GOT ILLNESS?" Robert Cohen 1 ------------------------------------------------------------- Thursday, July 1, 1999 - Dear Ann Landers, I claim to be in medical school training to be an orthopedic surgeon. Can I trick you into believing that, and printing a pro-dairy letter? ANN LANDERS IS HOODWINKED Ann Landers recently received a letter offering advice on how her readers could prevent broken hips, back pain, or bent over spines. The letter writer promised that osteoporosis is largely preventable and was signed: Future orthopedic surgeon in Virginia. The future surgeon advised that "adequate intake is one quart of skim milk, 3 cups of low-fat yogurt, or 1/4 pound of cheese. Thirty million American women have been doing that for 50 years and they have osteoporosis. When a woman goes through menopause she'll lose one percent of her bone density every year. Dietary calcium plays little or no role in preventing osteoporosis. PRESCRIPTION FOR BONE DISEASE Drink milk and eat cheese. Is this what is taught in medical school? That's the prescription for bone disease, not a prevention. Perhaps Mr. Medical Student is not aware of the Harvard Nurse study. Scientists have learned that milk and cheese consumption in childhood does not prevent bone loss. Women who drank a lot of milk as teens are the ones who had a higher incidence of pelvic and forearm fractures as adults. We cannot imagine that medical schools teach dairy industry brainwashing. What we do know is that nutrition is a med-school elective, not a requirement. ANN'S RESPONSE Ann Landers wrote: "Thank you for sharing your medical school information with my readers. And bless you for using simple language that everyone can understand. Tell your professors I gave you an A-PLUS TODAY." SIMPLE LANGUAGE? Of course the letter was written in simple language. It was not written by a physician. It was probably not written by a medical student. There is no real science supporting the brilliantly marketed dairy industry calcium myth/lie. Somewhere, there sits a snickering dairy industry executive, having fooled Ann Landers into promoting a false and dangerous agenda designed to sell more milk. Well, actually, it's designed to do something more. Ann Lander's column is designed to keep a future orthopedic surgeon very busy and very wealthy. GOT MILK? GOT BONE DISEASE! Robert Cohen End of July 1999 FileRobert Cohen author of: MILK - The Deadly Poison
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