By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text

The Dairy Education Board
Squirts of NOTMILK Wisdom

September, 1999

September 1999 Daily Dairy Diary Squirts of NOTMILK Wisdom
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30 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 9)
29 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 8)
28 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 7)
27 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 6)
24 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 5)
24 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 4)
23 Evidence of media lies about milk safety
22 More Dairy Industry Bribery (influence)
21 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 3)
20 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 2)
18 Where do cows get their calcium from?
17 Calcium in food is Not Efficiently Utilized by the Body unless
16 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 1)
15 How does one quit eating dairy products, cold turkey?
14 Eat ice cream and get drunk!
13 The dairy industry plays tennis
12 CalciYum – A Book Review by Robert Cohen
11 The Boston Vegetarian Food Festival: Free stuff and great speakers
10 Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates takes a stand on milk issues
9 Dairy industry admits that cheese and ice cream are unhealthy!
8 I just ate the most delicious hamburger!
7 How many more must get sick and die?
6 Scientists are now mating humans with cows, sort of.
5 MILK AND MORTALITY - The Story of Heart Disease
4 An incredible endorsement of the NOTMILK soymilk machine
3 Dairy industry and soy industry may merge
2 If the farmers can't feed the cows, they can't keep them
1 Vegan recipes for meat substitutes


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Thursday - September 30, 1999 -  A doctor's advice to his patients (part 9)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

Robert Kradjian, MD, wrote a famous latter to his patients, the milk
letter.  This is the ninth of twenty-two installments from his letter.



Let's just mention the problems of bacterial contamination.  Salmonella,
E. coli, and staphylococcal infections can be traced to milk.  In the
old days tuberculosis was a major problem and some folks want to go back
to those times by insisting on raw milk on the basis that it's
"natural."  This is insanity!  A study from UCLA showed that over a
third of all cases of salmonella infection in California, 1980-1983 were
traced to raw milk.  That'll be a way to receive good old brucellosis
again and I would fear leukemia, too.  (More about that later).  In
England, and Wales where raw milk is still consumed, there have been
outbreaks of milk-borne diseases.  The Journal of the American Medical
Association (251: 483, 1984) reported a multi-state series of infections
caused by Yersinia enterocolitica in pasteurized whole milk.  This is
despite safety precautions.


All parents dread juvenile diabetes for their children.  A Canadian
study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Mar. 1990,
describes a "...significant positive correlation between consumption of
unfermented milk protein and incidence of insulin dependent diabetes
mellitus in data from various countries.  Conversely, a possible
negative relationship is observed between breast feeding at age 3 months
and diabetes risk."

Another study, from Finland, found that diabetic children had higher
levels of serum antibodies to cow's milk (Diabetes Research 7(3):
137-140 March 1988).  Here is a quotation from this study:

"We infer that either the pattern of cow's milk consumption is altered
in children who will have insulin dependent diabetes mellitus or, their
immunological reactivity to proteins in cow's milk is enhanced, or the
permeability of their intestines to cow's milk protein is higher than

Rober cohen

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Wednesday - September 29, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 8)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

Robert Kradjian, MD, wrote a famous latter to his patients, the milk
letter.  This is the eighth of twenty-two installments from his letter.



A committee on nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics reported
on the use of whole cow's milk in infancy (Pediatrics, 1983: 72-253).
They were unable to provide any cogent reason why bovine milk should be
used before the first birthday, yet, continued to recommend its use!
Doctor Frank Oski from the Upstate Medical Center Department of
Pediatrics, commenting on the recommendation, cited the problems of
occult gastrointestinal blood loss in infants, the lack of iron,
recurrent abdominal pain, milk-borne infections and contaminants, and

"Why give it at all - then or ever?  In the face of uncertainty about
many of the potential dangers of whole bovine milk, it would seem
prudent to recommend that whole milk not be started until the answers
are available.  Isn't it time for these un-controlled experiments on
human nutrition to come to an end?"

In the same issue of Pediatrics he further commented:

"It is my thesis that whole milk should not be fed to the infant in the
first year of life because of its association with iron deficiency
anemia (milk is so deficient in iron that an infant would have to drink
an impossible 31 quarts a day to get the RDA of 15 mg), occult
gastrointestinal bleeding, and various manifestations of food allergy.
I suggest that unmodified whole bovine milk should not be consumed after
infancy because of the problems of lactose intolerance, its contribution
to the genesis of atherosclerosis, and its possible link to other


In late 1992, Dr. Benjamin Spock, possibly the best known pediatrician
in American history, shocked the country when he articulated the same
thoughts and specified avoidance for the first two years of life.  Here
is his quotation:

"I want to pass on the word to parents that cow's milk from the carton
has definite faults for some babies.  Human milk is the right one for
babies.  A study comparing the incidence of allergy and colic in the
breast-fed infants of omnivorous and vegan mothers would be important.
I haven't found such a study; it would be both important and
inexpensive.  And it will probably never be done.  There is simply no
academic or economic profit involved."

Robert Cohen

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Tuesday - September 28, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 7)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

Robert Kradjian, MD, wrote a famous latter to his patients, the milk
letter.  This is the Seventh of twenty-two installments from his letter.



One nasty subject must be discussed.  It seems that cows are forever
getting infections around the udder that require ointments and
antibiotics. An article from France tells us that when a cow receives
penicillin, that penicillin appears in the milk for from 4 to 7
milkings.  Another study from the University of Nevada, Reno tells of
cells in "mastic milk," milk from cows with infected udders.  An
elaborate analyses of the cell fragments, employing cell cultures, flow
sytometric analysis, and a great deal of high tech stuff.  Do you know
what the conclusion was?  If the cow has mastitis, there is pus in the
milk.  Sorry, it's in the study, all concealed with language such as,
"..macrophages containing many vacuoles and phagocytosed particles."


Well, at least human mother's milk is pure!  Sorry.  A huge study showed
that human breast milk in over 14,000 women had contamination by
pesticides!  Further, it seems that the sources of the pesticides are
meat and - you guessed it - dairy products.  Well, why not?  These
pesticides are concentrated in fat and that's what's in these products.
(Of interest, a subgroup of lactating vegetarian mothers had only half
the levels of contamination).

A recent report showed an increased concentration of pesticides in the
breast tissue of women with breast cancer when compared to the tissue of
women with fibrocystic disease.  Other articles in the standard medical
literature describe problems.  Just scan these titles:

1.  "Cow's Milk as a Cause of Infantile Colic Breast-Fed Infants" Lancet
2 (1978): 437
2.  "Dietary Protein-Induced Colitis in Breast-Fed Infants" J. Pediatr.
101 (1982): 906
3.  "The Question of the Elimination of Foreign Protein in Women's
Milk"   J. Immunology 19 (1930): 15

There are many others.  There are dozens of studies describing the
prompt appearance of cow's milk allergy in children being exclusively
breast-fed!  The cow's milk allergens simply appear in mother's milk and
are transmitted to the infant.

Robert Cohen

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Monday - September 27, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients, part 6.

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

Robert Kradjian, MD, wrote a famous latter to his patients, the milk
letter.  This is the Sixth of twenty-two installments from his letter.



Any lactating mammal excretes toxins through her milk.  This includes
antibiotics, pesticides, chemicals and hormones.  Also, all cow's milk
contains blood!  The inspectors are simply asked to keep it under
certain limits.  You may be horrified to learn that the USDA allows milk
to contain from one to one and a half million white blood cells per
milliliter.  (That's only 1/30 of an ounce).  If you don't already know
this, I'm sorry to tell you that another way to describe white cells
where they don't belong would be to call them pus cells.  To get to the
point, is milk pure or is it a chemical, biological, and bacterial
cocktail?  Finally, will the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protect
you?  The United States General Accounting Office (GAO) tells us that
the FDA and the individual states are failing to protect the public from
drug residues in milk.  Authorities test for only 4 of the 82 drugs in
dairy cows.

As you imagine, the Milk Industry Foundation's spokesman claims it's
perfectly safe.  Jerome Kozak says, "I still think that milk is the
safest product we have."

Other, perhaps less biased observers, have found the following:  38% of
milk samples in ten cities were contaminated with sulfa drugs or other
antibiotics.  (This from the Center for Science in the Public Interest
and The Wall Street Journal, December 29, 1989).  A similar study in
Washington, D.C. found a 20 percent contamination rate (Nutrition Action
Healthletter, April 1990).

What's going on here?  When the FDA tested milk, they found few
problems.  However, they used very lax standards.  When they used the
same criteria, the FDA data showed 51 percent of milk samples showed
drug traces.

Let's focus in on this because it's so critical to our understanding of
the apparent discrepancies.  The FDA uses a disk-assay method that can
detect only 2 of the 30 or so drugs found in milk.  Also, the test
detects only at the relatively high level.  A more powerful test called
the "Charm II test" can detect 40 drugs down to 5 parts per billion.

Robert Cohen

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Saturday - September 25, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients, part

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

Robert Kradjian, MD, wrote a famous latter to his patients, the milk
letter. This is the fifth of twenty-two installments from his letter.



Or is it?  Fifty years ago an average cow produced 2000 pounds of milk
per year.  Today the top producers give 50,000 pounds!  How was this
accomplished?  Drugs, antibiotics, hormones, forced feeding plans and
specialized breeding; that's how.

The latest high-tech onslaught on the poor cow is bovine growth hormone
or BGH. (BST)  This genetically engineered drug is supposed to stimulate
milk production, but, according to Monsanto, the hormone's manufacturer,
does not affect the milk or meat.  There are three other manufacturers:
Upjohn, Eli Lilly, and American Cyanamid Company.  Obviously, there have
been no long-term studies on the hormone's effect on the humans drinking
the milk.  Other countries have banned BGH because of safety concerns.
One of the problems with adding molecules to a milk-cow's body is that
the molecules usually come out in the milk.  I don't know how you feel,
but I don't want to experiment with the ingestion of a growth hormone.
A related problem is that is causes a marked increase (50 to 79 percent)
in mastitis.  This, then, requires antibiotic therapy, and the residues
of the antibiotics appear in the milk.

It seems that the public is uneasy about this product and in one survey
43 percent felt that growth hormone-treated milk represented a health
risk.  A vice-president for public policy at Monsanto was opposed to
labeling for that reason, and because the labeling would create an
"artificial distinction."  The country is awash with milk as it is, we
produce more milk than we can consume.  Let's not create storage costs
and further taxpayer burdens, because the law requires the USDA to buy
any surplus of butter, cheese or non-fat dry milk at a support price set
by Congress!  In fiscal 1991, the USDA spent $757 million on surplus
butter, and one billion dollars a year on yearly average for price
supports during the 1980s (Consumer Reports, May 1992: 330-332).

Robert Cohen

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Friday - September 24, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients, part 4.

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

Robert Kradjian, MD, wrote a famous latter to his patients, the milk
letter. This is the fourth of twenty-two installments from his letter.



Can mother's milk increase intelligence?  It seems that it can.  In a
remarkable study published in the Lancet during 1992 (Vol. 339, pp.
261-264), a group of British workers randomly placed premature infants
into two groups. One group received a proper formula, the other group
received human breast milk.  Both fluids were given by stomach tube.
These children were followed up for over 10 years.  In intelligence
testing, the human milk children averaged 10 IQ points higher!  Well,
why not?  Why shouldn't the correct building blocks for the rapidly
maturing and growing brain have a positive effect?

In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1982) Ralph Holman
described an infant who developed profound neurological disease while
being nourished by intravenous fluids only.  The fluids used contained
only linoleic acid - just one of the essential fatty acids.  When the
other, alpha linoleic acid, was added to the intravenous fluids the
neurological disorders cleared.

In the same journal five years later, Bjerve, Mostad and Thoresen,
working in Norway found exactly the same problem in adult patients on
long term gastric tube feeding.

In 1930, Dr. G.O. Burr in Minnesota working with rats found that
linoleic acid deficiencies created a deficiency syndrome.  Why is this
mentioned?  In the early 1960s pediatricians found skin lesions in
children fed formulas without the same linoleic acid.  Remembering the
research, the addition of acid to the formula cured the problem.
Essential fatty acids are just that and cow's milk is markedly deficient
in these when compared to human milk.

Robert Cohen

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Thursday - September 23, 1999 - Evidence of media lies about milk

The rbGH/rbST approval process became the most written about controversy
in FDA history.  Newspapers and magazines reported lie after lie.

The August 24, 1990 issue of the journal SCIENCE revealed that after
cows were treated with Monsanto's genetically engineered hormone, levels
of IGF-I always increase.

IGF-I is the most powerful hormone in the human body, and is identical
in a cow's body.  IGF-I has been identified as the key factor in the
growth and proliferation of breast and prostate cancer.



A March 9, 1994 New York Times article reported:

"The Food and Drug Administration, which approved the drug in November,
says that it is safe and that milk produced by hormone-treated cows
cannot be distinguished from untreated cows."


December 6, 1993:

"Small wonder.  The new milk will be virtually indistinguishable from
the old."


May 17,1993 (quoting Lisa Watson, Monsanto spokesperson):

"Milk from treated and untreated cows is functionally and biologically
the same."

TIME After Time

February 14, 1994 (quoting FDA's Commissioner, David Kessler):

"There's virtually no difference between treated and untreated cows."


You would expect editorials from financial magazines and newspapers to
favor biotechnological pharmaceutical companies.  The Wall Street
Journal was not kind to pure food activists:

"The scare got started with Jeremy Rifkin, who goblinizes nearly every
outgrowth of agricultural science since Johnny Appleseed... Let's
encourage the truth. . . With the help of some truth-telling by
scientists, this should permit technology to triumph and, in the
process, hasten the end of  anticompetitiveness in the dairy case."


Forbes magazine encompasses the entire milk controversy by blaming it
all on the anti-BST activists:

"(They) have launched passionate campaigns denouncing (BST) as a vile
poison. Their strident and scientifically baseless objections have found
willing ears."

Robert Cohen

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Wednesday - September 22, 1999 - More Dairy Industry Bribery


In 1967, Lyndon Johnson was still running for re-election.  After a
large anti-Viet-Nam demonstration ("Hey, Hey, LBJ, how many boys did you
kill today?") Johnson shocked his party by deciding not to run for

That decision was made after $90,711 was invested in a "Salute to the
President" book that was to be sold to help finance his campaign.  When
Johnson announced his intention not to run, that ended all value to the
book which had already been printed.  Who would pay for that book?  As
it turned out, favors were called in by Johnson, who knew where and how
to get the bills paid.

On March 29th, 1967, the Johnson administration increased milk prices by
7 percent.  The cost of living for the previous 12 months had been 2.8

 Three invoices totaling $90,711 were paid by the Central Arkansas Milk
Producers Association ($30,250), the North Texas Producer's Association
($28,500) and the remaining $31,000.96 was paid by the Milk Producer's
Inc. (MPI).

Hubert Humphrey became the democratic party nominee after Johnson
decided not to seek another term.

Thousands of dollars in illegal donations were paid to Humphrey from
dairy Industry sources.  The New York-based ad agency, Lennen and
Newell, billed the Humphrey campaign for services and then sent the
invoices to the Associated Milk Producers Inc., c/o Bob Lilly, New Ulm,


Robert Cohen

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Tuesday - September 21, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients, part

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

Robert Kradjian, MD, wrote a famous latter to his patients, the milk
letter. This is the third of twenty-two installments from his letter.


Milk is a maternal lactating secretion, a short term nutrient for
new-borns. Nothing more, nothing less.  Invariably, the mother of any
mammal will provide her milk for a short period of time immediately
after birth.  When the time comes for "weaning," the young offspring is
introduced to the proper food for that species of mammal.  A familiar
example is that of a puppy.  The mother nurses the pup for just a few
weeks and then rejects the young animal and teaches it to eat solid
food.  Nursing is provided by nature only for the very youngest of
mammals.  Of course, it is not possible for animals living in a natural
state to continue with the drinking of milk after weaning.


Then there is the matter of where we get our milk.  We have settled on
the cow because of its docile nature, its size, and its abundant milk
supply.  Somehow this choice seems "normal" and blessed by nature, our
culture, and our customs.  But is it natural?  Is it wise to drink the
milk of another species of mammal?

Consider for a moment, if it was possible, to drink the milk of a mammal
other than a cow, let's say a rat.  Or perhaps the milk of a dog would
be more to your liking.  Possibly some horse milk or cat milk.  Do you
get the idea?  Well, I'm not serious about this, except to suggest that
human milk is for human infants, dogs' milk is for pups, cow's milk is
for calves, cats' milk is for kittens, and so forth.  Clearly, this is
the way nature intends it.  Just use your good judgment on this one.

Milk is not just milk.  The milk of every species of mammal is unique
and specifically tailored to the requirements of that animal.  For
example, cow's milk is very much richer in protein than human milk.
Three to four times as much.  It has five to seven times the mineral
content.  However, it is markedly deficient in essential fatty acids
when compared to human mothers' milk.  Mothers' milk has six to ten
times as much of the essential fatty acids, especially linoleic acid.
(Incidentally, skimmed cow's milk has no linoleic acid).  It simply is
not designed for humans.

Food is not just food, and milk is not just milk.  It is not the proper
amount of food but the proper qualitative composition that is critical
for the very best in health and growth.  Biochemists and physiologists -
and rarely medical doctors - are gradually learning that foods contain
the crucial elements that allow a particular species to develop its
unique specializations.

Clearly, our specialization is for advanced neurological development and
delicate neuromuscular control.  We do not have much need of massive
skeletal growth or huge muscle groups as does a calf.  Think of the
difference between the demands made on the human hand and the demands on
a cow's hoof.  Human newborns specifically need critical material for
their brains, spinal cord and nerves.

Robert Cohen

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Monday - September 20, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients, part 2.

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

Robert Kradjian, MD, wrote a famous latter to his patients, the milk
letter.  This is the second of twenty-two installments from his letter.


Who is right?  Why the confusion?  Where best to get our answers?  Can
we trust milk industry spokesmen?  Can you trust any industry
spokesmen?  Are nutritionists up to date or are they simply repeating
what their professors learned years ago?  What about the new voices
urging caution?


I believe that there are three reliable sources of information.  The
first, and probably the best, is a study of nature.  The second is to
study the history of our own species.  Finally we need to look at the
world's scientific literature on the subject of milk.

Let's look at the scientific literature first.  From 1988 to 1993 there
were over 2,700 articles dealing with milk recorded in the "Medicine"
archives.  Fifteen hundred of these had milk as the main focus of the
article.  There is no lack of scientific information on this subject.  I
reviewed over 500 of the 1,500 articles, discarding articles that dealt
exclusively with animals, esoteric research and inconclusive studies.


How would I summarize the articles?  They were only slightly less than
horrifying.  First of all, none of the authors spoke of cow's milk as an
excellent food, free of side effects and the "perfect food" as we have
been led to believe by the industry.  The main focus of the published
reports seems to be on intestinal colic, intestinal irritation,
intestinal bleeding, anemia, allergic reactions in infants and children
as well as infections such as salmonella.  More ominous is the fear of
viral infection with bovine leukemia virus or an AIDS-like virus as well
as concern for childhood diabetes.  Contamination of milk by blood and
white (pus) cells as well as a variety of chemicals and insecticides was
also discussed.  Among children, the problems were allergy, ear and
tonsillar infections, bedwetting, asthma, intestinal bleeding, colic and
diabetes.  In adults, the problems seemed centered more around heart
disease and arthritis, allergy, sinusitis, and the more serious
questions of leukemia, lymphoma and cancer.

I think that an answer can also be found in a consideration of what
occurs in nature - what happens with free living mammals and what
happens with human groups living in close to a natural state as

Our Paleolithic ancestors are another crucial and interesting group to
study.  Here we are limited to speculation and indirect evidences, but
the bony remains available for our study are remarkable.  There is no
doubt whatever that these skeletal remains reflect great strength,
muscularity (the size of muscular insertions show this), and total
absence of advanced osteoporosis.  And if you feel that these people are
not important for us to study, consider that today our genes are
programming our bodies in almost exactly the same way as our ancestors
of 50,000 to 100,000 years ago.

Robert Cohen

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Saturday - September 18, 1999 - Where do cows get their calcium from?
Will bovine bones break if cows do not eat mozzarella?

Where do cows get their calcium?  Certainly not by drinking milk!  In
the summer, cows eat lots of "green stuff."  Grass, weeds, vines, clover
and rye.  In the winter, they eat hay and different commercially
prepared feeds.   "Green stuff" contains chlorophyll.  Red stuff (our
blood) is very similar to chlorophyll.  The basic difference between
chlorophyll and hemoglobin, the major blood protein, is at the center of
the molecule.  Hemoglobin, the protein that makes our blood red, has
iron as its center atom.  Chlorophyll, the protein which makes plants
green has as its center atom magnesium.


The magnificence of nature can be observed in the common bond between
plants and humans.  The active protein in our blood and the protein in
the blood of plants are nearly identical.  We live harmoniously,
synergistically.  Humans breathe in air containing oxygen and exhale
carbon dioxide.  Plants "breathe in" air containing carbon dioxide and
exhale oxygen. The 1930 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to Dr.
Hans Fischer who noted that chlorophyll and blood hemoglobin are nearly
alike.  Chlorophyll contains at its center a magnesium atom.  Blood
contains at its center an iron atom.  Magnesium aids calcium
absorption.  Iron inhibits calcium absorption.

Robert Cohen

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Friday - September 17, 1999 - Calcium in food is Not Efficiently
Utilized by the Body unless there is also magnesium.

There's a calcium crisis, or so the dairy industry tells us.  Is there
also a magnesium crisis?

In order to absorb calcium, the body needs comparable amounts of another
mineral element, magnesium.  Milk and dairy products contain only small
amounts of magnesium.  Magnesium is the center atom of chlorophyll.
That's how cows get their calcium, and why there is so much calcium in
milk.   Cows eat calcium and magnesium in the right proportion, from
green plants.  Humans should do the same.

Without the presence of magnesium, the body only absorbs 25 percent of
the available dairy calcium content.  The remainder of the calcium
spells trouble.  Without magnesium, excess calcium is utilized by the
body in injurious ways.  The body uses calcium to build the mortar on
arterial walls which becomes atherosclerotic plaques.  Excess calcium is
converted by the kidneys into painful stones which grow in size like
pearls in oysters, blocking our urinary tracts.  Excess calcium
contributes to arthritis; painful calcium buildup often is manifested as

Society stresses the importance of calcium and, less frequently,
magnesium.  Yet, magnesium is vital to enzymatic activity.  In addition
to insuring proper absorption of calcium, magnesium is critical to
proper neural and muscular function and maintains proper pH balance in
the body.  Magnesium, along with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), helps to
dissolve calcium phosphate stones which often accumulate from excesses
of dairy intake.  Good sources of magnesium include beans, green leafy
vegetables like kale and collards, whole grains and orange juice.
Non-dairy sources of calcium include green leafy vegetables, seafood,
almonds, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, oats, beans, parsley, sesame
seeds and tofu.

Osteoporosis is not a problem that should be associated with lack of
calcium intake.  Osteoporosis results from calcium loss. The massive
amounts of protein in milk result in a 50 percent loss of calcium in the
urine.  In other words, by doubling your protein intake there will be a
loss of 1-1.5 percent in skeletal mass per year in postmenopausal women.
The calcium contained in leafy green vegetables is more easily absorbed
than the calcium in milk, and plant proteins do not result in calcium
loss the same way as animal proteins do.

Robert Cohen

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Thursday - September 16, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients,
part 1.

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

Dr. Kradjian is a man of great wit, intelligence, perspective, and
passion.  He is the author of a best selling book, "Breast Cancer."
Robert Kradjian, once chief of breast surgery at Seton Medical Center
near San Francisco, has recently retired from his medical practice. In
1995, he wrote a now famous letter to his patients, the milk letter.
This is the first of twenty-two installments from that letter.


"Milk."  Just the word itself sounds comforting!  "How about a nice cup
of hot milk?"  The last time you heard that question it was from someone
who cared for you - and you appreciated their effort.

The entire matter of food and especially that of milk is surrounded with
emotional and cultural importance.  Milk was our very first food.  If we
were fortunate, it was our mother's milk.  A loving link, given and
taken.  It was the only path to survival.  If not mother's milk, it was
cow's milk or soy milk "formula"--rarely it was goat, camel or water
buffalo milk.

Now, we are a nation of milk drinkers.  Nearly all of us.  Infants, the
young, adolescents, adults and even the aged.  We drink dozens or even
several hundred gallons a year and add to that many pounds of "dairy
products" such as cheese, butter and yogurt.

Can there be anything wrong with this?  We see reassuring images of
healthy, beautiful people on our television screens and hear messages
that assure us that, "Milk is good for your body."  Our dietitians
insist that:  "You've got to have milk, or where will you get your
calcium?"  School lunches always include milk and nearly every hospital
meal will have milk added.  And if that isn't enough, our nutritionists
told us for years that dairy products make up an "essential food
group."  Industry spokesmen made sure that colorful charts proclaiming
the necessity of milk and other essential nutrients were made available
at no cost for schools.  Cow's milk became "normal."

Milk Makes Most People Sick!

You may be surprised to learn that most of the human beings that live on
planet Earth today do not drink or use cow's milk.  Further, most of
them can't drink milk because it makes them ill.

There are students of human nutrition who are not supportive of milk use
for adults.  This is from the March 1991 Medical Reader:

"If you really want to play it safe, you may decide to join the growing
number of Americans who are eliminating dairy products from their diets
altogether.  Although this sounds radical to those of us weaned on milk
and the five basic food groups, it is eminently viable.  Indeed, of all
mammals, only humans--and then only a minority, principally
Caucasians--continue to drink milk beyond babyhood."

Robert Cohen

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Wednesday - September 15, 1999 - How does one quit eating dairy
products, cold turkey?


1) Continue to eat cheese and ice cream. Increase your consumption to a
pint of ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Enjoy at least 1/2
pound of cheese for each meal and at every snacking opportunity.  Do
this every day until you are 50 years old.
2) Wake up one night with an excruciating pain in your left arm.
3) Get to the emergency room of your hospital and have tubes and IVs
lines connected to you.
4) Be told you have had a heart attack.
5) Spend three days in ICU. Watch and hear as people die around you.
6) Spend the rest of the week in a room watching videos about diet and
heart disease.
7) Have your cardiologist pass a wire though a vein in your crotch into
your heart.
8) Watch the readouts of your heartbeat on an electronic monitor.  Enjoy
the beeping.  That sound means you're still alive.
9) See the blocked artery and be told that milk and dairy products are
now no-nos.  Ask your physician why nobody told you this twenty years
10) Realize you are too young to die and decide you want to live.

Robert Cohen

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Tuesday - September 14, 1999 - Eat ice cream and get drunk!  What will
they put in ice cream next, nicotine?

There's a new ice cream product on the market, just introduced in
Wisconsin, that contains alcohol.

The Ice Cream Bar, Inc. has invented ``Blend's, '' the first
commercially available intoxicating ice cream.  This product was
developed at the University of Minnesota, and one wonders whether
scientists worked under a dairy industry grant or a government subsidy.

A new manufacturing method stabilize the alcohol molecule preventing it
from interacting with the ice crystals and milk proteins found in ice

Is this great news, or what?

This makes it possible to combine real liquors and liqueurs with ice
cream for a frozen, solid ice cream which can be held for up to a year,
and still maintain that to-die-for ice cream taste and texture.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) have determined that Blend's(r) is distilled
spirits because it is intoxicating. Therefore it can only be sold to and
consumed by adults.  This product will be available in nine flavors,
including Grasshopper, Brandy Alexander, and Pink Squirrel.

This is just what America needed: hormones and alcohol in one convenient
ice cream bar.  Does anybody imagine that children will not have access
to these tasty treats?  While these ice creams will be sold to adults
only, I imagine that adults do not have combination locks on the freezer
compartments of their refrigerators.


Robert Cohen

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Monday - September 13, 1999 -  The dairy industry plays tennis.   Their
"ACE" becomes your "DOUBLE FAULT."

The dairy industry has hired tennis stars and sisters, Venus and Serena
Williams, to pose for a milk mustache ad.

These two beautiful and athletic African-Americans will look even
lovelier with pus painted on their upper lips.

Despite the fact that ninety-five percent of black Americans cannot
tolerate lactose, these two sisters have discovered the money, big time!

Love-40.  We know the score.  This has little to do with health.  It's
all about endorsements.

There will come a time in the very near future that the Williams sisters
totally dominate female tennis, they are that good!

Unfortunately, with greatness, there must also come a sense of
responsibility.  The Williams sisters are role models.  They represent
the ultimate success to young African Americans.

With the exceptions of Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson, these Williams
sisters have stormed into a sport in which previous champions were white
athletes, born with silver tennis racquet-shaped spoons, beneficiaries
of expensive lessons as young kids, continuing that expensive training
through their teens.

Now, approaching the greatness that is due them, these sisters must
realize the consequences of their actions.

Milk does not do the body good.  Milk hurts African Americans, who
cannot tolerate lactose, and have even more problems with casein, the
milk protein which is a tenacious glue.

Flo-Jo wore a milk mustache and died with her internal organs acutely
congested with mucous.  She died of an asthma attack.  In New York City,
500,000 children, mostly children of "color," have asthma.  Living below
the poverty level, these children receive subsidized milk and cheese.

Casein is a killer.

These tennis playing sisters:  Is this ad a stroke of good luck or bad?
Somebody, please let them know what they might be doing to the children.

Double fault?  Williams sisters, the ball is in your court.

Robert Cohen

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 CalciYum – A Book Review by Robert Cohen

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Saturday - September 11, 1999 -  The Boston Vegetarian Food Festival
offers free admission, free vegetarian food sampling, free parking, and
great speakers!

Come to Massachusetts, watch the autumn leaves fall, eat great food!

In two weeks, I'll be speaking at Boston's fourth annual vegetarian food
festival.  My subject and time is as follows:

12 noon  - Dispelling the Myth of Milk as Nature's Perfect Food

This all-day event is a fun way to explore the not-milk and not-meat
alternatives to healthy living.  It will be held at the beautiful,
state-of-the-art Reggie Lewis Athletic Center at 1350 Tremont Street in
Boston on September 25, 10 AM to 6 PM.

The festival includes natural foods store exhibits, food manufacturers,
cooking demonstrations, educational exhibits, registered dietitian
consultants, children's activities, and exhibitors of other products and
services supporting vegetarian ways of life.


Bob LeRoy, RD, MS --- Basics of Vegetarian Nutrition

Howard Lyman --- Ex-cattle rancher, author of MAD COWBOY

Vegan Chef Ken Bergeron --- Olympic Gold Medal Cooking Demo

Boston Chef Didi Emmons --- A Medley of Chilies

The event is organized by the Boston Vegetarian Society.

Contact:  Evelyn Kimber
Phone:    617-424-8846
E-mail:   no longer valid

The Sunday after this event I'll be speaking at the Boston chapter of
For information on attending this event, call 1-888-NOT-MILK.

Robert Cohen

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Friday - September 10, 1999 - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates takes a
stand on milk issues.

There are two classes of computer-literate people in America - - those
who love Bill Gates, and those who see him as Satan's messenger on

I happened to have once admired the big guy, that is, until this most
recent revelation.  A man who earns more money than many nations now
supports the most subsidized industry in America.

The Seattle Milk Fund has received a $10,000 grant from Bill and Melinda
Gates so that Seattle's kids can be brainwashed with dairy industry
propaganda in pre-school and childcare programs.

This news was so important to the dairy industry that it was put out on
yesterday's PRNewswire.

The milk industry representative, Pat Wilson (425-646-9530), had this to

``Grants and donations, such as this generous gift from Bill and Melinda
Gates, have added to our financial strength, and more importantly our
ability to renew our focus on childcare programs.  The dedication of
time, energy, and funds given by all is evidence that the philanthropic
and volunteer spirit is alive and well at the Seattle Milk Fund.''

The Seattle Milk Fund supports families with vouchers for food and dairy

Bill and Melinda Gates give lots of money to lots of different causes.
Their foundation has been funded with $17.1 billion, and their agenda is
to support initiatives in health and learning.

This donation represents 1/1,700,000 of the money earmarked for
charity.  The PRESS RELEASE cost $500 to put on the newswire, so that 5%
of the donation was used to publicize that fact.

Robert Cohen

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Thursday - September 9, 1999 - Dairy industry admits that cheese and ice
cream are unhealthy!

The current issue of HOARDS (August 25, 1999) contains an interesting
editorial on page 602.  The headline:


The editor's comment reports on a new feed additive that lowers the
saturated fat content in milk, converting it to monounsaturated fat
(which is the fat contained in olive and canola oil).

HOARD'S writes:

"It is saturated fat which has been linked to human health problems,
including heart disease, digestive disorders, and some forms of cancer.
The long-term result may be a butter that spreads right out of the
refrigerator or rich tasting cheese and ice cream that's actually good
for you."

My question to the dairy industry:

Did Hoard's admit (by writing "actually") that cheese and ice cream are
not good for you?

Robert Cohen

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Wednesday - September 8, 1999 - I just ate the most delicious hamburger!

Last night (actually, this morning at 3AM), I could not help myself.

There I was, doing an all-nighter in the middle of a writing frenzy when
hunger struck.  Not just one hunger pang, but pangs that pinged
throughout every part of me.  I needed food.

I recalled the munchies of my college days and the gluttonous urges of
my meat-eating days.  I had to have a snack.

I ran up the stairs, trying not to wake my wife and daughters, then made
my way to the fridge.  What leftovers had they left for me?

I opened the refrigerator door, and there it sat in all of its splendor,
a leftover hamburger from the previous evening's bar-b-cue.  Somebody
had thought to put on the ketchup, and that ready-to-eat food for the
gods also included a piece of lettuce and a wedge of one of our home
grown tomatoes.

I took out the offering, grabbed a paper towel, and went downstairs to
my office to enjoy the treat.

Folks, no hamburger has ever tasted better.  The meaty taste, each
mouthful of barbecued flavor.  The juice-soaked bun merging with the
ketchup, crisp lettuce, and tomato.  I savored each bite, and though
satisfied, wished that there was another.

I had to tell you about this snack because it was that good.  The
burgers come 4 patties to the box, manufactured by "Gardenburger."  The
box contained a photo of the meatiest looking burger and this hype:
"hamburger style - 100% beef taste - fat free - all natural - vegan."
It was everything that the manufacturer claimed it to be.

The major ingredients include soy protein and wheat gluten.

Robert Cohen

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Tuesday - September 7, 1999 -  How many more must get sick and die?  New
York State Fair E. coli outbreak.

Yesterday (September 6, 1999), the New York Times headline read:


E. coli bacteria live in the intestines of dairy cows, and upper New
York State loves its county fairs.

Children come to see blue-ribboned cows and pigs auctioned to the
highest bidder.  They eat ice cream and pose for milk mustaches at dairy
sponsored festivals.

They eat undercooked flesh from diseased animals and drink their body
fluids and are surprised when they get sick.

State officials, usually at a loss for the etiology of such infections,
tested the water in an aquifer supplying the Washington County
fairgrounds and turned up high levels of E. coli bacteria.

They hypothesized that runoff from animals caused the unusually high
levels of E. coli in the water.

There are nine million dairy cows in America.   A cow can produce up to
100 pounds of milk per day and can drink double that amount of water.
The rest of the liquid is excreted into the fields or streams and
becomes part of America's aquifer system.  One billion pounds of
diseased urine each day contributes to our reservoirs and drinking
supplies in the most unwholesome of ways.

If New York State officials admit that E coli might have come from
animal wastes, what do you imagine you are drinking when you turn on the

Got piss?  Get pissed!

Robert Cohen

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Monday - September 6, 1999 - It was only a matter of time.  Scientists
are now mating humans with cows, sort of.  GOT BIOTECHNOLOGY?

Genetically engineered mammals were first produced in 1996, when
the sheep was cloned in a Scottish laboratory.  During the past three
years, breakthroughs in cloning and genetic engineering have proven real
science to be equal to and beyond anything imagined by Mary Shelley,
author of "Frankenstein."

New Zealand scientists plan to introduce a human protein gene into dairy
cows in order to produce a new milk containing myelin, the lining of
nerves.  This will enable the commercial production of substances that
may very well cure multiple sclerosis and other brain diseases.

In animal studies, ingestion of myelin basic protein has been an
effective therapy in curing multiple sclerosis.

The laboratory technique necessary to produce this new breed of
half-human/half cow will introduce a human gene into bovine casein
cells, and then injecting them into cow's eggs.

Small herds of dairy cows will then be created (about 30 animals per
herd) and farms will be constructed in secret and secure locations.

The need for secrecy is obvious.  Activists have burned Monsanto's
European test crops.  Genetic engineering carries an enormous negative
connotation throughout most of the world.  The exception is in America,
where regulatory agencies have sacrificed rigorous reviews of drug
applications.  Other nations do not have the "revolving door policy"
that America's FDA shares with Monsanto and other biotechnology firms.

Earlier this year, an application from Dolly's developers, PPL
Therapeutics, was approved to breed a flock of sheep in New Zealand with
another human protein gene in a bid to fight cystic fibrosis.

Robert Cohen

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5 MILK AND MORTALITY - The Story of Heart Disease

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Saturday - September 4, 1999 - An incredible endorsement of the NOTMILK
soymilk machine from a satisfied user!

Kathleen Waggoner wrote:


"I wanted to let you know the soymilk machine came and both David and I
think it is great.  In fact, I almost fell off my chair.  One of your
people called to say it had been shipped.  First time that has ever

We both agreed that it seems to generate more okara than the other one
did and the milk is terrific.  I also want to say that I received a
flyer in the mail on your recent book on the dairy industry.  It sounds
as if you are confirming what we have suspected for almost 15 years.  I
will be placing the order post haste.  I will probably make it a
Christmas present for several people.:-) Hope all is well with you and
The SOYMILK machine is really that good.  This beats having a cow in
your back yard, and beats having to shell out $2 per quart of packaged

Make it fresh!  The cost of a quart of soymilk is less than a dime, so
you quickly recapture your "investment."  The product is fresh,
delicious and nutritious.

For more information about ordering the SOYMILK machine:

Robert Cohen

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Friday - September 3, 1999 - Dairy industry and soy industry may merge
into a food conglomerate.  Step #1.  GOT SOY?

SILK non-dairy yogurt has always been an alternative to casein-filled,
mucous forming dairy products.  In an effort to control the GOTMILK and
NOTMILK markets, Dean Foods has announced an alliance with White Wave
Soyfoods, manufacturers of "SILK."

Dean Foods is America's largest dairy processor and distributor.

White Wave is America's largest soyfoods company.

The timing of this "merger/partnership" could not have been better
Genetically engineered foods are a major controversy.  America's soy
crop has been genetically engineered, while protesters burn test fields
in Europe, and Europeans refuse to accept shipments of American soybeans
and soy products.

America's soy industry has lobbied the Food and Drug Administration.
Expect an
announcement in October, extolling the virtues of soy products.

This alliance will support White Wave's new product development and
marketing initiatives to reach new audiences. White Wave has annual
sales of approximately $21 million. Its product line includes the
successful Silk(TM) organic soymilk line, the first nationally
distributed fresh, refrigerated soymilk sold in the dairy case.

It is just a matter of time before this collaboration produces a
soy-based cheese.  Our concern is that SILK'S good name will be "used"
by the dairy processor to include a line of soy cheeses containing

The president of Dean Foods (the dairy processor) commented:

"Through this collaboration, we are investing in the future of soyfoods
in America. As Dean Foods has been an innovator in the dairy market,
White Wave is a leader in the innovation and integration of soyfoods
into the American diet. We look forward to supporting White Wave as it
expands its reach in both the natural products and mainstream market

I called spokesperson, Susan Walsh (303-449-2526) at White Wave, and
asked whether we could expect a line of soy-dairy products.  Her
response was that White Wave has the most respected name in the soy
business.  We hope and trust that will continue.

Who would have expected that the dairy industry would have something to
gain by the successful marketing of soy products?

If you cannot beat them, invest with them!

Robert Cohen

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Thursday - September 2, 1999 - If the farmers can't feed the cows, they
can't keep them.  The Drought of 1999 is ruining the small dairy farms
of America.

Large factory farms hardly feel the effects of this summer's drought,
but the small farms are no longer able to compete.

Large factory farms are the ones using Monsanto's genetically engineered
bovine growth hormone.  The small farmer traditionally has not used
hormone.  Earl Rogers did not use rbGH.

I spoke with Earl Rogers a few days ago.  Earl is 52 and has two kids.
Last week, he and his brother sold over 100 animals and received less
than $400 per cow.  To Earl, there is no future in agriculture.

Earl complained that something funny is going on in the dairy business.
His farm is located just 45 minutes away from one of the largest
processors in America, Krogers.  Krogers was paying Earl $10 for every
100 pounds of milk he produced, while trucking milk in from out of state
and paying $25 dollars per hundred pounds to other dairy producers.

Is there a plan to put the small dairy farmer out of business?

Certainly, this year's drought is not part of that plan.  However, the
weather appears to be the straw breaking the "camel's back."  Straw?
There is none.  Earl was out of hay.  The streams dried up.  Earl had no
water.  Earl had to sell out.  Earl has no future.

Everett Willoughby is also a dairy farmer from Kentucky.  This week he
plans on selling one-third of his dairy cows.  Same problem.  Same

The large farms will win by attrition.  They can hold on.  Soon all of
America's milk supply will be treated with Monsanto's genetically
engineered hormone.

That is part of the plan.  That hormone caused cancer in every single
laboratory animal (unpublished study authored by Richard, Odaglia,
Deslex, 1989).  FDA and Monsanto refuse to release that study.

More and more of that hormone will be used as the small farmer is forced
out of business and the factory farms take over.

Robert Cohen

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Wednesday - September 1, 1999 - Veggie Heaven, or NOTMEAT!  Vegan
recipes for meat substitutes.

I promised you recipes for these meat substitutes, as I received them.
Fifty boxes of NOTBEEF, NOTSAUSAGE, and NOTCHICKEN were delived today by
UPS and I couldn't wait to get at 'em.

My children eyed them suspiciously, dreading dinner.

I decided to make one sausage dish and one beef.

The sausage substitute ended up tasting like veal.  The notbeef product
was a great substitute for beef, and we made Chinese-style beef with

Here's what I cooked:

Sausage with Peppers in Italian sauce
Beef with Broccoli in Oyster (soy-based) sauce

I used 1/2 bag of each notmeat product, or 4 ounces.  Each was boiled
separately in two quarts of water for 15 minutes.  The boiling
re-constitutes the dried product.



Four ounces of notsausage
One Vidalia onion, sliced thin
One red onion, sliced thin
Five cloves of garlic, minced
Three sliced peppers (we used one green, one yellow, and one red)
One 35-ounce can of whole tomatoes
Oregano, basil, salt and pepper
3 tbs. of olive oil


1) Sauté the onions and garlic until they begin to soften
2) Add the peppers and sauté until the onions and garlic begin to brown
3) Chop the tomatoes and add with their liquid
4) Add the herbs and notsausage pieces
5) Cover pot and simmer for 45 minutes or until the gravy is thick

Serve on top of your favorite pasta

This serves five hungry people.



Four ounces of notbeef
One quart of broccoli florettes (tops) cut small
Two cloves of garlic
One tablespoon of fresh minced ginger
Two tbs. soy-based oyster sauce (find this in an Oriental market)
Two tbs. naturally fermented soy sauce
Peanut oil
2 tbs. corn starch mixed with 1/2 cup of water


1) Mix the corn starch in water and set aside
2) Sauté the garlic and ginger in very hot peanut oil
3) Add the broccoli and stir fry for about one minute
4) Add soy sauce and oyster sauce
5) Add notbeef pieces
6) Add the corn starch/water mixture to thicken the gravy

Serve immediately on brown or white rice

As in the above dish, this will feed five hungry people.

By the way. . .The kids loved these dishes!  Bon apetit!


CHICKEN-----------Item #2001---$3.15/8 oz. package
BEEF--------------Item #2002---$3.15/8 oz. package
GROUND BEEF-------Item #2003---$3.15/8 oz. package
SAUSAGE-----------Item #2004---$3.15/8 oz. package

Robert Cohen
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                        End of September 1999 File
Robert Cohen author of:   MILK - The Deadly Poison
Executive Director
Dairy Education Board

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