By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text

The Dairy Education Board
Squirts of NOTMILK Wisdom

October, 1999

October 1999 Daily Dairy Diary Squirts of NOTMILK Wisdom
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31 Weekly newsletter: More daily dairy tidbits
30 HUNGER STRIKE-The Ultimate Protest.
29 Four out of five dentists agree...
28 American Milk?  Banned in England!  GOT HORMONES?
27 WORLD SERIES BASEBALL, as American as... Pizza Pie?
26 COSMOPOLITAN causes breast cancer!
25 Visit the CHEESIEST of Websites!
24 A typical week of tidbits
23 KEEBLER ELVES have been up to no good!
22 "Nick At Night" and perhaps a lawsuit...
20 Shooting the bull with America's dairymen
18 Buy Organic Soybeans Directly From the Grower!
17 Weekly Newsletter: Farm Sanctuary
16 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 22)
15 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 21)
14 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 20)
13 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 19)
12 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 18)
11 Goat's milk is for baby goats
10 Mother Nature reviews MILK
9 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 17)
8 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 16)
7 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 15)
6 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 14)
5 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 13)
4 A doctor's advice to his Patients (part 12)
2 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 11)
1 A doctor's advice to his patients (part 10)


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Weekly Newsletter

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Saturday, 30 October, 1999

Petitioning the FDA for change.  The NOTMILKMAN files a new suit.

FDA allows any citizen of the United States to file a suit for action,
if there exists evidence of danger or adverse effects from FDA-approved
pharmaceuticals or food additives.

I recently filed such a petition and received this letter from Lyle
Jaffee of FDA's Docket Management Branch, dated October 26, 1999.

"Dear Mr. Cohen:

Your petition requesting the Food and Drug Administration to revoke the
regulation that approved Posilac, Monsanto's bovine growth hormone, was
received by this office on October 26, 1999.  It was assigned docket
number 99P-4613/CP 1 and it was filed on October 26, 1999.  Please refer
to this docket number in future correspondence on this subject wih the

Please note that the acceptance of the petition for filing is a
procedural matter in that it in no way reflects an agency decision on
the substantive merits of the petition."

By law, FDA must respond to such petitions.  I filed a similar petition
in 1994, but FDA ignored me.  This go-around, I have new overwhelming
scientific documentation that will result in Monsanto's hormone being
taken off the market.

I am certain of that.  So certain, in fact, that I am willing to bet my
life on it.

Next Sunday, November 7th, I will begin a hunger strike.

I will not end that protest until POSILAC is taken off of the market.

I am asking you to join me in my hunger strike, in support of removing
from our food supply FDA-approved poisons such as Monsanto's Posilac.
Rachel Debus of Pennsylvania and Ron Hamilton of Canada have already
agreed to join this hunger strike.  They are in this for the long-term.
Can you fast for one day or more?  If so, please contact me privately

Watch for more information on a new website:

Robert Cohen

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Friday, 29 October, 1999

Four out of five dentists agree:  Brush your teeth with sour cream,
because like CREST, dairy products have been shown to be effective
decay-preventive dentifrices--- Are you buying the latest dairy
marketing lies?

Smile and Say Cheese! Contest to Show Cheese is Good for Teeth

The cheeze-whizzes of America are jointly sponsoring a contest with a
camera company.  Both industries want to see America smile, so the
American Dairy Association and National Cheese Institute are conducting
a "Smile and Say Cheese" contest co-sponsored by Nikon Inc.

In a recent press release, the dairy industry asks Americans to believe
that several varieties of cheeses (e.g., Cheddar, Mozzarella, Monterey
Jack, Swiss, American) may protect against tooth decay.


The dairy marketing people expect you to believe that as you munch on
the muenster, the calcium, protein, and phosphorus found in cheese
stimulate saliva production and that phosphorus, protein, and vitamin A
help strengthen teeth.

Who knows?  Perhaps we'll soon be seeing a sour cream mouthwash.  Gargle
with half-and-half, perhaps?


Consumers are asked to write in 50 words -- "Why Cheese Makes Me
Smile" -- along with a photo, featuring cheese in some way, with people
flashing their pearly whites.  The prize package includes $1,000, a
Nikon Nuvis® 300 3x zoom compact camera, a "Cheese of the Month" for
one year, "Behold the power of Cheese.(TM)" merchandise
and a dental health supply kit.

Here's my entry.

Dear Cheeseheads,

Every morning I start my day by bushing my teeth with port-wine
cheddar.  I may be offending my co-workers with cheesebreath, but it's
worth the sacrifice knowing that I will never get a cavity or have gum
disease.  If only everybody realized that cheese contains miracle
substances that keep teeth pearly-white.

George Washington hated cheese and he lost his teeth at an early age.
Beavers do not eat cheese and look at how ridiculous their teeth are.

Please send me a free camera.

PS --- Why do you offer a dental health supply kit as a prize?  I
already brush my teeth with cheese, so I need no further dental care.

(For more contest information contact Karin Janessa or Jennifer Vidal,
both of the American Dairy Association-National Cheese Institute:

Robert Cohen

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Thursday, 28 October, 1999

American Milk?  Banned in England!  GOT HORMONES?

The United States approved the use of Monsanto's genetically engineered
bovine growth hormone (rbGH) in November of 1993 and placed a
three-month moratorium upon formal approval.  At the same time, Eli
Lilly had an application before the European Community for their version
of rbGH (OPTIFLEX 640).  Final FDA approval came for the American
version on February 6th, 1994. Europe banned rbGH on December 15, 1994,
placing a five-year moratorium on its use.

FDA's reaction to the European ban was unprecedented.  Stephen Sundlof,
Director for the Center for Veterinary Medicine wrote a letter to the
European Community and said:

"The WHO/FAO Joint Expert Committe on Food Additives, the U.S. Congress
Office of Technology Assessment, and a panel of experts convened by the
U.S National Institutes of Health all concluded that milk from cows
receiving rbGH is safe."

We now know (thanks to a study in the October 1999 issue of the Journal
of the American Dietetic Association) that milk hormones exert powerful
metabolic effects on humans.

This week, the Europeans are discussing a continuation of that ban.
The fifteen nations makng up the European Union cite animal safety
issues as the reason for the ban.

Europe is wise to continue that ban.  As soon as they receive the Dairy
Education Board's "special package" of supporting scientific documents,
they will have reason to implement a permanent ban.

America would be wise to follow Europe's lead by taking rbGH off the

Robert Cohen

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Wednesday, 27 October, 1999

WORLD SERIES BASEBALL, as American as...Pizza Pie?  Three strikes,
you're out!

Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd.  Buy me some
peanuts and pizza pie, milk proteins cause asthma, so maybe you'll die…


Just in time for the World Series, another goofy dairy commercial.  This
time it's a new Pizza Hut commercial lampooning Hillary Rodham Clinton
as a New York carpetbagger.  Hillary will soon announce her run for the
New York State Senate.  GOT PIZZA?  The political commercial, made to
ridicule Hillary, raised some eyebrows in New York.  Mrs. Clinton's
likely Senate race rival is New York City's own Mayor Rudolph Giuliani,
a close friend of billionaire Kenneth
Langone, a major stockholder and board member of Pizza Hut.


Meanwhile, Pizza hut is marketing their un-health food by bringing it to
America's classrooms.

A recent letter went out to parents of school children:

"Dear Parents:

To be a successful student, a child needs to have good reading skills,
and the more a child reads, the better those skills become. That is why
your child's class will be participating in the 1999-2000 BOOK IT!
National Reading Incentive Program."

The program is sponsored by Pizza Hut and motivates children to read
more by rewarding them for their reading accomplishments.  Teachers set
monthly reading goals for their students.  When a reading goal is met,
the teacher gives the child a pizza award certificate.  The child can
redeem this certificate at a Pizza Hut restaurant for a free Personal
Pan Pizza.  What a clever way to get the entire family to visit Pizza


Flo Jo died for your sins.

Seriously, folks.   The coroner's report revealed that she ate pizza at
3 PM and died at 6AM, fifteen hours later.  Her stomach contained 250 cc
(the size of a brick) of undigested food with "flecks of cheese."  She
had finger marks on her throat, having choked herself, her lungs
completely congested with mucous,  and unable to breathe.  Many of her
internal organs were "acutely congested" and she had one drug in her
bloodstream, Benadryl, an antihistamine.

Have you ever observed leftover mozzarella in a box of Pizza Hut's
X-Large pie, fifteen minutes after everybody is finished?  It turns to
plastic.  Eighty percent of milk and cheese protein is CASEIN.  Casein
is actually used to make plastic.  Milk.  What a surprise.

Root, root, root for the home team, if they don't win it's a shame, for
it's one, two, three strikes you're out, and pizza's to blame!

Robert Cohen

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Tuesday, 26 October, 1999

COSMOPOLITAN causes breast cancer!  Is that an absurd statement, or
could this be a very important clue?

Researchers from Silent Spring Institute, a nonprofit research
organization in Massachusetts, recently surveyed 1,350 women - ages 35
to 75, asking questions about all aspects of their life.  The study
filled seventeen pages but included no questions about diet, according
to Ruth York, director of the non-profit institute named after Rachel
Carson's best-selling book.  Ms. Carson died from breast cancer shortly
after writing Silent Spring.

The Silent Spring Institute focused their attention on Newton,
Massachusetts, an upscale community recently identified as being a
"breast cancer cluster."  They explored what they believed to be the
"missing link."

It couldn't be wealth, could it?  Researchers had to make assumptions,
so they looked at what wealthy people enjoyed and poor people did not.
Here is what they discovered.  The researchers found women living in
communities hit hardest by the disease used professional lawn and dry
cleaning services more often than those in less-affected neighborhoods.

Does money cause breast cancer?  Does having wealth cause tumors?   The
rate of breast cancer in Newton was 13 percent higher than the statewide
average rate between 1982 and 1992.

The study showed that women in neighborhoods with higher rates of breast
cancer typically had higher incomes and education levels than women in
areas with lower breast cancer rates.


Middle to upper class women subscribe to such magazines.  These women
are bombarded with milk mustache ads, targeted by the National Fluid
Milk Processors.  Women with wealth and education have "LEARNED" that
their bones will break unless they drink milk and eat yogurt.  They have
the money to buy more sour cream, cheese, and whipped cream.

GOT IGF-I?  Milk is loaded with a hormone that's been identified as the
key factor in breast cancer's growth.  Who can afford a steady diet of
yogurt and rich cheeses?  Women who live in Newton, that's who.

Will the Silent Spring Institute ever get around to doing a study on
milk and dairy consumption?  I left Ruth York with that thought.  The
Silent Spring Institute relies upon your donations.  Perhaps you can
induce them to expand their "NEWTON" study and ask the right questions.
Their phone number is 617-332-4288.  How many portions of IGF-I laden
yogurt does it take to grow a tumor?

Robert Cohen

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Monday, 24 October, 1999

Visit the CHEESIEST of Websites!

The FOOD ALLERGY NETWORK is supported by a generous grant from KRAFT
FOOD.  They admit so right on their website:

KRAFT FOODS is one of the largest manuacturers of cheese and milk
products in America.  Kraft owns Nabisco and Post Cereals.  Milk and
dairy products are the backbone (please excuse the expression) of
KRAFT.  Eighty percent of milk protein is CASEIN, one of the most
allergenic substances known to mankind.

Now, here's where it gets interesting.

There once was a very informative internet site
linking cheese consumption to allegies:

Visit that site today and you get this message:

"This site no longer serves the non-dairy public due to a funding short
fall. If your family suffers from food allergies we suggest your visit
the Food Allergy Network's website for support services and educational

You are then instructed to visit the FOOD ALLERGY site, hosted by KRAFT!

Do you imagine that Cheeze Whizzes at KRAFT suffer from a cash flow
problem?  Rather than dishing out portions of VELVEETA, the folks at
KRAFT could use a dose of truth.

Robert Cohen

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Newsletter A typical week of tidbits

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Saturday, 23 October, 1999

KEEBLER ELVES have been up to no good!  They are poisoning their cookies
with milk powder and forget to reveal the truth on the ingredient labels.


Keebler Company announced that, as a precaution, it is recalling
Keebler Frosted Animal Cookies 16-ounce bag-UPC# 3010011346.
This product contains dairy whey and non-fat dry milk solids, which are
not declared on the ingredient statement. Consumers sensitive to dairy
ingredients may become ill if they consume this product.

Call 1-800-648-6525 for further information.


Warner-Lambert Company is alerting consumers, especially parents of
young children who are allergic to milk protein, that its two new
Trident chewing gum products contain Recaldent, a milk-casein

Consumers who have questions may call Warner-Lambert
Consumer Affairs at 1-800-524-2854.


Frito-Lay is recalling specific packages of Ruffles WOW Original
Potato Chips due to undeclared dairy additives. The 5-oz.
bags actually contain the cheddar and sour cream variety of these

These packages can be identified by the "Pull Date Code OCT 26"
and the code 473306H. The chips were sold in Alabama, Arkansas,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Consumers with questions may call Frito-Lay at 1-800-352-4477.

Robert Cohen

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Friday October 22, 1999  "Nick At Night"  and perhaps a lawsuit...

QUESTION:  Does anyone wish to be named as a defendant in an upcoming
multi-billion dollar class action suit?

ANSWER: NICKELODEON television does!  That’s "Nick At Night."  My
youngest daughter is a big fan of the popular cable television network,
favoring "Rugrats" cartoons and "I Love Lucy" re-runs.

The dairy industry will be distributing free copies of a special issue
of Nickelodeon Magazine that will be super-saturated with milk mustache
ads.  The special issue will combine previously published articles,
including Rugrat stories.  The special promotion give-away magazine also
includes celebrity milkstache ads featuring Britney Spears, the
Backstreet Boys, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

To get a free copy, one merely has to purchase two gallons of pus and
hormone-filled milk!

Some 4.5 million copies of this magazine are to be distributed to 15,000
supermarkets nationwide in specially designed milk displays.

Will mom be able to resist this freebie offer?


Early exposure to bovine proteins has been implicated as a causative
factor of infant insulin dependant diabetes mellitus.

This special issue of Nickelodeon Magazine will include an ad that shows
little Tommy Rugrat wearing a chocolate milk mustache.

Nickelodeon’s advice to moms:  GOT MILK for your infants?

My advice to moms with kids with diabetes:  GOT ATTORNEYS?

Robert Cohen

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Thursday October 21, 1999


Is nothing sacred?  It's bad enough that I've had to sit through
New York Mets baseball playoff games ending in the early morning hours.

I've had to watch Red Sox fans throwing bottles at my beloved New York

In between innings, I now must be on the lookout for the dairy
industry's new $60 million ad campaign featuring:

MILK CARTON GUY commercials.   Aaaggggghhhhh!

Previously, the dairy industry's strategy was to target 18-45 year-old
women by advertising in magazines.  Now their goal is to target a
different audience.  The campaign is funded by the two major
organizations representing dairy farmers and milk processors, Dairy
Management, Inc. (DMI) and the Milk Processor Education
Program (MilkPEP).

The new TV campaign attempts to make milk drinking cool, hip, and fun
while deceiving consumers about its nutritional value.  One ad is
aimed at teenagers, and uses agressive "in-your-face" tactics.

MILK CARTON GUY criticizes the ballplayers in an
inner-city urban neighborhood basketball game.

"You know why you don't have game?" he chides the players,
"cause you don't got milk, that's why."

The spot finishes with the voiceover,

"Want game? Milk has nine essential
nutrients for active bodies."

A kid-focused spot featuring Super Mario will debut in
December.  Something for us all to look forward to.  As for
Mario... I'm rooting for the dragon.

Robert Cohen

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Wednesday October 20, 1999

BABY COW TORTURE CHAMBER - Once upon a time in America, or, shooting the
bull with America's dairymen.

Dear Friends,

The Humane Slaughter Act was passed so that farm animals would be
"humanely killed" by compassionate killers with sharp knives, rather
then by sadistic fiends taking pleasure in causing pain to defenseless

Oh well, little seems to have changed regarding man's inhumanity to
lower life forms.

On Thursday, October 14, 1999, on page 6B, the Florida Sun Sentinel
reported the horrible results of an undercover investigation.  I predict
that the tape will not be shown on "60 Minutes."

What was captured on film revealed a dairy farm
employee dragging, kicking, and shooting 13
newborn calves.  The farm was identified as McArthur Farms
in Okeechobee County.

Why are calves born?  To keep their mom's producing milk.  If calves are
unlucky enough to be born male, feed costs no longer justify raising
these darling creatures for veal.

The state of Florida has decided not to pursue animal cruelty charges
against McArthur Farms or its employees.  The state reasons that
killing unwanted or sick calves is not unusual at dairy farms.

Undercover investigators videotaped a McArthur farm employee on Jan. 23
taking day-old calves from a truck, tossing them into a muddy pit and
shooting them with a small-caliber pistol.  Many were left to thrash and
suffer for up to 10 minutes.

The state attorney general reasoned:

"It is legally acceptable to kill the unwanted calves or sick animals.
The question is did they do it in a humane method?
By looking at this tape, we determined that it wasn't."


Robert Cohen

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The October, 1999 issue of MILKWEED relays bad news to America's dairy
farmers.  Editor, Pete Hardin writes:

"Amid a concerted dietary dairy calcium marketing push, dairy interests
have rolled out a new study which asserts that post-menopausal women who
consume three extra portions of milk per day reduce bone density loss."

Hardin reported this story after reading my PRESS RELEASE!  He wrote:

"Here's the problem, according to dairy critic Robert Cohen of Oradell,
New Jersey:

The study has a serous design flaw.  Forty-six percent (30 out of 65) of
women drinking extra milk were also on estrogen therapy.  Only 31% (21
of 67) of the control group were receiving estrogen.  Estrogen therapy
is the primary medical treatment for ostoporsis."

Cohen labels this study "fraud."

Hardin carefully analyzed my comments, and Robert Heaney's dairy
industry-financed study published in the October issue of the Journal of
the American Dietetic Association.

Hardin also wrote:

"Just what we need, more IGF-I.

Worse yet, Cohen asserts, is the finding that post menopausal women
drinking three extra servings of milk daily showed a 10% increase in
IGF-I.  IGF-I's a cellular growth promoter - widely linked by research
to development of cancers."

I have to congratulate Pete Hardin.  He is an advocate for the dairyman,
and owns a small dairy farm himself.  The last thing that Pete wants to
deliver to his readers is bad news, yet, month after month, the first
thing that Pete insists upon delivering is TRUTH.  This newspaper
publisher once placed himself in great jeopardy by publishing stolen
MONSANTO files, revealing that cows got sick after being treated with
the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.

While others in the dairy industry continue to ask, "GOT MILK?," Pete
Hardin continues to demonstrate that he's "GOT INTEGRITY."

Thank you, Mr. Hardin.

For those of you interested in subscribing to MILKWEED, the subscription
rate of $35 per year for 12 issues is a bargain.  The Milkweed:  P.O.
Box 10, Brooklyn, Wisconsin 53521

Robert Cohen

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Monday - October 18, 1999 - Buy Organic Soybeans Directly From the Grower!

Many of you who have purchased the soymilk
machine have written to me requsting a
source for organically grown soybeans.

I first wrote about this wonderful appliance in
June.  Soymilk can be made in fourteen minutes at
the cost of 6 cents per quart.

You can now buy your soybeans directly from the
grower.  Call Jonathan Chambers at Fairview Farms:


All of their soybeans are grown from non-genetically
engineered seed!

Robert Cohen

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 Farm Sanctuary 

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Saturday - October 16, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 22)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

Robert Kradjian, MD, wrote a famous latter to his patients, the milk
letter.  This is the final installments from his letter.



To my thinking, there is only one valid reason to drink or use milk
products.  That is just because we simply want to.  Because we like it
and because it has become part of our culture.  Because we have become
accustomed to its taste and texture.  Because we like the way it slides
down our throat.  Because our parents did the very best they could for
us and provided milk in our earliest training and conditioning.  They
taught us to like it.  And then probably the very best reason is...ICE
CREAM!  I've heard it described, " die for."

I had one patient who did exactly that.  He had no obvious vices.  He
didn't smoke or drink, he didn't eat meat, his diet and lifestyle was
nearly a perfectly health promoting one; but he had a passion.  You
guessed it, he loved rich ice cream.  A pint of the richest would be a
lean day's ration for him.  On many occasions he would eat an entire
quart - and yes, there were some cookies and other pastries.  Good ice
cream deserves this after all.  He seemed to be in good health despite
some expected "middle age spread" when he had a devastating stroke which
left him paralyzed, miserable and helpless, and he had additional
strokes and died several years later never having left a hospital or
rehabilitation unit.  Was he old?  I don't think so.  He was in his 50s.

So don't drink milk for health.  I am convinced on the weight of the
scientific evidence that it does not "do a body good."  Inclusion of
milk will only reduce your diet's nutritional value and safety.

Most of the people on this planet live very healthfully without cow's
milk.  You can too.  It will be difficult to change; we've been
conditioned since childhood to think of milk as "nature's most perfect
food."  I guarantee you that it will be safe, improve your health and it
won't cost anything.  What can you lose?

Robert Cohen

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Friday - October 15, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 21)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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



One additional topic: the matter of "low fat" milk.  A common and
sincere question is: "Well, low fat milk is OK, isn't it?"

The answer to this question is that low fat milk isn't low fat.  The
term, "low fat," is a marketing term used to mislead the public.  Low
fat milk contains from 24 to 33 percent fat as calories.  The 2 percent
figure is also misleading.  This figure refers to weight.  They don't
tell you that, by weight, the milk is 87 percent water!


"Well then, you kill-joy, surely you must approve of non-fat milk!"  I
hear this quite a bit.  (Another constant concern is: "What do you put
on your cereal?")  True, there is little or no fat, but now you have a
relative overburden of protein and lactose.  If there is something that
we do not need more of it is another simple sugar-lactose, composed of
galactose and glucose.  Millions of Americans are lactose intolerant to
boot, as noted.  As for protein, as stated earlier, we live in a society
that routinely ingests far more protein than we need.  It is a burden
for our bodies, especially the kidneys, and a prominent cause of
osteoporosis.  Concerning the dry cereal issue, I would suggest soy
milk, rice milk or almond milk as a healthy substitute.  If you're still
concerned about calcium, "Westsoy" is formulated to have the same
calcium concentration as milk.

Robert Cohen

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Thursday - October 14, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 20)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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



Sorry, there's more.  Remember lactose?  This is the principal
carbohydrate of milk.  It seems that nature provides newborns with the
enzymatic equipment to metabolize lactose, but this ability often
extinguishes by age four or five years.

What is the problem with lactose or milk sugar?  It seems that it is a
disaccharide which is too large to be absorbed into the blood stream
without first being broken down into monosaccharides, namely galactose
and glucose.  This requires the presence of an enzyme, lactase, plus
additional enzymes to break down galactose into glucose.

Let's think about this for a moment.  Nature gives us the ability to
metabolize lactose for a few years and then shuts off the mechanism.  Is
Mother Nature trying to tell us something?  Clearly, all infants must
drink milk.  The fact that so many adults cannot seems to be related to
the tendency for nature to abandon mechanisms that are not needed.  At
least half of the adult humans on this earth are lactose intolerant.  It
was not until the relatively recent introduction of dairy herding and
the ability to "borrow" milk from another group of mammals that the
survival advantage of preserving lactase (the enzyme that allows us to
digest lactose) became evident.  But why would it be advantageous to
drink cow's milk?  After all, most of the human beings in the history of
the world did.  And further, why was it just the white or light skinned
humans who retained this knack while the pigmented people tended to lose

Some students of evolution feel that white skin is a fairly recent
innovation, perhaps not more than 20,000 or 30,000 years old.  It
clearly has to do with the Northward migration of early man to cold and
relatively sunless areas when skins and clothing became available.  Fair
skin allows the production of vitamin D from sunlight more readily than
does dark skin.  However, when only the face was exposed to sunlight,
that area of fair skin was insufficient to provide the vitamin D from
sunlight.  If dietary and sunlight sources were poorly available, the
ability to use the abundant calcium in cow's milk would give a survival
advantage to humans who could digest that milk.  This seems to be the
only logical explanation for fair skinned humans having a high degree of
lactose tolerance when compared to dark skinned people.

How does this break down?  Certain racial groups, namely blacks, are up
to 90 percent lactose intolerant as adults.  Caucasians are 20 to 40
percent lactose intolerant.  Orientals are midway between the two
groups.  Diarrhea, gas and abdominal cramps are the results of
substantial milk intake in such persons.  Most American Indians cannot
tolerate milk.  The milk industry admits that lactose intolerance plays
intestinal havoc with as many as 50 million Americans.  A
lactose-intolerance industry has sprung up and had sales of $117 million
in 1992 (Time, May 17, 1993).

What if you are lactose intolerant and lust after dairy products?  Is
all lost?  Not at all.  It seems that lactose is largely digested by
bacteria and you will be able to enjoy your cheese despite lactose
intolerance.  Yogurt is similar in this respect.  Finally, and I could
never have dreamed this up, geneticists want to splice genes to alter
the composition of milk (Am. J. Clin. Nutr. Suppl. 302s).

One could quibble and say that milk is totally devoid of fiber content
and that its habitual use will predispose one to constipation and bowel

The association with anemia and acute intestinal bleeding in infants is
known to all physicians.  This is chiefly from the lack of iron and
milk's irritating qualities for the intestinal mucosa.  The pediatric
literature abounds with articles describing irritated intestinal lining,
bleeding, increased permeability as well as colic, diarrhea and vomiting
in cow's milk-sensitive babies.  The anemia gets a double push by loss
of blood and iron as well as deficiency of iron in the cow's milk.  Milk
is also the leading cause of childhood allergy.

Robert Cohen

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Wednesday - October 13, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 19)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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



Remember when you were a kid and the adults all told you to "make sure
you got plenty of good protein?"  Protein was the nutritional "good guy"
when I was young.  And of course, milk fits right in.

As regards protein, milk is indeed a rich source of protein - "liquid
meat," remember?  However, that isn't necessarily what we need.  In
actual fact, it is a source of difficulty.  Nearly all Americans eat too
much protein.

For this information we rely on the most authoritative source that I am
aware of.  This is the latest edition (10th, 1989; 4th printing, Jan.
1992) of the "Recommended Dietary Allowances" produced by the National
Research Council.  Of interest, the current editor of this important
work is Dr. Richard Havel of the University of California in San
Francisco.  First to be noted is that the recommended protein has been
steadily revised downward in successive editions.  The current
recommendation is 0.75 g/kilo/day for adults 19 through 51 years.  This,
of course, is only 45 grams per day for the mythical 60 kilogram adult.
You should also know that the World Health Organization estimated the
need for protein in adults to be 0.6g/kilo per day.  (All RDA's are
calculated with large safety allowances in case you're the type who
wants to add some more to "be sure.")  You can "get by" on 28 to 30
grams per day if necessary!

Now, 45 grams a day is a tiny amount of protein.  That's an ounce and a
half!  Consider too, that the protein does not have to be animal
protein.  Vegetable protein is identical for all practical purposes and
has no cholesterol and vastly less saturated fat.  (Do not be misled by
the antiquated belief that the plant proteins must be carefully balanced
to avoid deficiencies.  This is not a realistic concern.)  Therefore,
virtually all Americans, Canadians, British and European people are in a
protein overloaded state.  This has serious consequences when maintained
over decades.  The problems are the already mentioned osteoporosis,
atherosclerosis and kidney damage.  There is good evidence that certain
malignancies, chiefly colon and rectal, are related to excessive meat
intake.  Barry Brenner, an eminent renal physiologist was the first to
fully point out the dangers of excess protein for the kidney tubule.
The dangers of the fat and cholesterol are known to all.  Finally, you
should know that the protein content of human milk is about the lowest
(0.9%) in mammals.

Robert Cohen

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Tuesday - October 12, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 18)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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



To answer the obvious question, "Well, where do you get your calcium?"
The answer is: "From exactly the same place the cow gets the calcium,
from green things that grow in the ground," mainly from leafy
vegetables.  After all, elephants and rhinos develop their huge bones
(after being weaned) by eating green leafy plants; so do horses.
Carnivorous animals also do quite nicely even without leafy plants.  It
seems that all of earth's mammals do well if they live in harmony with
their genetic programming and natural food.  Only humans living an
affluent lifestyle have rampant osteoporosis.

If animal references do not convince you, think of the several billion
humans on this earth who have never seen cow's milk.  Wouldn't you think
osteoporosis would be prevalent in this huge group?  The dairy people
would suggest this but the truth is exactly the opposite.  They have far
less than that seen in the countries where dairy products are commonly
consumed.  It is the subject of another paper, but the truly significant
determinants of osteoporosis are grossly excessive protein intakes and
lack of weight bearing on long bones, both taking place over decades.
Hormones play a secondary, but not trivial role in women.  Milk is a
deterrent to good bone health.

Robert Cohen

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Monday - October 11, 1999 - Goat's milk is for baby goats.


Dear Editor:

On Sunday, October 10, 1999, the New York Times published a story about
goat's milk in the New Jersey section (Section 14, page 14).

The author of that story, Joseph D'Agnese, wrote:

"If your body can't tolerate cow milk, goat's milk often makes a
suitable alternative."

Such a statement might very well be considered medical advice, and could
result in a deadly prescription for one or more of your readers.
Scientific research suggests goat's milk can be just as dangerous for
some consumers as cow's milk, and you must now take the responsibility
of alerting readers who might change their diets and pursue the headline
of this article: "To Find Goat's Milk and Cheese, Find Some Goats."

A team of European scientists led by Dr. Luisa Businco in Rome recently
concluded that goat's milk is unsafe for infants with cow's milk
allergy.  Their study was published in the June issue of the Journal of
Allergy and Clinical Immunology 1999; 103:1191-1194.

The scientists report:

"The children had positive skin test response to both cow's milk and
goat's milk."

During oral tests in which children swallowed small amounts of goat's
milk, 92% of the children experienced an allergic reaction.

Eighty percent of the protein in cow's milk is casein, a tenacious glue
and powerful allergen.  The authors of this study report that goat and
cow's milk "share 87 percent to 98 percent (of the) identical amino
acids" that make up the proteins responsible for milk allergy.

Should one child become ill or die as a result of this article, the New
York Times will be held responsible.


Robert Cohen

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Saturday - October 9, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 17)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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


Let's look at the calcium first.  Why are we concerned at all about
calcium?  Obviously, we intend to build strong bones and protect us
against osteoporosis.  And no doubt about it, milk is loaded with
calcium.  But is it a good calcium source for humans?  I think not.
These are the reasons.  Excessive amounts of dairy products actually
interfere with calcium absorption.  Secondly, the excess of protein that
the milk provides is a major cause of the osteoporosis problem.  Dr.
Hegsted in England has been writing for years about the geographical
distribution of osteoporosis.  It seems that the countries with the
highest intake of dairy products are invariably the countries with the
most osteoporosis.  He feels that milk is the cause of osteoporosis.
Reasons to be given below.

Numerous studies have shown that the level of calcim ingestion and
especially calcium supplementation has no effect whatever on the
development of osteopor·sis. The most important such article appeared
recently in the British Journal of Medicine where the long arm of our
dairy industry can't reach.  Another study in the United States actually
showed a worsening in calcium balance in post-menopausal women given
three 8-ounce glasses of cow's milk per day (Am. Journal of Clin.
Nutrition, 1985).  The effects of hormone, gender, weight bearing on the
axial bones, and in particular, protein intake, are critically
important.  Another observation that may be helpful to our analysis is
to note the absence of any recorded dietary deficiencies of calcium
among people living on a natural diet without milk.


For the key to the osteoporosis riddle, don't look at calcium, look at
protein.  Consider these two contrasting groups.  Eskimos have an
exceptionally high protein intake estimated at twenty-five percent of
total calories.  They also have a high calcium intake at 2500 mg/day.
Their osteoporosis is among the worst in the world.  The other
instructive group are the Bantus of South Africa.  They have a twelve
percent protein diet, mostly plant protein, and only 200 to 350 mg/day
of calcium, about half our women's intake.  The women have virtually no
osteoporosis despite bearing six or more children and nursing them for
prolonged periods!  When African women immigrate to the United States,
do they develop osteoporosis?  The answer is yes, but not quite as much
as Caucasian or Asian women.  Thus, there is a genetic difference that
is modified by diet.

Robert Cohen

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Friday - October 8, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 16)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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


Even lung cancer has been associated with milk ingestion.  The beverage
habits of 569 lung cancer patients and 569 controls again at Roswell
Park were studied in the International Journal of Cancer, April 15,
1989.  Persons drinking whole milk 3 or more times daily had a 2-fold
increase in lung cancer risk when compared to those never drinking whole

For many years we have been watching the lung cancer rates for Japanese
men who smoke far more than American or European men but who develop
fewer lung cancers.  Workers in this research area feel that the total
fat intake is the difference.


There are not many reports studying an association between milk
ingestion and prostate cancer.  One such report though, was of great
interest.  This is from the Roswell Park Memorial Institute and is found
in Cancer 64 (3): 605-612, 1989.  They analyzed the diets of 371
prostate cancer patients and comparable control subjects:

"Men who reported drinking three or more glasses of whole milk daily had
a relative risk of 2.49 compared with men who reported never drinking
whole milk...the weight of the evidence appears to favor the hypothesis
that animal fat is related to increased risk of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer diagnosed in U.S. men and
is the second leading cause of cancer mortality."

Is there any health reason at all for an adult human to drink cow's
milk?  It's hard for me to come up with even one good reason other than
simple preference.  But if you try hard, in my opinion, these would be
the best two: milk is a source of calcium and it's a source of amino
acids (proteins).

Robert Cohen

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Thursday - October 7 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 15)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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


Here's more.  A large prospective study from Norway was reported in the
British Journal of Cancer 61 (3):456-459, March 1990.  (Almost 16,000
individuals were followed for 11 and one-half years).  For most cancers
there was no association between the tumor and milk ingestion.  However,
in lymphoma, there was a strong positive association.  If one drank two
glasses or more daily (or the equivalent in dairy products), the odds
were 3.4 times greater than in persons drinking less than one glass of
developing a lymphoma.


Unfortunately, it does.  Ovarian cancer - a particularly nasty tumor-
was associated with milk consumption by workers at Roswell Park Memorial
Institute in Buffalo, New York.  Drinking more than one glass of whole
milk or equivalent daily gave a woman a 3.1 times risk over non-milk
users.  They felt that the reduced fat milk products helped reduce the
risk.  This association has been made repeatedly by numerous


Another important study, this from the Harvard Medical School, analyzed
data from 27 countries mainly from the 1970s.  Again, a significant
positive correlation is revealed between ovarian cancer and per capita
milk consumption.  These investigators feel that the lactose component
of milk is the responsible fraction, and the digestion of this is
facilitated by the persistence of the ability to digest the lactose
(lactose persistence) - a little different emphasis, but the same
conclusion.  This study was reported in the American Journal of
Epidemiology 130 (5): 904-910, Nov. 1989.  These articles come from two
of the country's leading institutions, not the Rodale Press or
Prevention Magazine.

Robert Cohen

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Wednesday - October 6, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 14)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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

Something's Norway

In Norway, 1422 individuals were followed for 11 and one-half years.
Those drinking two or more glasses of milk per day had 3.5 times the
incidence of cancer of the lympathatic organs.  British Med. Journal,
61: 456-9, March 1990.

One of the more thoughtful articles on this subject is from Allan S.
Cunningham of Cooperstown, New York.  Writing in the Lancet, November
27, 1976 (page 1184), his article is entitled, "Lymphomas and
Animal-Protein Consumption."  Many people think of milk as "liquid meat"
and Dr. Cunningham agrees with this.  He tracked the beef and dairy
consumption in terms of grams per day for a one year period, 1955-1956,
in 15 countries.  New Zealand, United States, and Canada were highest in
that order.  The lowest was Japan followed by Yugoslavia and France.
The difference between the highest and lowest was quite pronounced: 43.8
grams/day for New Zealanders versus 1.5 for Japan.  Nearly a 30-fold
difference!  (Parenthetically, the last 36 years have seen a startling
increase in the amount of beef and milk used in Japan and their disease
patterns are reflecting this, confirming the lack of "genetic
protection" seen in migration studies.  Formerly the increase in
frequency of lymphomas in Japanese people was only in those who moved to
the USA)!

An interesting bit of trivia is to note the memorial built at the
Gyokusenji Temple in Shimoda, Japan.  This marked the spot where the
first cow was killed in Japan for human consumption!  The chains around
this memorial were a gift from the U.S. Navy.  Where do you suppose the
Japanese got the idea to eat beef?  The year?  1930.

Cunningham found a highly significant positive correlation between
deaths from lymphomas and beef and dairy ingestion in the 15 countries
analyzed.  A few quotations from the article follow:

"The average intake of protein in many countries is far in excess of the
recommended requirements.  Excessive consumption of animal protein may
be one co-factor in the causation of lymphomas by acting in the
following manner.   Ingestion of certain proteins results in the
absorption of antigenic fragments through the gastrointestinal mucous
membrane. "

"This results in chronic stimulation of lymphoid tissue to which these
fragments gain access...Chronic immunological stimulation causes
lymphomas in laboratory animals and is believed to cause lymphoid
cancers in men...The gastrointestinal mucous membrane is only a partial
barrier to the absorption of food antigens, and circulating antibodies
to food protein is common-place, especially potent lymphoid stimulants.
Ingestion of cow's milk can produce generalized lymphadenopathy,
hematosplenomegaly, and profound adenoid hypertrophy.  It has been
conservatively estimated that more than 100 distinct antigens are
released by the normal digestion of cow's  milk which evoke production
of all antibody classes.   This may explain why pasteurized, killed
viruses are still antigenic and still cause disease.

Robert Cohen

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Tuesday - October 5, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 13)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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


An optimistic note from the University of Illinois, Urbana, from the
Department of Animal Sciences shows the importance of one's
perspective.  Since they are concerned with the economics of milk and
not primarily the health aspects, they noted that the production of milk
was greater in the cows with the bovine leukemia virus.  However, when
the leukemia produced a persistent and significant lymphocytosis
(increased white blood cell count), the production fell off.  They
suggested, "...a need to re-evaluate the economic impact of bovine
leukemia virus infection on the dairy industry."  Does this mean that
leukemia is good for profits only is we can keep it under control?  You
can get the details on this business concern from Proc. Nat. Acad.
Sciences, U.S., Feb. 1989.  I added emphasis and am outraged that a
university department feels that this is an economic and not a human
health issue.  Do not expect help from the Department of Agriculture or
the universities.  The money stakes and the political pressures are too
great.  You're on your own.

What does this all mean?  We know that virus is capable of producing
leukemia in other animals.  It is proven that it can contribute to human
leukemia (or lymphoma, a related cancer.  Several articles tackle this

1.  "Epidemiologic Relationships of the Bovine Population and Human
Leukemia in Iowa."  Am. Journal of Epidemiology, 112 (1980): 80
2.  "Milk of Dairy Cows Frequently Contains a Leukemogenic Virus."
Science, 213 (1981): 1014
3.  "Beware of the Cow."  (Editorial) Lancet, 2 (1974) : 30
4. "Is Bovine Milk a Health Hazard?"  Pediatrics; Suppl. Feeding the
Normal Infant.  75:182-186; 1985

Robert Cohen

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Monday - October 4, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 12)

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


As mentioned, the leukemia virus is rendered inactive by
pasteurization.  Of course.  However, there can be Chernobyl-like
accidents.  One of these occurred in the Chicago area in April, 1985.
At a modern, large milk processing plant an accidental "cross
connection" between raw and pasteurized milk occurred.  A violent
salmonella outbreak followed, killing 4 and making an estimated 150,000
ill.  Now the question I would pose to the dairy industry people is
this: "How can you assure the people who drink this milk that they were
not exposed to the ingestion of raw, unkilled, fully active bovine
leukemia viruses?"  Further, it would be fascinating to know if a
"cluster" of leukemia cases blossoms in that area in 1 to 3 decades.
There are reports of "leukemia clusters" elsewhere, one of them
mentioned in the June 10, 1990 San Francisco Chronicle involving
Northern California.

What happens to other species of mammals when they are exposed to bovine
leukemia virus?  It's a fair question and the answer is not reassuring.
Virtually all animals exposed to the virus develop leukemia.  This
includes sheep, goats and even primates such as rhesus monkeys and
chimpanzees.  The route of transmission includes ingestion (both
intravenous and intramuscular) and cells present in milk.  There are
obviously no instances of transfer attempts to human beings, but we know
that the virus can infect human cells in vitro.  There is evidence of
human antibody formation to the bovine leukemia virus; this is
disturbing.  How did the bovine leukemia virus particles gain access to
humans and become antigens?  Was it as small denatured particles?

If the bovine leukemia virus causes human leukemia, we could expect the
dairy states with known leukemic herds to have a higher incidence of
human leukemia.  Is this so?  Unfortunately it seems to be the case!
Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin have statistically
higher incidence of leukemia than the national average.  In Russia and
in Sweden, areas with uncontrolled bovine leukemia virus have been
linked with increases in human leukemia.  I am also told that
veterinarians have higher rates of leukemia than the general public.
Dairy farmers have significantly elevated leukemia rates.  Recent
research shows lymphocytes from milk fed to neonatal mammals gains
access to bodily tissues by passing directly through the intestinal

Robert Cohen

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Saturday - October 2, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients (part 11)

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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



I hate to tell you this, but the bovine leukemia virus is found in more
than three of five dairy cows in the United States!  This involves about
80 percent of dairy herds.  Unfortunately, when the milk is pooled, a
very large percentage of all milk produced is contaminated (90 to 95
percent).  Of course, the virus is killed in pasteurization - if the
pasteurization was done correctly.  What if the milk is raw?  In a study
of randomly collected raw milk samples the bovine leukemia virus was
recovered from two-thirds.  I sincerely hope that raw milk dairy herds
are carefully monitored when compared to the regular herds.  (Science
1981; 213:1014).

There is a world-wide problem.  One lengthy study from Germany deplored
the problem and admitted the impossibility of keeping the virus from
infected cow's milk from the rest of the milk.  Several European
countries, including Germany and Switzerland, have attempted to "cull"
the infected cows from the herds.  Certainly the United States must be
the leader in the fight against leukemic dairy cows, right?  Wrong!  We
are the worst in the world with the former exception of Venezuela
according to Virgil Hulse, M.D., a milk specialist who also has a B.S.
in Dairy Manufacturing as well as a Master's degree in Public Health.

Rober cohen

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Friday - October 1, 1999 - A doctor's advice to his patients, part 10.

Dr. Robert Kradjian's Letter to his Patients

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



The April 18, 1992 British Medical Journal has a fascinating study
contrasting the difference in incidence of juvenile insulin dependent
diabetes in Pakistani children who have migrated to England.  The
incidence is roughly 10 times greater in the English group compared to
children remaining in Pakistan!  What caused this highly significant
increase?  The authors said that "the diet was unchanged in Great
Britain.  Do you believe that?  Do you think that the availability of
milk, sugar and fat is the same in Pakistan as it is in England?  That a
grocery store in England has the same products as food sources in
Pakistan?  I don't believe that for a minute.  Remember, we're not
talking here about adult onset, type II diabetes which all workers agree
is strongly linked to diet as well as to genetic predisposition.  This
study is a major blow to the "it's all in your genes" crowd.  Type I
diabetes was always considered to be genetic or possibly viral, but now
this?  So resistant are we to consider diet as causation that the
authors of the last article concluded that the cooler climate in England
altered viruses and caused the very real increase in diabetes!  The
first two authors had the same reluctance too admit the obvious.  The
milk just may have had something to do with the disease.


The latest in this remarkable list of reports, a New England Journal of
Medicine article (July 30, 1992), also reported in the Los Angeles
Times.  This study comes from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto
and from Finnish researchers.  In Finland there is:

"[T]he world's highest rate of dairy product consumption and the world's
highest rate of insulin dependent diabetes.  The disease strikes about
40 children out of every 1,000 there contrasted with six to eight per
1,000 in the United States.   Antibodies produced against the milk
protein during the first year of life, the researcher's speculate, also
attack and destroy the pancreas in a so-called auto-immune reaction,
producing diabetes in people whose genetic makeup leaves them
vulnerable...142 Finnish children with newly diagnosed diabetes.  They
found that every one had at least eight times as many antibodies against
the milk protein as did healthy children, clear evidence that the
children had a raging auto immune disorder."

The team has now expanded the study to 400 children and is starting a
trial where 3000 children will receive no dairy products during the
first nine months of life.  "The study may take 10 years, but we'll get
a definitive answer one way or the other," according to one of the
researchers.  I would caution them to be certain that the breast feeding
mothers use of cow's milk in their diets be withheld or the results will
be confounded by the transmission of the cow's milk protein in the
mother's breast milk.


Now, what was the reaction from the diabetes association?  This is very
interesting!  Dr. F. Xavier Pi-Sunyer, the president of the association

"It does not mean that children should stop drinking milk or that
parents of diabetics should withdraw dairy products.   These are rich
sources of good protein."

	My God, it's the "good protein" that causes the problem!  Do you
suspect that the dairy industry may have helped the ADA in the past?

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

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