January 2000 Hungerstrike Diary (1 January is day 56)
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01-01-2000 DAY 56 - "Colors of Freedom"
01-02-2000 DAY 57 - Grains of salt
01-03-2000 DAY 58 - Food for the soul
01-04-2000 DAY 59 - Tell the USDA what you think of DIOXINS in your milk
01-05-2000 DAY 60 - Diet and exercise... a family thing...
01-06-2000 DAY 61 - The true cost of milk
01-07-2000 DAY 62 - Y2K'S last laugh
01-08-2000 DAY 63 - Past, present and future...
01-09-2000 DAY 64 - Conquering breast cancer in three days
01-10-2000 DAY 65 - A day off... to celebrate life
01-11-2000 DAY 66 - Angry letters concerning breast cancer
01-12-2000 DAY 67 - Radio days...
01-13-2000 DAY 68 - Daycare "staples"
01-14-2000 DAY 69 - Animals and research: there's a better investment!
01-15-2000 DAY 70 - Join me for a walk...
01-16-2000 DAY 71 - Breast cancer book
01-17-2000 DAY 72 - Variety of "dreams"
01-18-2000 DAY 73 - Temporary cure for the flu (not recommended)
01-19-2000 DAY 74 - One in six billion
01-20-2000 DAY 75 - Busy, busy, busy... treading water
01-21-2000 DAY 76 - Can't see the forest... the trees are in the way
01-22-2000 DAY 77 - The flu... a very tenacious attack... reminds me of me
01-23-2000 DAY 78 - Programming the human...
01-24-2000 DAY 79 - The good news and the bad news
01-25-2000 DAY 80 - Monsanto and FDA Be Warned
01-26-2000 DAY 81 - The "good guys" and the "bad guys"
01-27-2000 DAY 82 - Darwin and goofs
01-28-2000 DAY 83 - Money, influence, and inaction (stonewalling)
01-29-2000 DAY 84 - Hey... FDA! Anybody minding the "store"?
01-30-2000 DAY 85 - One Peaceful World
01-31-2000 DAY 86 - The rock... and the hard place
SATURDAY, JANUARY 1
Today is the 56th day of my hunger strike.
Three years ago, I met Janet Bode at a women's health conference. I was
familiar with her work through my daughters, who read Janet's books,
which were about teens, dating, and other issues important to young
people. One novel, "Colors of Freedom" was a 1990's look at interracial
Janet Bode did not live to see the new century. She died yesterday of
breast cancer at the age 56.
Our hunger strike is for you, Janet. For you and 118 woman who will die
today and tomorrow and every eday from the horrible ravages of breast
cancer. The critical factor in the growth of breast cancer is IGF-I.
We have written about this hormone, identical in cows and humans. When
cows are injected with the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone
(that we DEMAND FDA revoke), levels of IGF-I in the resulting milk
increase. When humans drink milk, systemic levels of this powerful
growth hormone increase in their bodies.
Janet's "color of freedom" was stained with pigments of gray and
black. The evidence exists for all women to see, but FDA refuses to
deal with truth. For Janet, the color of fate and death may very well
have been white.
The politics of cancer play an enormous role in the careers of
government scientists and bureaucrats. We are trying to give these
people courage. We are trying to help them find their integrity.
Scientists know the truth, but their silence is deafening.
On this New Year's evening, revelers will eat brie and gouda and dredge
veggies in sour cream dip. They will slurp down their ice cream
parfaits and pour 2% milk into their coffees. Thousands of slices of
pizza and hundreds of gallons of liquid milk will be the food for the
women of the new millennium. Every bite of cheese and every sip of
milk will contain that ticking time bomb, IGF-I. Women will march in
the streets and run in races and wear pink ribbons and voice their
outrage that no cure is yet known for the most horrible of human
SUNDAY, JANUARY 2
Today is the 57th day of my hunger strike.
I just finished a one-hour radio show on WFAN in New York. I am a
regular listener of that station which features "IMUS in the Morning"
and sports talk the rest of the day. Bob Salter's Sunday morning show
is regularly heard by a few hundred thousand early-rising New Yorkers.
Salter's show should not be taken with a grain of salt.
My staff agreed to work today to answer phone calls, and I am having
trouble getting through to my office, so I know that the show did its
What is a grain of salt? One molecule of salt is composed of two atoms,
sodium and chlorine. From high school chemistry class, I recall a lab
lesson in which a tiny piece of sodium reacted with explosive energy
after it was dropped into a water-filled sink. Inhaling chlorine gas
can be instantly deadly, scarring lung tissue and causing permanent
neurological damage. Add the two elements together and they form the
tiniest component of a grain of salt.
Hormones in milk are like "grains of salt." Milk hormones contain
enormous potential, if and when they become "bio-active." Those same
hormones in milk are also contained in meat.
When humans eat animal products, the meat quickly enters the stomach,
but powerful acids break meat proteins down into the building blocks of
life, amino acids. Just as sodium and chlorine are two very important
chemical elements for human physiological functioning, bodies also
require essential amino acids which are obtained from the foods we eat.
While meat and milk contain the same hormones, milk was designed to be a
hormonal delivery system. Just as adults would not knowingly ingest
bio-active forms of sodium or chlorine, neither should they ingest
If one gram of sodium was encapsulated in a gelatin membrane, then
ingested, it would become a "ticking time bomb," ready to explode and
kill the host from within. Milk hormones are encapsulated during the
process of homogenization, protected by fat molecules that are made
smaller by a factor of 100 times.
These hormones are capable of passing through the intestinal wall, then
entering the bloodstream where they circulate to all areas of the body
to exert their effects.
We are in the middle of a cancer explosion. One out of seven women will
get breast cancer. One milk hormone, IGF-I, has been called the key
factor in breast cancer's growth. IGF-I in cows and humans is
identical. When cows are injected with the genetically engineered
bovine growth hormone, levels of naturally occurring IGF-I in milk
increase by about 80%. When humans drink milk, levels of IGF-I increase
in their bloodstreams by a factor of 10%.
We continue to urge FDA to revoke the use of the genetically engineered
bovine growth hormone. That is just a small part of what we at the
Dairy Education Board wish to achieve. Our message is that the
healthiest organic milk from the happiest cow naturally contains IGF-I.
When her milk is concentrated into ice cream or cheese, the resulting
product contains very large doss of hormones. Milk contains powerful
growth hormones. All milk. Genetically engineered milk contains
increased amounts of IGF-I. Cancer wins when it overtakes the body's
natural mechanism to curb uncontrolled growth. IGF-I promotes cellular
proliferation and growth.
Milk and cheese contain IGF-I, the key factor in cancer. Please do not
take this advice with a grain of salt.
Please help teach people about milk hormones. Please send today's diary
entry to a loved one. Close your eyes and imagine a cancer. Understand
that today's advice is worth many pounds of cure.
MONDAY, JANUARY 3
Today is the 58th day of my hunger strike. Yesterday, my family
welcomed in the new millennium by driving to New York City, where we
performed an annual tradition. We cooked and packaged dinners for
fifty, than drove through mid-town Manhattan and handed out,
one-at-a-time, our specially prepared care packages to homeless people.
I drove and my daughters took turns sitting in the front seat of our
van. We would stop the car when we saw someone in need... pushing their
belongings in a cart or wheeling them along the avenues in a stroller,
these people who live on New York City's streets.
Sarah would politely ask, "Excuse me, would you like something to eat?"
The sense of humanity that was felt between donor and recipient was
Lizzy would hold out her offering. "Would you like a meal?" One man
stopped foraging through a trash can on the corner of Ninth avenue and
46th Street. "Thank you, young lady. Have a very Happy New Year."
An elderly couple picked up tin cans that littered the sidewalks, and
would later turn them in for a nickel apiece. Three cases of spent soda
mean a pack of cigarettes to these people who live rent free, with the
moon and stars as their ceiling.
The newspapers teach us that these people are to be feared. They are
alcoholics or schizophrenics, they are sick and violent. We found none
of these imaginary goblins and orcs, just real people like you and me,
trying to maintain a bit of dignity.
A woman in a wheel chair had no legs and hunched over with nowhere to
hold the meal. "Please put it in the bag hanging on the back of my
chair. God bless you."
These people survive each day, picking through the trash, finding an
unending supply of scraps. They do not need us to survive, but our
presence is a message to them that we care. We really do. We wish we
were in a position to do more.
Each of us can do just one little thing to help each other out. Maybe
it's just a kind word to a neighbor.
Some of us are in positions of greater responsibility than others. Some
people have enormous power, making life or death decisions over dozens
or hundreds of others. Some decisions affect millions of people.
We drove down Broadway, weaving our way through the streets of Times
Square. We then drove up Eighth Avenue to the Upper West Side of
Manhattan, finding homeless people in each of the city's neighborhoods.
As I drove, I thought of man's inhumanity to his fellow man. I imagined
that nobody intentionally seeks to hurt other people, yet few people
consider the meanings of their actions.
I thought of the FDA bureaucrats who delay their decision on Monsanto's
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. I thought of the
thousands who will die or become ill as a result of FDA inaction. I
thought of my hunger strike and my decision to not eat, by choice, the
same foods that I now offer to those in need. I thought of how much
work still needs to be done, and how little I have really accomplished,
and how man's destiny must always be to reach inside to do the best and
be the best that we can be.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 4
Today is the 59th day of my hunger strike.
This morning, I learned that Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman will
answer questions in a live online Internet forum one week from today,
Tuesday, January 11th at 1 p.m. EST. On that day, the forum will be
accessible through the USDA website at:
I recently mailed a certified letter to the Secretary to which he did
not respond. Past letters about rbGH in milk, mastitis in dairy cows,
antibiotics, pesticides, and iodine milk levels have also been totally
ignored by Mr. Glickman. Will the Secretary's Internet chat be
different? Perhaps you can post a question too!
Here is what I posted today:
"Last year, Belgium closed their dairy industry because of unsafe levels
of dioxins in milk. Recently, BEN & JERRY'S ICE CREAM was tested and
200 times the safe level of dioxins were found. BEN & JERRY'S response
was that 'It's in the environment.' If that is so, is it dangerous to
eat milk and dairy products, and should there be an immediate ban?"
I urge you to ask a milk-related question. There are many issues that
are still unanswered, including UDSA's policy of promoting Monsanto's
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.
Please take a few moments to log onto USDA'S site and let Secretary
Glickman know what is on your mind.
Questions to the Secretary, in advance of the forum, can now be posted
at this web site:
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5
Today is the 60th day of my hunger strike.
The question of whether I am exercising while fasting has been asked by
many of you in private EMAIL. The answer is YES! Last night, I induced
my wife to wake up early this morning and join me for a long walk. My
youngest daughter overheard our conversation and begged, "Take me,
At 5:30, the alarm went off and we got out of bed. I went to Lizzy's
room and she woke easily, excited at the prospect of an early morning
Yesterday, it hit 60 degrees in New York, but this morning it was 30
degrees, with a strong wind. I wore a polarguard parka, and watched my
breath turn white in the cold air. I imagined summit day on Everest,
the trekkers emerging from their tents shortly after midnight, ready to
spend the next 14 hours in an exhausting summit attempt.
As our party of three left our home, me with my Walter-Mittyish fantasy,
Mrs. Mitty (my wife, Lisa), and one little itty bitty Mitty (Lizzy), I
described what a party of Everest climbers would be experiencing. Lisa
laughed as Lizzy deadpanned her response: "Enough, Dad."
I continued my narration, as we continued toward our summit. "One out
of five people attempting to scale Everest die on the mountain." Lizzy
ran far ahead of her guides. After 20 brisk minutes, we reached our
summit, the Dunkin Donuts in Emerson, New Jersey. Lizzy was rewarded
with a chocolate chip muffin. We then returned home, our path better
illuminated by the rising sun.
There is a food labeling conference scheduled for January 27-28, 2000 at
the Wyndham Hotel in Washington D.C. FDA will be presenting many of
their proposed and new policies at this conference, which you are
invited to attend. The keynote address will be delivered by Peter
Barton Hutt, former FDA Chief Counsel.
There's just one catch.
Cost of attending the conference is $1495. Early registrants include
Monsanto, Campbell Soup Company, Nabisco, and Kraft Foods.
There will be lectures and panel discussions. Topics include:
-- Industry Update and Forecast -- Where Are We Heading?
-- How To Target Your Nutraceuticals Consumer for the year 2000
-- Fortified Foods in the 2000s
If you have $1495 and the desire to listen to Monsanto's side of the
genetic engineering controversy, contact the conference organizer, Rupa
Ranganathan at 212-967-0095 x252.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 6
Today is the 61st day of my hunger strike.
During the first week of each month, figures for the wholesale price of
milk (basic formula price = BFP) are released by the federal government.
The BFP represents the dollar amount that dairy farmers receive for
every hundred pounds of milk they produce.
In December of 1998, dairy farmers were receiving $17.34 for each
hundredweight of milk. They now receive $9.63. The price of milk
continues to drop for two reasons. First, people continue to drink less
milk. Second, the dairy industry continues to produce more milk.
Simultaneous to the decrease in demand, dairymen are increasing the
MILKING THE PUBLIC
What has been the dairy industry solution to this financial tragedy in
the making? Their response has been to breed more super-cows which
produce even more milk, and to promote the use of rbGH so that cows
injected with Monsanto's hormone super-saturate a market unable to even
utilize the existing surplus.
Monsanto's genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone
(rbGH) created mastitis in dairy cows, which resulted in a different
milk containing more hormones, bacteria, pus, and antibiotics.
Monsanto's rbGH caused cancer in laboratory animals. Because of the
milk controversy, the public is aware that milk contains hormones.
People are learning that milk is loaded with powerful hormones, and as
they arrive at this understanding, they eliminate milk and dairy
products from their diets.
In early December, the BFP dropped to $9.79. On January 5th, the BFP
dropped an additional 16 cents.
This year, 170 billion pounds of milk will be produced. A 16-cent drop
represents a yearly-adjusted gross loss of income to dairy farmers of
SMELLS LIKE LIMBURGER
To make matters worse, the federal government guarantees farmers at
least $9.80 for their milk. Guess who gets to subsidize the dairy
farmers for that last price drop? We have become innocent bystanders
and victims to this vicious and absurd circle. As more of Monsanto's
hormone is used, more milk is produced, more IGF-I is consumed, more
cows get sick, more people get cancer, more antibiotics are used,
farmers get less money for their milk, and more subsidies are paid to
farmers from taxpayers. Monsanto has become the beneficiary of this
One hundred and seventy billion pounds of milk at last year's price,
$17.34 per hundredweight, would have generated 29.4 billion dollars. At
this year's historically low price, farmers will net just 16.4 billion
dollars. Did the dairy industry really need this hormone?
Finally, a complete evaluation of rbGH reveals:
Genetically engineered milk is unsafe for consumer's health.
Genetically engineered milk is unsafe for the financial well being of
America's dairy farmer. Thanks, Monsanto.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 7
Today is the 62nd. day of my hunger strike.
Who says Y2K was a dud? For me personally, it was very real and very
destructive. Here is the untold story.
The sixth rated Internet hosting service is/was CI HOST. I am/was a
client. (So too were many tens of thousands of others).
If you have tried to access the hungerstrike.com or notmilk.com sites,
you might conclude that I've either faded away or been cancelled for
non-payment of my bills. Both sites have faded into oblivion.
In addition, the site reserved to launch my new book is also "dead."
Customer Service at CI HOST is an oxymoron. There is anything but
service, and by their actions, there will no longer be customers. I
take no pleasure in witnessing a hundred-million dollar company
Galloping to my rescue has been Jeff Nelson. Jeff owns the largest
vegetarian website on the Internet, and plays host to many sites
including Howard Lyman's madcowboy.com home and earthsave.com pages.
For the next week (as files are uploading), you will be able to access
the notmilk and hungerstrike sites and take a peek at the cover of my
new book by logging on to these temporary URL's:
If you have never visited Jeff's site, I urge you to do so. He receives
close to one million "hits" per month, and has put together the largest
vegetarian site on the World Wide Web:
I have been keeping my daily diary entries up-to-date and you might want
to read up on the past week. A few more people have joined in support
of our hunger strike and those names will be added to the still-growing
Thank you all for the hundreds of letters of concern and support!
Saturday, JANUARY 8
Today is the 63rd day of my hunger strike.
Last night I watched a National Geographic special on climbing
mountains. One of the segments featured Alex Lowe, a climber who was
killed last year by an avalanche. He scaled many a cliff, some live on
television, and the scenes in last night's show were dramatic. They
called him a freak. Up every day at 3 AM, he trained hard, and had
incredible upper body strength. They said that he did 400 chin-ups
every day. I don't know if I could do even one. What an inspiration
this man was/and is!
I have not done a push-up or a sit-up in many years. (Short pause) -
I just did ten push-ups and twenty sit-ups and realize that my
47-year-old body is not the same that it was in high school. I don't
like feeling old and out of shape. I am going to change that.
I have become flabby and lazy. No more. I've just dusted off the
stationary bike and it now sits upstairs. Twenty minutes per day to
start - I'll gradually build it up to get my legs in shape. I am now
walking every day and I am beginning an exercise routine. I want to
swim and play racquetball and do everything I could do in high school.
Is it possible?
One burns a lot of calories when training hard, and I am not eating
food. However, I have plenty of calories stored as fat. As I lose
weight from my fast, my body becomes stronger, my mind becomes more
alert, I need less sleep, and my motivation level increases. So too
does my anger at FDA's inactivity increase.
My hunger strike is a juice fast. I would have died by this time on a
strict hunger strike. The juice fast will keep me alive. I will become
leaner and meaner. I will live for at least the next six months, and I
vow to become FDA's worst nightmare. I have energy in spirit and body
and an enormous sense of purpose.
I now live to train, and perhaps my fantasies will become reality. Run
a marathon? Finish a triathlon? Get FDA to take Monsanto's hormone of
the market? Climb Everest? Nothing is impossible, and I feel like all
of my summits will be scaled.
Sunday, January 9
After two weeks of INTERNET HELL, my websites are back online.
You can now catch up on the hungerstrike daily diary entries
and Dairy Education Board news:
Today's diary entry should be read by every woman in America.
Perhaps you could send the following to every woman on your LOVE
and LIKE list:
CONQUERING BREAST CANCER IN THREE DAYS
Today is the 64th day of my hunger strike.
An enormous breast cancer controversy is developing between traditional
medical practitioners, who benefit from the existing multi-billion
dollar yearly breast cancer rip-off, and real science, which has proven
that mammography does more damage than good.
THE REASON THEY LIE: GOT MONEY?
Very rarely does the mainstream press report the existing milk/IGF-I
link to breast cancer. Wonder why? Newspapers, magazines, television,
and radio all derive revenue from companies extolling the fraudulent
virtues of milk and dairy products. Pizza Hut uses three percent of
America's yearly milk production. Dannon Yogurt and Ben & Jerry's Ice
Cream help pay the rent, utilities, and salaries of those who pretend to
bring America the truth in their daily news.
HOW MANY WOMEN ACTUALLY HAVE BREAST CANCER?
Thousands of chemicals and events have been implicated as being a cause
of cancer, but one thing makes it grow once a woman is unfortunate to be
so stricken. That key factor happens to be the most powerful growth
hormone produced in the human body, insulin-like growth factor-I or
IGF-I. The great miracle of nature is that IGF-I is identical between
humans and cows. On November 8, 1994, the New York Times reported that
breast cancer is actually a very common event. An autopsy study
revealed that 39.6% of women between the ages of 40 and 50 have breast
cancer. That is horrible news for women and wonderful news for those
who make a living performing breast cancer analyses and treatment.
The fact of the matter is that most breast cancers are naturally
controlled by our miraculous immune systems. Cancers always begin with
one cell. Every three months that cancer doubles in size, so that after
one year the cancer grows to sixteen cells.
Eight years later, a breast cancer becomes a one-million cell tumor, the
smallest lump a woman can detect in her breast Cellular examination
upon autopsy reveals the common presence of breast cancer, but clinical
diagnoses result in only one percent of women in the 40-50 age group
being dignosed with breast cancer.
The key factor in breast cancer's growth, like pouring gasoline on a
fire, is IGF-I. Milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream---all dairy products
are loaded with this powerful growth hormone.
A STUDY OF 500,000 WOMEN
A new study published in the British medical journal, LANCET, compiled
data from 500,000 women since the 1960's and found that mammography is
not only an ineffective tool, it might very well be a factor in causing
The study found that for every 1,000 women who receive a mammography,
one life is saved. On the other hand, a woman having a mammography will
have a six hundred percent greater chance of getting breast cancer, by
exposing her breasts to a "safe level of radioactivity." Safe level?
That's easy for a man to say. If I was a woman, I'd be pretty
unhappy about exposing my breasts to once-a-year doses of radioactive
Science devises tests to find breast cancer earlier. Is that such a
good thing? All adults over the age of 50 have cancer (New York Times,
11/8/94, P C-1). Instead of ingesting the key factor five times each
day, IGF-I, shouldn't all women practice the NOTMILK preventive therapy?
GENETIC ENGINEERING MAKES A BAD PRODUCT WORSE
When cows are treated with Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine
growth hormone (rbGH), levels of IGF-I in their milk increase by about
80%. Women who drink milk experience an increase, systemically, of
IGF-I in their blood serum by a factor of ten percent.
SOLVING THE PROBLEM
Today's New York Times (Sunday, January 9, 2000) contains a full-page ad
for AVON'S "Breast Cancer 3-Day" event. This is a national effort, and
women in America's major cities will be making a collective
statement this Fall.
In New York, two thousand women will walk 25 miles per day from October
13th-15th, starting at Bear Mountain, New York and ending their march in
midtown Manhattan. If you wish to join their protest, call 888-332-9286
or read about breast cancer on their website:
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please contact these people who have great passion and anger. Let them
know about milk and IGF-I. Tell them about our hunger strike. March
with them. Teach the ignorant about the IGF-I/milk factor. AND SEND
TODAY'S NEWSLETTER TO A FRIEND!!!
Monday, January 10
Today is the 65th day of my hunger strike.
I have had a few requests to expand my diary and reveal some of the more
personal and intimate details of my life. Is my day-to-day routine all
work and all suffering and no play? Nothing could be further from that.
Yesterday, my kids chipped in and treated me to a movie. We are
fortunate to be located just twenty minutes from an IMAX super large
screen theater, and that's where we headed. The movie was "Fantasia
I have seen the original "Fantasia" many times and the tape is a part of
my video collection. The new "Fantasia" was simply stunning. In
theory, a different "Fantasia" can be produced every day based upon the
millions and millions pieces of classical music which can be
synchronized to animation.
I've seen many, many Disney movies from "Snow White" to "Pinocchio" to
"The Lion King." The results are happy and predictable with few real
surprises. This version of "Fantasia" was a little bit different and so
extremely creative that I found myself thinking, "This is Walt Disney on
peyote." Perhaps the 40 speakers located throughout the theater had
something to do with the incredible effects. There is one segment in
which giant sperm whales fly through their environment and bring the
concept of swimming to new heights.
The toughest part of the day was sitting with my wife and three
daughters in the fast food court of the Palisades Center while sushi,
Chinese food, and other ethnic foods were enjoyed. I nursed my bottled
Last night, I read Luke Anderson's book on biotechnology called "Genetic
Engineering, Food, and Our Environment." The book combined the basic
concepts of how, what, and why the world's food supply has changed. I
found this paperback to be very easy to digest, and I am adding it to my
"Recommended Reading List" for those who do not fully understand the
issues. You can get the book from Chelsea Green Publishing Co. by
calling 800-639-4099 or logging onto their www.chelseagreen.com Internet
Tuesday, January 11
Today is the 66th day of my hunger strike.
The number sixty-six is an omen and sign representing the Biblical beast
of all evil, and the greatest evil that I witness today is the rejection
This morning, I received an e-mail letter from Susan C. Here is her
letter with my response:
I received an angry email, forwarded from a friend, about the effects of
growth hormones and breast cancer. The letter was so angry I could
hardly read it. If women are going to listen to this important message
about their health, hopefully it will be delivered in a more productive
>From Susan C."
The ANGRIEST group of people on this planet are those whose damaged
breasts have become toxic dump sites for FDA and USDA-approved toxins.
Schoepenhouer said that all truth goes through three stages: denial,
violent opposition, then acceptance. I expect violent opposition to
this truth, because the disease is so horrible, and the milk myth so
There is no debate to the truth I have presented. IGF-I is the key
factor in the growth of every breast cancer. IGF-I is manufactured in
the human body, but is broken down in a matter of seconds. In cow's
milk, the SAME, EXACT hormone survives digestive processes for 30
minutes after human ingestion. Cow's injected with Monsanto's
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone yield milk with increased
levels of this powerful growth hormone.
This is the reason that I am on a hunger strike. This is why I will not
end my fast until FDA revokes the use of this hormone. I have placed my
health and possible death on the line for the benefit of your angry
END OF LETTER
There is one other great evil at work. Congress is considering passage
of a bill, the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act (HR 3377),
which will require the USDA and the FDA to label genetically engineered
foods. The proposed bill is not evil, it is beautiful. What is evil
are the comments made yesterday by US Agriculture Secretary Dan
Glickman. In a press conference, Glickman set the stage for USDA's
policy by telling reporters that the federal government is not likely to
require US manufacturers and grocery stores to put labels on genetically
Despite the fact that people wearing Monarch butterfly costumes
protested genetic engineering and rioted in the streets of Seattle and
demonstrated at three FDA hearings (Chicago, Washington, and Oakland),
Glickman and other government officials refuse to bear witness to the
mandate of the people.
Through our petition, FDA is armed with the truth: genetic engineering
produced "freak" amino acids and changed the character of the foods
Wednesday, January 12
Today is the 67th day of my hunger strike.
Yesterday, I had three one-hour radio interviews during a six-hour
period, and by the time I got to the third, I was tired and near to
losing my voice. In the past, I could talk for five or six hours and
not feel any strain. Maybe it was just one of those days or perhaps
this hunger strike is taking its toll.
I spoke first to a Pittsburgh audience and then crossed the nation to
Colorado. The third and final interview was on KOMO in Seattle, an ABC
affiliate with an enormous listening audience. I enjoy the talk show
audience format where listeners call in questions to the host and
myself. Yesterday's host, Ernie, performed as a stand-up comic previous
to his radio DJ job, and the show was a lot of fun.
We talked about hormones in milk, of course, and I complimented the
Seattle audience on their anti-biotechnology sentiments as demonstrated
at the recent WTO demonstrations.
Milk has been genetically engineered, and most of the commercial
products in today's market are so influenced. Major food manufacturers
and distributors accept milk from cows treated with Monsanto's hormone.
That includes Pizza Hut, Kraft Foods, and Dannon Yogurt.
On Monday of this week, French officials discovered two new cases of Mad
Cow Disease. That brings to 31 the number of cows discovered with this
disease in the past twelve months in France. One of the cows was
discovered in the northwest region of Brittany, while the other was
found in the south. French authorities ordered that all 341 cows in the
two herds be slaughtered. This degenerative brain disease is easily
passed from cow to human. Some scientists theorize that Mad Cow Disease
can be transferred in the flesh of diseased animals, and two Nobel
Prize-winning scientists (Gajdusek and Prusiner) conceded to me that the
infectious substance might very well be contained within the cow's body
fluids. By drinking milk, we ingest body fluids from diseased animals.
There are many reasons not to drink milk. Almost every sip of
commercially produced milk contains virus, pus, bacteria, powerful
growth hormones (including IGF-I), allergenic proteins, antibiotics,
pesticides, dioxins, and fat and cholesterol. Genetically engineered
milk contains increased levels of the same naturally occurring growth
Thursday, January 13
Today is the 68th day of my hunger strike.
This is a long story that I am going to cut short, and I'll begin by
telling you about my daughter Elizabeth's 5th grade school project.
Each child in Mrs. DiCorcia's class has been asked to assume the persona
of a famous "character" from American history. My daughter has decided
to be Johnny Appleseed. Part of that assignment includes cooking or
creating a recipe that would have been enjoyed by that famous
So... this morning in the middle of the first snowstorm of the new
millennium to hit the New York area, I drove to the supermarket and
bought 20 pounds of apples. This evening, my home will become an apple
cider mill and we'll produce a few gallons of nature's finest. However,
that's not the whole story.
My wife and kids can no longer go supermarket shopping with me because
of my one-man campaign against milk and dairy products. When I see a
gallon of milk in somebody's shopping cart, my loved ones recognize the
killer look on my face and distance themselves from my next victim. So
it happened this morning when I was alone on a checkout line paying for
my apples and the young woman behind me placed her gallon of milk and
six cans of vegetables behind my groceries. I looked at her and said,
"You know, they sell those vegetables in the produce section. They're
fresher and they taste better." I said nothing about the milk. Her
response to me was, "I'm buying these for our daycare center. We don't
have time to prepare fresh vegetables, but I'm getting milk for the
kids. That's healthy."
I looked at her and responded, "It sure is. Those little kids need
those hormones." She said to me, "This is the hormone-free milk." What
could I do to argue with such logic?
There's a woman in Seattle who runs a daycare center. Her name is
Ellouise Carroll. Ms. Carroll has 70 children in her school, and she is
suing the state and the United States Department of Agriculture because
she does not want to serve milk to her children. Ellouise has
discovered, through a lifetime of teaching, that milk makes kids
wild and creates runny noses, congestion, and asthma attacks. Many
years ago, she eliminated milk from her schools and found the instant
cure to many of these children's ills while improving their ability to
learn. Now the state of Washington is demanding that she give the
children milk, and her case is in the courts.
Last week, Public School 104 in New York City was forced to close
because the children are wild and out-of-control and have lost the
ability to learn. These children, predominately African-American, live
in extreme poverty and are the beneficiaries of a minimum of five doses
of hormone-filled milk and dairy products each day.
All of these things flashed through my mind at the checkout counter as I
handed the woman a card with my website hungerstrike.com.
Will she access the site and read about milk hormones?
As usual... I continue on with the hunger strike for the children... for
the innocent victims.
Friday, January 14
Today is the 69th day of my hunger strike.
The wind chill is 30 degrees below zero, and I just chopped up some wood
for this evening's fire. I'm in a great mood, buoyed by today's news
from Battle Creek, Michigan. While I am no fan of the cereal giant,
Kellogg Company, I do applaud today's health conscious news. Taking
advantage of something that health activists have been trying to tell
them, Kellogg has launched their first soy protein cereal which also
contains rice and whole wheat flakes. Hopefully, cereal fans will enjoy
this product with soy or rice milk. Last October, FDA announced that
consumption of soy could significantly lower cholesterol levels and
reduce the risk of heart disease.
On a different front, I received a tape called "Lethal Medicine" in
today's mail from Paul Sewick who runs an organization called "Animal
Commandos." The tape was graphic at times and reflected all aspects of
animal research. Paul had previously written a letter to SATYA Magazine
(circulation 80,000+) demanding that I apologize to animals because I
cite animal research in supporting my anti-milk position. Paul's
argument is that animal research represents sadistic and fraudulent
torture to animals, and that pure and simple common sense dictates that
animal research is totally incongruent to human physiology.
Paul's letter was a little harsh, but it really made me think about
animal research. Human medicine cannot be based upon animal
physiology. As a scientist, I always knew that it was relatively easy
to find an animal to prove or disprove whatever I wanted. Every year,
more than one hundred million animals are killed for the alleged purpose
of continuing needless research. In a sense, crimes against animals are
a crime against humanity.
Rates of cancer and heart disease have not decreased in the past 30
years. As a matter of fact, they are soaring. Animal research seeks to
determine cures for diseases, but they have solved nothing and have only
taught us one thing. We are lulled to an unrealistic sense of security
by animal research which looks for a cure and does not really focus upon
cause or, even more importantly, prevention. Science accepts the fact
that animal fats are dangerous and pesticides, dioxins, and other
chemicals are pollutants that poison our bodies. Shouldn't the real
cure be found by eliminating the problem?
Today I am eating no food, but if and when I resume eating, I will be
eating organically raised fruits and vegetables. The price of
organically grown produce might be a little higher than traditional
supermarket produce, but the cost of medical treatment surpasses one
trillion dollars a year. Maintaining good health by paying a little bit
more for the body's fuel is a great investment when one compares the
high costs of dealing with heart disease and cancer.
Saturday, January 15
Today is the 70th day of my hunger strike.
If I gave you a picture, showed you her face, and told you she has
breast cancer, how far would you walk to save her life? If you go the
distance, I'll show you the way.
Imagine knowing that you saved a life. Two. Four. Ten. Breast cancer
is the most common form of cancer in women in the U.S. This year, over
400,000 women are expected to die of the disease.
On Monday, January 24th, I'll be in Millburn, New Jersey for a breast
cancer orientation class. Next October, I'll be participating in Avon's
Breast Cancer 3-Day.
I pledge to walk 80 miles from Bear Mountain, New York to New York City
and I wish to put together a team who will join me. You don't have to
walk, you can be a member of the crew: http://www.breastcancer3day.org/ .
Won't you join me? For more information, please call Lisa or Ann at
my office: 201-871-5871.
Sunday, January 16
Today is the 71st day of my hunger strike.
BREAST CANCER BOOKS
I just reexamined the paperback and hardcover books in my library to
confirm a suspicion. I read more than twenty breast cancer books last
year. I've also read hundreds of journal articles, and while I don't
claim to be America's breast cancer expert, I do have some understanding
of the cellular and hormonal mechanisms playing roles in breast cancer's
growth and proliferation.
THE BEST BREAST CANCER BOOK YET!
Last night, I read the single most fascinating and convincing breast
cancer book that should be a must read for all women. The name of the
book is appropriately "BREAST CANCER - Poisons, Profits and
Prevention." The book is written by Liane Casten.
Chapter One tells the story of Cassandra Michaels who died at age 35.
Every woman who dies of breast cancer has a tragic story to tell.
Usually loved ones stand by helplessly as multiple forces endanger,
betray, and overwhelm the sufferer.
There are many misconceptions about breast cancer. Many factors cannot
be controlled, but the bottom line is this: there are many risks that
can be controlled, and one must regulate the poisons entering the body
from the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the foods we eat.
Government agencies such as FDA and USDA have abandoned their regulatory
fiduciary mission and are now corporate shills. Casten's documentation
of such betrayal is shocking.
Mammograms are the most often used diagnostic test in America and have
supplied billions of dollars of cash flow to hospitals and physicians.
The author documents real science and exposes the truth that mammograms
are poisons masquerading as diagnostic tests. Studies have shown that
one out of a thousand women are helped by mammograms while eight times
that number develop breast cancer as a result of having their breasts
exposed to deadly doses of toxic radiation.
Liane Casten discusses tamoxifen, a synthetic hormone similar in
structure to DES. In her opinion (and mine, too), tamoxifen is a poison
pretending to be a curative. Tamoxifen is given to breast cancer
survivors who often develop uterine and ovarian cancers as a result of
the use of that drug.
The author explores silicone implants, which are poisons disguised as
The cancer establishment, as a result of Richard Nixon's 1970 war on
cancer, has spent almost $25 billion in public funds and hundreds of
millions of dollars in private funds in trying to understand and prevent
breast cancer. The author asks, "What have we to show for this immense
expense of time, money, and expertise?"
I urge you to read this book. It can be bought at Amazon.com or by
calling Common Courage Press at 207-525-0900.
Monday, January 17
Today is the 72nd day of my hunger strike and it is also the second day
of my flu. I went to sleep at 8 PM last evening and slept through the
night like a baby waking up at 8 AM. The last time I slept that long,
like a baby, when I was a baby. I have aches and pains and, overall,
I'm a bit of a mess so forgive today's short journal entry.
Today is a day of dreams. Most of America celebrates the birth of
Martin Luther King who had a dream. I too have a dream. My dream has
started off as a nightmare, but it can have a happy ending. Our hunger
strike is a wake-up call to FDA and to all Americans. My dream is that
all people see truth and gain wisdom, and in doing so make a difference
for themselves and their loved ones by rejecting the poisons in our air,
water, and food.
Tuesday, January 18
Today is the 72nd day of my hunger strike.
Today is also the third day of my flu, and I found the
cure...although I don't recommend the treatment.
My head aches, my back hurts, my body screams to me
in pain and discomfort. My temperature is elevated
and I have a cough. Yet, for one hour last evening,
all of my symptoms went away.
The cure? Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline!
Here's how it works.
Get one cute little ten-year-old daughter. In my case,
her name is Elizabeth, and yes, she's for rent.
Position yourself in front of a fireplace with a roaring fire.
Get comfortable in the recliner chair with a good book.
Last night's was Bill Bonnano's "CODE OF HONOR." Bonnano
was the model for Michael Corleone in Mario Puzo's "THE GODFATHER." His
dad was THE real-life GODFATHER, as portrayed in the movie by Marlon
Anyway...I was deep into the book, miserable with my flu-like
symptoms...just getting to the part where Bonnano reveals the
reason behind the Kennedy assassination, when all of a sudden, Lizzy
I jumped out of the chair and flew to her...and as I ran down the hall
I saw the glow from her room. Her bed was aflame, as was her wall.
That cute little Tweety Bird Clock had flamed out, and her mattress and
bed was fully involved.
I screamed to my wife, "Call 911." Although I was an enormous
Y2K cynic, I did buy 50 gallons of water, and five of those gallon jugs
were sitting on the kitchen counter.
I soon had the fire under control, although I had "eaten"
quite a bit of smoke. The Oradell Volunteer Fire Department
was having their Monday night drill, and were at the station when the
call came in. I was amazed at how quickly they responded.
Soon my home was filled with friends wearing bunker gear and Scott paks.
They came armed with axes and various tools meant to quickly open
up walls, which is just what they did. Fire has a way of traveling
inside of walls and rapidly climbs towards higher points undetected.
Two hours later, all was back to normal. Minimal damage, some
battered psyches, all of us believers in the adage that "it can happen
Lizzy is the family hero, and I discovered the temporary
cure for the flu.
Now my head is pounding. For now, I'll enjoy the feeling.
Wednesday, January 19
One in Six Billion
Every day during my hunger strike, I have kept a diary which can be
My entire anti-dairy philosophy can be found at:
Today is the 74th day of my hunger strike.
My cardiologist is Jeff Mitchel and his practice is in Englewood, New
Jersey. Jeff is more than a doctor to me, he is a friend. Many years
ago, we used to be racquetball buddies. He is a superb athlete and
climbs two hundred flights of stairs each day on mankind's greatest
technological device of torture-the Stairmaster. A few years ago, Dr.
Mitchel won the racquetball championship at the Jewish Community Center
(JCC) in Tenafly. Jeff and I alternated bragging rights, playing a
pretty much even game, but there is one man who regularly beat Jeff
Mitchel. That man is my father, the finest athlete I have ever known,
Dad was born the same year America entered World War I. In that year,
Einstein announced his Theory of Relativity, and the Saturday Evening
Post published their first Norman Rockwell drawing. Fanny Brice sang
and danced in the Ziegfield Follies, and the Boston Red Sox beat the
Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. Lucky Strike cigarettes were
introduced, vitamin B was discovered, and the first home refrigerator
was marketed for $900, a price equal to the Model T motor car rolling
out of Henry Ford's new Detroit factory. This year, my dad will turn
84, and last month he broke the humurus bone in his left arm.
Appropriately, like a Viking holding a sword, Dad broke the bone in the
health club. Yesterday, he began physical therapy and rehab. Our
friend and cardiologist calls Dad a few times a week. Jeff has even
made a house call and stayed nearly two hours.
Forty years ago, Nat had his gall bladder removed by a doctor whose name
would one day become famous and whose maneuver would save countless tens
of thousands of lives - Henry Heimlich. I recently had dinner with Dr.
Heimlich and he remembers my father well. One week after surgery, Dad
ripped his sutures and began to bleed while playing handball at the YMCA
on 63rd St. in Manhattan.
Dad always did things his way and he is truly one in six billion.
Before his accident, I would not have bet against him in a racquetball
game with any of the readers of this column. He is not an old man by
any standard other than his chronological age. Even at the health club,
young people crowd around his locker because his comic style has always
made him the center of attention and "life of the party."
Although I was feeling pretty lousy yesterday, I went with him to his
first day of rehab. I secretly took along two heroin-like pain killing
Percosets in my pocket. I had been warned by both his physician and
therapist that the discomfort he would experience would elevate his
concept of pain to a new level.
Dad refused the pills, joked with the therapist about getting back to
the racquetball court and didn't complain about my driving (a new first
for him) on the way home. He'll be back at the JCC before long. One in
six billion? We are all one in six billion. Dad is my inspiration to
continue the fight to make things right. Each of us has the ability to
do great things by performing to our potential.
Thursday, January 20
Today is the 75th day of my hunger strike.
Every day I have made a journal entry and have done my best to try to
stay even with the tremendous volume of e-mail and snail mail that I
receive. There just aren't enough hours in the day nor days in the week
for me to do justice to the approximately 5,000 personal messages that I
receive on a weekly basis. Forgive me.
I woke up this morning having spent the night at my father's house.
Yesterday, I admitted my mother into Englewood Hospital where she is now
in her second day undergoing tests for a still undiagnosed ailment. My
father has yet to learn how to boil water so add personal chef and valet
to the many hats that I wear.
I am feeling as well as I can be considering the circumstances and am
now readying myself to shovel Dad's driveway and mine from the first New
York metropolitan area snowstorm of the 21st century.
Friday, January 21
Doctors Make Monkeys of Humans
Today is the 76th day of my hunger strike.
There are many myths that Americans have to live with. Who can begin to
understand the scope of brainwashing that must occur for a myth to be
perceived as realty?
In 1971, then-President Richard Nixon declared a war on cancer. In the
1950s, when Richard Nixon was debating Nikita Khruschev and making
himself the national hero of pre-Watergate days, Americans had two
deadly nightmares. The first was the threat of nuclear war. That threat
has all but disappeared. The second was the threat of a horrible
disease called cancer.
In the 1950s, one out of five Americans were expected to die from this
deadly disease. The word "cancer" struck fear in the hearts of all
Americans. During Nixon's presidency, in the 1970s, cancer rates
soared, and one out of four Americans were expected to die from cancer.
After Nixon's declaration of war on cancer, there became a new focus for
researchers. The business of cancer has become very good news to
physicians and scientists, and very bad news for laboratory rats, cats,
and other four-legged animals.
Apparently, the American public has been lied to. Common sense has been
replaced by common fraud. Humans walk on two legs, not four, and have
different physiological systems than laboratory animals.
>From Nixon's presidency to the end of the 20th century, more than $25
billion was spent on the war on cancer, but today cancer rates are
soaring. It is now projected that one in two American men and one in
three American women will die from cancer. Why?
This hunger strike of mine will one day teach all of America that the
key factor in cancer's growth is IGF-I, a hormone identical between cows
and humans. Milk contains IGF-I and cheese contains concentrated
amounts of this powerful growth hormone that has been identified as the
key factor in cancer's growth. In 1960, the average American ate 10
pounds of cheese per year. As cheese consumption containing powerful
growth hormones increased, so too did cancer rates. This year, the
average American will eat 30 pounds of cheese.
Last night, I went to bed early and woke at 2:30 AM. Unable to get back
to sleep, I read Jane Goodall's new book, "Reason for Hope, A Spiritual
Journey." I bookmarked a passage that had great relevance to Dr.
Goodall. That same passage should be reviewed by all of us regarding
the medical myths that influence our behavior. These days, doctors seem
to be interested in diagnosing an illness and treating a symptom, not
finding a cure or a prevention.
Jane Goodall discusses (page 74) her first experiences with chimpanzees
and her early discovery that these "animals" used tools. Instead of
giving her subjects numbers, she named them, her favorite personality
being David Greybeard. She got to know each chimpanzee and recognized
distinct personalities. In her day, scientists, philosophers, and
theologians believed that only humans were capable of rational thought.
Goodall's comment should be inscribed in every institute of learning:
"Fortunately, I had not been to university, and I did not know these
things. And when I did find out, I just thought it was silly and paid
I see many things that seem silly. I vow not to be shy about exposing
them. It is up to us to take back our health from those who have
Saturday, January 22
Today is the 77th day of my hungerstrike, and I've slept for most of the
Dad's arm is gettig better, Mom is home from the hospital, and things
are returning to normal.
I can now allow myself to get sick. Rebound effect? I've been caring
for two parents and holding back my symptoms and they've slam-dunked me
into bed. I have more symptoms than could fit onto a doctor's
I refuse to take pills and am probably suffering for it.
Something inside of my right lung is laughing at me for
my own self abuse. The "tickle" has turned into a bit of pain,
and like the man who refuses to ask for directions, I refuse to
seek medical help.
Yeah, I know... el-jerko numero uno, big time. Perhaps I can sleep
In the meantime, I am taking massive doses of vitamin C in the form of
freshly squeezed lemon juice in bottled water.
Lisa bought me a case of oranges and grapefruit and will juice them
Back to bed, where hopefully my body will heal itself.
Sunday, January 23
Today is the 78th day of my hunger strike.
As newly born infants, we possess working brains, ready to acquire
trillions of bits of sensory information to be forever etched into
neural circuits. Newborns have the ability to communicate their needs
by crying, but as such do not yet speak nor understand words. Our
programming teaches each of us to move of movements so that, as adults
we can one day grasp at straws or recite: Peter Piper picked a peck of
picked peppers. How many movements does it take one to mount a horse,
grab a lance, and joust with a windmill?
Baby humans do not have the ability to pick and choose their curriculum.
Had I been born in Brazil, Portuguese would have been my learned
language. I could have been a practicing Buddhist or coal miner in
Appalachia. Most of what I am was determined during the early years of
my life, when I lived in the land of adult giants. They had the
advantage of persuasion. There was no debate to the information
overload. If Christ died for my sins, or if black people were lazy, or
if self-mutilation was a custom practiced by generations of my
ancestors, then I was fated to one day "learn" what I was "taught." I
would probably repeat the same stories and lessons to my children. I
would shape their behaviors and personalities according to my own.
Wordsworth said, "The child is the father of the man." My youngest
daughter's great grandchild-to-be will ultimately share a part of my
great-grandfather's philosophy. Such has been the history of man. Such
is to be the destiny of all children.
We teach our language to our children. We influence them by teaching
religion, ethics, morals, and customs. From the brushing of teeth or
hair, to the tying of shoelaces, to using a fork and knife, behaviors
become learned. Good habits, bad habits, even the foods we eat are
pre-determined by mothers, fathers, and guardians.
My mother recently told me that I began to drink milk at the age of two.
I have no memory of my first sip. Mom assures me that I never liked
milk and had to be constantly told that it was good for me. She knew
that because her mother told her. She knew that because the doctor told
her. I remember his name, Dr. Rosenberg. I am told that he delivered
me. He was my pediatrician until the age of 8. He never associated
earaches with milk drinking. I remember the earaches. I drank milk at
every meal, and must have been told 365 days per year, a minimum of
three times per day, to finish my glass of milk or I would
not grow up to be a strong boy. I remember giving similar advice to two
of my three children.
I have no memory of milk posters from my kindergarten days. Were there
posters then, and if so, was the message subliminal as it is today? Did
the teachers make me drink milk and did they assure me that it was good
for me too?
If there is one basic thing that most American children "know," it is
that milk is good. Without cow's milk, they will not grow to be
healthy. They have been told this by their parents, teachers, and have
seen this message in their magazines, books, and on television.
Ask a child or an adult if he or she would like a nice tall glass of
dog's milk. Perhaps they would drink a glass of pig's milk or horse
milk. Cat? Squirrel? How about a 12-ounce glass of human breast milk.
Kangaroo? Hippo? Instinctively, the thought of drinking milk other
than cow's milk is unappealing to most people. This very basic instinct
cannot be taught. This "internal knowledge" counters everything one has
been taught about cow's milk, so that logic becomes sacrificed to the
power of a myth.
Monday, January 24
Today is the 79th day of my hunger strike.
First, the good news and the bad news. Last week's comedy of life presented
many cliches. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. When it rains it pours.
Bad things come in bunches. "You-know-what" happens.
During the last 168 hours I cared for my father and his broken arm, while
suffering through the flu. Then Mom got sick and was hospitalized so I was
doing double parent duty. While wind chill factors outside were 30 degrees
below zero, temperatures inside of my body reached new highs.
I was not the only one to experience extreme heat. Elizabeth's room flamed
and the fire department paid an unanticipated visit. Somehow, my computer
felt left out of all the adversity, and it decided to break down, just one
month after my two-year warranty expired. This leaves me with an inability
to receive or send e-mail, and my never-fail computer phone book is temporary
lost. There is some good news. I should save a fortune on phone bills
until computer repair is accomplished.
More good news-the pain in my right lung area does not seem to be getting any
Today, I donated blood, just in case Mom needs it. Her hemoglobin level has
been under 8.0, which makes her an appropriate candidate for a transfusion.
My hemoglobin count was 15.8, which surprised even me.
I was a bit concerned. My pulse was 92 and my blood pressure was 148/90.
Usually, my pulse is in the high 60s and my blood pressure 120/80. These
tests do not lie. My body and spirit are under stress.
I just heard tomorrow's forecast for the New York area-8" of snow. The kids
will most certainly be off from school and I'll have two driveways to shovel.
Tuesday, January 25
Monsanto and FDA Be Warned: This is Just the Beginning
Today is the 80th day of my hunger strike.
The latest weather report predicts 10-12" of snow for northern New Jersey. I
woke up with a massive headache, but the pain in my chest seems to be
lessening. I feel as if I am on the road to recovery. A big snowstorm is
not what the doctor ordered.
Yesterday, I received a tape in the mail from Al Lewis and Suzanne Phillips.
I watched "Showdown at Seattle-5 Days That Shook the WTO."
You might recall that there was rioting in the streets of Seattle in
opposition to the World Trade Organization meeting late last year. In
watching the tape, I was reminded of the 1968 siege in Chicago at the
Democratic National Convention. I was in high school when I watched police
beating demonstrators. Thirty-two years later, violent police shot tear gas
canisters, rubber bullets, used their nightsticks, and sprayed pepper spray
into the faces of people sitting in the street. I was angry and frustrated
watching the tape. One middle-aged woman, interviewed by the media, said,
"Today I was ashamed to be an American."
While Seattle rioted, FDA simultaneously held the first of three
biotechnology hearings in Chicago. Both Seattle and Chicago shared one very
powerful and symbolic phenomenon. The media covered each demonstration, and
America bore witness to a new sight-protestors were dressed as Monarch
butterflies. Why Monarchs? Monsanto's FDA-approved bt corn killed Monarch
The average man and woman on the street might not have gotten the message,
but Monsanto and the FDA certainly had. FDA had prescheduled three
biotechnology conferences, the second was in Washington and the third in
Oakland, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from America's traditional hotbed
of radicalism, Berkeley. Five hundred peaceful people showed up on a rainy,
misty day, and in doing so, sent a signal to FDA and Monsanto: this is just
As we approach the hundredth day of our hunger strike, FDA remains mute to
our protests. We have filed a citizen's petition to remove Monsanto's rbGH
because of scientific fraud and deceit. Part of our petition includes new
scientific evidence proving the dangers and risks to consumers drinking
Monsanto's new milk.
We have filed numerous Freedom of Information Act requests for simple and
basic information and our requests are totally ignored. It is as if there is
a complete shutdown at FDA. Perhaps that should be the solution, shut'em
down and start all over again because the system to which we bear witness is
Things are getting worse here in America, and the interests of Americans have
been sublimated to the interests of pharmaceutical companies. It is winter
and activists are hibernating. It will soon be spring and there will be
planning. I have the feeling that Seattle is just a harbinger of things to
come. Will it be a long hot summer?
It is not too late for FDA to do the right thing and to send a message to
Americans. The eyes of the world will be watching. Do not betray the common
Wednesday, January 26
Today is the 81st day of my hunger strike.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has helped to
spread the word that milk does not do the body any good, particularly
for African-Americans who have higher rates of lactose intolerance than
Caucasians. PCRM has been publicizing the conflicts of interest on
government food pyramid committees and has filed suit to change the
official government dietary guidelines. USDA mandates that children in
school receive daily doses of milk. PCRM? I love those guys. But here
are the bad guys.
On Thursday, the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)
criticized PCRM for their anti-milk stance. In doing so, this group
paid $560 to put a press release on PRNewswire. The next day, the
National Dairy Council also paid to put a press release on the
PRNewswire, calling PCRM "an activist group with a vegan/animal rights
It is a shame that most Americans don't realize the relationship between
ACSH and the dairy industry. It is unfortunate that most Americans
don't realize that the dairy industry's public relation firm oversees
the PRNewswire, and severely limits information going out to news and
media outlets while submitting a constant flow of their own propaganda.
I have seen so many biased pro-dairy and pro-Monsanto/genetic
engineering stances from ACSH that when I see a claim made by that
organization, I recognize the partiality contained within their
philosophy. When you are financed by the dairy industry and rely upon
their cash flow, I can understand the inability to disseminate truth.
Thursday, January 27
Today is the 82nd of my hunger strike.
One very lousy week ended yesterday with the breakdown of my
5-horsepower snowblower. With my recent illness, I generate a little
less than one personpower and it has been a struggle. The good news is
that my lung seems to be improving and I now have something to laugh
about, thanks to an Internet friend!
Each year, my clairvoyant Australian buddy, June Cleland, sends me her
choices for THE DARWIN AWARDS. These awards go to the worst human
performances, suggesting that Darwin's theory (man's descent from
baboons) was right on the money. Here are June's choices:
In February, Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed in Lompoc, California, as
he fell face-first through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was
burglarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in
his mouth (to keep his hands free) rammed into the base of his skull as
he hit the floor.
According to police in Dahlonega, Georgia, ROTC cadet Nick Berrena, 20,
was stabbed to death in January by fellow cadet Jeffrey Hoffman, 23, who
was trying to prove that a knife could not penetrate the flak vest that
Berrena was wearing.
Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed in February in Selbyville,
Delaware, as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a
revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.
In February, according to police in Windsor, Ontario, Daniel Kolta, 27,
and Randy Taylor, 33, died in a head-on collision, thus earning a tie in
the game of chicken they were playing with their snowmobiles.
Paul Stiller, 47, was hospitalized in Andover Township, New Jersey, in
September, and his wife Bonnie was also injured, when a quarter-stick of
dynamite blew up in their car. While driving around at 2 AM, the
bored couple lit the dynamite and tried to toss it out the window to see
what would happen, but they apparently failed to notice that the window
I also did one very dumb thing. When I wrote "MILK-The Deadly Poison,"
I admitted (in the final chapter) that I still enjoyed Parmesan cheese
and an occasional ice cream. I wrote that in 1997, but soon changed my
diet and no longer consume any milk or dairy products today.
I've been holding my breath for three years and this morning somebody
found me out and ridiculed me by quoting a 'Dr. Seuss' rhyme in my
notmilk.com guestbook. That reader was right, of course. I can
understand why others have such a hard time of eliminating ice cream and
pizza from their diets. The stuff tastes so damned good! However, it's
still pus with hormones and glue.
I haven't had a squirt of milk for three years and I don't miss it.
Friday, January 28
Today is the 83rd day of my hunger strike.
This morning I reflected upon my FDA Citizen's Petition to revoke the
use of Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. That is
the reason for this hunger strike, and while FDA should simply determine
the merits and science behind Monsanto's fraud, they are playing
politics as usual.
Last night, President Clinton addressed the nation in his annual State
of the Union Address. In the 1996 State of the Union Address, Clinton
praised Monsanto. Politics as usual? In March of 1971, a Watergate
tape recorded then-President Nixon taking a $3,000,000 cash gift from
dairy industry executives. The Oval Office's performance reinforces
that old adage: politics is the best cash business.
One does not have to use much imagination to figure out what favors were
called in to place Monsanto's attorney, Clarence Thomas, on the Supreme
What we are witnessing is a severe compromise in FDA's fiduciary duty.
This hormone is a safety risk for all Americans. This hormone caused
cancer in laboratory animals. Compare that to the enormous political
influence and corruption and bear witness to the selling of America.
Saturday, January 29
Today is the 84th day of my hunger strike.
It's been nearly eight weeks since I filed a Freedom of Information Act
request for some very basic information from FDA. Usually such requests
are acted upon within a few days.
I have discovered that Monsanto created five "freak" amino acids when
making their genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. I requested
any and all correspondence between FDA and Monsanto regarding those
errors. All I get is silence.
Today I left a few messages and faxed a "what's going on" request to
Marilyn Broderick at 301-827-6510. My request number is 99026306.
Maybe you could call her phone/fax (hint, hint) and help give her the
Something stinks at FDA and something stinks at Monsanto. The
pharmaceutical giant is changing their name as if their rose will smell
any different with a cosmetic alteration. In the future, Monsanto will
be known as Pharmacia.
Monsanto chairman Robert Shapiro commented, "We have chosen a name with
power and global relevance."
Does Shapiro imagine that the name "Monsanto" does not have relevance?
In my dictionary, the words "fraud" and "deceit" both say "see
Here's a suggestion for FDA. Maybe you guys should change your name
too. My suggestion would be Pharmacia East. That way, you could share
keys instead of having to rely upon your continued use of your revolving
Sunday, January 30
ONE PEACEFUL WORLD
Today is the 85th day of my hunger strike.
Imagine a World Without Monarch Butterflies
That's the title of Alex Jack's new book. Alex is the general manager
of the Kushi Institute and director of the One Peaceful World Society.
I knew that I was going to like the book even before getting to the
first chapter. The inside front cover contains a page filled with
quotes. The title of that page is: Ode to the Monarch Butterfly.
The first quote is taken from a Rachel Carson letter, written in 1963.
(Rachel Carson wrote "Silent Spring," a book alerting America to the
dangers of DDT).
"But most of all I shall remember the Monarchs, that unhurried westward
drift of one small winged form after another, each drawn by some
invisible force ... Did they return?"
I remember the Monarchs. The Shinnecock hills of Southampton, New York
were filled with Monarchs in 1973 as late spring turned into summer and
my final semester of college life drew to a close. I remember walking
through the beach grass, over a great sand dune, searching for nesting
plovers and sandpipers when I walked over the crest of a dune and there
before me was a never-to-be forgotten sight. The sky was thick with
Monarchs. Behind me the ocean surf crashed against the beach. Gulls
were feeding upon spearing and sand eels, driven to the surface by a
school of striped bass. Everything seemed right with the world in
nature's moment of perfection.
"Imagine a World Without Monarch Butterflies" is a consumer's guide to
genetic engineering. Mr. Jack's memo to Monsanto should be read by all
FDA regulators. Do these men and women at the Food and Drug
Administration still have a thread of conscience?
Recently, Cornell University scientists exposed Monarch butterfly
caterpillars to pollen from Monsanto's genetically engineered corn.
None of the butterflies eating pollen from "natural" corn died, while
44% of the Monarchs eating the pollen from genetically engineered plants
died within four days.
The threat to the Monarch is real, documented by real science. The
threat to man is also real, but those who have the opportunity to act
upon truth remain blind, deaf, and mute.
Should there be a major tragedy, who shall be held accountable?
FDA knows. So does Monsanto.
Our hunger strike continues. We have documented and submitted an
enormous file to FDA. Monsanto consists of liars. Monsanto's secrets
are terrifying. Monsanto made serious errors when they produced the
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. Monsanto conveniently did
not inform FDA of those errors until after they received approval for
their drug. Monsanto scientists knew that lab animals got cancer from
this hormone, now in America's ice cream and cheese. The milk is not
safe to drink.
Who will tell the parents of the children? Who will apologize for those
who suffer leukemias and cancers, similar to the vast array of cancers
suffered by 300 lab animals in the secret Richard, Odaglia and Deslex
The foreword to Alex Jack's book is written by Ohio Congressman Dennis
Kucinich. The Congressman is currently conducting biotechnology
hearings. We have given our information to Congress, and there are many
eyes focused upon FDA and Monsanto. Monsanto's deceit can be FDA's one
opportunity to save face. Canadian scientists reviewed the same data
reviewed by American scientists. Canadians found the cancers that
American regulators missed. What price can profits represent, when one
On another front, Monsanto is about to be purchased by UPJOHN for a deal
worth in excess of 27 billion dollars. Simultaneous to our FDA
petition, UPJOHN has a "TOP SECRET" application in to FDA for approval
of their version of the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.
FDA refuses to officially comment on this application. Monsanto may
very well receive approval for a new formula for their bovine growth
hormone with no testing required by FDA.
Will FDA and Monsanto get away with this collaboration? Let this be a
warning to all co-conspirators. We are watching. Congress is watching.
FDA and Monsanto do not seem to care about the butterflies. Their
disregard for the people is equally offensive.
Close your eyes and have a loved one read you this passage from Alex
Jack's "Ode to Butterflies." The following was written by Diane
Ackerman in "The Rarest of the Rare."
"It's easy to get mesmerized watching the Monarchs glide overhead, with
the sun shining through their wings ... They are silent, beautiful, fragile;
they are harmless and clean; they are determined; they are graceful;
they stalk nothing; they are ingenious chemists; they are a symbol of
innocence; they are the first butterfly we learn to call by name. Like
the imagination, they dart from one sunlit spot to another. To the
Mexicans, who call them 'las palomas,' they are the souls of the
children who died during the past year, fluttering on their way to
Alex Jack is a visionary. His concept of the world is a vision that I
share. Our dream is to return to a more natural way of life by creating
a world of enduring health. Monsanto's view of the world is one in
which their products symbolically mirror their ill-reasoned doctrine:
Agent Orange, Dioxins, PCBs, and genetically engineered foods.
Monsanto's official response to the Monarch butterfly death might very
well be inscribed upon the thousands of tombstones of the children who
will die this year from cancers:
"Most corn pollen remains within the cornfield and Monarch larvae can
choose to avoid feeding on Bt pollen by feeding on the underside of
leaves or on other milkweed leaves with little or no Bt pollen."
Who will tell the Monarchs?
(Alex Jack's book can be purchased for $6.95 by calling One Peaceful
World Press toll-free at 888-322-4095. Jack is also the author of "Let
Food Be Thy Medicine")
Monday, 31 January
Today is the 86th day of my hunger strike.
I spoke with a number of FDA administrators today. I also spoke to two
different congressional offices.
On December 14th, I filed a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA)
for the correspondance between FDA and Monsanto regarding the errors
made by Monsanto in genetically engineering the bovine growth hormone.
FDA's FOIA office understands the law. The Justice Department mandates
that FOIA requests be responded to within 20 days.
It's now been 45 days!
If FDA reveals that there was correspondance, then two FDA
commissioners, one Surgeon General, and hundreds of scientists will be
exposed as liars. If FDA reveals that there was no correspondance, then
Monsanto will be exposed for their lies and deceit.
Either way, I can understand why FDA refuses to comply with the law and
respond to my request. Freedom of information? There is no
information and there is no freedom. FDA continues to make that clear.
FOIA regulations allow for federal lawsuits, and one is being
contemplated. However, there are enough people in Congress who still
have the morals and integrity that Monsanto never had and FDA seems to
have misplaced. An investigation is forthcoming.
Randy Rondeau wrote a letter to me today. He talked about Monsanto's
merger with UPJOHN, and their proposed new name: PHARMACIA.
Randy mentions the prophecy in Revelation 18:23, which says,
"...for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy
sorceries (drugs) were all nations deceived."
"The Biblical word for sorceries comes from the Greek word, phar-ma-kia,
which in today's English would be translated as 'drugs'."
MONSANTO should change their name to MONSATAN.