By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

(We identify the EVIL ones)

Quite often, one needs a program just to be able to identify
the "players."  Who finances organizations?  Sometimes the
paper trails are not easy to follow, and other times, it's a
piece of cake.


In the best interests of having that piece of cake and
eating it too...have the cake with a cup of Starbucks
(Star$$$) coffee!


We've won!  Before leaving for the Toronto Health
Show last weekend, I asked you to join Ron Cummins
of Pure Foods and ask Star$$$ not to use
the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.

Star$$$ has made the decision to eliminate milk
from cows treated with Monsanto's hormone.


We've been anxiously awaiting a PRESS RELEASE
from those so-called consumer's groups that are supported
by Monsanto.  By revealing their displeasure at Star$$$
courageous action, they reveal their close ties to the
pharmaceutical giant.

We did not have to wait long.

Yesterday (Tuesday, March 20, 2001), that PRESS
RELEASE appeared on P.R. NEWSWIRE.  It was
posted at 2:01 PM, EST.


NEVER forget these names:

The American Council on Science and Health -  Elizabeth M.
Whelan National Center for Public Policy Analysis - John
Carlisle Citizens for the Integrity of Science - Steven J.
Milloy Competitive Enterprise Institute - Gregory Conko
Center for Global Food Issues -  Alex Avery Consumer Alert -
Fran Smith

The above half dozen cite the 1994 press release of
America's respected Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop.

Koop was working for Monsanto when he wrote:

"Milk from cows given supplemental bovine somatotropin
(rbST) is the same as any other milk. So, there should be no
doubt in the minds of consumers that the milk they drink is
just as safe, nutritious and wholesome as it has always
been. Every issue and every question about BST has been
thoroughly and carefully studied by the federal government
and several independent scientific institutions. Consumers
can continue to enjoy milk and dairy foods with complete

Unfortunately, a few fringe groups are using misleading
statements and blatant falsehoods as part of a long-running
campaign to scare consumers about a perfectly safe food. "


The day after Koop's statement, Monsanto scientist Bernard
Violand submitted a publication to the Journal of Protein
Science.  His paper was subsequently published in the July
1993 edition of that journal.

In his paper, Violand  admitted that Monsanto had created 5
"FREAK AMINO ACIDS" when manufacturing that hormone.

Here is what various agencies and scientific publications
reveal about rbST and IGF-I:

"BGH-treated milk is safe because it is indistinguishable
from normal milk."

Executive Branch Report on rbGH, February 9, 1994

"Five independent authorities, the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH),
World Health Organization (WHO), the Journal of the American
Medical Association (JAMA), and ex-Surgeon General C.
Everett Koop had found rbGH-treated milk to be
indistinguishable from normal milk."

Monsanto (manufacturer of rbGH) Press Release, June, 1992

"From 1984 to 1986, Dr. Daughaday was the recipient of a
research contract from Monsanto Company, a small fraction
of which was paid to Dr. Daughaday as a consulting fee.

JAMA, 264 (8), 8/22/90 (Dr. Daughaday, the author of the
JAMA publication was an "independent authority" referred to
in Monsanto's Press Release)

"Recombinant rbGH treatment produces an increase in the
concentration of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) in cow's milk."

FDA review of  genetically engineered milk SCIENCE,
8/24/90, Vol 249

"After somidobove (rbGH) injection, mean IGF-I levels in
the treated milk are always higher than those found in the controls."

World Health Organization Report Geneva, Switzerland.
 June, 1992

"Levels of IGF increase in milk after cows are treated with rbGH."

December, 1990 National Institutes of Health Assessment
of Bovine Somatotropin

"A strong positive association was observed between
IGF-I levels and prostate cancer risk."

Science, vol. 279. January 23, 1998

"Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I, a mitogenic and
antiapoptotic peptide, can affect the proliferation of
breast epithelial cells, and is thought to have a role in
breast cancer."

The Lancet, vol. 351. May 9, 1998

"Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), in particular IGF-I and
IGF-II, strongly stimulate the proliferation of a variety of
cancer cells, including those from lung cancer.  High plasma
levels of IGF-I were associated with an increased risk of
lung cancer.  Plasma levels of IGF-I are
patients with lung cancer than in control subjects."

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, vol. 91,
no. 2.  January 20, 1999.

"Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is expressed in many
tumor cell lines and has a role in both normal cell
proliferation and in the growth of cancers.

Cancer Gene Ther, 2000 Mar, 7:3

"The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system is widely
involved in human carcinogenesis. A significant association
between high circulating IGF-I concentrations and an
increased risk of lung, colon, prostate and pre-menopausal
breast cancer has recently been reported. Lowering plasma
IGF-I may thus represent an attractive strategy to be

Int J Cancer, 2000 Aug, 87:4, 601-5

"...serum IGF-I levels increased significantly in the milk
drinking group…an increase of about 10% above baseline-but
was unchanged in the control group."

Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 99,
no. 10. October 1999

There are hundreds of millions of different proteins in
nature, and only one hormone that is identical between any
two species.  That powerful growth hormone is insulin-like
growth factor, or IGF-I. IGF-I survives digestion and has
been identified as the KEY FACTOR in breast cancer's growth.

IGF-I is identical in human and cow.

If you believe that breast feeding "works" to protect
lactoferrins and immunoglobulins from digestion (and benefit
the nursing infant), you must also recognize that milk is a
hormonal delivery system.  By drinking cow's milk, one
delivers IGF-I in a bioactive form to the body's cells. When
IGF-I from cow's milk alights upon an existing cancer...

"IGF-I is critically involved in the aberrant growth of
human breast cancer cells."

M. Lippman.   J. Natl. Inst. Health Res., 1991, 3.

"Estrogen regulation of IGF-I in breast cancer cells would
support the hypothesis that IGF-I has a regulatory function
in breast cancer."

A.V. Lee, Mol-Cell- Endocrinol., March, 99(2).

"IGF-I is a potent growth factor for cellular proliferation
in the human breast carcinoma cell line."

J.C. Chen,   J-Cell-Physiol., January, 1994, 158(1)

"Insulin-like growth factors are key factors for breast
cancer growth."

J.A. Figueroa,  J-Cell-Physiol., Nov., 1993, 157(2)

"IGF-I produces a 10-fold increase in RNA levels of cancer
cells.  IGF-I appears to be a critical component in cellular

X.S. Li,   Exp-Cell-Res., March, 1994, 211(1)

"IGF-I plays a major role in human breast cancer cell growth."

E.A. Musgrove, Eur-J-Cancer, 29A (16), 1993

"IGF-1 accelerates the growth of breast cancer cells."

M. Lippman Science, Vol. 259, January 29, 1993

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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