|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Dear Friends, It is against the law in thirteen of our United States to criticize milk, cheese, or butter. Today's column violates these so-named Agricultural Disparagement Acts. The daily Notmilk letter is circulated in every state in America. Please urge one or more players in the dairy industry to take appropriate action. I look forward to going one on one with the dairy industry on Court TV. __________________________________________________________ Got Outrage? The folks who bring you breast cancer are now sponsoring a cure for that which they cause by throwing dirty dollars at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. http://www.whymilk.com/mm_mobile/images/skg_gotmilk.gif Paint a strawberry-pink milkstache on your upper lip as you bid an ironic goodbye to those mothers and daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces and friends who have lost their lives due to breast cancer. While you honor those who have died, spend a few moments to review the following ten references which are responsible for the dairy industry's greatest nightmare -the rarest of qualities for those who market milk. Truth. 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 a 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 cow's milk acts as 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... Reference #1 "IGF-I is critically involved in the aberrant growth of human breast cancer cells." M. Lippman. J. Natl. Inst. Health Res., 1991, 3. Reference #2 "Human Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I) and bovine IGF-I are identical. Both contain 70 amino acids in the identical sequence." Judith C. Juskevich and C. Greg Guyer. SCIENCE, vol. 249. August 24, 1990. Reference #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). Reference #4 "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) Reference #5 "Insulin-like growth factors are key factors for breast cancer growth." J.A. Figueroa, J-Cell-Physiol., Nov., 1993, 157(2) Reference #6 "IGF-I produces a 10-fold increase in RNA levels of cancer cells. IGF-I appears to be a critical component in cellular proliferation." X.S. Li, Exp-Cell-Res., March, 1994, 211(1) Reference #7 "IGF-I plays a major role in human breast cancer cell growth." E.A. Musgrove, Eur-J-Cancer, 29A (16), 1993 Reference #8 "IGF-I has been identified as a key factor in breast cancer." Hankinson. The Lancet, vol. 351. May 9, 1998 Reference #9 "Serum IGF-I levels increased significantly in milk drinkers, an increase of about 10% above baseline but was unchanged in the control group." Robert P. Heaney, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 99, no. 10. October 1999 Reference #10 "IGF-1 accelerates the growth of breast cancer cells." M. Lippman Science, Vol. 259, January 29, 1993 On Sunday, June 22, 2003, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Organization took out a full page black and white and pink ad in the New York Times (page A-15). In large letters, the advertisement challenged readers: "You can throw up your hands. Or get on your feet." They left out a few options. When the subject is breast cancer and milk, you can get down on your knees, or, you can lay down and die.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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