By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Got Outrage?

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.

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

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

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

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

Reference #7

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

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

Reference #8

"IGF-I has been identified as a key factor in breast

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 (
Dairy Education Board

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