By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Dave Rietz, WEBmaster and cancer victim

Joe Torre, Baseball hero and cancer victim
Both of these men have something in common! Dave got the clue... Joe didn't.
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Dear Friends,

Today's column is dedicated to my dear friend and webmaster, Dave Rietz, whose much shortened and infinitely-altered life is due to his PROSTATE CANCER.

You don't need a degree in endocrinology to know that hormones are responsible for exerting powerful effects on the human body. What man is not aware that internal secretions of estrogen are the "magical" essence of a woman's behavioral mystique? Conversely, women have learned that most of the bad and some of the good that men do can be explained by their levels of testosterone. Estrogen and testosterone are steroid hormones, and levels of these chemicals in the body define sexuality and regulate behavior.

The human body also manufactures protein hormones. Adrenaline is a protein hormone, and so is insulin. Human growth hormone is also a protein. These hormones are responsible for metabolic functioning and "internal housekeeping."

Twenty-five years ago, a POWERFUL growth hormone was discovered in the human body. This hormone was much more powerful than human growth hormone. Scientists observed that it resembled INSULIN, so it was named "insulin-like" growth factor, or IGF-I. The resemblance ends when the potency of IGF-I is compared to insulin. IGF-I is 30-times more potent than insulin. (Kleinman, PEDIATRICS, June, 1992, p. 1105)

Hundreds of studies have identified IGF-I as a KEY factor in the growth of prostate cancer. That hormone is a PERFECT MATCH between humans and cows. Eat pizza with mozzarella or Parmesan on pasta, ice cream or yogurt, and you deliver this hormone to your body.

SCIENCE magazine was founded by Thomas Edison in the late 1880's. This prestigious journal is read by over 500,000 scientists every week. On January 23rd, 1998 (vol. 279. p. 563), IGF-I was identified as the key factor in prostate cancer. Nowhere in that article was it mentioned that there are forty-seven hundred species of mammal, and millions of different proteins in nature, and that IGF-I is IDENTICAL in humans and cows.

An important link to prostate cancer was published in the July issue of the BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANCER (July 2000, p. 95). Oxford researchers determined that a diet without meat or dairy products could reduce the risk of contracting prostate cancer. The authors cite earlier studies suggesting that high levels of IGF-I play a key role in causing prostate cancer. One year ago, a study published in the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION demonstrated that drinking milk increases IGF-I levels by a factor of 10%. (JADA, Heaney, October 1999, p. 1228).

"Milk and Prostate Cancer: The Evidence Mounts" is the latest article from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Physician and founder Neil Barnard writes this must-read column:

Please share this newsletter with your friends. Please copy today's column and give it to any friend, relative, or associate who is a candidate for, or has been diagnosed with, prostate cancer.

Cancer-SATURATED prostate gland


WEBmasters note:

    "For 60 of my 64 years I consumed the average American diet consisting of lots of cow's milk and dairy. During 1992 I was told I was the first among my long-lived ancestors to acquire any form of cancer. I was devastated to learn that the cancer had already spread at the young age of 55! After radiation treatments failed my PSA (prostate specific antigen) rose by 1.5 points per month and I began taking anti-testosterone hormone therapy.

    I met Mr. Cohen in June of 1997 and learned of IGF-1, a powerful hormone in all milk that, by freak of nature, happens to be identical between cows and humans. Mother nature designed this hormone to make things grow.

    It took me a year to wean myself from my life-long favorite cheeses and ice creams.

    In September of 1998 I ceased taking my cancer drugs to see if the cancer was still active. Over the next 25 months my PSA continued to rise. For the two years and one month without cancer drugs my PSA rose to 9.8 -- sadly, the cancer was still active. However, had I still been consuming external sources of IGF-1 (milk and dairy) my PSA would most likely have been 1.5 times 25 months... or 37.5. The much lower average growth rate of 0.5 PSA points per month was a direct result of eliminating all milk and dairy from my diet."

Dairy... not a taste to die for!

-- Dave Rietz             

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

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