Dr. Julian Whitaker's
Health & Healing
TOMORROW'S MEDICINE TODAY October 1998 Vol. 8, No. 10
In the movie Men in Black, the character played by Tommy Lee Jones draws the
distinction between a "person" and the mass of "people." He states, "A person is
smart, but people are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals, and you know it." In
other words, we do a whole lot of things as "people" we would never do as
"persons. "Health & Healing readers are "persons." You are making the effort to
educate youself, refusing to buy the prepackaged party line dished out by the
conventional medical establishment and media. You think for yourself and take
control of your own health. Yet there are some area that are so ingrained that
we all revert to "people" thinking. Let's discuss one of them in this first
MILK IS "UDDER" NONSENSE
Is cow's milk an appropriate food for humans? The "people" answer is "of
course," but the "person" answer is "no, it is not good for humans." Cow's milk
is species-specific food for calves. It is no more appropriate to drink the milk
of cows than it is to drink the milk of other mammals. We do it because we've
always done it. It's a "people" thing, and on close inspection, you'll see that
all our beliefs about milk are "udder" nonsense.
Milk Myth #1: Milk Helps Build Strong Bones
American parents pass this myth on to their children, and misguided
nutritionists reinforce it. Actually, milk and other dairy products weaken the
bones and accelerate osteoporosis. That's right, consumption of milk causes the
very condition it's advertised to prevent.
As I'll explain in the next story, osteoporosis results from calcium loss, not
insufficient calcium intake. And dairy products, because of their high protein
content, promote calcium loss. Studies examining the incidence of osteoporosis
have found that high consumption of dairy products is associated with high rates
of osteoporosis. If you want strong bones, don't drink milk.
Milk Myth #2: Milk is the Ultimate Health Drink
The notion that milk is healthy for you is, again, "udder" nonsense. While
eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains has been documented to lower the risk
of heart attack, high blood pressure and cancer, the widely touted health
benefits of dairy products are questionable at best. In fact, dairy products are
clearly liked as a cause of osteoporosis, heart disease, obesity, cancer,
allergies and diabetes. Dairy products are anything but "health" foods. The
association with heart disease is particularly strong. While we've always known
that high-fat dairy products, such as whole milk and cheese, are significant
contributors to high cholesterol levels and heart disease, William B. Grant,
Ph.D., summarizes the mounting evidence that nonfat milk is also a major player
in bringing on heart disease.
Writing in Alternative Medicine Review, Dr. Grant points out that nonfat milk,
which contains substantial amounts of dairy protein, is very low in B vitamins.
The metabolism of all this protein in the absence of B vitamins contributes to
the buildup of homocysteine, a marker for heart disease.
Milk Myth #3: Milk is Necessary for Growing Children
Oh really? Here are three reasons kids and milk don't mix. First, milk is the
leading cause of iron-deficiency anemia in infants, and, in fact, the American
Academy of Pediatrics now discourages giving children milk before their first
birthday. Second, it has been shown that milk consumption in childhood
contributes to the development of Type-I diabetes. Certain proteins in milk
resemble molecules on the beta cells of the pancreas that secrete insulin. In
some cases, the immune system makes antibodies to the milk protein that
mistakenly attack and destroy the beta cells.
Third, milk allergies are very common in children and cause sinus problems,
diarrhea, constipation and fatigue. They are a leading cause of the chronic ear
infections that plague up to 40% of all children under the age of six. Milk
allergies are also linked to behavior problems in children and to the disturbing
rise of childhood asthma.
(Milk allergies are equally common in adults and produce similar symptoms.) Even
so august an authority on children as the late Dr. Benjamin Spock changed his
recommendations in his later years and discouraged giving children milk.
MILK MYTH #4: Milk is Pure and Wholesome
As if milk weren't bad enough already, the chemical giant, Monsanto Company, and
the FDA have made it far worse. In 1994 the FDA approved the use of recombinant
bovine somatotropin (rbST), a genetically engineered hormone from Monsanto that
increases milk production in cows by 10-25%. Milk from cows treated with rbST
contains elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), one of the
most powerful growth factors ever identified.
IGF-I occurs naturally in both cows and humans and, in a fluke of nature, is
identical between these two species. While IGF-I doesn't cause cancer, it
definitely stimulates its growth. Recent studies have found a seven-fold
increase in the risk of breast cancer in women with the highest IGF-I levels,
and a four-fold increase in prostate cancer in men with the highest levels. Not
only does rbST elevate your exposure to these growth factors, it also increases
infections of the cow's udders. Therefore, cows treated with rbST are given more
antibiotics, so higher traces of these drugs, as well as pus and bacteria from
infected udders, are found in their milk.
In his recent book, MILK - The Deadly Poison (Argus Publishing, Inc., Englewood
Cliffs, NJ, 1998), Robert Cohen, a tenacious investigative reporter, describes a
level of corruption between Monsanto, the FDA and the Department of Agriculture
that, in my opinion, warrants formal investigation and action against several
individuals involved. This book documents how data were falsified and studies
fabricated, and tells how the scientific community and public have been misled
regarding rbST, its effects on our health, and the amounts of this hormone
present in milk. Folks, you won't believe this book.
Robert Cohen gives names, dates and document numbers that are irrefutable.
As you would expect, Monsanto is playing rough. In Florida, they put pressure on
a FOX television station, which then fired two award- winning journalists with
over 20 years experience for attempting to report on the dark side of bovine
growth hormone. These two reporters are now suing the network. Monsanto has
vigorously attacked those who simply want to label their dairy product as
"hormone free." This whole mess is disgusting. It shouldn't surprise you that
all of Europe and Canada have banned this hormone and we are the only major
industrial country espousing and using it. To get a copy of the June/July 1998
issue of SunCoast Eco report, in which this story is reported, send a check for
$3 to Editor-SunCoast Eco Report, P.O. Box 35500, Sarasota, FL, 34278. If you
have access to the Internet, for more information on the suit, go to
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LIMITING YOUR DAIRY INTAKE
* To start with, knock off drinking milk altogether. Fluid milk is likely to be
the most highly concentrated, easily absorbed source of growth hormones. Instead
use soy milk or rice milk in your coffee, cereal and cooking. You'll find
dairy-free cheeses, ice cream and drinks in your health food store.
Use all dairy products sparingly, and be sure to avoid products from
hormone-treated cows. A growing number of dairies offer organic or hormone-free
dairy products. For a list of those studies discussed in this article, send a
self- addressed stamped article to: CF/Phillips Publishing, 7811 Montrose Road,
Potomac, MD 20854. A few months ago I joined Robert Cohen as a board member of
his newly formed AntiDairy Coalition. I strongly recommend that you get more
information on the dangers of dairy products by reading Cohen's book, available
from the AntiDairy Coalition, 1-888-NOTMILK (888-668-6455).
That, my friends,
represents half of the October Health & Healing digest. Dr. Whitaker dedicates
the remainder of this issue of his newsletter to osteoporosis and heart disease.
I would like to quote just a portion of Whitaker's comments about bone disease:
"In only two generations, the rate of hip fractures in the U.S. has quadrupled,
and it is currently one of the highest rates in the world. Americans are also
near the top of the chart for dairy consumption. Would someone out there please
tell me why we keep telling our children that dairy foods strengthen their
bones? Excess protein intake-not only from milk but all animal protein
sources-increases the need for calcium to neutralize acidic protein breakdown
products, destroying bone in the process. A lifetime of a high-protein diet
usually eats away at your bones. Lower protein vegetarian diets are associated
with significantly higher bone mineral density. So the first and most important
dietary step is to eat less protein. This generally means cutting down on milk
Although dairy products contain calcium, little of it is deposited in the
bones-instead the calcium is used to neutralize the acidity brought on by milk
I conclude today's column by echoing the advertising slogan of the national
fluid processors, the marketing arm of America's dairy industry:
MILK? WHAT A SURPRISE!
For you, good to know! Calcium content in various foods.
* Dairy products are promoted as a source of calcium, but many vegetable-quality
foods are rich in this element. Calcium needs vary with age and other factors.
The U.S. RDA. varies from 800-1200 mg/day. (Figures per 100 grams, unit mg.
1009=3.5 ounces, an average serving unless otherwise noted.)
Examples Vegetables: Broccoli 246, Dandelion greens 74, Mustard greens 97,
Parsley 61, Kale 74, Spinach 83, Watercress 90 .
Beans/products: Chickpeas 75 , Soybeans 131 , Kidney beans 70, Tofu 128 ,Tempeh
Sea Vegetables: Agar Agar 400 , Hijiki 1400, Kombu 800, Nori 400 , Wakame 1300.
Seeds/nuts: Sesame seeds 331, Sun flower seeds 40 , Hazel nuts 60.
Dairy food: Cow milk 28, Eggs 27, Cheese 100/350 .
Grains: Buckwheat 57.
(Source: U.S. Dep. of Agriculture and Japan Nutritionist Association)
Debunking the Dairy Dogma
Studies suggest that milk
isn't the "health kick" it's advertised to be.
by Brian Wimer November-
"Got Milk?" The ad phrase
turned pop-mantra does as much disservice to English grammar as it does to
dietary science - an ill-worded, seemingly-unassailable, anecdotal justification
for overindulgence. Boy, talk about sacred cows.
According to the USDA, the
nation's 7.79 million dairy cows produce 150 billion pounds of milk every year,
contributing to the manufacture of 1.4 billion pounds of butter, 8.6 billion
pounds of cheese and 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream. The average American
consumes over 600 pounds of dairy products every year. The Dairy Board, the USDA
and the FDA think that's not enough, encouraging Americans to drink at least
three glasses of milk daily.
But Dr. Robert M. Kradjian,
Breast Surgery Chief of California's Seton Medical Center, thinks three glasses
is too much. In fact, he thinks you shouldn't drink any milk at all. After
systematically reviewing the archives of medical and scientific journals, his
findings were "slightly less than horrifying." Think milk does a body good?
"None of the authors spoke of
cow's milk as an excellent food, free of side effects and the 'perfect food' as
we have been led to believe by the industry. The main focus of the published
reports seems to be on intestinal colic, intestinal irritation, intestinal
bleeding, anemia, allergic reactions in infants and children as well as
infections such as salmonella. More ominous is the fear of viral infection with
bovine leukemia virus or an AIDS-like virus as well as concern for childhood
diabetes. Contamination of milk by blood and white (pus) cells as well as a
variety of chemicals and insecticides was also discussed.
Among children the problems
were allergy, ear and tonsillar infections, bedwetting, asthma, intestinal
bleeding, colic and childhood diabetes. In adults the problems seemed centered
more around heart disease and arthritis, allergy, sinusitis, and the more
serious questions of leukemia, lymphoma and cancer." Here's just a taste of the
dairy dilemma Dr. Kradjian uncovered.
Let's begin with cancer. A
1989 study from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute reported that people drinking
whole milk three or more times daily had a 2-fold increase in lung cancer risk
when compared to those never drinking whole milk. Another Roswell Park study
reported that drinking more than one glass of whole milk daily increases a
woman's risk of ovarian cancer by 3.1 times.
These findings were
corroborated in a 2000 Harvard Medical School study, tracking 80,000 nurses,
which found that even skim milk consumption (the culprit being lactose, a milk
sugar, not milk fat) increases women's risk of ovarian cancer by 66%. The
implications are worldwide. A 1989 Harvard Medical School study, which analyzed
data from 27 countries, found a significant positive correlation between ovarian
cancer and per capita milk consumption.
Dr. William Harris, the
Medical Director of the Kaiser-Permanente Vegan Lifestyle Clinic, performed a
similar study. Comparing World Health Organization cancer mortality statistics
in 33 countries, he found a significant correlation between breast cancer
mortality and milk consumption.
Statistically speaking, the
countries the highest rates of breast cancer ( Denmark , Norway , Holland ,
Sweden , Finland and Uruguay ) also have the highest rates of dairy consumption.
Uruguay ? Yes, Uruguay has third highest rate of milk consumption and the third
highest rate of breast cancer. A subsequent survey of Uruguyan women found that
high intakes of whole milk and Gruyere cheese were associated with significant
increased risk of breast cancer.
Dr. Harris identifies a
different culprit. He hypothesizes: "Estrogens and insulin-like growth factor
(IGF-1) in cow's milk stimulate breast cancer."
IGF-1 is a hormone common to
both humans and cows. While IGF-1 doesn't cause cancer, it stimulates its
growth. Furthermore, animal fat and protein elevate insulin levels and increase
IGF-1 production in the body, exacerbating its effect.
IGF-1 has been clinically
found to accelerate the growth of breast cancer cells. The medical journal
Lancet published a Nurses' Health study by Harvard scientists, reporting that
pre-menopausal women with high levels of IGF-1 had up to a seven-fold increased
breast cancer risk. These findings were corroborated in a March 1999 report by
the Scientific Committee of European Union on "Veterinary Measures relating to
A 1990 Stanford University
study reported that IGF-1 promotes the growth of prostate cells, too. And, in
1997 international researchers reported further epidemiological evidence that
IGF-1 levels correlate to prostate cancer risk. The Roswell Institute reported
that men who drank three or more glasses of whole milk daily had a relative risk
2.49 times higher for cancer. A January 1998 report by Harvard researchers
confirmed the link between IGF-1 blood levels and prostate cancer risk -- higher
than for any other known risk factor -- in some studies, four times the risk in
men. Overall, in surveys of clinical literature, "For prostate cancer,
epidemiologic studies consistently show a positive association with high
consumption of milk (and) dairy products."
Research has linked IGF-1 to
colon cancer, too. Plus, researchers at the National Institutes of Health report
that IGF-1 also plays a central role in the progression of many childhood
cancers, small cell lung cancer, melanoma, and cancers of the pancreas. Further
scientific studies have found links from high levels of IGF-1 to diabetes,
acromegaly (gigantism, characterized by excessive growth of the head, face,
hands, and feet) and gynecomastia (growth of breasts in men).
The milk connection: bovine
milk contains high levels of IGF-1, which is resistant to pasteurization. And
while IGF-1 is usually broken down in digestion, IGF-1 in bovine milk is
resistant to stomach acids. According to a 1995 report in the Journal of
Endocrinology, casein, the most abundant protein in bovine milk, prevents IGF-1
from breaking down in the stomach. Instead, IGF-1, once in the intestines, can
pass directly into the bloodstream, largely due to the presence of the milk
protein casein - the strengthening component of Elmer's glue. (Incidentally, lab
animal studies at Cornell have identified casein as a carcinogen. )
To make matters worse, cows
treated with FDA-approved recombinant bovine somatotropin (BST or rBGH), a
hormone genetically engineered by bio-tech giant Monsanto, have even higher
levels of IGF-1 -- 25-70% higher in EU Scientific Committee studies. Entire
books have been dedicated to enumerating the dangers of dairy-borne rBGH, but,
in the interest of brevity, let's just stick to plain milk. There's plenty still
For instance, let's look at
bovine leukemia (BLV) and bovine immunodeficiency virus (BIV). Allegedly, BLV is
found in more than 60% of dairy cows, and about 80% of dairy herds, in the
United States . In one study of randomly collected raw milk, BLV was recovered
from two-thirds of the samples. Another study showed an average 40% of US beef
herds and 64% of US dairy herds as infected with BIV. In lab studies, virtually
all animals exposed to BLV develop leukemia. And, yes, humans can catch BIV.
Theoretically, both viruses
are killed during pasteurization (although some evidence suggests pasteurization
makes them even more dangerous ). However, note the inherent flaws in dairy
production. In April of 1985, a large, modern, Chicago milk-processing plant
accidentally "cross connected" raw and pasteurized milk, resulting in a
salmonella outbreak in 150,000 Chicago-area dairy consumers (we'll get back to
raw milk later). These same people were, theoretically, exposed to BLV and BIV.
Coincidentally, the dairy states Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and
Wisconsin have a statistically higher incidence of leukemia than the national
average. In fact, nationwide and worldwide, leukemia is more common among
What about all of milk's
purported health benefits? The Dairy Board claims that milk can be effective in
battling osteoporosis. But, statistically, countries with the dairy intake
(United States, Sweden, Israel, Finland, and the United Kingdom) also have the
highest incidence of osteoporosis. China, which is virtually dairy-free, since
most Chinese are lactose intolerant, has among the lowest incidences of
osteoporosis. The hard evidence: a 12-year Harvard Nurses' Health Study of
78,000 women found that those who got more calcium from milk broke more bones
than those who got less calcium in their diets.
According to Dr. Julian
Whitaker, editor of Health & Healing, "Osteoporosis results from calcium loss,
not insufficient calcium intake. And dairy products, because of their high
protein content, promote calcium loss. Studies examining the incidence of
osteoporosis have found that high consumption of dairy products is associated
with high rates of osteoporosis. If you want strong bones, don't drink milk."
Where should you get your
calcium from? The over-simplified answer is: where cows get their calcium from -
green, leafy vegetables. What makes green vegetables so vital is chlorophyll,
the center atom of which is magnesium. What needs to be present to properly
metabolize calcium? Magnesium (as well as phosphorous, Vitamin D and fiber). As
it turns out, dairy is woefully lacking in magnesium. (Note: the very best
source of magnesium is nuts.) Also, vegetables and legumes are alkaline and
don't deplete the body's calcium stores like acid-causing animal proteins.
The evidence, though
controversial, is difficult to refute. A telling report published in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition surveyed 57 clinical studies on dairy
products and bone health. After excluding technically-flawed studies,
researchers found that 71% of the scientifically valid research showed that
dairy products had either no bone-building benefits or actually did harm.
Surely kids can benefit from
drinking milk? Not so, say clinical studies. The results are undeniable and
altogether unexpected. We'll start from day one. In a 1992 British control study
of premature infants researchers found a significant advantage of mother's milk
over cow's milk-based formula. Children were followed up for over 8 years.
Adjustments were made to allow for differences in mothers' education and social
class. Result: according to the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children, the
children fed breast-milk averaged 8.3 IQ points higher.
The American Academy of
Pediatrics intelligently advises parents to not give their children dairy milk
before their first birthday. Doctor Frank Oski, former Chief of Pediatrics at
Johns Hopkins University Hospital elaborates, "It is my thesis that whole milk
should not be fed to the infant in the first year of life because of its
association with iron deficiency anemia, occult gastrointestinal bleeding, and
various manifestations of food allergy." His conclusion out steps the AAP: "Why
give it at all - then or ever? In the face of uncertainty about many of the
potential dangers of whole bovine milk, it would seem prudent to recommend that
whole milk not be started until the answers are available. Isn't it time for
these uncontrolled experiments on human nutrition to come to an end?"
Many leading pediatricians
contend that milk allergies, very common in children, can cause sinus problems,
diarrhea, constipation and fatigue. They are a leading cause of chronic ear
infections. Milk allergies are also linked to behavior problems in children and
to the rise of childhood asthma.
It has also been suggested
that childhood milk consumption contributes to the development of Type-I
diabetes. A 1990 Canadian study found a "significant positive correlation
between consumption of unfermented milk protein and incidence of insulin
dependent diabetes mellitus in data from various countries. Conversely a
possible negative relationship is observed between breast-feeding at age 3
months and diabetes risk."
According to a report by
Finnish researchers and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto , Finland has
"the world's highest rate of dairy product consumption and the world's highest
rate of insulin dependent diabetes. The disease strikes about 40 children out of
every 1,000 (in Finland) ... Antibodies produced against the milk protein during
the first year of life, the researchers speculate, also attack and destroy the
pancreas in a so-called auto-immune reaction, producing diabetes in people whose
genetic makeup leaves them vulnerable."
Pediatric milk critics link
bovine leukemia concerns with the fact that half of the cancers children get
today are leukemias. Then there is the issue of hormones. Increased consumption
of dairy products, already high in IGF-1, and now containing rBGH, may be
contributing to the dramatic drop of the average age of puberty of American
girls - to as low as to age 6 for black girls and age 7 for whites.
Charles Attwood, renowned
pediatrician and author of Dr. Attwood's Low Fat Prescription for Kids has been
quite outspoken against childhood dairy consumption. His concern: saturated fat,
"which is one of the primary contributors to heart disease." Attwood explains:
"Dairy products are the most immediate source of saturated fat for children. And
thanks to, a high consumption of dairy products, we now have 40 million children
with elevated cholesterol levels in the United States ... We know that,
statistically, one out of two children will die from heart disease as adults.
According to the 25-year Bogalusa Heart Study done by Louisiana State University
in New Orleans, (coronary) fatty deposits were found in children as early as age
3. And by age 12, 70 percent of these children were found to have these
potentially deadly deposits."
No, he doesn't think milk is
important for kids' bones. "The milk-calcium-bone density myth has been created
and perpetuated by the intense lobbying of the dairy industry throughout the
lifetimes of most adults living today," says Attwood. "The true connection
between milk and strong bones isn't exactly what the dairy industry has been
telling us all these years."
But none of this is news. Dr.
Benjamin Spock, the late guru of pediatrics, put it plainly, "Cow's milk in the
past has always been oversold as the perfect food, but we are now seeing that it
isn't the perfect food at all and the government really shouldn't be behind any
efforts to promote it as such."
None-the-less, a major
component of government subsidized school lunch programs (thanks, in part, to
the School Milk Pilot Test ) are surplus milk and cheese collected by the USDA.
Law requires the USDA to buy any surplus of butter, cheese, or non-fat dry milk.
The USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation purchased 650 million pounds of nonfat
dry milk and 8 million pounds of cheese in 2002 - between the Farm Security and
Rural Investment Act of 2002's Milk Price Support Program and the Milk Income
Loss Contract, spending over $2 billion in subsidies and price supports for the
bloated US dairy market. Today, the USDA has 1.3 billion pounds of excess nonfat
dry milk in government storage.
A few more facts to consider:
Fifty years ago an average cow produced 2,000 pounds of milk per year. Today,
they average that amount per month. The top producers give 50,000 pounds a year.
How is that accomplished? Forced feeding plans, specialized breeding, drugs,
hormones and antibiotics. In tests by the Centre for Science in the Public
Interest, 38% of milk samples in 10 cities were found to be contaminated with
sulfa drugs or other antibiotics. Why the antibiotics? Artificial hormones give
rise to mastitis, an udder infection. Milk might have been an important dietary
staple centuries ago. But today it hardly resembles the food that nourished our
Nor is it consumed in the same
manner. Traditionally, dairy products were cultured or fermented, as yogurt,
cheese, curds or whey - partly for storage, partly for nutrition, since
fermentation breaks down casein and lactose, and maximizes beneficial bacteria
and digestive enzymes. Only in the industrialized West is uncultured milk
consumed by the glass (a 19th century urban phenomena). More traditional
fermented beverages are kefir, Russian koumiss, Middle Eastern laban, Icelandic
syra, Finnish piima or Norwegian kjaeldermelk.
Even raw milk is, in some
ways, preferable to today's ultra-pasteurized, homogenized variety. Raw,
unprocessed milk contains higher levels of nutrients, plus the very bacteria
necessary for casein and lactose breakdown. It even may lower childhood asthma
risks. Unfortunately, factory farming results in such tainted milk from diseased
herds, their raw product is inedible, plagued with pesticides, viruses and
bacteria. Smaller, properly-raised, healthy herds from family farms don't have
those issues, yet the sale of raw dairy products (still legal in Europe) is
illegal in most US states. The Real Milk project of The Weston A. Price
Foundation hopes to change that, but don't wait for your legislators to jump on
It will, instead, take
consumers educating themselves about the dangers of dairy, listening to
clinicians like Kradjian, luminaries like Spock, and investigative iconoclast
like stalwart dairy foe Robert Cohen, Executive Director of the tactfully-named
Dairy Education Board, editor of the website notmilk.com, and author of Milk:
The Deadly Poison. Cohen, a former psychoneuroendriconological researcher,
actually went on hunger strike in 2001 to publicize milk dangers. His new book
Milk A-Z provides an exhaustive compendium of arguments against milk, backed by
an encyclopedia of clinical references. Cohen sums up his stance: "By
eliminating milk, we can eliminate the single most disease causing factor for
Yet, the Milk Industry
Foundation's spokesman Jerome Kozak maintains, "I still think that milk is the
safest product we have." The $27 billion dairy industry's $165.7 million 2003
marketing plan (primarily targeted to children ages 6 to 12 and their mothers,
in the words of Dairy Management, Inc., "to guide school-age children to become
life-long consumers of dairy products") hopes to reiterate such mis-information,
silence its critics and whitewash the warning signs of a nutritional nightmare.
If the contrary clinical
evidence doesn't convince you to reconsider your dairy intake, perhaps common
sense will. No other animal consumes the milk of a different species. And of all
mammals, only humans -- primarily Caucasians -- continue to drink milk beyond
babyhood. Even still, 20 to 40% of Caucasians are lactose intolerant. Orientals
are about 60% lactose intolerant. And blacks are up to 90% lactose intolerant as
adults. Which makes one wonder: just who is able to drink 3 glasses of milk
daily? The better question is: who would want to?
A Return to Real Milk
In the 20s, Americans could
buy fresh raw whole milk, real clabber and buttermilk, luscious naturally yellow
butter, fresh farm cheeses and cream in various colors and thicknesses. Today's
milk is accused of causing everything from allergies to heart disease to
Dr. Robert M. Kradjian of
Seton Medical Center at Daly City, Calif., explains, from 1980 to 1992
the Harvard Nurses Study followed 77,761 women between ages 34 and 59 to
determine the relationship between milk consumption and osteoporosis.
and Dr. Bernard both report the bottom-line results of the study: "Those who
drank three or more glasses of milk per day had no reduction in the risk of hip
or arm fractures over the 12-year period, compared to women who drank little or
no milk, even after adjustment for weight, menopausal status, smoking, and
Moreover, adds Dr. Kradjian, "Fracture rates were
higher for those who consumed three or more servings, compared to those who did
not drink milk."
"At least half of human adults" are lactose intolerant, which offers proof,
according to Dr. Kradjian, that "cow's milk was
never intended for human consumption."
Robert M. Kradjian, M.D., a division chief at
Seton Medical Centre, Daly City, Calif.,
For more information how food affects our health:
The Untold Story of Milk by
Ron Schmid, ND