Well. Nobody has any intention of following links, so here goes. I'm telling you, I'm not making this up. There are studies on this. There is science involved.
American women have been consuming an average of two pounds of milk per day for their entire lives, yet thirty million American women have osteoporosis. Drinking milk does not prevent bone loss. Bone loss is accelerated by ingesting too much protein, and milk has been called "liquid meat."
In order to absorb calcium, the body needs comparable amounts of another mineral element, magnesium. Milk and dairy products contain only small amounts of magnesium. Magnesium is the center atom of chlorophyll:
"Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein."
"Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis."
Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993
"What appears to be important in bone metabolism is not calcium intake, but calcium balance. The loss of bone integrity among many post menopausal white women probably results from genetics and from diet and lifestyle factors. Research shows that calcium losses are increased by the use of animal protein, salt, caffeine, and tobacco, and by physical inactivity."
Neal Barnard, M.D., Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, Understanding Health, December, 1999
"Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton."
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61 (4)
"About 50,000 Americans die each year of problems related in some way to osteoporosis."
Osteoporosis International 1993;3(3)
"Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a high-protein diet."
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1979;32(4)
"Increasing one's protein intake by 100% may cause calcium loss to double."
Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111 (3)
"The average man in the US eats 175% more protein than the recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats 144% more."
Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health, 1988
"Calcium intake demonstrated no protective in preventing bone fractures. In fact, those populations with the highest calcium intakes had higher fracture rates than those with more modest calcium intakes."
Calif Tissue Int 1992;50
"There is no significant association between teenaged milk consumption and the risk of adult fractures. Data indicate that frequent milk consumption and higher dietary calcium intakes in middle aged women do not provide protection against hip or forearm fractures... women consuming greater amounts of calcium from dairy foods had significantly increased risks of hip fractures, while no increase in fracture risk was observed for the same levels of calcium from nondairy sources."
12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women American Journal of Public Health 1997;87
"Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures...metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary excretion of calcium."
American Journal of Epidemiology 1994;139
ET TU, BRUCELLOSIS
Julius Caesar was warned to take great care on the Ides of
March. On that day, Rome's illustrious emperor was stabbed
in the back by his best friend, Brutus. From that time
forward, the world's calendars became totally messed up. The
seventh month of the year, Sept-ember was replaced and named
after Caesar, and the seventh month then became the ninth
month, and the eighth month (0ct-ober) became the tenth, but
all that's history, so let's just talk about milk.
Today is the 15th day (the Ides) of June. Yesterday began a
major ongoing milk recall in California. Tests show that
every variety of milk sold under the names Berkeley Farms,
Dairy Dawn, Ralphs, Mountain Dairy, Sysco (Wholesome Farms),
Smart & Final, Albertsons, Good Day, and Best Yet may be
tainted with unsafe levels of powerful antibiotics.
Berkeley Farms is owned by Dean Foods, the largest dairy
processor in America, larger than even Kraft.
I spoke with Ray McCoy in the quality assurance department
at the parent company, Dean Foods (214-303-3400). McCoy
informed me that Berkeley Farms had performed screening
tests on milk samples and although he had no quantitative
numbers to offer, he did say that they detected indications
("betalactums") of antimicrobial contamination. McCoy
promised to get back to me with details. I left him my home
telephone number. He did not get back to me.
Why must cows be medicated? Is the antidote more dangerous
than the poison?
BEWARE, THE IDES OF JUNE
Mad Cow Disease stabbed Britain right in the gut, and cases
have been diagnosed throughout Europe, Asia, and even North
America (Canada). Nearly 100 young people have died in
England from this brain-wasting ailment that is passed from
cows to humans.
Hoof and Mouth Disease delivered a second thrust. Millions
of animals had to be slaughtered because of a plague that
spread like a wind-blown fire, a disease that rarely infects
humans. Two hundred thousand animals actually caught Hoof
and Mouth Disease in Britain.
The third wound was anthrax, delivered with a serrated blade
that terrified the United States. America's anthrax epidemic
became a non-story, as USDA magnificently placed their veil
upon truth so that Americans could eat their meat with peace
of mind. This terror was quarantined, and over one million
pounds of suspect beef was quietly recalled, just a few
weeks before the nightmare of 9/11.
The fourth knife wound required emergency USDA surgery, and
government bureaucrats again came to the rescue, keeping an
enormous story relatively quiet, so that most Americans are
not even aware of the quarantined cows with tuberculosis on
a California dairy farm.
Sixteen workers from that farm have tested positive for
tuberculosis. All drank milk directly from those cows, but
California health officials deny that they caught TB from
those animals. The owner of the farm is still being allowed
to ship milk from his diseased bovines, and that milk is
being sold for human consumption.
Now, comes a fifth stab wound.
Et tu, Brucellosis.
Brucellosis in cattle can be passed on to man in the form of
Mediterranean Disease or Undulant fever. This disease is
difficult to detect, and easily misdiagnosed. The symptoms
include chronic fatigue (syndrome), headaches, and arthritic
pain. Once infected with Brucellosis from cows, the disease
can hide in the human body, emerging many years after the
Brucellosis has been detected in a dairy herd in Idaho. Six
cows have tested positive.
The United States Department of Agriculture actually has a
Brucellosis program, and a set of standards. Under
government regulations, states are allowed to identify
infected herds, and retain their "Brucellosis Class Free
designations." Who is being protected?
Before taking your next bite of cheese, carefully read this
information from page 222 of Mad Cows and Milk Gate by
Virgil Hulse, M.D.:
"The following groups of pathogens can be involved in
manufacturing cheese made from raw milk: TB (mycobacterium
paratuber-culosis, Undulant fever (Brucella species),
Disease producing Strep (Pathogenic streptococci), staph
food poisoning (Coagulase positive sttaphylocci), staph
arrhea that may lead to death (Entero-pathogenic
Eschererichia coli), Salmonella, Rickettsia, Virus species,
Bacillus cereus, Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium
botulinum (can be fatal and cause death)."
Et tu, Brucellosis. Beware the Ides of June. Is it any
wonder that Berkeley has issued a recall for antibiotics in
milk? If comedy can be found in tragedy, it exists in this
line from Berkeley's emergency press release:
"Antibiotics are sometimes used to treat dairy cows as part
of their health maintenance program."
You can call Berkeley Farms at 888-647-3326.
By the time one hears the snap, crackle, and pop from a bowl of Rice Krispies, that milk has been pasteurized three times. Another secret the dairy industry does not want you to know. Why doesn't the first time work, or the second, or third? Most people have experienced the putrid smell of soured milk. Pour it down the drain on day eight. Imagine what you consumed on day seven?
"Salmonella are widespread in the environment and hence can enter the dairy factory from various sources. Butter readily supports growth of salmonella at room temperature, but refrigeration or freezing for brief periods does not eliminate it. Salmonella can remain viable in butter for up to 9 months."
Journal of Dairy Science 1992;75(9):2339
"A drop of sour milk may contain more than 50 million bacteria...certain bacteria, especially organisms belonging to the genera bacillus and clostridium, have the ability to transform themselves into small bodies called spores. The word spore comes from the Greek word for seed. The spore can often withstand drying, the temperature of boiling water (pasteurization), and the action of some germicides. When suitable conditions return, the spore resumes its vegetative form and the bacterium again returns to the usual activities of its normal life cycle."
Modern Dairy Products, Third Edition Lincoln Lampert
"Milk from cows inoculated with listeria was pooled for 2 to 4 days and then heated at 162 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 seconds in a high-temperature, short-time pasteurization unit. Live listeria bacteria was then successfully isolated from the milk after heat treatment in 11 of 12 pasteurization trials."
Journal of Environmental Microbiology. July 1987 (53)
"Listeria organisms excreted in cow's milk escaped pasteurization, grew well at refrigerator temperatures, and were ingested by consumers."
New England Journal of Medicine, 1985, 312 (7)
"In 1992, 19,000 deaths were attributed to infections caused by antibiotic- resistant organisms. They played a partial role in another 58,000 deaths that same year."
Your Health, June 1994
"Bulk tank milk from 131 dairy herds in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota were examined for coliforms and noncoliform bacteria. Coliforms were detected in 62.3% of bulk tank milk samples... noncoliform bacteria were observed in 76.3% of bulk tank milk."
J Dairy Sci, 1999 Dec, 82:12
"There can be Chernobyl-like accidents. One of these occurred in the Chicago area in April, 1985. At a modern, large milk processing plant an accidental 'cross connection' between raw and pasteurized milk occurred. A violent salmonella outbreak followed, killing 4 and making an estimated 150,000 ill."
Robert Kradjian, M.D. The Milk Letter, August, 1994
"Raw material from animals which are inadvertantly contaminated with fecal matters during production will carry antibiotic resistant lactic acid bacteria into the final fermented products such as raw milk cheeses..."
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek, 1999 Jul, 76
"The administration of subtherapeutic doses of antibiotics to livestock introduces selective pressures that may lead to the emergence and dissemination of resistant bacteria. The present findings clearly demonstrate that antibiotic-resistant bacteria in beef and milk pose a serious problem."
J Food Prot, 1999 Jun, 62:6
"Food producers and consumers must continue to take precautions against foodborne diseases, and early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of these illnesses are essential. Food products and water can become contaminated with microorganisms and toxins that make people ill..."
Postgrad Med, 1998 Jun, 103:6
"... curing alone may not be a sufficient pathogen control step to eliminate Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli O157:H7 from cheese.
J Food Prot, 1998 Oct, 61:10