Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Since 1994, I have relegated dairy food to the “unhealthy” category and written extensively on this unpatriotic position (mom and apple pie always featured ice cream a la mode atop!) reasoning that daily destroys health in three ways # 1) Diary is an antacid so it inhibits the vital function of your stomach, DIGESTION and ABSORPTION of nutrients, by blocking the very acid which is designed to break apart and allow for digestion of food. Dairy taken with food is particularly nefarious in this manner (think the milk shake with the hamburger…) # 2) Dairy, also referred to as “liquid protein” certainly adds protein (albeit poorly digested – see #1 above) but research shows that those consuming the highest amount of dairy have the highest rate of bone destroying osteoporosis and this highest incidence of calcified arteries. Well the mechanism of action could well be that excessive protein, being acidic, requires the body to remedy the situation with an antacid and molecular calcium is our body’s #2 antacid… right after the critically important health habit of drinking good, clean water. If you have a calcified areas of your body (artery? joint?) you can be sure that a while ago, it was inflamed and your wise body mobilized and delivered calcium and deposited it to put out the fire. So an anti-inflammatory diet requires that people drink NO dairy; #3) Dairy feeds cancer. Simple as that – in many different ways. For more detail, read my friend Robert Cohen’s intelligent post below from his blog www.notmilk.com
Can I suggest for you and your family a nice glass of clean, non-chlorinated, non-fluorinated, mineral rich water?
To your health!
Just Say No Way – – To Whey!
“No problem can be solved from the same
level of consciousness that created it.”
– Albert Einstein
The September 2011 issue of the Journal of Bone
Mineral Research (26:2298-306) includes a study
in which “219 healthy ambulant women aged 70 to
80 years was undertaken”.
Scientists at the Department of Endocrinology and
Diabetes, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth,
Australia, measured the effects of whey protein
supplementation on bone structure and IGF-1, in
older postmenopausal women.
Both the experimental group taking the whey protein
and the control group taking a placebo were given
equal amounts of protein and caloric intake.
The researchers discovered:
“Compared with the placebo group, the whey protein
group had significantly higher serum IGF-1 level…”
while the whey protein had no effects on either bone
mass or muscle strength.
What is the meaning of additional levels of IGF-1 for
post menopausal women? IGF-1 has previously been identified
as the key factor in the growth of breast cancers. See:
After fat and casein are removed from milk,
dairy processors are left with whey protein.
Whey is composed of bovine blood proteins.
Serum albumen. Lactalbumen. Dead white blood
cells. Hormonal residues including estrogen
The body’s reaction to a foreign protein is to
destroy that antigen-like invader with an antibody.
For those individuals unfortunate enough to possess
a genetic pre-disposition to such an event, the
antibody then turns upon one’s own cells. That is
what is known as an auto-immune response.
In the case of diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis (MS),
the body’s response to whey proteins is to attack the
outer membrane protecting nerve cells, or the myelin
It has long been established that early exposure to
bovine proteins is a trigger for insulin dependent
diabetes mellitus. Researchers have made that same
milk consumption connection to MS. The July 30, 1992
issue of the New England Journal of Medicine first
reported the diabetes autoimmune response milk
“Patients with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
produce antibodies to cow milk proteins that participate
in the development of islet dysfunction… Taken as a
whole, our findings suggest that an active response in
patients with IDDM (to the bovine protein) is a feature
of the auto-immune response.”
On December 14, 1996, The Lancet revealed:
“Cow’s milk proteins are unique in one respect: in
industrialized countries they are the first foreign
proteins entering the infant gut, since most formulations
for babies are cow milk-based. The first pilot stage of
our IDD prevention study found that oral exposure to
dairy milk proteins in infancy resulted in both
cellular and immune response…this suggests the
possible importance of the gut immune system to the
pathogenesis of IDD.”
THE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS/MILK CONNECTION
The April 1, 2001 issue of the Journal of Immunology
contained a study linking MS to milk consumption.
Michael Dosch, M.D., and his team of researchers
determined that multiple sclerosis and type I
(juvenile) diabetes mellitus are far more closely
linked than previously thought. Dosch attributes
exposure to cow milk protein as a risk factor in the
development of both diseases for people who are
genetically susceptible. According to Dosch:
“We found that immunologically, type I diabetes and
multiple sclerosis are almost the same – in a test
tube you can barely tell the two diseases apart. We
found that the autoimmunity was not specific to the
organ system affected by the disease. Previously it
was thought that in MS autoimmunity would develop in
the central nervous system, and in diabetes it would
only be found in the pancreas. We found that both
tissues are targeted in each disease.”
Multiple sclerosis affects approximately
300,000 Americans. Two-thirds of those diagnosed
with MS are women. Most researchers believe that
MS is an autoimmune disease. Auto means “self.”
WHO DOES NOT GET MS?
It is interesting to note that Eskimos and Bantus
(50 million individuals living in East Africa)
rarely get MS. Neither do those native North and
South American Indian or Asian populations who
consume no cow’s milk or dairy products.
WHO GETS MS?
The British medical journal Lancet reported that
dairy-rich diets filled have been closely linked
to the development of MS. (The Lancet 1974;2:1061)
A study published in the journal Neuroepidemiology
revealed an association between eating dairy foods
and an increased prevalence of MS.
MS researcher, Luther Lindner, M.D., a pathologist
at Texas A & M University College of Medicine, wrote:
“It might be prudent to limit the intake
of milk and milk products.”
Women are targeted by dairy industry scare tactics
that offer misinformation regarding osteoporosis.
Two-thirds of MS victims are women. As milk and cheese
consumption increase along population lines, so too
does an epidemic number of MS cases. The numbers add up.
The clues add up. The science supports epidemiological
studies. Got diabetes? Got MS? The milk connection has
Whey protein? Say no way!