Diabetes and diary – know the science.

DR. WEEKS’ COMMENT:     I have encouraged patients to review the pros and cons of dairy:  pros….  tastes good (especially when frozen and mixed with sugar and chocolate!)   Cons: not healthy   – the debate continues but for those concerned enough to want to read the science behind the cons..  see www.notmik.com authored by Robert Cohen.   Now the data is clarified about how dairy worsens diabetes….  Read on!

Diabetes Ridicule

“Reason is the test of ridicule,
not ridicule the test of truth.”
– William Warburton

I cannot express how much ridicule I have
received over the years after suggesting that
Type-1 diabetes can be cured by completely
giving up all milk and dairy products.

Doctors, nutritionists, and other know-it-
alls have countered my logic with wisdom of
their own suggesting that once pancreatic
Beta cells die, that’s it. One will inject
insulin for life.

In this manner, the medical students have
become as ignorant as their naive teachers.

I reason that one continuously manufactures
such insulin-producing cells because…(drum roll)
our DNA guarantees such production. The problem
occurs because some people have a genetic
pre-disposition to that autoimmune response
caused by bovine serum albumen which they
continuously eat in cheese, ice cream, milk,
and other products containing bovine pus with
hormones and glue. I have meticulously
documented my scientific references. See:


Yesterday (February 22, 2012) the missing
link of scientific support for my argument
appeared online in abstract form. The actual
study will be published in the March, 2012
issue of the journal Diabetes Care (35, 3).

TITLE: Persistence of Prolonged C-peptide
Production in Type 1 Diabetes as Measured
With an Ultrasensitive C-peptide Assay

RESEARCHERS: Limei Wang, PHD, Nicholas Fraser
Lovejoy, BS and Denise L. Faustman, MD, PhD.

Laboratories, Massachusetts General Hospital

RESULTS: The scientists discovered that insulin
production can continue for decades after the
initial onset of diabetes and that Beta cell
function also is preserved in many patients,
even after the loss of pancreatic function.
After developing an ultra-sensitive method by
which insulin-producing pancreatic Beta cells
are assayed, researchers wrote:

“The ultrasensitive assay detected C-peptide in
10% of individuals 31-40 years after disease onset
and with percentages higher at shorter duration.”


“The ultrasensitive assay revealed that C-peptide
production persists for decades after disease onset
and remains functionally responsive.”

It is interesting to note that Finland has the highest
rate of diabetes in the world and the highest rate of
milk and cheese consumption (LANCET, 1992; 339, 905-909).

As a matter of scientific fact, when one compares the
rate of Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) to
milk consumption in Finland, Japan, and the United States,
the previously overlooked clue (ignored by the majority of
America’s ignorant medical practitioners) shines like the
brightest beacon of hope to all who suffer from diabetes.

In Finland, the average person drinks 30 grams of milk
protein per day.
In the USA, the average person drinks 19 grams of milk
protein per day.
In Japan, the average person drinks 5 grams of milk
protein per day.

In Finland, there are 28 cases of Type-1 diabetes per
100,000 people.
In the USA, there are 15 cases of Type-1 diabetes per
100,000 people.
In Japan, there is one cases of Type-1 diabetes per
100,000 people.

Can you see the trend?

Fifteen years ago, I had dinner with the Heimlichs at
their Ohio home. They should need no introduction.
Jane Heimlich is a well respected health and science
writer and author of many books. Jane also wrote the
foreword to my first book, “MILK-The Deadly Poison.”
Her husband, Henry, is the same M.D. who removed my
father’s gall bladder in 1965. Dr. Heimlich left New
York for Ohio and developed his world-famous maneuver
which has saved the lives of so many choking victims.

During dinner, the subject of diabetes came up. I
asked Dr. Heimlich if it stood to reason that one
constantly manufactures new cells for each of the
body’s organs, and asked if that would also include
insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells? Dr. Heimlich
agreed that it would. We also discussed the constant
autoimmune effect that has been identified from
milk proteins, which continuously destroy new
beta cells. In other words, dairy-eating type-I
diabetics cannot be cured. Dr. Heimlich and his
wife have more than one hundred years of medical
wisdom between them, and both eat a plant-based
vegan diet.

I have taken quite a bit of criticism in saying
that a potential cure does exist. My cure is called

I have been writing and lecturing about that point
for eighteen years. A publication in the May 6, 2004
issue of NATURE (Vol 429) supports a possible diabetes
cure through NotMilk therapy. Author Ken Zaret writes:

“Insulin-producing B-cells (beta cells) in the adult
pancreas were thought to derive from pancreatic stem
cells. But it seems that they arise abundantly from
B-cells themselves, offering a new outlook on
regenerative medicine.”

Although Zaret does not specifically identify milk
protein as a culprit, he writes:

“In people with type I diabetes, the immune system
destroys B cells, resulting in a lifelong dependency
on insulin treatments.”

In the past, insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells
were thought to have been derived from pancreatic stem
cells. It seems as if that is not the case. One builds
new cells. Each slice of cheese kills those new cells.

Each slurp of ice cream re-sets the clock. A constant
diet of dairy products insures that the type-I diabetic
patient will not be cured.

Yogurt and cream cheese set into motion an antigen/
antibody response in which the body’s own defenses
turn upon those cells which manufacture insulin. Just
one slice of pizza can undo all of the body’s magnificent
reconstructive cellular regeneration, and the resulting
autoimmune response returns patients back to square one.

Lifelong? Forty percent of the average American diet
consists of milk or dairy products containing the
proteins which trigger this classic autoimmune response.
Eat cream cheese on a bagel and reset the trigger.
Eat macaroni and cheese and reset the trigger. Eat
ice cream and reset the trigger. Ten times per day,
365 days per year, a person with Type I diabetes
guarantees the eternal chain of events will continue –
unless he or she completely eliminates dairy. Just
say no to milk chocolate candy bars. Easy? Not really,
but the alternative is to forever inject insulin.

Studies in which people move from one country to
another negate the genetic hypothesis for diabetes.
One study (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
1990, 51(3), 489, Scott, F.W.) demonstrated a doubling
of diabetes rates after native born Polynesians moved
to Australia and changed their diets from fish proteins
to cow proteins.

The July 1990 issue of Scientific American asked the
question, What Causes Diabetes? Authors Mark Atkinson
and Noel Maclaren recognized that an autoimmune response
in which the body’s own pancreas cells (beta cells) are
“ambushed” is the key to Type-I and Type-II diabetes.

Two years after the publication of this profound
determination, Scientific American (October, 1992)
editors wrote:

“The National Dairy Board’s Slogan, ‘Milk. It does a
body good,’ sounds a little hollow these days.”

The journal then identified a team of Canadian
researchers who found evidence that early exposure to
a protein in cow’s milk sometimes leads to juvenile
diabetes. Eighty-five percent of the people identified
in this study came from families with no previous
history of diabetes.

Scientific American further cited a study, which appeared
in July of 1992 in the New England Journal of Medicine
(July 30, 1992, page 302, Karjalainen, et. al). The
authors of this study wrote in their abstract:

“Studies in animals have suggested that bovine serum
albumin is the milk protein responsible for the onset of

Their conclusion:

“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 autoimmune

In June of 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee
on Nutrition recommended that cow’s milk was not suitable as
an alternative to breast milk for the first year of life.
(Pediatrics, 1992; 89; 1105-1109). A letter in a subsequent
issue of that journal written by pediatricians Lane Robson,
MD and Alexander Leung, MD of the Alberta Children’s Hospital

“In lieu of the recent evidence that cow’s milk protein
may be implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus,
we believe that the Committee on Nutrition should clarify
whether cow’s milk is ever appropriate for children and
whether or not infant formulas that are based on cow’s
milk protein are appropriate alternatives to breast milk.”

In October of 1996 (LANCET, 348; 926-928) Cavallo, et al
discovered that antibodies to beta-casein are present in
over a third of IDDM patients and relatively non-existent
in healthy individuals. Their work supports the sentiment
that bovine proteins play a key role in the pathogenesis
of IDDM.

In December of 1996 (LANCET, vol. 348, Dec 14, 1996) Simon
Murch, MD, of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology
of the Royal Free Hospital in London wrote:

“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.”

In that same issue, researchers from New Zealand (R. B.
Elliot, MD, et. al, Department of Pediatrics, University
of Aukland) paralleled earlier studies and investigated
diabetics in three locations: Auckland, New Zealand,
Giessen, Germany and Sardinia, Italy. They reported
finding a higher level of antibodies to bovine proteins,
particularly casein in diabetics than in healthy individuals.

The human system contains genetic coding that continuously
manufactures new cells for every part of your body. We make
new hair, nails, lung, and blood cells. There are hundreds
of thousands of specialized cells within the human system and
an innate intelligence, a blueprint consisting of chromosomes
and genes and DNA, continuously referring to that code by
using it to build new cells. We likewise continuously build
new pancreatic beta cells.

The average American diet includes megadoses of bovine
proteins, which trigger the autoimmune response killing
beta cells. What would happen if sixteen million people
with diabetes completely abstained from milk and dairy
products for six months? Would they re-culture a
population of beta cells in the Islets of Langerhans
within their pancreases? That is my claim.

If you are diabetic:

The cure is NotMilk for six months. No cheese, ice cream,
yogurt or butter. Read the labels on cans and boxes of food.
If you see the word casein or caseinate, then eliminate that
“trigger” from your diet. Have the will to find the way and
you and sixteen million other Americans can end a multi-billion
dollar self-perpetuating business that feeds itself on the
pain of each unfortunate diabetic.

Is it worth the experiment for you or your loved one?
If and when such a controlled clinical trial is performed,
and the evidence is in, this will become a preventive
prescription for all humans.

“Ridicule is the tribute paid to
the genius by the mediocrities.”
– Oscar Wilde

Robert Cohen

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