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From 15 September 2003 Issue
Cow's Milk Linked to Health Problems
By Robert Cohen
How do many doctors keep up to date on the latest medical news? By reading the Townsend Medical Letter, a newsletter written by doctors for doctors.
In the May, 1995 issue of this journal, many M.D.s drank their first sip of the milk controversy. The Townsend Letter included a brief column on the dangers
of cow's milk by writing:
"In reality, cow's milk, especially processed cow's milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems." Among those problems attributed to milk and dairy consumption by this medical newsletter written by doctors for doctors, include:
1) mucus production
2) hemoglobin loss
4) heart disease
7) kidney stones
8) mood swings
Nine months before the Townsend article appeared, the seed to this story was planted in the August, 1994 issue of Natural Health. In an article entitled "Don't Drink Your Milk!" author Nathaniel Mead describes "nature's perfect food" as being linked to a great number of serious health problems. Mead's article begins by including a quote from a Washington, D.C., pediatrician by the name of Russell Bunai, M.D. When asked his opinion on what single change in the American diet would produce the greatest health benefit, Bunai responded: "Eliminating dairy products."
Mead interviewed Frank A. Oski, M.D., Chief of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who stated:
"At least 50 percent of all children in the United States are allergic to cow's milk, many undiagnosed. Dairy products are the leading cause of food allergy, often revealed by diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue. Many cases of asthma and sinus infections are reported to be relieved and even eliminated by cutting out dairy. The exclusion of dairy, however, must be complete to see any benefit."
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