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From 10 August 2006 Issue

What Went Wrong?
By Robert Cohen

When my close friend, Richard Grubman, died from Crohn's
disease, and left behind two sons, Michael and Ethan, it was
too late to ask "What went wrong?"

When my friend, Spiro Nickles, suffered a heart attack in
front of his children, and died in his living room, it was
too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

When my college housemate, Didi Fuller, died from breast
cancer, it was too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

When my friend and neighbor and mother of four children was
diagnosed with leukemia, it was too late to ask "What went
wrong?" (M.E. was in remission, but her disease has returned
and her prognosis is not good. She is still alive, but many
of the children in the school system do not know, so I have
withheld her name.)  

When my dear friend and webmaster, Dave Rietz, was diagnosed
with prostate cancer, it was not too late to ask "What went
wrong?" Dave continues to defy the worst predicitions of his
doctors by recognizing the dangers from eating natures's
perfect cancer fuel, milk and dairy products. 

When my father had a stroke, it was not too late to ask
"What went wrong?" 

When my mother was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, it was
not too late to ask "What went wrong?" 

When mom was later diagnosed with anemia, it was not too
late to ask "What went wrong?" 

Mom and Dad have recovered, dairy-free. A lifetime of dairy
use contributed to their conditions, but both of my parents
are now in their mid-eighties, and are remarkably healthy. I
have no doubt that their dietary choices have contributed to
their current state of good health. Mom and Dad live in the
same town as I do. I visit often, and each time I do, I am
impressed by the large bowls of fresh fruit that I see on
the kitchen counter. There is no longer ice cream in the
freezer. Neither is there yogurt in the fridge. Mom now
drinks soymilk.

Health and disease are most certainly linked to diet. There
are good and bad foods, just as there are good and bad
fuels. Burn gas in your furnace, and few residues are left.
Burn marshmallows, and it will become an internal mess. Burn
high octane gas in your car's engine, and it runs smoothly.
Burn kerosene, and you'll soon need an overhaul.

No additive known to humankind will negate the effects of a
poor fuel. No vitamins or supplements will negate the
effects of bad food.

Prevention is surely the best medicine.

In the case of disease, it's not necessarily what you eat
that prevents illness. It's what you should not eat that
causes or prevents disease.

Compassion to animals means not abusing them. Compassion to
animals means not eating them, nor drinking their body
fluids. Compassion to animals ultimately results in
compassion to one's own body, for their flesh and milk are
filthy, inefficient fuels that were not designed for human

Saturated aniaml fats, cholesterol, and sulphur-based amino
acids in animal proteins challenge our digestive and
cardiovascular systems. Concentrated dioxins, pesticides,
and antibiotics in the bodies of cows, pigs, and chickens
make those of us at the top of the food chain depositories
for dangerous chemical residues.

Humankind's biggest curse: milk and dairy products. These
are the dirtiest burning fuels with which the adult body
contends. Milk and dairy products represent forty percent of
the average American diet. Residues from milk, cheese, and
other dairy products include intact allergenic proteins and
powerful bovine growth hormones that have been identified as
key factors in the progression of a vast array of human

Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director ([email protected])
Dairy Education Board 

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