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From 31 March 2003 Issue

Can six thousand physicians be wrong?
Read the NotMilk wisdom of Neal Barnard, M.D.

Neal Barnard has dedicated his life to bringing health to humankind through proper nutrition.

Doctor Barnard is president of Washington, DC-based "Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine" (PCRM). Founded in 1985, PCRM is supported by over 6000 physicians and 60,000 laypersons. Its advisory board includes 26 medical doctors from a broad range of specialties. Dr. Barnard is a popular speaker and the author of many best-selling books, including "Food for Life."

Dr. Barnard's Second Opinion RE: Milk

Here are a few of Neal Barnard's thoughts on milk:

"There is no nutritional requirement for dairy products. A substantial body of scientific evidence raises concerns about health risks from cow's milk. These problems relate to the proteins, sugar, fat, and contaminants in dairy products, and the inadequacy of whole cow's milk for infant nutrition.

Bone Disease

Dairy products offer a false sense of security to those concerned about osteoporosis. Studies have shown little effect of dairy products on osteoporosis. In postmenopausal women, most studies show little effect of calcium intake on the bone density of the spine. There is also little or no effect on bone at the hip, where very serious breaks can occur. Some studies have found an effect of calcium intake on bone density in the forearm. Studies of postmenopausal women have likewise shown that calcium intake has relatively little effect on bone density. Science magazine of August 1, 1986, noted "the large body of evidence indicating no relationship between calcium intake and bone density."

A recent report in the American Journal of Clinical

Nutrition found that calcium absorbability was actually higher for kale than from milk, and concluded, 'greens such as kale can be considered to be at least as good as milk in terms of their calcium absorbability.' Diets that are rich in protein, particularly animal proteins, encourage calcium loss."

Does your doctor consider food to be a cause or cure of illness? Ask your physician whether the fat, cholesterol, hormones and allergenic proteins in milk represent a healthy diet for you. If your healer's advise is for you to drink milk, inquire how many hours of nutrition he or she took in medical school. If the answer is "less than ten," give your doctor the prescription for good health: PCRM's phone number is 202-686-2210.

Robert Cohen


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