PETA's billboards parodying the popular "Got Milk?"
campaign went up Wednesday in Wisconsin with a picture of New York Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani wearing a milk mustache and asking, "Got prostate
PETA's controversial ad has drawn criticism, but perhaps
this time, they were NOT strong enough.
Hundreds of studies have identified a hormone
manufactured by the human body as the KEY factor in the growth of
prostate cancer. That hormone is called insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I).
This powerful cellular growth accelerator is identical in cows and
humans. Eat pizza with mozzarella or Parmesan on pasta, ice cream or
yogurt, and you deliver this powerful hormone to your body.
SCIENCE magazine was started by Thomas Edison in the
late 1880's. This prestigious journal is read by over 500,000 scientists
every week. On January 23rd, 1998 (vol. 279. p. 563), IGF-I was called
the key factor in prostate cancer.
There are forty-three thousand species of mammals, and
hundreds of millions of different proteins in nature, and only one
hormone in the entire animal kingdom is an exact match between two
species. That hormone is IGF-I.
The latest scientific confirmation was published in the
July issue of the British Journal of Cancer (p 95-97, Volume 83, Number
1, July 2000). Researchers at the Imperial Cancer Research Institute in
Oxford found that a diet without meat or dairy products could reduce the
risk of contracting prostate cancer. The authors cite earlier studies
suggesting that high levels of IGF-I play a key role in causing prostate
cancer. Vegetarians have lower levels of IGF-I than meat eaters, and
vegans have lower levels of IGF-I than vegetarians.
Prostate cancer is a killer, and Mayor Giuliani's cancer
is shared by millions of Americans. The dairy industry recently selected
New York Yankee manager Joe Torre as a model for a milk mustache ad.
Giuliani is a New York Yankee fan, and often appears with Joe. These two
"heros" of New York share a common disease and should share a common
Dairy Education Board
Go on to Group
Criticizes Campaign Featuring 'Thermy,' a Cartoon
Thermometer, for Trivializing Risks of Meat Consumption
submitted by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
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