From Robert Cohen,
"I think I'm chronically exhausted."
- Hillary Clinton
(Before she became the First Lady, Hillary Clinton was a member of the board of directors of TCBY, The Country's Best Yogurt company.
"The main thing that was hard for me actually -
much harder than giving up meat, turkey, chicken
and fish - was giving up yogurt and hard cheese."
- President Bill Clinton (on becoming vegan)
You are tired. You have lost your energy. You are a woman. You have become addicted to Greek Yogurt. You have plenty of company. The American supermarket has changed. Notice the great difference in the dairy aisle. It has become Greek-Yogurt-Land. The majority of space is occupied by Greek Yogurt brands.
Greek Yogurt is creamy and delicious and although the fat has been removed, there are more growth hormones and your hips and butt will grow accordingly.
Fat-free dairy is not diet food. Hogs were once fattened with skim milk before slaughter. It's about the naturally occurring powerful protein growth hormones, particularly IGF-I. See: Breast Cancer and Growth Factor.
Did I mention that you are lethargic and feel as if you are going in slow motion? What to do? Have your hemoglobin count checked today. It is a simple blood test, and your doctor will confirm that you are low in iron. He will then prescribe iron pills.
Time out for a word-association test. I say a word, you respond with the first thing that pops into your mind.
Ready? I say: Chobani!
You say: Colonoscopy?
Excellent! You're getting the picture.
Modern medicine does not always reflect the entire picture. Two thousand years ago, intestinal bleeding was diagnosed by fecal examination. Very dark stools meant that dead red blood cells were being evacuated from the colon. One rarely sees fresh blood after consuming cow's milk products. The first thing you should do in the event of chronic exhaustion is this revealing self exam.
Your physician will not even consider that which every pediatrician knows: Cow's milk consumption results in intestinal bleeding and iron and hemoglobin loss. Got anemia? If you have become a Greek yogurt addict, you either do or soon will.
Note to moms with infants: Cow's milk formula commonly results in dark diaper deposits for this very same reason. It is the rule, and not the exception. What works for tiny humans also applies to adult members of the species.
The October, 2013 issue of the Journal of "Pediatric
Gastroenterology and Nutrition" reported that iron
deficiency is number-one "micronutrient deficiency
worldwide and young children are a special risk group since their rapid growth leads to high iron requirements."
What are the primary causes for iron deficiency?
According to this group of research pediatricians: "Risk factors associated with a higher prevalence of
iron deficiency anemia (IDA) include low birth weight and high cow's milk intake."
The United States Department of Agriculture has a
pilot program in which schools in New York, Idaho,
Tennessee and Arizona now receive free Chobani
yogurt for lunchroom distribution. In mid-October, 2013, the first cases were shipped and consumed, and from all accounts, the kids are chowing down the Chobani like there is no tomorrow.
There are currently 33 dairy processors in the United States doing in excess of $1 billion business per year. Chobani is #33. Nestles is #1 at $11.2 billion. White Wave (manufacture of Silk soymilk) is #19 at $2 billion. Dannon is #21 at $1.8 billion. Yoplait is #26 at $1.4 billion.
In December of 2002, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported:
"Iron deficiency in infants and young children is widespread and has serious consequences for child health. Prevention of iron deficiency should therefore be given high priority. The too-early introduction of unmodified cow's milk and milk products is an important nutritional risk factors for the development of iron-deficiency anemia."
Historically, medical journals have reported that the consumption of cow's milk can cause blood loss from the intestinal tract, which over time, reduces the body's iron stores.
In 1990, the Journal of Pediatrics (Volume 116) reported: "Blood loss may be a reaction to cow's milk proteins."
The good news is that there is a cure for anemia. In October of 1999, the Journal of Pediatric Surgery reported: "Cow's milk-induced intestinal bleeding...in all cases, resolved completely after instituting a cow's milk-free diet."
Now, why didn't I think of that.
Lethargy can prove fatal for life.
- The Rig Veda
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