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31 May 2004 Issue

NOTMILK - Type-1 Diabetes Cure 
Robert Cohen

In order to discover a cure, one must first
define the problem. Today's subject is diabetes.

It is interesting to note that Finland has the highest
rate of diabetes in the world and the highest rate of
milk and cheese consumption (LANCET, 1992; 339, 905-909).
As a matter of scientific fact, when one compares the
rate of Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) to
milk consumption in Finland, Japan, and the United States,
the previously overlooked clue (ignored by the majority of
America's ignorant medical practitioners) shines like the
brightest beacon of hope to all who suffer from diabetes:

___________PER 100,000_____PROTEIN (GRAMS)


Five years ago, I had dinner with the Heimlichs. They
should need no introduction. Jane Heimlich is a well
respected health and science writer and author of many
books. Jane also wrote the foreword to my first book,
"MILK-The Deadly Poison." Her husband, Henry, is the
same M.D. who removed my father's gall bladder in 1965.
Dr. Heimlich left New York for Ohio and developed his
world-famous maneuver that has saved the lives of so
many choking victims.

During dinner, the subject of diabetes came up. I
asked Dr. Heimlich if it stood to reason that one
constantly manufactures new cells for each of the
body's organs, and asked if that would also include
insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells? Dr. Heimlich
agreed that it would. We also discussed the constant
autoimmune effect that has been identified from
milk proteins, which continuously destroy new
beta cells. In other words, dairy-eating type-I
diabetics cannot be cured. Dr. Heimlich and his
wife have more than one hundred years of medical
wisdom between them, and both eat a plant-based
vegan diet.

I have taken quite a bit of criticism in saying that
a potential cure does exist. I have been writing and
lecturing about that point for eight years. A publication
in the May 6, 2004 issue of NATURE (Vol 429) supports a
possible diabetes cure through a NotMilk therapy. Author
Ken Zaret writes:

"Insulin-producing B-cells (beta cells) in the adult
pancreas were thought to derive from pancreatic stem
cells. But it seems that they arise abundantly from
B-cells themselves, offering a new outlook on
regenerative medicine."

Although Zaret does not specifically identify milk
protein as a culprit, he writes:

"In people with type I diabetes, the immune system
destroys B cells, resulting in a lifelong dependency
on insulin treatments."

In the past, insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells were
thought to have been derived from pancreatic stem cells. It
seems as if that is not the case. One builds new cells. Each
slice of cheese kills those new cells. Each slurp of ice
cream re-sets the clock. A constant diet of dairy products
insures that the type-I diabetic patient will not be cured.
Yogurt and cream cheese set into motion an antigen/antibody
response in which the body's own defenses turn upon those
cells which manufacture insulin. Just one slice of pizza
can undo all of the body's magnificent reconstructive cellular
regeneration, and the resulting autoimmune response returns
the patient right back to square one.

Lifelong? Forty percent of the average American diet
consists of milk or dairy products containing the
proteins which trigger this classic autoimmune response.
Eat cream cheese on a bagel and reset the trigger.
Eat macaroni and cheese and reset the trigger. Eat
ice cream and reset the trigger. Ten times per day,
365 days per year, a person with Type I diabetes
guarantees the eternal chain of events will continue--
unless he or she completely eliminates dairy. Just
say no to milk chocolate candy bars. Easy? Not really,
but the alternative is to forever inject insulin.

Studies in which people move from one country to another
negate the genetic hypothesis for diabetes. One study
(American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1990, 51(3), 489,
Scott, F.W.) demonstrated a doubling of diabetes rates after
native born Polynesians moved to Australia and changed their
diets from fish proteins to cow proteins.

The July 1990 issue of Scientific American asked the question,
What Causes Diabetes? Authors Mark Atkinson and Noel Maclaren recognized that an autoimmune response in which the body's own pancreas cells (beta cells) are "ambushed" is the key to Type-I and Type-II diabetes.

Two years after the publication of this profound
determination, Scientific American (October, 1992)
editors wrote:

"The National Dairy Board's Slogan, 'Milk. It does a
body good,' sounds a little hollow these days."

The journal then identified a team of Canadian researchers
who found evidence that early exposure to a protein in cow's
milk sometimes leads to juvenile diabetes. Eighty-five percent
of the people identified in this study came from families with
no previous history of diabetes.

Scientific American further cited a study, which appeared in
July of 1992 in the New England Journal of Medicine (July 30,
1992, page 302, Karjalainen, et. al). The authors of this study
wrote in their abstract:

"Studies in animals have suggested that bovine serum albumin
is the milk protein responsible for the onset of diabetes."

Their conclusion:

"Patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus produce
antibodies to cow milk proteins that participate in the
development of islet dysfunction...Taken as a whole, our
findings suggest that an active response in patients with
IDDM (to the bovine protein) is a feature of the autoimmune

In June of 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee
on Nutrition recommended that cow's milk was not suitable as
an alternative to breast milk for the first year of life.
(Pediatrics, 1992; 89; 1105-1109). A letter in a subsequent
issue of that journal written by pediatricians Lane Robson,
MD and Alexander Leung, MD of the Alberta Children's Hospital

"In lieu of the recent evidence that cow's milk protein may be
implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus, we believe
that the Committee on Nutrition should clarify whether cow's
milk is ever appropriate for children and whether or not infant
formulas that are based on cow's milk protein are appropriate
alternatives to breast milk."

In October of 1996 (LANCET, 348; 926-928) Cavallo, et al
discovered that antibodies to beta-casein are present in
over a third of IDDM patients and relatively non-existent
in healthy individuals. Their work supports the sentiment
that bovine proteins play a key role in the pathogenesis
of IDDM.

In December of 1996 (LANCET, vol. 348, Dec 14, 1996) Simon
Murch, MD, of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology
of the Royal Free Hospital in London wrote:

"Cow's milk proteins are unique in one respect: in
industrialized countries they are the first foreign proteins
entering the infant gut, since most formulations for babies
are cow milk-based. The first pilot stage of our IDD prevention
study found that oral exposure to dairy milk proteins in infancy
resulted in both cellular and immune response...this suggests
the possible importance of the gut immune system to the
pathogenesis of IDD."

In that same issue, researchers from New Zealand (R. B. Elliot,
MD, et. al, Department of Pediatrics, University of Aukland)
paralleled earlier studies and investigated diabetics in three
locations: Auckland, New Zealand, Giessen, Germany and Sardinia, Italy. They reported finding a higher level of antibodies to bovine proteins, particularly casein in diabetics than in healthy

The human system contains genetic coding that continuously
manufactures new cells for every part of your body. We make
new hair, nails, lung, and blood cells. There are hundreds
of thousands of specialized cells within the human system and
an innate intelligence, a blueprint consisting of chromosomes
and genes and DNA, continuously referring to that code by
using it to build new cells. We likewise continuously build
new pancreatic beta cells.

The average American diet includes megadoses of bovine proteins, which trigger the autoimmune response killing beta cells. What would happen if sixteen million people with diabetes completely abstained from milk and dairy products for six months? Would they re-culture an environment of beta cells in the Islets of Langerhans within their pancreases? That is my claim.

If you are diabetic:

The cure is NotMilk for six months. No cheese, ice cream, yogurt
or butter. Read the labels on cans and boxes of food. If you see
the word casein or caseinate, then eliminate that "trigger" from
your diet. Have the will to find the way and you and sixteen
million other Americans can end a multi-billion dollar
self-perpetuating business that feeds itself on the pain of each
unfortunate diabetic.

Is it worth the experiment for you or your loved one? If and when
such a controlled clinical trial is performed, and the evidence
is in, this will become a preventive prescription for all humans.

Robert Cohen


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