Heart Disease in Ghandi-Land
Despite a vegetarian diet eaten by more than one-billion
Indians, heart disease rates are soaring in India. Why is that?
One Indian doctor seems to have the answer. This article
appeared in this week's (March 29, 2005) Deepikaglobal
website which bills itself as "the latest news for global
Indians." The entire article:
"The popular notion that milk was a complete food
and good for health has been disputed by an eminent
"Cattle milk, considered by most Indians as an indespensible
component of a health promoting diet, was a major cause of
heart attack, claims Dr J P S Sahani working with the prestigious
Ganga Ram hospital here."
Dr. Sahanio said:
"Milk is high in cholestrol, animal protein and lactose, which
was the reason that prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in the
country was high despite the fact that a majority of the population
"Dr Sahani recommended that cattle milk should be substituted
with soya products which were rich in vegetable proteins and
have less fat, no cholestrol and are rich in calcium and minerals.
Besides, vegetables, nuts and fruits were also rich in minerals,
"Nuts, he said, were best and comlete food as they contain vegetable
protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, iron calcium, fibre
and no cholestrol."
MILK AND HEART DISEASE
Heart disease is America's number one killer. Dairy products
represent America's number one food group.
Charles Attwood, M.D., once described to me the pint of
blood he had drawn from a patient. In the hour before
parting with his pint, the young man had eaten lunch at a
fast food restaurant, enjoying hamburgers, fries, and a
The blood was "murky and opaque," according to Dr. Attwood.
I will always remember that phrase and Attwood's further
descriptive imagery. After 15 minutes, a one-half inch layer
of fat had risen to the top of the plastic package
containing that blood.
In 1980, the British journal Lancet (ii: 205-207) reported:
"More patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction had
elevated levels of antibodies against milk proteins than was
found in a comparable group of patients without coronary
In 1994, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (48:305-
"Milk consumption correlates positively with cholesterol
levels in blood as well as coronary mortality. In
comparisons between 17 countries, there is a good
correlation between national cholesterol levels and
mortality from ischaemic heart disease."
There is controversy regarding the "fat-connection" and
heart disease. Is it fat, or is it dairy, which also
contains fat? In 1977, the British Journal of Preventive &
Social Medicine noted:
"Greenland Eskimos, who have a very low incidence of
ischemic heart disease, have a high-fat, high-protein diet,
but a very low intake of milk."
The May, 2000 issue of Medical Hypothesis provided an
important clue as to how dairy compromises the heart:
"Excessive milk consumption may adversely affect the
circulation on account of the high calcium content of milk
and because lactose promotes the intestinal absorption of
calcium. Excessive calcium intake may cause calcification
and rigidification of the large elastic arteries, which
could be an important factor in causing myocardial