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    For Immediate Release Thursday, November 7, 2002 Nutritionists Praise Town for Rejecting Got Milk? Name Change Dairy Consumption Contributes to Prostate
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      For Immediate Release
      Thursday, November 7, 2002

      Nutritionists Praise Town for Rejecting "Got Milk?" Name Change
      Dairy Consumption Contributes to Prostate Cancer, Health Advocates Say

      Washington, D.C.-Biggs, California, made the right decision by rejecting a
      dairy industry proposal to change its name to "Got Milk?" say nutritionists
      with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The group,
      which educates people about the problems associated with dairy consumption,
      is sending a congratulatory letter to Mayor Sharleta Callaway today. On
      Monday night, the city council decided against a proposal by the California
      Milk Processor Board that promised the town publicity and suggested various
      financial incentives, including a Got Milk museum.

      "We are pleased that the people of Biggs have seen through this blatant
      commercialism," says PCRM nutrition director Amy Lanou, Ph.D. "Dairy
      consumption contributes to a whole host of problems, from lactose
      intolerance, asthma, and allergies to diabetes and a number of cancers. We
      should encourage people to consume less dairy, not more. In fact, if Biggs
      had changed its name, and milk consumption had increased in that town, they
      might have had to consider another name change down the road…to Prostate
      Cancer, CA."

      As Dr. Lanou explains in her letter to the mayor, 16 research studies link
      cow's milk consumption to an increased risk of prostate cancer. With its
      high-protein, high-fat, and calcium-dense nutrient profile, as well as its
      hormones and growth factors, milk apparently alters a man's hormone balance
      in such a way that cancer cells are more likely to grow and spread. Dr.
      Lanou's letter also points out that milk does not prevent osteoporosis, a
      common claim made by the dairy industry.

      For an interview with Dr. Lanou or for more information about the problems
      with milk consumption, please contact PCRM communications director Ms. Simon
      Chaitowitz at 202-686-2210, ext. 309 or simonc@....

      Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a
      nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, especially
      good nutrition. PCRM also conducts clinical research studies, opposes
      unethical human experimentation, and promotes alternatives to animal
      research.

      Ms. Simon Chaitowitz, Communications Director
      Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
      5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Suite 400
      Washington, D.C. 20016, U.S.A.
      202-686-2210, ext. 309; simonc@...
      http://www.pcrm.org
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