4858Iron-y of Milk & Greek Yogurt
- Dec 19, 2013
"So long as little children are allowed to
suffer, there is no true love in this world."
- Isodore Duncan
"Iron-y is just honesty with the volume cranked up."
- George Saunders
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The October, 2013 issue of the Journal of the
American College of Nutrition includes a study
in which iron-fortified (flavored) milk and iron
+ vitamin-D fortified (flavored) milk were given
to different groups of iron-deficient women in a
double blind study. A third group received
flavored milk which was not fortified.
The authors (Toxqui, et. al.) reported that iron
deficiency is considered to be a "global pandemic".
The research goal was to determine whether iron-fortified
dairy products would provide a cure for hemoglobin loss
and anemia. The results were shocking. After studying
109 participants (which included comprehensive blood
analyses) during the eight weeks of the study,
"Iron-fortified flavored skim milk does not improve
iron status in iron-deficient menstruating women."
Milk-drinking women do not improve. It is worse for
The children suffer so, due to the ignorance of
their pediatricians. It is an injustice of our
universe that physicians have rarely made the
connection between food and ill-being and well-being,
despite the overwhelming scientific evidence.
I met a family in Toronto recently whose toddler was
severely anemic. I was told that this little boy drinks
one-half gallon of milk each day, and his favorite food
is cheese. The little boy was in a stroller.
He was obese. Mucus was flowing from his nose. I promised
to send the mother research linking cow's milk consumption
to iron loss and low hemoglobin counts.
This interesting study was published in the October, 2002
issue of American Family Physician. The author, L.A. Kazal,
"...iron deficiency anemia in infants and toddlers is
associated with long-lasting diminished mental, motor, and
behavioral functioning. Additionally, the prevalence of iron
deficiency anemia in one- to three-year-old children seems to
Dr. Kazal's recommendation:
"...intervention should focus on the primary prevention of
iron deficiency. In the first year of life, measures to prevent
iron deficiency include completely avoiding cow's milk."
In the second year of life, iron deficiency can be prevented
by use of a diversified diet that is rich in sources of iron
and vitamin C, limiting cow's milk consumption..."
The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency. Red
blood cells have a life of about four months, and lack of
iron leads to an inability to manufacture new cells.
Hundreds of ailments can result from too-little iron, and
milk consumption has been shown to cause intestinal
bleeding, which ultimately results in lowering one's
hemoglobin count. The result: weakness, depression,
irritability. The cure: Notmilk.
The May, 1995 issue of the Townsend Medical Letter reported
that cow's milk causes hemoglobin loss.
In 1990, the Journal of Pediatrics (Vol. 116) reported:
"Cow's milk can cause blood loss from the intestinal tract,
which over time, reduces the body's iron stores. Blood loss
may be a reaction to cow's milk proteins."
Eight years earlier, Pediatrics (1982; 89 ) reported:
"Babies who are fed whole cow's milk during the second six
months of life may experience a 30% increase in intestinal
blood loss and a significant loss of iron in their stools."
Here's the good news, as reported in the October, 1999 issue
of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery:
"Cow's milk-induced intestinal bleeding is a well-recognized
cause of rectal bleeding in infancy. In all cases, bleeding
resolved completely after instituting a cow's milk-free
Here's a better cure:
Soymilk contains eleven times the amount of iron as does
cow's milk. A 100-gram portion (3.5 ounces) of cow's milk
contains 0.05 mg. of iron. The equivalent portion of soymilk
contains 0.58 mg. of iron.
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"People say that if you find water rising up to your
ankle, that's the time to do something about it, not
when it's around your neck."
- Chinua Achebe