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4858Iron-y of Milk & Greek Yogurt

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  • cohensmilk1
    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,
      scientists concluded:

      "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,
      M.D. wrote:

      "...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
      be increasing."

      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

      Robert Cohen