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  • Robert Cohen
    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
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      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
      cardiologist here."

      "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
      was vegetarian."

      "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,
      he added."

      "Nuts, he said, were best and comlete food as they contain vegetable
      protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, iron calcium, fibre
      and no cholestrol."


      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
      heart disease."

      In 1994, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (48:305-
      325) found:

      "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

      Robert Cohen
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