Those Enchanted Guernsey Cows
On December 3, 1971, President Richard Nixon officially
declared war on cancer. For the past 36 years, billions
of dollars have been wasted in absurd attempts, primarily
through the use of rat studies to find a cure. Two years
ago, a bizarre laboratory accident occurred involving a sample
of raw milk on its way to the pasteurizer. That incident may
very well represent the first step in discovering that
holiest of grails: a 21st century cure for defeating
tumors and perhaps...cancer.
About 1,000 years ago a group of French pirates crossed
the English Channel and discovered a small uninhabited island
which they named Guernsey. They turned that tiny haven into
their own little heaven, and brought with them the finest
French cows which were bred into a new and unique race of
cow named after their little island, Guernsey. The Isle of
Guernsey contained about 15,000 acres of pastureland and
was the ideal environment for grazing cattle.
It would be 800 years before a few of those Guernsey cows were
exported to the United States. By 1840, there were less than a
dozen Guernsey cows in America. Today, they number in the
By 2007, most of the milking cows in America were Holsteins,
known for producing enormous quantities of milk. The Guernsey
cow produces significantly less milk than the Holstein, but
hers is quite different from traditional American milk. Milk
from Guernsey cows contains a large amount of butterfat and
in the dairy trade is considered to be "high protein" milk.
According to the American Guernsey Association (Tel: 614-864-2409),
a typical Guernsey cow produces about 14,667 pounds of milk per
year, about 60 percent of what each Holstein produces on an annual
The oddest of events representing mere moments in history sometime
connect strangers to each other and affect the destiny of all men.
In 1980, a Union Carbide chemical accident killed over 20,000
people in Bhopal, India. The ultimate settlement totaled $470
million (Dow Chemical acquired Union Carbide in 2003). Much of
that money has been paid to compensate families for injuries
and deaths suffered as a result of the disaster. Many children
received college scholarships and educations in America. One
child ended up with a full scholarship to Penn State University,
and enrolled in their agriculture program. That is where the
horrible tragedy of Bhopal may make its full circle, from
grievous adversity for some to optimistic promise for so many.
This recent discovery regarding Guernsey cows at Penn State
University is re-writing the annals of American medicine. Milk
output and content of a herd of Pennsylvania Guernseys has
been monitored by one Penn State undergraduate student majoring
in dairy science since 2004. His name is Jopah Ternu and today,
Jopah's family owns seven cows in his native Bhopal, India.
Tomorrow, Mr. Ternu and his family may own the entire region.
Here is what one undergraduate student has discovered.
Cows produce hormones in their milk. That has been well
established. The most powerful growth hormone in a cow's milk
is called insulin-like growth factor or IGF-I. IGF-I is
identical in humans and cows.
Mr. Ternu, soon to be Dr. Ternu, isolated Guernsey IGF-I from
raw Guernsey milk and compared it to IGF-I from pasteurized
Guernsey milk and discovered a wondrous distinction. The
raw milk version of IGF-I was very, very different.
IGF-I is a protein containing 70 amino acids. There are 28
different amino acids in nature and like different colored
beads on a necklace's chain, each amino acid occupies a
specific position on that chain. As an example, amino acid
number one on the IGF-I chain is always alanine while number
two would be serine. Amino acid number 70 is glycine. Here
is where things get interesting. Amino acid numbers 15 and
16 and 34 and 35 are argenine. Argenine is known to retard
tumor and cancer growth. It is rare to have "connectors"
(arg-arg) on a protein. It is rarer to have two sets of
connectors. (For charts of the amino acid structures of bGH
and IGF-I see pages 68-69 in my book, MILK-The Deadly Poison).
When Ternu examined the IGF-I from raw milk taken from Guernsey
cows, he discovered an unusual chemical bond. Connected to the
15-16 and 34-35 positions of argenine is an extraordinary chemical
ion: C2=H5=0H. When milk from Guernsey cows is heated to 162
degrees Fahrenheit for 15 seconds (normal pasteurization protocol),
the C2=H5=OH bond is broken. In unpasteurized milk, the C2=H5=OH
bond remains intact and becomes a part of the IGF-I protein.
One day, working in his lab, Jopah spilled a few liters of the
unpasteurized milk on his lab coat. No big deal, right? The milk
quickly soaked through his clothing to his skin. A small
non-cancerous tumor that he grew as a child after the Union Carbide
incident nearly completely disappeared. As an experiment, he soaked
that area of his body in which the entire tumor once grew with the
same Guernsey milk. Within a few days, all trace of the tumor was
gone, and new skin growth had erased all evidence of prior tumor
Jopah was more than stunned, but he had the good sense to share
this secret with only his mentor, Tony Morelli, head of Penn State's
Dairy Department. One week later, Jopah's entire family became
guests of Penn State University. They had all been affected by the
Union Carbide chemical spill and skin cancers covered their bodies.
Remarkably, within two weeks of raw Guernsey milk treatment, all
evidence of their cancerous lesions were gone too. A publication
regarding Ternu's work will appear in the April issue of the
Journal of Dairy Science (Ternu, J., Morelli, A., Journal of
Dairy Science, April 2, 2007, p.117-124).
Jopah will be awarded his doctorate from Penn State in June, 2007,
and in January of this year he was given an enormous honor when Penn
State's football team played a post season bowl game. Jopah Ternu
received the game ball after Penn State's upset win over 17th ranked
Tennessee in the Outback Bowl, and he even got to meet the legendary
and beloved coach of Penn State's football team, Joe Paterno. There
they stood together in a magic moment on the 50 yard line as 106,000
fans got to their feet and applauded. Jopah Ternu and Joe Paterno
joined hands as the crowd cheered. Even Penn State's mascot, the
Nittany bovine left her copious reaction at midfield, and yes, this
is an April Fool's joke, and yes, I'll try to do better with next
year's version. As usual, many Notmilk readers have not read this
far into my entire column, so they might believe that milk is now
a cancer cure. My apology to Guernsey cows everywhere. That
C2=H5=0H bond is the actual chemical formula for alcohol, a
formulation well known to Penn State University students.
You can look it up. One further note. Tony Morelli is not
the head of Penn State's dairy department. He is the
quarterback of their football team.
The Guernsey cow's milk contains powerful hormones, and my
recommendation is to drink none of them, although if you should
have a tumor that grew as a result of Union Carbide's original
chemical accident...well, who knows...anything is possible.