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    Hunza Yogurt Myths Actually, the hunza lifespan is not long and they do get cancer. - Bill Sardi What is the origin of the acidophilus culture which dairy
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      Hunza Yogurt Myths

      "Actually, the hunza lifespan is not
      long and they do get cancer."
      - Bill Sardi

      What is the origin of the acidophilus culture
      which dairy processors add to yogurt? It does
      not occur naturally in yogurt. In fact, the
      probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus is actually
      isolated from human feces.

      The October 26, 2011 issue of the journal
      Science Translational Medicine includes a
      study in which Bisanz and Reid attempt to
      unravel the mechanism by which probiotic
      yogurt works. Or does it work?

      The authors wrote:

      "No matter what the advertisements are, or
      are not, allowed to say, it would be good
      to know if probiotic yogurt, in addition
      to its nutritional value, has a beneficial
      effect on the gut."

      The authors conclude:

      "The intake of yogurt supplemented with five
      bacterial species...did not appreciably alter
      the composition of the human gut microbiota..."

      I am often asked:

      "What about the benefits of yogurt? Isn't the
      acidophilus added to yogurt good for you? Don't
      Hunzas who eat lots of yogurt outlive every other

      The truth is that the acidophilus bacterium added
      to yogurt is not absorbed by the human body. It
      doesn't work. It's simply an unethical marketing
      lie used by dairy producers on a trusting public.
      The Dannon Yogurt company scientists admit this
      truth but Dannon executives continue to lie to
      the public.

      During the 1950's, teams of researchers "discovered
      that Hunzas regularly ate yogurt and seemed healthy.
      The Pakistani Muslim Hunzas living in one of the most
      isolated areas of the world craved the new found
      attention. One year after all of the excitement of
      discovery, a group of 60 year old Hunzas mysteriously
      became 75. The next year, they were 90. A few years
      later, they were over the age of 100. The Hunza myth
      (Dannon's lie) has been exposed in great detail in a
      book by Wilcox & Suzuki, called "The Okinawa Plan."

      Why would one small region of Pakistan, a nation
      roughly the size of California, have the average
      person living past age 100, while the average
      expected age of a Pakistani at death is 64?

      The Hunzas are not a small tribe living in a remote
      mountain village with 12 goats and a few sheep, as
      Americans have been led to believe. The mountainous
      Hunza region of Northern Pakistan comprises a land
      mass greater than the combined areas of Delaware
      and Rhode Island.

      Why would the Pakistanis of Hunza be any different
      from those Pakistanis living in Murree, Quetta,
      Ziarat, Swat, Kaghan, Chitral, or Gilgit? The truth
      of the matter is that the people of Hynza are no
      different. Pakistanis (including the Hunzas) eat
      similar diets and drink similar water. The answer
      to this mystery perpetrated by Dannon is that the
      Hunza myth was invented, and it is pure fraud.

      The Dannon Yogurt research foundation publishes a
      newsletter extolling the virtues of their product.
      Here are excerpts from a column written by Cathy
      J. Saloff-Coste:

      Lactobacillus Acidophilus

      "In the mid-1980's acidophilus was first suggested to
      have health benefits for humans (1,2)... Acidophilus
      occurs naturally in the gastrointestinal tract but
      tends to grow slowly when added to milk (yogurt),
      leading to the risk of undesirable organisms. There
      is no direct proof and no consensus among researchers
      on whether or not added acidophilus in yogurt adheres
      to or colonizes in the intestines(3)...Few human
      studies have been performed. A recent study reported
      that yogurt did not alter immunoglobulin secretions.
      These results show no health benefits from yogurt

      1. Jones, et al,(1985) Effect of acidophilus yogurt
      on serum cholesterol, triglyceride and lipoprotein
      levels of healthy males. J. Dairy Sci. 68 (83-84)

      2. Nelson, et al, (1984) Cholesterol uptake by
      lactobacillus acidophilus, J. Dairy Sci. 67

      3. Saavedra, et al, (1995) Microbes to fight microbes,
      J. Pediatric Gastroenterol. 21, 125-129

      4. Marteau, et al, (1996) Effects of Lactobacillus
      acidophilus strain LA1 on serum concentration and
      jejunal secretions of immunoglobulins and serum
      proteins in healthy humans. In SOMED 21st Intl.
      Congress on microbial ecology and disease, Paris,
      October 28-30, 1996.

      Thank you, Dannon!

      So...let's set the record straight. What exactly
      is yogurt? It's a delicious snack consisting of
      jelly, starch, and flavorings with naturally
      occurring pus, hormones, and glue. Marketing
      geniuses have convinced consumers with a series
      of clever lies that this high calorie food is a
      healthy dietary option. It is delicious, just as
      ice cream is delicious. Healthy? You can bet your
      life that it is not.

      Robert Cohen
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