How Many More People Must Die in This Manner?
"Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal
and compromise, and trading on your integrity
and not having dignity in life. That's really
where failure comes."
- Tom Cochrane
Early this morning, I received the following letter
from a Florida friend who happens to be a very well-
known doctor who has dedicated her life to helping
children, often without a fee.
"My friend has sickle cell problems. His doctors have
been no help to him except to keep him alive when he
eats something that causes him to pass out in pain.
He recently ate pizza and dissolved by our boss's car,
and was taken to the hospital. He said, 'was hungry'
He had papaya there to eat. Do you have words of wisdom
that he can give to his doctor so he will quit telling
him to eat dairy?"
Fifteen years ago, the fastest woman in the world
died tragically. I became one of two people to obtain
her autopsy; the other was Christina Rebolo, a Sports
Illustrated reporter who investigated and wrote about
the use of steroid hormones by professional athletes.
Sadly, Sports Illustrated passed on reporting the truth
regarding the death of a female athlete who remains the
world's fastest woman. Flo Jo's 100 meter and 200 meter
winning Olympic times continue to remain unbroken.
By reporting the facts, Sports Illustrated may have
jeopardized a cash cow which has generated millions of
dollars in advertising revenue for that magazine during
the 15 past years since Flo Jo died. Sports Illustrated
passed, as did Flo Jo.
My response to my friend's request is today's column.
Here is the Flo Jo autopsy. These are the facts:
FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER'S AUTOPSY
Florence Griffith Joyner was an all-American hero.
This female African American became an admired role model to
all as a result of her Olympic achievements in track and
field. She crossed ethnic and racial barriers, and her life
became an inspiration to male and female, black and white,
young and old. Flo Jo, as she was most commonly known, was
wife and friend to Al Joyner and loving mother to her
daughter, Mary Ruth (Mo Jo). She combined her athletic
ability with great looks, personality and business acumen to
build a financial empire that included her line of unique
clothing. She was in great demand as a motivational speaker,
and major corporations would seek her personal endorsement
of their products and services by offering enormous
We will also remember Flo Jo by her appearance as a model
and spokeswoman for the dairy industry. She posed for a milk
mustache ad, and in doing so might very well have been
betrayed and killed by a product that did NOT do her body
good. Nature's perfect food for baby cows is most certainly
not nature's perfect food for African-Americans. Three-
quarters of the human population of planet earth cannot
tolerate lactose. Estimates of lactose intolerance for
black people run as high as ninety-five percent. We shall
never know if Flo Jo was aware of this fact. What we do
assume is that dairy industry executives and dairy
scientists must know how black people are so affected. FDA
knows this truth and so does USDA.
Rest in peace, Flo Jo. Here is the official explanation of
your death, followed by contradictory evidence contained
within your actual autopsy.
THE DRUG CONTROVERSY
Flo Jo was a magnificent athlete and had a beautifully well
developed and sculptured body. She was 1.65 m (5 feet 5
inches) tall and weighed a solid 69 kg (152 pounds). Many
people suspected that Flo Jo's magnificent physique, as well
as her athletic success and subsequent death might have been
caused by steroid or drug use. One task of the medical
examiner's office was to confirm or negate this suspicion.
An enormous collective sigh of relief might have been
produced by all of Flo Jo's friends and family when the
inquest and autopsy revealed no such steroid drug presence.
In order to come up with a cause, the coroner examined both
forensic and historical data. Many conversations between the
sheriff's department and the Dairy Education Board revealed
to me that an asthma link was not explored. The contents of
Flo Jo's stomach were not rigorously examined, a remarkable
omission in the case of any autopsy. Yet, the comments of
the autopsy surgeon are quite revealing.
The official cause of death was "positional asphyxia" due to
The coroner had to fit this death into a series of
circumstances. After rejecting the steroid drug theory, a
timely explanation was critical. There had to be closure,
both for the family and for enormous financial
considerations which survived Flo Jo's death.
Positional asphyxia is the same term applied to prisoners
who die in police custody, handcuffed with one or more
police officers on their backs. It is the label given to the
deaths resulting from chokeholds. The medical examiner wrote
that Flo Jo died by suffocation. He concluded that she had
an epileptic seizure and smothered in her pillow.
Grand-mal epileptic seizures can be violent events. They are
rarely pillow-smothering events. The spasms included in such
seizures often evidence an array of confirming symptoms. One
treatment for epileptics suffering such seizures is to
protect the mouth and tongue, which can suffer abrasions and
bites. There was no blood found in Flo Jo's mouth and the
official autopsy reveals:
"No trauma is noted on the lips or tongue."
There are many numerous signs and clues ignored by the
During the autopsy procedure I personally communicated with
members of the forensic team. I told them to explore whether
Flo Jo reacted to casein, the most allergenic of all bovine
proteins. Before his death, Dr. Benjamin Spock called this
milk and cheese protein the cause of most allergies. Casein
represents eighty percent of all milk protein! Casein is the
same glue used to hold a label to a bottle of beer and the
same glue used to hold together wood in furniture. Dr. Frank
Oski, once the Chief of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins
University Hospital, called CASEIN the etiology of violent
allergic reactions in greater than 50% of ALL children.
African Americans cannot tolerate bovine sugars (lactose) or
proteins, and have a more marked negative response to these
THE AUTOPSY - CORONER CASE # 98-6262ME
Residues of two drugs were detected in Flo Jo's blood. One
was aspirin and the other Benadryl. Benadryl is an
antihistamine. Flo Jo had histamines produced in her body.
She was congested. She took Benadryl to relive her
congestion. Why was it not clear that Flo Jo took Benadryl
because she experienced congestion from mucus? I had many
conversations with the coroner's office. "Look at the
lungs," I pleaded. "Examine the contents of her stomach." I
was told that this was not necessary. I wondered why not.
If dairy products, particularly cheese, were found in her
stomach, this could at the very least confirm the suspicion
of a violent histological reaction to milk protein Page
three of the autopsy contains the smoking gun:
"The stomach contains 250 cc of digested material including
some yellow flecks, possibly cheese."
Flo Jo ate her last meal at 3:00 PM, pizza.
Digested material? Had it been digested it would not have
been recognizable! Two hundred and fifty cubic centimeters
of material, fifteen hours later
WAS FLO JO CONGESTED?
Here is what the autopsy reveals about Flo Jo's internal
"The lobes of the lungs are light-pink-to-dark-purple with
marked congestion and a large amount of frothy fluid exuding
with pressure. The lumen of the tracheobronchial tree
contains mucus and frothy fluid." Flo Jo's lungs were
congested. She could not breathe.
OTHER BODY ORGANS - ALL CONGESTED
"The small and large bowels show congestion...the liver has
a congested appearance... pancreas, congested appearance...
the pyramids of the kidneys are congested... section shows
marked acute congestion...cut sections of the adrenal glands
show acute congestion...a large amount of frothy fluid is
present in the larynx...cut sections of the thyroid gland
show congestion...congestion is noted in the pancreas."
On and on, organ after organ, filled with a glue produced by
the body's defense to this powerful allergen and tenacious
Flo Jo's death was a tragedy. Her life was a symbol of
inspiration to us all. From death she cries to us with a
powerful message which the medical examiner missed. Such a
message places suspicion and blame upon an industry who
hired her to betray those who trusted her with the dairy
message. Milk did Flo Jo's body no good at all. Milk and
dairy products do no good for those who have asthmatic
reactions to casein. The medical examiner noted that those
yellow flecks in her stomach were "possibly cheese." The
medical examiner did not consider the fact that Benadryl was
taken by Flo Jo to battle congestion. The medical examiner d
id not consider a link between the congestion in her
internal organs to the Benadryl or the common reaction to
bovine proteins, particularly CASEIN, which represents
eighty percent of all milk protein.
Flo Jo paid for her ignorance with her precious and
beautiful life. After Flo Jo's death, William Rhoden of the
New York Times wrote:
"Flo Jo ran like the wind; critics said she was wind aided.
Flo Jo ran with power; they said it was drug aided. Flo Jo
ran with style; critics said that with six-inch fingernails
and bodysuits, her career was a triumph of style over
substance. Now Florence Griffith Joyner is gone, dead at the
age of 38, and there is nothing else to say."
Yes, there is much more to say. Help defeat this conspiracy
of silence. By sending this to friends, you may very well
save a life. So, I now answer the question asked at the
start of this column:
"How many people will die in this manner?"
In Notmilk, is heaven's true manna!
Here is the link to today's column:
"In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there
is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not
- Henry David Thoreau