Dairy and Mental Depression
- Dairy and Mental Depression
"The term clinical depression finds its way into too
many conversations these days. One has a sense that a
catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape."
- Leonard Cohen
Has this psychic catastrophe rate doubled since 1970?
On their website, the National Institute of Mental
Health (NIMH) reports that an estimated 26.2 percent
of Americans over the age of 18 suffers from a
"diagnosable mental disorder" each year. The rate of
clinical depression has more than doubled since
1970 when just one out of eight Americans experienced
bouts of clinical depression. So too has the per capita
rate of cheese consumption. Is this a coincidence, or
is there a scientific explanation linking milk and cheese
consumption to mood swings, depression, and irritability?
The July-August, 2013 issue of Nutrition will contain a
study linking milk and dairy consumption to depression.
A group of Australian researchers (Meyer, et. al.)
examined data from 10,986 adults participating in the
Australian National Nutrition and Health Survey.
Their results indicate that those persons with high
intake of vegetables or meat or poultry have lower odds
of depression, while those consuming high amounts of
dairy products have increased probability of suffering
Notmilk has previously reported a milk consumption/
depression link, citing a May, 1995 column written
by Julie Klotter, M.D., and published in the Townsend
Medical Letter. Dr. Klotter reported:
"In reality, cow's milk, especially processed cow's
milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems,
including...mood swings, depression, irritability and
In 1970, we had no such phrase as "road rage."
In 1970, America was safe from terrorism and
daily headlines of mass murder, and not even
the most evil killers targeted innocent children.
In 1970, one-half of American adults were as clinically
depressed as adults living in America 43 years later.
In 1970, the average American consumed ten pounds of
cheese per year. In 2013, the average American will
consume 42-pounds of hormone-rich cheese. Those
naturally occurring cow hormones include casomorphin,
an opiate related to attention deficit and autism.
Milk hormones also include:
PITUITARY HORMONES (PRL, GH, TSH, FSH, LH, ACTH Oxytocin)
STEROID HORMONES (Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone,
17-Ketosteroids, Corticosterone, Vitamin D)
HYPOTHALAMIC HORMONES (TRH, LHRH, Somatostatin, PRL-inhibiting
factor, PRL-releasing factor, GnRH, GRH)
GASTROINTESTINAL PEPTIDES (Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide,
Bombesin, Cholecystokinin,Gastrin, Gastrin Inhibitory Peptide,
Pancreatic Peptide, Y Peptide, Substance P, Neurotensin)
Today's column should provide a source of depression for
America's dairy farmers. Future prediction: In order
to counter today's Notmilk column, the dairy industry
will finance a future study which will be published
in the International Journal of Marine Mollusks
proving that cheese consumption by oysters will make
a bivalve happy as a clam.
"Depression is rage spread thin."
- George Santayana