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    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
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      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
      from depression.

      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:


      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

      Robert Cohen
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