"Ignorance was bliss."
- Chuck Palahniuk
On July 20, 2014, Dairy Business Weekly:
posted a column with this photograph:
and this headline:
Her bliss lasted for one moment in time. Her
parent's ignorance might last her for a lifetime.
The picture showed a cute little curly-haired girl
with what was clearly an artificially painted milk
mustache, "elbow-deep" in an ice cream treat.
The article promoted July as National Dairy Month!
What the article made no mention of is how
often similar little curly-haired girls of that
age group contract diabetes due to the consumption
of naturally occurring cow's milk proteins.
Real Science delivers a different story than milk marketers.
"The percentage of Americans with diabetes has doubled
since 1988, with nearly one in 10 adults now diagnosed
with the blood-sugar disease, researchers report."
- HealthDay News, Monday, April 14, 2014
In 1970, the average American consumed 10 pounds of
cheese per year.
In 2014, the average American will consume 36 pounds
Why does Notmilk associate ice cream and cheese consumption with
Studies in which people move from one country to another
negate the genetic hypothesis for diabetes. One study
(American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1990, 51(3),
489, Scott, F.W.) demonstrated a doubling of diabetes
rates after native born Polynesians moved to Australia
and changed their diets from fish proteins to cow proteins.
The July 1990 issue of Scientific American asked the
question, What Causes Diabetes? Authors Mark Atkinson and
Noel Maclaren recognized that an autoimmune response in
which the body's own pancreas cells (beta cells) are
"ambushed" is the key to Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes.
Two years after the publication of this profound
determination, Scientific American (October, 1992)
"The National Dairy Board's Slogan, 'Milk. It does a
body good,' sounds a little hollow these days."
The journal then identified a team of Canadian
researchers who found evidence that early exposure
to a protein in cow's milk sometimes leads to juvenile
diabetes. Eighty-five percent of the people identified
in this study came from families with no previous
history of diabetes.
Scientific American further cited a study, which
appeared in July of 1992 in the New England Journal
of Medicine (July 30, 1992, page 302, Karjalainen,
et. al). The authors of this study wrote:
"Studies in animals have suggested that bovine serum
albumin is the milk protein responsible for the onset
"Patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
produce antibodies to cow milk proteins that participate
in the development of islet dysfunction...Taken as a
whole, our findings suggest that an active response in
patients with IDDM (to the bovine protein) is a feature
of the autoimmune response.
In June of 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics
Committee on Nutrition recommended that cow's milk
was not suitable as an alternative to breast milk for
the first year of life. (Pediatrics, 1992; 89; 1105-1109).
A letter in a subsequent issue of that journal written
by pediatricians Lane Robson, MD and Alexander Leung,
MD of the Alberta Children's Hospital asked:
"In lieu of the recent evidence that cow's milk protein
may be implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus,
we believe that the Committee on Nutrition should clarify
whether cow's milk is ever appropriate for children and
whether or not infant formulas that are based on cow's
milk protein are appropriate alternatives to breast milk."
In October of 1996 (LANCET, 348; 926-928) Cavallo, et al
discovered that antibodies to beta-casein are present in
over a third of IDDM patients and relatively non-existent
in healthy individuals. Their work supports the sentiment
that bovine proteins play a key role in the pathogenesis
In December of 1996 (LANCET, vol. 348, Dec 14, 1996) Simon
Murch, MD, of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology
of the Royal Free Hospital in London wrote:
"Cow's milk proteins are unique in one respect: in
industrialized countries they are the first foreign
proteins entering the infant gut, since most formulations
for babies are cow milk-based. The first pilot stage of our
IDD prevention study found that oral exposure to dairy milk
proteins in infancy resulted in both cellular and immune
response...this suggests the possible importance of the gut
immune system to the pathogenesis of IDD."
Type-1 diabetes is many things to many people, but
the one thing it will never be referred to by any person
of science and/or compassion is bliss.
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"Ignorance is bliss up to the point that it kills you."
- Jeffrey Fry
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