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Dairy and Pain

Yesterday, a very dear doctor friend wrote and took me to task with a gentle critique, suggesting:

"You have never once made the case for PAIN."

I responded, "What do you think I've been doing almost every day for the past seventeen years?"

Her response, "You've made the case for many other concerns and done a damn good job of it. I am talking about PAIN... as I get my fibro patients and arthritics off of dairy...their PAIN patterns drop as much as 70% in a week's time. I have them do a challenge to prove the point to them and it is dramatic. People are astounded. They have spent YEARS attached to narcotics because of pain and never once attributed it to consumption of dairy before."

OK, she's right. What do I really know in the grand scheme of things?

Not a little help from my friends:

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Cow's milk has become a point of controversy among doctors and nutritionists. There was a time when it was considered very desirable, but research has forced us to rethink this recommendation... dairy products contribute to a surprising number of health problems (including) chronic ear problems..."
   - Benjamin Spock, M.D., "Child Care," 7th Edition

"In the case of the eight year old female subject, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was a milk allergy. After avoiding dairy products, all pain was gone in three weeks."
   - Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1985, 78

"There is a colossal amount of information linking the consumption of milk to arthritis...
   - Fit for Life, by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

"Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures... metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary excretion of calcium."
   - American Journal of Epidemiology 1994;139

"Dairy products may play a major role in the development of ALLERGIES, asthma, sleep difficulties, and migraine headaches."
   - Pediatrics 1989;84(4):595-603

"In reality, cow's milk, especially processed cow's milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems, including: mucous production, hemoglobin loss, childhood diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, kidney stones, mood swings, depression, irritability, allergies." - Townsend Medical Letter, May, 1995, Julie Klotter, MD

"Studies have suggested that bovine serum albumin is the milk protein responsible for the onset of diabetes...
   - New England Journal of Medicine, July 30, 1992

"Cow's milk can cause blood loss from the intestinal tract, which over time, reduces the body's iron stores. Blood loss may be a reaction to cow's milk proteins."
   - Journal of Pediatrics, 1990, 116

"At least 50% of all children in the United States are allergic to milk, many undiagnosed. Dairy products are the leading cause of food allergy, often revealed by constipation, diarrhea, and fatigue. Many cases of asthma and sinus infections are reported to be relieved and even eliminated by cutting out dairy."    - Frank Oski, M.D., Chief of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins
Medical School Natural Health, July, 1994

"There can be Chernobyl-like accidents. One of these occurred in the Chicago area in April, 1985. At a modern, large milk processing plant an accidental 'cross connection' between raw and pasteurized milk occurred. A violent salmonella outbreak followed, killing 4 and making an estimated
150,000 ill."
   - Robert Kradjian, M.D. The Milk Letter, August, 1994

"In 1964, I learned of the experiences of Dr. William Deamer of San Francisco. He had pointed out the frequency of milk protein's casual relationship to musculoskeletal pain in children and especially the so-called 'growing pains.' Since that time, I have had several children with what appeared to be early rheumatoid arthritis relieved and returned to good health by little more than reassurance and careful dietary manipulation."
   - Don't Drink Your Milk, by Frank Oski, M.D.

"In systemic arthritis, lkie Rheumatoid, the cause is coursing through the blood, and it got there through the diet. When all of the joints are involved, the cause is not physical, but chemical. It's usually casein. (Eighty percent of milk protein is casein).

I once saw a 65 year old man, Bob, who complained of neck stiffness and headaches. His hands were so stiff and sore. Bob lived to play golf. I instructed him to give up all milk and dairy products. Since giving up dairy products, he no longer experienced pain and headaches, and his hands were also pain-free.

Joy, a 42 year old woman noticed that her knees were pain-free after eliminating dairy products. Once, after drinking a glass of milk, her knees swelled within 20 minutes."
- No Milk, by Daniel Twogood, D.C.

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Dairy farmers reading today's column can have only one comment: "Ouch, that hurt...a lot!"

Robert Cohen

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