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WASHINGTON, May 22, 2006
U.K. Consumers Urged to Eliminate Dairy for Three Weeks to Experience Dramatic Health Benefits

As Heather Mills McCartney speaks out about the health problems associated with dairy products, physicians and nutritionists with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) are urging U.K. consumers to try an experiment: Eliminate milk and other dairy products from their diet for three weeks to experience firsthand the health benefits of a dairy-free diet.

On Wednesday, May 24, Mills McCartney will appear at an event in London called "Why You Don't Need Dairy." At the event, which is organized by The Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation, she will be joined by nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., a member of PCRM's advisory board.

Getting away from milk is easy and quickly yields positive effects, according to PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. "Within the first week, you may notice better digestion, easier breathing, and better sleep," said Dr. Barnard. "Allergies and intolerances to dairy products can cause digestive problems, including constipation or diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, and gas, which are likely to disappear when you stop consuming dairy."
Dairy consumption also appears to increase the risk of some cancers. Several major studies, including two at Harvard University, have linked dairy consumption to prostate cancer. And a growing body of research, including a recent report from the Harvard School of Public Health, suggests that dairy intake increases the risk of ovarian cancer.

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