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On Dave Warwak's Commentary; Got Zits?

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Dave's New Commentary

Dave is a vegan.
Dave taught his art students compassion to animals and gave them food choices to improve their health, to increase rights for animals, and to change the world's environment by conserving precious resources.

Outraged school officials fired Dave for poisoning the minds of impressionable young people with vegan values. Dave's new commentary:

http://tinyurl. com/bs3p7a

The first thing one sees when introduced to Dave's commentary is a "Got Zit's" parody. Those in the "establishment" who eat the Standard American Diet might react with denial, but real science supports a conclusion that acne is linked to milk and dairy consumption. Instead of ridiculing Dave and others like him, one might logically respond to the Got Zits question with, "Got steroid hormones!"

Last year, the Harvard School of Public Health produced this study:

JOURNAL: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
CITATION: Volume 58, Issue 5, Pages 787-793 (May 2008)
TITLE: Milk consumption and acne in teenaged boys
AUTHORS: Clement A. Adebamowo, Walter C. Willett
OBJECTIVE: "We sought to examine the association between dietary dairy intake and teenaged acne among boys."



Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health,
Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School, Boston
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover


"We found a positive association between intake of skim milk and acne. This finding suggests that skim milk contains hormonal constituents, or factors that influence endogenous hormones, in sufficient quantities to have biological effects in consumers."

This study confirms what scientific researchers have previously determined.

Acne occurs when steroids (androgens) stimulate the sebaceous glands within the skin's hair follicles.
These glands then secrete an oily substance called sebum. When sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells build up on skin, pores become blocked, creating a zit.

"As pointed out by Dr. Jerome Fisher, 'About 80 percent of cows that are giving milk are pregnant and are throwing off hormones continuously. ' Progesterone breaks down into androgens, which have been implicated as a factor in the development of acne...Dr. Fisher observed that his teenage acne patients improved as soon as the milk drinking stopped."

Don't Drink Your Milk, by Frank Oski, M.D. (Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

"Acne usually begins at puberty, when an increase in androgens causes an increase in the size and activity of pilosebaceous glands...if a food is suspected, it should be omitted for several weeks and then eaten in substantial quantities to determine if acne worsens."

MERCK Manual, Merck & Company, 2000

"Acne is an end-organ hyper-response to androgens... These data show that sebaceous glands are stimulated by androgens to varying degrees and support the theory of an end-organ response in acne."

British Journal of Dermatology, 1998 Jul, 139:1

"Acne vulgaris is a self-limiting skin disorder seen primarily in adolescents, whose etiology appears to be multifactorial. The immunologic response involves both humoral and cell-mediated pathways. Further research should clarify the role of complement, cytotoxins, and neutrophils in this acne-forming response."

Postgrad Med J, 1999 Jun, 75:884

"Hormones found in cow's milk include: Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, 17-Ketosteroids, Corticosterone, Vitamin D, insulin-like growth factor, growth hormone, prolactin, oxytocin..."

Journal of Endocrine Reviews, 14(6) 1992

"We studied the effects of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), alone and with androgen, on sebaceous epithelial cell growth...IGF- I was the most potent stimulus of DNA synthesis. These data are consistent with the concept that increases in GH and IGF production contribute in complementary ways to the increase in sebum production during puberty."

Endocrinology, 1999 Sep, 140:9, 4089-94

Dave would love to hear from you.

dave@inslide. com

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk. com

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