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Myths & Misconceptions

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic."
     - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 Cow's milk is nature's perfect food for humans. Seems rather silly, doesn't it? How seriously would you take a manufacturer's claim that chimpanzee's milk was the perfect drink? Got dog's milk? They are man's best friends, right?

"Milk from cows given supplemental bovine somatotropin is the same as any other milk. ..We should be reinforcing the message that all dairy foods, when consumed as part of a varied and balanced diet, are healthful - and not burden our children with unwarranted fears about food safety."
    - C. Everett Koop, M.D., former Surgeon General of the United States, February 6, 1994

(To put things into a historical/hysterical perspective, FDA approved Monsanto's genetically engineered milk hormone on Friday, Februarty 4th, 1994. Koop's press release was issued two days later on Sunday. The next day, Monsanto scientist Bernard Violand submitted a publication to the Journal of Protein Science (published in July of 1994) admitting that serious gene transcription errors were made, resulting in the creation of America's first "Frankenfood.")

For more on Koop's Krazy Krap:

 Historically, the greatest myths are the most difficult to dislodge from the collective psyche. Those who dispel myths are first labeled as fanatics. Throughout history, custom has rejected truth and punished visionaries.

Schoepenhouer wrote:

"All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally it is accepted as self evident."

The World Is Flat

In the year 1500, Christopher Columbus was thrown into chains for having proven to mankind that the world was not flat, thereby dispelling the greatest scientific and cultural myth of the second millennium. In between his third and fourth voyages to the New World, Columbus brought back a number of gifts to the Old World. Christopher Columbus had become a slave dealer, but his best known gift to Europe may very well have been disease called morbus gallicus, which infected millions. After much of Europe was overwhelmed, the affliction was renamed after a shepherd from Greek mythology who angered Apollo by not worshiping the gods. Apollo infected the air with noxious vapors and the shepherd broke out in ulcerous eruptions all over his body. That shepherd's name was Syphilis. Many of Columbus's doubters went to their deathbeds still believing that the world was flat. To this day, there are still people who believe that same myth:


Galileo had turned his attention to a new frontier, the heavens, and in doing so, angered religious leaders. By placing lenses inside of a tube, Galileo's primitive telescope allowed him to discover four moons revolving around the planet Jupiter. His invention was destroyed and Galileo imprisoned. Man's laws gave this fanatic and visionary two choices: remain in prison or recant his discovery and previous testimony. Galileo had no choice but to exist in a world in which his truth became a threat to the men of his time. Dispelling myths has always been dangerous to one's health. Those who lead are often compared to Cervante's Don Quixote, who tilted at windmills.

Truth's Three Stages

The website is a dispeller of America's greatest myth. Those who strongly endorse drinking body fluids represent generations of brainwashing. Mothers, grandmothers, school teachers, and media, all carefully orchestrated to play the same discordant symphony by the milk producers.

All truth must suffer the same indignity by skeptics who resist change, seeking to ridicule the messenger during their learning process.

Out of the mouths of babes often come pearls of wisdom; out of the mouths of those who we often respect come the vilest of lies and the most myopic conjectures leading mankind far from the truth.

Here is a list of seven of my favorite bloopers, as told by people society believed and trusted.

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
     - Charles Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office, who advised President McKinley to close that office in 1899.

"That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?"
     - Rutherford B. Hayes after trying the first telephone in a hook-up between Washington and Philadelphia.

"Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh only 1 1/2 tons."
     - POPULAR MECHANICS magazine, March, 1949

"The seat of the soul and the control of voluntary movement-in fact, of nervous functions in general, are to be sought in the heart. The brain is an organ of minor importance."
     - Aristotle, 400 B.C.

"Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation. So let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emissions standards for man-made sources."
     - Ronald Reagan

"I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are the dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn't inquire too closely into the case of the tenth."
     - Theodore Roosevelt, "The Winning of the West," 1896

"I do not consider Hitler to be as bad as he is depicted. He is showing an ability that is amazing and he seems to be gaining his victories without much bloodshed."
     - Gandhi, 1940

Robert Cohen

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