Tell it to Florence
"I decided to devote my life to telling the
story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the
dead. And anyone who does not remember betrays them again."
This week, the following headline appeared in American
"Dairy Product Allergy Is All In The Mind"
seen the story on pro-dairy sites. I've heard the story reported on
I've seen the story reported on television news. It's all over
The May 8, 2011 story first appeared in the London
Daily Mail newspaper which quoted an Italian study. It then appeared in
an Indian newspaper, then it hit America's media fanned by...well, you
So, reaction to dairy is all in the mind? Good! Having
been overruled by a majority of ignorant fools, I am now ready to
retire...but...I remain haunted by the death of a gold-medal winning
American Olympic heroine who posed for a milk mustache ad. Her name was
Florence Griffith Joyner. No woman in the history of track and field
has ever run faster than Florence. She died at age 38.
final meal was pizza. Fifteen hours later she died and the coroner found
a 250 cubic centimeter brick of undigested mozzarella cheese in her
She had one drug in her system, Benadryl, an antihistamine.
Her organs were, in the coroner's words, "acutely congested with
No allergic reaction? Tell it to Florence. Tell it to her
husband, Al. Tell it to their daughter, Mo-Jo.
She died with finger
marks on her throat. CSI fans know these marks to be called "petechial
marks." Police suspected that she was murdered. Turns out, the marks
came from her own fingers, as she choked to death while gasping for air
which could not compete with the mucus in her lungs, trachea and
Will pizza kill you? Probably not. Millions of people
eat pizza every year while only ten thousand or so die from their
allergic reactions, which the dairy industry assures consumers are
The coroner's official cause of death:
Mal epileptic Seizure due to positional asphyxia."
asphyxia often tragically occurs when prisoners in custody are choked by
overzealous police officers. That did not happen to Florence.
With grand mal epileptic seizures, lips and tongue and cheeks show bite
marks. Florence's lips and tongue and cheeks were unmarked and intact.
No allergic reaction to cheese? Tell it to Florence. Additional
"Death is always around the
corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help.