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Astonishing Government Skim Milk Report

"When the world has got hold of a lie, it is astonishing how hard it is to kill it. You beat it over the head, till it seems to have given up the ghost, and behold! the next day it is as healthy as ever."
   - Edward Bulwer-Lytton Yesterday's USA-Today (September 16, 2010) reported:

"CDC: Not Enough Kids Drink Low-Fat Milk

I am astonished because CDC (Centers for Disease Control) was originally established in 1946 to prevent and cure communicable diseases, and in 1946, the issue was malaria. CDC's original name was the Communicable Disease Center which was changed to its current name in 1967.

Most Americans know CDC as the agency which battles outbreaks of Aids and Ebola and Swine Flu and Avian Viruses. CDC is first on the scene to combat biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction and they are the leading edge of America's defense against the use of such weapons by domestic and foreign terrorists. Any 21st century moviegoer or Michael Crichton book fan is aware of the all-important work that CDC's 14,000 public servants perform with efficient use of it's annual multi-zillion dollar budget. How did milk promotion make their list?

As you read the attached article, many things offend the olfactory senses, but the one that most bothered me is that the brand new report contains data that was gathered in 2007-2008.

With their resources, couldn't they have amassed more timely data?

Why is CDC promoting skim milk to fight obesity when skim milk contains powerful growth hormones? CDC needs a new name...perhaps Clueless Department of Contradictions?

USA-Today Article

"Not enough children and teens drink low-fat milk, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals:

"Children and teens in the highest income category reported drinking low-fat milk more often than those in the lowest income group.

"Children and teens in the highest income category reported drinking low-fat milk more often than those in the lowest income group.

"Drinking milk is important for children's bone health, but CDC experts advise that although young people need the calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients found in milk, children aged 2 and older should consume low-fat milk and milk products to avoid unnecessary fat and calories.

"The research, published in a CDC report titled 'Low-fat Milk Consumption Among Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2007-2008,' showed that about 73 percent of children and teens drink milk, but only about 20 percent of them say they usually drink low-fat milk (skim or 1 percent).

"Meanwhile, the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey also revealed that about 45 percent drink reduced-fat milk (2 percent) and 32 percent reported they drink whole milk regularly. "Older children and teens drink low-fat milk more often than younger children. Although 13 percent of kids aged 2 to 5 usually drink low-fat milk, 21 percent of kids aged 6 to 11 years said they do, along with 23 percent of teens aged 12 to 19.

"Ethnicity and income also seem to play a role in the type of milk children consume. White children drink low-fat milk more often than black or Hispanic children. About 28 percent of the white participants said low-fat milk was their usual milk type, compared to just 5 percent of blacks and 10 percent of Hispanics. Meanwhile, children and teens in the highest income category reported drinking low-fat milk more often than those in the lowest income group.

"In summary, the authors of the report wrote:

"The overall low consumption of low-fat milk suggests the majority of children and adolescents do not adhere to recommendations by Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and the American Academy of Pediatrics for all children aged 2 years and over to drink low-fat milk. Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Lets Move!' campaign and 'The Surgeon Generals Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation 2010' have recommended promoting water and low-fat milk and reducing sugar-sweetened beverages as components of comprehensive obesity prevention strategies."

"The report, by Dr. Brian Kit and colleagues at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), is published in a September NCHS Data Brief."

I called the author of the CDC report, Brian Kit.

I wanted to ask, "Why are you promoting skim milk when it contains powerful growth hormones?" I also wanted to ask:

"Why are you using data from 2007 and 2008 and not more recent data?"


"Do you have a background in dairy research?"

Perhaps he will answer your questions. Two of my telephone calls were ignored.

Brian Kit's Phone 301-458-4845 Brian Kit's EMAIL:

Final Note: If you believe that the timing of the USA-Today article and the subject of yesterday's Notmilk letter...

...are mere coincidence and not a clever conspiracy produced by the folks who bring you pus with hormones and glue, then YOU are an example of yesterday's Notmilk column. Not a believer? Consider the planning it takes to produce a low fat milk commercial and run it during a Yankee baseball game which I happened to be watching last evening, or an ad in my local newspaper yesterday. I might be more sensitive to such coincidences than the average consumer...

Robert Cohen

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