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Voice of the Village Idiot

VOICE of the VILLAGE Idiot

"I await the hour when a journalist can be driven
from the press room for venal practices, as a minister
can be unfrocked, or a lawyer disbarred."
- John Haynes Holmes (Founder of the ACLU & NAACP)

Today, I am presenting three short unedited pieces
followed by my comments.

The first is an angry letter written to me by Chantal
Martineau, a VILLAGE VOICE newspaper reporter, after
I questioned her lack of journalistic integrity. I
asked Chantal for a retraction because her article
headline and sarcastic comments regarding vegans was
not based upon the publication in a scientific journal
which she incorrectly cited in her column.

1) Angry Letter from Reporter to Notmilkman
2) Village Voice Column
3) Abstract from Journal
4) Notmilkman's Comment

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"Oooo... A confused man who twists facts to suit his
cause will not be kind to me. Because I have an issue
with processed foods? That was not an interview. You
could probably barely hear me over your ravings.
You're as much of a journalist as Glenn Beck. Laughable
that you would tell me to check my sources. I'm an award
winning journalist who went to college at age 13. You are
an attention seeking child. I advise you not to try to
rope me into your little website shenanigans again."

Chantal Martineau
260 St. James Place, #5A | Brooklyn, NY | 11238
tel: 917.312.0812 | fax: 212.994.9316

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"Study Shows That Vegans Are at a Greater Risk for Heart Disease
By Chantal Martineau, Mon., Feb. 7 2011

"As the Globe and Mail points out, you'd think that abstaining
from all foods containing animal fats would keep your heart

"But a new study suggests that restricting one's diets to
plants could mean missing out on certain nutrients vital
to cardiovascular health.

"The study, which compared data on vegans around the world,
reveals that vegan diets tend to be low in iron, zinc, vitamin B12,
and omega-3 fatty acids, resulting in low levels of "good cholesterol."
But critics of the study say that the role of "good" cholesterol is to
counteract the effects of "bad" cholesterol, and that vegans don't have
high levels of the latter, which reduces their need for the former.

"Accrued data aside, the fact is that vegans who gorge themselves on
highly processed vegan substitutes are probably not getting much in
the way of nutrition. One option for vegans who might not be getting
the nutrients they need, say experts, is to take supplements. Another
is to introduce foods like quinoa, which contains all nine essential
amino acids. In any case, you should probably keep your tofu dog
intake to a minimum."

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"Chemistry behind Vegetarianism
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Zhejiang University,
268 Kaixuan Road, Hangzhou, China 310029
J. Agric. Food Chem., 2011, 59 (3), pp 777�784
January 4, 2011


"This review summarizes the effect of a habitual vegetarian
diet on clinical complications in relation to chemistry and

"Omnivores have a significantly higher cluster of cardiovascular
risk factors compared with vegetarians, including increased body
mass index, waist to hip ratio, blood pressure, plasma total
cholesterol (TC), triacylglycerol and LDL-C levels, serum
lipoprotein(a) concentration, plasma factor VII activity, ratios
of TC/HDL-C, LDL-C/HDL-C and TAG/HDL-C, and serum ferritin levels.

"Compared with omnivores, vegetarians, especially vegans, have
lower serum vitamin B12 concentration and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty
acid (PUFA) levels in the tissue membrane phospholipids, which are
associated with increased collagen and ADP stimulated ex vivo whole
blood platelet aggregation, plasma 11-dehydrothromboxane B2, and
homocysteine levels and decreased plasma HDL-C.

"This may be associated with an increased thrombotic and
atherosclerotic risk. It is suggested that vegetarians, especially
vegans, should increase their dietary n-3 PUFA and vitamin B12

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Summary: The Village Voice Reporter's Headline was:

"Study Shows That Vegans Are at a Greater Risk for Heart Disease"

Chantal Martineau clearly did not check her sources. In less than
one minute, I was able to find the actual scientific abstract which
was neither a new study nor a study at all. The original paper
was more of an opinion piece than a study, and was written in
The People's Republic of China. The Chinese author (Duo Li) wrote:

"Omnivores have a significantly higher cluster of cardiovascular
risk factors compared with vegetarians..." (The entire quotation
listing those risk factors can be found above).

The reporter also wrote that "vegan diets tend to be...low in Omega 3
fatty acids" while the author of the Chinese review does not mention that
factor in the journal abstract. As a point of fact, it is curious that
the author of the Chinese review would conveniently omit Omega 3 levels
since the European EPIC study of 14,000+ men and women, aged 39-78
(European Prospective Investigation into Cancer) has revealed (as
reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition):

"Women following vegan diets have significantly more omega-3
'good fats' in their blood, compared with fish-eaters, meat-eaters,
and ovo-lacto vegetarians."

Does Village Voice reporter Chantal Martineau have a secret
pro-dairy/anti-vegan agenda?

On June 8, 2010, Notmilk reported a phony dairy-sponsored
study in which dairy-paid researchers fudged data to report
that the consumption of milk fat can prevent heart disease

The very next day, June 9, 2010, Village Voice ran this headline:

"Milk Is Good for You"

The byline? You guessed it, Chantal Martineau, the award-winning
journalist who went to college at age 13.

Reporters who do not check their sources and then jump to
anti-vegan conclusions should sharpen their pencils, and when
their commentaries are found to be in error, turn those pencils
around and apply their erasers.

Influential reporters who fool consumers in order to achieve
their own agendas, even by ranting "award winning journalists"
who "went to college when they were 13" deserve to sit in the
corner, have their pencils taken away, and spend considerable
time out until they learn how to behave ethically.

Note the use of the word "little" in the feminist reporter's
diatribe against me, a complex attempt to castrate males, perhaps?
"Vegans who gorge themselves." ??? This reporter clearly has
issues. Perhaps as a thirteen-year-old, she should have been
developing social skills, rather than attending college.
It might be that deep down inside, Chantal has a serious case
of 'bean-us' envy.

Robert Cohen

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