Response to Dairy Council-Nevada’s Claim Whitewash Contains ‘Misinformation’

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Posted on: Dec 30 2010

On December 15, 2010 Mark Robison posted a link to a Vegsource review of Whitewash in his blog (Mostly Dogs) with the Reno Gazette-Journal. The posting attracted the attention of the Dairy Council of Nevada. A letter, authored by a Dairy Council dietician, was submitted to Mr. Robison and subsequently posted in the same blog. In the letter, the dietician made an unspecified claim that Whitewash contains “misinformation.” What follows is my response, originally posted in the Reno Gazette-Journal on December 29, 2010.

In response to the Dairy Council’s claim that my book Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow’s Milk and Your Health “… appears to have a considerable amount of misinformation in it,” readers should know that Whitewash cites over 1,200 sources as well as the findings of the United States EPA and USDA. The conclusions made in “Whitewash” are also drawn from the published works of some of the most highly regarded health authorities in America, including Walter Willett, M.D., M.P.H., Dr. P.H..

Dr. Willett is the Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, the author of over 900 scientific papers, and the most cited nutritionist internationally. Dr. Willett states, “Consuming plenty of dairy products is being portrayed as a key way to prevent osteoporosis and broken bones. But not only does this fail to fit the bill as a proven prevention strategy, it doesn’t even come close,” and, “Dairy products shouldn’t occupy a prominent place in our diet, nor should they be the centerpiece of the national strategy to prevent osteoporosis.” Here are just a few reasons why:

The Harvard Nurses Study, which included more than seventy-seven thousand women, found women who drank three or more glasses of milk a day had no reduced risk of hip or arm fractures during a twelve-year follow-up period, when com pared with women who drank little or no milk at all.

Despite the Dairy Council’s claim of milk safety, the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP), indicates that milk samples frequently contain residues of toxic pesticides and other contaminants.

Nineteen of twenty-three studies have shown a positive association between dairy consumption and prostate cancer, leading the National Cancer Institute to call dairy foods “one of the most consistent dietary predictors for prostate cancer in the published literature.”

The largest study of its kind looked at more than twelve thousand children aged nine to fourteen from every state in the nation. It found that the more milk the children drank, the more overweight they were ― even if they followed the current federal recommendation of three daily servings.

Obviously cow’s milk was never intended for human consumption, so it’s frivolous to debate its necessity in the human diet. This fact makes it essential that consumers have access to the information contained in Whitewash to help them make truly informed choices.