Dangers of Dairy

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

Dairy is hazardous for your health!

It has been said that milk does a body good, but nothing could be further from the truth. Studies have repeatedly shown that dairy consumption has been tied to obesity, heart disease, and cancer! But we’re taught from an early age that milk and cheese are part of a healthy diet. How could that be?

Mark Kennedy, vice president of legal affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll and reveals the staggering truth behind government ties to the dairy industry. What his team has unearthed in court is not a conspiracy theory—it’s a fact! You’ll learn how government-funded employees are working with companies like McDonald’s to find ways to get you to eat more cheese! It’s HUGE business.

Just how dangerous is dairy? Extremely! Barnard Medical Center registered dietitian Aly Luning explains that by taking dairy off your plate, you can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes and cut the chances of being diagnosed with certain cancers by more than 70 percent!

Plus, that whole idea about needing milk for calcium and vitamin D pretty much goes out the window!

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On The Show

Dairy’s Greatest Hits: Government Edition

It is nearly impossible for you to turn on the TV, go online, open a magazine, or even walk down the street without seeing advertising for some of the unhealthy creations spawned from the government’s partnership with the dairy industry. Worse yet, other ads were patently false and misleading, such as a campaign that dairy can help you burn fat and lose weight. To those unversed in the benefits of a plant-based diet, many of the campaigns were even celebrated. Here is a timeline of just a few of the “greatest hits” that were unearthed by Mark Kennedy and the Physicians Committee’s legal team.

1998

  • The dairy checkoff program paid Bennigan’s $15,000 to promote the restaurant’s fried cheese sticks and fried cheese cheeseburger.
  • The dairy checkoff program paid Bakers Square $8,000 to promote the restaurant’s grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup combination meal.

1999

  • After developing 20 new pizza ideas for Pizza Hut, the dairy checkoff program agreed to pay up to $100,000 for focus group testing and up to $15,000 for menu development. In one communication, a dairy checkoff program representative said to Pizza Hut, “Let’s sell more pizza and more cheese!”
  • USDA partnered with Wendy’s to develop and promote the Cheddar Lovers’ Bacon Cheeseburger. One Cheddar Lovers’ Bacon Cheeseburger has 690 calories, 40 grams of fat (60% DV), 14 of them saturated (63% DV), and 130 mg of cholesterol (43% DV).

2000

  • The dairy checkoff program contracted to pay Burger King up to $40,000 for the opportunity to conduct brainstorming sessions at which to generate 50 new menu items featuring cheese.
  • The dairy checkoff program invested $7,000 to develop and test Pizza Hut’s Insider Pizza, which contained one pound of cheese per pizza.

2001

  • In a presentation regarding its partnership with Wendy’s, the dairy checkoff program listed prior similar promotions such as Taco Bell’s 3-Cheese Blends on menu items, Pizza Hut’s Ultimate Cheese Pizza (featuring six different types of cheese with 50 percent more cheese than the average pizza), Burger King’s Extreme Double Cheeseburger and Spicy Cajun Cheeseburger, and Wendy’s Chicken Mozzarella Supreme.

2002

  • The dairy and the beef checkoff programs partnered with Taco Bell to develop and promote the Steak Quesadilla, which uses an average of eight times more cheese than any other item on their menu. Unsurprisingly, one Steak Quesadilla has 31 grams of fat, 14 of them saturated.

2003

  • The dairy checkoff partnered with Wendy’s to develop the cheese-friendly Wild Mountain Chicken Sandwich and Wild Mountain Bacon Cheeseburger.

2004

  • The dairy checkoff partnered with General Mills at the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest with the first ever “America’s Greatest Cheese Recipe Award.”

2005

  • The dairy checkoff assisted Burger King in the testing of two cheese-friendly sandwiches introduced the following year: The Cheesy Bacon Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwich and the Cheesy Bacon Angus Steak burger, each featuring three slices of cheese.

2006

  • The dairy checkoff partnered with Pizza Hut to introduce the Cheesy Bites Pizza, providing culinary and other marketing assistance valued at roughly $50,000.

2007

  • The dairy checkoff contracted to support an in-market concept test of three new “cheese-friendly” pizzas for Domino’s Pizza.
  • The dairy checkoff also promoted Domino’s Pizza’s new Cheesy Garlic Bread Pizza, which offered a garlic bread flavor with layers of cheese on a buttery hand-tossed crust.

2008           

  • The dairy checkoff funded the advertising, marketing, and promotion of a Domino’s Pizza specialty pizza, targeting schools in an attempt to convert children to “lifelong pizza lovers (and therefore cheese consumers).”

2009

  • The dairy checkoff assisted Domino’s in the development of a new line of pizzas with 40 percent more cheese and provided $12,000,000 in marketing support.

2010

  • The dairy checkoff contracted with Pizza Hut to increase cheese volume on pizzas by developing a “generously-portioned cheese pizza.”
  • The dairy checkoff partnered with McDonald’s to introduce new products, including the Steak & Egg Burrito, which featured a full slice of cheese.

I'm not lovin'

Dr. Neal Barnard recently highlighted new efforts by Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), a corporation overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and McDonald’s to increase the amount of dairy in its meals. This includes 30 percent more cheese on Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches and the Egg White Delight McMuffin.

In an op-ed in The Hill, Dr. Barnard also zeroes in on DMI and Pizza Hut teaming up to add 25 percent more cheese to the company’s pan pizza with a goal of unloading 150 million pounds of milk each year.

What Are The Dangers Of Dairy?

As explained by the Physicians Committee’s dairy fact sheet, “many Americans, including some vegetarians, still consume substantial amounts of dairy products—and government policies still promote them—despite scientific evidence that questions their health benefits and indicates their potential health risks.”

Aly and Chuck detail many of those potential risks and debunk many of the pervasive myths about health and dairy.

Cardiovascular Risk

Dairy products contain significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat, both of which can increase the risk of heart disease and can cause other serious health problems. A 2014 study of patients with cardiovascular disease found that 81 percent of patients improved their symptoms or had fewer complications following elimination of fish, meat, dairy, or added oils from their diet.

Prostate Cancer

In the Physicians Health Study, tracking 21,660 participants for 28 years, researchers found an increased risk of prostate cancer among those who consumed more than 2.5 servings of dairy products daily.

Breast Cancer

A study of nearly 1,900 women who had been diagnosed with early-stage invasive breast cancer, found that higher amounts of high-fat dairy product consumption were associated with higher mortality rates. As little as a half-serving per day increased the risk significantly, according to the findings of The Life After Cancer Epidemiology Study.

Ovarian Cancer

Women who drink more than one glass of milk per day have a 73 percent higher chance of developing ovarian cancer, according to an Iowa Women’s Health Study. Additionally, a study conducted in Sweden also finds a positive correlation between ovarian cancer and consumption of lactose and dairy products.

Lactose Intolerance

The symptoms of lactose intolerance aren’t pretty. If you are intolerant and consume lactose, you can experience gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and flatulence, because you don’t have the enzyme lactase to digest the milk sugar lactose.

Lactose intolerance is also exceptionally common. An estimated 95 percent of Asian-Americans, 74 percent of Native Americans, 70 percent of African-Americans, 53 percent of Mexican-Americans, and 15 percent of Caucasians have the ailment.

Diabetes

Dairy consumption during infancy has been proven to increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes among infants born with an increased genetic susceptibility for developing diabetes.

Further, the American Academy of Pediatrics discovered a 30 percent reduction in the incidence of type 1 diabetes among infants who did not consume cow’s milk protein for at least the first three months of life.

Eww! That’s In Milk, Too?!

Common contaminants found in milk include:

  • Natural hormones and growth factors produced within a cow’s body.
  • Synthetic hormones used to increase the production of milk, which may affect normal hormonal function when consumed by humans.
  • Antibiotics for conditions such as inflammation of the mammary glands have occasionally been found.
  • Pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and dioxins, which have been linked to cancer.
  • Melamine is commonly found in plastic, but it’s also in dairy products. It can negatively affect the kidneys and urinary tract.
  • Carcinogenic toxins which are not destroyed during the pasteurization processes.