Tell Health Magazine: Please Stop Promoting Cow's Milk
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Ellen Kunes
Publisher
Kevin White
Managing Editor
Marc Einsele
Executive Editor
Lisa Lombardi
Executive Deputy Editor
Jeannie Kim
Deputy Editor
Camille Chatterjee
Deputy Editor
Kimberly Goad
VP Health.com
Renee Tulenko
CEO Time Inc. Publications
Laura Lang
Editorial Director, Time Inc. Publications
Martha Nelson
Editor-in-Chief, Time Inc. Publications
John Huey
Time Inc. Publishing PR
Debra Richman
Time Inc. Publishing PR
Amanda Schumacher
Member of Health Magazine's Advisory Board
Bethenny Frankel
Member of Health Magazine's Advisory Board
Steven N. Blair, PED
Member of Health Magazine's Advisory Board
Linda Giudice, MD, PhD
Member of Health Magazine's Advisory Board
David Heber, MD, PhD
Member of Health Magazine's Advisory Board
David L. Katz, MD, MPH. FACPM, FACP
Member of Health Magazine's Advisory Board
Richard B. Lipton, MD
Member of Health Magazine's Advisory Board
Susan Love, MD
Member of Health Magazine's Advisory Board
JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH
Member of Health Magazine's Advisory Board
Bess H. Marcus, PhD

Tell Health Magazine: Please Stop Promoting Cow's Milk

    1. Petition by

      Sabrina Nishijima

      Sacramento, CA

Dear Health Magazine (and its Advisory Board),

On the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), I was disturbed and saddened to see the latest Health October 2012 issue in which Health published a milk-promoting article ("Milk Just Got Better" pg. 67) just a few pages before a breast cancer special report ("Live Health" pg. 73). 

I would like to ask Health magazine, one of the highest-circulating health magazines in the U.S. read by millions of women and which considers itself an "authority" on health, to please stop promoting cow's milk as "healthy," and to suggest to its readers a whole food plant based diet as one of the top ways to significantly reduce cancer risk.

Casein, the main protein in cow's milk, is the most significant cancer promoter ever discovered--it promotes all stages of cancer cell growth. Casein isn't limited to milk, it's in every dairy product--including fat-free and organic varieties from grass-fed cows, yogurt, Greek yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, and all cheeses.  

Cow's milk is not designed for humans--it's designed for half-ton baby cows with multiple digestive tracts. When humans drink another animal's milk, it simply wreaks havoc on the body. In my opinion, it's not just unwise to promote dairy these days, it's almost borderline reckless, in light of the mounting research. 

Meat and dairy organizations like to cite studies that find no link between diet and cancer, like the famously flawed Nurses' Health Study--where baseline meat and dairy consumption was high across the board--actually higher than the average American's meat and dairy consumption. All of the participants consumed large amounts of meat and dairy, giving little variation in cancer incidence. No one was consuming a zero or very low animal protein diet. Yet, Health magazine--an arbiter of health information--uses these types of studies to reassure women that dairy is safe.

Many women are becoming aware of the fact that dairy is an unhealthy source of calcium too, so that's never a good reason to drink milk. Animal proteins in milk create an acidic environment in our blood and tissues that our bodies try to compensate for by pulling calcium from our bones. It's well-known that populations with the highest milk consumption have the highest rates of hip fractures--a major indicator of osteoporosis. Scientists agree that calcium and protein is safest and best absorbed by the body in its plant-based form (broccoli, spinach, kale, grains, beans, etc). 

Studies have shown that animal protein (dairy, eggs, and meats--even chicken) causes inflammation, acidity, and carcinogen activation in the human body--the perfect environment for cancer to thrive. Yet, in your October cancer coverage, there is no mention of dairy (or animal proteins) having any influence on cancer cells whatsoever. And sadly, 13 out of 15 of your "healthy" food recipes rely on meat, eggs, and dairy.

If there was ever a time to reconsider the issue of cow's milk in your health reporting, please let it be now. This year, half a million Americans will die of cancer--40,000 women will die from breast cancer. A quarter of a million women will be newly diagnosed. According to the American Cancer Society, women in the U.S. have about a 1 in 3 lifetime risk of developing cancer; for men it's 1 in 2. We have one of the highest cancer rates in the world, and we're also one of the most meat-and-dairy lovin' populations. The U.S. is one of the top dairy producers in the world.

Please honor our friends, family members, and loved ones who will be diagnosed with cancer in the next year, and start featuring a whole food plant-based diet in your cancer prevention coverage. Diet is the most effective, readily available way we have to potentially turn cancer cells "on and off." 

As a leader in media, Health magazine has such great potential to make meaningful and immediate change in the cancer epidemic, especially for women. I'd love to see this happen, and I'd be your biggest supporter if you do.

Thank you so much, 
Sabrina Nishijima
stay-at-home mom in California 


Nutrition Resources:

The China Study, a book on food & disease with 700+ research references by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, National Institute of Health scholar, professor emeritus of Cornell University with 70+ years of grant-funded research in nutritional biochemistry.

Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, a book by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber

The Veganist, nutrition book by Kathy Freston

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, book by Julieanna Hever

Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World, book by John Robbins

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, book by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.

Forkes Over Knives, a stunning and fascinating documentary film on diet & disease

 
Health Magazine's Top Staffers:

CEO Time Inc. Publications: Laura Lang
Editorial Director, Time Inc. Publications: Martha Nelson
Editor-in-Chief, Time Inc. Publications: John Huey
Publisher: Kevin White
Editor-in-Chief: Ellen Kunes
Managing Editor: Marc Einsele
Executive Editor: Lisa Lombardi
Executive Deputy Editor: Jeannie Kim
Deputy Editor: Camille Chatterjee
Deputy Editor: Kimberly Goad
VP, Health.com: Renee Tulenko


Health Magazine's Advisory Board:

Bethenny Frankel
William E. Berger, MD
Sharon Richter, MS, RD, CDN
Steven N. Blair, PED
Lisa M. Donofrio, MD
James A. Duke, PhD
Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD
Linda Giudice, MD, Phd
David Heber, MD, PhD
David L. Katz, MD, MPH. FACPM, FACP
Richard B. Lipton, MD
Susan Love, MD 
JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH
Bess H. Marcus, PhD

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Decision-maker John S. Williamson, PhD responds:

      John S. Williamson, PhD

      Dear Madam/Sir; although my name still appears in Health as an advisor I resigned from this position for possible conflict of interest matters. I would greatly appreciate if you would remove me from your email blitz. Thank you, John


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    • Victoria Colewood LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Dairy alternatives are much better for lowering cancer rates found in Japanese consumption of tofu etc, the study of actual people in a natural regime rather than using flawed animal lab studies which promote cruelty not health?

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    • Gary Loewenthal FALLS CHURCH, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Countries with the highest per-capita milk consumption have the highest rates of osteoporosis. In the huge Harvard Nurses Study, those who consumed the most dairy had the most bone fractures. In a study of 14,000 Seventh Day Adventist men, those who drank soymilk regularly instead of cow's milk had a 70% lower incidence of prostate cancer.

      Cow's milk is a leading childhood allergen, is linked a number of diseases, and has three-dozen hormones (not including ones artificially added) that are foreign to the human body, thus we can't regulate them.

      The dairy industry spends $100 million dollars a year on propaganda to boost its sales, and is heavily subsidized. Plant-based milks from soybeans, almonds, coconuts, flax, hemp, and other sources are tasty and healthier. And far less cruel (virtually all dairy farms repeatedly impregnate cows, force them to grossly overproduce milk, steal their newborn calves from them, and kill them in the prime of life).

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    • Valerie DeGuido SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Besides the bad effects on women I believe factory farming should be abolished because of the inhumane conditions in which these cows live ... and die when they are no longer able to prodduce milk

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    • Scott Norris ARLINGTON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Compassion and common sense must override greed alone.

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    • Gail Mayer STATE COLLEGE, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Cows milk is only healthy for baby cows, for humans its linked with cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and autoimmune diseases. If your magazine is telling people it is healthy you are blatantly lying.

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