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From time to time Vegetarians in Paradise presents informative articles by guest contributors on subjects of interest to vegetarians and vegans. This month we feature M.M. Van Benschoten, a doctor of Oriental medicine who has a successful practice in the Van Nuys, California area.

Dairy Products and Chronic Disease

by M.M. Van Benschoten, O.M.D.

Over 30 years of biomedical research relates dairy products to serious chronic health problems for both children and adults. Colic, constipation, ear infections, allergies, asthma, chronic sinusitis, menstrual problems, lung, breast, stomach, ovarian and uterine cancer, heart disease, and diabetes in children have all been linked to immune reactions to cow's milk. Antibiotic and pesticide residues from dairy foods can damage the immune system and digestive tract causing yeast overgrowth, hormonal imbalance, and chronic resistant infections.

Bovine leukemia virus may be found in 20% of cows, and is associated with human leukemia rates. High protein and hormones in dairy contribute to osteoporosis, and actually worsen calcium balance. Our patients report that even a single serving of any dairy product can result in immune dysfunction and infection. If dairy products are combined with a high sugar intake, bacterial and yeast overgrowth in the intestines can become so severe that the gut begins to leak toxins into the blood and lymph, generating depression, skin rashes, and further immune weakness.

Avoiding dairy is the single most important contribution you can make to your short and long term health and well being. It is an important way to lower your risk of immune suppression, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and recurrent infection.


  1. HEART ATTACKS, STROKES, AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE six times more heart attacks in milk drinkers

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    Hartroft, W. "The Incidence of Coronary Heart Disease in Patients Treated with the Sippy Diet" American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 15:205, 1964

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    Annand JC Denatured bovine immunoglobulin pathogenic in atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis 1986 Mar;59(3):347-51

  2. DIABETES and AUTISM - milk antibodies in blood of diabetic children, milk protein induced brain injury

    Dosch, Hans-Michael, "The Possible Link Between Insulin Dependent (Juvenile) Diabetes Mellitus and Dietary Cow Milk" Clin Biochem, Vol 26 pp 307-308 August1993

    Vaarala O, Paronen J, et al Cow milk feeding induces antibodies to insulin in children--a link between cow milk and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus? Scand J Immunol 1998 Feb;47(2):131-5

    Arya V, Bhatia E Immune response to beta casein in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Natl Med J India 1997 May-Jun;10(3):127-8

    Fava D, Monetini L, et al Cell-mediated immune response to beta casein in recent-onset insulin-dependent diabetes: implications for disease pathogenesis. Lancet 1996 Oct 5;348(9032):926-8

    Sun, ZJ, Cade JR, et al "Beta-casomorphin induces Fos-like immunoreactivity in discrete brain regions relevant to schizophrenia and autism" Autism March 1999 vol 3(1) 67-83

    Sun, ZJ, Cade JR "A peptide found in schizophrenia and autism causes behavioral changes in rats" Autism 1999 vol 3(1) 85-95

  3. CANCER - breast, ovarian, prostate, lung cancer all dairy linked

    Westin, Jerome B. "Carcinogens in Israeli Milk: A Study in Regulatory Failure" International Journal of Health Services, Vol 23 No 3 pp. 497- 517 1993 Baywood Publishing Co. Inc.

  4. ANTIBIOTIC RESIDUES 30 to 80 different antibiotics cause chronic resistant infections

  5. PESTICIDE RESIDUES linked to cancer, chronic fatigue, infertility

  6. HORMONE RESIDUES - menstrual problems, osteoporosis
    Baldini, M, Coni, E. et.al. "Presence and Assessment of Xenobiotic Substances in Milk and Dairy Products" Ann. Ist. Super. Sanita Vol. 26, N. 2 (1990) pp 167-176

    Mepham, TB Public health implication of bovine somatotrophin use in dairying: discussion paper Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Vol 85 Dec1992 pp. 736-739

  7. OSTEOPOROSIS - National Dairy Council study shows bone loss caused by milk drinking

    Lovendale, M. " The Impact of Dairy Products on Human Health, the Environment, and the National Budget" Advanced Health Journal March 1993 No. 4, Advanced Health Center, Monarch Beach, CA 92629

  8. LEUKEMIA VIRUSES - 20% of all cows carry leukemia viruses

    Ferrer, J. Milk of dairy cows frequently contains a leukemogenic virus Science 213:1014 1981


    Gerard J.W. Mackenzie J.W.A. Goluboff N. et.al. Cows Milk Allergy: Prevalence and Manifestation in an Unselected Series of Newborns Acta Paediatr Scand. Supplement 234 1973

  10. DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS, CANDIDA OVERGROWTH caused by allergy and antibiotic residues

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