Bowel Cancer Study is a Stinking Load of Crap
Question: What nation has the highest rate of bowel cancer?
Answer: New Zealand
Question: What is the population of the United States?
Answer: 312 million
Question: How many cows are being milked in America?
Answer: 9.2 million
Question: What is the population of New Zealand?
Answer: 4.4 million
Question: How many cows are being milked in New Zealand?
Answer: 4.5 million
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Today’s column introduces a study that will be promoted
by the dairy industry within the coming months. The
New Zealand study concludes:
“Children who participate in government-funded school
milk programs have lower rates of colon cancer 50 years
This study wins this century’s HAIKU award (How Are
Imbeciles Kidding Us).
Scientists (and I use that term loosely) questioned
80-year-olds about their milk consumption in 1937.
I can hardly remember what I had for dinner last
Tuesday, let alone 10 years ago. Researchers (and
I use that term generously) then determined that
people who drank more pints of milk 50 or more
years ago experienced lower rates of colon cancer
than notmilk drinkers.
Keep in mind that once the average cancer begins
with one cell, it takes 8-10 years for that one cell
to grow into 1 million which in the case of breast
cancer, is the tiniest lump that a woman can feel in
Would you enjoy reading a bit of scientific comedy?
The authors write:
“A significant reduction in the risk of colorectal cancer
with increasing frequency of consumption of dairy products
other than school milk from the ages of 5-12 years was
observed but not from ages 13-18 years.”
I ask you…would a senior citizen in the 21st century
remember what his or her milk consumption was as a
five-year-old toddler the year Pearl Harbor was bombed,
or would his memory be greater remembering such
details as a teenager during the Korean War? C’mon…
In 1990, the International Journal of Epidemiology
published a study (Volume 20, Issue 1 p. 76-81) in
which cancer rates of the colon, rectum, prostate,
and breast were compared between Chinese people
from Shanghai (were little or no dairy was consumed)
and the United States. Researchers concluded:
“Americans had fourfold higher age-adjusted rates of
colon cancer, and twofold higher rates of rectal cancer
than Chinese, which is consistent with elevated per capita
intake of fat and lower intake of cereals and vegetables
in the US. Incidence rates of colon and rectal cancers in
Chinese-Americans were nearly equal to the American rates,
suggesting that the risk for tumor development in the lower
intestinal tract is rapidly increased with transition to the
US diet. Rates of prostate cancer and postmenopausal breast
cancer were 26-fold and tenfold higher in Americans than in
New Zealand has discontinued the free school milk program,
but dairy advocates are lobbying their government to bring
it back. The timing of this so-called scientific study
is curious. Senior researcher (Brian Cox) had this to say:
“It’s all a numbers game in terms of how much it costs and
how valuable people think reducing the risk of bowel cancer
in future generations is.”