Dairy and PAIN !

Dairy and Pain

Yesterday, a very dear doctor friend wrote and took

me to task with a gentle critique, suggesting:

“You have never once made the case for PAIN.”

I responded, “What do you think I’ve been doing almost

every day for the past seventeen years?”

Her response, “You’ve made the case for many other concerns

and done a damn good job of it. I am talking about PAIN…

as I get my fibro patients and arthritics off of dairy…their

PAIN patterns drop as much as 70% in a week’s time. I have them

do a challenge to prove the point to them and it is dramatic.

People are astounded. They have spent YEARS attached to

narcotics because of pain and never once attributed it to

consumption of dairy before.”

OK, she’s right. What do I really know in the grand

scheme of things?

Not much…so… with a little help from my friends:

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Cow’s milk has become a point of controversy among doctors

and nutritionists. There was a time when it was considered

very desirable, but research has forced us to rethink this

recommendation. .. dairy products contribute to a surprising

number of health problems (including) chronic ear problems…”

– Benjamin Spock, M.D., “Child Care,” 7th Edition

“In the case of the eight year old female subject,

juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was a milk allergy.

After avoiding dairy products, all pain was gone

in three weeks.”

– Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1985, 78

“There is a colossal amount of information linking the

consumption of milk to arthritis…

– Fit for Life, by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

“Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years,

were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures…

metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary

excretion of calcium.”

– American Journal of Epidemiology 1994;139

“Dairy products may play a major role in the development

of ALLERGIES, asthma, sleep difficulties, and migraine


– Pediatrics 1989;84(4):595- 603

“In reality, cow’s milk, especially processed cow’s milk,

has been linked to a variety of health problems, including:

mucous production, hemoglobin loss, childhood diabetes,

heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, kidney stones,

mood swings, depression, irritability, allergies.”

– Townsend Medical Letter, May, 1995, Julie Klotter, MD

“Studies have suggested that bovine serum albumin is the

milk protein responsible for the onset of diabetes…

– New England Journal of Medicine, July 30, 1992

“Cow’s milk can cause blood loss from the intestinal tract,

which over time, reduces the body’s iron stores. Blood loss

may be a reaction to cow’s milk proteins.”

– Journal of Pediatrics, 1990, 116

“At least 50% of all children in the United States are

allergic to milk, many undiagnosed. Dairy products are

the leading cause of food allergy, often revealed by

constipation, diarrhea, and fatigue. Many cases of asthma

and sinus infections are reported to be relieved and

even eliminated by cutting out dairy.”

– Frank Oski, M.D., Chief of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins

Medical School Natural Health, July, 1994

“There can be Chernobyl-like accidents. One of these occurred

in the Chicago area in April, 1985. At a modern, large milk

processing plant an accidental ‘cross connection’ between

raw and pasteurized milk occurred. A violent salmonella

outbreak followed, killing 4 and making an estimated

150,000 ill.”

– Robert Kradjian, M.D. The Milk Letter, August, 1994

“In 1964, I learned of the experiences of Dr. William

Deamer of San Francisco. He had pointed out the frequency

of milk protein’s casual relationship to musculoskeletal

pain in children and especially the so-called ‘growing

pains.’ Since that time, I have had several children with

what appeared to be early rheumatoid arthritis relieved

and returned to good health by little more than reassurance

and careful dietary manipulation. ”

– Don’t Drink Your Milk, by Frank Oski, M.D.

“In systemic arthritis, lkie Rheumatoid, the cause is

coursing through the blood, and it got there through the

diet. When all of the joints are involved, the cause

is not physical, but chemical. It’s usually casein.

(Eighty percent of milk protein is casein).

I once saw a 65 year old man, Bob, who complained of

neck stiffness and headaches. His hands were so stiff and

sore. Bob lived to play golf. I instructed him to give up

all milk and dairy products. Since giving up dairy products,

he no longer experienced pain and headaches, and his hands

were also pain-free.

Joy, a 42 year old woman noticed that her knees were

pain-free after eliminating dairy products. Once, after

drinking a glass of milk, her knees swelled within 20


– No Milk, by Daniel Twogood, D.C.

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Dairy farmers reading today’s column can have only

one comment: “Ouch, that hurt…a lot!”

Robert Cohen