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Dairy Ousted for Weight-Loss

In what warped reality would dairy actually be associated with weight-loss? Oh wait! Here, in this country. Well actually, not anymore. Kim Severson of The New York Times reports that the dairy industry’s national advertising campaign that links dairy consumption to weight-loss has been dumped. Why? Because the science doesn’t support the claim! Now that is some gangster-like lying right there, more from the report:
The assertion that there is a link between weight loss and dairy consumption has long been contested by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine [PCRM], an advocacy and research group that promotes a diet free of animal products.

The group petitioned the F.T.C. in 2005 to argue that the advertisements were misleading. In a May 3 letter to the group, Lydia Parnes, director of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said Agriculture Department representatives and milk producers and processors had agreed to change the advertisements and related marketing materials “until further research provides stronger, more conclusive evidence of an association between dairy consumption and weight loss.”

As of Thursday, the National Dairy Council still had a section of its Web site devoted to the weight-loss claim. But the site, along with some of the advertisements, will be changed, said Greg Miller, who is executive vice president of the council and has a doctorate in nutrition.
It’s a good thing the PCRM has some sense—oh, and in case you didn’t know—Dr. Fuhrman is a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. But truth be told, The PCRM is only doing a public service. Because according to Dr. Fuhrman dairy products and milk should never be confused as a health food. He explains in Disease-Proof Your Child:
The leading cause of digestive intolerance leading to stomach complaints is dairy products. Many kids have subtle allergies to cow's milk that perpetuate their nasal congestion, leading to ear infections.

Milk, which is designed by nature for the rapidly growing cow, has about half its calories supplied from fat. The fatty component is concentrated more to make cheese and butter. Milk and cheese are the foods Americans encourage their children to eat, believing them to be healthy foods. Fifty years of heavy advertising by an economically powerful industry has shaped the public's perception, illustrating the power of one-sided advertising, but the reality and true health effects on our children is a different story. Besides the link between high-saturated-fat foods (dairy fat) and cancer, there is a body of scientific literature linking the consumption of cow's milk to many other diseases. If we expect our children to resist many common illnesses, they simply must consume less milk, cheese, and butter. Dairy foods should be consumed in limited quantity or not at all.
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julie - May 14, 2007 12:50 AM

It is about time the dairy industry gets busted. Now if we could end the adds and propaganda about dairy helping build strong bones and teeth!

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