Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dear Daily Infographics and Milk Mustache

Dear Daily Infographics and Milk Mustache:

It is very sad, to say the least, that you have not objectively considered the scientific studies that show cow milk is not digestible by humans or causes other harmful diseases.  For example, check out the below Wikipedia link with no less than 12 such references.  A blanket one-sided Infographic puts your integrity at risk, and we wonder if you are telling the truth.  Should we continue to read and believe your Daily Infographics?  Do you want to be known as a source for fancy graphic displays of inaccurate and questionable information --- perhaps because of paid sponsors?  Now granted news reporters and experts can provide evidence for arguments on either side of the issue, yet it is nice to at least have evidence and references to their opinions.  We like to see both sides of the issue thoroughly and objectively covered with references at the bottom of Infographics.  Keep up the good work. 

Thank you,
Michael Rybin~۩~
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"Some studies suggest that milk consumption may increase the risk of suffering from certain health problems. Cow milk allergy (CMA) is an immunologically mediated adverse reaction to one or more cow's milk proteins. Rarely is it severe enough to cause death.[80]
Milk contains casein, a substance that breaks down in the human stomach to produce casomorphin, an opioid peptide. In the early 1990s it was hypothesized that casomorphin can cause or aggravate autism spectrum disorders,[81][82] and casein-free diets are widely promoted. Studies supporting these claims have had significant flaws, and the data are inadequate to guide autism treatment recommendations.[82]
A study demonstrated that men who drink a large amount of milk and consume dairy products were at a slightly increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease; the effect for women was smaller.[83] The reason behind this is not fully understood, and it also remains unclear why there is less of a risk for women.[83][84] Several sources suggest a correlation between high calcium intake (2000 mg per day, or twice the US recommended daily allowance, equivalent to six or more glasses of milk per day) and prostate cancer.[85] A large study specifically implicates dairy, i.e. low-fat milk and other dairy to which vitamin A palmitate has been added.[86][87]
A review published by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research states that at least eleven human population studies have linked excessive dairy product consumption and prostate cancer.[88][89]
Medical studies also have shown a possible link between milk consumption and the exacerbation of diseases such as Crohn's disease,[90] Hirschsprung's disease–mimicking symptoms in babies with existing cow's milk allergies,[91] and the aggravation of Behçet's disease.[92]"

Friday December 21, 2012

A few days ago the following reply was posted on ...
Dear Michael Rybin:
It is very sad that you had to use Wikipedia to make your point. Surely you could've cited the very scientific studies to which you make reference? And if we're going to be technical here, perhaps you could have linked to scientific studies that point out that Santa Claus doesn't exist?
Thank you,
Elizabeth Miervaldis

I tried to post a reply on the Daily Infographics page, but it would not stick, so my reply is posted here. 

Dear Elizabeth:

I said, “We like to see both sides of the issue thoroughly and objectively covered with references at the bottom of Infographics … we know anyone could come up with an equal number of medical studies in favor of milk.” 

My point was not as much to argue for or against milk, but since you insist, here is a list of citations from Wikipedia, plus two other articles, each with over 50 citations.  Since the original article was bias to the benefits of milk without any citations, all of my citations show the problems and diseases caused by milk in order to present some information for the other side of the issue. 

Citations and References
1. ^ Høst A (1994). "Cow's milk protein allergy and intolerance in infancy. Some clinical, epidemiological and immunological aspects". Pediatric Allergy and Immunology 5 (5 Suppl): 1–36. PMID 7704117.
2. ^ Reichelt KL, Knivsberg A-M, Lind G, Nødland M (1991). "Probable etiology and possible treatment of childhood autism". Brain Dysfunct 4: 308–19.
3. ^ a b Christison GW, Ivany K (2006). "Elimination diets in autism spectrum disorders: any wheat amidst the chaff?". J Dev Behav Pediatr 27 (2 Suppl 2): S162–71. doi:10.1097/00004703-200604002-00015. PMID 16685183.
4. ^ a b Chen, H.; O'Reilly, E.; McCullough, M. L.; Rodriguez, C.; Schwarzschild, M. A.; Calle, E. E.; Thun, M. J.; Ascherio, A. (2007). "Consumption of Dairy Products and Risk of Parkinson's Disease". American Journal of Epidemiology 165 (9): 998–1006. doi:10.1093/aje/kwk089. PMC 2232901. PMID 17272289. //
5. ^ "Milk linked to Parkinson's risk". BBC News. 7 April 2005. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
6. ^ Giovannucci E; Rimm EB; Wolk A; Ascherio, A; Stampfer, MJ; Colditz, GA; Willett, WC (1998). "Calcium and fructose intake in relation to risk of prostate cancer". Cancer Research 58 (3): 442–7. PMID 9458087.
7. ^ "Low fat milk causes prostate cancer on Yedda". 2008-01-03. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
8. ^ Chan JM, Stampfer MJ, Ma J, Gann PH, Gaziano JM, Giovannucci EL (2001). "Dairy products, calcium, and prostate cancer risk in the Physicians' Health Study". The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 74 (4): 549–54. PMID 11566656.
9. ^ Glade MJ (1997). "Food, nutrition and the prevention of cancer: a global perspective". Nutrition 15 (6): 523–6. PMID 10378216.
10. ^ Chan JM; Gann, PH; Giovannucci, EL (2005). "Role of diet in prostate cancer development and progression". J Clin Oncol 23 (32): 8152–60. doi:10.1200/JCO.2005.03.1492. PMID 16278466.
11. ^ "How Bacteria In Cows' (sic) Milk May Cause Crohn's Disease". 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
12. ^ Kubota, A; Kawahara, H; Okuyama, H; Shimizu, Y; Nakacho, M; Ida, S; Nakayama, M; Okada, A (2006). "Cow's milk protein allergy presenting with Hirschsprung's disease–mimicking symptoms". Journal of Pediatric Surgery 41 (12): 2056–8. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2006.08.031. PMID 17161204.
13. ^ Triolo, G; Accardo-Palumbo, A; Dieli, F; Ciccia, F; Ferrante, A; Giardina, E; Licata, G (2002). "Humoral and cell mediated immune response to cow's milk proteins in Behçet's disease". Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 61 (5): 459–62. doi:10.1136/ard.61.5.459. PMC 1754076. PMID 11959773. //
14. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste.400, Washington DC, 20016, Phone: 202-686-2210 Email:, ... INCLUDING 51 CITATIONS
15. Dangers Of Milk And Dairy Products - The Facts ... INCLUDING 65 CITATIONS