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Monday, February 25, 2013

Casein - nation's most significant dietary carcinogen

"The link between dairy and prostate cancer is even stronger than the link between smoking and lung cancer!"

Is cancer caused by genetics or environment? Studies show that only 2-3% of all cancers are caused by our genes.  The other 97-98% of all cancers are caused by the environment.  The DIET is the primary environmental contributor to cancer.

Casein is the most prevalent (about 82%) protein found in milk.  It is different than whey protein in that casein digests more slowly and its structural composition is significantly changed when heated.  Casein is the protein most commonly used by the food industry.    It is especially high in cheese and is the part of the milk that curdles when processing.  Hidden sources of casein are found in foods such as McDonald's french fries, caramel coloring, canned tuna and fruit-flavored tums.  Casein can be listed with ingredients  that have "casein" in the name, such as: sodium Caseinate, Paracasein, Rennet casein and many more.  

Protein-enriched foods often use casein to increase protein content.  Low-fat and skim milks are not naturally white, so dry milk protein is added back into the milk to turn it white again - making it even more carcinogenic.

Collin Campbell, in the following video, provides graphs that demonstrate the incidence of cancer as it correlates to consumption of animal protein.  He also sites the Institute of Medicine / Food and Nutrition Board 2002 Report on Dietary Reference Intakes, "The report recommends that to meet the body's daily nutritional needs while minimizing risk for chronic disease, adults should consume 10 to 35 percent from protein...(and)...added sugars (for candy, soft drinks, fruit drinks, pastries, and other sweets) should comprise no more than 25% total calories consumed."  This report was influenced by the funding of a candy and soda company.  What goes on behind the scenes and who controls information is preventing the field of nutrition from being the premiere biological science of the future! Collin Campbell also quotes the results of a study on prostate cancer, "The consumption of dairy is the best predictor of prostate cancer."  In other words, if a man consumes dairy, prostate cancer is likely in his future.  The dairy industry certainly does not wants Americans to realize the link between milk and cancer.

Animal Protein--Meat and Dairy--Cause Cancer /  T. Collin Campbell

Dr. Pam Popper's Tuesday edition of video clips from February 12, 2013 highlights prostate cancer.  Dr. Pam says studies have shown that the link between dairy and prostate cancer is even stronger than the link between smoking and lung cancer!  The Wellness Forum recommends complete elimination of all dairy foods from the diet in order to restore health and prevent disease.

Dr. Pam Popper - Prostate Cancer and Stents

"Cow's milk is specifically designed for baby cows, and it supplies the nutrients to facilitate the rapid growth natural to cows." (Disease-Proof Your Child, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, pg 85)  Rapid growth of children, stimulated by high consumption of animal protein and fat (including dairy), has been observed in scientific studies.  The result of this rapid growth is a heightened risk of many cancers, not exclusive to breast, prostate, ovarian, and colon cancer.  

I find it interesting that experts in nutritional health can all agree on this one fact - milk doesn't do a body good!  Once a child is weaned (by age 2), he or she does not need milk and is no longer able to digest milk.  Legumes and green vegetables have an ample supply of calcium and protein to provide the needed nutrients for young children through adulthood.

If you are interested in replacing some or all of your dairy intake, I recommend almond milk.  It is easy to make at home and is most pure when you do it yourself.  Watch the ingredients label on processed nut milks as they often contain carrageenan - another carcinogen.  Here is a link to my blog post on almond milk.

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