|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
THE MOUNT EVEREST OF DECEIT
Ever climb a mountain, reaching the summit in exhaustion, then be unable to see the view because of clouds and mist? The ugliest summit of all time is the: CALCIUM SUMMIT COALITION I've come into possession of a number of documents marked: "PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL" I love when this happens, particularly when the "smoking gun" is of a large caliber. In this case, the top-secret documents were shot out of a cannon. I now have in my possession the planning documents for the dairy industry's phony: "CALCIUM SUMMIT COALITION" It is clear from these documents that the so-called calcium summit is, in reality, a carefully planned media blitz, planned and run by the largest public relations firm in the world, BSMG Worldwide. I've previously written about BSMG: http://www.notmilk.com/deb/052399.html The most troubling part of the dairy industry marketing team, is that it includes police, media, USDA, public buildings, public money, and government subsidies. The key dairy industry player is Greg Miller. Miller was recently named as president of the American College of Nutrition, another dairy- sponsored/dairy-insider organization. Rather than comment or interpret the documents, I'll simply print some of the actual quotes contained in the internal memorandums. Originally, the plan was to invite all members of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Here's what was decided: "Proposed forwarding Summit II invite to ADA listserve; decided against due to many vegan members of ADA." It gets worse: "Proposed mailing Summit II invite to ADA members in the Washington, D.C. area that are not within the vegetarian/vegan dietary practice group." And worse: "BSMG to research getting list from ADA broken down by practice area, i.e. removing members of vegan groups." Although the internal documents contain lists of confirmed media attendees, BSMG was already blacklisting select members of the media. Their secret document admits: "A 'media' member affiliated with a special interest group e-mailed the Web site to attend the event; BSMG forwarded client approved response alerting him that the invitation have not been distributed yet." Let me translate that for you. BSMG lied. The client (dairy industry) approved the lie. MEDIA TRAINING "Week of September 10 was decided as best week to hold the issues media training session pending Dr. Heaney and Joan Horbiak's availability. The training will be held at the Chicago BSMG office. Dr. Greg Miller should be media trained." On the same page as the proposed registration form, BSMG includes their strategy for dealing with on-site protestors. They write: "Investigate what our rights are of conducting a meeting in a public building; find out if we can lock all doors except those we'd like attendees to use. Alert local Washington, D.C. police about possible special interest group activity. Recommend the following five people (not named here) on-site be the 'Issues Swat Team'." THE PLAN "Our overall objective is to hold a flawless event. Keep unwelcome guests from attending summit. Minimize/neutralize media coverage should protestors appear." You might be interested in how they neutralize: "If someone tries to attend, we'll ask them to quietly step aside and show a business card so we can quietly escort them in to view the presentations." Escort? Who are the escorts? "Have four security (soft dressed in blazers) on site in the registration area to help insure a controlled meeting. Have designated staff controlling the microphones. Have a private press room for media to conduct interviews. Have designated areas of the Ronald Reagan building for crowd control." More strategy: "Keeping in mind the current environment, we should expect protestors the day of the event and we must be mindful of the following: Avoiding a negative media moment with visuals – as much as we can. Avoiding negative media coverage for the NDC (National Dairy Coalition) and MilkPep as well as the Coalition Participants." "From a publicity standpoint, our plan is to deflect and supercede protests with our controlled media messages…(including) advertisements placed in top national newspaper…" HISTORY OF THE CALCIUM SUMMIT COALITION During the summer of 1999, I did a radio interview on a tiny 1000 watt station in Boston. I was a guest on the Nation of Islam's Hour of Power, 1090 AM. On that date, Massachusetts State Senator Diane Wilkerson was listening. She soon turned my NOTMILK campaign into her own, for the sake of the black children who comprise the majority of Boston's students (Minority children make up 84% of the 63,000 kids in Boston's school system.) Diane's outspoken anti-milk agenda was reported in the Boston Globe, and soon after, the dairy industry placed a two-page ad announcing the formation of:: CALCIUM SUMMIT COALITION Just to place a historical perspective upon that ad, at that time, my organization was called the Anti-Dairy COALITION. To that phony meeting, the dairy industry invited all of the scientists on their payroll. Never before had the city of Boston played host to such a number of paid professional hookers. One such attendee was Peter Holt. Holt's work had absolutely nothing to do with osteoporosis and calcium. Read how the Journal of the American Medical Association correctly ridiculed his phony colon cancer/cheese study: http://www.notmilk.com/deb/101198.html The truth about osteoporosis can be found right here: http://www.notmilk.com/o.html One of the best articles, complete with scientific references, was written by Bruce Friedrich: http://www.notmilk.com/calbones.html WHAT DOES MILK DO FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS? Ninety-five percent of African-Americans cannot tolerate lactose. Pizza and ice cream taste delicious on the way into their bodies. Lactose is a sugar and most people lack the enzyme (lactase) to break down lactose into glucose and galactose. Intact, this sugar is broken down in the intestines by bacteria and the results are gas, bloating and intestinal distress. More on lactose: http://www.notmilk.com/l.html Casein represents eighty percent of milk protein. This tenacious glue causes histamine production, the body's natural defense against an invading antigen. The resulting histamines result in mucous production. Mucous clogs bronchiloles and causes asthma attacks. Inner-city school systems like Boston, New York, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles have very large populations of African-American students who live in poverty. In New York City, 38 percent of homeless children and 23 percent of kids in the Bronx are beneficiaries of USDA's school breakfast and lunch subsidies, which include enormous amounts of milk and cheese. Got milk? Got cheese? Got chocolate milk? Got asthma? These kids do. Milk contains powerful hormones. Rates of sexual maturity in children are astounding endocrinologists and behavioral psychologists. A recent study revealed that eighty percent of nine-year-old African-American girls are already experiencing breast development. Children are becoming overweight at an early age. By eating enormous quantities of growth hormones in combination with animal fat, the body has a way of listening to the signals of those chemical messengers: GROW! One out of five children has attention deficit disorder (ADD). A recent study in the Journal of Autism linked ADD with a milk protein, casomorphin. http://www.notmilk.com/aa.html THE POVERTY CONNECTION Many children of color live below the poverty level. In its wisdom, the United States Department of Agriculture provides free food and nutritional programs for these kids. In its lack of wisdom, USDA has chosen milk and dairy products to be the major components of these kid's diets. These children now receive free breakfasts of cereal with milk, free lunches of macaroni and cheese or pizza with chocolate milk. A free snack before they go home is cookies and more chocolate milk. WHAT IS THE RESULT? Milk buffers gastric pH so that food in the stomach ferments and putrefies. Kids drink hormones and act irritable. In May of 1995, the Townsend Medical Letter listed eleven symptoms from milk consumption including mood swings, depression, and irratibility. In Boston, elementary school children are required to take the milk, although doctor's letters can get them out of that requirement. Boston schools offer lactaid milk as an alternative. In other words, children are given the antidote so that they might take the poison. There is no casein-free milk. Nor is there a hormone-free milk. Poor kids. Take away their ability to learn and make them sick by overdosing them on hormones with glue. Calcium Summit Coalition? They betray the children with lies.
Robert Cohen author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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