By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only


Science and Religion merge as one, into a magnificent TRUTH.

Imagine that you have before you a bowl containing twenty-eight marbles,
each one a different color.  You are blindfolded and asked to pick out
the purple one.  What are the odds of doing this?  If you answer, one
out of twenty-eight, you would be correct.

There are twenty-eight different amino acids, the building blocks of
life.  These amino acids make up the proteins of our bodies, complicated
chains of chemicals, like separate beads on a strand of a necklace,
which form our hair and skin and flesh and organs and hormones, and
which act as chemical messengers.

Instead of a bowl containing marbles, let us imagine that same bowl
contains the 28 different amino acids and let us substitute phenylaline
for the purple marble.  The odds of picking phenylaline out from all of
the others is also one out of twenty-eight.

Now imagine two bowls.  What are the odds of randomly picking out the
purple marble, or phenylaline, twice in a row?  That number works out to
be one out of seven-hundred and eighty-four.  Don't bet the rent money
on successfully picking two in a row!  Three bowls?  That would be
nearly 22,000 to one.  After five bowls, we approach the improbable...17
million to one.  Perhaps that is why few people win lotteries.  Six
bowls and the odds increase to nearly one in one-half billion.  Ten
bowls would be 280 trillion to one and fourteen bowls would be one
chance in five-thousand million trillion tries.

Imagine seventy bowls.  I could try to calculate the number for the next
month and still not be able to write it out.  That number would be
greater than the total number of atoms in the universe.

One very special protein hormone contains 70 amino acids.  This hormone
happens to be the most powerful growth hormone produced in the human
body.  Discovered only twenty years ago, this powerful growth factor
resembled insulin, so an unnamed scientist called it insulin-like growth
factor, or IGF-I. 

There are four thousand animals in the animal kingdom and millions of
different proteins.  Each protein is different, save one.  There is a
miracle of nature at work here...a cosmic coincidence that is so
improbable as to approach the unthinkable.  IGF-I in humans and cows is
identical!!!!  A protein hormone containing seventy amino acids...a
perfect match, picking the same amino acid seventy times in a row from
seventy different bowls.  Our most powerful growth hormone is identical
to a cow's most powerful growth hormone.  IGF-I, both in humans and
bovines, contains 70 amino acids in the same exact order and gene
sequence.  A coincidence, the odds of which are astronomical.  Seventy
bowls.  Seventy amino acids.  An event that could hardly have occurred



Moses, the lawgiver, was walking down Mount Sinai holding on to the Ten
Commandments.  God had promised to deliver the Jews to a land filled
with "MILK AND HONEY," but the Jews had turned their backs to God and
constructed a baby cow to worship.  In fury, God called them a "stiffed-
necked people" and told Moses that he was going to destroy them all and
build a new race in the image of Moses.  Moses talked God into
reconsidering his position and God then instructed Moses to gather his
soldiers and kill the three thousand people responsible for such
blasphemy.  That is what the Bible tells us.  And then, after the guilty
parties were killed:

EXODUS - 32:35

	"Then the LORD sent a plague upon the people, for what they did...."

Moses was a sheep-herder, a shepherd.  In those days people drank sheep
and goat's milk.  The average dairy cow only yielded one quart of milk
each day, not enough to feed the multitudes.  What was the plague that
God sent to all of the all of mankind?  I have asked this
question of priests and rabbis, Judaic scholars who study Torah.  Their
response is that the Torah does not state specifically what that
"plague" or punishment was.  Biblical writers had no microscopes.  Nor
did they, in their wildest dreams, imagine our biotechnology.  Cells,
amino acids, proteins were all impossible to imagine.

One protein, exactly alike in humans and cows.  IGF-I. The odds of that
occurring, astronomical.

A study published in the May 9, 1998 issue of the British medical
journal, Lancet, revealed the absolute correlation of high levels of
this powerful hormone in the bodies of women with breast cancer.  IGF-I
has made front page news in every newspaper in America as a result of
that paper.  Many months earlier, a similar study found IGF-I levels
elevated in males with prostate cancer.  The prostate cancer study was
published in the journal SCIENCE in January of 1998.  Many scientists
call our most powerful growth hormone the key factor in the growth and
proliferation of cancer.  What these scientists do not realize is that
IGF-I is identical in humans and cows.  One 12-ounce glass of milk
doubles the amount of free IGF-I in the human body.

God sent a "plague" upon all of the people.

More on the IGF-1 hormone

One last bit of religion...When a Jewish boy celebrates his Bar Mitzvah (son of commandment) he becomes a man and is rewarded by reading a portion of the Torah in front of his congregation on his special day.  I had forgotten my actual portion until I read the words in Hebrew yesterday...a melodic chant came back to me, a verse in which I sang of how Moses spoke to the Amorites and Hittites and Canaanites.  As a small boy of 13 years I became a man by reading my future destiny.  I was to become the man who would one day come to realize the significance of EXODUS 32:35 more than thirty years later, after reading that same chapter at age 13.  All at once, it dawned on me, a new dawn.  Talk about about a Cohen-cidence! THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT (from FINAL JUDGEMENT DAY I am baffled by a riddle of biblical proportions. How did the Caananites develop a technology to put milk into a bottle and keep it from poisoning thirsty consumers? Three thousand years ago, there were no outlets in which to plug General Electric refrigerators. Was milk ultra-pasteurized? Did the Israelites put drawings of missing prophets on the sides of their milk bottles? MILK AND THE BIBLE (KING JAMES VERSION) JUDGES 4:19 "And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him. RIDDLE: How did a Bedouin open a bottle of non-pasteurized milk in the desert heat three thousand years ago? ANSWER: Verrrry carefully! JUDGES 4:21 "Then (she) took a nail of the tent, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temple...for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died." If the nail didn't kill him, the milk may have done the job. What powerful stench awaited those milk drinkers? Did the children of Israel buy sicks packs? In the third edition of his dairy textbook, Modern Dairy Products, Lincoln Lampert writes: "A drop of sour milk may contain more than 50 million bacteria...a new generation may be formed every 20 minutes." Moses was given a list of instructions to follow upon entering the land of milk and honey. These dietary and health laws preceded modern technologies, and yet anticipated many of the problems caused by contaminated milk products. Although swarms of bacteria could not be seen, as microscopes were not yet available to the early descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God tells Moses in Leviticus 11:41-43 that: "Every swarming creature that swarms upon the earth is a loathsome thing." Moses is instructed: "Do not make your souls loathsome with any swarming creature that swarms, and you must not make yourselves unclean by them and actually get unclean by them." So...where did those bottles of milk come from, where were they stored, and who had the courage to drink something that must have stunk to high heaven? God's gift to man was the Ten Commandments. Had the Israelis not insulted their deity by building a graven image in the form of a baby cow while Moses received those immortal tablets, God might very well have added commandment number eleven: Don't drink the milk. Instead, angered by the "stiffed-neck people" for their blasphemous sin, God exacts his immediate revenge upon the 3,000 who built that baby cow by killing them. He then curses all of mankind with an eternal revenge in Exodus 32:35: "And then God sent a plague upon all of the people." And speaking of Jews...and milk...I tell this next story to demonstrate to you that I do not place blame upon spoiled rotten hormone-filled milk as the cause for all of the things in this world that are not right. My grandfather died when he was 95. We used to visit him at his apartment in New York's lower East Side, a neighborhood in which the official language was Yiddish. I understood little. Grandpa Sam used to take me and my sister to his favorite Kosher diner, a restaurant that he had been going to for over thirty years. Forgive me, but I've forgotten the name. We would enjoy the same breakfast, a freshly baked buttered bialy. This diner served no meat, just dairy. Grandpa Sam would always order a bowl of corn flakes with milk. I never saw him complain about a thing until one day, right after our food was set on the table, he called the waiter. My sister and I had never seen him upset. The conversation went something like this: "Waiter, taste this cereal." "Why, is there something wrong with it?" It was obvious that Grandpa was upset. "Just taste it!" The waiter reached for the bowl. "I'll bring you fresh cereal. Maybe the milk was on the table too long." Grandpa raised his voice. "Taste the cereal, now!" The waiter was apologetic. "You're one of my best customers. Why should I taste it? This is not a big deal. I don't want to argue with you. I'll get you a new bowl." Grandpa was red in the face. He raised his voice even louder, and a few patrons looked over. I had recently tasted sour milk, and was hoping that grandpa would not ask me to taste his bowl of cereal. "TASTE THE CORN FLAKES!" The waiter was so intimidated, that he sat down at the table. "All right, I'll taste it. Where's the spoon?" Grandpa smiled. "Aha." Robert Cohen Executive Director Dairy Education Board

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