By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only


      The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is America's most quoted medical authority.   "According to an article published in JAMA..." is a phrase that appears in thousands of newspapers each month, heralding blockbuster news.   Every two weeks this journal is sent to 350,000 subscribers in the United States.

      Two weeks ago, the DAIRY INDUSTRY held a press conference in New York announcing the earth shattering news:

"Drinking low fat milk prevents colon cancer!"

      The senior author of the study (published in JAMA), Peter Holt, MD, gratefully acknowledged support of the National Dairy Council which was kind enough to foot the bill for the research.

      At about the same time that this extraordinary fraud became headline news, New York Yankees baseball star Darryl Strawberry was diagnosed with colon cancer.   Television and radio stations all across America simultaneously reported these stories.   America's collective perception: Drink milk and you can prevent what happened to Darryl.


This year one out of 48 Americans will develop polyps in his/her colon. Of those who develop polyps, the additional risk of having that polyp develop into a colon cancer is about 2 1/2 percent, or one out of 40.   Therefore, this year it is expected that one out of every 1,920 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the colon.

      Diets low in fruits, vegetables, protein from vegetable sources and roughage are associated with a higher incidence of polyps, according to Donald Mansell, MD, board-certified gastroenterologist.

      People who drink alcohol have an 87 percent increased likelihood of developing polyps and smokers have a 400 percent increase over the general population.   Men are more likely to develop colon cancer than are women and African-Americans are more likely to be diagnosed than are white Americans.   Smokers, drinkers, males, African Americans...Darryl Strawberry went 0 for 4, striking out on every count.   (Subsequent surgery removed the cancerous growth and Darryl's prognosis is favorable).


      JAMA published (in their September 23/30 issue) an article by Peter Holt, MD, titled: Modulation of Abnormal Colonic Epithelial Cell Proliferation and Differentiation by Low-Fat Dairy Foods.   This study enabled the dairy industry to boast and make enormous erroneous claims about their product.

      A review of the JAMA paper found that only seventy-three people with polyps were studied.   Less than half of these "subjects" were given low-fat dairy products containing calcium.   Each of the human "laboratory animals" went home and kept a journal regarding his/her dairy consumption.   Only one of these people was expected (based upon cancer statistics) to get colon cancer, yet the author and sponsor of the study placed great FAITH upon the incorrect assumptions and conclusions.   So great was this fraud that that the dairy industry called a press conference and then wined, dined, and milked the nation's media into reporting their enormous lie.

      JAMA was aware that they were participating in a fraud, and tried to cover up evidence of milk mustache stains under their noses.   The title page of the "clinical investigation" contains this news: "FOR EDITORIAL COMMENT SEE P. 1095."

      I reviewed the actual study and was outraged.   Reporters rarely read scientific studies.   That was clearly evidenced by the conclusions reached by those reporting this story.   The editorial writer had both a sense of outrage and a sense of humor.   This scientific journal could not run as base a headline as:


Instead, their headline read:


      The author of the editorial, Dennis Ahnen, MD, in criticizing the experimental methodology and conclusions of Holt, wrote: "The fundamental relationship of proliferation (growth) to carcinogenesis (cancer) remains unclear...the value of proliferative (growth) measurements for identifying high risk subjects appears to be low...the reliability of proliferative (growth) measurement in the colon is uncertain."

      This medical editorial writer also criticized the experimental design and lack of professional technique and ethics of the researchers by writing:

      "The proliferative (growth) parameters measured were not stable over time...many of the statistically significant differences between the two groups (test subjects and placebo) were due as much (to other factors than those claimed by the researcher) to changes in proliferative parameters in the control group as they were to changes in the treatment group."

      Dr. Ahnen's outrage clearly can be read between the lines:

      "The timing of the proliferative changes also were not consistent during the study by Holt et. al.    These types of variability suggest that if there is a treatment effect from low-fat dairy food, it is either too small or too variable to be consistently detected..."

      Dr. Ahnen, the JAMA critic, concludes that there is no way to accurately measure what Holt and the dairy industry claim to have measured.

      I have contacted JAMA and asked them to follow up on the laboratory subjects, people who had polyps, half of whom were given milk containing IGF-I, the key factor in the growth and proliferation of every human cancer.   The actual study took place in the years between 1992 and 1995.   The world should know what happened to those 73 people.   Did milk actually prevent cancer or cause it? I suspect that Dr. Holt, who refuses to return my phone calls, is aware of the truth.

      Please note that these 73 subjects were tested for many things.   This would have been an ideal opportunity to also test for the effects of bone growth and bone density as a function of calcium intake from milk and dairy products.    One wonders why the dairy industry did not simultaneously announce: MILK increased bone density! Perhaps, they learned that it really does not and wish to be selective in what truths they actually reveal.   After all, they paid for the study, and they've got to sell their milk, cheese and butter.

      Bottom line: Armed with knowledge that cancer is not prevented by intake of milk and dairy products and reporting such a lie constitutes scientific fraud.   However, armed with the knowledge that subjects got cancer at a much higher rate, and then publishing the opposite information in the Journal of the American Medical Association is much more than fraud.   It is murder.   Marketing and publicizing a lie to those who are innocent enough to trust the dairy industry message is a blatant act calling for accountability.

      The dairy industry was the sponsor and underwriter of a major 1997 nutrition conference held for the American Medical Association.   Their agenda is clear.

The doctors were out to lunch!

Is there a lawyer in the house?

Robert Cohen (1-201-871-5871)
Executive Director
Dairy Education Board

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