By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

I = Iron Deficiency

Millions of Americans suffer from a hidden disease called anemia. The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency. Red blood cells have a life of about four months, and lack of iron leads to an inability to manufacture new cells. Hundreds of ailments can result from too-little iron, and milk consumption has been shown to cause intestinal bleeding, which ultimately results in lowering one's hemoglobin count. The result: weakness, depression, irritability. The cure: NOTMILK.

"Cow's milk can cause blood loss from the intestinal tract, which over time, reduces the body's iron stores. Blood loss may be a reaction to cow's milk proteins."

Journal of Pediatrics, 1990, 116

"Babies who are fed whole cow’s milk during the second six months of life may experience a 30% increase in intestinal blood loss and a significant loss of iron in their stools."

Pediatrics 1982;89(6)

"...infants who consume cows' milk during infancy are at increased risk of developing anaemia. Breast milk is the ideal..."

Public Health Nutr, 1998 Jun, 1:2

"Children with iron deficiency had a higher intake of cow's milk compared to those with sufficient iron. Intake of cow's milk is significantly higher in children with iron deficiency."

Acta Paediatr, 1999 Dec, 88:12

"Cow's milk-induced intestinal bleeding is a well-recognized cause of rectal bleeding in infancy. In all cases, bleeding resolved completely after instituting a cow's milk-free diet.

J Pediatr Surg, 1999 Oct, 34:10

"Cow's milk allergy (CMA) is one of the most common food allergies in young infants...The clinical presentation of these infants may be very traumatic to their parents, as significant rectal bleeding is the most common symptom in this disease."

W V Med J 1999 Sep-Oct;95(5)

"In reality, cow's milk, especially processed cow's milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems, including hemoglobin loss, mood swings, depression, and irritability."

Townsend Medical Letter, May, 1995

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z

Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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