By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

N = Nasal Congestion

Those who finance milk congestion studies often have little to gain by demonstrating that milk causes mucous. The studies are poorly designed, lasting for only a few hours. Long distance runners know. Opera singers know. Broadway actors and actresses are told not to consume milk or dairy products or their voices will become "phlegmy." Eighty percent of milk protein is casein, a tenacious glue and allergenic protein. Eat casein and you produce histamines, then mucous. The reaction is often delayed, occurring 12-15 hours after consumption. Few people note the ill effects because milk and dairy products represent 40% of what the average American eats (about 666 pounds per American per year), and these proteins are continuously eaten. By eliminating ALL milk and dairy for just one week, most people note the differences, which include better sleep, more energy, better bowel movements, clarity in thought, muscle, bone, and back pain relief. Oh, yes. NOTMILK means saying goodbye to nasal congestion.

"Allergy to cow's milk proteins has been defined as any adverse reaction mediated by immunological mechanisms to one or several of these proteins. Reactions to cow's milk have been classified according on their onset as immediate (< 45 min) or delayed-type (from 2 hours to days). In the challenge test, 10 hours after milk intake the patient presented serous rhinorrea, sneezing and nasal blockade."

J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol, 1998 Jul, 8:4

"...62.7% of the children were confirmed to be allergic to milk..." (153 hospitalized infants with pneumonia or bronchitis were tested)

Roczniki Akademii Medycznej 1995; 40(3) (Polish Journal)

"Allergy to cow's milk protein often persists beyond 4 years of age. Clinical presentation changed over time: at onset symptoms were prevalently gastrointestinal, while at the end of the study there was an increased frequency of wheezing and constipation and a higher frequency of delayed reactions...infants with persistent cow's milk protein intolerance exhibited atopic disease: asthma, rhinitis, eczema."

Clin Exp Allergy, 1998 Jul, 28:7

"Cow's milk is one of the most frequent food allergens. Whole casein appears to be highly allergenic...85% of the patients presented a response to each of the four caseins. "

Int Arch Allergy Immunol, 1998 Mar, 115:3

"Symptoms of milk-protein allergy include cough, choking, gasping, nose colds, asthma, sneezing attacks..."

Annals of Allergy, 1951; 9

"Symptoms seen most frequently in babies who are identified as allergic to cow's milk included diarrhea, repeated vomiting, eczem, recurrent attacks of nasal congestion, and recurrent bronchitis."

Frank Oski, M.D., Don't Drink Your Milk

"Some textbooks of pediatrics either avoid mentioning cow's milk allergy or only lightly refer to it...On the other hand, there are those, particularly among pediatricians, and to a lesser extent among general practitioners, who over-zealously label infants 'milk sensitive' and who are inclined to recommend discontinuing the use of cow's milk whenever an infant has a gastrointestinal upset, respiratory symptom, or a skin rash."

Allergies to Milk, 1980 SL Bahna, M.D., DC Heiner, M.D.

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z

Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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