By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Tommy's Arthritis Cure

Tommy Stanton Wrote:

Dear Notmilkman,

I had arthritis for four years, couldn't sleep
at night hands swollen and hurt all over. I spent
two years going to Duke University's medical clinic
and wasted my time. I only stopped hurting during
a couple of months when it was very hot like 90 to
100 degree weather, and for a week every year when
I go to New Orleans during the hot summer.

One day last month I sat in the hospital all day
with my daughter and that night my pain was easier
than it had been in months. The next day it started
back and by night I was in pain as usual. I couldn't
sleep, I mean at times I had rather been dead then
to keep hurting like I was.

I was laying in bed trying to figure what I had
done different that one day to stop hurting and I
thought about milk. I pulled up your site and that
was my last glass of milk, I was drinking about a
half gallon a day except during real hot weather
and when I was in the motel on vacation. I stopped
the milk and drink water all day now and in three
weeks my pain is ninety percent gone, I can sleep
in an air condition room or with a fan and can't
even tell when its going to rain. My knees don't
make the cracking noise now when I bend them and
all this is three weeks. I'm off ibuprofen and
two other pills the doctors gave me. It may come
back but I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed
the last three weeks.

Dear Tommy,

You are not the first person to find that the
cure for rheumatoid arthritis is as simple as
giving up all milk and dairy products.

Print the following information and carry it
with you at all times. If you are ever again
tempted to eat pizza or ice cream, reach
for the following pain-saving lifesaver:

"There is a colossal amount of information
linking the consumption of milk to arthritis..."

Fit for Life, by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

"Nutritional therapy, not drugs, is the cornerstone
of alternative treatment. A treatment for arthritis
that relieves symptoms in a large percentage of patients
is based on the theory that most arthritic symptoms are
allergic reactions."

What Your Doctor Won't Tell You, Jane Heimlich

"Rheumatoid arthritis is more severe than osteoarthritis...
dietary change sometimes has a profound effect. Dairy
products, the most common food allergen, are one likely
candidate as a contributing causative factor."

Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition by George Eisman, R.D.

"...43 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, those assigned
to a vegan diet...had improvement in rheumatoid arthritis

British Journal of Rheumatology, 36(1) 1997

"In the case of the eight year old female subject, juvenile
rheumatoid arthritis was a milk allergy. After avoiding
dairy products, all pain was gone in three weeks."

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1985, 78

"Controlled trial of fasting and a one-year vegetarian
diet eased symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis."

The Lancet, 1991, 338

"I once saw a 65 year old man, Bob, who complained of
neck stiffness and headaches. His hands were so stiff
and sore. Bob lived to play golf. I instructed him to
give up all milk and dairy products. Since giving up
dairy products, he no longer experienced pain and
headaches, and his hands were also pain-free. Joy, a
42 year old woman noticed that her knees were pain-free
after eliminating dairy products. Once, after drinking
a glass of milk, her knees swelled within 20 minutes."

No Milk, by Daniel Twogood, D.C.

"Certain foods trigger the symptoms of rheumatoid
arthritis, and eliminating these foods sometimes causes
even long-standing symptoms to improve or even remit
entirely...All dairy products should be avoided..."

Neal Barnard, M.D.

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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