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What you should know about whey

Say NO WAY! to WHEY!

After fat and casein are removed from milk, dairy processors

are left with whey protein. Whey is composed of bovine blood

proteins. Serum albumen. Lactalbumen. Dead white blood

cells. Hormonal residues including estrogen and


The body’s reaction to a foreign protein is to destroy that

antigen-like invader with an antibody. For those individuals

unfortunate enough to possess a genetic pre-disposition to

such an event, the antibody then turns upon one’s own cells.

That is what is known as an auto-immune response.

In the case of diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis (MS), the

body’s response to whey proteins is to attack the outer

membrane protecting nerve cells, or the myelin sheath.

It has long been established that early exposure to bovine

proteins is a trigger for insulin dependent diabetes

mellitus. Researchers have made that same milk consumption

connection to MS. The July 30, 1992 issue of the New England

Journal of Medicine first reported the diabetes autoimmune

response milk connection:

“Patients with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus produce

antibodies to cow milk proteins that participate in the

development of islet dysfunction… Taken as a whole, our

findings suggest that an active response in patients with

IDDM (to the bovine protein) is a feature of the auto-immune


On December 14, 1996, The Lancet revealed:

“Cow’s milk proteins are unique in one respect: in

industrialized countries they are the first foreign proteins

entering the infant gut, since most formulations for babies

are cow milk-based. The first pilot stage of our IDD

prevention study found that oral exposure to dairy milk

proteins in infancy resulted in both cellular and immune

response…this suggests the possible importance of the gut

immune system to the pathogenesis of IDD.”


The April 1, 2001 issue of the Journal of Immunology

contained a study linking MS to milk consumption.

Michael Dosch, M.D., and his team of researchers determined

that multiple sclerosis and type I (juvenile) diabetes

mellitus are far more closely linked than previously

thought. Dosch attributes exposure to cow milk protein as a

risk factor in the development of both diseases for people

who are genetically susceptible. According to Dosch:

“We found that immunologically, type I diabetes and multiple

sclerosis are almost the same – in a test tube you can

barely tell the two diseases apart. We found that the

autoimmunity was not specific to the organ system affected

by the disease. Previously it was thought that in MS

autoimmunity would develop in the central nervous system,

and in diabetes it would only be found in the pancreas. We

found that both tissues are targeted in each disease.”


Multiple sclerosis affects approximately 300,000 Americans.

Two-thirds of those diagnosed with MS are women. Most

researchers believe that MS is an autoimmune disease. Auto

means “self.”


It is interesting to note that Eskimos and Bantus (50

million individuals living in East Africa) rarely get MS.

Neither do those native North and South American Indian or

Asian populations who consume no cow’s milk or dairy



The British medical journal Lancet reported that dairy-rich

diets filled have been closely linked to the development of

MS. (The Lancet 1974;2:1061)

A study published in the journal Neuroepidemiology revealed

an association between eating dairy foods and an increased

prevalence of MS. (Neuroepidemiology 1992;11:304­12.)

MS researcher, Luther Lindner, M.D., a pathologist at Texas

A & M University College of Medicine, wrote:

“It might be prudent to limit the intake of milk and milk


Women are targeted by dairy industry scare tactics that

offer misinformation regarding osteoporosis. Two-thirds of

MS victims are women. As milk and cheese consumption

increase along population lines, so too does an epidemic

number of MS cases. The numbers add up. The clues add up.

The science supports epidemiological studies. Got diabetes?

Got MS? The milk connection has been established.

Whey protein? Say no way!


Robert Cohen author of: MILK A-Z

Executive Director (

Dairy Education Board


May 17, 2011 - Posted by | Food, Health | , , , , , ,

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