About half of my family and extended family are medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical technologists, bio physics researchers). I’m pretty much sympathetic to mainstream medicine and science for the most part, but I have serious issues with some of the ethics and accuracy of studies funded by for-profit greedy entities.
I personally know researchers that were pressured to falsify the data on certain pharmaceuticals being pushed on the public by corporate greed. In one case, a patient lost their life after a short trial of the drug despite obvious indications the drug was deadly and should not even be tested further since it was a failure.
Having family that are medical professionals, I hear all the stories of bad medicine being practiced in the world. Scary! My family is extremely choosy who we go to for care and what we regard as good and bad medicine. Though I have a high regard for science and modern medicine, I always maintain a level skepticism.
I have no opinion yet of the following book, but I found it intriguing because I appreciate its skeptical viewpoint of mainstream nutrition:
We are the only animals that drink milk after infancy. Even though we drink more milk than most countries we have a higher incidence of hip fractures. Milk increases the risks of obesity, diabetes and many other conditions.
North Americans are some of the least healthy people on Earth. Despite advanced medical care and one of the highest standards of living in the world, one in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and 50 percent of US children are overweight.
This crisis in personal health is largely the result of chronically poor dietary and lifestyle choices. In Whitewash, nutritionist Dr. Joseph Keon unveils how North Americans unwittingly sabotage their health every day by drinking milk, and he shows that our obsession with calcium is unwarranted.
Citing scientific literature, Whitewash builds an unassailable case that not only is milk unnecessary for human health, its inclusion in the diet may increase the risk of serious diseases including:
•Prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers
Many of America’s dairy herds contain sick and immunocompromised animals whose tainted milk regularly makes it to market. Cow’s milk is also a sink for environmental contaminants and has been found to contain traces of pesticides, dioxins, PCBs, and rocket fuel.
Whitewash offers a completely fresh, candid, and comprehensively documented look behind dairy’s deceptively green pastures and gives readers a hopeful picture of life after milk.
Joseph Keon, PhD, has been a wellness consultant and nutrition and fitness expert for over twenty-five years. He is considered a leading authority on public health and has written three books, including Whole Health: The Guide to Wellness of Body and Mind and The Truth About Breast Cancer: A Seven-Step Prevention Plan.
Personally, I’m struggling trying to reduce the amount of processed sugar and transfat I consume. Unfortunately, I got addicted to the taste of foods with these substances. I’m not much of a milk drinker, so the claims of this book don’t impact me directly, but I do have friends with the various kinds of ailments listed by the book as being facilitated by cow’s milk.