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Why do 1 in 10,000 Chinese Women Die of Breast Cancer?

I'm fairly certain this will rouse the ire of many, but this is a compelling story. A woman in my office today explained to me that upon diagnosis of breast cancer, her oncologist (at Johns Hopkins) had her cut out all dairy immediately. I googled this theory- at a minimum there seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence supporting this.

"Before I had breast cancer for the first time, I had eaten a lot of dairy produce, such as skimmed milk, low-fat cheese and yoghurt. I had used it as my main source of protein. I also ate cheap but lean minced beef, which I now realized was probably often ground-up dairy cow.

In order to cope with the chemotherapy I received for my fifth case of cancer, I had been eating organic yoghurts as a way of helping my digestive tract to recover and repopulate my gut with 'good' bacteria.

Recently, I discovered that way back in 1989 yoghurt had been implicated in ovarian cancer. Dr Daniel Cramer of Harvard University studied hundreds of women with ovarian cancer, and had them record in detail what they normally ate. I wish I'd been made aware of his findings when he had first discovered them.

Following Peter's and my insight into the Chinese diet, I decided to give up not just yoghurt but all dairy produce immediately. Cheese, butter, milk and yoghurt and anything else that contained dairy produce - it went down the sink or in the rubbish.

It is surprising how many products, including commercial soups, biscuits and cakes, contain some form of dairy produce. Even many proprietary brands of margarine marketed as soya, sunflower or olive oil spreads can contain dairy produce. I therefore became an avid reader of the small print on food labels.

Up to this point, I had been steadfastly measuring the progress of my fifth cancerous lump with callipers and plotting the results. Despite all the encouraging comments and positive feedback from my doctors and nurses, my own precise observations told me the bitter truth.

My first chemotherapy sessions had produced no effect - the lump was still the same size.

Then I eliminated dairy products. Within days, the lump started to shrink. About two weeks after my second chemotherapy session and one week after giving up dairy produce, the lump in my neck started to itch. Then it began to soften and to reduce in size. The line on the graph, which had shown no change, was now pointing downwards as the tumour got smaller and smaller.

And, very significantly, I noted that instead of declining exponentially (a graceful curve) as cancer is meant to do, the tumour's decrease in size was plotted on a straight line heading off the bottom of the graph, indicating a cure, not suppression (or remission) of the tumour.

One Saturday afternoon after about six weeks of excluding all dairy produce from my diet, I practised an hour of meditation then felt for what was left of the lump. I couldn't find it.


Fri. Apr 20, 5:18pm

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Link between high protien diets and osteoporosis

I'd be surprised if milk was the sole culprit in the rate of cancers. If the fat in milk is to blame, then so are other sources of fat and chemicals.

"After examining all the available nutritional studies and evidence, Dr. John McDougall concludes: "The primary cause of osteoporosis is the high-protein diet most Americans consume today. As one leading researcher in this area said, 'eating a high-protein diet is like pouring acid rain on your bones.'" Remarkably enough, both clinical and population studies show that milk-drinkers tend to have more bone breaks than people who consume milk infrequently or not at all."


Friday, April 20, 2007, 5:31 PM

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Maybe it has nothing to do with the fat in milk or dairy products but more to do with the hormones they pump pump into the cows. Also most Asian cultures don't eat a lot of beef so that could be the connection.

Friday, April 20, 2007, 5:41 PM

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This is a quote from mehmet oz in "You The Owners Manual": "Saturated fat causes inflammation in your arteries, increases your chance of immune dysfunctions and cancer, and causes weight gain..."

It seems from what dr oz is saying that saturated fat overall is the enemy. Breast cancer is not the only cancer out there, (but does get the most publicity), and milk is not the only source of saturated fat. I think we can say with certainty that reducing milk, meat etc is probably a good idea across the board.

Friday, April 20, 2007, 6:11 PM

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if we accept for the moment the premise that milk is somehow a factor in breast cancer (although not nearly as much so as genetics, let's be honest!) then what is it in the milk that could be responsible? And which breast cancers? Some are estrogen-sensitive and others are not. I would tend to suspect that hormones fed to cattle to keep them lactating continously would be the problem, not anything intrinsic to the milk.

Friday, April 20, 2007, 9:18 PM

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