Volume 92, Issue 99

Wednesday, April 7, 1999


Accessing student fees

USC answers to fee increase

New dean brings direction

Tuition refund email joke fools some students but not ITS

Activist's message is drink milk, endanger life


Damage and thefts grow in warm weather

Armour thrived on challenge

Activist's message is drink milk, endanger life

By Christina Vardanis
Gazette Staff

According to Robert Cohen, milk does a body more harm than good.

In a presentation yesterday in the McKellar Room, Cohen related facts from his book Milk: The Deadly Poison as part of fourth-year visual arts student Brandon Leudke's graduating exhibition, MILKills. Leudke has erected a 16-foot-high milk carton on the Concrete Beach as a prop for the performance part of his project.

Cohen, a member of the Anti-Dairy Coalition, said his main concern was not to get people to stop consuming dairy, but to raise awareness about health issues concerning milk. He cited studies which correlated high milk consumption with increased instances of bone disease and juvenile diabetes, while pointing out some lesser known ingredients of milk, such as steroid hormones, puss, viruses and casein, which is also used as furniture glue.

"The dairy industry spends money to market the message that this is nature's perfect food," Cohen said. "Most of the money to fund research comes from industries which have an agenda."

Part of Cohen's speech focused on the recent rejection of the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone by Health Canada, which is subject for approval again by the end of this year. Insulin-like growth factor-1, a powerful growth hormone in milk, was also a hot topic, as Cohen said it has been linked to the proliferation of certain cancers.

Cohen said he wanted people to recognize milk is not an important part of their diet, as modern myth suggests. "If you are what you eat, I don't want to see you eating hormones, pesticides and bacteria," he stated. "I want you to recognize you can discover the fountain of youth by not eating dairy."

Dairy farmer Casey Willemse said Cohen's presentation was not a source of concern for his industry.

"No matter what you eat and what you take in there's going to be something wrong with it. People who like dairy foods are going to keep eating dairy foods."

Geoff Dover, a second-year honours economics student doubted Cohen's research.

"He doesn't have any real evidence. Studies can show you anything. He wasn't necessarily proving why things were bad."

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