The health consequences of consuming cow’s milk.

On Wednesday, 24 May 2006, Viva! Health launched the ground-breaking campaign, White Lies, to raise awareness about the enormous health consequences of consuming dairy products. On the same day, the VVF held a public talk – Why You Don’t Need Dairy – with speakers:

  • Professor T. Colin Campbell: For more than 40 years Colin has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Study, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and Project Director of the China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project.
  • Juliet Gellatley: founder and director of the largest vegetarian and vegan organisation in Europe, Viva!, and of the health charity, Viva! Health.
  • Dr Justine Butler: health campaigner of the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation and author of the White Lies report.
  • Professor Jane Plant CBE: top scientist and author of best sellers ‘Your Life in Your Hands – Understanding, Preventing and Overcoming Breast Cancer’ and ‘Prostate Cancer’.

The VVF have produced an extensive report called White Lies investigating the links between the consumption of cow’s milk and dairy products and health. White Lies includes forewords by Professor T. Colin Campbell PhD, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and Professor Jane Plant CBE, (DSc, CEng), Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and Professor of Applied Geochemistry at Imperial College in London. The VVF’s 40,000-word report includes over 200 references from the peer-reviewed scientific literature. The report describes the evidence linking a diverse range of health problems and diseases to dairy including some of the UK’s biggest killers such as heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer and prostate cancer as well as osteoporosis, eczema, asthma, Crohn’s disease, colic, constipation and even teenage acne.

The White Lies campaign is supported by….

Professor T. Colin Campbell PhD, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York…  More recently, much more evidence on the adverse health effects of cow’s milk have accumulated, and much of it has been ably reviewed in this excellent report which is timely, broad in scope and profound in its consistency

Professor Jane Plant CBE (DSc, CEng), Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine Professor and Professor of Applied Geochemistry at Imperial College in London…This report exposes the nature of the modern industrialised dairy industry and the serious implications that this has for our health. I do hope that White Lies receives the recognition it deserves and that this will embolden politicians to take a stand against the dairy industry”.

Heather Mills is a patron of Viva! Health and supported us in the launch of White Lies on May 24, 2006. Quotes from Heather include:

White Lies is the first review of its kind. The evidence is overwhelming – cow’s milk and dairy products are neither natural nor healthy, in fact they are harmful to health and have been linked to a wide range of illnesses and diseases. Many of the key findings were discussed at the public talk on May 24 2006. Hot topics that the campaign and report cover include:

Heart disease – What it is in milk and dairy products that can cause heart disease and how following a plant-based diet can reduce cholesterol and even reverse heart disease.

Diabetes – Research shows that drinking cow’s milk at an early age is strongly linked to an increased risk of type 1 diabetes in genetically susceptible people. Several different theories have been suggested that attempt to unravel the actual mechanism by which cow’s milk causes diabetes; they all share a common theme.

Cancer – Nutrition plays a major role in cancer; a poor diet is the second largest preventable risk factor for cancer (coming close behind smoking) and an increasing body of evidence now links the consumption of cow’s milk to certain cancers. What it is about modern dairy farming practices that concerns scientists studying certain cancers including cancers of the breast, ovaries, colon and prostate? And which types of food can protect against these, and other, diseases?

In 2004 the UK Foods Standards Agency reported that 25 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women were classified as obese. The British Medical Association warns that childhood obesity levels have soared in the UK. Part of the problem is the increasing lack of physical activity but diet plays a major role in the obesity epidemic. The World Health Organisation blames the rise in obesity on a shift away from diets high in complex carbohydrates towards diets high in saturated fats and sugars. How do dairy foods contribute to the rising levels of obesity and what is the difference between ‘good’ fats and ‘bad’ fats?

Osteoporosis and the calcium myth
Osteoporosis is a growing problem in the UK; one in two women and one in five men will suffer a fracture after the age of 50! The science shows that shows that dairy is part of the problem rather than the solution, White Lies reveals why it is not the best source of calcium and describes how best to promote bone health in the young and old.

Pinta pus
Milk containing up to 400 million pus cells per litre may be legally sold for human consumption! That means that one teaspoon of milk could contain 2 million pus cells! Find out why.

Campaign resources
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Heather Mills and Paul McCartney

A statement by Juliet Gellatley
Founder and director of Viva! and Viva! Health

It was with great sadness that I heard of the separation of Paul and Heather, two people who have been loyal friends of both the organisations I represent.  But it was with anger and disbelief that I read the outpourings of spite – almost hatred it seemed – towards Heather in so many newspapers, by journalists who don’t know her and most of whom have never even met her. They were clearly designed to diminish and hurt someone who deserves neither, at a time when her life is in obvious turmoil.




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