Book Review: WHITEWASH: The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk & Your Health

Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D. | 12/14/10

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WHITEWASH: The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk & Your Health
By Joseph Keon, Ph.D.
Reviewed by Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D 

If you or anyone you care about still consumes dairy products, the information in this book can be life saving. Why? Well, it takes nearly 300 pages, including the scientific studies that back up Dr. Keon's statements, to cover the data that support the contentions that dairy is dangerous to human health!

Just scanning the Table of Contents, you get the idea that milk-lovers might be in for a rough ride. For example, how about diarrhea, anemia, arthritis, migraines, asthma, breast, prostate and ovarian cancers, SIDS, Type 1 diabetes, osteoporosis, and maybe the not-so-fatal but extremely annoying gas, bloating, eczema, runny nose, acne, fatigue, constipation, growth retardation, psychological disturbances, and/or lowered IQ.

Behind each of these, you'll get the science supporting these findings. The data is there - we just have to find a way to get this information out to people - both the lay public but especially to doctors and R.D.s who continue to promote this very unhealthy product and who've been brain-washed and "whitewashed"!

Contrary to what we've been told since childhood, the scientific
literature does not support the claim, for example, that cow's milk protects human bones from fracture. Americans are major milk consumers and carry a high risk for bone fractures. The positive relationship between milk drinking and an elevated risk of bone fracture is consistent, worldwide.

There are over 70 foods from the plant kingdom that provide not only
calcium, but also are packaged with the many other nutrients essential to
bone health. These foods are free of the cholesterol, lactose, the hormones
and growth factors, and the antibiotic residues found in cow's milk.

Milk drinking is also associated with an elevated risk for a variety of
serious illnesses, including prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and,
surprisingly, even autism. It may also increase risk of developing Crohn's
disease and Parkinson's disease.

Cow's milk is perhaps the most contaminated food one can consume. The
FDA's own and other data consistently show milk and other dairy products
contain residues of pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals such
as the carcinogen, dioxin. The most recent addition to this list of
contaminants is perchlorate, the explosive ingredient in rocket fuel.

Because milk's calcium is poorly absorbed (humans only absorb about 32% of the calcium in a glass of milk), its sodium, phosphorus, and protein content are
too high, (yes, too much protein!) and every glass exposes us to nearly sixty different hormones and growth factors. Dairy products contain nearly 30 different proteins to which one may have an allergic reaction, and studies show an elevated risk for ovarian cancer and prostate cancer in milk drinkers. Milk is clearly not well suited for human consumption.

Even if people know better than to drink cow's milk, they often consume yogurt or cheese, thinking these are healthy alternatives. Dr. Keon describes the addictive properties contained in dairy, demonstrating why it's so hard for some people to give it up.

How's this for scary information that ought to demonstrate the ills of dairy? If that's not enough, Dr. Keon brings in a broader perspective such as including environmental factors associated with milk production. You need this book, not just to read, but to re-read, and keep for the constant references you'll need as you try to educate others as to how they've been "whitewashed"!

Get your copy of WhiteWash from, click here.


Ruth Heidrich PhD is an Ironman Triathlete and author of A Race for Life, CHEF and Senior Fitness.


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