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Nutrition: Problems Associated With Dairy Products
If you are currently battling breast cancer and enjoy eating dairy products, you will need to read this newsletter very carefully.
I first learned of the problems with dairy when I was going through breast cancer in 2004. I picked up a book titled "Your Life In Your Hands" by Prof Jane Plant, a British geochemist who had recurrent breast cancer. Prof Plant fought breast cancer six different times, and she noticed that when she stopped eating dairy products (and meat) her cancer tumors would shrink and disappear.
Prof Plant did also use allopathic medicine to help herself heal, she chose to have (at various times) a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and irradiation of her ovaries to induce menopause.
Convinced that her diet was one of the things that helped her the most, Prof Plant devised The Plant Programme, which is a dairy-free way of eating, similar to the traditional diet in rural China which has a relatively low incidence of breast cancer.
Prof Plant's breast cancer did recur in 2011, and she believes that there were several reasons it did. She had slipped off her strict diet, and she was under a lot of stress writing a new academic book. So she went back on her strict diet, incorporated more exercise into her routine, and began meditation. She also took tamoxifen. Sadly, Prof Plant is no longer with us but she didn't, apparently, die from breast cancer. She died in 2016 from a blood clot, a possible side effect of the tamoxifen.
Prof Plant also co-wrote a book, "Beat Cancer", in which she shared how to reduce cancer risk and recurrence employing such things as eating more plant-based foods, less red meat, salt, sugar and fat, going organic, using complementary therapies, as well as having regular exercise and reducing stress. Her more radical message is that a healthy anti-cancer diet should totally exclude dairy products. That means NO milk, cheese, butter or yoghurt. For her, this successfully stopped the disease in its tracks.
So what is the problem with dairy products? There are quite a few.
Cow's milk, whether organic or conventional, has been shown to contain 35 different hormones and 11 growth factors. It is particularly rich in bovine estrogens and for anyone with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer, would best be avoided.
Here's more information for you about what cow's milk contains:
1. Growth Factors - IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) is strongly linked to the development of many cancers including breast cancer. IGF-1 is known to enhance the transformation of normal breast tissue into cancerous breast tissue, it is involved with the abnormal growth of human breast cancer cells ( a process known as proliferation) and it acts to prevent apoptosis of cancer cells (programmed cellular self-destruction). IGF-1 is also suspected to be involved in metastasis, the spread of cancer to other parts of the body .
2. VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), another growth factor found in cow's milk, which has been implicated in cancer spread through the development of new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis. VEGF is found in the udders of cows with mastitis, the most common disease of all cows in Britain and the USA and is the main reason dairy cattle are routinely given antibiotics. A 2000 study indicated "Patients with early stage breast cancer who have tumors with elevated levels of VEGF have a higher likelihood of recurrence or death than patients with low-angiogenic tumors, even if treated with conventional adjuvant therapy." . A 2014 study, referencing the fact that breast cancer often spreads to the lungs, discovered that VEGF induced the production of prostaglandin E2 (more on prostaglandins below, associated with inflammation) in the lungs of mice, which researchers felt might be responsible for creating the micro-environment necessary for lung metastases to occur .
3. Growth Hormones - In the USA, dairy cows are injected with rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) to boost their milk production. Monsanto developed rBGH from genetically engineered E. coli bacteria, it is the biggest selling dairy animal drug in America. But it is banned in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and in the European Union because of the dangers it poses to the cows. When cows are injected with rGBH they secrete 20 times more IGF-1 and it is excreted in their milk. The process of pasteurization doesn't solve the problem, it appears to make it worse , . While organic milk is free from rBGH it does still contain IGF-1.
4. Pesticides - Cattle raised on non-organic farms have high levels of pesticides in their bodies and in their milk, the presence of which has been proven to increase the incidence of various types of cancer.
5. Antibiotics - Dairy cattle raised on conventional farms (non-organic farms) are routinely given antibiotics. The latest information we have is that it is standard practice that cattle given antibiotics are sequestered away from other animals and not milked until long after the antibiotics have left their system. That is - if the dairy farmer is doing what he/she is supposed to be doing. A 2007 study suggested that the incidence of breast cancer was higher for those who had taken more antibiotics . Although the study did not investigate the correlation between eating dairy products and breast cancer risk, we do know that antibiotic over-use causes grave problems for a person's immune system and healthy gut flora.
6. Casein - The main protein in cows' milk, casein is considered to be dangerous. One US nutritional scientist, Prof Colin Campbell at Cornell University, argues that it should be regarded as a leading human carcinogen. Way back in 1979, researchers knew about the problem with casein, they observed that about 50% of breast tumors analyzed contained casein, and that those whose tumors had a higher casein content, in general, had a poorer survival rate than the group as a whole . In addition, casein is known to be a problem for those with prostate cancer; 2014 research indicated that casein promoted the proliferation (growth) of prostate cancer cells .
7. Prostaglandins - A group of compounds with hormone-like effects, prostaglandins are involved with biological processes such as inflammation, blood flow, formation of blood clots and even induction of labor in pregnant women. Prostaglandins are derived from arachidonic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body. When dairy products are consumed, they are known to increase the body's inflammation responses and when you have breast cancer - or any other inflammatory condition - this is not a good thing. A 2014 study discovered that high levels of prostaglandins were associated with an elevated risk of breast cancer among normal weight, postmenopausal women .
Lastly, a 2013 study  has reported that breast cancer patients who regularly eat high-fat dairy products appear to have a higher risk of recurrence than those who do not. The study included almost 1,900 women enrolled in the Life After Cancer Epidemiology study. Participants, diagnosed with early-stage invasive breast cancer between 1997 and 2000, completed a food frequency questionnaire after diagnosis and were followed for nearly 12 years. The authors discovered that women consuming at least half a serving of high-fat dairy per day were found to have somewhat higher breast cancer mortality than those who consumed less. Women who consumed at least one serving of high-fat dairy per day were found to have 1.5 times the risk of those consuming less than half a serving. The authors concluded that intake of high-fat dairy, but not low-fat dairy, was related to a higher risk of mortality after a breast cancer diagnosis.
I used to believe that if we really wanted dairy products, eating a small amount of organic dairy was okay. I don't think that anymore. I think it's clear that cow's milk is better for calves, not humans.
Better substitutes would be organic almond milk, organic coconut milk, organic rice milk, or a combination of these.
I'm sorry if this information depresses you, but I thought you should know!
1. Does Growth Hormone Cause Cancer? http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/522728_3
2. Prognostic Value of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in Breast Cancer – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10804090
3. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Plays a Critical Role in the Formation of the Pre-metastatic Niche via Prostaglandin E2 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25333935
4. Unlabeled Milk from Cows Treated with Biosynthetic Growth Hormones: a Case of Regulatory Abdication – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8932606
5. What's In Your Milk, book by Dr Samuel Epstein
6. Risk Of Breast Cancer In Relation To Antibiotic Use – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pds.1512/abstract;jsessionid=245EEC45E8CE27D993BC1365E928275D.f03t04
7. The Identification of 'Casein' in Human Breast Cancer – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/385473
8. A Milk Protein, Casein, as a Proliferation Promoting Factor in Prostate Cancer Cells –
9. Urinary Prostaglandin E2 Metabolite and Breast Cancer Risk – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25214156
10. High- and Low-Fat Dairy Intake, Recurrence, and Mortality After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/105/9/616