In order to discover a cure, one must first define the problem. Today's subject is diabetes.
It is interesting to note that Finland has the highest rate of diabetes in the world and the highest rate of milk and cheese consumption (LANCET, 1992; 339, 905-909). As a matter of scientific fact, when one compares the rate of Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) to milk consumption in Finland, Japan, and the United States, the previously overlooked clue (ignored by the majority of America's ignorant medical practitioners) shines like the brightest beacon of hope to all who suffer from diabetes:
Nation -- Cases of IDDM -- Avg. Daily Milk /100,000 Protein (Grams)
Finland -- 28
Fifteen years ago, I had dinner with the Heimlichs at their Ohio home. They should need no introduction. Jane Heimlich is a well respected health and science writer and author of many books. Jane also wrote the foreword to my first book, "MILK-The Deadly Poison." Her husband, Henry, is the same M.D. who removed my father's gall bladder in 1965. Dr. Heimlich left New York for Ohio and developed his world-famous maneuver that has saved the lives of so many choking victims.
During dinner, the subject of diabetes came up. I asked Dr. Heimlich if it stood to reason that one constantly manufactures new cells for each of the body's organs, and asked if that would also include insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells? Dr. Heimlich agreed that it would. We also discussed the constant autoimmune effect that has been identified from milk proteins, which continuously destroy new beta cells. In other words, dairy-eating type-I diabetics cannot be cured. Dr. Heimlich and his wife have more than one hundred years of medical wisdom between them, and both eat a plant-based vegan diet.
I have taken quite a bit of criticism in saying that a potential cure does exist. I have been writing and lecturing about that point for eighteen years. A publication in the May 6, 2004 issue of NATURE (Vol 429) supports a possible diabetes cure through a NotMilk therapy. Author Ken Zaret writes:
"Insulin-producing B-cells (beta cells) in the adult pancreas were thought to derive from pancreatic stem cells. But it seems that they arise abundantly from B-cells themselves, offering a new outlook on regenerative medicine."
Although Zaret does not specifically identify milk protein as a culprit, he writes:
"In people with type I diabetes, the immune system destroys B cells, resulting in a lifelong dependency on insulin treatments."
In the past, insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells were thought to have been derived from pancreatic stem cells. It seems as if that is not the case. One builds new cells. Each slice of cheese kills those new cells. Each slurp of ice cream re-sets the clock. A constant diet of dairy products insures that the type-I diabetic patient will not be cured. Yogurt and cream cheese set into motion an antigen/antibody response in which the body's own defenses turn upon those cells which manufacture insulin. Just one slice of pizza can undo all of the body's magnificent reconstructive cellular regeneration, and the resulting autoimmune response returns the patient right back to square one.
Lifelong? Forty percent of the average American diet consists of milk or dairy products containing the proteins which trigger this classic autoimmune response. Eat cream cheese on a bagel and reset the trigger. Eat macaroni and cheese and reset the trigger. Eat ice cream and reset the trigger. Ten times per day, 365 days per year, a person with Type I diabetes guarantees the eternal chain of events will continue-- unless he or she completely eliminates dairy. Just say no to milk chocolate candy bars. Easy? Not really, but the alternative is to forever inject insulin.
Studies in which people move from one country to another negate the genetic hypothesis for diabetes. One study (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1990, 51(3), 489, Scott, F.W.) demonstrated a doubling of diabetes rates after native born Polynesians moved to Australia and changed their diets from fish proteins to cow proteins.
The July 1990 issue of Scientific American asked the question, What Causes Diabetes? Authors Mark Atkinson and Noel Maclaren recognized that an autoimmune response in which the body's own pancreas cells (beta cells) are "ambushed" is the key to Type-I and Type-II diabetes.
Two years after the publication of this profound determination, Scientific American (October, 1992) editors wrote:
"The National Dairy Board's Slogan, 'Milk. It does a body good,' sounds a little hollow these days."
The journal then identified a team of Canadian researchers who found evidence that early exposure to a protein in cow's milk sometimes leads to juvenile diabetes. Eighty-five percent of the people identified in this study came from families with no previous history of diabetes.
Scientific American further cited a study, which appeared in July of 1992 in the New England Journal of Medicine (July 30, 1992, page 302, Karjalainen, et. al). The authors of this study wrote in their abstract:
"Studies in animals have suggested that bovine serum albumin is the milk protein responsible for the onset of diabetes."
"Patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus produce antibodies to cow milk proteins that participate in the development of islet dysfunction...Taken as a whole, our findings suggest that an active response in patients with IDDM (to the bovine protein) is a feature of the autoimmune response. In June of 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition recommended that cow's milk was not suitable as an alternative to breast milk for the first year of life. (Pediatrics, 1992; 89; 1105-1109). A letter in a subsequent issue of that journal written by pediatricians Lane Robson, MD and Alexander Leung, MD of the Alberta Children's Hospital asked:
"In lieu of the recent evidence that cow's milk protein may be implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus, we believe that the Committee on Nutrition should clarify whether cow's milk is ever appropriate for children and whether or not infant formulas that are based on cow's milk protein are appropriate alternatives to breast milk."
In October of 1996 (LANCET, 348; 926-928) Cavallo, et al discovered that antibodies to beta-casein are present in over a third of IDDM patients and relatively non-existent in healthy individuals. Their work supports the sentiment that bovine proteins play a key role in the pathogenesis of IDDM.
In December of 1996 (LANCET, vol. 348, Dec 14, 1996) Simon Murch, MD, of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology of the Royal Free Hospital in London wrote:
"Cow's milk proteins are unique in one respect: in industrialized countries they are the first foreign proteins entering the infant gut, since most formulations for babies are cow milk-based. The first pilot stage of our IDD prevention study found that oral exposure to dairy milk proteins in infancy resulted in both cellular and immune response...this suggests the possible importance of the gut immune system to the pathogenesis of IDD."
In that same issue, researchers from New Zealand (R. B. Elliot, MD, et. al, Department of Pediatrics, University of Aukland) paralleled earlier studies and investigated diabetics in three locations: Auckland, New Zealand, Giessen, Germany and Sardinia, Italy. They reported finding a higher level of antibodies to bovine proteins, particularly casein in diabetics than in healthy individuals.
The human system contains genetic coding that continuously manufactures new cells for every part of your body. We make new hair, nails, lung, and blood cells. There are hundreds of thousands of specialized cells within the human system and an innate intelligence, a blueprint consisting of chromosomes and genes and DNA, continuously referring to that code by using it to build new cells. We likewise continuously build new pancreatic beta cells.
The average American diet includes megadoses of bovine proteins, which trigger the autoimmune response killing beta cells. What would happen if sixteen million people with diabetes completely abstained from milk and dairy products for six months? Would they re-culture an environment of beta cells in the Islets of Langerhans within their pancreases? That is my claim.
If you are diabetic:
The cure is NotMilk for six months. No cheese, ice cream, yogurt or butter. Read the labels on cans and boxes of food. If you see the word casein or caseinate, then eliminate that "trigger" from your diet. Have the will to find the way and you and sixteen million other Americans can end a multi-billion dollar self-perpetuating business that feeds itself on the pain of each unfortunate diabetic.
Is it worth the experiment for you or your loved one? If and when such a controlled clinical trial is performed, and the evidence is in, this will become a preventive prescription for all humans.
Here is a second opinion from Dr. John McDougall: