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A Fatal Flaw In The Book
on 24 September 2009
There is a lot to commend this book and some of the recipes are super, but I have one huge criticism of it. It does not mention the growing evidence that dairy foods are implicated in prostate cancer.
You may think me a bit paranoic, but my husband's family has had a lot of cancer deaths. His father and two cousins died of prostate cancer. One of the cousins was very well off and spent a great deal of money here and abroad trying to fight the cancer, unfortunately without success. I've read quite a bit about prostate cancer and am very careful with our diet. I personally am convinced that dairy foods are involved.
Milk is a substance specially designed to nourish a calf. It is packed with saturated fat and more significantly growth hormones which allow the calf to grow very quickly into a large cow. When we consume dairy products, these growth hormones pass into our bloodstream. Cancer produces growth hormones to get bigger, and the growth hormones from milk are the very same as those produced by the cancer and therefore must surely accelerate the cancer's growth. I have read in The China Study, which covers the largest study of the effects of human nutrition on disease ever, that people in areas where dairy products are not eaten (like rural China) rarely develop prostate or breast cancer.
I do realise that not everyone agrees with this, and that recipes including dairy should be included to suit everybody. That's fair enough. But I do feel that it is irresponsible to have some recipes packed with dairy products with no warning that there is a significant and growing body of evidence pointing to dairy products promoting the growth of cancer, particularly endocrine related cancers such as prostate cancer. This should at the very least be mentioned in the book, and maybe an asterisk or something similar used to highlight all the recipes containing dairy.