Do Dairy Products Promote Cancer?

Does Casein Promote Cancer?

For some the idea that we can control disease with nutrition is a radical idea. In fact diet and disease are tightly linked and the American style diet, heavily centered around meat and cheese has serious implications for our health.

One of America’s favorite foods may be greatly increasing cancer rates in America. Many studies carried out over the last decade make it clear that casein, the main protein in cheese and milk, increases cancer growth in people. Yet these facts have gained little public attention because they run counter to advertising campaigns, powerful corporate interests, and long held beliefs about dairy products.

Cancer is the leading killer in the world with around 12 million new cases per year worldwide. Many things cause cancer but eating casein in milk and cheese will increase the spread of cancer in a person’s body.

What is Casein?
Casein is a protein in dairy products made from cows or goats and it’s in human milk. Some people use casein as a protein supplement for body building. 85% of milk protein is casein and the substance is also found in yogurt.

The Cancer Connection
Researchers in India, the US and China and have found that high levels of protein intake can promote cancer growth. Casein promotes cancer growth and the pre-cancer cell clusters called foci. Casein is not a carcinogen, which is a substances that causes the onset of cancer by damaging our DNA. Rather it encourages or feeds cancer or pre cancerous foci cells.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell at Cornell University was the first researcher to bring the casein, cancer link to the attention of the medical and nutrition community in the United States. His book “The China Study” explains the science behind casein and cancer (and the links between animal proteins and other diseases). His book and other professional publications and the work of other researchers show a very clear danger in consuming more than minimal amounts of dairy products for anyone worried about cancer and especially for those who have had or do have cancer.

Researchers noticed that people only need about 10% protein in their diets. More than that amount stimulates pre-cancer cells (foci) to grow. Thus when people eat too much protein, they greatly risk increasing their vulnerability to cancer. Many Americans eat much more than 10% protein with our meat centered diets.

Do all proteins promote foci and cancer growth? Dr. Campbell and his colleagues studied the effects of plant proteins versus casein. What they found was startlingly clear. Plant proteins do not promote foci or cancer growth, even when consumed in very large quantities. Protein from soy, wheat, rice, beans, or leafy vegetables have a remarkably different affect on cancer growth. However, casein dramatically affects foci or cancer cells. Casein turns cancer on and off. Consuming even moderate amounts of milk and cheese will stimulate any cancer cells that may be latent in your body.

These findings were verified with many studies using rats and they were verified in the largest nutritional studies ever conducted in China or anywhere else. In China, many rural people eat little or no meat or dairy products. They rely instead on rice, vegetables and fruits. In those populations, cancer is almost unknown. By comparison, in China’s urban areas where meat and cheese diets are popular, cancer rates are like those found in the United States – high.

Protecting Yourself
The lessons from these studies are very clear. If you have cancer, or if you want to avoid cancer, dairy products should be consumed very sparingly. Use cheese as a small condiment and not every day. Stop drinking all varieties of cow’s milk (there are many other reasons to avoid milk as well) and replace it with soy, hemp or rice milk available in almost any grocery store today. (You can get more calcium from vegetables than from milk).

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