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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Is milk really good for your bones?

World famous SkateBoarder Tony Hawk has lent his name and image to the Dairy Council. Glen was one of the 1st people to ever get a photo of Tony published. After Glen Friedman saw the advertisement that Tony appeared in, he felt compelled to write Tony a letter regarding his promotion of cows milk.

To read the full exchange between Tony Hawk and Glen Friedman, click

Dear Tony,

Long time no speak, probably over 15 years for sure. Over this time you may know I've been pretty busy with my life and work and certainly you have. I've been delighted to see your great success in skating. I think when I was first telling the magazine editors back in the day that I knew you were going to be great I surely did not know it would go this far, I'm happy you lived up to that and beyond.
I'm sorry that my reason for contacting you this many years later was motivated by something negative I saw that you have done (the milk mustache campaign), since I'm sure you're probably a positive guy and were just maybe not aware of what you were getting your self into. I'm also a very positive person and honestly in my criticisms I am just rying to be constructive to your knowledge of milk and your promotion of it.

So this leads me to my point. Do you realize what you are doing by allowing your good name and image to be used by the Dairy council to promote milk? What kind of contract did they ask you to sign? May I ask how much they paid you to participate in the campaign? Did you really need that money, or was it basically to promote your image? I don't mean to pick on you at all by the way, I am just really curious, I would love to know these answers just because I'd like to know how the council protects it self with those that they ask to promote their products and how much they pay stars to sell there deadly foods. I would send this same note to anyone I know who did one of these ad's (God forbid someone I know did the cover for Cigar magazine!)

Yes I am a strict vegan vegetarian and no I don't expect you to be one, particularly if you are not aware of all the ramifications, but surely I'd be more than happy to recommend some reading to help you educate yourself further if in fact you are at all interested.

please be well,
Glen E. Friedman

In the mean time PLEASE read this below about milk the product you are promoting:
- Milk is the foundation of heart disease and the explanation for America's number one killer.
- Milk is the reason that one out of six American women will develop cancer of the breast.
- Twenty-five million American women over the age of forty have been diagnosed with bone crippling arthritis and osteoporosis. These females have been drinking in excess of two pounds of milk per day for their entire adult lives. Why are their doctors blind to the fact that drinking milk does not prevent osteoporosis?
- Calcium in milk is not adequately absorbed and milk consumption is the probable cause of osteoporosis.
- Milk is responsible for allergies, colic, colitis, earaches, colds and congestion in young children. Research indicates that one bovine protein in milk destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, causing diabetes.
Sixty Percent of America's dairy cows have leukemia virus. Is it wise to eat the flesh or drink body fluids from diseased animals?
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) used to allow a small amount of antibiotics in milk. FDA scientists recognized that consumers should not be drinking a fluid containing antibiotics. In 1990, the one part per hundred-million antibiotic residue in milk standard was increased by one-hundred times to one part per million. As a result, new strains of bacteria developed, immune to the 52 different antibiotics found in milk. Antibiotics no longer work because Americans have been drinking milk and eating dairy products containing increased amounts of these powerful drugs and, in addition, new strains of emerging diseases.
- Beer bellies are indeed making a comeback in America. According to the Food Consumption, Prices and Expenditures, 1996, Statistical Bulletin Number 928, published by the USDA, the average American consumed 24 gallons of beer in 1994. That works out to less than 8 1/2 ounces of beer per day. Total milk and dairy products consumed per capita in 1994 equaled 26 ounces per day, more than triple the amount of beer. One 12 ounce glass of beer contains 144 calories and no fat. On the other hand, a 12 ounce glass of milk contains 300 calories and 16 grams of fat. It seems that beer is taking a bad rap. Protruding stomachs on overweight people should be called milk bellies, not beer bellies.
- Beer is NOT an alternative to milk and the message in the preceding paragraph is NOT intended to be interpreted that way.
- When we drink milk we are taking in the most powerful growth hormone naturally produced in our own bodies. However, this growth hormone in milk is safeguarded by naturally occurring mechanisms unique to milk. That hormone is called Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and it is identical (70 amino acids, same gene sequence) in cows and humans.
- According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 1994 the average American ate 586 pounds of milk and dairy products, 394 pounds of vegetables, 121 pounds of fresh fruit, 199 pounds of meat and 193 pounds of products containing flour and cereal. That totals to over four pounds of food per day per person and nearly forty percent of that is milk and dairy, one very lopsided food pyramid!
- Each sip of milk provides you with:
Pituitary hormones (PRL, GH, TSH, FSH, LH ACTH Oxytocin)
Steroid hormones (Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone,
Testosterone, 17-Ketosteroids, Corticosterone, Vitamine D)
Hypothalamic hormones (TRH, LHRH, Somatostatin,
PRL-inhibiting factor, PRL-releasing factor, GnRH, GRH)
Thyroid and Parathyroid hormones (T3, T4, rT3, Calcitonin, Parathormone, PTH peptide)
gastrointestinal peptides (Vasoactive intestinal peptide, Bombesin, Cholecystokinin, Gastrin,
Gastrin inhibitory peptide, Pancreatic peptide, Y peptide, Substance P and Neurotensin) Growth Factors (IGF's (I and II), IGF binding proteins, Nerve growth factor, Epidermal growth factor and TGF alpha, TGF beta, Growth Inhibitors MDGI and MAF, and Platelet derived growth factor Others... (PGE, PGF2 alpha, cAMP, cGMP, Delta sleep inducing peptide, Transferrin, Lactoferrin, Casomorphin and Erythropoietin
In Short...
Growth hormones, fat, cholesterol, allergenic proteins, blood, pus, antibiotics, bacteria, virus and more!

MILK THE DEADLY POISON This is a shocking book.
Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) is a wonder drug invented by Monsanto scientists. Shoot up a cow with this stuff, and you can get 50 quarts of milk a day out of her, instead of the two quarts a day our forefathers had to be satisfied with.
But there's a problem: rBGH causes cows to get sick. Solution? Feed the cows heavy, continuous doses of antibiotics. (Guess who's going to get all those antibiotics in every sip of milk, pat of butter, or slice of cheese? You guessed it -- you and your kids.)
There's an even bigger problem: rBGH (which is banned in Europe) increases levels in the cow's milk of a powerful growth hormone that causes cancer.
Now Monsanto claims that pasteurization destroys this cancer-producing agent. But the same tests the FDA used to approve rBGH show otherwise.
Monsanto didn't seem to have much difficulty getting their product approved, however. They had an ace up their sleeve: the Monsanto scientist responsible for arguing to the FDA that rBGH was safe -- got hired by the FDA and ended up reviewing her own work. Guess what she found -- that rBGH was safe and Monsanto should be permitted to sell it.
The revelations in Milk: The Deadly Poison are infuriating. After reading this book, you can't help but reach the conclusion that many Monsanto and FDA employees should be in jail, and that the author is a brave champion, battling some very evil people. Milk: The Deadly Poison shows convincingly how Monsanto and the FDA are more concerned about making money than having a safe food supply for this county.

Tony Hawk wrote:

I stand by my decision to do the milk campaign. I drink milk and eat meat; those are some of my beliefs. I'm sorry you have a problem with them.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's great, it's good to make these "celebrities" more aware of what they do with their fame, particularly when it comes to promoting harmful products. But did you notice that exchange is over 10 years old? wonder if Hawk STILL drinks milk?

July 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM  

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