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Cow's milk intolerance

Posted Dec 15 2005 12:00am

On Wed, Dec 14, 2005 Reuters issued a press release titled ‘Cow's milk intolerance rare in young adults.’.  Here is a summary:

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults with gastrointestinal disturbances may blame cow's milk for their symptoms. While some type of allergic reaction may be involved, Finnish researchers report, intolerance to cow's milk is usually not the cause.

The researchers in Finland surveyed 827 young people and concluded that some type of allergic reaction to food may cause gastrointestinal symptoms, but that cow's milk is rarely the cause.  SOURCE: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, December 2005.

This research fails to indicate whether intestinal discomfort was reported by the milk drinkers.  Only severe gastrointestinal symptoms were tested over a short period.  Furthermore, the research merely involved asking people to fill in a questionnaire.  Any serious study into this subject needs to carry out long-term tests.  Also, the funding for this research is not disclosed, making the validity and objectivity of the research somewhat suspect.  As shown in the book The Milk Imperative , virtually all serious studies into dairy milk allergies clearly show that regular consumption of milk does indeed cause gastrointestinal disturbances. 

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