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Halloween Milk – lab milk not cow milk

Making cows milk in a lab, might sound like a horror story made particularly for Halloween but a pair of young bioengineers in Silicon Valley are trying to produce the first glass of artificial milk, without a cow and with the help of genetically engineered yeast. The company name is Muufri- pronounced ‘Moo Free’ but we call it timely Halloween Milk.

Although the proteins in this Halloween milk come from yeast, the fats come from vegetables and are tweaked at the molecular level to mirror the structure and flavor of milk fats. Minerals, like calcium and potassium, and sugars are purchased separately and added to the mix. Once the composition is fine-tuned, the ingredients emulse naturally into milk.

By controlling the ingredients, however, Pandya and Gandhi hope to make milk more healthful. The team is experimenting, for instance, with sugars other than lactose, because we we mention in our milk documentary film ‘Got the facts on Milk?’ 70% of the world is lactose intolerant.

Would you try it?

Halloween Milk

China tells its people that milk cures lead...

lead posioningThe belief that milk can treat or cure lead poisoning is widespread in China. Eight residents of Dapu, a rural town of about 62,000 dotted with smelters and chemical plants, say families of children diagnosed with lead exposure were offered milk, but only if they surrendered their test results. The milk, residents recall officials saying, would flush the lead out of the children’s bodies. More on the story

Over the years Milk has been advertised as the cure all for everything, and the marketing for it has been extensive and persuasive. Most famous are the ‘Got Milk’ and ‘Milk does a body good’ campaigns. The less advertised side to this as shown in the milk documentary ‘Got the facts on Milk?’ is that all the claims to fame for the white dairy beverage have all later been revealed as false.


Cows milk was once thought to be the energy drink of the 50’s, and then dairy was marketed to cure osteoporosis. A few years of research revealed that milk and dairy products were one of the 3 main causes for calcium loss; the root problem of osteoporosis. Early 2000’s milk was thought to cure PMS but that was so misguided that the dairy industry had to pull the campaign within 2 months of launch and apologize. Youth were told that milk was the answer to their skin problems, only months later to be proven that the hormones and fat in milk show otherwise. When the cancer epidemic became widespread, the dairy industry informed the public through commercials that diary products prevent certain cancers, only again to be proven by research labs to be false, because one of the proteins in milk actually accelerates cancers growth.

Image: The brains of adults who were exposed to lead as children show decreased volume, especially in theprefrontal cortex, on MRI. Areas of volume loss are shown in color over a template of a normal brain.

This hurts to write but true; if you lie for long enough and hard enough eventually people will start to believe you. Since China is such a large market that the dairy industry has only begun to dip its finger into, it won’t be long before they begin to claim that milk turns your hair blonde and your eyes blue.

Shira Lane
Director and Producer
Got the facts on Milk?
@shiralane for @milkdocumentary


Meet the Men Who Drink Breast Milk

Anthony, who lives in Queens, is an athlete, and he has a secret fuel for keeping his stamina up. A friend suggested he try it; a lot of guys he’s met at different gyms use it.

“It gives me incredible energy I don’t get from other food and drinks,” he said. Typically, he buys it online for about $2.50 an ounce, which isn’t too bad for a magic elixir — but, considering this substance is typically available free of charge, that price represents a substantial markup. Anthony does not mind; he’s happy to pay. “I always compensate the women I buy from,” he told me. “And pretty nicely, too.”

Anthony’s energy drink of choice is breast milk.

“I don’t believe in steroids or other energy supplements, none of that garbage,” he said in a phone interview. He’d been buying breast milk from his neighbor for the past year, but she stopped nursing. Now, he uses sites like Only the Breast: “I want natural stuff that’s God-given, and if it’s okay with moms looking to get rid of it, I’ll take it.”

Some men who drink breast milk, like Anthony, cite reasons of health or nutrition. Jason Nash, a 55-year-old father of four, started drinking breast milk after the birth of his first child. “It occurred to me that breast milk could be just as healthy and tasteful for adults as infants,” Nash said. “I believe it has kept me from getting sick all these years.” His wife isn’t thrilled, but doesn’t mind as long as the milk comes from a safe source. For other men (not least those in adult-nursing relationships), breast milk is a kink. “All I’ll say is it’s a fetish for me,” wrote another man, whose post on Only the Breast identified him as a “nice, harmless man in New Jersey seeking breast milk from healthy, non-smoking mom.”


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Modern Warrior: Damien Mander – fighting for...

Thirty-three year old Damien Mander served as a special operations sniper and clearance diver for Australia. Whilst deployed in Iraq he project managed the Iraq Special Police Training Academy, overseeing training of up to 700 cadets at one time. Following three years on the frontline of the Iraq war he departed in 2008 with no new direction in life. A trip to Africa left him face-to-face with the horrors that the world’s wildlife is dealing with. Liquidating all personal assets acquired from 12 tours of duty, he founded the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. The organisation focuses on ranger training, operations and integrating modern technology into conservation. 

Today, the Australian is a soldier-turned-environmental activist. He is outspoken about conservation and the nature of our priorities in an uncertain world. Damien’s work has featured in National Geographic Magazine, 60 Minutes, Animal Planet, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Forbes, Sunday Times, Vice & Good Weekend Magazine.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

40% of deaths from 5 leading US causes are...

 Each year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from the 5 leading causes of death – yet 20% to 40% of deaths from each cause could be prevented, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The five leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and unintentional injuries. Together they accounted for 63 percent of all U.S. deaths in 2010, with rates for each cause varying greatly from state to state. The report, in this week’s issue of CDC’s weekly journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, analyzed premature deaths (before age 80) from each cause for each state from 2008 to 2010. The authors then calculated the number of deaths from each cause that would have been prevented if all states had same death rate as the states with the lowest rates.

The study suggests that, if all states had the lowest death rate observed for each cause, it would be possible to prevent:
34 percent of premature deaths from heart diseases, prolonging about 92,000 lives
21 percent of premature cancer deaths, prolonging about 84,500 lives
39 percent of premature deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases, prolonging about 29,000 lives
33 percent of premature stroke deaths, prolonging about 17,000 lives
39 percent of premature deaths from unintentional injuries, prolonging about 37,000 lives.Potentially Preventable Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of D

“As a doctor, it is heartbreaking to lose just one patient to a preventable disease or injury – and it is that much more poignant as the director of the nation’s public health agency to know that far more than a hundred thousand deaths each year are preventable,” said Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “With programs such as the CDC’s Million Hearts initiative, we are working hard to prevent many of these premature deaths.”

The numbers of preventable deaths from each cause cannot be added together to get an overall total, the authors note. That’s because prevention of some premature deaths may push people to different causes of death. For example, a person who avoids early death from heart disease still may die prematurely from another preventable cause, such as an unintentional injury.

Modifiable risk factors are largely responsible for each of the leading causes of death:
*Heart disease risks include tobacco use, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, poor diet, overweight, and lack of physical activity.
*Cancer risks include tobacco use, poor diet, lack of physical activity, overweight, sun exposure, certain hormones, alcohol, some viruses and bacteria, ionizing radiation, and certain chemicals and other substances.
*Chronic respiratory disease risks include tobacco smoke, second-hand smoke exposure, other indoor air pollutants, outdoor air pollutants, allergens, and exposure to occupational agents.
*Stroke risks include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, overweight, previous stroke, tobacco use, alcohol use, and lack of physical activity.
*Unintentional injury risks include lack of seatbelt use, lack of motorcycle helmet use, unsafe consumer products, drug and alcohol use (including prescription drug misuse), exposure to occupational hazards, and unsafe home and community environments.

Many of these risks are avoidable by making changes in personal behaviors. Others are due to disparities due to the social, demographic, environmental, economic, and geographic attributes of the neighborhoods in which people live and work. The study authors note that if health disparities were eliminated, as called for in Healthy People 2020, all states would be closer to achieving the lowest possible death rates for the leading causes of death.

”We think that this report can help states set goals for preventing premature death from the conditions that account for the majority of deaths in the United States,” said Harold W. Jaffe, MD, the study’s senior author and CDC’s associate director for science. “Achieving these goals could prolong the lives of tens of thousands of Americans.”

Southeastern states had the highest number of preventable deaths for each of the five causes. The study authors suggest that states with higher rates can look to states with similar populations, but better outcomes, to see what they are doing differently to address leading causes of death.


Illegal levels of antibiotics and other drugs...

Picture - You’d be surprised that there could be 20+ painkillers, antibiotics, and much more lurking in your milk.

Before you consume more dairy, please educate yourself as to the drugs found in milk. You’d be surprised that there could be 20+ painkillers, antibiotics, and much more lurking in your milk. 

Each year, federal inspectors find illegal levels of antibiotics in hundreds of older dairy cows bound for the slaughterhouse. Concerned that those antibiotics might also be contaminating the milk Americans drink, the Food and Drug Administration intended to begin tests on the milk from farms that had repeatedly sold cows tainted by drug residue.

But the testing plan met with fierce protest from the dairy industry.  In response, the F.D.A. postponed the testing, and now the two sides are sparring over how much danger the antibiotics pose. 

Milk is currently tested for four to six common antibiotics – yet these are the drugs found in milk and animal tissue (dairy cows that were slaughtered for meat).


This list  of drugs found in milk came from (http://www.animalagriculture.org/Solutions/Annual%20Conference/2013/documents/Fl0res_Betsy.pdf) 

For more information on milk, antibiotics, drugs found in milk and how it effects your health  -www.milkdocumentary.com/watch

More articles on the topic of antibiotics and drugs found in milk and dairy products:

FDA says 29 million pounds of antibiotics used in food animals last year

Antibiotics in farm animals: FDA issues weak rule

Here is a NY times article form the 80’s – this problem has been going on for decades and has not gone away – with more drugs on the market, the problem only continues.

Here is one from the 90’s and another not so far back – F.D.A and Dairy Industry Spar Over Testing of Milk





No potion, no cream, No super duper laser…the answer is simple. What you eat is what comes out and consuming dairy… well, makes all kinds of things come out.

Milk is a food in beverage form, designed to make things grow and contains a range of powerful growth hormones, because that is what milk does, it grows stuff.

Insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is one of the growth hormones found in milk. IGF-1 is problematic for acne victims for two reasons. It increases sebum production, and it stimulates the growth of skin cells. The faster the skin cells grow the faster they also die. That means more dead skin cells to block the pores. Consequently it also leads to faster aging of the skin. Um… wrinkles and blotches anyone?

Get glowing skin for free. Slow the aging of skin by just getting off milk and dairy products. Is it that simple?

Have you ever thought to ask why acne is a western problem? Only in westernized countries is cow’s milk a large part of the diet. Countries like China who have begun to consume milk have just begun to endure the same skin problems. Look at China’s youth today.

There are many misleading myths that certain foods — such as chocolate, peanuts and greasy food — cause acne. But so far, milk and dairy products are the only foods that have been linked to breakouts.

Take a good look at a strict vegan’s skin at any age, it is beautiful, glowing and requires no cover up.  Don’t be afraid, ask them – they will be happy to let you in on the skin secret, which actually isn’t a secret. The research is out there, just the dairy industry and cosmetic industry would prefer you continue to purchase their products.

Deeper research and more information on the effects of milk and dairy can be found in the milk documentary ‘Got the facts on Milk?’


Milk Industry In ‘Crisis

Fewer Americans Drink The White Stuff.

Dairy farmers, milk processors and grocery chains are fretting as fewer and fewer Americans drink milk, the Wall Street Journal reports. Falling consumer perception of milk’s nutritional value, the gain in popularity of other “health” drinks and a rising retail price of the long-touted staple are fueling the decline…….

….Skeptics have also taken to the big screen to investigate milk’s health benefits: A 2008 documentary entitled, “Got the Facts on Milk?” questions long-held assumptions about milk’s qualities. In the trailer, serious-looking experts attack these assumptions and the millions of dollars spent on advertising.

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Screening of the Milk Documentary – July...

‘Got the facts on Milk?’ will be screening at Whistler Public Library on Tuesday, July 10th at 7pm, with complimentary dairy-free food samples provided. Admission by donation.

Residents and visitors of Whistler are invited to spend an evening at the library watching an entertaining movie and sampling delicious food.  Earthsave Whistler has partnered with Whistler Public Library to screen the movie ‘Got the facts on Milk?’.  As the second movie in their Summer Movie Series, Earthsave Whistler wanted to show this documentary to inspire people to consider why they drink milk and whether it is the best choice for their health. 

Travelling across the country with the end goal of asking the USDA’s nutrition experts about cow’s milk, filmmaker Shira Lane and her team interview scientific and medical experts, farmers and members of the public, and intersperse these clips in the movie with humorous animations, and little known facts about milk.

One of the main questions they ask members of the public is why they drink cow’s milk.  Is it just because they always have, because their parents gave them milk or maybe because they’ve seen those ‘milk moustache’ ads on TV?  Humans are the only species that drinks mothers’ milk past early childhood and the only species that drinks the milk from the mother of another species. And yet milk is so prevalent in Western diets that we rarely ask ourselves why we drink milk.  

Advertising has led people to believe that their bones will crumble away without the calcium provided by milk, often implying that people would have to eat huge amounts of alternative calcium rich foods in order to obtain the same quantities.  But milk has been implicated in several health issues, from acne and asthma to osteoporosis and cancer.  In addition, many people are lactose intolerant and yet continue to consume dairy even though it causes them problems, because they have been led to believe that they have no other choice.

‘Got the facts on Milk?’ takes a light-hearted look at these issues and raises the curiosity of those interviewed to learn more about whether milk really is good for them.

In addition to screening the movie, Earthsave Whistler will be offering complimentary dairy-free food samples.  Earthsave aims to educate, inspire and empower people to make better food choices and believes that sharing delicious, nutrient-rich food is a great way to inspire people to add more healthy foods into their diets. 


Got the facts on Milk? is a wildly entertaining, partly animated feature documentary that questions the deep-rooted American belief in the health benefits of milk.  Filmmaker Shira Lane’s dairy allergy prompted her to examine the scientific research on the subject, and, baffled by the lack of consensus, she took a road trip to the US Department of Agriculture’s Nutrition Information Center for the facts.  On her month-long, 4600-mile long journey to Washington DC through the American Southwest and Bible Belt, she meets with top doctors and researchers, dietitians, dairy farmers, parents, teachers, and plenty of “ordinary Americans” who provide both comic relief and food for thought.

The film raises questions about dairy’s role in cancer, osteoporosis, weight gain, asthma, acne, early menstruation, and more; covers the preponderance of lactose intolerance in communities of colour, and explains why dairy consumption is fraught with high-stakes political, economic, ethical and environmental considerations. 

Got the facts on Milk? has won several film festival awards, including the audience award at the 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival, and has outraged filmgoers around the world.  

Event Details:
Tuesday, July 10th at 7pm
Whistler Public Library
Admission by donation (which goes towards the cost of screening rights and food samples)
Note: the room has a 50 person capacity so please arrive early to ensure entry

Use of the community room generously donated by Whistler Public Library.

Earthsave Whistler:
Earthsave Whistler is a volunteer-run chapter of non-profit Earthsave Canada, promoting the benefits of healthy, environmentally-friendly, compassionate foods. 

Hayley Ingman & Jennie Small
604 966 4435

RI Nutrition Housecalls

I was poking around the library the other day when I came across a milk documentary.  How I had not heard of this, I have no idea.  It’s no secret that I am anti-dairy, so I borrowed it, watched it, and loved it!  I have my list of favorite food/nutrition/health documentaries that I think everybody should see including:  Super Size MeForks over KnivesFat, Sick, and Nearly DeadKing Corn, and Food, Inc.  And now…. Got the Facts on Milk?

You may believe you have the facts on milk but there’s a good chance you don’t. 

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