Be wary of milk

Dear Editor:

A frequent bugaboo of the “fiscal cliff” debacle was the “milk cliff” – the threat of milk price doubling, if Congress failed to extend dairy subsidies. Parents were forgoing other necessities, because their children “had to have milk.”

Most industries would gladly give up their tax loopholes for that kind of product loyalty. But this one is totally undeserved.

Consumption of dairy products, laden with saturated fats, cholesterol, hormones, and drugs elevates the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. This is particularly critical during childhood years, when dietary flaws become lifelong addictions.

A study of 12,829 children by Harvard Medical School found that drinking cow’s milk leads to weight gain.

Several proteins in cow’s milk can thicken mucus secretions leading to respiratory problems in children.

Most African-Americans and Asian-Americans suffer from cramping and diarrhea because they lack the enzyme to digest lactose in cow’s milk.

The good news is that green leafy vegetables and legumes supply all the calcium and proteins touted in cow’s milk, without the excess calories and other yucky factors noted. Every supermarket offers a huge line of dairy-free milks, cheeses, and ice creams made from healthy nuts and grains.

This is why USDA’s current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, shunt dairy (and meat) off the recommended plate of vegetables, fruits, and grains. Cow’s milk is produced for bovine – not human babies. Let’s give our kids a healthy start!

Cory Baker


Kudos to Nutley FCA

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank the Nutley High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes for sending us local veterans Christmas cards. It was a beautiful surprise for me to see the signatures of all those NHS athletes remembering my service. I served in the U.S Navy from 1966 to 1970; it is a distant memory even for me, but it’s wonderful to be recognized. I salute these students and their advisors.

Charles M. Nunzio



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