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Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth about Cow's Milk and Your Health Paperback – Nov 1 2010

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (Nov. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716766
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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North Americans are some of the least healthy people on Earth. Despite advanced medical care and one of the highest standards of living in the world, one in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and 50% of US children are overweight.

This crisis in personal health is largely the result of chronically poor dietary and lifestyle choices. In Whitewash, Joseph Keon unveils how North Americans unwittingly sabotage their health every day by drinking milk, and shows that our obsession with calcium is unwarranted.

Citing scientific literature, Whitewash builds an unassailable case that not only is milk unnecessary for human health; its inclusion in the diet may increase the risk of serious diseases including:

  • prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers
  • osteoporosis
  • diabetes
  • vascular disease
  • Crohn's disease.

Many of America's dairy herds contain sick and immunocompromised animals whose tainted milk regularly makes it to market. Cow's milk is also a sink for environmental contaminants, and has been found to contain traces of pesticides, dioxins, PCBs, rocket fuel, and even radioactive isotopes.

Whitewash offers a completely fresh, candid and comprehensively documented look behind dairy's deceptively green pastures, and gives readers a hopeful picture of life after milk.

About the Author

A wellness consultant, nutrition and fitness expert for over 25 years, Joseph Keon is considered a leading authority on public health and is the author of three books, including Whole Health: The Guide to Wellness of Body and Mind and The Truth about Breast Cancer: A Seven-Step Prevention Plan.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Warren Green on March 19 2011
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I wouldn't necessarily have a problem with dairy products, if only they were relegated to the category of foods that includes chips, candy bars, pop, and all the other crap that most people know as crap, and collectively refer to as "junk food" at local convenience stores.

Unfortunately, due to the political clout and influence of some of our food industries, [See Part IV of The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, "Why Haven't You Heard This Before?"] Canada's Food Guide has long been compromised to feature milk products as an entire "food group".

Even seemingly well educated people can become so entrapped within the mindset of their upbringing, that if confronted by a disparaging remark about dairy products, they may simply respond, "But it's a food group!" Only fairly recently has the guide included alternatives to milk products. Still not fully disclosing and promoting the superior health advantages of a diet comprised mainly of whole unrefined plant foods. Especially by way of contrasting them to the deleterious effects associated with the consumption of conventionally produced dairy products.

There's a good quote at the beginning of chapter one that highlights the absurdity of human populations needing to ingest milk from cows for the duration of their lives. "It seems ridiculous that a man, especially in the midst of his pleasures, should have to go beneath a cow like a calf three times a day -- never weaned." Henry David Thoreau (Circa 1850)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Weeks on Dec 29 2011
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Two most important points in my opinion:

1) What country consumes the most calcium? Answer: the U.S. What country has the highest rate of osteoporosis? Answer: the U.S.

2) Of over 5,000 mammals on Earth, only humans drink the milk of another species. Makes no sense whatsoever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 15 2012
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After deciding to cut out dairy, the changes in my health were remarkable. This book will give you all the knowledge, statistics and resources you'll need to let everyone know what you already know - milk makes you feel sick, and now you know why.

Full of resources and heavily documented, this book reads like a peer reviewed journal with public appeal. I would encourage anyone who drinks milk, doesn't drink milk or who is simply curious, to check out this information. It's worth the read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DivineAlkaline on Oct. 17 2012
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Joseph Keon had jam packed so much crucial information into this book that I wish more people knew about. People are brainwashed from kindergarten that dairy is the end all and be all to getting calcium and how good it is for you, when it's all really a big lie. This is a must read for anyone concerned about their health and not to mention the well being of cows.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 12 2012
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The good parts of this book include that it points out that commercial milk can cause problems for lots of people's health, that dairy products can have an opiate-like effect and that having lots of calcium in the diet isn't enough to ensure healthy bones.

Unfortunately this book also reinforced lots of equally harmful myths (salt is bad for you and low salt diet are best, soy is a health food, saturated fat causes heart disease and low fat and cholesterol diets are best and 15% fat in the diet may not be low enough, vegan diets are best, and so on.) The book also heavily promotes the flawed China Study and its author Dr T Campbell. Pointing out all the problems with eating dairy but then promoting eating lots of soy - a very heavily processed and unnatural food which causes allergies for a similar amount of people as does milk, just makes no sense to me. This book offers far more bad advice than good, sadly.

From my own reading I am in the 'commercial dairy foods aren't healthy for anyone (or for the mistreated and misfed cows!)' camp, but also the 'good quality raw dairy foods (from pastured cows) made into kefir and yogurt are probably healthy additions to the diet in small amounts for those that can tolerate them' camp.

I do better by far with no dairy or grains at all, but each to their own. (I don't agree that raw milk with all its enzymes removes the problems of poor milk tolerance, as some claim, as this has not been my experience.)

This book does a disservice to readers by assuming that all dairy products are commercially made using milk from unhealthy grain fed cows, and not pointing out that many of their comments just don't apply to good quality raw dairy products.
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