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Pus in the milk

How disgusting and ridiculous it would be if someone asked you, "Would you like to have some pus with your cookies?" Your answer to that is likely to be no. Yet if you drink a glass of cow’s milk, that's exactly what you will get. It may be white, but that every cupful contains dead somatic cells, = Pus. In milk, dead somatic cells are pasteurized and they are still the pus (Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines somatic cell as one of the cells of the body that compose the tissues, organs, and parts of that individual other than the germ cells).

One cause of these hundreds of millions of pus cells in every liter of milk is due to rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), which is called Posilac, produced by the Monsanto chemical company. Posilac is now widely used by dairy farmers to increase milk production to their already overburdened cows (not to mention these cows are already producing abnormally high level of growth hormone on their own without rBGH due to selective breeding).

Even though these cows are selectively bred milk producing cows, they are not built to produce this much milk. As a result, they are very prone to a painful udder infection, called mastitis, around their nibbles. 2 When they are milked, pus and bacteria from the infection comes out along with the milk. The journal Nature reported that Posilac increases somatic cells (= Pus) in the milk by 19%. Researchers estimate that an average glass of milk contains between 1 to 7 droplets of pus. Pus also can contain paratuberculosis bacteria, which may cause Crohn’s disease in human beings.

The dairy industry knows that there is a problem with pus in milk. So it has developed a system known as the "somatic cell count" to measure the amount of pus in milk. The somatic cell count is the standard used to gauge milk quality. Higher the somatic cell count, the more pus in the milk, and the lower milk quality.

According to dairy industry standard, any milk with a somatic cell count of higher than 200 million per liter should not be for human consumption. Therefore, anyone living in a state where the somatic cell count is higher than 200 million shouldn't be drinking milk. However, every state but Hawaii is producing milk with pus levels so high that it shouldn't enter the human food supply. Even the national average, at 322 million, is well above the industry's limit.

PETA is calling on the USDA to lower the legal limit of allowable pus cells in milk to the limit used by the rest of the industrialized world. Currently, our limit is almost twice of that. 17 states in America are producing milk that would be illegal to be sold in Europe.
In the effort to try to control the rampant mastitis, which cause more pus, cows are injected with large doses of antibiotics – but these antibiotics also end up in the milk human drink. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of too many antibiotics, which researchers say it can inhibit the development of the immune system.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows 750 million pus cells in every liter of milk produced in America. The dairy industry refers to these pus cells as "somatic cells." The somatic cell count (SCC) is measured in thimblefuls (milliliters). If milk contains more than 750,000 pus cells in one thimbleful (ml), the milk is rejected.

There are 4, eight ounce glasses of liquid in a quart of milk. Depending on how you sip your milk, there should be between 20 and 30 million pus cells per mouthful.

It takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese. Therefore, a pound of cheese can contain up to 7.5 billion pus cells. Your next slice of American cheese can legally contain over 468 – million pus cells.

    "I recently spoke at the Solidarity Conference at Penn State University. I had a receptive audience that included one dairy major. When it came time for questions, he boldly stood and protested my calling milk "pus with hormones and glue." In defending milk, this Penn State student said that there was no pus in milk. Instead, he said that somatic cells were actually dead white blood cells. He's right, of course. That's what pus is! (= dead somatic cells!) The pus that teenagers squeeze from the pimples on their faces is an oily accumulation of fat and dead white blood cells." – Robert Cohen, author of Milk A-Z

In March 25, 2000 edition of Hoard's Dairyman, the dairy magazine, talks about the standard of average pus cell level in a liter of milk sold in America. On page 226, an editorial reveals that in the US, average of 307,100,000 pus cells in 1996 increased to 318,000,000 in 1998. America's dairy cows are being stressed, and the amount of pus in their milk has increased by over 3%. Mr. Cohen sometimes challenges milk drinkers by asking them if they would drink a glass of milk containing 1,000 pus cells. Hoard's reveals that the average 12 ounce glass of milk in America contains 112,899,408 pus cells.

In 1970, the dairy industry produced 2.2 billion pounds of cheese. The population of the United States was 203 million, which translates to 10.8 pounds of cheese per person. By 1990, Americans consumed 6 billion pounds of cheese, which is 24 pounds per person, even though America's population had grown to 248 million. According to the USDA, in 1994, an average American consumed 27.7 pounds of cheese. America's rate of cheese consumption is skyrocketing. Today, America's per capita cheese consumption has passed the 30 pound per person level.

Cheese is addictive. Any addictive substances, including refined sugar, tend to have their consumption rate go up over time. Click here to read more about sugar addiction. Click here to read more about sugar history and you will see sugar consumption has risen steadily over period of time. Cheese is no exception in this considering cheese has casein morphine, which is 1/10th strength of morphine used in hospital.

The Hoard's Dairyman editorial also says that the average cow in the US produced in excess of 20,500 pounds of milk in 1999. That's 25.5 quarts per cow per day. One hundred years ago, the average dairy cow produced one quart of milk per day.

This also means 3.2 million dairy cows, or 35% of entire cow population will be sent to McDonalds and Burger King this year because they don't produce enough milk or because they are too sick. Why is their flesh healthy to eat if their milk is not fit for human consumption?

Dairy farmers don't tell consumers that every glass of milk is contaminated with pus, bacteria, and maybe paratuberculosis. The health problem caused by pus does not end here. Read below how pus affects your skin.

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Got zits? Try wiping off that milk mustache!

Conventional milk acerbates zits in four different ways. First is through casein protein, second is through growth hormone, third is through pus, and the forth is through fat. Read this section and next section to see how this works.

Acne develops when steroids (androgens) stimulate the sebaceous glands within the skin's hair follicles. These glands then secrete an oily substance called sebum. When you squeeze an acne pimple, greasy white, mucousy pus oozes out. When sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells build up on your skin, the pores become blocked, creating a zit. 2 Pus tends to block pores and pus with fat is perfect formula to block pores and let the bacteria boil under skin. Since milk is high in fat, 'nuff said.

40% of the average American diet consists of milk and dairy products. Last year, the average American ate five ounces per day of meat and chicken and 29.2 oz a day (666 pounds per year) of milk and dairy products. Ice cream, cheese, and milk contain powerful hormones. One pound of cheese can contain ten times the amount of hormones as one pound of milk.

As pointed out by Dr. Jerome Fisher,

    "About 80% of cows that are giving milk are pregnant and are throwing off hormones continuously." Progesterone breaks down into androgens, which have been implicated as a factor in the development of acne...Dr. Fisher observed that his teenage acne patients improved as soon as the milk drinking stopped.
    – Don't Drink Your Milk, by Frank Oski, M.D., (Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

Dr. Jerome K. Fisher conducted a clinical study of 1,088 teen age patients over 10 years and reported to the American Dermatological Association that milk was a principal contributor to some patients' acne. Dr. Fisher found that their acne tapered off as their milk consumption did.

Dr. Fisher noted that dairy products often contain large amounts of butterfat and milk sugar, both of which, he thinks, aggravate acne. He also suspected that the high volume of hormones produced naturally in the milk of pregnant cows may break down into androgen when consumed, which in turn stimulates the production of sebum, the waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that clogs pores and creates acne when the pores become infected.

    According to Dr. Laura E. Skellchock, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, and dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente, "Some people find that consuming large quantities of dairy products may worsen their acne."

    Gynecologist Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, believes that acne is associated with the consumption of dairy foods.

    Australian naturopath Dr. Russell Setright advises: "It is important to stay away from…dairy products" in order to prevent acne.

Milk may also contain excessive amounts of iodine, which can irritate pores, bringing on acne flare-ups. According to James E. Fulton Jr., M.D., head of the Acne Research Institute in Newport Beach, Calif., "In some who are acne-prone, I'd say 1,000 micrograms or 1 milligram of iodine a day could be a problem."

A recent analysis of milk samples collected from 175 dairy herds throughout Wisconsin averaged 466 micrograms of iodine per liter; 11 percent of the samples contained more than 1,000 micrograms of iodine per liter (The iodine gets into the milk through the use of contaminated milking equipment and medication given to the cows).

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Zit Case, Bowel Movements, Casein Protein, Milk, and Cheese

80% of milk and cheese protein consists of casein, a tenacious glue. Casein is the glue that is used to hold a label to a bottle of beer. Try to scrape off one of those labels, then consider the effects of casein in your body. Casein is the glue that holds together wood in furniture. Consider the power of glue and of horrible bowel movements. Stuffs that gets out from skin increases and become more toxic as fecal residue stick to large intestine walls due to casein glue.

Casein is a foreign protein and your body reacts to its presence by creating an antibody. That antibody-antigen reaction creates histamines. Antihistamines (like Benadryl) are used to counter the effects of histamines. Mucus and phlegm are produced as a result of cheese consumption.

There is something to be considered regarding growth hormone. As a little girl becomes a fully mature woman, she will produce the total equivalent of one tablespoon of estrogen. Hormones work on a nanomolecular level, which means that it takes a billionth of a gram to produce a powerful biological effect.

If this delicate amount and timing of natural hormone is disturbed, one can guess what can happen to body. Every sip of milk has 59 different powerful hormones. It is loaded with injected hormones and by any means should be avoided. 3 Upset hormone system make zits worse.

One sure way to completely avoid drinking pus and hormone is to avoid cow’s milk. Other ways to reducing pus count is not buying factory farm produced milk, but buy only from organic, grass fed, free range, up-to-standard-hygiene cow milk from small farm owners.

American teenagers spend billions of dollars on doctors' visits and chemical remedies that cannot work while they continue to eat greasy pus with hormones from one food group. Greasy-gooey delicious pus-filled pizza. If you eat pus with hormones, cholesterol and fat, what will happen to your face? The cure is simple and inexpensive by changing diet.

Columbia University's Health Education Program offers these dietary tips to avoid acne:

  • Eat a diet high in fiber – salads, bran, complex carbohydrates and drink lots of water. Fiber helps the digestive tract eliminate wastes, so the skin doesn't have to.

  • Keep your diet low in fat and sugar. Eating healthier foods ensures that your skin gets all the nutrients it needs.

  • Food allergies may also aggravate acne. Common allergenic food substances include dairy products, wheat, and preservatives.

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1 Mastitis: the inflammation of breast tissue. The micro organisms present in mastitis – S. aureus is the most common etiological organism responsible, but S. epidermidis and streptococci are occasionally isolated as well. -- from

2 "We studied the effects of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), alone and with androgen, on sebaceous epithelial cell growth...IGF-I was the most potent stimulus of DNA synthesis. These data are consistent with the concept that increases in GH and IGF production contribute in complementary ways to the increase in sebum production during puberty."
-- Endocrinology, 1999 September, 140:9

"... serum IGF-I (a type of insulin-like growth factor) levels increased significantly in the milk drinking group... an increase of about 10% above baseline-but was unchanged in the control group."
-- Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 99, no. 10. October 1999

3 "Hormones found in cow's milk include: Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, 17-Ketosteroids, Corticosterone, Vitamin D, insulin-like growth factor, growth hormone, prolactin, oxytocin..." --Journal of Endocrine Reviews, 14(6) 1992
(By the way, the Vitamin D here is synthetic vitamin D-2 which was added after milk pasteurization, which was not naturally present. This synthetic vitamin D-2 has been linked to heart disease.)

Original unedited article at by Robert Cohen, who is also author of "Milk A-Z."

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