- Hello Jeff:
- I'm writing in regard to your November 8th (and encore
December 1st) shows with Dr. Robert Cohen and milk products. The Nov. 8
show completely held my interest; the Dec. 1 show reinforced my desire
to share the following with you: I had an epiphany while listening to those
programs. It was one of those jaw-dropping moments when the fog lifts and
things become clear and you whisper "Wow" under your breath.
Goes like this:
- My name is Monique, I'm 31. I was not raised with milk;
my father was a vocal opponent of milk and dairy products. Other than breast
feeding babies, he said milk "clogs up the pipes" -- contributes
to phlegm, cholesterol-induced diseases, sinus irritation. My sister and
I never drank or ate the stuff growing up and still don't now. That said,
my "epiphany" came when Dr. Cohen was talking about the (I believe
the # is) 58 hormones in milk, one of them being a growth hormone. He correlated
this with the different degrees of precocious puberty seen in youngsters.
Of particular interest to me was the early start of menstruation for girls.
I did not begin menstruating until I was 16!! Other than my mother, no
one knew this; I was very embarrassed by it and thought something was wrong
with me. In the company of my girlfriends, I pretended to understand the
experience: nodded knowingly when they discussed their periods, commiserated
during discussions about PMS and cramps. The truth was, I had no idea what
they were talking about. Without exception, all of my girlfriends (and
there were 7 or 8 of us) had begun their periods between the ages of 11-13.
All of them were milk and dairy product consumers.
- So the takehome is that for over half my life, I've been
carrying around the assumption that I was a late-bloomer and that my body
simply was not working as properly and/or did not "kick-in" as
adequately as did my female peers'. Dr. Cohen's discussion made me feel
justified - even vindicated (in my own head, anyway). My body was actually
working just fine, growing and maturing in accordance to its own genetic
clock, rather than responding in an accelerated fashion to the input of
additional hormones. This enlightening moment was, in the true sense of
the word, awesome.
- Thank you for the show.
- Monique Portland, OR