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Painful Arm Heals In One Week

If you have pain that isn't going away as quickly as you would like please listen to David Getoff’s audio message below.

Systemic Enzyme Therapy, Presented by David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

A discussion of systemic enzymes and their benefits:

What are Enzymes?

(5:44 minutes)
Enzyme Functions
(11:31 minutes)
Enzyme Supplementation
11:27 minutes)
(10:48 minutes)
Choosing the Right Enzyme
(4:07 minutes)
(1:56 minutes)

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After I listened to David and followed his instructions about which kind of systemic enzymes to take (Vitalzym: Enteric Coated Extra Strength Liquid Gel Capsules), how many, and when to take them, a pain I felt in my right upper arm when lifting my arm above my head, due to straining it while making 35 quarts of vegetable broth a few months ago, went away in one week.

David cautions to go slow when adding these new enteric coated liquid gel enzyme capsules to your diet (they are the size of a Tic-Tac breath mint -- but I learned to swallow them -- with water -- one at a time because they will clump together if you try to swallow two or more together).

I sped up David's recommended dosing method (one-a-day for a week, one-twice-a-day for the next week, etc., slowly working up to the amount that takes away your pain) by increasing the amount of enzymes I took to one-twice-a-day the first day, two-twice-a-day the second day, three-twice-a-day the third day, four-twice-a-day the fourth day, five-twice-a-day the fifth day, six-twice-a-day the sixth day, and seven-twice-a-day the seventh day. On the sixth day the pain in my right arm, that had been gradually disappearing from the first day, was completely gone.

I will keep taking seven capsules twice-a-day (the minimum David recommends for a complete healing is three capsules twice-a-day for as many months that you are decades old) for seven months (this is because I'm 77 -- if you are in your thirties you would take them for three months), which will allow my body to heal any other areas that have failed to completely heal (some I may notice, some I may not).

I learned, from several lectures I attended at the Gerson Cancer Clinic, that we are often unaware that we have areas in our body that have not completely healed, and the older we are the more of these areas we have. I will keep posting my experiences as I continue to take these new enzymes.

I've already decided to continue taking two of them twice-a-day (after I've finished taking them for seven months at seven twice-a-day) for the rest of my life.

Vitalzym enteric coated gel capsules are also helping me with my diet. On the five days that I eat whatever I want I have noticed that it is much easier to keep my portions small and after eating, I do not want something sweet. Maybe I'll get my weight down further after all.

Note: As I posted previously, in 2012 I had a pain I felt in my left shoulder whenever I tried to raise my left arm, which is called a “frozen shoulder,” so didn’t try to raise my left arm for six months. Ricky Gervais told David Letterman (on September 10, 2013) he had been dealing with a "frozen shoulder" or the "50 year-old-shoulder," which is due to inflammation and can take up to two years to heal: Watch Ricky Gervais' Letterman segment here:


The pain in my left shoulder finally disappeared after I was on The Fast Diet for two months. (Fast Diet (2012), created by doctor and journalist Michael Mosley − Video: //,) However, this year, the pain in my upper right arm did not go away even though I have stayed on the diet. This could be because I am right handed, and, as I have for many years, I continued to use my right hand to ladle, out of my five large stainless steel pots, 35 quarts of vegetable broth every three weeks. Only recently have I asked my daughter, Sandy, to help with the end of the process where the juice must be pressed out of the vegetables (my arm really hurt when I tried to do that).

My Fast Diet weight-loss-and-frozen-shoulder story was in the Contra Costa Times newspaper Sunday, May 25, 2014. Click below to view.
Bonnie In the Newspaper

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Fast Diet Update (with Before and After Pictures)

Before 2001, I weighed approximately 145 pounds. In 2001, I began taking care of my daughter who has a chronic illness. By January 2013 I weighed 200 pounds.

In March 2013, I started following The Fast Diet, which consists of eating 500 (600 for men) calories on two non-consecutive days per week (mine are Thursdays and Sundays) and eating normally the other five.

When I start my fast, I don’t eat anything for 12 hours, then I eat 250 calories. After another 12 hours, I eat another 250 calories, and after another 12 hours, I eat normally.

I chose The Fast Diet (2012), created by doctor and journalistMichael Mosley − Video: //,because I knew I could easily fast for 12 hours (I had done it for blood tests). I had also read research showing this diet lowers levels of chronic inflammation, which reduces the risk of numerous diseases, including heart disease, cancer, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

Eating this way is similar to the answer a celebrity cooking show host gave when she appeared as a guest on "The View" and was asked how she keeps her slim figure: “I eat high caloric food on my daily weekday cooking show and I cut way down on calories the two days I’m off.”

I’m staying on The Fast Diet,even though I’ve only lost 25 pounds. I feel very satisfied on this eating plan. On fast days my body is accustomed to eating less and I’m having no problem keeping my weight steady. Also, I have no aches, pains or health problems.

For six months before going on The Fast Diet,I had been suffering with what Ricky Gervais told David Letterman (on September 10, 2013) he had been dealing with: “frozen shoulder” or the “50-year-old shoulder,” which is due to inflammation and can take up to two years to heal:

My left shoulder’s condition was exactly as Ricky described his: I couldn’t raise my arm because when I tried I experienced excruciating pain in my shoulder. Within two months on The Fast Diet,I regained complete, pain-free movement of my left arm and shoulder. Also, within two months, my lifelong springtime allergies did not reappear and my cravings for potato chips and ice cream vanished.

Bonnie O’Sullivan
Age: 77
Walnut Creek, CA

Before Picture: January 13, 2013After Picture: March 12, 2014

Bonnie's The Fast Diet "Before Picture"

Bonnie's "The Fast Diet" One Year After Picture

Energy Up and Stomach Fat Disappearing

On December 4, 2013 I received my first shipment of Arctic Ruby Oil and began taking two capsules a day. That day I felt more energy than I had in a very long time. I’ve been taking two capsules everyday since and I have had the same wonderful energy every day.

Over the past (almost) four weeks I’ve also lost five pounds and an inch from around my waist and an inch from around my belly (2 inches below my waist). This is after being on my Fast Diet since March 5th and not losing any more weight since June.

The story of Arctic Ruby Oil begins at the end of 2007 in the frigid waters off the coast of Norway, which is the home of a tiny sea creature called Calanus finmarchicus. This shrimp-like creature is the main food of wild salmon and also the sole food of the arctic auk, a small bird that can fly tremendous distances.

Biology professor Kurt S. Tande, who also owns a fishery, had begun to extract oil from the shrimp-like creature and asked a colleague, biologist Dr. Jan Raa, to analyze and test the oil. Tande was curious about the ruby colored oil because he and some colleagues had begun using the oil instead of fish oil supplements and had experienced an unexpected increase in energy and loss of belly fat.

A recent study (June 2013) that appeared in the British Journal of Nutrition reported on the use of the oil in obese mice. One group of mice were fed a high-fat diet, which caused these animals to gain weight and abdominal fat and have impaired glucose tolerance when compared with mice who were fed a normal diet. Then, when the obese mice were given Arctic Ruby Oil, they showed a reduction in body weight gain and abdominal fat as well as an improvement in glucose tolerance.

Although the authors were not able to identify which components of the oil were responsible for these benefits, they believe they are related to EPA, DHA, and/or the antioxidants in the oil. In another study (2012), the supplementation of Arctic Ruby Oil reduced the formation of atherosclerotic lesions in mice, which led the authors to conclude that the oil “may be an effective and safe dietary intervention to reduce the development of atherosclerosis” (hardening of the arteries).

Dr. Raa discovered that ruby oil has a structure that is different from that of both fish oil and krill oil. The essential fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acid [DHA]) in fish oil, for example, are bound to triglycerides, while those found in krill oil are attached to phospholipids. This distinction between fish oil and krill oil seems to make a difference in how the oils work in the body.

In Arctic Ruby Oil, the essential fatty acids (EFAs) are bound to monoesters. According to Dr. Raa, monoesters burn at a much slower rate than do phospholipids and triglycerides. That means they are used by the body further along in the digestive process; that is, in the posterior portion of the intestinal tract where receptors associated with glucose tolerance, oxygen use, and fat distribution are located.

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Tomato Warning

On December 7, 2013 I realized I may have been causing myself to have a painful, swollen right knee joint by drinking a daily cup or more of Hippocrates soup. After not drinking it (and not eating anything else made with tomatoes) for just one day my knee felt better and by the end of the week my knee was back to normal.

Tomatoes are in a group of vegetables called night shades. They include tomatoes, potatoes and peppers (but not black pepper). I have experimented by eating potatoes (they are also in Hippocrates soup) and have had no return of the knee pain, however, I ate an enchilada on December 19th and the pain returned immediately. By the next day my knee was feeling better and the next day it felt normal again. Even though I love tomatoes, I will not eat them again.

Here's a good write-up about night shade vegetables:

Hippocrates Soup Causes Knee Pain

My knee began to hurt on November 11th. But it wasn't because of anything physical that I did. It turns out I was hurting it by drinking Hippocrates soup!

This is how I figured out it was due to drinking Hippocrates soup:

On August 4th my friend, Elizabeth, started buying from me my homemade green soup and Hippocrates soup, which I have been making and drinking since I began the Fast Diet in March.

Then, on August 25th, Elizabeth told me she just wanted the green soup because she is allergic or something to night shade vegetables and the Hippocrates soup is mostly night shades (tomatoes and potatoes).

As November went by with no improvement in my knee I was wracking my brain about what on earth could be causing my knee pain. I could hardly bend my right knee without excruciating pain and had to go up and down steps one step at a time. I was limping when I walked and getting down on the bathroom floor for my daily coffee enema was a real challenge.

Then, last Saturday, December 7th, I was visiting with Elizabeth and, just to make conversation, I asked her what her sensitivity to night shade vegetables was exactly. She said it gave her joint pain.

I thought, My God, I've been drinking 8 ounces of night shade vegetable soup (Hippocrates soup) daily for nine months! Could that be why my knee is so sore?

I thanked her for telling me and said I was going to stop drinking it to see if helped my knee.

Elizabeth was certain it would and she was right! As soon as I stopped drinking it (I had already had my 8 ounces that Saturday) my knee gradually got better and today, Sunday December 15, 2013, my knee is back to normal.

There's a good write-up about night shade vegetables at:


Needless to say, I will no longer be making or drinking Hippocrates soup.

Wanted: Weight-Loss Stories

Our local newspaper asked for weight-loss stories in the September 15, 2013 issue:

“Have you lost a significant amount of weight, or did you finally lose those stubborn last 10 pounds? If so, we’d like to hear your story. Tell us in 400 words or less about your weight-loss journey. Why did you decide to lose weight? What were your biggest challenges? What was your diet? Did you go it alone, or did you join a weight-loss group? Are the results what you expected, and have they changed how you feel about yourself? Send your stories to with the subject line ‘How I lost it.’ Include your name, age and city and a contact phone number. Also, send before and after pictures in jpg format, if available.”

Since I have been on The Fast Diet for six months and am very happy with the results I decided to send in my story (please go to // to read Bonnie’s “How I lost it” Story).

If you have a weight-loss story I’d love to read it. Please email it to me at with the subject line “How I lost it” and I will publish it on my blog, or send it to the newspaper or, better yet, send it to both!



Bonnie’s “How I lost it” Story

I decided to lose weight because I’ve gained 60 pounds over the past 12 years.
I used to be able to maintain my weight by cutting out carbohydrates a week whenever I gained a few pounds, but for the past 12 years I couldn’t do it for a day (my daughter thinks it was because she has been ill for 12 years and I’ve been caring for her and worrying about her).
There are two reasons why I chose The Fast Diet (2012) by Michael Mosley −
 Video: // to lose weight: (1) On several very traumatic days I have gone without eating all day with no ill effects and (2) The Fast Diet is recommended for lowering levels of chronic inflammation, which, in turn, reduces the risk of numerous diseases including heart disease, cancer, stroke and Alzheimer’s.
The diet consists of fasting on 500 (women) to 600 (men) calories on two non-consecutive days per week and eating normally the other five.
I started the diet March 5, 2013 by myself. I fast for 24 hours Thursdays and Sundays. When I start my fast I don’t eat anything for 12 hours, then I eat 250 calories twice during the next 12 hours.
The first three months I lost 17 pounds without exercising. The next three months I only lost one pound a month, so I started walking on a tread-mill (I walk 20 minutes daily and plan to work up to one hour).
For six months prior to going on the diet I had suffered with what Ricky Gervais has, which can take up to two years to heal. He calls it a “Frozen Shoulder” or the “50-year-old Shoulder” (I’m 76). I couldn’t raise my left arm because whenever I tried I experienced excruciating pain in my left shoulder. If I didn’t try I had no pain, so I stopped trying. My doctor urgently recommended exercises for my arm so my muscles wouldn’t atrophy but I simply couldn’t do them. The Fast Diet Results: Within two months I regained complete pain-free movement of my left arm. Within two months my lifelong springtime allergies did not reappear and my cravings for potato chips and ice cream vanished. Within three months my cholesterol was reduced by 40 points, triglycerides 75 points, and glucose 5 points − and I love being 20 pounds lighter.

The Mystery in Your Milk

I've been informed by a knowledgeable source that the probable reason my IGF-1 level came down after three months on the Fast Diet is because I have stopped eating ice cream most evenings (by fasting — and consuming only 500 calories — twice a week — for 24 hours each Sunday and Thursday — I have lost my desire for ice cream).

After reading the article below and watching the YouTube video "Your Milk on Drugs" by Jeff Smith I read the label on my favorite brand of ice cream and, sure enough, it does not have a "Milk from cows not treated with RBST" notice on the label (which means the next time I purchase ice cream — for a special occasion — I will switch brands from Häagen-Dazs to Ben & Jerry's or another brand that has that special notice on the label). (My favorite cheese does have the notice on the label — it's from Switzerland.)

This an 18 minute video about Monsanto's RBST in regular milk in the US:


If you are wondering what is so important about your IGF-1 level please read The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer at the Telegraph Bookshop

The Mystery in Your Milk

by Jane Akre & Steve Wilson

The report that Monsanto and Fox TV didn't want you to see. Published for the first time.

Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, a respected reporting team at WTTV, a Fox Network Station in Tampa, Florida, were fired from their jobs after refusing to broadcast what they knew and documented to be false and distorted information about Monsanto's bovine growth hormone (BGH) — a genetically engineered product that has been linked to the proliferation of breast, prostate, and colon cancer cells in humans.

On August 28, 2000, a Florida jury unanimously decided that Akre had been fired for threatening to blow the whistle on Fox for pressuring her and Wilson to broadcast a false, distorted and slanted news report and awarded her $425,000 for lost wages and damages. Fox is appealing.

This is the first time that the script that got the reporters in trouble has appeared in print. This important document has been edited for length but not censored. For the full version, go to the website: //

Reporters' Version — Part I

"Nature's most nearly perfect food" — that's how most of us have always thought of milk; wholesome, nutritious and pure just like it says on some of the trucks that deliver it. But down on the farm where most of us never see? Some Florida farmers have been quietly squeezing more cash from their cows by injecting them with an artificial growth hormone so they'll produce more milk than nature intended.

Thurman Hattan, Florida Dairy Farmer: "Yes I would say, people in Florida are using it. (Reporter Jane Akre): And you yourself? (Hatten) Ahh ...

Narration: Hatten is one of many Florida dairymen reluctant to admit that they're injecting their cows every two weeks ...

Hattan continues: " ... it's possible I could be using it. "

Narration: The drug some Florida farmers don't want you to know they're using is a Monsanto laboratory version of bovine growth hormone known as BGH.

Here's how it works: when the cow gets injected with extra BGH, it stimulates the production of another hormone called IGF-1. That's really the stuff that speeds up the cow's metabolism, causing her to produce up to 30 percent more milk.

But some scientists like Dr. Samuel Epstein are warning what might be good for the farmers' bottom line might be big trouble down the line for people drinking the milk from treated cows.

Samuel Epstein, Scientist, University of Illinois: " ... there are highly suggestive if not persuasive lines of evidence showing that consumption of this milk poses risks of breast and colon cancer."

Narration: Dr. Epstein is a scientist at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He's earned three medical degrees, written eight books, and is frequently called upon to advise Congress about things in our environment which may cause cancer. He and others like Dr. William von Meyer point to what they say is a growing body of scientific evidence of a link between IGF-1 and human cancers which might not show up for years to come.

William Von Meyer, Research Scientist: "We're going to save some lives if we review this now. If we allow BGH to go on, I'm sure we're taking excessive risks with society."

Narration: Dr. Von Meyer has spent 30 years studying chemical products and testing their effects on humans. He's supervised many such tests on thousands of animals at schools such as the University of London and UCLA. He's headed agricultural, chemical and genetic research at some of America's most prestigious companies.

Monsanto is the giant chemical company which sells the synthetic hormone under the brand name Posilac; and Monsanto has consistently rejected the concerns of scientists around the world.

Dr. Robert Collier, Chief Monsanto BGH Scientist: "In fact, the FDA has commented several times on this issue after there were concerns raised. They have publicly restated human safety confidence ... this is not something knowledgeable people have concerns about."

Narration: While other companies have dropped by the wayside, Monsanto has invested a mountain of money into Bovine Growth Hormone.

Company sales tapes encourage farmers to use it as a tool to milk more profits out of every cow.

Video Clip of Monsanto sales tape: "Of course you'll want to inject Posilac into every eligible cow, as each cow not treated is a lost income opportunity."

Narration: A number of critics, including at least one state agriculture commissioner, have called it "crack for cows" for the way it speeds up the cow's milk production ... but despite its promise of profit, some dairymen say the product doesn't always lead to happy trails for the cows or for those who tend them.

Charles Knight, Florida Dairy Farmer: "It's a tool that can be used, but you better be careful, 'cause it can burn you..."

Narration: Near Wachula, Charles Knight won't use Monsanto's synthetic BGH anymore. He is one of many farmers who say they've watched Posilac burn their cows out sooner, shortening their lives by maybe two years.

Narration: Knight says he had to replace 75 percent of his herd due to hoof problems and serious udder infections. Those are two of more than 20 potential troubles listed right on the product warning label. But apart from potential suffering for the animals, the major concern is how the hormone injected into the cow changes the milk that ends up on our tables.

Robert Collier: " ... this is the most studied molecule certainly in the history of domestic animal science."

Narration: While that claim may be open to dispute, Monsanto ... did put the product through a decade's worth of testing before it was approved by the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine as an animal drug. But that's part of the problem, according to many scientists who say since BGH alters the milk we drink, it should meet the higher safety standards required of human drugs. The critics say tests on BGH milk that could have answered these concerns about long-term risk to humans were just never done.

Dr. William Von Meyer, Research Scientist: "A human drug requires two years of carcinogenic testing and extensive birth-defect testing.  BGH was tested for 90 days on 30 rats at any dose before it was approved."

Robert Collier: "But suffice it to say the cancer experts don't see the health issue and it's unfortunate the public is being scared by an issue that shouldn't be of concern."

Narration: Monsanto's dairy research director points to what the FDA has repeatedly said since the day it approved BGH back in 1993: "The public can be confident that milk and meat from BGH-treated cows is safe to consume." ...

Part II

Narration: You won't find Ol' Flossie and Bossie on Fred Gore's dairy farm in Zephyrhills. On Fred's farm, all the cows have numbers instead of names — and they're watched by electronic eyes 24 hours a day.

Farmer Gore, Florida Dairy Farmer: "They help tell me if proper procedures are being followed."

Narration: At a modern dairy farm, cows wear transponders that even tell a computer how much milk she gave today.

Farmer Gore: "She's giving 121 pounds a day."

Narration: In the competitive business of dairy farming these days, productivity is paramount. That's why Fred Gore and others like him were all ears when the giant Monsanto chemical company started promoting its new product called Posilac.

Video Clip from Monsanto sales tape: "Posilac is the single most-tested product in history and it helps increase your profit potential."

Narration: Monsanto promised that Posilac — a laboratory version of the cow's natural growth hormone — could get Ol' 2356 and her friends to produce up to 30 percent more milk. That was good news to Florida farmers who need all the help they can get in a state where high heat, humidity and little local grain make dairy farming a struggle.

The "promise of Posilac" sounded great to dairyman Charles Knight ... but he says it didn't turn out that way.

Charles Knight, Florida Dairy Farmer: "About the same time we began having a lot of foot problems with our cows because they got so crippled they couldn't walk."

Narration: Right after he started using the drug on his herd near Wachula three years ago, Knight says his animals were plagued with those problems and serious infections of his cows' udders. Troubles he attributes to Posilac eventually caused him to replace the majority of his herd. He says when he called dairy experts at the University of Florida and at Monsanto, they both had the same response.

Farmer Knight: "[T]hey said you're the only person having this problem so it must be what you're doing here. You must be having management problems."

Narration: The University of Florida, by the way, did much of the research on BGH and has received millions in gifts and grants from Monsanto. Knight says neither the university nor the company ever mentioned Monsanto research that showed hundreds of other cows on other farms were also suffering hoof problems and mastitis, a painful infection of the cow's udders.

Farmer Knight: If untreated, the infection can get into the cow's milk so farmers try to cure it by giving the cow shots of antibiotics ... more drugs that can find their way into the milk on your table, which could make your own body more resistant to antibiotics.

Dr. Michael Hanson, Consumers Union Scientist: "In fact, there are over 60 drugs that they believe can be used on farms and they test for a very small percentage of them."

File video of protesters chanting: "Boycott BGH. Boycott BGHS."

Collier: "There are no human or animal safety issues that would prevent approval in Canada once they've completed their review, not that I'm aware of."

Narration: But long-term human safety is exactly the concern expressed by a Canadian House committee on health. Here are the minutes of a 1995 meeting where members voted to ask Canada's Health Minister to try and keep BGH off the market for at least two more years. Why? " ... to allow members of Parliament to further examine the human health implications" of the drug.

It's still not legal to sell the unlicensed product north of the border, despite the company's efforts to gain the approval of government regulators.

Narration: In the Fall of 1994, Canadian television quoted a Canadian health official as reporting Monsanto offered $1-2 million if her government committee would recommend BGH approval in Canada without further data or studies of the drug. Another member of her committee who was present when Monsanto made the offer was asked: "Was that a bribe?"

File Video Clip of CBC documentary — CBC Correspondent to committee member: "Is that how it struck you?" (Dr. Edwards): "Certainly!"

Reporter Jane Akre on camera: "Monsanto said the report alleging bribery was "a blatant untruth," that Canadian regulators just didn't understand the offer of the money was for research. Monsanto demanded a retraction. The Canadian Broadcasting Company stands by its story..."

Hansen: "Monsanto has a very checkered history with some of its other products ... "

Narration: Dr. Michael Hansen of Consumers Union is another American scientist still very skeptical about BGH. He says Monsanto was wrong years ago when it convinced the government PCB's were safe. Those were put inside electrical conductors for years ... until researchers in Japan and Sweden showed serious hazards to human health and the environment.

And you've heard of Agent Orange, 2-4-5-T, the defoliant used in Vietnam? Monsanto convinced the government it, too, was safe. It was later proven to be extremely harmful to humans ... and a government investigator found what she said was "a clear pattern of fraudulent content in Monsanto's research" which led to approval.

In the case of BGH, Monsanto was required to promptly report all complaints from farmers. Florida dairyman Charles Knight says he was complaining loud and clear that Posilac was decimating his herd ... but four months later he found the company had not passed one of his complaints to the FDA as required.

Charles Knight, Florida Dairyman: " ... so how many more hundreds of complaints out there sat and were not registered with FDA?"

Narration: Monsanto admits a long delay in reporting Knight's complaints. A company spokesman claims despite a series of on-farm visits and telephone conversations with Knight, it took four months for them to understand he was complaining about BGH. As for those safety claims for previous Monsanto products that turned out to be dangerous, the company offered no comment.

Part III

Narration: Whether you know it or not, by the time it's bottled, chances are milk from treated cows ends up in the jug you carry home. It's made the milk on your table one of the first genetically engineered foods ever to be fed to your family ... and the population at large.

Jeff LeMaster, Consumer/Dad: "And for her, now that she's eating people food, we want to give her as much good stuff without the chemical additives as possible."

Narration: Grocers and the dairy industry know synthetic BGH in milk worries consumers like Jeff and Janet LeMaster. A whopping 74 percent of those questioned in this University of Wisconsin study released just last year expressed concern about unknown harmful human health effects which might show up later.

Robert Collier, Chief Monsanto BGH Scientist: "What they need to know is that the milk hasn't changed...."

Narration: That's the assurance of Monsanto ... It's the company position, despite scientific studies which show the milk we're getting from BGH-treated cows has a higher level of something called IGF-1, a hormone believed to promote cancer.

Narration: Government regulators in Canada, New Zealand and all of Europe have expressed similar concerns and refused to license the drug for sale in all those countries.

File Video, consumer protesters chanting: "Boycott BGH!"

Narration: So three years ago when the drug was approved in America and protesters started dumping milk that contained the synthetic hormone, your grocer and your milkman decided something had to be done to protect sales.

Riley Hogan, Tampa Dairy Co-op: "For good business reasons, Publix [a marketing chain] and I both wanted to avoid the use of the product until there was public acceptance."

Narration: Maybe you recall these media reports from 1994 when Albertsons reassured Florida consumers: "We will do our utmost to ensure that (people) don't get it" in their milk. Publix issued similar assurances ...

The truth is, nobody ever did anything but go through the motions of asking farmers to keep BGH out of the milk supply ... 

And when we visited seven Central Florida dairy operations chosen at random, how many were heeding the grocers' request? Not a one.

Albertsons acknowledged: "It is widely accepted in the industry that most all dairy farmers now use BGH" but "we do not know which or how many dairies use it." ...

But not everybody's using it. Ben and Jerry, America's icons of ice cream, don't want anything to do with it ... and they're leading the fight to give you a choice at the grocer's dairy case.

Part IV

Ben Cohen, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream: "A big part of the issue is that consumers are well aware that what the FDA said was fine and healthy 10 and 20 years ago, the FDA is saying is really bad for you today." 

Narration: It's one of the big reasons Ben and Jerry, makers of some of America's favorite ice cream, are so opposed to farmers injecting their dairy cows with Bovine Growth Hormone genetically engineered in a Monsanto chemical lab ...

Narration: Our investigation has found only one dairy in Florida which produces milk from cows not treated with BGH and what happened when the folks at the Golden Fleece dairy in Central Florida wanted to label their products as synthetic BGH-free?

Well, first they say Commissioner Crawford's people strongly discouraged it, but what really deterred them was a fear Monsanto — the company which makes the hormone — would come after them in court.

Glen Norton, Golden Fleece Dairy: "From the information I heard and read, I was afraid at some point that if we tried to do extra labeling, that Monsanto could cause damage to my small, fragile business."

Narration: Norton and others like him may have reason to be scared. Right after Monsanto started marketing its BGH three years ago, a number of dairies that didn't use it began to label their products so consumers would know.

Robert Collier: "In fact, there are quite a few co-ops that do just that and we have not opposed that at all."

Narration: But that's not true. Monsanto did file lawsuits against two small dairies, forcing them to stop labeling. Then the company spread the news with follow-up letters to other dairies that apparently saw the writing on the wall ... and they also stopped ...

The labels on Ben and Jerry's ice cream will soon be different, too ... The label will also carry wording that says the FDA has said there is no significant difference between milk from treated and untreated cows — a claim some scientists sharply question. That wording, by the way, was written by Michael Taylor, an attorney who worked for Monsanto both before and after his time as an FDA official.

Some dairy people say Ben and Jerry have jumped on the anti-BGH bandwagon as just a way to sell more of their ice cream.

Ben Cohen: "The tremendous amount of chemicals that's used in conventional agriculture is having a horrible effect on the environment and on the health of our citizens and our customers and you know, (laugh), if you want to say is it our self-interest? Yeah! We want to keep our customers alive. They eat more ice cream when they're alive!"

Narration: As part of an effort to influence these reports, a lawyer hired by Monsanto wrote a Fox television executive saying the discussion of any possible link between the use of synthetic BGH and cancer is the most blatant form of scaremongering."

In a second letter, he said Monsanto critics are in all probability "scientifically incompetent." He is referring to critics such as Dr. Samuel Epstein at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Epstein has three medical degrees, he's the author of eight books, and is frequently called to testify before Congress about the environmental causes of cancer.

Like other BGH critics, Epstein contends it's just wrong to introduce a product into the marketplace when there are so many important and still-unresolved human health questions.

Samuel Epstein, Research Scientist: "We're living in the greatest democracy in the world in many ways but in other ways we're in a corporate dictatorship in which big government and big industry decide what information the consumer can and should have and it's the objective of me and the Cancer Prevention Coalition to assure that this information be made available and let the public decide ... and let grassroot citizens take over where government and industry has failed."

This is the first time that the script that got the reporters in trouble has appeared in print. This important document has been edited for length but not censored. For the full version, go to the website: //

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This is an excellent example of the challenge that truth frequently faces in getting to the public. This information is not presented through the media as a result of economic and political pressures.

I am delighted to be able to work with Dr. Epstein in promoting some of his outstanding efforts to inform the public about some of these dangers. If you live in Illinois please be sure and attend the Symposium he is sponsoring next month.

If you are still drinking regular milk I would encourage you to discontinue this practice as soon as possible. The growth hormone issues discussed above are only one of the reasons why this should be considered.

The major issue is the pasteurization of the milk which completely changes the structure of the milk proteins (denaturization) into something far less than healthy. Then, of course there is the issue of the antibiotics and pesticides and the fact that nearly all commercial dairy cows are raised on grains, not grass, like they were designed to. This will change the composition of the fats, especially the CLA content.


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