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In reference to this study that can be found in the "What's New" section of this website, it states that 3 servings of whole milk daily as an adolescent will increase the risk of developing MS later in life I am wondering if low fat or skim milk and/or low fat or no fat milk products would make a difference? And are they talking specifically about drinking a glass of milk or does it include milk products?? I am wondering this since I have only given my children whole milk when they were very young, and then switched to reduced fat and now skim milk. I also only buy low fat dairy products for the kids as I have for many years.

Just wondering if anyone had any knowledge or comments on this???
As it's the protein butyrophilin that's the inflammation causing problem for us in cow's milk, also found in goat and sheep's milk, so just switching to low fat dairy products won't work for the diet., There is more information on this in the FAQ's.

Don't know specifically about this study you are referring to, but the inflammatory protein will be found in low fat dairy products too, so they are to be avoided.


Diagnosis Dec 1998 OMS Feb 2010 Retreat Feb 2012
The study is found on the home page under What's New on this website. I copied and pasted it below:

Researchers analysing the long-running Nurses Health Study, in looking for the effect of vitamin D intake during adolescence on the incidence of MS, have come up with an important finding.

Their study was to some extent confounded by the fact that in the US, cow's milk is fortified with vitamin D, and so possible beneficial effects of adolescent vitamin D intake through dairy products might be counteracted by harmful effects of milk on MS development. The authors were aware of this, and so looked at milk consumption as well as vitamin D intake.

The finding of note in this study was that nurses who consumed three or more servings of whole milk a day in adolescence were 47% more likely (p=0.04) to develop MS in later life than those who did not. While the authors point out that this needs to be replicated in further studies, it fits well with previous epidemiological and laboratory research of the harmful effects of cow's milk. It is particularly relevant for parents wishing to minimise the risk of MS in their offspring.
Here is the link to the article page with the PDF download of the actual study - for those researchers amongst you who enjoy reading the actual study papers!

In skimming over the report, I found that Ms risk was NOT associated with the intake of daily products other than cow milk (this study included only whole milk), except for cream cheese. And also states that taking vitamin D in adolescence is associated with a decresed risk of MS later in life.

Very important report for me, since my kids are in the adolescence age bracket and are VERY stubborn when it comes to changing their diet. I will be enforcing the vitamin D intake and not buying cream cheese anymore!!!
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