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Just as in any typical family practice or pediatric medical office, my waiting room was normally filled with sick children. Cough, fever, runny noses, ear aches, asthma, and eczematous skin rashes make up the bulk of a pediatrician’s or family doctor’s patients. It took me a while to notice that kids began getting sick when they received their first immunizations and when they were weaned. The relationship between cow’s milk and subsequent illness was obscured by the fact that so many babies, were on milk formula from the very start, so they seemed to be sickly from birth.           

Conventional medical thinking attributes the colds, runny noses, bronchitis, asthma, and other “typical” childhood conditions to viruses and germs. These conditions are then treated with a variety of medications, principally antibiotics, antihistamines, and steroids. The results of these treatments are generally poor and patients keep coming back for relief. It takes no time at all to create an assembly line or mass production mill where, incidentally, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, hospitals, and Big Pharma profit handsomely. It seems to be a win-win situation, except, of course, for the patients. While pediatric patients and their inconvenienced parents appreciate our efforts, we continue to blame increasingly resistant germs and flu strains for their chronic illness, while the government and industry pin their hopes on discovering a new and more powerful vaccine. 

So what do runny noses, sinus congestions, bronchitis, middle-ear infections, and various body discharges have in common? The answer: mucus. Mucus is an excellent growth medium for germs. Inflammation on the mucosal membranes of the nose, the bronchial linings, the intestines, and elsewhere leads to an excessive production of mucus, resulting in runny noses, and congestion. Ultimately, this leads to infection that is then treated with antibiotics and/or antihistamines. Sold by the millions, antihistamines attempt to block excessive histamine (that produces the inflammatory response) with variable success. Ultimately, they fail unless histamine consumption is controlled.

What are Histamine and Histidine?

Where does histamine come from? Histamine is a very powerful component and trigger of the inflammatory response. We do not manufacture our own histamine,—we have to ingest it. Milk and animal protein are the main sources of histamine in our systems. This is because all animal protein is rich in histidine. Histidine converts to histamine. Milk products, especially cheese, and shellfish are particularly significant sources of histidine. The production of histamine resulting inflammation affects other areas in our bodies as well. In fact, many of the most common illnesses are associated with an inflammatory response.

The great majority of my patients, children and adults, get rid of their allergies and recurrent inflammatory mucus-produced conditions by the simple expedience of eliminating milk products from their diets. It is not uncommon in my practice to rid a patient of years of misery from allergies, eczema, and the like by just abstaining from milk for a couple of weeks. 

Humans are the only known species that drinks the milk of another species, and the only known species that continues to drink milk into adulthood. Cow’s milk naturally contains the large amount of hormones and protein needed to turn an 80-pound calf into a 1,000-pound cow in one year. 

Unfortunately, there are enormous cultural and financial forces that are vested on the consumption of milk and animal products. For generations, consumers have been bombarded by the media which, sadly, determines the behavior and opinions of the populus. I highly recommend to my patients that they let their bodies and not the media determine what is good for them.


Excerpt from the book ReThink Food: 100+ Doctors Can't Be Wrong - see the VLV! interview here.

Gilbert_MansoGilbert Manso, M.D. graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1969. He was an assistant professor in the faculty of UTMB and UTMS Houston for some 20 years and he has logged over 140,000 patient visits, covering the spectrum from Amoebas to Zoonosis. 

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