The Dominion Post reports on a book to be released tomorrow by Professor Keith Woodford of Lincoln University in which he claims that he has assembled a mass of scientific evidence linking milk to heart disease, type-1 diabetes, autism, schizophrenia and other illnesses. The milk devil is beta-casomomorphin7, a derivative of A1 beta-casein, a gene found in cows' milk.
Health fears about milk stem from the link between a tiny protein fragment in milk - what Professor Woodford calls a "milk devil" - and many illnesses.
The devil is present in A1 milk, but not in A2, produced by about half of New Zealand's cows.
The dairy industry mixes both types together so that all milk, apart from a small amount produced by the A2 Corporation and sold mainly in Auckland, contains the milk devil.
Professor Woodford says the industry could simply remove any risk by breeding only A2 cows.It is not clear from the Dominion Post article whether this A1 milk protein, the "milk devil" is produced outside New Zealand. Should be interesting. Milk causing autism? In What the 'milk devil' could do the Dominion Post article previews Professor Woodford's book Devil in the Milk which carries endorsements by Professor Sir John Scott, professor emeritus of medicine at Auckland University, and Professor Garth Cooper, Auckland University's professor of biochemistry and clinical biochemistry. The book reviews the "milk devil" connection with several conditions including autism:
Autism and schizophrenia. Scientists have identified that autism sufferers typically excrete the milk devil in their urine, but normal children do not.
This could come only from A1 milk. When milk is removed from their diets, most show a steady improvement and reduction in the symptoms of autism.I guess we will have to wait and see what becomes of this casein and autism theory.