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The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 9, No.3, 1994

ABSTRACT

The Myths of Milk

E. Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D.


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Introduction

It would seem that there ought not to be any mystery about mom's milk. From the moment of conception on, the system is so beautifully organized to guarantee the optimal growth and maturation of the infant.

It has been known for a long time the virtues and limitations of different types of infant feeding. In a study covering 20,061 babies

from birth to nine months during the years 1924-1929 inclusive, 48.5% were totally naturally nourished, 43.0% were partially breastfed and 8.5% received an artificial diet.1 From Table 1, it is clear that the mortality and morbidity figures are strikingly different among the babies fed by natural versus artificial means.

Table 1. Percentage summaries <

of mortality/morbidity in 0-9 month old infants

totally and partially breastfed versus artificially nourished

Groups

a

b

c

Entirely

Partially

Artificially

Breastfed

Breastfed

Fed

Entire sample

48.5

43.0

8.5

Morbidity

Total infections

37.1

53.8

63.6

Respiratory infections

28.0

34.0

39.0

Gastro-intestinal infections

5.2

12.8

16.0

Unclassified infections

3.3

6.0

8.2

Mortality

Total deaths

6.7

27.2

66.1

Respiratory infections

3.3

34.8

62.1

Gastro-intestinal infections

9.0

27.3

63.7

Unclassified infections

12.0

36.8

51.2


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