By Robert Cohen

Vitamin D from skin and brains!

"Have you seen the little piggies, crawling in the dirt? And for all the little
piggies, life is getting worse." (George Harrison, The Beatles. 1968)

Observant Jews, Muslims, and vegetarians eat no pig, or so they believe. The
information in this column is going to provide one very sad surprise for those
who drink milk.

At one time, Vitamin D-2 was added to milk. Vitamin D-2 is manufactured by
exposing bacteria and algae to ultra-violet light. D-2 imparted a bitter taste to
dairy products, and so was replaced by vitamin D-3. The source of Vitamin
D-3 may now leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

I recently attempted to learn the source of Vitamin D-3 by calling dairy
processors. I called the United States Department of Agriculture. I called my
own New Jersey State Department of Agriculture. I called dairy industry
professors and editors of dairy magazines.

Not one individual could give me the answer.

Finally, I learned about an industry conference called the Vitamin D
workshop. Anthony Norman responded to my

"Basically D-3 always is derived from an animal. The sunlight reaction that
converts 7-dehydrocholesterol to vitamin D-3 is a 'pure' chemical reaction that
occurs in your skin in certain cells."

Do they extract D-3 from human skin and add that substance to milk?
Certainly not. Marian Herbert of the Vitamin D Workshop, a division of the
biochemistry department at the University of California, wrote:

"The provitamin known as 7-dehydrocholesterol is extracted and isolated
from the skins of mammals and purified."

I have subsequently learned that Vitamin D-3 can come from four different

Pig skin, sheep skin, raw fish liver, and pig brains. Most of the time,
Vitamin D-3 is extracted from pig skin and sold to dairy processors.

Folks...Those who keep Kosher do so by observing the dietary laws set down
in the Bible. In EXODUS 23:19 we read:

"You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk."

Dairy and meat do not mix. That is a taboo in the homes of many Americans.

Today you learn that this biblical and social "abomination" is routinely
disrespected by 21st century milk producers.

If you drink milk, you consume extracts from animals.

In kindergarten and first grade, children learn that Vitamin D is the "Sunshine
Vitamin." We soon forget our lessons, and subordinate our knowledge to
dairy industry brainwashing. Some secrets are well kept. The Vitamin D-3
secret can now be told.

Spread the news!

((12-16-2000: Supportive article

Robert Cohen author of: MILK - The Deadly Poison
Executive Director
Dairy Education Board