Last updated on: 8/25/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Benjamin Spock, MD Biography

Title:
Pediatrician and Author
Position:
Con to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"
Reasoning:

“Cow’s milk has become a point of controversy among doctors and nutritionists. There was a time when it was considered very desirable, but research has forced us to rethink this recommendation… Dairy products contribute to a surprising number of health problems. They can impair a child’s ability to absorb iron and in very small children can even cause subtle blood loss from the digestive tract. Combined with the fact that milk has virtually no iron of its own, the result is an increased risk of iron deficiency…

Cow’s milk proteins are a common cause of colic, and now the American Academy of Pediatrics has concluded that there is evidence that cow’s milk may well contribute to childhood-onset diabetes. Some children have sensitivities to milk proteins that show up as respiratory problems, chronic ear problems, or skin conditions.”

“Good Nutrition for Kids,” Good Medicine magazine, Spring-Summer 1998

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs, MDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to milk. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to milk.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Child Development, Case Western Reserve University, 1955-1967
  • Professor of Child Development, University of Pittsburgh, 1951-1955
  • Clinical Pediatrician, Mayo Clinic, 1947-1951
  • Former Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Medical College
  • Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
  • People’s Party candidate for United States President, 1972
  • Olympic Gold Medal, Rowing, 1924
Education:
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1929
  • BA, Yale University
Other:
  • Considered a pioneer of modern pediatrics
  • His book The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, originally published in 1946, has sold over 50 million copies worldwide making it the second most sold nonfiction book in history next to the Bible. There have been 7 editions and it has been translated into 39 languages
Quoted in:
  1. Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?