Last updated on: 2/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Edward Giovannucci, MD Biography

Title:
Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"
Reasoning:

“In our study, milk was the dairy food that was most strongly inversely associated with the risk of colorectal cancer. This finding is consistent with the results from the Pooling Project, in which persons in the highest category of milk consumption (equal to or greater than 250 g/d; i.e., approximately 1 glass/d) had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer than did those in the lowest category of milk consumption (less than 70 g/d).”

“Calcium and Dairy Food Intakes Are Inversely Associated with Colorectal Cancer in the Cohort of Swedish Men,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , 2006

[Editor’s Note: Although Dr. Giovannucci’s statement can be considered Pro to milk, he pointed out in an e-mail to ProCon.org on Sep. 26, 2007 that some of his research can also be considered con to milk, as indicated in the excerpts below.]

“In our study, milk was the dairy food that was most strongly inversely associated with the risk of colorectal cancer. This finding is consistent with the results from the Pooling Project, in which persons in the highest category of milk consumption (equal to or greater than 250 g/d; i.e., approximately 1 glass/d) had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer than did those in the lowest category of milk consumption (less than 70 g/d).” (“Calcium and Dairy Food Intakes Are Inversely Associated with Colorectal Cancer in the Cohort of Swedish Men,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 83:667-673, 2006)

“Prostate cancer is the most common incident cancer and the second leading cause of cancer mortality in U.S. males. Higher milk intake has been relatively consistently associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, especially advanced prostate cancer.”

“A Prospective Study of Calcium Intake and Incident and Fatal Prostate Cancer,” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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 Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard University School of Public Health and Harvard University School of Medicine
  • Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Deputy Associate Director, Core Facilities, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
  • Member, Center Scientific Council, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
  • 10th American Association for Cancer Research-DeWitt S. Goodman Memorial Lectureship
Education:
  • ScD, Harvard University, 1992
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh, 1984
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Drinking Milk a Good Way to Get the Recommended Daily Amount of Vitamin D?