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Samuel S. Epstein, MD Biography

Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and Professor emeritus of Environmental & Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Pro to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"

“Hormonal milk is very different than natural milk. Hormonal milk is often contaminated with pus cells, resulting from mastitis in cows due to hyperstimulation of milk production, and also with antibiotics used to treat the mastitis. Other abnormalities include increased fatty acids, which are incriminated in heart disease… More importantly, hormonal milk contains high levels of a growth factor (IGF-1), which has been incriminated as a major cause of breast, colon, and prostate cancers. However, these risks are avoidable. according to the Hartman Group, a prominent Seattle consulting firm, organic milk is now among the first organic product that consumers buy. Organic milk is also becoming increasingly available.”

“Hormonal Milk Poses Greater Risks Than Just Twinning,” Cancer Prevention Center press release, June 27, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition, 1993-2009
  • Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, and School of Public Health, University of Illinois, 1976-1999
  • Swetland Professor of Environmental Health and Human Ecology and Professor of Pharmacology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1971-1976
  • Senior Research Associate in Pathology, Children’s Cancer Research Foundation, Harvard Medical School, 1962-1971
  • Consultant in Pathology, The Memorial Hospital, Peterborough (UK), 1960-1961
  • Tumor Pathologist, Great Ormond Street, London (UK), 1958-1960
  • Lecturer in Pathology and Bacteriology, Institute of Laryngology and Otology, University of London (UK), 1955-1958
  • Member, National Association of Science Writers
  • Former President, Society for Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Former President, Rachel Carson Council
  • Former Member, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Health Effects Advisory Committee and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Occupational Carcinogens
  • MD, University of London (UK), 1958
  • DPath, University of London (UK), 1954
  • DTM&H (Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Bacteriology and Parasitology), University of London (UK), 1952
  • MB BS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery double honors), University of London (UK), 1950
  • BSc, Physiology, University of London, 1947
  • Albert Schweitzer Golden Grand Medal, Polish Academy of Medicine, 2005
  • Project Censored Award, 2000
  • Bioneers Award, 1999
  • Right Livelihood Award for international contribution to cancer prevention, Government of Sweden, 1998
  • Environmental Justice Award, 1989
  • Society of Toxicology Achievement Award, 1969
Quoted in:
  1. Is There Pus in Milk?
  2. Are There Any Safety or Nutritional Differences in Milk from Cows Supplemented with Growth Hormones Such as rBST and Milk from Cows Not Supplemented with Hormones?