Tony Hawk & Cow’s Milk

This entry was originally titled Tony Hawk and G.E.F. discuss Cow Pus…

(Here’s Tony Hawk in the collage on the back cover of  My Rules among all the punks)


Tony Hawk as seen on the cover of G.E.F.’s 1982 MY RULES. And more recently below the “cow puss” campaign below:



Years ago World famous SkateBoarder Tony Hawk lent his name and image to the Dairy Council. Glen was one of the 1st people to ever get a photo of Tony published.

After Glen saw the advertisement that Tony appeared in, he felt compelled to write Tony a letter regarding his promotion of cows milk. (Read the entire correspondence between them).


Dear Tony,

Long time no speak, probably over 15 years for sure. Over this time you may know I’ve been pretty busy with my life and work and certainly you have. I’ve been delighted to see your great success in skating. I think when I was first telling the magazine editors back in the day that I knew you were going to be great I surely did not know it would go this far, I’m happy you lived up to that and beyond.

I’m sorry that my reason for contacting you this many years later was motivated by something negative I saw that you have done (the milk mustache campaign), since I’m sure you’re probably a positive guy and were just maybe not aware of what you were getting your self into. I’m also a very positive person and honestly in my criticisms I am just rying to be constructive to your knowledge of milk and your promotion of it.

So this leads me to my point. Do you realize what you are doing by allowing your good name and image to be used by the Dairy council to promote milk? What kind of contract did they ask you to sign? May I ask how much they paid you to participate in the campaign? Did you really need that money, or was it basically to promote your image? I don’t mean to pick on you at all by the way, I am just really curious, I would love to know these answers just because I’d like to know how the council protects it self with those that they ask to promote their products and how much they pay stars to sell there deadly foods. I would send this same note to anyone I know who did one of these ad’s (God forbid someone I know did the cover for Cigar magazine!)

Yes I am a strict vegan vegetarian and no I don’t expect you to be one, particularly if you are not aware of all the ramifications, but surely I’d be more than happy to recommend some reading to help you educate yourself further if in fact you are at all interested.

please be well,
Glen E. Friedman

In the mean time PLEASE read this below about milk the product you are promoting:

Did you know that…

Milk is the foundation of heart disease and the explanation for America’s number one killer.

Milk is the reason that one out of six American women will develop cancer of the breast.

Twenty-five million American women over the age of forty have been diagnosed with bone crippling arthritis and osteoporosis. These females have been drinking in excess of two pounds of milk per day for their entire adult lives. Why are their doctors blind to the fact that drinking milk does not prevent osteoporosis?

Calcium in milk is not adequately absorbed and milk consumption is the probable cause of osteoporosis.

Milk is responsible for allergies, colic, colitis, earaches, colds and congestion in young children. Research indicates that one bovine protein in milk destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, causing diabetes.

Sixty Percent of America’s dairy cows have leukemia virus. Is it wise to eat the flesh or drink body fluids from diseased animals?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) used to allow a small amount of antibiotics in milk. FDA scientists recognized that consumers should not be drinking a fluid containing antibiotics. In 1990, the one part per hundred-million antibiotic residue in milk standard was increased by one-hundred times to one part per million. As a result, new strains of bacteria developed, immune to the 52 different antibiotics found in milk. Antibiotics no longer work because Americans have been drinking milk and eating dairy products containing increased amounts of these powerful drugs and, in addition, new strains of emerging diseases.

Beer bellies are indeed making a comeback in America. According to the Food Consumption, Prices and Expenditures, 1996, Statistical Bulletin Number 928, published by the USDA, the average American consumed 24 gallons of beer in 1994. That works out to less than 8 1/2 ounces of beer per day. Total milk and dairy products consumed per capita in 1994 equaled 26 ounces per day, more than triple the amount of beer. One 12 ounce glass of beer contains 144 calories and no fat. On the other hand, a 12 ounce glass of milk contains 300 calories and 16 grams of fat. It seems that beer is taking a bad rap. Protruding stomachs on overweight people should be called milk bellies, not beer bellies.

Beer is NOT an alternative to milk and the message in the preceding paragraph is NOT intended to be interpreted that way.

When we drink milk we are taking in the most powerful growth hormone naturally produced in our own bodies. However, this growth hormone in milk is safeguarded by naturally occurring mechanisms unique to milk. That hormone is called Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and it is identical (70 amino acids, same gene sequence) in cows and humans.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 1994 the average American ate 586 pounds of milk and dairy products, 394 pounds of vegetables, 121 pounds of fresh fruit, 199 pounds of meat and 193 pounds of products containing flour and cereal. That totals to over four pounds of food per day per person and nearly forty percent of that is milk and dairy, one very lopsided food pyramid!

Each sip of milk provides you with:

Pituitary hormones (PRL, GH, TSH, FSH, LH ACTH Oxytocin)
Steroid hormones (Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone,
Testosterone, 17-Ketosteroids, Corticosterone, Vitamine D)
Hypothalamic hormones (TRH, LHRH, Somatostatin,
PRL-inhibiting factor, PRL-releasing factor, GnRH, GRH)
Thyroid and Parathyroid hormones (T3, T4, rT3, Calcitonin, Parathormone, PTH peptide)
gastrointestinal peptides (Vasoactive intestinal peptide, Bombesin, Cholecystokinin, Gastrin,
Gastrin inhibitory peptide, Pancreatic peptide, Y peptide, Substance P and Neurotensin) Growth Factors (IGF’s (I and II), IGF binding proteins, Nerve growth factor, Epidermal growth factor and TGF alpha, TGF beta, Growth Inhibitors MDGI and MAF, and Platelet derived growth factor Others… (PGE, PGF2 alpha, cAMP, cGMP, Delta sleep inducing peptide, Transferrin, Lactoferrin, Casomorphin and Erythropoietin

In Short…
Growth hormones, fat, cholesterol, allergenic proteins, blood, pus, antibiotics, bacteria, virus and more!


This is a shocking book.

Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) is a wonder drug invented by Monsanto scientists. Shoot up a cow with this stuff, and you can get 50 quarts of milk a day out of her, instead of the two quarts a day our forefathers had to be satisfied with.

But there’s a problem: rBGH causes cows to get sick. Solution? Feed the cows heavy, continuous doses of antibiotics. (Guess who’s going to get all those antibiotics in every sip of milk, pat of butter, or slice of cheese? You guessed it — you and your kids.)

There’s an even bigger problem: rBGH (which is banned in Europe) increases levels in the cow’s milk of a powerful growth hormone that causes cancer.

Now Monsanto claims that pasteurization destroys this cancer-producing agent. But the same tests the FDA used to approve rBGH show otherwise.

Monsanto didn’t seem to have much difficulty getting their product approved, however. They had an ace up their sleeve: the Monsanto scientist responsible for arguing to the FDA that rBGH was safe — got hired by the FDA and ended up reviewing her own work. Guess what she found — that rBGH was safe and Monsanto should be permitted to sell it.

The revelations in Milk: The Deadly Poison are infuriating. After reading this book, you can’t help but reach the conclusion that many Monsanto and FDA employees should be in jail, and that the author is a brave champion, battling some very evil people. Milk: The Deadly Poison shows convincingly how Monsanto and the FDA are more concerned about making money than having a safe food supply for this county.

Tony Hawk wrote:


I stand by my decision to do the milk campaign. I drink milk and eat meat; those are some of my beliefs. I’m sorry you have a problem with them.


hey Tony,

Thanks for the response i really do appreciate it. Although I do not understand why you still keep those “beliefs”, indeed if you have full knowledge of what you are doing I don’t have a problem with YOU doing it, promoting it to others since it is bad for the the environment and peoples health I do have a problem with, but of course that’s your prerogative. I hope you, your family, and anyone who you may have influenced to ingest more dairy products, do not become one of those health casualties.


p.s. if you are ever interested in finding out more about the true effect those animal products and their production have on the environment of our planet or our bodies please feel free to ask anytime, I would be more than happy to recommend books, web sites or even send you some easy to read very interesting pamphlets.

p.p.s. if you can take the money from the dairy council, can you please take the time to read this (for old times sake?)

What About Dairy?

Looking Behind the Mustache

Dig into nearly anyone’s supermarket shopping cart (with their permission, naturally) and what do you find? Amid the canned corn, Rice Crispies, carrots and cellophane, you’re likely to unearth a jug of milk, a carton of yogurt, and a wedge or two of cheese — even if the basket belongs to one of North America’s more-than 12 million vegetarians.

Thanks to star-spangled industry promotions and decades of government-sponsored nutrition “education” in schools, dairy foods are universally revered as a fundamental food group and the vital building blocks of strong bones and teeth. Understandably, North Americans generally react with disbelief when informed– even by medical authorities– that dairy foods are not essential for human health, and that most people on this planet do quite nicely without them.

Even harder to swallow is the news that a solid and growing body of scientific evidence suggests that limiting or eliminating dairy products from the diet may be important to achieving optimal health.

“What do you mean, ‘Dairy food aren’t essential?'”

The dairy industry spends millions of dollars of milk money on high-gloss advertising to convince us that their products are not only wholesome and chic, but downright essential for our health. Essential? “There is no human requirement for milk from a cow,” says Suzanne Havala, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association’s “Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets” and several books on nutrition. “The use of milk and its products in our country is strictly a cultural tradition,” she notes. “There are millions of people around the world who never consume cow’s milk and are none the worse for it.”

Dietitians Virginia and Mark Messina, PhD, echo this view in their 1996 bookThe Vegetarian Way. “Vegetarians who avoid dairy products may seem to be choosing an unusual diet by Western standards, but are actually choosing a typical diet by world standards…The belief that milk is essential in the diet is clearly incorrect.”

The calcium scoop

But aren’t dairy products our only reliable source of precious calcium?, you might ask. You’d certainly think so listening to Lauren Bacall, Christie Brinkley and the other mustachioed celebrities paid handsomely to urge us on to ever greater heights of milk consumption.

Although milk, cheese, yoghurt, butter and the like are not pivotal to our welfare, calcium certainly is. In small amounts in the bloodstream, it plays a critical part in blood clotting, muscle contraction, heartbeat maintenance, and proper nerve function. About 99 percent of calcium (roughly three pounds total) is stored in our bones and teeth, which rely upon the mineral for their strength. When needed, calcium is released from our bones into the blood.

Calcium is calcium, however, whether it’s from broccoli or cottage cheese. “There’s no best source of calcium,” explains Robert Heaney, a professor with the Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University School of Medicine. “The sheer quantity of calcium in dairy products certainly makes them attractive sources, but they have no monopoly on calcium. There’s no reason in the world why you couldn’t get an adequate intake from a vegetable source.”

In fact, nutritional anthropologists believe that our earliest ancestors– who got most of their calcium from wild plant foods– had higher calcium intake than their milk-quaffing contemporaries. Anthropologists also think that until 10,000 years ago or so, all humans were lactose intolerant.

Calcium and bone health: What’s the connection?

The dairy industry tirelessly advances the notion that their calcium-rich foods are veritable guarantors of unbreakable bones. Problem is, there is scant support for this assertion in the medical literature. There is no clear scientific evidence that high calcium intakes alone– even the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of 800 mgs– can ensure bone health.

“It might surprise you to know that throughout the world people who consume the most calcium actually have the poorest bone health,” say the Messinas.”The idea that dosing yourself with calcium will automatically keep your bones in good shape is just plain wrong.”

Indeed, researchers have found that nations with the greatest calcium intake have the highest rates of osteoporosis and hip fracture, and that there are relatively few fractures among populations where calcium levels are not so high. After studying bone fracture rates worldwide, researcher JA Kanis concluded that the differences in fracture rates, “cannot be accounted for by differences in dietary intake of calcium but may relate more to physical activity [which promotes strong bones].” Of course the dairy industry disputes these findings, continuing to insist that every man, woman and child would benefit from drinking at least three glasses of milk a day.

The recipe for healthy bones clearly calls for more than simply ingesting copious amounts of calcium-rich foods. Certainly, calcium intake is keenly important, particularly during childhood, early adulthood and up to the age of 30-35 when our bones achieve their peak mass and stop growing. But retaining the calcium we’ve stored in our bones appears to be even more vital. This is especially the case in our late 40s or so, when our bones begin to break down faster than they can be rebuilt, alas, an inevitable part of aging. Indeed, research from hundreds of subjects indicates that preventing calcium loss is actually three to four times more important in determining calcium balance– that is, whether we gain, maintain or lose calcium from our bones– than is calcium intake. And one of the greatest instigators of calcium loss, it turns out, is a high-protein diet

The protein drain

Protein, and especially protein from animal sources, makes our urine acidic, a condition the body attempts to remedy by drawing calcium, an alkaline mineral, from the bones. Eventually, this calcium is lost, flushed from the body in the urine. What makes this even more alarming is that many North American adults typically eat twice the recommended amount of protein. (The RDA for protein is 50 grams for women and 60 for men.) Researchers who reviewed 16 studies examining the protein-calcium relationship found that when protein intake is above 75 grams per day, more calcium is lost in theurine than is retained in the body. Researchers speculate that this level of protein intake alone could account for the bone loss commonly seen in postmenopausal women!

If you already eat a plant-based diet, you’ll be comforted to know that meat-free diets produce less acid than those containing meat, and that vegan diets produce less acid than those including dairy products. According to one recent study, by eliminating animal protein altogether from the diet, people can cut urinary calcium losses in half.

Fact: The RDA for calcium is established higher than it otherwise would be in order to compensate for calcium losses due to American’s high consumption of protein.

Fact: People worldwide develop and maintain strong bones on levels of calcium considerably below the 800-mg RDA. The World Health Organization recommends 400-500 mgs daily.

Fact: Studies indicate that the bones of vegetarians are just as dense as those of non-vegetarians, and that osteoporosis is not more common in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians.

Fact: Because vegetarians generally have lower protein intakes and absorb and retain calcium better, they may have lower calcium needs.
Beyond Bones

While the question of whether dairy foods contribute to or detract from the well- being of our skeletons often occupies center stage, there are additional serious health concerns that might make you wary of dairy.

Allergies: Milk is the most common cause of food allergy. A recent study found that one way to reduce the number of allergies in infants is for the breastfeeding mother to avoid consuming cow’s milk.

Anemia: Overreliance on milk in children can lead to anemia, as milk is very low in iron, and drinking large quantities of it can crowd iron-rich foods from the diet. In young infants, protein from cow’s milk can cause intestinal bleeding, another possible cause of anemia.

Colic: Sensitivity to cow’s milk can cause colic, a digestive ailment in infants. Colic can cause problems even in infants who aren’t drinking cow’s milk but whose mothers are.

Food safety concerns: Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy chides that milk is tainted with so many drugs that it should be sold by prescription only. Dairy farmers regularly administer drugs and growth hormones to cows to boost milk production. Investigations have routinely found residues of these veterinary pharmaceuticals in milk and other milk products, some of which may raise cancer risks. One compound approved for use in 1993 and now widely employed by commercial dairies is the controversial genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH). Many feel that this compound– which increases milk production in an era of serious milk surplus– poses grave potential health risks for consumers (including elevated antibiotic residue levels in milk) while favoring large-scale factory farms at the expense of small dairy producers. Unfortunately, producers who shun BGH are forbidden from labeling their products as such. Only organic dairy foods are certified to be free of antibiotic and BGH residues.

Heart disease:
Dairy products are major contributors of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol to the diet. According to cardiologistDean Ornish, MD, “Milk rates second only to beef as the largest source of saturated fat in the American diet.” Consider, for example, that one glass of 2% milk has as much saturated fat as three strips of bacon. Almost half the calories in whole milk come from fat.

Insulin-dependent diabetes: Recent research indicates that consuming cow’s milk throughout adolescence increases the risk of developing Type I diabetes. About 1 million Americans have this disease. (13)

Lactose intolerance: Many people cannot stomach lactose, the sugar in milk, because they lack the necessary digestive enzyme. Some people are also sensitive to milk protein. An estimated 50 million Americans experience intestinal discomfort after consuming dairy products. Symptoms include bloating, stomach pain, cramps, gas or diarrhea.

Women’s health concerns: Studies indicate that osteoporosis, which afflicts 20 million American women, and ovarian cancer are most common in those countries with the highest consumption of dairy food and lowest in those countries with low dairy intake. According to gynecologist Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom, other health problems associated with the consumption of dairy foods include benign breast conditions, recurrent vaginitis, acne, menstrual cramps, fibroids, chronic intestinal upset and increased pain from endometriosis.

Such findings prompted breast surgeon Robert Kradjian, MD, in 1993 to review more than 500 medical articles written about milk since 1988. “How would I summarize the articles?,” Kradian asks. “First of all, none of the authors spoke of cow’s milk as an excellent food, free of side effects. The mainfocus of the published reports seem to be on intestinal colic, intestinal irritation, intestinal bleeding, and anemia, allergic reactions in infants and children as well as infections such as salmonella… In adults the problems seemed centered more around heart disease and arthritis, allergy, sinusitis, and the more serious questions of leukemia, lymphoma and cancer.”


1. Dairy foods are not essential for human health

2. All the nutrients dairy foods offer can be obtained from plants foods with the added bonus of protective nutrients unavailable in milk products

3. Plant foods are protective against many diseases, dairy foods elevate the risks of numerous diseases

4. Deciding whether to include them in your diet boils down to personal preference.

5. Debate over dairy has grown more acrimonious in the last decade

6. There are enough studies, experts and opinions to satisfy any number of positions.

7. Only certainty: the more you know about dairy foods, the harder it is to eat them with the assurance that they are doing a body good.

above INFO from the EARTHSAVE

Hall of Shame!
The Dairy Coalition
Hall of SHAME!
THIS deception begins at the very TOP!

Presidential Pustaches
Clinton and Dole have sold their soul, to an industry with money and power.
Would they have been tempted to pose for an ad by the growers of cauliflower?

Dr. Donna Shalala
Meet the boss of our FDA and Health & Human Service.
By endorsing one industry’s product, she makes many people nervous.
In ten drops of milk ? a million cells of pus applied to her upper lip, Endorse hormonesfor our children?
Don’t take another si

David Copperfield
Milk hormones are linked to BREAST CANCER, and that is something quite tragic.
Remove hormones from milk, no easy task- not even Houdini could conjure that magic!

Larry King
53 slices of bacon each day,19,000 in each year. The equivalent cholesterol contained in milk, His mustache should disappear! From milk and cheese The average American O.D.s on cholesterol and fat. This man had surgery For heart disease, now what do you think of that?

Protein in milk is good for you, Flo-Jo is quite emphatic.
The casein in milk, Is furniture Glue – That’s why one becomes an asthmatic.

500,000 kids in New York are tragically diagnosed – free milk at school, free cheese each day – these sick kids are overdosed!

Spike’s a famous director and Knick fan,
With a message for each African-American. Ninety percent of blacks cannot tolerate lactose, so why does Spike advise them to take another dose? Lee poses with glue applied to his face, and in doing so betrays nine out of ten of his race.

Conan’s such a funny guy, He’s on late night T.V.
But the joke’s on those drinking fluids… from cows with Leukemia and T.B.

Daisy Fuentes, Miss Latin, refuses to let the fat-in. Uruguay has the world’s third highest rate of breast cancer and milk consumption. Skim milk with hormones in the name of nutrition – an unhealthy, dangerous assumption.

Patrick Ewing, what are you doing?
You broke your wrist, so brittle. You should know, calcium in milk, you only absorb a little! The nations that eat a lot of dairy are the ones with bone disease. Cows & people eat greens for strong bones so please – don’t eat the cheese.

Kristi Yamaguchi ? She should just eat sushi!
Chinese, Koreans and Japanese, eat no butter, milk or cheese, and very rarely have bone disease. Oh what a riot, the milk and dairy diet!

Smits & Franz, what’s in your hands? A substance so sublime, Cancer, bone and heart disease, your message is a crime.

Should YOUR NAME be here?

above info from the anti-dairy coalition