What The Experts Say

When the dairy industry sends up doctors and professionals, we send up better ones. When the dairy industry says, “Trust us,” we ask them what they’re hiding.

See what these truth-seeking doctors and health professionals have to say about dairy.

Dr. Milton Mills

Dr. Milton Mills is the Associate Director of Preventive Medicine with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and co-author of PCRM’s report on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Dr. Mills serves as the Race & Nutrition Specialist and Board Adviser for A Well Fed World. Whether internist Dr. Mills is practicing at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia or at free clinics in Washington, D.C., his prescription for patients is likely to include some dietary advice: go vegetarian. “Medical research shows conclusively that a plant-based diet reduces chronic disease risk, so that’s something I absolutely encourage my patients to move toward,” says Dr. Mills, a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Mills doesn’t limit his message to his patients. He takes it to audiences around the country as well, speaking at hospitals, churches, and community centers.

Dr. James F. Loomis

James F. Loomis Jr., M.D. is the medical director of the Physicians Committee’s Barnard Medical Center, where nutrition is just one of the tools he and his team use to help patients get healthy and stay healthy. Dr. Loomis used Physicians Committee nutrition resources during his transition to a plant-based diet in 2011. Now—after losing more than 60 pounds and improving his cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure—he advocates for others to do the same!

Formerly the director of prevention and wellness at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Loomis was also the team internist for the St. Louis Rams football team, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and the tour physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Loomis received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with honors. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He is board certified in internal medicine and was on the clinical faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Loomis also received an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Angie Sadeghi

“My passion is to provide healing through an integrative approach to keep patients healthy and youthful,” says Dr. Angie.

Dr. Angie’s personal journey fueled her desire to help patients. Having previously suffering from health problems such as severe eczema, elevated cholesterol, fatigue, and being overweight. She started eating a whole food, plant-based diet, adopted regular fitness into her life, ultimately transforming her health and body.

Understanding that no single approach is right for every individual, Dr. Angie offers a complete range of services to help individuals with gut problems, obesity, anti-aging, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and overall disease prevention. Combining evidence based medicine, her expertise in the digestive system, and her passion for physical fitness and plant-based nutrition, Dr. Angie has developed a comprehensive approach to helping patients recover from illness and live a healthy life.
“I want to leave a legacy of a doctor who prevented disease in her patients using the mastery of combining integrative medicine, western and eastern medicine, rather than simply using pharmaceuticals.”

Dr. Angie is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Gastroenterology. She has extensive training from University of Southern California (USC), and demonstrates exceptional commitment to excellence in treating diseases of digestive tract. She is featured in three documentaries as a leader in the field of plant-based fitness for health and weight loss, and was recently published on the cover of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine.

Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD

Matt Speaks About Dairy:

“There is no nutritional need for cow milk; humans are the only mammals to drink milk as adults or from another species. The only reason milk is touted as a health food is because the dairy industry has been intertwined with the nutrition field since its inception and the price is kept artificially low by the federal government. The nutrients in milk, namely calcium and protein, can easily be found in plant foods that are lower in saturated fat and significantly richer in phytochemicals and antioxidants- compounds associated with a lower risk for chronic diseases.

When you give up dairy your digestion and sinuses might clear up as a significant number of people have low level intolerances or allergies to dairy and may not even realize it.”

Matt’s Bio:

Matt Ruscigno is a vegan of 20 years and a leading expert in nutrition. He has a Nutritional Science degree from Pennsylvania State University, a Public Health Nutrition masters degree from Loma Linda University, and certification as a Registered Dietitian- one of the only professional nutrition credentials. In addition to working with vegetarian clients and athletes, Matt is the Past-Chair of the Vegetarian Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He is a co-author of the No Meat Athlete book with Matt Frazier and Appetite for Reduction with Isa Moskowitz.

In his spare time, Matt is an endurance athlete, having accomplished numerous marathons, iron-man triathlons, 200+ mile cycling events and 24-hour races. For Matt, fun, adventure and good health go hand-in-hand. His motto? “Demand the impossible! Of yourself and the world.”

Dr. Vivian Chen

Dr. Chen Speaks About Dairy:

“The trouble with a dairy allergy, is that it often causes a wide array of delayed symptoms, for which there are currently no accurate tests. Therefore, this type of delayed allergy (Non-IgE mediated) can easily go misdiagnosed for years.” says Dr. Chen. Despite being told the contrary by her several doctors, she has since helped her children overcome their allergies, by not only removing dairy but also all animal products from their diets. “Even though my kids have outgrown their dairy allergy, as a mom, I could never feed my kids a food laden with hormones and persistent inorganic pollutants, such as DDT, PCB, or dioxins, which are neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors. They can wreak havoc on our children’s developing brains, our hormonal balance (affecting future fertility), and they have even been linked to cancer. Organic animal products have been found to contain just as much pollutants as those that are conventionally farmed and therefore pose the same cancer risks. What we feed our kids today have a far reaching effect on their health 10-20 years down the line. In order to stop the exploding epidemic of chronic diseases, we need to make sure we are feeding them foods that do not come with huge toxic burdens on their bodies”

Dr. Chen’s Bio:

Dr. Vivian Chen is a U.K. double board certified physician in internal and family practice. As a family physician in the UK for 14 years, she saw many patients improve their IBS, joint problems, skin issues, asthma, and seasonal allergies when they stopped consuming. Her own daughter had a life-threatening dairy allergy which no doctor, including herself, was able to diagnose. In order to save her daughter’s life, Dr. Chen undertook more learning and research into food allergies.