By: J. Justin Wilson
Newspaper: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Doctors against milk” may sound like a compelling “man bites dog” story, but the reality is utterly pedestrian. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is an animal rights group, not a mainstream source of medical or nutrition advice (“City Family in D.C. Anti-Dairy Ad,” July 28).
It’s easy for PCRM to latch onto some out-of-context statistic, combine it with its PETA-like ideology, put out a press release loaded with irresponsible hyperbole — like PCRM’s president’s claim that cheese is “dairy crack” — and make it into the newspapers.
But whatever this tactic is, it isn’t the scientific method. No wonder that McGill University chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz warned, “Cherry-picking data, a common PCRM practice, does not mesh with the scientific method.” PCRM’s hostility to dairy isn’t justified by rigorous scientific review; rather, it comes from cherry-picking whatever evidence supports its preconceived animal rights philosophy. That’s not a “responsible” way to set nutrition policy for America’s children.