Got Milk?

.*Dr.Lill’s Book Review*.

SKINNY BITCH by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin


“Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough”, I would answer enthusiastically when asked what my favorite ice cream flavor was. I considered myself a regular ice-cream connoisseur. Bluebell, Russel Stover, Ben & Jerry’s, Bryer’s, Dippin’ Dots and Edy’s were all topics I was quite familiar with. For years, globs of yogurt and soggy cereal frequented my breakfast
plate. My mothers insisted upon proper calcium intake with extra cheese on this and dollop’s of Daisy® on that. Little did I know I was poisoning myself. I was developing an addiction that would be almost impossible to overcome! Little did I know until Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin opened my eyes.


I began reading various diet and nutrition books when I started suffering from terrible stomach aches. These paralyzing pains kept me from many days of school. I would feel horrible after every meal. What was the matter with me? I considered myself to be active and healthy. How could I have a weird health issue as embarrassing as constant stomachaches? It was a mystery I had to solve, and quick before I had to repeat my senior year!
No doctor, health professional, nutrition expert or gastrointestinal specialist could figure out what was causing the pains. I knew I had to start doing my own research and experiments to figure out what was causing my suffering. After weeks of trial and error, a few bottles of Pepto Bysmol, and finally Skinny Bitch, I confidently diagnosed myself with ‘lactose intolerance’.


Intolerance to lactose technically means that I cannot properly digest dairy product. “Lactose is a kind of sugar that gives milk its sweet taste. It is a carbohydrate that is broken down during digestion” (Milk). Young children digest lactose easily, but many adults loose their ability to digest this sugar. While some are born lactose intolerant and soon grown out of it, others, like me, can indeed develop intolerance later in life. I was confused why my body would refuse to digest such ‘nutrition’. If milk was so good for me then why was my body telling me otherwise?


After censoring the title page with duck tape (so that I literally masked out the word “Bitch”) I began reading on my towel at the beach. Page after page I was both informed and shocked! All my life I was under the impression that I was taking care of my body. Skinny Bitch felt like the much-needed pep talk I needed to tweak my eating habits. With biting wit and well-documented sources I could not help but trust the words of Freedman and Barnouin.


While some might be tempted to put the book back when reading chapter titles such as; “Soda is Liquid Satan” and “Sugar is the Devil”, I encourage readers to not get defensive. Continue reading because this book is truly life changing. I will admit that their diet commands are a bit extreme with their emphasis on the vegan lifestyle. A vegan diet simply means that the dieter consumes no animal byproducts. A vegan diet would be almost impossible to follow in college, but it was still fascinating and inspiring to read and learn about it.

I credit chapter 5, The Dairy Disaster, in helping cure my stomach pains. Because dairy products produce mucus, the body often develops an allergy to fight this dairy invasion. Adults no longer “…need [their] mothers’ milk anymore, just like grown cows don’t need their mothers’ milk anymore” (57). My mothers nutrition mantras like, “drink your milk, it’s good calcium”, earned the titles of only ‘wives tales’. Milk is intended to, “…aid to the biggest growth spurt in a persons life. It contributes up to a 300 percent weight gain in a twelve-month period” (Skinny Bitch, A Beginners Guide). Skinny Bitch explains that calcium in no longer vital to survival once we grown past infancy.
Dairy products have been linked to even more problems! The following is only a small list of the harm dairy products can cause: “acne, anemia, anxiety, arthritis, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, headaches, heartburn, indigestion, IBS, allergies, ear infections, breast and prostate cancer (Peta Campaign Against Milk)”. Wow.
Then why do we drink milk and consume dairy products? Why do we feel a false since of security when reaching for a glass of milk or a piece of sharp cheddar?


Skinny Bitch tells us like it is:
“The dairy industry in a multibillion-dollar industry based on brilliant marketing and the addictive taste of milk, butter, and cheese. It has convinced most doctors, consumers, and government agencies that we need cows’ milk.
We have been told out whole lives, “You need milk to grow. Without milk, your bones will break. If you don’t drink milk, you’ll get osteoporosis. You need the calcium. Bullshit.”


Maybe we should blame the advertising industry. But some of the blame can also be credited to casein (a kind of protein found in milk). Casein literally makes dairy addictive. Casein exists in milk so that babies crave it. Infants will scream and cry until they get their “fix” so to speak. Skinny Bitch opened my eyes to this natural addiction that is an instinctual survival technique. I stopped joking around that I was addicted to cheese, because I literally was!


As I began eliminating dairy products from my diet I went through somewhat of a withdrawal. I craved milk, ice cream and cheese more than ever. I wanted extra cheese on my Subway! I craved that extra bit whipped cream over my complicated Starbucks order. And a few times I gave into those cravings. Soon my cravings passed as I put myself through a series of shock therapy treatments. Now, when I am considering taking a swig of poison, I remember the horrible health hazards that I down with it.


While the cover page illustrates a skinny woman in a black dress, this book contains vital diet information that benefits both males and females. If men can get past the curly-q illustrations and comments like, “beer is for frat boys”, then it is a great read for both women and men. Who knows what health revolutions Skinny Bitch can bring you. Let the health epiphanies begin! The book ends by summing up their encouraging message, “Take excellent car of the body you were blessed with, and love, love, love
it” (224)!


.*Works Cited*.
Freedman, Rory and Kim Barnouin. Skinny Bitch. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running
Press Book Publishers, 2005.
Milk. Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2007. 18 November 2007.
PETA Campaigns Against Milk. The Daily Collegian Online- Penn State. 18 November
Skinny Bitch: A Beginner’s Guide. Sabrina Rojas Weiss. 18 November 2007. iVillage



  1. Jane Doe says:

    This seems like a horrible book. My friend is reading it and she has become. OBSESSED with losing weight. Dairy is healthy for you, the authors seem to be taking some statistics and twisting them to make milk seem bad…your body does need calcium no matter how old you are and that is not bullshit.
    I think people should only become Vegan if they are against the harm of animals. Not to lose weight… The reason they are losing weight is because of mal nutrition. They aren’t eating anything besides nuts and berries and fake food people processed to taste like meat. These authors are basically pushing these people to anorexia.

    All in all, this is a fad diet. Eventually all the women reading this book are going to realize they are starving and binge eat and gain all they have lost back. Why do you think the atkins diet didn’t work?

    • You can get calcium from other sources:
      Collard greens
      Turnip greens
      White beans
      Baked beans
      Brussel sprouts
      Sesame seeds
      Bok choy
      So I don’t see how milk is absolutely necessary.

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