Milk-and-Cookie Disease

Milk and cookies could be causing a new kind of disease, and it’s not obesity

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Bad news for kids who love milk and cookies. The classic pair that we all snacked on as kids could be causing a disease, and it’s not obesity, according to Fox News. One doctor calls it “Milk-and-Cookie Disease.” Milk and cookies aren’t the only culprits though. Anything with dairy and sugar can cause kids to develop the disease, which is associated with chronic symptoms like runny and stuffy noses, coughs, sore throats, constipation, and fatigue.

Dr. Julie L. Wei of Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla. spent years treating kids with these symptoms, but they weren’t improving with prescription medications. After studying the cases, Wei found that many patients were eating dairy and sugar frequently throughout the day and before bed. This causes the food to back up into the stomach, the esophagus, and the throat, causing reflux, cold and allergy symptoms, and sleeping problems. Once Wei asked her patients to stop eating dairy and sugar before bed, their symptoms improved significantly.

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She estimates that about 50 to 75 percent of kids who are otherwise healthy have Milk-and-Cookie Disease from eating dairy and sugar throughout the day and before bed.