The distribution of multiple sclerosis in relation to the dairy industry and milk consumption

N Z Med J. 1976 Jun 23;83(566):427-30.


This report emphasises the striking correlation between the world distribution of dairy production and consumption and the incidence of multiple sclerosis. The irregular distribution of multiple sclerosis has been extensively investigated and many comparative studies of specific variables undertaken. It seems likely that there could be a combination of predisposing or precipitating factors involved in its aetiology, and that some environmental phenomenon plays a part. This report suggests that milk consumption may be a common aetiological factor.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Asia, Eastern
  • Australia
  • Cattle
  • Dairying*
  • Diet*
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Milk*
  • Multiple Sclerosis / epidemiology*
  • Norway
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • South America
  • Switzerland
  • USSR