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Ralph Stolle: A great entrepreneur, philanthropist and inventor

By the time Ralph Stolle moved his family to a large dairy farm in Lebanon, Ohio, in the 1950's, he had already become a wealthy industrialist. Ralph Stolle's career was based on innovative developments in aluminum fabrication and novel applications of that technology. His most far-reaching accomplishment was the development of high-speed presses for fabricating pop top lids for aluminum beverage cans. The basic designs developed by Ralph Stolle's companies are still used today by beverage packagers worldwide.

As a consummate innovator, now dairy farmer, Stolle immediately began to seek novel applications and products to add value to milk. In this search, he ran across the work of Dr. William Petersen and colleagues at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Petersen had demonstrated that the mammary gland of the cow is capable of producing vast quantities of antibody against human diseases.

Dr. Petersen's contributions were significant because they focused attention on milk as an immunologically important substance. Mr. Stolle was intrigued by the health-enhancing potential of milk from cows immunized against human disease pathogens. He was particularly interested in the fact that Dr. Petersen's findings focused not only on classical infectious disease in humans but also on other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, hay fever, poison ivy, etc, depending on the immunization program. However, Dr. Petersen immunized the cows by intramammary infusion, a process that potentially contaminates the milk. Mr. Stolle objected to intramammary immunization and hired scientists to develop injectable immunogens. A proprietary immunization regimen and an immunogen consisting of killed bacterial cell wall antigens was developed, which came to be known as the "series 100" (S100) immune stimulant.

From the very beginning, Mr. Stolle gave the milk away to friends and employees who requested it and asked that they report any perceived benefits on forms that were provided. Over the next three decades until Mr. Stolle's death in 1996, S100 skim milk powder was distributed at no charge in a study known as the "Ohio Survey". In the beginning, the majority of the participants in the Ohio Survey had rheumatoid or other forms of arthritis. Most recipients perceived improvement and continued to consume the equivalent of one quart of S100 skim milk daily for many months or even years. Over the years other health benefits such as cholesterol, blood pressure, heart ailments, muscle cramps, stomach ailments, etc. were also attributed to consumption of S100 milk. Over the 35-year span of the Ohio Survey, records on over 8,000 participants were accumulated and the results summarized.

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