Milk and Growth Hormone

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Growth hormone, rBGH, and Milk

rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) is a genetically engineered, potent variant of the natural growth hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by Monsanto, it is sold to dairy farmers under the trade name POSILAC. Injection of this hormone forces cows to increase their milk production by about 10%.

Monsanto, supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), insists that rBGH milk is indistinguishable from natural milk, and that it is safe for consumers.

This is blatantly false:

  • rBGH makes cows sick. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects, including mastitis, on its POSILAC label.
  • rBGH milk is contaminated by pus, due to the mastitis commonly induced by rBGH, and antibiotics used to treat the mastitis.
  • rBGH milk is chemically and nutritionally different than natural milk.
    rBGH milk is contaminated with rBGH, traces of which are absorbed through the gut.
  • rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), which is readily absorbed through the human gut.
  • Excess levels of natural growth factor (IGF-1) have been incriminated as a cause of breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
  • Natural growth factor (IGF-1) blocks natural defense mechanisms against early submicroscopic cancers.

  • rBGH enriches Monsanto, while posing dangers, without any benefits, to consumers, especially in view of the current national surplus of milk.
  • rBGH factory farms pose a major threat to the viability of small dairy farms.

There is something else to be considered regarding growth hormone. As a little girl becomes a fully mature woman, she will produce the total equivalent of one tablespoon of estrogen. Hormones work on a nanomolecular level, which means that it takes a billionth of a gram to produce a powerful biological effect.

If this delicate amount and timing of natural hormone is disturbed, one can guess what can happen to body. Every sip of milk has 59 different powerful hormones. It is loaded with injected hormones and by any means should be avoided. 1

Read more about rBGH in the summary of a book, "What's In Your Milk" by Samuel S. Epstein MD

Palmitate in milk:

Palmitate is a oral form of vitamin A that is added to fat free and low fat milk to add back some of the vitamins that are removed from the milk along with the fat. So if it is vitamin A then it should be good for us right?

Unfortunately WHO has some concerns that this form of vitamin A when taken in our diet may make us more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases. Some people say that there are not enough studies to back this concern raised by WHO.

Prostate Cancer

When it comes to preventing prostate cancer, the science is clear. Men who steer clear of milk have significantly lower rates of this deadly disease. According to the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, 11 different human population studies have tied dairy consumption to prostate cancer.

Below are some of those researches:
Results of the landmark Physicians' Health Study of 20,885 doctors showed that men who consumed at least 2-1/2 servings of dairy foods daily were about 30 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who averaged less than half a serving per day.

The Health Professionals Follow-Up Study found that men who consumed high amounts of dairy products had a 70 percent increased risk of prostate cancer.

A study of 41 countries published in Alternative Medicine Review found that as milk consumption rose, so did prostate cancer mortality rates.

British researchers have found that men who eat a diet without dairy products and meat have lower levels of a certain protein associated with prostate cancer. The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, found that levels of IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor, which appear to play a major role in causing prostate cancer) were 9 % lower in vegans than in none-vegans.

Studies published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and the British Medical Journal found that consuming three additional servings of nonfat or 1 percent milk for 12 weeks was associated with a 10 percent increase in IGF-1 levels.

The American Cancer Society says:

    "about 1/3 of the 500,000 cancer deaths that occur in the United States each year is due to dietary factors…Although the committee recognizes that no diet can guarantee full protection against any disease, we believe that our recommendations offer the best nutrition information currently available to help Americans reduce their risk of cancer."

American Cancer Society’s top two recommendations are:

1. Choose most of the foods you eat from plant sources
2. Limit your intake of high-fat foods, particularly from animal sources

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1 "Hormones found in cow's milk include: Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, 17-Ketosteroids, Corticosterone, Vitamin D, insulin-like growth factor, growth hormone, prolactin, oxytocin..." --Journal of Endocrine Reviews, 14(6) 1992
(By the way, the Vitamin D here is synthetic vitamin D-2 which was added after milk pasteurization, which was not naturally present. This synthetic vitamin D-2 has been linked to heart disease.)

Original unedited article at by Robert Cohen, who is also author of "Milk A-Z."

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