Facts About Milk and rBGH, recombinant bovine growth hormone

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Breastfeeding is best for your baby! This statement holds true up to date. This is beneficial to babies with breastfeeding moms . But what if  mother’s breast milk never comes out or you happen to be a very busy working mom.  You end up feeding cows milk to your baby.  This might not be good cause cows milk may contain hormones that are meant for cows and not for your babies.

powdered milk in canister

My grandpa told me that children of current generation are going wild because they are consuming cows milk.  Animal instincts  are being pass to your child’s brain. I wonder if it’s true . What do you think?

Another concern, milk contains the so called rBGH and IGF-1 . Effects of this substances are still in debate.  Are you willing to take the risk after reading the facts below.  I don’t want to be a test subject like guinea pigs .

Bovine growth hormone, or bovine somatotropin (also called bGH, rbGH, bST, or bST), is given to cows to make them mature faster and produce more milk. The hormone is produced by cows’ pituitary gland and an extra amino acid is attached before it’s injected into dairy cows.

The hormone was first used in 1993. In 2002 about 22 percent of dairy cows in the United States were injected with bGH. And by mid-2004 less than 11 percent of U.S. cows were being injected. Opposition groups are pushing for bGH to eventually be pulled off the market altogether. Unless the milk you buy is organic, or labeled “bGH-free,” it may contain the hormone.

The Consumers Union, the Cancer Prevention Coalition, and other groups are concerned that milk from cows that have been injected with bGH may be harmful to humans. They point out that bGH has been banned in Europe and Canada. Here are the main reasons for the red flag:

Cows that are given bGH injections are more prone to health problems like lameness, reproductive trouble, and udder infections. When these cows are treated for infections with large doses of antibiotics, some of those antibiotics are likely to show up in the milk, especially because it usually takes longer to treat cows receiving bGH. While antibiotic residues themselves might not cause for alarm, they can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is a serious, developing public health problem.

Injecting cows with bovine growth hormone may cause them to produce more of another hormone called insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Animal studies suggest that elevated levels of IGF-1 in the bloodstream could increase the risk for some cancers, particularly colon and breast cancers. Government researchers and bGH manufacturers say the presence of a little extra IGF-1 in milk doesn’t put people at any extra risk for developing this cancers because — just like bovine growth hormone — IGF-1 is broken down by the human digestive system and never makes it into the blood. However opponents say that other studies show that IGF-1 survives digestion and passes into the intestines.

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Any violent reactions ! ?


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3 Comments

  • The news had a report yesterday,that babies in China are “growing breasts” because of the growth hormone in milk!!!! ( I forgot the medical name ..http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/08/10/health/main6759717.shtml

    • Thanks for the update MM

  • My mum said the same thing what your grandpa said..lol. It is indeed a worrying scenario..total disregard for health over profit.The irony is we drink milk for better health no?
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