Many people who buy milk products may be unaware the milk they are drinking and giving to their children may be genetically engineered and contain bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST), which could increase the risk of cancer and other diseases, especially in children. According to the website of Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician, the milk from genetically altered cows may be harmful to your health.
Posilac is a bovine growth hormone produced and marketed by Monsanto. Milk that comes from cows given the growth hormone is not required to be labeled. The hormone speeds up the metabolism of the injected dairy cows, which in turn increases milk production. However, there are reports that cows on the hormone are more likely to become sick. Dr. Mercola’s website quotes Samuel Epstein, M.D., a scientist at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. According to Dr. Epstein, the use of the growth factor (IGF-1) is known to be associated with cancer of the breasts, colon and prostate.
It’s reported that the milk itself can become contaminated with the growth hormone. The cows that are given the growth hormone are required to have additional antibiotics because of infections associated with the growth hormone. The milk may have an increased concentration of thyroid hormone enzyme. In addition, the milk may have reduced levels of milk protein.
Many organic milk producers have started to take advantage of the negative publicity by labeling their products as hormone free. A group known as the American Farmers for the Advancement and Conservation of Technology, which calls itself a grassroots organization, and apparently is strongly associated with Monsanto, is organizing a counter offensive to stop organic milk producers from labeling their products as being free from the growth hormone. While the U. S. Food and Drug Administration has declared Posilac to be safe, many countries have banned the use of the product, including Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and all of the European Union.
A European Commission report recommends avoiding products using the genetically engineered hormone as a means of cancer prevention. The FDA’s approval of the use of this drug is very controversial. A number of the FDA personnel that worked on the approval of rBGH were former employees of Monsanto. You can get more information by going to www.mercola.com. We will continue to monitor this situation because of the potential for significant harm to lots of folks.
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