Today, I’d like to share an alarming story reported in The Huffington Post by John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America: Infants in China have been growing breasts. The three affected female babies are between 4 and 15 months old.
According to the newspaper initially reported in the Chinese Daily, the evidence overwhelmingly points to infant formula as the culprit, indicating adult levels of estrogen in the babies that seems to stem from the formula.
The infant formula maker is taking no responsibility for the high estrogen. A former representative of the dairy association in the country blames the lack of controls for hormones used in the feed of dairy cows. Wang Dingmian, former chairman of the dairy association states: “Since a regulation forbidding the use of hormones to cultivate livestock has yet to be drawn up in China it would be lying to say nobody uses it.” If high levels of estrogen are found in the feed, from my perspective, the dairy industry and the company manufacturing the infant formula need to show some accountability.
The use of bovine growth hormone in the feed of cows raised for dairy production is common in many countries, not just in China. However the seriousness of the situation is clearly evident in these babies.
Excessive levels of estrogen can be linked to premature breast development but may also be linked with: increased cancer risk, particularly breast cancer; excessive fat; water and sodium retention, among others.
Isn’t it time to get the synthetic hormones out of the feed of animals, particularly those in which the dairy or meat will be consumed by humans? These babies are innocent victims of a serious industry-wide problem.
Learn more about the problems linked to dairy consumption in my article, 11 Reasons to Stop Eating Dairy. To learn more about toxins in other places you might not suspect, read: 8 Toxins Lurking in Your Fabric Softener and 6 Natural Alternatives to Fabric Softeners.
Michelle Schoffro Cook