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The Dangers of rBGH in Your Milk

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The Dangers of rBGH in Your Milk

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. If you’re a woman, your chance of getting breast cancer in your lifetime is about one in eight.

Researchers at a breast cancer conference stated that up to one-third of breast cancers could be avoided by making different lifestyle choices, such as the foods you choose to eat.

There is one food you may be surprised to learn, that is directly linked to breast cancer—and that is pasteurized dairy in the form of milk or milk products.

The risk lies in consuming milk from cows treated with a synthetic, genetically engineered growth hormone called rBGH, and unfortunately, this applies to about one third of the dairy cows in America.

When you consume dairy products from these cows, every product made from their milk is contaminated with this dangerous hormone—be it cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter—or just plain milk.

Cows are injected with rBGH to boost their milk production.

But science has proven this practice, although profitable to the industry, comes at a high price to you, as well as to dairy cows. RBGH, or recombinant bovine growth hormone, is a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin (BST), a hormone produced in cows’ pituitary glands.

Monsanto developed the recombinant version from genetically engineered E. coli bacteria and markets it under the brand name “Posilac.”

RBGH is the largest selling dairy animal drug in America.

But it is banned in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and in the 27 countries of the European Union because of its dangers to human health. Many have tried to inform the public of the risks of using this hormone in dairy cows, but their attempts have been met with overwhelming opposition by the powerful dairy and pharmaceutical industries, and their government liaisons.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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2:03PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

so true!

2:17PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I don't drink cow's milk as I believe it is quite unhealthy. That sound, the addition of Rbgh to milk, and the FDA's stance on it, is just unconscionable. The FDA battled dairy farmers and public interest groups for years to FORBID milk from being labeled as hormone free. When that didn't go so well, they insisted that labeling had to say that milk from cows treated with Rbgh was no different from other milk--which is of course, an outright lie. The FDA and Monsanto put enormous pressure on the Canadian govt to approve Rbgh, but fortunately, Canadian scientists and doctors were victorious. When the European Commission formerly banned the use of Rbgh, after years of a moratorium, they showed evidence that the FDA and Monsanto had covered up data showing that it could have detrimental health effects. Of course, the American press was quite quiet on that one.

So how does the FDA get away with this? They are blatantly lying about Rbgh, in the face of clear scientific data, yet nothing is done? Instead, they are harassing raw milk farmers while permitting a potentially dangerous substance in milk?

Obama promised to clean up the FDA, but unfortunately, they are just as dirty and corrupt as ever. And FYI, Monsanto has unloaded Rbgh onto Eli Lilly. This is from Breast Cancer Action: http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/?page_id=2

Eli Lilly has taken pinkwashing to a whole new level. By adding rBGH to the products they sell, Eli Lilly has completed its cancer profit circle: it cre

2:16PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I don't drink cow's milk as I believe it is quite unhealthy. That sound, the addition of Rbgh to milk, and the FDA's stance on it, is just unconscionable. The FDA battled dairy farmers and public interest groups for years to FORBID milk from being labeled as hormone free. When that didn't go so well, they insisted that labeling had to say that milk from cows treated with Rbgh was no different from other milk--which is of course, an outright lie. The FDA and Monsanto put enormous pressure on the Canadian govt to approve Rbgh, but fortunately, Canadian scientists and doctors were victorious. When the European Commission formerly banned the use of Rbgh, after years of a moratorium, they showed evidence that the FDA and Monsanto had covered up data showing that it could have detrimental health effects. Of course, the American press was quite quiet on that one.

So how does the FDA get away with this? They are blatantly lying about Rbgh, in the face of clear scientific data, yet nothing is done? Instead, they are harassing raw milk farmers while permitting a potentially dangerous substance in milk?

Obama promised to clean up the FDA, but unfortunately, they are just as dirty and corrupt as ever. And FYI, Monsanto has unloaded Rbgh onto Eli Lilly. This is from Breast Cancer Action: http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/?page_id=2

Eli Lilly has taken pinkwashing to a whole new level. By adding rBGH to the products they sell, Eli Lilly has completed its cancer profit circle: it cre

2:15PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I don't drink cow's milk as I believe it is quite unhealthy. That sound, the addition of Rbgh to milk, and the FDA's stance on it, is just unconscionable. The FDA battled dairy farmers and public interest groups for years to FORBID milk from being labeled as hormone free. When that didn't go so well, they insisted that labeling had to say that milk from cows treated with Rbgh was no different from other milk--which is of course, an outright lie. The FDA and Monsanto put enormous pressure on the Canadian govt to approve Rbgh, but fortunately, Canadian scientists and doctors were victorious. When the European Commission formerly banned the use of Rbgh, after years of a moratorium, they showed evidence that the FDA and Monsanto had covered up data showing that it could have detrimental health effects. Of course, the American press was quite quiet on that one.

So how does the FDA get away with this? They are blatantly lying about Rbgh, in the face of clear scientific data, yet nothing is done? Instead, they are harassing raw milk farmers while permitting a potentially dangerous substance in milk?

Obama promised to clean up the FDA, but unfortunately, they are just as dirty and corrupt as ever. And FYI, Monsanto has unloaded Rbgh onto Eli Lilly. This is from Breast Cancer Action: http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/?page_id=2

Eli Lilly has taken pinkwashing to a whole new level. By adding rBGH to the products they sell, Eli Lilly has completed its cancer profit circle: it cre

2:15PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I don't drink cow's milk as I believe it is quite unhealthy. That sound, the addition of Rbgh to milk, and the FDA's stance on it, is just unconscionable. The FDA battled dairy farmers and public interest groups for years to FORBID milk from being labeled as hormone free. When that didn't go so well, they insisted that labeling had to say that milk from cows treated with Rbgh was no different from other milk--which is of course, an outright lie. The FDA and Monsanto put enormous pressure on the Canadian govt to approve Rbgh, but fortunately, Canadian scientists and doctors were victorious. When the European Commission formerly banned the use of Rbgh, after years of a moratorium, they showed evidence that the FDA and Monsanto had covered up data showing that it could have detrimental health effects. Of course, the American press was quite quiet on that one.

So how does the FDA get away with this? They are blatantly lying about Rbgh, in the face of clear scientific data, yet nothing is done? Instead, they are harassing raw milk farmers while permitting a potentially dangerous substance in milk?

Obama promised to clean up the FDA, but unfortunately, they are just as dirty and corrupt as ever. And FYI, Monsanto has unloaded Rbgh onto Eli Lilly. This is from Breast Cancer Action: http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/?page_id=2

Eli Lilly has taken pinkwashing to a whole new level. By adding rBGH to the products they sell, Eli Lilly has completed its cancer profit circle: it cre

3:50AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

People should never forget that real health depends how well you take care of yourself and not what health insurance you carry but I agree health insurance is important for every one. Search "Penny Medical" or online for dollar a day insurance plans.

2:49AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Actually Ruth S., you're wrong. Cats drink cows milk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb__daXOQJ0 WELL after they're kittens. There's also a video of a grown cat drinking milk from a dog.
As for the article, thank you... good information.

10:56PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

thanks.

1:34PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

this is disgusting, i couldn't even read the whole article

11:44AM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Since this hormone controversy first started, something like almost 15 yrs. ago, I have moved approx. 9 times. This means I've gone regularly to at least 9 different grocery stores.

Every time I move, I call the store's corporate headquarters and speak with a representative. What I'd LIKE to know is - Are they telling me the truth? ? ?
I'd really like to know this because over the past 6 yrs., I've read over and over again the rGBH milk is being boycotted to a point where not even Walmart milk has it any more.

Again - Am I Being Lied To ? ? ?

And I don't know where Dr. Mercola lives, but raw, unpasteurized milk, from my understanding, is illegal in most of this country. I certainly wouldn't know where to get it and I'm not sure I'd want to. Even my uncle had a small pasteurizer next to his barn and he was ever-old school about farming.

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