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riversinger wrote:One tidbit I always thought was interesting:
We are the only species which tends to drink milk after infancy. (That is with the exception of animals we give it
too.) So perhaps its not so good for us afterall ???
GrateLakes wrote:Angela Correa wrote:I have had friends with children who have had chronic ear infections. Once they switched to organic milk....no more ear infections....I wish I knew this when my son was younger. He had to have tubes placed in his ears.
I have heard that all the antibiotics and hormones that are given to cows to produce large quantities of milk (which of course all of this ends up in the milk) has a huge amount of influence on our bodies. Personally, the photos I have seen of dairy farms where cows are literally pumped constantly and if they aren't, they are so engorged (sp) that they can't move due to all of the hormones to produce such quantities makes me very upset. We only will drink organic milk in my home.....same with eggs. Only organic, grain fed, free range eggs.
Having milked cows, I know a thing or two about them. The more they are milked, the more milk they produce. Hormones may make them produce more, but so does more milking. Ideally, farmers dont want their cows to have large engorged utters for a long time. The cows get kick more when they are over engorged and cows have a better chance of getting mastitis (infected udders.) If a cow gets mastitis and needs to be treated medically that cows milk cannot be sold. It is either fed to calves or dumped. So, if you have seen pictures of engorged cows, I would question who and why the pictures are up. I am sure it is a Peta or anti farmer group.
As for those hormones, primarily Bgh (bovine growth hormone,) it is naturally occuring in milk anyway. Even organic milk has Bgh, because Bgh is natually ocurring in milk. There are a lot of other hormones in milk besides Bgh. Cow's milk is a perfect food, perfect for baby cows who need Bgh and all the other cow hormones in cows milk.
THE PRICE OF WHISTLEBLOWING
It turns out that standing for the public good is an expensive proposition. Ask Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, two investigative reporters fired by Fox News after they refused to water down a story on rBGH, a controversial synthetic hormone widely used in the United States (but banned in Europe and Canada) to rev up cows' metabolism and boost their milk production. Because of the increased production, the cows suffer from mastitis, a painful infection of the udders. Antibiotics must then be injected, which find their way into the milk, and ultimately reduce people's resistance to disease.
Fox demanded that they rewrite the story, and ultimately fired Akre and Wilson. Akre and Wilson subsequently sued Fox under Florida's whistle-blower statute. They proved to a jury that the version of the story Fox would have had them put on the air was false, distorted or slanted. Akre was awarded $425,000. Then Fox appealed, the verdict was overturned on a technicality, and Akre lost her award. [For an update on the case see Disc 2 where we learn that at one point, Jane and Steve became liable for Fox's $1.8 million court costs, later to be reduced to $200,000.]
stonegirl wrote:I also wanted to point out - has anyone else noticed that young girls are hitting puberty earlier and earlier these days?? like, age 10?!??!
the FDA has ruled that "No steroid hormones are approved for use in poultry," so chickens intended for human consumption in the U.S. cannot legally be fed or injected with steroids. The rules governing cattle are different, though. Says the FDA: "Certain steroid hormones have been approved for use at very low concentrations to increase the rate of weight gain and/or improve feed efficiency in beef cattle."
EgoMagickian wrote: I know that on the cartoon that my Cage Free Eggs come in, it specifies "no hormones" which would lead me to believe that hormones are given to the other chickens??????
Not necessarily. This could be akin to bottled water labeled "no carbs" ;-)
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