Milk Hormones – parents think twice
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 be cause for alarm, they can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is a serious, developing public health problem. Another concern is that 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. (BabyCenter.com)
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