Guest Post – Kim Bowman, Milk, Does It Do A Body Good?

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milkThere are so many reasons to be confused about what food is good for you and what isn’t. Unfortunately the biggest factor is due to misinformation mostly provided by the companies that don’t want you to know the whole truth about their products!

Let’s take milk for an example. Milk is something (in its raw form) that humans have been drinking and thriving on for thousands of years. In 1944, raw milk became illegal for human consumption due to a media smear campaign, launched to make people fearful of consuming raw milk in favor of pasteurization. Now let’s go to 1993, the FDA approves Monsanto’s artificial hormone (rBGH) recombinant bovine growth hormone, or (rbST) recombinant bovine somatotropin marketed as Posilac.

This hormone is injected into dairy cows to produce more milk, with the effects on cows being, an increase in mastitis, reproductive dysfunction, clinical lameness, and decreases the life of the cows. As a result of these severe medical conditions, cows are treated with antibiotics. 80% of all antibiotics are used to treat the ill health of all factory farmed dairy and meat animals.

Milk from rBGH / rBST treated cows contains antibiotics, hormones, puss and higher levels of the hormone insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) which has been proven to cause various cancers like prostate and breast cancers. Then there’s the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) feed, that these cows are fed. Needless to say, all of these things find their way into your milk, and considering all the research proving that none of these things are healthy for us or the cows, so if it is in the milk, would you think it is healthy?

So what to put in your cereal? Try organic milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. I personally do not recommend soy or rice milk. Rice milk is a container of sugar and soy even if it is organic creates elevated phytoestrogens levels, which can have adverse health effects.

References:

http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/milk_history.html

http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/rbgh/

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/gm-hormones-in-dairy/In-depth-Look-at-rbgh

http://envirocancer.cornell.edu/factsheet/diet/fs1.phyto.cfm

– Guest Author, Kim Bowman, ‘The Food Investigator’ with ‘What’s In It 4 U?’

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