Cancer Time Bomb In Your Frig – Will You Stop Eating It?
Cancer Time Bomb
In Your Frig -
Will You Stop Eating It?
Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor
- RBGH = the largest selling dairy drug in America
Banned in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and in the 27 countries of the European Union because of its dangerous to your health
- IGF-1 in rBGH increases breast cancer risk
- rBGH is dangerous
It causes at least 16 different adverse health conditions in cows, including mastitis that contaminates milk with pus.
- The truth about rBGH is suppressed
Those who have attempted to expose the truth about RBGH have been threatened with “dire consequences” by Monsanto’s lawyers
- Avoid rBGH by drinking raw organic milk
and from a small dairy farmer you know and trust or is certified organic.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, about one in eight. It can be avoided through lifestyle changes, and the one food to most avoid is non-organic dairy products like cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter and plain milk.
What is rBGH?
Cows are injected with rBGH or recombinant bovine growth hormone is used to increase milk production artificially to make more money. It is an unnatural or synthetic version of 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 over 30 countries because of its dangers,
The Truth Is Suppressed
In 1997, two Fox-affiliate investigative journalists, Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, attempted to air a program exposing the truth about the dangers of rBGH. Lawyers for Monsanto sent letters promising “dire consequences” if the story aired. After attempts by Fox to bribe the reporters to keep quiet failed, the station agreed to air a revised version of the report. An unheard of 83 edits later, the report was shelved and the courts took over. Although a lower court ruled in favor of the reporters for some $425,000, a Florida appeals court denied them whistleblower protection, claiming Fox (and the media in general) have no obligation to tell the truth and have the freedom to report, essentially, fact OR fiction as real news. They tell their story in an article at PR Watch.
Corrupt FDA Ignores Fails to Protect the Public
Despite decades of evidence about rBGH dangers, the FDA – probably the most corrupt government agency on the planet, still maintains it’s safe for human consumption. It ignores scientific evidence. According to Dr. Samuel Epstein, a well-respected professional in cancer prevention and toxicology and chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, the FDA has not responded to evidence that rBGH is unsafe with anything that is meaningful. Money rules over scientific truth.
In 1999, the United Nations Safety Agency ruled unanimously not to endorse or set safety standards for rBGH milk, which has effectively resulted in an international ban on U.S. milk.
Differences Between rBGH-Treated and Untreated Milk
- Increased levels of insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-1)
- Contamination with illegal antibiotics and drugs used to treat mastitis and other rBGH-induced diseases
- Increased levels of the thyroid hormone enzyme thyroxin-5′-monodeiodinase
- Reduced casein (a milk protein)
- Increased concentration of long-chain fatty acids and decreased concentration of short-chain fatty acidsALL of the factors above can cause or contribute to health problems for people. But people aren’t the only ones suffering—as it turns out, the cows getting injected with these hormones are suffering as well.
RBGH Causes 16 Different Medical Problems in Cows
Cows receiving this synthetic hormone suffer massively high rates of mastitis or painful infection of their udders. Monsanto’s own data show up to an 80 percent incidence of mastitis in hormone-treated cattle, resulting in the administration of antibiotics and other drugs. The Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research (2003) also found 16 different harmful medical conditions resulting from rBGH administration to dairy cattle, including:
- 40 percent increase in infertility
- 55 percent increased risk for lameness
- Shortened lifespan
- Hoof disorders
- Visibly abnormal milk
RBGH Raises Levels of IGF-1 in Milk by Up to 70 Percent IGF-1 is a potent hormone that acts to accelerate cell growth and replication – and in a cancer like way. Not surprisingly elevated IGF-1 levels are associated with breast and other cancers. When cows are injected with rBGH, their levels of IGF-1 increase up to 20-fold, and this IGF-1 is excreted in the milk.
In one study, a six-fold increase in IGF-1 levels in milk were found as early as seven days following rBGH treatment.Not only are IGF-1 levels elevated but a significant portion of this is in a free form that may be 10 times as potent as the IGF-1 in untreated milk. Pasteurization does NOT destroy this protein but can actually increases IGF-1 levels by about 70 percent, presumably by disrupting protein binding.Science also tells us that these things also do NOT break inside of us when you swallow them but are absorved into our bloodstream, as evidenced by both human and animal studies. Infants and children absorb even more.
How Elevated IGF-1 Levels Raises Your Breast Cancer Risk
Only one of every 10 breast cancer cases is attributed to genetics—the other nine are triggered by environmental and dietary factors. Increased IGF-1 levels have been linked to mot only breast but colon, and prostate cancers as has been documented in about 50 scientific publications over the past three decades. Among them is the 1998 Harvard Nurses Health study, which showed that premenopausal women with elevated IGF-1 levels had up to a seven-fold increase in breast cancer. And women younger than age 35 who have elevated IGF-1 have more aggressive breast cancer.
How does IGF-1 contribute to breast cancer?
IGF-1 regulates cell growth, cell division, and the ability of cancer cells to spread to your distant organs (invasiveness).
According to Dr. Epstein, IGF-1 blocks your natural defense mechanisms against early microscopic cancers. A study authored by Dr. Epstein demonstrated that IGF-1 in rBGH milk is a potential risk factor for both breast and gastrointestinal cancers. And a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention concluded that diet can impact cancer risk by influencing IGF-1 level.
Again the risks don’t end with breast cancer. Ten studies show your risk for colon cancer, and seven studies document the risk for prostate cancer. If you want more information on this topic, read Dr. Epstein’s 2006 book, What’s In Your Milk?
Are You Drinking rBGH Milk?
You very well may be drinking rBGH milk, or eating rBGH cheese or yogurt, as no labeling is required. This is despite the fact that surveys show that more than 80 percent of Americans want it labeled, but the government is protecting financial interests over your health. The good news is, as increasing numbers of consumers and dairies choose to avoid rBGH, you can find labels that say “rBGH-free” or a similar variation. Organic milk is also rBGH-free. According to the Hartman Group, organic milk is now among the first organic product consumers buy.
Organic milk is enjoying an annual growth rate of about 20 percent, while overall milk consumption has dropped by about 10 percent.
Organic milk is certainly preferable to milk that contains this dangerous hormone. However, drinking any milk that is pasteurized—organic or not – has health consequences. You can avoid the risks of rBGH, as well as pasteurization, by drinking raw milk The more you can avoid genetically modified (GM) and highly processed foods, the healthier you and your family will be.
- PR Watch 2000
- Business Wire April 2010
- Cancer Prevention Coalition
- What’s In Your Milk?
- Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research October 2003
- Analyst. December 1998
- Int J Health Serv. 1996
- Lancet May 1998
- Cancer October 1996
- Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2002
- PreventCancer.com June 2006
Based on an article by Dr. Mercola
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