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(January 06, 2009 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Ah milk, the delicious drink that helps us grow Ė although some argue that itís helping us grow too much. Dairy products are excellent ways to get the calcium and protein you need every day, and there isnít anything better with a cookie than a cold glass of milk. But many are starting to wonder if the hormones used to make bigger, better cows who produce bigger better milk supplies is starting to do bigger, not-so-better things to children, particularity girls.

Milk and Menses

There is increasing speculation that the growth hormones fed to cows are coming through the milk these cows produce in both milk and beef products. The growth hormones arenít making us taller, per se. They are making us start menstruating earlier Ė according to speculation. In fact, all of puberty seems to be speeding up a bit for many girls, and growth hormones are a very natural place to look when it comes time for answers.

The Growth Hormone

While the debate rages on, there is not substantive proof of growth hormones speeding along puberty for girls. What is known is this: Bovine growth hormone, or bovine somatotropin (also called bGH, rbGH, bST, or bST), is given to cows to make them grow faster and produce more milk. The growth hormone has been banned in Canada and Europe, but the Food and Drug Administration in the US along with the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services say that the hormone is perfectly fine for human consumption as it is broken down in the human digestive tract. Critics of the hormone claim further testing is needed to determine if it is really safe.

The documented concerns are not just speculation about earlier periods, but also the fact that cows injected with the hormone get sick more often and need large bouts of antibiotics to get well. Those antibiotics do pass through the milk and can make it into your body. This is no big deal, but it can mean that bacteria develops that is resistant to the antibiotics. This super-bacteria makes it much harder to kick future infections. Another concern is that a related growth hormone produced by the injected cows can transfer to humans where some say it increases the chances of certain cancers.

But The Good Stuff!

There is certainly not only bad news about milk, especially as the bad news is still up for debate. The good news is that milk is an awesome source of just about everything your body needs every day Ė itís like a meal by itself. Calcium, protein, vitamins and more can be found in a cold glass of milk, and including skim dairy products in your diet is a great way to keep your bones strong (as calcium gets depleted over time) and stay trim.

If youíre concerned about the potential risks of growth hormones in milk, but donít want to overlook the benefits it can provide in your every day diet, consider switching to organic milk Ė just be sure itís pasteurized. You can also keep an eye out for milk labeled "rbGH-free." This label is not required, and milk without a label might or might not contain the growth hormone.


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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 31, 2009
well, I don't like cooking with vanilla soy milk (it doesn't go well with mac n' cheese, even annie's pasta), but you can hardly taste a difference when baking (cakes, cookies). I've had chocolate chip cookies, completely vegan, and they tasted brilliant.

It just depends on your tastes.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: January 31, 2009
Yeah I guess...but does it tast the same?

I'd hate to have a cold glass of "blech" with my yummies...
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 31, 2009
they have vegan all of those, actually...

^_^

But I do have milk, occasionally! Only with oreos.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: January 28, 2009
Humans don't need milk?! Are you nuts?! 0.o

What about cereal and cookies and brownies and cakes and all the other goodies that aren't even close to awesomeness without it's cold glass of milk?

Baking, period, would be gone as we know it, just about everything includes it!

Okay, I'm done now, lol. ^.^
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 27, 2009
Yeah. Well, here's a fact for ya.

Humans are the only species alive (or known) to drink milk after we've matured (adulthood), and we're the only species to drink the milk of another animal.

So, we don't actually need it. At all. The amount of calcium and vitamins is pretty tiny, and easily made up for with veggies and nuts (think cashews and almonds).
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xXLush_RoseXx

25/Female
Grangerland, TX
Posted On: January 26, 2009
I know how exactly how you feel! I used to drink it all the time, now I don't like it. It's odd.

I think I'm gonna search up and find why it's bad to drink milk to vegans besides those reasons, I know you can get it without because that's what we do. Same with our meat.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 24, 2009
Well, a lot of people do it due to the reasons mentioned in the article.

I am not a vegan, so I do drink milk, but I don't drink the kind that mistreats the cows (you know, giving birth until they die and all that).

I also just don't like milk. I only really have it with the occasional bowl of cereal or some Oreos.
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xXLush_RoseXx

25/Female
Grangerland, TX
Posted On: January 23, 2009
Nevie, I hope you don't mind me asking, why is it so bad to drink milk? I never got that one, everything else I can respect. But milk? Why?
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: January 21, 2009
I guess I can appreciate your guy's point of view, but for all of us meat eaters, switching to organics that also include lables that say they don't do anything bad to the cows is a good switch. I'm doing something, small as it may be in ya'll eyes, but in ours it's something worth-while.

I'm not going to give up meat and I'm not going to give up animal products so in the very least I'll make sure that my animal products came from happier animals instead of miserable ones.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 17, 2009
organic just means that they were allowed outdoor time.

So yes, the only way to be kind to the animals is to stop eating them, and stop eating/drinking their milk/eggs.

Unless, you know, you have your own farm or something, or get them like I do from a neighborhood farm. They are so nice to the animals at local farms, like the dairy ones anyway. They only go inside for milking, and if they want to be inside (like when it's cold), and they are all very healthy. When the cow can no long reproduce, and is therefore not good for milk anymore, she is retired and gets to live all peacefully until she dies a natural death. It's pretty smart of them.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: January 17, 2009
I didn't go by the organic lable and stop there, I made sure it said no hormones antibiotics toxic and pesticides or fertilizers. So my swtich was a good one, and not a waste.
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Smuglyrose

25/Female
Plymouth, MI
Posted On: January 17, 2009
Just because you may have seen it happen, it doesn't mean that every farmer abuses their animals. I'm not saying that abusing animals is acceptable. I'm simply saying that it's unfair to stereotype every farmer out there just because a few were negligent.

Also, simply switching to an USDA or FDA approved organic product is not a much better switch from regular milk. The USDA made changes to their National Organic Program that still allows cows and calves to be given growth hormones and antibiotics while having their milk sold as "organic" and the FDA doesn't require all companies to share all their ingredients. Ever heard of "natural flavors?" >.< Basically, the best thing to do is READ the ingredients rather than expect something to be healthy because it claims to be healthy.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 17, 2009
I found that even some major labels say that there was no change to humans that drank bGH. But yet they still say they don't use it. How can you tell, if they say they aren't against it?

And you know, we get most of the meat Americans eat from big chain companies, not Old McDonald. And I've seen what those big chain companies do to their cows, just driving through rural Kansas and such. I want to go and set them all free! It's horrible how tiny their pens are, and how many cows are in those tiny pens.

http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.p hp/articles/article/144/

So yeah, maybe we don't hear about the good stuff, but I've seen the bad and I never want to force an animal to go through that so I can have a meal.

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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: January 17, 2009
Yeah that's true about the bad stories making headlines and that it's probably not as huge as it seems, but then why not just add it to the lable saying that it's pesticide/hormone free? I think it's actually quite common, not at an alarming rate, but still a neccessary worry.
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Smuglyrose

25/Female
Plymouth, MI
Posted On: January 17, 2009
While animal abuse does exist, the statistics are not nearly as shocking as one might assume. The media focuses on this abuse, making seem as though it's happening everywhere. Seriously, when was the last time you saw a story about a farmer keeping his animals happy on the news? A story like that wouldn't be nearly as interesting to a viewer as a story about an abusive farmer, so you can probably guess which one makes the news.

As for milk, the quantity of calcium and the other vitamins present are in such low values. If someone is drinking milk simply for it's "nutrients," then it would probably be easier to just take a calcium or vitamin pill instead of drinking the ridiculous quantities of milk that would be required.
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