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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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Xx_Pixie_Dust_

19/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 16, 2009
I don't even really like the taste of milk. :S
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eliginorski

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 15, 2009
I'm going to permanently switch to almond milk now. It's better anyways.

My mom's not going to be very happy, though.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: January 13, 2009
I agree it's gross and all, but I'm one of those few wierd people who strongly believe that if you liked it before knowing then you like it after knowing, it's just all in your head that you don't like it. Like menudo, I love that stuff. I almost stopped eating it once I found out what was in it, but then I realized the only thing stopping me was me, it taste good, I love it, so I'm going to eat it.

To each their own, I'm not trying to put anyone down btw.
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Xx_Pixie_Dust_

19/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 13, 2009
x_Trash, that almost made me puke. o-O

Seriously that much?! Eww.. That's disgusting and shouldn't be allowed.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 11, 2009
yeah, I myself like rice milk, but it's a bit expensive if you want the kind that tastes good, and I'm the only vegetarian/vegan person in my family.
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x__TrashFlavou

23/Female
Brockport, NY
Posted On: January 11, 2009
I hope you guys also know that the pus content of cow's milk these days is shockingly higher than it's ever been. It doesn't exceed the legal limit, but it's more than I can stomach. Something like 700 pus cells in every glass.... kind of gross.

This is because cows get a painful udder infection called mastitis from constantly producing and being milked.

Then there are the ethical issues of decreasing the cow's lifespan to one fourth of what it naturally is, and killing the calves in the cruel veal making process, but I'll leave you guys to decide for yourselves if you'd like to support such a practice. Personally, I haven't bought milk products since I got a clue.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: January 10, 2009
So we just got back from the store...I love organic milk anyways! I always get skim milk right? Well the skim milk in organic form tastes just like the whole milk in evil form, lol.

Anyways, made the switch and sticking to it
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Xx_Pixie_Dust_

19/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 9, 2009
Fr'iggin farmers.

Poor cows.

Okay, turned off milk now.. o-O
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: January 9, 2009
I googled what the cows looked like and sure enough...Yeah definately switching now. These poor cows that I pass look like they can't even walk.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 8, 2009
http://www.freewebs.com/vegan-vegetarian /dairycow2-LG.jpg

That's what bGH does to those poor cows.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: January 8, 2009
Oh my gosh! I think I live right next to one of those evil farms! I was all mad because it looked like farmer John hadn't milked his cows in for flipping ever, but it turns out he may be causing them lots of pain?! I will definately look into organic milks from now own, and if you've ever seen a cow with dragging utters you'd do the same, take a drive down my road and you'll think about switching too!
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 8, 2009
The vegans have a good point when they don't drink milk. Have you ever seen a dairy cow that has been injected with those hormones? It's not at all pretty. Their utters get so big, they can't even walk and are constantly in pain.

Don't support the mistreatment of cows! But organic milk, with the label that says it's growth hormone free. And it doesn't hurt to do research of your own. I get my milk from a local farm. The cows live in a pasture, with sunlight. They are all very healthy, and the milk is delivered weekly to my house. They also reuse the glass containers they send the milk in, so they have less waste than the other companies.
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Xx_Pixie_Dust_

19/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 8, 2009
WOW.. o.O
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