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What's the deal with: rBGH

What's the deal with: rBGH

The other day I "actually" overheard someone say, "I think the hormones they pump into cows make people gay."

Are you kidding me? I need to sit down.

Here's the deal. rBGH or recombinant bovine growth hormone, (also known as BGH - bovine growth hormone) is in no way healthy for the cow or for us, but it has nothing to do with people's sexual orientation. The hormones they inject into cows don't affect our hormones - they affect the cows'.

rBGH is a genetically engineered copy of the hormone cows produce naturally. Approved by the FDA in 1994, farmers inject it into cows to increase their milk production.

It causes immense suffering to the cows - udder infections, severe reproductive problems, digestive disorders, foot and leg ailments, and persistent sores and lacerations.

It's bad for people too. rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor). High levels of this have been proven to be major causes of breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Because of this, it's been banned in Europe and Canada, and boycotted by 95% of U.S. dairy farmers.

Do what you can and support companies like Stonyfield Farm, who oppose the use of rBGH. Only buy milk and milk products that clearly state that they are rBGH-free.

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MoriahisonFIYA MoriahisonFIYA 10 years
Actually milk containing rGHB do affect homones. Now not in a way which would make one thats just absurd. Each sip of milk provides you with: Pituitary hormones (PRL, GH, TSH, FSH, LH ACTH Oxytocin) Steroid hormones (Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, 17-Ketosteroids, Corticosterone, Vitamine D) Hypothalamic hormones (TRH, LHRH, Somatostatin, PRL-inhibiting factor, PRL-releasing factor, GnRH, GRH) Thyroid and Parathyroid hormones (T3, T4, rT3, Calcitonin, Parathormone, PTH peptide) gastrointestinal peptides (Vasoactive intestinal peptide, Bombesin, Cholecystokinin, Gastrin, Gastrin inhibitory peptide, Pancreatic peptide, Y peptide, Substance P and Neurotensin) Growth Factors (IGF's (I and II), IGF binding proteins, Nerve growth factor, Epidermal growth factor and TGF alpha, TGF beta, Growth Inhibitors MDGI and MAF, and Platelet derived growth factor Others... (PGE, PGF2 alpha, cAMP, cGMP, Delta sleep inducing peptide, Transferrin, Lactoferrin, Casomorphin and Erythropoietin This causes an increase in testosterone and several growth hormones. Its been linked to conditions such as acne, insulin problems etc. Its a shame that the dairy industry is so keen on promoting milk that they have failed to overlook some of the potential factors hormones, antibiotics and other biochemicals, that they pump up the cows with, have on our bodies as well as the animal. I just choose to drink organic milk or specifically milk from cows not treated with rGHB. :)
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Thats what great about Ben and Jerrys- even though they are super fattening they only use milk and cream that is rbgh free. I learned how they make this in bio lab- not cool what we put in our bodies :rudolph:
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
Okay, that was hysterical. "I need to sit down." Now, about the rBGH, thanks for clearing that up. I've seen the ads about "from cows NOT treated with rBGH" but I didn't really know what that meant. There's a local dairy farm in my city, Kleinpeter Dairy, and they don't use this on their cows. So, it's a win-win situation! We support our local business men, they behave ethically!
Beaner Beaner 10 years
poor me :(
amybdk amybdk 10 years
That is HILARIOUS that somebody actually said that!
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