Why All Your Milk Should Be rBGH Free
You might not want to pay the prices of organic milk, and that’s fine and dandy, but you probably should put forth the effort to make sure your milk is rBGH free. Why? Because regardless of what the FDA may have you believe, milk from cows who are given rBGH can indeed increase your risk of cancer and milk should be healthy, not carcinogenic.
What is rBGH and Why Is It Dangerous?
rBGH is a hormone that is given to cows to increase milk production. Farmers who are more interested in profit than they are in healthy, wholesome milk use this hormone on their cows. When this rBGH is given to cows to increase milk production, the amount of IGF-1 in the milk they produce increases.
The IGF-1 in the milk we drink is not destroyed by our digestion process and eventually enters our bloodstream, where it can affect other human hormones. This can result in an increased risk of breast cancer and colon cancer.
Other Things to Consider
The FDA insists that rBGH doesn’t increase one’s risk of cancer. True, rBGH might not directly increase our cancer risk but the high IGF-1 levels that it causes do indeed pose a serious cancer threat. One might speculate that the FDA’s findings of rBGH’s safety has more to do with profit than concern for human safety.
What You Can Do
First and foremost, protect yourself. Only buy milk that is labeled as rBGH-free. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend $7 a gallon on organic milk. Many of the non-organic dairy farmers refuse to use rBGH so it’s just a matter of looking around. Oberweis milk is rBGH free as is Stonyfield Farms. If those brands aren’t available in your area this link to rBGH-free milk brands can help you find a brand that is.