Published Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
by Nick Polizzi
When I was a teenager, I drank about a half gallon of milk a day. It was honestly my beverage of choice. But then again, I also downed bologna and Miracle Whip sandwiches like there was no tomorrow too!
Organic foods were nonexistent in my town in the 70′s and 80′s. Natural food was an iceberg lettuce salad with Kraft Creamy Italian dressing drizzled across the top.
The point is, we’ve come a long way. But apparently, not far enough. Sometimes I lose track of the fact that the nutrition-conscious among us are definitely still the MINORITY. Unfortunately, most people still eat factory farmed food, without doing any research on the potentially hazardous side-effects.
The aim of today’s piece is to arm you with scientifically valid, bite-sized bits of information that you can use to easily communicate the dangers of drinking factory farmed cow’s milk to your friends and family.
Below are three facts all cow milk drinkers should be aware of:
Fact One (The Scary Approach): All factory farmed cow milk contains very high levels of IGF1, or “insulin-like growth factor-1″. A Harvard study shows that IGF-1 dramatically increases the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. This study showed that people with significant levels of IGF-1 in their system are FOUR TIMES more likely to develop cancer.
Factory farmed cows contain much more IGF-1 because they are injected with Bovine Growth Hormone (or rBGH), to artificially elevate weight gain and milk production. IGF-1 content also elevates with these injections.
Unless your milk is labelled with “No rBGH”, I would think twice about bringing it into your home.
This next fact is your “ace in the hole” for making your friends and family think twice about drinking factory farmed cow’s milk.
Fact Two (The Gross-Em-Out Approach): Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) also increases a cow’s risk of mastitis, which is a type of udder infection. Industry data shows that over 80% of all cases of mastitis occurs in cows injected with rBGH. Aside from the obvious inhumanity of making a cow suffer through this type of pain, there are some serious health risks to humans associated with bovine mastitis.
A) An inflamed udder produces a large amount of pus and blood. This pus and blood all drains through the udder into the milk that is then drank by the consumer, and their family.
The USDA actually has a metric by which they determine “allowable” amounts of pus in our milk!!
B) In order to treat mastitis, some heavy antibiotics are injected into the cow as well. These cattle grade antibiotics also find their way into the milk that is then drank by the consumer, and their family.
Fact Three (The Common Sense Approach): Cow’s milk is biologically designed for baby cows, not humans. We are the only species on earth that drinks the mammary gland extract (milk) from another species.
Did you know: that the average calf gains about 740 pounds in it’s first year? That’s over 2 pounds per day. Therefore cow’s milk is perfectly designed with enough natural hormones to beef up a calf to over 15 times it’s initial birth weight – in less than a year.
My question is, what will that same cow formula do to a human?
I hope you find these milk facts helpful. I know some of this information is scary, but I feel it’s our responsibility to keep our families safe and healthy. Knowledge is power, so let’s pass it on.
Until next time,