Cancer Risks of Milk Containing rBGH

As you probably know, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. If you are a woman, chances of getting breast cancer are 1 in 8. A third of breast cancer cases could be avoided by making different lifestyle choices, such as the foods consumed. You may be surprised to find you are consuming these very foods. American dairy farmers are injecting their dairy with a growth hormone called rBGH which has been genetically engineered by the Monsanto Company, notorious for their business strategies and licensing agreements. About one third of the cows in America are injected with rBGH to boost milk production. Mounting evidence links the consumption of rBGH and dairy products to increased risk of breast cancer. Any dairy product then made from this dangerous hormone is contaminated such as milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, or butter. rBGH is the largest selling dairy animal drug in America, but when the United Nations Safety Agency looked further into the hormone it resulted in the International ban of U.S. milk. That’s right; U.S. milk is banned in the whole of Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand because of the dangers to human health. Any attempts at informing the public of these risks have been overwhelmed by the powerfully large dairy and pharmaceutical industries and their government liaisons. The risk of breast cancer is due to elevated levels in milk of a potent hormone called IGF-1. rBGH stimulates the cows liver to produce IGF-1, and the milk of cows injected with rBGH has been found to have a ten-fold increase in IGF-1 levels. IGF-1 has significant effects on human breast tissue and acts as a catalyst for the transformation into cancer tissue. In fact, the cancer drug ‘tamoxifen’ works to try and reduce blood IGF-1 levels. It also blocks the defense mechanisms against early microscopic cancers by hindering the body’s ability to destroy these cells. The infant is likely to be particularly sensitive to the future carcinogenic effects of IGF-1 because of the higher sensitivity of the breast tissue and the more permeable intestinal wall. Excessive levels of this hormone have been increasingly linked by modern research to cancer development. But it doesn’t stop at breast cancer. There are several scientific documented studies that conclude that risk of prostate and colon cancer from rBGH milk is also a concern. You might be thinking ‘well if it’s so dangerous why is it FDA approved?’ Well to get straight to the point, the FDA has trivialized evidence for the dangerous effects of increased levels of rBGH in milk largely due to a study (by Monsanto) showing no adverse effects of its short term use on rats. Another Monsanto-sponsored survey actually showed no significant difference in rBGH levels in milk labeled as rBGH-free and milk that it not labeled as such. The FDA claimed that the popularity of milk sold with the rBGH-free label is damaging to the dairy producers use of technology to maximize their profits. Monsanto has sued several producers for using this label. Unfortunately, Monsanto is a 10 billion dollar company with a lot of power, and any concrete long-term research studies showing a correlation between rBGH in milk and breast cancer are yet to come. But the RDA’s reasoning is also not backed by any scientific research. To avoid the health risks of milk containing rBGH look for organic milk or milk produced by a local farmer you know and trust. You can also contact your local supermarket and ask if they have a policy regarding rBGH and milk.