Milk Hormones! Are These Chemicals in Your Milk?

According to an online article published by Dailymail a single glass of milk can contain a chemical concoction of up to 20 different chemicals, such as antibiotics, growth hormones, and even painkillers! Have you ever thought about what’s lingering in your milk?

Besides it being pasteurized, which really means “dead food”, there are a lot of different dangerous pharmaceuticals floating around in your milk that most people can’t even pronounce. While the highest concentration of these chemicals is found in cow milk, the toxins have also been found in human and goat milk.

While most people wake up to what they think is a bone-building, teeth-strengthening glass of milky goodness, it is far from being healthy like the FDA touts it to be.

A recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirmed that scientists have found that one glass of pasteurized milk bought from the grocery store has traces of anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, antibiotics, and various painkillers — all of which are routinely used to treat disease in animals and humans.

Traces of other toxic pharmaceuticals, such as lipid regulators, anti-epileptics, beta-blockers, and various growth hormones (such as ethinylestradiol and estrone) were also discovered during testing.

The University of Jaen, Spain compiled a short list of some of the chemicals that are swimming in our milk and what they are used for. They range from painkillers, antibiotics, and growth hormones. Think about that next time you reach for a glass of milk from the grocery store shelf.

Chemicals Found in Milk

  • Niflumic acid -  anti-inflammatory painkiller
  • Mefenamic acid – anti-inflammatory
  • Flunixin -  anti-inflammatory
  • Ibuprofen – painkiller
  • Diclofenac – anti-inflammatory
  • Ketoprofen -  anti-inflammatory
  • Florfenicol –  antibiotic
  • 17B-estradiol – sex hormone
  • Triclosan – anti-fungal drug
  • Pryimethamine – anti-malaria drug
  • 17a-ethinylestradiol – steroid hormone

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Inspectors Find Illegal Levels of Antibiotics in Dairy Cows

Scientists say the amount of drugs in the milk is minuscule and will not affect humans. But how do we know for sure, that over time, these supposedly small amounts won’t add up to big health problems later on down the road? Would you allow yourself to be injected every day with a syringe full of growth hormones, painkillers and antibiotics, no matter how minuscule it might be? Of course you wouldn’t! This is why we shouldn’t drink this deadly concoction by the glassfuls every day either?

Did you know thatU.S Health inspectors routinely find “over the legal amounts” of antibiotics in dairy cows every year? Finally when the FDA stepped in to test the cow’s milk that were known to have had high levels of antibiotics, repeatedly, the dairy industry protested and the FDA backed down from doing more testing. This is what’s going on behind your back on big dairy farms across the country!

How Did the Drugs Get Into the Milk in the First Place?

Good question! Researchers believe some of the drugs such as the antibiotics and growth promoters were administered to the cattle and some of the drugs were deposited into the cattle feed which then got into the milk, and some of the drugs leached into the farms through runoff which contaminated the feed. Once the soil and fertilizer is contaminated with these chemicals through flooding and runoff it becomes a big problem such as what we are seeing today.  But the biggest problem is the farmers themselves. They voluntarily feed the cattle with grains they know to be heavily treated with chemicals, which then gets into the milk production?

Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone and Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society recombinant bovine growth hormone (RBGH) is just one of the synthetic (man-made) hormones that are marketed to dairy farmers to increase milk production in cows. Think about this for a moment. If this particular growth hormone increases milk production in cows than what will it do to the human body over time?

Dr. Epstein, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, and Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition has this to say about (rBGH) recombinant bovine growth hormone.

  • RBGH contains amplified levels of the hormone IGF-1, which promotes cancer tumors in the breast, colon, and prostate
  • It contains increased somatic cell counts (SCC’s), which means the milk has more pus, which makes it turn sour more quickly. Are you feeling sick yet?
  • Hormone use makes the cows produce low quality milk during times when they should not be giving milk, in other words, during a cows rest period

The cows that are given this growth hormone (rBGH) are routinely getting infections. When they are injected with the recombinant bovine growth hormone they become more susceptible to udder infections which, because of this, the cows are then injected with more antibiotics! It’s a losing battle that is now a persistent problem in our milk and most likely beef supply as well.

This vicious cycle with the dairy and beef farmers in America and other parts of the world is not going to go away anytime soon. This is why you and your family must protect your health now by taking the necessary precautions needed to prevent sickness and disease from the American food supply.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Family?

Stop drinking pasteurized milk from big dairy farmers and drink fresh, raw milk straight from the cow or goat from your local small farmer in your area. As we have mentioned in previous articles, pasteurization kills all of the health benefits that are found in raw milk. Not only is pasteurized milk worthless to the body it now may cause even more health problems because of the toxic chemicals in it, no matter how small these traces may be.

Why Raw Cow or Goat Milk?

Raw milk from grass fed cows, that are allowed to graze is what does a body good. The main benefits found in raw milk are:

  • Valuable nutrients that your body cannot receive from pasteurized milk
  • Raw fat to help lower cholesterol and keep the veins clean
  • Healthy bacteria that helps your body flourish

Keep in mind as you search for raw milk in your area that the milk is only as clean as the cow or goat that produced it. Things to look for when searching for pure, raw milk: Are the cows grass fed? How many cows are on the farm compared to the amount of acreage? Statistics say that each cow should have ½ acre to roam on.

This mean there should only be ten cows on five acres of land. Take a look at the animals yourself. It is easy to spot a healthy cow versus a sick one. Look into the cows eyes, are they glossy or clear? Is the cows coat shiny or matted? Take a look at the udders; do they look free of infection? Ask the farmer point blank, if he or she is giving the cattle any medications for disease?

Bottom line for ensuring healthy milk, avoid the dairy department in your local grocery store like the plague. We need to take care of our body’s—we’re not getting any younger.  But we can feel younger! And the best way to take care of our body’s and to feel younger is to feed it with pure foods which on that list are raw goat or cow milk.

Study after study has been done on the healthfulness of raw milk versus pasteurized milk. The results are always the same. Raw milk is packed full of valuable nutrients that benefit the body, helping us to feel better, look better, and live a longer more enjoyable life.

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16 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Ann says:

    That’s all well and good and I would be glad to drink raw milk if I could find it. From what I gather, it’s against the law for farmers to sell raw milk………if you can find it.

    • candace collins says:

      Look to see if there is an Amish community near you. You can usually find someone to buy milk from. We have a community in Ethrisge, Tn where we have bought before.

    • Martha Royer says:

      There is a website realmilk dot com that has local listings of where to buy raw milk. Sometimes it’s just illegal for the farmer to advertise other than a sign in their yard, but this site will help you find them. Good luck!

  2. Fred Oliver says:

    I understand about only purchasing raw cow or goat milk. Are their any sources of milk that you would recommend for our cereals in the morning— like powdered milk products mixed with water for use in cereals and cooking?

    Thanks

    • Jessica Shull says:

      I really enjoy Almond Milk. Get original flavor and it goes great with cereal. You can usually only buy it in half gallon sizes but I love it and drink that as my regular milk since I haven’t found a raw milk “supplier” yet.

    • Donna Roy says:

      Try Rice Dream, my daughter switched from regular milk to it without hesitation. She loves it and it also doesn’t contain carrageenan. There is alot of controversary about whether or not carrageenan is a cancer causing substance. It is added to many of our foods, including Almond Milk, Coconut milk, Soy milk, etc that can be purchased in stores. I’d like to know what Dr. Axe thinks about carrageenan. My holistic doctor says to stay away from it, he firmly believes it is dangerous.

      • Carol says:

        While switching to alternative sources of milk, (especially for children), you should be sure they are receiving the proper amounts of calcium and vit. D. Of course, always check with the Pediatrician when making any changes to a child’s diet. They are growing and need all the proper nutrints.

      • jackie says:

        carrageenan is a thickener-made from boiling seaweed obtained from the atlantic. It is considered by many to be “natural”, as thickeners go. Im interested in knowing why your Dr. considers this particular ingredient to be dangerous? What evidence does he provide?

      • Donna Roy says:

        Yes, it’s important to be sure a child gets proper calcium, She switched to Rice Dream, but still eats plenty of Organic yogurt. Regarding the carrageenan, it has to do with how it is processed using chemicals before it is used as a food additive, as well as the way our bodies try to process it. . For more on carrageenan go to http://www.notmilk.com/carrageenan Of course we all have to make our own educated decisions. I just try to stick with whole food ingredients i can understand and pronounce :)

  3. Tammy says:

    What about Organic milk? I realize that it is still pasteurized but it shouldn’t have the dangerous hormones, antibiotics and all of that correct? I have an allergy to almond milk, can’t find raw milk in my area and I just read somewhere that there is something dangerous in rice milk. So now I don’t have much choice except organic milk. Any other suggestions?

    • Melinda says:

      Organic milk is typically ULTRA pasteurized – pasteurized several times – to kill all bacteria. AND organic farms are not as regulated as one would think – there are a lot that put the label on without following the guidelines. The “organic” label usually just means more money.

  4. Alison says:

    Raw milk rocks! Nothing can compare!

  5. Stefanie says:

    I would love to try raw milk. However I hesitate being pregnant. Also my 2 year old daughter has a milk allergy. Would she be allergic to raw milk and is it safe? It is hard to get enough calcium in her diet without dairy.

    • Creative Christian Mama says:

      Raw milk contains many good bacteria and enzymes that prevent the milk from growing dangerous bacteria AS LONG AS the cows are fed mostly grass. Cows that are fed soybeans and GMO corn do not produce very good milk, so I wouldn’t trust it to have what it should. I just had a baby two weeks ago and drank raw milk throughout my entire pregnancy! Pasteurized milk is much more dangerous than raw milk, because the process of pasteurization destroys all of the good bacteria and enzymes. That allows bad bacteria to grow.
      As for your daughter, most people diagnosed with a milk allergy can drink raw milk. Raw milk has the enzymes in it that we need for digesting the milk. Once you pasteurize, those enzymes are destroyed and many people cannot make the enzymes themselves. That means they can’t digest the milk and are diagnosed with a “milk allergy”. Give raw milk a try, and I bet it will work well. Also, you can culture raw milk (make it into yogurt or kefir) to make it even more easily digested! Just be sure to not heat it above 115 degrees or you will destroy all the good stuff. I make my kefir at room temp and I only heat my milk to 110 for making yogurt. Check out culturesforhealth.com for some good kefir and yogurt starters and lots of helpful info!

  6. Myra says:

    We buy milk from Braum’s here in Texas. However, they claim it is organic and cannot put the message on the carton or jug because it would jack the prices up. Don’t know if this is true or not. Isn’t raw mild dangerous because of bacteria? I’ve purchased the store brands organic but not raw milk.

  7. Creative Christian Mama says:

    We started drinking raw milk nearly 1 1/2 years ago, and we will never go back! We have been so much healthier since we made the switch. Here in Ohio, farmers are not allowed to sell raw milk, so we are part of a herd-share, which means that we “own” part of the herd of cows. If you are looking for local sources of raw milk, try visiting realmilk.com or localharvest.org

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