Drinking Milk in the USA

  1. Connection between drinking milk containing BST and cancer. This is not new information. Why do so many people still drink this type of milk instead of choosing companies that don't? That is the question.

    http://vvv.com/healthnews/milk.html
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Katnip
    Probably because it's not well advertised which contain it and which don't. I can't tell in my store. I go to the organic market to get my milk.

    Not everyone has access to BST-free milk either.
  4. by   indigo girl
    Quote from cyberkat
    Probably because it's not well advertised which contain it and which don't. I can't tell in my store. I go to the organic market to get my milk.

    Not everyone has access to BST-free milk either.
    So true, unfortunately.
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    what type of cancers were prevalent in milk drinkers?
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The closest organic market here is 1 hour. Am i going to drive one hour for 2 gallons of milk? No.

    Can't assume that grocery stores are offering a wide variety of choice for milk, and that people are choosing the wrong ones, either. It was practically an act of congress to get any stores around here to carry soy milk 2 years ago.
  7. by   RGN1
    It is known that prostate cancer in the USA is statiscally higher than her in the UK & that, I believe, is directly attributable to the use of groeth hormaon in your cattle. When we are in th USA I only buy organic milk (actually I do that here too) & try to buy as much organic stuff as possible, again I do that here as well.

    We have a good shop near our USA house & every time I go I see more & more organic products on the supermarket shelves as well. I hope by the time I go out for good I'll have as much/nearly as much choice as I do here in the UK.

    I think consumer awareness & lobbying is the only way you can make sure that you get the choices you want. the Internet has been great for this kind of awareness campaign & I hope it helps to stamp out the use of the carcinogens that food producers keep giving us in their products.

    My next biggest hate is artificial sweetners & food colourings - but that's another story!!
  8. by   indigo girl
    http://vvv.com/healthnews/milk.html



    Quote from vvv.com/healthnews/milk.html
    ... All mammals produce IGF-1 molecules very similar in structure and human and bovine IGF-1 are completely identical.

    IGF-1 is known to stimulate the growth of both normal and cancerous cells(2,5). In 1990 researchers at Stanford University reported that IGF-1 promotes the growth of prostate cells(2). This was followed by the discovery that IGF-1 accelerates the growth of breast cancer cells(6-8). In 1995 researchers at the National Institutes of Health reported that IGF-1 plays a central role in the progression of many childhood cancers and in the growth of tumours in breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, melanoma, and cancers of the pancreas and prostate(9). In September 1997 an international team of researchers reported the first epidemiological evidence that high IGF-1 concentrations are closely linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer(10). Other researchers provided evidence of IGF-1's link to breast and colon cancers(10,11).

    The January 1998 report by the Harvard researchers confirmed the link between IGF-1 levels in the blood and the risk of prostate cancer. The effects of IGF-1 concentrations on prostate cancer risk were found to be astoundingly large - much higher than for any other known risk factor.r than did men with a level between 100 and 185 ng/mL.... The detrimental effect of high IGF-1 levels was particularly pronounced in men over 60 years of age. In this age group men with the highest levels of IGF-1 were eight times more likely to develop prostate cancer than men with low levels. The elevated IGF-1 levels were found to be present several years before an actual diagnosis of prostate cancer was made(12).

    ...milk could be a potential risk factor for breast and gastrointestinal cancers(13).
  9. by   Medic2RN
    Why do so many people still drink this type of milk instead of choosing companies that don't?
    This may be a stupid question, but how can you know if it is in the brand of milk that you buy?
  10. by   prmenrs
    If that's the case, I should be soooo dead by now. Even as a kid, I've been a heavy milk drinker. We usually go thru 1 gallon a week between my son and myself.

    So far, so good.....
  11. by   indigo girl
    Quote from Medic2RN
    This may be a stupid question, but how can you know if it is in the brand of milk that you buy?
    If you live in a state that prohibits this or countries that prohibit its use, or it specifically says so on the product itself. I read recently that in New England, a certain well known dairy is going to stop using it their milk. Why? Because many consumers want milk without it, and are willing to pay for it. I am sure that they will advertise the fact on the product. It is a selling point.

    Like anything else, not everyone will exhibit ill effects from these kinds of products. Personally, I would rather just avoid it if I have the option, and I do.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from prmenrs
    If that's the case, I should be soooo dead by now. Even as a kid, I've been a heavy milk drinker. We usually go thru 1 gallon a week between my son and myself.

    So far, so good.....
    I can top that - when all 4 kids were at home we drank 2 gallons a day. My husband grew up on a farm and drinks milk constantly - and our boys drink it like water as does my daughter. I drink non-fat, maybe a glass every day or so.

    So far, so good here too.


    steph
  13. by   indigo girl
    It is interesting that many dieters drink skim milk. Don't farmers actually use skim milk to fatten up the pigs or are they only using it as a left over product
    that can be used to feed the pigs?

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