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My sister emailed this to me and I also checked snoops and there may be some truth to this but I just thought I would pass it on and the status on snoops is undetermind
http://www.snopes. com/medical/ potables/ walmart.asp
Subject: Fw: WALMART MILK
Health Warning - rBST in Great Value [Wal-Mart] Milk
Please read this and pass along to as many people....Mitzi Lyons, her husband is Kyle, live here in Gainesville , TX . Their 11 yr old daughter, Marissa, for THREE years (since she was 8) has incurred menstrual problems (bleeding several more days than a regular menstrual cycle each month) and within the last year she started producing milk. Her doctors have performed every test, many surgeries, put her on birth control and the last straw was a hysterectomy in January. Mitzi's dad started research on the internet of his granddaughter' s problem and found out about rBST in milk (injecting cows with steroidal hormones so they will produce more milk). Doctor's were skeptical if this could be "why" this little girl was experiencing these problems as it was approved by the FDA. Wal-Mart Great Value milk is the kind that the Lyon 's family has always drank. Borden milk and many other brands does not have rBST in it. Her doctor's in Houston are going to write a medical journal discovery on her, because FDA says that rBST is safe for humans. Her doctor's have also discovered that there a handful more girls around her age out there, in other states, that are experiencing the same issues and have reason to believe it is also from the rBST injections in some cows. So far, there aren't any cases in boys. One girl in Michigan was at the point to go through a hysterectomy as well; but they decided to completely take her off Great Value milk (after discovering the rBST) for three months to see if there would be any changes; she quit bleeding and lactating.
Mitzi asked me to please share this with everyone I could think of to hopefully save someone the pain and suffering that Marissa has endured. We're hoping soon this will be in the news around the nation and that Wal-mart will take the rBST out of their milk.
I have pulled my family from Wal-Mart Great Value Milk and bought Borden and Borden has a label on their milk that says rBST not used on their cows. We're doing everything we can to alert people of what's been going on and to be sure to read milk labels before you buy it no matter what brand it is, as we are unsure at this time if Wal-mart is the only company doing this or if there may be more. Children in today's society already experience puberty at a younger age than we did as adolescence.
Please pass this on......just in case!
I'm skeptical, but we don't buy milk at Wal-Mart so it's not an issue.
This hormone is in almost ALL milks out there. You really have to look for one withOUT it and make sure it's LABELED as so. Organic milk is also not hormone enhanced. I've done a lot of research myself on the hormones in milk and it's scary. It's extra estrogen! So estrogen having an effect on females makes perfect sense. If you google this you'll find a lot of info. My girls are NOT allowed to drink milk except for special occasions, and we only buy the non hormone enhanced milk. Unfortunately I know the yogurts and ice creams out there undoubtedly have the hormones, but I do allow those foods. I just make sure they aren't drinking estrogen as a beverage three times a day every day.
It should be noted that cows' milk is intended for baby cows....not adult cows, and not humans of any age. (no, I'm not a vegetarian...just very anti-milk) I highly doubt Walmart has anything to do with this....look at any store and you'll see very few non hormone enhanced milks. The ones that are NOT labeled, you can assume HAVE the hormones. Also, the non hormone enhanced milks STILL HAVE HORMONES IN THEM...cow milk has its own natural cow hormones in it...it's not devoid of them...it's just devoid of EXTRA hormones. So you're taking your chances with even the non hormone enhanced milks.
So, if my husband drinks this hormone inflated milk, will he be more sensitive, like a woman? LOL JK
We also do not drink anything but organic milk as well. We also try to eat things with bacteria in them like certain yogurts, etc and avoid anti-bacterial soap.
You need bacteria
Sorry if I'm thread-jacking but I thought it was important and along the same subject matter...
LOL Trina, I was just going to post that link.
Is Soymilk ok? I give my little dd soymilk.
I've rarely bought GV milk, if ever. I always buy Dean's unless we're in a milk emergency and then it's whatever is at the convenience store.
Soy milk is fine if it's made with organically grown soy beans.
My kids don't drink milk! LOL They love it, but I rarely let them - it gives them gastro issues. They do eat a small cup of organic yogurt every day, though and have at least one serving of cheese, so they are getting their calcium and other stuff they need from dairy.
My feeling is this - whatever you are feeding/dosing an animal with is going to be in whatever you as a human consume from that animal. Give a cow hormones to produce more milk - you're going to find them in the milk. We know this as common sense from nursing mothers - how many moms don't eat certain foods or take medications because they are excreted in breast milk? There are certain BCPs that a nursing mom can't take because the hormones will pass on to her baby.
In this case the hormones would be passing on to our babies.
The same with the meat that is for human consumption -anti-biotics, growth hormones - the list is endless. I try not to think about it because I do like me chicken and beef.
I've opted to start eating more buffalo meat now though because it has none of those things.
So, as Kate says, the hormones are in everything unless lableled and in this case Walmart is not the great enemy.
My son and dil give my daughter organic milk (pasteurized) because of the whole hormone thing. I agree, I don't think the extra hormones are good for people. They only give them to the cows because they produce more milk and thus more money - I'm not even sure if it is good for the cows.
Montsanto is now seeking FDA approval for a "growth hormone" for cows, and there is a lot of objection to it. Again, I don't need it, my granddaughter doesn't need it, and I am not sure it is good for the cows.
There is also a major battle because a drug company has produced a new antibiotic for chickens to fight some bronchial type illness - but the new antibiotic is similar to those used by doctors and hospitals as the "last desparate try" antibiotics when dealing with an infection which is antibiotic resistant, and the medical people are concerned that if chickens are given this new drug it will make for more infections resistant to this family of antibiotics. What is frustrating is that there are already several very effective antibiotics in use for this chicken disease and this new antibiotic is no better for that treatment- but will make dollars for the pharmaceutical company, while putting people at risk.
just curious about this if it is really true? i have a daughter that is nine months and i have been experiencing very heavy bleeding and cramping since i had her and there are planning on surgery here real soon after trying everything wondering if this is true for all ages or just younger females?
I've been following this, particularly recently because there was a kerfuffle in Pennsylvania when the PA Secretary of Agriculture intended to forbid producers labeling milk as being free of artificial hormones. As far as I can tell, there is little medical/scientific evidence that giving hormones to cows has a harmful effect on most people, though it may on a few. Still, I agree with my son and dil in their decision to only give my granddaughter milk from cows that were not given the artifical hormone. (I differentiate because of course all mammals produce natural hormones.) From what I've read, the artificial hormone causes a significant increase in the amount of milk cows produce. It also tends to produce a significant increase in mastitis, however. As for the antibiotics proposed for chickens, I remain opposed, and I suppose at some point I will have to bite the bullet and start paying the extra money for free-range or "organic" chicken. I think on the whole our agricultural industry (and it is an industry) tends to use antibiotics and chemicals entirely too freely, in the interest of increasing profit, and I think in the long run it is not in the best health interest of the consumer.
None of which answers your question, Jenny. If it were me, I'd seek a second opinion and insist on thorough blood testing to check hormone levels before having surgery. If you've already done that, then you will have to do what you think is best for your health.