I was wondering what the thoughts of this community is on Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), its effects on IFG-1, and if it really is safe to eat (per the US FDA) or if it contributes to genetic mutations , modifications, and other nasty side effects (per PETA and other similar organizations).
If you are not familiar with rBGH, it is given to cattle in the US so they grow larger, produce more milk, etc. It also increases IGF-1 (insulin-like Growth factor-1) production, which is passed into the milk.
IGF-1 occurs naturally in both humans and cows. It also regulates cell growth, and since cancer is defined as uncontrollable cell growth, the theory is more IGF-1 = faster cell division = accelerated tumor growth.
I have researched the hell out of this topic online, and cannot find independant studies. The government’s data is mainly based on studies done by Monsanto (who makes Posilac, the brand name for rBGH). The anti-rBGH research all seems to be done by various vegan related groups.
What do you all think?
I ask, because my one year old daughter was recently diagnosed with accelerated breast tissue growth - she’s been to three doctors, had blood tests, ultrasounds, x-rays, and all the doctors say yep, those are breast buds, something you’d see on a girl in the first stages of puberty.
The surgeon’s first suggestion was to give her only organic dairy and meats for 6 weeks, then do a recheck. He specifically mentioned the hormones in the cattle as a possible cause.
This type of condition doesn’t run in the family, so I wonder if anyone has any scientific explantions to add.
Thanks. This little experience has scared the shit out of me.
BTW, from what I’ve read online, both Canada and the EU have banned rBGH usage in livestock.