The Dangers of Growth Hormones and Antibiotics in Your Food

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Many Western diets center around meat and dairy products. Many people still believe that these two types of foods ensure muscle mass and strong bones. To meet growing demand, the cattle and dairy industries use hormones to improve production. Three of the six hormones that have been approved by the FDA for beef production are testosterone, progesterone, and oestradiol. Estrogen mimicking hormones are also used to increase the production of milk.

Recent studies have found that traces of these hormones can be passed along to consumers in both meat and milk, putting many at risk. A recent study has revealed that women who eat beef on a consistent basis had a high risk of giving birth to boys that will grow up to have a low sperm count. [1] Other studies have shown that certain growth hormones used in cows can cause uncontrolled cell division or even cancer once these hormones become active in humans. [2]

One of the most commonly-used hormones for milk production is called rBGH. Recombinant bovine growth hormone, rBGH is a laboratory produced copy of a normally-occurring hormone found in dairy cows produced by Monsanto. This hormone is sold primarily to dairy farmers and is injected into dairy cows. RBGH increases milk production by as much as fifteen percent. Cows treated with rBGH develop more udder infections (mastitis) and are then treated with antibiotics. If you drink milk produced by treated cattle, you are exposing yourself to increased levels of both hormones and antibiotics. [3] [4] 

Livestock Antibiotics 

In 1970, the FDA approved (even recommended) the use of antibiotics in livestock in an effort to reduce pathogens in animals that then could be transmitted to the public. Today, some animals receive antibiotics continuously through the water and feed that they are administered. This antibiotic use and overuse may play a major role in the emerging public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. [5]

Over half of the antibiotics sold and consumed in the United States annually go not to humans, but to animals!

Why are antibiotics being administered at this staggering level? Simple, it takes less feed to achieve the same gains in weight and antibiotics are cheaper than feed. [6] 

Your Vegetables May Also Contain Antibiotics 

According to a Journal of Environmental Quality Volume 45 Issue 2, March-April 2016 report on antibiotic infused crops, manure from antibiotic fed livestock used to fertilize food crops has been found to transfer the antibiotics to the plants that grow in this soil. By feeding animals antibiotics to increase meat or milk production, farmers are introducing potentially dangerous levels of antibiotics in fruits and vegetables. Animal antibiotics have been found in corn, lettuce, and potatoes. Potatoes contain the highest amounts of antibiotics as they are in constant contact with the soil. The Scientific American recommends that those with antibiotic allergies should be extremely careful.

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