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Bilk the Milk


    Is rBST and rBGH enhanced milk safe?  Recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) and recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) are bioengineered versions of BST and BGH naturally produced in cows.  These synthetic hormones, when injected into cows will increase milk production by 10% or a gallon or more per lactation cycle.  The increased production of milk, transfers into saving for the consumer and bigger profits for the farmers.  rBST and rBGH enhanced milk is also cheaper to produce and cheaper to buy than organic milk.  But the question still remains: Is rBST and rBGH enhanced milk safe? 

     Many medical associations such as the American Medical Association have stated that milk from rBGH treated cows is safe for human consumption.  The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) maintains that it is perfectly safe.  The FDA strengthen their position by claiming that the artificial hormones are modeled after hormones naturally produced in the pituitary gland of cattle and stand behind that claim, even while taking increased criticism from public outcry for their approval of use of rBST and rBGH.   However, the FDA seem to counter themselves by a statement placed on their own approved labels for Prosilac (a generic name for rBST developed by the Monsanto Corporation) warning that cows injected with the product are at an increased risk of clinical mastitis – an infection of the udder that can produce visibly abnormal milk.  “Visibly abnormal milk means that there is pus in the milk”. (T.B. Mepham) 

      The USDA estimates that in recent years, about 22% of all lactating dairy cows in the United States receive Prosilac injections. (circa 2002).  Also, many of the industrialized nations around the globe including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, continue to outlaw the use of rBGH because of human and animal health concerns.  Hopefully, and soon, America will join the list. 

     The FDA also ignore the wide range of evidence showing that milk from treated cows has an increased level of a spinoff hormone, Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) which causes the cow to produce more milk.  IGF-1 is identical in cows and humans, and studies have shown that it causes cells to proliferate including cancerous cells.  The Cancer Prevention Coalition says that the IGF-1 from rBGH treated milk is “supercharged” and can lead to an increased number of cancers in humans. (Epstein)  IGF-1 may also contribute to abnormal birth rates or multiple live births referred to as “twinning.” 

     A report found in The Milkweed covers an article written in the May 2006 issue of The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, which links increased “twinning” in humans in the U.S. to elevated levels of the secondary hormone IGF-1 found in milk.  The article was authored by Gary Steinman, M. D. Ph. D., an obstetrician from Astoria, New York.  Steinman contends that extra IGF-1 in milk from rBGH injected cows is causing a major increase in multiple births in the United States.  His article summarizes; “Genotypes favoring elevated IGF and diets including dairy products, especially in areas where growth hormone is given to cattle, appear to enhance the chances of multiple pregnancies due to ovarian stimulation”. 

 Table 1 of Steinman’s article titled “Total Twin Births per 100 Live Births in the United States” details the following data (reformatted from the original): 

 Year                   Rate of Twins per 100 births 

1977                    1.89% 

 1992                    2.35% 

1997                    2.60% 

2002                   3.10% 

 rBGH was approved by the FDA in November 1993 and marketed in February 1994. 

     I have always maintained a healthy lifestyle and have chosen organic foods over canned foods many times, and my habits during grocery shopping have been labeled as obsessive since I spend more time reading labels and ingredients than I do actually shopping.  Items with the word “Artificial” never make it into my shopping basket especially foods grown or produced through means of bioengineering.  This brings us back to the original question concerning the safety of rBST and rBGH enhanced milk.  Given the potential health risks to humans and bovine,           my answer to that question is “no”.  As far as questions are concerned, I have a few for the FDA and the ethics involved in their decision.  Does the FDA truly believe that bioengineered hormones and drugs are safe to consume?  Would anybody working for the FDA allow their own children to consume products developed through bioengineering?  Do large amounts of money act as blindfolds and bindings, keeping them from telling the truth? 

     In conclusion:  The FDA’s claim of “safe consumption” and “naturally occurring” are smoke screens used to cheat and defraud us of the truth, and instead place us into a haze of mundane security.  The FDA along with the manufacturers of these hormones such as Monsanto, bilks the American farmers and the American people out of $500 million dollars annually.  Their motives seem purely financial and their statements seem to be enhanced through cover-up and rhetoric’s, just as well and as tasteful as the enhancement of milk through the use of bioengineering.  The FDA’s apparent greed, and disdain for public safety and awareness, truly sours the milk.  

 Works Cited 

Epstein, Samual. The Cancer Prevention Coalition.  “Is rBGH milk different from other milk?”  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 1992.  Summarized by T.B. Mepham. 

 Gillette, Becky. “Doin’ a body good?; studies linking rBGH-produced milk and increased cancer risk.” E Sept-Oct. 1998. 

 Glimm, D.R. et. al. “Effect of bovine somatotropin on the distribution of immunoreactive insulin like growth factor-1 in lactating bovine mammary tissue.”  J. Dairy Sci.1988: 71: 2923-2935. 

 Hardin, Pete. “IGF-1 in rBGH-milk linked to Increased Human “Twinning”. The Milkweed Dairy’s best marketing info and insights.  Issue No. 323, June 2006. 

 Sayre, Laura. “Protecting milk from Monsanto”. Mother Earth News. June-July 2008: 27. Popular Magazines. Web 11. 

 Resource:  Orginal Title, “Bilk the Milk,” Author, Essay Written by Ronald M. Murray, 17 May 2010.  2010 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Author Approved 24 Oct 2010 @  Mirror Athlete Corp., publishing: Sign up for your free eNewsletter subscription at Mirror Athlete . 

Alleviate Pain Through Nutritional & Herbal Remedies


For those of you seeking to alleviate pain through nutritional and herbal remedies there seem to be a significant benefit for those with pains and aches caused through degenerative and progressive pathogen illness and disease.  Certainly, it is well founded through scientific studies that healthy and nutrient strong foods (visit our health repository and read MAE articles on super foods) intake contributes greatly as a preventative measure against illness and disease that lead to and cause pain.  If illness and disease can be defeated before it ever gets the opportunity to become a pain disorder within the body then one has a good chance minimizing and managing normal aches and pain while aging.  Healthy cell development and maintenance of the body at the molecular level requires proper nutrients and is of great importance in keeping the body pain free and/or alleviating pain once a pain disorder is present.

In order to determine a nutritional or herbal remedy course of action that would work for you, you first must understand the concept of a customized pain management program.  My premise is “what remedies work for others may only work in part, whole or not at all for what is causing your particular pain disorder.”  That’s right, what nutrients and herbal remedies work for me in my pain management program may not work for you at all, or have insignificant pain alleviation benefits.  Within my chronicles “Mirror Athlete with Chronic Pain” located within the Chronicles Repository, I discuss customized pain management programs in detail and how you can begin to apply this knowledge to your particular “unique” pain program regardless of pain disorder.  You must learn to educate yourself in such matters in order to find natural cures, super food quality supplements and whole foods that will work for you providing a better quality of healthy life experience.  I’ve also written articles, “Man Made Foods Bad, Natural Foods Good,” which you can also find in the health repository.

Good nutrition is one of the “key” preventative means to a healthy mind and body in order to have a fighting chance at combating unhealthy cell mutations that cause pain.  In my opinion, stressed cells that cause “pain symptoms” should not be confused with long-term illness leading to “pain disease and disorders.”  This is because sick, or stressed cells that cause acute pain, may, or may not propagate other cells to become permanently damaged leading to chronic “long-term“pain disease.  The point is, don’t let the acute pain get out of hand to become a chronic pain disorder that will not go away.  One of the best ways to combat cell illness causing pain is to feed it God’s natural foods provided on this earth.  Note – When I refer to foods I’m also referring to herbs.

The premise that good nutrition and herbal remedies will stave off increased pain disease in all cases, or cure pain illness, regardless of medical situation is not all inclusive, but certainly can’t hurt for a hopeful health or pain alleviation outcome for a terminally ill patient.  For example, there are terminal pathological diseases, regardless of treatment will not abate the damage done to the internal immune, muscle, skeletal, nerve or organ systems, etc., within the body.  Even if a patient has terminal disease with significant pain a holistic customized pain management treatment approach appears to provide a better quality of life outcome than not implementing such a treatment.  When I refer to customized pain management treatment, I’m referring to treating the mind, body and soul of an individual.  The predominant healthy activity components of a pain management program include, but not limited to:  Nutritional-herbal, exercise, spiritual, physical therapeutic, alternative medicine, social and healthy activities.

You can live a better quality of life as opposed to a never ending treatment program that fills your life with inactivity, or doctor’s visits that only seem to appease the aggravating pain for moments in time.  You can also accept the never ending supply of pharmaceutical prescriptions to dull the aches and pains while battling frequent depression, weight gain and other illness symptoms as a result of medicated body rejection.  Or you can become proactive in your pain management program and expand your pain alleviation efforts by adding good nutrition and herbal remedies to the mix.  Also stop bad consumption habits, e.g., smoking, drinking, consuming enriched package-can foods, drinking diet sodas, to include high fat and other sugar enriched foods (read Aspartame the Silent Killer, MAE Health Repository).

Through much research, pain modality and alleviation experiences; I have treated almost every major muscular-skeletal articulation in my body.  I’ve learned to customize a pain program for myself where I believe anyone that applied my pain management principles would experience a better quality of living while significantly alleviating, or eliminating pain.  Although I’ve been successful at customizing my own pain management program, I cannot guarantee what works for me will work for you one hundred percent.  However, I can guarantee if you apply my principles you will be able to enjoy a better quality of life.  This is because I teach you how to use my 25 years of pain management experience and education to apply to your specific pain program using sound & tried principles!  Some of my techniques use healthy daily nutrition, supplements which include herbal remedies.  Of course, you should know by now proper nutrition is a key ingredient to alleviating pain.  As mentioned, the holistic pain management approach must address the whole being; mind, body and soul.  Proper nutrition and herbal remedies (natural cures and super foods) is a big component of the healing and healthy being maintenance program.

The cold hard truth, “You must learn how to become your own pain management advocate!”  But you don’t have to go it alone.  I can teach you how to do this.  The point here, if a doctor prescribes a specific treatment and you don’t receive a significant pain relief benefit and/or the treatment is impacting your mood… Search for alternative treatments to discuss common sense referrals if possible.  Find a course of pain alleviation that works well for you!  If the mind is depressed so will be the body.  Although your body may receive pain alleviation “at first” regardless of pain modality therapy, if you don’t consider incorporation of a sound nutrient program, your illness, or disease “most likely” will continue to degenerate and may accelerate the disease progression.  This is because the body and mind are complicatedly interlinked (psychosomatic).  Our Western medicine and insurance policies and procedures are so decentralized and complicated in terms of pain modality treatment and practice, it is no wonder chronic pain issues are so difficult for the patient to find resolve.   For example, does the patient advocate for the mind, body, or soul?  Or is the best course of pain alleviation treatment a combination of the entire being?  Do our Western medicine practices treat the whole being when dealing with pain management?  The answer is simple, No.

You must strive always to improve and make preventative and corrective pain management modifications especially as you age, or pain intolerances and depression occur.  A customized pain management program is “almost always” in a state of flux.  This means you must be proactive with the management of your pain program making modifications to daily activity based on pain tolerance and intolerance.  What I mean by this statement, you must develop a pain program that addresses all changing workloads, exercise, activity, nutritional & herbal requirements for your particular lifestyle while living with pain.  I address this work load pain prescription in detail, see (http://www.mirrorathlete.org/ChroniclesRepos.html ) within “Mirror Athlete chronicles and mentioned within many articles and home site (http://www.mirrorathlete.org/HealthRepository.html).

It’s what you don’t know that creates much more pain and depression than is necessary to experience.  I started out by saying that there are nutritional and herbal remedies that will be of benefit for your pain alleviation.  I’ve also made some presumptions for you.  Such as, with the correct natural super food and herbal remedies it is certainly possible to prevent illness and disease that would cause pain in a progressed state, slow down pain disease, or abate the pain pathology.  It is certainly possible to reverse or mitigate disease and illness through applicable super food and herbal consumption as case studies have been verified throughout the medical community.  Use any search engine on the Internet and type in Natural Cures, or Supplements and/or Herbal pain cures, etc.  I cannot possibly list all the combinations of potential cures for all ailments.  Only that you should highly consider implementing after researching a nutritional super food, or herbal remedy that may help your pain disorder situation if you have not done so.

There are a lot of personal testimonials, medical controlled studies that show positive results by those that have incorporated these super foods and herbs into their diet while consulting their medical providers.  Primary care physicians that don’t subscribe to natural cure herbs or foods may only provide you pharmaceutical prescriptions.  Pharmaceuticals are man-made and not necessarily in your bodies best interest in all cases.  If in doubt as what to do, pharmaceuticals, or natural cures decision…  Have discussions with your medical providers about taking both herbal and prescription medications simultaneously.   In many cases, supplementation of super food and herbs with pharmaceuticals does not create, or complicate pain, or health conditions.  Instead, pain patients state dramatic pain alleviation results where prescription use declined, or were no longer necessary.

It is scientifically proven your body requires specific nutrients to maintain optimum health.  Imagine if you could find a pain treatment that cures what ails you, to include remove your pain regardless of pathology!   Well folks, it is possible and it happens every day.  Some like to refer to terminal disease remission as a miracle, because in most cases, complete chronic pain abatement in my opinion “is a miracle regardless of disease.”  One must never rule out the soul’s spiritual positive power of healing.  To do so would be a grave mistake in the pain healing and terminal illness remission process.  Without necessary nutrients the body begins a degradation phase prematurely regardless of age!  Think of your body like a car engine.  Without a good air, or oil filters (body equivalent – kidneys, liver, lungs) one might experience tenderness, irritability, pain irregularity in the liver, kidneys, intestines, stomach, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, skin discoloration, etc., due to poor eating habits where toxin builds up in the body.  Through time, without consideration to toxic food consumption the body becomes less efficient at removing the toxins.

The car experiences poor performance, iritic operations and poor start, or out of tune characteristic when oil, gas and air filters are not maintained making it more difficult to remove pollutants from the car engine.  The engine parts like the body begins to experience degradation when organs begin to fail due to toxic consumption habits and improper preventative health practices.  Like the body’s internal organs, the car’s engine components eventually break down due to poor fluid filtration characteristics, air and fuel quality circulation, etc., causing erratic operation.  This breakdown uncorrected within the body creates illness and disease, hence pain!  Your car may still run for many years.  But unlike the car you feel pain and discomfort.  The cost of car repairs at some point to keep the vehicle on the road soon outweighs the benefits of corrective maintenance costs and you eventually replace the car.  Since our body is not a car, we simply cannot replace or remove parts in most cases to alleviate the pain and make the body whole!

It is for this reason; you must look to incorporate proper nutrition and possibly herbal remedies into your diet!  At the molecular level regardless of pain disease, or illness one must understand the benefits of a holistic pain management approach while customizing a pain management program.  If your expectation is to reduce pain through a customized pain management program, you also need to consider the body’s molecular nutrient requirement!   Nutrition, herbal remedies and exercise should be incorporated if possible within a pain management program to have optimal chances at cell repair, or win a fight against any illness or disease!  You may also avoid going under the knife and possibly creating a worse pain, illness, or disease scenario while incorporating such practices within your pain management program.  Surgery should be your last recourse!


Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2009 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.org, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.