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Got Milk, Got Unwanted Hormones?

The cow’s milk we drink today is quite unlike milk that our predecessors drank without apparent harm for two millennia. Over the past century, farm procedures have changed radically to increase milk yields. Most importantly, milking has been extended into middle and late pregnancy, markedly increasing levels of steroid hormones, especially oestrogens, in the milk. Read More

You say that it is not a

You say that it is not a desirable option to stop consuming dairy products. Well, I did exactly that one year ago when I decided to become a vegan.
I don't have any health problems just because I don't consume dairy. There are so many vegans outside. It is possible to live a good life without having to consume cow's milk. Besides, it is the only ethical thing to do as cows belong to the most exploited animals on earth.

Avoiding Cow's Milk

Dear Anonymous — Because of space constraints, I was unable to go into detail in my latest blog piece when I suggested possibilities for avoiding consumption of hormones in cow's milk. So I am glad that you have given me an opportunity to expand on what I wrote. You are quite right: What I really meant was that stopping consumption of dairy products is not a desirable option unless an alternative way is found to replace the useful components of milk, notably vitamin D and calcium, at a satisfactory level. If that can be effectively achieved with an alternative diet, that is all well and good. My aim was to warn people against abruptly giving up dairy products without finding a suitable alternative source of essential nutrients.

2012 Pub Med Abstract

With so much conflicting information I don't know what to do.

Supposedly oestrogen isn't significantly present according to the above, to be concerned about it. On the other hand, who knows where the milk came from?

My Blog

Hello Psychologytoday,

I found your site intriguing and thought I would go out of my way to contact you in hopes you could potentially give some feedback on my blog. The blog itself was developed for Iowa State’s Green Room, and analyzes dairy milk and its concerning affects on the human body.

Best regards,
William Porter
The Green Room at Iowa State University

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Robert Martin, Ph.D., is the A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago.


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