Danger Lurking in Your Ice Cream: Does Your Brand Pass

Yes I’ll admit that I love Ice Cream as much as the rest of the world but please just hold the rBGH!  You should avoid ice cream made from the milk of cows treated with rBGH, the growth hormone given to cows to increase their milk production. Once again the US thinks it’s just fine to consume but it has been banned by Canada, New Zealand, Australia and all European Union countries!   So who are some of the offending ice cream makers: Blue Bunny, Dreyer’s, Breyer’s, Haagen Daas and Baskin Robbins still use milk for their ice cream that has been treated with rBGH. 

The use of rBGH is a spiraling issue because cows then need antibiotics because the rBGH causes udder infections. These infections in turn lead to puss and antibiotic residue in the milk used for your scrumptious ice cream.  Yuck!

So perhaps instead of Bunny Tracks  or Peanut Butter Panic we’ll get some Udder Destruction! Is it really worth the risks of Ice Cream with rBGH!

Ingesting antibiotics from a cow reduces the effectiveness of an antibiotic when you actually need one! The other frightening reality is that the rBGH hormone when injected into cows more than doubles the levels of IGF-1 in a cow’s milk. Recent studies show it increased up to six times the amount when rBGH is used. High levels of IGF-1 are shown to seriously increase risk for breast, colon and prostate cancers.  Pre-menopausal women with even moderately elevated blood levels of IGF-1 are up to seven times more likely to develop breast cancer. No matter how yummy the ice cream, is it really worth the risk of ice creams with rBGH.

 John Robbins, formerly of Baskin Robbins won’t eat this Ice Cream!

Dr. Shiv Chopra, who spent 17 years in the Human Safety Evaluation of Drugs given to food-producing animals in Canada, explains his first reaction when a drug safety review for rBGH landed on his desk.

“I was concerned,” he said, “so I raised some questions, because it was a growth hormone … The questions I raised were very simple, normal scientific questions.

If you’re going to give something to food-producing animals, then under the laws of both the countries [Canada and the US], the company must demonstrate that it will produce no harm, ultimately, to people who consume that product.

They said no, they don’t want it tested, and there is no need to test it because it’s the same hormone, although it’s genetically engineered, that the cow produces.

I said it doesn’t matter. Even if it’s naturally produced hormone obtained from the cows, if you give an excess of it, just like if you take too much insulin for yourself, you can die…

I said, “You must test it in laboratory animals as required under the law.” They did not want to test it…”

Be on the safe side and go organic or dairy free with companies you trust. The good news is that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is made with rBGH free cows!  Ben & Jerry’s gets all their milk from dairies that have pledged not to inject their cows with the Monsanto-developed genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Why, then, can’t Haagen Dazs, Breyers and Baskin-Robbins do the same?

Resources: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/09/13/monsanto-rbgh-can-cause-cancer.aspx

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