Saturday, November 01, 2008

Dairy Not So Good

My baby had a suspected dairy sensitivity but it has morphed into a full on case of eczema now. We're doing elimination and some probiotics and I'm hoping to see a change for the better soon. My sister is allergic to cow's milk so that is a possiblity.

You might want to check out this articles about the not so good things about dairy:

Milk: Does it Really Do a Body Good?

These links are more about organic vs. regular american production of aairy:
Seven Reasons Why Kids Should Drink Organic Milk

Organic Dairy Production

This site talks about rBST and I found this:
Milk from rBST-treated cows contains higher concentrations of IGF-I. The importance of the increased amounts of IGF-I in milk from rBST-treated cows is uncertain. The amount of IGF-I ingested in 1 liter of milk approximates the amount of IGF-I in saliva swallowed daily by adults. Young children and infants already ingest IGF-I in commercially available cows' milk or in mother's milk. Whether the small additional amount of IGF-I in milk from rBST-treated cows has a significant local effect on the esophagus, stomach, or intestine is unknown. The gut of the very young infant is an immature organ that can absorb intact proteins, although in relatively small amounts. However, most infants are either breast fed or fed commercially prepared infant formulas that contain no more than trace amounts of IGF-I or growth hormone.

So they basically don't know the affects of the hormones on very small children. Other portions of that site talk about other differences in milk between humans and cows and rBST treated cows.

When I was doing research into the affects of estrogen on cyclic breast pain (mastalgia) I came across tons of more links related to hormonal induction of milk in cows using estrogens. The residues can appear in meat and dairy products I believe. This page lists a ton of papers related to hormones in the food we eat and affects on health (beyond the topic of breast cancer)


nikole said...

So sorry to hear about the dairy sensitivity. Thanks for the good info. Thea has an allergy to dairy - and eggs too - and some other things I'm trying to figure out. Thanks for the good info. Hope JB feels better soon.

Phoebe said...

The problem I have with organic dairy products is that no one tells you that they still give them estrogen and progesterone to make cows produce milk 24/7. That's the main reason I avoid dairy, though it's hard because there really is no substitute for cheese. I wonder if they do this to goats and sheep as well?

That bibliography was pretty comprehensive, but overwhelming to consider actually reading through! I wish they had abstracts to go with it.