Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Engineered hormone in milk may be linked to twinning

The Union of Concerned Scientists
sends me things.

Would you like to be on their mailing list? This came in an e-mail from them:

"1. Engineered hormone in milk may be linked to twinning

A recent study found that women who consumed dairy products were five times more likely to give birth to twins than vegan women.

The study suggested that the use of engineered bovine growth hormone/bovine somatotropin (BGH/BST) to boost milk production in dairy cows may be related to the higher level of twinning.

BGH is known to increase twinning in dairy cows. In addition, the rate of human twinning is twice as high in the United States, where BGH is used, as in Britain, where BGH is banned.

BGH affects twinning rate by increasing insulin-like growth factor (IGF), a protein produced in the milk of both animals and humans, that promotes ovulation and may help early-stage embryos survive.

A separate study found that levels of IGF were 13 percent lower in vegan women than in women who consumed dairy products.

Read a press release about the study, which was published in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine."

Now this sounds like Texas had it first, see my Texas Holstein blog of July 1, 2006. [Note: Google says, "Results 1 - 10 of about 1,840,000 for texas holsteins (0.05 seconds), that my blogs are Nos. 1, 2, and 3. I've got to put a disclaimer there, suppose some poor school kid tries to do a research paper and quotes me.]

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Note: Holstein definition -- "any of a breed of large usually black-and-white dairy cattle originally from northern Holland and Friesland that produce large quantities of comparatively low-fat milk " per the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. (link)

If I drink milk, it's gotta be organic. Hold the hormones, please. (At my age I'm not worried about having twins... or even a singleton... hee hee! But, there are OTHER things in milk that scare me.)
I HAVE heard, though, that eating broccoli gives you the cutest and smartest grandchildren.....
I saw your broccolie yesterday, it must have grown with those beans.
Twins are nice, try not to worry about that. My oldest kids are twins, they like it too. Everyone does.
Not everybody. Sisters growing up with them have double trouble.
nd that's why I only drink soy milk...

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