This Hidden Toxin in Meat Can Invite Cancer
Can Growth Hormones Harm Us?
The answer: Most definitely. Actually, growth hormones can invite cancer. Growth hormones are given to animals to make them grow and fatten up faster, which of course, allows companies to produce more meat – faster. Farmers also produce more milk when they inject cows with hormones. Much like pesticides, growth hormones are harmful to us while financially beneficial to farmers and food companies.
You see, some forms of cancer are hormone-dependent. This includes prostate, breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers. Injected hormones in our meat imitate the natural hormones in our body and prevent the natural hormones from functioning as they should. These growth hormones alter the way our natural hormones are produced and metabolized. The hormone imitators can trigger unnatural cell growth, resulting in cancer.
Livestock raised using growth hormones are being sold to us in grocery stores and at restaurants. To avoid hormones in meat and dairy products, look for grass-fed, organic versions and inquire when eating out at restaurants. Of course the FDA approves the use of genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone also known as rBGH. The U.S. is one of the few countries that allow growth hormones to be injected in our livestock. European Union, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada have all banned rBGH and rBST (bovine somatotropin) due to the effect on human health. Just in case it isn’t obvious to you yet, “genetically engineered recombinant” means it’s man-made.
***The best way to avoid growth hormones, antibiotics and any other toxin that is found in meat, is to avoid animal products altogether. This includes meat, eggs and dairy. This makes a true nutrient-rich diet most effective.