By Robert Cohen, NotMilk.com
"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future
for man if he spent less time proving that he can
outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness
and respecting her seniority."
- E. B. White
In 1994, I became the only private Americancitizen to be given the opportunity to meet with that team of FDA scientists making the final decision to approve Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, rbGH (also known as rbST and Posilac).
That approval process represented the greatest controversy in FDA history. The meeting took place at the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), in Rockville, Maryland.
At the meeting, scientists attempted to explain to me how protein hormones in cow's milk could not possibly work on humans. One scientist, Robert Marnane, explained that powerful acids in the human stomach deactivate proteins by breaking them down into their basic amino acid building blocks.
My response to Dr. Marnane was that this would not be good news to nursing human mothers who, according to his reasoning, incorrectly believe that protein lactoferrins and immunoglobulins in mother's milk actually work. I remember asking him if human breastfeeding works, and his response was typical of a chauvinist male scientist who arrogantly thinks that he knows all that there is to know. Marnane suggested that breastfeeding provided psychological and nurturing benefit to the feeding infant, but nothing more.
There was a significant flaw in FDA reasoning which continues to this day.
Did evolution mess up, or was it Mother Nature or God? Whatever your belief is, thousands of scientific studies support a universal conclusion that breastfeeding does indeed work. Children who were breastfed have greater immunological protection, and also have higher intelligence scores.
How can that be, if key substances designed to protect a child are destroyed?
Turning a G-rated column into an R-17 rated one, why did God, Mother Nature, or Evolution provide for 220 million sperm in each ejaculation during intercourse? There are more sperm in one act of male sexual bliss than the total combined populations of those 5 nations speaking a Romance language which include Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and Romania.
Only one sperm is required to achieve that task for which it was designed.
The answer is that Nature provides what is needed. No more and no less. Nature provides just the right amount to insure that the job gets done.
When nature is improved upon by men, serious consequences can occur for mankind.
When milk is passed through a fine filter at pressures equal to 4,000 pounds per square inch, the fat globules (liposomes) are made smaller (micronized) by a factor of between 10 and 100 times. These fat molecules become evenly dispersed within the liquid milk so that, by federal code, after 48 hours of storage at 45 degrees Fahrenheit, there is no visible cream separation in the milk. One pint of homogenized cow's milk can contain one-trillion or more micronized fat molecules.
Humankind often takes small steps in changing biological mechanisms, attempting to improve upon nature. In the case of homogenization, the dairy industry took an accidental giant stride by insuring that protein growth hormones in milk survive digestion. Homogenization insures that these powerful growth hormones are not broken down. One of these chemical messengers has been identified as the key factor in the growth of every human cancer. See: http://www.notmilk.com/b.html
Remember those time-release cold capsule TV commercials? Encapsulate cold medicine in gelatin capsules and "medicine" works many hours after ingestion. Milk is nature's natural mechanism, delivering hormones, lactoferrins and immunoglobulins to nursing infants. Through homogenization, fat molecules in milk become smaller and become "capsules" for substances that bypass digestive processes. Proteins would normally be broken down into amino acids, and digested in the stomach or gut. By homogenizing milk, these tiny proteins are not broken down and bypass the intestinal wall and are the absorbed into the human bloodstream, intact.
Genetic engineering makes a bad product worse. Milk naturally contains powerful growth hormones. Milk from cows treated with the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone contains increased amounts of naturally occurring hormones. After cows are injected with the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, levels of another hormone in milk, IGF-I, increase.
IGF-I (insulin-like growth factor) is an identical match between humans and cows. In the case of existing cancers normally controlled by immune systems, IGF-I ingestion is like pouring gasoline on a fire.
Two Connecticut cardiologists, Oster and Ross, demonstrated that cow proteins survive digestion. Every one of their heart patients manufactured antibodies to bovine proteins after consuming homogenized milk. This proved that milk proteins are not destroyed.
These two scientists pointed the finger of blame for heart disease at the process of homogenization. Hormones in milk are protected, survive digestion, and exert powerful effects on the human body. For more detail, see: http://www.notmilk.com/x.html
What is the consequence of there being so much IGF-I in homogenized cow's milk?
Consider the fact that the nations with the highest rates of breast and prostate cancers are also the ones in which the greatest per capita rates of cow's milk is consumed. Why so much cancer? Some people, myself included, would call that effort of improving hormonal delivery through homogenization, mankind's greatest example of overkill.
"There is no forgiveness in nature."
- Ugo Betti