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From 10 Aug 2008 Issue

Nature Overcompensates

By Robert Cohen

In the mid 1980s, a California pond was found to be home to hundreds of frogs containing male and female gonads, multiple limbs, and other deformities not normally common to their species. It was as if a drunk and dyslexic Mother Nature had stumbled out of a stupor and cast a grotesques spell upon one little corner of her realm. And she had, and for what reason? Researchers detected extremely high amounts of environmental chemicals including phosphates, herbicides, pesticides, and bovine urine and feces from a nearby dairy farm. Mother Nature reacted, and random chaos was the result. If humankind had learned anything from this incident, it would have been that consequences are not often accurately predicted. Like the body wastes which had entered a once-pristine waterway, crap happens.

When mankind naively believes itself to be capable of improving upon nature, unpleasant surprises often result. In that regard, genetic engineering will one day be recognized for the horror that it is: genetic catastrophe.

Consider the spawning salmon. She lays ten thousand pea-sized eggs, yet, only a few survive to continue the species. Deep water fish can produce millions of eggs each season. Nature's solution to insure survival is to make lots of what is needed. That same mechanism applies to internal "housekeeping." Internal hormonal secretions contain thousands of times more chemical messengers than are needed. That's because most of those hormones are broken down long before they deliver their sets of instructions to cellular receptors. What has man wrought? We have improved upon nature to upset the natural balance. By overdosing the cells with too many hormones, man has turned health into disease.

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 10 times or more. 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 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 survive. One of these chemical messengers has been identified as a key factor in the growth of human cancer.  See:

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 proteins are not broken down and are absorbed into the 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 treated with rbST (or rbGH), levels of another hormone in milk, IGF-I, increase. IGF-I (insulin-like growth factor) is identical 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 at homogenization. Hormones in milk are protected, survive digestion and exert powerful effects on the human body. For more detail, see:

Many Americans would like to bring back the good 'ole days when "cream rose to the top." In 1940 there were nearly twenty-four million dairy cows in the United States producing milk for 132 million Americans. The total pounds of milk consumed each day exceeded 2.2 pounds per individual, the equivalent of one quart. That amount has slowly declined each decade and has leveled off at a per capita daily intake of 1.6 pounds. Interestingly, the greatest decrease occurred after the dairy industry made the decision NOT to allow the cream to rise to the top.

By returning to the days when cream once again rises to the top of the bottle, dairymen would eliminate the artificial mechanism by which milk proteins survive in such great quantity. Many scientists have considered innumerable factors in explaining increased rates of cancers and heart disease. Homogenization has not been given the blame, nor the attention which it merits.

Robert Cohen

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