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    Got Milk Allergy? What the Labels (and Docs!) Don't Tell Us

    February 1, 2008 •  13 comments.

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    According to CNN and a recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Immunology, milk allergy is the most common food allergy, having established itself in the number one position in the last ten years.

    Interestingly, a new protein was introduced into the American milk supply just over ten years ago. Children with a milk allergy see the proteins found in milk as “foreign” which in turn triggers an allergic reaction.

    Are these recently introduced proteins responsible for the milk allergy epidemic? You decide.

    What the leading pediatric allergists (funded by Big Food and Big Pharma) failed to tell us…

    In the early 1990s, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, Monsanto Corporation, in conjunction with a global pharmaceutical corporation, invented a drug that could be injected into cows to increase their milk production.

    This drug, called recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and commercially sold exclusively by Monsanto under the name Posilac, contained a new protein that was an artifical growth hormone designed to manipulate the hormones of cows in order to force them to produce more milk. More milk out of cows meant more money for the corporations, so their concept was a hit.

    The only snag was that the injection going into the cows contained a chemically and genetically engineered protein . Because of the hormonal disruption that this protein created, increasing evidence showed that this manipulated protein was proving to cause breast, colon and prostate cancer . Mounting evidence also showed that cows injected with this protein showed increases in infertility, birth defects and fetal loss.

    Because of these health consequences, government agencies around the world decided NOT to allow this manipulated protein and growth hormone into their milk and beef supplies. In the US, however, it was a different story.

    In order to ensure passage through the FDA, the corporation who stood to profit from this cow vaccine, Monsanto, employed a strategy of placing their employees in critical decision making positions by essentially creating a revolving door between their corporation and the FDA.

    For example, at Monsanto, a Ph.D. named Margret Miller assisted in the development of this chemically and genetically engineered growth hormone. When it came time for the FDA to approve this hormone, Ms. Miller jumped ship to join the FDA and take a role in its scientific and safety evaluations!

    Given Ms. Miller’s success at playing both sides of the field, Michael Taylor, a Monsanto attorney, became a lobbyist and drafted guidelines that exempted milk producers from labeling dairy products from cows that had been treated with rBGH.

    The revolving door strategy became so successful that this corporation continued to staff regulatory, scientific and positions of influence from both sides of the aisle right up to the Supreme Court where they placed their former attorney, Clarence Thomas, who provided legal clout in the manipulation of America’s food supply.

    As a result, in 1993, this genetically manipulated milk protein, rBGH, was controversially approved and allowed to enter the American food supply – in the form of milk, cheese, yogurt and beef. Today, 1 in 8 women has breast cancer, 1 in 6 men has prostate cancer, and milk allergy is the most common food allergy in children.

    Has the financial relationship that leading pediatric allergists have with this chemical corporation affected their ability to fully disclose the risks presented by the introduction of this protein in 1993?

    To learn more about What’s In Your Milk? , there are three things that you can do right away!

    • Buy milk, cheese and yogurt that is labeled “rBGH-free”
    • Purchase beef that is also labeled “rBGH-free”

    Signs of a milk allergy may include but are not limited to:

    • Stomach aches, colic, gastrointestinal discomfort
    • Allergic Shiners (dark circles beneath the eyes)
    • Eczema, rashes and skin disorders (including acne)
    • Migraines, headaches and other neurological symptoms
    • As well as the classic allergic symptoms like hives, swelling, difficulty breathing and possible anaphylaxis (as detailed at www.allergykids.com)

    According to a November 2007 report from the FDA, the FDA “does not have the capacity to ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply” putting “American lives at risk.”

    So stay smart, stay savvy…and keep asking questions! In a system that is failing our children, mothers can’t! There is so much that you can do to protect the health of your family! Learn more at www.allergykids.com

    NOTE: One of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies assisted in the development of the controversial rBGH injection.

    According to Congress, a provision was added to the Homeland Security Act just prior to passage that shields the pharmaceutical industry from billions of dollars of anticipated lawsuits over vaccines, removing liability for any injuries that may result from vaccines they manufacture.

    The provision was added so late that most members of Congress were not even aware that it had been added to the 470-plus page bill. And it was so similar to a defeated vaccine bill from 2002 that an aide even commented that the provision was actually in a different font than the rest of the Homeland Security Act, as if someone had cut and pasted it into the new bill.

    Despite concerns over vaccines’ toxicity, allergenic risks and the 100,000,000 DNA fragments that each vaccine is allowed to contain, the FDA lacks funding and does not conduct independent tests to assess the safety of these vaccines, relying on industry-funded research conducted by the pharmaceutical and chemical corporations themselves.

      13 Responses to “Got Milk Allergy? What the Labels (and Docs!) Don't Tell Us”

      1. Wouldn’t it be interesting if the big pharma company that manufactures rBST one that also produces allergies medications? Probably not, marketing a product that promises bigger production and more money despite the consequences is more than enough in America.
        so sad.

      2. Please visit the website, http://www.realmilk.com to learn the benefits of RAW milk from pastured, grass-fed cows. This is the way we are supposed to consume nature’s perfect food. The majority of people who have allergic reactions to pasteurized milk (which includes my 7-year old daughter) have no problem ingesting raw milk which is loaded with beneficial enzymes and good bacteria that are virtually lost during the pasteurization proceess.
        There is a spectacular source for raw milk: http://www.organicpastures.com
        This dairy is owned by Mark McAfee who is setting the standards for superb raw milk from grass-fed cows that are actually milked in the pasture! These are HEALTHY, LOVED cows that produce beautiful milk, cream and butter. Mark has had his milk tested in California universities and when they added e-coli to the milk it DID NOT SURVIVE in the milk. You can get all the information you desire by contacting Organic Pastures at 877-729-6455.
        There is also an excellent book called, ‘The Untold Story of Milk’ by Ron Schmid, N.D. It is a superlative book on the history of milk, the reasons for pasteurization and the incredible benefits of pure, raw milk from grass-fed cows.
        By the way, cows are ruminants which means they eat grass and hay. They are NOT designed to eat corn. It changes the pH in their stomach and eventually sickens them. Meat from grass-fed cows contains Omega-3’s which disappear entirely when you feed grains to a cow. Please educate your beautiful selves on all of this by going to:
        I teach classes to lots of moms in my area (Redmond, WA) on this very topic. It is imperative that we take back our power and apply the wisdom of our ancestors who consumed a diet of nutrient dense, whole foods that were properly prepared without processing, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.
        Please feel free to e-mail me if you need more resources. I am a voracious researcher and I am not naive enough (anymore) to think that our government or government agencies are the least bit concerned with our health.

      3. journeytocrunchville

        Thank you for your article. I am going to post it to my blog. We have actually switched to raw milk with tremendous benefits and results for my family but I think it is important for everyone to know what is in typical pasteurized milk. Ironically, there have been more recalls for pasteurized milk than for raw milk and that is just the tip of the ice-berg.

      4. Jenny

        Great information! I also want to mention that it’s odd the FDA does not require the drug companies to label any of the top eight allergens in their vaccines. The FDA is a big joke. The new dTap vaccines are grown in Casamino Acid (casein medium) which is the protein found in milk. The vaccine could have a “peanut” medium and is not required to be labeled accordingly. My husband and son have an autoimmune reaction to casein and this shot has caused unknown organ damage. If you have an issue with the milk protein, please do some research.

      5. katie

        That is rediculous, I had not heard of this. But my breastfed baby developed a dairy allergy when she was about a month old and I have had to cut it all out of my diet to continue breastfeeding. Now I need to go look at my soy, after reading this website….

      6. Lindsey

        I am a firm believer in raw milk. My family has been drinking raw milk for about 3 years now. People I know who have had known allergic reactions to milk bought from a store (pastuerized, homogenized) who switched to raw milk, no longer had reactions. What some people don’t know is that the pastuerization process kills off the lactase enzyme found in raw milk which causing lactose intolerance. You would be horrified if you really knew all that’s involved in processing the milk you buy from the store. It is terrifying to know what our government allows for our children. I also believe that soy is harmful, especially to boys. I also believe that vaccinations are dangerous.

        I would reccomend to any mother or soon to be moms to visit http://www.westonaprice.org and check out the healthy baby issue.

      7. The more I read, the more I am convinced that in the not too distant future, the whole issue of what is in our food is going to come to a showdown between us consumers and those that make our food (the food manufacturers) and also those who oversee our food production (the governments of the world).

        Food manufacture and processing is driven so much by profit and productivity. I think we have lost site of the reason we eat in the first place – to sustain us.

        I remember I used to scoff a few years ago when I heard someone say that one day, wars will be fought over water. Well, here in Australia, it may not quite have come to blows yet, but our water supply is drying up at an alarming rate. I can only wonder how long it will be until the same starts to happen with our food supply. The price of food here has gone crazy in the last couple of years whilst the quality seems to have decreased significantly.

        As I write this I look out my living room window and think how important will my just started home vegie patch will become in the future. Thanks for this great resource and info.


      8. Ruth

        While we are on the topic of raw milk. My 60 year old aunt was diagnosed with advanced osteoperosis and was treated with the typical drugs therapies and encouraged to consume all the dairy she could to no avail. Her bone loss kept progressing. After she researched raw milk, she discontinued all of her medication and consumed raw dairy products for a year. Her next bone scan revealed that she had regained 25% of her bone mass. According to her doctors, this is impossible to do after the age of 35 and she was 65 at the time.

        Do the research. Raw milk is incredible and even in the states where it is illegal to sell it, there is should still be a way to get it. I was able to get it in Florida where the sale of raw milk is illegal. It is so worth the effort. Why wait to get osteoperosis? Prevent it.

      9. Bolie Williams IV

        Isn’t rBGH similar to the human growth hormone? Has any study been done on how children react to exposure to rBGH? I want my kids to be tall, but not like that…

      10. Misty

        My 1yr old developed food sensitivities in the first few months of his life–milk, rice, tree nut, so I have had to resort to Soy milk which I’m not sure about; but I don’t know what else to do. I tried goats milk, it was pasturized but not homoginized; but he couldnt take it either. Do you think raw milk would work (either goat’s or cow’s)? Any advice would be appreciated!!!

      11. my son Anshul is 4 years old.

        he is having allergy of milk and milk related products.

        he is only 14kg. what should i give him alternate to this milk.

        and what other food having calcium and proteins.

        he is also underweight. Please suggest me. i am waiting for your reply.

      12. nancy

        my son just turned 1 and he gets a red rash around his mouth when he drinks his milk. This is the only place he gets the rash and has no other symptoms suggesting he might have a milk allergy. I definately know he gets it from the milk but does this mean it’s an allergy? He doesnt have any reaction from eating cheese, yogurt or icecream. How can I tell if it’s a bad thing? Also, if raw milk is supposed to be so good for you why is it illegal to buy in some states? When you say raw exactly what do you mean?

      13. Roxana Pupo

        My son has been allergic to cow milk and milk related products, as well as eggs and their products since 6 months old when he was exposed to baby food with dried cow milk and swelled up like a balloon. I continued to give him breastmilk thankfully and after 12 months I introduced organic rice milk and organic soy milk. There are studies that say that children with cow milk allergies can also have a reaction to soy milk, but I did not know that when I transitioned him and thankfully he did not have a reaction. Maybe you can try to introduce it slowly or take him to an allergist who can test him for soy allergies, as well as others. Make sure you offer him other high iron, protein, etc products like legumes/beans and meat sources, as well as eggs and nuts and whole grain breads if you know he is not allergic to them. 14 kg does not seem to be too underweight. I am sure he can increase his weight with such products as I described above. Good luck and God bless!

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