Posted 10 March 2005 - 11:24 AM
I see you're from Ontario. I know that in Canada BHG is not included in any milk. I'm not sure that this is a provincial thing but I do know 100% that in Alberta and in Saskatchewan and BC, there are abosultely no antibiotics either(If a cow gets sick they give it antibiotics and then test the milk until it's antibiotic free and then that cow's milk goes back into the market. The milk with the antibiotics doesn't go into the food supply).
Further much of the milk here is microfiltered, which extends the shelf life and gets rid of even more bacteria.
For me here in Alberta, and for most people in the rest of Canada, and for people in the EU and many other countries, the issue isn't with crappy practices or hormones or antibiotics, but with the natural hormone levels present in milk.
The line is do you believe that your body can handle a small increase in hormones, mainly IGF-1 and do you think your body could process those hormones effectively or do they cause acne. Perhaps for acne sensitive people any increase in hormones is bad, but you must realize that everything we do increases hormones. If you're stressed out it will release way more hormones than is naturally present in milk, when you sleep you release way more hormones, when you are concentrating hard you realease way more hormones, when yuo're scared you release a crap load of hormones, etc.... Yes many of these hormones are not IGF-1 but many are DHT and the bottom line is that no one really knows what hormones are responsible for acne and DHt is just as big a culprit as IGF-1.
I'm not doubting that milk increases hormone levels but I don't think that we can just take out milk and say okay the problem is solved because in the grand sceme of things, we have much more hormones circulating around our bodies from other things all the time. I believe that for most people, they can handle the natural hormones. I don't doubt though that some people, probably acne prone individuals, can't handle these hormones and should avoid all or certain kinds of dairy.
I just get miffed when people go from one extreme on the dairy stance to the other, especially when all the milk hate is over-the-top.
Again attack the production process, not dairy. Just a last point, when you are looking at studies take care to remember where the studies took place. REmember that milk int he US and much of the UK(Perhaps some countries are safer tahn others there, I don't know), are using milk that has much higher levels of IGF-1 and antibiotics. I would like to see a comparable study done in another country, unfortunately they are few and far between.