11 July 2011

Researchers find up to 20 chemicals in typical glass of milk

Many people see the classic glass of milk as a so-called ‘healthy’ drink and yet sadly, the truth is much more sinister.

A Spanish-Moroccan team of researchers have tested cow’s milk and found traceable levels of up to 20 drugs. The team tested cow, breast and goat’s milk and the results are startling.

All three of the tested milks were found to have detectable levels of drugs, but the highest quantity was found in cow's milk. A regular glass of milk was found to have traces of the following drugs:

• Niflumic acid: anti-inflammatory, painkiller
• Mefenamic acid:  anti-inflammatory
• Diclofenac: anti-inflammatory
• Florfenicol: antibiotic
• 17a-ethiynlestradio: steroid hormone
• 17β-estadiol: sex hormone

Cattle are often given antibiotics and steroids as a part of their process of breeding for growth and health, especially when kept in crowded conditions. Other drugs are consumed by the animal in their feed or are assumed to be from farm contamination.

The effects these drugs may have on humans who are ingesting such a varied and unmonitored cocktail are unknown, and scientists are continually researching and studying this issue.

Karyn Pyle | @natureconspires
When her son was born, Karyn began a journey of researching the impact of our daily choices on our children, the earth and its inhabitants. Now a campaigner of safe food practices and animal rights; while studying holistic medicine, she writes about her passions of organic and eco living and the ethical treatment of animals. Follow Karyn at Natures Conspiracy and Facebook.

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