For the scientists, here is my statement:
(click above to demand recall)
Recent scientific evidence supports a conclusion that the consumption of milk from cows treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH) poses a serious health risk to milk and dairy consumers.
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a review of the
FDA accepted the fact that the manufacturing process for Monsanto's
The bovine growth hormone and its genetically engineered version both contain 191 amino acids. Human growth hormone also contains 191 amino acids. The gene sequence between the two species differs, however, by a factor of 35%. IGF-I in humans and cows contains 70 amino acids and the gene sequence is identical.1 IGF-I has been called a key factor in prostate cancer,(6) breast cancer,(7) and lung cancer.(8) New evidence published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association indicates that "serum IGF-I levels increased significantly in the milk group…an increase of about 10% above baseline-but was unchanged in the control group."(9) The conclusion that hormones contained in milk do not survive digestion has been incorrectly applied to the approval of rbGH. Science has ignored a general principle and universal wisdom applied to all mammals. Milk is a hormonal delivery system. Mechanisms in milk insure that lactoferrins, immunoglobulins, and protein hormones do indeed survive digestive processes, and exert biological effects. Mankind might very well wake up in the 21st century and respond to the GOT MILK query with this conclusion supported by the most recent scientific observations: GOT CANCER.
On Thursday, October 21, 1999, I filed a suit asking for Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone to be taken off the market.
FDA will conduct an investigation of my complaint. They have assigned Docket #99P-4613 as my case number.
Here are the references to my statement.
(1) Judith C. Juskevich and C. Greg Guyer. "Bovine Growth Hormone: Human Food Safety Evaluation." Science, vol. 249. August 24, 1990, pp. 875-884.
(2) P.P. Groenewegen, B.W. McBride, J.H. Burton, T.H. Elasser. J. Nutr. 120, 514 (1990).
(3) Jerome A. Moore, et al. "Equivalent Potency and Pharmacokinetics of Recombinant Human Growth Hormones with or without an N-Terminal Methionine." Endocrinology 122. 1998, pp.2920.
((4) B.N. Violand, et al. "Isolation of Esherichia coli synthesized recombinant eukaryotic proteins that contain epsilon-N-acetyllysine." (Animal Sciences Division, Monsanto Corporation, St. Louis, Missouri.) Protein Sci., 1194 July 3, 1994, pp. 1089-1097.
(5) Daughaday & Barbano. "Bovine Somatotropin supplementation of dairy cows, Is the Milk Safe?" JAMA, 264(8), August 22, 1990, pp. 1003-1005.
(6) Chen. Science, vol. 279. January 23, 1998, p. 563.
(7) Hankinson. The Lancet, vol. 351. May 9, 1998, p. 1393.
(8) Yu. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, vol. 91, no. 2. January 20, 1999.
(9) Robert P. Heaney, et al. "Dietary changes favorably affect bone
remodeling in older adults." Journal of the American Dietetic
Association, vol. 99, no. 10. October 1999, pp. 1228-1233.