Milk and hormones – a wild ride

Milk Hormones Affect Your Body and Behavior                                                               see
The word hormone constitutes diversified meanings for
different people. To teenagers with acne it’s the cause
of all pimples. To the husband of a pregnant woman
desiring pickles and ice cream, experiencing mood swings,
it’s the foundation of her behavior patterns. To gang
members who fight to defend a street corner as their turf,
it’s the chemical that brings about aggressive behavior.
To a weight lifter or Olympic athlete, it’s a means to
grow muscles quickly. To an animal psychologist studying
wolf behavior, a hormone is a chemical messenger that
causes a fixed action pattern in the brain eliciting the
course of action in which a male will mark bushes and
declare his territorial rights.

Nobody instructs a male dog in how to mount a female and
conduct himself in a manner as to reproduce his species.
He does not read such advice in a book and he does not
watch a movie. A chemical hormone called a pheromone
creates an odor which when inhaled affects the male dog’s
brain in such a manner that he perform the same act done
by generations of his ancestors. Chemical and physiological
processes are so linked in the brains of all mammals.

Naturally occurring hormones in cow’s milk exert powerful
physiological and chemical changes on humans. Cows are
milked before they give birth, and that milk formula differs
from the postpartum variety. Before birth, cows internally
secrete hormones instructing their own mammary tissue
to grow. What do you imagine that does to the bodies
and psyches of little boys and girls who drink cow’s milk
chemicals not even designed for calves? How does it affect
your own mood swings, depressions, and irritabilities?

Robert Cohen

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