In recent days I have received the hysterical dairy rBST hormone e-mail at least five times in three separate forums. The e-mail claims to be verified by Snopes.com and goes on to recount the horrific plight of a young girl. In each forum there was a massive hue and cry of, “Oh noes! I’ll never drink milk again!”
Whatever your stance on the dairy debate this e-mail, currently spreading like wildfire, is misleading. Snopes.com only verified a portion of the e-mail.
Yes, there seems to have been a girl who had terrible hormonal problems.
Yes, milk contains rBST the scientific term for the what is more commonly known as recombinant bovine growth hormone or rBGH.
You have many choices of what to do with this information, research before making the one that is right for you and your family.
Also remember it is possible, though slightly more expensive, to purchase milk from dairies that do not use rBST. Some stores advertise that the milk they sell is rBGH free. If this is an appealing option, make your wishes known to your local store. The end consumer has an effect on what is offered.