Dairy Scare Tactics

Heather says:

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.


  1. Milehimama on September 25, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Now rBST milk is almost standard. Kroger, Randall/Safeway, Walmart, and other major chains milk is all hormone free.

    • HeatherSolos on September 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      It's amazing how much things can change in just 3 years. I love that the availability has increased so much.

  2. Keter on October 3, 2007 at 1:40 am

    @Jasi – I quit drinking milk years ago; I was only putting an ounce or so in my morning coffee, still I noticed a huge difference when I switched to organic, and then again when I quit entirely. People with allergies or autoimmune issues should avoid it like the plague, particularly the hormone treated stuff. Plus those hormones that make the cow fat will make YOU gain weight, too. I do cook with milk occasionally, and if goat’s milk won’t do it, I use Horizon or a local dairy that is non-hormone, non-antibiotic. Yes, it is expensive, but now it is an “exotic” ingredient for me. ;o)

  3. Samantha on October 2, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Tonight I checked prices. I paid $4.23 for a gallon of Kroger brand 2% regular milk. For a gallon of Horizon brand whole milk (seems that’s the only way the organics come in gallons is in the whole variety) was $6.79 a gallon. I can’t afford that:( I would LOVE to buy hormone free milk, but with what I’ve read verses the price, I just can’t justify it. Margo, you have the BOMB with the local dairy! I so wish you could ship it to me!!

  4. Margo on September 29, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    We buy our milk from a local dairy (I LOVE living in farm country) and I noticed that it said hormone and antibiotic free, although it’s not certified organic. It also comes in glass bottles – I taste plastic now when I drink other milk. And it’s only $2 a half-gallon. I didn’t realize I had it so good!

  5. TulipGirl on September 29, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    The two major brands of milk in our local grocery state that they are hormone-free. To what degree they are hormone free, I haven’t researched. However, it should be easier than it used to to buy hormone free milk.

  6. Jasi on September 29, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    I don’t dig dairy. Was after I had my baby, I got to thinking.. Gee, Sure is weird to be a grown up drinking milk, from another animal no less. Plus, cherished child is allergic to all things dairy.

    Wasn’t a difficult thing to give up. And it totally improved my congestion as well. Turns out, most people are allergic to milk and don’t know it. Give it up for a week and see how much better you breathe.

  7. Bramble on September 29, 2007 at 11:26 am

    What pains me as well is the walmart brand stuff of the supposed email has lately cost more than the organic stuff at other stores. No hormones and save money. Nice. (recent price comparison- $4.89 at walmart for “regular” and $3.89 at publix for store brand organic. nice, eh? your prices may vary.)

  8. Teresa on September 29, 2007 at 10:21 am

    For anyone who is in the mid-south, I recommend Braum’s Dairy milk–rBGH free and reasonably priced. Their burgers are good too. I don’t work for them or anything, but I sure do like their milk.


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