Cow's Milk Hormones & Your Health

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Do you worry about the hormones in cow's milk? Has it kept you from drinking it?
Air Date: 4/22/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Felicia Stoler, PhD
felicia stoler close upDr. Felicia Stoler is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in disease prevention, wellness and healthful living. She has a Bachelor's from Tulane University, a Masters in applied physiology and nutrition from Columbia University and her Doctorate in clinical nutrition from UMDNJ. Felicia serves on many local, state and national committees related to health and wellness. Felicia is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Fellow of the ACSM. Felicia is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is on the House of Delegates.

Dr. Stoler hosted the second season of TLC's groundbreaking series, Honey, We're Killing the Kids!, which took aim at the unhealthy lifestyles of families, across the country, in an effort to motivate them to make positive changes. She is the author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great (Pegasus) which was featured in USA Weekend among the top "must have" books in 2011. She has been a contributor for and written several book chapters. Stoler authored the ACSM's Current Comment on Childhood Obesity.

Felicia has been on many national and local television and radio programs across the U.S. She is one of the most sought-after nutrition/fitness experts for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. Felicia is passionate about helping people live healthier lives – and practices what she preaches. She maintains a private practice and provides consulting and public speaking. Felicia is the mother of two children and step mom of one – living in NJ.
Cow's Milk Hormones & Your Health
Hormones are in many foods, including plants.

But for now, let us focus on cows.

There is a lot of marketing that goes into "organic" products -- especially milk and beef -- which creates fear among consumers about the safety of the food supply.

Some people fear that antibiotics used in animals is contributing to antibiotic-resistance in humans. However, the science has not shown a link at this time. Rumensin is one antibiotic used in cattle to prevent coccidiosis, a parasitic infection which can be highly contagious and potentially deadly. The debate over whether to treat cattle with antibiotics is interesting, considering many of us would treat our pets with antibiotics if needed. So why not livestock?

The American Cancer Society has no concern about dairy consumption increasing cancer risk or speeding up puberty. The CDC data looking at early puberty is not about "hormones" in foods. It is tied into improved health and nutrition, which also includes over-nutrition and excess body fat resulting in hormonal issues for children

Felicia Stoler, PhD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to fill you in on the real deal with hormones in cow's milk and what, if anything, you can do about it.