Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dioxin Levels Significantly Higher in Organic Milk

By Russell Eaton

Coal-fired electricity stations send dioxins into the air as the smoke is dispersed. Also, dioxins come from all types of factory wastes, commercial incineration, traffic pollution, industrial emissions, fires, and many other chemical and industrial processes. Tests show dioxins to be the most potent carcinogen known to man.

Many studies show that dioxins cause serious illness in humans, including a variety of cancers, kidney disease, birth defects, poor health and premature death.

Unfortunately, dioxins are just about everywhere in nature because they get carried by weather patterns, rain, ocean currents, and wind to all parts of the globe. Dioxins settle on pastures, and on plants and grains that form part of the food chain for animals and humans.

Dioxins do not come from pesticides or fertilizers - they come from the environment at large and even from the water supply. That is why dioxins are found in equal measure in organic and nonorganic food. But we can minimize the amount we get by avoiding certain foods high in dioxins.

Normally, our bodies cope with a low level of dioxins. Some dioxins get excreted instead of being absorbed into the body to cause illness. We can, to some extent reduce the amount of dioxins we get by avoiding foods high in dioxins.

The question is: which food is highest in dioxins? Weight for weight, dairy milk has by far the highest amount of dioxins than any other food or drink. All mammals produce milk for feeding to their babies (including humans). The dioxins in the mother's body get concentrated in her breast milk. This occurs, because all nutrients (including dioxins) get concentrated in breast milk as a way of providing good rich nourishment to the new born.

Consequently, just about all human breast milk has an undesirable concentration of dioxins. But a baby stops breastfeeding after a few months so the level of dioxins received by the baby drops off. Another factor is that human milk has a much lower concentration of dioxins compared to dairy milk.

But it's a different story for a milk consumer. Over time, the daily consumption of dairy milk produces a dangerous build up of dioxins in the body, causing serious disease, below-par health and premature death.

There are plenty of studies showing that dairy milk has the highest concentration of dioxins compared to any other food product:

'Dioxins penetrate the environment via air, water and soil and are then incorporated in food chains. The major source of human exposure to dioxins (90%) is consumption of .dairy products.' (Professor Rocz Panstw, Zakl Hig, 1999, 50:3).

'The primary source of dioxins is food, especially .dairy products.' (Chemosphere, 1998 Oct, 37:9).

'The lipophilic nature of dioxins.may result in relatively high concentrations of dioxin contamination in dairy products.' (Journal of Animal Science, 1998 Jan, 76:1).

'Cows' milk is ideal for assessing levels because these compounds adhere to fat and are transferred to and eliminated in the milk of the lactating animal.' (Linda Fitzpatrick, Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment, 2005).

All kinds of dairy milk contain dioxins in varying degrees, including organic milk. Unfortunately over eighty percent of organic milk sold in the world is UHT milk (also known as Long Life milk). In the Americas and most of Europe virtually all organic milk is UHT milk.

With UHT milk you receive significantly more dioxins than regular pasteurized milk because more dioxins become absorbed instead of being excreted. This happens because the micronized fat globules in UHT milk are very much smaller than in non-UHT milk. Consequently, more dioxins from the milk get into the bloodstream. See below to find out more.

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