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Ask the Health Professional: What's all the Beef about Growth Hormones? Are They Really That Bad?

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By David J. Getoff, CTN, CCN, FAAIM Question You mention that, “Growth hormones in beef and milk DO affect the human body,” which is why growth implants should not be used in raising cattle. It is my understanding that the amount of estrogen in a 3 oz. serving of beef that has not been treated with a growth hormone is 1.39 nanograms. The amount in a piece of beef treated with a growth hormone is 1.89 nanograms. Three ounces of cabbage has over 2000 nanograms of naturally-occurring estrogen, and the normal adult male produces 136,000 nanograms of estrogen every day. I have a hard time...

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