Hormones in Meat

Conventional meat from cows, chickens, pigs, and farm raised fish are fed antibiotics, steroid hormones, and other sex hormones within their feed to aid in preventing disease, increasing weight gain, and increasing speed of the weight gain. This issue with this is that the consumer (humans) will eat and retain the hormones, antibiotics and other impurities when they eat the meat of these animals.

Many people associate the increased antibiotics in our meats with the decreased responsiveness to antibiotic treatment. Richard Novick, the director of Public Health for the city of New York stated “Recent years have witnessed massive increases in the use of antibiotics for livestock as well as for human medicine. These practices have caused the development of vast population of disease-breeding bacteria that are simultaneously resistant to many different antibiotics and are becoming greater and greater threat to human as well as animal health.” There are several important aspects to take away from this statement: 1) There is an increased amount and variation of bacteria that are being created 2) the bacteria is already immune to many of the forms of antibiotics. 3) Humans are being forced to make variations on the antibiotics to compete with the different types of bacteria being formed.

The sex hormones are being used to increase the muscle, increase milk production, and increase reproduction rate. These hormones are transferred into the meat and the milk of the animals. Hormones such as androgens, progestogens, and estrogens within the feed for the animals results in hormonal imbalance within our bodies. OBGYNs have begun to notice a connection between increased breast and uterine tenderness and conventional meat and dairy. Christine Northrup, MD states “dairy products seem very much associated with menstrual cramps and heavy flow.” Within her practice she has had women with endometriosis, fibroids, and fertility issues improve greatly or reverse the condition with the removal of dairy.

Dairy and meat does not need to be removed from the diet, but it is important to buy quality products without antibiotics, hormones, and grassfed animals. Contact Becca Walters for additional information.


Colbin, Annemarie. “Food and Healing” Ballantine Books. New York. 1986.

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