By Mary-Ann Shearer
The Intersection of Antibiotics, Hormones and Meat
I have taken the following extracts are taken from “The Food Revolution” by John Robbins (JR), published by Conari Press and “Diet and Health” by Walter J. Veith (WV)- Chairman, dept. of Zoology at the Western Cape. This is not to scare you but to make sure you are aware of what you are eating and then make better choices. My comments are in between.
“Dr. Jeffery Fisher, is a pathologist and consultant to the World Health Organization. He says,‘The pendulum has incredibly begun to swing back to the 1930’s. Hospitals are in jeopardy of once again being overwhelmed with untreatable infectious diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, meningitis, typhoid fever and dysentery.” Trying to cope, hospitals are using higher doses and employing ever more antibiotics, particularly broad spectrum types. The amount of antibiotics used by hospitals in the United States is today 100 times greater than was used 35 years ago.” JR
What is he actually talking about? Well the use of antibiotics to promote growth in animals.
“The Fact that animals grow faster when receiving sub therapeutic doses of anti-microbials serves as an incentive to farmers to administer these products…..this practice is giving rise to a new generation of anti-biotic resistant microbes which can cause serious outbreaks of disease among humans….Drug resistant bacteria have accounted for a steady increase in the incidence of human Salmonella infections,…
In view of the widespread use of antibiotics in animal husbandry, the most common sources of contamination, by this new breed of antibiotic resistant bacteria, are poultry, cattle, calves, eggs and milk” WV
And you thought they just gave this to cows?
“In 1997. the World Health Organization called for a ban on the routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock. A year later, the journal ‘Science’ called the meat industry ‘the driving force behind the development of antibiotic resistance in certain species of bacteria that cause human disease’ Later in 1998, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) blamed the serious emergence of Salmonella bacteria resistant to no less than five different antibiotics on the use of antibiotics in livestock….
In 1999, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that infections in humans by antibiotic-resistant bacteria had increased nearly eightfold between 1992 and 1997.
Vancomycin is a particularly potent antimicrobial that is often considered the last-chance weapon in dealing with infections involving multi-resistant bacterial strains. But a super bug recently discovered in Great Britain has not only become resistant to the antibiotic Vancomycin, it has learned to use it as food. It actually lives and grows off the antibiotic
Antibiotics administered to people in the United States annually to treat disease: 3 million pounds
Antibiotics administered to livestock in the United States annually for purposes other than treating disease: 24.6 million pounds” JR
This situation is much the same in South Africa and a little better in the UK as they have already started waking up to situation in Europe. Denmark has banned the use of antibiotics to promote growth but in South Africa and the US the farmers make wild statements about it being completely harmless. I believe that in years to come we will see bigger lawsuits against the farming community than we have ever seen against the cigarette industry. This research is easily attainable and sourced from recognized sources so they will have no excuse but to pay up.
I also believe that these antibiotics contribute to the wave of Candida problems that abound. I suggest that if you eat animal products that you take Aim’s Florafood on a daily basis to help you recover from the flood of antibiotics you have been exposed to and then try to eat only free range products.
Just in case you thought this was no big deal, here’s more on hormones used to promote the growth of livestock.
“Hormone residues that have been isolated from beef include
trenbolone acetate, zeronal, stilbene diethylstillboesterol (DES), oestrodiol, dienoestrol, hexaestrol, 17 beta-oestrodiol, (the last 5 are powerful oetrogen based hormones which promote growth and effeminate features such as breast formation in males) kestoroids, testosterone, progesterone and progesterone acetate, which are all used as anabolic steroids to promote weight increase.”
Just today, I spoke to a mother whose 17 year old son has developed breasts and is growing at a frightening rate (already 6foot 5 inches and the doctors reckon he will grow at least 3 more inches and they need to import shoes for him they cannot find local shoes in his size)
What we do know from this research is that these hormones promote cancer and interfere with the hormonal system. The hormonal system controls virtually every function in the body, from the immune system to blood pressure and sugar to allergies, inflammation, sleep, bowel movements, growth and development of children, heart. kidney, liver, lung and skin function.
Possible diseases from this interference from these hormones can basically be anything from cancer of any kind, with breast cancer being top of the list, to heart disease and diabetes, the 3 biggest killers today and others such as blood pressure problems, to allergies, auto immune diseases such as Lupus, MS, Aids, Arthritis. How on earth can anyone control their body weight when they are consuming growth hormones? Maybe you think this is scare mongering, but you need to know that this information so that you can choose what you want to do and how you would like to live.
What can you do?
Well becoming a vegetarian would be the obvious choice, but many people resist this. So if want to keep eating animal products, make sure you are eating free range meat, chicken and dairy products and if you do eat fish, deep sea water fish would be a better choice.
Remember the only thing that will stop this practice is if you refuse to buy animal products until the farmers change their methods.
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