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Farmers are Killing Us with Antibiotics

Food kills one person every 2 hours in the US alone--usually from bacteria like the recent E. Coli that has stricken Germany. In the June 17th edition of the Independent, Jeremy Laurance writes that "Resistant genes for toxic forms of E.coli can jump from animal to human strains. The outbreak of a virulent antibiotic-resistant strain of E.coli in Germany last month, which has claimed 39 lives and left more than 3,300 people requiring hospital treatment, has been blamed on the overuse of antibiotics in farming."

In the June 12th edition of the New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof writes, "Perhaps the most disgraceful aspect of our agricultural is the way antibiotics are recklessly stuffed into healthy animals to make them grow faster. The Food and Drug Administration reported recently that 80% of antibiotics in the United States go to livestock, not humans. And 90% of the livestock antibiotics are administered in their food or water, typically to healthy animals to keep them from getting sick when they are confined in squalid and crowded conditions.

"We have an industrial farming system that is a marvel for producing cheap food, but its lobbyists block initiatives to make food safer. The single state of North Carolina uses more antibiotics for livestock than the entire United States uses for humans."

Since we now know that antibiotics given to cattle may lead to antibiotic-resistant superbugs in the people who eat beef, you'd think that farmers would be using fewer of these drugs, but in Europe, farmers have actually INCREASED their use of animal antibiotics, and of course the drug companies encourage this. In the UK, antibiotics are routinely used in cows to prevent mastitis, an infection of the udder, which occurs much more frequently in animals that are intensively milked.

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Simple solution - stop eating animals products. A low fat vegan diet full of whole plant foods is a wondrous thing for the environment and people's health all around. Check out the new movie "Forks Over Knives" to see what I'm talking about.

We are what we eat. And, unfortunately, our planet chokes and dies from our indulgences. Pretty sad that we choose to ignore it.

I have been trying to teach people this concept for years and years now. It's not just about antibiotic resistance...it's ALSO about the overgrowth of yeast in the body due to the rampant ingestion and exposure to antibiotics all over the place. A doctor in Italy has tied cancer to yeasts with what appears to be plenty of evidence (cancers can also be tied to viruses, for the record). Prostate issues in men are so often yeast issues, yet are universally treated with antibiotics which can aggravate the condition and/or make it much worse. Meanwhile, safe and effective broad-spectrum antibiotics exist that blow pharmaceuticals out of the water, and are much less in cost. I feel like I live on an insane planet with the way things are run.

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