International Lifestyle Magazine Jan 2013 - Page 39

of antibiotics annually for “nontherapeutic” purposes (growth promotion and disease prevention) as opposed to treatment of disease. The non-therapeutic total includes about 10.3 million pounds in hogs, 10.5 million pounds in poultry and 3.7 million pounds in cattle. By contrast, humans use approximately three million pounds of antibiotics annually in the U.S. This statement reveals to us that these pharmaceutical companies make more money from selling their drugs to the owners of factory farms, to inject in the animals for non-therapeutic purposes, than they do from humans purchasing them to attempt to combat their illnesses. “We’ve known for fourteen years that a single meal of meat, dairy, and eggs triggers an inflammatory reaction inside the body within hours of consumption. Within five or six hours, the inflammation starts to cool down, but then what happens? At that point we can whack our arteries with another load of animal products for lunch. In this routine, we may be stuck in a chronic low-grade inflammation danger zone formost of our lives. This can set us up for inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers one meal at a time.” – Dr. Michael Greger A step in the right direction for us is the outcome of a court case in March of 2012. In the case of the Natural Resources Defense Council et al. v. FDA, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, no. 11-3562, a federal judge ruled that U.S. regulators start proceedings to withdraw approval for the use of common antibiotics in animal feed, citing concerns that overuse is endangering human health by creating antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”. Prior to this ruling, antibiotic-resistant infections were costing Americans more than $20 billion each year. This number was determined from a 2009 study conducted by the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and Cook County Hospital. As we awaken to the dangers behind the meat industry and begin to see that meat consumption is in no way benefiting our health, I have hope that we will be on the better side of many more court rulings. In a comparative risks analysis study, it was found that “one piece of grilled steak has the equivalent carcinogens as six-hundred cigarettes. This is equivalent to smoking a pack a day for thirty days each time a steak is eaten.” This comparison was based on a study that was published in Science Journal all the way back in 1964. Now think about people who eat steak every day and smoke. This is why heart disease and cancer are so common among people who do so. The main source of these carcinogens in grilled meats is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons form when the fat and juices from the meat drip over the heat source and cause flames. These flames then adhere to the surface of the meat. “What are we eating? We are eating the rotting carcass of a murder victim. So let’s not dress it up.” – Philip Wollen In March of 2012, researchers at Harvard Medical School released the results of a study concluding that a diet high in red meat will shorten life expectancy. They studied over 120,000 people and found that red meat increased their risk of death from cancer and heart problems. The team analyzed data from 37,698 men between NN [  [ Y[]Y[ NN [  Z\YHݙYHY[[^Hܝ[ۈو[\YYYX]Y[ۙx&\Z[HY] ^H[[ܙX\HZ\\وX]H\Y[\[ ^H[[[ܙX\HZ\\و][[\[ݘ\[\\X\HHZYY[\[ [[\H[\[ HY\\܈\YYX]\HY\]H[H\[ݙ\[[ܝ[]K[K[ۙH\[܈X]HX\؛[\[^Y[\[܈[\[ܝ[]KBHBBBH[H[YY\[\XHYYX][ܚ\Z[H[XYX]\\[H\Y[[[ܙHX[BH^Y\H\[\X[X] [[H LP][H [\ۛY[\ܝ[]ܚ\YY]H[[\Y][ۋ\ݙ\[]Hܛ[\وYYX[\X\\\HZ[Z[][ܙH[ZYZ[[ۈY[\H]\و۝X[\[\HX[X[ۜH\\Y]\H\\[[X[X[ܛ[[X[ˈ\H\\Y\HZ[[Z]Y[X[[HܛHوKK[[H\YYHYX[و\YX][ۋ\]\^][ۋ܈[ˈ[YYHX[\\Y[Z[\]X[[]\]H[[۝X[ \Y\ۛYHۈ\\YH][8'H\H[[H[YK܈[]YKH[[X[[X[ۜ[[]Z[YX]\\XYX[HX['HX\[X[K\ܝ\܈H [\ۛY[\ܝ[]ܚ[[YY\\H[[[8']\]\X\\HX^H[Xۛ\H]\Z[K]X^HHZ[H[X[X\Y[YܚX[\K'HBBBHBBBHHYK[\\HX[ H\[]H[Y\[\X]\\HYZ[HX][[YX] HBBBH8'H]\YHYH^X[HوHYX]X]\\^K]YKH[HۈH\HوZYKY]H[[ܚ\\]\H]H]Y]Z]Hۙ[Y[H[HZ[YK]H[\H[] H[HYYXZ[[\YN]H[]^\[[] H[H\Y]HXYو][ܙ]\]\HۛH\Y[YHوY]\X[\K'H8$[ܙH\\]‚\\[^XHHۙ\[H\HX؞H8'H]\x'H[H[^HHHH ˈHHH H  X N NL ܙYX\W[YOUU [\LMIܙXH]OLLMMɘܙX]]PTSLN NL [OX\̉YYXۈX\L˚[\][ۘ[Y\[[XY^[KB