So as if the debate on meat eaters versus vegetarian wasn’t confusing enough I have some more exciting info to share. For all the meat eaters out there, next time you sit down to order a burger or even a steak at your favorite fine and dine restaurant, just know that more than likely especially if the option of Organic Meats, Corn Fed, or Free Range isn’t listed on the menu anywhere, you’re preparing to eat a nice helping of added hormones and antibiotics. Oh big deal you say, my Doc has given me antibiotics several times. Yea that Zpac sure seemed helpful when you couldn’t kick that heavy cold, however do you really understand the adverse effects of Antibiotics? Antibiotics literally kill all living bacteria inside your body, and yes if they are consumed through eating meat treated with Antibiotics they still enter your body. So what’s so bad you ask about killing all the bacteria….well we need good bacteria to ward off all sorts of diseases and infections. Many adults later in life are now more than ever seeing bacterial infections (the bad kind) in their systems, Candida Albicans or even Chronic Fatigue. Okay, so without getting too off track here back to point, Antibiotics and other Hormones are being added to way too many of our food supply and making some serious changes through out the population. The obesity epidemic alone has dramatically changed in the United States where food is altered more so than other countries.
You may be wondering why are these crappy things being added to our food? Well Antibiotics and Hormones help grow bigger, fatter animals, who in turn produce more milk and more meat, which means more money. Big surprise huh the ugly monster beneath all the madness is money, who’da thunk it! Fortunately, we are a very aware society and becoming more aware everyday, and finding Organic meats, cheeses, milk and produce is becoming more simple. Granted yes reaching for Natural and Organic options can be harder on your pocket book, however you can always choose to be more selective on which items you spring for. Look for Farm Raised, without Hormones, Antibiotics etc. Also grabbing up some raw cheese or switching to a milk alternative is also a great option. I know I was raised on whole milk, so I completely understand the craziness behind cutting out the cow when it comes to milk, at the same time we’ve got some fantastic options for rice, almond and now coconut milk all around us.
Here is a few facts I found on a super helpful site:
- Antibiotics given to cows to treat mastitis results in antibiotic residues in milk. Apart from causing health problems in those who drink this, it can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance amongst bacteria present in the person’s body.
- Scientific studies link rBGH to cancer citing the fact that the presence of rBGH in the cow’s blood stimulates production of another hormone (Insulin-Like Growth Factor) in the cow and traces of it are found in its milk. Since this hormone is also active within humans, it can lead to uncontrolled cell division or cancer.
- Exposure to growth hormones in beef could be putting Americans at risk for infertility. A recent study found that women who routinely ate beef were far more likely to give birth to boys who grow up to have lower-than-normal sperm counts.
- Hormone residues in beef have been implicated in the early onset of puberty in girls, which could put them at greater risk of developing breast and other forms of cancer.
As a whole parts of our society that has cut out dairy alone has seen a significant amount of change in their immune system, stating not getting nearly as sick or for the period of time they where sick as in the past. Personally I can say my daughter has been drinking rice milk since one and shes only been sick a few times in her span of three years. Never once has she needed an antibiotic. I guess it makes sense that if shes not ingesting these unknown hormones and additional bad bacteria her bodies going to be stronger and better able to kick a cold before it becomes something else. I found some really great articles that speak more extensively on this topic, so if you’re interested further please take a look!
Thanks for reading!