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Food Investigations – Pharmaburger

“Pharmaburger” reveals a dangerous agenda to turn fast food restaurants into pharmacies by handing out prescription medications for free at fast food restaurants. Created by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger.

 

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E.coli in Hamburger Meat? Just Cook The Feces Out of It

DIANE CARMEN, DENVER POST

If 19 million pounds of meat distributed to half of this country had been
contaminated with a deadly strain of E. coli bacteria by terrorists, we’d go
nuts. But when it’s done by a Fortune 100 corporation, we continue to buy it
and feed it to our kids.

As children are weaned from dialysis, joining others recovering from eating
ground beef contaminated with feces, the rest of us are ready to return to
business as usual from the meat industry.

Be sure to cook those burgers well, we remind each other. Well-done burgers
won’t give you renal failure despite the traces of manure.

Consumers, like cattle being led to the slaughter, barely twitch when the
corporate machine that controls our food supply ships another load of
Tainted meat. We’ve come to expect it. We actually blame ourselves for not
sterilizing our meat thermometers every time we check to see if the fecal
contaminants are done.

Meanwhile, we pay no attention when the industry eliminates another
safeguard. Faster meat disassembly lines, fewer poorly paid workers, fewer
inspectors, more mechanized processing — they’re all designed with profits,
not consumers, in mind.

It’s no wonder that federal officials count 61 deaths and 73,000 cases of E.
coil 0157:H7 poisoning in the US every year. By comparison, it took only a
handful of cases of the human form of mad cow disease to shut down the beef
industry for three years in Great Britain, where consumers fought back.

Kathy Kelley, a cattle rancher near Meeker, is exasperated with “lazy”
American consumers who don’t have a clue about the source of their food,
Much less the shameless exploitation of humans, animals and the environment
involved in its production.

Kelley doesn’t think of the 19 million pounds of recalled beef as mere
hamburger but as tons of costly feed, acre-feet of scarce water, years of
work by ranchers and thousands of head of cattle slaughtered — and wasted
— all because of an inherently filthy system.

“There is no reason for people in this country to have E. coli poisoning,”
she said. “It’s entirely a byproduct of industrial meat processing.”

“They hire economic refugees, exploit unskilled workers, steal the meat from
the suppliers and endanger the lives of the consumers,” said another angry
cattleman, Mike Callicrate of St. Francis, Kansas. Ranchers are getting “the
lowest share of the consumer’s meat dollar in history,” while consumers are
“paying the highest prices in history for the dirtiest product since 1906
when Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle. ” Callicrate said.

The free market system has collapsed. While drought-stressed ranchers sell
off herds for a fraction of their value, meat prices remain unmoved.
Deliberately inadequate labeling thwarts consumers from making informed
choices. Information about what country the animal is from or the packing
plant that processed it is withheld, and measures to require those details
repeatedly have been defeated in the legislature, at the urging of the meat
industry.

They don’t want us to know.

Then, to protect the corporation from litigation, we’re reminded once again
to be sure to cook the living, well, manure out of it. They freely admit
it’s the only way we can be sure the product they’re selling won’t kill us.

Diane Carman’s commentaries appear Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday in the
Denver Post.

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Hamburgers Linked To Asthma In Children

Children who eat a Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing asthma, but eating three or more burgers a week is linked to a higher risk, research suggests.

Researchers looked at 50,000 children from 20 countries.

Writing in the journal Thorax, they said eating fruit, vegetables and fish appeared to protect against asthma.

But they said eating burgers could be linked to other unhealthy habits, which may be the real trigger factor.

The study looked at the habits of children in both wealthy and poorer countries between 1995 and 2005. Parents were asked about their children’s diets, and whether they had ever been diagnosed with asthma or had suffered wheezing.

The effects of their diet seemed to vary depending on where they lived.

Fruit and vegetables appeared to be more protective in less affluent parts of the world, while eating lots of fish was more helpful in richer countries.

Eating at least three burgers a week was linked to a greater risk of asthma and wheezing, but only in wealthier countries.

Dr Gabriele Nagel, one of the authors, said this may be because asthma is a collection of symptoms rather than a single condition, and different things may trigger it in different parts of the world.

“This gives us more understanding of how asthma affects different people, and its effects in developing as well as developed countries,” she said.

The paper suggested that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables may be helpful because of the protective effects of antioxidants and vitamin C.

High levels of unhealthy fats in burgers could increase the risk of asthma. However, the authors said children who ate several burgers a week were likely to have other unhealthy lifestyle habits as well.

The study did not adjust for levels of obesity.

Obesity link

Asthma UK said the paper helped add to the understanding of how asthma and diet are connected.

But it urged caution because children’s weight can have a significant influence on asthma symptoms.

Dr Elaine Vickers, research relations manager at Asthma UK, said: “Previous studies have shown that a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruit and vegetables can help to reduce a child’s risk of developing asthma symptoms.

“Our advice to parents is therefore to ensure that children eat a healthy, balanced diet and also get plenty of exercise.”

Dr Keith Prowse from the British Lung Foundation said further investigation was needed for more conclusive evidence about the effects of diet and lifestyle.

“We would like to reinforce the need for children to have a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle,” he said.

 

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Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and board-certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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