Report: FDA allowed antibiotics in animal feed despite human health risks

January 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Farming

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed dozens of antibiotics used in animal feed to stay on the market despite findings by its own researchers that the drugs will likely expose people to antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a report released Monday by an environmental advocacy group.

The FDA reviewed 30 different types of antibiotics that are put into livestock feed and found that 18 of them pose a “high risk” of exposing humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through the food supply, the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a report about the FDA’s findings.

The manufacturers of the other 12 drugs didn’t submit enough information to the FDA in order to determine whether they could be safely used in animals without harming humans, but the FDA did not withdraw its approval of any of the antibiotics following its review, according to the NRDC.

“To our knowledge, FDA has taken no action since the reviews to revoke approvals for any of these antibiotic feed additives,” the NRDC’s report said.

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Homeopathy, a viable natural therapy

August 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Health News

There are millions of people worldwide, including many celebrities, that use and benefit from homeopathic medicine. Many don’t believe that such small amounts of anything could ever work but many swear by them.

 

These remedies have been around for over a century, having been developed by Dr Samuel Hahnemann in the early 1800’s. It was used quite extensively until the colleges that taught people how to use them came under fire, mostly attributed to a push by the elites in the U.S. to direct all ‘bona fide’ medical care studies for doctors to institutions accredited by panels created by the elites themselves. Thus was the system of western medicine created at the cost of all other modalities.

 

From this push in the early 1900’s we see the onset and growth of the Medical Profession, M.D.’s, pharmacists and of course Big Pharma!

 

I use homeopathy and have noticed the benefits. I admit that it can be confusing to diagnose and prescribe the various remedies, and there can be more than one for any given condition. It can be confusing.

 

At the end of the day, I think that many of these remedies could supplant the pharmaceutical medications of Big Pharma! I applaud any and all efficacious treatments and preventive programs that are non invasive and healthy such as homeopathy, nutrition and exercise!

Sodas are just not good for you

August 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Health News

Recently the consumption of fizzy sodas has come back into the public eye and the news continues to be not so good for those that are consuming these beverages. Some are addictive, the sweeteners commonly used, both natural and artificial) cause all sorts of health issues and physiological reactions such as; high blood pressure, stroke, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome (high triglycerides), fatty liver disease, liver failure, and of course, obesity.

 

It will not be until people change their habits that the companies will cease producing these type of beverages. I for one am calling for a return to the ‘tonics’ of the past that actually had some health benefits. There is no reason why they can’t taste good too!

 

 

 

 

Vt. Debates Letting Parents Say No to Vaccines

April 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Health News

For Jennifer Stella, it’s a question of informed consent. Her son had a seizure after getting childhood vaccinations and her daughter suffered a “head-to-toe” eczema outbreak; she says parents should research the risks and benefits of immunizations and decide which ones are appropriate.

For Jill Olson, a mother of two, it’s a matter of trusting the experts. “There’s not really any way that as an individual I can do more scientific study and research than the American Academy of Pediatrics or the Centers for Disease Control.”

For Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith, the state motto sums it up: “freedom and unity” — individual choice versus the public health benefit of having a high percentage of kids vaccinated.

“It’s a balance between individual rights and our obligations to each other in society,” the Democratic speaker said.

For much of the legislative session, Vermont has been embroiled in a debate over whether to end the “philosophical exemption” — essentially a right of refusal for parents who want to enroll their children in school or child care without immunizations. The list of shots called for by the state Health Department and the CDC is roughly 20 by the time a child enters kindergarten.

The CDC and state health officials say Vermont is among the states with the highest exemption rates for childhood vaccinations. Some say it’s no coincidence that Vermont recently has seen an outbreak of one of the diseases the vaccines target: pertussis, or whooping cough.

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Monsanto, a half-century of health scandals

March 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Health News

The giant U.S. agribusiness Monsanto was found guilty on Monday Feb. 13, after being sued by a small farmer from Charente who had been poisoned by a herbicide. This event is a first in France. On the scale of the history of the one-hundred-year-old multinational, this sentence constitutes just one more episode in an already long record of court procedures.

PCBs, Agent Orange, dioxin, GMO, Aspartame, growth hormones, herbicides (Lasso and Roundup) … a number of products that have made the fortune of Monsanto, have been marred by health scandals and trials sometimes leading to their prohibition. But nothing has so far hindered the irresistible rise of this former chemical giant who converted back to biogenetics and has mastered the art of lobbying. Portrait of a multinational multi-recidivist.

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Darren talks about pink slime and multiple other important health topics SURVIVE2THRIVE – March 12 2012

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February 23, 2012 by  
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Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk

February 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Food Watch

The FDA has won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh, raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington region, after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk across state lines, and he told his customers he’ll shut his farm down altogether.

The decision has enraged Mr. Allgyer’s supporters, some of whom have been buying from him for six years and who say the government is interfering with their parental rights to feed their children. But the Food and Drug Administration, which launched a full investigation complete with a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and a straw-purchase sting operation against Mr. Allgyer’s Rainbow Acres Farm, near Lancaster, said unpasteurized milk is unsafe and said it was exercising its due authority to stop its sale from one state to another.

Adding to Mr. Allgyer’s troubles, Judge Lawrence F. Stengel said if he is found to violate the law again he will have to pay the FDA’s costs for investigating and prosecuting him.

His customers are wary of talking publicly, fearing the FDA will come after them.

“I can’t believe in 2012 the federal government is raiding Amish farmers at gunpoint all over a basic human right to eat natural food,” said one, who asked not to be named but who got weekly shipments of eggs, milk, honey and butter from Rainbow Acres. “In Maryland, they force taxpayers to pay for abortions, but God forbid we want the same milk our grandparents drank.”

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Breastfed babies less likely to grow up angry and irritable

February 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Health News

Breastfed babies are less likely to become angry and irritable adults, say scientists.

A long-term study found children who were fed milk directly from their mothers in the first six months of life displayed lower levels of hostility aged 24 compared to their peers who were bottle fed.

Researchers now believe the feeding method, even in the short-term, could have a positive psychological impact and are encouraging maternity clinics to promote the method.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2099407/Breastfed-babies-likely-grow-angry-irritable.html#ixzz1m2jre31s

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