I thought today’s Democracy Now with Amy Goodman www.democracynow.org is of concern to all of us. It is hard to tell where the eggs come from now because one owner controls so much of egg production in Iowa. The eggs go into foods such as Mayonnaise and many food products. I spent a week trying to find out the cause of my diarrhea which I determined to be the food I was eating. It was the organic mayonnaise!
Salmonella, like most bacteria, has different levels of deadliness. We have e-coli in our system all the time, but the e-coli produced by cows fed corn which changes the acidity of their stomachs, and allows them to survive and poison us. If you can change your diet so you won’t get heartburn or reflux, it is better not to buy the over-the-counter drugs such as Prilosec to reduce acidity and just change your diet by trial and error. This allows bacteria to die in your stomach. The acid toughened e-coli and other organism may survive reduced acidity.
It is a myth that all foods labeled organic is really organic. Crooks do just about anything to improve profits. The criteria they use is whether they can get away with it. The bigger the manufacturer, the more profitable it is to do this. That is why buying local food is much safer whether organic or not.
I read Kirby’s book on Factory Farms and the real danger it poses to all of us. Sure they are more efficient, but the wastes of antibiotics, hormones, and bacteria they spew into our water and into our food, air and drinking water, and vegetables washing waters make even organic foods more dangerous.
What has escaped much of our corporate press/media highlights of repeated showings is that there is now a deadly e-coli organism not as easily detected as H7-157 e-coli because of a difference in their biology. A quick test for H7-157 has been easy to develop, but so for this new deadly e-coli.
Salmonella in eggs and many other foods is a lot more common than most of us realize. We all get our bouts of diarrhea which normally goes away after a day or two. When I do eat manufactured foods, I try to buy organic foods which don't contain, I hope, genetically changed corn, soy beans, and canola oil used now for cooking fast foods.
As we have experienced, organic foods such as lettuce which are often washed at factory farms “washing facilities” did result in deadly e-coli organic contaminated lettuce and cheeses in places like Trader Joe’s. I keep changing brands until I find one that is the purest. I don’t buy pre-washed organic vegetables and buy fresh whole lettuce and wash it myself in generous salt solutions and water rinse.
Chickens always contain the most deadly organisms so should be well cooked.
Old milk cows are the source of most hamburger which are put in small stalls where they stand in shit and urine. The antibiotics and hormones used in their feed of corn gives us unwanted growth hormones from BST used to accelerate milk production. One Florida Fox TV news station tried to broadcast this fact years ago. The reporters refused to downplay these facts and were fired. They sued, but we already know the Bush appointed judges are bought by corporations. Luckily many dairy farmers are weaning themselves away from this BST treatment. Small dairy farms with cows grazing on grass is just a myth, especially in California.
With 500 cows being processed each day, it is very difficult to prevent contamination completely. For Fast Foods hamburgers, MacDonalds is probably the safest because it has its own inspectors at these factories and they have a more discipline manner of cooking all foods. Not so safe is all the high fructose corn syrup put into their sauces and dips. Why consume a food that causes obesity, cancer, heart attacks, high blood pressure, high low density lipoproteins, triglycerides, and the deadly uric acid.
Once we get addicted to this sugar, the high fructose levels forces all your cells to develop high levels of fructose enzymes to metabolize fructose which uses up our energy factory ATP which is eventually metabolized to uric acid which inflames our blood vessels, increases blood pressure, and increases our over eating during meals because it also suppresses Leptin which suppresses our appetite when we have eaten enough.
Read The Sugar Fix by Richard J. Johnson, MD, a kidney researcher who wanted to reduce diabetes 2 which leads to kidney failure by reducing the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup. He found that it also causes significant weight loss too!
Reagan’s passing a bill to make corn dirt cheap allowed the massive increase in the production of High Fructose Corn Syrup which could be used at higher levels in colas and processed foods without crystallizing out on freezing or standing which does not happen with Cane Sugar imported cheaply if we did not have taxes on it. This past week congress lowered the tariff because more manufacturers have decided to get away from HFCS and change by some to use Cane Sugar including Gatorade and one of the ketchup makers. Consumer complaints and a prominent website made this possible. Talk to MacDonalds!
Even the NY Times had to be careful how they reported on HFCS which is used by many corporations to boost their profits. That is why reading deep into the article is necessary to find the most important news. Hint, it is not on the front page write-up. When Noam Chomsky was able to go to Harvard, he educated students who were confused with the Times front page news stories not comporting to what they experienced personally.
Jim Kawakami, August 24, 2010, http://jimboguy.blogspot.com (Note, I now publish most of my e-mails here instead of sending them.)
TODAY'S DEMOCRACY NOW!:
* Largest Egg Recall in US History Brings Renewed Attention to Dangers of Industrial Farming *
The largest egg recall in US history is bringing renewed attention to the dangers of factory farming and to growing consolidation in the industries responsible for the food many Americans eat. Over half a billion eggs have been pulled off US shelves in the past two weeks following an outbreak of salmonella in the Midwest. Nearly 1,300 cases of people sickened by the eggs have been reported. Despite the size of the recall, responsibility falls on just two factory farms: Hillandale Farms and Wright County Egg, both from Iowa.
* David Kirby on "The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms on Humans and the Environment" *
We speak with David Kirby about his book Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms on Humans and the Environment. "We need more regulations, and we need enforcement of the regulations," Kirby says. "These [food] companies are self-policing, and they are operating on the honor system. And consumers are obviously paying the price."