If you are eating meat and farm raised fish, you are taking antibiotics. The majority of meat-eating Americans are on a 365 day a year prescription of antibiotics. That means all the bacteria, good or bad, is being attacked in your gut by drugs passed on to you through your ingestion of animals. Not to mention the drugs prescribed to you by the medical industry. Yes, you can buy meat that is raised without antibiotics, but 99% of restaurants serve drug laden animals.
So what? By being on an antibiotic diet year round, you are opening up the possibility of any infection killing you. An analysis by the Environmental Working Group has determined that government tests of raw supermarket meat published last February 5 detected antibiotic-resistant bacteria in:
In the time it takes me to write this blog a lot of animals will die. In fact, the number is astounding; 150 Billion a year to supply the human race with meat.
In a twist of cosmic karma the animals are fighting back and believe me, you do not want to end up with an antibiotic resistant infection.
Salmonella, C.Difficile, Staph, MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), Steptococcus Pneumoniae, Tuberculosis, Entrococcus (VRE), Candida & Gonorrhoeae are just a few of the bacterial infections becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics of any kind. A new breed of “Super Bug’s” making their rounds in hospitals today has a 50% kill rate. It is essentially untreatable with any known antibiotics in use.
Death by bacterial infection is not pleasant and even if you survive an attack, you are likely to be plagued by a lifetime of recurring infections. Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration systematically monitor the meat and poultry sold in supermarkets around the country for the presence of disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. These food products are bellwethers that tell us how bad the crisis of antibiotic resistance is getting. And they’re telling us it’s getting worse.
We don’t know much more except that, rather than healing sick animals, these drugs are often fed to animals to make them grow faster and to suppress diseases that arise because they live in dangerously close quarters on top of one another’s waste.
In 2011, drugmakers sold nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics for livestock — the largest amount yet recorded and about 80 percent of all reported antibiotic sales that year. The rest was for human health care.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a report this month titled: Antibiotic Resistance Threat in the United States, 2013. The 114 page report outlined one of the most serious health threats to Americans in the future.
Infections from resistant bacteria are now commonplace. Everyday a headline identifies different cases throughout the country. Last week, several players sued the NFL for infections acquired in their teams locker rooms. Aimee Copeland, victim of flesh-eating bacteria in Georgia several years ago was interviewed on CNN, displaying her fortitude in recovering from multiple amputees. In fact Staph infections are so common place in hospitals that in 2008 Medicare & Medicaid denied benefit claims if a Hospital Borne Infection was present. (Placing the payment responsibility on the hospital.)
Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people acquire serious infections with bacteria that are resistant to one or more of the antibiotics designed to treat those infections. At least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these antibiotic-resistant infections. Many more die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection. The total economic cost of antibiotic resistance to the U.S. economy range as high as $20 billion in excess direct healthcare costs. The single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance is the overuse of antibiotics. It is estimated 50% of antibiotics prescribed are not needed and are not primarily effective as prescribed.
There is nothing attractive about meat.
1. The animals are sick. So sick in fact, 80% of all antibiotics in the U.S. last year went to livestock production. (Six Reasons to give up meat)
2. The amount of natural resources, water, land, feed involved in raising one pound of meat is completely unsustainable. (Plant-Based Diet: Good for you, good for the planet.)
3. There is zero nutritional advantage to eating meat versus plants.
4. Humane societies, if confronted face to face with the meat industry, would not support the mass slaughter of animals. (Consider not eating meat.)
For further information regarding this topic please visit:
Environmental Working Group: http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/superbugs/
Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/pdf/ar-threats-2013-508.pdf