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The Medicine Cabinet Item That's Making You Fat

Sunday, August 26, 2012

For decades, nonorganic farmers have been using a feeding trick that speeds the growth of animals. Now, in a first-of-its-kind study, scientists have figured out that the same medicine cabinet staples used to fatten up livestock—antibiotics—could be making people obese, too. ...

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    Wish there had been a link to an actual scientific article or study. I'm a vet student and have taken several advanced nutrition classes and the "manipulation of bacteria and absorption" in the gut is VERY different in humans and mice. The bacteria in humans breaks down food in the colon and those nutrients that are produced by that breakdown are NOT absorbed. That's just the way human guts work. Also, antibitoics do not "speed the growth of animals". That's ridiculous. Antibiotics keep the animals from getting low grade illnesses that come from living in close quarters, which reduces growth and overall health. The reason animals live in close quarters is that Americans demand cheap food and the growers have to be able to turn a profit. It's basic economics. The main reason we have resistant bacteria is because: 1. human doctors over-prescribed antibiotics for decades and 2. Many people did not take ALL of their antibiotics, throwing them out after they felt well again. That's not to say that low level antibiotics in food producing animals is a good thing, I don't think it is, but that is not the reason that we have MRSA or other resistant bacteria. It just annoys me that this article makes claims without providing a link to the actual scientific paper. I'm just playing the voice of reason here.
    2090 days ago
    I grew up on a farm and I know antibiotics are not required to grow healthy cattle, chickens and pigs. When livestock is grown in CAFO's, the proximity of the animals contributes to the spread of disease, the stress may even be a contributor to the onset of disease and the antibiotics are needed to keep the animals "healthy" - meaning alive long enough for them to be sold.

    ABF and organic meat seems more expensive on the surface but can be worth it in the long run.

    2091 days ago
    emoticon I try to avoid antibiotics
    2091 days ago
    I try to never take antibiotics. They are seldom called for but I knew they were putting them in our food.
    2092 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/27/2012 7:13:57 PM
  • DEBBY4576
    This is so disgusting. Anything for a buck uh?
    2092 days ago
  • LYNNA1968
    thank you so very much! I fully intend to spread this
    2093 days ago
    Scary!! And I fully believe it too. I think a lot of the junk added to foods these days are a big contributor to a lot of healthy problems, including weight. It's sad that there is so much research out there showing this, yet things aren't changing like they should. The best we can do is be informed, research and try our bests to do what is best for our bodies and families.
    2093 days ago
    there are a lot of things that fall into that category of additives that may be contributing to the obesity epidemic .... from genetically engineered seeds, to foods, to chemicals. But we have a world that is predisposed to looking the other way. On the other side...I wonder how expensive or feasible it would be to go back to 'organic' given the civilization we have now.

    interesting article ... thanks for sharing

    2093 days ago
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