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Re: herbs > antibiotics

That's scary and pretty much true, but have you read ..Fateful Harvest by
Duff Wilson? If you haven't you should before you ever buy another bag of
    Yes much of the things given to animals comes through to people in the
products. There is research being done to see exactly what health problems
we have or will get due to that practice. It's let the buyer be very aware
time.Also the FDA like any other government entity doesn't want to offend
the customer and that would be the Pharmaceutical companies so some drugs
get a due pass and others get cleared prematurely.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty Morrissy" <kmrsy@earthlink.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 1:16 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] herbs > antibiotics

> Margaret,
> It's amazing what they can get away with isn't it?  Carrying the
> problem further is another pet peeve of mine, their use on livestock.  Two
> of the worst situations of which I'm aware are their use on veal calves
> pregnant mares used for premarin manufacture.  These animals have no life
> at all, kept it narrow stalls.  The calves with no sunshine and fed such a
> poor diet because it makes the meat tastier.  The mares kept pregnant and
> pumped full of water so they'll urinate more.  All this is hard on their
> legs, etc, so they're fed antibiotics.  This must end up in the calve's
> meat wouldn't you think?  And as to the horses, the French end up eating
> the meat or maybe your pet.
> But the worst offender along this line are dairy farmers.  I've never
> understood the reasoning.  Go back a few years and dairy farmers in
> Wisconsin were dumping their milk to push the price higher.  Now they have
> fewer cows and feed them BGH to make them produce 2 or 3 times the milk
> they normally would.  The extra weight on thier legs and the pressures of
> full udders requires them to be fed antibiotics.  And don't you think that
> goes into the milk?  Ben & Jerry lobbied long and hard against this to no
> avail.
> So now you say they're being sprayed on crops.  I have a tough time
> grasping how such wanton abuse of antibiotics is justified.
> Kitty
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Margaret Lauterbach <melauter@earthlink.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Date: 12/31/2002 12:13:34 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] herbs
> >
> > This is true, but I'd like to mention another aspect of the
> > antibiotics.  They're being used as triggers in genetically modified
> plants
> > or seeds. Specifically, tetracycline is used in the so-called
> > seeds" that, once planted and grown, won't go to seed unless or until
> some
> > trigger (tetracycline) is used.  I don't know whether they spray it out
> in
> > the open on a field or how it's applied, but my thought is that some
> people
> > are violently allergic to specific medicines, and now they're spraying
> > out in the open like that?  I'm sure you know that the largest seed
> > companies are owned by international pharmaceutical companies.  A farmer
> > planted some corn that was genetically modified to produce a strong
> > medicine to curb swine diarrhea. The corn was harvested, but some stalks
> > remained that he was supposed to burn.  He didn't.  Then he planted the
> > field with soybeans, and a few of the soybeans may have or were thought
> to
> > have touched those remaining corn stalks, so the U.S. destroyed
> > like 500,000 bushels of soybeans to make sure that medicine didn't get
> into
> > human food.  If it's so powerful that touching the plant would
> contaminate
> > it, it should be grown in a contained warehouse or greenhouse.  Margaret
> >
> > >Bonnie mentioned the lack of regulation of herbal remedies and other
> > >homeopathic solutions.  And Auralie went on to discuss the cost of
> > >pharmeceuticals.  These things triggered some reservations I have about
> what
> > >the drug companies tell us.  They caution us against herbs, but have
> > >listened to the commercials for the new medications?  Talk about side
> effects!
> > >  Have you looked at a Physicians Desk Refernece?  I used tetracyclin
> many
> > >years ago without a problem, but when it was prescribed for my husband,
> he
> > >experienced every side effect in the PDR book!
> > >
> > >Yes, you do have to be cautious with herbs, but you also need to be
> careful
> > >with pharmeceuticals.
> > >
> > >Kitty
> >
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