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Re: herbs > antibiotics

In a message dated 1/2/03 11:54:17 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
kmrsy@earthlink.net writes:

> treatment of animals with antibiotics which then get passed on to humans. 
> No one said the invention of antibiotics was a bad idea, we were just
> condemning their abuse in livestock.
> I did not read all of the posts but looked back tonight at some more of 
> them.  It is not totally accepted fact that antibiotics in animals destined 
> for human food is a bad thing.  I have not read a recent study and usually 
> do not read anti books because training in most science fields compels one 
> to find facts.  The use in livestock feed as I recall the issue began by 
> accident when it was discovered the growth rate was affected rather than 
> the health condition.  This increases yield at a lower production cost 
> which is the "American Way."  Would that the American Way would extend 
> itself to healthcare  :(
> I guess I do not have an opinion either way on this issue.  In time the use 
> of AB's will probably just end because Europe now united in one trade group 
> is ending the practice and we will need to compete.  This is interesting to 
> me because so much really progressive stuff has come to us from Europe 
> instead of the other way around  in recent decades.  Musing as to why I 
> should guess that there is the thinking of many countries, a sort of 
> hybridization of thought which allows for more expanded thinking.  Here 
> this issue, one of production, would be much more highly politicized.  We 
> do seem to act when a disaster strikes.  The FDA was formed in response to 
> disaster.
> I was in London two years ago when restaurants began to display signs on 
> windows and notes on menus that genetically altered food was not served.  
> Noone is talking about those issues now on restaurant menus. It remains 
> that overpopulation continues to be the greater curse, not food issues.  
> Food in whatever form has not altered health in any country other than 
> where it is not refrigerated albeit, carrying recognized disease or worse 
> not available.
> One more small unscientific observation.  My Mom, age 94, lives in a 
> nursing home .  The home has 155 residents at least as known 50% past age 
> 90.  When my Mom, a nurse,  who would have been employed in such a home in 
> her youth,  almost none of the residents would have been past 90.
> If one truly believes consumption of foods from animals is harmful, one can 
> limit consumption and many do.  There is not one vegetarian in Mom's home.  
>  The idea intrigues me but,  alas, I have never tried it.  

There was in the group of reread messages a question on working in the health 
professions though worded differently.  Is this good or bad?  I would vote, 
always, every single time, with health professionals of all kinds.  Always 
room for improvement but we certainly do want them so hope all, nurses 
especially, are appreciated more.  I like teachers also!

> The idea of AB's in the food supply does seem to be overdone but it is not 
> having an effect on longevity in the US.  Whoever gave me the thread 
> beginning, thanks, I will try to be more sharp next time around. That's all 
> folks, I usually stick to horticultural threads.
> Claire Peplowski

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