Re: herbs > antibiotics
In a message dated 1/2/03 11:54:17 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> 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
> 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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