Emergence of monster pathogens and the FDA’s attempt to limit food choices

From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:

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“Here’s a prediction: the price of raw milk from reliable sources is going to be rising sharply over coming years. In fact, the prices of many nutrient-dense foods obtained from known safe farms are going to be heading sharply upward.

That’s because the dangers associated with conventional foods are rising nearly by the day. The latest danger documented by scientists in the United Kingdom is of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria being transmitted to people by cattle.

Yes, pasteurization takes care of the super bugs in the milk, but apparently the transmission occurs in other ways besides via milk…such as via manure on vegetable crops, and more than 60 people in Britain have been found with the super bug. This is on top of the unsettling spread of a rare E.coli pathogen in Europe, which has sickened more than 2,000 and killed possibly 20 people. The pathogen seems highly resistant to antibiotics as well.

None of this should be surprising, since something on the order of 70 per cent or more of all antibiotics are given to animals routinely in the U.S., to prevent mass infection outbreaks because of the close and unsanitary conditions in which most live. As the Soil Association, a British organization that encourages organic farming, put it in an analysis of the British study showing MRSA moving from cattle to people: “Studies in human medicine have shown that the use of antibiotics to which MRSA is resistant have the potential to help the spread of the superbug.

All MRSA is resistant, by definition, to the beta-lactam class of antibiotics, the class containing penicillin, methicillin, flucloxacillin (an antibiotic often prescribed by GPs to treat skin infections) and cloxacillin (an antibiotic mostly used in dairy farming) and the cephalosporin antibiotics. The beta lactams are the most widely used antibiotics in the dairy industry for the treatment, or prevention, of mastitis.

Their use undoubtedly is the reason why MRSA has emerged in dairy cows…There is particularly strong evidence that the use of the most modern cephalosporins (third or fourth generation), antibiotics classified by the World Health Organisation as critically important in human medicine, is associated with the spread of MRSA [8].

The Health Protection Agency, the European Medicines Agency, numerous independent scientists and even a prominent British pig vet have drawn attention to the link between the use of modern cephalosporins and the incidence of MRSA. The excessive use of modern cephalosporins, has also been linked to the emergence in farm animals of high levels of resistance in a range of other bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella.”…..”

Read it all on the Complete Patient blog

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4 responses to “Emergence of monster pathogens and the FDA’s attempt to limit food choices

  1. Another Whole Foods Opens in Fairfield, Connecticut. That makes about 7 Whole Foods markets in Fairfield County. Lost track. Between North New Jersey, Westchester County – New York, Manhattan, and Fairfield County, Connecticut; these together must be one of the USA’s highest concentration of Whole Foods chain stores. Does anyone here know what the effect of this is on local agriculture? If you ask a local farmer of cattle or vegetables, eggs, dairy, or poultry, and sea foods what do they say is the comparison or difference of quality and integrity between these two sources?

    The Milkman

  2. deen

    Great post
    Here is ethical M>D
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    Lets see if any other M.D.s have the guts to come out and defend the truth he
    has documented.Take a few minutes to click on the link and read what he is exposing.It could happen to you or someone in your family.
    What about all the people who have had the inside of their body cut and now
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    Who Benefits????????????
    How much does a person who has this procedure generate .???????????

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