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PSA: Eating organic meat may save your life.
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Some Guy!



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 5:35 pm    Post subject: PSA: Eating organic meat may save your life. Reply with quote

Americans consume over 3 million pounds of antibiotics a year. The livestock we consume get around 25 million pounds. This means that super resistant strains of bacteria are entering our system through (or are being produced by the antibiotics in) the meat we eat, which means that if we at some point get an infection the antibiotics used by doctors will not be as effective on us, if at all.

A few things you can do to help reduce your chances of having overly resistant bacteria are:
A: Buy organic meat that uses no hormone or antibiotic assistance.
B: Wash your hands before eating, and after using the bathroom (or in general, just 4-5 times a day), and
C: DO NOT use antibiotic soap unless you have recently handled meat or rotten/ing food products.

Thank you, and enjoy your morning/afternoon/evening.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I eat %100 organic meat.
I can't stand stuff that doesn't contain at least SOME carbon.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So... spam is right out then, hm?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmm processed hog-anus.

Just like momma used to make.
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John Mytton



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More like pork shoulder.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yyyyyeeeaaahhh... I am all kinds of freakish about the meat, the eggs and the milk. Organic, no hormones, vegetarian-fed, cage free, etc etc, the whole bit.

Unless I'm at McDonalds.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you know, being vegetarian/vegan reduces your chance of a lot of food-related nastiness.

just sayin'.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lily wrote:
you know, being vegetarian/vegan reduces your chance of a lot of food-related nastiness.


While highly increasing your chances of eating alot of nasty food.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maniac_wolfman wrote:
lily wrote:
you know, being vegetarian/vegan reduces your chance of a lot of food-related nastiness.


While highly increasing your chances of eating alot of nasty food.


no, it just makes it hard to eat... anything at all, sometimes. a lot. most of the time.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ripped from wikipedia

"A recent laboratory study of strict vegans has shown, however, that 60% of then have a vitamin B12 deficit[14], as compared with lacto- or lacto-ovo-vegetarians (who are able to acquire vitamin B12 from these animal sources). In addition, lower counts of lymphocytes (the white blood cells responsible for immune system responses) and platelets (responsible for blood coagulation) and alterations in the iron metabolism and transport, were demonstrated. Another study [15] has shown that 45% of strict vegans have higher homocysteine levels, a factor which has been strongly implicated in cardiovascular disease. This, in turn, may alter DNA methylation patterns, which has been associated with aging, cancer, atherosclerosis and other diseases. According to these authors, "three observations indicate that DNA methylation could be diminished by a vegetarian lifestyle. The vegetarian diet has a low content of methionine, remethylation of homocysteine is reduced by vitamin B12 deficiency and elevated homocysteine levels can induce the generation of S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH), a potent inhibitor of methyltransferases." "

Bad stuff, maynard!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, it's true that there are risks associated with a vegetarian diet as well. but those can generally be avoided with a well-balanced diet, whereas many of the dangers associated with eating meat can't.

eta: i'm not a vegan for health reasons anyway -- when isaac bashevis singer was asked if you should be a vegetarian for health, he replied 'yes, for the health of the chicken!' that's pretty much my attitude.

i didn't mean to derail the thread -- antibiotic resistance is really dangerous and a really important issue.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lily wrote:
you know, being vegetarian/vegan reduces your chance of a lot of food-related nastiness.

just sayin'.


do you know what proportion of soy beans are from genetically modified plants/strains?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lily wrote:
you know, being vegetarian/vegan reduces your chance of a lot of food-related nastiness.

just sayin'.


This is kind of like when an abstinence advocate pops in a thread about safer sex.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oof.
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