Anti-biotic laced factory farmed meat may be contributing to obesity; anti-biotics are used to “fatten up” cattle, these antibiotics may also fatten up people

We are being poisoned by the Industrial Food System:

Gut bacteria and obesity

Obesity

There is only one affliction that seems to be growing as fast in the US population as asthma, and that’s obesity. The waning influence of H. pylori may also be a factor. In some countries less than 10 percent of school children now carry H. pylori anymore, say researchers, and “at the same time, the incidence of obesity among the same population group has been observed.” H. pylori influences the hormones leptin and ghrelin, both of which affect weight and body mass. The increase in obesity also correlates with the indiscriminate use of antibiotics on factory farms, says a paper in Frontiers of Public Health and cannot be fully explained by “excess food energy intake, changes in diet and eating behavior” and increasing sedentary lifestyles. Antibiotics likely increase weight in livestock by strengthening microbes that absorb nutrients, so why would they not increase human weight in the same way? Both obese mice and humans have lost weight when the intestinal microbes of lean mice and humans were insertedinto their systems. And there is another environmental source of antibiotics. Triclosan, found in products like Colgate’s Total and Ajax and Dawn dish detergent is an antibiotic that also acts as an endocrine-disruptingpesticide. Traces of it have been found in earthworms from agricultural fields and Atlantic dolphins. Endocrine disrupters like Triclosan are also suspected of causing early puberty by impairing hormonal regulation.

If you have children, they eat less, so spend the extra money on grass fed beef, free range chicken, wild caught salmon, and organic fruits and vegetables and NO packaged foods and while you are at it, cut out grains. Lentil beans are very good for keeping sated for a long time after eating them.

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13 Responses to Anti-biotic laced factory farmed meat may be contributing to obesity; anti-biotics are used to “fatten up” cattle, these antibiotics may also fatten up people

  1. Cj aka Elderofzyklons Blog says:

    Reblogged this on ElderofZyklon's Blog!.

  2. Hauer says:

    I used to dismiss these sorts of things as wacky conspiracy theories until I lived outside of America for half a year. I must have lost 20 pounds. There is definitely something unique to the American diet that causes obesity at such high rates.

    • mindweapon says:

      Wow, what an interesting anecdote, Hauer! You don’t suppose it might have been connected with driving less and walking more or some other factor, do you?

      • Hauer says:

        I lived abroad as part of an exchange program between universities. I’d say my lifestyle was fairly comparable as a student at either school (mostly dorm food, no car, similar sleep schedule). I’m sure there are lots of other factors that didn’t hurt though.

  3. hardscrabble farmer says:

    “Antibiotics likely increase weight in livestock by strengthening microbes that absorb nutrients, so why would they not increase human weight in the same way?”

    That’s not quite how it works. The antibiotics were given to cattle for legitimate reasons in high density stockyards in order to treat a range of issues. It was noticed that those animals that were already healthy began to pack on the extra pounds prior to slaughter at a rate not seen before. It appeared that the antibiotics were having the same effect on intestinal bacterie that were on the intended targets leaving the digestive system with few options in regards to nourishment, the most obvious being the rise in glucose which triggers a flood of insulin from the pancreas, which is the means by which living organisms store fat. So, the less digestion takes place through biotic breakdown in the intestine, the more the feed is converted into fat. That fat, rather than finding a home in the cape (external covering) looks for a place in the intramuscular tissue, i.e. marbling that so many steakhouses brag about. So the stockyard operator adds 15-20% more weight on carcass with no additional feed, the restauranteur adds flavor profile no matter how poorly trained his Mexican grill worker, the consumer is fooled into thinking he’s getting a giant portion of nutritive meat when the protein profile is less than 3/4 that of a grassfed animal and small family farmers who can only afford grass- a ruminants’ natural, healthful diet- are forced out of the business.

    Who wins? Big Ag who sells the corn/soybeans, Pharma who sells the antibiotics, the medical industry who gets to treat the obese, dying population who eats it, chain restaurants who push crappy products and big government who is being begged by the hapless proles to “do something”about their screwed up health.

    Who loses?

    Well, you already know.

    Support your local family farm. Visit to see that they practice humane and healthy husbandry. stop comparing price tags- a pound of grass fed beef has between 25% (a ribeye, for example) and 80% more protein (a Big Mac) than Big Ag beef. If a ribeye from your grass fed family farm beeve is $18, eat a few less steaks a year, but enjoy the richer flavors and the additional protein while foregoing the fat and antibiotics.

    • mindweapon says:

      I heartily agree, HF. Any White family or White community should be pooling their money so at least the children get grass fed beef.

      You put it very succinctly!

      Antibiotics in animal feed was like Viagra — Viagra was originally meant to treat high blood pressure, but they noticed a different benefit, and so the drug became primarily for that. Same with antibiotics — it became about the weight gain as much or more than controlling disease caused by raising animals in their own shit.

      People don’t like being fat and unhealthy. We’re getting to the point were we are going to be FORCED to take control of our food supply, either to avoid being poisoned, or avoid being starved (when fuel and food prices go up).

    • Spot on, it has the same effect as the Frankenstein chicken farming technique, of using 1 teaspoon of anti-bitoic per tone of pellet food. It also helped to create the MRSA bacteria that is now a human flesh eater.

      Grass fed is best. Thank god for home kill…

  4. Wyandotte says:

    Grains don’t harm everybody. It’s true that some constitutional types should avoid it, particularly abos and some white people, too. But not everyone is negatively affected by intake of what the Weston Price people call “properly prepared” grains, ie, true sour dough bread, soaked rice, etc.

    You mention lentils as being a good food. However, the proponents of the socalled Paleo Diet, who are opposed also to eating grains, say that all legumes (including lentils) should be avoided, too. It has been noted that people who avoid these 2 food groups end up with vitamin deficiencies and are no better off than vegans after a period of time following such a highly restricted way of eating.

    Not everything is caused by diet alone, and not all of our health problems are solvable purely by a change of diet, either.

    • mindweapon says:

      Wyandotte,

      I diverge from Paleo in that I eat beans. But grains have been so biologically manipulated and sprayed to death that I no longer trust them. THe problem with grains could be the herbicide residues.

      • Sam says:

        I read somewhere that the problem with grains was started when they introduced the short stalk gene to keep wheat form lodging(falling over). That gene did wonders for the wheat but supposedly had some extra genes that came along with it that weren’t good for humans. Is it true? Not sure. Seems that people used to eat wheat without problems. SOmething to think about.
        I’ve been experimenting with potato starch. No great gains after a very limited trial. I only had a small amount. I’m going to add water kefir to this to see if I can get good gut bacteria. If it does anything in couple of months I’ll let you know.

  5. hardscrabble farmer says:

    “Not everything is caused by diet alone, and not all of our health problems are solvable purely by a change of diet, either.”

    True, but I can assure you from experience it is an excellent place to start. Fresh food, as fresh as it can be obtained has the maximum benefit to health and vigor, ditto water. Humans are prone to lean towards sedentary (we burn fewer calories that way and so historically preserve capital during times of scarcity, particularly Winter. Since food is no longer scarce during Winter, caloric intake rarely drops accordingly, hence gain.

    We use the three words- Fresh, as I have stated above. Local, because that implies fresh as well as giving you the opportunity to observe how that food is produced, the methods, means and techniques. Seasonal- this being perhaps the least understood and the most critical. Each thing according to its season. For example asparagus is one of the first vegetable crops of Spring and it is loaded with vitamin K which is depleted by the end of Winter in most mammals, polyfructans like inulin which pass undigested into the large intestine and serve as a feed for digestive microbes that have been literally killed off due to a lack of vegetable matter. There’s more, but that’s a pretty good example. Right now we’re sugaring maple. North American Indians literally staved off starvation at Winter’s end by consuming large quantities of maple sap, often condensed into a sugar solution through freezing and evaporation. The sugar provided energy, pumped insulin production and had the opposite effect on blood sugars than refined sugar does. Science is till learning these things today, but Nature knew it all along.

    And though I have no weight issues I gave up processed grains about six weeks ago as an experiment and the difference has been nothing short of jaw dropping for me. I wasn’t eating much processed food in my diet as it was- or so I thought- until I started to look for it in whatever I would eat that wasn’t from our farm and found that it is in virtually everything. I sleep better, lost a lifelong post nasal drip problem and dropped a final five pounds that had spent a half century forming over my stomach muscles. I’m moving in on 60 and have a six pack without going to the gym. I’m pretty well convinced based on the evidence that the positives from grain are far outweighed by the drawbacks. This doesn’t mean I won’t occasionally treat myself to a piece of homebaked bread, but I no longer consider it as a staple.

    • mindweapon says:

      Good to hear that you stopped eating processed grains, HF. Thanks for providing yet another example of someone whose health improved when he stopped eating grains.

      If the practice of grain avoidance took hold, the local farmers would do much more brisk business. The substitute staples of grains, in my opinion, potatoes, sweet potatoes and lentils. I eat one of each with every meal.

      I need to get better at growing sweet potatoes. A farmer I know in town grows huge sweet potatoes, I don’t know how he does it, but this year I’m going to try to copy him and see if I can get his results. One person I know told me to try trellising the sweet potato vines so they get more photosynthesis, instead of leaving them to just wrap around each other in a tangled mess.

      I think the voles get a lot of my white potatoes too. Probably need to harvest as soon as the plants die. Don’t give them 3 weeks or a month to gorge themselves. Using boxes from liquor stores made hilling the potato plants a lot easier last year, by the way. You fold the flaps of the bottom of the box in, top flaps out, put box over potato plant, use a feed scoop to fill the box, and mix in some bone meal as I hill. If I try to do two boxes it falls over through. A fencepost or stake would probably hold up a multistory potato tower too. With potatoes, I definitely want to get more yield per square foot as I don’t use a tractor.

      If people substitute potatoes for grains on a large scale, potatoes will have to be tractor farmed.

    • Sam says:

      hardscrabble farmer says,”…I’m moving in on 60 and have a six pack without going to the gym…”.

      That’s impressive.

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