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Posted August 24, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Now that virtually every antibiotic is countered by drug-resistant forms of bacteria some biologists believe humanity has entered the post-antibiotic era. [Health Communications Aug 2014] The Centers for Disease Control estimates 23,000 people die each year to antibiotic-resistant infection. [CDC]
Posted October 13, 2013: by Bill Sardi
I’ve been saying for a long time now that US Department of Agriculture food inspectors are too cozy with food producers and for financial reasons are permitting unclean meat products to enter the nation’s food chain, all the while blaming consumers for not cooking meat long enough.
So now we read of a Salmonella outbreak with Foster Farms chicken, a contamination that had been going on since March 2013 and had hospitalized an unusually high percentage of consumers.
Posted April 27, 2012: by Bill Sardi
Doctors often call these idiopathic disorders, that is, “conditions arising spontaneously from an obscure or unknown cause.” Modern medicine says it doesn’t know what causes Alzheimer’s, cancer, migraine headaches, and many other maladies. Could there be a common cause?
Posted August 5, 2011: by admin
One can view the cozy relationship between government and industry in the recent overdue disclosure by the US Department of Agriculture that a major supplier of turkey meat was the source of Salmonella infections that have sickened 76 Americans and killed one. The meat itself was produced and shipped begnning in February 2011. Pressure had been building on USDA to identify the source of the contaminated meat, and after 1 death had been reported, USDA said it would identify the source “very soon.”
The outbreak began in March of 2011 but the source was not identified till 6 months later and then the USDA announced a recall of 36 million pounds of turkey meat, but only after 1 death had finally been reported. Effectively, there is likely to be little economic consequences for the supplier, only public embarrassment, because most of the contaminated meat has likely been cooked and consumed.
Posted April 22, 2011: by Bill Sardi
Commercially available foods are supposed to be tested for bacteria and fungi. While the foods we eat at not sterile (devoid of germs) they are supposed to be have low bacteria and fungal counts, leaving our stomach acid to kill off the remaining microbes in the stomach. However, the overseers of the US food supply, the US Department of Agriculture and the US Food & Drug Administration, are permitting unclean food to reach consumer markets, and this time it isn’t just ordinary bacteria, it is life-threatening antibiotic-resistant bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and E. Coli! And these treatment-resistant germs are killing thousands of Americans. You can read the whole sordid story here.
This problem has been spawned by the use of low-dose antibiotics in animal feeding. Instead of animals being raised and their meat processed in clean environments, the animals are fed grain (mainly in the feeding pen for fattening) rather than grass, and this increases the bacterial count 100-fold. Public health authorities then shift the blame for any foodborne infections on the consumer for not cooking their meat sufficiently to kill bacteria.
Posted March 6, 2011: by Bill Sardi
Skin fungus is a common problem in humid areas and occurs more frequently among obese individuals. An estimated 10-20% of people will develop a fungal skin infection during their lifetime. Doctors classify fungal skin infections according to the affected body site, such as tinea capitis (scalp), tinea barbae (beard area), tinea corporis or athlete’s foot (skin other than bearded area, scalp, groin, hands or feet), tinea cruris or jock itch (groin, perineum and perineal areas), tinea pedis (feet), tinea manuum (hands) and tinea unguium (nails). So if your doctor writes these down on your chart as your diagnosis, you will know what he means. People with toenail infections are more likely to develop fungal infections elsewhere, like jock itch.
Incessant itching is usually the first sign and if ignored, it can get out of control. A big problem is that it can be quelled but is likely to return if personal hygiene measures aren’t increased. Use of fresh towels, drying off with a hair dryer, elimination of exposure to fungal growth in shower rooms, etc, are all important in preventing relapse. Failure to heed personal hygiene measures results in some people suffering with chronic infections.