Food Diseases in Animals: What’s In Your Dinner?

When you are in the market shopping for groceries, do you ever give a thought to the fact that you may be getting more than you bargained for, when you are purchasing meat and other animal products?  Are you aware that conventionally-fed animals are raised in a manner that is not conducive to their health or yours? The food they’re being fed is loaded with pesticides, hormones – and antibiotics to keep them alive, until they can be marketed. What do you think happens to your body, when you consume meat, eggs and dairy from unhealthy animals loaded with pesticides and other toxic matter?

Conventional animals are being fed very unnatural diets in order for the people who are raising them to make a profit. Some cattle are fed foods to make them gain weight such as, cement dust, sawdust, ground up newspaper (containing lead) and even downer cows. Some dairy cows are fed waste chocolate from candy factories, which is loaded with sugar and theobromine. The farmers are sold a bill of goods that this chocolate will make their cow’s milk richer. However, there is a substance in chocolate which binds calcium – and there will be little available calcium in it. Farm animals are not being fed as nature intended (grazing in pastures)., because it costs less to bulk them up more rapidly on junk foods.

If you are purchasing conventionally-raised animal products, it is very risky. When animals are crammed into feed lots, pens, crates and can barely move – this unnatural confinement creates illness.  Many are cancer-riddled, parasite-infected and afflicted with disease. If you are interested in EATING FOR HEALTH, then you need to AVOID UNHEALTHY FOOD.. There are some one hundred diseases transmissible from animals to humans. They are called zoonoses. A still larger number of diseases can be transmitted to other animals. Are you aware that animals that die from diseases, such as cancer, will have the diseased part cut out and the rest of the carcass will wind up in the marketplace? I knew this years ago and it was one of the reasons I stopped eating meat, fish and chicken for many years.

Another reason that turned me off eating chicken, occurred, when I was a child I saw my grand-father kill a chicken that he had raised. It really disturbed me to see the chicken dance around the room without a head…spurting blood. This is a picture I still have in my memory. I had loved playing with the baby chicks. I didn’t think that my grandfather was intending to eat them. I thought of the chickens as pets, not food. I rarely eat chicken today…and only once or twice a year during the holidays I eat certified organic turkey that has been humanely raised.

I normally shop at Whole Foods – and ask for guidance before I put anything in my cart, I am not guided to buy beef at all – even if it is certified organic. I surmise that the reason for this is – the steer has consumed a high amount of pesticides and noxious metals, which are prevalent in its food, air and water supply. We are being told to eat lower down on the fish food chain, because the larger species of fish contain more toxic minerals, such as mercury, etc. Well, the same logic can apply to large organically-raised cattle, which consume massive amounts of grass. loaded with pollutants from their environment. As to certified organic lamb, which I have recommended to clients,. it comes from a much smaller animal, which has not lived as long as a steer; nor has it consumed as much food and therefore it would be healthier.

If health is important to you, you must avoid eating in fast food restaurants, whose meat supply is of the lowest quality; it’s definitely loaded with disease-creating material I haven’t even walked into a fast food restaurant in over 20 years as I would be ashamed to even have people think that I would eat there. It isn’t easy to eat meals out, even in higher quality restaurants, because you don’t know the quality of the meat or other foods that are being served…usually conventional with additives, preservatives, unnatural ingredients, GMO pesticides, hormones and antibiotics.

At one time I loved eating out, but today I am well aware that the quality of restaurant food is not great. One of my favorite restaurant meals is a Spanish omelet, but knowing the eggs in it have come from GMO-grain fed chickens – is a turn-off! How can eggs be healthy, if the chickens are being conventionally-raised? These thoughts go through my mind; so, I don’t eat out very often . This-does cut down on my chance of winding up with salmonella

I came across a couple of small booklets years ago, which opened my eyes. One was Diseases of Food Animals, written by Owen S. Parrett, M.D. It had graphic photos of sheep and chicken livers.  The photo of the sheep liver showed nodules with hydarid cysts, caused by a type of tapeworm. A second photo was of two chicken livers…one was small and normal…while the other one was very enlarged which demonstrated lymphomatosis, or big liver disease. For more than sixty years, Dr. Owen Parrett practiced medicine in private and on hospital staffs, on both the East and West coasts. For fifteen years he wrote a monthly column in Life and Health magazine.

Dr. Parrett took a special interest in tracing diseases to their respective causes. From years of research he came to the conclusion that eating meat and animal products is a major cause of disease.   In 1939 he wrote Diseases of Food Animals to alert the public to this problem. He revised this booklet in 1974…and this is the one I have.

Illnesses stemming from the eating of diseased animals have been around for eons of time. However. few people connect health problems that occur gradually to eating unhealthy animals. Dr. Parrett told a story about a dairyman in New York who in 1843 purchased a fine cow (or so he thought) off a British ship docked in Brooklyn harbor. What he purchased was a highly contagious case of pleuropneumonia. The disease spread to a dozen states, causing a high mortality and costing the U.S. government millions to eradicate it over a period of 49 years.

Distance no longer serves as a natural barrier against epidemics or pandemics. An insect carrying disease can enter a plane on the other side of the world and within hours can be biting an animal in the U.S. A great deal of animal products are coming in from other countries whose food standards are even lower than ours. I am concerned, when I see fish which come from Asia or other countries I know waters world-wide are highly polluted. Be aware and examine food labels to ascertain the country which produced the products. Just because foods are packed in cans, does not mean they are disease-free.

In the entire field of disease research, cancer studies head the list, and rightly so, for it and heart disease kill more Americans than does any other disease. At the head of such research stood the late Wendell M. Stanley, Ph.D., Nobel prize winner and director of the virus laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley campus. In an interview that Dr. Parrett had with him, he plied Dr. Stanley with questions concerning cancer, its virus cause, and the relationship between animal and human cancer. Dr. Stanley gave him reprints of his lectures, such as “Recent Developments in Virus-Cancer Research.”

TRICHINOSIS is another very undesireable disease, which comes from eating anything that comes from a hog. Many people think pork is healthy, but it can carry thousands of trichina worms. High temperatures can kill the worms, but you are still partaking of dead worms, when you eat pork. Two major religions condemn the eating of pork and rightly so.

Humans get trichina worms by eating infected pork. The worm population usually averages two females to one male. The males grow to 1/50 inch and the females to 1/16 inch in three days. The female soon mates and buries herself in the intestinal wall, where she begins giving birth to from 1,000 to 2,500 baby worms. These migrate by way of the blood and lymph streams to every part of the body, including the brain or spinal cord. They encyst themselves in the tissue after a few weeks and remain alive for the remainder of their host’s life. These worms can live 20 years or longer. Muscle’s get the largest number because of their greater blood supply. Even the eye muscles tend to be invaded. These cysts cause some degeneration of the muscle fibers. When they invade the heart muscle, for instance, they weaken that organ, contributing to heart complications.

The standards today are probably stricter than when this booklet was written, but as for me…I don’t relish the risk of eating these very prolific trichina worms which could shorten my life. Dr. Parrett wrote how Americans were astonished to learn that two San Franciscan doctors had found that in two hundred autopsied cadavers, 24% still harbored living trichina worms. Similar studies in Boston disclosed that 35% of the bodies examined harbored these parasites. Strangely, not one of these persons while living, suspected or gave any history of such an invasion of their body tissues.

There are at least six hog diseases transmissible to man (zoonoses): tuberculosis, undulant fever, influenza, swine erysipelas, listerellosis and salmonellas. It is said to be impossible to find a parasite-free hog, Name a parasite and it seems the hog has it.

Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, former chief of the zoological division, Bureau of Animal Industry, mentions twenty of the most prominent parasites. There are more of lesser importance; at least three are zoonoses: Balantidia, apparently identical with those found in humans causing diarrheal troubles; coccidiosis; liver flukes; bladder worms, which when ingested become the human tapeworm, Taenia solium. Lightly infested carcasses of farm animals are utilized for human food after sterilization and the removal of the visible cystsThin-necked bladder worms, causing tape worms in dogs, can occur in cattle and sheep as well as in swine. Hydarids coming from dog tapeworm eggs, are deposited wherever the dog runs, and may cause cysts in animals ingesting them, including sheep, cattle and horses, as well as human beings. Treatment for the latter may necessitate a very serious and dangerous operation.

Other parasites include round worms from one inch to ten inches in size; three varieties of stomach worms; intestinal thread worms; and another round worm called ascarid…a variety in which the female produces thousands of eggs daily (her body may contain 26 million or more eggs). When people ingest pork they are getting worms…dead or alive. No wonder that swine have been considered a forbidden food.

Dr. Parrett in his research found that many dairy cows were testing positive for leukemia. The big question – Was there a relation to human leukemia from those who were ingesting milk from diseased cows? Since leukemia is one of the main killers of children between the ages of 5 – 15 and has invaded the field of both dairy and beef cattle, he wondered if there was a correlation. Research showed it could spread in a herd and even more so in dairy cattle. He was ultra concerned because most farmers who were losing their animals to serious diseases didn’t make sure their dead cows were kept out of the food supply.

Today beef cattle are not permitted to graze on open ranges, they are very closely confined in feed lots. This situation, whereby thousands of animals are tightly packed together fosters disease. This not only occurs with cattle, sheep, hogs, but with poultry as well. Many chickens are riddled with cancer. Raising animals in factory farm conditions guarantees that they need to receive antibiotics in order to stay alive – and these antibiotics are going to wind up in those who are eating these animals. There is a major problem today with drug-resistant bacteria, because of all the antibiotics that are in the food supply and because they have been indiscriminately used by many medical doctors.

Among the twenty-six diseases transmissible from poultry to man, pullorum is the most important as regards food poisoning. An estimated 2 million people in the US become ill from pullorum. Poultry is the largest single reservoir of salmonella in this country. Salmonella typbarium has survived as long as thirteen months on the skin of frozen turkeys. In addition to pullorum disease, Farmer’s Bulletin No 1652 lists eight infectious diseases of foul, five fungus diseases, four of the digestive organs, and twenty-two from parasites. Most of these are transmissible to other poultry. I would say that this gives one serious thought, when contemplating the ingestion of even organic poultry.

There is so much information I need to continue this same subject in my next blog. I will cover the 2nd book I mentioned previously, which was-Problems with Meat by John A, Schaffenberg, M.D. 
If you treasure being healthy, then you have to educate yourself.  Don’t depend on those who make a living treating illness, as they usually have not studied nutrition. Be aware that 95% of peoples’ health problems stem from eating disease-creating foods; so, even grains, fruits or vegetables could cause health problems, as well as unhealthy animal products.

Healthfully Yours,

Barbara Charis

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