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Warning: This Antibiotic Will RUIN You!

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by PAUL FASSA

http://realfarmacy.com/bad-antibiotic/

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“From ciproispoison.com:Cipro-induced toxicity syndrome wreaks absolute havoc on every part of a person’s body–every tendon and joint in the body can become affected, every organ (including the brain), peripheral nervous system (resulting in severe and potentially permanent pain conditions, dystonia, muscle weakness or autonomic dysfunction), … long lasting or permanent central nervous system damage (including relentless insomnia, memory problems, random panic, depersonalization, psychosis), … and on and on… .”

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A study published by Mayo Clinic found almost 70 percent of Americans are on at least one pharmaceutical. Antibiotics top the list, followed by antidepressants and pain killers. Fluoroquinolones (also called “quinolone” or just “quin”) are one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the USA. In 2011 a staggering 26.9 million prescriptions for oral and IV fluoroquinolone antibiotics were prescribed for routine infections.

Cipro, the ‘stellar’ fluoroquinolone burst into the media spotlight during the so-called anthrax scare on the heels of 9/11. Other popular fluoroquinolones are Levaquin, Avelox, and Floxin. Fluoroquinolones are actually deadly indiscriminate chemotherapy drugs, which Big Pharma reinvented as antibiotics and aggressively marketed.

Although all Big Pharma antibiotics are problematic and dangerous, fluoroquinolones are in a class all their own. Their potential for serious, often permanent harm and even death are becoming legendary -not because of FDA, or Big Pharma oversight, but because those who have been severely injured and disabled by fluoroquinolones are speaking out in droves on numerous internet forums, communities and facebook groups.

In 2008, the FDA (Fraud and Death Agency) reluctantly required some fluoroquinolone antibiotics to include a black-box warning; ironically, Cipro now carries two warnings. In fact, half of all fluoroquinolones have been removed from the market due to their dismal safety records, yet those remaining have yet to be proven any safer.

Black Box Warning Omissions

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Cows are pumped up on drugs

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

Natural News: Writing in the New York Times, former FDA Commissioner Donald Kennedy warns that the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock is a major threat to human health.

“More than 30 years ago … we proposed eliminating the use of penicillin and two other antibiotics to promote growth in animals raised for food,” Kennedy writes. “When agribusiness interests persuaded Congress not to approve that regulation, we saw firsthand how strong politics can trump wise policy and good science.

Already in the 1980s, Kennedy notes, scientists knew that the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics to prevent infection in healthy animals and make them grow faster was leading to the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria. To make matters worse, the antibiotics used in animals are largely the same as those used in humans, meaning that when these livestock-produced superbugs infect humans, doctors have few ways to deal with them.

An estimated 90,000 people die from hospital-acquired infections in the United States every year. Seventy percent of these infections are antibiotic resistant. More

Animal Factory: What are you really eating?

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The book Animal Factory, by David Kirby, takes a close look at factory farms and the problems they cause. In an interview with Time Magazine, Kirby talked about these farms and the appalling lack of government oversight and the outright refusal of government to address these issues.

Among the problems Kirby notes:

“… you’re often no longer feeding animals what they’re genetically designed to eat. CAFO cows eat a diet of milled grains, corn and soybeans, when they are supposed to eat grass.

The food isn’t natural because they very often put growth hormones and antibiotics in it. That becomes a problem when you put that manure on the ground.”

Can you say “agrobacterium”? 

Animal Factory also looks at the fate of the Neuse River in North Carolina, where waste runoff from pig farms caused massive fish die-offs.

Cows On Drugs

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(NY Times 4-17-10)    Op-Ed Contributor   By DONALD KENNEDY  Published: April 17, 2010  Stanford, Calif.

Donald Kennedy, a former commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, is a professor emeritus of environmental science at Stanford.

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NOW that Congress has pushed through its complicated legislation to reform the health insurance system, it could take one more simple step to protect the health of all Americans. This one wouldn’t raise any taxes or make any further changes to our health insurance system, so it could be quickly passed by Congress with an outpouring of bipartisan support. Or could it? More

Antibiotics: new literature for patients emphasizing the risks.

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Live Link: ANTIBIOTICS.ORG  Go here for more info on antibiotics!

The Food and Drug Administration

imposed the government’s most urgent safety warning on Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and many other flouroquinolone antibiotics. The FDA orders a prominent “black box” warning and the development of new literature for patients emphasizing the risks. The most prominent risk is tendon rupture causing long term disability, possibly permanent.

This is an important first step to ensuring these antibiotics are only used when the patient faces a potential fatal outcome, and only after the use of all other antibiotics have been ruled out. This is not due to the probability of risk, but rather severity.

To those who have been affected, prognosis is normally not good. More

USA – Forgive them Lord for they know not what they talk about

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MEAT TRADE DAILY  January 27, 2010

Is feeding antibiotics to food animals contributing to the increase in resistant bacterial infections of humans?

It’s a question that has been floating precariously between the livestock agricultural industry and the medical community for years, with plenty of speculation but no definitive answers.

But a piece of legislation introduced to Congress this past summer — timed, whether intentionally or not, with talks of health care reform and, to a lesser extent, the H1N1 influenza pandemic and humane animal treatment — has suddenly pushed this issue to the forefront of public discussion, and what was once an occasionally heated debate has now turned into a full-blown fight between the people who feed us and the people who treat our illnesses.

The “Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment” Act (PAMTA) of 2009, H.R. 1549 and its companion bill S. 619, would restrict the types of antibiotics used with animals intended for the food chain to those that demonstrate no harm to human health due to resistance development caused by nontherapeutic uses. These nontherapeutic uses refer to the feeding of antibiotics to the whole herd as a preventative measure, rather than treating illnesses of specific animals as needed; nontherapeutic antibiotic use may also be referred to as “antibiotics as growth promoters.” The antibiotics in question would be those that are also used to prevent or treat human infections, which would include seven classes of antibiotic: penicillins, tetracyclines, macrolides, lincosamides, streptogramins, animoglycosides, and sulfonamides.

Not surprisingly, this bill is pitting food producer against food user in a contentious fight for control over the American food supply. READ MORE

Superbugs in Factory-farmed Meats

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From: Whole Food USA: link

An AP article headlined Pressure Rises to Stop Antibiotics in Agriculture made the front page today that will help to educate consumers about the type of factory-farm meat they are eating. With the heavy use of antibiotics, the chickens, pigs and cows develop dangerous organisms in and on their infection-suppressed carcasses and end up on the dinner plate. This has long known been a reason for creation of superbugs and antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria , but it is good to see this information is going more mainstream; and, all the more reason to eat naturally raised beef, chickens, pork and other meats.

The article does not cover the hazards of genetically-engineered feed or cloned animals, but ironically the story is from show-me-state town of Frankenstein, Missouri. Here are some excerpts:

Researchers say the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has led to a plague of drug-resistant infections that killed more than 65,000 people in the U.S. last year — more than prostate and breast cancer combined. And in a nation that used about 35 million pounds of antibiotics last year, 70 percent of the drugs went to pigs, chickens and cows. Worldwide, it’s 50 percent. Read more

Ethicureans post The New USDA guidelines

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January 22, 2009   (this is from early in the year but quite relevant now)

NATURALLY RAISED.
smokingchicken.jpgIf you were told an animal was “naturally raised,” what would you imagine that meant? Is it evidence that they wandered a field? Felt the touch of sunlight? Ate their normal diet? Well, no. At least, that’s not what it means if you see “naturally raised” on a package of meat. The USDA released their guidelines for the marketing term this week. Grass, sunlight, and open space don’t enter into it. Rather, animals are “naturally raised” if they “have been raised entirely without growth promotants, antibiotics (except for ionophores used as coccidiostats for parasite control), and have never been fed animal by-products.”

Got that? No growth promotants or antibiotics — except, of course, for ionophores used as coccidiostats — or eating the ground-up remains of other animals. That’s what counts as a natural upbringing in our food production system. We have not medically accelerated your growth nor made you into an inadvertent cannibal nor crammed you into such unhealthful conditions that you needed to be pumped full of antibiotics to stay alive.

The problem with this label is not specifically how the animals are raised. Excising antibiotics and growth promotants from their diet is a good thing. The problem is what the USDA’s new guidelines say about, well, the USDA. These guidelines are a simple act of collusion with the marketing teams in the livestock industry. When a consumer sees “naturally raised,” they almost certainly don’t say to themselves, “Terrific! This chicken was raised entirely without growth promotants, antibiotics (except for ionophores used as coccidiostats for parasite control), and has never been fed animal by-products!” The implication of “naturally raised” is that the chicken lived the natural life of a chicken, not the life of a widget. But USDA has defined it as living the life of a widget, just not a particularly heavily medicated widget. And why have naturally raised” at all? The shrinkwrap enclosing a chicken breast has room for “No growth hormones or antibiotics!” They’re using “naturally raised” because it’s more efficiently misleading to consumers who want to do good by eating well, and the USDA is just gave its seal of approval to the practice.

See the Ethicureans for more.

Image used under a CC license from NukeIt1.

NOSB recommending untested genetically engineered vaccines

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Jackass Alert # 6:  Livestock Committee of the National Organic Standards Board

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getimageThe Livestock Committee of the National Organic Standards Board is recommending that genetically engineered vaccines be allowed in organic livestock production, with no review of the vaccines to determine if they meet evaluation criteria established in the Organic Foods Production Act.

In another round of what is coming to be viewed as absolute insanity in the wild world of genetically mutated agriculture, this “board” has now decided that it does not have to meet criteria for testing the efficacy or safety of,  genetically mutated vaccines to be used in livestock. 

We all need to remember that any vaccine, any growth hormone or antibiotic, remains in the meat even after processing.  These toxic concoctions are also present in the urine and feces of animals subjected to their use and as such, have rendered manure unfit as a fertilizer (this after thousands of years of use as the best fertilizer).  The manure produce by animals infected with these toxic chemicals is then leached into soil and water as the now, hazardous, waste breaks down.

And they still intend to call this “organic”?     Read the September 2009 report.

The NOSB will consider the issue when it meets Nov. 3-5, 2009, in Washington DC. Comments must be submitted by Oct. 19.

Here is a link for submitting comments:

http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#documentDetail?R=0900006480a1f227

Antibiotics pose concern for Minn. ethanol producers

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                                                                           The Bismark Tribune                                                                                                   

04-05-2009: news-state            

Antibiotics pose concern for Minn. ethanol producers

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) – Ethanol’s main by-product, which is sold as livestock feed, has raised potential food safety concerns.

Several studies have linked the byproduct, known as distillers grain, to elevated rates of E. coli in cattle. And now, distillers grain is facing further scrutiny because the Food and Drug Administration has found that it often contains antibiotics left over from making ethanol.

Ethanol production relies on enzymes, yeast and sugar to convert corn into fuel. And just as the wrong bacteria in the body can sicken people, it can also cause a variety of ailments in a batch of ethanol.

Mark von Keitz with the University of Minnesota’s Biotechnology Institute said in ethanol production, the main enemy is a bacterial bug that makes lactic acid.

“What these organisms do is they also compete with the yeast for the sugar,” said von Keitz. “But instead of making alcohol, they make primarily lactic acid.”

If enough of the bacteria are present, von Keitz said fermentation can be ruined.

“It gets acidified to the point that the yeast is no longer able to properly produce ethanol, and then you’re stuck with a big batch of corn mash,” said von Keitz.

If that happens, there’s no ethanol and no profit. To prevent the problem, producers rely on medicine.

“What people operating these plants are trying to do is to keep these lactic acid bacteria in check,” said von Keitz. “And one way of doing that is with the help of antibiotics.”

Ethanol producers use penicillin and a popular antibiotic called virginiamycin to kill bacteria. And that raises two potential concerns.

One is that these treatments might promote the growth of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. The development of these “superbugs” is a major concern in health care because they reduce the effectiveness of medicines.

Von Keitz found some bacteria that were, in fact, resistant when he sampled bacteria at four Midwest ethanol plants several years ago.

The second concern is that the antibiotics could find their way to humans through the food chain.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken a mostly hands-off approach to the use of antibiotics in the ethanol industry. But amid increasing concerns over food safety in recent years, the agency is taking a closer look.

“A year ago we put a survey out to the FDA field people to collect samples of those distillers grains, and start analyzing for antibiotic residues,” said Linda Benjamin, a chemist with the FDA’s Center of Veterinary Medicine.

Samples were requested from 60 ethanol plants, including some in Minnesota. She said testing showed that many contained antibiotics, mainly four types.

“Penicillin, virginiamycin, erythromycin and tylosin,” said Benjamin.

At this point the story gets murky. Benjamin won’t say if any of the antibiotics exceeded federal guidelines.

Those guidelines are part of the problem; they’re a patchwork and far from definitive on what levels of antibiotics in distillers grain are safe.

If the FDA decides to restrict antibiotics in the ethanol industry, it could have far-reaching consequences.

Distillers grain is a major source of low-cost livestock feed. Any restrictions on its sale and use as feed will hurt the profit-scarce ethanol industry and the livestock farmers who rely on it.

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