Cheap Food = High Health Care Costs

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Cheap Food = High Health Care Costs

To feed our demand for cheap food, we’ve put ourselves and especially our children’s lives at risk.

There’s been an alarming increase in drug-resistant infections in children – especially in the ears, sinuses, head, and throat (tonsils).

In the period from 2001-2006, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) head and neck infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria in children have more than doubled – from 12% in 2001 to 28% in 2006.

This increasing resistance has been attributed to overuse of antibiotics in raising our food.

The increased incidence of drug-resistant infections is everywhere.

MRSA affects children and healthy adults.

It had been confined to hospitals, but now you can catch MRSA at gyms, schools, day care centers, and military barracks.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has repeatedly warned of a link between MRSA and the overuse of antibiotics on large hog farms.

A peer-reviewed study confirmed MRSA is found on almost 50% of pork and 20% of beef samples taken from a sampling of 30 supermarkets in Louisiana.

The European Union, South Korea, and many other countries prohibit preventive use of antibiotics in the factories where animals are raised for meat.

Not in the United States.

In fact, farmers can just go to their local farm store to buy a 50-pound bag of antibiotics – without a prescription.

In response to the spiraling rise of bacterial and viral infections, many concerned parents, hospitals, and schools have begun using antibacterial products.

But those very products are part of the problem.

Think of it this way:  You and your kids are washing your hands in pesticides.

The EPA recently allowed triclosan, the main antibacterial agent used in products from shampoo to water bottles to crib liners, to be re-registered (chemicals need to go through a periodic re-registration process where all of their risks are reviewed), even though the EPA acknowledges that triclosan interacts with androgen and estrogen receptors and affects the thyroid gland in rats.

The EPA acknowledges that triclosan is linked to antibiotic resistance, and it’s showing up in fish and drinking water.

The Endocrine Society was founded in 1916 to research the role of hormones on our health.

It recently released a major report to raise concern about the effects of chemicals, including the organochlorinated pesticides, on our health.

“In this first Scientific Statement of The Endocrine Society, we present the evidence that endocrine disruptors have effects on male and female reproduction, breast development and cancer, prostate cancer, neuroendocrinology, thyroid, metabolism and obesity, and cardiovascular endocrinology.”

The Endocrine Society also validated what’s known as the low-dose or inverse dose response factor, which means any dose – even small ones – have the potential to do major damage.

The statement also called attention to the direct link that the Agricultural Health Study has found between increased prostate cancer rates, methyl bromide (a fungicide used heavily on strawberries and other crops), and many pesticides.

While “endocrine” seems like a fairly nonthreatening term, there’s one endocrine disease we’re all familiar with:  diabetes.

Endocrine disruptors include the organophosphate pesticides, atrazine, bisphenol A, lead, mercury, and many other common chemicals we ingest daily – though we don’t intend to.

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