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We all come across some medical information once in a while, that might help us and/or someone else to live a longer and better life.

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6 years ago

Bladder Infections from Eating Chicken

Bladder Infections from Eating Chicken

How we treat animals can sometimes have public health implications. Who can forget the Humane Society of the United States investigation in which dairy cows too sick and crippled to walk were bulldozed by forklifts and dragged with chains to slaughter by a leading supplier of beef to the federal school lunch program? The investigation triggered the largest meat recall in U.S. history for violations of regulations meant to keep the public safe from mad cow disease. In response, California passed a law to strengthen protection of downed farm animals from abuse, but it was largely nullified by the Supreme Court last month at the behest of the pork industry, who would stand to lose the most if downed animals were removed from the food supply.

Last week, a new undercover investigation of leading pork producers—including a supplier of Walmart—uncovered institutionalized abuses, including the confinement of pregnant pigs in “gestation crates,” virtually immobilizing them their entire lives. What impact might this have on human health? In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, a prestigious body that included a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, concluded that industrialized animal agriculture posed “unacceptable” public health risks and specifically called for an end to gestation crates, noting that &ldquoractices that restrict natural motion, such as sow gestation crates, induce high levels of stress in the animals and threaten their health, which in turn may threaten our health.”

The Commission also called for an end to “battery cages” for egg-laying hens. In addition to increasing Salmonella risk, these barren wire cages may increase the risk of colibacillosis, a bacterial infection in poultry linked to human bladder infections. More in my video pick today:


Half of retail poultry samples were found contaminated with strains of E. coli linked to human urinary tract infections. How contaminated is the American meat supply with fecal matter overall? See what the USDA found in my video Fecal Bacteria Survey.

On January 1, 2012, all 27 nations of the European Union banned the use of barren battery cages for egg-laying hens. And January 1, 2013, the EU will also ban the lifelong confinement of pregnant pigs in gestation crates. Please consider sending a message to U.S. pork producers to follow suit for the health and welfare of both the animals and consumers.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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Arsenic Found in Factory-Farmed Chicken and Rice
6 years ago

Odorless and tasteless, arsenic is a metalloid that is somewhat naturally occurring in drinking water supplies and can cause the thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, numbness in hands and feet, partial paralysis, and blindness (not to mention cancer) if consumed in high, or even moderate, quantities over time. The EPA has set a strict standard for arsenic levels in drinking water, but oddly no arsenic standard exists for food. This is not usually all that much of an issue, as elevated levels of arsenic have not been all that apparent in edible items…at least until now.

Under attack (or at least influenced) by this upswing in arsenic prevalence is factory-farmed chickens. According to a New York Times Op-Ed, arsenic has routinely been fed to conventionally raised poultry (and sometimes hogs) because it reduces infections and makes flesh an appetizing shade of pink. In addition, new scientific evidence has shown that, along with a steady diet of arsenic, poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and a whole slew of other unmentionables (for anyone wondering about the caffeine: chickens are sometimes fed coffee pulp and green tea powder to keep them awake so that they can spend more time eating). As menti0ned above, arsenic is really not a good thing for any living thing, and while there hasn’t been an established cancer or illness link between chickens fed a steady diet of arsenic and those brave souls who eat them, it is probably a very prudent idea to lay off those factory-farmed chickens and go local and organic if you absolutely need to satisfy your chicken craving.

While many vegetarians are likely feeling morally superior and relatively secure with the aforementioned news, I have some not so great news for you. Seems that rice, brown, white, basmati, what have you, is also rich in arsenic as well. Because arsenic is naturally occurring in soil and water, thirsty rice plants just soak up the arsenic, more so than other plants. An NPR report shows that in the United States, in the past, we used arsenic in pesticides – on cotton. Some of those areas are now growing rice, and rice that has been shown to be rich in arsenic. Not enough to kill you, at least immediately, but enough to cause some significant concern. The report seems to suggest that brown rice, because it is not polished like white rice, may contain somewhat elevated amounts of arsenic, and processed rice products like brown rice syrup and rice flour seem to have more arsenic in them than whole grain rice. One thing researchers recommend is that consumers limit their rice intake (not an everyday thing) and “steer away from some of these foods that might have four or five different rice ingredients, like certain energy bars and processed cereals. Oh, and there is no evidence that organic rice contains any less naturally occurring arsenic than conventionally grown rice. Sorry, bummer I know.

So that ultimate comfort dish, chicken and rice (or chicken soup with rice) may not provide so much comfort in the long run. The takeaway from all this is to severely limit (if not completely eliminate) your factory-farmed poultry intake and go organic instead, and when it comes to rice, less is more…healthy.

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5 years ago

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Don't wash the chicken!


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on September 16, 2013 at 5:00 AM, updated September 16, 2013 at 5:17 AM

The documentary "The Natural History of the Chicken" recounts how this fowl can delight us as a pet, infuriate us as a neighbor (those noisy roosters) and provide us with fuel. Each North American consumes about 80 pounds a year. But an unfortunate truth it doesn't highlight is the risk raw chicken poses to your health. A new campaign -- Don't Wash Your Chicken -- launched by Drexel University researchers points out the danger of washing raw chicken before you plop it in a pan to cook. Most people do that to remove contamination, but rinsing the bird can splash salmonella and campylobacter bacteria onto adjacent surfaces and foods. Around 200,000 folks a year come down with at-home food poisoning caused by those bacteria and have to deal with diarrhea, fever, cramps and vomiting.

The smart move is to store chicken in double plastic bags in the fridge! When it's time to cook, just unwrap, cut and cook the chicken to 165 F. All raw meat has bacteria on it, and proper cooking wipes 'em out. Use a meat thermometer inserted into the deepest part of the bird to check doneness. And wash any surface the chicken did touch (including the meat thermometer) with soap and water.

Other food-safety tips:

--Keep raw meats separate from produce, and keep each variety of produce separate from others. --Maintain a fridge temp of 40 F or lower.

--Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after handling food or when switching from handling one type of food to another.

Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of "The Dr. Oz Show" and Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit

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food safety alert for salmonella-
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the number one foodborne pathogen in the United States,

is killed by  thorough cooking.


Foster Farms advised consumers to cook raw poultry to 165 degrees.

-- Lynne Terry

Mount Laurel, NJ (PRWEB) October 10, 2013
5 years ago



Mold-tainted Drugs in Hospital Prompts Call to Action by SI Restoration


A recent finding in a Connecticut hospital involving intravenous drugs contaminated with mold have raised legitimate concern about the detriments of mold growth in US hospitals. SI Restoration, an authoritative source for safe and efficient mold remediation, has published a call to action for citizens, doctors, patients, and hospital officials to be wary of toxic fungal growth in medical institutions.

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