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Typically, I stay away from discussing factory farms. However, I believe if we saw how chickens, cows, pigs, and even farm-raised salmon were raised, we would be appalled. The video below is from a factory farm. It's unfortunate that we have "progressed" to this.
While this video is horrific, we should not pretend that it does not exist. It reminds me of the famous Jack Nicholson line in A Few Good Men: "You can't handle the truth!" Of course, it goes on with a magnificent rant.
If you can handle the truth, proceed ...
And, hot off the press, this article Doctors Take Aim At Antibiotic Resistance From Factory Farming. Almost 80% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. go to factory farm animals - to keep them disease-free and to plump them up quicker.
From Newsweek's cover story: New research shows how some common tests and procedures aren’t just expensive, but can do more harm than good.
The article ends by stating: "Many doctors don't seem to be getting the message about useless and harmful health care. Medicare pays them more than $100 million a year for screening colonoscopies; some 40 percent are for people in whom they will almost certainly harm more than help. Arthroscopic knee surgery for osteoarthritis is performed about 650,000 times a year; studies show that it, too, is no more effective than placebo treatment, yet taxpayers and private insurers pay for it. And although several large studies, including the Occluded Artery Trial in 2006, have shown that inserting a stent to prop open a blocked artery more than 24 hours after a heart attack does not improve survival rates or reduce the risk of another coronary compared with drugs alone, the practice continues at a rate of 100,000 such procedures a year, estimate researchers led by Dr. Judith Hochman, a cardiologist at New York University. "We're killing more people than we're saving with these procedures," says UT's Goodwin. "It's as simple as that."
Actually, this research is not so new. There are many books and reports that have been around for a while that discuss the over-testing, over-diagnosis, and over-treatment of Americans. Hey, it's a huge business.
Based on my research, I will forgo the EKG, chest x-ray, and PSA test.
For additional information and a fascinating read, check out this article: Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science.
I do agree with some things Gary Taubes discusses, but not much. He's always interesting to listen to. That is if you can tolerate his rambling on and on and on.
Like meat? He's your guy. Love carbs? He ain't for you. My interest/concern is not about fat/carbs. I concentrate on two other issues. Thus, I do not have to be concerned with fat/carbs.
I do agree with him that "Eat Less, Exercise More" is a myth. However, for different reasons.
If you listen to Gary Taubes, you would think that he just discovered something new - that processed carbs and sugar are bad for you. Yo, Gary, in the 50s and early 60s, Jack LaLanne asked his viewers to eliminate these items from their diet.
It's easy to do. Just look at this "Obesity System Influence Diagram".
Wow, that's a mouthful. By the way, I choose not to. I've simplified down to two words.
Thank you Dani Spies ... Here's the details from her site.
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