Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Chicken Poop and Chewing Gum Diet - for your Beef

Follow the Poop
It doesn't take much research on the internet to learn about some disgusting practices in the world of commercial food production.
I'm sure you would be surprised to learn that the beef you are buying at the grocery store possibly came from cows that have been fed chicken poop and that the chickens producing the poop were fed arsenic to control coccidiosis. Chicken manure is contaminated with a host of bad bacteria including salmonella and campylobacter.
"U.S. poultry farmers have used drugs containing arsenic, a known poison, to control the common disease coccidiosis for decades. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the arsenic-based drug roxarsone as a feed additive in 1944. The chicken industry discovered that roxarsone promoted growth, increased feed efficiency (pounds of chicken produced from each pound of feed), and improved flesh pigmentation as well." (Canada doesn't allow the practice of feeding chicken poop to cows.)
"One of the most revolting things I learned while researching my new book Animal Factory is that some cattle are fattened on rations that include chicken manure. Poultry excrement is loaded with urea, which bovine stomachs are adept at converting into lean, ready-to-grill protein." David Kirby, author Animal Factory.
"Our animals are being fed just about anything that enhances the bottom line, including chicken feathers, sawdust, chicken manure, stale pizza dough, potato chips, and candy bars." Jo Robinson
A study was conducted to show how helpful it is to feed steer bubblegum still in the foil wrapper:
"Results of both experiments suggest that [gum and packaging material] may be fed to safely replace up to 30% of corn-alfalfa hay diets for growing steers with advantages in improving dry matter intake and digestibility."
Read more, "You are What Your Animals Eat" by Jo Robinson
Factory farming is stressful and harmful to the animals, the environment, the nutritional content of the food, the workers on the factory farms and the small family farm.
Some people watch a movie like Food, Inc. or read about factory farming and swear off eating animals. This is NOT a healthy option! Please read the next article to learn about two (of the many) important reasons to eat meat, fish, eggs and poultry!
Why Eat Meat?
I'll give you two reasons!
1. Meat, poultry and dairy products are the best source of tryptophan.
Tryptophan is an amino acid involved in
  • reducing stress
  • lowering blood pressure
  • aiding in rest and relaxation.
It is how we make serotonin and is necessary for positive brain function.
Many people taking SSRI anti-depressants aren't eating enough meat and don't produce enough natural serotonin.
Adding animal protein to every meal can do wonders for those suffering from depression, helping to reduce or eliminate medication over time.
Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) and Magnesium all play a role in using tryptophan to make serotonin.
I love adding 1 Tbs of Nutritional Yeast (Bragg's or Lewis Labs, for example) to a protein green smoothie since Nutritional Yeast provides high amounts of all the B Vitamins.
I recommend supplementing with a quality Magnesium supplement since our soil and food is magnesium deficient. Do not use supplements that contain magnesium oxide as this form is poorly absorbed. Choose magnesium glycinate or a blend of several forms like magnesium glycinate, ascorbate and citrate.
More on tryptophan
2. Vitamin B12 cannot be obtained from a vegan diet.
Vitamin B12 is critical for healthy cells and nerves.
A B12 deficiency can mimic dementia, causing memory problems and nervousness.
Warning to those people taking acid-lowering drugs (Prilosec, Prevacid, Pepcid, Nexium, Tums, etc.) - we need stomach acid as a first line of defense against infection and to properly digest food and extract nutrients. Taking antacids long term can lead to osteoporosis, increased infections and bouts of food poisoning.
The best way to prevent and reverse GERD and acid reflux is to change your diet. Recently, two woman taking my Wellness & Weight Loss class reversed years of acid reflux and heartburn in less than a week by removing offending foods and eating a whole food diet consisting of animal protein, healthy fat (like butter, coconut oil, olive oil) and vegetables.
Symptoms potentially associated with vitamin B12 deficiency:
decreased blood clotting
numbness in feet
decreased reflexes
red tongue
difficulty swallowing
sore tongue
tingling in feet
heart palpitations
memory problems
weak pulse
menstrual problems
No plant makes B12, so eat animal products!
Ideally choose pasture-raised animal products. It is worth the effort to find healthy food like pasture-raised beef and chicken.

Beyond Organic
is a company that raises cattle naturally and delivers beef and cultured dairy and more - to your door.
"Green Fed"
No hormones, no antibiotics, no vaccines.
No herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers.
Other resources: Weston A. Price Foundation. Visit this link to find a local buying group near you.
Also check out Eat Wild
Eating animals that eat their natural diet produces meat and animal products that are healthy for you.

Many people choose to supplement Vitamin B12. I don't recommend the cheap form cyanocobalamin (read your vitamin labels!) since this is a molecule of cyanide bound to the B12 cobalamin. Better forms are methylcobalamin or hydroxocobalamin.

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