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Junk food, right. Didn’t know antibiotics were such hunger boosters, hey?
Better believe it.
They’re the world’s No 1 appetite stimulant. Which is why 240,000 tonnes of them are added to animal feed every year. Slightly more than the three capsules a day the Doc might put us on for a chest infection.
Yeah, 240,000 tonnes. How else could we ramp up world food production for 2½ billion people to 7½ billion in just 50 years?
Not from medicine, from food production
Forget life-saving and medicine, antibiotics are BIG business – in agriculture.
Massive factories churning out billions of doses to support the super-production of food. Intense and accelerated growth for the 19 billion chickens, 1.4 billion cattle and 1 billion sheep and pigs it takes to feed us – almost 3 chickens for every one of us.
And how effective are antibiotics as growth boosters?
From egg to full-grown roasting chicken in 6 weeks. From calf to Aberdeen Angus sirloin steak in 16 months instead of four years.
And if they can do that to animals, what can they do to us with basically the same metabolism?
Like animals, our gut bacteria are attacked by antibiotics and many of them killed or damaged – as you know from the Doc, killing bacteria is what antibiotics do.
Business as usual – only fatter
We survive however because there are TRILLIONS of bacteria in our gut – enough to carry on essential work of digesting, producing proteins and managing our immune systems – along with several thousand other vital functions.
Like the animals however, we are no longer the same. The controls that tell us when we’ve had enough to eat are no longer active. There’s NOTHING in our bodies to stop us eating and eating.
And like the animals too, our bacteria are now over-stimulated. They extract MORE nutrients from the food we eat than before. It’s the same food, we just squeeze more out of it. More food value than we need – the fuel tank is over-full.
A condition we call fat.
There is a difference though. The animals are food – their life expectancy is very short. They’re fattened up and eaten, bye-bye.
We fatten up – with our whole life-time ahead of us, thirty, fifty, seventy years. We become obese – with all the complications that can bring. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer – and all the others.
In everything we eat
How can we tell the antibiotics are in our bodies? How do they get there?
The give-away is our waistlines. We never used to be so fat. Not so many of us at once. It’s an obesity epidemic.
Because you haven’t changed the way you eat, have you? You’re still the same as you always were. And the scary part is, you don’t eat all that much anyway – never have done. But now, like two-thirds of all adults in the UK, you’re suddenly fat.
Yeah, well. The antibiotics are in our food. Whatever it is, whatever we eat or drink – they’re in there.
They start in the animals’ food – added to their feedstuff to make them bigger, faster.
But here’s a thing. Animals don’t absorb all the nutrients they eat – some 80-90% of it is pooed out, Nature’s natural fertiliser for every living thing.
And we’re the same. We poo most of our nutrients out too. In China, human waste is prized as the best manure there is. But like the animals, we keep back more for ourselves than we used to – thanks to antibiotics.
The poo trail
OK, so follow the poo trail.
The poo becomes manure which is used for plant crops. Everything across the board – fruit, vegetables, grains – along with feedstuffs like soya and rapeseed.
The plants absorb the antibiotics, stimulating THEIR growth – bigger, faster oranges and apples, quicker wheat crops, higher yields.
Plus of course, the plants get fed back to animals, the antibiotics continue being dosed to them – even if the farmer has stopped adding them, to get ready for market.
Which means everything you eat, everything you drink, has antibiotics in it. The manure feeds the plants and antibiotics leach into the soil. They get into the water table, flowing into rivers and streams. Your milk, your tea, your beer has traces of antibiotics in it.
Every mouthful, antibiotics.
So guess what?
You go out for a pizza, and it tastes terrific. Too big to eat another one, but you know you could. Your body processes it anyway, pulling out double the nutrients that it used to before. Good healthy vegetables, healthy cheese, whole-wheat base – where’s the junk?
Ditto for burgers, kebabs, wraps, tortillas -you name it.
Where’s the tartrazine or monosodium glutamate? Where’s all the extra sugar and fat? Seems junk food gets a bad name because it tastes nice. Nothing that rewarding can be good for you, it’s fattening.
Thanks to antibiotics, the REAL fattening is internal – your own gut bacteria on the fritz.
And there’s no escape. We’re all going the same way.
Not from junk food though. They could actually do you more good than you think.
Just don’t let the doom-mongers put you off.
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Originally posted 2016-07-20 15:14:20.