Why we’re all trapped in a fat epidemic or worse

Share this with the world
Face of misery
Fat, guilty, miserable, feeling like the end of the world – all thanks to antibiotics

There’s no escaping this one – not the fat, not the guilt, nor the accompanying illnesses.

And just because you’re not bulging yet, don’t think it can’t happen to you.

Because it will.

It’s gonna get you

Unless you stop eating completely – a one-way solution as the body eats itself.

So right, however we get our fatness, it all comes from food.

Which is why all the hoo-hah about diets and you-are-what-you-eat. Stick to this, give up that, do a ton of exercise with it. All very good and noble – and effective like moving deckchairs on the Titanic.

But you have to agree, the cause IS in the food we eat.

And it’s got to be in what ALL of us eat because ALL of us are showing signs – podgy round the edges, heavier in the jowl, visibly getting fat. Already two thirds of adults are overweight and getting fatter.  Give us time, and we’ll all be two-ton Tessies whatever we eat– and yes, that includes the carrot-stick and bottled water brigade – the ones who eat Punishment Foods to stay thin.

Inevitable until we nail the common denominator. The one that’s staring us in the face – and has been for years.

The 1950s villain

Antibiotics – the same stuff the Doc gives us when we’re sick.

Er, but not given to us, not even close. They’re added to feedstuff or injected into the animals we farm and vegetable crops we grow.

Way back in 1950, researchers first noticed that feeding streptomycin to day-old chicks made them grow faster and bigger. Amazing – double the size for half the effort.

Today, nearly seventy years later, antibiotics are used by the ton world-wide to bulk up livestock of all kinds and enhance plant growth.

And there’s our fattening source, right there. Super high-powered growth promoters laced through everything we eat. Proven to bulk up living organisms and accelerate growth. They work for animals and they’re working for us too. With every mouthful, a little more, a little fatter.

Oops.

They’re everywhere, they’re everywhere

Because what can you buy in the supermarket that does NOT contain antibiotics? Yeah, yeah, we’ve seen all the organic hype about no additives or preservatives, but who is monitoring antibiotic levels in our food – or even know they’re there?

And can’t we get rid of them? Take them out of our food before we eat it?

Well yes, but you’ve got to boil them out – let the food bubble furiously for at least thirty minutes. Then chuck away the broth – that’s where the antibiotics are – and rinse thoroughly.

Uh huh.

Zero food value – and tastes like boiled knitting.

Because in some form or other, all farmed food contains antibiotics – either directly through animal feed, or in residual levels, via antibiotics-laden manure (beef cattle excrete 80 to 90% of the nutrients they consume)  leached into the soil and from there into our river systems.

The only way out is switch to non-farmed food. Like deep sea fish and home grown vegetables – cultivated without fertiliser, of course.

Otherwise, better resign yourself to getting fat if you aren’t already. Or fatter, if you’re currently portly. Which of course triggers a whole string of obesity-related health risks – heart disease, cancer, diabetes, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, gout and asthma – long-term illnesses that take decades to claim you.

And that’s just for starters.

More ways to get ill

Time to remember the other thing that antibiotics do. Kill bacteria – the reason the Doc gives them to us in the first place – to clobber some infection or illness.

Yeah, they save lives – by killing.

And guess what? As doctors and researchers are encountering every day, our own bodies are 90% bacteria – as much part of us as our other vital organs – heart, lungs, brain.

So yeah, the antibiotic kills the bad bacteria that’s causing us illness. It also kills a slew of other vital bacteria alongside – a wide diversity that control digestion, regulate appetite, balance our metabolism, govern our immune systems.

Lose any of those and we lose what they do. Temporarily for some, because there are enough survivors to grow back. Permanently for others – minority groups that are wiped out. Every time the body is hit with antibiotics, it never comes back 100%.

Underpowered and out of balance, our body bacteria are less able to protect us from invaders trying to do us harm. We’re weaker, more at risk – an unfortunate disability we pass on to our kids. And to our kids’ kids.

Hell, this has been happening for nearly seventy years, we’re way more likely to get sick than ever before.

So what defence is there?

Lifesavers that kill

If we get seriously ill, antibiotics are the quick-fix that rescue us from disaster. Yet all the time they’re killing us – destroying our body bacteria – the microbiome that sustains us and provides our life force.

Better not to get sick in the first place. Avoid risks, grab whatever protection we can.

And STAY OFF ANTIBIOTICS.

Which means upping our hygiene – keeping ourselves clean so germs don’t get a shot at us. Washing hands, before and after everything we do. Something we all forget because most of the time they LOOK clean – we don’t see the microscopically small nano-dirt inevitably lurking.

Even that is not enough. Because the very next thing we touch is covered in germs too – they are on everything, in everything and riding the air too. Nano-dirt we can’t see – like the average office desk, inundated with 10 million disease-causing bacteria.

Touch your keyboard or your papers and your hands are dirty again – reloaded with germs waiting to have a go.

So we need to neutralise environmental germs too – sterilise the area around us to keep ourselves safe from their daily challenge – a regular hygiene habit like brushing teeth or using deodorant. Not the whole world of course, that’s impossible – besides most bacteria are actually beneficial, they’re only harmful in the wrong place.

Ah, but we CAN have a go at our workplace, protecting our colleagues as well as ourselves. Forty minutes with a Hypersteriliser mists up the entire space with hydrogen peroxide when everyone’s gone home – stretching up through the air, reaching into every crack and crevice, oxidising germs to nothing, keeping us safe.

Whew! Now all we have to do is get the weight off.

Picture Copyright: kolosigor / 123RF Stock Photo

Originally posted 2016-02-17 15:30:07.

Who says we're right? Who says we're wrong? Add your own comment here and put us straight!