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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tyson, Cargill among others now drugging your meat with Merck's new Zilmax

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 Merck scientists have introduced a new drug to the meat industry - Zilmax. This drug bulks up cattle in the last few weeks of their lives, bringing in more revenue for feedlot owners. Four major meat companies now use Zilmax, including Tyson Foods, JBS SA, Cargill, and National Beef Packing Co. Reportedly, Cargill resisted Zilmax for years, but finally got on board to keep up with the market.

Recycling the drug

Zilmax was once called Zilpaterol and was used to treat asthma in humans. The drug was an absolute failure but was found to be a repartitioning agent - a drug that changes metabolism so more muscles are produced instead of fat. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned the drug for human consumption, so Merck re-branded the drug Zilmax and started selling it to feedlots as a growth stimulant.

Journalist visits meat locker, disgusted

As a journalist for Chronicle of Higher Education, Melody Peterson described her visit to the meat locker at West Texas A&M University. Escorted by Ty E. Lawrence, associate professor of animal science, Peterson reported,

"Bloody sides of beef, still covered with a slick layer of ivory-colored fat, hung from steel hooks. Dressed in a white lab coat, a hard hat on his head, Lawrence pointed to the carcass of a Holstein that had been fed a new drug called Zilmax. He noted its larger size compared with the nearby body of a steer never given the drug."

"'This is thicker, and it's plumper,' said Lawrence, pointing at the beast's rib-eye. 'This animal right here,' waving his hand at the pharmaceutically enhanced meat, 'doesn't look like a Holstein anymore.'"

Not a Holstein anymore: is that really something to be proud about? If a Holstein doesn't look like a Holstein anymore, what are we eating and what are we becoming?

Drugged up beef has more profit

The drought in 2012 made it easier for Merck to sell Zilmax. Without needing any more feed or water, a cow can now yield 33 pounds of extra beef when drugged with Zilmax. According to Zilmax advertisements, food production has everything to do with profit now instead of giving people healthy, real meat.

One of their ads boasts:

"Costs $20 Makes you $40 THAT'S ZILMANOMICS! Beef you can count on. Feed Zilmax for the last 20 days for an additional 30 pounds of hot carcass weight and an extra $40 per head, gross profit. That's every four weeks. Let's see the folks on Wall Street beat those returns!"

University researchers, agriculture industry, and pharmaceuticals protecting one another

Agriculture schools increasingly depend on the agriculture industry for research grants. A large portion of those grants cover overhead and administrative costs. Many professors now work for the agriculture companies as consultants and speakers, adding to their personal bank accounts along the way. In a 2005 survey, more than two-thirds of animal scientists reported they had received money from the industry in the previous five years. Critics say some academic animal scientists have become so closely tied to the drug companies that they may be working more in the big companies' interests. Weren't land-grant universities created to serve farmers, ranchers, and their fellow man?

Survive by resistance

Resistance of the big industry drugged-up beef and sell-out university's advice will be the way forward for many American's seeking healthy choices.

Read the labels. Know where food comes from. Ask questions. Buy organic. The American republic can restore its health through knowledge and awareness. With strength in numbers, the people can change the game.

Sources for this article include:

http://money.msn.com
http://chronicle.com/article/As-Beef-Cattle-Become/131480/
http://www.foodrenegade.com/zilmax-growth-promotant-for-cattle/

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Horsemeat scandal and global processed food suppliers linked to arms trafficking

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 The unfolding horse meat outrage currently engulfing Europe has taken on a new, bizarre twist, according to investigators. Key figures involved in the unfolding scandal have been linked to a similar secretive network of companies that have ties to convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, an Eastern European-based group comprised of investigative journalists who have been tracking and reporting on the scandal, has now identified an intermediary business, Draap Trading - which is based in Limassol, Cyprus - as playing a primary role in distributing the horse meat across Europe.

Rocket propelled grenades, automatic weapons - and horse meat?

Britain's The Guardian newspaper, which is also tracking the story, reported that Draap has since confirmed it bought horse meat from a pair of Romanian slaughterhouses before selling the meat to French food processors including the firm Spanghero. That company, in turn, supplied the horse meat to yet another company, Comigel, which turned it into frozen meals for third-party companies like Findus. Some of those frozen dinners contained nearly 100 percent horse meat.

Draap officials say the meat the company supplied to French food processors was clearly labeled as horse meat. Spanghero said the meat was labeled as "beef."

Jan Fasen, who heads up Draap and has denied wrongdoing, "was convicted last year of selling South American horse meat as German and Dutch beef," The Guardian reported.

From here the story gets more bizarre.

The 'merchant of death'

According to investigative reports, Draap's sole director, apparently, is an anonymous corporate services firm called GuardStand, which was established in Limassol in 1996. A joint report released in 2011 by the International Peace Information Service and TransArms, an organization that researches and tracks arms shipments, contained evidence that GuardStand also owned a share in a firm called Ilex Ventures, "a connection that links the company to the global arms trade and Victor Bout," the paper said.

U.S. prosecutors have since filed documents in court alleging that, in 2007, Bout and an associated transferred some $750,000 (?483,000) to Ilex to buy an aircraft used to transport arms and ammunition to trouble spots throughout Africa, in violation of arms embargoes.

The prosecutors have said Ilex was owned and controlled by Bout, who is known as international weapons dealer, "the merchant of death." He was sentenced in April 2012 to 25 years in prison for smuggling arms.

However, who exactly owns GuardStand, and why Draap employs the firm as a director, is an unknown that is likely to be further scrutinized by officials looking into the widening horse meat scandal.

"GuardStand's sole shareholder is Trident Trust," The Guardian said, "a business based in Cyprus that specializes in establishing companies in tax havens chiefly for Russian and Ukrainian clients and which helped set up Ilex."

Petros Livanios, who manages Trident and is a former director of Ilex, declined press interviews.

Cyprus a known international mafia haven

Learn more by J. D. Heyes

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fake sweetener Splenda fills our oceans, scientists find

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 A new study by scientists from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington found that the bulk of the popular sweetener Splenda, which is used all over the world, is winding up in the Gulf Stream, the "conveyor belt of water transport" that circulates in the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of North American to Europe, Africa and beyond.

The study, conducted by the scientists at the university's Marine Atmospheric Chemistry Research Laboratory and the journal Marine Chemistry, said that only about 10 percent of the main component in Splenda, which is sucralose, is absorbed by the body, meaning 90 percent of it leaves the body and winds up in sewage systems.

"Sucralose, discovered in 1976 and made popular by Splenda in 1999, is used in 80 countries to sweeten foods and drinks without the calories and carbohydrates of sugar," said the university in a press release. "Although it is a derivative of table sugar (sucrose), sucralose cannot be effectively broken down by the bacteria in the human digestive tract. As a result, the body absorbs little or no calories and 90 percent of the chemical compound leaves the body through human waste and enters sewage systems."

Long-term effects? We don't know yet, and that's the problem

Ralph Mead, Brooks Avery, Jeremy Morgan and Robert Kieber, professors at the lab, along with graduate student Aleksandra Kirk, said they were surprised by the dearth of peer-reviewed research regarding what happens to sucralose once it enters the environment.

They said some scientists from Switzerland and North America previously found the chemical compound inland, but the MACRL researchers focused on whether sucralose had entered ocean currents.

After the research team found significant levels of the compound in North Carolina's Cape Fear River, scientists conducted research cruises, sampling waters of the Gulf Stream off the coasts of North Carolina and Florida.

"All of the samples revealed the presence of sucralose," said the university, "which indicated that the artificial sweetener endures the wastewater treatment processes designed to dissolve foreign chemicals."

Monday, February 11, 2013

Magnesium: Helping people achieve better health

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 Magnesium is one of the many minerals that are essential in improving overall health. It is known as the fourth most abundant mineral found in the human body. Around 50 percent of the magnesium in the body can be found in the bones while the remaining 50 percent is present within the cells of organs and tissues. A deficiency of this essential mineral triggers a lot of problems including those that affect digestion and sleep quality, and high blood pressure or hypertension. Among the major signs that a person is already suffering from magnesium deficiency are the following:

  • Emotional symptoms including restlessness, hyperactivity, anxiety, irritability, mood swings and depression
  • Structural symptoms such as muscle spasms, weakness, chronic fatigue and osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular symptoms including yellow and fatty arterial plaque, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Blood sugar difficulties
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Neurological symptoms like pain sensitivity and migraine attacks

It should be noted that this deficiency is also caused by a wide range of factors including excessive sugar, sodas and alcohol intake, over-consumption of coffee and chocolates, high intake of animal protein, high salt and dairy intake, regular exposure to loud noise or music, stress, excessive heat and isolated supplementation of calcium.

Why magnesium is essential to human health

Numerous aspects of human health cannot be expected to survive without an adequate supply of magnesium. One of the many things that magnesium can do is to safely regulate blood pressure. A person who strictly follows a diet plan with fruits and vegetables that are rich in magnesium and potassium can expect to enjoy a lower blood pressure.

People who regularly supply their body with the right amount of magnesium can also expect to enjoy a healthier cardiovascular system. This mineral plays a major role in preventing strokes and heart attacks. Evidence also show that magnesium deficiency increases the risk of dealing with abnormal heart rhythms that trigger complications linked to heart attacks. Reliable research also show that those who have high levels of magnesium in their blood have the lowest risk of suffering from coronary heart diseases.

Another aspect of human health that can greatly benefit from the adequate consumption of foods rich in magnesium is the neurological system. The mineral works in relaxing the nerves and getting rid of any tension, resulting in better sleep. It is also essential in the proper functioning of the brain, digestive system, lungs and nerves; and in the sending of correct messages to his glands, muscles and organs, thereby ensuring that the entire body functions well.

Sources for this article include

1. Why Magnesium is so Important?
http://www.calmag-c.com/2010/04/why-is-magnesium-so-important/

2. Magnesium - Important for your Health
http://www.gvtc.co.uk/articles/article008.html

3. Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Magnesium
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/

About the author:
My name is Sandeep, and I'm a freelance writer and editor. I have previously worked in a content-based company at a managerial level, and now I am currently writing articles for www.quickeasyfit.com.
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