Your Health Bulletin is information from scientific literature to make sense of the right choices for your health. It is a reminder to consider periodic check-ups of your spine, joint mechanics and appropriate exercise. Maintenance is better than repair!
From Worldwatch Paper 171, “Happier Meals”, Rethinking the Global Meat Industry; D. Mirenberg; State of the World Library Sept. 2005, www.worldwatch.org.
The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization that works for an environmentally sustainable and socially just society.
Factory-raised industrial meat is what you normally buy at your local grocery store, butcher shop or fast food outlet. Animals that are the source of this meat are generally raised in poor hygienic conditions, with inadequate if any exercise, and in the case of pigs and poultry most never see the light of day.
They are commonly raised on unsuitable food (principally grain, soy and recycled animals) containing hormones, antibiotics and pesticides. Industrial meat is also apt to contain an array of persistent organic pollutants including arsenic, dioxins and PCBs, all implicated in various health problems including cancer.
These chemicals reside in the meat, we eat it, and it adversely affects our health, resulting in hormone disruption which has reproductive and developmental impacts, and can be a factor in breast and intestinal cancer. The European Union banned hormone use in 1988 and prohibits the import of U.S. and Canadian beef which still contains the drugs. Our gut microflora develop antibiotic resistance that not only increases our potential for unmanageable infection but also for gut irritation and increased gut permeability (refer to Newsletter #9 – Breast Cancer and Antibiotics).
The only practical alternative is locally grown grass-fed and pasture-fed animals, preferably organic. Such animals are fed their natural, genetically appropriate diet, and have proper exercise and fresh air. The meat of these healthy animals, beef in particular, is rich in omega 3 fatty acids (which are anti-inflammatory, brain-nurturing and immune-enhancing), and in conjugated linoleic acid which is anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic and anti-obesity; refer to book “Grass Fed is Best” by J. Robinson or the Newsletter #8 article, “Meat”.
Refer to New Brunswick sources for locally grown healthy meat in “Your Health Your Choice” Newsletters, at Rothesay Chiropractic Centre or on our website