August 15, 2012

Bad news about bactera and antibiotics

It is bad enough that the FDA has kicked the can about antibiotics in meat down the road for the past 35 years, but now the announcement that the chemical triclosan is getting into our bodies more than ever???? 

There has been plenty of proof that antibiotics in animal feed does more than keep the cows and chickens healthy. There is even a new strain of drug-resistant bladder infection that is linked to the antibiotics in chicken feed.

So a federal court in New York has said "Enough already" to the FDA. They gave them five years (that's seems generous to me) to get their act together and issue some real rules for the use of antibiotics in meat production. Can you hold your breath that long? Better yet, look for organic meats and convince yourself that the few more pennies are worth it.

And I bought a twin pack?
And now a new study by University of California, Davis and University of Colorado scientists announces some alarming news about triclosan, the antibacterial  that is in many soaps, deodorants, washcloths and even toothpastes and mouthwashes. iIntroduced in the 1970s, triclosan may pose an even bigger threat to our health.

The levels of tricloan in our bodies (blood, urine and breast milk) have been increasing. It now seems that exposure to triclosan is linked with muscle function impairments in humans and mice, as well as slowing the swimming of fish.  By reducing contractions in both cardiac and skeletal muscles, the chemical has the potential to contribute to heart disease and heart failure.That is not insignificant.

The levels in the environment have been increasing as well, because it can’t all be trapped in waste water treatment plants. So it is also in many of the fish we eat.