What used to be covered in feathers, once said cluck, and now flies by at lightning speed?
If you said Super Chicken, congratulations, you’ve got a great sense of humor… but you’ve also missed the mark. The answer is chickens on the inspection lines in those hellholes they call factory farms.
I’ve warned you about factory-farmed meats many times before. The overcrowded unsanitary conditions—and the use of antibiotics to keep the animals “healthy” enough to make it to slaughter—have created the perfect antibiotic-resistant breeding ground for superbugs.
In one study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers pulled 395 raw meat samples, from thirty-six grocery stores, across three states to test for the presence of the “flesh eating” methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA).
Twenty-six of the meats sampled—meats that had been sitting on grocery-store shelves waiting for you or me to pick them up for Sunday dinner—were contaminated with deadly MRSA! That works out to about seven percent of the meats in your favorite grocery store’s meat case possibly serving as home sweet home to a nest of superbugs.
(MRSA was far from the only shocking thing found in those meat samples. Click here to learn the rest of the stomach-churning truth.)
And then there was the Consumer Reports test that found half of the chickens it grabbed from grocery-store shelves were laced with at least one bug that was resistant to three or more common antibiotics.
While some organic brands were included in the Consumer Reports testing, they were less likely to harbor antibiotic-resistant bugs, and cross-contamination may have played a factor since a number of other studies have found that superbugs are far less common in organic facilities and meats.
A side of toxic chemicals with your chicken
So our meat supply is swimming in lethal bacteria, and now you’re wondering what the heck you should do about it. Well never fear, the government says they have the solution. Well, when it comes to chickens at least. The USDA has decided to trade in those superbugs for toxic chemicals.
Nothing could possibly go wrong with that idea, right?
Besides, they have to do it, since these same geniuses also made the decision to “improve” things in those festering cesspools that serve as chicken processing plants by slicing number of USDA inspectors that are on hand, and speeding up the inspection lines to those lightning fast speeds I mentioned earlier.
You know, in the name of “efficiency.”
There’s just one problem. We have no idea what this chemical soup they’re dousing our chicken dinner in might do to us over the long term. Our only real clue is what the toxic spray is doing to the chicken inspectors who are being exposed to it every day.
According to the Washington Post, a private report from the House Appropriations Committee to the USDA revealed that with the faster line speeds inspectors are now being exposed to larger amounts of these “cleaning chemicals.” And, as a result, they’re already suffering from severe respiratory problems (including asthma), burns, rashes, and irritated eyes and sinuses.
But wait, it gets worse.
According to the Post, one New York inspector has died. The feds who investigated the death say the man—who was just 37 year’s old with a wife and a small child—died when his lungs bled out!
In August of 2014, thanks to folks like you speaking out, the feds finally abandoned a proposal to speed up the lines even further… from an incredible 140 birds a minute to an astronomical 175.
But this, of course, was just a case of not making a bad situation even worse. Factory workers are still working in terrible conditions and being exposed to dangerous chemicals. And we’re still buying birds that have been doused in that same toxic chemical stew.
The best defense is a good offense
]They say the best defense is a good offense, and while they’re typically talking about sports, the same is true in this situation. And with my simple two-step plan you can launch your own chicken-lover’s defense.
Step one: If you haven’t already heeded my advice to switch to organic, locally-farmed meats it’s time to make that move. It will not afford you 100 percent protection, of course, but it’s an excellent first step. And while I won’t deny that it will cost you more at the cash register, the peace of mind it will bring you when you serve your family dinner is priceless.
Step two: Plus you can add an extra layer of protection against those nasty bugs by juicing up your immune system with the right combination of supplements. Start with the immune-building dream team of a good probiotic, Beta 1,3 Glucan, vitamin D3, and vitamin C. Then, if you really want to send your immune system into overdrive, look for a product with dried yeast and selenium.
Dr. Allan Spreen
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