Milk and Egg Recalls, August 2010

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Milk and Egg Recalls, August 2010

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By Robert Cohen, NotMilk.com

This has been a busy week for USDA investigators. First, 23 people in Oregon were sickened from Salmonella poisoning and two were hospitalized after drinking milk from Umpqua Dairy.

Second, 380 million eggs have been recalled after hundreds of reported cases of salmonella have been traced to tainted eggs.

That adds up to 32 million cartons, and somewhere, somebody has a whole lotta egg on his face.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

The most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight hours to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. It can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems.

If you continue to drink milk or eat eggs, will these recalls provide information enough for you to become vegan?

Probably not because most Americans find eggs to be delicious, easy to store, and relatively cheap, and cow's milk is nature's perfect food, or so you've been told since you were old enough to be brainwashed.

So far as I am concerned, eggs are the dirtiest stinkiest items in our food chain. They may not cause the vast array of diseases attributed to dairy, but I and most other vegans are able to instantly identify an egg eater at 20 paces...for good reason!

Why are eggs so delicious? Give credit to the sulfur...it's hard to resist that flavor.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 28 amino acids in nature.
We manufacture 19 of those 28 in our livers. The other 9 are called "essential."
We must get them from the foods we eat. Two of those 28 amino acids have sulfur as their
center atom. These two aminos are methionine and cysteine. These two amino acids combine to make homocysteine in the human body. Many scientists call high homocysteine levels the key to heart disease.

The underlying meaning of a plant-based diet has become one of compassion to both animals and humans. By eating animal proteins which are rich in methionine and cysteine,
we taint human tissues and compromise cardiovascular and skeletal systems. The high amount of sulfur in animal protein adds flavor to meat and cheese, but it also results in a rotten egg-smell essence on the human physiology and psyche.

The Japanese once derisively called Americans "the butter people" for the smell emanating from our breath and skin. Vegans know that stench when they come close to meat eaters. Absence of that obnoxious odor is like a secret handshake which one resident of the planet "Vega" uses to recognize a fellow vegan. The malodorous essence circulates in a meat eater's blood and body fluids.

It is a metallic rancid odor which offends olfactory senses. Science is beginning to assess the horrible cumulative bouquet on internal cellular and organ function.

Consider: The primary commercial uses for sulfur are for the manufacture of gunpowder, pesticides, and matches. Although the milligrams of sulfur provided by eating a plant-based diet are critically important for human functioning, it may very well be the over-consumption
of centigrams and decigrams of sulfur which fill hospital beds and fuel America's ever-expanding medical community.

The high rates of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, asthma, diabetes, and other human disorders can be directly traced to the consumption of animal flesh and body fluids. Milk has been called "liquid meat," and concentrated dairy products such as cheese and ice cream are the unhealthiest weapons of mass destruction known to humankind.

Eggs taint one's essence. Vegans confirm that those who eat a plant-based diet make better lovers. Their breath does not smell rancid or metallic. Neither does their body fluid. Keep me ten paces away from regular egg eaters, because they exude a most unpleasant stench.

There is some good news about the Salmonella poisonings. FDA has drafted a new protocol for egg producers. I suspect that FDA's comedy writers collaborated on this one.
Included in their list of directives for egg producers:

"Remove all visible manure (§ 118.4(d)(1));
"Dry clean the positive poultry house to remove dust, feathers, and old feed (§ 118.4(d)(2)); and
"Following cleaning, disinfect the positive poultry house with spray, aerosol, fumigation, or another appropriate disinfection method (§ 118.4(d)(3))."

Wouldn't it have been simpler to issue this warning to consumers:

"Don't eat 'em."