horse-mastREAL TROUBLE FOR HUMANS
The American Holocaust Against The Animals - Article Series From The Caring Heart with Dr. Joyce from Spokane Washington

“And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of Thee.”  (Exodus 23:25)

According to the above Bible verse, serving God has to come first, THEN He will bless our food and water and take sickness away from us.   No way, by any stretch of the imagination, are the greedy slaughterhouses, meat processing houses, and fast food conglomerates serving God with their heinous, brutal treatment of animals and people.  Factory farming operations are intensifying worldwide.  I offer here a brief sketch of the areas of consequent trouble for humans.  Comprehensive coverage of the harm involved would take several books! 

TAINTED MEAT

Because the lines in the slaughterhouses are moving so fast, pollution finds its way into meat, including fecal material, rat and mouse “do,” dirt, hair, and whatever.  Meat may be dropped on the floor, picked up and put back on the moving line without even washing it.  Also, because cattle are raised in extremely crowded conditions, many thousands to a lot the size of several football fields, they are literally wading in their own manure. Their horrific living conditions would kill them without the antibiotics. Bacteria and viruses are all over the place.  So, to control them, the animals are fed antibiotics routinely, which kills off all gut bacteria, including beneficial bacteria, making a lot of room for very harmful bacteria to flourish.  Factory farms have become biological weapons factories.  In 1997, WHO called for a ban on the routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock.  Many nations, including Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Germany have banned routine antibiotic feeding.  Bills banning the practice have been repeatedly introduced into the United States Congress, but powerful meat industry lobbying has prevented those bills from passing and becoming law. The WHO has warned that “the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era.”  

The dangerous pathogens in tainted meat include E-coli, campylobacter, salmonella, staphylococcus, listeria, and others.  These pathogens are passed on to humans through ingesting the meat. Each year, 70,000 to 100,000 Americans will die from infectious diseases that previously would have been cured by antibiotics. “Every day, in the United States, roughly 200,000 people are sickened by a foodborne disease, 900 are hospitalized, and fourteen die” (Schlosser, p. 195).  But, due to the practice of feeding animals antibiotics routinely, for growth, and to protect from pathogens caused by over-crowding, more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics.  Sixty to seventy percent of antibiotics used in this country are given to animals.  I read, in the Washington State University magazine, that WSU is looking into colloidal silver to cure infections, as an alternative to antibiotics that are no longer effective.  Silver is an excellent antibiotic against bacteria, viruses, molds, and yeasts.  I make colloidal silver here at home at minimal cost.  Seventy percent of all infections are resistant to at least one antibiotic, which already costs the health care system fifty billion a year.  The number of resistant bacteria keep growing.  One antibiotic infection, MRSA, currently kills more Americans than AIDS.  A registered nurse told MRSA is “just all over the place.”  A real MRSA epidemic is going on right now, all around us.  (I very recently was cured from a MRSA rash by an effective antibiotic.  I probably contracted the infection from taking a friend and her grandkids to the lake for an outing.  I had an awful rash, weepy and incredibly itchy.  Took me three months to get my medical people to actually take a culture and send that to a lab for analysis.  I’ll tell

you, it was NOT FUN!  A person can’t sleep with itching that bad!)  Hospitals are in danger of being overwhelmed with untreatable diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, meningitis, typhoid fever, and dysentery.  The fault has been squarely placed on Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), or factory farms, which are increasing world wide.  Animals are viewed as production machines.   

EPIDEMICS AND PANDEMICS

Swine flu (H1N1) probably started on pig factory farms.  There were cases in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Spain, and New Zealand.  In 2007 an international pandemic killed hundreds or thousands of people.  Bird, or avian flu ((H5N1) is caused by strains of the influenza virus, and there are over 140 strains.  “Mad cow” disease (BSE) is a brain degenerative disease that has its human counterpart.  This terminal disease is thought to be caused by the practice of feeding cattle ground up, dead animal parts as a protein supplement. 

Dangerous pathogens from animals have sickened entire communities, as well as countless slaughterhouse and meat processing workers. 

WATER CONTAMINATION

CAFOs produce 89,000 pounds of waste a second.  So much of this is stored in huge lagoons which leak and overfill, contaminating fields, wells, streams, rivers, beaches, and, really, wherever water flows.  Also, excretia is purposefully sprayed in the air onto farmlands to get rid of it.  Human health problems include “blue baby” syndrome, neurological disorders, increased rates of stomach cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, leukemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, reduced body size, slower reflexes, and increased thyroid size.  Of course, countless thousands of fish are killed also. 

AIR CONTAMINATION

People who live close to, or even miles away from CAFOs have incredible problems with air pollution, including terrible odor.  Children cannot play outside.  People stay inside, all possible, with doors and windows shut.  Friends and family hesitate coming over to visit.  Property values plummet.  The air is full of chemicals and particulate matter, which all cause serious respiratory and other health problems.  Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is one of the most dangerous pollutants, causing rapid loss of consciousness, shock, pulmonary edema, coma, and death.  Levels above 600 ppm can kill after only one or two breaths. 

COMMUNITY HARMS

Whole communities can be, and have been, seriously harmed.  CAFOs pay low wages to community members, but buy their needed materials elsewhere, causing economies to go downhill.  CAFO traffic pounding on community roads and bridges causes the need for much more upkeep, which communities are supposed to absorb.  School children cannot achieve as well, due to more sickness, which restricts their chances for a really good career later in life.  Somebody has to treat and care for the increased number of sick community members.  There is also the problem of people moving away, because they can’t stand to live there anymore. 

SUMMARY

I could write much more - on and on – about how factory farms damage people, as well as animals, and, really, how they seriously damage the planet itself.  I can only hope that those of you reading these words will ponder them carefully and be willing to look at your own lives and discover where you can make changes which are beneficial to all life, and to the only planet anyone has to live on.

Jane Goodall wrote, “We who care, we who understand, must use every means at our disposal to fight back.  We shall lose some of the battles but we must not give up.”

REFERENCES

Goodall, Jane.  Seeds of Hope; Wisdom and Wonder From The World Of
Plants.  Grand Central Publishing.  New York, 2014. 
Schlosser, Eric.  Fast Food Nation.  Harper Perennial.  New York, 2004.

COPYRGHT 2018 – Dr. Joyce The Caring Heart

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