Milky Goodness?

Milk, photo credit Google Images

Milk, builds strong bones and bright smiles. Our whole lives we’ve been drinking up because it does our body good. We put it in our cereal, in our coffee and on the table in front of our youth, however does anyone really know what they are drinking? Chances are, unless you drink only organic milk or know the dairy cows and their farmer personally you are getting more than calcium in your daily glass of milk.

An alarming number of American dairy farmers are using Bovine Growth Hormone, BGH, to increase the production of milk on their farms. BGH, a proven carcinogen, is a synthetic protein given to cows to lengthen the period of lactation and therefore produce more milk. However, the affects on the cows and the product can be tragic. According to dairy farmers in the documentaries Food Inc. and The Corporation  many of the cows who are treated with BGH suffer from swollen mammary glands resulting in infection. The milk from these sick animals not only contains traces of BGH, but also trace amounts of blood and puss. Often times the cows become lame due to heavy utters and weakened bones, both the result of BGH. America is the only country who allows milk produced with BGH to be sold without a label. Canada and the European Union both fought to ban milk produced with the use of BGH after the original test results emerged. According to a report, that wasn’t aired due to the threat it posed to Monsanto, the parent company of BGH, by Fox News, whose findings were confirmed by many, including Dr. Rife and the Death of Cancer Industry.  These results showed, after a 90 test trial on rats, a direct link to birth defects and cancer, yet the FDA turned a blind eye and continues to allow the milk to be sold on the market. The response from large businesses such as Starbucks, Chipotle, and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream has been overwhelmingly supportive of anti-BGH groups. All of these companies declared their products free of BGH and proceeded to label them as such. To prevent the ingestion of BGH in your life you can drink organic milk, or milks labeled as BGH free such as Kroger and Safeway brand milk.  Ask questions of the restaurants you dine in and the coffee shops you frequent for you are responsible for where your money is going and the companies you are supporting. However the most important thing you can do think before you drink.

– Morgan Boaman

Cook Your Meat!

Tapeworm Photo Credit Google Images

When thinking of the word food, the average person often imagines a home-cooked meal made with mama’s own recipe, a slab of wet-rubbed barbeque ribs smothered in Sweet Baby Ray’s, or perhaps a decadent slice of German chocolate cake, maybe the cake in its entirety if you please.  The imagery that comes to mind is usually positive and mouth-watering.  This article about food, however, will focus on the not-so-pleasant imagery that relates to food and what you need to do in order to avoid these undesirables from turning your intestine into their impenetrable fortress.

Meet Taenia, the pork tapeworm.  Taenia is a type of parasitic worm that, thanks to evolution, has multiple different stages of larvae and a self-fertilizing adult stage that loves to live in various hosts, an example of selective advantage at its best.  Humans are accustomed to housing the adult tapeworm in their intestine.  Because tapeworms don’t attack in packs, they contain both male and female reproductive parts and can self-fertilize in order to reproduce.  The worms create proglottids, which are segments of the worm that contain both sperm and eggs and these are passed through fecal matter to the unguarded world.  These proglottids shed coverings freeing the eggs and eventually creating an embryo, embryophore larval stage, held in an oncosphere (an embryo that has six hooks… you’ll see) which is then ingested by pigs.  After finding its new host, the oncosphere is liberated in the intestine of the pig and bores into the blood vessels of the animals where it is in turn carried to the muscles of the pig and develops into a cysticercus (larval form of the tapeworm with a retracted head).  Sometimes when people go camping, they decide to drink a lot of booze.  Then they decide to make a fire and cook some food, now and again that food isn’t cooked all the way.  After ingesting the raw meat, the cysticercus thrusts its head outward and attaches itself to the intestinal wall of a person.  The creature is resilient as its head, or scolex, is comprised of numerous hooks and suckers to withstand all forces in order to cling to the intestinal wall where it camps out and steals your nutrients.

Taenia is ferocious and unless paralyzing a scolex and ingesting an extreme laxative sounds like your kind of party, cook your chicken, pork, and beef.

Written By: Ellen Keaveny