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Friday, Feb 28, 2003

Mystery Meat

Patrick and I are probably two of the most patriotic guys you're ever going to meet. Which means we're behind the American way, maybe not all of them. The one I'm most concerned about has to do with farming - and I'm talking about farming having to do with meat - that's beef, chicken and poultry - because our farmers are poisoning the meat. Let me tell you what they're doing.

The farmers are doing three things to our meat that are potentially very dangerous for us. The first is the use of hormones. They're putting estrogen and testosterone in them to increase the weight and therefore make more money. But these hormones will leave the meat, get in us and can lead to cancer. The second thing is genetic engineering, that we now know that resistant genes in the genetic bearing food can be transferred to the people who eat the food.

And lastly has to do with bacterial contamination. They're using the antibiotics in these animals. It's estimated that 26 million pounds of antibiotics are used every year in the meat we eat. What happens is antibiotics cause resistance to antibiotics. An example, we now know that women have recurrent urinary tract infections that could actually be coming from contaminated meat. And a recent study done in Washington shows that 20% of the meat there was consistently contaminated with resistant salomonella.

So our farmers are letting us down, and that's the one part of the American way that Patrick & I are against. And you should be too. Ask for laws to protect yourself or eat organically grown beef or meat, and that way you won't have to worry about it.

And I'm Dr David Vastola, and that's life.

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