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Ammonia-Treated Pink Slime Burger & Processed Meats

Yummy, Yummy in my tummy – from an old 1960’s song. I don’t quite think Pink Slime burger and nitrosamines is what they had in mind in this old song.

This newsletter is from two different stories this week, but they both have to do with unhealthy meat, so I have put them together in one article.

The first article is about processed meat that includes hot dogs, bologna, ham, bacon and processed meats like turkey, salami, roast beef, sausage and hamburger.

Hot dogs, bologna, salami, pastrami, pepperoni and other similar meats are made up of all the unwanted junk left over after the better cuts of meat are removed. These parts can be the udder, testicles and other leftovers. They add chemicals like MSG, High Fructose Corn Syrup and other unimaginable chemicals to improve the taste. I have read about chicken hot dogs being made of ground up chicken bones and cartilage. A big part of the chemicals are the nitrates that are added to these meats as a preservative, coloring and flavoring. Nitrates found in processed meats are very often converted into nitrosamines that are associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, like colon cancer. Also, cooking on a grill at high temperatures can convert nitrate and nitrites to nitrosamines.

A solution to this is to cook on an indirect fire, like the Holland Grill, besides not eating products ground-up by someone you don’t know. My solution is that I don’t eat anything ground up by someone I can’t meet and talk with at a store. Because of this, I eat sausage from Central Market and Whole Foods. I also produce our own all-beef sausage without toxic chemicals and sugar/HFCS. I  use a healthy sea salt like Real Salt from Redmond minerals in Redmond, Utah.

Bacon and ham are another problem. These have been made for thousands of years in a way to preserve them for food throughout the year. For the most part, a country ham and bacon were treated with salt to dehydrate the meat and with smoke to add flavor. Nitrates and nitrites were added to make the meat a pinkish color, considered to be more visually appealing, but when cooking, the meats were soaked in water and then parboiled before frying. This process removed a lot of the salt and nitrates before frying, thus eliminating many of the toxic, cancer-causing chemicals.

Today, there are preparations that don’t use nitrates and nitrites and the meat is tasty and not unhealthy.

When it comes to hamburger, anything goes as far as food manufacturers are concerned. As long as you don’t die in the first 30 days, anything goes. This brings me to another article about pink slime “burger” that appeared this week on the internet.

The article appeared in the Daily Kos / ByJennifer Poole.

You’re not going to believe what you’ve been eating the last few years (thanks, Bush! thanks meat industry lobbyists!) when you eat a McDonald’s burger (or the hamburger patties in kids’ school lunches) or buy conventional ground meat at your supermarket.

According to today’s New York Times, The “majority of hamburger” now sold in the U.S. contains fatty slaughterhouse trimmings “the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil,” “typically including most of the material from the outer surfaces of the carcass” that contains “larger microbiological populations.”

This “nasty pink slime,” as one FDA microbiologist called it, is now wrung in a centrifuge to remove the fat, then treated with AMMONIA to “retard spoilage” and turned into “a mash-like substance frozen into blocks or chips”.

This saves THREE CENTS a pound off production costs, making the company, Beef Products Inc., a fortune – $440 million/year in revenue. Ain’t that something?

And to emphasize: this pink slime isn’t just in fast food burgers or free lunches for poor kids.

With the U.S.D.A.’s stamp of approval, the company’s processed beef has become a mainstay in America’s hamburgers. McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food giants use it as a component in ground beef, as do grocery chains. The federal school lunch program used an estimated 5.5 million pounds of the processed beef last year alone.

Bush’s U.S.D.A. also allowed these “innovators” to get away with listing the ammonia as “a processing agent” instead of by name. They also OK’d the processing method — and later exempted the hamburger from routine testing of meat sold to the general public — strictly based on the company’s claims of safety, which were not backed by any independent testing.

Because the ammonia taste was so bad (“It was frozen, but you could still smell ammonia,” said Dr. Charles Tant, a Georgia agriculture department official. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”), the company started using a less alkaline ammonia treatment, and now we know — thanks to testing done for the school lunch program — that the nasty stuff isn’t even reliably killing the pathogens.

Government and industry records obtained by The New York Times show that in testing for the school lunch program, E. coli and salmonella pathogens have been found dozens of times in Beef Products meat, challenging claims by the company and the U.S.D.A. about the effectiveness of the treatment. Since 2005, E. coli has been found 3 times and salmonella 48 times, including back-to-back incidents in August in which two 27,000-pound batches were found to be contaminated. The meat was caught before reaching lunch-rooms’ trays.

In July, school lunch officials temporarily banned their hamburger makers from using meat from a Beef Products facility in Kansas because of salmonella — the third suspension in three years, records show. Yet the facility remained approved by the U.S.D.A. for other customers.

Presented by The Times with the school lunch test results, top [U.S.D.A.] department officials said they were not aware of what their colleagues in the lunch program had been finding for years.

The New York Times article today has a rather innocuous headline, “Safety of beef processing method is questioned.”

I’d say this quote from the U.S.D.A. department microbiologist, Gerald Zirnstein, who called the processed beef “pink slime” in a 2002 e-mail message to colleagues, represents the situation better: “I do not consider the stuff to be ground beef and I consider allowing it in ground beef to be a form of fraudulent labeling.”

So what can you do to protect yourself and your family?

First of all, stop eating this crap and don’t let your kids eat in the school lunch programs. These shoddy products are bad, but there are more things in the school lunch program that are as bad as the above products.

Don’t eat anything ground-up unless you know the person who is doing it – hamburger, hot dogs, sausages, pepperoni, salami, etc.

When it comes to chicken, beef and pork, buy from local people you can get to know and trust.

Local food, whether it is meat protein, vegetables or fruit, is the way to go. Organic is always better if you know the people. Organic from 1500 miles away is probably not healthy (apples, oranges, avocadoes etc. are exceptions to this rule).  Foods that are less-processed and less-cooked are always better for your health.

To Your Good Health

Dr Bob the Health Builder and Phil N Fine

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I am tired of the Media Blaming the Public for Obesity and Doctors “We don’t Know” When it comes to Disease

We live in an age when almost no one takes blame when they do something wrong and or they blame someone else for what they did wrong.

We have a gated/guarded community close to where we live, and they had someone vandalizing unoccupied homes. This happened about six times, so the security people set a house up and waited for the vandals. It ended up that three boys were doing the damage and the security people took the boys to the local sheriff’s office where their parents were called to come and bail them out. Two of the parents were surprised and shocked that their kids would something like this and were ready to punish their boys on the spot as they took them home.

The third mother got all indignant and yelling that her little dear would never do something like vandalism and she was going to sue the security police and the sheriff’s department. The little vandal was caught in the commission of a crime and the mother denied it could happen.

Does this sound familiar?

If you are obese or at least over weight, just watch the media on a daily basis as they do stories or interviews with skinny anorexic people that probably complain about being fat when they have gained 5 pounds. The implications are always that we don’t exercise, and we eat too much. Tommy Thompson said that “We just eat too dare much”. Unfortunately the media will never report that the “deck” is stacked against everyone that eats food from a grocery store.

The most blatant conspiracy involving overweight people is soft drinks headed up by Coke Cola. A 20 oz soft drink has 55 milligrams of salt, NaCl, plus high fructose corn syrup. The HFCS is in the drink to cover up the taste of the salt and the salt is in the drink to make you thirsty so you will drink more.

What is the problem with HFCS that is in almost every processed food we buy in regular grocery stores?

If I gave you a bunch of candy bars made with sugar and ask you to eat them until you wanted to quit, you might eat a couple but because your sugar level went up, your insulin system with leptin would kick in and send a signal to your brain that you had enough and you would quit eating the candy bars.

If on another day I gave you a bunch of candy bars made with high fructose corn syrup and told you to eat until you didn’t want any more you would eat and eat and we don’t know when you would stop because the leptin and insulin system would never send a signal to your brain to stop.

My point of this is that if you or I are at fault over something then we ought to stand up and do the right thing but when it is not our fault or when only part of something is not our fault then we need to fight back.

Agriculture and food manufactures are stacking the deck against us and they are creating disease at our expense just so they can make massive amounts of money. I am not opposed to making money but not when integrity is lost. A lot of people believe that their government is protecting them from unsavory corporations but most of the time they are protecting the multinational multibillion dollar corporations and slamming the small companies who do not have enough to compete with government lawyers.

To add insult to injury our medical system that is run by drug corporations keep lying to us. If you ask a doctor what causes cancer you will get a blank look and he or she will say “We don’t know” but the truth is there is a cause for everything but it is not in doctors or drug corporations best economic interest to cure you or prevent.

We see ads on TV for drugs for fibromyalgia and the narrator says “Thought to be caused by over active nerves”. What a line! “I am taking a “Statin drug” for my cholesterol because diet and exercise did not work. This is bull “stuff”. The reason diet and exercise did not work is that they were told not to eat fat (there are healthy fats and unhealthy fats) so they ate carbohydrates instead. Folks, carbohydrates are the direct cause of cholesterol and triglycerides. Doctors, through drug corporations don’t want you to know the truth because you might get well and not need so many expensive drugs.

Obesity and diabetes is another example of a failed system making billions of dollars over your misfortune. If the food was not spiked with excessive salt and high fructose corn syrup (or excessive consumption of fruit with high fructose) we would not be having these problems. Child hood cancer and obesity are running hand in hand and medicine is doing nothing but writing prescriptions for drugs.

Cancer is made to be a big mysterious disease that no one knows how to cure but the truth be known cancer is just a few cells gone wrong (we all have cancers cells in our bodies from day to day or from time to time). The problem is that the cancer cells get into a body that has little quality immune system, flooded with sugar, MSG, and other chemicals and the cancer cells go nuts growing with wild abandon when they should be killed by our bodies. As they grow and are finally discovered by medicine, the big chemicals (chemo), knives (scalpels), and radiation are brought in to kill the cancer cells and most of the good surrounding cells. After a few months when you are about to expire or run out of money you are told there is nothing modern medicine can do for you so prepare to meet your maker.

What is the solution? In my opinion we need integrity in government and corporations.

We need a healthy food system, a healthy agriculture system, an honest media system that tells the truth no matter what their advertisers say. I don’t think this is likely to happen so what should we do to help ourselves and change the system.

Don’t eat anything that is advertised on TV; eat local food even if we have to go “underground” to hide our actions from the government and greedy corporations. Complain and put pressure on corporations like Walmart, Kroger, Monsanto (probably the most evil corporation in the world) that we want to be treated in a healthful way.

The most important thing to do is get cheap out of your mindset when it comes to food. The politicians want cheap food so you will spend the “extra” money left over from food on things like new cars, big screen TV’s, houses that we can’t afford so that our brains are so warped with distractions that we will not realize they are “shafting” us. The is like the old Jerry Reid song “She got all the gold and he got the shaft”

I don’t mean that we should not have nice things but we need to put quality food at the top of the important things in life and stop thinking cheap. When we go to restaurants and grocery stores we are always surrounded with cheap. Save ten cents here and a nickel there but while we are doing it we buy soft drinks, processed “foods” and chemically dead fruits and vegetable from all over the world instead of locally grown healthy food.

It is time to change your little corner of the world. If everyone takes one little step to improvement we can change the world and our health.

Why would anyone think it is cool to be sick and on a bunch of medicine that makes you worse, not better?

Remember that all disease is preventable with a healthy life style no matter what your doctor or the TV says.

To Your Good Health

Dr Bob the Health Builder and Phil N Fine

To ask questions please call 214 615 6505 ext 1748 

PO Box 0914

Whitesboro, TX 76273-0884

www.drbobthehealthbuilder.podomatic.com  www.wealthhealthywise.net       

www.pardonyourhangover.com a special product that can prevent symptoms caused by drinking too much – the hangover helper.

www.eathealthyU.com  my new membership site. Video of my new book “Eat Healthy, Feel Better, Live Longer”

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Why We should Treat Pain without Drugs

One of the things you cannot fully appreciate until you get older is pain. Before anyone attacks me and says that I don’t understand pain that is so unbearable that you have to take pain medication, you are right, but I am not talking debilitating pain from injuries and incurable diseases.

There are people with pain and there is nothing to do but take toxic medication and suffer the side effects.

I am talking about the pain of arthritis and the normal aches and pains of getting older or maybe from some old minor injuries, like my old hyper- extended knee, carpal tunnel syndrome and many other minor problems.

We live in a time when people still trust doctors and the medical system thinking that they have our best interests in their hearts when in fact their only interest is making people sicker so that they make more money.

The federal government embraces anything or everything drug corporations come up with to make money because it is good for the economy. If drugs happen to kill or disable people, it is just the cost of business and life goes on, that is for some people.  

One of the past pain drug mismanagements was Vioxx, Bextra and  Celebrex. Bextra was taken off the market, Vioxx killed 60,000 and disabled 100,000 people and taken off the market, while Celebrex is still available with commercials on TV telling how it is not that bad even though you might have severe complications and even death.

I said mismanagement because these drugs, particularly Vioxx, were known to kill and disable for 5 years and the manufacturer, Merck, and the FDA knew of the complications and they did nothing to help the people.

The FDA exists to protect drug corporations from lawsuits and financial losses and drug corporations, like Merck, access losses from lawsuits to profits. If the profits are greater than the losses, then they continue to sell their drugs. If the losses are greater than the profits, then they take the products off the market.

Why did people use most of these drugs? There were many people who took them for severe pain but most were taking them for minor aches and pains.

I can’t count the times that a joint in my hand hurt and sometimes it has been hard to lift a large glass of water, or a joint in a foot or knee hurt when walking. I have found that I just need to suck it up and the pain goes away in a day or two or I get into a FAR sauna or massage the area (myself or by a professional).

Unfortunately, when you go to doctors too frequently and they ask if you have any problems and you explain these aches and pains, they put labels on this, usually arthritis, and tell you that you need a pill like Vioxx or Tylenol or other over-the-counter pills. Unfortunately, the “treatment” is worse than the “disease”.

Doctors are not in the get-well business, as they are in the let’s get you hooked on drugs so they can make money off your business.

Most pain is from inflammation and doctors have lots of pills called anti-inflammatory drugs. The truth be known most inflammation can be helped by fish oils, salmon, cod liver oil, krill oil, etc (if they are processed correctly) or massage therapy.

An example of inflammation that can be cured is carpel tunnel syndrome. This real health problem is cause by repetitive motion on a daily basis like typing on a computer key board. The muscles go into spasms and pull on the tendons that attach to bones in the forearm and/or hands.

There are surgeons who buy sports cars and mansions with monies from carpel tunnel syndrome surgery that seldom works, when a good therapeutic massage therapist can “cure” carpel tunnel syndrome in three or four visits of one hour each with a follow up maybe every month or two.

The truth be known, most joint pain can be relieved with quality fish oils, massage and a little time. Needless to say, this treatment is cost -effective, simple to do on your own and no toxic side effects or death.

One of the classic reasons for pain medications is headaches. Again, I know that sometimes people have to use some drugs, but to rush for pills is not in your best interest as the side effects, both short-term and long- term, are far worse than the headache. If you take too much Tylenol, a drug people think is harmless, it can destroy your liver and kill you.

Headaches can be from stress and you need to fix the stress. That simply means doing exercise, changing jobs, changing friends or staying away from family members who might be causing your problems. Remember that it is your job to take care of you because drugs and doctors are not in your best interest.

Another cause of headaches can be from what you consume. MSG is in 95 percent of all processed foods including steak, chicken and pork that you purchase in a regular grocery store. When you purchase these foods in restaurants, the amount of MSG is even greater than from grocery stores. MSG can be a major cause of headaches.

With the advent of artificial foods and artificial sweeteners, headaches have gone up drastically. Equal/aspartame is the largest source of migraine headaches in the USA. Other symptoms caused by this chemical are blindness, brain tumors and an increase in diabetes because it makes you crave carbohydrates.

Another artificial sweetener that has serious side effects is Splenda/sucrolose. People experience headaches, skin eruptions, lethargy and a general feeling of malaise.

What is the solution to all these problems? Live a more natural life without chemicals (drugs or otherwise).

Buy locally grown food and prepare your food from scratch. Some are going to say they have no time to prepare food, but you are going to pay or invest in good health or you will pay with drugs and disease and a shortened life of misery. Chances are you will not get to the golden years with any money to have fun with the grandchildren, or worse yet, your kids will not make it to adulthood to live the USA dream of being better off than their parents.

Do as much for yourself as naturally as possible and avoid doctors for aches and pains.

To Your Good Health

Dr Bob the Health Builder, Phil N Fine, and WelDon Burger

To ask questions please call 214 615 6505 ext 1748 

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Whitesboro, TX 76273-0884

www.drbobthehealthbuilder.podomatic.com

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www.eathealthyU.com “Eat Healthy, Feel Better, Live Longer”

www.pardonyourhangover.com a special product that can prevent symptoms caused by drinking too much – the hangover helper.

 

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