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Dangers of Processed Foods

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By Tony Elliott / Divine Caroline

In today’s society, it seems a new disease is discovered weekly. Since bacteria and viruses continually mutate themselves to become immune to whatever drug we use to fight them, it is not surprising to find drug resistant strains of bacteria such as salmonella, which has cropped up recently in peanut butter.

It is a constant battle between medical science and the microscopic world of germs in the sense that when we come up with a drug that will kill a certain bacterium, the germ as a whole will almost immediately begin to develop immunity to the drug.Antibiotics are the most widely used in fighting diseases and the easiest for germs to acquire immunities against.

Hormones are another helping hand to the bacteria and virus community in the fact that they cause the body to react in similar fashion to steroids, therefore diminishing the body’s immune system and making it more susceptable to disease.

Thus, we know that the overuse of antibiotics and steroids can act to build up the immune system of germs, while at the same time weakening the human immune system. This proves to be a very serious Catch-22 in the fact that humans are bombarded on a daily basis with a barrage of both antibiotics and hormones in the food we eat and in the tap water we use.

Tap water contains many drugs; although minute, it poses a health threat to the consumer over time as the body is subjected to them on a daily basis.

Since most city water supplies come from treated sewer water, the process of purifying the water takes out the harmful impurities. However, the filtration is not accurate enough to remove everything. So certain medications, antibiotics, and steroids top the list of those able to escape the purification process.

The avenue that carries these drugs at the highest level into our bodies is through the meats we consume. Beef, poultry, and pork are filled with hormones and antibiotics, as it is part of the animal’s diet until it is slaughtered for consumption—a diet these animals are put on to assure maximum weight and health of the animal, so it can provide the most consumable meat as possible per animal.

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