Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MIT Scientist Exposes Consequence of Monsanto’s Glyphosate & Aluminum Cocktail


Natural Society | Sep 15, 2014 | Christina Sarich

By 2025, half the kids born in the U.S. will be diagnosed with autism, according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She, like many others says autism isn’t just genetic – it is almost surely due to environmental factors. Just a couple of those factors are Monsanto’s RoundUp (glyphosate) and heavy exposure to a cocktail of heavy metals, including aluminum.

Dr. Seneff isn’t respected by the ivory towers of the pharmaceutical medicine paradigm or industrial agriculture, but she has something to say about autism. She is a computer scientist who transitioned into biology and toxicology, so people like to attack her credentials, but what Dr. Seneff has to say is key, and many other mainstream researchers have been negligent in reporting these findings.

She has been studying autism for over 7 years, along with the environmental factors that lead to the disease. Decreased exposure to sunlight, poor diet, vaccines (specifically aluminum and mercury), as well as glyphosate toxins from RoundUp are causing skyrocketing rates of autism. She explains this in a two-hour presentation given recently at Autism One.

Aluminum and Glyphosate


Aluminum and glyphosate specifically interrupt the workings of the pineal gland (melatonin sulfate), leading to high rates of autism. She outlines this fact in pinpointing detail in her research, which can be found here.

Furthermore, glyphosate chelates manganese. Dr. Seneff believes that just the absence of appropriate amounts of manganese can help to cause autism. Glyphosate also promotes aluminum uptake into our tissues, and interrupts an important path for amino acid uptake called the shikimate pathway, into our guts.
“The way glyphosate works is that it interrupts the shikimate pathway, a metabolic function in plants that allows them to create essential amino acids. When this path is interrupted, the plants die. Human cells don’t have a shikimate pathway so scientists and researchers believed that exposure to glyphosate would be harmless.”
In fact, industrial claims don’t match the science on RoundUp. It is often used because it is considered one of the ‘safest’ of all herbicides. This claim is touted by Monsanto and other chemical pushers, but it turns out that RoundUp is one of the least safe herbicides on the market.

Incidentally, scientists were mistaken about a human shikimate pathway, and we rely upon it for many important functions in our body, including ridding our body of poisons like RoundUp as well as other herbicides and pesticides.
“The problem is that bacteria DO have a shikimate pathway and we have millions of good bacteria in our guts – our ‘gut flora.’ These bacteria are essential to our health. Our gut isn’t just responsible for digestion, but also for our immune system. When glyphosate gets in our systems, it wrecks our gut and as a result our immune system.”
She says:
“The effects are insidious. You won’t notice when you eat a food that contains glyphosate, but over time you will enter an old-age state before you should.”

It’s Time for Chemical Reform


Though Dr. Seneff’s findings are in the research stages, there are plenty of families that have autistic children who have chosen to drastically change their children’s diets, eliminating all pesticides, herbicides and as many neurotoxins as possible while eating organic food. They often experience some incredible results, seeing improvement in their children’s speech patterns, cognitive abilities, and social skills in weeks, not years. This amounts to circumstantial evidence, but it supports Dr. Seneff’s claims.

The rate at which diseases like autism (along with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and others) are growing would be unheard of just 50 years ago. You can’t simply discount this phenomenon as the result of ‘better screening and diagnosis.’ In the past 5 years alone, autism rates have increased from 1/150 to 1/50. This is an environmental epidemic; it isn’t genetic.

When you factor in the levels of glyphosate being found in women’s breast milk is ten times that which is allowed in European drinking water, and people in 18 different countries were found to have glyphosate in their blood, you have to question the rise in autism from another perspective, aside from the genetic one, and connect the dots. This leads to glyphosate as a synergistic compound that works with other suggested autism causes – like vaccines (controversial, I know).
Ordinarily the body is quite good about keeping aluminum out. The gut will absorb very little of what’s in the diet…assuming you have a healthy gut. Glyphosate produces a leaky gut, and that’s going to help the aluminum get in. What I believe now is that the aluminum in the vaccine is far more toxic as a consequence of the glyphosate that’s also in the blood. The two of them are synergistic, because the glyphosate forms a cage around the aluminum and keeps it from getting expelled. The aluminum ends up accumulating, getting trapped with the glyphosate, and then the aluminum ends up in the pineal gland, and messes up sleep, and causes a whole cascade of problems in the brain. The glyphosate and aluminum are working together to be much more toxic than they would be, acting alone.”
RoundUp chemicals are the most used chemicals in numerous lived-in cities such as New York City, not just on American farms. In just ten years, the use of RoundUp chemicals on American farms grew more than 89%. More than 80000 tonnes are currently used on GMO corn, soy and other crops. We are being poisoned by the truckload. This isn’t Big Ag against the masses anymore, it looks like pure genocide.

You can watch Dr. Seneff’s speech at Autism One, here.

Additionally, all of Dr. Seneff’s papers can be studied to corroborate her assertions that glyphosate and aluminum, among other environmental toxins, are synergistically causing autism:
  • “Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases” Entropy 2013, 15(4), 1416-1463; doi:10.3390/e15041416 (Download)
  • Robert M. Davidson, Ann Lauritzen and Stephanie Seneff, “Biological Water Dynamics and Entropy: A Biophysical Origin of Cancer and Other Diseases” Entropy 2013, 15, 3822-3876; doi:10.3390/ e15093822 (Download)
  • Stephanie Seneff, Ann Lauritzen, Robert Davidson and Laurie Lentz-Marino, “Is Encephalopathy a Mechanism to Renew Sulfate in Autism?” Entropy 2013, 15, 372-406; doi:10.3390/e15010372 (Download)
  • Stephanie Seneff, Ann Lauritzen, Robert Davidson and Laurie Lentz-Marino, “Is Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase a Moonlighting Protein Whose Day Job is Cholesterol Sulfate Synthesis? Implications for Cholesterol Transport, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.” Entropy 2012, 14, 2492-2530; doi:10.3390/e14122492 (Download)
  • Stephanie Seneff, Robert M. Davidson and Jingjing Liu, “Is Cholesterol Sulfate Deficiency a Common Factor in Preeclampsia, Autism, and Pernicious Anemia?” Entropy 2012, 14, 2265-2290; doi:10.3390/e14112265 (Download)
  • Samantha Hartzell and Stephanie Seneff, “Impaired Sulfate Metabolism and Epigenetics: Is There a Link in Autism?” Entropy 2012, 14, 1953-1977; doi:10.3390/e14101953 (Download)
  • Stephanie Seneff, Robert M. Davidson, and Jingjing Liu, “Empirical Data Confirm Autism Symptoms Related to Aluminum and Acetaminophen Exposure,” Entropy 2012, 14, 2227-2253; doi:10.3390/e14112227 (Download)
  • Robert M. Davidson, and Stephanie Seneff, “The Initial Common Pathway of Inflammation, Disease, and Sudden Death,” Entropy 2012, 14, 1399-1442; doi:10.3390/e14081399 (Download)
  • Stephanie Seneff, Glyn Wainwright, and Luca Mascitelli, “Nutrition and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Detrimental Role of a High Carbohydrate Diet,” European Journal of Internal Medicine 22 (2011) 134-140; doi:10.1016/j.ejim.2010.12.017 (Download)
  • Stephanie Seneff, Glyn Wainwright, and Luca Mascitelli, “Is the Metabolic Syndrome Caused by a High Fructose, and Relatively Low Fat, Low Cholesterol Diet?” Archives of Medical Science, 2011; 7, 1: 8-20; doi:10.5114/aoms.2011.20598 (Download)
  • Stephanie Seneff, Robert Davidson, and Luca Mascitelli, “Might cholesterol sulfate deficiency contribute to the development of autistic spectrum disorder?” Medical Hypotheses, 8, 213-217, 2012(Download)

Meditation Shown to Reduce Migraine Misery

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Natural Blaze | Sep 16, 2014

Meditation might be a path to migraine relief, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

"Stress is a well-known trigger for headaches and research supports the general benefits of mind/body interventions for migraines, but there hasn't been much research to evaluate specific standardized meditation interventions," said Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist and lead author of the study published in the online edition of the journal Headache.

The study was designed to assess the safety, feasibility and effects of a standardized meditation and yoga intervention called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in adults with migraines.

Nineteen adults were randomly assigned to two groups with 10 receiving the MBSR intervention and nine receiving standard medical care. The participants attended eight weekly classes to learn MBSR techniques and were instructed to practice 45 minutes on their own at least five additional days per week.

Study participants were evaluated before and after the trial period using objective measures of disability, self-efficacy and mindfulness. They also maintained headache logs throughout the trial to capture the frequency, severity and duration of their migraines.

"We found that the MBSR participants had trends of fewer migraines that were less severe," Wells said. "Secondary effects included headaches that were shorter in duration and less disabling, and participants had increases in mindfulness and self-efficacy -- a sense of personal control over their migraines. In addition, there were no adverse events and excellent adherence."

Specifically, the MBSR participants had 1.4 fewer migraines per month that were less severe, effects that did not reach statistical significance. The participants' headaches were significantly shorter as compared to the control group.

Based on these findings, the research team concluded that MBSR is a safe and feasible therapy for adults with migraines. Although the sample size of this pilot study was too small to detect statistically significant changes in migraine frequency or severity, secondary outcomes demonstrated this intervention had a beneficial effect on headache duration, disability, self-efficacy and mindfulness.

Future studies with larger sample sizes are planned to further evaluate the impact and mechanisms of this intervention in adults with migraines, Wells said.

"For the approximate 36 million Americans who suffer from migraines, there is big need for non-pharmaceutical treatment strategies, and doctors and patients should know that MBSR is a safe intervention that could potentially decrease the impact of migraines," Wells said.

The study was supported financially by the American Headache Society Fellowship and the Headache Research Fund of the John Graham Headache Center, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital.

Co-authors are Timothy T. Houle, Ph.D., of Wake Forest Baptist; Rebecca Burch, M.D., Elizabeth Loder, M.D., Randall H. Paulsen, M.D., and Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

What the CDC Won't Tell You About SV40, Polio Vaccines and Cancer

TruthStream Media | Sep 16, 2014


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Link to CDC's old FAQ website on SV40 virus and Polio vaccines: http://web.archive.org/web/2012050302...

(Truthstream Media.com) The public was kept in the dark for decades about tens of millions of polio vaccines laced with SV40, and its implications for the widespread epidemic of cancer.

The relevant facts were known by the scientific community back in 1960, but it wasn't until lawsuits and investigative reports in the 1990s and a Congressional hearing in 2003 that the public was informed about the scale of the contamination and its possible link to many of the deadly forms of cancer spreading today. Yet little has been acknowledged in public discussion since that point.

In the aftermath of these admissions and inquiries, the CDC launched a fact sheet page on its website addressing the links between "Cancer, Simian Virus 40 (SV40), and Polio Vaccine" which noted the discovery of SV40, its presence in an estimated 10-30 million doses of polio vaccine and disputed scientific claims concerning its presence in cancer tumors and its possible role in causation.

Worse, scientists in the late 1990s revealed a secondary form of SV40 that was present in post-1963 versions of the polio vaccines -- after the formulations with SV40 were replaced -- which were not detectable in the testing methods used up until that point -- meaning that the impact of this virus on the public could be even more widespread yet largely unknown.

But as of June 2013, that CDC page has been apparently scrubbed and is no longer available, except through a cached version shown in this video. Do they expect the public to forget?

Regardless, nothing has been done to hold any of the pharmaceutical giants responsible for this monstrosity liable for their actions, and the companies continue to produce vaccines administered to Americans every single day.

Whatever master agenda could be at work here, it is amazing that the American and global public continue to trust their bodies to the same science that 'accidentally' contaminated tens of millions of people vaccinated for polio with a monkey virus found time and again in cancerous tumors. The presence of SV40 -- which Merck vaccine scientist Maurice Hilleman joked in the video below caused tumors -- has not officially been recognized by the government as having caused all these cancers (again, the CDC has continued to affirm 'further research is needed').

As this strain of monkey virus has consistently been found present in many types of cancerous cells in people all over the world at this point, the significance of such a correlation cannot be denied.

Why are the same industry and government players allowed to continue to play both God and doctor on your children? On your family, neighbors and fellow human beings? Why has no one been held accountable for these crimes of negligence, or worse?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ex Pharma Sales Rep speaks the truth - Pharma doesn't want to cure you


http://www.gwenolsen.com/
Ex pharma Rep speaks out about Pharma and their real motivations and lack there of to cure , heal and care for you or your best interests. Only to cure the space in their pockets not yet filled with your cash.

Statin Drugs Linked to Thyroid Cancer in Women

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Green Med Info | Sep 14, 2014 | Sayer Ji

So, you have been told to 'lower your cholesterol' with drugs. But could it be causing cancer?

A concerning new study published in the journal Clinical Epidemiology[i] has found that "statin use is associated with thyroid cancer in female patients."

Researchers hypothesized that in the presence of the female dominant hormone estradiol – a form of estrogen – statins are ineffective at exhibiting their long claimed 'cancer-protective properties.'

Another new study, however, also published in the journal Clinical Epidemiology, proposes that the problem lies in the immunosuppressive properties of the statin drugs themselves.[ii] Indeed, at Greenmedinfo.com, we've indexed over 25 different modes of toxicity within this drug class, with immunotoxicity figuring high on the list. You can view them all listed under the 'Adverse Pharmacological Actions' field set on our statin research page.

The reality is that the multi-billion dollar statin industry, invested as it is in promoting the concept that statins are anti-cancer agents, is guilty of publication bias, i.e., they only publish pro-statin studies and leave the negative or null finding studies in the wastebasket, even if it is highly unethical not to publish research that disproves their health benefits, or indicates their unintended, adverse effects.

In fact, there is an accumulating body of data indicating that statin drugs are actually cancer-promoting agents.  Below is a sampling of the research on the topic:
This latest study on the potential for statin-induced thyroid cancer is supported by previous case studies. For instance, a report published in 2000 titled, "Development of thyroid follicular adenoma on simvastatin therapy," describes a patient who "developed follicular adenoma with prominent Hurthle cell changes after being on simvastatin for three months but not during one year of pravastatin therapy."[iii] The report advised:
"In elderly female patients with hyperlipidemia requiring pharmacologic treatment, especially those with a prior history of multinodular goiter, one should consider using an agent which has not been shown to cause thyroid tumors even in animal models. Patients should continue to be followed with frequent periodic thyroid palpation in addition to the usual biochemical monitoring required while on these agents."
Physiological studies using an animal model have also found statin-induced enhanced growth in the thyroid (thyroid hypertrophy),[iv] indicating its potential for contributing to thyroid cancer.

Given that statins have been linked to over 300 adverse effects in both the animal model and human studies. Should we surprised that they contribute to cancer, as well?

It is important for the reader to understand that, despite the alarm raised here, the topic of cancer is complex, and thyroid cancer is one of the more highly misdiagnosed forms. Please read our expose titled, "Thyroid Cancer Epidemic Caused by Misinformation, Not Cancer," to learn more.

For natural/integrative approaches to lipid suppression, or better yet, for research that leads to the identification and removal of the 'root causes' of cardiovascular disease, please visit our Health Guide: Heart Health for more information.



References

[i] Shih-Han Hung, Herng-Ching Lin, Shiu-Dong Chung. Statin Use and Thyroid Cancer: A Population-Based Case-Control Study. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2014 Jul 30. Epub 2014 Jul 30. PMID: 25074346

[ii] Luca Mascitelli, Mark R Goldstein. Statin immunomodulation and thyroid cancer. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2014 Sep 1. Epub 2014 Sep 1. PMID: 25174914

[iii] E L McCord, S Goenka. Development of thyroid follicular adenoma on simvastatin therapy. Tenn Med. 2000 Jun ;93(6):210-2. PMID: 10846948

[iv] P F Smith, S J Grossman, R J Gerson, L R Gordon, J G Deluca, J A Majka, R W Wang, J I Germershausen, J S MacDonald. Studies on the mechanism of simvastatin-induced thyroid hypertrophy and follicular cell adenoma in the rat. Toxicol Pathol. 1991 ;19(3):197-205. PMID: 1780636

Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMedInfo.com, an author, educator, Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC), and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation.

There Is A 1000 Fold Increase In Toxic Exposure When Using Canned Products


Prevent Disease | Sep 15, 2014 | April McCarthy

Consuming a daily serving of canned food products has a more than 1,000% increase in urinary bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations compared with when the same individuals consumed fresh food daily. The study is one of the first to quantify BPA levels in humans after ingestion of canned foods.

The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

In 2009, the North American Metal Packaging Alliance, a Washington-based trade group for can makers, said that “there is no readily available” alternative to BPA, which allows high temperature sterilization of canned food, preventing microbial contamination.

“Previous studies have linked elevated BPA levels with adverse health effects. The next step was to figure out how people are getting exposed to BPA. We've known for a while that drinking beverages that have been stored in certain hard plastics can increase the amount of BPA in your body. This study suggests that canned foods may be an even greater concern, especially given their wide use,” said Jenny Carwile, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH and lead author of the study.

BPA is a dangerous chemical linked to health concerns from digestive problems to issues with brain development. It’s was found present in around two billion products in the U.S. that are used on a daily basis. Because it’s the most harmful on developing brains and bodies, children and pregnant women especially need to avoid contact with BPA.

“When it comes to BPA in the environment, the biggest exposure, in my opinion, is from cash register receipts,” says John C. Warner of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry (WBI), in Wilmington, Mass. “Once on the fingers, BPA can be transferred to the mouth, onto food, and likely absorbed through the skin.”

Canned products are another majory source of exposure. Simply put, just about anything you eat that comes out of a can -- from Campbell's Chicken Soup and SpaghettiOs to Diet Coke and BumbleBee Tuna -- contains BPA.

Other sources include PVC water lines, paper currency, dental sealants and plastics.

Other plastics--even BPA-free ones--may also be a source of endocrine disrupters. An analysis of more than 450 everyday plastic products, from plastic bags to water bottles, found that about 95% of the items tested leached chemicals that triggered a bioassay for estrogenic activity, including most of the products labeled as BPA-free (C&EN, March 14, page 48).

Even new products containing the BPA replacement, BPS has some of the same estrogen-mimicking effects of BPA, and that people may now be absorbing 19 times more BPS through their skin than when BPA was used to coat paper.

Stop Using Cans And Other BPA Lined Products

  • Buy whole foods -- and carry them home in paper bags.
  • Do not microwave in plastic -- even if it is labeled "microwave-safe"! Heat raises BPA levels in plastic, upping the health hazards. Instead, microwave food in glass or ceramic containers.
  • Consider switching to a French press coffeemaker. Typical coffeemakers may contain traces of BPA and other toxins in the bin that holds the coffee filter and coffee. These grow more concentrated when heated.
  • Kick the cans. Avoid canned foods except those that are in BPA-free cans, such as from Eden Foods, Vital Choice, Oregon's Choice and Trident Seafoods.
  • Watch out for the kids. Developing children are at even greater risk for harm from BPA. Use glass baby bottles or BPA-free plastic bottles. For older children, get stainless steel lunch boxes instead of plastic.

  • Most types of cash register receipts contain BPA. Since it’s a “free” form of the chemical, that means it gets onto your hands and into your body in greater quantity than with some of these other products. If possible, just say no to the receipt when you’re at the store. If you do handle receipts, wash your hands as soon as possible, especially before handling food. You can also ask the store manager if they’re using BPA free receipts. The types that do not contain BPA are thermal paper from Appleton Paper or regular “bond” paper where the information is printed onto the receipt using ink.

The exposure to BPA from canned food "is far more extensive" than from plastic bottles, said Shanna Swan, a professor and researcher at the University of Rochester in New York. "It's particularly concerning when it's lining infant formula cans."

One scientist helping to lead the charge against BPA is Yale University physician, professor and researcher Hugh Taylor. His research has shown that the chemical alters the way genes react to estrogen, and could open the door for infants in utero to develop cancer much later in life.

"I tell my pregnant patients to avoid products containing it," he said. "Even a fleeting exposure in pregnancy can cause lasting damage."

The studies by Taylor are certainly eye-opening. They have shown that the chemical alters the way DNA operates, a process known as an epigenetic change.
Exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical BPA, used in the lining of metal food and beverage cans, has been shown to interfere with reproductive development in animals and has been linked with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity in humans. In addition to the lining of food and beverage cans, BPA is also found in polycarbonate bottles (identified by the recycling number 7) and dentistry composites and sealants.

Urine samples of the 75 volunteers taken during the testing showed that consumption of a serving of canned soup daily was associated with a 1,221% increase in BPA compared to levels in urine collected after consumption of fresh soup.

The researchers note that the elevation in urinary BPA concentrations may be temporary and that further research is needed to quantify its duration.

“The magnitude of the rise in urinary BPA we observed after just one serving of soup was unexpected and may be of concern among individuals who regularly consume foods from cans or drink several canned beverages daily. It may be advisable for manufacturers to consider eliminating BPA from can linings,” said Michels, senior author of the study.


April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.

FrankenFarm superbug time bomb: FDA vets only 10% of antibiotics that farm animals share with humans

Reuters / Francisco Bonilla
RT | Sep 15, 2014

The regular administration of antibiotics to US farm animals could have disastrous effects for humans, scientists fear. Many of the drugs are same as those given to humans and there are worries that the bacteria could become resistant due to overuse.

Major US poultry firms have been carrying out this process for years. They give chickens antibiotics not only when they are unwell, but also when they are healthy. This practice has been administrated because it helps to promote faster growth and thus higher profits as largely volumes of poultry can be sold.

Reuters uncovered the scandal in a 'special report' focusing on five major companies in the industry that give medication to their animals, even when it was not needed.

After seeing the evidence presented, Donald Kennedy, who is a former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said he found it “astonishing.” He stated that the prolonged and widespread use of drugs can create a "systematic source of antibiotic resistance" in bacteria, the risks of which are not fully understood. "This could be an even larger piece of the antibiotic-resistance problem than I had thought."

It is over a decade since the FDA said in 2003 that they would review every new animal drug which was on the market to make sure there was no chance of a superbug being created due to overuse. However, Reuters revealed that the organization has only evaluated about 10 percent of the approximately 270 drugs, which contain similar types of antibiotics that are also important for treating humans.

Meanwhile, the FDA has only reviewed 7 percent of medications used to prevent disease and promote growth within animals for possibility of superbugs being created. There are around 390 drugs currently on the market. A staggering 80 percent of antibiotics currently on sale in the US are issued to livestock and not people.

Scientists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the use of any type of antibiotic, not just medically important ones, contributes to resistance. They said that whenever an antibiotic is administered, it kills weaker bacteria and enables the strongest to survive and multiply.

However, if these antibiotics are administered in small amounts over a long period of time, the consequences can be even more damaging. This gives potential superbugs a greater chance of developing resistance to traditional drugs used to treat humans.

"These are not targeted uses aimed at specific bugs for defined duration. They're multiple, repeat shotgun blasts that will certainly kill off weaker bugs and promote the stronger, more resistant ones," said Keeve Nachman, who is the director of the Food Production and Public Health Program at Johns Hopkins University.

The practice was first used in the 1940s by poultry farmers after scientists discovered that antibiotics such as penicillin were effective in preventing outbreaks of disease in chickens. They kept the poultry healthy, meaning they were able to gain weight more quickly, while still eating the same amount of food as those chickens that were not administered the drugs.

200 hospitalized after health scare 
 
Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett
It seems as though the policy of giving healthy animals antibiotics on a regular basis is already causing problems. Earlier this year, an outbreak of salmonella was traced to Foster Farms, which operates on the west coast of the United States and is the market leader in this region.

A total of 634 people across the US were taken ill, while more than 200 needed hospital treatment, as the disease spread across 27 states within the US. However, once scientists began to examine the products at fault, they found that two-thirds of the bacteria in the cases were resistant to at least one antibiotic, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They also found that half of the superbugs were resistant to drugs in at least three different classes of antibiotics, including penicillin.

Foster Farms told Reuters it has administered chlortetracycline (CTC) and penicillin at times, but selectively, not en masse as had previously been the case. Foster said it had used CTC "as needed" to fight bacterial infections. The company said it still uses penicillin to treat sick birds, but only "in critical situations when flocks are exposed to fatal diseases." Foster doesn't use antibiotics as growth promoters, it said.

However, despite these warning signs, the FDA does not plan to gather data concerning the use of antibiotics on farms, according to Craig Lewis, who works as a veterinary medical officer within the agency.

Worryingly, he said that "none of us have an idea first-hand of what's going on" at farms around the country.
There is evidence that chicken farms are starting to take notice of the dangers of administering antibiotics to poultry on a regular basis. Perdue Farms says it has stopped applying the antibiotic gentamicin to eggs in chicken hatcheries. Gentamicin is seen by the FDA as a “highly important” drug, which is used in human medicine. They cited “growing consumer concern and our own questions about the practice,” as their reason “to move away from conventional antibiotic use.”
Reuters / Srdjan Zivulovic
 

Antibiotics not needed? 

 Perdue Farms will still continue to use antibiotics, but only those that are not considered medically important to humans by the FDA.

"We recognized that the public was concerned about the potential impact of the use of these drugs on their ability to effectively treat humans," Bruce Stewart-Brown, Perdue's senior vice president of food safety and quality, said when the hatchery policy was announced.

There are also questions whether antibiotics are actually needed to increase chicken yields. Craig Watts, who breeds chickens for Perdue Farms, says that he has noticed little difference between poultry that has been given antibiotics on a regular basis and those who have not.

Since 2012, Watts has raised five antibiotic-free flocks for Perdue and seven flocks that received low doses of the antibiotic narasin, according to his records.

The mortality rates of the two flock types were nearly identical. About 900 birds died in each of the farms’ four batteries. Flocks that received antibiotics and those that didn't both hit Perdue's target weight of about 4.25 pounds per bird.

Perdue sees "similar" performance among birds fed antibiotics and those that do not receive the drugs, said Stewart-Brown. "We feel our current two approaches are both very responsive to public health concerns about antibiotic use in poultry."

Roughly 430,000 people in the US are taken ill with food poisoning from bacteria from food-borne diseases, according to a report by the CDC in July. They also state that around 2 million people in the country are sickened with infections because of resistances to antibiotics, causing at least 23,000 deaths.

In a report this year by the World Health Organization, they said that the resistance to antibiotics was "a problem so serious it threatens the achievements of modern medicine." The annual cost to battle antibiotic-resistant infections is estimated at $21 billion to $34 billion in the United States alone, the WHO said.