With an earlier announcement this week from a number of health authorities regarding the discovery of a new super-bug this story is all the more disturbing.
In the news this week there was an announcement that world health authorities had identified a new kind of bacteria that was totally resistant to existing antibiotics.
Whilst still confined to specific areas of the planet doctors were warning that this new form of infection would make golden staph look positively attractive!
On top of that the germ can attach itself to existing germs and alter them so that they too can become immune to existing antibiotic treatment.
It has been suggested that the most likely source of this new bacteria is through the overuse of antibiotics in the agricultural sector and also the failure of that sector to keep antibiotics for humans and animals separate.
This years has seen a number of stories released about the possible problems of antibiotics in agriculture and I honestly thought the message was getting put about enough to gain some traction… I was wrong!
In fact the use of antibiotics in agriculture in the U.S. has seen an increase and it seems that there is no end in sight for those increases.
Don’t Go Changing!
2015 has been a pretty good year for kicking Big Food’s butt and making inroads into the long process of getting the world’s food back to a more natural footing.
One of the driving forces behind this has been the emergence of social media and the internet in general.
Prior to the current paradigm Big Food’s main weapon was they way in which they could either control or manipulate the conversation though mainstream media.
By doing this they could get any message they wanted across to the public and mould opinion by that process.
Working for them was also the fact that the majority of people holding other opinions were isolated both from each other and were largely unable to gain traction in traditional media.
With the introduction of the internet and broad usage of it especially in the area of social media things started to unravel for Big Food in a big way.
They suddenly found that controlling the conversation in the media no longer equated to controlling it completely because there were a million other conversations going on that they were not even a part of.
The really good news is that even after all this time and experience they are still kind of useless at “doing” social media.
Not only are they failing to engage with an audience they are managing to supply their detractors with an enormous amount of ammunition with which to take them down over and over.
That’s not even counting their own foot bullets!
- Big food firms are climate smart but social media stupid
Signs of Zinc Deficiency
One of the consistent downsides to our modern food supply is that through processing of any kind we simply cannot be certain as to whether we are getting the right amounts of nutrition.
Yes, the labels say the food contain this and that but very often nutritional elements have been artificially added in order to reverse the looses suffered in the processing stage.
Bread that has been enriched with vitamins or folic acid for example is a case in point.
Through the extensive refining process and in some cases, bleaching process of arriving at the flour used in the bread just about anything of value has disappeared.
So as a response to this Governments around the world insisted something be done.
Did the manufacturers mess with their own processes to reverse the losses?
All they did was add supplements back into the flour at the end of the process.
The problem with this is that nutritional elements re-introduced like this are usually very, very poor substitutes for the real thing and in most cases are very difficult for the body to absorb.
Waiting around for a deficiency in anything is a really bad strategy to live by but often it is the only way we can tell if something has dropped out and we are not getting enough of it.
One such element or correctly put, trace element, is Zinc.
Too much will make you as sick as too little so it is important to understand exactly what a deficiency looks like.
Check the article below for a great guide to the symptoms of a zinc deficiency.
It’s Not My Fault! I have a mental disorder!
It seems these days that just about every type of behaviour that somehow involves doing the wrong thing can be labelled as a mental disorder. Stealing, lying, cheating?
Don’t bother trying to take responsibility for your actions and the effect it has on others, just get yourself diagnosed as having the appropriate mental disorder and all is forgiven… or at least justified enough to feel excused.
The sex addict one is the one that really makes me laugh because in fact sex addiction hasn’t even been recognised by the body that is the easiest and most prolific source of these made up “disorders,” the APA!
The Fat Truth!
Quite some time ago now we all set off on an adventure in search of which fats we should or should not be consuming.
In fact this whole thing started way back in the 50’s and as usual was based not so much on science but on a bit of a guess based on observation.
Of course it didn’t help that the world of big agriculture saw an awesome opportunity in all of this to totally cash in and off we went.
The origins of the saturated fats causes heart disease was probably one of the more extreme examples of the world going mad based on nothing at all.
The sad truth is that even now most dietary guidelines around the world are still based on this concept even though it has never been proven and if you were to ask the average person they will probably still tell you it is true.
Unfortunately none of those same people will be able to tell you why it is true or what data it is based on.
What gets me personally about all of this is the ease at which someone can just make such a casual observation, incorporate no other dats, make a sweeping claim and before you know it… it becomes fact.