Sandra said..."OMG, no wonder people are getting sick from food (me included). Makes you want to quit eating! "
One of the causes of reflux is eating marbled meat, as it has more fat, therefore more cholesterol.
"High fat meats like marbled steaks and other cuts of beef, ground beef, dark chicken and turkey meat and their skins can all be foods that cause acid reflux in you." From: http://www.content4reprint.com/health/what-foods-cause-acid-reflux.htm
Fats"Most grass-fed cattle are leaner than feedlot beef, lacking marbling, which lowers the fat content and caloric level of the meat. Meat from grass-fed cattle also have higher levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and the Omega-3 fatty acids ALA, EPA, and DHA. While the research on CLA is unclear with regard to humans, it has shown many positive effects in animals in the areas of heart disease, cancer, and the immune system."
Compare Your Meat with Natural Grass Feed Beef. Don't believe pasture raised beef is better for your health and your waistline? Or you don't think that it matters that much. Well take the fat challenge.
The next time you cook your ordinary supermarket beef to make your famous recipe for beef round steak, save the fat. You probably already put it into a jar or other container, because if you put it down your drain, it would clog it up in no time. Wait for it to cool. What happened to the fat? It turned into a solid white lump, right?
So here is the next step. Go and buy organic pasture raised beef. Cook it up and drain off the rest of the liquids in a clean jar. Do you notice a difference? The liquid doesn't look like there is a lot of fat in it at all, because it's a lot thinner. Ok, enjoy your dinner (and the new taste of natural beef), while you are waiting for it to cool. What does the pasture fed beef jar look like? Well, after cooling, it didn't turn into a big ball of lard; in fact, it looks pretty much the same as when you drained it from the meat.
Factory Farm Cattle:
"The beef industry in the U.S. is a heavy user of antibiotics, including penicillin. They use the stuff because they do industrial beef farming, where the cattle are crowded into gigantic factory farms & fed corn to fatten them up quickly. The problem with that is, corn is not what a cow's digestive system is designed to digest, they are adapted to eat grasses & wild grains by nature, and corn is not usually in their natural diet.
The problem with them digesting corn is, in the cow's 4 digestive 'tract' system, the corn can end up being partially or incompletely digested, which typically allows the corn to ferment in one of the 'stomachs' & allows for collection of bacteria unfriendly to a cow's digestive system. Typically this is E. coli, usually a strain that is not native to that cow, and then it tends to infect their stomach, become an abscess, or worse starts spreading throughout their system. Infected cows can get what we would call septicemia, a blood infection, or worse peritonitis, which is a general abdominal infection with the bacteria from the E. coli infections. To combat these possible deadly outcomes for the cow, the beef industry routinely give their cattle antibiotics to keep these bacterial infections at bay.
The problem with giving antibiotics to cattle are pretty much the same as giving them to people: antibiotics tend to kill off the 'good' bacteria in the gut as well as the harmful bacteria causing the infection the doctors prescribe the antibiotics to a patient to kill off, thereby saving the person from dying from the bad bacteria infection. So antibiotics are sort of a necessary evil, that need to be taken in cases of infection by some pretty nasty bugs. The downside to them is, they mess up the digestive system for a while, leaving us with diarrhea until our guts fill back up again with the friendly bacteria our colons need to be able to digest what we eat.
So let's take a look at what the beef industry is doing here: they are feeding cattle food they would not naturally eat, that is difficult for them to digest, & which tend to cause them to incur infections in their digestive tract, leading to infections which can sicken them or kill them fairly quickly - and so their solution to the almost inevitable bacterial infections the cattle develop is to feed the cattle antibiotics, which suppress the bad & good bacteria in the cow's digestive tract, thereby weakening the cattle's ability to digest food & inevitably making the cow more prone to developing further infections when fed the corn diet they don't usually eat!
The further problem with all this is, when the cattle are slaughtered most of them contain remnants of the antibiotics in the beef produced from them, so you may not know this, but when you are eating beef in most cases you are unintentionally eating some kind of antibiotic the cow was fed in the days before it was slaughtered.
The fact that your gut is blowing up almost like clockwork after eating beef is your clue as to what is going on here. My guess is you are being exposed to penicillin in the beef you are eating (& other antibiotics besides penicillin & most antibiotics are chemically similar to penicillin, so you better be careful or you could end up allergic to more then just penicillin) & just react violently to the allergic reaction."
Certified Grass Fed beef costs more, as it is more expensive to raise them the old fashioned way. Actually grass isn't free.
"In August, 2002, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported, "U.S. farm real estate values, including land in buildings, averaged $1,210 per acre as of January 1, 2002, up 5.2 percent from the previous year." A 4,000 acre grass farm is expensive to own, maintain and pay taxes on each year.
Another part of the cost of operation is planting grass for grazing and cattle finishing. We actually have special high nutrition grass and super-green alfalfa fields to uniformly finish our cattle on their natural diet.
Grocery store cattle never see such lush fields because they are moved to cramped and filthy feedlots for the last 120-160 days of their lives. They are stuffed with an unnatural diet designed to get maximum growth in the shortest amount of time for the least cost. This diet consists of grain, corn, steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones, animal by-products and even floor sweepings.
Why do grocery stores use feedlots?
The feedlots bring less healthy, fat cows to market 7 months faster than our grass finishing. The key to profit in the grain/corn fed beef industry, which operates on extremely low individual margins is . . . . volume and speed.
The sooner an animal can be brought to slaughter weight . . . the higher the volume and hence the greater the profit in the grocery store beef industry. Once placed in a feedlot, hyped up on growth hormones and grain/corn . . . the animal can be pushed to gains of of 3.5 to 5 lbs/day."
But it is a lot cheaper than doctors, hospitals, and prescriptions.
Stores who offer organic and humanely raised products: http://www.wspa-usa.org/pages/2826_find_humane_food.cfm
and: http://eatwild.com/products/index.html#states among many others.
Factory farmed beef gives me hives, so I know I am allergic to the antibiotics, dyes and preservatives (to make it red), or toxins in it.
Yesterday, Jay and I had agreed to take the day off. I was looking forward to catching up on emails, taking a relaxing bubble bath, washing my hair, and changing sheets, etc. Best laid plans………
Roni called at 7.45 AM, wanting me to drive her to the corner store. I told her I wasn't going anywhere while my hair was wet, and that it would be a long time before I was ready. She arrived on my doorstep at 9.30, and as I wasn't in any hurry as it was my first day off for ages, I wasn't even dressed. Then Ray, feeling better from his bout of flu, arrived to 'do time'. We figure out how many hours he has worked so it can come off his renting of my guest house. So I had to don a robe and get that done. Roni kept on interrupting us, but finally walked to the store, so we could get that over.
I had already drafted out yesterday's journal: "Meat Your Meat", but kept on getting an "Error 400", and it wouldn't post. I wanted to get that out of the way and have the day to relax. Not being raised around these machines, I searched "Error 400", and never did come up with a good answer. So I Malwarebyted, Ccleaned, SuperAntiSpywared, Disc cleaned, Defragged, ClearCached, but finally had to cut it down to the part that would publish. Now that all takes a long time, so I couldn't do all the things that I wanted to do, yesterday.
I moved my followers to the top, like others have done...mainly to see if I was clever enough to do it.
The advantage is that one can see them all at once, but the disadvantage is that it seems to take longer for the page to load, so I don't know if it is that important.
It is MLK Day.
It had quit raining, and wasn't too cold,
so Jay and I cut, and formed the base
for the drip pan for the air conditioner
in the cargo trailer, today.