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Organic Meat Is Healthier

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 04:56 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Q: Is organic red meat from grass-fed animals that are raised by local farmers safe?
— Sylvie C., Quebec, Canada
A: It is certainly safer than meat from animals raised in unsanitary, crowded conditions and fed contaminated grains. Grass feeding has many advantages, including adding omega-3 and conjugated alpha-linoleic acid to the animal’s flesh. It also keeps them healthier because of all the flavonoids in grasses.
Yet, one must be cautious because one of the most common infections and cancers in cattle is associated with leukemogenic virus. Lymphosarcoma and leukemia are very common in cattle, and up to 80 percent of some herds are infected with the virus. All meats should be thoroughly cooked and never eaten raw or rare.
Chickens also have a great number of carcinogenic viruses. No one, to my knowledge, has specifically examined organically raised animals to see if these infections are less common, but I suspect they are.
Q: What would you suggest to prevent ear infections in infants?
— Jerry F., Crestview, Fla.
A: In my research, vitamin D3 has been shown to be an effective treatment for ear infections. I would advise 1,000 IU to 2,000 IU a day. Also, breast-feeding, which transfers the immune antibodies from the mother to the baby, is important, and will greatly reduce the baby’s risk of other infections including Hib meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain).
I also feel that all babies should get their baby vitamins. If you are choosing to bottle feed, avoid cow’s milk formula and soy formulas. Instead, use either harvested breast or goat’s milk.
Keeping the nipples (human or bottles) clean is essential. Because the baby’s eustachian tubes are wide, bacteria from contaminated nipples can easily enter the middle ear.
Q: Are there supplements to treat lupus?
— Tom C., Auburn, N.Y.
A: In my experience, the most dramatic response has been with a combination of omega-3 oils (high in EPA and DHA), magnesium, and some special supplements that specifically suppress autoimmunity. Animal studies have shown that green tea (and white tea) actually makes lupus and other autoimmune disorders worse. No one is sure why.
In experimental studies, curcumin, quercetin, and Jatoba extract have significantly reduced autoimmunity. Vitamin D3, in a dose of 5,000 IU to 10,000 IU a day, reduces autoimmune reactions dramatically in animal studies. It is also important to avoid inflammatory oils, such as those found in corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, and soybean.
Diets high in red meats, because of the high iron levels and glutamate, also worsen lupus. One should avoid all excitotoxin additives in foods — which can only be done by preparing all foods fresh.

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