public health en-US I’ve Lived Both Sides of the Healthcare System. This Is What I've Learned. <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ive-lived-both-sides-of-the-healthcare-system-this-is-what-ive-learned" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Health" title="Health Of The Nation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This debate has been furiously argued on both sides for several months, so I thought I&rsquo;d throw my hat in the ring. I lived with the British National Health Service (NHS) until I was 26 years old, and then I moved to America. For the last 9 years, I have lived with private healthcare.</p> <p>Obviously this is just one man&rsquo;s opinion. You have your own opinion, and that&rsquo;s cool. That&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s great about this country. What is also great is that we can talk openly about this in a public forum, and (hopefully) spark some intelligent debate and questions. So, let me first begin with my experiences from both sides of the pond.</p> <h2>Living With The British NHS</h2> <p>You will hear horror stories about British healthcare, and I will be the first to say the system is not perfect. But it is no archaic nightmare filled with medieval torture devices and untrained doctors. On the whole, my treatment was great.</p> <p>When I wanted to see a doctor, I saw a doctor. No co-pay. It was the doctor of my choosing, and my family has had the same GP since way before I was born. He was always being retrained on new techniques, and he wasn't overzealous with a prescription pad. When I made an appointment, I was seen within 10 minutes. If I came in without an appointment, the wait could be an hour or more. I never waited longer than 90 minutes, and that was only because I was a walk-in. When I saw my GP, I was never rushed in and out of the consultation room.</p> <p>I had several small operations in Britain and everything went very smoothly. The wait from diagnosis to treatment was a few weeks. This may not be the case for everyone, but it was for me. Every hospital I ever went to was clean, efficient and, well, full. Yes, I will admit that there are too few hospitals, but that never stopped me getting treatment in a timely manner. When my sister had a baby, she was in a beautiful room which she shared with one other lady. It wasn't a private room, but it wasn't like a M*A*S*H ward either! And it's also worth noting that private insurance is available in Britain as an addition to standard coverage. BUPA is one example. So, if you have the money, you can upgrade to private rooms, jump ahead on a waiting lists, that kind of thing.</p> <p>Doctors and nurses, in my honest opinion, usually seemed quite happy with their work. However, most doctors in Britain earn a far more modest income than in the U.S. As far as I know, it's not a sticking point, but then again I'm not a doctor. I'm sure some salivate when they see the amazing salaries commanded by many U.S. doctors.</p> <p>Were there major downsides? Well, taxes were higher to help pay for the NHS. But, there were usually no co-pays, and prescriptions were filled at a standard price (around seven pounds last time I checked). There are definitely limits imposed on people in Britain, too. For instance, you may have to reach a certain age to be entitled to a hip replacement. And as I said, hospitals are sometimes few and far between. My own parents usually have to travel to the next town for some treatments because the hospital within their town is small and has limited services. But I never had to stand in line for a day to see a crummy, overworked doctor. It was not some &ldquo;Glenn Beck Nightmare&rdquo; with rusty beds, abandoned wards and filthy patients roaming the hallways of darkened hospitals. I was just fine, healthy, and happy.</p> <h2>My Treatment In The U.S.</h2> <p>Great. I can't deny it at all. I've had plenty of co-pays over the years, but I think that equates (kind of) with paying higher taxes for healthcare in Britain. Here, I pay out of pocket; back there I was paying before I saw my money.</p> <p>Prices for my medicnes, until this week, were fine. I have always been on a $10/$20 plan for generics and name-brand. That did just change, and now I dread the day when I may have to take a name-brand drug, as I am no longer covered for those.</p> <p>My waiting times here have been great, too. They were the same as in Britain, with no wait for scheduled appointments and up to an hour for a walk-in. The operations I had went fine, were painless, and came with a small $50 outpatient fee. My wife had two babies here, both births went very well, we had our own private room, and each time our total cost was just $200 (I saw the bill that went to the insurance company...$20,000!).</p> <p>Overall, when I was privileged enough to have good insurance through an employer, I was fine. But now, that's no longer the case, and I'm just hoping none of us ever get really sick or need major drugs, as we'll see ourselves facing huge bills.</p> <h2>In conclusion...</h2> <p>After living with both systems, and seeing very little difference in the actual quality of treatment, I have to say that I am for a public plan. The idea of making a profit healthcare, well it just leaves an incredibly nasty taste in the mouth. Knowing that while some people are being denied coverage for the most puerile reasons, CEOs and shareholders of these companies are earning billions of dollars, it's just plain wrong.</p> <p>Right now, a friend of our family is facing untold horrors because of the healthcare system. They are millions of dollars in debt because their daughter was diagnosed with cancer and they could not afford the $1200 per month for private family health insurance. They could lose everything, and at the same time still have to support a sick little girl. Is this fair? Not when you know that vast, vast sums of money are wasted in our current system, and that money goes to pad the bank accounts of the wealthy.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an argument I&rsquo;ve been having with people for years. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s wrong with profit, what are you, a socialist?&rdquo; Not at all. Profit is great and I applaud it. If you want a Ferrari, and you can afford it, by all means go and line the pockets of the Ferrari company. I don&rsquo;t care. If you want an Omega watch, go get one. I hope Omega makes a fortune. If you buy Starbucks coffee, you are making the Starbucks corporation rich, and I say good for them.</p> <p>But here&rsquo;s the thing.</p> <p>No one needs a Ferrari. No one needs an Omega watch. No one needs a coffee from Starbucks. For that matter, no one needs most things that are available today, from your average family-sized pizza to a luxury home in the Hamptons. They&rsquo;re all wants.</p> <p>People NEED healthcare. It's that simple.</p> <p>They need to live. They need help when they&rsquo;re sick. They need operations to fix broken legs or arms, or heart transplants, or brain surgery. It&rsquo;s not like they can say &ldquo;nah, I&rsquo;m just not really digging this whole cancer treatment thing, I&rsquo;ll shop around and see if I can pick up a DIY version at Sam&rsquo;s Club.&rdquo;</p> <p>Now, when you couple a &ldquo;need&rdquo; with profit, you get slammed. We all saw it with the massive rise in gas prices not so long ago. How many of you stopped driving completely? It just didn&rsquo;t happen, because we need gas to get around. So, we paid the price and the oil companies had demolition derbies with Rolls Royces.</p> <p>Healthcare for profit, that&rsquo;s even worse in my book. There is all this talk of &ldquo;death panels&rdquo; and old people being denied coverage, but these things already exist! There are people employed by health insurance companies to keep costs low and profits high. That&rsquo;s why this enormous and ever-growing list of pre-existing conditions exists. My doctor once told me he was wary of removing a suspicious mole I had because I may not get future coverage for skin cancer! What kind of madness is this?!</p> <p>To a health insurance company, it&rsquo;s a risk and rewards game. They give you coverage, but it&rsquo;s all conditional. They can deny coverage at will it seems, and they give you lifetime maximums that, because costs keep rising, are now being met, even by children. I recently read a story of a young boy who can <a href="">no longer receive new prosthetic arms</a> because he&rsquo;s hit his max. But something tells me the CEOs are still getting big bonuses and rising salaries.</p> <p>And then there&rsquo;s the issue of switching jobs. Sometimes, you can&rsquo;t leave a company even if you want to because you cannot give up the health benefits. It&rsquo;s called &ldquo;golden handcuffs&rdquo; and it can cause real misery.</p> <p>I had none of the above problems in Britain. Did I have to wait for operations? Yes. But it wasn&rsquo;t a long wait. In all honesty, my care and service was almost identical to the service I receive here, except it was all paid for out of taxes. I paid more taxes than I do here, but not a lot more. And I can tell you this&hellip;no one EVER goes bankrupt in Britain because of medical bills. No one. Not a soul. No one worries about medical bills. It&rsquo;s not an issue.</p> <p>You should not fear for your health. You should not be afraid that an illness could lead to <a href="" title="Wise Bread's Guide to Bankruptcy">bankruptcy</a>. You should not be terrified of the cost of simply staying healthy and alive. And corporations SHOULD NOT profit from healthcare. Because at the end of the day, you and your life will always be less important than the price of their stock.</p> <p>Now, feel free to mow me down with comments, but consider this. Unlike most people, and most of you, I have lived with both types of healthcare. And I choose the public option. There is nothing to be afraid of. Do the research, forget the hype and fear mongering. In your current healthcare system, over <a href="">$700 billion is wasted</a> each year in administration costs! You deserve affordable healthcare.</p> <p>For further reading on the current healthcare debate, check out our sister site, <a href="" http:="""" the-us-healthcare-system-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly="">The U.S. Healthcare System: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly</a></p> <ul> <li><a href="">The U.S. Vs. The World On Healthcare Quality</a></li> <li><a href="">Solidarity (At High Costs): The French Healthcare System</a></li> <li><a href="">Socialized Medicine In Britain: Is It Really That Bad?</a></li> <li><a href="">End Of Life Care: The Big Bad Wolf Of Healthcare Reform</a></li> <li><a href="">The Underinsured: The Sleeping Giant In The Healthcare Crisis</a></li> <li><a href="">Understanding The Healthcare Reform Debate: The Uninsured</a></li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">How to Choose a Health Insurance Plan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">How About a Price List at the Hospital or Doctor’s Office?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">How to Examine Your Healthcare Plan and Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">What You Need to Know About Your FSA</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">Buying Individual Dental Insurance Online: My Experience</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Insurance Barack Obama healthcare medical insurance Private Health public health Mon, 07 Dec 2009 15:00:03 +0000 Paul Michael 3892 at The Cost of Meat—The Public Health Argument <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-cost-of-meat-the-public-health-argument" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="frozen chicken" title="frozen chicken" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="372" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>This continues from &quot;<a href="/the-cost-of-meat-too-high-to-pay">The Cost of Meat—Too High To Pay</a>.&quot; The Public Health Argument covers the methods used by factory farms to boost production and profits at the cost of public health.<span> </span>The topics covered will be food-borne illness, irradiation, the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, and the feed we give to the animals we eventually eat ourselves. </em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The following information is taken from John Robbins&#39; <a href=";tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1573247022"><em>The Food Revolution</em></a>.<span> </span>The references I list here are not as detailed as his endnotes (page numbers, dates, etc.), but should be sufficient information to find through a quick search on the web.<span> </span>If any information does not have a source listed, it did not have a source cited in <a href=";tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1573247022"><em>The Food Revolution</em></a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><u>Food-Borne Illness</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Given the way livestock are raised and slaughtered today, there are risks now in virtually all U.S. meats, dairy products and eggs of food-borne illness.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli, and other bacteria that sicken, cripple, and even kill U.S. consumers stem from factory farms.<span> </span>Yet there is currently no requirement in the U.S. that such farms be tested for these dangerous pathogens because the U.S. meat industry has aggressively fought any legislation that would require factory farms be tested for bacteria that cause food-borne illness, even though this would result in a safer product for consumers.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> 1998, Rep. Nita Lowey proposed an amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill that would have given the USDA the power to assess fines for unsanitary conditions in meatpacking plants. The House Appropriations Committee, however, rejected it by a vote of 25 to 19. A subsequent investigation found that the 25 members who voted against Lowey&#39;s motion received 6 times the campaign contributions from the meat and poultry industries as the 19 who voted for it. —&quot;How Money in Politics Hurts You&quot; <em>Dollars and Sense</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li> So great is the industry&#39;s control over federal policy that in 2000 the federal agency overseeing food inspection began imposing new rules, actually reclassifying as safe for human consumption animal carcasses with cancers, tumors, and open sores. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Numerous consumer groups are calling for the Secretary of Agriculture to be granted the authority to issue mandatory recalls for meat. Federal agencies have the power to recall toys, tires, and other items that might be hazardous, but not meat. Why not? Because of the adamant opposition from the meat industry.</li> </ul> <ul> <li> U.S. poultry production controlled by the 8 largest chicken processors in 1998: 61.5 percent —<em>Feedstuffs</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>U.S. turkey market controlled by the six largest processors: 50 percent —National Turky Federation</li> </ul> <ul> <li>U.S. beef market controlled by the four largest beef-packers: 81 percent —<em>Drover&#39;s Journal</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>U.S. hog slaughter controlled by four corporations: 50 percent —Wolfson, <em>Beyond the Law</em></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>E. Coli</em></p> <ul> <li>Cows are raised in huge, city-sized feedlots where they become smeared with fecal matter and other filth.<span> </span>In the slaughterhouses, workers are under pressure to work as quickly as possible, killing and gutting as many as 330 animals per hour.<span> </span>If any errors occur in the cutting of the cow&#39;s body cavity, the intestines can be punctured and feces released. The carcasses are immediately dipped in a cold water bath, which becomes a fecal stew.<span> </span>Later, as the meat is cut up and made into hamburger, the consumer may eat parts of multiple cows in one burger—so if there is contamination on the meat of one carcass, it could be spread to thousands of pounds of meat. —&quot;A Citizen&#39;s Guide to Fighting Food Irradiation&quot; Public Citizen Foundation</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Tom Billy, the administrator for the USDA&#39;s Food Safety and Inspection Service says that E. coli bacteria can be found in up to 50 percent of U.S. cattle carcasses. —&quot;Deadly E. Coli Bug May Affect Half of Cattle&quot; <em>Meat Industry Insights</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>In the finished product, a report by the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 89 percent of U.S. beef ground into patties contains traces of the deadly E. coli strain.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The prevalence of E. coli is hundreds of times greater in cattle that are kept in feedlots and fed grain (not their natural diet) than in cattle allowed to graze. One industry executive said, &quot;We&#39;re quite anxious about E. coli and are doing everything in our power to deal with it.&quot; John Robbins asked, &quot;How about letting the animals out to pasture?&quot; &quot;It&#39;s not going to happen,&quot; he answered, &quot;because it would lower profits.&quot;</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Campylobacter and Salmonella</em></p> <ul> <li>When you cram 50,000 birds into one building, give them feed and water that are contaminated and exposed to mice and rats, give them antibiotics that will make them more vulnerable to disease as strains of bacteria become resistant to the drugs, and then deprive them of food and water for several days before going to slaughter, you create near perfect conditions for pathogens to spread. —&quot;A Citizen&#39;s Guide to Fighting Food Irradiation&quot; Public Citizen Foundation</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Chickens are transported to slaughterhouses in large trucks, where they are crushed together and become encrusted with feces and urine.<span> </span>At the slaughterhouse, birds are hung, stunned, bled, killed, and scaled. Individual chickens are gutted by a machine with a metal hook, which often breaks the intestine and contaminates the cavity of the bird.<span> </span>The bird should be removed at this point, but often it is not.<span> </span>The chicken carcass is then rinsed and left in a bath of cold water for one hour, so it will become heavier.<span> </span>Research shows this bath is one of the leading causes of fecal contamination and the spread of pathogens.<span> </span>It is also during this step that water weight is added to the bird. The added water weight provides Tyson Foods Inc., one of the nation&#39;s largest poultry companies, with $40 million in extra annual gross profits. —&quot;A Citizen&#39;s Guide to Fighting Food Irradiation&quot; Public Citizen Foundation</li> </ul> <ul> <li>According to CDC numbers, Campylobacter kills more Americans every year than E. coli and is increasing even more rapidly.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Leading cause of food-borne illness in the U.S.: Campylobacter</li> </ul> <ul> <li>People in the U.S. who become ill with Campylobacter poisoning every day: More than 5000</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Primary source of Campylobacter bacteria: Contaminated chicken flesh</li> </ul> <ul> <li>American chickens sufficiently contaminated with Campylobacter to cause illness: 70 percent —&quot;<em>Consumer Reports </em>Finds 71 Percent of Store-Bought Chicken Contains Harmful Bacteria&quot; Consumers Union press release</li> </ul> <ul> <li>American turkeys sufficiently contaminated with Campylobacter to cause illness: 90 percent —&quot;How Hazardous Is Your Turkey&quot; Center for Science in the Public Interest news release</li> </ul> <ul> <li>There is much the industry could do to reduce the contamination, but they are unwilling. For example, changing the litter (the bedding material on the floor of the chicken house) more often can reduce the spread of disease. In Europe, the litter is scooped out and replaced between every flock, which is a matter of weeks. In the U.S., it is often left in place for one or two years. —Fox <em>Spoiled</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>One chicken producer told John Robbins, &quot;We&#39;re very concerned about Campylobacter contamination in our chickens today, and we&#39;re real sorry for the people who get sick and their families. Believe me, we bend over backward to produce a clean product.&quot; John Robbins replied, &quot;Yes, but why don&#39;t you clean out the litter more often?&quot; &quot;Oh,&quot; he replied, &quot;there&#39;d be costs to that.&quot;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Chickens in the U.S. are frequently infected with Campylobacter and Salmonella; this is not the case in Sweden and Norway. In these countries, livestock are treated more humanly and given more space, with the result that they are healthier and harbor fewer pathogens.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>U.S. chickens today are contaminated not only with Campylobacter, they are regularly contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is actually a problem in all animal foods in the U.S. today. Mitchell Cohen, M.D., is with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He says &quot;we have had outbreaks of Salmonella (in the U.S.) related to almost every food of animal origin: poultry, beef, pork, eggs, milk, and milk products. —Barnard, Neal <em>The Power of Your Plate</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Annual Salmonella cases in Sweden: 1 for every 10,000 people —&quot;World&#39;s Safest Meat Supply?&quot; <em>Meat and Poultry</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Annual Salmonella cases in the U.S.: 1 for every 200 people —&quot;World&#39;s Safest Meat Supply?&quot; <em>Meat and Poultry</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Chickens infected with Campylobacter in Norway: 10 percent</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Chickens infected with Campylobacter in the U.S.: 70 percent</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The U.S. meat and egg industries say repeatedly that &quot;we have the safest meat and poultry supply in the world&quot; —&quot;World&#39;s Safest Meat Supply?&quot; <em>Meat and Poultry</em></li> </ul> <p> <u><strong>Irradiation</strong></u> <ul> <li>Instead of correcting the filthy factory farm and slaughterhouse conditions that give rise to contamination in the first place, the U.S. meat industry is using irradiation—the deliberate exposure of food to nuclear radiation to kill pathogens.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The cattlemen have lobbied heavily to label their irradiated meat as &quot;cold pasteurization&quot; or &quot;electron beam pasteurization&quot; and other such treated-for-your-safety type of labels, instead of calling it what it is—irradiation.<span> </span>—&quot;Consumers and Companies Battle over Meat Labels&quot; <em>Meat Industry Insights </em><span> </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li>On February 22, 2000, the USDA legalized the irradiation of beef and other meat products.<span> </span>While a label disclosing the meat products have been irradiated is required when those products are sold in a store, labeling is not required for foods served by restaurants and school lunch programs. —&quot;Try Our Nukeburgers&quot; <em>E</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Food irradiation causes a host of unnatural and sometimes unidentifiable chemicals to be formed within the irradiated foods. —John W. Gofman, M.D., professor emeritus of molecular and cell biology, University of California Berkeley</li> </ul> <ul> <li>No long-term studies have ever been conducted on the safety of food irradiation.<span> </span>Short term studies show that irradiating food destroys vitamins A, B-1, C, K, and E, and forms new and potentially carcinogenic chemical compounds.</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><u>Antibiotics</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>The levels of antibiotic resistant bacteria are accelerating rapidly.<span> </span>Trying to cope, hospitals are using higher doses and employing ever more antibiotics, particularly the broad-spectrum types.<span> </span>The Union of Concerned Scientists announced in 2001 that antibiotics in factory farms account for the overwhelming majority of all antibiotic use in the country. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Antibiotics administered to people in the U.S. annually to treat diseases: 3 million pounds —&quot;Scientists see higher use of antibiotics on farms&quot; <em>New York Times</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Antibiotics administered to livestock in the U.S. annually for purposes other than treating disease: 24.6 million pounds. —&quot;Scientists see higher use of antibiotics on farms&quot; <em>New York Times</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Many nations including the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Canada, Germany, and many other European countries had banned the routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock.<span> </span>In the U.S., bills had been introduced in Congress to follow suit, but lobbying by the meat industry had successfully prevented these bills from becoming law.<span> </span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><u>Growth Hormones</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>U.S. beef cattle are routinely implanted with sex hormones, including Zeranol, trenbolone acetate, progesterone, testosterone, and/or estradiol.<span> </span>These steroid hormones are used to make the cattle gain more weight, to become bigger, jeopardizing their health.<span> </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li>More than 90 percent of US beef cattle today receive hormone implants, and in larger feedlots, the figure is 100 percent. —&quot;Fact Sheet—June 1998&quot; National Cattlemen&#39;s Beef Association</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Since 1995, the European Union has completely prohibited treating any farm animal with sex hormones to promote growth, for the reason that these sex hormones are known to cause several human cancers and types of reproductive dysfunction. —&quot;The Bad Seed&quot; <em>Rachel&#39;s Environment and Health Weekly</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>After the European Union banned the sale of hormone-treated meat within European Union countries, the U.S. complained to the WTO. The WTO ruled that the European Union was required to pay the U.S. $150 million per year as compensation for lost profit, despite a lengthy report by independent scientists showing that some hormones added to U.S. meat are complete carcinogens—capable of causing cancer by themselves.<span> </span>—&quot;European Union Says Beef Hormones Can Cause Cancer&quot; <em>Meat Industry Insights</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>To the European Union, the health risks from the hormones in U.S. beef are so great that they are willing to pay $150 million a year if necessary rather than allow U.S. beef to cross their borders. </li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><u>You are what you eat</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>Current FDA regulations allow dead pigs and dead horses to be rendered into cattle feed, along with dead poultry.<span> </span>The regulations not only allow cattle to be fed dead poultry, they allow poultry to be fed dead cattle. —Schlosser, Eric <em>Fast Food Nation</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Recycled chicken manure is routinely incorporated into the diets of US chickens.<span> </span>90 percent of US chickens are now infected with leucosis—chicken cancer—at the time of slaughter.<span> </span>Raw poultry and pig manure are routinely fed to U.S. pigs.<span> </span>The water they are given is often only the liquid wastes draining from manure pits.<span> </span>—&quot;The Dangers of Factory Farming&quot; Humane Farming Association</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Dried poultry waste and sewage sludge are routinely fed to U.S. cattle.<span> </span>—Cheeke, Peter <em>Contemporary Issues in Animal Agriculture</em></li> </ul> <ul> <li>In 1997, in the wake of British epidemic of Mad Cow disease, the U.S. FDA finally banned the practice of feeding cow meat and bone meal back to cows.<span> </span>But pigs and chickens are still routinely fed the bones, brains, meat scraps, feathers, and feces of their own species.<span> </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Tens of millions of unclaimed cats and dogs are euthanized every year by shelters and veterinarians, many of which are picked up by rendering plants.<span> </span>Much of the livestock feed in the U.S. today is made with rendered ingredients.<span> </span>Thus commercial meat, dairy, and egg products often come from animals whose diet included the ground up remains of cats and dogs, including the euthanasia drugs injected into their bodies. </li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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