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Fewer Antibiotics Make For Safer Meats

Another great reason you should avoid eating meats from conventional livestock sources -- that typically come with their own health-harming array of antibiotics -- comes from a new study conducted Down Under.

Researchers studied the effect of tighter restrictions on antibiotics in chickens raised in Australia to the presence of Campylobacter jejuni, one of the main causes of food-borne and drug-resistant bacterial illnesses in some 600 Aussie patients.

Because Australia bans the use of fluoroquinolones, it's no surprise to me only 2 percent of the tissue samples from patients were resistant to the very same branch of antibiotics (ciprofloxacin). Some bad news for patients still eating conventionally grown meats in other countries that allow fluoroquinolones: Their resistance to antibiotic drugs may be as high as 29 percent.

Even though the FDA finally banned the use of fluoroquinolones last year, that doesn't mean eating conventionally grown livestock is a healthier choice, considering most are still fed pesticide-laden feed.

Your best bet: Find a local source from a farmer. If that's not an option, you may want to consider some of the delicious and healthy meats sold in my Web store.

Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 42, No. 10, May 15, 2006: 1368-1374 Free Full Text PDF

EurekAlert April 17, 2006

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