(NaturalNews) With the flu season upon us, I would like to offer some parallels between what we ingest and the consistent transformation of the flu virus. With the latest dietary guidelines calling for three servings of low-fat or nonfat dairy a day, the average family with two kids now consumes more than 85 gallons of milk a year (1). What the government does not tell you, nor enforces the removal of, is that most milk is filled with carcinogens and antibodies.
Dioxins, an industrial by-product and a known carcinogen, are ingested by cows when they eat contaminated grass. Milk that is conventionally produced often comes from cows that are raised under disturbing farm conditions - they may graze on pastures that have been treated with pesticides, herbicides and sewage sludge. When the cattle are not let outside, they feed on dried grass and hay, grains (which may be genetically modified), and fish meal (which may contain PCBs and mercury). Cows on conventional farms are often given antibiotics, even when they are healthy, to prevent them from getting sick (1).
In some "factory farms," thousands of cows are crammed inside barns to allow easy access for milking. Their milk production can be forced beyond normal capacity through injections of a synthetic growth hormone called rbST. Studies show that these cows are more susceptible to diseases because their natural life cycle is being distorted (1).
Sounds like our natural life cycle is also being distorted. When you eat something, anything, which comes from a plant or animal that has been tampered with by the superior intelligence of humans, that item you consumed becomes a part of you on a molecular level. If cows ingest hormones, antibodies and carcinogens, and you eat or drink anything from that cow; you are ingesting those same hormones, antibodies and carcinogens.
On top of this, look in almost anyone's medicine cabinet and you will find a stash of brownish-orange prescription bottles lining the shelves (I know I am not the only one who does this). Time after time we self-medicate and in many instances, over-medicate. Rather than let your immune system do its job, you do it for it and pop a pill. There are certain instances when you do need to seek external medicine. An example is an allergic reaction, which happens due to an irritant that sends your system into overdrive and you need a histamine blocker to prevent your immune system from causing you harm.
The Flu virus, however, is not one of these incidents. Each year, millions of people line up at local flu vaccine clinics to receive their annual shot of the flu virus. That shot you take is actually a strand or strands of either dead or weakened flu virus(es). With this in mind, your immune system sends out antibodies in response, and the belief is that that will keep you safe from the flu till next year.
What most do not take into account is during this time, and prior to it, we have been filling our bodies with antibiotics through our food. "Although the milk supply is tested before it reaches consumers to make sure it does not contain antibiotics, the overuse of these medications might contribute to a rise of drug-resistant bacteria, making some disease more difficult to treat." (1) And that is one of the main reasons the flu virus mutates year after year. It certainly would appear that the flu virus is more intelligent than humans. We keep trying to vaccinate and ward off all these viruses and bacteria, but this forces them to mutate over and over.
Let's look at this from a basic mathematical standpoint: if you have a virus, for example, you treat it by taking antibiotics (which is similar to a vaccine only one does the actual work for your immune system) to try to kill it. In the process, some of the virus may not be eradicated and those antibodies have now forced the virus to mutate (sounds like a very Darwinian theory). Now you might have some of the original virus and the mutated form to try and kill next time around. So what do we do? We create another medication or vaccine against the two, and in turn, the second mutates again and maybe even the original strand creates another new strand, and now you have three or more. Seeing a pattern? Yes, in many cases we are fighting a losing battle. Bacteria has been around since the birth of the earth (from whatever theory you believe) and they will be around long after us.
1. Organic Style, October 2005
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Jenn Geiss is a Graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a B.A.’s in Political Science and Politics, Philosophy and Law. Author of Today’s Rant at http://torant.blogspot.com.