The usual suspects in informed circles, as to what ails us, are oftentimes attributed to the food we eat. In America this idea is downwind for the main and only a limited few have signed on for better food in its growth, production and distribution. That is why places like WHOLE FOODS are not your community store. Unfortunately growth enhancers, antibiotics in animals, seem to collide with health care, and continue to be the subject of discussion on many health forums.
Let me bring you up to speed though and enlighten you about two countries right now that do things differently for the benefit of their peoples. Those countries are Denmark and Sweden.
It is a known fact that meats produced inorganically are not good for you. Growth enhancers coupled with other engineering tactics can produce a monster chicken in two weeks, a monster pig in six weeks, and a monster cow in three months (my estimations are maybe exaggerated). The suspicious results, are also the premature rise to puberty of girls and other glandular malfunctions in our youths. There was a situation in Jamaica where some of these chicken pills were been sold on the black market to young girls and women who want overnight big breasts and big bottoms. It was a big business as it actually works quicker than eating the engineered meats. All of a sudden these young girls could block your view or catch your view, with their enlarged protrusions being it front or rear. It is my understanding that quite a number of cars would careened off their steered path as drivers would be watching their prolific front and rear ends, instead of the road.
I have a significant bias towards the Jamaican situation pertaining to how these foods affect us. Needless to say I am a Jamaican born and bred. I may have left the country several years ago but it still remains the nucleus of my culture. I have also learned through my exposure of the disease of prostate cancer that Jamaican men have the highest incidence of the disease in the world. So because engineered foods from most opinions on the subject, have strong links to cancer in humans, it is more than a slight interest that I have looked into this matter.(click to see concerns of hormones in foods).
My examination and interpretation of this topic then, could well shed some light here if not to bell the cat.
Over the years Jamaica has totally abrogated their indigenous ways of live for the fast-pacedness, of the modern world. Jamaicans used to be so laid back that the unofficial national motto was NO PROBLEM,MON. Nothing is so wrong with a little speed especially when needs to be. For crying out loud! We have produced some of the fastest humans over the years to put us on the top of the Olympic stadiums. Arguably fast has its place but when it comes to modernization at the expense of good health that is where I draw the line. As the previous article in part 1 expressed I Lloyd Martin, would prefer health over modernization any day of the week. Sadly Jamaica has ingested the bad with the good in this fast-paced world, that there is no more good. What has resulted is the situation of the devil being presented with putty and paint on his face to look like an angel.
Jamaica now imports over eighty percent of foods. (See link.) Adding to this unfortunate turn in the road is the fact that most times what is imported is not fit for dog consumption in the US. In many instances these foods are even cheaper than those produced on the island. The reasons could well be because it is so cheap to produce in the US they can afford to export it cheap, and avail it to Jamaicans cheap too.
My grandmother used to say that if you insist to eat outside your own kitchen you may never see what goes in the pot. This is so true of this situation now that for certain had they know what is in those meats and how the produce is grown, they might be motivated to go back to their own kitchen. Mexico learned that in recent times and took action when they rejected beef imported from the US. See (Toxic Beef Rejected by Mexico, Sold in US).
It is no wonder that the government is trying to corral this horse, and may they go faster than USAIN BOLT on this one. It becomes more imperative however, as a major contributor to prostate health, is the foods we eat, AND LET ME SAY IT AGAIN...JAMAICAN MEN TOP THE LIST WITH PROSTATE CANCER THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!
In the two European countries mentioned earlier (Sweden and Denmark) efforts from the administration’s level have produced admirable results. Some of the facts are that in these countries that have banned the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, farmers and meat industries are thriving, and increases in meat prices are negligible. In Denmark growth promoters were banned in 1998 and have seen a decreased use in therapeutic medicine for animals since then.
The problem could assume to arise when farmers force these animals to grow at abnormal pace. Their systems become compromised and terrible incapable to fight diseases in a natural way designed by nature.
All this is taking me back to my boyhood days in Jamaica and a particular occasion when we couldn’t get one of our choice boars well. This animal was in his prime and we were hoping to make him a breeder, but he got sick and for no obvious reasons. Every remedy and medicine we tried could not work. We had about given up on this pig and decided that we would just take him into the forest and left him to die in peace, return the elements to nature, and feed some crows. My cousin and I partially dragged, partially lifted this hog and deposited him deep into the woods. Thereupon we cut the string with which he was tethered, and said our last goodbyes. I remembered looking into his one eye looking back at me as he laid flat on one side, and didn’t see much life there.
That was not the last of Piggy Boy, as we called him. A couple months later we began to hear news from the other farmers and bush men, of a pig that moves like a ghost, which was rooting up their fields and ravishing their crops.
Right there we got suspicious that this must be Piggy Boy. To back up our suspicion my cousin and I made our way back to what was supposed to be his last resting place. We had hoped to see (or not see) bones to confirm the eventuality of this hog. Of course there were no bones or any evidence whatsoever of that large hog that should have been dead.
Whatever roots, shrubs, bush or leaves he ate cured him when our medicines couldn’t.
Today there are many feral hogs roaming Southern America. I understand that their meat is good too. You will never hear of them being rounded up to be given shots, therapeutic medicines, steroids or growth hormones. Some of the catches I see on reality Television underscore the fact that they grow big too.
So who was it that said that the use of antibiotic drugs in animals is fundamental to animal health and well-being? My little hog story had long proved that wrong. That is indeed a myth in the animal husbandry world. According to keepantibioticsworking.com a website dedicated to the ending of antibiotics overuse, the reality is that increasingly in the US, food- animals are raised in crowded, unsanitary and stressful conditions on industrial farms. They further contend that these conditions encourage disease. Reforming these agricultural practices to protect animal welfare would reduce the need for antibiotics in the first place… But it would be too costly to produce meat under these conditions of the abolition of these substances! farmers and the powers that be might argue! I have to agree to the contrary.
Other countries like Sweden and Denmark and I am sure others too, have done just that quite successfully, leaving a model for us to follow. Keepantibioticsworking.com have cited the reality of this versus the myth where they stick it to the pig as it were with this observation: A report done by the National Academy of Sciences found that a US ban on the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics would probably have little impact on the profits of farmers who employ good management practices…the ban would increase food costs for the average person about $4.85 to $9.72 per year a few cents a day. WHAT A PRICE TO PAY FOR BETTER HEALTH! And the sarcasm is mine of course.
At this juncture I would hope that I have your attention and that as a reader you are thinking. I wish to take the turn for home on this article, THE REAL REASONS WE DIE, by exploring some other facts. This I hope will help, not only to make you think more, but to move you finally to action.
I now invite you to turn your attention to Asian men who have the lowest incidence of prostate cancer. The last statistics I am aware of is 2/100,000. However migration to the US produces substantial increase in incidence rate. Similarize this to Black men living in west Africa who have very low rates, now compared to African –American men who are exceptionally vulnerable for both having prostate cancer and dying from it. What does this leave you to think?
It was with profound sadness and lamentation that I read the following article linked here for your edification. The news article referenced that beef containing harmful pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and heavy metals is being sold to the public because federal agencies have failed to set limits for the contaminants or adequately test for them. Read for yourself at this link and weep. (Toxic beef link).
Please remember that we are exploring the REAL RREASONS WE DIE. It should now be obvious that we have to watch the foods we eat, and particularly how they are produced. I have said that time and time again. To conclude that the foods you eat have nothing to do with your health would be dumb and stupid to say the least. If you cannot put kerosene oil into a car and expect it to run right how must one continue to put toxic foods into a his body without no consequences!
PROSTATE CANCER AND THE MALE'S ANATOMY.
There is another factor however that was most revealing to me as to the real reasons we die. In an article carried by the Los Angeles Times and dated February 12, 2001 and entitled WHY IS PROSTATE CANCER DEADLIER FOR BLACK MEN? Is what I will now use for the straight for home, as I wrap this up. I hope you will still be with me at the finish line.
The article mentioned a 10 year study that tracked the incidence of prostate cancer within a group of more than 45,000 men of doctors, pharmacists, optometrists and health professionals. This study, according to the article, that was carried out by Harvard researchers, found out that African-American in this group were nearly twice as likely to develop prostate cancer. All the men in this group had similar incomes educational backgrounds, similar diet, and yes likely to get regular medical check ups. Lifestyle they deduced then had probably nothing to do with the influence of prostate cancer in this group.
However the Harvard researchers did detect a genetic difference in the alteration of Androgen receptors in prostate cells for blacks. These protein cells they conclude, bind with hormones which promote the growth of prostate cancer. The article went on to mention another study done by Louisiana State University, to discover that prostate tumor samples in black men tended to have far more blood vessels. That study uncovers a gene that governs production of protein, was working overtime in African-American men. It says further that when this gene known as TIMP-1 actually turns into too much of a good thing when it is over-expressed. It then appears to speed up the growth of tumor and spread the growth of malignant cells throughout the body. This is more the reason why black men should avoid foods with saturated fats, and too much protein in their diet. Protein in responsible for growth and regeneration in the human body. If protein is further enhanced by the foods we eat with growth hormones etc., what are the possibilities that this could be what is acting so forcefully against a black man, and coming at him like an insurmountable wall... Prostate cancer in the medical arena is known as the black man’s disease. This is because of the higher rate observed with this ethnicity. I now ask could this be the reasons we die?
Could these be the real reasons we die folks? Reflecting on the arguments put forth in this two part series…Judge for yourself. I have proposed a lot for us to think about. I have looked at the way we live in cities and high rises, the foods and contaminants we eat, the Jamaican connection, and the male’s anatomy. It is my sincere hope that this information will help us kill the cobra we call prostate cancer.
This concludes my two part symposium on the subject of prostate cancer and on the topic THE REAL REASONS WE DIE. This is the end of the race, for this article at least. And if you are in the race with me please do not get off your horse, but ride to the next town to warn the others.
Until no resident will say I AM SICK, walk good and pack light.
Please read my personal survivor story in PROSTATE CANCER AND ME…OR YOU, THE TWO STAGES (MAN TO MAN) available at Amazon .com.