The Killers Within
- THE KILLERS WITHIN
The most common pathogenic organism found in raw milk
is Staphyloccus aureus. Cows often get ulcers or sores
on their udders. That bovine condition is known as
mastitis, and the average cow in America requires
$200 to treat that mastitis condition. Multiply
that by 9.3 million dairy cows, and America's dairymen
have a $2 billion yearly problem
I read a remarkable book on Sunday's flight from
Detroit to Newark. "Killers Within" is the story
of the deadly rise of drug-resistant bacteria.
Written by Michael Schnayerson and Mark Plotkin
(Little, Brown & Company, 2002), the book
reads like a detective story.
I took notes.
Staphlococcus aureus is the most common infection
of dairy cows. Bacterial toxins are easily passed
from cows to humans in milk, and are not destroyed
by pasteurization. On page 30, the authors write:
"Staph aureus bacteria are so virulent that
very few are needed to do the job...it's the most
successful of all bacterial pathogens and the
number one cause of hospital infections in the world."
I was fascinated to learn that many of the so-called
miracle antibiotic drugs were derived from feces
taken from sewers (page 35).
On page 123, the authors explain one reason that
antibiotic use continues on many farms. Antibiotics
are growth promoters. That explains why chickens,
pigs, and cows are so overdosed.
The authors go into great detail about new strains
of bacteria that developed immunities to traditional
antibiotics. Many Americans consume the antibiotic-
resistant bacteria and become deathly ill. Some of
these bacterial strains take residence in the human
heart, and the ensuing disease in painfully expensive,
painfully painful, and untreatable.
Cases of diarrhea from E. coli 157 or Guillain-Barre
Syndrome from campylobacter can be traced to the
diseased body fluids that we drink and infected
flesh that we eat. The authors report a CDC study
revealing that 60% of the 9.5 billions chickens
sold in America each year are infected with campylobacter.
Three out of every five chickens. If you eat chicken
twice each week, thirty of your meals will come from
highly toxic and infected flesh.
I was surprised to learn that 1.4 million Americans
get salmonella each year, and 2-3% of those so infected
get arthritis. I have not extended those numbers out
over the course of a lifetime, but this information
suggests a plague of bad health results from eating
On page 173, the authors report that staph pneumo
is the leading cause of acute otitis, or earaches
in children. How many cases per year? About 6 million,
according to the Centers for Disease Control. Earaches
are the most common reason that children visit
pediatricians, according to the authors.
WHY ARE THERE NEW STRAINS OF BACTERIA?
The authors if "The Killers Within" do not explore
In 1990, the Food and Drug Administration sent a message
to dairy farmers: more drugs in milk was permissible.
FDA arbitrarily increased the allowable level of antibiotics
in milk by 100 times. The old protocol called for no more
than one part per hundred million of antibiotic residues
in milk. The change permitted antibiotic levels to be as
high as one part per million. Consumers Union tested milk
samples in the New York metropolitan area in 1992 and
found the presence of 52 different antibiotics.
During that two-year period, cows were overdosed with
antibiotics and new strains of bacteria developed.
If an imaginary cow had one billion bacteria in her system
and she was treated with streptomycin and that antibiotic
killed all but one of those germs, that one survivor would
be immune to the drug, then reproduce a new population with
total immunity. Doubling its population every twenty minutes,
it would take 10 hours for a new strain of bacteria to grow
to one billion in number. Multiply that by 9 million cows and
52 different antibiotics, and it becomes clear to see why
antibiotics no longer seem to work when they are needed.
GOT MILK? GOT ANTIBIOTICS!
The average American drinks milk and eats cheese containing
new strains of bacteria, immune to the 52 different antibiotics
which are also present in milk.
Children are dying, and scientists do not have a clue why.
Milk and dairy products should carry a warning label.
Forty percent of the average American's diet consists
of a product that is always infected with bacteria in
its raw state. Raw milk usually contains blood, feces,
bacterial and pus cells.
Pasteurization does not kill all of the bacteria in milk.
Many cheeses are not pasteurized. Rod-shaped bacteria
form a spore (spore is the Greek word for seed) at the
first sign of heat. When the milk cools, the spore "blooms"
and the bacteria re-emerges into its toxic state.
Does pasteurization really work? On day ten you might pour
out the offensive smelling milk in your refrigerator, and
on day nine, you drink it.