Healthy Hot Dogs? Hot Dogs And Processed Meats As bad As Cigarettes


December 11th, 2012
Updated 12/11/2012 at 3:22 am

Are you a smoker? How about a hot dog eater? According to a national medical group, hot dogs are just as detrimental as cigarettes to your health. The D.C. -based alternative health group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine ran a $2,750 billboard that read “Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.” But it’s true; healthy hot dogs may not exist, along with healthy processed meat.

That $2,750 message was aiming to warn people about the health risks of eating processed meats. This includes but is not limited to hot dogs, deli meats, ham, sausage, bacon, and pepperoni—all foods found in excess in everyday American fare, and something like a requirement at any Speedway event.

“A hot dog a day could send you to an early grave,” says dietitian Susan Levin, nutrition education director for the committee. The causes of death include colorectal and pancreatic cancer thanks to the chemical additives and genetically modified ingredients—not, as commonly believed, the meat itself.

Let’s take a brief look at the Oscar Meyer hot dog, the ingredients of which include (not limited to) mechanically separated various meats, corn syrup, and sodium nitrite. Mechanically separated meat is a paste that includes the spinal cords of animals—which is where, incidentally, BSE or Mad Cow Disease tends to lurk. Meanwhile, corn syrup in conventional foods is almost always genetically modified and is a prime suspect in the American obesity epidemic, and sodium nitrite has been associated with a 67 percent raised risk of pancreatic cancer.

Many physicians, however, don’t believe the evidence (or are paid by corporations to dull their bite on the topic).

“It is not necessary to eliminate consumption of red or processed meat,” says the American Cancer Society. “Rather the message is that these foods should not be the mainstay of your diet.”

Meanwhile, others like Dr. Jesse Spear of St. Vincent Medical Group simply don’t have faith in their patients to stop eating processed meats. “I don’t personally tell people never to eat hot dogs, because I guess I’m just realistic enough to know that people will still consume them to some degree,” he says.

Dying Slowly

As with cigarettes, it’s not the meat itself but the chemical additives—like nitrates—in processed meat that make them so harmful. (That is, unless, the animals are fed genetically modified corn in horrid conditions typical of factory farms, in which case the meat itself becomes toxic.) Pasture-raised meats are not as toxic as the mainstream media often suggests.

In short, the quality of what we put into our bodies matters more than we may think. A baseball stadium hot dog may taste good going down, but it’s nothing short of hastening a visit to the grave.

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11 Reasons to Stop Eating Dairy


 By Michelle Schoffro Cook

Milk and dairy products are not the health foods we’ve been told they are.  Here are 11 reasons to stop consuming them:

1. Cow’s milk is intended for baby cows.  We’re the only species (other than those we are domesticating) that drinks milk after infancy.  And, we’re definitely the only ones drinking the milk of a different species.

2.  Hormones. Not only are the naturally-present hormones in cow’s milk stronger than human hormones, the animals are routinely given steroids and other hormones to plump them up and increase milk production.  These hormones can negatively impact humans’ delicate hormonal balance.

3.  Most cows are fed inappropriate food.  Commercial feed for cows contains all sorts of ingredients that include:  genetically-modified (GM) corn, GM soy, animal products, chicken manure, cottonseed, pesticides, and antibiotics.

4.  Dairy products, when metabolized, are acid-forming.  Our bodies are constantly striving for biochemical balance to keep our blood at 7.365 pH.  Eating excessive acid-forming products can cause our bodies to overuse some of its acid-balancing mechanisms, one of which is the bones.  Alkaline calcium is stored in the bones and released to combat excessive acidity in the body.  Over time, bones can become fragile.

5.  Research shows that the countries whose citizens consume the most dairy products have the HIGHEST incidence of osteoporosis.

6.  Most dairy cows live in confined, inhumane conditions, never seeing the pastures of green grass they were intended to eat.

7. Most dairy products are pasteurized to kill potentially-harmful bacteria.  During the pasteurization process, vitamins, proteins, and enzymes are destroyed.  Enzymes assist with the digestion process.  When they are destroyed through pasteurization, milk becomes harder to digest, therefore putting a strain on our bodies’ enzyme systems.

8.  Dairy products are mucous-forming. They can contribute to respiratory disorders.  When I remove dairy and sugar from the diets of my clients, they stop experiencing hay fever and seasonal allergies.

9.  Research links dairy products with arthritis. In one study on rabbits, scientist Richard Panush was able to PRODUCE inflamed joints in the animals by switching their water to milk.  In another study, scientists observed more than a 50% reduction in the pain and swelling of arthritis when participants eliminated milk and dairy products from their diet.

10  Most milk is homogenized, which denatures the milk’s proteins, making it harder to digest.  Many peoples’ bodies react to these proteins as though they are “foreign invaders” causing their immune systems to overreact.  Research also links homogenized milk to heart disease.

11.  Pesticides in cow feed find their way into milk and dairy products that we consume.

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