90% Of Ground Turkey Contaminated With Horrible Shit

New Study Finds 90 Percent Of Ground Turkey Contaminated With One Or More Dangerous Bacteria

Published 1, May 2, 2013 Link 2 Jonathan Turley Posting

Consumer Reports has come out with a rather alarming study that shows that 60 percent of ground turkey tested contained fecal bacteria and sixty-nine percent of ground-turkey samples contained enterococcus.

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Even more scary was that 80 percent of the enterococcus bacteria were resistant to three or more groups of closely related antibiotics (or classes), as were more than half of the E. coli.

In all, 90 percent of the samples tested positive for one or more of the five bacteria targeted by the study such as salmonella and staphylococcus aureus. Three samples were contaminated with the potentially lethal methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

The percentage of such bacteria as E Coli did not change with organic or antibiotic-free turkeys.

The use of antibiotics (long criticized by health experts) has helped create a huge petri dish for generating resistant germs to antibiotics. Despite such studies, we continue to cut a demonstrably small force of food inspectors — relying on large part on the industry’s self-regulation.

The study is likely to have a huge impact on consumers who often view turkey as a healthier substitute for ground beef. It remains lower in fat but the contamination levels are astonishing.

The astonishing level of contamination in ground turkey would suggest that a large number of people are likely sickened every year without necessarily knowing that it was the turkey that was the culprit rather than the usual suspects of unclean restaurant conditions or other foods like lettuce etc. The problem is that people who are sickened by such food often do not trace their illness to a particular product. The result that tort actions remain rare due to factual causation problems — reducing the deterrence afforded by litigation.

Source: Consumer Reports

Consumer Health Digest for April-11th-2013 by Steve Barrett M.D.

Consumer Health Digest for 4-11-2013 by Steve Barrett, M.D.

Dr. Oz’s irresponsible amalgam attack rebutted. On March 28, the Dr. Oz Show featured a demonstration purporting to show that brushing the teeth that contain amalgam fillings releases toxic levels of mercury vapor within the mouth. Two articles that explain why this demonstration was misleading have been published. One notes that the apparatus did not mimic real world conditions and that the operator’s company is closely linked with Oz and has been a major contributor to Oz’s nonprofit corporation. [Baratz RS, Barrett S. Dr. Oz’s improper amalgam toxicity demonstration. Dental Watch, April 8, 2013] The other article provides a sentence-by-sentence analysis of the program’s transcript. [Barrett S. Analysis of Dr. Oz’s unwarranted attack on
amalgam fillings
. Quackwatch, April 9, 2013] The Dr. Oz Show too often provides a platform for unscientific viewpoints (including anti-vaccination and anti-fluoridation) and promotes useless products. Continue reading

Consumer Health Digest #12-46, December 27, 2012

Consumer Health Digest #12-46
December 27, 2012
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Herbalife attacked as “pyramid scheme”

Billionaire hedge fund investor Bill Ackman has mounted an attack on Herbalife that he apparently hopes will drive it out of business. The attack was launched with a 3-1/2 hour presentation at the Sohn Conference Special Event on December 20th. During his presentation, Ackman noted:

**Herbalife recruits unwitting “distributors” with the promise they can achieve lofty incomes. However, fewer than 1 in 1,000 do so.

**Herbalife’s products are overpriced but sell because they are bundled with a perceived business opportunity. However, the vast majority of new distributors make nothing.

**Herbalife is a pyramid scheme because its participants obtain their monetary benefits primarily from recruitment rather than the sale of goods to consumers. Continue reading

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Consumer Health Digest #12-45 12/20/2012

Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly e-mail newsletter edited
by Stephen Barrett,
M.D., with help from William M. London, Ed.D.

It summarizes scientific reports; legislative developments;
enforcement actions; news reports;
Web site evaluations;
recommended and nonrecom
mended books; and other information
relevant to
consumer protection and consumer decision-making.

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EMF protection device claims blasted.

The British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)
has ordered Business Revolutions Ltd to stop claiming
that its WillauTronic devices can protect people from
alleged adverse effects of electrosmog (“eSmog“).
The company’s Web site claims that ever-present
magnetic fields induce tiny electric currents that produce
unhealthy effects in human, animal, and plant bio-systems.

The company further claims that “eSmog” can cause
nervousness, sleeplessness, headaches, allergies, cancer,
and death and that its devices can “keep your family
healthy.” After Dr. Stephen Barrett complained to the ASA,
the company claimed that (a) they were not aware that
their website was accessible to the public and (b) because
they hadn’t developed the products and were only an agent
to sell them, they should not be considered to be an advertiser.

They made some modifications, but the ASA concluded that
the claims were unsubstantiated and still misleading.
Business Revolution Ltd defied the ASA’s order to stop and
is now listed as a noncompliant online advertiser.
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Chiropractor charged for criminally exploiting patient.

John O. Meadors, Utah Spine + Disk in Murry, Utah, has
been charged with one count of second-degree felony
exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

The Salt Lake City Tribune has reported that
(a) the patient, who
was unable to manage her financial
affairs, signed a contract for
20 visits and was persuaded
to open a $6,000 line of credit to
pay for them;
(b) Her legal guardian accompanied her to the clinic
but
was not aware of the contract or credit application;

(c) Meadors treated the woman three times but was paid
$5,250
by CareCredit for treatments that included the two
initial “free”
visits and additional treatments that were
not provided;

(d) Despite being told that the patient is disabled and that
the
contract was fraudulent, Meadors did not cancel any
charges;
and
(e) meanwhile the credit card company is pressing for

payment. [Dobner J. Chiropractor faces felony charge for
fraudulent contract. Salt Lake City Tribune, Dec 17, 2012]

Meadors’ clinic Web site refers to him as “the nation’s
leading
back pain relief expert” and “the defacto unrivaled
Number One
Chiropractor in the U.S.” In addition to
operating his own clinic,
Meadors also markets his treatment
system to other chiropractors.

In videos posted to You Tube, Meadors states that he has
collected
as much as $157,000 in a single week and promises
prospective
buyers they can make more money in a month
than they have been
able to make in a year. Many chiropractors
persuade patients to
sign contracts for multiple visits and
use CareCredit to finance them.

This appears to be the first time a chiropractor has been
criminally
charged with deception in connection with such
a contract.

For additional information about Meadors’ activities, see
http://www.chirobase.org/20PB/meadors.html
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FTC issues food marketing report.

The Federal Trade Commission has released a comprehensive
analysis of food and beverage industry marketing expenditures
and activities directed to children and teens. The study,
A Review of Food Marketing to Children and Adolescents:
Follow-Up Report, assesses industry efforts to encourage food
advertisers to promote a healthy diet. The report notes that
industry self-regulation has resulted in modest nutritional
improvements from 2006 to 2009 within categories heavily
marketed to youth, including cereals, drinks, and fast food meals.
However, some significant companies have not joined the effort,
and the entertainment industry lags farther behind.
[FTC Releases follow-up study detailing promotional activities,
expenditures, and nutritional profiles of food marketed to children
and adolescents commends industry for progress, urges broader participation and continued improvement. FTC news release
Dec 21, 2012] Link

In July 2011, the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising
Initiative (CFBAI) whose member companies accounted for
nearly 90% of advertising expenditures for foods marketed
to children in 2009 announced standardized nutrition criteria
that will take effect at the end of 2013. Link

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Marketers selling tainted “supplement” under new name.

The FDA is warning the public that a product distributed and
sold under the name ‘WOW’ can cause serious harm. Earlier
this year, the agency warned that Reumofan Plus, marketed
as a “natural” dietary supplement for the treatment of arthritis,
bone cancer, and various other problems contained undeclared
steroids and active ingredients found in prescription drugs
that should only be used under the medical supervision.

Since June, the FDA has received dozens of reports of serious
and sometimes fatal outcomes among users of Reumofan Plus.
The adverse effects include liver injury, severe bleeding,
corticosteroid withdrawal syndrome, adrenal suppression, and
stroke. Now the agency has discovered that some distributors
have deliberately renamed the product to sell remaining
supplies.
[Dangerous supplement now sold as ‘WOW.’,]
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