Grab Networks, on May 18, 2011 (today) released a video “Bed Bugs May be Spreading MRSA” that provides an overview of the MRSA danger promulgated by bed bugs, and a few common-sense steps that you can take to deal with these horrible and pervasive creatures. I highly recommend that you take the three minutes that it will take to view it, and learn from it. Now, on to the danger…
I don’t know how familiar you are with Necrotizing fasciitis or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
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I also don’t know about you but I can’t think of a more horrific situation to find one’s self in than to contract a disease that eats your flesh, at an alarming rate, and is resistant, nay Highly Resistant, to treatment. The thought of losing muscle, flesh and limbs, while suffering the pain and horrific odor of YOUR rotting flesh being eaten away faster than the situation can be controlled, presents the ultimate hellish scenario.
I include cancer in this conversation. My wonderful wife Lynn suffered immeasurable pain for 62 agonizing days, as we fought with every fiber of our beings – to beat back Renal Cell Carcinoma. She suffered more than anyone should ever have to suffer, but I don’t think that even that can compare to a flesh-eating disease. So, what do we do about this and how can we protect ourselves.
We know that MRSA bacteria can enter a simple cut on our body, take root, and spread. A scratch that we get while pruning our roses, a scrape on the ground when we fall, any of these simple accidents, can leave us wide open to a MRSA infection.
More startling news: HA-MRSA has mutated 3 times in 12 years ! Am I missing something here? That was published in 2008! Where are we now? We know that the rate of growth of MRSA is increasing. That says that there is an acceleration of incidents – we are losing the battle to beat back this horror and we are not able to slow the increasing rate of growth, see recently. The newest losers are athletes and children. These are the most vital and healthiest amongst us. We are losing, not only the battle, but also the war!
In addition, now we hear the meat we buy at the grocery store; you know, the USDA approved and deemed safe for consumption, can expose us to MRSA. What the He** is going on here? Are you outraged? I know that I am!
Getting back to the purchase of meat and products that can be tainted with MRSA, we learn from Nearly Half of U.S. Meat Tainted With Drug-Resistant Bacteria that we must not consume factory farmed produce. Since most meats from these sources are found in supermarkets it is best not to buy your meat from these establishments. A Doctor Mercola states that your meat should be from local organic farms that you can check out yourself. This is particularly true in the U.S. If you cannot do the research yourself to source all your food, check out the local farmers markets and any organic delivery services. Is this practical for our modern society? Is it affordable? I would answer NO.
Now the question is, is it really Necessary?
According to the New York Post:
“For the study, researchers looked at 136 samples involving 80 brands of beef, chicken, pork and turkey from 26 grocery stores … According to the findings … industrial farms, where food animals are steadily fed low doses of antibiotics, ‘are ideal breeding grounds for drug-resistant bacteria that move from animals to humans.’”
So, drug-resistant bacteria may be lurking in your grocery meat aisle. A study found that Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria that causes most staph infections, was present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at “unexpectedly high rates.”
Researchers found nearly half of the meat and poultry samples were contaminated. What’s more, over half of those bacteria were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics.
Further, from Doctor Mercola, “If you’re still buying meat from your local grocery store, you have a 50/50 chance of choosing meat that’s tainted with drug-resistant bacteria every time you shop. This staggering, and quite disgusting finding comes from a study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, which revealed 47 percent of the meat and poultry samples they tested contained antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
These were samples from 80 brands of beef, chicken, pork and turkey from more than two dozen grocery stores scattered across the United States, in large cities from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. So it likely applies to a grocery store near you …
It should be noted that all of these bacterias will be rendered moot by cooking. Heat will kill them completely. Having said that, do you like your beef rare; I know I do!
Please go to the main article for further information on the following topics:
- Can You Get Staph Infections From Meat?
- Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs in Your Meat is a Very Bad Sign …
- Do You Know Who Uses the Most Antibiotics in the United States?
- Will Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Soon be in Your Produce, Too?
- Other Countries are Taking Steps to Keep Superbugs OUT of Their Meat …
- Another Reason to Choose Your Meat Wisely
I believe that an article from the Mayo Clinic provides the best overview of MRSA. Please study their graphic on what a staph infection looks like, in the two photos that they present! I urge you to read it here. Stay safe, watch what you eat, and be very careful outdoors.
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