Doctor's Note

I've previously addressed this in my video Arsenic in Chicken. Nice to see some progress made!

The antibiotics the poultry industry continues to feed chickens present another public health hazard. See my videos:

Cooking may also create other carcinogens from the muscle itself:

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  • HemoDynamic, M.D.

    What can I say?

    • JacquieRN

      Great song!

    • Coacervate

      Hmm, I hear “The Pusher” by Steppenwolf and the movie I see is a certain clip at the end of “Taxi” driver… “You talking to me?”

      • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

        I`m the only arsenic here…..

        • Coacervate

          ;) There will be no more pills, no more bad food, no more destroyers of my body. From now on will be total organization. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this arsenic off the streets.

  • Lawrence

    There’s no doubt the poultry industry has done some serious damage to our environment and our fellow citizens. I recommend the documentary ‘A River of Waste’ to everyone.

    • JacquieRN

      Thanks for sharing Lawrence, I haven’t seen this yet, but is now on my list to watch.

  • Lawrence

    Dr. Greger, I forgot to mention to your readers that you are featured prominently in ‘A River of Waste.’ Your contribution adds so much.

    On a slightly unrelated topic, perhaps some day you will weigh in on the use of biosolids as fertilizer. The whole idea of using this sludge is, frankly, unsettling. I would be very interested in what you have to say about this practice. Thank you.

  • OK, So… 3 out of 4 arsenic-containing drugs have been “officially” pulled from the market. Does that mean that all the efforts to get these drugs out of our food supply have resulted in granting one company a monopoly in this market? Does anyone know who this lucky company is?

    Usually in such situations, one company has more political influence and money than the others. The relevant politicians look like good guys for banning some of the offending products. It sounds like the favored company received a present from their favorite politicians: a monopoly or a much less competitive marketplace.

    Does anyone know if this is what happened in this case?
    Why would the 4th arsenic-containing drug still be allowed in our foods?

    • masobel

      In this case, the same company produces the 4th drug as well (Nitarsone). The company is a subsidiary of Pfizer. Nitarsone is currently under investigation by the FDA but the industry claims that it’s the only known treatment for blackhead disease which effects turkeys. The disease can be prevented by keeping the animals in sanitary conditions. There is also an herbal formula that seems to work well.

      It’s important to note that the FDA only rescinded approval for these drugs after the Pharma companies had already voluntarily removed the drugs from the market. Nitarsone is still being widely used so essentially, the FDA didn’t get approval from the industry to rescind approval for the drug!

      • Now that’s a telling closing statement, Masobel! Thank you.

      • Itsover2016

        Isn’t the FDA run by exCEO of Monsanto ?

    • Coacervate

      All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad.

      You’ve gotta say, “I’m a human being, goshdarnit! My life has value!”

      So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,

      “I’m as mad as hell,

      and I’m not going to take this anymore!!”

      ——Howard Beale in “Network”

      …I know its corny but i really feel this way sometimes…CoA

      • JacquieRN

        Me too!

  • Coacervate

    You people show no business sense at all. Who do you think you’re talking to? How are we supposed to move this vast stockpile of noxious crap if we can’t sell it? Did it ever occur to you that we’ve invested a lot of $$ so you can have that healthy white low fat low cholesterol high protein low carb filth for an attractive 0.89 cents/lb on your plate. Times are tough. We know whats good for you because we’ve told the USDA what to say. What’s a few cancers when your health is at steak? Just eat the product and quit listening to that man behind the video and nobody gets hurt more than usual.

  • DGH

    Nothing surprises me anymore. I was somewhat shocked to learn that animals in the livestock industry are fed parts of slaughtered animals unfit for human consumption, which is how mad cow disease happened in England. I am not surprised that chickens get fed a known human carcinogen in the name of enhancing profits. It’s virtually no wonder that we are dealing with a human epidemic of malignancy.

    I am so glad I found my way to a plant-based diet. Not that I am entirely protected from synthetic carcinogenic additives, but at least what I eat is not bioconcentrating them up the food chain.

  • barbarabrussels

    … delicious again, Peter.

  • Ruby

    I just have to keep saying Dr G, your work and elucidative reports are so very greatly appreciated, as well as profoundly diaheartening. Info we all need – like medicine, tastes bad but good for us. No wonder I got sick as sin when I went back to meat eating for a few years. It’s a horror out there above and beyond animal cruelty. Sobering. Your elucidative reports are confirmation every single day.

  • Merio

    it is off topic, but i suggest to all NF readers to check out the PlantPositive channel on you tube, or on his site…

    The Primitive Nutrition Series is really good…

  • BennyB

    It’s healthy, ’cause it’s chicken.

  • Rich

    Is there safe rice without arsenic? Where would you find it?

  • Itsover2016

    For years I have complained about chicken, the smell, the texture, the taste, even when we buy organic certified, free range, it’s still not right. Having grown up on farms before chemicals for animals, I still search for the real chicken, I drive from Alaska to Texas every couple of years going round trip different ways each time, driving through Canada. I take my little Chihuahua with me, I always get him chicken on the road. He refuses 98% of it, he smells it and won’t touch it, it’s baked chicken nothing fatty.
    Anyway, it’s a struggle to find decent chicken, but , three years ago we stopped at this huge gas station, food Mart, gambling hall place in Montana. There was only two pieces of chicken left, it was fried, had no choice, got it. We pulled off and parked, the dog ate one whole piece in a hurry, I tasted it, sat back in my seat and said holy cow this is real chicken!
    There is a huge difference, cancer and diabetes etc were rare back in the day, I can say one thing for sure, our illness in the world is our food and water.