ARSENIC IS IN CHICKEN FEED

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

ARSENIC IS IN CHICKEN FEED

Terry Chappell, MD

 

            Chickens are supposed to be a helathy food.  Arsenic is found in roxarsone, a pesticide routinely added to chicken feed to combat parasites and increase weight gain in chickens.  Arsenic dust is commonly found on farms, in the water and in the air.  In 1999, the European Union outlawed the use of arsenic for this purpose, but it is still legal in the US.  Chicken consumption has increased dramatically in the last 40 years, which in turn has increased the arsenic levels in our bodies. 

Arsenic is a Class A toxic metal that increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and memory loss.  Americans routinely get exposed to as much as 11 times the recommended upper limits of  allowable exposure, according to the EPA.  Other toxic metals, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and aluminum are found in the environment as well.  You can test for arsenic as well as most other metals with an intravenous EDTA challenge.  Treatment of toxic levels usually requires a series of IVs, perhaps with oral medications or supplements in followup or for maintenance.  However, most people do not know that they have been exposed, and they mysteriously suffer in silence and ignorance.  They can develop chronic degenerative diseases without knowing one of the causes, or they might find their diseases much more difficult to control than if they did accumulate toxic metals. 

Organic chickens are not contaminated with significant levels of arsenic.

Paradoxically, the material for this article came in large part from an organization that works with Medical Boards which have routinely charged doctors with inferior care when they test and treat their patients for arsenic poisoning.

 

Based on an article in the Washington Post by Douglas Gansler, co-chair of the environmental committee of the National Association of Attorneys General.

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