Breaking News: Exposure to Animal Agriculture Increases Prevalence of Nerve Damage

The previous blog was about being a conscious consumer by taking action and signing a petition to a food corporation (Trader Joes), letting them know that you expect your food to be healthy – meat filled with antibiotics is now harming those (the farmers) who take care of the animals, read below.

Expand being a conscious consumer by eating less meat for Thanksgiving, or, no meat. This will be my 4th meat free (plant based) Thanksgiving and it feels good to know that I’m taking care of my health, not participating in a cruel, inhumane industry and affecting the environment by what I put on my plate.

Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful!

Breaking Medical News

Exposure to Animal Agriculture Increases Prevalence of Nerve Damage

Beef and dairy farmers are more likely to suffer from numbness and weakness, characteristics of peripheral neuropathy, compared with farmers who do not work with animals, according to new analysis of 16,340 participants of the Agricultural Health Study. The authors hypothesized that exposure to the common intestinal bacteria Campylobacter jejuni leads to greater risk of symptoms associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Guillain-Barré Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that can lead to muscle and nerve damage; it has no clear origin, although it usually appears after a minor infection. Dairy farmers also had a significantly higher prevalence of blurred vision, compared with farmers who had no exposure to animals.

Vegosen L, Davis MF, Silbergeld E, et al. Neurologic symptoms associated with cattle farming in the Agricultural Health Study. J Occup Environ Med. 2012;54:1253-1258.

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