As you may know, I've been working recently with Ori Hofmekler, author of The Warrior Diet and The Anti-Estrogenic Diet. Ori is a devout proponent of organic foods, arguing that we are just now beginning to see the negative consequences of modern farming and the use of pesticides, herbicides and drugs used in raising animals for meat.
As a result of our work, I've been doing a lot of research in to the agents being used to produce our foods, and I have to say it's rather alarming. In particular, I'm struck by news coming out of the UK about a toxic residue that's showing up in about 20 percent of eggs.
The chemical is called Lasalocid. It's an antibiotic drug that is added to chicken, turkey and other animal feed as a preventative against infection. Because it's incorporated directly into feed, it's difficult to monitor and control; so even though it's not approved for laying hens, it's showing up in eggs anyway.
What's so alarming about Lasalocid contamination? There's strong evidence that it can cause atrial fibrillation, a potentially dangerous malfunctioning of the heart. Cardiac specialists are now recommending that those with this condition and other cardiovascular concerns avoid chicken and eggs unless they are free-range.
Lasalocid is just one of hundreds of chemicals being added to our food supply without our knowledge. I've always been in favor of organic agriculture, but after researching things like Lasalocid I'm becoming downright militant in my support for the movement. So if you notice a trend toward organic here at Swanson, you'll understand why. It's not that we're just following a trend; we're making a real effort to improve the health, safety and quality of our lives, and yours.
PS: For the full story on the cardio-toxic effects of Lasalocid residues in chicken and poultry,click here or simply Google "Lasalocid atrial fibrillation".