Over 100,000 Americans Have Swine Flu

Officials confirm there have been 4,700 confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States, but now experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim the actual number may have hit 100,000 nationwide. Not all incidences are severe, with many cases appearing to be mild. States hit hardest are Illinois with 638 infections, Wisconsin 613, Texas 506 and California with 504 and deaths have been reported in Arizona, Texas, Washington and now New York; HealthDay News reports.

The swine flu is frightening. While it may not be the big one, Dr. Fuhrman insists a flu epidemic is likely—at some point—because most Americans are unhealthy and flu vaccines don’t work. Instead, a better defense is a healthy-immune system bolstering diet and good hygiene, like hand washing.

In related pig news, Japan insists cloned meat, including swine, is safe to eat. And some scientists suggest pigs may easily transmit deadly bacteria, like Staphylococcus, to humans.

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Japan Says Cloned Meat is Good to Eat!

On the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement that genetically modified animals can enter the food supply. Yesterday, Japan announced cloned meat, like Dolly the sheep, is okay to eat. Officials claim available scientific information shows cloned animals are just as safe as conventionally bred livestock; Reuters investigates.

Actually, last year, the FDA said the same thing when they approved the consumption of cloned meat, from animals like cattle, swine or goats. But, much like their stance on genetically modified animals, the FDA does not require labeling meat as coming from clones. I guess it’s supposed to be a surprise!

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FDA Calls Genetically Engineered Animals Cutting Edge...

In a statement last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said genetically engineered animals, not including cloned animals, hold substantial promise for improving public health, i.e. these creatures can enter the food supply, but not before rigorous scientific testing. However, the FDA will not require companies to label that their meat has come from genetically engineered animals, outraging consumer groups. One organization claims the FDA is disregarding consumers' right to choose; CNN investigates.

There’s a bizarre compulsion in this country to futz with what Mother Nature took millions of years to perfect, like do we really need purple tomatoes infused with snapdragon genes or carrots with scorpion parts? I doubt it. Not to mention, an experiment in 2007 showed rats fed genetically modified corn developed signs of kidney and liver disease after 3 months.

And as for cloned meat, it won’t be labeled either and many health experts don’t want it.

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