This webpage was in part developed in collaboration with Dr. Lukas RIST at the Paracelsus-Spital Richterswil / Zurich, Switzerland
Quoted from the original site text of the Research Institute for Frontier Questions of Medicine and Biotechnology, www.med-grenzfragen.at, September 2008:
Did you know that a term such as "country chicken farmer's guarantee" neither states that teh meat derived from chicken from freeland breeding, nor, that those chickens came from a place which looks like the "countryside farm" of your imagination? If it is not clearly stated that the meat derives from "organic" or free-range breeding, "country-chicken", "land-chicken" or similar terms mean, that it is very likely to be the meat of chickens that are mass-breeding chickens with living conditions hardly imaginable to most people. The affected animals have probably never seen daylight (except through non-transparent windows) and have never walked on normal "country" ground. Instead, they had been locked inside incredibly small cages or crowded in deep litter. In spite of mass protests, battery cage breeding is still allowed in most regions of the European Union. The same is true for turkey meat. For turkey breeding, enormous quantities of medicines and antibiotics are used, in order to allow those unfortunate animals to "survive" at all. Even in pig and cattle breeding, incredible conditions often prevail; close tie-stalls is a usual state, and the animals in many cases throughout their entire lives cannot move, nor even sit or lie down. The word "farm guarantee" only means that the meat comes from a farm - that is, in many, perhaps most cases, a large breeding fabrics. And that means "mast" and "ignoble life" for the animals, including the use of drugs - so that these unfortunate animals can survive until they are brought to the slaughterhouse. If you obtain real "bio-organic" food and do not believe any dubious or ethically irresponsible suggestions from advertisements, please only consume what also is labelled as "biological controlled", "controlled organic" or "environmentally controlled". The word "controlled" alone, per se, means nothing - only that someone apparently tries to mislead or suggest that it would be "organic".
Did you know that the breeding of farm animals (and also hunting) in Austria and many other countries is excluded from the animal protection laws? And that inspections by the official veterinarian usually warn those farms in advance, so that they have enough time to bring everything into a clean condition and remove everything which would point towards a lack of hygiene or non-compliance with various provisions?
Did you know that taking too many vitamins does not help your health, but often can cause adverse effects? Vitamins, taken in large quantities, very often can (also) lead to unwanted immune reactions of your body. One result: Our immune system repels vitamins which we essentially need for living. Such problems are known e.g. for the vitamins B6, B12 or E. Skin problems, itching etc. can arise or increase. If you eat healthy - that is mostly vegetables and fruit from controlled organic growing, sometimes fish, but largely avoid meat or at least reduce it greatly, and also avoid eating masses of sweets, eggs and milk products, you do not need vitamin supplements. (Only for older people, taking vitamin D drugs - after consultation with the doctor - is often recommended.) The kind of eating improvements only shortly mentioned here is a great way of prevention and also helps animals and the nature.
Did you know that milk is not as healthy as is often suggested? Many studies show that a significant percentage of people suffer from milk intolerance (some studies say up to 50% of adults, depending on the region; in China, for instance, the proportion is much higher). For children, in most cases milk is important and well tolerated. In adults, milk should be used only as an additive rather than a main drink. Recent studies from the Paracelsus Hospital (Richterswil, Switzerland) show that organic milk for adults and children (which is also for optimum breast feeding of babies) contains more healthy ingredients than conventional milk - and that these healthy ingredients can also be found in mother's milk in increased quantities.
Below, we offer two masters' dissertations as pdf-files worked out by two young Salzburg scientists under the guidance of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard W. Hacker. In the manuscripts, available scientific literature on the topic of food quality and composition is discussed. Valuable information can be found here, on residues of chemicals, pesticides and medication, but also on vitamins and secondary plant ingredients in food of vegetable and animal origin. Special emphasis is given on quality differences between food from "organic" origin in comparison to those derived from mass production:
By clicking on the two buttons at the end of the text, the theses of Mrs. Mag. Gundula SCHINDLEGGER and of Mr. Mag. Matthias FLORIAN can be downloaded. The surveys contained were carried out at the Research Institute for Frontier Questions of Medicine and Biotechnology of the Salzburg Federal Clinics, in joint collaboration with the University of Salzburg (Department of Organismic Biology) and with Dr. Lukas RIST, former head of research department in the Swiss Paracelsus-Hospital Richterswil/ Zurich.
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