courtesy http://www.jellymuffin.com/Dear Readers:
You might be asking, "What in Heaven's Name is Rev. Barb talking about here and what do DRUGS and FOOD have to do with SEXUALITY? And what does SEXUALITY have to do with RELIGION?"
Well, I'll tell you. The answer is, "Everything!"
Just recently on Beliefnet, I wrote a comment referring to the subject at hand. I want to post it here, along with one of many 'Warning Letter' from the FDA about antibiotics they've found in food.
In the body, antibiotics tend to act as much as 'hormones' as they do as antibiotics. When a pregnant or nursing woman is exposed to antibiotics and other drugs, environmental chemicals and 'lifestyle substances like recreational drugs and alcohol', the ENDOCRINE and NERVOUS systems of her child are affected.
Every ORGAN and TISSUE in the fetus or baby's body is affected, in fact, and, so--the fetus or baby's 'SEXUALITY' is ALSO being affected.
What a child or adult EATS and DRINKS also has a similar effect. If you've any doubt about the effects of food, drugs or chemicals on the sexuality of the human body, consider the male chronic alcoholic.
When a male drinks for an extended number of years at a level which his body cannot effectively and efficiently 'clear' (meaning that his LIVER gets overloaded), he will progressively become 'feminized'.
You see, men and women BOTH make male and female hormones. Men make androgens PLUS estrogens. Ordinarily, the male liver 'clears' excess hormones, especially the female hormones of which only so much is needed in the male. In the chronic alcoholic male, the liver is damaged and overloaded and unable to 'process' the female hormones--which he himself makes--out of his system.
The result? Primarily it's a shrinking of the testicles, a growth of breast tissue, loss of face and body hair and a lowering or loss of libido. This sad state powerfully illustrates the strong influence hormones have on our vitality and health.
Just so you know, a similar mechanism exists for chronic marijuana smokers and is why you see certain men develop enlarged breasts to the point that surgical reduction is sought in some cases!
So here is my Beliefnet piece, followed by exactly the kind of FDA action that occurs all too often:
(I'd just finished saying, "There ARE no Muslim Lesbians!" after a fellow poster challenged me to refer to something written by one (a gay Muslim woman):
Reverend Barbara Sexton
September 14, 2010 10:15 PM
"Rev. Barb -- isn't that a bit like saying there are no gay Catholics, evangelical Christians, Orthodox Jews, etc.?" Nicole Neroulias said.
You are ONE SMART COOKIE, Nicole. Of COURSE there are gays of ALL religions and among atheists and agnostics, too. I was being FACETIOUS and reminding all that the edicts against 'homosexuality' in Islam and the Quran are MANY and HARSH.
As a biochemist who has studied the SCIENCE of 'homosexuality', I know that the BIGGEST sex organ we have is our BRAIN. And I know that the brains of fetuses are either 'masculinized or feminized' before birth...and then again after birth at puberty. Of course, our sex organs are exposed to these same hormones, as well.
We must also take environmental influences (i.e. antibiotics which act as 'ESTROGENS', both those from our health care providers as well those in the meats some of us eat, for example)into consideration.
I am comfortable saying that people are born with 'one sexual inclination or another or sometimes--both or something in-between'. What we DO with our amazing brains and sexuality is what matters in the eyes of God. Speaking of eyes, the variations of human sexuality are as diverse as all the eye colors humans ever displayed.
Our Creator made us the way we are so that we can have an opportunity to 'have at it' with our 'free will'.
Islam beats the band when it comes to condemning homosexuality in a way I simply cannot abide by. (Conversely, I've no stomach for 'ACT UP IN YOUR FACE' GAY POLITICS.)
Especially distressing to me is seeing lesbian Christian women uplifting and upholding Sharia Law Islam which dictates what a woman may wear, do, believe and think. To my way of thinking, this is a 'human rights' violation of the tenth degree and I do not understand it.
God help me if I can't stand up for my gay family members and other LGBT love ones.
With Love in Christ,
And here's one of many FDA recall/warning letters about 'meat' containing unacceptably high levels of antibiotics. The public almost never gets to see these and is not generally informed about this routine 'alteration' of our food supply.
Raber View Holstein 9/8/10
Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
Cincinnati District Office
6751 Steger Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45237-3097
Telephone: (513) 679-2700
FAX: (513) 679-2771
September 8, 2010
Via United Parcel Service
Mr. Roy L. Raber, Owner
Raber View Holstein
7029 County Road 201
Millersburg, Ohio 44654
Dear Mr. Raber:
On August 3 and 9, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation of your dairy operation located at 7029 County Road 201, Millersburg, Ohio. This letter notifies you of the violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) that we found during our investigation of your operation. You can find the Act and its associated regulations on the Internet through links on FDA's web page at www.fda.gov.
We found that you offered for sale an animal for slaughter as food that was adulterated. Under section 402(a)(2)(C)(ii) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(2)(C)(ii), a food is deemed to be adulterated if it bears or contains a new animal drug that is unsafe under section 512 of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 360b. Further, under section 402(a)(4) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(4), a food is deemed to be adulterated if it has been held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health.
Specifically, our investigation revealed that on or about January 7, 2010, you sold a bob veal calf, identified with the auction's backtag #(b)(4), for slaughter as food. On or about January 8, 2010,
(b)(4), slaughtered this animal. United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) analysis of tissue samples collected from this animal identified the presence of 0.829 parts per million (ppm) of sulfamethoxazole in the muscle and 0.484 ppm of sulfamethoxazole in the liver. FDA has not established a tolerance for residues of sulfamethoxazole in the edible tissues of cattle. The presence of this drug in edible tissue from this animal in these amounts causes the food to be adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(2)(C)(ii) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(2)(C)(ii).
Our investigation also found that you hold animals under conditions that are so inadequate that medicated animals bearing potentially harmful drug residues are likely to enter the food supply. For
example, you failed to maintain treatment records for the animals you produce. Food from animals held under such conditions is adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(4).
We also found that you adulterated the new animal drug sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (800 mg/160 mg per tablet). Specifically, our investigation revealed that you did not use sulfamethoxazole
and trimethoprim as directed by its approved labeling. Use of sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim in this manner is an extralabel use. Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), Section 530.3(a) (21 C.F.R.530.3(a)).
The extralabel use of approved animal or human drugs in animals is allowed under the Act only if the extralabel use complies with sections 512(a)(4) and (5) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360b(a)(4) and (5), and 21 C.F.R. Part 530, including that the use must be by or on the lawful order of a licensed veterinarian within the context of a valid veterinarian/client/patient relationship.
Our investigation found that you administered the human drug sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim tablets to a bull calf without following the withdrawal period as stated in the approved labeling or any written directions by a licensed veterinarian. Your extralabel use of sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim tablets was not under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, in violation of 21 C.F.R. 530.11(a); and your extralabel use of sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim tablets resulted in an illegal drug residue, in violation of 21 C.F.R. 530.11(c). Because your use of this drug was not in conformance with its approved labeling and did not comply with 21 C.F.R. Part 530, you caused the drug to be unsafe under section 512(a) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360b(a), and adulterated within the meaning of section 501(a)(5) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 351(a)(5).
The above is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of violations. As a producer of animals offered for use as food, you are responsible for ensuring that your overall operation and the food you distribute is in compliance with the law.
You should take prompt action to correct the violations described in this letter and to establish procedures to ensure that these violations do not recur. Failure to do so may result in regulatory action without further notice such as seizure and/or injunction.
You should notify this office in writing of the steps you have taken to bring your firm into compliance with the law within fifteen (15) working days of receiving this letter. Your response should include each step that has been taken or will be taken to correct the violations and prevent their recurrence. If corrective action cannot be completed within fifteen (15) working days of receiving this letter, state the reason for the delay and the time frame within which the corrections will be completed. Please include copies of any available documentation demonstrating that corrections have been made.
Your written response should be sent to Mark E. Parmon, Compliance Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 6751 Steger Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237. If you have any questions about this letter, please contact Compliance Officer Mark E. Parmon at (513) 679-2700 Ext. 162.
Teresa C. Thompson
PLEASE TAKE CARE with the health of your family and loved ones. I recommend purchasing only 'organically raised, free-range' meat. Those who treat foodstock animals kindly and with minimal use of drugs, etc also happen to produce the safest meat available to consumers. Mass meat production is cruel, unhealthy and unconscionable. Just look at the burgeoning Salmonella problem in the poultry industry today.
For you in Christ,
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"