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Grass Fed Beef and Healing - Andrew Weil

 Many referrals come to American Grass Fed Beef through health care providers; these include physicians of internal medicine, wellness/preventative medicine, cardiologists, oncologists, nurses, naturopathic physicians, etc.  The choice to eat red meat for many is a conscious, researched and even sociological decision that is a part of many consumers’ efforts to live healthier lifestyles.

 One of the most compelling stories I have heard was from a customer who called our company in the winter of 2001 from New York City .  Her husband was a fire fighter who had endured the World Trade Center on September 11 and afterwards.  They both were receiving counseling and wellness training as healing for both body (exposed to toxins) and spirit (exposed to a horrific experience).  As a part of this instruction it was recommended they detoxify their bodies and to limit where possible any future exposure to potential toxins.  Grass fed Beef was recommended as part of their dietary changes.

Our bodies have remarkable ability to heal if provided the right building materials.  Red meat with out added synthetic hormones, antibiotics, pesticide exposure, herbicide exposure and fed a vegetarian diet they are design to eat makes for a great protein. 

Healing With Dr. Andrew Weil

How to Fit Red Meat into a Healthy Diet
Make healthier choices when it comes to beef


Andrew Weil, MD

"I enjoy red meat too much to give it up. I understand there are some healthy options. Is this true?"


The best option is to decrease your consumption of red meat, but I'm aware that many people don't want to ban it from their diet. But you can make healthier choices. Here's how to sort out the various labels.

Organic
Beef called organic meets strict USDA standards: It must come from cattle that ate only organic feed, spent time outdoors, weren't dosed with hormones, and were raised without antibiotics. I believe the overuse of antibiotics in cattle is ill-advised because it contributes to the escalating problem of drug-resistant bacteria throughout the world, so look for organic beef whenever you can.

No Hormone Administered
Producers of beef and lamb can use this term--or no synthetic hormones--after satisfying the USDA they haven't used these chemicals. Hormone residues in food may raise the risk of breast or reproductive system cancers among women and prostate cancer in men.

Grass Fed
For years, beef cattle, which naturally eat grass, have been fattened on corn. But corn-fed cows often become sick and need antibiotics. Now, some ranchers are raising grass-fed herds. The meat is higher in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E and lower in saturated fat and calories. It's also more flavorful, but it can be tougher. Look for 100% grass fed on the label. The American Grassfed Association lists participating ranchers on its site.

Natural
This term can mean a variety of things (it must be defined on the label); meat has to be minimally processed, with no artificial ingredients.


Dr. Weil is clinical professor of medicine at the
University of Arizona and director of its Program in Integrative Medicine.

Posted by Patti on June 30, 2006

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