Dr. Oz Shows Meat’s Impact on Public Health

October 11th, 2010

Dr. Oz is a renowned cardiac surgeon, author and host of The Dr. Oz Show. Recently he has been speaking out about the health impact of excessive meat consumption and production. On his website and show, Dr. Oz has offered Americans suggestions on how to improve upon their omnivorous diets, including Meatless Monday.

DoctorOz.com is full of health advice, videos and fitness challenges from Dr. Oz and a host of medical professionals. In one of her latest blog posts on site, registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick applauds readers who have decided to have a Meatless Monday (and encourages more still to give them a try!). Kirkpatrick then offers her expert advice on how to have a filling, nutritious meatless meal.

The topic of meat and health was further explored in a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, where an expert panel helped to shed light on the impact of antibiotics in chicken feed. Included amongst Dr. Oz’s guest was none other than Dr. Robert Lawrence, food safety expert and the director of the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, which provides scientific backing for the national Meatless Monday campaign.

As members of the panel attested, modern markets demand that chicken be produced bigger, faster and cheaper than it was 50 years ago. This leads to chickens being raised in factory-like settings, where antibiotics are added to their feed both to ensure health and promote growth. Such free use of antibiotics —whether or not animals are sick— can create what Dr. Oz calls “drug-resistant super bugs”, or bacteria that cannot be killed with antibiotics.

To help cut back on excessive antibiotic use, Dr. Oz recommends that viewers chose organic meat over labels like “range-free” and “hormone-free”. We at Meatless Monday fully agree that, when you choose to eat meat, you should focus on healthfully raised products. Though organic items are sometimes more expensive, you can easily make up the price difference by going meatless on Monday.

To learn more about antibiotics and chicken, be sure to check out What’s in Our Nation’s Chicken, now available to watch online.