Let me tell you about the spirit of Catch-22.

If a bomber pilot suffered a nervous breakdown during
World War II after flying numerous death defying missions
and then claimed that he could no longer fly, he was told
that the only way a pilot could be relieved from duty
was to be diagnosed by a psychiatrist as crazy, but
since a request not to fly was clearly a sign of sanity,
that in itself was evidence that the pilot must continue

In fact, pilots who continued to fearlessly drop bombs
while flak filled the sky were truly insane, but since
they never requested to be relieved from duty, they
would continue to fly their missions.

In CATCH 22, Saul Heller wrote:

"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22,
which specified that a concern for one's safety
in the face of dangers that were real and immediate
was the process of a rational mind.

"Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to
do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer
be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr
would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he
didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If
he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but
if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian
was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of
this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful

'That's some catch, that Catch-22,' he observed.
'It's the best there is,' Doc Daneeka agreed."

Today's Notmilk Catch-22

There is an antibiotic that is illegal to use on
lactating dairy cows, because it is poison to humans.
It's called Gentocin, and residues from this
antimicrobial remain within the flesh of treated
animals for up to 18 months. FDA does not permit
the use of Gentocin for cows which may may one day
enter our food chain.

Unfortunately, veterinarians are permitted to
prescribe Gentocin, despite the fact that it's
not permitted. FDA & USDA call this "Off-Label Use".

Unfortunately, unscrupulous dairy farmers can treat
their milking cows with Gentocin, and nobody is on
the farm to test the milk because cows being milked
that day are not being sent to slaughterhouses...not
that day. Tomorrow is a different matter, but that
is not the dairy farmer's concern.

FDA knows about this Catch-22 but does not test cows
in slaughterhouses, USDA does. USDA does not
regulate drugs for milking cows. That is a second
Catch-22 regarding illegal Gentocin use.

Anybody see a serious flaw in the system?
It's a Catch-22, all right, and like Yossarian
(Saul Heller's heroic pilot), you've got to be
crazy to drink the milk or eat the meat.

If you eat chicken, are you safe? In 2012, some
15 billion pounds of rendered cow parts will be
ground up and fed to chickens. Got antibiotics?

What gets injected into 9.3 million dairy cows at
4:00 AM and where are USDA and FDA investigators?
When are the cows loaded onto a truck and shipped to
slaughter? Six months or a year after the last
Gentocin injection?

Which of the ten billion farm animals will be tested
regularly by USDA for Gentocin residues? None! What
part of the animal will be routinely tested? No part!

Gentocin is stored in the kidneys and breaks down into
other dangerous substances. Residues can be found in
the lungs. Do inspectors test the top round or
rib steaks? Different percentages are to be found in
different tissues.

A prohibited drug, prescribed by veterinarians.
A dangerous drug, eaten by humans. Is there nothing
that can be done to make the system work?

Of course there is. Can anybody guess the simple

Bypass FDA. Bypass USDA and CDC and NIH and all of
the government agencies with conflicts of interest
that allow one Catch-22 after another to compromise
our safety.

This past weekend, after spending a few hours of research,
I found this publication in a Chinese journal regarding
the gentocin people unknowing consume after eat meat and

Journal of Zhejiang University Science
(2009 April; 10(4): 280-284)

Persistence of gentamicin residues in milk after the
intra-mammary treatment of lactating cows for mastitis

Department of Veterinary Medicine, Zhejiang University,
Hangzhou 310029

The authors reported:

"Antibiotic residues in milk are of great concern to dairy
farmers, milk processors, regulatory agencies, and consumers.
The presence of antimicrobial drug residues in milk can
provoke allergic reactions in some hypersensitive individuals
(Dewdney et al., 1991; Dayan, 1993) and may induce resistant
populations of bacteria that do not respond to treatments
commonly used for human illnesses (Nijsten et al., 1996;
van den Bogaard et al., 2001)."

Eat a plant-based diet, and your body will thank you.

Robert Cohen

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