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  •  Could somebody way smarter than me tell (14+ / 0-)

    me what this would do? I'm reading the wiki pageBeta-adrenergic agonist

    And I am just getting more confused. So - this stuff is in the meat? Will use myself as an example, I'm a 50+ high blood pressure, taking medication person.

    Am I right to assume that Eli Lilly is creating pharmaceuticals to feed to animals that will affect humans and then turn around and create pharmaceuticals for humans that will counter it?

    sigh.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 08:56:38 PM PDT

    •  mrsgoo: Yes. Then your Congress (7+ / 0-)

      will allow the agribusiness that feeds this poison to animals to continue doing so, so you can buy it and keep the lobbyist's pockets full of money that they can then share with the Congresspeople.

      See, it's kind of like an ecosystem, kind of a chain of life . . . oh, wait.

    •  Here's the short version (3+ / 0-)

      These belong to a class of drugs that effect your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and glucose metabolism.

      They work on a subset of receptors that are responsive to adrenaline and norepinephrine.  Specifically, they can lead to tachycardia (faster heart beat), vasodilation, skeletal muscle tremor, nervousness, metabolic disturbances like hyperglycaemia (increased glucose in blood) and hypokalaemia(decreased potassium in blood), and beta-adrenoceptor desensitization.  The last one is relevant if you are taking something like albuterol for asthma.  Then you would have to increase your dosage for it to work.  

      The blood pressure impact of this drug in particular is seen on the systolic pressure.  That is a potential problem if you are trying to keep your blood pressure down because systolic hypertension is associated with strokes.

      Now -- I am sure that reading that increased your blood pressure.  Relax.  The doses needed to generate those responses are much much much higher than the dose you would get eating the meat.  I'm not saying it's ok to use this drug to increase the meat content before slaughter.  I am suggesting that if you are not a massive meat eater this is going to be less of a concern to you than your cholesterol levels.

      "When puzzled, it never hurts to read the primary documents—a rather simple and self-evident principle that has, nonetheless, completely disappeared from large sectors of the American experience." -- Stephen Jay Gould

      by 8ackgr0und N015e on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 12:49:04 AM PDT

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    •  To answer the second part of your question (3+ / 0-)

      It isn't a new conspiracy to poison us and then sell us the antidote.  That's already the established business model :)

      However, hypertension and obesity are already chronic problems that drive huge market share, so this is not going to significantly increase the business opportunity for anti-hypertensives and diet pills.  It's simply cheaper way to bulk up the animals before you send them to market.  Profit!

      "When puzzled, it never hurts to read the primary documents—a rather simple and self-evident principle that has, nonetheless, completely disappeared from large sectors of the American experience." -- Stephen Jay Gould

      by 8ackgr0und N015e on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 12:51:47 AM PDT

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