If you’re one of the 8 million women suffering from a nasty, incurable bladder infection, here’s a clue as to why: You’ve been eating too much chicken.
Medical researchers are blaming our perpetual bladder infections on disgusting E. coli superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics and growing in chickens. That bacteria is then–you guessed it–transferred to our bodies and our bladders when we eat it, according to what Amee Manges, epidemiologist at McGill University in Montreal told ABC.
We’re finding the same or related E. coli in human infections and in retail meat sources, specifically chicken.
How does this E. coli get from the chickens to humans? Simple. Chickens are injected with antibiotics from day one to help them grow bigger and faster and protect them from diseases. The problem is that these are the same antibiotics sold in the U.S. for humans to treat bladder infections, among other conditions, which means our bodies eventually become resistent to the drugs because we’re getting so much of it. In fact, the FDA says 80% of all antibiotics sold in the United States are fed to livestock.
As a result, we contract this superbug which leads to those painful bladder infections that sometimes never seem to go away.
Manges went on to say:
We’re particularly interested in chickens. They, in many cases, are getting drugs from the time that they were in an egg all the way up to the time they are slaughtered.
And we’re eating those antibiotics–and that E. Coli.
Your best bet? Find organic chicken, or better yet, try going vegetarian.