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Merck Continues Promoting Zilmax, Despite Cattle Losing Their Hooves

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  • The beta-agonist drug Zilmax has been used to promote muscle growth in American-grown cattle since 2007. Within the first two years, the number of euthanized cattle shot up by 175 percent
  • FDA records show that reported side effects of Zilmax include stomach ulcers, brain lesions, blindness, lethargy and lameness, bloody nose, respiratory problems, heart failure, lost hooves, and sudden death
  • Zilmax is already banned for use in horses due to severe side effects, including muscle tremors and rapid heart rates
  • According to previous research, Zilmax is about 125 times more potent than ractopamine—a similar growth-promoting drug that is banned in 160 countries due to its adverse health effects in cattle
  • Organic, grass-fed and finished meat that is humanely raised and butchered is really the only type of meat worth eating, if you want to maintain good health

By Dr. Mercola

While the beta-agonist drug Zilmax (Zilpaterol) has been used to promote muscle growth in American-grown cattle since 2007, news of the dramatic adverse effects of this drug didn't hit mainstream news—and hence public consciousness—until late last year.


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