Eating Turkey May Be Hazardous to Your Health

8 Disgusting Thanksgiving Turkey Facts

Did you enjoy a pleasant Thanksgiving dinner? With turkey, stuffing, cranberries and potatoes? Maybe green beans, too? Then you are among the 90% of folks in the U.S. who celebrate Thanksgiving each year with a turkey dinner.

Do you recall reading about the first Thanksgiving dinner? The colonists and the native American Indians prepared and served their food without the help of antibiotics, preservatives, pesticides, food dyes and trans-fats . . . all those lovely additives which appear in our turkey-day food today. Because supermarkets, turkey farms, and the F.D.A. had not been invented yet.

But eating turkey today can be a treacherous indulgence and hazardous to your health. Let me tell you why.

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Stop shoving! You stop shoving!

1 - Drugged Turkeys

Have you ever visited a turkey farm? They are not really farms. They are overcrowded industrial farming warehouses where turkeys are crammed together, and their collective manure breeds dangerous bacteria. As a result, the turkeys are injected with antibiotics, which have created hard-to-kill superbugs that can harm or kill humans. (See my hub “Interview with Redneck.”)

Here’s a scary statistic. Recently the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System found that a strain of salmonella in one sample of ground turkey was resistant to every single antibiotic tested. "The chances of successfully treating an infection with that bug are extremely poor," explains Keeve Nachman, PhD, Director of the Farming for the Future at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

Here’s another gross fact. The arsenic-based drug, nitarsone , is still approved for use in non-organic turkeys.

The Healthy Alternative

Proper cooking does kill most germs but routine testing has shown that you may come into contact with more dangerous bacteria than you realize. To lower the risk of purchasing a contaminated turkey, buy yours from a local farmer who raises a small flock without using antibiotic drugs.

If you buy your turkey from the supermarket, get an organic version - minus superbugs.

I prefer to be known as well-fed rather than obese!.
I prefer to be known as well-fed rather than obese!. | Source

2 - ‘Frankenstein’ Turkeys

Did you know that more than 248 million turkeys were grown and slaughtered in the United States in 2011, with most coming from CAFOs – industrialized Concentrated Animal-Feeding Operations. (There is an acronym for everything.)

This factory-farming system creates a whopping 4.8 billion pounds of manure a year and relies on intensely crossbred birds that could never survive in nature. In fact, these obese turkeys grow so big so fast that many die of heart failure, or suffer bone fractures before slaughter. They also lose the ability to reproduce.

"Factory turkeys are all hybrid ‘dead-end’ birds and will die if not processed (eaten)," says sustainable farmer Frank Reese, owner of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch. "The hybrid obese turkey suffers greatly because of its inability to support its weight on its undersized skeletal system."

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I am not just another pretty face! | Source

The Healthy Alternative

Are you the person in charge of preparing the Thanksgiving turkey? Then consider spending a little more on a heritage breed – original breeds that are known for great taste. Industrial turkey factory farms don't raise them because they grow too slowly, and farmers would have to spend more money on feed. Because of this, many heritage breeds have become rare and threatened.

It may seem controversial, but by eating them, you're supporting farmers who can keep these beautiful breeds from becoming extinct. Check out your Local Harvest online store to purchase a heritage breed turkey.

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times (football) take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck



3 - ‘Enhanced’ Turkeys

Turkey is a delicious food but it can dry out and then its taste is dry and bland. So what does the turkey industry do?

They inject turkeys with salt-water or a solution containing potassium or phosphate food additives, so they become nearly impossible to overcook. These solutions can pose problems for people who need to cut back on sodium.

Did you know that some "enhanced" turkeys, as they are called, contain as much salt as a large order of fast-food French fries? And many physicians believe that all the phosphates added to processed foods are resulting in increased rates of heart disease and chronic kidney disease. About 30% of poultry products on store shelves are "enhanced," according to the USDA.

The Healthy Alternative

Avoid any turkey with the words "enhanced, self-basting," or "marinated in natural broth solution" anywhere on the packaging. Check the Nutrition Facts panel. Non-enhanced turkey typically contains between 55 and 65 milligrams of sodium. If the sodium count is any higher, it's likely the bird contains extra sodium or phosphorus.

Or go organic – purchase certified-organic turkeys. Caution: be aware that the USDA allows phosphate, potassium, and other brine solutions as additives in turkeys labeled as "all-natural."

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.

May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize.

May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs.

4 - Dangerous Stuffing

To save cooking time, you may be considering conventional boxed stuffing for your Thanksgiving dinner. Beware! Many familiar varieties are hiding some unappetizing secrets. For example, popular brands contain questionable ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup.

And monosodium glutamate or MSG, a flavor-enhancing ingredient that triggers migraines in some people. (See my hub “MSG and Fat Rats and Us.”) Look out for heart-damaging trans-fats, artificial flavors, and propyl gallate, a substance that has been linked to cancer. The Center for Science in the Public Interest lists propyl gallate as an ingredient to avoid.

The Healthy Alternative

Try an organic boxed stuffing to avoid those potentially harmful artificial ingredients. Or make your own from scratch.

5 - False Food Dye ‘Freshness’

Artificial food dyes are found in everything from pie filling to cranberry sauce to bread. Made from petroleum ingredients, they are an inexpensive method to make food look fresher than it really is. The problem is some food dyes are linked to hyperactive behavior and sometimes contaminated with carcinogenic material.

The Healthy Alternative

If you cannot cook everything from scratch, look for organic processed foods. The strict certification bans the use of artificial food dyes. Instead, added colors come from spices and beet, berry and carrot juices.

Check gravy, cranberry sauce, juices, and even dinner roll ingredient lists for hidden food dyes. (For more information, read my “Interview with FDA Spokesperson.” )

Two Ocean Spray cranberry workers standing in middle of cranberry bog.
Two Ocean Spray cranberry workers standing in middle of cranberry bog.

6 - Contaminated Cranberries

Domestic cranberries contain as many as 13 different residues of pesticides known to cause cancer, hormone disruption, or neurological problems. According to the nonprofit Organic Center, these cranberries are among the domestically grown fruits and vegetables that pose the greatest pesticide-exposure risk.

And according to the Rodale Institute, another organic research institution, cranberry bogs are often grandfathered in under federal and state clean water acts. This means they can discharge their pesticide-heavy water into nearby bodies of water without first cleaning it up.

The Healthy Alternative

Buy organic! Organic cranberries are becoming more popular and easier to find in grocery stores.

“My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.”Phyllis Diller


7 - Pesticide-Tainted Potatoes

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pesticide Data Program has discovered traces of 37 different pesticides on potato samples. These include known and suspected carcinogens, along with neurotoxic and bee-killing chemicals.

Many pesticides are systemic, meaning they are taken up inside of the plant.

The Healthy Alternative

Since potatoes are often routinely sprayed with chemicals, it's healthier to opt for organic versions. Look for them at your local Farmer's Market.

Danger! BPA-lined can
Danger! BPA-lined can

8 - Cancer-Causing Cans

Canned versions of cranberry jelly, pumpkin pie filling, and vegetables accompany the holiday meal, and that means so does BPA (bisphenol A ), the chemical used in the epoxy resins that line canned goods.

This chemical has been linked to heart disease, obesity, sperm damage, and even brain cancer among dozens of other problems. According to a 2009 study from the University of Texas, canned green beans contain the highest BPA residues.

The Healthy Alternative

Purchase fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned whenever possible. And try your hand at making fresh cranberry sauce rather than buying canned cranberry jelly.

Now you are more prepared for your next healthier Thanksgiving turkey dinner. You don’t have to thank me for this health-saving information. Just send money! :)

Since I now carry the title of Semi-Official Mirthologist, I would be remiss not to leave you with a laugh. Check out this 'How to Cook a Turkey' recipe.

How to cook a turkey:

1- Buy a turkey.
2- Drink a shot of whiskey or scotch.
3- Put turkey in the oven.
4- Drink another shot of whiskey.
5- Set the degree at 375 ovens.
6- Drink 2 more whishkeys or shcotch.
7- Turn oven the on.
8- Take 4 whisks of drinky.
9- Turk the bastey.
10- Whishkey another bottle of get.
11- Stick a turkey in the thermometer.
12- Glass yourself a pour of whishkey.
13- Bake the whishkey for 4 hours.

14- Take the oven out of the turkey.
15- Floor the turkey up off the pick.
16- Turk the carvey.
17- Get yourself another scottle of botch.
18- Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey.
19- Bless the saying.

20- Pass and eat out.

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Readers say my book provided what they needed to write a dynamic resume and cover letter, network, interview, and negotiate salary successfully. Includes a chapter for older workers.

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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Great advice there and very wittily presented. I may be wrong here, but I think your picture of the obese bird is of a Guinea Hen, not a turkey.

We don't have Thanksgiving over here. The turkeys are sacrificed at Christmas instead.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Brilliant drbj...as only you can do it. I don't care much for turkey. I had ham which is a favorite of mine - pork really! You make a great point. The best tasting turkey in my personal opinion is "Butterball" but I was hearing on the radio the other day that they're being scrutinized for cruel treatment - not fully sure of the narrative, so don't quote me on it.

Enjoy your holidays and take care

John


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

drbj, all this health-saving information almost encouraged me to go on a fatal hunger strike, or to buy a farm in order to produce my own organic food the way my grandparents and ancestors used to do it. Believe it or not, I've eaten turkey only once in my life - on Christmas, served by my grandmother. Pretty Tom the Turkey grew up in her backyard to be slaughtered by her the day before Christmas. I did not like his taste - it was awful, tenderized with all my tears and snot - but I had to eat a piece of him or face a sound hiding for refusing food on my plate.

How grateful am I because I am not a turkey to be devoured by horrible omnivores called humans!

Thank you for the most delicious recipe - How to cook a Turkey - looks like the best one ever :))) I will definitely give that one a try :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I'm sure glad I read this Hub AFTER I consumed a very unhealthy Thanksgiving dinner made with everything you warn against. Now, it's too late. I can't take it back. It sure was good going down, though.

I'm glad you ended the Hub with a good laugh!

I'll try to remember all these warnings next year, and I certainly won't make the same mistakes at Christmas. My family loves duck. Wonder how bad that is for us??

Great Hub as usual. I voted it UP, and will share.


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Ewwww...double ewww...gack. Drbj, I have to agree with Mary -- thank heaven my Thanksgiving meal is history! I don't think I could have taken a mouthful after reading this hub. Only now what? I'll have to become a vegan. Eww...double eww....gack.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Our plates just keep getting smaller, drbj. I virtually lost my appetite for meat of any kind years ago. Now, even produce is a gamble. Occasionally, if I happen upon Dr. Oz, I always think if I took as many supplements as he hawks, I wouldn't have the stomach to eat a bite. I'm leaning that way these days. The quest for the holy grail today, being the almighty dollar, has ruined even Thanksgiving dinner. More than ever before, I feel sorry for turkeys. Damn, now I'm even worried about the "whishkey and shcotch." You've put a whole new "deadly humorous" spin on the concept of grateful, drbj. Bon appetit, my brilliant friend!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Dr. BJ! I am now becoming a vegetarian and will only eat organic foods! Thank you...I think. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I'm thankful that Thanksgiving is over, and I've already ingested all that horribly delicious stuff. On a serious note, I am trying to buy more frozen rather than canned veggies.

I like the whiskey idea at the end. It makes everything go down better. :-)

I really enjoyed this hub!


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innerspin 4 years ago from uk

We'll be eating turkey at Christmas, so it's great you gave the healthy alternatives. I do try to buy organic, run-about in the sun birds. Your finale of how to cook a turkey had tears rolling down my face. Whishkey ish now on my shlopping list.


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Dancing Water 4 years ago

As fun as your hub is to read, your information is serious business. Brilliant hub!

I have been eating organic for many years, and for quite some time have been a vegetarian. Thus, turkey is no longer in my life as food.

Further, the mere thought of the cruelty towards animals on factory farms is enough to turn many people away from consuming flesh. And add the untenable issue concerning the poisons that go into one's body when eating non-organic flesh to me is a no-brainer.

Thank you for a clear, powerful testament to why we need to move away from destructive, factory farming. Oh, and please pass the whiskey! :O)

Cheers and blessings,

Reba


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, christopher, for noticing that my turkey was not authentic. I have remedied that. That Tom (Turkey) is so vain - he substituted a Guinea Hen for his photo. (He hates when I draw attention to his size.)

Have an enjoyable Christmas turkey dinner and don't forget to follow these alternative suggestions. Thanks for your loyal attendance and gracious comments. Cheers.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for the 'brilliant' commendation, John. I, too, enjoy pork (roast pork loin) even more than turkey but hey, tradition is tradition.

Yes, Butterball and other turkey producers are being scrutinized - at last. We'll have to wait and see what happens. You enjoy your holidays, too.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I do pity all those poor turkeys who get slaughtered for Thanksgiving. Which is why I don't eat the wings or legs, that's just too personal. I'm not a fan of turkey meat, but I cook it anyway, and eat it.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, how terrible for you, dear Martie, to be served a dish on Christmas consisting of turkey that was formerly almost a member of the family. That experience could scar a person for life.

Yes, our ancestors had the right idea when they produced their own organic food back in the day when we were more of an agricultural society with extended family members all working together.

Yes, do give my how to cook a turkey instructions a whirl. If you follow the instructions faithfully, it will be the best meal ever. Trust me! :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I know you can understand, mary, why I waited until AFTER Thanksgiving to write this cautionary hub. It could have been a real jolt to the economy if I had written it BEFORE the holiday.

Delighted you had a good laugh with the ending. Now be sure to follow these suggestions for your Christmas turkey. If you serve duck, that may be less of a problem since they are not grown in factory farms . . . yet!

Thanks for your kind comments, the Up and the sharing. You're the best!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, molly. How fluent you are in ugh-speak. 'Ewwww ... double ewww ... gack.' Now that your Thanksgiving meal is history, you can follow these suggestions if you cook turkey again . . . or become a vegan . . . or follow my instructions for cooking a turkey implicitly. Then all will be well. Guaranteed.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Great article..... We have been buying out Turkey from a farm for several years now, and it's great! This is a very informative hub. enjoyed it..... Specially, the 'How to Cook a Turkey', part. Great instructions LOL

thanks for sharing, Drbj!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing this valuable info in a palatable way. Coming soon to a salmon near you.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

So I'm not sure if I am happy you wrote it after or sorry you didn't write it before?? Either way, thank you for a great, informative hub. Pretty unbelievable stuff, so glad you shared it! Thank you!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

I may have carved pineapple for dinner next Thankstiving. I knew some of this information but not all. Thank you for sharing this with us. The how to took a curkey directions are just great.

Sending Angels your way. ps


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Hello drjb. Funny stuff(ing) fills your Frankenturkey piece. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.


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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

Most welcome facts on turkey....isn't it terrible how we can take something SO simple and turn it into a chemical disaster?

Even though it is so much more expensive, we do organic turkeys---I try to go orgasmic...ooops....organic as much as possible--and OMG--novel idea---making stuffing from scratch? When will the madness cease?

You know me--make it with your own 2 hands and maybe you have a prayer at staying alive longer~~~

Great points and gotta love that we are fixated on our electronics and can't devote half a nanosecond to thinking about the food we eat. Love Erma's comment---a classic!

Hope your turkey day was fabulous....ours was unique---road trip with 2 of the malamutes to our daughter's. They got stellar reviews and are even welcome back at the lovely hotel we stayed at~~They got to see the Puget Sound as well and even got a turkey treat. Need a vacation to rest up from the vacation~


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myawn 4 years ago from Florida

i love turkey meat so for Christmas I will buy organic foods and frozen that are healthy. And an organic turkey too.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for all the very useful information, drbj. It's actually horrifying to discover how some farm animals are treated and to hear about the way that some of our food is treated. Thank you for bringing these facts to people's attention. I appreciate the humor, too!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You nailed it, Amy ... 'Our plates just keep getting smaller.' We virtually gamble with our health whenever we go food shopping.

One of the main reasons I first purchased reading glasses was so that I could read those food labels with the minuscule small print thereon. Much of it printed in what I call 'FDA-speak.'

Don't worry about the whishkey and shcotch, m'dear, those libations are useful when taken, as my father used to say, 'in moderation.'

Thank you for you're always gracious comments, and 'bon appetit' backatcha.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Here's to the new healthier you, Dex. I would become a vegetarian, too, but I do so love my spare ribs. I do try to eat only organic though, so I am making progress. And you are most welcome ...


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Victoria - yup, that's why I waited till post-Thanksgiving to publish this. This foodstuff is delicious but not necessarily in your best interests to ingest. Frozen IS better than canned ... and tastier.

So happy the whiskey at the end made everything go down better, m'dear. And thanks for enjoying this hub.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, innerspin. Enjoy your healthy Christmas turkey. I found that 50% of the folks in the U.S. have turkey for Christmas (as opposed to 90% eating it at Thanksgiving). Just sayin'.

Love your description of organic turkeys as 'run-about in the sun birds.' Hope those tears rolling down your face while reading how to cook a turkey were tears of joy. And by all means, do put Whishkey on your 'shlopping' list. Heh, heh.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I wish we had a Farmer's market. I will buy only organic from now on. I wish i could be a vegan. I LOVED the way you baked the turkey, HaHa.. You wouldn't care what it had in it. Hee All kidding aside. I will use your info. when shopping. Voted upupup


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Reba, thank you for finding my serious information fun to read ... as well as brilliant. Congratulations on your wise choice to eat healthier with organic vegetarian choices.

Tom (turkey) applauds your decision, of course, not to include him or others of his ilk in your diet. Perhaps one day we can convince the meat-eaters to eat organic only and rid our country of industrial factory farming which is not only unhealthy but cruel as well.

Your whishkey awaits you. Cheers and blessings to you, too.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Now that's a very interesting point of view, Linda. Since you pity the poor turkeys who literally give their all at Thanksgiving, you do not eat the wings nor the legs since that would be too 'personal.' And though you are not a turkey meat fan, you do cook it for your family and even eat it.

You do give your all, too, m'dear. Thanks for your imaginative insights.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, LaThing - delighted you have been enjoying the turkey you buy from a farm. Way to go, m'dear. Thanks for enjoying this 'informative hub' and the special instructions for how to cook a turkey. I kinda like that recipe, too. The sharing is all my pleasure.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Mhatter - so nice to have you stop by. Thank you for appreciating the palatable manner in which I have shared this vauable info. Entirely my pleasure, y'know. BTW, if you personally are coming soon to a salmon near me, let me know and I COD arrange a BrASS band to welcome you. :)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

This kind of turkey dinner with the trimmings fires me up drbj, great expose as always. We really have to take personal responsibility for our food and drink choices nowadays cause the agencies aim to please the makers not protect the consumers. I quit the bird meat a few years ago and don't miss it one bit. What really did it was getting behind a chicken truck almost every morning taking its dirty looking and hormone pumped captives to slaughter. And yea, watch out for those guys who stand in the red berries with big smiles - and the candy that starts with an R that has the chocolate covering the crans, too. Canned food, ha! That's for the apocalypse only! Thanks for bearing the rant drbj, bravo m'lady!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, btrbell - I have to admit it was a very important decision to make: to publish before or after Thanksgiving dinner was just a memory. Went with the latter so the facts might be less shocking.

It is pretty unbelievable stuff but it was my pleasure to share. No thanks are necessary.


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carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

well, thank heaven I already ate my turkey ration for the year... yoweee there's some scary facts here. Well done hub !!! :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, pst - that carved pineapple sounds like a winner, m'dear. It's good to know that you are already organic-aware. Sharing was my pleasure. Delighted you enjoyed the 'curkey' directions. But take it easy with the scotsch. And thanks for the Angels.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

So nice to see your clever comments here, Gerry. Hope all is well in your world. Funny stuff(ing)? - that's a winner.

And if you didn't know whether to laugh or cry while reading this, just imagine how Tom (the turkey) feels! :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Well, I'm glad I read this after I ate the turkey! However, I agree with your words, locally grown and organic foods are always a better choice. Your recipe is entertaining -- not sure how much cooking would actually get done with this method. Great read.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

AHHHH... I feel so sick now.... I am definitely glad that I have eaten my turkey before I read this.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Glad I read this way after the Canadian Thanksgiving as this year we had one right out of the grocers freezer but Fresh free range organic turkeys do taste better. I gave up on canned veggies years ago. Always make my own stuffing .... can't stand the boxed stuff. Cranberry sauce is so easy to make. For Christmas I think I'll try your recipe as a sloshed bird slounds good.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I agree with you, Audrey, turkey farms are a disaster -for the turkey AND for the consumer. You are wise to go orgasmic. Oops, now you have me doing it. I mean, organic. And I'll bet your 'made from scratch' stuffing is delish. As well as healthful.

Glad you appreciated Erma's point of view - I miss her 'right on' humor.

I had a lovely turkey day, thanks for asking, but I didn't have to travel. My daughter lives nearby. But what a treat you gave your mals - a road trip, a turkey treat, a hotel stay and a view of Puget Sound.

I think I hear them barking in the car and honking the horn. They are all ready for another vacation, m'dear.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

OMG thank heavens I am a vegetarian!!! Brilliant read here, thank you.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Now that's a promise, myawn. For Christmas you will buy a healthful organic turkey and fresh or frozen foods. Don't forget to make a note on your calendar. :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

It has been my gratifying pleasure, Alicia, to bring you this useful information. It is horrifying the way many farm animals including turkeys are raised and treated.

To say nothing of all the unhealthy additives hidden in some of our foodstuffs. Thank you for visiting and also appreciating the humor. Your visits and comments are most appreciated. Promise.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I wish you had a Farmer's Market nearby, too, Ruby. Check out your supermarket for organic turkeys. It is becoming easier to find them in most localities.

So you liked the way I cooked the turkey,

Drinking more than a bottle of whiskey?

I would suggest you, too, use the recipe,

Just be aware for your guests it can be risky.

Unless of course they drink along with you and then no one would care what the turkey tasted like nor what holiday it was.

Thank you for stopping by and the upupup!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You are right to rant, Alastar, it's a fine kettle of fish (or in this case, turkey) when the agencies charged with protecting the consumer are instead pandering to the producers and food processors.

You made me laugh with your remark that 'canned food is for the Apocalypse.' Let's hope it will not be taking place this December as predicted by the Mayans.

So rant away any time, my friend, and watch out for those cranberries. Thanks for the Bravo, too.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

That's why I waited till after Thanksgiving, Chris, so you could eat your yearly turkey ration first. Yep, these are scary facts, I'll admit, but now more than ever when it comes to food, it's buyer beware.

Thanks for the well done.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

To be honest I don't tend too eat turkey anyway as I stick to chicken, oh yeah its as bad with them too! lol! seriously, horrible stuff going on, and we tend to let it go over our heads and just pick the darn thing up from the supermarket and take it for granted that its okay, sobering stuff, and I am glad we don't have thanksgiving! lol!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I'm happy, too, Dianna, that you read this AFTER your turkey dinner instead of BEFORE. Of course I already knew that you knew that locally grown and organic foods are a more healthful choice.

Thanks for finding the turkey cooking recipe entertaining. You are absolutely correct. Not much cooking might take place but the cook is the happiest cook you ever met.

Thanks for enjoying this, m'luv.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Ahhh, Stacy, do hope you feel okay now. I'm happy you didn't read this before your turkey dinner. Tom sends his best wishes.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Susan. You mentioned that you read this hub way after the Canadian Thanksgiving. When do you celebrate that holiday?

I know you are a great cook based on all the fantastic recipes you share so I'm not surprised that you make your own stuffing and cranberry sauce. You go, girl. Yes, by all means try my cooking a turkey recipe for Christmas - just take it easy with the scottle of botch.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, acaetnna, I'm happy, too, that you are a vegetarian. So much healthier to be one these days.

Thank you for the 'brilliant.' My pleasure, m'dear.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, Nell. Many chickens are also raised on factory farms like turkeys under VERY unsanitary conditions. We do tend to take our food for granted but we do that at the risk of our health.

You mentioned that you don't have Thanksgiving in your neck of the woods. How about Christmas? Do many folks eat turkey then? Just wonderin'.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Came back to answer your question. We celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada on the 2nd Monday in October.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Ah, the snippets of information one can learn on Hubpages. Thank you, Susan, for enhancing my education.


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psychicdog.net 4 years ago

I've been running with Turkeys (not flying with Eagles) for a long time drbj - have I been infected? Thank-you for a wonderful Christmas hub full of cheery facts! LOL. and as I'm getting into the festive mood, I think I'll make my way over your Santa Hub now.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted, dear pd, that you are getting into the festive mood for the Holidays. Santa will be delighted to see you, my friend.

How can you be infected by the Turkeys, m'luv, when, to me, you out-fly the Eagles? Trust me.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I know you were just bein' sweet not publishing this before TGD:) lol.

I promise I will see about an organic Turkey next year...a Heritage breed? Yes I will! EW! I did know that this must be a gross industry...processing turkeys in large farms. I am so lucky to live in the Midwest and in farm area! I can get almost everything home grown right here! Not turkeys though...there is one that's always jamming up traffic on my road though!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Awwwwww, Kelly, you discovered my sweet side? Keep it quite, m'luv, it spoils my image.

By all means, go organic for your next turkey holiday. I'm sure there are many farmers in your area raising organic turkeys.

As for the 'turkeys' you encounter on the roadways, I would not be surprised if the majority of them are 'snowbirds' who come to Florida for the holidays. They are all over our expressways, too. We call them 'tourists.' :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

I'm so glad you didn't publish this before I had my turkey. Thanks for the education. I thik I'll be going organic next time. Loved your turkey cooking directions. Tooooo funny.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Despite what some readers may believe, KKGals, I am not insensitive to their dietary selections celebrating Thanksgiving. That's why I waited to publish this post-Thanksgiving. Yep, organic is the healthy and tasty way to go. Jusht take it easy when following those cooking directshuns.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Drbj, just giggled like crazy at this Hub, while also casting around desperately in my mind for possible future meal options. I am glad you chose to submit this after Thanksgiving, out of pure sensitivity. However you may not be out of the woods yet, if the powerful Turkey Growers Association gets hold of it. After all the Beef People sued Oprah . . . And with this it seems you may change the turkey market. However, I have to say, you mitigated the damage with your very encouraging cooking instructions. Super, serious, and a great chortle!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

So nice to meet you, Vicki, thanks for giggling and chortling at this Hub. Yes, it's true. I may have ruffled the feathers (sorry) of the TGA - Turkey Growers Association, but facts are facts and I would be remiss if I did not share them with you-all.

Delighted you enjoyed the precise cooking instructions. You are obviously a reader of superior intelligence and perception. :)


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Ewwww... gross! I am so glad Thanksgiving is not anytime soon. I don't think I could stomach it now. ;-)


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

LOL...I am disgusted and scared and entertained....and I am going to get an "organic" turkey to see how real turkey tastes.

What am I going to do about the rest of the meal? This is almost too much information...now I am going to be staring at my food instead of eating...great for the diet though.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I know, Jeannie, 'gross' is a very apt adjective for the added and unwanted stuff found in many things we eat today. I wanted folks to be informed but did wait until after Thanksgiving to let the facts be known.

Just don't forget when Turkey Day rolls around.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to see you again so soon, Scribenet. Please do get an organic turkey so you can taste for yourself the more healthful and tasty difference. If you really want to cut down on the amount of food you ingest, when you get the time visit my hubs: 'Interview with FDA Spokesperson' (Parts One, Two and Three).

Warning: they contain more scary, disgusting info in addition to the entertainment. :)


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

My family was never fond if turkey, they always asked fir ham instead. This is a very interesting Hub with lots of great facts about turkeys and other foods we people eat!

Voted UP, and will share in time for the turkey days ahead!


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handymanbill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

I think I will have another shot. Then the Turkey


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

At Thanksgiving, Mary, turkey seems to be the first choice of most folks in the U.S., and ham is #2. You can't go wrong with either one. Thanks, m'dear, for the visit, the Up and the sharing. Happy November!


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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, handymanbill. You go ahead and enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey dinner. But maybe you should cook the turkey and then have your shot. Just suggestin'.

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