German veterinary scientists deploy sauerkraut

This study explores the effects of saurkraut juice, and other substances, on cows:

Oral Application of Charcoal and Humic acids to Dairy Cows Influences Clostridium botulinum Blood Serum Antibody Level and Glyphosate Excretion in Urine,” H.A. Gerlach, Gerlach, W. Schrödl, B. Schottdorf, and S. Haufe, Journal of Clinical Toxicology, vol. 4, no. 186 (2014): 2161-0495. (Thanks to investigator Tony Tweedale for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at several institutions in Germany and Egypt, report:

The present study was initiated to investigate the influence of oral application of charcoal, sauerkraut juice and humic acids on chronic botulism in dairy cows. A total of 380 Schleswig Holstein cows suffering from chronic botulism were fed daily with 400 g/animal charcoal for 4 weeks (1-4 weeks of study), 200 g/animal charcoal (5-10 weeks of study), 120 g/animal humic acid (11-14s week of study), 200g charcoal and 500 ml Sauerkraut juice/animal (13-16 weeks of study), 200 g charcoal and 100 mL Aquahumin/animal (15-18s week of study), 100 g charcoal and 50 mL Aquahumin (19-22 weeks of study) followed by 4 weeks without any supplementation…. In conclusion, a charcoal-sauerkraut juice combination and humic acids could be used to control chronic botulism and glyphosate damage in cattle.

BACKGROUND READING: Here is a history of sauerkraut, written by Olaf Peters, disseminated by the Goethe Institute.

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