An internal government audit, which was not supposed to be released to the public, shows that there are unacceptable levels of heavy metals, veterinary drugs and pesticides in the meat that we eat every single day.
This, folks, is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Services, the Food & Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. It goes on to talk about how commercial meat in America is actually the most tainted meat in the world. It’s loaded with heavy metals; it’s loaded with pesticides and herbicides; it’s loaded with antibiotics and other drugs. It’s also loaded with veterinary drugs like Bovine Growth Hormone. Our meat is incredibly poisonous.
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Yours in Health,
March 7, 2012
By Mike Barrett
“If you are still using underarm deodorant with aluminum, you should stop. Not only is it dangerous for your health, but you really don’t even need it if you eat healthy food.” –KTRN
Aluminum, which is used in a large majority of food packaging and even household supplies, is an established neurotoxin at high levels. Although touted to reside at safe levels in nearly all products and in drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency, this health-ruining toxin is being ingested at levels we simply don’t know are safe.
Chris Exley, a world-renowned expert on aluminum and professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Keele University, has been researching aluminum for 25 years. He has researched the massive daily exposure to aluminum, the dangers of aluminum in antiperspirants and sunscreen, aluminum found in vaccines and infant formula, and much more.
“It is in cosmetics, sunscreens and antiperspirants, as well as being used as a buffering agent in medications like aspirin and antacids. It is even used in vaccines. We know aluminium can be toxic, yet there is no legislation to govern how much of it is present in anything, apart from drinking water”, he says.
The massive amount of exposure to aluminum has led to numerous health complications and is especially problematic for infants as they are prone to absorbing it and rid themselves of the metal less efficiently. Exley’s research has pinpointed aluminum for increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease while helping to cause other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
February 20, 2012
By Mike Barrett
“Heavy metal rocks – but not the kind in your baby formula. How bout you breast feed instead? Problem solved.” –KTRN
With the growing awareness that toxic artificial sweeteners like aspartame are seriously compromising the health of the population, more and more companies are transitioning to more natural, healthy sweeteners. The transition is undoubtedly a positive one, but research has shown that the process of using other sweeteners sometimes leads to higher levels of other toxic compounds.
Research has recently found that organic brown rice syrup, the sweetener many companies are switching to, has significant concentrations of a heavy metal known as arsenic. In some instances, arsenic was found at levels 6 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘safe limit’ of arsenic in drinking water.
The findings came after arsenic content was analyzed in a range of products made with and without brown rice syrup. An analysis of three different brown rice syrups found that total arsenic concentrations ranged from 80 to 400 nanograms per gram. Researchers found that the proportion of organic arsenic was between 80 and 90 percent of the total arsenic level for 2 of the 3 syrups, while the 3rd syrup was made up of 50 percent.
Brian Jackson and his colleagues also tested 17 baby formulas – 15 of which dd not contain organic brown rice syrup. Baby formulas containing the sweetener ended up having 20 times higher arsenic concentrations than the formula without the sweetener.
February 2, 2012
Several orange juice shipments have been detained by the Food and Drug Administration after traces of illegal fungicide were detected.
The government says the juice is safe to drink. But the fungicide, carbendazim, is not approved for use in the U.S., so any juice that contains traces of it must be detained. Carbendazim is used in other countries to combat mold on orange trees.
The FDA said Friday it had detained about 11 percent of orange juice and orange juice concentrate imports since it started testing for the fungicide earlier this month. The agency detained 9 out of 80 total shipments at the border, while importers withdrew two additional shipments.
The government started testing for the chemical at the border after Coca-Cola – which owns juice brands Minute Maid and Simply Orange – reported finding the chemical in its own juice and in competing juices. Most orange juice products made by Coke and other companies contain a blend of juice from different sources including Brazil, where the fungicide is approved for use. All of the products detained or withdrawn were from Brazil and Canada.
Test results showed the highest levels found were in a Jan. 4 shipment from Brazil. That shipment contained up to 52 parts per billion of the fungicide, still far below the European Union’s maximum residue level of 200 parts per billion. Most of the shipments detained had much lower amounts.
The U.S. government does not have an official maximum residue level for carbendazim in orange juice, but the Environmental Protection Agency has said a detailed risk assessment of carbendazim showed no risks at up to 80 parts per billion, and real levels of concern are probably thousands of times higher.
January 23, 2012
By Matt Bewig
In yet another case of drinking water contamination in areas where energy companies have engaged in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supplying clean water to some residents of Dimock Township, Pennsylvania (pop.: 1,398), at taxpayer expense.
Apparently concerned that the contamination may be more widespread, EPA will soon begin more extensive testing of the local water supply. In fracking, energy companies use powerful pumps to force pressurized fluid into deep layers of rock, causing fractures, which allow the extraction of otherwise unavailable natural gas or oil. In the case of Dimock, Cabot Oil and Gas began fracking operations in the area in 2006, and by January 2009, some locals were reporting methane bubbling out of their faucets and tap water actually catching fire, meaning that natural gas had contaminated the water. Although the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fined Cabot $120,000 for numerous violations and Cabot supplied drinkable water to local residents for a few months, the water has since become even more contaminated, not only with methane but also with dangerous levels of cancer-causing arsenic, as well as glycols and barium in at least four wells.
July 11, 2011
Many still do not realize that they’re chronically exposed to something that can deteriorate their health, and, unless it’s identified and remediated, can lead to premature death—an exposure that is completely invisible, tasteless, and odorless. The exposure I’m referring to is electromagnetic fields, or EMF.
Five Primary Sources of Electromagnetic Field Exposure
As Vickie Warren explains in this interview, there are basically five primary sources of dangerous EMF that surround you on a daily basis:
Electric fields: These are the fields that emanate from anything that has voltage; basically anything electric, such as lamps, electrical wiring, outlets, extension cords, electrical appliances, and power outlets. Electric fields can affect the electrical communication in your body, such as your brainwaves, or the ability of your neurons to fire and communicate. It can also impede inter-cell communication anywhere in your body. Health problems that can manifest as a result to this type of exposure include neurological- and behavioral changes, altered cell growth, cell mutations, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and even cancer.
Magnetic fields: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has labeled magnetic fields a class 3 carcinogen. These fields can occur when there is an imbalance in the electrical wiring, and around electrical motors such as the motor in your refrigerator. A MAJOR source of magnetic fields is next to the main power meter for your house. You definitely want to avoid sleeping up against a wall that has a power meter on the outside. Electric clock radios can also generate magnetic fields. Fortunately, the effect drops off dramatically with distance, so simply putting some distance—typically about five or six feet—between yourself and the source is usually sufficient to drastically reduce or eliminate the danger.
Power lines, whether above- or underground.
Metal plumbing: Yes, older metal plumbing done frequently carry a current.
Wireless communications: This includes wireless power meters (so-called SmartMeters), cell phones, cell towers, wireless routers, and cordless phones. Most of these types of technologies expose you to both electric- and magnetic fields.
Herbicide Chemical in Drinking Water Could Pose Much Greater Danger to Health Than Previously Thought
March 30th, 2011
By: David Gutierrez
Contamination of drinking water by a common herbicide poses a greater health threat than previously believed, according to a report issued by the nonprofit environmental organization Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors average yearly levels of the popular herbicide atrazine in drinking water supplies, based on four tests per year. But the NRDC notes that levels of the toxin in drinking water regularly spike after heavy rains or during the spring when it is being widely applied, and that the four yearly testings may miss these events. The organization’s researchers found several such spikes in its own testing of water supplies in towns in agricultural regions of the South and Midwest.
“Our biggest concern is early-life-stage development,” said Jennifer Sass of the NRDC. “If there’s a disruption during that time, it becomes hard-wired into the system. These endocrine disrupters act in the body at extremely low levels. These spikes matter.”
Because atrazine is compatible with no-till farming, it is popular among farmers seeking to acquire a “green” label by reducing their carbon footprint. It is known to disrupt the hormonal system, and may cause cancers and menstrual problems in adults. It is considered especially dangerous to the developing reproductive systems of fetuses and children. The chemical has been shown to kill aquatic microorganisms and suppress the immune systems of larger animals, and it can cause limb or reproductive deformities in amphibians at levels as low as 0.1 parts per billion.
The EPA has set a threshold of 3 billion parts per billion for permissible atrazine levels, which the NRDC says would be too high even without periodic spikes. The NRDC analysis of 139 different municipal water systems found that 54 of them had a one-time spike higher than 3 parts per billion at some point in 2003 or 2004.
Home or municipal carbon filters can remove atrazine from water, but many municipal treatment plants do not use such procedures.
February 28th, 2011
The New York Times
By: Julie Scelfo
For about a decade, scientists have known that most Americans have minute quantities of flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, PBDEs, in their bodies, but they were not sure how they got there.
Now a study has found what the authors say is the first documented case of serious PBDE contamination of food in the United States. The authors of the study, in the February issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, bought packages of 10 brands of butter at grocery stores in Dallas and shipped frozen samples to a laboratory in Germany. Sophisticated tests there found trace amounts of PBDEs in each sample, with one having 2,000 times more than the others.
“It’s very startling,” said Dr. Arnold Schecter, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Texas School of Public Health at Dallas and an adviser to the Environmental Protection Agency. “It was so much higher than we had ever seen before, and this just stood out like a sore thumb.”
After further testing, the researchers, who include the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, concluded the butter with the highest level of PBDEs was probably contaminated by chemicals in its wrapper.
The Environmental Protection Agency says PBDEs, which are widely used in furniture foam, consumer electronics and small appliances, accumulate in the body and may damage the liver and thyroid and cause neurodevelopmental problems. But Dr. Schecter and other scientists are quick to insist the findings should not cause anyone to stop eating butter. (According to two scientists who were not involved with the study, the average adult would have to consume more than 28 pounds of the highly contaminated butter each day before the quantity would reach levels the Environmental Protection Agency considers risky.)
The research is further evidence of why the Food and Drug Administration “should do a better job of studying how food is contaminated with PBDEs and other chemical pollutants,” Dr. Schecter said. “Just as lead and dioxins and PCBs have been lowered in the environment and in food, government action can reduce the amount of PBDEs in the environment.”
While the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act gives the agency greater authority over the nation’s food supply, Douglas Karas, an F.D.A. spokesman, said there were no plans to require manufacturers to test specifically for PBDEs.
January 5th, 2010
By: Ethan A. Huff
A Colorado beekeeper recently obtained a leaked document revealing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knows a popular crop pesticide is killing off honey bees, but has allowed its continued approval anyway. Despite opposition from its own scientists, EPA officials first gave the a-okay to Bayer CropScience’s toxic pesticide clothianidin in 1993 based on the company’s own flawed safety studies. But now it has been revealed that the EPA knew all along about the dangers of clothianidin and decided to just ignore them.
By now, most people know that honeybees are dying off at an incredibly disturbing rate. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a condition where bees stray from the hive and never find their way back, is nixing millions of nature’s pollinators every year. Previous studies have pinpointed various environmental toxins as the primary culprits, including toxic pesticides like clothianidin.
And the leaked document, which was written by the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, explains clearly that “[c]lothianidin’s major risk concern is to nontarget insects (honey bees)” and that “[a]cute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis.” The letter was in response to a request from Bayer to have clothianidin approval expanded for use on cotton and mustard in addition to its other approved uses.
So if clothianidin poses a significant threat against honey bees, and the EPA has known about this all along, why was it ever approved in the first place? And if Bayer’s original safety studies have been shown to be contradictory to actual science, why has the EPA failed to go after Bayer for falsifying safety data? Apparently those who make the final decisions at the EPA have no actual interest in the truth and would rather cater to corporate interests at the expense of public health.
Several European nations have outlawed the use of clothianidin, including Germany, Francy, Italy and Slovenia. U.S. growers of conventional crops, however, continue to use the dangerous chemical thanks to corrupt EPA officials. And when all the honey bees die and there are no pollinators left to grow food, these same EPA officials will be responsible for the mass murder of millions of people.
December 13th, 2010
By: Andrew Schneider
The Environmental Protection Agency turned 40 years old this month, and public health and safety experts say the agency has set a new low in failing to protect millions of people at risk from the cancer-causing, asbestos-tainted insulation detailed in last week’s AOL News series, “A Killer in the Attic.”
The agency also refuses to explain why it is shirking its mandated responsibility to publicize what its own scientists have proved for years to be the extreme danger from even gently disturbing asbestos-laden vermiculite in insulation that was sold until the late 1990s as Zonolite.
“For decades, the EPA has known about the risks Zonolite could pose to millions of American households, but a mix of brute politics, internal agency disputes and old-fashioned foot dragging has left families without the information needed to protect themselves,” Alex Formuzis of the Environmental Working Group told AOL News this week.
“Labeling this inaction an outrage is an understatement. Why EPA cannot move forward with warning the public about this potentially deadly house guest living in their attics is hard for most folks to understand.”
Health- and risk-assessment people in the EPA’s Washington headquarters contacted by AOL News said they were forbidden to talk to reporters by higher-ups because of the potential to embarrass the agency for doing nothing. Three of the people who spoke on condition on anonymity agreed that it wouldn’t cost the agency anything to warn the public, and it most likely could save some lives.
The opposition to the warning, they said, came from two senior political appointees and some “old-timers” from EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics who knew that in 1982 the EPA first learned of the danger of vermiculite mined in the tiny northwest Montana town of Libby and did nothing.
“We were told that if the agency said nothing in reaction to recent news reports of the dangers, the issue of the Zonolite warning would just fade again as it has every time it was raised in the past,” said an agency lawyer who read many of the e-mails between senior people weighing the language in a statement.
However, no comments were released.
“I’ve tried four times to get that statement approved without success. Sorry,” a press officer wrote to AOL News.
Since 2001, the last three EPA administrators have promised a major public announcement of the dangers, but nothing happened.
Ignoring the Medical Experts
Several physicians and toxicologists, including ones who continue to count the hundreds of people killed and the thousands sickened with asbestos-related disease from exposure to killing fibers from the now-closed W.R. Grace & Co. mine in Libby, know the dangers well.
“Some of those [in EPA] who are allowing the failure to adequately warn to continue really don’t have any personal experience with asbestos diseases and cancers, and don’t realize the high cost of their behavior,” said Dr. Michael Harbut, co-director of Karmanos Cancer Institute’s National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers.