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INTRODUCTION 6

CHEMICALS IN THE FOOD WE EAT 8

FOOD ADDITIVES TO AVOID 12

Aluminum 12

Aspartame 12

Azodicarbonamide 13

bha & bht 13

Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) 13

Bromine (Potassium Bromated) 14

Carrageenan 14

Chlorine Dioxide 14

Disodium Guanylate 15

Disodium Inosinate 15

Enriched Flour 15

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) 16

Olestra 16

Polysorbate 60 16

Potassium Bromate 17

Propyl gallate 17

Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) 17

Sodium Benzoate 18

Sodium Dioxide 18

Sodium Nitrite 19

Sodium Sufite 19

Tertiary-Butyl Hydroquinone (TBHQ) 19

Trans Fat 20

Artificial Sweeteners to Avoid 21

Acesulfame potassium 21

Aspartame 22

High fructose corn syrup 22

Neotame 22

Saccharin 22

Sucralose 23

Artificial Food Colorings to Avoid 24

GENETICALLY ALTERED FOODS 27

food contaminated with heavy metals 29

Aluminum 29

Arsenic 30

Cadium 30

Copper 30

Flouride 30

Lead 31

Manganese 31

Mercury 31

Microwave sickness 32

WHAT IS IN YOUR SKIN & BODY CARE PRODUCTS? 34

Acrylates 34

Benzophenone and related compounds 35

Butylated compounds (BHA & BHT) 35

Carbon Black 35

Coal Tar 35

Ethanolamine Compounds 36

Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives (FRPs) 36

Homosalate 36

Hydroquinone 37

Lead and other heavy metals 37

Octinoxate 38

Oxybenzone 38

Parabens (Methyl Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl) 38

Phthalates 38

Polyacrylamide 39

P-Phenylenediamine 39

Propylene Glycol 39

Sodium Laurel Sulfate 40

Synthetic Colors 40

Synthetic fragrances 40

Talcum powder 40

Titanium dioxide 41

Toluene 41

Triethanolamine (TEA) and Diethanolamine (DEA) 41

FACTORY FARMING AND FOOD SAFETY 42

PESTICIDE POISONING 44

groups of Poisoning 47

Organophosphates 47

Glyphosate 47

Arsenical pesticides 47

Benzoic Acid 48

Carbamate 48

Chlordimeform 49

Dithiocarbamates 49

Haolcarbons fumigants 49

Hydrocarbons 49

Hydrogen Cyanide 50

Methyl Bromide 50

Paraquat 50

Pentachlorophenol 51

Phosphine 51

Phthalates 51

Pyrethroids 52

Sulfuryl Fluoride 52

Yellow and White Phosphorus 53

Conclusion 54

INTRODUCTION

Food and water are vital to life. Without it, we would become malnourished and eventually die.

We consider ourselves to be intelligent people, but many of us are mesmerized by outside influences that take us away from what is really important and what is really going on.

Not only are we being mesmerized but we may also be exposed to subliminal messages that are unconsciously being perceived or are affecting our mind without us being aware.

Have you ever wondered why we have so many deadly diseases today that were unheard of in the days of our ancestors?

Have you ever been curious or questioned the quality of food and water that is being tampered with and how it may be putting you at risk?

I am still shocked at the massive amount of chemicals and additives that are being added to our food, not to mention the genetically altered food, and I more recently learned about the fillers they are adding to processed foods. I have barely touched the subject of our water supply and that is also something to investigate and question.

What is even more amazing to me is that many consumers are buying these products not aware of what exactly they are eating and the serious health problems they create.

The topics of this ebook may appear boring, but if you take the time to read what these chemicals are doing to your health, I believe you would be as alarmed as I have been.

We are spending large amount of money, these days, for food and other items that are putting our health at risk. We are trusting government authorities who approve these products to watch out for our health, yet they appear to be motivated by political and financial demands. Some countries are getting smarter, mostly because consumers realize they have the power to force governments, manufacturers, and producers into changing their standards by not buying and paying for these highly toxic products that are causing serious diseases. In addition, we are now spending massive amounts of money for medical care and drugs, not to mention the emotional trauma that many of these deadly illnesses bring into our lives.

This information is to help you realize that you may be putting your health at risk and that you have control, once you are aware.

CHEMICALS IN THE FOOD WE EAT

You might be surprised to learn the health risks of the chemicals in your food. Aside from having their nutrition values greatly reduced, a lot of food today is treated with harmful chemicals.

Ractopamine is a feed additive known to increase the rate of weight gain, improve feed efficiency, and increase carcass leanness in animals raised for their meat. Up to 20 percent of this additive remains in the meat. Thousands of people have been “poisoned” from eating pigs that were fed this drug. This additive is banned from use in animals raised for their meat in numerous countries due to its harmful health effects.

Because of the need to market and sell “fresh” fish in the market today, they may be loaded with preservatives to lock in the “freshness.” Some sellers use formalin, a chemical used in embalming human corpses, to preserve freshly caught fish. Some sellers may wash marketed fish with food coloring or textile color to give the fish a “fresh” look. To ensure your safety and enjoy the nutritious benefits of fish, buy them from trusted sources only.

If you are a frequent drinker of soft drinks and some other citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks, then you are ingesting a dose of a synthetic chemical called brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which was originally patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant. Brominated vegetable oil is a processed vegetable oil that is treated with bromine, which is part of the halide family, a group of elements that includes fluorine, chlorine, and iodine. When ingested, bromine competes for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine; it can displace iodine and increase the risk of iodine deficiency. A lack of iodine has been linked to an increased risk of breast, ovary and prostate cancer, and low thyroid function. It can also increase the risk of diabetes and obesity. Bromine can be found in several forms such as Methyl Bromide, which is a pesticide, used mainly on strawberries, and Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) is added to citrus drinks to help suspend the flavoring in the liquid. Bromine is a central nervous system depressant, and a common endocrine disruptor. Bromine has been linked to neurological disorders, organ damage, and cancer. Some of the common side effects of brominated vegetable oil are neurological impairment, thyroid problems, fertility issues, and psychological symptoms.

You might not be aware of this, but most of the bread you eat in a restaurant, or when you consume any baked goods such as a bun with hamburger or a hotdog bun, you are consuming bromide, as it is commonly used in almost all commercial bread and flour that contains a number of other food additives. It has been identified as a possible carcinogen in 84 percent of 38 commonly available prepacked breads and ready to eat pizzas that were tested.

Bromated flour is “enriched” with potassium bromate. Commercial baking companies that use potassium bromate as a chemical additive in flour products, claim it improves the action of the gluten, which is a protein that gives bread dough its elasticity during kneading and allows dough to rise, and is more likely to hold its shape. However, some manufacturers and other successful companies manage to use only unbromated flour without any of these so-called “structural problems.” Studies have linked potassium bromate to kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies potassium bromate as a possible carcinogen.

Arsenic-containing compounds remain legal for use in U.S. chicken, turkey, and swine production. They are approved for use in animal feed in the US because they make animals grow quicker and make the meat appear fresher. The FDA has stated these drugs are safe because they contain organic arsenic, which is less toxic than the other inorganic form, which are known carcinogens. New studies link these practices to serious human health problems and scientific reports have surfaced stating that the organic arsenic could transform into inorganic arsenic, which has been found in elevated levels in supermarket chickens and fast food restaurants. The inorganic arsenic also contaminates manure where it can eventually migrate into drinking water and may also be causing heightened arsenic levels found in rice and other products.

Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is injected into cows to increase milk production. Recent research has shown that the levels of a hormone called “insulin-like growth factor-1″ (IFG-1) is elevated in dairy products produced from cows treated with rBGH. Non-organic dairy farms frequently have rBGH-injected cows that suffer from numerous adverse health conditions, including a very high rate of mastitis infections that contaminated milk with pus and antibiotics. It is banned in as many 30 other countries because of its danger to human health. Canadian and European regulators have found that the FDA completely failed to consider a study that showed how the increased IGF-1 in rBGH milk could survive digestion and make its way into the intestines and blood stream of consumers. These findings are significant because numerous studies now demonstrate that IGF-1 is an important factor in the growth of cancers of the breast, prostate and colon. rBGH is a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin (BST), a hormone produced in cows’ pituitary glands.

Even processed food like instant noodles are treated with chemical wax, which may be cancer causing; and in some countries these noodles are banned.

Are you also aware that many people today are immune to antibiotics used for humans? Not only do you ingest the antibiotics from animals, but also these ingested antibiotics kill both the good and bad bacteria in the human body. The chemically treated meat also weakens your body’s defense mechanisms. This hazard is exacerbated when the meats are processed with artificial flavors and preservatives.

White bread is also considered a health risk because it actually elevates blood sugar levels in your body. White bread is “devitalized” food that is processed and is chemically bleached, (just like you bleach your clothes), so you are also eating residual chemical bleach. Flourmills use different chemical bleaches, all of which are toxic. In the process of making flour white, part of the healthy unsaturated fatty acids are lost in the milling process and virtually all the vitamin E is lost with the removal of wheat germ and bran.

Commercial fruits and vegetables are often treated with fertilizers and pesticides, and they undergo artificial processing to prolong freshness and are treated with preservatives. Washing, cooking, and boiling for long hours may minimize the chemicals in your food, but these toxic harmful substances may not be totally eliminated. Peeling the skin off some fruits will not ensure safety either; therefore, you are actually swallowing and accumulating these fertilizers and pesticides in your body.

FOOD ADDITIVES TO AVOID

Packaged and processed foods are very convenient yet they pose a health risk and they are loaded with chemicals and additives to preserve color, flavor, texture, and shelf life. More recently, it was revealed that manufacturers have added fillers to increase profit margins. Although government agencies are conservative in their standards, independent studies and experts are agreeing that you are wise to try to avoid as many chemicals contained in foods as possible. There is a shift caused by concerned experts and consumers who are demanding manufacturers to remove preservatives and artificial coloring that are potentially harmful.

By being well informed, we can make a difference. We can create change by choosing what we choose to put in our shopping carts and the take-away foods that we order. This is a powerful message to manufacturers and producers who want to fill the needs of the consumers.

Aluminum

Researchers found alarming high amounts of aluminum in certain foods, particularly bakery products, as well as steamed buns, pancakes and waffles. Aluminum is usually found in food additives used in commercial food production that is used as an emulsifying agents in processed cheese spread and a firming agent in pickled products, as well as food coloring in cake decoration. Studies have suggested a potential association between aluminum and alzheimer’s; it adversely affects the reproductive and nervous system and used as a preservative in some packaged foods that can cause cancer.

Aspartame

Is an artificial sweetener commonly used as an additive for sweetening diet soft drinks, chewing gum, breakfast cereals, and jams. Aspartame is an excitotoxin that wreaks havoc on your body and has been cited as being the common denominator of over 90 different health symptoms, which has been raised since it was introduced. Most recently, it has been suspected of causing cancer. There have been reports of aspartame causing seizures, headaches, mood disturbances, and reduced mental performance. A study published in 2005 suggested that aspartame could cause leukemia and lymphoma. Another study, published in 1996, cited an increase in the rate of brain tumors could be related to the consumption of aspartame.

Azodicarbonamide

Is an industrial chemical used to make yoga mats, shoe rubber, and synthetic leather. It has been reported that is has been added to baked goods like bread, bagels and buns. When bread dough is treated with azodicarbonamide, it can break down the gluten and make it more immediately available. Gluten has been linked to a host of gastro-intestinal, immunologic, and neurologic diseases. Research has established a direct link between exposure to azodicarbonamide and the onset of asthma, disruption to the immune system, harmful to hormone production, and is a skin irritant.

bha & bht

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydrozyttoluene (BHT) are commonly added to foods to prevent spoilage and to enhance taste and color. They are used in many products, such as cereals, snack foods, chewing gum, pies, cakes, processed meats, and even beer. These industrial preservatives are also sprayed onto the lining of food packages. They are currently being investigated for their potential to damage genetic material and therefore contribute to cancer. They have also been found to alter brain chemistry in mice when they are exposed prenatally; and are banned in many other countries.

Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)

BVO is an organobromine compound, and others, notably flame-retardants, that are being added to soft drinks. Some companies use brominated vegetable oil to stop ingredients in fruit-flavored soft drinks from separating out. In very high amounts, drunk over a long period of time, BVO can build up in the body and cause toxic effects. This additive is banned some countries.

Bromine (Potassium Bromated)

Bromine is a chemical compound frequently used in flame-retardants, as well as baking ingredients, soda, cell phones, plastic, dye, and prescription drugs. The serious, long-term health effects from constant exposure are an increased risk of pre-term birth and birth defects, it disrupts thyroid function, slows neural and cognitive development and failure, and contributes to mental illness, toxic to the kidneys, hearing loss, and causes oxidative damage to DNA. The International Agency for the Research on Cancer has identified potassium bromate (the ingredient used in bread and baking) as a known carcinogen.

Carrageenan

Is a stabilizer and thickening agent used in many prepared foods. Animal studies have repeatedly shown that food-grade carrageen causes gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors.

Chlorine Dioxide

Is used in water treatment (chlorination), and as a food additive added to flour in order to make it appear whiter (freshly milled flour has a yellowish tint) and to oxidize the surfaces of the flour grains and help with developing of gluten. Similar to disinfection byproducts in water, alloxan is formed when the chlorine reacts with certain proteins remaining in the white flour after the bran and germ have been removed. Scientists have long known that alloxan produces selective destruction of the beta cells of the pancreas, causing hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis. It has also been reported that it can cause tumors and hyperactivity in children.

Disodium Guanylate

Is a food additive that is commonly used in conjunction with monosodium glutamate (MSG). It is added to instant noodles, potato chips and other snacks, rice, tinned vegetables, meat and soup. Excess of this additive can lead to a rise in blood pressure, cerebral edema, swelling of brain nerves and coma in severe cases.

Disodium Inosinate

A flavor enhancer/intensifier that is almost always used in conjunction with MSG and sometimes disodium inosinate. Found in canned foods, sauces, snack foods, cured meat, instant noodles, and salad dressing. It can have a chemical effect on the consumer’s brain cells, cause a sudden rapid heart rate, and also trigger anxiety attacks, allergic reactions, numbness, and tightness around chest area, profuse sweating, and a sense of swelling, usually accompanied by gastric discomfort.

Enriched Flour

To enrich something means to make it richer by adding good things to it. The reason it states “enriched” is because the natural nutrients and vitamins that the original wheat berry contained have been stripped away. The components added back to the flour are actually toxic. Enriched flour is not absorbed by the body as wheat or a grain, where the body could use the energy slowly and effectively, but as a starch. Instead of being a slow process that gives you steady bursts of energy, your body breaks down enriched flour more quickly, which typically raises blood sugar quickly. This excess blood sugar has to be metabolized by the liver, and if there is an excess of sugar, your body will store it as fat. A by-product of the flour bleaching process called alloxan destroys the beta cells of the pancreas. Alloxan contribute to diabetes because it spins up enormous amounts of free radicals in pancreatic beta cells, thus destroying them. When beta cells in the pancreas fail to secrete enough insulin, the body loses its ability to metabolize carbohydrates and to reduce glucose levels in the bloodstream. While alloxan is one cause of adult-onset type 2 diabetes, it is of course not the only cause. Researchers believe that some people have weak free radical defenses in these beta cells, and that free radical damage to DNA in beta cells, resulting in dysfunction or cell death, helps cause maturity-onset diabetes.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Chemically speaking, MSG is approximately 78 percent free glutamic acid, 21 percent sodium, and up to 1 percent contaminants. Glutamic acid is a neurotransmitter that excites our neurons. MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees -- and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease and it has been linked to nerve damage, heart problems and seizures.

Olestra

Is a fat substitute that adds no fat, calories, or cholesterol to products. It has been used in the preparation of otherwise high-fat foods such as potato chips and other snack foods, thereby lowering or eliminating their fat content. This fat-like substance is not absorbed in the body and may make you gain weight, not lose it. This additive prevent the absorption of particular vitamins, among which are vitamins D, E, A and K. It also prevents its absorption from other foods that naturally contain it, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. It is known to cause abdominal cramps and gastrointestinal problems and since inhibits the absorption of important vitamins, can contribute to other health concerns.

Polysorbate 60

Acts as an emulsifier basically keeps the cream from separating into different substances. It is more common than using natural products because it is much more cost efficient. Is used in imitation cream, baked goods and frozen desserts. Polysorbate 60 helps whiteners dissolve in coffee, keep dill oil solubilized in dill pickle jars, prevents baked goods from going stale, and prevents oil from desolubizing in artificial whipped cream. It can have detrimental reproductive effects, organ toxicity, and cancer in high doses.

Potassium Bromate

Is a food additive that can help flour to improve the action of the gluten. It also bleaches dough, and strengthens gluten. Potassium bromate results in bread that rises higher and is more likely to hold its shape. The end product is fluffy, soft and unnaturally white bread that is still found in many fast food buns and some flours, amongst other products. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, labels potassium bromate as a category 2B carcinogen.

Propyl gallate

This preservative is often used in conjunction with BHA & BHT. It is used as a food preservative in foods that contain oils and fats, to stop food from spoiling. Some foods that commonly contain this preservative are vegetable oil, meat products, frozen dinners, popcorn, potato sticks, soup bases, cereals, and chewing gum. It is also used in many personal care products, such as cosmetics and shampoos, to preserve their color. The results of animal studies show that it has been linked to cancer. Possible reactions include asthma attacks, allergic reactions, liver and kidney damage, and gastric irritation. It is banned in some countries, but deemed safe by FDA.

Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)

Genetically engineered version of natural growth hormone is injected into cows to boost milk production. Milk from cows treated with rBGH contains higher levels of Insulin-like growth factor 1(IGF-1). Cows treated with rBGH tend to develop more udder (mammary tissue) infections; therefore, these cows are given more antibiotics. Early studies found this led to bacteria and potential pus in milk. While there may be a link between IGF-1 blood levels and cancer, research has not clarified the connection, while continuing efforts support these studies. Insulin-like growth factor has a multitude of problems. A recently published scientific review focused on the relation of IGF-1 (and IGF-2) to breast cancer tumor formation. Research from China has found that IGF-1 plays a significant role in non-small cell lung cancer. It is banned in the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and some other countries.

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium benzoate is commonly used as a chemical preservative that is often found in processed foods such as sodas, fruit juices, vinegar, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, dyes, or industrial settings. It is often added to items to extend shelf life. It may also be used to cease the fermentation process in items like wine. This is a known carcinogenic additive that when eaten or applied to the skin, gets transported to the liver, where it is supposed to be filtered, and expelled in urine, but the damage gets done before that process is completed. These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it and deprive cells of oxygen. Cells need oxygen to function properly and to fight off infection, including cancer.

Sodium Dioxide

These food preservatives make its way into a number of edibles, including dried fruits such as raisins, apples, apricots, and prunes. Sulfur dioxide is one type of sulfite, a preservative whose name might be more familiar. Even a small amount of sulfite can wreak health havoc, if you are sensitive to it. If you have asthma, sulfite sensitivity or sulfite allergy, eating dried fruits might cause serious health problems, including breathing problems, life-threatening allergy-like symptoms or in rare cases, death.

Sodium Nitrite

Sodium nitrite is a chemical used to cure meat products and has been implicated as a cancer-causing agent. Most lunchmeat, canned meat, bacon, and sausages contain sodium nitrite that has been added to stop bacterial growth. Sodium nitrate can damage the blood vessels around your heart, which can cause them to harden and narrow putting you at risk for heart disease. Eating processed meats containing sodium nitrate on a regular basis puts you at a 20 percent increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Ingesting sodium nitrate also increases your risk of experiencing convulsions and mental disorders. Large amounts of sodium nitrate can also cause bloody diarrhea, gastroenteritis, and pain in your abdominal area. Constant use can lead to rapid heartbeat, irregular breathing, and even coma. A diet that includes a large amount of sodium nitrate can also increase your chances of developing certain types of cancer.

Sodium Sufite

Manufacturers add sulfites to processed foods as a preservative and to improve its appearance. All cheeses contain some sulfites, which develop during the aging process. It is used to preserve dried fruits, wine making, and to preserve seafood and other meats, maraschino cherries, pickled onions, wine vinegar, pickles, olives, and condiments such as horseradish might also contain sulfites. The preservative also listed as E221 (or sulfites) on wine and foods containing processed dried fruit, are a prime cause of food sensitivities, and are associated with headaches, rashes, and asthma. Those with severe allergies can actually suffer anaphylaxis (restricted airways) and death due to consuming foods containing sulfites.

Tertiary-Butyl Hydroquinone (*][*TBHQ)

TBHQ is similar to Butane (a lighter fluid). TBHQ is a fuel additive added to your food. Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone is a by-product of petroleum, a food preservative frequently added to products to preserve food on the cheap. You can find TBHQ in some fast food chicken nuggets and French fries. You can also find TBHQ in many of the great value foods that large hypermarkets carry to keep them tasting fresh. It is commonly sprayed onto fast food cartons. It is a known carcinogen, believed to cause ADD, and can lead to a variety of other symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, and collapse. You will be surprised at the long list of other products that contain TBHQ which can be found online (too numerous to list here).

Trans Fat

Made through the chemical process of hydrogenation of oils that solidifies liquid oils and increases the shelf life and the flavor stability of oils and foods that contain them. Trans fat is found in vegetable shortenings and in some margarine, crackers, cookies, snack foods, and other foods. Trans fats wreak havoc with the body’s ability to regulate cholesterol. They drive up the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, which markedly increases the risk of coronary artery heart disease and stroke.

Artificial Sweeteners to Avoid

Artificial sweeteners are attractive alternatives to sugar because they add virtually no calories to your diet. They are not a good choice as an aid to weight loss and it can actually make you crave more sugar and can add to weight gain. The theory is that once you eat something sweet your brain releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. The appetite-regulating hormone leptin, also known as “satiety hormone” informs your brain that you are full. However, when you consume something that tastes sweet but does not have any calories, the metabolism switches off and the body is put into storage mode. Fats and sugars are more likely to be stored than burned. If the sweetener is consumed as part of a low-calorie beverage, then the body is trying to store glucose that isn’t there, so hunger for sugar is stimulated, which triggers a stress response in the body that can cause of heart palpitations, headaches, and muscle cramps.

Artificial sweeteners are approved by the FDA, not on scientific finding, but rather because of strong political and financial pressure. In addition, massive legal loopholes mean companies can add new ingredients to foods with no government safety review.

Guidelines also known as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) can be self-affirmed or the FDA can be notified of a determination of GRAS by qualified non-governmental experts.

Acesulfame potassium

Contains methylene chloride, a known carcinogen. Acesulfame potassium works in the body by stimulating the secretion of insulin in a way that may lead to reactive hypoglycemia. Used with other artificial sweeteners in diet sodas, cream and chewing gum. Linked to lung and breast tumors in animal studies. Long-term use to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, depression, impairment of the liver and kidneys, visual problems and possibly cancer.

Aspartame

Is composed of 40%aspartic acid, 50% phenylalanine, and 10% methanol. Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin, which has the ability to increase nerve cell stimulation that may result in the development of chronic nervous system disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. Methanol, when consumed, is metabolized into formaldehyde and potential side effects may cause retina damage in the eyes, preterm delivery, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, autism, and interferes with DNA processes. Methanol is also known to be a carcinogen, as it feeds cancer cells. Toxic levels of Phenylalanine in the blood can result in mental retardation. There are over 90 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption.

High fructose corn syrup

Is a sweetener made from genetically modified corn. It is sweeter and cheaper than sucrose, which is the form of sugar made from sugar cane. Some experts have proposed that people metabolize high fructose corn syrup in a way that raises the risk of obesity, heart problems, arthritis and insulin resistance, more than sugar made from sugar cane.

Neotame

Is composed of aspartame and dimethylbutyl. Repeated intake of higher amounts of dimethylbutyl led to an array of health issues, such as liver degeneration, hypothermia, and diarrhea. These participants (in a study), received doses above the FDA approved intake for Neotame. Since artificial sweeteners are added to many food items, the accumulation often exceeds guidelines set for safety.

Saccharin

Contains sulfonamides, which can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Commonly reported reactions to saccharin use in some individuals include headaches, diarrhea, skin issues, and headaches. Carcinogens found to cause bladder cancer in animal studies.

Sucralose

Is created through the process of selectively chlorinating sucrose’s hydroxyl groups that is not digested and travels through the GI tract unchanged. However, a recent analysis shows the exact opposite. There is some research also showing that Sucralose affects glucose control in diabetics and pre-diabetics, something that nonnutritive sweeteners are designed to avoid. It can cause swelling of liver and kidneys and shrinkage of the thymus gland.

Artificial Food Colorings to Avoid

Food dyes are one of the most widely used and dangerous additives. Food colorings are used to give foods a more attractive appearance. Many food color additives have never been tested for toxicity or other adverse effects. Historical records show that injuries, even deaths, resulted from tainted colorants. The FDA lists “color additives exempt from certification” for food. Most dyes contain known carcinogens that have been linked to hyperactivity disorders and cancer.

Originally, these were dubbed “coal-tar” colors because the starting materials were obtained from bituminous coal. Scientists make artificial food dyes from chemicals derived from petroleum. Many synthesized dyes are less costly to produce and were superior in coloring properties when compared to naturally derived alternatives. Heavy metal and other inorganic element-containing compounds turned out to be cheap and suitable to “restore” the color of foodstuffs.

Blue # 1{color:#325f64;}: is a triphenylmethane, a substance from coal tar. Found in baked goods, beverages, desert powders, candies, cereal, drugs, and other products. Studies suggested the possibility that it caused kidney tumors and can damage chromosomes that lead to cancer.

Blue # 2: produced from petroleum (triphenylmethane), that is currently undergoing testing; suspected of causing kidney tumors and it causes a statistically significant incidence of tumors, particularly brain gliomas that is a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine. Found in colored beverages, candies, pet food, & other food and drugs.

Brown HT: a brown synthetic ‘coal tar’ and azo dye (aromatic amines). There is increasing evidence that aromatic amines are a group of well-known bladder carcinogens. It may provoke allergic reactions in asthmatics and other sensitive individuals, and may induce skin sensitivity. Found mainly in chocolate flavor cakes and used in many packaged foods.

Citrus red # 2: Citrus Red 2 is listed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a group 2B carcinogen, a substance “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. Sprayed on oranges to make them look ripe.

Green # 3: A green synthetic coal tar dye that is currently undergoing testing; suspected of causing tumors of the bladder and testes; found in personal care products, ice cream, beverages, lipstick and other cosmetics. Used in drugs, personal care products, lipsticks, and other cosmetics. Found in beverages, candies, ice cream, sorbet, desserts, gravy granules, ice cream, mint sauce, sweets, and tinned peas.

Orange B: is a food dye from the azo dye group (aromatic amines). There is increasing evidence that aromatic amines are a group of well-known bladder carcinogens. This food dye is used in hot dog and sausage casings.

Red # 3: also known as Erythrosine. Recognized in 1990 by the FDA as a thyroid carcinogen and it was found to cause DNA damage in human liver cells in vitro, that is added to cherry pie filling, ice cream and baked goods, sugary breakfast cereals, sausage casings, oral medication, maraschino cherries, baked goods, and candies. Breakfast cereals commonly contain red dye.

Red # 40: All modern food dyes are derived from petroleum. This is the most-widely used and consumed dye that is a carcinogen linked to cancer in some studies. It may accelerate the appearance of immune system tumors, causes hypersensitivity (allergy-like) reactions, and hyperactivity in children. Found in gelatins, puddings, dairy products, confections, and beverages.

Yellow # 5: Also known as, Tartrazine reduces the number of cells in our bodies that fight infections and parasites. It is linked to behavioral problems in children and might trigger hyperactivity. Found in pet foods, numerous bakery goods, beverages, dessert powders, candies, custards, beverages, ice cream, confections, preserves, cereals, and many other foods, as well as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Yellow # 6: Caused adrenal tumors in animals and occasionally causes severe hypersensitivity reactions. Thought to cause kidney tumors, according to some studies. Found in baked goods, cereal, candy, snack foods, ice cream, beverages, confections, and cosmetics.

GENETICALLY ALTERED FOODS

The process of genetic engineering is ill defined and riddled with unintended consequences. Viruses are typically used to genetically engineer the genes into a new species by inserting the gene and then cloning it, which can triggers unknown damage.

The agricultural industry has more recently started a biological warfare campaign against insects with an organism known as Bacillus thuringiensis, or the Bt toxin. This bacteria produces proteins, which are toxic to insects. Bt’s are extreme toxicity and is the same family of bacteria as B. anthracis, which causes anthrax, and B. cereus, which causes food poisoning. Bt is toxic to many of the insects. It can be sprayed on crops or it can be added to the DNA of genetically modified crops. Bt use is widely used on corn, cotton, and potatoes, among other crops, and it has been pushed as a less dangerous alternative to harsh chemical pesticides that can be cheaply produced. Bt is an aggressive toxin that damages cell membranes and kills insects by literally making their stomach burst. Unfortunately, not only does Bt kill targeted insects but also other insects and bugs that do not damage crop and are necessary for the ecosystem.

Bt’s also harms the human digestive system by effectively attacking normal gut cells thereby burning holes in the intestines. This can cause problems such as leaky gut syndrome. Even worse, Bt does not leave your body. Studies suggest after eating Bt tainted food, it can take over by destroying your natural gut flora and force your digestive system into continually produce more. This is one of the most alarming facts about Bt toxin, once inside your stomach, these Bt toxins take can over!

Since the introduction of Bt corn and other food crop, numerous disorders related to gastrointestinal inflammation have been on the rise. Your gut is the frontline of your immune system. When your gut lining is too permeable, or “leaky,” larger bits of food can pass directly into your blood, undigested, triggering food allergies and intolerances.

Bt toxin is a foreign invader, not recognized by the immune system, which means the more you eat GMO foods, the worse you will feel. You may develop allergic symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing, watery eyes, asthma, and hives and be unable to figure out what is causing them.

According to a UK report published in 2004, twelve German dairy cows died a slow and painful death after consuming GMO Bt Toxin corn.

Here are some other side effects to consider. Studies have proven that animals given feed from GMO crops experienced noticeable alterations in their mood and behavior. This has led researchers to believe that Bt toxin and autistic symptoms are closely related because they seem to interfere with functional digestive development. Children with ASD have a disproportionate amount of gastrointestinal disorders, reinforcing the belief that gut and brain health are very closely connected.

Less than a hundred years ago, autoimmune diseases were uncommon. Now we live in a society where conditions such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and multiple sclerosis are almost commonplace.

Your kidneys are designed to flush toxins from your body. Continually eating genetically modified crops containing Bt toxins may eventually destroy your kidneys.

The Institute for Responsible Technology reports 65 serious health risks associated with GMO crops, including cancer development.

Since 80% of your immune system is located in your gut, the last thing you want to do is eat gut-destroying Bt toxins.

food contaminated with heavy metals

Heavy metal is a serious threat to the health of your body and brain. They are toxic for all living organisms. They become harmful when their accumulation rate is more than their discharge. With enough exposure, heavy metals can build up in the body, causing chronic problems in the skin, intestine, nervous system, kidneys, liver, and brain.

Human activities may contribute largely to the problem, such as burning fossil fuel, mining, and the use of many chemicals for crop growth. Wastewater also contains heavy metal and when it is applied to crops can cause a threat. Some heavy metals occur naturally in soil, but rarely at toxic levels, while mining, manufacturing and the use of synthetic materials like paint, and even some agricultural chemicals, can release heavy metals into the air and water, and settle into the soil, which are virtually impossible to remove. The most commonly found heavy metals were lead, cadmium, nickel, and arsenic. Lead and cadmium are among the most abundant heavy metals and are particularly toxic. The excessive amount of these metals in food is associated with etiology of a number of diseases, especially with cardiovascular, kidney, nervous, as well as bone diseases. Heavy metals are reported to encourage tumor and mutations at greater amounts in animal.

Aluminum

Although not technically a heavy metal, aluminum is a metal that can pose a serious threat to health, particularly with excessive exposure. It has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Aluminum is found in baby formula, table salt, baked goods and processed foods, deodorants, shampoo, skin cream, over-the-counter and prescription antacids, and other pharmaceutical drugs as a binding agent, aluminum pots, and pans. Aluminum-contaminated water is another significant concern, as studies have found that Alzheimer’s disease is more common in regions where levels of aluminum in drinking water are highest.

Arsenic

Has also shown up in drinking water, especially in well water. Long-term exposure to arsenic in drinking water has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, liver and prostate. Arsenic has been found in apple and grape juices, and rice products.

Cadium

Is a naturally occurring metal that can be found in food, water, and cigarette smoke. Like other metals, cadmium stays in the body for a long time and accumulates after long-term exposure to even low levels. It is thought that cadmium is carcinogenic, and long-term exposure to low levels can contribute to kidney disease, lung damage, and fragile bones. Animal studies also suggest that it may lead to liver disease, high blood pressure, and nerve or brain damage. Fish, plants, and animals accumulate cadmium from the environment, as well as low levels of the metal in most all foods, with the highest levels found in refined and processed foods and meat, cola drinks, instant coffee, and cigarette smoke.

Copper

Is found in wheat germ and bran, copper water pipes, copper sulfate added to drinking water, compounds added to swimming pools, mineral supplements especially prenatal vitamins with copper, cookware, and birth control pills. Symptoms can be adrenal insufficiency, anemia, anorexia, autism, connective tissue problems of all kinds, epilepsy or seizures, elevated cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, estrogen imbalance, multiple sclerosis, and tooth decay.

Flouride

Is added to drinking water, mouthwash, toothpaste, fluoride treatments done in the dental office, fruit juices and all foods processed with tap water. Physical symptoms include hypothyroidism, hip and other fractures, bone diseases and brown discoloration of the skin.

Lead

Is linked to dementia, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, seizure disorders, aggression, hyperactivity, and many other health issues. It is found in canned food and refined chocolate. You may be surprised to find out that many teas might contain lead that can be absorbed by the tea’s leaves when harvested near industrial areas and active roadways.

Manganese

Some red and white wines may carry potentially dangerous doses of at least seven heavy metals. The metal ions that accounted for most of the contamination were vanadium, copper, and manganese. Excessive consumption can lead to manganese accumulation in the brain that has been linked to Parkinson’s disease. Gasoline fumes also contain a very toxic form of manganese.

Mercury

The nervous system is more sensitive to mercury toxicity than any other organ in the body. Mercury has been documented to be associated with arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies and has also been associated with other neurological problems, psychological, and immunological disorders, including diseases like Alzheimer’s. It has also been linked to headaches, blurred vision, heart arrhythmias, tremors, insomnia, irritability, blurred vision and slowed mental responses and weakness. Found in fish; not all fish, but many farmed varieties tend to be contaminated with mercury.

Microwave sickness

To add to the problems of chemicals in our food, we also are not validating the harmful radiation we are exposed to from microwaves, which are in fact “electromagnetic” radiation. Microwave radiation dangers depend on the length of time exposed, the distance from the source, and the power level of the emitting device. People today are bombarded with radiation from almost everything around: televisions, cell phones, microwave ovens, computers, satellites, broadcast antennas, radio towers, and so much more. Unfortunately, radiation does not go away over time, in fact, it just accumulates over time.

Although studies have been conducted on the effect of radiation, the conclusion is that no amount of radiation is safe. For example, microwave frequencies are very similar to the frequencies of your brain and the effects microwaves have on your brain are greater than those same waves on any other part of the body.

Do you suffer from microwave sickness? Tissues directly exposed to microwaves are subject to the same deformities molecules go through, and this can in turn cause you to experience “microwave sickness”. Remember, it is not just microwave ovens that emit this kind of radiation. Cell phone towers and other electronics also emit this type of radiation. Symptoms initially may start as low blood pressure and a slow pulse, but chronic symptoms can be adrenal exhaustion and blockage of coronary arteries and heart attacks. Other serious symptoms can be elevated rate of cancer cell formation that was observed in the blood.

Malnutrition begins with changes in nutrient levels in blood and tissues and is a condition that develops when the body does not get the right amount of nutrients needed to maintain healthy tissues and organ function. Malnutrition can occur in many forms. Nutritional disorders can affect any system in the body including the senses of sight, taste, and smell. It can also produce anxiety, changes in mood, and other emotional symptoms. Alterations in enzyme levels, tissue abnormalities, and organ malfunction may be followed by illness and death.

Microwave ovens heat food through a process of creating molecular friction, but this same molecular friction quickly destroys the delicate molecules of vitamins and phytonutrients naturally found in foods. One study showed that microwaving vegetables destroys up to 97% of the nutritional content. There is evidence to suggest that microwaving destroys the natural harmony in water molecules, creating an energetic pattern of chaos in the water found in all foods. In fact, the common terms of “nuking” your food is coincidentally appropriate since you destroy; get rid of nutrients and eat devitalized food.

WHAT IS IN YOUR SKIN & BODY CARE PRODUCTS?

Most of us are becoming educated on the importance of eating healthy but there has not been much focus on the importance of what we put on our skin that is healthy.

There are numerous carcinogens in cosmetics. The laws governing cosmetics and personal care products are limited that even known cancer-causing chemicals are legally allowed in personal care products.

The skin in the body’s largest organ, and it is also the part of the body that is most exposed to the elements. It can be affected by chemicals, environment, stress, sunlight, parasites, allergens, and other factor, and can react to things we ingest. Your skin is one of the most vulnerable organs of the body. It provides protection from the rigors of the environment and regulates body temperature.

Western medical doctors have come to realize that they can treat health concerns by using dermal and skin patches and that all ingredient and medications are absorbed into your body through the skin.

Applying creams and oils on your skin is no different because they enter the blood stream regardless if they are healthy or toxic, therefore, it is important to understand the ingredients in your skin care products.

Over-the-counter skin care products containing alpha-hydroxy acids help with fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and age spots. The side effects include mild irritation and sun sensitivity.

Acrylates

Are ingredients found in artificial nail products. They are individual chemical molecules that bind together to form plastic material. Direct contact with acrylate monomers produces classic allergic contact dermatitis that is usually confined to the area of contact and may cause itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering, eye, and throat reactions to these chemicals.

Benzophenone and related compounds

Benzophenone is persistent, bio-accumulative, and toxic. These chemicals are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity. It is used in cosmetics such as lip balm, hairspray, shampoo, conditioner, bath and makeup products, sunscreen and skin care products to protect the products from UV light.

Butylated compounds (BHA & BHT)

Are used as preservatives in a variety of personal care products. Found in Lip products, hair products, makeup, sunscreen, creams, artificial fragrances, and antiperspirant/deodorant. Concerns about organ-system toxicity, endocrine disruption, development and reproductive toxicity, irritant and cancer.

Carbon Black

Is a dark black powder used as a pigment in cosmetics such as lipstick, blushers, rouge, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, makeup, and foundation. The airborne, unbound particles of respirable size are listed as a carcinogen. Animal studies found increased incidence of lung tumors resulting from inhaled carbon black. Several human studies indicate carbon black exposure may increase the risk of lung disease.

Coal Tar

Is a known carcinogen derived from burning coal. Found in shampoos, soaps, scalp treatments, hair dyes, and lotions. Experimental studies have found that exposure to and application of coal tar produced skin tumors. It has also been linked with cancer of the lung, bladder, kidney, and digestive tract. Pyridine, a coal tar constituent, has been linked to neurological damage.

Ethanolamine Compounds

Are found in soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners and dyes, lotions, shaving creams, pharmaceutical ointments, eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush, make-up bases, foundations, fragrances, and sunscreens. One of the compounds, NDEA is listed as a carcinogen and in animals tests caused liver cancer and kidney tumors. Two other compounds TEA and DEA have found to be hepatocarcinogenic, producing cancer in the liver. Studies show that over half of DEA in hair dyes, body lotions, and shampoos remain on the upper layers of the skin after exposure. DEA accumulates in the liver and kidney, causing organ toxicity and also possible neurotoxic effects such as tremors.

Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives (FRPs)

It is no secret that some cosmetics contain chemicals such as Formaldehyde. With the help of preservatives, formaldehyde is released in small amounts over time to help protect cosmetic products against contamination by bacteria during storage and during continued use. These compounds are found in nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gels, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash, and color cosmetics. Formaldehyde is considered a known human carcinogen. A 2014 study found that formaldehyde initiates and promotes tumor formation. High concentrations formaldehyde can cause chemical burns, however, this is mostly an occupational hazard.

Homosalate

Is an organic compound that belongs to a class of chemicals called salicylates. Salicylates prevent direct skin exposure to the sun’s harmful rays by absorbing ultraviolet (UV) light. It is a widely used chemical in sunscreens and skin care products with SPF. This UV-absorbing chemical can mimic bodily hormones. Since our bodies cannot dispel this chemical to match the rate of absorption, it accumulates to toxic levels over time.

Hydroquinone

Is one of the most toxic ingredients used in personal care products. It is considered cytotoxic (toxic to cells) and mutagenic. Studies have also shown that long-term hydroquinone use can cause exogenous ochronosis, a cosmetically disfiguring condition, which is when your skin turns a bluish and black color. It not only inhibits melanin production to help lighten skin, but long-term use can actually damage pigment cells. Hydroquinone creams contain sodium metabisulphite that may cause serious allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis) in certain susceptible people. Hydroquinone works by decreasing the production and increasing the degradation of melanin pigments in the skin and is used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as freckles, chloasma (hyperpigmentation), age spots, and acne scars. Found in skin lighteners, facial and skin cleansers, facial moisturizers, hair conditioners, finger and nail coating products.

Lead and other heavy metals

Virtually every cosmetic product tested in one study contained a potentially dangerous or proven toxic heavy metal. Lipstick, deodorants, shampoos, and other personal care products do not usually undergo testing and many times do not contain a complete list of ingredients. What this means is that women who apply lipstick several times a day are ingesting high amounts of lead over the course of their lifetime, along with any number of other unknown chemical additives. Lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminum, zinc, chromium, and iron are found in a wide variety of personal care products. Lead is a well-known and proven neurotoxin that has been linked to learning, language, and behavioral problems. Mercury is linked to nervous system toxicity, as well as reproductive, immune and respiratory toxicity. Aluminum-based compounds vary in their toxicity, but some are linked to neurotoxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer. Chromium is strongly linked to immune and respiratory toxicity, as well as systemic toxicity. Animal studies show tumor formation at low doses.

Octinoxate

Is a UV filter. It is also found in hair color products, shampoos, sunscreen, lipstick, nail polish, and skin creams. It is an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen. Lifetime estrogen exposure is an established risk factor in the development and progression of breast cancer. It also affects other hormone systems as well. For instance, it reduces thyroid hormones in blood serum.

Oxybenzone

Is a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions. This chemical can cause an eczema-related allergic reaction that may spread beyond the applied area. There have been many toxicological studies conducted to test for hormone altercations that throw off your endocrine system as a result of oxybenzone absorption, and also links this chemical to cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.

Parabens (Methyl Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl)

Are preservatives found in many skin care products, ranging from skin cream to body lotion to deodorant. They are widely known to be highly toxic and cause allergic reactions and skin irritations. Companies use this dangerous ingredient, because it is extremely cheap and extends the shelf life of the product by inhibiting microbial growth. In a 2004 study published by the Journal of Applied Toxicology, 18 of 20 malignant breast tumors showed high concentrations of parabens, which are known to mimic estrogen in the body and affect the growth of breast tissue.

Phthalates

Are industrial chemicals that are used as solvents in many cosmetics. Most of the mainstream hair sprays, deodorants, nail polishes, and perfumes that millions of people use every day contain these harmful chemicals. Shown to damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems in animal studies, phthalates can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled.

Polyacrylamide

Is used as a stabilizer and binder in lotions and other products. Though it is not a concern in itself, it is made up of repeating molecules of acrylamide, which is a strongly suspected carcinogen. Human studies have found associations between acrylamide exposure and pancreatic cancer among men exposed in the workplace. Some studies of dietary exposure to acrylamide have been linked to mammary tumors.

P-Phenylenediamine

Is found in many forms of permanent hair dyes called oxidative dyes. Health concerns are skin sensitization, and organ system toxicity. Aromatic amines found in hair dyes, such as p-phenylenediamine, have long been suspected of being carcinogenic. When P-phenylenediamine reacts with hydrogen peroxide, as it does in the preparation of hair dyes, it can form a mutagenic, or DNA-altering, substance called Bandrowski’s base that has been shown to be strongly mutagenic and possibly carcinogenic.

Propylene Glycol

Is a petroleum by-product and a synthetic ingredient used as a humectant. It is also used as an industrial anti-freeze to de-ice airplanes. This toxic ingredient causes many allergic reactions. Research data states that through skin contact it can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Is a highly toxic synthetic substance is used for foaming capability but it causes numerous health problems including irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, and allergic reactions.

Synthetic Colors

Labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color number such as FD&C Red 6 are highly toxic substances that are usually coal tar based and have been linked as cancer causing agents.

Synthetic fragrances

Many products list “fragrance” on the label, but very few name the specific ingredients that make up a “fragrance”. Many of them are synthetic and the International Fragrance Association lists 3,059 materials that are reported as being used in fragrance compounds. Some have evidence linking them to health effects including cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies, and sensitivities.

Talcum powder

Is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. Commercial talc may contain impurities and contaminates such as asbestos and crystalline silica. It is found in baby powder, body and shower products, lotions, feminine hygiene products, eyes shadow, foundation, lipstick, deodorants, and facemasks. The dangers are that talc is related to asbestos, a known carcinogen. The presence of talc particles are linked to tumors. The International Agency for Research on Cancer lists talc-containing asbestos as carcinogenic to humans. Talc inhalation can interfere with mechanisms that clean lungs and mitigate inflammation thereby damaging cells and potentially leading to cancer.

Titanium dioxide

Is an effective UV filter used in a variety of personal care products, including sunscreens, toothpaste, pressed and loose powders. However, when titanium dioxide is inhalable, as it is in loose powders, it is considered a possible carcinogen. Research suggests titanium dioxide nanoparticles may have hidden brain risks. Toxicity studies have shown the particles have negative effects on brain cell viability and function. Researchers believe exposure to the particles may lead to neurological dysfunction and significant accumulation in the brain. Specifically, the nanoparticles were found to harm astrocyte cells, which help regulate serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters. What is known, is that titanium dioxide nanoparticles are capable of moving from your lungs or gastrointestinal tract to other organs.

Toluene

Is a toxic chemical used in nail products and hair dyes. The health concerns are developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation, and it has been listed as human respiratory toxicant..

Triethanolamine (TEA) and Diethanolamine (DEA)

Are substances used to adjust the pH balance of the skin but they are toxic. DEA has been linked with kidney, liver and other organ damage according to research. One study found that the topical application of DEA resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord.

FACTORY FARMING AND FOOD SAFETY

Let us consider factory farming and how it affects us. Since many of us do not see what is going on, it may be surprising to learn what impact it has on food safety, the environment, and our health.

Manure from intensive livestock operations that contains synthetic and natural hormone is stored in large manure piles, or tanks, and is then spread on surrounding farmland. Manure is subject to run-off into surface waters, as well as leaching into the ground water. Pesticide and herbicides sprayed on food crops leave a residue that you consume. Animals fed on heavily sprayed crops have higher levels of these chemicals because the residues are retained in muscle and fat tissue, which most of us ingest. It is estimated that up to 95 percent of the pesticide residues consumers are exposed to come from meat and dairy products.

“Growth promotants” are the unnatural feeds, hormones, and excessive quantities of antibiotics used on factory farms that put the human population at risk for chronic disease, obesity, and drug-resistant bacteria, and pose the threat of major disease outbreaks. Some environmental and health advocacy groups claim that such farming innovations are contributing to tainted food supply with toxic, cancer-causing chemicals.

Many of these chemicals have the potential to be very damaging to humans especially if they are exposed to high concentrations, or low concentrations over an extended period of time.

The proof is now emerging indicating that being overweight is not just the result of personal dietary choices but is the result of exposure to traces of chemicals in the environment. Dietary choices and lack of exercise exacerbate the problem. Evidence has been steadily accumulating that exposure to environmental chemicals may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. They not only act on genes in the developing fetus and newborn to turn more precursor cells into fat cells, which stay with you for life, but environmental chemicals may well account for a good part of the current epidemic in being overweight, not to mention all the many diseases that we now have, like childhood cancer.

Most of the meat we eat these days contains estrogen, antibiotics, and powerful chemicals, which change hormone levels within the human body. Modern corn-fed beef also contains much higher levels of saturated fat than grass-fed beef.

Ranchers and farmers feed antibiotics in a daily low dose to their livestock, which makes them gain weight, but it does not stop them from getting sick. Many doctors and researchers suspect that this practice is contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, posing a serious danger to our health. There have been studies that suggest that salmonella bacteria in factory farming were resistant to some antibiotics.

In a nutshell, the lack of ideal research on growth hormones leads one to ask, “Why take the chance and use them at all?” While the lack of evidence showing any conclusive dangers leads the opposing side to ask, “Why worry?” It is really a matter of personal preference.

We have options. We now have available “hormone-free” dairy or meat products that have been fed organic, insecticide and pesticide free feed and crop, and they are not treated with antibiotics or hormones, and the meat is not treated with radiation. In addition, the animals are raised “cage free”, under conditions that allow them to move, and have access to air and sunlight.

PESTICIDE POISONING

Have you ever wondered why the crops sold in the market show no sign of bug or insect bites? People buy them because of their appearance but may not realize the health hazards of the food they are buying, yet insects are aware of the dangers and hazards of crops with pesticides and try to avoid them.

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 3 million cases of pesticide poisoning each year and up to 220,000 deaths, primarily in developing countries.

Many pesticides achieve their intended use of killing pests by disrupting the nervous system. Due to similarities in biochemistry, there are opinions that these chemicals can have the same negative impact on humans as well.

Farmers use pesticides on many conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Standards have been set that limits how much pesticide residue can remain on food. It is a complex process that incorporates variables such as the toxicity of the pesticide and how much of the food people generally eat. These pesticides receive a number called a “tolerance” and although pesticide tolerances are assumed safe, these chemicals are by their very nature toxic, and have not been studied directly in people.

The individual safety profile of pesticides does not take into consideration any hazard from their combined or accumulated effects. For example, a box of breakfast cereal or grains contains the residues from over 30 pesticides. Each individual pesticide is within its tolerance, but when combined, what are the effects of those chemicals doing to our body?

Even acute pesticide consumption is potentially lethal, and consistent exposure to pesticides can cause severe neurological damage, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as disorders of the endocrine and reproductive systems.

Many of these chemical residues, exhibit bioaccumulation that could build up to harmful levels in the body. Persistent chemicals can be magnified through the food chain and have been detected in products ranging from meat, poultry, and fish, to vegetable oils, nuts, and various fruits and vegetables.

Data analyzed by a nonprofit group found that certain fruits and vegetables tend to contain the highest levels of pesticide residue, which include apples, celery, cherries, cherry tomatoes, collard greens, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, kale, lettuce, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, summer squash, and sweet bell peppers.

The foods with the least pesticide residues were asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, sweet corn, mangoes, mushrooms, onions, papayas pineapple, and sweet potatoes.

Since grapes are categorized as containing high levels of pesticide residue, it is interesting to learn that wines are also contaminated with pesticide residues. There is a lot more in your wine glass than fermented grapes. Yeast is added to aid fermentation, salts, sugars, and acids may be added to control and direct the fermentation process.

The levels of pesticides that end up in your wine differ. Conventionally grown wine grapes can be treated with synthetic pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides. Organically grown grapes cannot be treated with any synthetic pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, or fertilizers. No pesticides are ever added to certified organic wine grapes. It is important to note that pesticide levels detected in the wines tested were below threshold levels of toxicity, but it was also pointed out that it is not the consumers who are most impacted by this, but the vineyard workers who are applying the treatments.

You should be aware of the early signs and symptoms of poisoning. The symptoms of pesticide poisoning are similar to those of other types of poisoning. Heat exhaustion, food poisoning, asthma, and other illnesses are sometimes confused with pesticide poisoning.

The effects of pesticide chemicals on the human body various. Some are serious while others are mildly to moderately irritating, depending upon your sensitivity, and age.

A study revealed that even a tiny amount of pesticide might harm children’s brains. What is known, however, is that children experience greater exposure to chemicals pound-for-pound than adults, and though the blood-brain barrier is fully formed at birth, its function may be immature, which may allow greater chemical exposures to reach their developing brains.

groups of Poisoning

There is a vast list of the many types of chemicals and pesticides used and the chemical family listed below is some of the more common ones used.

Organophosphates

As the dangers of Organophosphates, that are the basis of many insecticides, herbicides and nerve agents have become clear. Farmers have shifted toward other supposedly safer chemicals, like neonicotinoids and pyrethroids. Although experts cannot agree on any single cause of the massive honeybee die-off, perhaps the most deadly of these factors are pesticides, especially neonicotinoids. Without bees to pollinate crops, we might lose some staple foods supply.

Glyphosate

Is being used at nearly one billion pounds per year. This is a broad-spectrum herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, used to kill weeds, and grasses that compete with crops. Organophosphates attack the nervous system. This pesticide is responsible for killing at least 25 children in India and is widely used around the world, including in the United States, and health experts have raised safety concerns about this class of chemicals. Some organophosphates also have a delayed neurological reaction characterized by muscle weakness in the legs and arms. Mild symptoms include headache, dizziness, weakness, shaking, nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and sweating. Chronic exposure symptoms are increase salivation and perspiration, narrowing of the pupils, weakness, weight loss, diarrhea, decrease in blood pressure and general feeling of sickness and fatigue, as well as death in severe cases.

Arsenical pesticides

Arsenic still shows up in our food and drink all the time. These days, however, some it comes from the ground, as a remnant of old toxic pesticides. A recent study found how far-reaching arsenic contamination could be. Lead arsenate, once heavily used in apple orchards, is showing up in more than just apple juice. Wines was tested and the samples came back positive for inorganic arsenic, and all the samples either matched or exceeded the federal safety limit for arsenic in drinking water. There are no federal safety limits on arsenic levels in wine, and wineries are not required to list arsenic levels on wine labels. Drinking water and rice are two major sources of inorganic arsenic exposure.

Short-term exposure can cause vomiting, muscle cramping and death. Exposure over time can lead to cancers and skin diseases. The central nervous system is commonly affected and death usually occurs within a few days following onset of symptoms and is often the result of circulatory failure.

Benzoic Acid

Is one of these preservatives that you should try to avoid. You will find Benzoic Acid and benzilic derivatives in processed foods like cheeses, varying sauces, as well as meats, soft drinks, baked goods, candies, pickles jams, jellies and ice creams, to mention a few on an endless list. Sadly, it is also in cosmetic products and many pharmaceutical products. If Benzoic Acid is inhaled, it can cause damage to the nervous system. Eaten in food, it is mildly toxic. Benzoic Acid has been linked to asthma problems and increased levels of hyperactivity in children.

Carbamate

Is an insecticide that kills insects by reversibly inactivating an enzyme. This organophosphate pesticide also inhibits the enzyme, although irreversibly, and cause a more severe form of cholinergic poisoning to human, pets and other animals.

Chlordimeform

Is a pesticide mainly active against mites and ticks and against eggs and some insects. Mild exposure can cause abdominal and back pain, pain urination with blood in urine, and severe hemorrhagic cystitis in humans.

Dithiocarbamates

Are fungicides that become poison if excessive amounts of spray or dust are inhaled. Once in the body, they can turn into a chemical that has been shown to cause reproductive and birth defects and a probable human carcinogen. Long-term exposure can result in abnormal thyroid function.

Haolcarbons fumigants

As a fumigant group, they are some of the most important pest control tools used in the world. This chemical family of fumigants consists of four members: chloropicrin, 1.3-dichloropropene, methyl bromide, and paradichlorobenzene. Chloropicrin is severely irritating to the upper respiratory tract, eyes, and skin. Inhalation sometimes leads to vomiting. Ingestion could cause inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Methyl bromide is considered a central nervous system depressant that may cause convulsions, and can be severely irritating to the lower respiratory tract and can cause fluid accumulation in the lungs, hemorrhage, or pneumonia. There are currently few toxicity concerns associated with paradichlorobenzene and 1.3-dichloropropene that are contained in this product.

Hydrocarbons

There are four types of hydrocarbons alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and aromatic compounds, each type with different chemical properties. A new study showed scented candles and air fresheners pose serious health risk. The researchers found that burning paraffin candles produced “undesired chemicals,” like alkans, alkenes, and toluene, which can have harmful effects on humans. Some researchers also worry about the long-term effects of using air fresheners that can contain “considerable levels of formaldehyde”.

Hydrogen Cyanide

Is a fast-acting, potentially deadly chemical that prevents the cells in the body from using oxygen properly which causes cells to die. Cyanide is in cigarette smoke and the substance released when materials, such as plastic, burn. Cyanide is used to make paper, textiles and plastics, as well as being used to kill pests on ships and in buildings. It is in the chemicals used to develop photographs.

Methyl Bromide

Is a broad-spectrum pesticide used in the control of pest insects, nematodes, weeds, pathogens, and rodents. It is listed as an endocrine disrupting chemical. The symptoms of inhalation are abdominal pain, convulsions, dizziness, labored breathing, vomiting, weakness, hallucinations, loss of speech and incoordination. It can also be absorbed through the skin with signs of redness, burning sensation, pain, and blisters. When it comes in contact with the eyes, it produces redness, pain, blurred vision, and temporary loss of vision.

Paraquat

Is a highly toxic weed killer (herbicide). In the past, Mexico used it to destroy marijuana plants. In the United States, Paraquat is classified as “restricted commercial use.” Later, research showed this herbicide was dangerous to workers who applied it to the plants. Breathing in Paraquat may cause lung, kidneys, liver, and esophagus damage. Long-term exposure may cause scarring of the lungs called pulmonary fibrosis. This makes it hard to breathe. If swallowed, death can quickly occur.

Pentachlorophenol

Is an organochlorine compound used as a pesticide and a disinfectant. First produced in the 1930s, it is marketed under many trade names. It can be found as pure PCP and is used as an herbicide, insecticide, fungicide, algaecide, and disinfectant and as an ingredient in anti-fouling paint. Short and long-term exposure to low levels such as those that occur in the workplace can cause damage to the blood, liver, lungs, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, immune and nervous systems. Symptoms include elevated temperature, profuse sweating, uncoordinated movement, muscle twitching, and coma. Finally, exposure to PCP is also associated with carcinogenic, renal, and neurological effects and it has been classified as a probable human carcinogen.

Phosphine

Is still commonly used to protect grain and grain-based products. The pellets are randomly throwing into the bins and many of the safety procedures are not followed. It is this lackadaisical approach where fumigations fail, and people are exposed, and resistant populations of pests increase. It has a strong odor, resembling carbide or garlic, and ranks as one of the most toxic fumigants of stored product. It is a slow acting poison that is effective at very low concentrations and if the exposure time is long enough, it is very toxic to all forms of animal life, hence exposure of human beings even to small amounts should be avoided. Poisoning can result from ingestion or inhalation; however, the gas is not absorbed through the skin.

Phthalates

Commonly used in many plastics such as toys, teflon, shower curtains, PVC/vinyl flooring, stain resistant carpets, and wall covering. It is also used in detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, blood bags and tubing, and personal care products, such as nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions, soaps, shampoos, perfumes, and other fragrance preparations. Since they are not chemically bound to plastics, they can be released from consumer products into the environment. There is public concern about phthalates because of their widespread use and occurrence in the environment as well as their potential effects on human health. There is a wide range of different phthalates, which each have specific properties, uses, and health effects. Studies that were done do not always address the ways they interact with other chemicals and it is not just one phthalate that causes a problem, it is the chemicals in consumer products that work in combination. In the past few years, researchers have linked phthalates to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues. Some countries banned certain phthalates in children’s toys.

Pyrethroids

Pyrethroids are synthetic chemical insecticides whose chemical structures are adapted from the chemical structures of the pyrethrins and act in a similar manner. Pyrethrins are derived from the chrysanthemum flowers. Synthetic Pyrethroids are modified to increase their stability in sunlight. They were considered an alternative to organophosphates, however, it can cause hyper-excitation, aggressiveness, un-coordination, whole body tremors, and seizures. Synthetic Pyrethroids may cause cancer, reproductive, endocrine system effects, or development problems.

Sulfuryl Fluoride

Is a gas used to fumigate closed structures and their contents for dry wood and termites, wood infesting beetles, bedbugs, carpet beetles, clothes moths, cockroaches, and rodents. Sulfuryl fluoride is a central nervous system depressant. Signs of poisoning include coughing, vomiting, restlessness, muscle twitching, seizures, and pulmonary edema. Repeated exposures to high concentrations of sulfuryl fluoride may cause lung and kidney damage.

Yellow and White Phosphorus

Is highly poisonous compared with the relatively non-toxic red phosphorus. White phosphorus is extremely toxic and is used in the manufacture of hand grenades, mortar and artillery rounds, and smoke bombs, pyrotechnics, explosives, as well as artificial fertilizer, rodenticides, semiconductors, and electroluminescent coating. Elemental yellow phosphorus (but not red phosphorus), interferes with various physiological functions. Liver injury is common, however, most victims of phosphorus intoxication die before overt liver lesions develop. When used as a rodenticide, yellow phosphorus is usually mixed with food and used as bait for rodents or roaches. It can inflict extreme pain not only in rodents but also in other animals, which might have access to the bait haphazardly put down.

Conclusion

If you do not want to put your health at risk be aware of the presence of the ingredients, preservatives and additives in your food and research to find out if they could harmful to your health.

For a more healthful way of life, always read the labels and never buy foods that contain artificial flavors, colors, bleached flour, preservatives, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.

Human beings are essentially “light beings”. Only living things emit light. Medicine is grounded in the study of cadavers, dead tissue. Traditional medicine tries to correct a chemical imbalance in the body by adding more chemicals. This may or may not have the desired effect but it will inevitably add stress elsewhere in the body.

Foods, which have not been processed or cooked, and are naturally occurring contain life energy, which is transmitted from the sun. Foods like naturally grown vegetables and especially sun-ripened fruits are the main source for these biophotons that are “the light that is stored in our cells”.

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  • ISBN: 9781370962655
  • Author: Zdena
  • Published: 2016-10-29 01:05:14
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