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Dear God...Don't Eat That!

Postby McSweeny on Tue May 12, 2009 6:51 am

Dear God... Don’t Eat That!

By Noah Wittner

I can’t think of one single smooth or clever way to introduce the shear and utter importance of the following nutritional concepts. Marketing and PR in this country, and society as a whole, have done an incredibly AWESOME job of convincing consumers like you and I that this “AGE OF PROCESSED FOOD & PHARMACEUTICALS” we are currently in is harmless to us. We have been brainwashed by a lifetime-long onslaught of propaganda. This propaganda, which programs us from birth on, reaches us via TV, magazines, radio, billboards, internet, movies, etc. By using techniques that dehumanize, generalize, emotionally charge, stall, distract, maximize, minimize, and LIE; these giant corporations make millions, billions, and trillions of dollars annually, and they do it quite effortlessly. We as the "general public” are at an unbelievable disadvantage.
Millions of dollars are spent to research the most efficient and scientific methods of “trickery” to use on us all! This includes research on taste, color, economic class, racial/ethnic ties, sex appeal, perception,,, you get the idea. How can we compete? Unfortunately, many simply believe that since an MD on TV said a product is healthy, or safe, or harmless,,, that it must indeed be. As you might expect, this could not be further from the truth. A 1980 study showed that almost HALF of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) officials entrusted with the responsibility to regulate the food processing industry had PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN IT!(6) The potential for special interests and ulterior motives was and is undeniable. Judging from the current state of affairs, as a wise man once said, “The proof is in the pudding!”

We must be made aware of the fact that there is little money to be made in the use of natural remedies; regardless of how beneficial they are. Why would industry and conventional medicine subscribe to such a notion? After all, they generate over a trillion dollars annually (the most profitable in America), by prescribing drugs and diagnostic and surgical techniques! If we learned how to take care of ourselves, there would be no money for them to make!

So one might ask, “Why aren’t doctors more interested or knowledgeable about NUTRITION?” The answers here are simple. The average medical school provides only a handful of hours in nutritional education. Medical doctors are trained to “treat,” not to “prevent,” and thus focus only on the “medical model” not wellness. This is because there is a reduction in liability of risk when “usual and customary” procedures are followed. But perhaps the ultimate reason - INSURANCE DOESN’T COVER NUTRITIONAL GUIDANCE. So the story of their education goes:

Anatomy--->Physiology--->PHARMACOLOGY

The purpose of this article is simply the advancement of truth. The reality of the current health situation of this country is not a good one; we are “on the fence and teetering.” Disease and sickness are running rampant, and the processed food and pharmaceutical industries have much to do with it. The only people with the power enough to change knowledge and perception for the betterment of all…are ourselves of course. In the following pages some of the most common FOOD PRODUCTS, to be avoided at all costs, will be the topic of discussion. If we all can manage to reduce and eliminate these from our lives, we will all be one step closer to a happier healthier existence, as well as beating those corporate monsters at their own game.

1. SUGAR

It’s no mystery, sugar, particularly refined sugar, is bad for you. What you may not be aware of is just how bad it truly is. Some government officials have even stepped up and proclaimed that if they’d known decades ago just how terribly damaging sugar was to our health (it has been labeled by some experts to be as addictive and destructive as heroin), that the substance would have been treated and regulated as if it were a CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE!!!
Within the body, sugar creates drastic spikes in insulin. High levels of insulin PROMOTE fat storage, as well as the PREVENTION of fat being burned as fuel. Over time, these chronic high levels of insulin promote INSULIN RESISTANCE (IR), because the body is trying to protect itself from the toxic effects of high insulin. Now, what’s the problem with IR? The problem is that insulin’s primary function was NEVER to solely control blood sugar. Controlling blood sugar is now simply a primary trivial side effect of insulin, due to our society’s obsession with carbohydrates. More importantly, insulin is in charge of the storage of nutrients such as protein, magnesium, vitamins, etc.; as well as functioning as an anabolic hormone - a muscle builder! (This is of course so key, as muscle is the key to an increase in the metabolism, as well as fat burning.) The point is, when one develops IR, that individual is ultimately becoming resistant to all of the other life-sustaining functions of insulin (just a few of which were listed above). Hence, the chronic diseases of aging may be soon to follow (I.E. cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, cancer). It is also important to note that a pregnant woman who has eaten herself into IR will pass it on to her child.

Sugar has many other damaging effects, (ultimately stemming from IR). Sugar suppresses the immune system, and research has shown that just one teaspoon of sugar can suppress the immune system for up to 4 hours! Imagine the devastating effects on the health and development of children when taking into consideration that the average 12 ounce can of soda has 17 teaspoons of sugar! Coke itself has 41 grams of sugar per can. Sugar’s dark resume goes on and on... ...(2)
SUGAR can upset the body’s mineral balance.
SUGAR can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties, and crankiness, (ADD).
SUGAR can cause drowsiness, and decreased activity.
SUGAR can adversely affect children’s school grades.
SUGAR can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
SUGAR can weaken eyesight.
SUGAR can produce an acidic stomach.
SUGAR can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
SUGAR increases the risk of CORONARY HEART DISEASE.
SUGAR can lead to ALCOHOLISM
SUGAR contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
SUGAR can cause KIDNEY damage.
SUGAR can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDL’s).
SUGAR can elevate harmful cholesterol (LDL’s).
SUGAR interferes with absorption of CALCIUM.
SUGAR may lead to BREAST CANCER, as well as CANCER OF THE OVARIES, PROSTATE, RECTUM, AND COLON.
SUGAR encourages the overgrowth of CANDIDA ALBICANS fungus in the digestive tract.
The list goes on, and on, and on... ... ...


2. FLOUR & PROCESSED CARBS

Processed flours are similar to refined sugars in their negative effects on the body, and are absolutely nothing like nature intended. Because of this, they are something to completely avoid. Reason being as follows: A wheat grain kernel has three layers: the outer bran where most of the fiber is, the middle endosperm where the starch (carbs) is, and the inner germ where the many nutrients and essential fatty acids are found. In order for a wheat grain to be healthy for consumption, all three of these components must be in tact. This is where the nightmare of processing comes into the picture. Where as flour originally was milled with stone keeping these three vital components together, today’s methods are seriously inferior. Today’s industry’s high-speed steel roller mills eject the germ and bran - the most nutritious part of the grain - leaving nothing but the starch, essentially nothing but sugar. What’s worse, even whole wheat flour is compromised by the high temperatures of these mills reaching 400 degrees Fahrenheit destroying the vital nutrients and rendering them useless.
It is important to keep in mind that our ancestors ate grains in their whole, unprocessed state. In nature carbs (I.E. sugars, grains, etc.) come from whole food sources and therefore were naturally linked with their corresponding vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, fats, and fibers. These components are the body’s health-building and digestion-regulating elements. Refined carbs (I.E. sugar, breakfast cereal, pasta, breads, chips, crackers, soda, juice, candy, etc.) are devoid of these essential elements to vitality. Thus, consumption of these “empty” or “negative” calories requires the body to give up its own stores of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes for proper metabolization. Essentially, as mentioned above, you’re left with nothing but starch - sugar. The previous section on sugar detailed that monstrosity.

3. GRAINS

The “Paleolithic Concept” is an item to consider concerning grain consumption. According to Crayhon, because the human genome has changed relatively little in the past 40,000 years since the appearance of behaviorally modern humans, our nutritional requirements remain almost IDENTICAL to those requirements which were originally selected for stone age humans living BEFORE the advent of agriculture.(11) Meaning in terms of evolution, since the organized farming and nurturing of grains is thought to have began as few as 10,000 years ago, this has created a situation where our “digestive machinery” simply hasn’t had enough time to “evolve” to be able to process them safely and efficiently.

Grains contain phytic acid. In the digestive tract, phytic acid joins with calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, and zinc; and thus blocks their absorption. Hence, they essentially are mineral blockers. Research has also shown some whole grains to contain enzyme inhibitors that can interfere with digestion as well. It is for this reason that grains must be soaked or sprouted before eating them. Sprouting is a process that will neutralize phytates and enzyme inhibitors, in essence, beginning the digestive process before consumption, so that all the nutrients will be made more available to the body. Below, Fallon explains the sprouting process.(13)
Fill a mason jar one-third of the way with any grain or seed. Add filtered water to the top of the jar and screw on the top with its screen insert. Allow the seeds to soak overnight and pour off the water. Rinse the seeds well - you can do this without removing the top. Invert the jar and let sit at an angle so it can drain, and to allow air to circulate. These seeds should be rinsed every few hours, or at least twice a day. In one to four days the sprouts will be ready. Move the sprouts to another container and move them to the refrigerator.


An allergic reaction to the protein Gluten (a protein found in many popular grains such as WHEAT), is called GLUTEN SENSITIVITY (GS) and/or CELIAC DISEASE (CD). GS and CD have been found to be at the root of a proportion of cases of cancer, auto-immune disorders, neurological and psychiatric conditions, and liver disease; as well as being associated with back pain and chronic fatigue. The implication is that the heavily wheat-based western diet (I.E. bread, cereals, pastries, pastas, etc.), is actually making millions of people ill! It is estimated that in the American public, 1.8 million adults and some 300,000 children have undiagnosed CD. (NOTE: These are considered to be LOW estimates.) The immune reaction to Gluten that damages the gut in CD, can also cause problems almost anywhere else in the body. Signs of GS and CD are:
Upper respiratory tract problems: allergies, etc.
Symptoms of nutrient malabsorbtion:anemia, fatigue, osteoporosis, etc.
Bowel complaints: diarrhea, constipation, bloating, etc.
Autoimmune problems: rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, etc.
Behavior problems: depression, ADD, etc.


4. SOY

Soy got its beginning as an INDUSTRIAL WASTE PRODUCT. To put it simply, after multi-million dollar figures spent on advertising and intense lobbying to the Food and Drug Administration(FDA), about 74 percent of US consumers now believe soy products are healthy.(26) Another brilliant example of the effects of PR and marketing on the public’s perception of healthy eating. From an evolutionary standpoint, soy was originally only consumed by a few cultures. These cultures consumed it in conservative quantities with specific techniques for preparation. Now however, it’s being pushed as the “next best thing.”
The reality of the situation is that soy has been strongly linked to thyroid disorders, kidney stones, weakened immune systems, and powerful food allergies. Soy has been found to contain phytates and enzyme inhibitors such as those found in unsprouted grains, as well as haemagglutin which causes red blood cells to clump together and inhibits oxygen up-take and growth. But perhaps the most dangerous of soy’s downfalls is that it contains high levels of phytoestrogens (the plant form of estrogen) that can indeed mimic the effects of actual human female estrogen! This has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer. Research has shown just two glasses of soy milk a day for one month are enough of this chemical to change a woman’s menstrual cycle! Feeding soy to infants is even more devastating. It has been found that infants fed exclusively on soy formula are ingesting FIVE birth control pills worth of estrogen daily!

To top it all off soybeans, like most non-organic agriculture, are grown for the numbers. Meaning massive quantities must be grown to make a profit. This means the HEAVY use of pesticides, herbicides, and quite often times, genetically modified (GM) plants (the effects of which we will only know in the future).

Research has shown that sprouted forms of soy such as tempeh, miso, natto, and soybean sprouts are the only forms that can be consumed with some health benefits. This means avoiding all processed forms - soy milk, soy burgers, soy ice cream, soy cheese, and all of the other trendy junk foods!

5. PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS

Folks, this is a no-brainer. Whey protein (bars, powders, shakes, etc.), like soy, was originally an industrial waste product. It’s processing involves extremely high temperatures which render the product nutritionally void. The vitamins, minerals and any other nutrients added back in are synthetic, and potentially toxic. In essence it’s DEAD. Exposure to this processed “food product,” just as previously noted with flour and processed carbs, forces the body to tap into its own reserves of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes just to process and eliminate what your body perceives as “garbage.” Whey can also seriously dehydrate its consumers as the average powder form of this product will absorb many times its own weight in water. To get your protein - EAT REAL MEAT!

6. HYDROGENATED, TRANS, & MAN-MADE FATS


Yet again, the largely popular margarines, shortenings, and hydrogenated “health” products widely available today, represents the power and success of PR and marketing over what should be common sense. These “man-made” fats are literally everywhere. You can find them in virtually all wrapped, boxed, or bagged processed foods such as: crackers, cookies, pastries, diet/nutrition/& energy bars, etc. Start reading labels, you’re in for a shock.
When hydrogenation occurs to a fatty acid chain, the actual molecular structure of the fat changes to something RARELY - if ever - found in nature - the “trans” fat. This is bad news for you and I as most of these man-made “fake” fats are extremely toxic to the body. The problem is that your body cannot tell the difference between these fake fats and the real thing. So, it ingests them as though they were the real thing. Because of the molecular reconfiguration of the fake fat molecule, these trans fats wreak havoc and disrupt normal metabolic activity in the cell.

Research has also shown that some partially hydrogenated fats made from vegetable oils actually prevent utilization of essential fatty acids, which in turn can cause a host of problems including: sexual dysfunction, increased blood cholesterol, and paralysis to the immune system. Consumption of hydrogenated fats is also strongly correlated with the development of cancers, atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, low birth weight in babies, birth defects, decreased visual acuity, sterility, difficulty in lactation, and bone and connective tissue problems.


OLESTRA:
“Olestra,” or what many of you may know by its marketed name “Olean,” is the latest craze in the “fat-fearer’s” world. This man-made fat was recently rejected in Canada, leaving the US as the ONLY country in the entire world where it is allowed! Olestra/Olean, a product of Procter & Gamble, is added to chip and snack products by companies such as Frito Lay. If you were to view it under a microscope, you would observe that its molecular make-up is closer to that of PLASTIC than to food. This is a danger. Problems associated with even MINIMAL consumption of Olestra/Olean (as little as one ounce at a time!), include: decreased absorption and blood levels of fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin E, as well as carotenoids; significant increases in GI (gastrointestinal) symptoms (I.E. diarrhea, loose stools, etc.), as well as dehydration. These can in turn contribute to increased risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Genuine saturated fats, particularly those from organically fed free-range animal proteins are ESSENTIAL to health and development, and should not be feared. Saturated fat plays a role in cell membrane integrity, maintenance of bone integrity, as well as the maintenance of heart, liver, and immune system health - just to name few.

7. PROCESSED/REFINED SALT

Most of the bad rep that salt receives is due to its processing. Typical refined table salt is HIGHLY processed utilizing various chemicals and extremely high temperatures which strip it of all the valuable trace minerals naturally occurring in sea salt. Salt refiners use chemicals including aluminum compounds to dry the salt. Once processed, the natural iodine that has been destroyed and is no longer present, must be replaced, and is done so with potassium iodide - a potentially toxic form of iodine. Bleaching agents are also used to give the appearance of purity. What’s left is not salt at all - but merely sodium-chloride, an empty by-product of the original.
Naturally occurring unrefined sea salt is somewhat moist and grey in color. This vital compound contains up to 14% of nearly 80 trace minerals vital to life, as well as naturally occurring iodine.

8. PROCESSED MILK & DAIRY

Simply put, what we have been told about the milk and dairy on our shelves is wrong. Worse yet, it’s causing health problems. Pasteurization is a good thing - right? Wrong. The modern milking machine and stainless steel tank, along with efficient packaging and distribution, make pasteurization totally UNNECESSARY for the purposes of sanitation.(13) It gets better. Pasteurization is not even a sure bet to cleanliness. If one were to research ALL of the past decade’s salmonella outbreaks from milk, it would be discovered that they ALL came from pasteurized milk. This is because pasteurization destroys all of the positive bacteria and helpful organisms that protect it against pathogens - leaving it defenseless!
It doesn’t stop there. Pasteurization exposes milk to very high temperatures. This exposure renders the milk’s amino acids, vitamins, calcium and many other minerals/trace minerals, virtually useless and UNAVAILABLE to the body. There is now also evidence that the heating process alters the milk sugar (lactose) making it MORE available to the body, suggesting the strong link between avid processed milk drinkers and DIABETES.

Finally, pasteurization destroys all of milk’s natural enzymes. These enzymes were there originally to help the body assimilate all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients previously mentioned - INCLUDING CALCIUM. This is the reason why you can drink all the processed milk you want, and not only still develop OSTEOPOROSIS, but perhaps ENCOURAGE IT! HOMOGENIZATION is no help either. This is the process that forces fat particles through tiny strainers under great pressure so as to make them small enough that they remain suspended and thus, do not rise to the top. Because homogenized fats are much more susceptible to RANCIDITY and OXIDATION, they have recently been linked to heart disease. Homogenization has also been found to cause incomplete protein digestion in the small intestine, leading to milk allergy and intolerance. The same can be said for virtually all processed dairy products (I.E. cheese, yogurt, butter, cream, etc.) Many of them are packed with other chemicals such as: emulsifiers, extenders, phosphates, and HYDROGENATED OILS; and should be completely avoided as well. If you eat dairy, eat it ORGANIC and/or RAW, or NOT AT ALL.

9. ADDITIVES & FLAVOR ENHANCERS

Look on the labels of the processed foods in your homes (I.E. boxed, bagged, canned, pouched, etc.). How many of the ingredients can you pronounce, let alone comprehend their function and the repercussions of consuming them..? We should certainly not be so trustworthy with our health and well-being, by simply putting blind trust into the hands of these “food” companies. After all, it’s not really food, hence the term “food-product.” Interestingly, some food “scientists” working for these “food-product” companies have identified 51 different elements that must be present in any given form of food to satisfy the appetite center of our brains. Knowing this, scientists employed by major food companies not only SELECTIVELY REMOVE one or many of these items, but will also purposefully add things like salt and sugar, which are known to stimulate the appetite.(5) This gives a whole new meaning and level of understanding to the “Betcha’ Can’t Eat Just One!” mentality.

ASPARTAME:
The FDA’s approval of this chemical has been labeled by experts as “troubling” at best. This approval, like many, was financially motivated. Unfortunately, the public is dealing with the repercussions. Aspartame breaks down into wood-alcohol (methanol) which is essentially EMBALMING FLUID at just over 100 degrees in the human body. "Diet" products (I.E. Nutra-sweet, Equal, sodas, chewing gums, diet drinks, sugar free snacks/drinks, diet foods, supplement bars/powders, etc.) containing the chemical sweetener aspartame can have multiple neurotoxic, metabolic, allergenic, and carcinogenic effects.(35) Some of these are: the initiation or aggravation of diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia, convulsions, headache, depression, other psychiatric states, hyperthyroidism, hypertension, arthritis, the simulation of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, lupus erythematosus, and carpal tunnel syndrome - to name only a few. This stuff is no joke, stay away from it. Oh, and by the way, “diet” sodas containing aspartame have recently been found to cause weight GAIN in MANY individuals. This is due to the fact that this chemical’s powerful effects on the brain alter communication with the liver, ultimately causing potentially serious blood sugar problems.


MSG (Monosodium Glutamate):
This chemical can be found in products with powerful flavors (I.E. chips, crackers, snack foods, spices, etc.). MSG like aspartame is a powerful neural toxin. This is evidenced as far back as 1966. It is estimated that at least 25% of the population have SERIOUS reactions to MSG consumption. Some of these reactions may include: severe neurotoxicity, seizures, and brain lesions.

SPLENDA:
“Splenda,” or “Sucralose,” may be one of man’s worst inventions to date (next to aspartame). Splenda, or sucralose, is a MAN-MADE combination of sugar and chlorine - otherwise know as a Chlorocarbon. Chlorocarbons have long been known for causing organ, genetic, and reproductive damage, and up to 40% shrinkage of the thymus: a gland that is the very foundation of our immune system. Sucralose also causes swelling of the liver and kidneys, and CALCIFICATION of the kidneys.(19) A good rule of thumb: “If you can’t pronounce the ingredient’s name, and/or you’ve no idea what it is - DON’T EAT IT.”

10. TAP WATER

Tap water, depending on where you live, may contain any number of countless toxins. The two most prolific are FLUORIDE and CHLORINE.
FLUORIDE :
Research has distinctly shown that more people suffer from fluoride poisoning every year than any other form of poisoning! Peculiar that this is not common knowledge. The popular understanding is that fluoride was added to tap water for its claimed benefits for teeth. Funny how the government suddenly took exception to our teeth, is it not? The fact of the matter is that tooth decay is caused by a SYSTEMIC problem concerning internal body chemistry, not a superficial one as believed by many. Teeth decay because the body’s ideal ratio of calcium to phosphorus in the blood becomes skewed. This is primarily caused by the consumption of refined carbs and sugar. This is important to be aware of because it exposes how useless a TOPICAL solution to tooth decay, such as fluoride, truly is.

Fluoride accumulates in bones making them more susceptible to fracture, as well as accumulating in the pineal gland which could lower the production of melatonin. Recent research has discovered a possible link between fluoride and arthritis as well as hypothyroidism. Fluoride has also been found to increase the uptake of aluminum into the brain, as well as inhibiting antibodies from forming in the blood. This essentially confuses the immune system and can lead to tumor development. To top it all off, this chemical has also been found to DAMAGE the DENTAL ENAMEL of children! Irony. From an ethical standpoint, fluoridating the water supply is essentially forcing a universal medication on the public with absolutely NO INFORMED CONSENT from that public! As Dr. Peter Mansfield stated, “No physician in his right senses would prescribe for a person he has never met, whose medical history he does not know, a substance which is intended to create bodily change, with the advice: 'Take as much as you like, but you will take it for the rest of your life because some children suffer from tooth decay.' It is a preposterous notion."


CHLORINE:
Drinking chlorinated water is like waging a war on the inside of your body every day. It has been placed in water to kill any unwanted organisms. OK, great, but once it enters the body, how does the chlorine know what organisms are BAD - and should therefore be killed; and which organisms are GOOD - and should therefore be left alone? The answer - of course - is that it does not. This is a problem as chlorine destroys the POSITIVE BACTERIA in the human gut, disrupting the delicate balance between the positive and negative bacteria that is so vital to many life sustaining and health-giving processes. Chlorine has also been shown to drastically increase one’s risk to several different types of cancer, as well as serious birth defects. To avoid the harmful effects of fluoride and chlorine, a reverse osmosis filtration system is the ticket. At minimum, experts recommend some sort of carbon filter system (I.E. “PuR”). Another fine solution is to purchase high quality bottled waters such as FIJI, and/or EVIAN.

11. CAFFEINE

If coffee were introduced to the FDA today, as a drug, it would NOT receive approval. It is best to avoid everything that contains caffeine including coffee, sodas, tea, decongestants, energy/fat-burning pills, aspirin, diuretics, and chocolate. This is because research has shown that caffeine severely disrupts the delicate blood sugar regulation mechanism within the body (I.E. adrenals, liver, and pancreas); as well as having a serious diuretic (dehydrating) effect on the body. This can lead to chronic fatigue, depression, allergies, behavioral issues, insomnia, dizziness, cancer, bone loss, mental disorders, and birth defects.

12. ALCOHOL

Alcohol is a simple sugar, negative, and empty in any other nutrients. When ingested it places incredible stress on the detoxification system of the body (I.E. liver, etc.). Alcohol is one of the primary causes of GI (gastrointestinal) inflammation - particularly RED WINE! GI inflammation leads to “leaky gut” syndrome, allowing toxic substances to pass into the body’s tissues. This in turn can result in the development of the chronic diseases of aging (I.E. heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, low back & joint pain, etc.). If that’s not enough, alcohol, particularly when consumed near or at mealtimes, serves as a blocking agent, prohibiting the absorption of several vitamins and minerals.(7) So, when one stops to consider that 90% of all disease begins in the colon, this puts a new meaning to the word “moderation,” perhaps “ELIMINATION!”

13. IRRADIATED FOOD (I.E. “COLD PASTEURIZATION”)

“Let’s say I invited you over for turkey dinner and told you that before cooking the meal, I’d be using my new food sanitizer. My new sanitizer happens to deliver 450,000 RADS of radiation, which is about 150 million times more radiation than the standard chest X-ray. The radiation source will be cobalt (Co-60), or possibly caesium (Cs-137), the remains of spent military nuclear fuel, and if you get too close to my new machine you could get one hell of a tan. Now, how excited would you be about tasting my turkey?”(7; Chek 2004)


Sounds insane, does it not? It is, and yet it’s a reality. The US government has decided once again to volunteer its public for a grand science experiment, this time involving nuclear waste. The use of this waste, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE), provides a convenient method of reducing disposal costs of spent nuclear fuels from the civilian and military sectors by providing a commercial market for them.
Posted on the #1 natural health web site in the world, http://www.mercola.com

, Dr. Joseph Mercola lists these top ten reasons for opposing food irradiation:

1) In legalizing food irradiation, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not determine a level of radiation to which food can be exposed and still be safe for human consumption, which federal law requires.

2) In legalizing food irradiation, the FDA relied on laboratory research that did not meet modern scientific protocols, which federal law requires.

3) Research dating to the 1950s has revealed a wide range of problems in animals that ate irradiated food, including premature death, a rare form of cancer, reproductive dysfunction, chromosomal abnormalities, liver damage, low weight gain and vitamin deficiencies.

4) Irradiation masks and encourages filthy conditions in slaughterhouses and food processing plants. Irradiation can kill most bacteria in food, but it does nothing to remove the feces, urine, pus and vomit that often contaminate beef, pork, chicken and other meat. Irradiation will not kill the pathogen that causes mad cow disease.

5) Irradiation destroys vitamins, essential fatty acids and other nutrients in food -- sometimes significantly. The process destroys 80 percent of vitamin A in eggs, but the FDA nonetheless legalized irradiation of these products.

6) Irradiation can change the flavor, odor and texture of food -- sometimes disgustingly so. Pork can turn red; beef can smell like a wet dog; fruit and vegetables can become mushy; and eggs can lose their color, become runny and ruin recipes.

7) Irradiation disrupts the chemical composition of everything in its path -- not just harmful bacteria, which the food industry often asserts. Scores of new chemicals called "radiolytic products" are formed by irradiation -- chemicals that do not naturally occur in food and that the FDA has never studied for safety.

8) The World Health Organization (WHO) did not follow its own recommendation to study the toxicity of "radiolytic products" formed in high-dose irradiated food before proposing in November 2000 that the international irradiation dose limit -- equal to 330 million chest x-rays -- be removed.

9) Soon, some irradiation plants may use cesium-137, a highly radioactive waste material left over from the production of nuclear weapons. This material is dangerous and unstable. In 1988, a cesium-137 leak near Atlanta led to a $30 million, taxpayer-funded cleanup.

10) Because it increases the shelf life of food and is used in large centralized facilities, irradiation encourages globalization and consolidation of the food production, distribution and retailing industries. These trends have already forced multitudes of family farmers and ranchers out of business, reduced the diversity of products in the marketplace, disrupted local economies in developing nations, and put American farmers and ranchers at a great economic disadvantage.

It would be very wise to make sure you’re not consuming irradiated foods by asking store/restaurant managers and owners if they sell or use them. “The bottom line is that irradiation will not make food cleaner. It merely masks unhygienic slaughtering and processing practices, while corrupting nutritional integrity, big time.” -Dr. Joseph Mercola

14. GENETICALLY MODIFIED/ENGINEERED (GM/GE) FOOD

The PR smoke screen surrounding GM foods was to claim that they are necessary to grow more food and to end world hunger, when the reality is that GM foods actually have lower yields per acre than natural crops. The grand design comes into focus when you do the research and realize that ALMOST ALL GM foods have been created by the sellers of HERBICIDES and PESTICIDES so that those plants can withstand greater amounts of - herbicides and pesticides(31, 33) hence creating a better market for them!
One of the big problems with this very powerful technology is that the mechanisms by which it works or DOESN’T work are not even understood by the scientists themselves!(7) Unfortunately, the enormous financial upside of producing GM/GE foods seems to be the primary motivation; rather than “ending world hunger” as these companies’ hired PR firms would attest to. Hence, the rush and lack of proper and adequate research.

In 1999 Dr. Arpad Pusztia conducted a famous study on GM/GE potatoes. After disclosing the hazards of consuming these foods to the press, the government immediately cut his funding, and he was promptly fired.

A few of the many dangers of GM/GE foods include:
1) The production of toxins and poisons as a result of switching and splicing genes to create and effect with too many variables to account for.

2) The creation of powerful food allergies (some possible fatal), created by the genes of unknown allergens (such as nuts), being bound to otherwise harmless foods.

3) Food quality is often times very low in health giving nutrients.

4) The chances of antibiotic resistance increases exponentially due to the INTENTIONAL splicing of genes of certain foods with ARMs (Antibiotic Resistant Markers).

5) There is also a correlating INCREASE in pesticide and herbicide (poisons) use and residues, because GM/GE plants are developed to be able to tolerate higher doses of them.

Several other risks related to these foods are: Genetic pollution from GM/GE crops via rain, wind, birds, and insect pollinators; a decrease in soil microorganisms, needed insects, and fertility; the creation of new “super weeds,” “super pests,” viruses, and bacteria; socioeconomic hazards to small farm operations losing out to the monstrous corporations; and ethical concerns with the development and mistreatment of GM/GE animal species.

"If you look at the simple principle of genetic modification it spells ecological disaster. There are no ways of quantifying the risks.... The solution is simply to ban the use of genetic modification in food." -Dr. Harash Narang, microbiologist and senior research associate at the University of Leeds

15. MICROWAVED FOOD

An Oklahoma lawsuit in 1991 involved a woman who had hip surgery. She died from this surgery and it was later blamed on the blood transfusion she received. It was found that the blood had been warmed in a microwave. This altered the blood’s properties turning it toxic, and killed the woman. In 1992 the famous scientist Dr. Hans Hertel was convicted by the Swiss government for “interfering with commerce” when he published his research on the many dangers of microwaves. The creation of this ridiculous charge was heavily influenced by the “Swiss Association of Dealers for Electro-Apparatuses for Households and Industry.” Not until 1998 was the decision reversed, being declared a“violation of Hertel’s rights.”

Stemming from Hertel’s important research, Wayne and Newell have summarized the top ten reasons to avoid the use - and even ownership - of microwave ovens:(40)
1) Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term - permanent - brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in the brain (de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue).

2) The human body cannot metabolize (break down) the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.

3) Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.

4) The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual (long term, permanent) within the human body.

5) Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.

6) The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicalswhen cooked in microwave ovens.

7) Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths (tumors). This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America.

8) The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.

9) Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.

10) Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.


16. NITRATES & NITRITES

These two additives are used in cured meats like: bacon, ham, beef jerky, salami, luncheon meats, sausages, bologna, frankfurters, meat spreads, and smoked fish. Both of these CANCER CAUSING chemicals are added to improve color and taste. Research has shown that children who consistently eat foods containing these poisons have a ten times higher than normal risk of developing leukemia. If you’re buying and consuming these highly processed “meats,” it would be wise to read their labels and avoid these two toxins.

17. NON-ORGANIC FOOD

“Certified organic” produce combined with “Free-Range, Grass-Fed, Certified Organic animal meats” are ideal in implementing any plan for health and vitality. By law, “Certified Organic” food may not contain any added chemicals (I.E. herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, flavor enhancers, additives, irradiation, genetic modification/engineering, hydrogenation, preservatives, or any other toxins). Foods labeled as “Organically Grown” should be avoided as well. This means that the land used to grow these crops is currently going through a three year detoxification period required by law - in order to eventually be labeled legally as - “Certified Organic.” Do not be fooled by the “natural” labeling on many foods. This means NOTHING, as all of the above listed poisons CAN and WILL be present in foods labeled this way.
However, it may not be realistic for some to switch to a 100% organic diet (I.E. financially, logistically, etc.). Yet, it is realistic to make an attempt at incorporating at least a few organic foods into a weekly regimen. This will UP the demand for organic food, and create more opportunities for other producers. Organic food/farming is not only superior in its health benefits for humans, it is also superior in its health benefits for the environment! Organic farming replenishes and purifies the land, rather than depleting and polluting it as conventional methods do. This is very important because there are now more than 10,000 chemical toxins (such as those listed above) put on our non-organic foods today! These toxins cause EVERY type of ailment and complication in the human body that one could fathom. Many of these are getting blamed to: chance, genetics, or circumstances “out of our control,” so as to negate the ultimate responsibility of the producers of these toxins, and place it onto the victim. For the single most thorough publication and investigation on organic food and farming - ever written - please read:


“Under The Veil of Deception”(5) by Paul Chek. You won’t be disappointed!

CONCLUSION

If all of this seems confusing, the next time you take a trip to the supermarket, preferably an organic one, just tell yourself, “If it wasn’t living and growing 10,000 years ago don’t eat it!” “If I can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!” “If I have no idea what it actually is, don’t eat it!” “If it was never actually ALIVE, don’t eat it!” “If it has been cooked or processed beyond recognition, don’t eat it!”
Whole foods are the KEYS to health. There are no “PASTA TREES” or “SNACK-WELLS COWS” in the world. It’s very simple. We all must learn to be more critical of incoming information from so-called nutrition “experts.” We all must take the responsibility of learning more about our earthly vehicle - the body - much more seriously. We all must learn how to shop, as well as cook. Be healthy.
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Re: Dear God...Don't Eat That!

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