Our government won’t protect us from these
harmful chemicals, so we have to protect ourselves.
The endocrine system is the system of glands,
hormones and hormone targets that is responsible for almost everything our
bodies do. Hormones are chemical messengers that control blood sugar, infant
and child development, sexual function, growth, energy production and much
more. Tiny amounts of them have profound effects on our health and wellbeing.
Synthetic chemicals, used in industry and agriculture,
can disrupt the way this finely tuned system works. We call these
chemicals—including compounds made from lead, mercury and arsenic, DDT, BPA and
phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals.
These chemicals are known to cause obesity,
diabetes, heart disease, reduced fertility, premature birth, reduced sperm
quality and cancer. Exposures before birth, during childhood and the teenage
years are important because of the rapid growth and development during those
periods. New research indicates that some EDCs cause problems that are passed
along for generations.
A study released by Healthy Babies Bright
Futures highlights the pervasiveness of the endocrine-disrupting chemical,
arsenic. The study found that levels of arsenic in infant rice cereal are six
times higher than in infant cereals made from other ingredients.
Arsenic can kill and it also causes cancer,
damages developing brains in babies and children, reducing IQ test scores, and
disrupts important hormones in our bodies, and increases the risk of diabetes.
Children’s exposures to arsenic in infant rice
cereal and other rice-based foods accounts for an estimated loss of up to 9.2
million IQ points among U.S. children ages 0-6. The FDA has not taken action, and this administration will
let this travesty continue.
none of us escape exposure to EDCs. BPA is so ubiquitous that government
studies found it in over 90 percent of the people studied, representing a
potentially huge liability for the companies that make BPA.
For the last century, the foundation of chemical
regulation has been that small exposures are not a problem— a little won’t hurt
you. Endocrine disruption turns that concept on its head, because hormones are
active in such small amounts. Some
endocrine disruptors are more potent in tiny amounts than in larger amounts. Fundamental
changes in chemical testing and safety determination are needed to protect
Weak regulations mean we really have no idea how
many chemicals are endocrine disruptors. The EPA says there are about 85,000
chemicals used by industry, and most of them have never been tested to find out
if they can disrupt our hormones. There is evidence that over 1,400
hormone-disrupting chemicals are endocrine disruptors.
About 25 years ago, Congress passed a law
stating that the EPA should begin testing for endocrine disruption in a subset
of those 85,000 chemicals. It hasn’t happened, and in today’s political climate
it’s not likely to happen. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to reduce your
exposure to EDCs:
- Eat organic food when it’s available and affordable.
- If you’re feeding a baby cereal, stay away from rice. Buy oat, wheat or multigrain cereal instead.
- Avoid household bug sprays.
- Use cosmetics, shampoos and soaps with simple, pronounceable ingredients.
- Use cleaners like vinegar and baking soda, or products with the Safer Choice logo.
- Keep rooms well aired and vacuum, clean and dust regularly to remove chemicals that can be found indoors.
- Minimize unnecessary use of plastics.
Add your name to the growing movement to stop
EDCs.It’s time companies like Monsanto, Dow-DuPont
and ExxonMobil take responsibility for gambling with your family’s health and
the health of future generations and stop making these silent killer chemicals.
We deserve nothing less.
Caroline Cox is the Senior Scientist at the
Center for Environmental Health.
Toxic Chewing Gum Commercial gum products are some of the most toxic substances that you can expose yourself to and can lead to some of the worst diseases. The most common ingredients are:
Sorbitol, Xylitol, Mannitol, Maltitol,
Natural and Artificial Flavors,
Hydrogenated Coconut Oil and Starch
Colors (titanium oxide, blue 2 lake, red 40)
Malic Acid, Citric Acid
Every time you chew gum, your brain is tricked into thinking that you are eating food and sends signals to your stomach, pancreas and other organs involved in digestion to prepare for this “food”. Your salivary glands and pancreas begin to emit enzymes necessary to digest food and absorb nutrients from food. Constant emission of enzymes can deplete enzymes and over time the process can slow down. If you are not breaking down and absorbing food properly, you get diseases because the body needs nutrients to rebuild and thrive.
An alternative gum for fresh breath is to carry a small bottle of organic food grade peppermint oil and put a drop in your mouth to achieve the same effect. A breath freshener used ages ago that I like is to chew a few fennel or dill seeds. They are very refreshing to the breath . . . and free. Fennel and dill are super easy to grow and bear enough seeds to supply the family!
Nothing in gum is natural. It is chemical glob that in no way contributes to health or is good for your teeth. The five ingredients reviewed above contribute to disease and poor health.
Genetically Modified Organisms
The United States government has allowed genetically modified and engineered organisms to enter the public food supply with no warning. Every day, millions of people unknowingly ingest these GMOs because corporations like Monsanto (and the politicians they’ve bought and paid for) claim it’s unfair to require them to label their products.
Multiple scientific studies have linked GMOs to illness, disease, and mutations in plants, animals, and humans. Adverse affects are especially pronounced in pregnant women and children. The low price, processed foods carry most of the world’s GMOs. The only way to protect yourself from these toxic “foods” is to avoid buying and eating them.
These are the foods that are worth the extra time it may take to research origins and the extra money it may cost to buy organic. Buying local is ideal, because you can contact the farmer directly to ask what kinds of seeds are used.
- Tomatoeswere the first genetically modified crop to be commercially available in the U.S. In 1994, transgenic tomatoes known as FlavrSavrshit the market. They contained a “deactivated” gene that was supposed to prevent the fruit from getting soft as it ripened. It didn’t work as well as biotech companies hoped. Now, experts are praising a new technique whereby two enzymes, (A-Man, B-hex) are suppressed. There have been reports that some animals have died shortly after consuming GMO tomatoes.
- CornThis one is tough, because even foods that you wouldn’t normally associate with corn have ingredients, like sweeteners, that are derived from GMO corn. As Care2′s Jaelithe Judy reports, genetically modified cornand soybeans were developed by Monsanto in the 1990s to be resistant to the synthetic herbicide glyphosate (better known by Monsanto’s trademarked name for the weedkiller, Roundup). Now, more than 70 percent of corn produced in the United States is the genetically modified, herbicide-resistant variety. Fresh corn from Walmart should be especially avoided.
- PapayasIn the late 1980′s biotech researchers developed a papaya cultivar that would be resistant to Papaya Ringspot Virus. To do this, certain viral genes encoding capsid proteins were transferred to the papaya genome. Now, GMO papayas make up about 75 percent of the total Hawaiian papaya crop.
- Riceis considered to be one of the world’s staple crops. In many areas, it has been genetically modified to contain a high amount of vitamin A. More recently, it was discovered that an American company, Ventria Bioscience, has been cultivating rice that’s genetically modified (GM) with genes from the human liver. Although the company claims it’s only producing this rice to help speed pharmacuetical research, it’s growing it in open, outdoor fields. Meaning crops nearby can be unknowingly contaminated. China, which grows and consumes a huge percentage of the global rice supply, recently suspended distribution of genetically modified rice within its commercial food supplies over growing concern about its safety.
- Potatoeswere once one of the world’s most important staple crops, but thanks to growing awareness about the harm of too many empty carbohydrates, demand for potatoes as food has waned slightly in the past few years. Desperate for a way to infuse potatoes with more nutrients, researchers in India created a potato with thirty-five to sixty percent more protein using genes from the amaranth seeds. The potato is still very valuable to the starch and chemical industry, however. In order to protect these starch crops from pets and disease, potatoes are sometimes genetically modifiedwith Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki Cry 1. Yet, mice fed GE potatoes have shown abnormal amounts of toxins in their systems. According to Dr. Nina V. Fedoroff Willaman, Professor of Life Sciences and Evan Pugh Professor at Pennsylvania State University found that “rats fed the transgenic potatoes had significantly lower organ weights.”
Research links Monsanto’s GMO corn to cancer, tumors and an increase risk of premature death in both men and women. News of the research is spreading like wildfire across the ‘net, and support for Proposition 37 — which seeks to label GMOs in foods — is growing by the day.
According to the Center for Food Safety, up to 85% of the corn grown in the United States is genetically modified. This means corn-based cereals that use non-organic corn have a very high likelihood of containing GM corn.
The following list presents the top 10 popular breakfast cereals most likely to contain Monsanto’s genetically modified corn. The exact GMO content of these cereals remains a mystery precisely because manufacturers of these cereals refuse to label them with their GMO content.
Legal note: This article is presented in the public interest, reflecting reasonable caution over a common food ingredient which French scientists have now convincingly linked to cancer and premature death in studies conducted on rats.
The top 10 popular breakfast cereals most likely to contain Monsanto’s GM corn
Which cereals contain no GMOs? Nature’s Path
There is only one brand of breakfast cereal I know of that’s 100% non-GMO and 100% organic across their entire product line. That company is Nature’s Path:
Many “natural” brands that appear to be healthful and natural are actually not organic or GMO-free. For example, “Barbara’s Bakery” cereals are not organic. Although they are positioned in store shelves alongside other organic cereals, they are actually made with conventional crops grown with pesticides that may include Monsanto’s Roundup.
You may notice that most of the cereal likely to contain GM corn are children’s cereals. It is the children in America who are being fed the most GMOs. This represents a highly unethical food experiment being conducted on an entire generation, and the long-term effects of human consumption of GMOs are simply not known. What we do know is that rats fed this very same Monsanto GM corn developed shockingly large cancer tumors.
The photo released by the French research team, showing large cancer tumors growing at a strongly heightened risk in rats fed a “lifetime” of Monsanto’s GM corn, is shown below. According to that study, 70% of females died premature and showed significant damage to their liver, kidneys and other organs.
Top 10 Worst GMO Foods
1. Corn: As many as half of all U.S. farms growing corn for Monsanto are using genetically modified corn,” and much of it is intended for human consumption. Monsanto’s GMO corn has been tied to health issues that include weight gain and organ disruption.
2. Soy: Found in tofu, vegetarian products, soybean oil, soy flour, and numerous other products, soy is modified to resist herbicides. As of now Monsanto still has a tight grasp on the soybean market, with approximately 90 percent of soy being genetically engineered to resist Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. In one single year, 96.7 million pounds of glyphosate was sprayed on soybeans alone
3. Sugar: According to NaturalNews, genetically modified sugar beets were introduced to the U.S. market in 2009. Like others, they’ve been modified by Monsanto to resist herbicides.
4. Aspartame: Aspartame is a toxic additive used in numerous food products, and should be avoided for numerous reasons, including the fact that it is created with genetically modified bacteria.
5. Papayas: GMO papayas have been grown in Hawaii for consumption since 1999. Though they can’t be sold to countries in the European Union, they are welcome with open arms in the U.S. and Canada.
6. Canola: One of the most chemically altered foods in the U.S. diet, canola oil is obtained from rapeseed through a series of chemical actions.
7. Cotton: Found in cotton oil, cotton originating in India and China in particular has serious risks.
8. Dairy: Your dairy products contain growth hormones, with as many as one-fifth of all dairy cows in America are pumped with these hormones. In fact, Monasnto’s health-hazardous rBGH has been banned in 27 countries, but is still in most US cows. If you must drink milk, buy organic.
9. and 10. Zucchini and Yellow Squash: Closely related, these two squash varieties are modified to resist viruses.
The dangers of some of these foods are well known. The Bt toxin being used in GMO corn was recently detected in the blood of pregnant women and their babies. All the risks that are still unknown.