Archive for September, 2008

Miso for Minimizing Radiation Effects

September 30, 2008

I was reading several articles my sister in law sent me about miso having helped the effects of radiation. A friend of hers from Japan was telling her that the people who ate a lot of miso in their diet were not affected by the horrible effects of the atom bomb, contrary to those whose bodies and children became so deformed by the radiation.

Medical and Public Health Implications
of Uranium Contamination

International Medical Veritas Association

Uranium is genotoxic and carcinogenic and is
associated with a whole range of harmful health effects.

The medical and environmental consequences of contamination with uranium compounds present both a moral and professional responsibility to the medical profession. The increased use of uranium compounds in industry, and more recently in warfare in the form of depleted uranium, necessitates a further look into the complex biomedical aspects of internal contamination with uranium and its toxicological consequences, both as a heavy metal and radiological hazard.

Uranium is a lustrous, silvery, heavy, radioactive and polyvalent metallic element found extensively in nature which eventually disintegrates into lead.

It is present in air, water, and food, and thus most people come into contact with it, and consume tiny amounts of it daily. Uranium is a heavy metal similar to tungsten, lead, mercury, and cadmium. Its toxic chemical characteristics as a heavy metal are independent of its radiological characteristics. Thus all isotopes of uranium exhibit the same chemical behavior (reactivity) and possess identical physical characteristics, such as melting point, boiling point, and volatility. Because naturally occurring uranium, enriched uranium, and depleted uranium vary only in their isotopic mix, they are chemically identical and exert the same chemical effects on the body. It is very important to note that depleted uranium (DU) oxides formed at high temperatures from the use of DU armaments are not the same as DU metal or any other metallic form of uranium.[1]

The uranous ion produces a toxic effect on the living cells by inhibiting the processes of metabolism of carbohydrates by the inhibition enzyme systems, particularly hexakinase at the sites of ATP surface-building through magnesium-hexokinase mechanism.[2] Early studies (Gmelin 1824) at the University of Tübingen on the biological effects of uranium indicated that uranium salts given by mouth present a hazard as a mild poison causing death only after intravenous injection.

Intravenous administration of 600 mg of uranyl nitrate
or 180 mg of uranyl chloride killed a dog within a minute.[3]

There have been 2,000 nuclear detonations on our planet since Hiroshima; over five hundred of them conducted above ground casting uranium and other radioactive substances into our atmosphere. Then there are events like Three Mile Island and the huge disaster at Chernobyl. Though these accidents and above ground tests seem to be far removed from the present they are not. Background radiation levels have increased and many of the harmful medical effects are still waiting to manifest. Radiation does its dirty work quite slowly when it comes to low level exposures, but its effect is cumulative. New exposures amplify the biological vulnerabilities already created by older exposure.

Also there are the nuclear power sites around the world, which are more than accidents waiting to happen. They are back holes on our world, locations destined to be shut down after sixty or seventy years of use and ordained to be surrounded by millions of tons of concrete in an effort to seal them off from the rest of the environment. Already at these sites are ever increasing mountains of radioactive substances that no one on earth has found a safe way of disposing of.[4]

However, as we have seen, the American and British governments think it’s safe to take some of this radioactive waste and put it into conventional armaments, and shoot them at people. And unbeknownst to the public, is that even when these plants are operating normally they are spilling radiation into the environment. Most of us though are conditioned only to worry about a nuclear accident, a melt down or a nuclear fire. The cost to big government is going to be a great deal higher than anyone has ever imagined when the full nuclear tab comes due. Through the ages and generations to come, people will curse the extreme shortsightedness of our present crop of leaders who have led us to the gates of atomic hell.

During one year of operation, a nuclear reactor
produces as much long-lived radioactive poison
as that released by 1,000 Hiroshima bombs.
GreenPeace

The Russians had first hand experience with atomic hell when on April 26, 1986 a region populated by about two million people in Chernobyl, Ukraine, was devastated by an explosion and meltdown at their nuclear power plant. The Chernobyl accident contaminated large parts of the Soviet Union and Europe. Radioactivity was ultimately detected everywhere in the northern hemisphere. Mobilizing the military and evacuating hundreds of thousands of residents, the emergency cleanup effort involved nearly 750,000 soldiers and firemen. Of those many emergency workers, some say over half are now dead, and over 250,000 more are dying from various types of cancer. Greenpeace has estimated that the total death toll total was 100,000. This epic human tragedy led the Soviet society on a desperate search for ways to detoxify and protect their people from radiation poisoning, yet we find even the Russian authorities trying to deny the staggering cost in human terms. The total amount of radiation emitted from the explosion was 200 times that of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The European Committee on Radiation Risk

In 20 years it has become clear that not tens, hundreds or
thousands, but millions of people in the Northern hemisphere
have suffered and will suffer from the Chernobyl catastrophe.

Dr. Alexey V. Yablokov

Russian Academy of Sciences

More than a third of Britain is still contaminated by radioactivity from the Chernobyl disaster two decades ago, and children are getting cancer as a result. An Independent on Sunday investigation published in London on April 22, 2006, shows that at least 34 per cent of the country will remain radioactive for centuries as the result of the accident. In Britain, about 81,000 sq km (31,000 sq miles) – mainly in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the west of England – were contaminated above 4,000 bequerels per square metre. The report says the radioactive caesium – and the doses of radiation it gives Britains – will only “decline slowly over the next few hundred years”.[5]

Greenpeace has reported that during these last 20 years there have been 200 “near misses” to melt downs cited in US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) documents, eight of which were considered significant risks of core meltdowns.[6] Greenpeace says, “As U.S. corporations contemplate building more nuclear reactors, it is important that our government regulators remember Chernobyl and speak honestly and forthrightly about the very real dangers posed by splitting atoms. Nuclear reactors are, by their very nature, inherently dangerous. Each reactor has the potential to devastate the state or region in which it operates.”

The medical community must acknowledge that there are powerful winds of denial regarding uranium exposure and its dangers, just as there have been with other toxic substances like mercury, lead, arsenic and fluoride. This is a world wide phenomenon that was spearheaded by the American government and the industrial corporations that stood behind it. In the 1950’s the U.S. government, under the administration of Dwight Eisenhower, started a large propaganda campaign to show the world that nuclear weapons, radioactivity, and radiation were not harbingers of death, but were instead powerful, benign servants offering almost limitless benefits to humankind. The “Atoms for Peace” program was born, explicitly aimed at convincing Americans and the world that these new technologies were full of hope, and that nuclear power reactors should be developed with tax dollars to generate electricity. The promise of this newest technical advance seemed too good to be true — electricity “too cheap to meter.”[7]

Thomas Edison abandoned the new field of radiology
quickly, when he recognized the risks involved.

The great majority of us were fooled by the government. Those who were not, have done their homework and are tapping us on our shoulders telling us that these reactors, even during normal operation, are spilling radiation into the environment, and that this ‘safe’ or ‘non-existent’ radiation is killing kids with cancer. A new study by Joseph Mangano was announced in Trenton NJ on March 28, 2006. The study, published in the International Journal of Health Services, finds that childhood cancer is linked with normal reactor operations.

Cancer in children living near the Oyster Creek nuclear reactor rose after increased levels of radiation entered their bodies. Study results were obtained by comparing trends in Ocean and Monmouth County cancer incidence rates of children under age 10 and radioactive Strontium-90 found in baby teeth of children. Lab measurements in over 300 New Jersey baby teeth were used in the study. “These findings document a link between reactor emissions entering the human body and increased cancer incidence. It also reaffirms the well-established principle that there can be a short period between radiation exposure to the fetus and infant and the appearance of cancer,” says study author Joseph Mangano of the Radiation and Public Health Project, a New York-based research group, which has published 22 articles on radiation health risk.

In the normal operations of nuclear plants, the evidence is there for rising infant mortality and damage to the newborn. “Infant mortality is the most sensitive indicator of radioactive pollution,” according to Leuren Moret who is part of the group studying such frightening things. Moret reports that when the nuclear plant at Rancho Seco was shut down, children’s mortality dropped 20 percent, and when the Diablo Canyon plant was turned on the local population was exposed to enough radiation to drive up the childhood cancer rates in the local area by 80 percent.[8] Cancer rates increase most sharply in areas closest to the nuclear reactors demonstrating clearly that a wrong turn was made that threatens not only us but future generations to come. When one looks at breast cancer[9] statistics plotted out geographically one also sees this disaster in focus. The nations nuclear reactors are leaking and women are losing both their breasts and their lives for it and the medical establishment says nothing still worrying, as it usually does, only about viruses.

SAT scores plunged in the early days of above grown nuclear testing showing neurological effects and even autism can be linked, in part, to nuclear generated power. We in the autism area have mostly plotted out the dramatic rise in the 1990s to sharp increases in the use of mercury containing thimerosal in vaccines. But at the same time radiation levels were increasing. Such plagues as autism and the dramatic rise in learning disabilities are fueled by a multitude of converging causes. The principle ones being heavy metals like aluminum, lead and mercury, combining with fluoride and aspartame and a myriad of other toxic chemicals – all interacting with uranium, and ionizing radiation in the bodies and cells of our beloved children. Human cells exposed to uranium bond with it and these other heavy metals and the resultant biochemical reaction can cause genetic mutations, which in turn can curtail cell growth and potentially trigger cancer.

All of this has slammed head on into a nutritional disaster that has our kids severely malnourished even while they are eating plenty. This all comes together in synergistic fashion to create a poisonous field of such potency its amazing any child lives through it. It seems lost on the federal government that no nation can survive in the long run if it continuously damages the mental ability of its newborn children. But it continues to do this like a beast eating its own young, destroying its own future, as it continues to say these toxic metals and radioactive substances and atomic plants are safe when they are not.

The primary cause of death from acute radiation injury is usually infection by normal pathogens during the phase of manifest illness. Even minimally symptomatic doses of radiation depress the immune response and dramatically increase the infectivity and apparent virulence of biological agents.

Thus it is said that biological weapons may be significantly more devastating against an irradiated population. This depressive influence on immune response is the same influence that complicates other heavy metal toxicity as mentioned above.

According to Dr. Boyd Haley, “Several biological finds have supported the hypothesis that early exposure of infants to Thimerosal was the major exacerbation factor in the increase in autism-related disorders since the advent of the mandated vaccine program. These initially included the observations of a genetic susceptibility impairing the excretion of mercury and the increased retention of mercury by autistic children. This was followed by data indicating that autistics have low levels of the natural compound glutathione that is necessary for the biliary excretion of mercury, possibly explaining the genetic susceptibility.”[10]

Both mercury and uranium sit in the environment like invisible clouds that have spread out everywhere. With mercury we have doctors and dentists taking it upon themselves to expose people to huge increases of mercury by either injecting it directly with vaccines, or using it as a dental filling. With uranium we have the United States and Britain blowing the ‘stuff ’up in distant battlefields only to have the radioactive poisons drift around the world.

According to Leuren Moret, the famous Livermore Lab nuclear whistle blower, a case is easily made for radiation causing the geometric rise of cancers in the US.-1 in 3 Americans compared to 1 in 20 before the Second World War It is also, in part, responsible for the rise in autism, learning disabilities, chronic immune deficiency disorders (chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein-Barr and so forth), higher rates of infant mortality and the general weakening of the public’s health. The difficulty lies in isolating one poisonous cause from another since there has been a great rise in thousands of chemicals that are all mixing together in peoples’ and even newborns’ blood streams.

It should be clear though, that everything done with radioactive substances is dangerous to mankind. (See next chapter) The newest risk is coming from depleted uranium (DU) weapons and the huge tonnage of material already spilled across four battlefields. Though greatly concentrated in local war theatres recent evidence demonstrates that it is being carried in the high winds to distant lands. With the different radioactive substances having half lives measured in thousands, millions and even billions of years, and with modern medicine in the first world depending increasingly on diagnostic machines with their own high levels of radiation, humanity is increasingly threatened by rising radiation levels as it is with rising levels of mercury and other toxic chemicals.

If depleted uranium enters the body it has the
potentiality of causing serious medical consequences.
The associated risk is both chemical and radiological.
U.S. Army Report 1995

Two major health concerns are related to the use of DU in military applications: heavy-metal toxicity effects and radiation effects. For both health issues, many factors will determine whether a health effect may result. These factors include the toxicological dose (how much and how long), route and magnitude of exposure, and location of embedded fragments or vapor particles. In addition, other factors including age, sex, diet, family history, health status, and lifestyle may affect the overall health effects of exposure. Lastly is the heavy metal contamination from other metals. The synergistic effect between chemicals and heavy metals is the single greatest reality that burdens each of us today.

Many scientists and the government itself strongly deny any ill effects from depleted uranium, and one almost has to be a physicist to join the discussion and take an educated position. What seems a universal characteristic about the denial is, that the true characteristics of depleted uranium when used on the battlefield, is dramatically changed after the uranium is burned at high temperatures and turned into a number of different oxide compounds of incredibly small size. We shall see more of this in the following chapter.

It’s not dangerous until it blows up. Depleted uranium is pyrophoric.
When depleted uranium burns, it releases a radioactive gas.

It behooves us to look at what causes radiation poisoning. There are four kinds of radioactive materials. They are alpha particles, beta particles, gamma rays, and neutron rays. You may be exposed to any of these materials accidentally, either in a purposeful act, or as a dirty bomb.

Alpha particles: Alpha particles lose energy very quickly in the air. By the time they are an inch or two (2-5 centimeters) away from their source they have become harmless. Alpha particles only go through skin with open cuts or sores. Alpha particles are stopped by any clothing or even a piece of paper. If alpha particles are breathed in, swallowed, or get into a cut or sore on your skin, they may harm you. Uranium produces alpha particles. An alpha particle is heavy, has a very short range and is extremely damaging to cells causing cancer, degenerative conditions and chromosomal defect, resulting in birth defects in the offspring of exposed people. The big and unreported danger of alpha particles is from ingested uranium for the uranium particles emit their radiation directly into the local cell tissues.

Beta particles: Beta particles can travel several feet (1 meter) in open air. They can burn your skin because they can go through skin for up to about an inch (2 centimeters). Beta particles are easily stopped by any solid material, including heavy clothing. Beta particles are most dangerous if they are breathed in, swallowed, or get into a cut or sore on your skin.

Gamma rays: Gamma rays are higher energy. They are not particles. Gamma rays travel at the speed of light. They can travel hundreds to thousands of yards (meters) before their energy is gone. Gamma rays can pass through many kinds of materials, including human beings. Gamma rays are stopped only by distance, or very dense materials like lead. Like alpha and beta particles, gamma rays can be inhaled from the air or swallowed with a food or water source. Gamma rays may affect organs like the liver and stomach, and other parts deep in your body. These rays destroy tissue and cause sickness and death.

Neutron rays: Neutrons are usually the result of fallout. Fallout happens after an atomic blast. The ground absorbs a lot of radiation after an atomic blast. The exposed radioactive ground then rises as a cloud (fallout) and neutrons are carried by winds to other places. Neutrons can be inhaled from the air or swallowed with a food or water source. Neutron radiation damage does not appear to be dose-rate dependent.

The US State Department and the Department of Defense categorically state that there is no link between DU and the diseases veterans, who have been exposed during the recent gulf wars, are suffering from. These governmental departments conveniently choose to omit the fact that Alpha emitters (radionuclides that emit alpha radiation) are classified as carcinogenic by all nuclear regulatory and environment health agencies.

Cellular effects of radiation are basically the same for the different kinds and doses of radiation. The simplest effect is cell death. With this effect, the cell is no longer present to reproduce and perform its primary function. Changes in cellular function can occur at lower radiation doses than those that cause cell death. Changes can include delays in phases of the mitotic cycle, disrupted cell growth, permeability changes, and changes in motility. In general, actively dividing cells are most sensitive to radiation. Radiosensitivity also tends to vary inversely with the degree of differentiation of the cell.

Thus Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, head oncologist at the Saddam teaching hospital in Basra reported, “Children in particular are susceptible to depleted uranium poisoning. They have a much higher absorption rate as their blood is being used to build and nourish their bones and they have a lot of soft tissues. Bone cancer and leukemia used to be diseases affecting them the most, however, cancer of the lymph system, which can develop anywhere on the body, and has rarely been seen before the age of 12 is now also common.”

Once a radionuclide is absorbed[11] it is distributed throughout the body. The rate of distribution to each organ is related to organ metabolism, the ease of chemical transport, and the affinity of the radionuclide for chemicals within the organ. The liver, kidney, adipose tissue, and bone have higher capacities for binding radionuclides due to their high protein and lipid makeup.

The kidneys though are considered the primary target organs for uranium chemical toxicity. Nephrotoxicity is a chemically related risk associated with uranium exposure, and has been documented in animal studies at high exposure levels. Like mercury, cadmium, and other heavy-metal ions, excess uranyl ions depress glomerular function and tubular secretion of organic anions.[12] According to the National Academies, “Type 2 diabetes is reported to be increased in Native American populations. A disproportionately high fraction of uranium miners were Native Americans. The complications of diabetes include CRD (Chronic Renal Disease), which cannot be differentiated clinically from effects of high doses of uranium in the kidney.”[13]

Once the uranium is solubilized in the blood, the kidney will excrete some of it in urine. Uranium not excreted distributes to bone and soft tissue, including the kidney, liver, lung, fat, muscle, and then, to some extent, to all other organs. Although uranium in the body distributes to all organs with the main reservoir being the skeleton, the target organ is the kidney, where functional change is observed. One of the biggest problems though, to looking at the health damages done by uranium exposure, has been the government’s blatant refusal to acknowledge any damage done to the body until it shows up as renal dysfunction.

The December 2000 Science for Democratic Action — from the Institute for Environmental and Energy Research (IEER) — reports that, “Some [DU] particles remain in the body where they can build up in lung [tissue], or enter the blood stream where it can accumulate in bone tissue.” Internal exposure, the IEER article says, “increases the risk of leukemia and lung, bone and soft tissue cancers, particularly when inhaled or ingested.”

Iraqis and Kuwaitis aren’t the only ones showing signs of
uranium contamination and sickness. Gulf War veterans,
plagued by a variety of illnesses have been found to have
traces of uranium in their blood, feces, urine and semen.

Dr. Jawad Al-Ali reported that there are nine people with cancer in his wife’s family. At a conference in Japan in 2004 he stated, “Two strange phenomena have come about in Basra which I have never seen before. The first is double and triple cancers in one patient. For example, leukemia and cancer of the stomach. We had one patient with 2 cancers – one in his stomach and kidney. Months later, primary cancer was developing in his other kidney–he had three different cancer types. The second is the clustering of cancer in families.” [14] These types of multiple cancer cases are being reported in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq, all nuclear battlefields where DU armaments were used.

For the leadership in the United States the thought of Iran getting the bomb sometime in the next decade is an excuse for war today, because when all is done, these elite decision makers are going to protect themselves, their companies, their profits, etc. And if it takes killing another 50,000 children or a million to protect their estates they probably would not think twice since most of their money is blood money, money created on the suffering of others. What difference is it to them if they poison people slowly or more quickly with radiation released during nuclear war? When war eventually breaks out in Iran you will be wishing that you had read up on everything to do with radiation poisoning and what to do about it, because nuclear war has been reclassified as conventional with the use of depleted uranium weapons. Every war now fought by the United States will be a nuclear war. Since there is no credible source indicating that we are entering a phase of history where wars will not be fought we have a lot to worry about.

There is nothing easy about the diagnosis of heavy metal poisoning and medical authorities have been known to make fun of doctors who test for heavy metals, and design treatment programs to chelate out these metals including uranium. In following chapters we will talk about chelation and introduce a natural product called Chelorex[15] that has been thoroughly tested for the safe removal of many of the heavy metals including uranium. In reality there is something we can do about the increased toxicity every human being is being exposed to and this book will explore the most natural of these methods, which can include even the increased use of something as simple as miso.

Below is a list of diseases possibly caused by depleted uranium, which was compiled by Leuren Moret[16] from interviews with Gulf War Vets and their families. The problem here is that all of these veterans received a massive number of vaccines bearing dangerous chemicals. There is though a central medical theme, soldiers are being poisoned, first as they leave for the battle field with up to 17 vaccine shots, and then on the battlefield with deadly radiation. Put the two poisoning sources together and medicine has to be deaf, dumb and blind not to see the effect. Unfortunately for veterans suffering from the below list of diseases (Gulf War Syndrome) medicine is so afflicted.

[1] Toxicologically speaking, there is a difference between uranium oxide and uranyl nitrate. Uranyl nitrate, including the hexahydrate form, is soluble in water and moderately soluble in the body. This means that if ingested or inhaled, it will readily be transported to the rest of the body. It can also be absorbed through the skin. Its high toxicity is largely manifest in irreversible kidney damage. Uranium oxide, on the other hand, is largely insoluble. Only respirable particles deposited in the pulmonary region of the lung are retained for long enough for the radiological consequences to manifest themselves. The concentration of uranyl nitrate required to deliver the radiation dose limit for soluble uranium compounds is larger than the toxicity-based concentration limits. Therefore, for soluble uranium compounds, health consequences of exposure are primarily due to their chemical toxicity. For insoluble compounds of uranium, health consequences (e.g., fibrosis and/or carcinogenesis of the lung) are primarily due to irradiation of pulmonary tissues from inhaled respirable particles.
[2] Hodge HC, Maynard EA, Downs WL. Antidotal action of polyphosphates in uranium poisoning. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 1951;101:17-8. The adsorption process results in the sixth glucose carbon atom interacting with a phosphate atom of ATP, with negatively charged glucose-6-phosphate re-entry inhibition through a negatively charged point of entry at the cell surface. A uranyl ion replacing a magnesium ion binds the ATP molecule to hexokinase. ATP-uranyl-hexo- kinase complex blocks the release of phosphate to glucose, inhibiting its first step of metabolic utilization with non-metabolized glucose in the extracellular environment
[3] Gmelin CG. Versuche über die wirkungen des bartis strontians, chroms, molybdäns, wolframs, tellurs, titans osmiums, platins, iridiums, rhodiums, paladiums, nikels, kobalts, urans, ceriums, eisens und mangans auf den tierishen organismus. Journal für Chemie und Physik (Halle) 1825;43:110-5.
[4] The “Nuclear Fuel Management and Disposal Act” (S. 2589) was introduced in the Senate in April of 2006 by Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and would eliminate health and safety laws and regulations for licensing and operating the controversial nuclear dump site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. No one on earth has found a safe way to store nuclear waste but already we have the government removing limits on the amount of nuclear waste to be buried at the dump.
[5] http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article359626.ece
[6] http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/content/usa/press/reports/
[7] Arjun Makhijani and Scott Saleska, THE NUCLEAR POWER DECEPTION; U.S. NUCLEAR MYTHOLOGY FROM ELECTRICITY “TOO CHEAP TO METER” TO “INHERENTLY SAFE” REACTORS (New York: The Apex Press, 1999) ISBN 0-945257-75-
[8] Radiation and Public Health Project. http://www.radiation.org/press/index.html
[9] One of the main problems with radiation exposure is the loss of glutathione enzyme which then results in greater retention of toxic chemicals in the fatty tissues of the breast. These are environmental pollutants like PCBs, pesticides, and various lipid soluble chemicals. As these chemicals become involved in the mitochondria’s enzyme production processes, the oxidative stress to the cell rise leading to the failure of the “2-5A RNase L” enzyme that control pathogens within the cells. As this enzyme fails various viruses and mycoplasma’s take over the cells and produce their own cytokines that promote blood vessel growth and rapid cell multiplication. This becomes the cancer tumor.
[10] Medical Veritas, Issue 4, 2006
[11] Most internal contamination is a result of inhalation. The skin is impermeable to most radionuclides. Wounds and burns create a portal for any particulate contamination to bypass the epithelial barrier. All wounds must therefore be meticulously cleaned and debrided when they occur in a radiological environment. Any fluid in the wound may hide weak beta and alpha emissions from detectors.
[12] The main renal site of action of uranium is the proximal tubule where proton secretion degrades the bicarbonate complex of the uranyl ion, permitting the uranium ion to react with the apical cell membranes of the tubular epithelium. This view is supported by the observation that alkalinization of the urine increases urinary uranium excretion.
[13] http://fermat.nap.edu/openbook/0309096103/html/191.html
[14] Daily War News for Tuesday, April 18, 2006;
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m22680&l=i&size=1&hd=0
[15] http://www.scienceformulas.com
[16] Leuren Moret is an independent scientist who works on radiation and public health issues with communities around the world. She earned her B.S. in Geology at U.C. Davis in 1968, and her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from U.C. Berkeley in 1978. She has completed all but her dissertation for a PhD. in the Geosciences at U.C. Davis. After working 5 years at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and two years at the Livermore nuclear weapons lab, she left Livermore and now dedicates her life to revealing and understanding the actual health effects of radiation exposure. Ms. Moret works with the Radiation and Public Health Project [http://www.radiation.org], a group of independent scientists who have written ten books on low level radiation and public health.

MSG

September 29, 2008

I’ll be posting several articles about MSG in the next few days.  I feel that there needs to be a more in depth approach and lots of reading to be done for this for it causes so many problems.

MSG-
Monosodium Glutamate

This food additive explains
many ailments in many people.
Much legend and myth is being passed
around about MSG to make it seem innocent.
In fact, it can cause many different reactions,
in some people fatal.

At the left is Professor Kikunae Ikeda
who isolated MSG from sea weed in Japan in 1908

This research and editorial– By Steve Van Nattan

There are other nervous system stimulants that tend to disrupt healthy function of the endocrine system. These include sugar and MSG (monosodium glutamate). MSG is something you have to look for on food labels because it’s hidden in a lot of grocery store products. This is a highly toxic ingredient. It will not only cause sleep disorders, it will also tend to cause migraine headaches and can even lead to Alzheimer’s disease. MSG does not belong in the human body. It can even interfere with normal appetite regulatory functions and make it almost impossible for people to lose weight, especially if they are currently obese. http://www.newstarget.com/001975.html

We have met several people who have been troubled by MSG. Each person seems to have different symptoms, and the degree of reaction to MSG seems to vary, sometimes in the extreme. Some can tolerate some of it, while others will react violently to the smallest amount added to their food.

MSG is not added to food of virtually every sort. It enhances flavor, and, without exception, it is added because the food being prepared for sale to the public is of low quality due to cheap ingredients or due to too long shelf life. Some have claimed that it is a fifth taste group of its own, as in sour, bitter, sweet, etc. If this is true, it does not change how it affects people and is no logic for just letting food producers run rampant using it.

MSG is also concealed as a chemical compound in many cases so that the public will not realize they are getting a chemical fix, or so that they will not realize they are buying rubbish quality food. Also, there are natural sources of MSG which complicate things. These natural sources, like carageenan, are technically a food source in themselves, and many people who are sensitive to manufactured MSG can tolerate natural sources. We will list these later.

MSG has been around in its natural form, from sea weed, pectin, gelatin, and other such food sources, for centuries. Oriental people have known the flavor enhancing qualities of these sea weed foods and added them because their diet is very blah and dull in many Oriental nations. It works, and the food does indeed taste better. Cantonese food would taste like dish water if it were not for natural and manufactured MSG products.

Where cultures use a lot of pungent spices and chili pepper, you will not find them using MSG. It is pointless. Thus, MSG is of no interest in India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. South America and Mexico also have traditionally had little interest in natural forms of MSG. The problem is, food producers of the world have learned that packaged foods, and restaurant foods, will be more highly sought after if MSG, natural or manufactured, are added. The food controls agencies of the world’s government have no interest in MSG. The FDA of the USA claims that MSG does not cause adverse effects. This, in spite of the fact that millions of Americans have learned, by using themselves as their own laboratory, that they ARE having serious reactions to MSG. My son, friends in churches in Austin, Texas, and myself are included.

So, you will have to determine if you want to deal with this. MSG, like about 99% of all food additives, is nonessential to a happy and healthy life. You do not NEED MSG to enjoy food, that is, unless you want to eat old stale rubbish and taste it as fresh and wholesome. It must be admitted that there is some transient comfort in self-deception.

You need to consider the symptoms which are known to cause MSG reactions. There are many, and they differ in people so that you cannot just look for “headache”, yes or no, and decide about MSG for you. MSG, unlike many things we eat, can pass through the brain barrier and directly affect the function of the brain. Like marijuana and crack, MSG will cause the brain to change how it controls the rest of the body. Diarrhea may follow a dose of MSG in as little as twenty minutes. This is because the MSG is entering the blood in the stomach, rushing to the brain, and the brain is telling your plumbing department that it is under new management. The result is that you will have to rush to a restroom immediately or you will totally lose control. Other people do not have this, but severe headache results. Some people have heart related reactions, such as tachecardia or blood pressure spikes for no apparent reason.

A LIST OF SYMPTOMS now known to be the result of MSG in food:

Obesity– Here is an article discussion research claiming MSG directly exacerbates obesity problems Here is a Second article

Alzheimer’s disease– Here is de facto proof that MSG enhances this ailment

Petit mal seizures– How many people suffer needlessly from this ailment?

Migraine headaches– Worth looking into if you have this issue

Reproductive Disorders– This is a claim we have yet to confirm with any research, but it is serious if true.

Children’s disorders– What are you feeding your kid?

Insomnia– MSG plays a real role in this disorder.

Cancer– MSG does play a part in this disease.

Fibromyalgia– Web page on the topic and research report

A list of other disorders caused by MSG

ADHD and Autism– In children

Numbness

MERK’S MEDICAL MANUAL ONLINE:
“What is popularly called the Chinese restaurant syndrome is not a type of chemical food poisoning. Rather, it is a sensitivity to monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer often used in Chinese cooking. In susceptible people, MSG can produce facial pressure, chest pain, and burning sensations throughout the body. Many people feel anxious as well. The amount of MSG that can cause these symptoms varies considerably from person to person.”

May cause itching, nausea, nervous system and reproductive disorders, high blood pressure

MSG is a highly reactive amino acid. It is used by scientists in studies to purposely cause death to areas of the brain and is fed to rodents to make a strain of obese and pre-diabetic test subjects. MSG is classified as a neurotoxin: too much of it introduced to the brain can cause rapid cell death. Source

Patients can help reduce the frequency of Ménière’s (with tinnitus symptoms) attacks by eating small meals throughout the day, avoiding the food additive MSG, and reducing salt in the diet. Source

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used to preserve vaccines to keep them from breaking down.

Additives and chemicals such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) elevate the need for ascorbate (Vit. C).

Many more symptoms are listed in the links at the end of this page.

LIST OF FOODS AND ADDITIVES WITH MSG ISSUES:

Here is a great web page to start with

Foods always contain MSG when these words are on the label:

MSG Gelatin Calcium Caseinate
Monosodium glutamate Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Textured Protein
Monopotassium glutamate Hydrolyzed Plant Protein Yeast Extract
Glutamate Autolyzed Plant Protein Yeast food or nutrient
Glutamic Acid Sodium Caseinate Autolyzed Yeast

Foods made with the following products often contain MSG.

Malted Barley (flavor) Flavors, Flavoring Modified food starch
Barley malt Reaction Flavors Rice syrup or brown rice syrup
Malt Extract or Flavoring Natural Chicken, Beef, or Pork, Flavoring “Seasonings” (Most assume this means salt, pepper, or spices and herbs, which sometimes it is.) Lipolyzed butter fat
Maltodextrin Soy Sauce or Extract “Low” or “No Fat” items
Caramel Flavoring (coloring) Soy Protein Corn syrup and corn syrup solids (some companies use another process to make their product, saying it is MSG free)
Stock Soy Protein Isolate or Concentrate Citric Acid (when processed from corn)
Broth Cornstarch Milk Powder
Bouillon Flowing Agents Dry Milk Solids
Carrageenan Wheat, rice, or oat protein Protein Fortified Milk
Whey Protein or Whey Anything enriched or vitamin enriched Annatto
Whey Protein Isolate or Concentrate Protein fortified “anything” Spice
Pectin Enzyme modified “anythng” Gums
Protease Ultra-pasteurized “anything” Dough Conditioners
Protease enzymes Fermented “anything” Yeast Nutrients

Food products from Australia and New Zealand may refer to MSG as “flavour enhancer 621”. The EU food additive code for MSG is E621. 29224220 is the HS code of monosodium glutamate. The free glutamic acid component of MSG may also be present in a wide variety of other additives, including Hydrolyzed Vegetable Proteins, Soy Extracts, and Natural Flavourings.

Some of the names MSG goes under

monopotassium glutamate
glutavene
glutacyl
glutamic acid
autolyzed yeast extract
calcium caseinate
sodium caseinate
E621 (E620-625 are all glutamates)
Ajinomoto,
Ac’cent Gourmet Powder

The following may also contain MSG

natural flavours or seasonings
natural beef or chicken flavouring
hydrolyzed milk or plant protein
textured protein seasonings
soy sauce
bouillon
broth
spices

Free glutamate content of foods (mg per 100g)

roquefort cheese 1280
parmesan cheese 1200
soy sauce 1090
walnuts 658
fresh tomato juice 260
grape juice 258
peas 200
mushrooms 180
broccoli 176
tomatoes 140
mushrooms 140
oysters 137
corn 130
potatoes 102
chicken 44
mackerel 36
beef 33
eggs 23
human milk 22

SOLUTIONS THAT ARE PURELY MY SPECULATIONS:

For legal reasons, the following is my personal opinion and may be pure rubbish. Aut Disce Aut Discede

Buy pork roast and have the butcher grind it and make your own sausage at home with spices.

Eat more vegetables that grow underground. These at least cannot be directly sprayed with aerosolized chemicals.

Buy milk from a local farmer which has only been pasteurized.

Suppress your appetite without resorting to rubbish foods that will drug you and make you into a blimp.

Do NOT use soy products for alternatives, in fact, soy products which are not fermented are deadly.

Observe people and learn

When you go into a grocery store, observe people: watch who buys what, how healthy or diseased they look and what economic status you think they have. You will begin to notice some interesting patterns.

One is that those who seem to be having the most financial trouble are buying the foods with the highest markup. They are unable to make good decisions about what foods offer nutritional value. They buy things like instant macaroni and cheese, dinner mixes, potato chips, and carbonated soft drink beverages. They buy foods that are nutritionally worthless, but cost a lot of money. You can go to any grocery store and observe this yourself.

At the same time, you’ll notice that people who tend to be healthy, who seem to be aware of what’s going on around them, who look intelligent, whose eyes light up, who have some energy evident in the way they hold their bodies and in the way they interact with others around them — these people are intelligent shoppers. In their carts, you’ll notice they have lots of fruits and vegetables, lots of raw food ingredients, and you’ll see that they tend to buy things in bulk. They’ll buy bulk ingredients like brown rice, beans, or legumes. They actually pay attention to what they’re buying by reading the ingredients labels, for example.

Contrast this to the everyday grocery shoppers: these are the everyday people who don’t really pay attention to nutrition. They don’t make good choices. They basically pull things off the shelves that they’ve seen on television. They choose foods based on what they’ve been told to buy through promotional advertisements, public relations, and other efforts, including food lobbying.

Lobbying is how the USDA came up with the new “Food Guide Pyramid,” by the way. It’s pretty much the “Drink More Milk” pyramid. It was heavily influenced by the dairy industry. Look at how much milk it says we should drink now. Apparently, all humans are supposed to eat from cows utters, which is rather interesting, given that there is no nutritional requirement for any human being to eat from any cow.

The everyday shoppers who buy all of this garbage that’s been advertised are chronically diseased. You can see it at a remarkably young age. Even when they’re teenagers, you can see the disease starting to progress. If these people happen to be in their 30s, 40s, or even their 50s and beyond, you can see the progression of this disease.

I don’t want to be judgmental in saying it, but it is sometimes painful to look at these people. Sometimes I just feel so much compassion for them, I want to help them. But in many ways, most of them aren’t ready to be helped. It’s also a bit frightening, if you think about what’s going on in their bodies. All of this degeneration, this lack of flow, and stagnation that’s happening in their bodies… the stress on the organs: the pancreas, the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, the heart. You look in their shopping cart and think, “How can these people buy this stuff?”

Many fillers, binders, coatings, and gelcaps contain sources of glutamate.

LINKS:

MSG and other EPA approved “contaminants” sprayed
on virtually all agricultural plants
http://www.truthinlabeling.org/msgsprayed.html

California approval of deadly MSG and plant altering chemicals
http://www.truthinlabeling.org/cdpr.html

Lies– Food manufacturers who lie and claim “No MSG”
http://www.truthinlabeling.org/nomsg.html

San Diego Tribune carries letter from PhD Scientist
on MSG manufacturers public relations tricks
and MSG and obesity.
http://www.truthinlabeling.org/Blonz-forWeb-8-9-04.html

Here is now chemical companies bully
and maim the public with impunity.
http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.html

MSG is definitely in milk products,
even though they may claim otherwise.
http://www.truthinlabeling.org/Milk%20and%20MSG.html

Natural and vegetarian foods which have MSG
http://www.newstarget.com/001528.html

Deceptive cheese product makers
http://www.newstarget.com/003217.html

Is your doctor a drug pusher on the take
from pharmaceutical companies?
http://www.newstarget.com/009173.html

This is rough language, but it is punk kid. If a fellow
like this can figure this our, why cannot Bible believers?
http://www.eadon.com/comment/saltsugar.php

Hide and seek game of food makers as they seek
to deceive you on the ingredient label.
http://www.newstarget.com/z001529.html

Soy products are NOT the answer.
http://www.newstarget.com/z003217.html

Some food providers are taking this seriously.
http://www.newstarget.com/009551.html

The lie as proof of the truth of the lie
(Sorry, but that is how it works)
http://www.newstarget.com/z002036.html

Beware of the non-biblical “Honest Food Guide”
Soy products are deadly, and red meat IS needed for good health.
http://www.honestfoodguide.org/

Bible based diets are sound in principle,
but in Bible times deadly chemicals were not added.
http://www.newstarget.com/001158.html

MSG role in high cholesterol
http://www.newstarget.com/z001546.html

Examples of false advertising
http://www.holisticmed.com/msg/msg-labels.txt

“The FDA has no limits on how much MSG can be added to
foods, even though as little as two tablespoons of it has been
shown to cause epileptic convulsions and death in animals
such as dogs.” MORE
http://www.laleva.org/eng/2004/03/autism_and_adhd_linked_to_addictive_food_additive.html

MANY infant foods contain MSG
http://www.vaccinetruth.org/msg.htm

Reading labels on food– Some helpful information
http://www.healthyeatingadvisor.com/food-labels.html

A story the FDA would mock, but proof that each person
reacts differently.
http://www.spasmodicdysphonia.us/nellis.html

Many issues, including MSG–
They claim chickens are soaked in MSG
http://members.aol.com/enviroknow/ATSDR/toni.htm

MSG used to trick vegetarians into tasting meat flavor
in vegetarian imitations.
http://www.mercola.com/2000/apr/2/vegetarian_myths.htm

Discussion group on glutin and other issues
http://www.msgmyth.com/discus/messages/6/395.html?1092837927

“I know from personal experience that the chemical is not as harmless as
vinegar or salt. When I ingest a fair amount of MSG, I immediately have
nausea, stomach cramps, “spaciness,” heart palpitations and a
“pins-and-needles” headache, followed the next day by lethargy and
overall weakness.” MORE FROM THIS SITE
http://www.livingwithout.com/feature_MSG.htm

LEAVING A BAD TASTE
http://www.nutrition4health.org/NOHAnews/NNW91LeavingBadTaste.htm

Short History of MSG and Discussion of troubles it causes
http://www.annapolis.net/members/holland/msg.txt

USDA Statement

How will I know if there is monosodium glutamate (MSG) in a processed meat or poultry product? MSG is classified as a flavor enhancer by Federal regulation. When it is added to a product, it must be identified as “monosodium glutamate” on the label. Are MSG and hydrolyzed protein related? Yes. MSG is the sodium salt of glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is an amino acid, one of the building blocks of protein. It is found in virtually all food and, in abundance, in food that is high in protein, including meat, poultry, cheeses, and fish. Hydrolyzed proteins, used by the food industry to enhance flavor, are simply proteins that have been chemically broken apart into amino acids. The chemical breakdown of proteins may result in the formation of free glutamate that joins with free sodium to form MSG. In this case, the presence of MSG does not need to be disclosed on labeling. Labeling is required when MSG is added as a direct ingredient.
MORE ON USDA PAGE
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Help/FAQs_Flavorings/index.asp#4

MSG AND THE EYES

Eating too much monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour enhancer common in oriental and processed foods, could make you blind, scientists reported. Researchers at Hiroaki University in Japan found that rats fed on diets high in monosodium glutamate had thinner retinas and defective eyesight. According to the scientists, monosodium glutamate destroyed receptors on retina cells and reduced the ability to relay nerve signals. The research explains perhaps why there is a high rate of normal tension glaucoma in eastern Asia, although it could be due to genetics. Dr. Hiroshi Ohguro said his findings did not sound the death knell for Chinese food. The rats ate extraordinary large amounts of MSG – a fifth of their entire diet. “Lesser amounts should be OK,” he said, “but the precise borderline amount is still unknown.
http://www.prn2.usm.my/mainsite/headline/poison/oct2002.html

From:

6 Dangerous Food Additives

September 28, 2008

This is from Vital Earth:

Many foods could be sabotaging your plan for healthy eating
Chemicals create mutations through chromosome damage, interfere with immune system function, and have been shown to cause a multitude of serious health conditions. Even if all of the food additives used in our foods were safe individually, rarely does any processed / convenience food have only one additive in it. And nobody knows the effects of the many different additives when they are assembled together in a single product. There are literally thousands of various and potentially dangerous combinations.

Have you noticed that the product labels on many foods today seem to be an undecipherable code of scientific mystery words? That’s because more and more manufacturers are opting to use dangerous preservatives, sprays, and chemicals to increase the shelf life of their products and to enhance taste, texture and visual appeal; all at the cost of our nutritional needs.

Many natural ingredients in processed foods are being replaced with their “chemical taste-alikes” to cut costs. So, not only are we bombarded with the toxic chemicals that are in our carpeting, upholstery, cleaning products, etc., we now have to deal with them in the foods we ingest.

Worst Food Additives
Here is a list of some of the worst food additives. Check food labels to make
sure that what you buy does not contain these ingredients.

BHT, legal in the U.S. but banned in England, is associated with liver and kidney damage, behavioral problems, infertility, weakened immune system, birth defects and cancer. |

Artificial coloring – contribute to hyperactivity in children; may contribute to learning and visual disorders, nerve damage; may be carcinogenic.

Aspartame and all artificial sweeteners – may cause central nervous system damage, menstrual difficulties, may affect brain and growth development in unborn fetus. Dangerous excitotoxins. Artificial sweeteners: aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), sucralose (Splenda), neotame, saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low), acesulfame-k )Sunette, Sweet-n-Safe, Sweet One)

Brominated vegetable oil – linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems; considered unsafe by the FDA, can still lawfully be used unless further action is taken by the FDA . (used in fruit juices to give them a long shelf life)

Carrageenan – stabilizer and thickening agent; linked to toxic hazards, including ulcers and cancer; In addition to suppressing immune function, carrageenan causes intestinal ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease in animals and some research indicates that carrageenan is associated with causing cancer in humans. (This is what researchers use when they want to create cancer cells for laboratory experiments)

Partially Hydrogenated vegetable oils – associated with heart disease, breast and colon cancer, atherosclerosis, elevated cholesterol, depressed immune system, allergies.

Nitrates – form powerful cancer-causing agents in stomach; can cause death; considered dangerous by FDA but not banned because they prevent botulism.

MSG – may cause headaches, itching, nausea, nervous system and reproductive disorders, high blood pressure; pregnant, lactating mothers, infants, small children should avoid MSG; allergic reactions common; may be hidden in infant formula, low fat milk, candy, chewing gum, drinks, over-the-counter medications. (MSG – A dangerous excitotoxin)

Neotame – similar to aspartame, but potentially more toxic; awaiting approval. A dangerous excitotoxin.

Olestra – causes gastrointestinal irritation, reduces carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins in the body.

Potassium bromate – can cause nervous system, kidney disorders, gastrointestinal upset; may be carcinogenic.

Saccharin – delisted as a carcinogen in 1997, however, studies still show that saccharin causes cancer. A dangerous excitotoxin

Sucralose (Splenda)
Tests reveal it can cause up to 40% shrinkage of the thymus gland. It also causes swelling of the kidneys and liver, and liver calcification. Splenda has basically been chlorinated. 3 hydroxyl groups (atoms composed of hydrogen and oxygen) are selectively removed and replaced with 3 atoms of chlorine. The sugar molecule has now been transformed into a chlorocarbon—a chemical agent that has no place in the human diet.

Sulfites – destroys vitamin B1; small amounts may cause asthma, anaphylactic shock; dangerous for asthma, allergy sufferers; has caused deaths; banned on fresh fruits and vegetables, except potatoes.

Sweet ‘N Low – contains saccharin. A dangerous excitotoxin.

If the list of ingredients on a package label is long, there are probably a lot of chemical additives in the product, and you’re risking your health by eating it.

Children
In children, the organs responsible for detoxifying, or removing harmful substances, are not as effective as those of adults. Unfortunately in many families, children tend to consume more heavily processed foods than adults, (in various snack foods, cookies, cereals, chips, boxed convenience lunches) so these additives have a disproportionately higher impact on them. A parent’s job of providing nutritious foods is made even harder because of the wide array of brightly packaged, tasty, quick and easy foods that are intensely marketed and widely available. Prepared foods and mixes offer convenience, but remember with convenience comes the use of at least some of the 3000 various food additives.

Read Ingredient Labels
Start reading labels, and chose products that are labeled “preservative-free.” Scrutinize convenience, or pre-packaged products that claim “no added preservatives.” They may nevertheless contain ingredients that were already preserved prior to inclusion in the final product. For example, almost all lard, used in baked goods, is treated with BHA or BHT.

Eating healthy may require some lifestyle adjustments. You’ll probably have to shop more often because all-natural foods will spoil sooner. Most foods are not meant to last months and months. Many people erroneously consider it completely normal to keep their pantry shelves and freezers full of a wide array of ready to eat food choices. Just because you’ve always done it this way doesn’t make it the best choice for your family. Fresh food is plentiful in America—do you really need to re-create an unhealthy, mini grocery store in your kitchen for the sake of convenience?

Eliminate Toxins From Your Foods
You can eliminate many of these toxins from your life by changing how you have choose to manage your meals. Make the time to start cooking foods from scratch. Eat raw fruits and veggies instead of processed snack foods. DON’T BUY CONVENIENCE “SIDE-DISH” MIXES! If you want a delicious rice dish—cook rice (preferably brown rice) in some broth and flavor it with seasonings! Most people don’t believe that it can actually be less expensive to eat more natural, but it’s true. Try it. Get back to eating the natural foods our bodies were intended to eat.

Cravings:
High doses of sugar, salt, and trans fat, which are cheap fillers in convenience foods, cause cravings because they disrupt the brain’s natural chemical balance. The more processed foods you eat, the more you crave them…and the vicious cycle continues. Natural hunger becomes distorted when the body’s chemical balance is upset. Supplying the necessary substances required for chemical balance is the key to overcoming unhealthy cravings. Adding supplements to your diet can be very effective in both removing toxins as well as helping to restore chemical balances.

It’s absolutely imperative that you try to limit processed and pre-packaged foods, because unless you’re eating organic, you may still be exposed to dangerous toxins on the foods you probably consider to be the most healthy! Organic packaged and processed foods have little or no added synthetic colors or preservatives, and of course, organic fruits and vegetables are always your best choice.

Non-organic produce is sometimes exposed to various forms of detrimental processes. For example, sulfur is used to keep dried fruit fresh, formaldehyde is added to disinfect frozen vegetables, and potatoes are coated with maleic hydrazide to inhibit their natural “sprouting” tendencies. Sodium nitrate, a suspected cause of stomach cancer, is used as a preservative for bacon, sausage, ham, and bologna. Even some bagged lettuce is sprayed to extend it’s shelf life. Do you like ice cream? You have carboxymethylcellulose, to thank for that super creamy, smooth texture. It has produced tumors in 80% of rats injected with this chemical “stabilizer”. Not even bottled fruit juices can escape profit driven chemical interference. Brominated oils are added to bottled juice to maintain a look of freshness even after months of storage. Aluminum compounds, which are added to baking powder, aspirin, antacids, beer, and table salt, have been discovered in high concentrations in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients.

It’s nearly impossible to eat completely “toxin free”, so just do the best you can…
Unfortunately, it’s not realistic to expect to totally eliminate all toxins from the foods we eat…not unless you live apart from normal society and raise all your own food! But you can at least try to minimize them whenever possible. About the only time we can consistently assure healthy choices is by the foods we prepare in our homes.

Restaurant food is typically packed with artificial, processed ingredients. Make the meals you prepare at home the one place you know you are doing the right thing for your family.

How can you counteract the damaging effects of preservatives, additives and chemicals?
Many nutrients have the ability to counteract the damaging effects of toxic substances, so one of the best defenses for maintaining good health in our “toxin filled” society is by adding supplements to your daily routine.

Fulvic has the power to attach itself to harmful toxins and flush them from the body. In addition, when you supply your body with proper co-factors, like the ones in Super Multi Liquid Vitamins, you will significantly increase the absorption of the nutrients in your food.

Right now your body’s resources are waging a daily battle against preservatives, additives, toxins, and chemicals. Help protect yourself against disease with products and lifestyle choices that support and enhance natural immune system function to its fullest capacity. With some thoughtful changes you can create lasting health, energy, and well-being for your family.

Sugar VS Splenda

September 24, 2008


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Some interesting news from New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/business/23splenda.html?ref=fitnessandnutrition

New Salvo in Splenda Skirmish

By LYNNLEY BROWNING

Published: September 22, 2008

New ammunition has been added to the battle that is pitting a leading artificial sweetener against sugar, leading the two sides to claim fresh grievances.

The latest salvo comes from Duke University researchers, who have published a study that says Splenda — the grainy white crystals in the little yellow packets — contributes to obesity, destroys “good” intestinal bacteria and prevents prescription drugs from being absorbed.

But the Duke study was financed by the Sugar Association, the lobbying group for the natural-sugar industry and a chief competitor to and legal adversary of Splenda.

The study, which disclosed the financing, was posted last week on the Web site of a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, and will appear in the printed version. But it is likely to fuel questions about the relationship between the private sector and academia.

Nevertheless, a consumer advocacy group, Citizens for Health of Minneapolis, is arguing that the Duke study shows that Splenda is a health threat, according to a statement made by the group on Monday.

The group is scheduled to testify next month at a hearing held by the California Assembly on potentially unhealthy food additives.

On Monday, Splenda’s maker, McNeil Nutritionals, dismissed the study’s findings as “unsupported by the data presented.” Among other things, the Web site for Splenda says the sweetener will not cause weight gain and “may be used as part of a healthy diet.”

Splenda was introduced in late 1999 and over the years has gained nearly two-thirds of the estimated $1.5 billion artificial sweetener market, taking significant market share from rival Equal, also known as aspartame — the sweetener in the little blue packets. It has also helped to push down table sugar’s market share.

The Sugar Association sued McNeil, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, in a California federal court in 2004, contending that McNeil had misled consumers with its former slogan “made like sugar, so it tastes like sugar.” Splenda’s main ingredient is sucralose, which is manufactured in laboratories. While a sugar molecule is used in the process, no sugar, technically called sucrose, remains at the end. Splenda’s slogan is now “it’s made from sugar. It tastes like sugar. But it’s not sugar.”

Also in 2004, the maker of Equal, Merisant, sued McNeil in a Philadelphia federal court over false-advertising claims. The two companies reached an undisclosed settlement last May.

Adam R. Fox, a lawyer for the Sugar Association, said the group’s complaint in part challenged Splenda’s claim to be healthy. McNeil has countersued, accusing the group of defamation.

The judge in the case, Dale S. Fisher of Federal District Court in Los Angeles, ruled in July that the Sugar Association could not use as evidence the findings of the Duke study, which was completed by last year, or testimony by its two lead researchers. The case is scheduled to go to trial next January.

The Duke study — decried on Monday by McNeil as “the Sugar Association-funded rat study” — was conducted on male rats over 12 weeks. The Food and Drug Administration also tested Splenda on rats — a standard process — before approving it for sale to the public.

Mr. Fox defended what he said was the impartiality of the study. “We engaged the services” of the Duke scientists to look into this, he said, adding that his law firm, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, sought out, met and spoke with the Duke experts before commissioning them to perform the study. He declined to disclose the study’s cost.

One of the lead researchers of the study, Dr. Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, said Monday that the Sugar Association had “no input” into the study’s findings and conclusions.

What’s your take? Please feel free to post comments.

Sunil Khemaney