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Put Down The Strawberries: These Pesticide-laden Fruits & Veggies Top the Pesticide List For 2017

Topping the list of the most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables are strawberries, which can contain as many as 20 different pesticides. The Environmental Working Group released its annual “Dirty Dozen” list.

Another favorite, spinach, climbed the list from 8th last year to 2nd for 2017.  A disturbing fact is permethrin, a neurotoxin banned in Europe but still used here in the United States, was found on approximately 75% of tested samples. Permethrin was also found in higher levels in the urine of children more likely to have ADHD & can cause seizures as well as endocrine (hormonal) and neurological damage.   Additionally, permethrin is used here in the U.S. to control head lice and is embedded in mosquito and tick-repellent fabrics. It is commonly used on nut, fruit, vegetable, cotton, ornamental, mushroom, potato and cereal crops.

More bad news for spinach:  mandipropam, fluopicolide and ametoctradin, which are used to kill mold and mildew – were found in higher rates this year. In previous years their presence was not found on this and other produce.

New additions to the list were pears and potatoes which edged out cherry tomatoes and cukes.

In contrast, the Environmental Working Group’s “Clean 15” is as follows:  corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, (frozen) sweet peas, papayas,  asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and grapefruit.

It is important to note that even at low levels, pesticides have a cumulative effect.  Children absorb them at a rate ten times that of adults.  Because their systems are still developing, it is wise to limit their exposure. Important READ —>  If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!

Best bet?  BUY ORGANIC when you can!

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Eating Yogurt? Dannon’s Activia: A Total RIPOFF

Dannon's claim to have a "special" yogurt culture is nothing more than their patented name for "bifidus," something found in ALL yogurts.

Dannon’s claim to have a “special” yogurt culture is nothing more than their patented name for “bifidus,” something found in ALL yogurts.

I’ve been eating yogurt all my life and one yogurt I will never eat is Dannon’s Activia.  It’s far too expensive and it’s a rip-off.

Dannon touts their “bifidus regularis” as being unique.

It’s not.

It’s just a variation, bifidobacterium lactis DN-173010 which belongs to the common bacteria found in other yogurts bifidobacterium animalis – all of them much less expensive than Activia.  What Dannon has done is to patent the name, “Bifidus regularis” to make it seem like something really special.

It’s not.

Other patented names Dannon uses are:  Bifidus Actiregularis, Bifidus Regularis, Bifidus Digestivum, Bifidobacterium Lactis and its variants,  are marketing names Dannon for one of the specific bacteria it uses in its “Activia” range of yogurt products sold throughout the world.

I prefer to call their name, “Bifidus Bullshitus.”

Dannon was sued – and lost – for falsely claiming that Activia and Dan-Active yogurt drinks could be “clinically proven to help strengthen your body’s defenses.”   Their insistence that their yogurt products contained something magical, “L. casei Immunitas,” another name made up by Dannon, is actually Lactobacillus casei DN-114 001 – and found in all yogurt.

So in other words, you’re really getting ripped off when you pay a lot of money for those little green containers versus a larger one of something like Stonyfield Farm – which BTW, is organic.

No artificial ingredients in this yogurt. READ LABELS!

No artificial ingredients in this yogurt.

 

The basic cultures used to make yogurt are Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. Additional probiotics are often added. Common ones are Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, and Bifidus.

READ LABELS! Many of Yoplait's brands have artificial ingredients and unnecessary ingredients.

READ LABELS! Many of Yoplait’s brands have artificial ingredients and unnecessary ingredients.

Many yogurts contain artificial ingredients. Yoplait is one of them. Read “What’s Under The Lid” from the Yoplait site. They admit to using these additives such as artificial sweeteners: “Some of our products contain artificial sweeteners. Sweeteners let us deliver an amazing taste without adding calories.”

Like Dannon, they also color their yogurt with something called “carmine,” an FDA legally allowed ingredient sometimes indicated on the label as “crimson lake,” “cochineal,” or “carminic acid.”

Dannon's Activia contains "carmine," and only says "active cultures," not "live cultures" which are more beneficial.

Dannon’s Activia contains “carmine,” and only says “active cultures,” not “live cultures” which are more beneficial.

It’s actually the skin of an insect called  cochineal beetles, used in cosmetics and other applications, and is in other foods for colors of red, pink and purple. It can also cause hives, itching, asthmatic reactions or, in extremely rare cases, anaphylactic shock.

READ LABELS! Those with “live & active cultures” are far more beneficial than products made with “active cultures,” which may have been heat-treated after fermentation which will kill beneficial bacteria. Make sure you buy yogurts containing “acidolphilus” and “bifidobacteria” that can withstand stomach acid and get to the colon alive – thus giving more benefit.

Thus the old adage proves true:  “less is more.”  Read labels, become informed and you’ll find all that hype is just that.  Don’t fall for Dannon’s “Bifidus Bullshitus.”

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FDA “GRAS” (Generally Regarded As Safe)  List

Center For Science In The Public Interest:  “Berries Over Bugs.”


Double Death Cocktail: Dow’s Enlist Duo – Roundup and 2-4-D

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Dow Agro Sciences is seeking approval for a new type of weed killer combining Round-Up and 2-4-D.  The EPA is considering approval of Enlist-Duo, a potent cocktail to help struggling farmers battle super weeds caused by Roundup.

This is a nightmare scenario.  Round-up and 2-4-D are already in widespread use by not only farmers but also homeowners.

We are slowly poisoning ourselves to death!

The major concern is children’s health.  As children absorb chemicals at a tenfold rate as compared to adults, this is particularly troubling. As shown on an interactive map, there are approximately 11,000 schools that are within 1,000 feet of corn or soy fields.  Another 5,600 schools are within 200 feet!

Dow Agro Sciences downplays the effects of their Round-Up and 2-4-D concoction, saying that the 2-4-D “is not your Granddad’s 2-4-D” meaning it doesn’t have as much potential for drift. Still, this is a potent mix of chemicals shown to have adverse health effects.  Numerous studies have shown a link between cancer and reproductive dysfunctions.  

I have a bad feeling about this.  Considering the EPA’s record of past approvals, and the fact that basically – let’s admit it, folks – the EPA is in the pocket of Dow Chemicals. It will not surprise me a bit if the pleas of over a half million people  went unheard and the EPA granted approval for this poison.

Mark my words:  I predict that in a few years this same concoction will be available in a lesser form, marketed to homeowners!

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Wikipedia: Enlist Duo Herbicide


Roundup Is More Toxic Than You Think

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You’ve got weeds.  You hate them because they wreck your picture-perfect lawn.  What do you do? You run to Home Depot or Lowe’s and pick up a container of Roundup.  Easy! Round Up will take care of your weeds.  You probably don’t give a second thought to it!

You should!

Roundup (glyphosate) is one of the top-selling lawn and agricultural chemicals in the world.  The United States uses 25% of  Round Up.

You’re probably eating a lot of Roundup, too.  The typical American diet consists of processed foods. 80% of the corn, soy and sugar beets, which are commonplace in a Western diet, are genetically modified. The plants themselves are made resistant to the effects of Roundup. It is a systemic herbicide meaning the plant absorbs it into all its cells. Because the plant has genetically modified organisms, (GMO) – repeated applications of Roundup will not kill it as it will non-GMO plants.

Contrary to what Monsanto will tell you, Round-Up is known to kill embryos, (miscarriages) placental and umbilical cord cells and cause low birth weight.  It is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor.  (read CANCER here!) It is shown to increase instances of cancer like non-Hodgkin lymphoma, breast and myeloma – bone cancer.

The inert chemicals in it – which are NOT harmless, by the way – intensify its toxicity. One specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, was found to be more deadly to embryonic cells than the glyphosate alone!  This inert chemical is intended to let the Round-Up penetrate the plant’s exterior cells.

Roundup is designed to disrupt cells in a plant. It also does this in the human body.  Many studies have confirmed that Roundup causes disruption in benefits of beneficial gut bacteria and destroys the “good” gut bacteria which has been found to  correlate to the immune system and digestive system functioning.  Autoimmune disease, heart disease, autism, Alzheimer’s and leaky gut syndrome are other maladies caused by cell disruption.  The depletion of critical nutrients, which in turn protect us from an array of diseases like cancer and heart disease, is another indication of the effects of Roundup.

A study in Argentina in an area of  prolonged Round-up usage has found a high incidence of birth defects and cancers.  This is also the disturbing trend here in the United States in the Midwest where a lot of the (GMO) crops like corn and soy corn are grown.

Additionally, there has been a strong link to amphibian mutations as a result of contaminated groundwater.  Runoff from yards and fields where Roundup has been sprayed has led to a rise in birth defects in frogs.  There is a large amount of evidence that Roundup is also responsible for decline in the North American tadpole species.  It is also suspected that Roundup is responsible for decimating the Monarch butterfly population.

Monsanto has continuously derided all claims of its toxicity, despite numerous studies to the contrary.

For an in-depth look into the dangers of Roundup and GMO crops, watch this video by Jeffrey Smith.  It’s long but worth the watch!

 

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Monsanto Roundup: Impacts of Glyphosate Herbicide On Human Health – Pathways To Modern Diseases (by Anthony Samsell and Stephanie Sennef)

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http://www.ncparc.org/pubs/Herbicide%20Choices%20&%20Amphibian%20Conservation.pdf


The Insidious Damage Of Alcohol

I quit drinking – cold turkey – 30 years ago this year.  It was the vacant stare of my mother’s eyes that did it.  She was completely incapacitated following a number of strokes – could not speak or move;  trapped in her body.

I think that alcohol had something to do with it. She had been a heavy drinker for many years.

boozeShortly after she died, a friend mentioned to me that drinking alcohol was a major factor in hardening of the arteries of the brain.  All I could see was my mother’s distant stare; remember her making the three grunting noises that I later realized she was trying to say: “I love you.”

That statement made by my friend affected me so.  I didn’t want to end up like my mother – and it set me on the path to realization that I had a problem with alcohol.

I read somewhere that alcohol is not something that the human body cannot effectively metabolize.  It’s literally poison to us.  Still, because of societal pressure, we force ourselves to become accustomed to it. Any of us who have ever had a drink can probably remember when we first tried it – how sick it made us. That was our body trying to tell us not to drink it.

Alcohol permeates  all the cells in your body when you drink. Following are some of its effects:

CANCER~  Alcohol increases the chance of developing cancer of the breast, liver, pancreas, esophagus,  mouth, larynx and pharynx.  A study involving 1.5 million middle-aged women during 7 years found that drinkers are more likely to develop cancer of the colon, rectum, breast, liver, throat and esophagus.  It also concluded that with each drink, no matter how little or what kind of alcohol, the risk for cancer was substantially raised.  (Although men were not a part of this study, is it assumed that the risks would be about the same.)  In addition, the breakdown of alcohol causes the production of acetylaldehyde, which damages the genetic material in the cells and prevents them from repairing themselves. Acetylaldehyde also can allow the cells to grow at an increased rate; hence the connection to cancer.

LIVER~  Fatty liver, the earliest stage of alcoholic liver disease, causes the body to be ineffective in ridding itself of toxins. In its attempt to deal with the alcohol, the liver produces even more toxins, thus causing further damage.  Fibrosis, scarring of tissue in the liver, is the precursor of cirrhosis.  Cirrhosis of the liver means that it is unable to remove toxins, fight infections and absorb nutrients.  As liver function weakens, jaundice, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and even liver cancer are probable.

HEART~  Drinking is very hard on the heart.  It causes increased chances of developing cardiomyopathy, the stretching of the heart muscle which leads to decreased functioning. Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) as well as heart attack, elevated cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure) and stroke are other risks.  Heavy alcohol consumption also increases the production of stress hormones which causes blood vessels to constrict.

BONES~  Alcohol’s diuretic actions flush calcium from the bones which increases risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

PANCREAS~  Pancreatitis  is a serious inflammation of the pancreas and swelling of its blood vessels wherein the pancreas can no longer properly aid digestion.

BRAIN~  Alcohol shrinks and disrupts brain tissue; may inhibit new cell growth.  It can cause depression, agitation, memory loss and behavioral changes.

IMMUNE SYSTEM~  Consuming alcohol weakens the immune system, making an easier pathway for disease. (also see “cancer” above)

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Sucralose IS Splenda

There are many questions about the safety of Splenda (sucralose) Photo: Medical Daily.com

There are many questions about the safety of Splenda (sucralose) Photo: Medical Daily.com

“Oh goodie, it’s got no artificial sweetener,”  you might be thinking when you read a label and see the word “sucralose.”  Every time you see SUCRALOSE on a label it is Splenda.

Sucralose (trade name SPLENDA) is used as a replacement for, or in combination with, other artificial or natural sweeteners such as aspartameacesulfame potassium (Ace K ) or high-fructose corn syrup. The stuff scares me, even though it’s supposed to be safe.  It’s in everything these days.

Industry studies – in other words – the people who MAKE IT – swear they’ve tested it time and again and it’s safe.  I don’t believe it. Splenda is the trade name for sucralose, a synthetic compound stumbled upon in 1976 by scientists in Britain reportedly seeking a new pesticide formulation. The Splenda molecule is comprised of sucrose (sugar) — except that three of the hydroxyl groups in the molecule have been replaced by three chlorine atoms.  Hmmmm….. what does THAT tell you?  In many ways sucralose chemically does resemble a pesticide more than food!

An Italian study  brought forth the possibilities of a link between sucralose (Splenda) & leukemia after its study involving almost 1000 rats, who metabolize sugars much like humans do.  This is in addition to a number of other studies involving sucralose.

Dr. Morando Soffritti, director of the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy:

“Our early studies in rats showed increases in several types of cancer, and, in our most recent aspartame studies, we observed a statistically significant increase of liver and lung tumors in male mice. This shows aspartame causes cancer in various places of the body in two different species. Health concerns over aspartame are leading consumers to switch to the widely promoted alternative: sucralose.

Now that we have found evidence of a link between sucralose and cancer in mice, similar research should be urgently repeated on rats, and large scale observational studies should be set up to monitor any potential cancer risk to human health.”

Additionally, while Splenda is touted to be safe for diabetics, another study has found that ingestion may indeed cause a blood sugar spike. Research in animals has suggested that insulin levels do rise after intake of an artificial sweetener.  This was also backed up in a study at the Washington University School of Medicine and published in the American Diabetes Association journal  Diabetes Care.

Yet another study has found that using Splenda reduces the good bacteria in your guts; the stuff that helps you fight off illness and compromises your immune system.  After consuming Splenda, the gut-friendly bacteria did not normalize for three months!  This would tell me that people are consuming something that is inherently unhealthy. If you destroy the good bacteria in your gut you throw your entire system off!

Additionally, the Center For Science In The Public Interest has downgraded Splenda (sucralose) from “safe” to “caution.

Study co-author Susan Schiffman, PhD, adjunct professor at North Carolina State University has concluded:

Reduces good gut bacteria: Sucralose alters the amount and quality of those beneficial microbes that hang out in your belly (the same ones found in yogurt) by 50% or more. “Alteration in bacterial counts is associated with weight gain and obesity,” says Dr. Schiffman.

Makes meds less effective: The sugar substitute limits the absorption of therapeutic drugs, such as those for cancer and heart disease, rendering them less effective.

Releases toxins: Many people bake with Splenda to reduce the calories in a recipe, but it decomposes during baking, which releases potentially toxic compounds called chloropropanols, which are suspected human carcinogens.

May alter your body’s responses: Sucralose can alter insulin responses and blood sugar levels, has been associated with inflammatory bowel disease, and may even alter genes, the researchers note.

From Prevention magazine:  Other research published in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2013 found that sugar substitutes are linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. So if you want something sweet, your best option is regular sugar in moderation—no more than 100 calories, or six added teaspoons a day, per the American Heart Association’s recommendations.

Now if all this doesn’t make you think twice about consuming anything with a “Splenda” label on it, I don’t know what will.  I’ll continue to read labels and notice if sucralose is listed because I’m not about to be lulled into the Splenda trap!  I’ll take good old-fashioned sugar any day!

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Sevin Dust Search Terms

I have to laugh at a lot of the search terms that come through for Sevin Dust. These are search terms that people have used to access my site & learn about Sevin Dust.  Some of them are valid; others are just downright stupid. My thoughts follow in italicized print.

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens.

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens.

is it ok to put seven dust in the water that you water your plants with? (Inside or outside plants? Why would you want to use a poison around your yard or – God forbid – IN your home on houseplants!)

can i use sevin dust on my dog? (No, Sevin Dust is poison & you can’t use it on your pets!)

Using sevin dust on pot (Are you kidding me? You’re going to smoke pot with Sevin Dust ON it? Sevin dust WILL cause lung damage – “Black Lung disease” – but never mind – you are going to absorb the Sevin through your lungs and into your bloodstream! You’re either pretty stupid,  pretty stoned or BOTH!)

does using seven dust make garden non organic? (Duh…, Sevin Dust is not an organic product and it’s poison – of COURSE your garden won’t be organic!)

is sevin dust safe for vegetables? (NO!  You’re going to EAT these vegetables? Why put poison on them?)

will seven granules hurt the birds if eaten? (Yes, “seven” is toxic to birds.  They mistake the granules for birdseed.)

can a person die from sevin dust? (You might not drop dead from eating it right away but it has a cumulative effect on your body can manifest itself in a variety of ways: neurological damage, increased chances of developing Parkinson’s disease, lung damage from breathing dust and increased chances of developing cancer. If pregnant – you might predispose your unborn child to a myriad of birth defects.  We are talking some serious long-term effects here.) 

7 dust around my plants not on them (Uh, your plants will absorb the Sevin Dust from the soil and if these are vegetable plants, you’ll still be eating Sevin Dust!)

where can i buy sevin in us? (Certainly NOT in the grocery store, brilliance! Why do you want to buy it anyway?)

is 7 dust safe for kids?  (No, children absorb pesticides at a higher rate than adults do.  Their bodies are still developing – why would you want to subject your children to a substance like Sevin Dust, thus predisposing them to an array of complications.)

is it natural for worms to rise after putting seven dust and it rained? (The worms are rising to the surface because of the rain and yes, you are going to kill the worms in your garden – even the birds who eat these worms – if you use Sevin.)

is sevens powder harmful to humans? (Yes it is. Why use something that, in an accident in 1984, killed 3,000 immediately following an explosion in a plant that manufactured it.  Sevin Dust IS poison.)

can you use sevin on vegetables? (Again, Sevin Dust is a toxic compound. Why would you want to put it on your food?)

what to do if you get sevin dust on skin (It says RIGHT ON THE PACKAGE not to get it on your skin.  How safe can something be if it’s dangerous to come in contact with?)

has sevin dust caused cancer in animals? (Yes it has caused cancer and reproductive illnesses in lab animals.  Vets have reported increased incidences in cancer in pets whose owners use Sevin and other lawn and yard chemicals.)