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Sevin Dust, Bug B Gon, 2,4-D : ALL Lawn & Garden Chemicals WILL MAKE YOUR PETS SICK!

All lawn and garden chemicals will make your cat or dog sick.

All lawn and garden chemicals will make your cat or dog sick.

Let me get right to the point:  ALL LAWN & GARDEN CHEMICALS WILL MAKE YOUR PETS SICK.  There are no exceptions to this rule!

Just as you can be sickened by Sevin Dust, Spectracide, Bug B Gon, Scott’s Weed & Feed, 2,4-D, Triazicide, Bayer All-In-One products or any other lawn care chemical, so can your pet.

Pesticides and herbicides are toxic chemicals.  They are poison. Get that?

Every time you use products like Sevin Dust, Bug B Gon, 2,4-D or others, you run the risk of poisoning your cat or dog. (or yourself and your kids, too.)

Pesticides are neurotoxins,  meaning they act on the brain.  They’ve also been found to increase chances of cancer in animals, respiratory disease, muscle weakness and a host of other serious complications.

Pesticides and lawn care chemicals do not dissipate.  When your pet walks on the lawn you just treated with Bug B Gon,  Spectracide, Scott’s Weed & Feed or 2,4-D, it will pick up residue on its feet and coat.  It tracks it into your home. Then, in grooming itself, it ingests the chemical.

In a study conducted by Purdue University found that even after lawn chemicals had dried, reside was still found on dogs tested.

In 2,4-D exposure, dogs were found to have very high instances of malignant lymphoma.  Despite numerous epidemiological studies linking it to cancer in dogs and people, The EPA refuses to classify it as a carcinogen.

These are not harmless chemicals. They cause significant neurological and endocrine damage in humans and pets.

Please educate yourself. Your health, the health of your family and that of your pet depends on it.

READ MORE:

If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!  <— A “Pesticides 101” primer.

Sevin Dust Is Not Your Garden Friend

 


Food Wonderings: Confessions Of A Food Writer

I’ve been researching and writing about what’s in food for almost 10 years now and believe me – it hasn’t left me unscathed.  The last 3 posts I’ve written, “Getting Ripped Off In A Restaurant,” “Sulfites In Food: Sodium Metabisulfite,” and “Meat Glue:  Is Your Steak Real Or Fake,”  have renewed the sense in me of food panic.

That’s right:  food panic, akin to what I had when I read those classics by authors such as Morgan Spurlock (“Don’t Eat This Book-The Supersizing Of America.”) and the mother lode of information about the food industry, “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser.

The meat glue article I researched a few days ago now has me totally off going into restaurants and ordering what is supposed to be a good cut of steak.  For all I know it’s cobbled together pieces of a lesser cut made out to be the real McCoy of prime steak.  That’s got me freaked out! To know, also, that perhaps unsuspecting restaurant patrons who, for religious reasons, do not eat beef or pork may also be eating it when they order fish cuts.  The fact that we as a country are being lied to left and right by not only our government (read the FDA, USDA and others) who are designed to protect us, but the entire restaurant industry as well.

Bottom line is unless you stay home all the time and cook organic food for yourself there is really no way to know what you are eating.

How many of us do that?

I work part-time in a grocery store.  I’m freaked out about the produce, constantly wondering what’s on it.  (yeah I know – various pesticides) – that’s gotten me off store-bought veggies.

I won’t even buy anything from the meat counter.  Images of cattle, pigs and chickens strung up on assembly line processing conveyors – not to mention how they are raised and what they are fed and them what they are injected with prior to slaughter – scares the crap out of me.

Who are we really supposed to trust?  Can we truly put our faith IN organics?  What about GMO contamination?

We’re supposed to be able to trust the government’s agencies to protect us from unscrupulous food practices but it’s been shown in the past that they can’t even do THIS job effectively.  The FDA is like an old toothless dog. It can’t bite back or even look threatening because of Washington’s lobbyists from Big Food.  As far as I am concerned, the FDA is a waste of time. The USDA is in the same class with the FDA – another toothless wonder mired in bribes and bullshit.  Forget the EPA, too.  They’ve backpedaled on their share of protective efforts – all because of the money in Washington.  This is sickening.

Yeah – I’m feeling kind of hopeless right now.  Scared too, because what are we supposed to do?  The food industry has us by the balls and in the article below by Eric Schlosser, it seems things haven’t gotten any better.

I’m wondering what or what NOT to eat next.  Sometimes I wish I still was ignorant about all of this;  could go back 10 years and not know what I know about food.

The only thing I can do is keep reading labels, trying to limit my intake of suspect foods (which right at the moment is ALL of them!)  and keep passing on information to you in hopes that it makes you more aware. Perhaps you, too, will want to add your voice to the maddening crowd.

RELATED:

10 Years After Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser reflects


Antibacterial Soaps Not Necessary

Antibacterial soaps have been the rage for years.

Antibacterial soaps have been the rage for years.

Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned soap and water?

Antibacterial anything has been the rage for years.

Personally I’ve stayed away from antibacterial stuff. It never seemed like it made much sense: soap naturally kills germs.  Why do I need yet another chemical IN my soap, IN my life?

Germaphobic parents scarf up bottles of antibacterial soap with the notion that they are forming a protective chain around their children and family.

Triclosan, a common ingredient in most antibacterial soaps, may not be such a hot idea to use consistently. Currently the FDA is taking another look at triclosan. They are considering a mandate that requires manufacturers to prove that soaps containing triclosan are of a benefit.

According to recent studies, this may be a long shot. Reports say that triclosan resistance from continued use of antibacterial soaps is making some bacteria immune to the effects of the supposed antibacterial benefits.

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Furthermore, some strains of samonella (Salmonella enterica) have repeatedly tested drug resistant to antibiotics because of repeated exposure to triclosan. As many as 56% of tested human and animal isolates were found to be multi-drug resistant to antibiotics.

The use of antibacterial soaps is compounding the problem of antibiotic resistance. With over-prescribing of antibiotics, plus the use of antibiotic compounds in our meat supply, adding ingredients like  increased triclosan use is sending our immune and hormonal systems into a tailspin.

A report in the Oxford Medical Journals states:  “Studies have shown that soaps containing triclosan within the range of concentrations commonly used (0.1%–0.45% wt/vol) were no more effective than plain soap at preventing infectious illness symptoms and reducing bacterial levels on the hands. Several laboratory studies demonstrated evidence of triclosan-adapted cross-resistance to antibiotics among different species of bacteria.”

So, Grandma was right!  Wash your hands – with plain soap and water!

RELATED:

http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/Supplement_2/S137.long


Is Your House Making You Sick?

Skull-cossbonesDo you live in a new house? Have you recently gutted your house and added “all new” components?  If so, you may have unwittingly exposed yourself and your family to an onslaught of chemicals. Neurotoxins, carcinogens, hormone mimics and reproductive hormone disruptors are but a few of the chemicals in building products.   Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in many construction products.  It, like all the other components in your “new” house or furniture, “outgasses:” evaporates into the surroundings.  You are constantly being exposed to a myriad of chemicals.

Carpet backing and carpet padding, fire retardants in materials,formaldehyde in glues, coatings:  the list goes on and on. Arsenic is another common ingredient in wood preservatives (think building products like pressure treated wood and composites).  Glycol ethers are used in paint, solvents and – no surprise here:  cosmetics!

Vinyl chloride is used in copolymers which are used in sealants, lubricants, plastic,  and that TEFLON coating that your cookware is made out of!  Yes — every time you turn on your stove and cook something in that pan you are ingesting chemicals along with your food.

Childhood asthma:  it’s on the rise.  Studies suspect that it’s from the continuous exposure to indoor chemicals as well as chemicals in personal care products, clothing and things that children are exposed to every day.

In-utero exposure to chemicals has been shown in thousands of published studies.   For a rebuttal to those in the scientific community who see no correlation – or who are in the pockets of the chemical industry, a report published in the journal of The Endocinre Society, play out a very serious concern encompassing studies over past decades.  The article is only a page long – an interesting read and well worth it.

RELATED:

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/polymer-based-products-you-use-every-day.htm

http://www.ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors

http://endo.endojournals.org/content/early/2013/09/18/en.2013-1854.full.pdf+html


Sevin Dust Illegal in Many Countries: Top Seller in U.S.

While Americans sprinkle Sevin dust around their yards like sugar, it is banned in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Iran and Angola.  These countries are not convinced, as the United States is, that Sevin dust is safe.

The U.K. Chemicals Directorate Division of the Health and Safety branch is not convinced enough that Sevin dust is safe.  Because of the effects of ingestion, that’s EATING the stuff, folks, after you douse your vegetable garden with it — has been proven to cause cancer.

DO NOT USE THIS STUFF INDOORS ~or~ ON YOUR PETS!

Now the reason I am sounding off again on Sevin dust is because on this site, it is the #1 search term.  I should change the site name to SEVIN DUST is Icky or something like that.  Well, that’s the truth because it is!

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens, but illegal in many countries.

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens, but illegal in many countries.

On a more serious side, continuous inhalation of Sevin dust can cause pneumoconiosis, more commonly referred to as “Black Lung Disease,” which is routinely found in coal miners, but the indication is also prominent in those who work in certain manufacturing industries. Pneumoconiosis causes hardening of the air sacs in the lungs caused from inflammation. Complications of pneumoconiosis include:  heart failure, lung cancer, respiratory failure.

Pregnant women should avoid exposure to Sevin dust because it can cause fetal abnormalities:  cardio and pulmonary, nervous system development, spontaneous abortion, ADD in their child and a host of other difficulties. Additionally, women whose pregnancies fall between the months of highest Sevin applications – May and September – have the highest instances of fetal distress in development.

Read my other posts on Sevin dust:

Sevin Dust is NOT Your Garden Friend

Sevin Dust: Why Grow Vegetables & Put POISON On Them?


Poison for This Country – Gun Violence

Poison for this country: gun violence.

Poison for this country: gun violence.

Since the horrific gun deaths of the 20 children in Newtown, on my other blog here on WordPress, “A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing,”   I have been on a crusade to end gun violence.

I’ve written an article which is posted both on my blog and on the Reader Supported News site.  The piece is titled:  “The Other Gun Deaths: Black-On-Black Gun Deaths In The Inner City.”  It has gotten over 1,000 hits.

Why am I writing about guns on a food blog?

Violence is poison, just like the chemicals and poison that surrounds us on a daily basis.

Violence is insidious, too, just like the poison of lawn chemicals, artificial food additives, cleaning products and GMOs.  Like these poisons, it steals our lives, creates hatred, resentment and the poison of a need for revenge.

I have one request to all my faithful readers:  Please go to this LINK

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/dont-let-nra-hold-country-hostage-gun-control/LrncYgsT

and anonymously sign the White House Petition.  It will only take a minute of your time.

Then I ask that you post it on your Facebook page, Tweet it and send it out in your e-mails to friends.

The petition NEEDS 150 votes to be “public” on the White House site. It needs 25,000 signatures to get to the President’s desk.  Can you do this for me?

I am only going to ask once.

In my activist stance, not only the fight for food is important but for the safety of our families from gun violence.

As I have said time and time again —  WE THE PEOPLE — must stand up and speak out.

SILENCE IS ACCEPTANCE


If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!

wrningAmericans apply approximately 75 MILLION POUNDS of lawn care products annually; pesticides and insecticides used on your lawn  around your home.  They include ROUND-UP, Scott’s Weed and Feed, Sevin Dust, Bug B Gon, Triazicide, Spectricide, Ortho, Bayer products, Azatrine (2-4-D) which is a component in Agent Orange, Scott’s Winterizer and many others.  They are POISON and studies have proven the following:

  • There is NO safe ‘chemical’ pesticide or herbicide
  • Are known carcinogens (cause cancer)
  • Are hormone and endocrine system disruptors.
  • All are neurotoxins –  meaning toxic to the brain, causing brain cell death and affecting brain function.
  • Recent studies show pesticides to be a direct cause of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, ALS and other neurological disorders & shrinkage of the brain.
  • Can be passed from pregnant mother to fetus causing birth defects or abortion
  • Cause allergic reactions
  • Children are especially susceptible to neurological damage, increased rates of cancer, ADD, asthma, development of allergies from exposure to lawn chemicals and pesticides.
  • If you have a well and use lawn chemicals you are poisoning your own water.
  • Pesticides and chemicals applied by lawn services have heavier application rates than for agriculture!
  • Golf courses use millions of pounds of herbicides & pesticides and with heavy watering, contribute to groundwater contamination.
  • Electric companies, railroads and municipalities also contribute to environmental & groundwater pollution with herbicide spraying of right-of-ways, parks, rail and roadsides.  Corporations also use these chemicals around their buildings to keep their lawns weed free. The list is endless!
  • Will make your pets ill, predisposing them to cancer and a host of other diseases.
  • Runoff from suburban lawns does not dissipate.  Instead it persists in the environment for decades.
  • Catch basins in urban areas and ponds, streams and lakes in rural areas – and finally, the ocean, are all polluted by pesticides and lawn care chemicals.
  • Each time you use lawn care products or pesticides you WILL kill beneficial insects such as earthworms, bees, butterflies, praying mantises as well as birds, frogs and other mammals.  This will be from either direct contact (bees and insects) or indirect (birds or other wildlife) or from water runoff.  Birds will eat chemicals that are in pelletized form thinking it’s food.
  • Honeybee colony collapse is directly related to the use of pesticides over the past 50 years.
  • Insects have developed a resistance to these chemicals as have weeds.  Manufacturers have to develop stronger chemicals or mix them with older ones which haven’t been in use recently.
  • Pesticides and insecticides don’t just ‘go away’.  Some stay in the soil for long periods of time – years!
  • Children, because of their developing brains, muscles, bones – have a tenfold exposure over adults.
  • Women pregnant from May to September have highest risks of birth defects for their unborn child if they are exposed to pesticides and lawn care products.
  • Pesticide drift from wind and rains can bring chemicals on your property and into your home.
  • Of the 30 most commonly used pesticides
    • 19 are linked with cancer
    • 13 linked with birth defects
    • 21 with reproductive effects
    • 26 with liver or kidney damage
    • 15 neurotoxicity
    • 11 with endocrine (hormone) disruption
    • 17 are found in groundwater
    • 23 have the ability TO leach into groundwater
    • 11 are toxic to bees
    • 16 are toxic to birds

You have to ask yourself:

  • Is it WORTH IT to have the ideal ‘golf course’ lawn, an insect-free yard or perfect vegetables – to put my family and pets and even my neighbors at risk for a premature death from cancer,  increased chances of neurological, reproductive disorders or organ failure or allergies years from now?  Is it WORTH IT to expose my family, even those not yet born, to an uncertain fate from exposure to chemicals which is not even necessary?

 

My answer to that would be NO!  What would yours be?

Further reading:

http://www.panna.org/your-health/home-pets-garden

http://www.panna.org/sites/default/files/Pets_Action_Guide.pdf

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/lawn/factsheets/30health.pdf