ANH-USA Submits Formal Comments on FDA’s Latest Attempt to Ban the Natural Form of a B Vitamin


July 29, 2014

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We have been telling you about the FDA’s latest sneak attempt to ban another B vitamin—natural folate. Folate is the naturally occurring form of the water-soluble vitamin B9. It is found in foods such as black-eyed peas, chickpeas and other beans, lentils, spinach, turnip greens, asparagus, avocado, and broccoli, and is also currently available as a supplement. According to the FDA’s 109-page proposed guidance, the word “folate” will be banned from the Supplement Fact labels, and only the term “folic acid” will be allowed. Since it would be fraudulent for the supplement to list synthetic folic acid among its ingredients but to use natural folate instead, this is a backdoor way of banning folate.

This week, ANH-USA, together with the Organic Consumers Association and the Weston A. Price Foundation, have submitted formal comments to the FDA. Our comments contain forty pages of analysis. The scientific analysis was done by our scientific director, Dr. Robert A. Verkerk, who is also the executive and scientific director of ANH International; the legal analysis was done by Ze’eva Kushner Banks, ANH-USA’s staff attorney, and Gretchen DuBeau, Esq., ANH-USA’s executive and legal director. The legal analysis is important, because it will lay the groundwork for future legal action if FDA does not heed our concerns.

In our comments, we explain how banning the word “folate” and allowing only the term “folic acid” will have a number of dire consequences:

  • Many individuals have a genetic defect that prevents them from producing the enzymes needed to convert synthetic folic acid into the active form of the B vitamin that our bodies need. This includes up to 44% of North American Caucasians and over 50% of Italians, and over 90% of patients who are predisposed to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and autism.
  • The new rule is illegal for a variety of reasons. For example, by treating those who cannot convert folic acid properly and banning the supplemental folate that would otherwise be available to them, the FDA is violating the Equal Protection clause.
  • Supplement companies currently using dietary folate in their products will either be forced to remove the ingredient or incorrectly label the folate ingredient as “folic acid.” Not only would they knowingly mislead their customers. They would also risk enforcement action for misbranding or false advertising under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C). Moreover, the rule fails to advance the FDA’s interest in encouraging truthful labeling and helping consumers maintain healthy dietary practices. By limiting what ingredients can be mentioned on a label, the FDA may also be violating the First Amendment.

In our comments, we also address the fact that the FDA set the Daily Values for most vitamins and minerals far too low and, as we reported recently, the changes of unit of measure are also problematic. These concerns feed into the public policy argument: because amending the labeling regulations has a major impact on every consumer, the FDA’s new labeling scheme should address, and attempt to correct, the substantial nutritional deficiencies most Americans now face. Proper nutrient recommendations could also have an impact on the nation’s obesity levels and other poor health choices; not addressing them means our economy will continue to be seriously burdened by costly, chronic health problems.

On June 26, ANH-USA attended the FDA’s public meeting on the nutrition and supplement fact panel, and we were the only organization to bring up the folate provision or to discuss the impact of the low daily values and the changes of the units of measure. There were a number of Big Food groups represented at the public meeting—the National Confectioners Association, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), etc. Their biggest concern was the provision that would reveal added sugars on labels. For example, sugar found in an apple would be considered “naturally occurring,” but agave—a sweetener isolated from cactus— would be considered an “added sugar” and would have to be listed as a subsection of total sugars). This is one of the few actual improvements in the new labeling rule.

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3 common ways nutrients are being destroyed in your food


 Sunday, July 27, 2014

by: Derek Henry

(NaturalNews) One of the greatest concerns with the food supply today is the toxicity and lack of nutrients. This begins with the seed, then the soil it is planted in, followed by the treatment it receives during its growth phase. But if that wasn’t enough, a further degradation of food takes place between the harvest and the plate. These are the three most prominent ways.

Processing

The most commonly eaten and most processed food category is arguably the grains. They often undergo a process that leaves them with a fraction of the nutritional value than when they were initially harvested in order to produce many types of flour products.

To begin this process, the highly nutritious, sprout-able bran and the husk that has the fiber are removed leaving only the light yellow endosperm, which is virtually all starch with very little nutritional value and a high glycemic index rating.

Following that, in order to bypass the aging process and add shelf life, as well as keep the clean white color, the endosperm is crushed and treated with chlorides to make it instantly white. A byproduct of that process is alloxan, which is used to induce diabetes in lab animals for medical testing.

What is left is a food that has a mere remnant of its original nutrient value.

Heating

Another way the nutrients in food are destroyed is through heating. Various phytonutrients, enzymes, probiotics, and vitamins do no survive the heating process, which depletes the food of these life-promoting nutrients.

One heating process that takes place prior to food making it to the store is pasteurization. This is commonly done with dairy products in order to remove any rogue bacteria that may be present during the harvesting process. Unfortunately, once it is pasteurized, it has removed all delicate and beneficial nutrients like enzymes and good bacteria, which are crucial for proper digestion and health.

Another very common practice is cooking foods in ovens and on stovetops at high temperatures for extended periods of time, which results in the destruction of various nutrients.

Finally, microwaving is the worst way to cook food because they excite the water molecules inside whatever you are cooking, causing heat to be formed from the inside out. This results in a cell-by-cell nuking of the food causing near-total molecular decomposition of the vitamins and phytonutrients that promote disease.
This leaves microwaved food almost completely dead, leaving nothing but empty calories, fiber, and minerals. Virtually every vitamin and phytonutrient content has been destroyed.

Irradiation

This process exposes food to radioactive materials, such as cesium-137 and cobalt-60, to kill insects, bacteria, molds, and fungi, prevent sprouting, and extend shelf life.

Unfortunately, foods that have been irradiated lose much of their nutritional value. Irradiation can destroy between 5 and 80 percent of vitamins and nutrients found in a variety of foods including essential vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and K. As an example, irradiated eggs lose 80 percent of vitamin A and orange juice loses 48 percent of beta-carotene.

Although the heating and irradiation process are often done by governmental organizations to reduce the number of food borne illnesses, it has indirectly created a policy that increases the number of people killed by infections and chronic disease due to destruction of probiotics, enzymes, and other nutrients that help the body resist and destroy infection in the body.

The bottom line is that the more whole, raw, and fresh the food consumed, the healthier the immune and detoxification systems that destroy such harmful pathogens.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.naturalnews.com/028578_grains_health.html

http://www.naturalnews.com

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About the author:
Derek Henry, B.Kin, is a highly revered holistic health coach and world renowned natural health blogger who created Healing the Body to help people understand the fundamental principles to exceptional health so they can overcome their own health challenges.

His popular Wellness Transformation E-Guide and Ultimate Reset coaching program gives people step by step solutions to achieve a healthier body and mind, while empowering them to maintain that lifestyle through a fundamental education based on the 4 pillars of true health.

If you would like to learn more about what he can do holistically to improve your health, or simply want to be a part of an authentic health care system that delivers tangible results, check out his popular free health program consultation.

Russia taking McDonald’s to court, threatens countrywide shutdown


Sunday, July 27, 2014

by: Lance Johnson

(NaturalNews) The scary-looking clown named Ronald McDonald and his minions are going to court.

Russia, which has already denounced genetically modified food earlier this year, is now taking McDonald’s to court. A Moscow court recently announced that the fast food chain has violated Russia’s nutrition and safety codes for many of its burger and ice cream products.

The case is set to be heard at Tverskoi District Court. Russian health officials are already threatening to place a temporary ban on McDonald’s ice cream, milkshakes, cheeseburgers, and Filet-O-Fish and chicken sandwiches. A hearing is scheduled for August 13.

Safety of the entire McDonald’s fast food chain called into question by Russian health officials

The Interfax news agency reported that Russia’s consumer protection agency has identified several product quality violations that have called into question the safety and integrity of the entire McDonald’s food chain. The McDonald’s products under question contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by Russia’s health-conscious regulations.

Inspections at two McDonald’s restaurants in Novgorod found that caloric values of milk shakes, fish sandwiches and Royal Cheeseburgers (the Russian equivalent of Quarter Pounders) exceeded safety standards, harboring two to three times more calories per serving than legally allowed.

This means that the court could temporarily shut down all of McDonald’s operations in Russia. A spokesperson for the Tverskoi District Court, Yekaterina Korotova, didn’t comment on the matter but relayed that the consumer protection agency is demanding that the court “halt McDonald’s illegal activity.”

Will Russia push McDonald’s out of their country for good?

Big Mac bun is nothing close to real bread

While calorie, fat and carbohydrate levels of McDonald’s food measure through the roof, it’s what the food is made out of that should be most troubling to consumers.

For example, a Big Mac bun is not real bread but, instead, a mixture of bleached wheat, malted barley flour, thiamin mononitrate and fake vitamin enrichments. This enriched flour is mixed with the biotech industry’s usual flavor science of high-fructose corn syrup and soybean and canola oil. A couple of ammonia compounds like ammonium sulfate and ammonium chloride are added along with dangerous conditioners like azodicarbonamide, which is outlawed in some countries. McDonald’s also preserves its buns using sorbic acid, calcium propionate and sodium propionate, while conditioning the dough further by using ingredients like sodium stearoyl lactylate, DATEM and mono- and diglycerides. To finish it off, the bread concoction is riddled with salt, sugar, wheat gluten and soy lecithin.

And this is only the McDonald’s buns.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.mcdonalds.com

http://www.nytimes.com

http://money.msn.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
Lance Johnson is a passionate learner, researcher, writer, and entre-health-leader. He and his wife have launched an all natural products movement from the ground up at www.allnaturalfreespirit.com.

E-Cigarette Liquid Now Available In Concentrations That Can Kill Young Children


Note: No mention here of the possible carcinogenic side effects of propylene glycol, and there hasn’t been sufficient time for long term toxicity study’s. IMHO the jury is still out on the safety of e-cigs….
Government regulators are pondering what levels are safe for sale.

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E-cigarette juice—the liquid that’s sold to fill Big Tobacco’s newest way to hook a new generation of tobacco users—is so toxic it could “kill a sizeable number of kindergartners,” two Stanford University researchers have told federal regulators.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns on its website that a fatal human dose [of nicotine] has been estimated to be about 50 to 60 mg. for a 150-pound adult,” Stanford’s Maya Ben-Efraim and Robert Jackler wrote in detailed comments to the Food and Drug Administration. “The lethal dose in a child is a small fraction of this.”

“Electronic cigarette liquid (ejuice) is available in a variety of nicotine strengths ranging as high as 36 mg/ml and even 54 mg/ml,” they wrote. “This volume of concentrated nicotine is sufficient to kill a sizeable number of kindergarteners.”

The FDA is now writing rules to regulate electronic cigarettes. This process has seen some of the most intense tobacco industry lobbying in years. On some issues, the White House has sided with the industry, such as approving online sale. On the other side are academics who have documented the industry’s long practice of gearing its addictive products toward youths and using advertising to hook new generations of users.

The sale of e-cigarettes is the biggest industry development in this regard in years. The tobacco industry has found ways to blend nicotine extracts with flavors—many of which resemble candy and ice cream—in combination with advertising efforts, the Stanford researchers said.

“Super high nicotine concentrations are available in youth appeals flavors such as Peppermint Party, Banana Split, Marshmellow, Tutti Fruti Gumballs, My Birthday Cake, Carnival Cotton Candy, Totally Toffee, Strawberrylicious, Chocolate and Energy Drink,” the Stanford researchers wrote in their comments to the FDA. “These e-liquids are marketed online with bright and colorful images and dispensed in similarly colorful bottles. It is quite evident that these are designed to appeal to teens. The numerous sweet flavored variety are also attractive to younger children.”

The reseachers noted that the nicotine concentrations sold are far stronger than cigarettes.

“Marlboro has 0.92 mg. nicotine per cigarette,” they said. “A 10 cc bottle of 36 mg/ml chocolate e-liquid has the nicotine equivalent of 391 cigarettes.”

Addtionally, using vaporizers to ingest the flavored tobacco “also dramatically [has] increased the volume of vapor inhaled per puff, which further increases potential nicotine absorption,” the wrote. “The large clouds of exhaled vapor raises the risk of secondhand nicotine exposure.”

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America’s retirement crisis, the low-wage economy, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of “Count My Vote: A Citizen’s Guide to Voting” (AlterNet Books, 2008).

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12 Facts About Microwaves That Should Forever Terminate Their Use


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Flickr - Microwave - AndYaDontStopMarco Torres, Prevent Disease
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Are microwaves a benign bastion of convenience or a sinister contributor to biological and nutritional damage? A growing percentage of people are now heeding the advice of holistic health experts and disposing of their microwaves due to the dangers of microwaved food. Regardless of where you stand, humans are the only animals on the planet who destroy the nutritional value of their food before eating it, and the use of microwaves is no exception.

Microwaves are a source of electromagnetic energy (a form of nonionizing form of radiation) electronically generated. When penetrating the aliments, they trigger an inner rotation of the water molecules inside the food. This rotation triggers a friction between the molecules and the result is a rapid growth in temperature.

Microwaves use super-fast particles to literally radiate the contents of water inside food and bring it to boil. Not only has microwave use been linked to causing infertility in men, but it also denatures many of the essential proteins in the food making them virtually indigestible.

Most animals will only consume food in its natural, unprocessed state, but humans actually go out of their way to render food nutritionally worthless before eating it. Think about all the prepackaged and processed foods we purchase and consume annually. It’s no wonder the state of our health is in dire straits.

Microwave ovens work physically, biochemically and physiologically, producing ions and various free radicals, which destroy viruses and bacteria, but not toxins and microtoxins. The experts have concluded that food cooked in microwaves loses between 60% and 90% of its vital energy and, at the same time, the structural disintegration processes accelerates. Also, the nutrient substances are altered, leading to digestive diseases. These microwaves can increase both the number of cancerous cells in blood and the number of stomach and intestinal cancerous cells.

Microwaves leaking radiation is a serious issue. Serious enough for the FDA to set legal limits on the leakage permitted by every microwave manufacturer. However, the only way to completely eliminate the radiation dangers associated with microwaves is not to use one. Microwave radiation has been known to cause cataracts, birth defects, cancer and other serious illnesses.

Because of these causes the microwave ovens were banned in the Soviet Union in 1976. Soviet scientists found that the microwave exposure decreases the ability of some vitamins to by absorbed by the human body, dramatically accelerates the structural disintegration of all foods and reduces the metabolic stress of the alkaloids, glycosides and galactoses.

.In 1991, the Swiss Doctor Hans Ulrich Hertel made a study that demonstrated that cooking or heating food presents much greater risks for health than the traditionally cooked food. He found that people who ate microwave prepared food recorded losses in the hemoglobines and lymphoites.

In 2003, a Spanish governmental study elaborated in Murcia demonstrated that the vegetables and fruits cooked in a microwave lost a percentage of 97% of the substances that contribute to reducing the incidence of coronary heart diseases.

In Dr. Lita Lee’s book, Health Effects of Microwave Radiation — Microwave Ovens, and in the March and September 1991 issues of Earthletter, she stated that every microwave oven leaks electro-magnetic radiation, harms food, and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and carcinogenic products.

In Comparative Study of Food Prepared Conventionally and in the Microwave Oven, published by Raum & Zelt in 1992, at 3(2): 43, it states:

“Artificially produced microwaves, including those in ovens, are produced from alternating current and force a billion or more polarity reversals per second in every food molecule they hit. Production of unnatural molecules is inevitable. Naturally occurring amino acids have been observed to undergo isomeric changes (changes in shape morphing) as well as transformation into toxic forms, under the impact of microwaves produced in ovens.”

There are no atoms, molecules or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any extended period of time, not even in the low energy range of milliwatts. Microwaves quickly destroy the delicate molecules of vitamins and phytonutrients (plant medicines) naturally found in foods. One study showed that microwaving vegetables destroys up to 97% of the nutritional content (vitamins and other plant-based nutrients that prevent disease, boost immune function and enhance health).

Dr. Hertel was the first scientist to conceive and carry out a quality clinical study on the effects microwaved nutrients have on the blood and physiology of the human body. His small but well controlled study showed the degenerative force produced in microwave ovens and the food processed in them. The scientific conclusion showed that microwave cooking changed the nutrients in the food; and, changes took place in the participants’ blood that could cause deterioration in the human system. Hertel’s scientific study was done along with Dr. Bernard H. Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry.

12 Enumerated Effects of Microwaves

1. A breakdown of the human “life-energy field” in those who were exposed to microwave ovens while in operation, with side-effects to the human energy field of increasingly longer duration;

2. A degeneration of the cellular voltage parallels during the process of using the apparatus, especially in the blood and lymphatic areas;

3. A degeneration and destabilization of the external energy activated potentials of food utilization within the processes of human metabolism;

4. A degeneration and destabilization of internal cellular membrane potentials while transferring catabolic [metabolic breakdown] processes into the blood serum from the digestive process;

5. Degeneration and circuit breakdowns of electrical nerve impulses within the junction potentials of the cerebrum [the front portion of the brain where thought and higher functions reside];

6. A degeneration and breakdown of nerve electrical circuits and loss of energy field symmetry in the neuroplexuses [nerve centers] both in the front and the rear of the central and autonomic nervous systems;

7. Loss of balance and circuiting of the bioelectric strengths within the ascending reticular activating system [the system which controls the function of consciousness];

.8. A long term cumulative loss of vital energies within humans, animals and plants that were located within a 500-meter radius of the operational equipment;

9. Long lasting residual effects of magnetic “deposits” were located throughout the nervous system and lymphatic system;

10. A destabilization and interruption in the production of hormones and maintenance of hormonal balance in males and females;

11. Markedly higher levels of brainwave disturbance in the alpha, theta, and delta wave signal patterns of persons exposed to microwave emission fields, and;

12. Because of this brainwave disturbance, negative psychological effects were noted, including loss of memory, loss of ability to concentrate, suppressed emotional threshold, deceleration of intellective processes, and interruptive sleep episodes in a statistically higher percentage of individuals subjected to continual range emissive field effects of microwave apparatus, either in cooking apparatus or in transmission stations.

Take a look around you at every person that still uses a microwave. The largest majority are unhealthy and overweight. The more you use the microwave, the worse your nutritional state gets, and the more likely you are to be diagnosed with various diseases and put on pharmaceuticals which, of course, will create other health problems that lead to a grand spiraling nosedive of health.

Of all the natural substances — which are polar — the oxygen of water molecules reacts most sensitively. This is how microwave cooking heat is generated — friction from this violence in water molecules. Structures of molecules are torn apart, molecules are forcefully deformed, called structural isomerism, and thus become impaired in quality. This is contrary to conventional heating of food where heat transfers convectionally from without to within. Cooking by microwaves begins within the cells and molecules where water is present and where the energy is transformed into frictional heat.

The following is a summary of the Russian investigations published by the Atlantis Raising Educational Center in Portland, Oregon:

- Microwaving prepared meats sufficiently to insure sanitary ingestion caused formation of d-Nitrosodienthanolamines, a well-known carcinogen.

- Microwaving milk and cereal grains converted some of their amino acids into carcinogens.

- Thawing frozen fruits converted their glucoside and galactoside containing fractions into carcinogenic substances.

- Extremely short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens.

- Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants, especially root vegetables.

Russian researchers also reported a marked acceleration of structural degradation leading to a decreased food value of 60 to 90% in all foods tested. Among the changes observed were:

- Deceased bio-availability of vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotropics factors in all food tested.

- Various kinds of damaged to many plant substances, such as alkaloids, glucosides, galactosides and nitrilosides.

According to Dr. Lee, changes are observed in the blood chemistries and the rates of certain diseases among consumers of microwaved foods. The symptoms above can easily be caused by the observations shown below. The following is a sample of these changes:

a.. Lymphatic disorders were observed, leading to decreased ability to prevent certain types of cancers.
b.. An increased rate of cancer cell formation was observed in the blood.
c.. Increased rates of stomach and intestinal cancers were observed.
d.. Higher rates of digestive disorders and a gradual breakdown of the systems of elimination were observed.

Decrease in Food Value

Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritive value of all foods researched. The following are the most important findings:

.1. A decrease in the bioavailability [capability of the body to utilize the nutriment] of B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotropics in all foods;

2. A loss of 60-90% of the vital energy field content of all tested foods;

3. A reduction in the metabolic behavior and integration process capability of alkaloids [organic nitrogen based elements], glucosides and galactosides, and nitrilosides;

4. A destruction of the nutritive value of nucleoproteins in meats;

5. A marked acceleration of structural disintegration in all foods.

How Do You Heat Your Food The Healthy Way

This is kind of a misnomer because there is truthfully, with perhaps the exception of dehydration, no way to heat food and maintain its structural and nutritional value. However, gently heating food in a cast iron pan over the stove may be the healthiest alternative to nuking it. This is the old fashioned way and it never failed our ancestors.

Toss that microwave and strive to consume at least half of your diet from raw foods, that is a huge step in the right direction to maintain their nutritional value. My mother always used to tell me that if food comes from a package, or has to be heated to be eaten, there’s a good a chance it’s low in nutrition. She was right for the most part, so keep that in mind when venturing the aisles at the grocery.

About the Author

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

Sources:
eutimes.net
hungerforhealth.com

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Food poisoning scandal: How chicken spreads campylobacter. The dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry


• Two-thirds of fresh retail chicken in UK contaminated with campylobacter
• Guardian findings prompt investigations at three major supermarkets
• Government shelves plans to name and shame suppliers

Felicity Lawrence, Andrew Wasley and Radu Ciorniciuc

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Sick chicken: what you need to know and what the government won’t tell you – video

Three of the UK’s leading supermarkets have launched emergency investigations into their chicken supplies after a Guardian investigation uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings in the poultry industry.

Undercover footage, photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers has revealed how strict industry hygiene standards to prevent the contamination of chicken with the potentially deadly campylobacter bug can be flouted on the factory floor and on farms.

Specific incidents identified in the last month include a factory floor flooded with chickens guts in which the bacteria can flourish, carcasses coming into contact with workers’ boots then returned to the production line and other poor practices involving points in the production chain that increase the risk of its spread.
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The evidence prompted Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer to launch emergency investigations into their chicken sources over the last week.

The concern centres on the bacteria campylobacter, which at the last count was present in two-thirds of British fresh chicken sold in the UK. Although the bug is killed by thorough cooking, around 280,000 people in the UK are currently made ill each year by it and 100 people are thought to die. Contamination rates are known to have increased in the past decade.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA), however, decided on Wednesday to shelve a promise to name and shame supermarkets and processors for their campylobacter rates. The climbdown comes after “push-back” from industry and interventions from government departments.

One source said they had been told Number 10 had raised concerns about the communication of the results, fearing that they could provoke a food scare similar to that triggered when the former Conservative minister Edwina Currie warned that most of British eggs were contaminated with salmonella in 1988.

The Guardian’s five-month investigation uncovered a series of alleged hygiene failings in the chicken industry.

The allegations have been made against two of the largest UK poultry processors, 2 Sisters Food Group and Faccenda. They relate to two factories owned by 2 Sisters that supply fresh chicken and chicken for ready meals to Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, M&S, KFC and to farms and an abattoir owned by Faccenda, which supplies Asda and Nando’s.
Poultry offal piles up during a pump system failure at the 2 Sisters factory in Anglesey. Poultry offal piles up during a pump system failure at the 2 Sisters factory in Anglesey. Guardian

The allegations are that:

• Chickens which fall on to the floor have repeatedly been put back on to the production line at two 2 Sisters sites. They company denies this ever happens and says all chicken from the floor is correctly disposed of as waste.

• Breakdowns led to high-risk material – feathers, guts and offal – piling up for hours on separate occasions while production continued at a 2 Sisters factory in Wales. The company says they did not stop the line because they had to consider the welfare of chickens waiting in crates to be killed.

• Another breakdown led to the water in scald tanks at the same site not being cleaned for three days, so that around 250,000 birds passed through dirty water after slaughter. The company says this was an isolated incident that lasted only one day, bacteria counts were checked and were acceptable.

• According to a whistleblower chicken catcher, biosecurity rules to stop the spread of campylobacter in chicken sheds at Faccenda were regularly ignored by workers when he was employed there. Faccenda says this is not true and it has invested heavily in a highly trained and motivated workforce.

Campylobacter contamination has plagued the poultry industry for more than a decade and has got worse in that time.

The FSA ordered new tests for campylobacter amid worries that there had been no improvements in rates. Results were due in June, and as recently as March the FSA’s chief executive, Catherine Brown, publicly vowed to press ahead with “steely determination” despite push-back from industry.

On Wednesday, however, Brown asked the FSA board to reverse the previous decision to publish campylobacter results for named supermarkets and processors every quarter. The board heard that there were now concerns, not raised previously, that the sample size for one quarter’s data was insufficiently large to be statistically robust.

Brown insisted that the threat of exposing campylobacter results had made supermarkets and chicken processors take notice of the FSA’s concerns about contamination for the first time, but said the industry had not so far made the changes in production needed to reduce campylobacter on any scale.

“Time is upon us for everyone to work out how they are going to stump up money to make the interventions on [the production] line,” she told the meeting.

The eight members of the board were divided on the proposals, leaving the chairman and former president of the National Farmers’ Union, Tim Bennett, to use his casting vote to quash the plans to name companies for the moment. They are looking at separate proposals to urgently increase the testing of retail chicken.

Steve Wearne, director of policy at the FSA, said ahead of the board meeting: “Other government departments have reflected to us concerns which are the same as those we’ve heard directly from retailers and producers. We’re not letting the industry off the hook. We’ll publish all the names when we’ve completed [the survey] next summer.

“If we publish the results piecemeal, other people might draw unwarranted conclusions from partial data and we don’t want consumers being misled or confused.”

Erik Millstone, a food safety professor at Sussex University, condemned the board’s decision. “In the last few years the Food Standards Agency has been under a great deal of pressure from the government and the food industry to ensure that it only provides reassuring messages, and especially that it should say nothing that could provoke any ‘food scares’,” he said. “But the FSA was created to protect consumers, not to protect the food industry, or to give ministers a quiet time. This decision shows that its independence is entirely illusory.”

The executive director of Which? magazine, Richard Lloyd, said: “The Guardian’s investigation raises serious concerns. Tackling campylobacter has to become a much bigger priority for supermarkets and their suppliers as it is responsible for thousands of cases of food poisoning and the deaths of 100 people every year. It’s therefore disappointing that the FSA has gone back on its commitment to publish in full the quarterly data on the levels of campylobacter in supermarket chickens, when it is clearly in the public interest to do so. The FSA must put consumers first and operate more transparently than this.”

The campylobacter story

Campylobacter Campylobacter is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK. Photograph: Alamy

Although the public are mostly unaware of it, the scale of campylobacter contamination and the number of people it makes ill each year have been well-known among industry bosses, retail directors and government officials for more than a decade. The annual cost to the economy is a staggering £900m, making a significant dent in the £3.3bn the poultry industry claims to contribute to Britain’s GDP. Up to 80% of campylobacter infections are attributable to contaminated poultry.

The points in the chicken production chain at which contamination occurs are clearly understood, but during the past decade the picture has got worse. In 2003 the FSA reported that 56% of chicken on sale was infected. By 2008 that had increased to 65%.

The decision over whether to name and shame the industry is a vexed one. The stakes are high – consumers are likely to shun poultry in supermarkets with the worst scores. Cleaning up would require money, experts say, and poultry firms and retailers are locked in to an economic structure of their own making in their race to produce the cheapest possible chicken.
In the factory

The Guardian has investigated the weak links in the chicken chain, gathering material from undercover film, photographic evidence and whistleblowers.

Just last month – on a not untypical day, according to sources – at a vast chicken abattoir in Anglesey owned by the UK’s largest poultry company, 2 Sisters Food Group, something of the nature of the problem is revealed. Tesco, M&S and Asda are among the customers for chicken for ready meals supplied from this site.

The pump system has broken down again, and the channel that is supposed to drain away the innards from the tens of thousands of chickens killed and processed each day for supermarket orders has been blocked for a prolonged period. Guts and offal extracted during a process called evisceration are piling up to form a gory heap of high-risk material. The floor around is wet with blood. Campylobacter is carried in the guts and faeces of chickens and evisceration is one of the key points in the processing chain at which contamination occurs.

“That’s unbelievable, it just shouldn’t be allowed to happen,” said Ron Spellman, the director general of EWFC, which represents meat inspectors across the EU, when we showed him pictures the Guardian had obtained of the incident that had been described to us. Spellman was a poultry inspector for 12 years.

“They should stop the line and clean up. But that costs money, and the process is generally run so hard and fast, if a line is down too long they don’t have enough hours in the day to fulfil their supermarket orders. And if they don’t meet orders, they lose the contract.”

In Spellman’s view, the driving down of prices is a key part of the problem. “The supermarkets have got to have some responsibility because they push harder and harder on price. There is this perception that supermarkets somehow keep the industry honest and hygienic, but what we’ve seen is that it doesn’t work,” he said.

Modern poultry processing is a production line business. Birds are hung upside down on a moving conveyor belt of shackles at the beginning of the abattoir, and in a sort of food Fordism, carried seamlessly through every stage from slaughter to washing, chilling, cutting and packing at high speeds. Large abattoirs typically run lines at a rate of 185 to 195 birds a minute, or nearly 12,000 an hour.

On the evisceration line, guts are scooped out by automated metal fists. Today’s chickens are bred to fatten fast to a standard 4lb (1.8kg) size in six weeks, but as units of production they are not as obligingly uniform as car parts. If the machine is not adjusted to different crops of birds as they come through, the metal fist can burst the guts, and then any campylobacter is automatically spread to bird after bird. Adjusting machinery or stopping the line to clean up takes time and costs money.

On a separate occasion last month in the same factory, workers witnessed another breakdown. Workers say these are repeated events. This time it was the pump feeding the flume of water that is supposed to carry feathers away from the plucking machines.

The defeathering machines are another high-risk point for campylobacter infection. Slaughtered birds pass first through a scald tank of warm water to loosen the feathers and then through a series of whirring rubber fingers which pull the feathers out. The feathers themselves can be contaminated with faeces, the fingers put pressure on the birds and can squeeze out more faecal matter, and the fingers can become impregnated with bacteria.

In the steamy atmosphere, campylobacter from the feathers can also become airborne. Removing the feathers promptly through the drains is a vital part of food safety, but the evidence provided to us suggests they had piled up for hours as production was allowed to continue at the Anglesey site.

Across the industry, the water in the scald tank is generally only changed once a day, so that by the end of a shift it can become a soup of chicken faeces and dirt. This used to be a high-risk point, but the water is now kept hot enough to kill bacteria. The foam that forms on the top, however, is cooler and bacteria can survive here, according to Spellman, with each bird passing through it as it goes on its way.
Scald tanks on the left with chicken debris on the floor. Photograph: Guardian Scald tanks on the left with chicken debris on the floor. Photograph: Guardian

At the Anglesey plant, sources told us of an occasion last month when there was another breakdown. They said the scald tank was left uncleaned for two nights, so that three days of fresh birds – more than 250,000 chickens – were processed through the same dirty water.

Our sources told us that managers were made aware of these different breakdowns, but said the lines must be kept running because they had to meet targets.

We asked 2 Sisters why the lines had not been stopped for cleaning when these incidents occurred. The company told us that it and the vets had to make difficult decisions when there were breakdowns in the evisceration, defeathering and scald tank parts of the line. These required weighing up contamination risk with the welfare of chickens waiting in crates to be slaughtered.

The company denied that the scald tank had gone uncleaned over three days of production, saying it was an isolated incident which lasted only a day, and that it had tested for bacteria counts at the time and found they were acceptable.

2 Sisters bought the Anglesey factory last year when it acquired the UK operations of the Dutch poultry group Vion. Despite being one of the largest meat processors in Europe, Vion had decided to leave the UK market altogether after years of extremely tough trading conditions.

The industry runs on slim margins from the retailers and main fast food companies. Making a profit depends on being able to process very large volumes. That has driven not just the speed of production but also the concentration of ownership. Just four companies account for most of the UK market.

The alleged repeated breakdown of good hygiene at Anglesey appears dramatic, but our investigation has found problems elsewhere that help account for the rate of campylobacter on our chicken.

We had been told by insider sources in several different factories that one reason campylobacter rates remain stubbornly high was that across the industry there was a gap between companies’ policies on good hygiene and auditing systems to check for it, and the reality on the factory floor during long shifts and intense production.
A chicken is thrown from the floor into a crate with other food chickens by a staff member

Our reporter went undercover to look for a job in a chicken factory to find out what it was really like. He found one at another 2 Sisters poultry factory in Scunthorpe. This site supplies Tesco, Sainsbury’s, KFC and Aldi among others.

He witnessed carcasses with traces of faecal contamination that had made it through to packing for sale. Insider sources with expertise in food safety have told us this is common across the industry and is even unavoidable given the way chicken is processed. 2 Sisters said this allegation did not “reflect reality” and that the company had strict controls on carcass contamination which would remove them from the food chain.

Workers are trained to bin any meat that falls on the floor, where it could be contaminated, but our reporter saw staff pick it up and recycle it in to the production line on repeated occasions when preparing orders.

In one episode of almost grotesque comedy, a carcass that had fallen on the floor was run over by a worker pushing a trolley of crates, before our reporter saw it eventually being scooped up and lobbed back into production by a supervisor who then wipes their hands on their coat rather than washing them. We do not know where the chicken ended up. He was told it was going to Birmingham, where the company has another plant that debones chickens and processes them.

Jamie Pritchard worked as a meat cutter at 2 Sisters’s Anglesey site last year before leaving to join another meat company. He says during his time there he too saw workers picking chickens off the floor and putting them back in to production instead of throwing them into the waste bins. When auditors were present, he said, this never happened and line speeds were slowed down.

“If there’d be a site audit everything would be absolutely perfect, the line would be running at the correct speed. The carcasses would be clean, there’d be no faeces inside, but on the days when there wasn’t an audit, things would pile up and drop on the floor. If there was a visitor, you’d be told to put them in the bin ‘for not fit for human consumption’. But on days when there wasn’t an audit, basically, just wipe it down and put it back on the line.”

Reviewing footage of the incidents at Scunthorpe for us, Spellman said they were unacceptable. Those incidents, he said, suggests a culture in the factory that does not care that it is producing human food.

2 Sisters denied this could have happened. The company said it had stringent procedures for handling meat that falls on the floor, and only a team of trained waste operatives is authorised to handle it so that it never goes for human consumption. In a statement, the company said: “The allegations about our processing sites at Scunthorpe and Llangefni [Anglesey] are untrue, misleading and inaccurate. Both sites have British Retail Consortium ‘A’ grade Food Standards certifications, based on a number of announced and unannounced visits. In addition, we and our customers carry out a number of audits of our operations. None of these audits have uncovered any concerns about our hygiene standards or food safety.

“Our Scunthorpe site has already surpassed the FSA’s 2013 targets to reduce campylobacter levels, and continues to work towards the 2015 target. We [have been] praised as sector-leading by the FSA .”

We asked the company what its campylobacter results were. It said that 61% of the Scunthorpe chickens in the FSA survey tested positive for campylobacter. It added that 37% were contaminated in the middle range of bacteria levels and 2% were heavily contaminated. Across the company, 19% of 2 Sisters chickens were heavily contaminated, its director of communications, Nick Murray, told us.
On the farm
Intensive poultry farms typically give each bird less floor space than the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Intensive poultry farms typically give each bird less floor space than the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Photograph: Getty Images/F1online RF

The trouble with campylobacter starts even earlier in the chain. One of the key risk points is on the farm.

Standard chickens are raised in large-scale industrial farms where as many as 40,000 birds may be reared at a time in “crops” that take around 42 days to reach slaughter weight. To maximise return on capital invested in floor space, it is common practice to overstock sheds with chicks at the beginning of the cycle and then send in teams of catchers to thin out some of the birds so that the rest of the chickens have just enough room to meet regulations on stocking densities as they grow to full slaughter weight. Each bird has less floor space than the size of an A4 sheet of paper.
Farmers typically overstock their sheds with chicks and thin some out after a few weeks. Source: library footage

When teams of chicken catchers go from farm to farm and enter the sheds, there is a high risk of cross contamination and flocks being colonised with campylobacter.

Strict rules on biosecurity are supposed to reduce the risk, and extra measures have been introduced in the last couple of years. By the end of 2013, however, they had had little impact, according to an FSA report. It suspected from research that they were not being followed consistently by producers.

Paul Sadler was employed by Faccenda, another of the UK’s largest poultry suppliers whose customers include Asda and Nando’s. Sadler worked there as a chicken catcher for almost 15 years until he left last year.

Sadler claims that supposedly strict processes were flawed and frequently flouted.

“As far as biosecurity [goes], they used to pay lip service, the emphasis [being] on trying to demonstrate that they complied with the legislation or good practice rather then actually following it. For example, they would have disinfectant baths outside each shed, which in principle, each catcher would dip their boots in before going from one shed to another. The problem was that baths were there and no one really used them.”

The Guardian has obtained internal Faccenda documents highlighting how the supply of birds can exceed capacity at the abattoir and how some end up stored in crates overnight. The FSA has identified stress during transport in crates as a danger point for campylobacter spread because the birds defecate more, spreading the bacteria.
Live chickens are typically transported in crates. Source: Guardian

Faccenda says it never plans to do this but has left birds overnight on 11 occasions this year because of mechanical problems. The chickens were, however, slaughtered within the regulation 12-hour maximum, the firm said.

Faccenda told us that the allegations about biosecurity lapses were untrue and that it had invested heavily in good wages and training to make sure staff were highly motivated to follow the rules. It added that it was playing a leading role in tackling campylobacter, working closely with the FSA, and had invested more than £1m in projects to reduce it.

We asked Faccenda for its FSA campylobacter results, but it said it had not yet been given them. The supermarkets and restaurant groups told us that they take the subject of campylobacter and hygiene very seriously, and that they would investigate our findings.

As recently as March, the FSA board said campylobacter was its top priority. It was adamant then that consumers had the right to know, as test results came in, which supermarkets and processors had the worst levels of contamination, so that they could vote with their feet and shop elsewhere. The FSA’s director of policy, Steve Wearne, told us that naming and shaming was necessary to make the industry take the issue and the agency seriously.

We asked him why the agency was letting the industry off the hook now.

“Other government departments have reflected to us concerns which are the same as those we’ve heard directly form retailers and producers. We’re not letting the industry off the hook. We’ll publish the results of the retail survey with all the names, when we’ve completed it next summer. If we publish the results piecemeal, other people might draw unwarranted conclusions from partial data and we don’t want consumer being misled or confused.”

The government knows which supermarkets’ poultry is most contaminated, but for now we remain in the dark, despite the fact that two out of every three chickens we buy could still make us ill.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: “The Guardian’s investigation raises serious concerns. Tackling campylobacter has to become a much bigger priority for supermarkets and their suppliers as it is responsible for thousands of cases of food poisoning and the deaths of 100 people every year.

“It’s therefore disappointing that the FSA has gone back on its commitment to publish in full the quarterly data on the levels of campylobacter in supermarket chickens, when it is clearly in the public interest to do so. The FSA must put consumers first and operate more transparently than this.”

• Additonal reporting by Caroline Davies

• Read the full responses of the poultry processors and retailers to our investigation

For videos and to read more:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/23/-sp-revealed-dirty-secret-uk-poultry-industry-chicken-campylobacter

 

Victory! Fish and Wildlife Service to Phase Out Neonicotinoids


July 14th, 2014

Following Center for Food Safety Petition, Government Agrees to Eliminate Bee-Toxic Pesticide in NW Wildlife Refuges

Late last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) quietly announced plans to phase out neonicotinoid insecticides in wildlife refuges in the Pacific Region, including Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  According to the new policy, refuge managers will be asked to exhaust all alternatives before allowing the use of neonicotinoids on National Wildlife Refuge System Lands. FWS is the first agency to restrict the use of neonicotinoids—a class of pesticides implicated in pollinator losses around the world—in farming in the U.S. In February 2014, CFS filed a legal petition asking FWS to ban the use of neonicotinoids on wildlife refuges.

“FWS has taken a responsible and necessary first step in the Pacific region, but the agency must permanently institute this policy on all refuge lands across the country,” said Paige Tomaselli, senior attorney for Center for Food Safety.  “As our legal challenges have repeatedly stated, the costs of these chemicals severely outweigh the benefits; we must eliminate their use immediately.”

The FWS directive highlights the “broad-spectrum adverse effects” of using neonicotinoids and found the practice at odds with FWS’s policy of Integrated Pest Management (IMP). A study released by CFS earlier this year found that neonicotinoid seeds treatment rarely improved yields for corn and soybeans, corroborating the findings of FWS.

Prior to the 2016 phase out, refuge managers will need to have an approved Pesticide Use Proposals (PUP) and completed Endangered Species Act consultation documentation before using neonicotinoid pesticides, including the planting of neonicotinoid-treated seed to grow agricultural crops. Center for Food Safety has demanded similar regulation in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Federal wildlife refuges were established to protect natural diversity.  Allowing chemical companies to profit by poisoning these important ecosystems violates their fundamental purpose and mission,” added Tomaselli.

FWS has allowed farming on refuge lands for decades despite its harmful effects on wildlife, native grasses, and biodiversity.

Over the past six years, CFS and its allies have repeatedly stopped FWS from permitting the growing of GE crops on numerous National Wildlife Refuges across the country (Northeast and Southeast). CFS is currently litigating FWS’s allowance of industrial agriculture practices on Midwest Wildlife Refuges.

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/3298/victory-fish-and-wildlife-service-to-phase-out-neonicotinoids

The Jig’s Up for BioTech Giants like Monsanto & Syngenta


rep pompeos dark actThis week the biotech cheerleaders and their indentured servants on Capitol Hill held a two-hour hearing to talk about their biggest problem-you.

It seems you just don’t “get” them.

From Hillary Clinton to the Big Gun lobbyists on Capitol Hill, the storyline now is that what the biotech industry suffers from is just a “failure to communicate.” Once they do a better job of “educating” you about the wonderfulness of their genetically engineered (pesticide-laden, nutritionally deficient, environmentally damaging) food products, you’ll embrace them with open arms.

In the meantime, they’ve got to stop those pesky mandatory GMO labeling laws.

For decades, Monsanto has been getting away with murder. But now that consumers know the truth, and scientists are exposing genetically engineered crops and food for the dangerous fraud that they are, the biotech industry is being forced to spend millions on a massive public relations campaign to win you over.

Sorry, Monsanto. The jig’s up.

The Gene and Junk Food Giants are desperate to prevent Oregon from passing the nation’s second mandatory GMO labeling law. They are pushing for a hearing as early as September on the “DARK” (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act, a federal law to preempt state labeling laws.

Now, more than ever, we have to keep pushing back.

Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)

Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in Oregon, Vermont and other states)

http://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/ob432.html#article4

Chemtrails are Nothing: Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead ‘chemtrailed’ into America’s skies every year


by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

America is being doused every minute of every day with the toxic heavy metal lead as it is burned in “avgas” — aviation gas, the fuel that powers most piston-driven aircraft (i.e. anything with a propeller). A grand total of 571 tons of lead are dumped each year into the air over our heads from aircraft alone, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (1)

According to a scientific paper titled, “Lead and Halogen Contamination from Aviation Fuel Additives at Brackett Airfield,” (2) X-Ray Fluorescence instrumentation was used to analyze lead, chlorine and bromine content in avgas liquids. The tests showed avgas contains the following:

Lead: 48 ppm
Bromine: 42.6 ppm
Chlorine: 605.2 ppm

Lead is a highly toxic heavy metals that causes bone diseases, brain damage and cancer. Chlorine is a highly-reactive chemical with powerful oxidative properties. The fact that both are being sprayed daily into the air above America is inexcusable.

964 tons of lead released into the air (from all sources)

How much lead is being “chemtrailed” across America due to aviation fuel? According to General Aviation News (3), about 681,000 gallons of avgas were burned each day in 2013.

Avgas weighs approximately 6 lbs per gallon, meaning over 4 million pounds of avgas is burned each day, or over 1.8 million kg of avgas.

If lead is 48 ppm in avgas, that means each kg of avgas contains 48 mg of lead. Multiplied by the 1.8 million kg of avgas burned each day, this means avgas fuel is emitting 86.4 kg of lead PER DAY in the skies over our heads. Over a year, that’s 31,536 kg of lead dumped directly into our air, and that lead falls onto our farming soils, forests, lakes, rivers, streams, oceans, children’s playgrounds, cattle ranches, and so on.

The National Emissions Inventory says that lead emissions are even higher than what I’ve calculated here. “Piston-engine aircraft are the chief source of lead emissions in the United States, emitting 57% of the 964 tons of lead put into the air in 2008, according to the most recent figures from the National Emissions Inventory,” reports the NIH. (4)

Small aircraft pilots dismiss the problem

Some pilots seem inclined to dismiss this problem entirely. “I’m hooked on lead. Maybe not in the way a junkie is addicted to drugs, but hooked nonetheless,” writes Air & Space Magazine columnist David Freed, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist. (5) “The tetraethyl lead added to aviation fuel helps keep the engine of my four-seat, 48-year-old Piper Cherokee running smoothly. And that keeps me happy.”

He goes on to lament the idea that cleaner lead-free fuels might make him unable to afford to fly: “We live in dread of fuel costs continuing to rise and of FAA airworthiness directives, which often require us to pay for expensive, usually safety-related modifications. Will a government-mandated switch to unleaded fuel ultimately break the bank, leaving us little recourse but to quit flying and sell our airplanes…?”

Later in his article, he does acknowledge that lead is a public health hazard, but he explains that his airplane contributes virtually nothing to the problem: “But is the exhaust from my airplane’s 180-horsepower engine really that significant a national health threat…?” he asks. He’s right that his one airplane isn’t much of a factor in all this, but in a collective sense, if you combine all the piston-driven aircraft flown by pilots like Freed, it becomes a huge issue nationwide. Avgas emissions are the number one source of lead emissions into the skies of America.

(David Freed, by the way, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Cordell Logan aviation mystery novels. He’s a great writer and obviously a thoughtful, intelligent person… almost certainly a likeable guy and a valuable contributor to society in many ways as an investigative journalist. For example, he authored an 8,600-word expose in The Atlantic which detailed how “the FBI pursued the wrong suspect in a string of anthrax murders following 9/11.” Obviously, this is the kind of investigative journalist we like to support in the mainstream media — people who ask real questions and search for truth. So to be clear, I’m not attacking him in a personal sense over his article; I only hope he reconsiders the importance of the aviation industry getting the lead out of its fuels and thereby out of our skies. We need thoughtful, intelligent people on the leading edge of this issue if we ever hope to have lead-free avgas become a reality.)

As the following EPA chart shows, avgas is the No. 1 source of lead emissions, followed by “industry” in the No. 2 spot, then coal-fired power plants third (“electric generation”)
By the way, where does all this lead end up? Much of it appears in the food supply, of course, because plants absorb lead from soils and grazing animals eat and concentrate toxins from plants. This is why heavy metals are often higher in milk or meat than in raw grass. It’s also part of the reason why I keep finding lead in so many foods when I run atomic spectroscopy tests in my ICP-MS laboratory. Click here to see lead results on cacao, grasses, pet treats, protein products and more.

If I ever happen to fly airplanes, you can bet I’ll find a way to burn unleaded gasoline. I’m not going to streak across the sky dumping toxic heavy metals into the atmosphere, especially since part of my current mission is to explore ways that society can develop cleaner food with lower heavy metals. Even better, I would hope to one day see a huge breakthrough in battery power density that could result in, believe it or not, electric airplanes. (Yes, it seems impossible today because it would require at least a 1000-fold increase in battery power density. But humans are really good at achieving remarkable breakthroughs, so I’m going to remain optimistic on this point and hope the scientists can find a far better way to store power than today’s current old-school chemical batteries.)

Lead was removed from automobile gasoline by the EPA

As you explore all this, keep in mind that lead used to be added to regular gasoline for many decades. Lead helped engines run better and improved gas mileage. But it also resulted in millions of pounds of lead being dumped directly into the environment, increasing lead contamination of soils and causing people to inhale lead with every breath.

Children’s IQs in America noticeably dropped during those “lead years,” and IQs were restored to higher levels once lead was removed from gasoline. Today, it is illegal to add lead to gasoline and burn it in vehicles.

But it’s perfectly legal to burn lead in aviation fuel. “Avgas is one of the few fuels in the United States that still contain lead, leaving it the single largest source of lead emissions in the country,” reports the National Institutes of Health (4). “Concern over the health effects of lead has sparked a contentious effort to finally get the lead out of avgas — something the aviation and petroleum industries have been attempting for more than two decades, to no avail.”

The NIH goes on to describe the harmful effects of lead:

Lead is a well-documented neurotoxicant that is particularly harmful to children, who are typically exposed when they ingest or inhale lead-containing dust in the home. In recent years, serious harm to cognitive and behavioral functions including intelligence, attention, and motor skills has been demonstrated in children with much less lead in their blood than previously thought to cause harm, and it is now understood there is no safe level of lead exposure.

When will we decide to stop poisoning ourselves?

What’s clear in all this is that as long as we keep burning lead in avgas, we’re going to keep suffering the health effects on the ground. In an age where the academic achievements of American children are routinely overshadowed by children in India, China or Korea, the continued dumping of IQ-damaging lead into our atmosphere seems absurd. What you dump into the sky falls onto the soils and eventually makes its way into the food supply, too, so burning lead in airplanes sooner or later results is all of us eating lead on our dinner plates.

How big of a problem is this in the really big picture? Arguably it’s not the most urgent problem we face. Even I would argue that our nation’s power grid vulnerability to high-altitude EMP weapons is a far greater threat to us all (especially with North Korea playing around with long-range ballistic missiles carrying with nuclear weapons).

In an era when war seems to be breaking out in the Middle East, and the global banking system seems forever on the verge of collapse, it’s difficult for society to focus on the more subtle (but chronic) long-term problems like lead in avgas. But this is a problem that can be solved with a phased switchover to mogas (unleaded fuel). All that’s required is some leadership by the FAA and EPA working together to clean up our aviation industry and get the lead out of our skies.

Is it too much to ask that we stop dumping toxic lead into the skies above our own heads?

Sources for this story include:
(1) http://www.epa.gov/ttnchie1/net/2008inventor…
(2) www.naturalnews.com/files/Lead-Avgas-Airport…
(3) http://generalaviationnews.com/2013/01/02/pr…
(4) http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/121-a54/
(5) http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/the-…

From Natural News @ http://www.naturalnews.com/045563_aviation_fuel_toxic_lead_heavy_metals_pollution.html

And see The Men Who Stare At Scapegoats @ http://nexusilluminati.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-men-who-stare-at-scapegoats.html

For more information about lead poisoning see http://nexusilluminati.blogspot.com/search/label/lead%20poisoning
See ‘Older Posts’ at the end of each section

http://nexusilluminati.blogspot.com/2014/07/chemtrails-are-nothing-irrefutable.html

Why Butter Is Better


Note: I’m using Green Pastures (Choc creme) combination butter oil/fermented cod liver oil to treat periodontal disease that went undiagnosed until it was in the advanced stages. In addition to good oral hygiene, this product began alleviating pain and discomfort within 2wks! Now, 6wks later my teeth are on the road to recovery and am experiencing virtually no symptoms.

If you or your loved ones suffer from dental issues, I personally recommend using Green Pastures to prevent and/or treat cavity’s and periodontal disease. It literally remineralizes teeth and promotes healthy gum tissues when combined with a healthy diet, along with daily brushing and flossing!

This simple treatment is LITERALLY saving my teeth from ailments doctors claim there is NO CURE for! That is, unless you can afford implants or spend $1000’s on expensive fillings, root canals etc.

Question: How much did the AMA really know about the health benefits of butter 30yrs ago, “before” launching the campaign to demonize butter as a “heart risk” and recommend margarine as a safe alternative? When recently, loads of data has come out on the many health benefits of high quality butter. Hmmm…I smell a fish. And, it’s not cod liver oil.

Something to think about…

Aloha!

PS…Remember to buy quality butter, not the factory-farmed, highly-processed, with added chemicals, mass-produced butter.

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Do People That Eat Margarine Really Know How It’s Manufactured?
http://preventdisease.com/news/14/041514_Do-People-That-Eat-Margarine-Know-How-Its-Manufactured.shtml

Polyunsaturated margarine became a major part of the Western diet and had overtaken butter in popularity in the mid-20th century. Despite their best efforts, the margarine lobby has failed to convince most people that their synthetic concoctions are healthy. So what is not obvious to most of the people who consume it? The manufacturing process of course, which is very similar to the way plastic is produced.


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When the fabricated food folks and apologists for the corporate farm realized that they couldn’t block America’s growing interest in diet and nutrition, a movement that would ultimately put an end to America’s biggest and most monopolistic industries, they infiltrated the movement and put a few sinister twists on information going out to the public. Item number one in the disinformation campaign was the assertion that naturally saturated fats from animal sources are the root cause of the current heart disease and cancer plague. Butter bore the brunt of the attack, and was accused of terrible crimes. The Diet Dictocrats told us that it was better to switch to polyunsaturated margarine and most Americans did. Butter all but disappeared from our tables, shunned as a miscreant.

This would come as a surprise to many people around the globe who have valued butter for its life-sustaining properties for millennia. When Dr. Weston Price studied native diets in the 1930′s he found that butter was a staple in the diets of many supremely healthy peoples.1 Isolated Swiss villagers placed a bowl of butter on their church altars, set a wick in it, and let it burn throughout the year as a sign of divinity in the butter. Arab groups also put a high value on butter, especially deep yellow-orange butter from livestock feeding on green grass in the spring and fall. American folk wisdom recognized that children raised on butter were robust and sturdy; but that children given skim milk during their growing years were pale and thin, with “pinched” faces.2

Does butter cause disease? On the contrary, butter protects us against many diseases.

Butter & Heart Disease

Heart disease was rare in America at the turn of the century. Between 1920 and 1960, the incidence of heart disease rose precipitously to become America’s number one killer. During the same period butter consumption plummeted from eighteen pounds per person per year to four. It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in statistics to conclude that butter is not a cause. Actually butter contains many nutrients that protect us from heart disease. First among these is vitamin A which is needed for the health of the thyroid and adrenal glands, both of which play a role in maintaining the proper functioning of the heart and cardiovascular system. Abnormalities of the heart and larger blood vessels occur in babies born to vitamin A deficient mothers. Butter is America’s best and most easily absorbed source of vitamin A.

Butter contains lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents.

Butter also contains a number of anti-oxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries. Vitamin A and vitamin E found in butter both play a strong anti-oxidant role. Butter is a very rich source of selenium, a vital anti-oxidant–containing more per gram than herring or wheat germ.

Butter is also a good dietary source cholesterol. What?? Cholesterol an anti-oxidant?? Yes indeed, cholesterol is a potent anti-oxidant that is flooded into the blood when we take in too many harmful free-radicals–usually from damaged and rancid fats in margarine and highly processed vegetable oils.3 A Medical Research Council survey showed that men eating butter ran half the risk of developing heart disease as those using margarine.4

Butter & Cancer

In the 1940′s research indicated that increased fat intake caused cancer.5 The abandonment of butter accelerated; margarine–formerly a poor man’s food– was accepted by the well-to-do. But there was a small problem with the way this research was presented to the public. The popular press neglected to stress that fact that the “saturated” fats used in these experiments were not naturally saturated fats but partially hydrogenated or hardened fats–the kind found mostly in margarine but not in butter. Researchers stated–they may have even believed it–that there was no difference between naturally saturated fats in butter and artificially hardened fats in margarine and shortening. So butter was tarred with the black brush of the fabricated fats, and in such a way that the villains got passed off as heroes.

Actually many of the saturated fats in butter have strong anti-cancer properties. Butter is rich in short and medium chain fatty acid chains that have strong anti-tumor effects.6 Butter also contains conjugated linoleic acid which gives excellent protection against cancer.7

Vitamin A and the anti-oxidants in butter–vitamin E, selenium and cholesterol–protect against cancer as well as heart disease.

Butter & the Immune System

Vitamin A found in butter is essential to a healthy immune system; short and medium chain fatty acids also have immune system strengthening properties. But hydrogenated fats and an excess of long chain fatty acids found in polyunsaturated oils and many butter substitutes both have a deleterious effect on the immune system.8

Butter & Arthritis

The Wulzen or “anti-stiffness” factor is a nutrient unique to butter. Dutch researcher Wulzen found that it protects against calcification of the joints–degenerative arthritis–as well as hardening of the arteries, cataracts and calcification of the pineal gland.9 Unfortunately this vital substance is destroyed during pasteurization. Calves fed pasteurized milk or skim milk develop joint stiffness and do not thrive. Their symptoms are reversed when raw butterfat is added to the diet.

Butter & Osteoporosis

Vitamins A and D in butter are essential to the proper absorption of calcium and hence necessary for strong bones and teeth. The plague of osteoporosis in milk-drinking western nations may be due to the fact that most people choose skim milk over whole, thinking it is good for them. Butter also has anti-cariogenic effects, that is, it protects against tooth decay.10

Butter & the Thyroid Gland

Butter is a good source of iodine, in highly absorbable form. Butter consumption prevents goiter in mountainous areas where seafood is not available. In addition, vitamin A in butter is essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland.11

Butter & Gastrointestinal Health

Butterfat contains glycospingolipids, a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastro-intestinal infection, especially in the very young and the elderly. For this reason, children who drink skim milk have diarrhea at rates three to five times greater than children who drink whole milk.12 Cholesterol in butterfat promotes health of the intestinal wall and protects against cancer of the colon.13 Short and medium chain fatty acids protect against pathogens and have strong anti-fungal effects.14 Butter thus has an important role to play in the treatment of candida overgrowth.

Butter & Weight Gain

The notion that butter causes weight gain is a sad misconception. The short and medium chain fatty acids in butter are not stored in the adipose tissue, but are used for quick energy. Fat tissue in humans is composed mainly of longer chain fatty acids.15 These come from olive oil and polyunsaturated oils as well as from refined carbohydrates. Because butter is rich in nutrients, it confers a feeling of satisfaction when consumed. Can it be that consumption of margarine and other butter substitutes results in cravings and bingeing because these highly fabricated products don’t give the body what it needs?.

Butter for Growth & Development

Many factors in butter ensure optimal growth of children. Chief among them is vitamin A. Individuals who have been deprived of sufficient vitamin A during gestation tend to have narrow faces and skeletal structure, small palates and crowded teeth.16 Extreme vitamin A deprivation results in blindness, skeletal problems and other birth defects.17 Individuals receiving optimal vitamin A from the time of conception have broad handsome faces, strong straight teeth, and excellent bone structure. Vitamin A also plays an important role in the development of the sex characteristics. Calves fed butter substitutes sicken and die before reaching maturity.18

The X factor, discovered by Dr. Weston Price (and now believed to be vitamin K2), is also essential for optimum growth. It is only present in butterfat from cows on green pasture.19 Cholesterol found in butterfat plays an important role in the development of the brain and nervous system.20 Mother’s milk is high in cholesterol and contains over 50 percent of its calories as butterfat. Low fat diets have been linked to failure to thrive in children21–yet low-fat diets are often recommended for youngsters! Children need the many factors in butter and other animal fats for optimal development.

Beyond Margarine

It’s no longer a secret that the margarine Americans have been spreading on their toast, and the hydrogenated fats they eat in commercial baked goods like cookies and crackers, is the chief culprit in our current plague of cancer and heart disease.22 But mainline nutrition writers continue to denigrate butter–recommending new fangled tub spreads instead.23 These may not contain hydrogenated fats but they are composed of highly processed rancid vegetable oils, soy protein isolate and a host of additives. A glitzy cookbook called Butter Busters promotes butter buds, made from maltodextrin, a carbohydrate derived from corn, along with dozens of other highly processed so-called low-fat commercial products.

Who benefits from the propaganda blitz against butter? The list is a long one and includes orthodox medicine, hospitals, the drug companies and food processors. But the chief beneficiary is the large corporate farm and the cartels that buy their products–chiefly cotton, corn and soy–America’s three main crops, which are usually grown as monocultures on large farms, requiring extensive use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides. All three–soy, cotton and corn–can be used to make both margarine and the new designer spreads. In order to make these products acceptable to the up-scale consumer, food processors and agribusiness see to it that they are promoted as health foods. We are fools to believe them.

Butter & the Family Farm

A nation that consumes butterfat, on the other hand, is a nation that sustains the family farm. If Americans were willing to pay a good price for high quality butter and cream, from cows raised on natural pasturage–every owner of a small- or medium-sized farm could derive financial benefits from owning a few Jersey or Guernsey cows. In order to give them green pasture, he would naturally need to rotate crops, leaving different sections of his farm for his cows to graze and at the same time giving the earth the benefit of a period of fallow–not to mention the benefit of high quality manure. Fields tended in this way produce very high quality vegetables and grains in subsequent seasons, without the addition of nitrogen fertilizers and with minimal use of pesticides. Chickens running around his barnyard, and feeding off bugs that gather under cowpaddies, would produce eggs with superb nutritional qualities–absolutely bursting with vitamin A and highly beneficial fatty acids.

If you wish to reestablish America as a nation of prosperous farmers in the best Jeffersonian tradition, buy organic butter, cream, whole milk, whole yoghurt, and barn-free eggs. These bring good and fair profits to the yeoman producer without concentrating power in the hands of conglomerates.

Ethnic groups that do not use butter obtain the same nutrients from things like insects, organ meats, fish eggs and the fat of marine animals, food items most of us find repulsive. For Americans–who do not eat bugs or blubber–butter is not just better, it is essential.

Notes

  1. Price, Weston, DDS Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 1945, Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, Inc., La Mesa, California
  2. Representative of American folk traditions about butterfat is this passage from “Neighbor Rosicky”, by American author Willa Cather: [The Rosickys] had been at one accord not to hurry through life, not to be always skimping and saving. They saw their neighbours buy more land and feed more stock than they did, without discontent. Once when the creamery agent came to the Rosickys to persuade them to sell him their cream, he told them how much the Fasslers, their nearest neighbours, had made on their cream last year. “Yes,” said Mary, “and look at them Fassler children! Pale, pinched little things, they look like skimmed milk. I’d rather put some colour into my children’s faces than put money into the bank.”
  3. Cranton, EM, MD and JP Frackelton, MD, Journal of Holistic Medicine, Spring/Summer 1984
  4. Nutrition Week Mar 22, 1991 21:12:2-3
  5. Enig, Mary G, PhD, Nutrition Quarterly, 1993 Vol 17, No 4
  6. Cohen, L A et al, J Natl Cancer Inst 1986 77:43
  7. Belury, MA Nutrition Reviews, April 1995 53:(4) 83-89
  8. Cohen, op cit
  9. American Journal of Physical Medicine, 1941, 133; Physiological Zoology, 1935 8:457
  10. Kabara, J J, The Pharmacological Effects of Lipids, J J Kabara, ed, The American Oil Chemists Society, Champaign, IL 1978 pp 1-14
  11. Jennings, IW Vitamins in Endocrine Metabolism, Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Springfield, Ill, pp 41-57
  12. Koopman, JS, et al American Journal of Public Health 1984 74(12):1371-1373
  13. Addis, Paul, Food and Nutrition News, March/April 1990 62:2:7-10
  14. Prasad, KN, Life Science, 1980, 27:1351-8; Gershon, Herman and Larry Shanks, Symposium on the Pharmacological Effect of Lipids, Jon J Kabara Ed, American Oil Chemists Society, Champaign, Illinois 1978 51-62
  15. Levels of linoleic acid in adipose tissues reflect the amount of linoleic acid in the diet. Valero, et al Annals of Nutritional Metabolism, Nov/Dec 1990 34:6:323-327; Felton, CV et al, Lancet 1994 344:1195-96
  16. Price, op cit
  17. Jennings, op cit
  18. DeCava, Judith Journal of the National Academy of Research Biochemists, September 1988 1053-1059
  19. Price, op cit
  20. Alfin-Slater, R B and L Aftergood, “Lipids”, Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, Chapter 5, 6th ed, R S Goodhart and M E Shils, eds, Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia 1980, p 131
  21. Smith, MM, MNS RD and F Lifshitz, MD Pediatrics, Mar 1994 93:3:438-443
  22. Enig, op cit
  23. “Diet Roulette”, The New York Times, May 20, 1994.

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Farmers globally are saying NO to GMO’s!


New Friends of the Earth International report says: genetically engineered crops are meeting resistance in all corners of the world.

Read the report here: http://orgcns.org/1nvTOuT ‪#‎SayNoToGMO‬ ‪#‎GMO‬

New Friends of the Earth International report says: genetically engineered crops are meeting resistance in all corners of the world. Read the report here: http://orgcns.org/1nvTOuT #SayNoToGMO #GMO

People Power: Big Losses for Coca-Cola ~ Take Action to BOYCOTT all COKE Products


July 7, 2014 Newsletter

Contents

  1. Spain: Coke Sales Plummet: Court Orders 821 Workers Re-instated with Back Pay
  2. India: Coke Hit with Heavy Losses as Communities Fight Back
  3. United States: Port Townsend Food Co-op Drops Honest Tea Over Coke’s Abuses
  4. Nicaragua: Fighting Back Against Coke’s Multi-million Dollar Rip-off
  5. Mexico: Coke Bottler’s Holbox Island Land Grab Efforts Draw Ire
  6. American Academy of Pediatrics Falls Prey to Greed & “Insanity”
  7. Corporate Crime Reporter and IndiaCSR Report on ‘Buying Respectability: Coca-Cola Co-opts Corporate Social Responsibility Movement’

1. Spain: Coke Sales Plummet : Court Orders 821 Workers Re-instated with Back Pay

Spain didn’t win The World Cup this year, but Spanish workers sure beat Coca-Cola big time. Campaign supporters in Spain first contacted us with the good news and euronews (6/20/14) reported:

“Coca-Cola sales nosedive in Spain after boycott call over layoff plan,” euronews, June 20, 2014
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“According to the newspaper El Economista, the sharp fall over a one-year period represents the largest decline ever recorded by the soft drinks giant.

“It is the second piece of bad news in a week for Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, which resulted from a merger of several bottlers in 2013. Last Friday, June 13, it was ordered by a court to reinstate more than 800 workers as its controversial redundancy plan backfired.

“In January, the company’s Spanish subsidiary confirmed plans for a massive cost-cutting operation involving the closure of four of its 11 factories in Spain and the layoff of 1,190 employees, almost a third of the total workforce.

The news gained widespread attention, coming as it did from a profit-making firm in a country where more than one in four of the workforce is unemployed. Street protests followed, as did a campaign for consumers to shun Coke products…

“According to El Economista, in central Spain — the region which includes Madrid — sales diminished by 48.6 percent in the one-year period from 28 February 2013 to 28 February 2014.”

2. India: Coke Hit with Heavy Losses as Communities Fight Back

Coca-Cola continues to take a beating in India from those opposing its quest to steal more water and land and expand its market. The last thing India needs is more Coke. Right now the company’s per capita consumption is low but as consumption and production increases in parts of India so does childhood obesity and associated health problems and the depletion and pollution of ground water needed for irrigation, drinking and sanitation is exacerbated.

Photo from India Resource Center

The latest blow to Coca-Cola happened on June 18, 2014 when it was forced to shut down its plant in Mehdiganj in the state of Utter Pradesh. But on June 20, the company was granted a temporary stay pending appeal and allowed to reopen. However, Coca-Cola had also built an expanded facility in Mehdiganj which remains shut down. The following excerpts are from a statement released by the India Resource Center:

“Coca-Cola’s expanded facility in Mehdiganj has already been built but has not been able to begin commercial operations. The company also faces a major obstacle in its operations because some of the land acquired by Coca-Cola for its plant is community owned land and cannot be used for private purposes. In December 2013, local authorities passed an order to evict Coca-Cola from the illegally occupied land but Coca-Cola approached the courts and obtained a stay order.

“Coca-Cola has also been forced to shut down another bottling plant in India in 2004 — in Plachimada in the state of Kerala, and faces legislation holding it liable for $47 million in damages as a result of its operations. The company is also the target of a major community campaign in Kala Dera in Rajasthan where the community is seeking closure of the bottling plant due to rapidly depleting ground water. Most recently, Coca-Cola’s plans to build a new factory in Charba in Uttarakhand were defeated almost as soon as the proposal was made public in 2013, testament to how quickly and efficiently communities can organize and network in India against problematic companies such as Coca-Cola…”

For additional information, check out the sections “Coca-Cola’s Water Stewardship in India: A Travesty” and “Reducing Global Water Footprint: Coke’s Deceptive Public Relations Gimmick” in “Buying Respectability: Coca-Cola and the Co-opting of the Corporate Social Responsibility Movement .”

Statement on Court Stay Order on Coca-Cola Closure Notice:
Old Bottling Plant Can Temporarily Resume Operations Until Further Hearings
India Resource Center, June 20, 2014

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“Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down Mehadiganj in India, Authorities Cancel License,” Sagar Media, June 18, 2014
Nandlal Master, Lok Samiti (Hindi) +91 94153 00520,
Amit Srivastava, India Resource Center +91 98103 46161

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Boycott Honest Tea!

3. United States: Port Townsend Food Co-op Drops Honest Tea Over Coke’s Abuses

On March 1, 2011 The Coca-Cola Co. purchased 100 percent of Honest Tea and the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, New York took the bottled tea off their shelves. The Coop voted to boycott all Coke products back in 2004 and continues the boycott through the present.

In 2007, the Port Townsend (Washington) Food Co-op supported the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke and decided to boycott Odwalla. This May, the Campaign was contacted by Janet Welch, the Co-op’s board president.

She wrote: “We are ‘revisiting’ the boycott… Honest Tea is offering to meet with the board and a local videographer has offered to set up a video conference with Coke.

She further noted: “We discussed it at our meeting last week and will schedule time for a discussion and decision at our June board meeting. I believe that almost all of us back the boycott, as have 83% of the members who responded to an online poll.”

In June, Janet wrote:

“Just wanted to let you know that in a 6 to 1 vote, this month our board affirmed our participation in the boycott. And the CEO of Honest Tea was concerned enough that he offered to come speak to the board.”

4. Nicaragua: Fighting Back Against Coke’s Multi-million Dollar Rip-off

The Campaign was contacted by Josue Hernandez from Managua, Nicaragua who is leading a campaign against Coke accusing the company of cheating thousands of Nicaraguans out of millions of dollars in prize money during one of its marketing schemes.

Watch Video on YouTube

Josue also informed us: “Coca-Cola is always using children in every advertisement they show in Nicaragua” and “a worker at Coca-Cola told me that some of them are being mistreated verbally by supervisors.”

Josue was just 6 years old in 1993 when Coca-Cola advertised throughout the country that purchasers of Coke with winning bottle caps would win substantial sums of money. When more than 8000 people turned in winning caps, the company refused to pay up claiming there had been a printing error. The refusal by Coke to pay led to Nicaraguan people creating a group called God Helps Us to sue Coca-Cola.

A group of 7,000 families won the case but Josue says “Coke gave money to the judges.” Now the case has been reopened and Coke is again “buying the judges.” Josue and the God Helps Us group is determined to win justice and make Coca-Cola pay up.

The following six-minute video has holders of winning bottle caps, many living in shanties and dire poverty, telling their story about hopes for a better life after learning of their winning only to have Coke shatter those dreams.

Watch Video on YouTube

Josue can be reached at: email: jotrix18@yahoo.com; telephone: 505 885 595 26

5. Mexico: Coke Bottler’s Holbox Island Land Grab Efforts Draw Ire

The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke was visited by a frequent traveler to Holbox Island who said he represented the angry sentiments towards Coca-Cola of many island inhabitants and visitors and wanted to bring knowledge of our campaign back to the island. He left with Stop Killer Coke t-shirts, posters, literature, buttons, films and videos.

Fernando Ponce, a development magnate and chief of Coca-Cola distribution company Bepensa of Merida, Mexico is drawing the ire of Holbox Island residents, visitors and environmentalists for trying to grab local land to build a high-end resort in a pristine area that “is largely untouched, replete with mangroves, barely navigable and located in a nature reserve.” An Associated Press article, “Resort plans draw fire in Mexico flamingo reserve” (6/6/14), reported “Environmentalists say the canal would threaten the very flamingos and manatees that have made Holbox a mecca for nature tourists.

The Los Angeles Times (10/18/12) reported, “Isla Holbox has sat at the center of a complex legal dispute pitting powerful developers seeking to build a high-end resort against a group of longtime residents who say they were cheated out of their rights…’

“Land dispute ruffles palm fronds on Mexican island” by Daniel Hernandez and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2012
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“Isla Holbox, Mexico’s enchanted island” by Claire Wrathall, Financial Times, January 10, 2014
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6. American Academy of Pediatrics Falls Prey to Greed & “Insanity”

Is the leadership of the AAP “out of their minds?” or “just plain stupid?” seems to echo the sentiments of growing numbers of AAP members and child health advocates. In a report the Campaign issued on April 21, 2014 “Buying Respectability: Coca-Cola and the Co-opting of the Corporate Social Responsibility Movement,” we stated:

“Coca-Cola’s hypocrisy and attempted deception with respect to children’s well-being is further evident on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) ‘healthychildren.org’ website. There Coca-Cola posts its ‘LIVE POSITIVELY Coca-Cola’ ad, which is totally inappropriate and disgusting. Shame on Coca-Cola and shame on the irresponsible, money grubbing AAP whose tagline ‘DEDICATED TO THE HEALTH OF ALL CHILDREN’ which accompanies its logo would be more appropriate if it read ‘DEDICATED TO PROFIT, CHILDREN BE DAMNED.’ “

It should be noted that Coca-Cola has a special McDonald’s division inside The Coca-Cola Co. headed by Coca-Cola Vice President Javier Goizueta. McDonald’s is a pre-eminent junk food and Coke retailer.

AAP helps to make kids obese and unhealthy by promoting sponsors Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. (Photo: The Daily Edge/AP/Shakh Aivazov)

“American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Family Physicians Prostitute Their Integrity by Accepting Sugar-Laden Soft Drink Money
“Doctors are Helping to Market Soda to America’s Children”
Tobacco News Analysis & Commentary, April 13, 2011

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“The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has entered into a corporate partnership with the Coca-Cola Company, in which Coca-Cola is providing money to AAFP in return for public recognition, improvement of its public image, distraction of public attention away from the role of Coca-Cola’s products in the obesity epidemic, a lucrative marketing opportunity for Coke, and ultimately, an increase in its bottom line (Coke sales)…”

“In 2010, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) helped Coca-Cola market its products by participating in Coke’s sponsorship of the 2010 Olympic Torch relay. Not to be outdone, she was joined by a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the president of the American Dietetic Association. These health professionals stood shoulder-to-shoulder with top Coca-Cola sales and marketing executives in this major effort to promote Coke internationally…

“By accepting these sponsorships from the leading manufacturers of sugar-laden soft drinks that are contributing to the nation’s obesity epidemic, by playing a role in the marketing of these products, and by actively promoting these companies as international leaders in children’s health, the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Academy of Pediatrics are butchering the Hippocratic Oath that all of its physician members took. Rather than “doing no harm,” these sponsorships are doing tremendous harm to the protection of the public’s health by helping these massive corporations market their unhealthy products.”

7. Corporate Crime Reporter and IndiaCSR Report on ‘Buying Respectability: Coca-Cola Co-opts Corporate Social Responsibility Movement’

“Buying Respectability: Coca-Cola Co-opts Corporate Social Responsibility Movement” by Corporate Crime Reporter, April 22, 2014
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“In an open letter to the Calvert Group and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), Rogers challenges the groups’ designation of Coca-Cola as “socially responsible,” with detailed documentation of Coca-Cola’s human rights, child welfare, and environmental abuses spanning decades…

” ‘The scofflaw Coca-Cola Company is out of control and even its biggest cheerleaders and stockholders, Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, can’t hide the damage their company is doing on a worldwide scale,’ Rogers said…

“The report details how NGO’s like the American Academy of Pediatrics, Oxfam America, Save the Children and the World Wildlife Fund help the company promote an undeserved image of respectability, which helps shield Coca-Cola from accountability.”

“Coca-Cola Co-opts CSR Movement,” IndiaCSR, April 24, 2014
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http://killercoke.org/nl140707.php

City Council members may be individually liable for harm caused by fluoridated water


 

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(NaturalNews) The city council of a Canadian community has been informed that it may be legally liable for harm caused to any of its residents by the fluoridated water in the city’s system.

“Not only is the region responsible and liable to the people of Peel, individual councillors are responsible and liable,” said lawyer Nader Hasan, who is representing the group Concerned Residents of Peel, told the Peel Region council recently.

The Toronto Star reported that Hasan informed the council that Charter rights protecting against government policies that cause harm are currently being violated, and he further warned that if the fluoride is not removed from the city’s system, there may be a costly legal battle ahead.

The Star further reported:

The group, with the help of Councillor John Sprovieri, wants fluoride removed from drinking water because of possible health risks such as bone cancer. He wants experts on both sides to present updated evidence.

After hearing from Hasan, the council voted to defer a move to reopen the issue until they meet again in September, when Peel Region legal staff will be able to deliver an opinion on Hassan’s claims and arguments.

‘Too many people are getting sick’

In 2007, Health Canada, the country’s health service, announced that fluoridating water is safe at the levels currently permitted throughout the country.

In 2011, the City of Toronto public health board, under public pressure, voted to continue putting fluoride in the city water supply. And in 2012, the paper reported, Halton Region’s council voted narrowly, 11-9, to keep fluoride in their system.

The Star reported that studies around the world “suggest low-level fluoride poses no health risks and is very effective at fighting tooth decay.” But Hasan argued that many of those studies are either outdated, flawed or were not peer-reviewed.

In fact, he noted, a number of jurisdictions across Canada have removed fluoride from drinking water recently, including Calgary and Windsor, but many others have not yet followed them.

“Many jurisdictions, including all of western Europe, are not fluoridated,” Hasan said. “Yet we see rates of tooth decay going down in these jurisdictions.”

A founding member of the residents’ group, Mississauga resident Liesa Cianchino, was instrumental in getting the issue before the Peel Region council, the Star reported.

“Too many people are getting sick,” she said following Hasan’s presentation.

Studies find fluoride to be a neurotoxin

In a recent online poll by retail club giant Costco, Paul Connett, co-author of The Case Against Fluoride and the director of the Fluoride Action Network argued that almost 100 percent of Europe’s drinking water was fluoride-free.

“Most countries in the world (including 97 percent of Europe) do not fluoridate their water. Yet, tooth decay has been coming down as fast in non-fluoridated countries as in fluoridated ones, according to a World Health Organization study,” he said.

Connett added: “It is a poor medical practice to use the water supply to deliver medicine. You cannot control the dose or who gets the medicine, and it violates the individual’s right to informed consent to medical treatment.”

As for studies, a number of found fluoride to be harmful, especially to children. A recent Harvard University study, for instance, found that fluoride was linked to higher incidents of ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) found that, among other things, the fluoride chemicals added to many public water systems in North America directly contribute to both mental and behavioral disorders in children,” Natural News‘ Jonathan Benson wrote, citing the study’s findings.

The Harvard study built upon previous research from 2006, which dubbed fluoride as a “developmental neurotoxicant.” The more recent findings stemmed from a meta analysis of 27 studies, Harvard researchers said.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.thestar.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

Scientists Blow The Lid on Cancer & Sunscreen Myth


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According to a June 2014 article featured in The Independent (UK), a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.

The epidemiological study followed 30,000 women for over 20 years and “showed that mortality was about double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.”

Researchers concluded that the conventional dogma, which advises avoiding the sun at all costs and slathering on sunscreen to minimize sun exposure, is doing more harm than actual good.

That’s because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which is by far the best form of vitamin D.

In the USA, vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels. Ironically, vitamin D deficiency can lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. A ground-breaking 2011 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that optimal blood levels of vitamin D offers protection against sunburn and skin cancer.

Additionally, vitamin D protects the body from diseases like multiple sclerosis, rickets (in the young), tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s syndrome.

According to the Vitamin D Council, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently reported that “lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.”

A dissident dermatologist

Bernard Ackerman, MD, (deceased 2008) was one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of skin cancer and the sun, sunscreens and melanoma skin cancer risks.

Below are Ackerman’s views excerpted from an article in The New York Times (July 20, 2004), titled “I BEG TO DIFFER; A Dermatologist Who’s Not Afraid to Sit on the Beach”:

The link between melanoma and sun exposure (dermatology’s dogma) is unproven.There’s no conclusive evidence that sunburns lead to cancer.There is no real proof that sunscreens protect against melanoma.There’s no proof that increased exposure to the sun increases the risk of melanoma.

2000 Swedish study concluded that higher rates of melanoma occurred in those who used sunscreen versus those who did not.

Sunscreens: Cancer-Causing Biohazards

Elizabeth Plourde, PhD, is a California-based scientist who authored the book Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste, which extensively documents the serious life-threatening dangers of sunscreens not only to people but to the environment as well.

Dr. Plourde provides proof that malignant melanoma and all other skin cancers increased significantly with ubiquitous sunscreen use over a 30-year period. She emphasizes that many sunscreens contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC).

Environmentally, she notes: “In areas where there has been much exposure to ED [endocrine disrupting] chemicals, coral and other sea populations have died off and the prevalence of dual-sexed fish has risen.”

Dr. Plourde’s research on mice and sunscreen exposure also showed increases in both pup and maternal mortality as well as reproductive issues in subsequent generations.

Additionally, the book documents how sunscreen chemicals have polluted our water sources including oceans, rivers and municipal drinking water. Worse yet, testing revealed that 97% of Americans have sunscreen chemicals in their blood!

Dr. Plourde’s book also has a chapter on the importance of vitamin D3 to health, and she posits that the widespread vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to overuse of sunscreen combined with sun avoidance in general.

Sources:

http://www.independent.co.uk
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
http://www.vitamindcouncil.org
http://www.nytimes.com
http://www.faim.org
https://www.vitamindcouncil.org
http://science.naturalnews.com

Credit: “Compelling evidence: Slathering on toxic sunscreen and avoiding the sun could jeopardize your health and shorten your life,” from naturalnews.com, by Paul Fassa

http://theunboundedspirit.com/scientists-blow-the-lid-on-cancer-sunscreen-myth/#sthash.LzvJ18bd.snAvl61h.dpuf

WiFi: An invisible but ubiquitous threat to the species ~ Veterans Today


 

by  Jim Fetzer

 

“Of the microwave-exposed women, 47.7% had miscarriages prior to the 7th week of pregnancy….”–Professor John R. Goldsmith, International Consultant / Advisor for Radio-Frequency Communication, Epidemiology and Communications Sciences Advisor to the WHO

 

Barrie TrowerToday I conducted one of the most disturbing radio interviews of my life as host of “The Real Deal”, with a British physicist and electronic warfare expert, Barrie Trower.

By the time he had finished his service in the military, Barrie had acquired a great deal of expertise in the microwave field and he extended his research to common electronic systems, including cell phones, iPods, computer games and microwave ovens.

He was appalled to discover that microwave radiation is ubiquitous and extremely hazardous, especially to pregnant women and young children.  The risks are so great that the use of WiFi, which is enormously popular, can lead to permanent genetic damage to your children and your children’s children. Here is his personal warning in his own words:

“In the very early 1960’s I trained with the government microwave warfare establishment. I looked at all aspects of microwave warfare and when I finished my time in the military, because I had a lot of expertise in the microwave field, I was asked if I would carry on with this research. We are in a new Cold War and this is why countries are developing this. And this is why all the microwave transmitters are going up everywhere because somebody, if they wanted to, could use them for other effects. The system is up and running.

Years ago our government said to our scientists when it comes to microwaves you will only talk about things to do with heat, and that is it. So they won’t even discuss anything else. They will deny anything that doesn’t have anything to do with heat. They even deny all their 40 years of research leading up to this, although they’ve said that this can cause cancer and all the damage, they say no it can’t. We’re only looking at heat and heat is all that matters. So for the last 40 years the English government has been lying to the people. And the American, the Canadian, the Australian, they have been lying. They have been lying to protect industry, to protect their profits, to protect themselves from lawsuits.

So they are really just liars and it is provable, sanctioned by the World Health Organization, without a shadow of a doubt. It is the same people that sit on the ICNAP certificate, sit on our government health protection agencies, sit on the World Health Organization . . . . it is the same people. There are probably no more than 20 of them. But, yes, they are going to, in my opinion, commit the worst genocide this planet has ever known, not just people, but animals and plants. They are probably going to cause more destruction than a global war, and in several hundred years time, people will look back, whoever survives, and look at what we tried to do to stop them.”

 

Wi-Fi, microwaves and the consequences for our health

Those most powerfully affected are pregnant women, children, women generally, the elderly, men and (least of all) the physically fit. Some persons appear to be invulnerable to exposure, but a significant percentage–from 47.7% to 57.7%–appear to be especially vulnerable, even from most of us might have regarded as low doses that represent minimal risk. The situation, however, turns out to be quite the opposite.

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The human female is born with 400,000 follicles of which approximately 400 will eventually mature into eggs with the potential to be fertilized by sperm to produce a zygote, which will develop into an embryo and then into a fetus and, under favorable conditions, will result in a live birth. During the first 4-6 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy, the embryo is most vulnerable, especially because the woman may be unaware that she is pregnant and take no precautions.

Simple Explanation

 

Risks from Wi-Fi exposure

 

As Trower has explained, because the brain tissue and bone marrow of children have different electrical conductivity properties than do adults, a child’s absorption of microwave radiation can be ten times higher than an adult’s. Even low frequency exposure to microwave radiation can be extremely damaging and induce oxidative and nitrosative forms of stress, which can cause irreversible mitochondrial (genetic) damage that will be manifest in miscarriages, stillborns and birth defects.

Risks from WiFi exposure
The effects are cumulative across generations, where studies by the World Health Organization have established that women exposed to low level dosage of microwave irradiation (below thermal level, where it is felt as heat) had a 47.7% rate of miscarriages prior to the 7th week of gestation. The level of exposure in this case was five microwatts per centimeter squared, which is below what most school girls will receive in a classroom of wi-fi transmitters from the age of approximately five years upward, whose effects can include cancer, memory loss and birth defects.

Why the situation is so desperate

Mitochondrial DNA is ten times more susceptible to oxidative and nitrosative “stress” than the DNA of the cell nucleus. But these effects are transmitted to each successive female generation and, whether these ten-fold increases merge to become 57.7% or are additional and thus equal to 67.7% does not make a significant difference. The consequence is to roughly halve the birth of normal children with each generation, which represents a catastrophe-in-the-making for the species.

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During our interview, I explained to Barrie that I thought the prospects for remedying this situation are bleak because (1) the American public is scientifically illiterate, (2) we love the convenience of cell phones, iPods and other electronic devices and (3) the corporations that produce them are going to do everything in their power to maintain their profit margins. I therefore encourage everyone to consider his appeal for the help of the American public by sharing this study (from which I have quoted here):

Barrie Trower's appeal for help
Not the least disconcerting aspect of this situation is that, not only was all of this known and documented long before wi-fi was ever put in front of children, but the dangerous biological effects were concealed (as they are to this day) from the general public, in order to protect the industry’s profits:

The World Health Organization’s ‘International Symposium’ Research Agreement No. 05- 609-04 ‘Biological Effects and Health Hazards of Microwave Radiation’ emphasizes in its 350 pages: Biological effects, health and excess mortality from artificial irradiation of Radio Frequency Microwaves. Section 28 deals with problems concerning Reproductive Function.

This document was classed as ‘Top Secret’ and its contents withheld by WHO and ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection).

Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Short URL: http://www.veteranstoday.com/?p=309349

Can synaesthesia be learnt?


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Many people see words as colours, smells or sounds, and they swear it boosts their creativity. So could we all tweak our senses to see the world in this way?

Olympia Colizoli doesn’t see the world like you. “To me, all time and numbers are arranged in physical space. Days, weeks, months, years, centuries all have shapes, and I use those shapes to organise my mental plan,” she says. “It took me a long time to realise other people didn’t think in this way.”

Colizoli, a cognitive neuroscientist, experiences synaesthesia. Some people with this condition see colours, smells or sounds when they read words. In Colizoli’s case, numbers have a certain size, shape or other physical property. For example, people’s ages are expressed as a curved line. She also happens to study synaesthesia at the University of Amsterdam, curious to know whether she was born with her condition, or whether it was partly learned.

If you could teach yourself to see the world this way, it could potentially boost your creativity. Famous synaesthetes reportedly include Pharrell Williams who sees music in colour (and who told Oprah’s O Magazine he couldn’t make music without it), and physicist Richard Feynman, who saw letters in equations as colours, and whose visualisation of quantum interactions won him the Nobel Prize.

But could it be possible to train yourself to see the world from a new, multisensory perspective? And if so, would it have the same effect as those to whom it comes naturally?

 

Musician Pharrell Williams claims his synaesthesia aids his creativity (Getty Images)

 

Synaesthesia was first recorded medically by Gustav Fechner in 1812, and since then estimates have put the number of people experiencing the effect at anywhere between 1 in 2,000 and 1 in 23. The difficulty in knowing how many people experience synaesthesia is that like Colizoli, many people do not realise they experience the world any differently to other people. Even defining synaesthesia can be tricky because of the different ways in how people experience it.

To qualify as a synaesthete, the effect needs to be conscious, consistent and automatic. This distinguishes them from hallucinations, says Colizoli, because synaesthetes know that their world of colour or smell is not “real”.

No one is sure what causes synaesthesia, although it does seem to run in families. Colizoli notes that when you find one person who experiences the effect, it’s likely that another family member will report similar symptoms. This is known as developmental synaesthesia, and it differs to injury-related synaesthesia which results from brain damage – such as the man whose stroke left him uncontrollably excited by the James Bond theme tune. Synaesthesia is more common in those on the autistic spectrum, but as a group, synaesthetes do not show a higher prevalence of autism than the general population.

 

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There’s some tantalising evidence that some aspects of synaesthesia can be learned. In a study carried out by Colizoli and her colleagues at the University of Amsterdam, non-synaesthetic people were given books to read in which the letters e, t, a and s were coloured while the rest of the text was left black. Despite reading the text as normal (and making no concerted effort to remember the colours), the participants began associating those letters with their colour.

Colizoli tested participants by flashing letters of the alphabet and asking them to name the colour the letter was written in. When a letter was written with a different colour to the one it had in the book, it took the participants longer to identify it – a cognitive delay known as the Stroop Effect. So while they weren’t ‘seeing’ colours, they did seem to be beginning to form the basic mental associations of natural synaesthetes.

However, the effect was short-lived. “They forgot the letter-colour pairs after several months,” says Colizoli. “And they did not report experiencing colour upon viewing black letters when reading.”

Memory stick

Natural synaesthesia does seem have an element of learning though – or at least, can sometimes be shaped by memorable experiences. Colizoli recalls a woman who identified each letter as having a distinct colour. One day she visited her elementary school classroom and discovered the brightly-coloured alphabet hanging on the wall matched how she saw letters – in learning to read and write, she may have subconsciously absorbed the colour as well as the shape of the letters. And last year, a study of 11 synaesthetes discovered that the particular colours they associated with letters were “startlingly similar” to those of a very famous Fisher Price fridge magnet alphabet set sold between 1972 and 1989. Ten of the test subjects recalled owning the set, and the 11th beat odds of a billion to one in matching 14 of their colour associations with the fridge magnets. So while these people may have been predisposed to synaesthesia via their genetics, how it manifested may well have been learned in childhood.

 

Some synaesthetes see letters in the colours of a famous set of toy letters sold from the 1970s onwards (Thinkstock)

 

There’s certainly more to synaesthesia than early childhood memories – otherwise most people in the Western world would likely associate ‘M’ with the colour yellow thanks to McDonald’s ubiquitous golden arches. Why these colour associations take root in some people and not others is still a mystery.

And in any case, those that covet synaesthesia abilities should remember that a colourful, multi-sensory world can sometimes be a problem. Colizoli describes how one child she encountered found it difficult to read, because the black text had a bright associated colour, making it difficult to read against the white paper. Likewise, coloured numbers can prove confounding as well. Two numbers that have associated colours might combine in ways that don’t make chromatic sense, so the result of adding a red number to a yellow number might not be an orange number. “My overall impression is that children are more likely to find it distracting compared to adults,” says Colizoli. “I believe adults usually have developed strategies to cope with it.”

I ask Colizoli if she thinks her habit of placing numbers in physical space has helped or hindered her career as a scientist. “I studied maths as an undergraduate and always visualised numbers,” she admits. “But it’s a chicken-and-egg situation. Did the maths degree help me visualise numbers, or was it the other way around? It’s hard to say.”

Scientists like Colizoli are still unpicking how much of synaesthesia is genetic and how much is learned. While it appears that a typical person would struggle to train their brain to see a multi-sensory world like natural synaesthetes, there’s some tantalising evidence that elements of the condition can be acquired, at least temporarily. So if you believe your lack of synaesthesia is holding you back creatively, maybe you should try writing your ideas out in colourful pens, or even children’s fridge magnets.

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African Himba Tribe: Children Conceived by “Singing the Song of the Child”


There is a tribe in Africa called the Himba tribe, where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind. And when a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come. And after she’s heard the song of this child, she comes back to the man who will be the child’s father, and teaches it to him. And then, when they make love to physically conceive the child, some of that time they sing the song of the child, as a way to invite it.</p>
<p>And then, when the mother is pregnant, the mother teaches that child’s song to the midwives and the old women of the village, so that when the child is born, the old women and the people around her sing the child’s song to welcome it. And then, as the child grows up, the other villagers are taught the child’s song. If the child falls, or hurts its knee, someone picks it up and sings its song to it. Or perhaps the child does something wonderful, or goes through the rites of puberty, then as a way of honoring this person, the people of the village sing his or her song.</p>
<p>In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them.</p>
<p>The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.</p>
<p>And it goes this way through their life. In marriage, the songs are sung, together. And finally, when this child is lying in bed, ready to die, all the villagers know his or her song, and they sing—for the last time—the song to that person.</p>
<p>You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn’t. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. You may feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers. Just keep singing and you’ll find your way home.</p>
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There is a tribe in Africa called the Himba tribe, where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind. And when a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come. And after she’s heard the song of this child, she comes back to the man who will be the child’s father, and teaches it to him. And then, when they make love to physically conceive the child, some of that time they sing the song of the child, as a way to invite it.

And then, when the mother is pregnant, the mother teaches that child’s song to the midwives and the old women of the village, so that when the child is born, the old women and the people around her sing the child’s song to welcome it. And then, as the child grows up, the other villagers are taught the child’s song. If the child falls, or hurts its knee, someone picks it up and sings its song to it. Or perhaps the child does something wonderful, or goes through the rites of puberty, then as a way of honoring this person, the people of the village sing his or her song.

In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them.

The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.

And it goes this way through their life. In marriage, the songs are sung, together. And finally, when this child is lying in bed, ready to die, all the villagers know his or her song, and they sing—for the last time—the song to that person.

You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn’t. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. You may feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers. Just keep singing and you’ll find your way home.

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Scientists Find Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75%


Scientists Find Sniffing Rosemary Can Increase Memory By 75 Percent

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Rosemary is a wonderful herb with a tradition of use spanning millennia. It has innumerable uses in both the kitchen and in herbal medicine.

Did you know that rosemary has been associated with memory enhancement since ancient times? It is true – and it has even been referred to from the latter part of the Elizabethan Era to the Early Romantic period as the herb of remembrance. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” (Hamlet, iv. 5.) It has also long been used as a symbol for remembrance during weddings, war commemorations and funerals in Europe and Australia. [1] Mourners in old times would wear it as a buttonhole, burn it as incense or throw it into graves as a symbol of remembrance for the dead.

It seems that this tradition of Rosemary may actually far more ancient and have its origins in the Arabic world of medieval times, which was greatly advanced in science: In Henry Lyte’s 1578 “Niewe Herball“, an English version of Rembert Dodoens’ French treatise, it is written “The Arrabians and their successors Physitions, do say that Rosemarie comforteth the brayne, the memory and the inward senses, and that it restoreth speech, especially the conserve made of the flowers, thereof with Sugar, to be received daily.” [2]

Because of this seemingly esoteric association, rosemary has at times been made into a sort of herbal-amulet, where it was placed beneath pillowcases, or simply smelt as a bouquet, and it was believed that using rosemary in these ways could protect the sleeper from nightmares, as well as increase their memory.

What’s fascinating is that several scientific studies have now found remarkable results for rosemary’s effects on memory:

Rosemary essential oil’s role in aromatherapy as an agent that promotes mental clarity was validated by the study of Moss, Cook, Wesnes, and Duckett (2003) in which the inhalation of rosemary essential oil significantly enhanced the performance for overall quality of memory and secondary memory factors of study participants. [3]

More recently, in 2012 a study on 28 older people (average 75 years old) found statistically significant dose-dependent improvements in cognitive performance with doses of dried rosemary leaf powder. [4]

Another study by Mark Moss and Lorraine Oliver at Northumbria University, Newcastle has identified 1,8-cineole (a compound in rosemary) as an agent potentially responsible for cognitive and mood performance. [5]

Further studies by Mark Moss and team have found memory enhancements of up to an amazing 75% from diffusion of rosemary essential oil. [6]

Now if you are asking “How is it even possible that an aroma can enhance memory?” – well, that’s a great question. Here’s a fascinating quote from one of the scientific papers referenced: “Volatile compounds (e.g. terpenes) may enter the blood stream by way of the nasal or lung mucosa. Terpenes are small organic molecules which can easily cross the blood-brain barrier and therefore may have direct effects in the brain by acting on receptor sites or enzyme systems.” [5]

Terpenes are primary components of essential oils and are often strong smelling, responsible for a diverse array of natural aromas. It’s also been found that 1,8-cineole enters the bloodstream of mammals after inhalation or ingestion. [7]

I’m interested to know if anyone uses rosemary as a memory enhancer. Maybe you could take some with you next time you have an examination and see if it helps with recall? One last tidbit to inspire you further: Lavender. In a 1998 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, rosemary was found to increase alertness but lavender was found not only to increase alertness but also to increase accuracy in math tests! [8] The way this is going, I can sense the possibility of a magical custom oil blend for total recall! ;)

Rosemary is very easy to grow in many gardens and will provide an abundant supply – almost too abundant! Just the other day when paying a Christmas visit to my family, I cut a few sprigs from my Dad’s organic rosemary bush (rosemary is an evergreen!), left them on a radiator to dry for a few days and then put the needle-like leaves in a jar, ready for use in the kitchen whenever required. So aromatic… and much better than the store-bought stuff I had before!

Another thought that springs to mind from this – here we have yet another example of an ancient herbal lore that has been validated by modern experiments. This happens again and again – and yet still the remarkable herbals, lost treasures of the ancient world are considered spurious by modern medicine. If an herb has been in use for a thousand years for a condition, it should be considered probable that there is something to it. When are we going to catch up with ancient knowledge? Let’s hope soon – while there is still some untarnished, un-GMO-ed nature left…

This scientific discovery was brought to our attention by the remarkable Robert Tisserand, whose work on essential oils is considered by many to be among the very finest. Check out his original pages reporting on the memory effects of Rosemary here http://roberttisserand.com/2013/04/new-rosemary-memory-research/ – and here http://roberttisserand.com/2012/03/rosemary-boosts-brain-power/

References:

[1] Henry Lyte “Niewe Herball”, 1578, p.264 http://books.google.com/books?id=ifxNAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA264

[2] http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/customs/rosemary.asp

[3] Moss M., Cook J., Wesnes K., & Duckett P. (2003). Aromas of rosemary and lavender essential oils differentially affect cognition and mood in healthy adults. International Journal of Neuroscience, 113(1): 15-38. Retrieved 24 March 2013 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12690999

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21877951

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736918/

[6] http://roberttisserand.com/2013/04/new-rosemary-memory-research

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3671550

[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10069621/

20 homeless camps return 24 hours after sweep; some UH employees nervous


Note: The media could’ve covered this story from an angle of compassion, instead the emphasis from  the beginning imprints “fear” toward people who have been dispossessed by society. The illegal occupation and overthrow of the Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian culture) led a once wealthy kingdom and it’s peoples down a path toward poverty, illiteracy, pestilence and ultimately virtual genocide. Now those who fall between the cracks are being marginalized by society and criminalized by the system.

Sadly, a once thriving culture has been virtually decimated by Western values and greed, it’s time for a change (an overhaul) in our collective thinking in order to preserve the beauty, wisdom, spirituality and sound cultural traditions embodied by the Polynesian tribes and their cultural counterparts around the globe. Aloha, ~A~}

Posted: Jul 02, 2014

By Keoki Kerr

 Homeless camp in Kakaako
Homeless camp in Kakaako
KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Less than 24 hours after Honolulu police swept the sidewalk of homeless camps across from the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kaakako, the same stretch was filled with 20 tents again Wednesday, as some UH employees said the homeless make them uneasy after hours.

UH Cancer Center intern Sasha Canovali , who walks several blocks to her parking lot, said the homeless problem has gotten worse there in the last month.

“It’s definitely increased. I’ve seen a lot more tents. I saw the police out here yesterday moving people but they came right back the same afternoon,” Canovali said.

She told us on camera what other med school and Cancer Center personnel said off-camera: that they’re scared to walk these streets at night and on the weekends.

“Sometimes I leave late and I get a little nervous when I walk to my car,” Canovali said.

Another UH Cancer Center employee sent us an email that said “I used to work late nights and even on weekend but I no longer do because it feels unsafe.”

Cheyenne Suka lives in one of the tents across from the med school. He and his 10-year-old daughter and six-year-old son have been homeless in Kakaako for four months.

Suka, who said he is disabled after suffering a stroke that affected his right arm and leg, said people should not be scared of most of the homeless living near the medical school.

“We don’t cause no harm over here. It’s just other the people who are way on the far side,” Suka said.

He said many of the people living on those sidewalks are families with young children.

“Family on that side. Family on this side. Mostly, I do … I have a whole bunch of kids that come here in the evening. We eat dinner over here and we make prayer,” Suka said.

Abby Sylvester parks on-street right next to the homeless tents to take her three-year-old daughter to speech therapy appointments nearby twice a week.

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“They’re always very friendly, they always say hi. So I’m not concerned for my safety. It’s just a little inconvenient more,” said Sylvester. “I’m a social worker. I think that people are people, it just happens that they’re houseless.”

The med school and cancer center sent its employees an email this week reminding them that they can ask for security guards to escort them to their parking lots.

“Please call for help when you feel threatened. If someone is accosted or hurt by someone else the police need to know about it in order to take appropriate actions,” said Elwyn Watkins, the John A. Burns School of Medicine building and security systems engineer.

“Nothing can be done if everyone only talks amongst each other and no one reports it. Non-reporting only leads our community leaders to believe there is no problem,”Watkinss wrote in the email.

Spokeswomen for both the school of medicine and the cancer center said they had not heard of any employees or guests threatened or assaulted by homeless people in recent months.

The two facilities held their first security seminar for employees in March, something that they are now planning to make an annual event. The seminar featured talks by Honolulu Police Department and UH security officials.

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