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The Danger of Toxic Consumer Products, Fragrances

Perfumes and fragrances are the single largest category of cosmetic and personal care products, especially hair, facial, and eye. These products represent nearly 50 percent of all prestige beauty dollars now spent in the US Fragrances are also extensively used in a wide range of everyday household cleaning products.

Exposure to toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products is predominantly through the skin. In contrast, exposure to toxic ingredients in household cleaning products is predominantly through inhalation.

Comment: For more information about the toxic ingredients in consumer products such as cosmetics and perfume read the following articles carried on SOTT:

Hidden Chemicals in Perfume and Cologne

Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients

The Top 10 Toxic Products You Don't Need

Reckless Failure of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to Protect Against Cancer From Toxics in Cosmetics and GE Milk

Red Flag

Illness Among Exxon Valdez Workers Could Foreshadow Tragedy for BP Oil Spill Cleanup Crews

People working to cleanup the BP oil spill could very well face the prospect of long-term health problems. According to a report on CNN last night, cleanup workers from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill are still suffering health problems, 21 years later.

A lawyer who represented on such Exxon Valdez worker told CNN that One examination of health records of 11,000 Exxon Valdez cleanup workers found that 6,722 of them had gotten sick. The government and the company called those illnesses the "Exxon crud," a flu or cold that Exxon was not required to report to federal health officials, CNN said.

One former Exxon Valdez cleanup worker interviewed by CNN said he was "slowly poisoned" by the toxins he was exposed to. Today, he continues to suffer from rashes, respiratory problems, and is going blind.


Genetically Engineered Soybeans May Cause Allergies


Jeffrey Smith
"I used to test for soy allergies all the time, but now that soy is genetically engineered, it is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it - unless it says organic."
- Allergy specialist John Boyles, MD

Beginning in 1996, genes from bacteria and viruses have been forced into the DNA of soy, corn, cotton, and canola plants, which are used for food. Ohio allergist John Boyles is one of a growing number of experts who believe that these genetically modified (GM) foods are contributing to the huge jump in food allergies in the US, especially among children.

The UK is one of the few countries that conduct a yearly food allergy evaluation. In March 1999, researchers at the York Laboratory were alarmed to discover that reactions to soy had skyrocketed by 50% over the previous year.

Genetically modified soy had recently entered the UK from US imports and the soy used in the study was largely GM. John Graham, spokesman for the York laboratory, said, "We believe this raises serious new questions about the safety of GM foods."

Better Earth

Should You Eat a Paleo-Diet for Health Like These Californians?

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30,000-year old man found in Kostenki, Russia; face restored from skull.
There's an article in the Sacramento Bee on the Paleo Diet, eating like a caveman for health. But should you really eat like someone who lived 50,000 years ago? Should you eat like a pre-agricultural cave person who dined on buffalo, fish, rhino, mammoth, seasonal berries, wild vegetables, herbs, and roots?

Cave people in France ate lots of rhino. Unfortunately, the ice age drove those animals south. You could buy buffalo burgers at Sacramento's Natural Food Co-op. But you won't find the hunter's staple, mammoth. So you might eat lots of fish. The only problem is cave man's fish didn't have the toxins such as mercury that you find in most of today's fish. So the next best is to eat wild-caught salmon. That's what stone-age people ate 50,000 - 20,000 years ago.

Comment: Unfortunately, this writer is abysmally ignorant about the Paleolithic peoples. When you say "cave man", you are generally referring to Neanderthal. I haven't read a single study saying that Neanderthals ate rhino regularly. What they did eat was opportunistically scavenged, horse, bison, reindeer and a very occasional mammoth. They never ate fish at all. They weren't bright enough to figure out how to get them. So, having that bit of data in mind: the ignorance of the author of the piece, take the rest with a box of salt.

Several weeks ago, according to "Paleo diet turns back the evolutionary clock," a group of health-conscious Sacramentans started their Paleo diet to eat like cave people for nine weeks. That means consuming only animals, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and mushrooms. The Sacramentan behind the cave man eating challenge is Rick Larson, co-owner of CrossFit West Sacramento, the gym running the dietary challenge.

Comment: The genotype and blood type diets are useful guides, but everybody is different and there might be many variations according to genetic vulnerability, accumulated toxic load throughout our lives, nutrition, etc. We recommend the elimination diet to determine food sensitivities and intolerances according to each individual.

For more information on this topic, please visit our Diet and Health forum.


Something in the Water

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The nitrogen in chemical fertilizer does two things incredibly well. It supercharges crop growth, and it produces nitrates, chemicals that are ultra-soluble in water and easily pass through soil to accumulate in groundwater. Once there, nitrates can persist for decades and increase in concentration as more fertilizer is added.

Ingestion of nitrates by infants has been shown to lower levels of oxygen in the blood, leading to the potentially fatal blue-baby syndrome. And several studies have shown that consumption of nitrate-contaminated water can cause cancers in animals. But a recent report by a team led by Mary H. Ward of the National Cancer Institute for the first time links nitrates directly to thyroid cancer in humans.


UN Commission Limits Melamine, Sets New Food Standards

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Li Xiaoquan, right, holds up a photo of his twin daughters Li Xiaokai, who died after drinking tainted milk, and Li Xiaoyan at his home in Liti village, near Runan, central China's Henan province, 19 Oct 2008
The maximum amount of melamine allowed in powdered infant formula is 1 mg/kg and the amount of the chemical allowed in other foods and animal feed is 2.5 mg/kg, according to new rulings from the United Nations' food standards body, Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Melamine is a chemical used in a variety of industrial processes - including the manufacture of plastics used for dishware and kitchenware, and can coatings - and traces of it unavoidably get into food by contact without causing health problems.

However the substance is toxic at high levels. Such levels of melamine were found recently in infant formula, milk powder and pet food due to its deliberate and illegal addition to increase the apparent protein content of these products. Babies and children died as a result and hundreds of thousands became seriously ill.


America's Deadliest Sweetener Betrays Millions, Then Hoodwinks You With Name Change

Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history, and its approval for use in food was the most contested in FDA history. In the end, the artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds, but rather because of strong political and financial pressure. After all, aspartame was previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent!

It's hard to believe such a chemical would be allowed into the food supply, but it was, and it has been wreaking silent havoc with people's health for the past 30 years.

Comment: For more information and insight into the serious negative health effects of Aspartame read the following articles:

Aspartame: The Politics of Food
Aspartame has been Renamed and is Now Being Marketed as a Natural Sweetener
ASPARTAME - The Silent Killer
The Aspartame/NutraSweet Fiasco
Aspartame consumption strongly associated with migraines and seizures

The articles listed below depict how important information about the serious health risks of aspartame has been withheld from the public:

FDA Hid Research That Damned Aspartame: Fatal Studies Should Have Blocked NutraSweet Approval The following books, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D. and Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D states:
Our lives and health are sacrificed to an addictive, excitoneurotoxic, genetically engineered, carcinogenic drug that damages the mitochondria and even interacts with drugs and vaccines. It is used in the US by half of the population, creating an incredible epidemic of diseases
Propaganda Warning! Expert panel, funded by a major maker of aspartame, says, 'Aspartame is safe'
'New', (meaning now being reporting in MSM), fears over Aspartame


Are "Natural" Household Cleaners Really Safer?

A growing number of Americans are concerned about the safety of household cleaners, laundry detergents, and other home care products. For some, their family's health has been damaged by chemicals found in mainstream products. Others have studied the issue and want to protect themselves and those they love, and so shop for home care products whose ingredients they understand and feel confident using.

But according to the Natural and Nutritional Products Industry Center (NPIC), there has never before been standard definition of the term "natural" used by the home care industry. Now, an easily identifiable seal will help consumers discern which products are natural. Shoppers can expect the seal to begin appearing on certified home care products in the coming months.


Colorado dairy linked to 26 E. coli and Campylobacter illnesses

Two more illnesses have been linked to raw goat milk sold from a Colorado farm, the Boulder County Health Department announced Friday.

The announcement brings the total number of E. coli and Campylobacter reports in connection with the Billy Goat Dairy in Longmont, Colo., to 26.

Billy Goat Dairy sells unpasteurized milk to 43 households as part of a herd share program, in which residents purchase a share of a goat in exchange for raw milk. Health officials are contacting members of the program to check for symptoms, according to the Daily Camera.

Evil Rays

Think You're Operating on Free Will? Think Again

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Studies have found that upon entering an office, people behave more competitively when they see a sharp leather briefcase on the desk, they talk more softly when there is a picture of a library on the wall, and they keep their desk tidier when there is a vague scent of cleaning agent in the air. But none of them are consciously aware of the influence of their environment.

There may be few things more fundamental to human identity than the belief that people are rational individuals whose behavior is determined by conscious choices. But recently psychologists have compiled an impressive body of research that shows how deeply our decisions and behavior are influenced by unconscious thought, and how greatly those thoughts are swayed by stimuli beyond our immediate comprehension.

In an intriguing review in the July 2 edition of the journal Science, published online Thursday, Ruud Custers and Henk Aarts of Utrecht University in the Netherlands lay out the mounting evidence of the power of what they term the "unconscious will." "People often act in order to realize desired outcomes, and they assume that consciousness drives that behavior. But the field now challenges the idea that there is only a conscious will. Our actions are very often initiated even though we are unaware of what we are seeking or why," Custers says.