Archive for the ‘CHEMICALS’ Category


Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Soda color in cancer link

There’s a liquid out there so dangerous that even the COLOR of this stuff can kill you.

Yet millions of people drink it every single day — and odds are, you’re one of them.

It’s that sludge called soda, of course, and new research finds that one of its most basic ingredients — “caramel color” — can cause cancer and damage the immune system.

And if that sounds like it might just be chemical paranoia, consider this: “caramel color” is made by cooking sugar in ammonia.

You read me right: Sugar mixed with ammonia, heat-treated under pressure, creates a color so strong it can even mask whatever cola really looks like.

And it’s every bit as healthy as it sounds, because the process also produces 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole — chemicals found in government tests to cause lung, liver and thyroid cancers as well as leukemia in laboratory animals.

One of those byproducts, 4-methylimidazole, is currently being added to California’s list of known carcinogens. Once it takes effect, anything that contains more than 16 micrograms of this junk would need a warning label.

Surely, the amount of this stuff in soda can’t come close to that… right?


A 20-ounce bottle of caramel-colored soda typically contains 200 micrograms of 4-methylimidazole.

Cancer isn’t the only risk associated with this deadly color — a new study on mice finds it can also reduce white blood cell count and diminish immune system function.

Now, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has fired off a petition to the FDA, urging them to ban this ingredient from soft drinks… and the FDA, in turn, says they’ll think about it.

But really, why bother?

Anyone who thinks soda is safe — or that diet soda is healthy — is either dumb or delusional… and this new warning isn’t going to change their minds.

Maybe the soda makers should even advertise the toxic ingredients, like a dare.

You know what? I’ll bet sales won’t suffer one bit.


Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011


We are what we eat. Some of us were fortunate enough to have been brought up in an age when mothers were homemakers and prepared meals of real food that tasted like real food.

Today, we are (most of us) being slowly poisoned by the food industry. Flavour enhancers, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and a host of toxic chemicals are now packaged into just about everything we eat.

Simply look at the ingredients list on any package of processed food – disodium EDTA, BHA, propylene glycol, dimenthyl sulfate – to name but a few. Years ago people never needed to add such dangerous toxins to their pies, soups, and stews, and they tasted a whole lot better than anything today.

Even our water supplies are deliberately contaminated with harmful fluoride – Fluoride is a known rat and cockroach poison. Another dangerous toxin – aspartame – is used extensively as an artificial sweetener. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is added to just about everything in packaged food – and especially in fast-food restaurants.

Why is this happening? MONEY, pure and simple, and the all-powerful pharmaceutical industry (heavily linked with the food industry) makes more money when people are unhealthy – the greatest profit when people are ill comes from the treatment, NOT the prevention or cure.

Sourced from Natural Health by Henry Sapiecha


Friday, December 3rd, 2010



More than 300 enzymes need magnesium ions in order to be sufficiently produced by the body. The deficiency of magnesium in the human body is associated with serious health conditions like osteoporosis, diabetes, and asthma.  Here is the problem:  in the United States, only around 32 percent of the population meets their magnesium recommended daily needs.

The Wonders of Magnesium

Magnesium is a metallic element and is the third most abundant element in sea water and eleventh in the human body. It is an important element in the process of food manufacturing in plants and the element is one of the most important components of fertilizers. Derivations of the element are also used for medical purposes, such as:

  • Milk of magnesia is a common laxative
  • It also serves as an antacid for people with digestive problems
  • It is also needed to stabilize the excitation of blood vessel spasms like eclampsia.

Magnesium compounds are important in all living creatures. At the ground level of the food chain, plants need magnesium for photosynthesis; magnesium compound is an important component of chlorophyll, the green pigmentation common in the leaves of plants. And the transfer of magnesium to animals and humans primarily starts at the stage of consuming magnesium-bearing plants.

One of the most important functions of magnesium in the body is its facilitation of calcium absorption. The absorption of magnesium, on the other hand, is influenced by the body’s level of fat, phytate, phosphate and protein. Numerous processes in the body need the presence of magnesium. And despite the metallic nature of magnesium, it’s not likely for someone to experience magnesium overdose from natural sources since the body has a natural mechanism for getting rid of excess magnesium from the system. It is filtrated in the kidneys and excreted through the urinary system. And its status as the least bioavailable macronutrient makes it difficult for people to satisfy their magnesium needs. But magnesium supplements are very available in the market and as an over-the-counter drug.

Magnesium against Health Failure in Women

A study conducted by a group of researchers from the Harvard Medical School, Brigham Young University and Women’s Hospital found that the increased daily consumption of foods rich in magnesium can reduce the risk of sudden death due to heart failure in women. Study participants who had the highest intake of magnesium were observed to have a 37 percent lower risk of sudden cardiac death compared to the ones with the lowest magnesium intake. The result of the study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Magnesium’s most apparent health benefit is its protective property against sudden cardiac death. The researchers described this condition as a non-traumatic, unexpected and non-violent death caused by heart failure with at least 6 hours of observable good health.

The popularity of magnesium and its health benefits have increased with numerous new studies being conducted to better define the role of magnesium to promote and maintain better health. Surveys on human nutrition show that a large portion of the population is not meeting their recommended magnesium dietary intake; this being 420 milligrams in men and 320 milligrams in women daily. Rich sources of magnesium includes milk, nuts and grains, starches, meats, leafy vegetables and other greens.

Studies are also being made to determine the adverse effects of magnesium deficiency. The Freedonia Group reported that international demands for minerals and nutrients will cost around $12.6 billion by 2013, an excess of 6 percent from 2009. The report with the title World Nutraceutical Ingredients highlighted the increasing demand for magnesium. The supplements leading the race are resistant maltodextrin fibers, carotenoids, probiotics, isoflavones, soy proteins and psyllium.

Another study conducted by the two researchers from the Brigham Young University found that magnesium is essential in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body and added that the element has not produced any significant toxicity issues. Renea Beckstrand and Tavia Mathers said that oral supplementation is recommended. The new study supports the previously established protective properties of magnesium against sudden cardiac death in women. The research team led by Stephenie Chiuve evaluated data gathered from the 88,375 women who participated in the Nurses Health Study. The study lasted for 26 years and more than 500 cases of sudden cardiac death were noted by the researcher team. They concluded that high magnesium intake results to a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death.

Health Benefits and Natural Sources of Magnesium

Despite the growing health benefits of magnesium supplements, eating specific types of food can satisfy the body’s daily magnesium needs. The richest sources of magnesium are green vegetables like spinach, cornmeal, barley, sweet potatoes, artichoke, lima beans, broad beans, beet greens, tomatoes, peanuts, oat bran, wheat flour, pumpkin seeds and buckwheat flour.

Consuming dietary products like milk, yoghurt, and butter can also help supply satisfy the body’s magnesium needs. Other rich natural sources of magnesium are sea foods like shrimp, mackerel and tuna.

Magnesium supplements present several health benefits. Here are some of the benefits one can get from consuming magnesium:

  • Magnesium is used to relieve chronic asthma patients by helping promote relaxation of their bronchial muscles and thus promote normal breathing.
  • The intravenous administration of magnesium can also help relieve breathlessness and wheezing.
  • In the absorption of calcium, magnesium is an important element that facilitates calcium absorption and promotes better bone density.
  • Magnesium is also needed by pregnant women to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and increase pain tolerance during labor.
  • Deficiency of magnesium serum in the body has also been linked to the development of diabetes; the mineral improves the cells’ reaction to insulin to better glucose metabolism.
  • Magnesium regulates the levels of zinc, copper, and vitamin D in the body
  • It relieves bladder control problems
  • Magnesium helps prevent eclamptic seizure
  • It relieves constipation
  • Magnesium has also been used in the treatment and management of patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Magnesium-based medications are used to treat patients suffering from anxiety, undue agitations, panic attacks and other psychiatric dysfunctions.
  • Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Sunday, October 10th, 2010

High amounts of heavy metals found in China tobacco

By Tan Ee LynPosted 2010/10/07 at 7:55 am EDT

HONG KONG, Oct. 7, 2010 (Reuters) — Some Chinese cigarettes contain amounts of lead, arsenic and cadmium that are three times higher than levels found in Canadian cigarettes, a study has found.

While consuming such heavy metals is widely known to be harmful to health, there is little research done so far about their impact when inhaled into the body.

The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Tobacco Control on Thursday, said more investigation was needed.

“While the per-stick levels of metals are what we measured, the real issue is repeated exposure. Smokers don’t smoke just one cigarette, but 20 or so a day every day for years because cigarettes are addictive,” wrote lead author Richard O’Connor of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.

“These metals get into smokers along with a cocktail of other toxicants. The effect of cumulative exposure to multiple toxicants, including metals, is the public health question that needs to be sorted out.”

The researchers used Canadian cigarettes for comparison in their study because Canadian manufacturers and importers are required to test for metals content in tobacco, and Health Canada, the country’s public health agency, recently released data concerning this.

China has more than 320 million smokers and a million Chinese in the country die each year from tobacco-related illnesses. Smoking has been causally linked to hypertension, stroke, diabetes, cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, among others.

China has the world’s largest smoking population and is also the biggest producer of tobacco, manufacturing 2.16 trillion cigarettes in 2007, according to the Tobacco Atlas.

O’Connor and colleagues analyzed 78 varieties of popular Chinese cigarette brands and found significantly elevated levels of heavy metals, with some containing three times the levels of lead, cadmium and arsenic compared with Canadian cigarettes.

“The higher yields of cadmium and lead in cigarettes manufactured in China are worrisome given current smoking prevalence in China and China National Tobacco Company’s export ambitions,” the researchers wrote in their paper.

A member of the team, Geoffrey Fong from the University of Waterloo in Canada, said the heavy metals content was due to contaminated soil.

“Tobacco like other crops absorbs minerals and other things from the soil, so if the soil has cadium, lead or arsenic, they will be absorbed into the tobacco,” Fong said.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Monday, August 16th, 2010

Receipts covered in hormone-like chemical

Here’s a reality check for those of you who think you can avoid the toxic chemical bisphenol A: It turns out this toxic chemical has even been found in cash register receipts. That’s right: It’s not just cans and plastic bottles, friends – this poison is literally everywhere.

Researchers from the Environmental Working Group found this dangerous estrogen-like substance in 40 percent of receipts from places like Safeway, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, CVS, and KFC.

Even the hippy-friendly greenie paradise Whole Foods had BPA in its receipts. You just can’t trust anyone these days!

But if you think handling receipts with BPA is no big deal, think again. Swiss scientists say that two hours after exposure, 30 percent of the BPA from a receipt remained on the skin – and could no longer be washed away.

Nothing like a hormone boost with each purchase – and they don’t even charge extra for it.

Speaking of BPA, Duane wrote in to ask how to send a message to the government urging them to ban this toxic garbage. Here’s what you do, Duane: Write a letter and print it out. Don’t waste money on an envelope or a stamp – just run that letter right through your shredder.

That’s what the feds will do with it, because they don’t care about you or me. The dangers of BPA are well known and well documented – it’s been linked to everything from obesity and cardiovascular problems to reproductive harm and early puberty – and they’re deliberately ignoring all that evidence every single day they fail to act.

If you want to do something more productive with your time, get rid of everything that might contain BPA: Cans, bottles, jars with lids – if it doesn’t say “BPA free,” assume it’s BPA full.

There’s not much you can do about those receipts. I’d say leave them right there at the cash register, but in some places they’ll tackle you at the door if you don’t show a receipt on the way out. You might also need those receipts for warranties, returns and the taxman.

Does this mean gloves are mandatory

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Monday, August 16th, 2010

Toxic ingredients in common soaps

Common antimicrobial soap ingredients can kill sperm and damage the female babymaking equipment – and now, a lawsuit-happy environmental group is suing the feds over it.

After all, they first proposed regulating these antimicrobial chemicals – triclosan and triclocarban – 30 years ago. They promised to act once they completed a study… but I’ll bet you can guess what happened next. They never bothered to study it.

That’s your government (not) at work.

So they ‘washed’ their hands of it, and today these completely unregulated toxic chemicals are free to go to town on your endocrine system, reproductive system, and more every single time you lather up.

As I’ve told you before, triclosan is actually a pesticide — not a soap. And when it gets in the water, fish die. With a chemical that powerful, your poor little sperm never even have a chance.

The group that filed the suit, the National Resources Defense Council, is the same organization that recently sued the feds over their lack of regulations on BPA. The FDA’s bureaucrats may do a whole lot of nothing, but the agency’s lawyers sure are keeping busy.

Don’t wait for the lawyers, bureaucrats, and environmental groups to sort this one out, because while these things might be bad news for people, fish and sperm, they’re not exactly terrorizing bacteria. Studies have found that antimicrobial soaps are actually no better at killing germs than the plain old soap – and the FDA has even admitted as much.

What’s more, the overuse of these soaps is helping to create drug-resistant superbugs… and boy do we overuse them: Triclosan residue is believed to be on 75 percent of Americans over the age of 6.

So do yourself and the rest of us a favor: Keep clean… but stick to plain old soap.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

STD linked to skin cancer

Well, well, well – it looks like the mainstream has accidentally stumbled upon the truth that skin cancer might be caused by something other than the sun. Researchers have found that some strains of HPV, a common sexually acquired virus, can dramatically increase your skin cancer risk.
Read the full story.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Do Cleaning Products & Sprays

Cause Breast Cancer?

Science (July 21, 2010) — Women who report greater use of cleaning products may be at higher breast cancer risk than those who say they use them sparingly. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health asked more than 1500 women about their cleaning product usage and found that women who reported using more air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control had a higher incidence of breast cancer.

Julia Brody, from the Silent Spring Institute, USA, worked with a team of researchers to carry out telephone interviews with 787 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 721 comparison women. She said, “Women who reported the highest combined cleaning product use had a doubled risk of breast cancer compared to those with the lowest reported use. Use of air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control were associated with increased risk. To our knowledge, this is the first published report on cleaning product use and risk of breast cancer.”

The researchers questioned women on product use, beliefs about breast cancer causes, and established and suspected risk factors. They found that cleaning products, air fresheners, and insect repellents were associated with breast cancer, but little association was observed with overall pesticide use. Women with breast cancer who believed that chemicals and pollutants contribute ‘a lot’ to the risk of developing the condition were more likely to report high product usage.

Speaking about this potential bias to the study, Brody said, “When women are diagnosed with breast cancer, they often think about what happened in the past that might have contributed to the disease. As a result, it may be that women with breast cancer more accurately recall their past product use or even over-estimate it. Or, it could also be that experience with breast cancer influences beliefs about its causes. For example, women diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to believe heredity contributes ‘a lot’, because most are the first in their family to get the disease.”

In order to avoid possible recall bias, the researchers recommend further study of cleaning products and breast cancer using prospective self-reports and measurements in environmental and biological media.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Monday, June 21st, 2010

Is Your Water Safe?

Physical Chemists Devise Quick

Spectrometry-Based Mercury Test

August 1, 2006 — Physical chemists have created a new, cheap test to detect mercury, an element known to harm the brain, kidneys, heart, lungs and immune system. A gold nanorod absorbs mercury from a sample and, then and an optical spectrometer measures changes in the nanorod’s light absorption. The process, which takes less than 10 minutes, can test mercury concentrations in liquids, gases, or solids.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Mercury … It’s in the ground, in the air, and in our water! We even have a little bit in our bodies. That’s normal. But too much mercury could cause health problems. What’s in your water? New tests may help detect if something dangerous is coming out of your faucet.

Courtney Hylton and her 2-year-old daughter Jordan enjoy their afternoon tea parties. Even though it tastes just right, what’s in the water could hurt them both.

“I really want to know what’s in there that shouldn’t be there,” Courtney says.

According to chemist Andres Campiglia, mercury attacks the nervous system. Too much mercury in your body can cause injury to your brain, kidneys, heart, lungs and immune system.

For pregnant women like Courtney, too much mercury can be toxic to their unborn babies. That’s why she is having her water tested.

Using gold to remove mercury from drinking water

University of Central Florida chemists Eloy Hernández and Campiglia have created a new quick, cheap test to detect mercury by using a very unlikely source — pure gold. Water is mixed with a solution containing gold nanorods, or solid gold bars 2,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Gold absorbs mercury. Then, scientists use an optical spectrometer to measure the light soaked up by the nanorods and reveal how much mercury is present.

“The more reddish it becomes, the higher the concentration of mercury,” Hernández tells DBIS.

The entire process takes less than 10 minutes. Results read out on a computer.

Courtney and Jordan’s water was safe, so for them it’s another cup of tea — with a little milk — and no mercury.

This mercury test works on not only liquids, but also on gases and solids. Scientists believe it can also be used in a larger capacity to clean up water and power plants. It could be available to the public within a few years.

BACKGROUND: Chemists are using an unusual technique to detect mercury in your water: gold nanorods, two thousand times thinner than a human hair The gold absorbs the mercury while the researchers monitor changes in the amount of light through a hand-held device called an optical spectrometer. This process can be used to create water filters and reclaim contaminated water.

HOW MERCURY GETS INTO WATER: Mercury is found in many rocks including coal, which when burned, releases mercury into the environment. Coal-burning power plants are the largest human-caused source of mercury emissions to the air in the United States, accounting for over 40 percent of all domestic human-caused mercury emissions. The EPA has estimated that about one quarter of U.S. emissions from coal-burning power plants are deposited within the U.S. Burning hazardous wastes, producing chlorine, breaking mercury products, and spilling mercury, as well as the improper treatment and disposal of products or wastes containing mercury, can also release it into the environment. Current estimates are that less than half of all mercury within the U.S. comes from U.S. sources. Mercury in the air eventually settles into water or onto land where it can be washed into water.

TOXIC MERCURY: Also known as “quicksilver,” mercury is heavy, silver-like metal, and one of five elements that are liquid at or near room temperature. Mercury is a neurotoxin, so it affects the central nervous system, causing personality changes, nervousness, trembling and in extreme cases, dementia. If mercury vapor is inhaled, as much as 80 percent of it may enter the bloodstream.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Monday, June 7th, 2010

Dangerous Chemicals In Our Homes.

Be warned.

Published on June 2, 2010


A hundred years ago, these chemicals did not even exist. Today, bisphenol A, phthalates, PFOA, formaldehyde and even PDBE (polybrominated diphenyl ether) can be found in nearly all of the millions of homes in the United States. These chemicals are used everywhere from carpets to plastic bottles to cushions and even baby mattresses. These chemicals are also added to shampoos, hair waxes, makeup… You name it and the pharmaceutical industry has been able to add these chemicals to it.

Bisphenol A

This chemical is the foundation of nearly unbreakable and clear polycarbonate plastics. Epoxy resins also contain bisphenol A. As such, this chemical is found in every plastic product that requires heat-resistant and unbreakable clear plastics, like baby bottles, clear food containers, the hard lids of jars, compact discs like DVDs and even sealants used to prevent further tooth decay.

Babies that drink milk from plastic bottles, cups and glasses have been exposed. Dental patients with sealants that have been made with bisphenol A too have absorbed the chemical. In a recent CDCP study, a staggering 93% of all test subjects were positive for bisphenol A (through urine testing).

Long term studies suggest that prolonged exposure to this chemical can affect male sexual function. Other studies point to its potentially harmful effects to the human endocrine system. It turns out that this chemical can mimic estrogen, the naturally occurring female hormone that exists in both males and females. If there is  a chemical that mimics estrogen, then the body will experience a chemical imbalance – and we all know what chemical imbalances can do to the body. According to the FDA, this chemical can also cause negative effects to fetuses.


Phthalates is used as a plastic softener and binding agent. This chemical is used on personal care products like shampoos & conditioners. It is also used in  materials used in interior decoration, like vinyl tiles and bathroom curtains. Drugs that are time-released are also coated with phthalates.

Because of its widespread use, the chemical is absorbed readily by the body with every use of any product that has the chemical. A new study performed by researchers from the Mount Sinai Center reported the possible link between prenatal exposure to the chemical and ADHD. In other researchers and animal studies, this chemical has also been linked to the disruption of the endocrine system and sexual development in males.

Recently, the United States government has put a ban on six types of this class of chemicals that are used on products like toys. To reduce exposure to this chemical, avoid personal care products that only list ‘fragrance’ in the list of materials or ingredients. Such products may have phthalates added. You may want personal care products that actually list what they use for fragrance – there are a lot of products from companies that do not hide the chemicals they use.


PFOA is used to manufacture products like Teflon. As such, it is found in products that make use of Teflon, like pots, pans, ladles, etc. This chemical is also added to carpeting materials, furniture and a host of other products that are wildly disassociated with each other in function.

The chemical can be also be released into the immediate environment once the products containing it are destroyed. Current research suggests that Teflon-coated cookware tend to give off vapors, which can contaminate the food being cooked in or with the Teflon-lined wares.

The chemical can also be absorbed directly through the inhalation of polluted air. In animal trials, PFOA is a known carcinogen that actually causes cancerous growths and physical development problems. To reduce your exposure to PFOA, you may opt not to use Teflon-coated cookware  (use stainless steel pots, pans and ladles instead). Also, keep your heat to medium-high to reduce the vapors created when Teflon comes into contact with heat.


Formaldehyde is used in different types of adhesives, panelings, construction boards and pressed-fabric products. Exposure to this chemical is usually through direct contact with products containing the chemical. Also, cigarette smoke and car exhaust contains formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can cause allergic reactions that can affect the entire respiratory tract. To reduce exposure, furniture should be made from exterior grade wood. This doesn’t mean that the furniture will not emit formaldehyde; exterior grade wood just emits less of the chemical.


PDBE is a class of chemicals that are added to products to reduce flammability. Products like mattresses, foams, pillows, blankets and even coverings used for furniture are ‘enhanced’ with PDBE. According to recent statistics, about twelve million pounds of the chemical is manufactured on a yearly basis – and the chemical does not break down that quickly. EPA studies show that this chemical can cause damage to people’s kidneys and livers. Since PDBE can also be inhaled through dust, remove dust produced by old and new furniture. Also, avoid buying products that list PDBE as a fire retardant.

Nature to the rescue: detoxify with wheat grass

Wheatgrass is basically a young wheat plant. For decades, the grass has been used as food by man. And there is more reasons to enjoy wheatgrass today because it actually detoxifies the body and provides other benefits as well:

  1. It improves the digestive function.
  2. It controls high blood pressure.
  3. It increases the ability of the body to heal wounds quickly.
  4. It is a natural antibiotic because it contains chlorophyll, a green pigment.
  5. It helps prevent the progression of tooth decay.
  6. It has been noted for its ability to delay the onset of white or gray hair.
  7. It can be used as a general internal cleanser and detoxifying agent – to rid our bodies of accumulated toxins absorbed from food, water and the air.
  8. It can help reduce the scarring in the lungs caused by contaminated and acidic air.
  9. It is a natural blood purifier.
  10. It can help reduce the swelling and pain associated with sore throat (usually caused by bacteria).
  11. It is a natural sterilizing agent.
  12. It is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, especially vitamin C, which improves the skin, helps protect the respiratory tract and also helps improve one’s immunity.
  13. It can be used as a natural mouthwash to control odor and bacterial growth in the oral cavity.
  14. It can help improve circulation in the body by improving the condition of capillaries – the smallest blood vessels in the body.
  15. It acts as a chelating agent, removing heavy metals like cadmium from the body.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha 7th June 2010