For "Summary Saturday", or News, some old, some new, that may be of interest:
USDA Organic Infant Formula Contains Pesticide Labeled As A "Nutrient"
"There is no denying that a sizable body of clinical and epidemiological research now exists proving that breastfeeding prevents at least 70 health conditions in breastfed infants, and that infant formula contributes to or causes 57 adverse health conditions, making the widespread promotion of infant formula in the US all the more troubling.
But, what may be most disturbing of all, is what ingredients are actually being put into these so-called breast milk alternatives, and under the ostensibly 'pure' and 'healthy' banner of the USDA organic label.
Enter the strange story of Copper Sulfate....
Do a Google search for "Copper Sulfate and you'll find a fascinating array of products vying for your attention, such as:
- Rooto Brand 'Root Killer,' 2lb Copper Sulfate: used to effectively kill and destroy roots in your drain.
- Crystal Blue Copper Sulfate 'Smart Crystals,' 5 lb Copper Sulfate: used to kill algae and kill roots in septic systems.
- Seed Ranch 100% Pure Copper Sulfate Crystals, 1lb: used to kill snails and slugs, pond cleaner to kill mosquito larvae and algae, fungicide/mildew cleaner, tree stump remover.
Nothing here indicates that Copper Sulfate (or Cupric Sulfate: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/146741/cupric-sulfate) is a 'nutrient,' correct?
Indeed, if you dig deeper into its toxicological classification you will find that, according to the Dangerous Substance Directive (one of the main European Union laws concerning chemical safety),Copper Sulfate is "Harmful (Xn), Irritant (Xi) and Dangerous for the environment (N)." According to research performed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the lowest dose of copper sulfate that had an acutely toxic impact on humans is 11 mg/kg, which is approximately 748 mg for a 150 lb adult.
All the more surprising to find this chemical in USDA certified Organic infant formulas, such as Similac's new Advance® Organic Infant formula, and not as a contaminant, or even as a preservative, but as a mineral that '...helps give babies a strong start in life,' according to the Similac website, describing its line of infant formulas and human breast milk fortifiers.
Even trusted brands within the natural products channel, such as Earth Best's Organic formula, and Baby's Own Organics contain Copper Sulfate as a "mineral" nutrient." More at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/usda-organic-formula-contains-ingredient-worse-gmos?
Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors
12 Hormone-Altering Chemicals and How to Avoid Them
"There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.
Here are 12 of the worst hormone disrupters, how they do their dirty deeds, and some tips on how to avoid them.
#1. BPA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A)
Some may say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but do you really want a chemical used in plastics imitating the sex hormone estrogen in your body? No! Unfortunately, this synthetic hormone can trick the body into thinking it’s the real thing – and the results aren’t pretty. BPA has been linked to everything from breast and others cancers to reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease, and according to government tests, 93 percent of Americans have BPA in their bodies!
How to avoid it? Go fresh instead of canned – many food cans are lined with BPA – or research which companies don’t use BPA or similar chemicals in their products. Say no to receipts, since thermal paper is often coated with BPA. And avoid plastics marked with a “PC,” for polycarbonate, or recycling label #7. Not all of these plastics contain BPA, but many do – and it’s better safe than sorry when it comes to keeping synthetic hormones out of your body. Do not microwave food in plastic containers. For more tips, check out: www.ewg.org/bpa/
List of Endocrine Disruptors: http://www.ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors
What is BPA, and what are the concerns about BPA?
"What is BPA? Should I be worried about it?": http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bpa/AN01955
Flu shot ingredients, they include mercury and other highly toxic chemicals
"It is quite disheartening that they are promoting the flu shot everywhere ,if you care at all about what is in it you would research and find out what they want to US TO PUT IN OUR BODIES…..the sad fact is they don’t care, plain and simple mass genocide please ,please, please do you and your loved ones a favor and find out what is in it before you have it injected in your bloodstream!!!!
The list of flu shot ingredients is quite a long and scary one. But unlike, say, ingredients in canned and packaged foods, this list is not normally visible for consumers to see. People get flu shots from an injection given by the doctor. They do not first get to read the ingredients list.
If you do, you will certainly think more than twice about getting that flu shot. Because it is filled with toxic chemicals, some of which are extremely toxic.
Among the many toxic flu shot ingredients, the one that some consumers know about – and this is quite widely discussed on Internet forums – is mercury. Almost all flu shots, as well as other vaccines, contain Thimerosal, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiomersal), a mercury disinfectant / preservative. Mercury is extremely toxic.
Ethylene glycol is used as antifreeze. Ethylene glycol and its toxic byproducts first affect the central nervous system, then the heart and finally the kidneys. Ingestion of sufficient amounts can be fatal.
Phenol, also known as carbolic acid, is used as a disinfectant and dye. Phenol was originally used as an antiseptic in surgery but it use was abandoned because it causes skin irritation. Before and during the Second World War, phenol injections were used by Nazi Germans as a means of rapid execution!
Formaldehyde is the chemical used for embalming. It is used in vaccines as a preservative. Formaldehyde is a known cancer-causing agent and it can also cause allergic reactions. Its use in cosmetics is banned in Sweden and Japan.
Aluminum is a toxic metal used as an additive in flu shots to promote antibody response. Aluminum is widely associated with Alzheimer’s disease and studies have shown that people who received five or more flu shots during a 10-year period had 10 times higher risks of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, compared to those who had fewer than two flu shots." More at: http://beforeitsnews.com/health/2013/04/flu-shot-ingredients-they-include-mercury-and-other-highly-toxic-chemicals-2480630.html
Things to Consider Before Getting the Flu Vaccine
"During the 2012-2013 flu season, the flu vaccine's effectiveness was found to be just 56 percent across all age groups reviewed by the CDC —in essence, the statistical equivalent of a coin toss.
In average conditions, when a flu vaccine at least partially matches the circulating virus, 100 people need to be vaccinated in order to avoid just ONE set of influenza symptoms. More at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/22/flu-vaccine-effectiveness.aspx
You Don't Want to Know What's in Your Flu Shot!
"Dr. Sherry Tenpenny talks about what goes into making current flu shots and what some of the new production methods are. You might not think the flu is so bad after watching this::
Your Drinking Water Contains A Hazardous Waste-Fluoride!
"Dr. Paul Connett describes how fluoride goes from being a hazardous waste to something you ingest in your public water or put in oral health products for health benefits. Dr. Connett also mentions some of the many ways you may be getting fluoride into your system without even knowing it:
What Would Happen if Water Fluoridation Stopped?
"What would happen if fluoride was deemed dangerous and was pulled from the water supply? Would lawsuits spring up? What about the large companies that buy the raw product and sell fluoride? Listen to Dr. David Kennedy and what he thinks would be the fallout:
From me: I am sorry that this is all regarding the chemicals that we are subjected to, but: It's all about the money!!
On This Day:
First four-cylinder, gas-powered Locomobile hits the road, Nov 2, 1902:
"Engineer Andrew Riker delivers the first four-cylinder, gas-powered Locomobile—a $4,000, 12-horsepower Model C—to a buyer in New York City on this day in 1902. The Locomobile Company had been known for building heavy, powerful steam cars, but by the turn of the century it was clear that the future of the automobile—and thus of the Locomobile—lay in the internal-combustion engine. Until it went out of business in 1929, the company built elegant, luxurious touring-cars and streamlined racers for wealthy patrons. A Locomobile, ads crowed, was the "Best Built Car in America."
In 1908, a two-year-old Locomobile became the first American car to win an international race. The car, nicknamed "Old 16," was a 16-liter, four-cylinder, 120-horsepower two-seater piloted by 23-year-old George Robertson and his mechanic, Glenn Etheridge; the race was Long Island's 11-lap, 258.5-mile Vanderbilt Cup. According to one reporter, Old 16's victory "made Europeans sit up and take notice of American automotive efforts."
Old 16 is currently on display at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1988, a 1928 Locomobile coupe appeared on a U.S. postage stamp."
Britain supports creation of Jewish homeland, Nov 2, 1917:
"British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour submits a declaration of intent to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The British government hoped that the formal declaration would help garner Jewish support for the Allied effort in World War I. The Balfour Declaration was included in the British mandate over Palestine, which was approved by the League of Nations in 1922. Arabs opposed the Balfour Declaration, fearing that the creation of a Jewish homeland would mean the subjugation of Arab Palestinians.
After World War I, the Jewish population in Palestine increased dramatically, as did Jewish-Arab violence. Arab resistance and failures to reach a compromise led Britain to delay deciding on the future of Palestine. In the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust, much of the international community took up the Zionist cause, and in 1948 the State of Israel was declared."
Jay didn't call to say that he was ready to be picked up, so Misty went back to bed, and the foster cats and I just puttered around doing our usual things.
Later, I found out from Jay's Mom that the job that he was supposed to start on Monday in Onalaska, TX, had been moved up, and they had already picked him up. Neither his Mom, nor I, wanted him to take that job, as we think it will be bad news. They can't drink on the job, but one of the crew really sops it up in the evenings, so we know that he and Jay will have a party each night, and eat fast food. Not a good scenario for someone with diabetes. Also, whatever Jay earns will be mostly gone by the time he gets back.
In the afternoon, I made some nut butter, and some food for the church potluck today.