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Susan G. Komen for the Cure makes mockery of self with KFC pinkwashing campaign (opinion)

Thursday, April 22, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: Komen for the cure, pinkwashing, health news

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(NaturalNews) Susan G. Komen for the Cure has now crossed the line into asinine idiocy thanks to its new alliance with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), where pink buckets of fried chicken are sold under the slogan, "Buckets for the Cure." I'm not making this up. See the ad image yourself at: http://www.naturalnews.com/images/KFC-PinkCh...

This idea that buying fried chicken is actually going to cure cancer is one of the most utterly idiotic health ideas yet witnessed in American pop culture. Komen for the Cure is so far gone from reality that the organization apparently doesn't even think twice about suggesting such an absurd idea. Eat more fried chicken, folks, and then what? Loading up on that kind of a diet is more likely to cause you to kick the bucket than to find a cure for cancer.

Does fried chicken actually promote cancer?

Fried chicken, you see, is coated in starches. The recipe for the KFC chicken batter is basically flour, sugar, salt, black pepper and monosodium glutamate (MSG). All by itself, this is a recipe for chronic degenerative disease because the flour and sugar are highly processed, and the MSG is an excitotoxin that Dr. Russell Blaylock links to obesity, cancer and neurological disorders. And the chicken meat itself? That's another cruel story on top of that (read more below).

When you fry starches at high temperatures, you also create acrylamides, toxic chemical by-products of cooking that are believed by many health experts to promote cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/acrylamides.html). One scientific study, for example, demonstrated that eating acrylamides boosts kidney cancer rates by 59 percent. Acrylamides are also linked to ovarian cancer.

The Komen pinkwashing fraud

So now we've got Susan G. Komen for the Cure actually promoting foods that promote cancer. It just boggles the mind, but it's entirely consistent with what I've said about Komen for the Cure in the past: The organization is a drug-company-funded front group that actually promotes cancer in my opinion. I see it as engaged in outright fraud by scamming consumers out of their money while claiming to be "searching for a cure" when, in reality, most of the money raised by the group actually goes to pay for more mammograms that cause cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/027742_mammograph...).

If Susan G. Komen for the Cure were using such tactics to promote herbal remedies, it would have been shut down and its executives arrested long ago as fraudulent quacks. But because the group is so strongly aligned with the profiteering, powerful drug companies, it continues to get away with these utterly fraudulent marketing gimmicks without suffering a single investigation from the FTC, Dept. of Justice or even any mainstream newspaper.

Why is it that Komen for the Cure can actually promote products that cause cancer and no one seems to notice the outright hypocrisy? Why aren't the quack-watching websites screaming about the quackery of selling cancer-causing foods to raise money to fight cancer? Why isn't 20/20 or 60 Minutes or some other television investigative show taking a look at the outright fraud being perpetrated against consumers? Where are the comedian hosts of the show "B.S." when it comes to exposing the fraud and quackery of the cancer industry?

The silence tells you everything: The cancer industry gets a free pass. As long as these organizations run around toting pink ribbons, they can get away with anything... including fraud.

The cruelty of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

It's not just about fried chicken promoting cancer, by the way. By linking up with KFC, Susan G. Komen is also promoting extreme animal cruelty.

Undercover investigations of KFC chicken suppliers, conducted by PETA (www.PETA.org), have shown chickens being beaten, thrown against walls, abused and even spray-painted by malicious workers.

The website www.KentuckyFriedCruelty.com reveals the horrifying details of how KFC suppliers treat chickens before they are served up to consumers in pink "Komen for the Cure" buckets:

"KFC suppliers cram birds into huge waste-filled factories, breed and drug them to grow so large that they can't even walk, and often break their wings and legs. At slaughter, the birds' throats are slit and they are dropped into tanks of scalding-hot water -- often while they are still conscious. It would be illegal for KFC to abuse dogs, cats, pigs, or cows in these ways. KFC's own animal welfare advisors have asked the company to take steps to eliminate these abuses, but KFC refuses to do so. Many advisors have now resigned in frustration."

The actions of KFC suppliers against chicken are so unbelievably cruel and inhumane that even the Dalai Lama has spoken out against it. Celebrities like Pamela Anderson have boycotted KFC, saying: "Cruelty is cruelty, and KFC is being cruel in the extreme. I am calling for a boycott of all KFC restaurants until my friends at PETA tell me that you have agreed to be kinder in your practices."

Her friends include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Phil Collins, Fall Out Boy, Pink, Paul McCartney, The Black Eyed Peas, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President and CEO Kweisi Mfume, among others. (http://edition.cnn.com/2003/BUSINESS/10/17/a...)

Here's a more complete list of those speaking out against KFC's cruelty: http://www.kentuckyfriedcruelty.com/c-celebs...

Undercover investigations of KFC have also exposed some extremely disturbing cases of bizarre cruelty. As explained at http://www.kentuckyfriedcruelty.com/u-underc...

"Every time undercover investigators enter the facilities of KFC's suppliers, they find hideous abuse and suffering. At one KFC 'Supplier of the Year' slaughterhouse in West Virginia, workers were caught tearing birds' heads off, ripping them apart, spitting tobacco into their eyes, spray-painting their faces, and throwing them against walls -- all while the birds were still conscious and able to feel pain."

By allying itself with KFC, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is endorsing animal cruelty. It is promoting an extremely unhealthy product line containing chemicals linked to cancer, and it's doing all this under the fraudulent marketing claim of "raising money to cure cancer."

But the story gets even more disturbing when you look at the ingredients in KFC foods...

The toxic ingredients in KFC foods

Kentucky Fried Chicken is one of the fast food industry's largest users of MSG. This taste-exciting chemical (excitotoxin) is found in so many of KFCs products that it's nearly impossible to eat a typical meal at KFC without ingesting it.

KFC has also traditionally used oils containing trans fats, thereby exposing its customers to ingredients that promote heart disease. A few years ago, the CSPI filed a lawsuit against KFC to try to force it to switch to trans-fat-free oils. The result?

"In October 2006, KFC announced that it would begin frying its chicken in trans fat-free oil. This would also apply to their potato wedges and other fried foods, however, the biscuits, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes would still contain trans fat. Trans fat-free soybean oil was introduced in all KFC restaurants in the U.S. by April 30, 2007." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KFC)

What's interesting about all this is that even the founder of KFC, Colonel Sanders, was strongly critical of the way the corporate profiteers altered his original recipe after buying the company. KFC was bought out in 1964, and Colonel Sanders soon said this:

"They prostituted every goddamn thing I had. I had the greatest gravy in the world and those sons of bitches -- they dragged it out and extended it and watered it down that I'm so goddamn mad." (Ritzer, George, 2004. The McDondaldization of Society. New York: Pine Forge Press. p. 64.)

KFC's ingredients are toxic to human health?

What other chemical ingredients might you find in KFC foods? The company actually publishes a list of ingredients for its menu items. I went through that list and found all the following ingredients on the KFC menu:

• Partially hydrogenated soybean oil (contains trans fats)
• High-Fructose Corn Syrup (linked to diabetes)
• Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) (linked to cancer)
• Titanium Dioxide (used in sunscreen)
• Yellow #5 (chemical coloring)
• Propylene Glycol (used as antifreeze in RVs)
• Rendered Beef Fat (gross)
• Red #40 (another chemical coloring)
• Sodium nitrite (linked to pancreatic cancer)
• Soy Protein Concentrate (may be processed with hexane)
• Sugar (refined)
• Sodium Benzoate (chemical preservative)
• Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy and Wheat Protein (may contain hidden MSG)
• Beef Extract (eww)
• Corn Syrup Solids (more processed sugars)
• Liquid Margarine
• Sodium Caseinate
• Autolyzed Yeast Extract (another hidden source of MSG)

... and lots more. Read the ingredients yourself at:
http://www.kfc.com/nutrition/pdf/kfc_ingredi...

Just so you know how all these chemicals come together, here's an ingredients list from just ONE product on the KFC menu: Boneless Wings. See if you can count how many times MSG appears in this recipe: (emphasis added)

Boneless Wings Ingredients:
Wing Shaped White Chicken Fritter Pieces, Seasoning (Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Garlic Powder, Spice Extractives, and Onion Powder), Soy Protein Concentrate, Rice Starch, Sodium Phosphates. Battered With: Water, Wheat Flour, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Dextrose, and Monosodium Glutamate. Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Salt, Soy Flour, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate and Sodium Bicarbonate), Monosodium Glutamate, Nonfat Dry Milk, Dextrose, Extractives of Tumeric and Extractives of Annatto. Predusted With: Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Salt, Dried Egg Whites, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, and Sodium Bicarbonate), Monosodium Glutamate and Spice, Breading set in Vegetable Oil.

Gee, just what America needs to be healthy, huh? Fried MSG.

Destruction of the rainforest

As reported about KFC on Wikipedia:

• KFC has been accused by Greenpeace of a large destruction of the Amazon Rainforest because the supply of soy used for chicken food that KFC receives from Cargill has been traced back to the European KFC. Cargill has reportedly been exporting soy illegally for several years. ...Greenpeace has called on KFC to stop purchasing soy from Cargill, to avoid contributing to the destruction of the Amazon.

According to a press release issued by Greenpeace, KFC was exposed for trashing the Amazon rainforest for buckets of chicken (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/pres...)

• Recent Greenpeace investigations have traced the chain of rainforest destruction directly from the heart of the Amazon, via Cargill's facility, to KFC's European restaurants, which sell bucket-loads of cheap soya-fed chicken to millions of people every day.

"Deforestation, slavery, use of toxic chemicals, land theft, illegal farming and the extinction of rare species are a recipe for disaster in the Amazon rainforest, but they are ingredients in KFC's quest for cheap animal feed," said Greenpeace International Forest Campaign Coordinator Gavin Edwards. "Fast food companies like KFC must take Amazon deforestation off their menu before it is too late for the world's greatest rainforest."

Susan G. Komen, cancer industry front group

Add all this up, and you get a frightening picture of what Susan G. Komen for the Cure actually stands for. By aligning itself with KFC:

• Komen for the Cure endorses cancer-causing foods.
• Komen for the Cure supports extreme animal cruelty.
• Komen for the Cure is contributing to the destruction of the rainforest.
• Komen for the Cure is destroying health while claiming to protect it.

I believe that Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a cancer industry front group that actually promotes cancer, disease and destruction. It seems to me that the group has no intention of ever curing anything. The word "cure" is just a marketing gimmick used to extract money from gullible consumers. Conventional medicine doesn't even believe in a cure for cancer!

Notice, too, how Komen for the Cure absolutely refuses to teach women about vitamin D? Where is the anti-cancer nutrition message that could help women prevent breast cancer? It's nowhere to be found. Instead of teaching women how to be healthy, Komen for the Cure is out there promoting buckets of fried chicken laced with MSG.

Of course, it's all good business for the drug companies and medical imaging companies that give money to Komen for the Cure. The organization's biggest sponsors are -- surprise! -- the corporations that profit from cancer through chemotherapy and radiation. To them, Komen for the Cure isn't really about finding a cure for cancer; it's about promoting cancer so that they can sell more drugs and radiotherapy that keeps more patients locked into a cycle of dependence on toxic cancer treatments.

See, if you want to cause cancer, one way to do it is to irradiate women's breasts with mammogram machines. Another way is to promote foods laced with chemicals that cause cancer. Susan G. Komen for the Cure does both.

Think Products? Think again...

You know who else partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure from the natural products industry? Think Bars. ThinkProducts actually held a Susan G. Komen "fashion show" at Expo West a couple of years ago. Here's the language that was used to describe this:

"Created in partnership with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure , the event was both a fundraiser, an opportunity to promote awareness of how healthy choices can help prevent disease, as well as aid those currently dealing with cancer or other illnesses. Designed to create awareness of women's cancers and the impact of toxic exposure in everything from clothing, cosmetics and cleaning supplies, the event was a terrific moment..." (http://www.naturalbusinessnews.com/levine_re...)

Gee, were they serving greasy buckets of fried chicken there, too?

So I wonder if ThinkProducts CEO Lizanne Falsetto still endorses Komen for the Cure now that they're pushing buckets of fried chicken made with MSG? Maybe they'll come out with a "No-Think Bar" laced with MSG and Sodium Nitrite, just like you find in KFC menu items.

Stop thinking and just buy stuff, you fools!

That's really the whole theme of the pink ribbon cancer industry fraud anyway, isn't it? Stop thinking. Just buy crap. If it's pink, just buy it. Don't even think about it. Don't ask questions like "Where is this money going" or "How does this money actually help cure cancer?" Or, relevant to this article, "How does eating fried chicken cure breast cancer?"

Because if you ask those question, you'll get some surprising answers: The cancer industry isn't even looking for cures for cancer, folks. The cancer scam is just too profitable. It's a sweet gig and they're raking in billions of dollars from gullible consumers who continue to be victimized by this fraudulent cancer industry and its dishonest non-profit front groups.

This whole idea that you can cure cancer by ordering junk at fast food restaurants is so ludicrous and retarded that when I first saw this, I thought for sure it was a late April Fool's joke. But no, this is no joke. The reputation of Komen for the Cure may be a joke now, but the "Buckets for the Cure" campaign is quite real. These silly people are seriously fronting buckets of fried chicken and claiming that if you keep eating more fried chicken, they will find the cure for cancer.

What a con. Just an outright fraud. These people should frankly just be arrested and prosecuted for fraud. This is mass-marketing fraud at its worst. Pinkwashing has a new champion: Buckets for the Cure!

Here are some comments on this story from PRWatch.org:

Can Eating Junk Food Cure Breast Cancer?

From the Center for Media and Democracy (http://www.prwatch.org/node/9017)

Submitted by Anne Landman on April 21, 2010

When a company promotes pink-ribboned products and claims to care about breast cancer and while also selling products linked to disease or injury, it's called pinkwashing, and pinkwashing has taken some pretty outrageous forms in the last few years. Ford, Mercedes and BMW have all urged people to buy and drive cars in the name of breast cancer, but exhaust from internal combustion engines contains toxic chemicals that are linked to disease. The Yoplait yogurt company sold pink-lidded yogurt to raise money for breast cancer, while manufacturing products with milk from cows stimulated by the artificial hormone RBGH, which studies show increase the risk of breast cancer. (Some yogurt companies, including Yoplait, have stopped using RGBH.) There's even a breast cancer awareness gun, and we thought that took the cake.

"Buckets for the Cure"

Now KFC is offering yet another new example of pinkwashing: selling pink buckets of fried chicken to "end breast cancer forever." In an ironic twist, KFC's "Buckets for the Cure" campaign urges people to buy buckets of unhealthy food to help cure a disease that kills women. The American Institute for Cancer Research says there is "convincing evidence" that excess body fat increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Obesity is also tied to shorter survival rates for women who develop breast cancer. Like most fast food chains, KFC has an overwhelming presence in communities known to have poor health outcomes, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation certainly must know that such social inequities effect breast cancer mortality rates. Given all this, "Buckets for the Cure" is a particularly disturbing pinkwashing partnership.

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