(NaturalNews) Here's a real treat for Natural News fans: an inside look at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab featuring new scientific instrumentation hardware and a full explanation of how I discovered the heavy metal tungsten in rice protein!
In this video, you'll see the ICP-MS instrumentation I use to conduct atomic spectroscopy, including the new Niagara Plus sample introduction system made by Glass Expansion. This system, which I recently added to the ICP-MS instrumentation, greatly speeds sample throughput while reducing the use of argon gas, rinse solutions and other consumables.
Isotopic ratios and relative abundance
In this video, I explain how I use the a relative abundance isotopic ratio reference chart to identify an unusual peak pattern in two out of three atomic masses for mercury (Hg). These peaks were oxide overlays of tungsten (W) which is prominent in nature at atomic mass units of 182, 184 and 186.
It was an unusual pattern of mercury isotopes at atomic mass units 200 and 201 that clued me in to the presence of tungsten in rice protein samples. I then ran tungsten samples using hydrofluoric acids (HF) with a special nebulizer that's resistant to very strong acids. These data were then taken to a university laboratory for further validation, and they fully validated my own findings.
I'm currently working on the scientific paper that describes these findings, which I hope to have published by the end of this calendar year. (It takes many months for science journals to publish your papers.)
Scientific research is within reach of everyone!
One of my messages to everyone interested in food science research is that science is attainable by anyone willing to study and learn scientific principles. It is a complete myth that scientific research can only take place at academic institutions, or that scientists are only people with PhDs. It is also a myth that a food activist can't become a scientist. I'm living proof that activists can become highly competent scientists engaged in innovative, original research that benefits humankind.
Thomas Edison, one of the greatest scientists in human history, had no academic credentials, nor did Nikola Tesla. Even Michael Faraday, one of the most brilliant and influential physicists in human history, had no formal education at all. Certainly a formal education can be extremely valuable in many ways, but it is not a necessary component to explore the sciences and make extraordinary breakthroughs and contributions to society.
Labs around the world validate Natural News findings
To me, this work is very fulfilling and exciting. I have found the day-to-day members of the atomic spectroscopy community to be extremely open-minded and helpful on my food research projects, and everyone has been willing to help me answer questions and attain the technical knowledge necessary to proceed with this very important work that will benefit humanity. Thanks to their support (and your financial support), Natural News is now a world leader in heavy metals testing of foods and supplements, and we've already achieved phenomenal successes at cleaning up the food supply such as achieving the industry-wide voluntary heavy metals limits in the protein supplement industry.
What else is really exciting to point out is that after I released my initial results on lead, cadmium and tungsten in rice protein, many companies tried to prove my results wrong by sending their own product samples to world-class laboratories for verification. Across the board, those labs validated my own findings! To date, not a single result we've ever published has been challenged or shown to be invalid.
In fact, something really interesting happened recently when a company sent me a sample of a raw material to test, and they told me it was hemp protein. When I tested the sample, I clearly saw lead isotopes at around 200 ppb, and a twin-tower tungsten oxide pattern in the mercury isotope mass units of 200 and 202, plus a high level of cadmium. So I called them back and told them, "This isn't hemp. This looks like rice protein to me. Are you sure you didn't send me the wrong sample?"
A few hours later they responded: Yep, they had accidentally sent me a rice protein sample but called it hemp protein. They were shocked that I could tell the difference just by looking at the isotopes of heavy metals. In their minds, this was proof positive that my laboratory analysis was spot-on accurate and could even tell them when they had sent me the wrong material for testing!
That's the power of honest science, my friends! When science is conducted for the public good, it can be a very powerful force for food safety and ingredient transparency. And with your support, I intend to keep using this amazing technology to discover and document the heavy metals in your food.
The Natural News Forensic Food Lab doesn't test for everything, of course: we don't test for pesticides, GMOs, hormone disruptors and other contaminants. But when it comes to heavy metals, we really know our stuff. (And we're already in the process of ISO 17025 accreditation, which will further validate our laboratory results.)
In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.
With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource now featuring over 10 million scientific studies.