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Highly toxic, disease-promoting ingredients remain perfectly legal in the American food supply

Friday, August 06, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: national food supply, toxic ingredients, metabolic disruptors


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Contaminated children's treats are showing up in candy stores in the southern part of the United States, and unfortunately, these Mexican candies contain lead, an ingredient that has been associated with a number of health problems in children. Lead paint was banned decades ago, and lead is not allowed to be used in foods manufactured in the United States. However, these candies from Mexico are perfectly legal to have on the shelves, even though they contain high levels of lead, because the lead is found in a spice ingredient.

The candies are being sold as Lucas Lemon and Super Lucas candies, manufactured by the Mexican division of Mars Candies. Unfortunately, the Department of Health Services cannot force these candies to be taken off the shelves, which means children are continuing to buy them and consume them, and presumably suffer from lead poisoning.

So what's standing in the way of protecting the public health by removing lead-containing foods from food shelves? Well, of course it's the food industry with their food politics. Lawmakers have been pushing for legislation that would give health inspectors the power to remove these foods from the shelves, but every time such bills have been introduced, the food industry has killed the bills.

Food politics is, of course, a major influencing factor when it comes to foods and food ingredients. Finding lead in Mexican candies is really just the tip of the iceberg here. There are disease-promoting, highly toxic ingredients found in many foods that are legally sold all over the United States, and they aren't just foods from Mexico, either. They're foods manufactured right here at home in the United States by American companies, including many Fortune 500 firms.

Such ingredients are called metabolic disruptors, and they promote diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's and neurological disorders through various toxic effects. Such ingredients include sodium nitrite, hydrogenated oils, homogenized milkfats, aspartame, MSG, artificial food colorings, and even innocent-sounding ingredients such as refined white sugar. These ingredients interfere with normal, healthy, human metabolism, and in doing so they hamper the body's ability to fight disease and heal itself, thereby promoting chronic disease.

Sadly, the news today is focused only on lead found in Mexican candies, but the bigger story here is that the American food supply is absolutely loaded with disease-causing ingredients that should be immediately banned and disallowed in the food supply from here forward. Of course, that would require action on the part of the FDA or the USDA, neither of which seem very motivated to protect the public health. Both agencies seem to be far more interested in answering to the political call of special interest groups that represent food and beverage manufacturers.

The bottom line to all of this is that most food companies are merely in business to generate a profit. They will sell anything, even if it promotes disease, as long as it's perfectly legal and people keep buying it. There is very little concern for public safety or public health at large food and beverage manufacturing companies -- their primary concerns are profits for themselves and shareholders. Consumers be damned.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

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. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. 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 featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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