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Philip Morris concealed research facility evidence showing harmful effects of smoking cigarettes

Saturday, November 13, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: Philip Morris, Kraft Foods, secondhand smoke

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Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet -- a leading medical journal -- has published yet more revealing evidence that could have a tremendous impact on public health. In research published this month, it was revealed that Philip Morris used a German research facility to study the health effects of cigarette smoke decades ago. Even though the research showed that both smoking and secondhand smoke are harmful to human health, Philip Morris reportedly concealed the evidence and took significant steps to make sure it would never become public.

Phillip Morris continues to deny that secondhand smoke is dangerous to human health, but if the Lancet report is to be believed, its own research contradicts that conclusion. What's interesting about all this is not only that a leading company of Big Tobacco has been caught concealing evidence of the health risks associated with its products, but also that Philip Morris is the parent company of Kraft Foods. And Kraft Foods, of course, is the company that manufactures some of the most popular food products -- such as Oreo cookies and Velveeta cheese food -- that, like cigarettes, are manufactured with ingredients now well known to be associated with various health problems in humans.

For example, Oreo cookies are made with hydrogenated oils. These hydrogenated oils contained trans fatty acids that are now well known to contribute to cardiovascular disease. Other Kraft Foods products are made with refined white flour, added sugars, chemical flavor enhancers such as monosodium glutamate, and carcinogenic preservatives such as sodium nitrite, artificial colors, and other ingredients that nutritionists and authors generally agree contribute to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and even nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

Just like its parent Philip Morris, Kraft Foods strongly denies any link between its food ingredients and chronic disease. It also seems to be taking the same political strategy of denial by saying that any food can be part of a healthy diet. This makes about as much sense as saying that any cigarette can be part of healthy breathing. In fact every cigarette a person smokes takes them one step further away from health. In a similar way, every processed food product a person consumes that's made with ingredients like white flour, added sugars, hydrogenated oils, or chemical additives takes them one step further away from human health. There is no processed food made with these dangerous ingredients (called "metabolic disruptors") that is compatible with healthy nutritional habits and that can support optimum human health.

What will be interesting to learn is whether, down the road, evidence will surface showing that Kraft Foods became aware of the devastating health consequences of its own food products and then made a concerted effort to conceal the relevant facts from government regulators and the public. Today, I'm not aware of any such evidence, but knowing the history of its parent company, I would not be at all surprised to see such evidence surface in the years ahead.

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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.

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