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Grocery warning

Disease-promoting ingredients in everyday foods and groceries are far more dangerous than terrorists

Sunday, February 20, 2005
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: grocery warning, dangerous foods, food industry

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson resigned recently, and part of his outgoing statement included a warning to Americans that terrorists would strike the food supply. His words were "I can't believe terrorists haven't attacked the food supply yet."

But who needs terrorists when we've already got a food supply that is accelerating the deaths of literally millions of Americans each year? The toxic additives and ingredients found in our foods are directly causing chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. They're even causing mental disorders (ADHD, depression) while creating unstable mental conditions that lead to violent, aggressive behavior, especially in young males.

These are broad claims, but each and every one of these has been backed up by clinical evidence correlating the consumption of popular American foods with these diseases and disorders. In fact, I have reported on each and every one of these right here on this website.

The situation has become so treacherous for the American population that food companies, soft drink companies and fast food restaurant chains are actually contributing to the early deaths of thousands of times as many people as any terrorists ever killed in the United States. Of course, these companies aren't actually trying to harm people, but that's the effect nonetheless.

It's quite similar to the situation with Big Tobacco. Cigarette companies weren't trying to kill people, they were just trying to make a buck. It was the side effect of their product that caused lung cancer, emphysema and cardiovascular disease. Frankly, that was an unintended side effect. Big tobacco would have much preferred to eliminate the toxic side effects of their products as long as they could preserve the addictive quality of nicotine. Likewise, the food companies aren't out to actually harm anybody, it's just that they are unintentionally accomplishing precisely that due to the biological cause-and-effect consequences of their product ingredients.

Which ingredients am I talking about? Sodium nitrite (cancer), refined white flour (diabetes), hydrogenated oils (heart disease), aspartame (nervous system disorders), red meat (colon cancer), excess sodium (hypertension), and the list goes on.

The American public is just now waking up to this reality. Study after study now shows the undeniable link between foods and disease. Unfortunately, our own government does not yet have the courage to tell the truth about the links between these food products and chronic disease. Even with the recent updating of national dietary guidelines by a panel of experts at the USDA, the conclusion left out any advice that would have told Americans to limit their intake of added sugars.

Any guesses on why that happened? It's no more complicated than good old-fashioned food politics: the soft drink companies, sugar industry and mass food producers lobbied the USDA to make sure the new guidelines would not cause a decrease in the sales of their products. So the anti-sugar message was censored. The result, no doubt, is that more Americans will continue to consume added sugars, and they will increasingly be diagnosed with diabetes and obesity as a result.

The food lobby, the big sugar lobby and the soft drink lobby have all blockaded what would have otherwise been good nutritional advice. These food and beverage companies are preventing the government from providing information to the public that would save countless lives and dramatically improve the quality of life while reducing healthcare costs in the decades ahead. This action by the food lobby, in my opinion, is nothing less than the outright suppression of advice that would prevent chronic disease and save countless American lives.

The food lobby can no longer claim that it is just on the sidelines and that these diseases are happening unintentionally, because now it is actively involved in suppressing the very information that would help prevent those diseases. It is at this point that the food industry and beverage industry, combined with USDA officials, becomes a "food racket." It is a racket because it represents a combined effort to protect the profits of the industry at the expense of public health. It's much the same as the drug racket currently operated by the FDA in conjunction with pharmaceutical companies -- and in fact the goals of the two rackets are much the same: boost corporate profits, regardless of the ultimate cost to society.

Now here's what's really interesting about all of this. The more successful the food lobby is at suppressing information that would prevent chronic disease in the American people, the more the pharmaceutical industry benefits financially. Why is that? Because as more Americans eat added sugars, processed foods, hydrogenated oils and other foods and food ingredients that promote chronic disease, the more prescription drugs they will need to treat those diseases. Thus, in a rather bizarre and sickening way, the pharmaceutical industry has the food industry to thank for creating more customers!

Likewise, the people making decisions at the FDA have USDA officials to thank for protecting the profit base that keeps drug companies in business and keeps many FDA officials in positions of power. It's a fascinating economic cycle, and strangely all of this counts towards the Gross Domestic Product. Every dollar spent on junk foods and prescription drugs to treat the diseases promoted by those foods is counted as "productivity" in terms of economics. Yet there's nothing productive about this at all! Technically, productivity is being destroyed by these foods and medicines because they interfere with the healthy productivity of the American population and reduce lifespan.

So even though there's a whole lot of money changing hands, no net good is actually being achieved from any of this. But it sure does generate a lot of money. Most economists call this whole charade "economic productivity."

Seriously, is there any long-term gain from feeding an entire population foods and beverages that promote disease? I think not.

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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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