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Originally published February 10 2007

The Age of Synthetic Chemicals (comic)

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

At some point in the far future, geologists will study the sediment layers of our planet and discover an extremely toxic layer of pollution and chemicals starting at around the year 1920 and steadily growing through at least 2010. The cause of the toxic layer? Mankind's steady pollution of the planet through food additives, prescription medicines, weapons testing, agricultural runoff, coal-fired power plants, cattle ranching operations, combustion engine pollution and other such things. Truly, no society in human history has polluted the planet more than ours today, and the United States is the world leader in both pollution and consumption per capita. (It's nice to be #1 at something, huh?)

Most people get this comic within a few seconds, but not everyone. You have to notice that all the men in the scene have breasts. And then the punch line kicks in: These people all have dual sex organs!

Lest you think this is some far-fetched fantasy, recall that HRT prescription drugs (Hormone Replacement Therapy) are already causing the fish in rivers and streams to develop dual sex organs. These drugs, which contain hormone mimickers, severely disrupt normal hormone balance in living systems. And while they're only affecting aquatic life today (which is bad enough!), tomorrow they could end up in the public water supplies, being consumed by families who still haven't figured out they should never drink municipal water.

And that means we could be exposing future generations to low-dose HRT therapy. So what happens when infant boys and girls start swallowing HRT drugs? Nobody knows. It hasn't been tested, and neither Big Pharma nor the EPA demonstrates any concern whatsoever for the environmental impact of prescription drugs. What it all means is that we are all participating in a grand chemical experiment, and the results may only become obvious to future scientists who will likely label modern times as, "The Age of Synthetic Chemicals."

And who's running this grand chemical experiment? Companies like DuPont, Monsanto and Kraft Foods are major players, as they introduce all sorts of chemicals into the crops, processed foods, consumer products, etc. There's also Big Pharma, Big Oil, mining operations, aluminum processing, nuclear materials processing and many other examples. When it comes to foods and drugs, the EPA utterly ignores the risk, the FDA nods and winks, and the scientific community pretends we can all find, "Better living through chemistry."

It all sounds great on paper. That is, until YOUR baby is born with female reproductive organs, a set of testes, six fingers and a tail. That's when it gets personal. We are about to witness the emergence of actual mutants on planet Earth. And I don't mean the X-Men with super powers, I mean mutant human beings with severe deformities, brain dysfunction and a sharp loss of reproductive capability. If we're lucky, there will be somebody left in the year 3000 to actually study our present time, but even that's not a given. Thanks to massive, accelerating destruction of the delicate ecosystems that support all life on the planet, human beings could be the first species to literally destroy the global habitat to the point where it wipes itself out of existence.

By far the best book that explains all this is, The Hundred Year Lie by Randall Fitzgerald. We sell this book at, so if you want a shocking read on what synthetic chemicals are really doing to our planet and our future, get this book (if you dare).

By the way, for those geologists reading this cartoon, I am fully aware that a thousand years is not enough time to build up such a large layer of sediment. This is for illustrative purposes only. (It's a cartoon, not a research paper.) It's sort of like those solar system illustrations where the planets appear ten million times larger than they should be. If you drew the solar system to scale, the planets would appear as microscopic dots on a sheet of paper. Obviously, that's not very useful, so we exaggerate the sizes to the point where people can see them.

I only add this clarification because it seems that we get a number of technical correction comments on every single comic. When we published the "Milk is for baby cows" comic, for example, we received a flood of emails explaining that cows don't have that many teats. Yeah, I know, it's a mutant cow.

These cartoons are not supposed to be technically accurate, they're supposed to be funny and educational. Sometimes we visually exaggerate object characteristics to make a point. Just like in this comic, the toxic sediment layer would actually NOT be glowing green. That's just a Hollywood approach to describing toxic chemicals, but it works visually to help people "get it."

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