Health Ranger: I was poisoned by chronic exposure to toxic elements lurking in organic foods
Thursday, December 05, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
(NaturalNews) I'd like to thank all the Natural News readers for your support as I'm engaged in intensive laboratory research and not posting very many stories right now. This will continue through early January up until we break our big announcements on food science.
You may have heard some rumors that I discovered I've been exposed to a chronic, accumulative, low level of toxic elements (poisons) over the last couple of years. This rumor is true, and over the last several months, I have been able to identify the sources of those poisons and remove them from my diet and my environment. Some of these poisons are still coming out of my hair and urine, but overall levels have dropped dramatically. At no time were the exposures acute. I'm talking about an ongoing low level of exposure that builds up over time, not an emergency level at any one time.
What's shocking is that I was being exposed to these toxic elements even though I thought I was living a pristine lifestyle with an incredibly clean "organic" diet rich in superfoods and supplements. It turns out that many organic foods are a total myth because they're incredibly contaminated. More on this point in future articles...
What's also shocking is that you, too, are almost certainly being chronically poisoned in the way I was being poisoned, and details on all this will be forthcoming as part of our announcements in 2014. I can assure you that you are being exposed to surprising levels of cadmium, lead, mercury, copper, aluminum and even uranium -- another element that I am now finding at trace levels in nearly all food. (And yes, I will report more details on that later, too... we are all eating FALLOUT!)
Just to give you concrete examples of some of what was going on, here's some of what affected me personally over the last few months:
• I was being poisoned with cadmium from eating USDA certified organic jerky product. It contained 4,000 ppb cadmium. (Fortunately I didn't eat much of it.) I was also being poisoned with cadmium found in organic brown rice at 3,000 ppb.
• Shockingly, I was being poisoned with lead from growing and eating my own sprouts. Through analytical testing, I discovered that these sprouts contained 400 ppb of lead due to the seeds coming from an unclean source. This was absolutely astonishing because I always assumed sprouts were healthy. It turns out they can also be toxic if the seeds are contaminated. Unless I had access to my own lab, I never would have gone to the trouble of testing sprouts for lead.
• I was being poisoned with high levels of aluminum from a dietary supplement that almost no one realizes is loaded with aluminum. In detailed laboratory testing, I was able to show that this substance releases massive amounts of aluminum into the GI tract, drastically raising blood aluminum levels and also increasing aluminum levels in urine. I've gone to great lengths to try to avoid exposure to aluminum, so this finding was especially disturbing.
Thankfully, all these exposures were of relatively low levels, and because my diet is so rich in healthful nutrients, botanicals and whole foods, I was able to eliminate these toxic elements rather quickly once I nailed down the sources of exposure. The truly shocking thing is that as the toxic metals came out, my brain "awakened" and my outlook on life shifted dramatically. On the physical side, you may have noticed from my lab photo that I've slimmed down considerably as my body weight is coming back into healthful balance.
I will share much more of this story with you in January, when we launch a series of breakthroughs in food science and environmental medicine. These findings on toxins in our food are one small part of what we have in store for you.
Why it's crucial that I share this information with you
This experience of discovering I was being poisoned by "healthy" foods and products has made an enormous impact on my mission for Natural News readers and fans. I've come to realize that it is crucial that I share these findings with you so that you can avoid the chronic poisoning under which we are all suffering. And while eating organic food was exposing me to low levels of toxins, people who eat conventional processed foods are being poisoned to a far greater degree -- with devastating results for their health.
We will not survive as a civilization if we do not reverse the chronic poisoning of our food, our planet, our farms, our bodies and our own children. As part of what we are unveiling in 2014, I will also be presenting critical findings to you about high levels of toxic elements found in off-the-shelf products. On the positive side, I'll also let you know which products we are discovering to be incredibly clean and safe to consume in very large quantities. (By the way, one of these is any hemp product from Nutiva. All the Nutiva products we've tested are ridiculously clean.)
I feel incredibly blessed that I have been granted the intellectual and financial capacity to have identified these toxic exposures in my own life, and now the next most important step is sharing these findings with you. Your support of Natural News and our Natural News Store has made this possible, so thank you for your generous support.
Get ready for a whirlwind of mind-blowing information from Natural News in 2014. We are going to empower you with new findings, knowledge, wisdom and a wealth of data that will revolutionize your life for the better. What I've hinted at here just barely scratches the surface of what we will be unveiling in just one month!
(NaturalNews) A practice being promoted on YouTube as a fad diet is actually a form of disordered eating that can pose serious health risks, health professionals are warning.
In videos promoting "the cotton ball diet," young girls soak cotton balls in lemonade or orange juice and then swallow them. The girls claim that the cotton balls expand in the stomach, producing a feeling of fullness and thereby making them eat less during the day. In this, the cotton ball diet may seem at first to resemble appetite-suppressing drugs such as Lipozene.
But everything about the diet is dangerous, experts warn, from the specifics of the practice to the attitude behind it.
"Like eating your t-shirt"
To start with, most cotton balls are not actually made from cotton, but rather from synthetic, bleached polyester fibers full of dangerous chemicals.
"Swallowing a synthetic cotton ball is like dipping your T-shirt in orange juice and eating it," said Brandi Koskie, managing editor of the website Diets in Review.
But even swallowing an expensive, organic cotton ball is highly dangerous. Ingesting any fibrous, indigestible material can lead to clumps known as bezoars, producing life-threatening obstructions in the intestinal tract.
"The most common causes of bezoars are swallowing indigestible matter like hair or too much vegetable fiber," said Ovidio Bermudez, chief medical officer at the Eating Recovery Center in Denver. "Cotton balls could certainly create similar problems."
"You're really kind of playing Russian roulette when you use these types of diets," agreed Jennifer Lombardi of the Eating Recovery Center of California. "The biggest concern is it can cause a blockage in the digestive system, and if that happens to a certain extent, they are going to end up in surgery."
Finally, making yourself full by eating indigestible material poses a serious threat of malnutrition and even starvation.
"The problem being that taking the non-nutritive foods is you're not getting the vitamins, the minerals, the calories, the proteins, the fats that our bodies need to survive off of," said Kourtney Gordon, manager of Fairwinds Eating Disorder Program. "So you can have a lot of growth and development issues, you can have complications of being malnourished."
An eating disorder, not a "diet"
Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of the National Eating Disorder Association, warned that the so-called cotton ball diet betrays attitude characteristic of eating disorders.
"When we talk about something like this we certainly aren't talking about health anymore," she said. "We're talking about weight and size and certainly something that is potentially very, very dangerous. I've had patients in my practice eat things like paper and clay for the same reason."
Karmyn Eddy, co-director of the eating disorders clinical and research program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, agreed, noting that while pica (eating nonfood objects) can stem from nutritional deficiencies, it may also be a sign of an eating disorder - that is, a psychiatric condition.
Indeed, viewing such practices as "diets" can cause family or doctors to underrate how dangerous they are, warns the British organization Anorexia and Bulimia Care.
"Too often doctors simply see it as fad eating or a vain act, without realizing they are actually dealing with a serious mental illness," the organization's director, Jane Smith, said.
"Suicide is a major cause of death among people with anorexia," Smith said. "Eating disorders cause more deaths in those under 18 than any other mental health problem."
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, roughly half of all girls begin to feel anxiety about the size or shape of their bodies by age six. Roughly 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States currently suffer from some form of eating disorder.
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Sheriff: Get your heroin from trusted sources, make sure it's not krokodil
Sheriff Pat Kelly
The arrival of the dangerous drug krokodil has one Ohio sheriff making offers and giving advice he would’ve never dreamed of doing before.
After authorities confirmed that one local Athens County, Ohio woman had injected herself with the highly addictive and deadly synthetic drug, Sheriff Pat Kelly became so worried about the substance spreading he made an unusual offer: Anyone who turns it into his office will not be charged with a crime.
“We don’t want them selling this drug to anyone else,” Kelly said to the Columbus Dispatch. “We want to get the stuff and get it tested. We are interested in helping the addict.”
According to Kelly, the woman in question bought the drug in Columbus thinking that it was heroin. After she used it, however, she became alarmed when the skin near the injection point on her arm became discolored and turned scaly like a reptile’s.
The sheriff didn’t stop at simply imploring people to turn krokodil into his office, though. In his concern over the well-being of potential addicts, Kelly even recommended making sure that when someone buys heroin, they are buying the right stuff.
“I’m hoping they won’t use heroin it all, but I’m not that naïve,” said Kelly to WBNS-TV. “I know that they’re going to so, to say, ‘Get your heroin from a trusted source,’ sounds ridiculous coming from a sheriff. But I’m saying go to a source, if you’re going to have to get your fix, you don’t want to get ahold of krokodil.”
Originally developed in Russia, krokodil is a heroin-like substitute that’s made by mixing codeine tablets with a variety of other substances, including gasoline, paint thinner, kitchen and bathroom cleaner, and hydrochloric acid. It is extremely addictive, and, in addition to producing scaly skin, it destroys blood vessels and causes flesh to rot off the bone. Krokodil also causes permanent brain damage and damages internal organs and tissue throughout the body.
Although this is the first reported case of krokodil use in Athens County, it’s not the first in the United States, or in Ohio for that matter. Earlier this month, the Columbus Division of Fire told WBNS that a man in the city had injected himself with the drug and had the typical symptoms. Other cases, meanwhile, have been reported in Arizona, Illinois, and Oklahoma.
Despite these reports, the Drug Enforcement Administration has yet to conclude that krokodil is available in the United States. According to the Huffington Post, the DEA would have to find the drug in production or detect the presence of the drug’s active ingredient in a sample.