Government Won’t Protect You from Environmental Poisons
January 8th, 2013 by Holly Cornish
Government Won’t Protect You
from Environmental Poisons
Air pollutants from vehicles… pesticides… radiation… military waste sites…
Most people realize these all-too-familiar carcinogens pose a threat to our health.
And even though the government knows it, too—these and many other toxins continue to spread throughout the environment due to neglect by the giant government bureaucracies that “protect” us.
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The Secret of Enzymes Plus an Odd Fact:
Most Health Foods are a Waste of Money
You can take vitamins, minerals and antioxidants by the handful and still suffer poor health. Now we know why. Our diets lack a vital food — a type of nutrient that even some alternative doctors don’t know about. I’m talking about enzymes.
Thanks to enzyme supplements, a mother’s lifelong migraines disappeared, and a man with “terminal” kidney cancer was alive and well 15 years later. In fact, a great many cancer patients beat the disease and are still alive today thanks to enzymes.
Enzymes are a key part of most alternative cancer treatment plans. More important: Even if you’re healthy today, taking enzymes is something you can and should do now to prevent not only cancer, but also heart disease, pain and diabetes and many other ailments.
Enzyme supplements are among the top-selling pain-relievers in Germany and they’re even used by the German Olympic team. As for us older folks, research indicates that enzymes improve circulation and can outperform blood-clot and blood-thinning drugs. (Good-bye, warfarin!)
They’ve even helped 9 out of 10 autistic children. A few months back I received a letter from a mother whose 7-year-old autistic son was almost completely cured after she read my Special Report called The Missing Ingredient, and then started giving him enzymes.
This letter came to me out of the blue. The mother wrote, “He has basically been nonverbal until summer 2009, he started talking one day and has never stopped!!” She adds, “The enzymes have kept my 3-year-old son, Noah’s eczema AWAY! We are truly blessed, and I believe our Lord led me to you and your book.”
How can ONE supplement possibly do all this? Just ask yourself: What if you were getting NO vitamins in your diet? You’d be very sick. This nutrient is just as important, and you’re getting almost none, if you’re like the typical American. Click here to learn more.
In a May 2010 report titled “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now”, the President’s Cancer Panel expressed deep concerns that the threat from environmental contaminants is being “grossly underestimated.”
The group denounces government rules that place a greater burden on the American public to prove that environmental exposure to various contaminants is harmful! The rules require overwhelming proof of harm to humans before any corrective action begins.
Lest you think this is merely a partisan issue, please note the panel was formed by President George W. Bush to serve a three-year term. Their report didn’t come out until well into the Obama Administration.
You have NO idea what you may be
eating, drinking and breathing!
Believe it or not, “the entire U.S. population is exposed on a daily basis to numerous agricultural chemicals,” the report authors stated. Many of these chemicals are known carcinogens.
The report mentioned that “40 chemicals classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as known, probable, or possible human carcinogens” are approved for use as EPA-registered pesticides.
When dangerous chemical pesticides and fertilizers find their way into air, soil and groundwater, they can do some serious health damage.
Farm workers, crop duster pilots and even pesticide manufacturers have been found to have high rates of prostate cancer, skin cancers, and even cancer of the lip.
Exposure to approved pesticide chemicals also has been linked to a variety of cancers affecting body parts including the:
- Brain/central nervous system
- Ovaries (of female spouses of exposed workers)
The report cited xylene as an example of an inert ingredient in almost 900 pesticides. This one chemical has been associated with increased risk of brain tumors, leukemia and rectal cancer!
But you can be sure pesticides aren’t the only cancerous chemicals spewing into the air, soil and water…
The high price of modern conveniences…
The President’s Cancer Panel received expert testimony from members representing industrial and manufacturing interests.
Although the list of known or suspect chemicals was too extensive to cover in one report, the panel said numerous chemicals and substances tied to industrial and manufacturing processes are persistent in the environment.
The list includes some familiar villains such as:
- Asbestos—used to make brake linings, cement pipe, acoustical and thermal insulation; inhaling asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the mesothelium membrane covering most of your internal organs
- Chromium—used in leather tanning, wood preservation, steel production and other process; exposure to chromium is known to cause lung, nasal, and nasopharyngeal cancers (chromium is needed in small amounts in the diet, but you don’t want to breathe it)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE) and Trichloroethylene (TCE)—both PCE and TCE are solvents used in the dry cleaning industry. TCE is now used to manufacture adhesives, paint removers, varnishes, paints and lacquers.The report noted that high levels of PCE in drinking water have been associated with elevated breast cancer risk. And TCE has the dubious distinction of being “the most frequently detected organic solvent in groundwater.” This is BAD news considering its possible link to kidney, liver, biliary and cervical cancers!
The report also highlights hazards presented by medical contaminants such as radiation… modern lifestyle toxins such as tobacco smoke and wireless devices… and military hazards such as Agent Orange and nuclear weapons.
If you’re a regular reader of this newsletter or our books and reports, you already know the dangers of many of the substances I’ve mentioned. So what’s the news? The news is that this is the government pointing the finger at itself.
It’s one thing when we fringe crazies try to tell people that food, water, workplace environments, detergents, dry cleaned clothes, and cosmetics are loaded with officially-approved poisons. It’s something else when a panel appointed by the President announces the same thing.
The report leveled sharp criticism at efforts to regulate contaminants in four key areas:
- Indoor and outdoor air and water pollution
- Nuclear fallout, radiation, and electromagnetic fields
The panel said government regulatory efforts are far more “reactionary rather than precautionary” — the Feds wait until considerable damage is done before taking action.
Even more alarming is the panel’s assertion that only a few hundred of the 80,000+ chemicals used in the United States have been tested for safety!
The regulatory system is flawed and failing…
The President’s Cancer Panel was headed up by Dr. LaSalle D. Lefall, Jr., a professor of surgery at Howard University and Margaret Kripke, a professor at University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
The 2010 report concluded that government agencies are “failing to carry out their responsibilities” and made recommendations for overhauling the nation’s flawed chemicals management system.
The group identified these five major problems that make regulation of environmental contaminants ineffective:
- Excessively complex regulations
- Fragmented and overlapping authorities along with decentralized enforcement
- Inadequate funding and insufficient staffing
- Undue industry influence
- Weak laws and regulations
Lefall and Kripke said these problems cause agency dysfunction and make it difficult to identify and remove hazards.
My private view: There’s a fatal flaw in the whole concept that the government is somehow more fair, more virtuous, and more honest — that it somehow stands independently above the fray and renders impartial judgments while it’s only the private sector that is self-seeking and corrupt.
Government is just another player in the game. It’s not going to look out for you. You have to educate yourself and look out for yourself. The biggest mistake you can make is to outsource your health and safety to the government and the various entities (like the medical profession and the drug companies) that enjoy official approval.
I think the average person walks into a supermarket believing that all the products and all their ingredients have been studied, tested and government-approved. Most people think, “Surely the government wouldn’t let companies sell us foods and personal products that are harmful.” Oh, yes they would.
The public’s fatal belief that everything is being taken care of — actually supports bad practices and makes them possible. It’s provided cover for a massive proliferation of tens of thousands of chemicals without anyone asking questions. Without this touching, naïve faith in regulation, consumers would be more alert and ask more questions.
The day the FDA is abolished (soon, I hope) everyone will realize they have to check out things for themselves, or select health advisors they personally know and trust. In the alternative health field, most of us do that anyway. What’s the big deal?
Meanwhile, with such a variety of toxins bombarding you every day, you might be wondering…
What should be done
about environmental carcinogens?
The President’s panel thinks government regulation can somehow be fixed, if everyone tries real hard. The panel made several recommendations for actions that government entities could take to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants.
They recommended first that the President, Congress and responsible agencies such as the EPA adopt a new national cancer prevention strategy focused on primary prevention. Lefall and Kripke said the new approach should set tangible goals for eliminating environmental toxins that can cause cancer.
The group made several other recommendations, including adoption of new workplace chemical exposure assessments, stronger cooperation among agencies, and speedier development of measurement and assessment tools.
As for what YOU can do to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins—the panel suggested these practical actions:
- Check home radon levels (see Issue #117)
- Choose foods grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers
- Drink filtered home, tap or well water (see Issue #85)
- Remove shoes before entering your home
- Use a headset with your cell phone and keep calls brief (see Issue #90)
You’ll find a full list of the panel’s recommendations for government, industry and private citizens regarding environmental toxins by accessing the report at http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/annualReports/pcp08-09rpt/PCP_Report_08-09_508.pdf.
In the last issue, we wrote about one contaminant in your food that you can get rid of today! Don’t wait for the government to do something. In fact, the government says it’s safe. If you missed this important news, just scroll down and read it now.
American Beef is Banned in Europe and
Much of the Rest of the World
In 1989 the European Economic Community (EEC) banned hormone-treated U. S. meat, citing dangers of meat treated with sex hormones. This wasn’t a case of typical out-of-control bureaucrats. In fact, European consumers pressured the EEC to take this action on behalf of their health.
Ever since, the US Department of Agriculture has been bullying the EEC on unfair trade practices. American farmers view the meat ban as a flimsy excuse to keep out their products. In this case, I think they’re mistaken. People shouldn’t eat this perverted product, and the Europeans are wise to keep it out.
It’s not just the Europeans who won’t buy American meat. Japan initiated its own ban in 2003. Canada and Australia also refuse our hormone-contaminated meats. The U.S. should join them instead of fighting them. Here’s what this stuff can do to you. . .
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3 hidden memory-destroying triggers no one told you about
If your memory is not what it used to be, you may have one or more of these 3 factors. Here’s the latest scientific research on how
to undo the damage, and get your memory back in as little as 30 days.
It’s ironic. Just when you’ve got all this wisdom and experience under your belt, your brain is no longer “old reliable.” You never know
when it’s going to trip you up, frustrate you, embarrass you, or make you wonder if you’re starting to lose your marbles.
Researchers at Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, UCLA, and other top universities recently discovered three hidden triggers that cause frequent
memory lapses and mental decline. They’re the missing link scientists have been seeking for years!
And thanks to a new breakthrough, it’s now possible to switch off these hidden triggers—and even reverse years of brain aging. That means
you can enjoy a “steel trap” memory, crystal-clear thinking, and laser-like focus—in just 30 days or even less.
It all starts with reversing this first hidden trigger…
The EU Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures relating to Public Health (SCVPH) confirmed for the third time in 2002 that the use of hormones as cattle growth promoters poses a health risk, in light of a review of 17 studies and other recent scientific data. The committee found no reason to change its previous opinions of 1999 and 2000.1
The SCVPH concluded there’s a substantial body of evidence that estradiol, a common hormone used to grow American beef, must be considered a complete carcinogen. This means it both causes tumors to start and promotes the growth of those that already exist. The committee could not establish any safe level of intake for any of the six hormones now used to quickly fatten beef cattle in America.2
An official EU scientific panel released a comprehensive report confirming at least one of the six growth hormones contained in U.S. beef products causes cancer — beyond doubt.3 They further stated that all the banned hormones are thought to cause a variety of health problems or diseases… including cancer, developmental problems, immunological breakdown, brain disease, and others.
A critical point made by the EU report was that exposure to even small levels of hormone residue in meat and meat products carries some risk.
Drug abuse in the cattle industry
An estimated 90 percent4 of all beef slaughtered in the U.S. is loaded up with hormones before it goes to the butcher and onto your plate.
Today’s six most common hormones in the beef industry are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, plus the synthetic hormones melengesterol, trenbolone or zeranol.
Producers place hormone-releasing pellets under a cow’s ear when it first enters the feedlot, and then again 50 days later. In another 50 days or less, it’s slaughtered.
Worse yet… injection into the muscle is a lucrative and common practice, although it’s against the law.
In the commercial cattle industry, the aim is to add as much weight to the animals as fast as possible. These hormones speed up weight gain and increase profits by $80 per cow. It takes less time for the cow to get fat enough for slaughter and the cow consumes less food along the way.
Conventionally raised beef calves grow from 80 pounds to 1,200 pounds in a period of just 14 months. Calves are fed or implanted with various drugs and hormones, grain and protein supplements… in order to, as the beef industry states, “promote efficient growth”.6
All approved implant products have a zero-day withdrawal… meaning the meat is considered safe to eat any time after the animal is treated.
Here’s the rub, though…
Hormones are natural chemicals that control processes in your body. But they function optimally within a very small range of delicate balance. Any small imbalance of even a single hormone can lead to staggering health problems.
What the cattle eat is what you eat, too. You’re just the next step up on the food chain. And beware…
These hormones do not disappear when they
hit your plate — or your stomach
There are indications that these hormones don’t just disappear when they hit your plate — or your stomach.
So the questions you must ask yourself are…
If hormones are so “safe” why are there so many restrictions on medicating humans with hormones… while medicating cows with them is not only permissible but standard?
Furthermore, if high estrogen is so “safe”, then why is there such a strong link between excess estrogen and cancers of the breast and prostate?
It’s worth noting that the only USDA imposed requirement on safety of hormonal meat is that it be less than one percent of a child’s daily hormonal production.
Yet, a single ear implant of Synovex-S, a combination of estradiol and progesterone, spiked estradiol levels in various meat products up to 20-fold higher than normal.
Samuel Epstein, M.D., environmental cancer expert, states that an eight-year-old boy eating two hamburgers in one day would be exposed to enough estradiol to increase his body’s levels of the hormone by 10 percent.
It’s about like giving your children birth control pills.
And it gets worse. Due to their high hormone levels, cows are more likely to get sick with mastitis and other illnesses requiring antibiotics. So not only are you eating hormones, but you’re also ingesting high amounts of antibiotics. Irresponsible use of antibiotics has led to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a very serious threat.
Déjà vu…? Where have we seen this before?
Four decades after diethylstilbestrol (DES), a growth-enhancing animal feed additive, was first declared carcinogenic (1938), it was finally banned in 1979.
Why it took forty long years for a known carcinogen to be banned is beyond the scope of this article. But it should prompt us to be skeptical of the current notion that these six newer growth hormones are safe for us to eat day in and day out.
Immediately after banning DES, the meat industry switched to its current six carcinogenic additives — particularly the “natural” sex hormones estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone.
Epstein cites the link between spiking cancer rates and a lifetime of exposure to dangerous dietary residues from carcinogenic feed additives.
Deliberate poisoning and your likelihood of cancer
The abuse of these hormones has grown side by side with the rapidly escalating incidence of reproductive cancers in the U.S. Since 1950, there’s been a 55% increase for breast cancer, 120% for testicular cancer, and 190% for prostate cancer.7 (Full disclosure: Other reports cite different rates of increase in these cancers.)
Sex hormones elevate levels of IGF-1 (insulin growth factor-1) — linked to prostate, breast and colon cancer. A Washington University (St. Louis) 2006 study found that healthy vegetarian men have much lower IGF-1 levels than endurance athletes of the same weight who eat meat.8
The World Health Organization also warned that dietary factors account for at least 30 percent of all cancers in Western countries. And researchers found that people who avoid meat are much less likely to develop cancer. Large studies in England and Germany also confirmed that vegetarians were about 40% less likely to develop cancer.9
A 2004 study discovered that men with high IGF-1 have a 50% higher prostate cancer risk, and high IGF-1 women have a 65% higher breast cancer risk than women with lower IGF-1 levels.10
Moreover, American women have a stunning five-fold greater risk of breast cancer than do women in countries that ban hormonal beef.11
Mountains of evidence for a cancer connection
The Europeans, Japanese, and Australians have done a great deal of research and have labeled hormonal meat a definite carcinogen.
It’s been well established since the 1980’s that the cattle hormone estradiol causes gene damage and cancer in rodents which relates to breast and uterine cancer in women.12
Australian researcher Mike Waters, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, published a review in the American journal Endocrinology in 2007, supporting the claims of consumers that meat injected with growth hormones could lead to cancer.
He cited numerous studies connecting cancer with the practice of eating growth-hormone-treated meat. Studies also find that inhibiting growth hormones helps “reduce both size and number of tumors.”
Here’s what to do if you don’t want
to become a vegetarian
Since the government doesn’t seem to get it, take charge yourself. Switch to organic meat!
I believe that many people are not served well by vegetarianism, and need higher dietary protein levels. I favor moderate consumption of meat — and only hormone-free and antibiotic-free meat. There’s a theory of metabolic types — some people thrive on meat, others get sick on it. We’ll discuss this in a future issue. But even if you’re the metabolic type that needs high protein, you should eat only the healthy kind.
If you’re ready to make the switch to hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat, there’s good news! In response to consumer demand, organic livestock in the U.S. bolted from 18,513 in 1997… to 196,506 in 2005. Producers must show through solid documentation that meat has had no hormones or no antibiotics if they want to use “no hormone” or “no antibiotic” labels.
The organic label cannot be used if there are any hormones or antibiotics involved.
Hormone-free meat poses fewer health risks and is also better for the environment and animal health. Although it may be more expensive than conventional red meat, the price reflects its true production costs. It’s not a rip-off — it costs more to raise.
A couple of labeling tricks you should know about: For meat to be organic it must carry the organic label. Meats labeled “hormone-free”, “all-natural”, “grass fed” or “free range” may not necessarily be organic.
At the same time, “organic” animals are not necessarily free range or grass fed. Organic regulations only require that animals have access to the outdoors.
Your healthiest meat is that which is both free range and organic.
Here’s a money-saving trick
If you can’t afford organic for every food you eat, choose the ones that give you the biggest benefit over conventional. Consumer Reports regards organic meat as one of those foods.
Here’s how to save on organic grass fed beef.
First, shop around, because prices on organic foods can vary greatly.
Even better… buy organic grass fed beef from a nearby farmer. This tends to be less expensive and also reduces your carbon footprint. As a bonus, the meat is much more fresh. Plus, you’re supporting local community businesses, and you can check out how it’s raised. I’m a big fan of farmer’s markets. I can’t swear the meat is always cheaper, but the other advantages outweigh the cost.
Check out these websites: www.localharvest.org and http://www.realmilk.com/where2.html for sources of organic, grass-fed beef in your area. There are also national providers who will ship to you, if you’re unsuccessful in finding something local.
If you can swing the upfront cost, consider getting a quarter, half, or whole cow butchered to your specifications, generally at less cost per pound. You do need a large freezer. But the savings from buying in bulk are considerable. Having a supply in your home will lessen emergency trips to the grocery store, as well as the temptation to patronize that place with the golden arches, and others like it.
1EU Scientists Confirm Health Risks of Growth Hormones in Meat, Associated Press, April 23, 2002.
2EU Scientists Confirm Health Risks of Growth Hormones in Meat, Associated Press, April 23, 2002.
3Ronnie Cummins & Ben Lilliston, Beef Hormones, Irradiation, & Mad Deer: America’s Food Safety Crisis Continues, Center for Food Safety News #19 (formerly Food Bytes), June 4, 1999, at 1. The EU’s Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures spoke to the Associated Press and stated “the hormone 17 beta-oestradiol has to be considered as a complete carcinogen”. Id.
4Epstein, Samuel, S., M.D. Cancer Risks of Hormonal Meat, The Chemical Jungle: Today’s Beef Industry. From International Journal of Health Services, 20:277-280, 1990.
7http://www.preventcancer.com/press/editorials/march24_97.htm, “None of Us Should Eat Extra Estrogen”, Los Angeles Times, March 24, 1997.
12http://www.preventcancer.com/press/releases/may31_99.htm The European Ban On Hormonal Meat Is Based On Valid Scientific Evidence. Press Conference By Professor Samuel S. Epstein M.D. May 31, 1999