Vicks-use cautiously with your children.

The popular cold remedy Vicks VapoRub may cause airway inflammation that can restrict xin_462010614102000077246breathing in infants and toddlers under two, U.S. researchers said.

If Vicks Procter & Gamble product is applied directly under the nose or in the nostrils of children under 4 years of age their tiny airways could swell and fill with mucus, triggering severe breathing problems.

“The company is really clearly states

  • don’t put it in the nose,
  • never use it in kids under 2,
  • “Sure enough, when we stopped all the medicine, the child got much better very quickly.” said Dr. Bruce K. Rubin professor and vice chair for research at Wake Forest’s Department of Pediatrics said the ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway. And since infants and young children have airways that are much narrower than those of an adult, any increase in mucus or swelling can narrow them severely.

Doctors at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. started their study after treating an 18-month-old girl who had developed severe respiratory distress after the salve had been put directly under her nose to relieve cold symptoms.

The researchers found that Vicks VapoRub increased mucus production by up to 59 percent; the ability to clear mucus was reduced by 36 percent.

Many generic versions of Vicks could cause the same negative effects in infants and toddlers.

In October 2008, major manufacturers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be used by children younger than 4 years.

If one applies Vicks  or eucalyptus and olive oil to the bottoms of the feet and then cover the feet with socks, it has been known to stop some sever coughs. Homeopathy also is very good for coughs and colds due consult a homeopathic practitioner.

For information about homeopathic physicians and other natural medicine practitioners contact us at http://compmed.com

Resources

P&G cold remedy may cause baby breathing problems www.chinaview.cn January 14, 2009.

.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-01/14/content_10655342.htm

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Detox nalgene

Drinking from polycarbonate Nalgene water bottles is an everyday activity for millions of people who want to stay healthy and hydrated while reducing their impact on the planet. Unfortunately, Nalgene users are getting an unhealthy dose of bisphenol A, the known endocrine disruptor, which leaches from polycarbonate water bottles into liquids. Studies indicate bisphenol A may lead to serious health problems including miscarriage, chromosomal defects and prostate cancer.

What we want
The Detox Nalgene campaign wants Nalgene to switch from using the chemical bisphenol A in their polycarbonate water bottles to a safer alternative.

Why we’re asking it
In approximately 200 published animal and human cell studies, exposure to bisphenol A has been shown to cause serious adverse effects including miscarriage, impaired brain development, male and female reproductive defects, early onset of puberty, obesity and most recently, cancer. Please click here to check our bisphenol A fact sheet and links to studies.

How we’ll win
We will use consumer and retailer organizing to educate Nalgene users about this dangerous chemical, and to apply pressure to Nalgene to make this important change in production. We will be sending the company mass quantities of emails, written letters, and messages tucked inside our old Nalgene bottles. Our message is clear: Nalgene, stop using bisphenol A and any other harmful chemicals in your products. We have been loyal customers- it is time you act responsibly and protect our health and the health of the environment.

Resource courtesy of

http://www.ecopledge.com/detoxnalgene/index.htm

Dysport cousin to Botox – possible birth defects

Health alert over the “use of anti-wrinkle treatments like Botox, after an Australian baby was born with serious birth defects.

The mother was given facial cosmetic injections of the drug Dysport in the first weeks of her pregnancy in 2005. Her baby was born deaf and blind.

A report by the manufacturer a year later admits a possible link with the drug’s use, News Ltd reported.”

Dysport is made from clostridium botulinum type A  a haemeglobulin and has,  far as the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration is concerned, no warnings and no  specific indications are given for its use.

Haemeglobulin means it effects the blood and seems to cross the blood brain barrier in mom and fetus. The drugs effects on early stage  fetal development can possibly be due to the neurological stress causing the wrong chemical messages to be sent to the developing fetal systems.

From the Dysport commercial

Yes, “Dysport is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles on the forehead, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and wrinkles this is true.”
Any drug that effects neurology and physiology of the body can cause troubles for the developing fetus in the womb.
Dysport has been used to treat

  • neurological and ophthalmic conditions.
  • frown lines
  • axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under the armpits).
  • nervous tics and muscle spasms of the face and neck.
  • neuro-muscular conditions
  • botulinum toxin Type A to be approved in New Zealand
  • spasticity in adults of many types
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ADVERSE REACTIONS TO DYSPORT46 REPORTED

  • Possible birth defects to the botulinum type A toxin used in Botox and Dysport
  • temporary facial paralysis
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • hallucinations
  • trouble swallowing
  • anxiety.

Dysport that have been reported to the Therapeutic Goods Administration since July 1, 1994.
Is temporary beauty worth losing your health or your baby’s chance at a normal life?

Dysport is manufactured in Britain by Ipsen Limited.

Resources

!3 year olds playing with death for a few moment high

What do “games” like  Blackout, Flatliner, Fainting Game, California Choke, Dream Game, Airplaning, Suffocation Roulette, Space Cowboy and the Pass-Out Game have in common they are deadly.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) on February 14, 2008 warned parents, teachers, and health care providers about the so-called choking game, which has killed at least 82 U.S. youths since 1995.

“The choking game involves intentionally trying to choke oneself or someone else with one’s hand or a noose to attain a brief euphoric state or high. If the strangulation is prolonged, which is something that can happen very quickly, death or a serious injury can result,” explains Robin Toblin, PhD, MPH, of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Warning Signs of the Choking Game

Carrie and Levi give school presentations on the dangers of the choaking game.
Carrie and Levi give school presentations on the dangers of the choaking game.

The CDC urges parents, teachers, and health care workers to learn the possible warning signs of the choking game:

* Discussion of the game, including other names for it, such as “pass-out game” or “space monkey”
* Bloodshot eyes
* Marks on the neck
* Severe headaches
* Disorientation after spending time alone
* Ropes, scarves, and belts tied to bedroom furniture or doorknobs or found knotted on the floor
* The unexplained presence of dog leashes, choke collars, and bungee cords.

Prevent and educate
“If parents believe their child is playing the choking game, they should speak to them about the life-threatening dangers associated with the game and seek additional help if necessary,” Toblin said.

Rise in Choking Game Deaths

The Web site GASP, which stands for Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play, reports that 65 children died in 2007 alone. Mark Lepore, an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, told The Houston Press last year that he believed 1,800 people in the United States had died playing the game in the past 10 years; most were children and teenagers.

Most of the deaths were among boys ages 11 to 16, and the average age was 13, the report said. Choking game deaths were identified in 31 states. “Because most parents in the study had not heard of the choking game, we hope to raise awareness of the choking game among parents, health care providers, and educators, so they can recognize warning signs of the activity,” said Robin L. Toblin, the study’s lead author. “This is especially important because children themselves may not appreciate the dangers of this activity.”

Resources
The Choking Game -Levi Draher came back from the dead. Other players were not so lucky. – Craig Malisow    Houston Press News  April 18, 2007

http://www.houstonpress.com/2007-04-19/news/the-choking-game/
CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Feb. 15, 2008; vol 57: pp 141-144. – Robin Toblin, PhD, MPH, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/14/choking-game-deaths-on-the-rise/

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WHO sets melamine limits

WHO sets first limits for safe melamine levels in food-safe this is an industrial chemical that has a cumulative effect on living kidney tissues.

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Demand to know how many products and how much melamine and cyanuatic acid its cousin is tainting our milk and food supply, Then do not buy from companies that use these poisons.

Melamine has been routinely mixed into Chinese milk and dairy products to give them the impression of having higher protein content and a richer flavor, Cyanuratic acid has been used to clean equipment.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on December 5, 2008 issued safety limits for melamine levels in food as international concern mounted over a widening tainted food scandal in China.

It is the first time WHO experts have issued safety limits for the use of the industrial chemical and they stressed that melamine should not be used in food at all.

The so-called Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) has been fixed at 0.2 mg per kilogramme of body weight. This means that a person who weighs 50kg can tolerate up to 10mg of melamine per day, said the WHO.

For how long is it tolerable for our neonats and our infants?

The UN agency stressed however that the industrial chemical “should not be in food” even though traces are sometimes unavoidable?

“The TDI is meant to help national authorities set safe limits in food for withdrawal purposes should melamine be detected as a result of intentional adulteration,” added the WHO.

The scandal has led many countries around the world, including the 27-nation European Union, to ban Chinese milk imports and Chinese foods containing soya and Chinese-made baking powder will also have to be tested after high levels of melamine were found.

How come they can do something about it while the US does little to nothing to protect our children? We have no idea if melamine is effecting any other age group.

China said Monday that 294,000 children had been made ill by consuming dairy products containing melamine, with 154 still in serious condition.

China said six deaths since September may have been caused by tainted dairy products. The “confirmed ” death toll so far is three infants.

Beware of tainting of prooducts any food or condiment that has been in contact with melamine including chicken eggs, soya products, candy any Chines food products are suspect now.

The full impact of melamine in international food products and agriculture stock and their feed has just begun to be felt.

BUY CERTIFIED ORGANIC PRODUCTS.
WHO sets first limits for safe melamine levels in food – Staff Writers
Geneva (AFP) Dec 5, 2008 Seed Daily.com
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"Nanoparticles the next major health hazard"

The potential health threats of Nanoparticles :

“When materials are brought down to the nanoscale dimension, their properties for some performance characteristics dramatically change,” said Cagin. ” We have demonstrated that when you go to a particular length scale between 20 and 23 nanometers you actually improve the energy-harvesting capacity by 100 percent.

The gold and silver nanoparticles are beginning to come under close scrutity.

Nanoparticles could threaten human organs such as the liver, heart, kidneys and lungs and brain. Nanoparticles are found in the air, products, soil and through medicine and medical procedures. the problem is that they are so tiny a single particle is one billionth of a meter (3.9 feet) and they accumulate where they lodge. Lodging in the ear after cell phone use; on the body after wearing clothes made withem or wearing them as a medical device or applying them on the skin in the form of retinol A or sunscreen. There have been no long term studies to understand the effects on biological systems including the human body. Now biologicval systems mean no studies on what happen as they enter cells whether it is plant or animal -what does it do to the DNA and other cell organelles and is the effects carried into the chromosomes for the next generation to deal with.

Gold nanoparticles are everywhere. They are used in cancer treatments, automobile sensors, cell phones, blood sugar monitors and hydrogen gas production. However, until recently, scientists couldn’t create the nanoparticles without producing synthetic chemicals that had negative impacts on the environment.gallery-nanoparticle-toxicity-large

“The smaller a particle, the further it can travel through tissue, along airways or in blood vessels,” Dr. Adnan Nasir, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told The New York Times. “Especially if the nanoparticles are indestructible and accumulate and are not metabolized, if you accumulate them in the organs, the organs could fail,” he said.

Minuscule nanoparticles added to consumer products increasingly may be swarming through the body and threatening organs like the liver, U.S. scientists fear. “The smaller a particle, the further it can travel through tissue, along airways or in blood vessels,” Dr. Adnan Nasir, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told The New York Times. “Especially if the nanoparticles are indestructible and accumulate and are not metabolized, if you accumulate them in the organs, the organs could fail,” he said.

Even when made of inert elements, nanomaterials take on unique properties, research suggests. Animal studies indicate nanoparticles can penetrate cells and tissues, move through the body and brain and cause biochemical damage. They have also been linked to testicular cancer and cardiovascular system damage and may pose an environmental hazard, studies suggest. Even a separate study by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology found stoves and toaster ovens emit ultrafine particles of 2 to 30 nanometers.

Their use in lotions and creams particularly in mineral sunscreens has drawn the most critical attention. Consumer products with nanoparticles or based on nanotechnology like clothing, surface treatment, cosmetics and transports. Through these products the most direct contact to consumers occur. The potential health problems related to the use of the products need to be studied immediately and assessed.

The U.S. Environmental Agency is seeking public review and comment on a petition asking the agency to classify nanoscale silver as a pesticide.
The petition, filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment and others, also calls on the EPA to require formal pesticide registration of all products containing nanoscale silver, analyze the potential human health and environmental risks of the tiny germ-killing particles, and take regulatory action against existing products that contain the material.

“Nanosilver is an unknown threat not only to the environment but also to human health,” center staff attorney George Kimbrell said. “The public has no idea that consumer products contain potentially dangerous nanoparticles because no labeling is currently required.”

The petition, filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment and others, also calls on the EPA to require formal pesticide registration of all products containing nanoscale silver, analyze the potential human health and environmental risks of the tiny germ-killing particles, and take regulatory action against existing products that contain the material.

The center said manufacturers are infusing products with nanoscale silver for its enhanced anti-microbial abilities. There are more than 260 nanosilver products currently on the market, including household appliances and cleaners, clothing, cutlery, children’s toys and personal care products.

“Nanosilver is an unknown threat not only to the environment but also to human health,” center staff attorney George Kimbrell said. “The public has no idea that consumer products contain potentially dangerous nanoparticles because no labeling is currently required.”

“Nanosilver is an unknown threat not only to the environment but also to human health,” center staff attorney George Kimbrell said. “The public has no idea that consumer products contain potentially dangerous nanoparticles because no labeling is currently required.”

Environmental danger

Kimbrell said silver is toxic to fish, aquatic organisms and microorganisms. A 2008 study showed that washing nanosilver socks released substantial amounts of the nanosilver into laundry discharge water, which will ultimately reach natural waterways, the center said.
“Nanosilver is an unknown threat not only to the environment but also to human health,” center staff attorney George Kimbrell said. “The public has no idea that consumer products contain potentially dangerous nanoparticles because no labeling is currently required.”

Kimbrell said silver is toxic to fish, aquatic organisms and microorganisms. A 2008 study showed that washing nanosilver socks released substantial amounts of the nanosilver into laundry discharge water, which will ultimately reach natural waterways, the center said.

The U.S. Environmental Agency is seeking public review and comment on a petition asking the agency to classify nanoscale silver as a pesticide.
The petition, filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment and others, also calls on the EPA to require formal pesticide registration of all products containing nanoscale silver, analyze the potential human health and environmental risks of the tiny germ-killing particles, and take regulatory action against existing products that contain the material.

The center said manufacturers are infusing products with nanoscale silver for its enhanced anti-microbial abilities. There are more than 260 nanosilver products currently on the market, including household appliances and cleaners, clothing, cutlery, children’s toys and personal care products.

“Nanosilver is an unknown threat not only to the environment but also to human health,” center staff attorney George Kimbrell said. “The public has no idea that consumer products contain potentially dangerous nanoparticles because no labeling is currently required.” Nanoparticles are used in sun screens to block ultraviolet radiation, in emulsions to contain vitamins in face creams, and in other moisturisers to kill off bacteria. But of 67 firms approached only eight submitted information on the use of nanotechnology in their products. until all the necessary safety tests are carried out, the simple fact is we just don’t know enough.

Individuals must take care of their own health and family safety. The government has not yet required manufacturers of nanomaterials products to have an independent assessment and long term research to determine the safety of all products.

Industry response

In May researchers at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh, asked the government to restrict use of carbon nanotubes – in car panels, tennis rackets and bike frames – claiming they posed a cancer risk similar to that of asbestos.

Kimbrell said silver is toxic to fish, aquatic organisms and microorganisms. A 2008 study showed that washing nanosilver socks released substantial amounts of the nanosilver into laundry discharge water, which will ultimately reach natural waterways, the center said.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy  of http://www.safenano.org/NanoecotoxicologyLymnea.aspx

Excerpts courtesy  of http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Self-powered_devices_may_soon_be_possible_999.html
Excerpts courtesy  ofhttp://www.dhigroup.com/News/NewsArchive/2006/MappingOfNanoproducts.aspx

Excerpts courtesy  of http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/silver-is-potent-neurotoxicant

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Melamine and cyanuric acid deathly duo for US infants

China said Monday that a total of 294,000 children had fallen ill and six deaths since September 10 may be linked to the consumption of melamine-laced milk. About 861 children remained in hospital and that 154 were “serious” cases as of December 1, 2008.

Melamine is a chemical normally used to make plastics had been routinely mixed into Chinese milk and dairy products to give them the impression of having higher protein content for years. The effects seem to be cumulative in neonats and infant only formula fed are hit the hardest.

Melamine can cause kidney stones and kidney failure. Now it seems the US FDA has found the substance in trace amounts in our infant formula supply line and the Bush administration and FDA Hid Names of Melamine Contaminated Infant Formula Products from the Public.

The truth about the melamine only became public after the Associated Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request, demanding the test results from the FDA. Absent that request, this whole issue would have continued to remain an FDA secret.

The FDA found melamine and cyanuric acid, a related chemical, in samples of baby formula made by majorU.S. manufacturers.

Melamine can cause kidney and bladder stones and, in worst cases, kidney failure and death. If melamine and cyanuric acid combine, they can form round yellow crystals that can also damage kidneys and destroy renal function.good-start-formula1


Melamine was found in Good Start Supreme Infant Formula With Iron made by Nestle, and cyanuric acid was detected in Enfamil Lipil With Iron infant formula powder made by Mead Johnson.

A spokesman for Nestle did not respond to repeated calls and e-mails for comment yesterday.

Gail Wood, a spokeswoman for Mead Johnson, said the company does not think that cyanuric acid poses aimages-4 health threat to infants. “Cyanuric acid is approved by the FDA to sanitize processing equipment,” she said. “The risks of not sanitizing equipment are far greater than ultra trace amounts of residual cyanuric acid found in the formula.”

The FDA has been testing hundreds of food products for melamine in the aftermath of a scandal this year involving Chinese infant formula tainted with melamine. Chinese manufacturers deliberately added the chemical to watered-down formula to make it appear to contain higher levels of protein. More than 50,000 Asian infants were hospitalized, and at least four died.

After that decision, the FDA is now under intense fire for once again betraying the public trust and acting to protect the interests of corporations rather than the people. Congress, public health groups and consumer advocate are blasting the FDA for utterly disregarding public safety and catering (once again) to the financial interests of the companies it regulates.

The FDA collected 87 samples of infant formula made by American manufacturers, tested all but 10 of them and held a conference call with manufacturers to alert them to the preliminary findings, FDA spokeswoman Judy Leon said. She said she did not know when the agency was planning to inform the public. Then The FDA back peddled and said there were trace amounts in the infant formula’s and would need to do safety tests then they said these trace amounts were safe????

How can one say that poisonous substance is not harmful in trace amounts without testing over years of time. How can the FDA and the Bush administration leave our most helpless infants at such a risk!

Excerpts from the following publications:
China says 294,000 children fell ill from tainted milk
– Staff Writers AFP Beijing Dec 1, 2008

http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/China_says_294000_children_fell_ill_from_tainted_milk_999.html

FDA Draws Fire Over Chemicals In Baby Formula – Lyndsey Layton Washington Post November 27, 2008
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/26/AR2008112600386.html?hpid=sec-health

Melamine, Infant formula and FDA – Mike Adams, The Health Ranger, November 27, 2008 http://www.naturalnews.com/melamine.html
Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Melamine, Infant formula and FDA – Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, November 27, 2008 http://www.naturalnews.com/melamine.html
“We will use our actions and high quality of our food products to win the trust and confidence of Chinese people and people around the world.”

However it remains unclear just how much of China’s food is contaminated with melamine and other dangerous substances.

A few days after Wen’s comments in October, it emerged that some Chinese eggs also had traces of melamine, with the chemical mixed into chicken feed to give it the appearance of higher protein content.

The discovery of melamine in eggs raised concerns that it could be in many other Chinese foods, with the suspicion that it may have been mixed into other livestock feed.

Other Chinese foods have come under scrutiny for safety issues in recent years.

Dumplings laced with pesticide have been discovered in Japan, while the Chinese and international media have reported on problems such as steroid-laced pigs and fish being fed antibiotics so they can survive in polluted water.
http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/China_says_294000_children_fell_ill_from_tainted_milk_999.html Continue reading “Melamine and cyanuric acid deathly duo for US infants”

Antidepressants linked to sperm DNA damage

This is the second study by a team of researchers at Cornell Medical Center in New York which points to a possible effect on sperm quality.
SSRIs taken by millions of men to alleviate depression may affect their fertility, say US scientists.

New Scientist magazine reported that a small group of healthy men were given paroxetine an antidepressant for four weeks and had significantly higher levels of sperm DNA damage. These men may not have serious problems becoming a father. (Think of the potential for damage to unborn.-editor’s comment)

Paroxetine, sold as Seroxat or Paxil, is one of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in the UK. They recruited 35 healthy volunteers who provided sperm samples before and during paroxetine treatment.

Under the microscope, there appeared to be not much difference between the “before” and “after” samples, with the shape and movement of sperm apparently normal in both samples.

However, tests on “DNA fragmentation” produced a different result.

Some sperm with DNA problems can be found in every sample, and 13.8% of sperm cells in those produced before treatment were found to be fragmented. This marker elevated four week mark, this had risen to 30.3%.

Studies have found that couples where the man’s sperm has higher levels of DNA damage produce fewer embryos, and their embryos are less likely to implant successfully in the womb.

Antidepressants are powerful drugs, so in a sense it is no surprise that research is discovering more about their impact on the body.

This damage to the DNA may also effect a mother who takes SSRIIs and then no one has studied the effects on the embryonic tissues to my knowledge.-editor’s note

Dr Andrew McCulloch, of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Most medications carry some level of risk, and antidepressants are no different.
“They are powerful drugs, so in a sense it is no surprise that research is discovering more about their impact on the body.

“More investment is needed in other mental health treatments such as talking therapies and exercise therapy.” (Add homeopathy, neuroemotional kinessiology, …-editor’s note)

Antidepressants ‘may harm sperm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7633400.stm

Kids at risk from fire retardant materials

Keeping Fire Retardants Out of Your Kids

“We just finished the first investigation of toxic fire retardants (called Deca) in parents and their children, and we found toddlers had 3 times the levels of Deca in their blood as their mothers.
That means young children in the U.S. bear the heaviest burden of flame retardant pollution in the world. Deca is a neurological and hormone distrupter, and children are more susceptible to its effects than adults.
What’s a parent to do?  Take these steps to protect your family:
1 Inspect foam items and replace any with ripped covers or misshapen/breaking-down foam
2 Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
3 Don’t reupholster foam furniture in homes where children or pregnant women live.”

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Almond growers to sue USDA

(NaturalNews) “After having their organic almond businesses devastated by the USDA’s bizarre ’07 decision requiring mandatory chemical fumigation of almonds, the almond industry is fighting back. Fifteen American almond growers have filed a lawsuit against the USDA in an attempt to repeal the requirements that all almonds grown in California be fumigated or pasteurized. (Virtually all almonds sold in the United States are grown in California.) Organic almond growers in California have been economically devastated by the mandatory fumigation of almonds.

USDA rules don’t apply to almonds being imported from other countries, however, the industry has seen a huge shift away from U.S. growers and towards almond growers in Spain and other countries. Some American almond farmers have even called the USDA’s decision “a plan to destroy the U.S. almond industry and put small organic farmers out of business.”

The USDA’s plot to deceive consumers over “raw”
The mandatory almond fumigation requirement is seen by health-conscious consumers as not merely bizarre, but downright fraudulent. That’s because the USDA’s regulations allow fumigated and pasteurized almonds to be labeled “raw,” thereby intentionally deceiving the consuming public and instantly destroying consumer trust in the labeling of all almonds.

By any honest measure, the people making these decisions at the USDA can only be described as either idiotic or criminal. To enforce regulations requiring the intentional mislabeling of raw food seems more like the actions of a criminal racket than a government agency. While online pharmacies selling mislabeled pharmaceuticals are routinely raided and shut down by U.S. authorities, when the government itself engages in similar deceptions, it declares itself above the law and immune to prosecution.

This lawsuit by U.S. almonds growers aims to overturn the USDA’s deception. These fraudulent actions on the part of the USDA have generated an enormous amount of criticism from the raw food community, whose members depend on almonds to make raw almond milk, raw almond “burgers” and other raw foods preparations. As leaders of the raw foods movement rightly insist, fumigating or pasteurizing nuts destroys as much as 90 percent of their original nutritional value, altering proteins and destroying disease-fighting phytonutrients. The USDA, however, remains remarkably illiterate on this topic, have never made a single statement acknowledging any qualitative difference between cooked foods and raw foods.

Is the USDA actually trying to destroy consumer health?
As the editor of NaturalNews.com, I find the USDA’s ignorance on fundamental matters of nutrition to be nothing short of astonishing. As it is the U.S. government department responsible for much of the food supply, it should be on the leading edge of nutritional knowledge, not stuck in the 1950’s, before scientists knew about plant enzymes and disease-fighting phytochemicals that are easily destroyed by heat or chemicals.

Notably, the USDA has also supported the FDA’s plot to irradiate the U.S. food supply while intentionally misleading consumers over the fact that their foods have been irradiated. See my article, “FDA Plots to Mislead Consumers Over Irradiated Foods” at http://www.naturalnews.com/023956.html

My only explanation for the USDA’s insistence that the U.S. food supply should be fumigated, irradiated and cooked to the point of nutrient destruction is that the USDA is pursuing a campaign of intentional nutrient depletion for the U.S. population. With Big Pharma now deciding key regulatory decisions of the U.S. government, the USDA’s actions seemed designed to create a nation of health degenerates who will demand unprecedented levels of pharmaceutical “treatments” that enrich the drug companies.

If that sounds a little too conspiratorial, rest assured that U.S. corporations engage in conspiracies all the time: Conspiracies to hide negative drug studies, conspiracies to influence the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid to avoid saying things like “eat less meat,” and conspiracies to ensnare consumers in an endless cycle of consumption, disease and debt.

In fact, most of what happens between government and private industry today is founded on conspiracy — which simply means two people sitting in a room, plotting how to bilk consumers for the most profits.

Whether the USDA is openly conspiring to destroy the U.S. food supply — or is merely run by bumbling idiots who are nutritionally illiterate — is debatable. But the results of its actions are not. By destroying the healing qualities of fresh produce and nuts, the USDA is denying consumers access to the very plant-based nutrients that are just barely keeping people from developing full-blown cancer, diabetes and other serious medical conditions. As more and more fresh foods are destroyed by USDA regulations, our population will spiral downward into a state of degenerative disease and misery.

Why the USDA is more dangerous than terrorists
In doing so, the USDA will have accomplished what all the terrorists in the world could not do: Destroying the U.S. food supply and leaving its population to rot.

…No nation that destroys the nutritive value of its food supply has any real future. If such policies are allowed to continue, you can kiss the United States of America goodbye. It will never survive the disease, death and financial bankruptcy that’s sure to follow such assaults on its food supply.

That’s why this lawsuit by California almond growers is so important: It may allow us to free almonds from the destructive designs of the USDA, restoring the integrity of this important source of nutrients.

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