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Addictive and Toxic: Are You Unknowingly Eating These Items Every Day?

Eating processed foods is a real doozy. They are not only toxic in nature, but are also so addictive that they cause you to crave more of the very food that’s so bad for you! Remember the public outcry when the news came out that tobacco companies added ingredients that made cigarettes even more addictive? Unfortunately, food manufacturers also add addictive substances to their foods, but there isn’t enough public momentum (yet) to force them to stop. So sadly, these items continually contribute to us getting fatter and fatter and sicker and sicker as a society.

Even foods that are considered “healthy,” like bread, pasta sauce, and salad dressing, may contain these ingredients. Let’s look at some of the worst offenders.

Bisphenol-A (BPA)

What it is: BPA is a chemical compound that mimics hormones and disrupts the endocrine system in the human body.

What it’s in: BPA is used in food packaging, but it can leech into the foods the packaging contains. A recent consumer reports test on packaged foods found BPA in multiple brands of canned foods – even those labeled as “organic” and “BPA-free.” BPA may be in:

  • Canned foods
  • Foods packaged in plastics
  • Water bottles
  • Juice bottles

What’s wrong with it: As I stated early, BPA is an endocrine disrupter that can interfere with your body’s hormones. According to an article in Scientific American, rodent studies have linked BPA exposure to a host of health problems in mammals, including male genital defects, early onset puberty, obesity, behavioral problems, and certain types of reproductive cancers. A brand new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences also links BPA to breast cancer in monkeys.


What it is: A chemical used to build copolymers and other industrial materials.

What it’s in: Acrylamide has been found in numerous starchy foods cooked at high temperatures. Foods with acrylamide include:

  • Potato chips
  • French fries
  • Bread
  • Cookies
  • Corn chips
  • Pop corn
  • Pretzels
  • Brewed coffee
  • Pies and cakes
  • Peanut butter
  • Soup mixes
  • Canned chili
  • Deep fried foods

What’s wrong with it: High, continuous acrylamide exposure has been linked to several forms of cancer. One Swedish study linked acrylamide intake to ovarian and uterine cancer. Other health risks include:

  • Nerve damage
  • DNA mutation
  • Alzheimer’s


What it is: Monosodium glutamate is a processed chemical used to enhance flavors and increase the presence of “umami” in processed foods.

What it’s in:

MSG is present in many savory foods, including:

  • Chips and crackers
  • Fast foods
  • Soups
  • Canned foods
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (found in many processed foods)

What’s wrong with it: According to some research, MSG is an excitotoxin. When you consume it, it excites your brain cells to the point of death. Excitotoxins also promote cancer growth and metastasis.

Avoiding Toxins

How can you avoid these toxic items? Cut out or down to a bare minimum  processed foods, fast foods, animal products, and soft drinks.

I know it may seem like a lot when you’re just starting out and have been used to eating a certain way for a long time, but just start taking baby steps and soon you will feel better on fresh food so that you won’t want to go back. For instance, you can switch to frozen veggies instead of canned ones, if you don’t have time to shop for fresh all the time. Snack on sunflower seeds or crunchy veggies sticks with salsa instead of processed crackers. Or at least switch to an organic whole grain cracker brand, like Mary’s Gone Crackers, which is a step up. Baby steps= feeling better= long-term progress. And that is what I want for you.

High-fructose Corn Syrup

What it is: Maybe you can recall a TV commercial you’ve seen lately of parents and children skipping through the corn fields (la di daaa!) in pretty outfits and smiles all around, touting that HFCS is the same to your body as sugar. But it’s not straight sugar. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS or “corn sugar”) is a chemically manufactured sweetener that uses enzymes to convert corn’s naturally occurring glucose into fructose, which is far sweeter. Food manufacturers use HFCS as a cheap way to add a little sweetness to their product, a flavor enhancer, and to brown baked goods.

What it’s in: A better question might be what ISN’T it in. HFCS is nearly ubiquitous in processed foods. Here are just a few of the many foods that may contain HFCS

  • Salad dressing
  • Breads and other baked goods
  • Jarred and canned spaghetti sauce
  • Salsa
  • Juice
  • Cereal
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Frozen meals
  • Soft drinks
  • Cough syrup

What’s wrong with it: HFCS is associated with multiple negative health effects. First, let’s start with the fact it is a chemically altered food, and one that our ancestors surely did not eat. Because of this, the human body is poorly equipped to process HFCS.

Additionally, the high levels of fructose are very harmful to human health. Fructose occurs naturally in very small amounts in fruit, and the human body can easily handle naturally occurring fructose (plus the natural vitamin C and antioxidants in fruit help your body counteract its natural fructose). In HFCS, however, the amounts of fructose are extremely high and concentrated, and added into fiber-less liquids (like sodas), you may consume far more than you realize. A study review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition evaluated evidence and concluded that increased fructose consumption in the Western diet contributed to increased rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, poor blood lipid profiles, and high blood pressure.

Fructose also has a negative effect on the liver. A study in the Journal of Hepatology concluded that excess dietary fructose consumption was a factor in the development on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Unfortunately, HFCS and other intense sweeteners may be addictive, as well. One study demonstrated that intense sweetness from sweeteners like HFCS surpassed the rewards in the human brain of cocaine, a highly addictive drug. Unfortunately, because HFCS is in so many processed foods, this means that it may trigger addictions to many of the unhealthy chemicals they contain.


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In a Historic Move, Vote to Federally Legalize Marijuana to Take Place in Congress—This Week

Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

Washington, D.C. — As countless individuals across the land of the free are rotting in cages for possessing a plant deemed illegal by the government, a historical bill is making its way through Congress that could change everything. A congressional committee reportedly plans to vote on a bill this week that would end the federal prohibition of marijuana.

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). But that is not all. It would go one step further and seek to undo the horrific damage caused by the state’s war on this plant.

According to the legislation, the act would:

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More than 5,000 birds die suddenly from a mysterious death

Wildlife experts are trying to understand the cause of the massive deaths of birds on the shores of Sambar Lake – India’s largest salt lake. 

Sambar Lake is located 80 km southwest of Jaipur (Jaipur). It covers an area of ​​190 to 230 square kilometers, depending on the season.Many migratory birds, marsh birds, gather at the lake shores at certain times of the year (Wader), flamingos, storks, ducks and dozens of different species. But, about two weeks ago, locals often began to see carcasses of birds.

To date, more than 2,000 dead birds have been found on the coastal stretch, about 12 km wide, and more than 5,000 on unofficial ones. According to locals, the former lively shores of the lake have now become a bird cemetery, among which there are rare species.

According to one resident, there are so many bird carcasses in some places that they look like a large pile of manure from afar!

The cause of the death of the birds has not yet been clarified. They were not killed with a firearm or other weapon. No wounds or signs of disease were found on their bodies. Large piles of dead birds in one place indicate that they died suddenly, exactly at the same place they were in groups overnight.

Local ornithologist Abhinav Vaishnav tells reporters:

“We have never seen anything like this here. About 5,000 birds have died here from a mysterious death …! “

Environmentalists and animal rights activists have voiced several versions of the mass deaths of birds – from a severe hailstorm to pesticides used in nearby agricultural fields. There is also a version for mass infection.

But for the locals, all of these versions seem like a pitiful attempt to put what’s going wrong. For them, such bird death is a mysterious and abnormal phenomenon.

Ramesh Chandra Road says:

“I have not seen anything like this in my 40 years of service in the forestry department. At first, I also thought it might be due to hail, but here every year there are strong hail storms. I also don’t believe in the pesticide version. No trace of them was found in the water samples. “

Some of the dead bird carcasses were sent for analysis to a laboratory in Bopal.

The locals gather the rest of the carcasses in piles, then bury them in deep holes near the beach.

Expect to be informed if further information is available on what is happening.

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Former Apollo Astronaut Pushes for International Commitment to Protect Earth from Killer Asteroids

There are few astronauts more respected and remembered than those who served on the Apollo missions – thirty-two military jet and test pilots who made or died training for the three-man Apollo missions that eventually sent humans to the Moon and back. When they have spoken – about space travel, the Moon, future missions, UFOs and other subjects – the world has listened. Rusty Schweickart, the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 9, spoke recently about the need for an international commitment to protect Earth from killer asteroids. As usual, his comments are worth listening to.

“During the Apollo 9 mission we were dark-adapted for an experiment, looking at the spectacular night-time Earth, watching weather fronts, thunder storms and lightning, a really great sight out of the window. Then, who knows who said it first, but one of us said they saw a little flash down there and someone else says ‘yeah, I saw it too,’ but you wouldn’t have mentioned it if the first person hadn’t said it. And then we realized: that was a meteor, burning up below us. Wow, below us – which meant it came down through our altitude!”

A close encounter of the worst kind – an asteroid impact in space – instead became an experience that forever influenced Russell “Rusty” Schweickart. When he was selected in 1963, Rusty Schweickart was a unique member of NASA Astronaut Group 3 – the fourteen astronauts selected by NASA to succeed the two-man Gemini missions in the three-man Apollo flights that would eventually lead to a walk on the Moon. Those names are well-known to the public today — Collins, Cunningham, Gordon, Aldrin, Cernan, Chaffee to list a few – but back then they were better known in the military as fighter pilots and test pilots. Schweickart was an experienced Air Force pilot, but he was also a research scientist at the Experimental Astronomy Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fields of upper atmospheric physics, star tracking and stabilization of stellar images.

Astronaut Group Three announced on October 18, 1963. They are (seated, left to right) Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., William A. Anders, Charles A. Bassett II, Alan L. Bean, Eugene A. Cernan, and Roger B. Chaffee. Standing (left to right) are Michael Collins, R. Walter Cunningham, Donn F. Eisele, Theodore C. Freeman, Richard F. Gordon Jr., Russell L. Schweickart, David R. Scott and Clifton C. Williams Jr. (Credit: NASA)

The 1969 flight of Apollo 9 was the first flight of the lunar module, piloted by Schweickart, and the first spacewalk of the Apollo missions, also by Schweickart. During a recent ESA Open Day at the European Space Agency’s ESTEC technical center in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, the former astronaut heard about the latest plans to stop asteroids like the one the Apollo 9 crew encountered before they destructively impact Earth. In 2022, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirect Test will hit the smaller member of the Didymos binary asteroids. Then, if approved this month by Europe’s space ministers, the ESA’s Hera mission will perform a close-up survey of the asteroid and crater after impact. Schweickart says he likes the idea of a multi-spacecraft mission rather than a single asteroid-seeking rocket.

“And one of the key unknowns of the kinetic impactor technique is a term we call ‘beta’ – when we hit the asteroid, how much stuff is going to come flying off? If it’s moving at greater than escape velocity, then that adds to the momentum shifting the orbit, boosting the technique’s effectiveness. That factor depends on the asteroid’s composition and structure, and we need a close-up look to find out what that is.”

In 2002, Schweickart helped found the B612 Foundation (named for the planetoid in The Little Prince), whose primary mission is “protecting the Earth from asteroid impacts and informing and forwarding world-wide decision-making on planetary defense issues.” Since asteroids can hit anywhere on Earth, Schweickart has long advocated international cooperation in both deflecting space rocks and in determining which ones to hit. He sees the NASA/ESA tandem as the first example of this cooperation. Unfortunately, we’re barely into asteroid defection business and have no idea what an impact will do – it could actually push the space rock into a higher likelihood of impact.

“In that case the observer spacecraft would have another job to do – to switch to gravity tractor mode, using altimeters and ion engines to stay just away from the asteroid, and nudge its orbit enough to miss the keyhole as well as the planet.”

Astronaut Rusty Schweickart (Credit: NASA)

Rusty Schweickart makes it sound so easy and doable, but the former Apollo and Skylab astronaut knows the dangers of space. He was the backup pilot for Roger B. Chaffee on Apollo 1, which ended in the tragic deaths of the crew members in a ground test accident. He also knows how expensive a worldwide asteroid deflection system would be and how difficult it is to get nations to agree on anything, let alone unseen dangers from outer space. That’s why he stays involved in both the technology and the politics of space.

At 84, Rusty Schweickart is still influenced by that near-impact experience on Apollo 9. For that, we should all be grateful.

Source: Mysterious Universe

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