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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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  • 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.

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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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Polar vortex: “wild” winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January

Polar vortex: "wild" winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January 107

In the upper atmosphere above the North Pole, experts saw a rapidly swirling vortex of cold air that could bring severe frosts to the United States, Northern Europe and East Asia. Serious cold snap and snowy weather are expected after January the 16th.

Snowfalls and a cold snap hit South Korea since the start of 2021, hitting historic snow maximums and temperatures. In the country, for the first time since 1964, television and newer communications are sending people cold snap warnings:

The situation is similar in Japan, where a new snow storm hit historic highs:

On January 7, the thermometer In Beijing dropped to -20 degrees Celsius, breaking the 1966 record. In other regions of China, the temperature is also not sugar, and you can only move around in special uniforms:

The cold even reached Taiwan, where the temperature in some areas dropped below freezing point, snow poured down and people realized that rice terraces can be used as a ski jump:

Even more snow went to Spain, where on January 6, 2021, a temperature of -34.1 ° C was recorded – the lowest on record. After that, a snow storm hit the country, which has not been seen for 80 years:

The same thing happens in Canada and in the northern states of the United States:

It seems that after a stratospheric warming, the subpolar vortex began to split:

The vortex itself is a standard phenomenon. However, this time experts were surprised at his movement. It is possible that in the near future it will be divided into two parts. 

Scientists associate the strange behavior with the changed climate in the Arctic, which has become warmer. From September to December, the amount of ice cover decreased significantly.

The polar vortex is a low-pressure region located in the stratosphere and filled with cold air. When the jet stream of air that holds the vortex weakens, the low pressure area moves south. 

As the ice shrinks, more moisture will move inland. It will turn to snow, so snowfalls are expected. Snow, in turn, reflects heat, leading to a cold snap.

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Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared

Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared 108

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud crash at dawn when a huge hole in the ground formed outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare hospital in eastern Naples.

Early in the morning of January 8, 2021, a sinkhole occurred in the parking lot of a clinic in Naples. The depth of the formed cavity is about 20 meters, the total area of ​​the hole is about 2,000 square meters.

No casualties were found at the scene; firefighters say the sinkhole “affected an area of ​​about 500 square meters” and engulfed several cars parked near the hospital.

As the press writes and as a little can be seen from the videos, rescuers and firefighters were running around the pit together with the governor of the area.  But who should be there in the forefront are Italian geologists, since Naples stands in the very center of the volcanic system known as the Phlegrean Fields.

If the surface collapsed, moreover – the surface reinforced with concrete and reinforced from below with some kind of communications, then we are talking about serious soil deformations caused by the activity of magma.

Italy has been in doubt since the summer of 2020, because swarms were observed there in very atypical places in May, and according to the forecasts of old Italian seismologists, who had witnessed many strong earthquakes, it should have boomed in the August region.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened to Italy and there was no big earthquake. But, since there are swarms, it means that something is being prepared, the magma is gathering strength. 

Following this particular sinkhole event – an obvious sign that a major earthquake in Italy is already very close.

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A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China

A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China 109

In the first months of 2020, the whole world with a certain fright followed the events unfolding in China, where people fell on the streets during the day and astronauts wandered, and in the evening crematoria began to smoke. And now, with the onset of December, the cycle seems to be repeating itself.

Shunyi area in Beijing, where the authorities announced “wartime status” the day before. As you can see in the videos, thousands of people are lined up in the queue for mandatory testing:

Dalian city, where “wartime” is also declared. Neighborhoods are blockaded, people are walled up in entrances, familiar characters of George Lucas roam the streets:

Chinese ‘rescuers’, before performing a combat mission:

Chengdu City:

Daluo Port, Yunnan – tourists came for adventure and they received the ‘time of their life’ after leaving the ramp:

If something happens in Beijing, it does not mean that tomorrow the same will happen everywhere. However, the trend towards such dynamics is observed and, as the practice of the first wave of the pandemic has shown, all countries and people, to one degree or another, have taken into account the ‘Chinese experience’. 

Therefore, one must think that everything will now be in peace, as in spring – a new global round of the fight against the Covid has begun in China, a new great pandemic cycle!

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