- The 10 worst toxins hidden in vitamins, supplements and health foods (Natural News, March 26, 2013):
I’m absolutely shocked at how many people don’t investigate what’s really in the products they swallow. When something is sold as an herb, vitamin, superfood or supplement, they think it’s automatically safe. And while the natural products industry has a truly remarkable safety record — especially in contrast to the massive number of deaths caused by pharmaceuticals — it still suffers from a lot of hidden toxins that are routinely used throughout the industry.
I know this because I’ve been an investigative journalist and activist in the natural health industry for over a decade. Natural News is arguably the most-read natural health news website in the world, reaching millions of readers a month. I’ve walked the floors of countless trade shows, conducted hundreds of interviews and spent tens of thousands of dollars on laboratory tests to determine what’s in these products. On top of that, I’m deep into organic product formulations and certified organic food production, serving as the supervisor of a USDA-certified organic food production and packing facility.
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If the old testing method is used, this tea could contain 2,400 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium in dry leaves.
The other sample from Kanuma City in Tochigi Prefecture also exceeded the new safety limit for brewed tea (10 Bq/kg), with 12 Bq/kg of cesium.
Checking the Kanuma City’s website, there is no mention of this test result, even though it was in the news on May 18, 2012 (Shimotsuke Shinbun). Instead, the page for Kanuma’s agricultural products has this interesting mention of how to take care of the tea plantations while the shipment of the tea from the city is halted (it has been halted since June last year, after the fresh leaves of tea from the city tested above the provisional safety limit): Continue reading »
- 24,700 Bq/Kg Radioactive Cesium from Tea Leaves in Fukushima City, from Last Year (EX-SKF, Mar 24, 2012):
Move over, Shizuoka tea. Move over, Saitama tea. Here comes Fukushima tea with 24,700 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium.
The tea leaves were picked in Fukushima City in May last year, and they were not commercial tea. A city resident grew in his/her garden and picked for his/her own use.
I hope the tea weren’t consumed or given as gifts. At 24,700 becquerels/kg, you cannot even dump it in the garbage, let alone incinerate.
From Mainichi Shinbun local Fukushima version (3/23/2012):
東日本大震災：福島、茶葉から２万４７００ベクレル 市民が測定所に持参 ／福島
Fukushima: 24,700 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium from tea leaves, brought by a resident to the testing laboratory
24,700 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was detected from the tea leaves brought by a city resident to the testing laboratory operated by Fukushima City. The news was reported at the meeting of the disaster response headquarters of Fukushima City on March 22.
- #Radiation in Japan: Saitama Forces School Children to Gargle with Sayama Tea to Prevent Flu (EX-SKF, December 18, 2011):
The “cold shutdown/accident is over” declaration by PM Noda on December 16 must have been a signal that unleashed the cold shutdown of intelligence in many parts of Japan. Here’s one from Saitama Prefecture.
Sayama City, known for its “Sayama-cha” brand green tea, has been suffering as high levels of radioactive cesium continue to be detected from its teas. As if to help the city and dispel “baseless rumors” that are scaring the consumers from buying Sayama tea, Saitama Prefecture has just started forcing school children to gargle with powdered Sayama tea as an effort to instill good behavior in preventing cold and flu.
Problem: radioactive cesium has been detected from green tea grown in Sayama, some exceeding the national provisional limit of 500 becquerels/kg by a wide margin. In fact, it is rare to find Sayama tea without any radioactive cesium.
The latest testing done by Saitama Prefecture shows continued detection of radioactive cesium from almost all teas grown in Sayama.
Nonetheless, parents of the children who goes to school in Saitama received the notice like this: Continue reading »
- 471 develop wheat allergy after using popular ‘green-tea’ face soap (Mainichi, Nov. 15, 2011)
TOKYO (Kyodo) — A total of 471 people have developed a wheat allergy after using a type of popular green face soap and some of them have become seriously ill, health ministry officials said Tuesday, citing a report by the producer.
Yuuka Co. began recalling the soap called “Cha no Shizuku” (Drip of Tea) in May and has said the soap now on the market is safe as it does not contain the agent that caused the allergic symptoms.
According to the official citing an accident report by the company, 66 people among the total were taken to hospital after developing serious conditions including becoming unconscious.
- Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update / Aileen Mioko Smith on rising radiation levels in Japan and government denial (Dr. Helen Caldicott, Sep. 2, 2011):
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This week, Dr. Caldicott gets an update on the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan from Arnold Gundersen, a consultant with Fairewinds Associates. Two recent items from the Fairewinds website: Too Close For Comfort – Floods, Earthquakes & Tsunamis and Newly Released TEPCO Data Proves Fairewinds Assertions of Significant Fuel Pool Failures at Fukushima Daiichi. Listen to our earlier programs featuring Gundersen here and here. As background for today’s program, read the recent news articles Greenpeace: Fukushima Schools Unsafe After Clean-Up, Cesium in Incinerator Dust Across East Japan and Japan’s Cesium Leak Equal to 168 ‘45 A-Bombs.
Later in the program, we hear from Japanese nuclear activist, Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action Japan, based in Kyoto, on the alarming increase in radiation levels in Japan and government inaction. First, Smith discusses her research into health effects from the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. The conversation moves to rising radiation levels in Japan citizens are reporting, the lack of government testing, Japanese protests about the high levels of contamination in Fukushima prefecture, and Smith’s concerns about high radiation exposures in children.
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From the article:
“We have begun to see increased nosebleeds, stubborn cases of diarrhoea, and flu-like symptoms in children,” Dr Yuko Yanagisawa, a physician at Funabashi Futawa Hospital in Chiba Prefecture, told Al Jazeera.
She attributes the symptoms to radiation exposure, and added: “We are encountering new situations we cannot explain with the body of knowledge we have relied upon up until now.”
They are dying (very slowly):
- Hiroshima To Fukushima, Finishing The Job: A Time For The Kill (Veterans Today):
‘The Country Of Japan Is No More And The Land Is Permanently Uninhabitable’
- Independent Scientist Leuren Moret: Japan, US, Canadian Governments Complicit In Covering Up Fukushima Radiation – ‘We Are Facing Total Extermination And Genocide’ – ‘We Are On Our Own’ (Video & Article):
‘The Fukushima Disaster Is Going To Finish The Japanese’
And what is the government doing?
- Fukushima radiation alarms doctors (Al Jazeera, Aug 18, 2011):
Japanese doctors warn of public health problems caused by Fukushima radiation.
Scientists and doctors are calling for a new national policy in Japan that mandates the testing of food, soil, water, and the air for radioactivity still being emitted from Fukushima’s heavily damaged Daiichi nuclear power plant.
“How much radioactive materials have been released from the plant?” asked Dr Tatsuhiko Kodama, a professor at the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology and Director of the University of Tokyo’s Radioisotope Centre, in a July 27 speech to the Committee of Health, Labour and Welfare at Japan’s House of Representatives.
“The government and TEPCO have not reported the total amount of the released radioactivity yet,” said Kodama, who believes things are far worse than even the recent detection of extremely high radiation levels at the plant.
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