Jul 31

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- China Meat Scandal Spreads: McDonald’s Japan Slashes Guidance (ZeroHedge, July 29, 2014):

We warned last week that the scandal over Chinese meat supplier OSI was spreading (and Asians were increasingly shunning western fast-food restaurants) and now, as The FT reports, McDonald’s Japan has pulled its full-year profit guidance on the back of falling sales. It had previously forecast sales of $2.45bn for the year to December but warned it could not commit to new targets as it was too soon to estimate the scandal’s full impact.

As The FT reports, OSI processes the meat of 300m chickens a year in China, as well as other meats, vegetables and pre-assembled food such as sandwiches or wraps.

This is a problem for McDonalds as some of its 3,200 restaurants were forced to scratch chicken nuggets off the menuContinue reading »

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Jul 24

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- Two-Thirds Of Chinese Consumers No Longer Trust Western Fast-Food As “Meat Scandal” Spreads Across Asia (ZeroHedge, July 23, 2014):

As if the Chinese meat scandal was not a big enough concern for Western fast-food firms, The WSJ reports that the crisis is spreading across Asia as Yum Brands and McDonalds sever links with US-owned Shanghai Husi Food Company, which is accused of selling expired beef and chicken, pulling supplies of chicken from restaurants in Japan. Perhaps even more worrisome for American fast-food companies who have expanded aggressively and over-hyped the growth opportunities in China, a second Sina survey started yesterday, featuring 25,000 respondents, found 77% believed the restaurant brands affected had been aware of Husi’s faulty practices, while 69% said they would no longer dine at the restaurants run by the Western companies.

As WSJ reports,

More companies are cutting ties to a U.S.-owned Chinese food supplier over worries that they may have served expired meat to their customers, as they moved to shore up their reputations in a market known for food-safety problems. Continue reading »

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Jul 03

Bon Appétit.

Enjoy the video.


MCD

- Yes, There’s Wood Pulp in Burgers…Here’s Why I Think it Matters (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 2, 2014):

On Monday, Quartz published an article by Devin Cohen titled, There is a Secret Ingredient in Your Burgers: Wood Pulp. Given the headline and people’s already present suspicion regarding all of the shady and potentially dangerous ingredients hidden in food items, the article gained a lot of traction. In subsequent days, most journalists and bloggers have focused on the dangers of this additive (unclear) and whether or not it is pervasive throughout the food chain as opposed to just fast food (it appears to be). Continue reading »

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Feb 20

Commentary:

Chemtrails, fluoride (in drinking water, pesticides, antidepressants, toothpaste, etc.), radioactive particles, GMO, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, lithium, MSGaspartame and many other extremely toxic food additives are destroying your health.

If you can (and your budget allows it) …

… drink and cook only with steam-distilled water & use a carbon filter before distilling your water…

… eat only organic food or better grow your own organic food …

… and do your best to minimize your exposure to all those harmful substances that humanity is bombarded with right now at an unprecedented level as good as possible.

I’ve found that eating an organic raw vegan diet (+ honey) is the best way to detox the body and nourish it with all important nutrients.

Start slowly, because the body will go into ‘super detox mode’ if you move directly from the Standard American Diet to a 100% raw vegan diet.

In the beginning coffee enemas (also used in the Gerson Therapy) and later on water enemas are a must in my opinion.

If you do enemas you should drink 3 glasses (230ml) of (mostly vegetable) juice for each enema to give your body the lost nutrients back.

If you are concerned about lack of Vitamin B12 in a raw vegan diet, then drink wheat grass juice (which is loaded with all kinds of nutrients, not just B12), take spirulina …

… and only for the brave: Drink your shivambu, because it contains lots of vitamin B12 (0,03 mg/day!), vitamin B6 (100mg/day!), folic acid (4 mg/day!) and many other vital nutrients. [Don't have to drink it all! :-); Start slowly! ... or you may experience heavy detox reactions in the beginning; It's difficult to drink it when you are eating a Standard American Diet (SAD; And yes, this is a very sad diet indeed.) with lots of (over-)processed and (over-)cooked foods, inorganic(!) salt, meat, cheese, superfine wheat flour, tons of raffinated sugar, etc. So your body is directly telling you what is good for you and what is not. Books on shivambu: 1, 2, 3, 4]

To get your health and life back eat (and drink):

Green smoothies (*); raw salads (with onions, garlic, sprouts etc. – linseed oil, apple vinegar, lemon juice, honey as dressing suggestion); fruits; wheat grass juice (1, 2, 3, 4) or put wheat gras in your smoothie; vegetables (grated as salad or juice). You can also sprout grains, lentils and quinoa.

Use herbs to strengthen your body, to get rid of parasites and to help the body with detoxification.

Some examples are wild teasel (dipsacus sylvestris), milk thistle (silybum marianum), Rhodiola rosea, jiaogulan, garlic, ginger, onions, aloe, goldenseal, sage, usnea, wormwood, artemisia annua, juniper, echinacea, grapefruit seed extract, lemon seeds, ashwagandha, thyme etc.

With a food dehydrator (1 or 2) you can make raw vegan ‘bread‘, crackers or dehydrate sprouts, fruits for long(er) term storage.

As a side note: I would NOT become a fruitarian or follow the 80/10/10 diet and go overboard with eating fruits if I were you. Nor should you eat too much avocado and oils in general. Everything in moderation. Walnuts and almonds are OK, but too much is too much.

Choose your drinking water & diet wisely, because it will affect everything in your life.

A good diet & alternative medicine can and will cure even cancer, but it takes time (especially nowadays).


- Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it (Natural News, Feb 20, 2014:

After having now analyzed over 1,000 foods, superfoods, vitamins, junk foods and popular beverages for heavy metals and other substances at the Natural News Forensic Food Labs, I have arrived at a conclusion so alarming and urgent that it can only be stated bluntly.

Based on what I am seeing via atomic spectroscopy analysis of all the dietary substances people are consuming on a daily basis, I must now announce that the battle for humanity is nearly lost. The food supply appears to be intentionally designed to end human life rather than nourish it.

Life-destroying toxins intentionally engineered into the food supply

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Jan 12

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- A short-term diet of junk food can irreversibly damage memory, study finds (Natural News, Jan 12, 2014):

According to a new study by researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia, eating food that is loaded with sugar and fat for just one week can have a detrimental effect on the brain’s cognitive ability. More worrying still, preliminary data suggests that this effect is permanent, indicating that junk food is even more toxic than we can possibly imagine.

‘Very concerning’

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Nov 27

- We’re Eating What? Contaminants in Meat, Part 1 (Huffington Post, Nov 6, 2013):

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to “relax” federal meat and poultry inspections, allowing meat processors greater leeway in policing themselves, already the agricultural trend. But most food activists ask how standards could be relaxed any further when drug residues, heavy metals, cleaning supplies, gasses, nitrites, hormones and other unwanted guests contaminate the meat supply. They are almost all unlabeled.

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Nov 27

- Hamburger Chef Jamie Oliver Proves McDonald’s Burgers “Unfit for human consumption” (Political Blindspot, Aug 3, 2013):

Hamburger chef Jamie Oliver has won his long-fought battle against one of the largest fast food chains in the world – McDonalds. After Oliver showed how McDonald’s hamburgers are made, the franchise finally announced that it will change its recipe, and yet there was barely a peep about this in the mainstream, corporate media.

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Nov 27



One Year Later, The Makers of ‘Pink Slime’ Are Hanging On, and Fighting Back (TIME, March 06, 2013):

As the meat industry again makes news thanks to an endless stream of articles about horse meat masked as beef popping up all over Europe, the “pink slime” story is still playing itself out in courthouses, law offices and the one BPI plant still in operation.

Five weeks before the Internet went mad over the presence of “pink slime” in ground beef across the U.S., the product’s creator was being inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame.

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Sep 15

- Fatty Liver Disease: More Prevalent in Children (Wall Street Journal, Sep 9, 2013):

A type of liver disease once thought to afflict primarily adult alcoholics appears to be rampant in children.

Some 1 in 10 children in the U.S., or more than 7 million, are thought to have the disease, according to recent studies.

The condition, in which the normally rust-colored organ becomes bloated and discolored by yellowish fat cells, has become so common in non-drinkers that it has been dubbed nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

The disease’s prevalence is alarming doctors who worry about its progression to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, when the fatty liver becomes inflamed and cells are damaged. That leads to the end stage of cirrhosis, when the liver forms scar tissue and ultimately stops working.

The condition’s rise is tied to the obesity epidemic—about 40% of obese children have it—but isn’t caused solely by being overweight. The disease appears to be growing among normal-weight children too, experts say.

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Aug 30

- Wal*Mart Now Serving Effortless Meals (ZeroHedge Aug 30, 2013):

SilverIsKing sarcastically commented:

“…the strength of the Wal*Mart crowd will hoist the economy…”

To which I replied, “It appears that the Wal*Mart crowd is interested in less effort, not so much hoisting the economy, as evidenced by this billboard.”

Americans think are taught that “effortless” is the path to happiness, when really it is the path to diabetes, hip and knee replacements, bankruptcy, no sex life, and MOAR DEBT!

Right after just one more effortless meal of Coke, potato salad, and Tyson chicken America will start exercising, go on a diet, and then Bernanke can taper.  Don’t hold your breath.

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Aug 18

- McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets found to contain mysterious fibers, hair-like structures; Natural News Forensic Food Lab posts research photos, video (Natural News, Aug 16, 2013)

 

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Jul 22

- New MRI research reveals cancer cells thrive on processed sugar (Natural News, July 17, 2013):

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, your dietary habits could be significantly adding to your risk of developing cancer. New research published in the journal Nature Medicine has confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors, so much so that the future of cancer screening could rely on scanning the body for sugar accumulation.

Scientists from University College London (UCL) in the U.K. made this discovery after experimenting with a new cancer detection method that involves utilizing a unique form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). After sensitizing an MRI scanner to look specifically for glucose in the body, it was revealed that cancer tumors, which feed off sugar, light up brightly as they contain high amounts of sugar.

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Jul 09

- Shocking photos and video shows Golden Corral more disgusting than a cow feedlot (Natural News, July 9, 2013):

Shocking photos posted on the internet claim to show behind-the-scenes filth at a Golden Corral restaurant. The photos appear to show filthy dishes stacked nearly head-high, with food waste littering the floor right next to beverage service carts. Three employees are clearly depicted in the photos, and they appear to be wearing uniforms consistent with those worn by Golden Corral employees.

The photos (see below) also show overflowing trash cans and food refuse so thick that employees are walking all over it while mountains of filthy dishes appear to be ready to collapse onto the floor.

All photos are shown below.

Adding to the apparent filth, a young man who claims to be a Golden Corral employee has posted a shocking video that he says shows Golden Corral hiding fresh meat near dumpsters while the restaurant undergoes an inspection. Once the inspection is over, he explains, the food will be carted back into the restaurant and served up to hungry customers (but without all the flies).

Below, take a look at some of the shocking photos from the dishes area. All the bolded comments are my own…

See the shocking photos that claim to be taken at Golden Corral

Hey, do I get free Obamacare with this job?

And to think, this was just the appetizer round!

Everybody FREEZE! Or this whole thing may collapse and we’ll have to excavate our way out!

Golden Corral name badges

By the way, how do we know these are Golden Corral employees and not people working at some random restaurant? The name badge and uniforms give it away.

Take a look at this P.R. announcement of Golden Corral bringing jobs to Springfield, MA. Here, you can clearly see the Golden Corral logo and name tag on these black aprons which are part of the Golden Corral uniform.

Now take a look at a zoomed-in image of the black apron and name tag from the “dirty dishes” photo shown above:

See the shocking video: Baby back “dumpster” ribs!

Hungry for some “dumpster ribs?” A man named Brandon Huber posted a jaw-dropping video a few days ago which has already garnered over one million views. The video claims to show fresh food being temporarily “hidden” in the dumpster trash area behind the restaurant while Golden Corral undergoes an inspection.

Watch the video here:


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Apr 25


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Apr 25

- Teen who ate almost nothing but ramen noodles for 13 years has health of 80-year-old (Natural News, April 25, 2013):

Since she was about five years old, Georgi Readman from the Isle of Wight in the U.K. has been eating primarily ramen noodles and nothing more for virtually every meal. And now the 18-year-old girl is suffering the health consequences, as reports indicate that her persistent aversion to fruit and vegetables has rendered her severely malnourished and about as healthy as an average 80-year-old.

It all began when Georgi first savored the artificial flavors and salt chemicals laced in a packet of ramen noodles when she was a child. She almost immediately decided that ramen noodles were her food of choice, and gradually phased out all other foods, including nourishing foods like whole fruit and vegetables. Today, she eats ramen noodles for almost every meal, even though it has caused her quite a few problems both bodily and socially.

“I hate the texture of fruit and vegetables,” says Georgi, as quoted by the New York Daily News (NYDN). “I can’t go to my friends’ for dinner or go out for meals because I don’t want them to see me freak out if the side salad touches the stuff I eat.” Continue reading »

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Apr 24

- McDonald’s Hamburger Looks the Same…14 Years After Purchase! (Liberty Blitzkrieg, April 23, 2013):

I’ve heard rumors about this before, but figured it was just an urban legend.  Apparently not!  So Utah resident, David Whipple, originally decided he wanted to save a McDonald’s burger for a couple of months to see what would happen.  It didn’t decompose at all. Then he forgot about it in a coat pocket for a year or so until his wife accidentally found it.  Still no change.  So he decided to save it even longer.  Now, 14 years later, he has informed the world that amazingly it still looks the same.

From the Daily Mail:

A Utah man has unearthed a McDonald’s hamburger he bought in 1999 – and the sandwich looks exactly the same as the day it was first flipped.

David Whipple kept the fast food meal for a month to show friends how the preservative-packed hamburger would keep its composure.

‘My wife didn’t discover it until at least a year or two after that,’ he said. ‘And we pulled it out and said “oh my gosh. I can’t believe it looks the same way.”‘

However, even he was shocked to see that the hamburger still looks the same a whopping 14 years later.

The burger had no signs of mold, fungus or even a strange odor, the show’s hosts said. The only thing that had changed over the years was that the pickle had disintegrated.

Whipple, who still has the original receipt for the burger, said he now shows the sandwich to his grandchildren to encourage them to eat healthily.

Who needs canned beans, spam and freeze dried food when apparently all you need are Happy Meals?

Full article here.

In Liberty,
Mike

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Jan 09

- It’s A Brain? It’s A Kidney? It’s KFC’s Next PR Nightmare (ZeroHedge, Jan 8, 2013):

As if Yum Brands were not suffering enough this morning – as they forecast China comp sales to drop 6% (more than the forecast 4% decline), it seems the UK has their next PR disaster waiting to happen, courtesy of their KFC brand. After a 19-year-old Brit found a “horrible wrinkled foreign body” in his fried chicken meal, KFC has apologized (rather magnanimously) saying “while there was no health risk, we agree it was unsightly.” Judge for yourself just how puke-worthy and generally emotionally scarred you would have been after biting into this ‘brain-looking’ image. KFC clarifies: “Although we haven’t received the product, it appears from a photograph that unfortunately on this occasion a kidney, and not a brain as claimed, was not removed in the preparation process.” Oh, just a kidney? Pass the salt then.

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Dec 23

- McDonald’s serving up ‘restructured meat technology’ – you want fries with that? (Natural News, Dec 22, 2012)

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Nov 25

The cure for obesity:

A MUST-SEE: ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ (Full Documentary):

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself.


- “Survival Of The Fattest”: It’s A Fat, Fat World After All (ZeroHedge, Nov 24, 2012):

Back in March, we first presented a rather stunning finding: by 2020 75% of Americans will be obese or overweight. This was promptly followed up with a post showing just how it is transpired that America became the fattest nation in the world in less than 20 years. What however may not be known, is that America’s fatness epidemic is not localized to the country that gave the world the McDonalds burger (and the McMansion): it really is a fat, fat world, after all. Behold – survival of the fattest:

It is hardly surprising in this light, then, that the estimate for number of people living with diabetes has been increased, to 371 million – an increase of 11% over 2011.

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Nov 08

… and we certainly do have more than one problem.

This is the ‘Greatest Depression’.


- Chart Of The Day: When $0.99 Becomes Unaffordable, We Have A Problem (ZeroHedge, Nov 8, 2012):

Earlier today, fast food juggernaut McDonalds reported same store sales for the month October. At -1.8%, this number was well below expectations of -1.1%, and a drop from September’s 1.9%. It was driven by a 2%+ drop in comp store sales across all locations: US, Europea and APMEA, with the US performing just as bad as Europe. Most importantly, this was the first monthly drop in MCD comp sales since March 2003! So our question is: at what point does the perpetually self-deluded US population finally admit to itself that when even 99 cent meals are no longer affordable, that this country has a problem?

Charting the last 4 years of McD sales, and eagerly looking forward to 4 more years.

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Jul 01

See also:

- Why You Should Avoid Fast Food At All Costs

- Dr. Mercola: What’s in the Non-Chicken Half of the McNugget?

- Study: Dangerous Chemicals in Food Wrappers Migrate Into Food

- What’s in Fast Food Chicken? Hint: It’s NOT Chicken

- Junk Food-Addicted Rats Chose To Starve Themselves Rather Than Eat Healthy Food


- Study of the Day: See Big Mac, Want Big Mac (The Atlantic, June 26, 2012):

PROBLEM: Though previous studies have predictably shown that food advertisements make people think of eating, little research has been done to understand how the brain responds to such visual cues and what feelings they elicit.

METHODOLOGY: University of Southern California researchers led by Kathleen Page used functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure the neurological responses of 13 obese, Hispanic women ages 15 to 25 and see if food reminders trigger hunger and cravings. They chose women for their known responsiveness to food cues and Hispanics because of the high risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in their community.

RESULTS: Viewing images of high-fat food items stimulated the appetite and reward centers in the respondents’ brains. Interestingly, taking in glucose and fructose through sweetened drinks while inspecting the pictures also led to a desire for savory foods. Continue reading »

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Mar 25

- Why You Should Avoid Fast Food at All Costs (Natural Society, Mar 24, 2012):

It is no secret that the average American diet is in completely in the slumps. Consuming packaged foods, fast food, artificially enhanced products, and especially low quality cheap food is the norm, but is it any wonder that being overweight while also falling victim to a host of illnesses is also the norm. Being raised in this era of poor health makes it difficult to know what is truly healthy and unhealthy. Food has drastically changed since decades ago, and so parents often aren’t aware of the severe decline in food quality. Fast food in particular is one of the primary reasons for the drastic health decline seen today.

Why You Should Avoid Fast Food at All Costs

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Jan 23

From the article:

“This is all part of the vaccine eugenics agenda, of course, which specifically targets minorities and low-income families.”


- Health insurance company preys upon the poor with junk food reward program for vaccinating your baby (Natural News, Jan. 23, 2012):

“Will vaccinate my baby for food!” That seems to be the goal of a program launched last year by the UnitedHealthcare health insurance company of Michigan. It has resorted to enticing parents with junk food to convince them to inject their infants with potentially deadly vaccines containing brain-damaging chemicals. This has been revealed in a letter acquired by NaturalNews and signed by Stephanie Esters, a vaccine-pushing RN who works for UnitedHealthcare.

The letter declares “Get a FREE $20 McDonalds, Rite Aid, Target or Meijer Gift Card when your child gets recommended shots before their second birthday.” It even goes on to offer a “FREE ride to the doctor” for those who are so poor that they don’t own cars.

Childhood vaccines, of course, are loaded with extremely toxic chemical adjuvants — chemicals designed to cause neurological inflammation in order to invoke an immunological reaction. Vaccines also contain both mercury and aluminum, both of which are highly toxic brain poisons. This is why many children who are injected with such vaccines become autistic virtually overnight (their brains are poisoned beyond their biological threshold).

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Nov 10

Do some research – if you haven’t done so already – on ‘bee pollen’ and ‘bee bread‘(!) to get more of an idea what that means for the quality of your honey.


- Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition (Updated) (Natural News, Nov. 8, 2011)

- Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey (Food Safety News, Nov 07, 2011):

Ultra-filtering Removes Pollen, Hides Honey Origins

More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn’t exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News.

The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled “honey.”
The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world’s food safety agencies.

The food safety divisions of the World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says that any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey. However, the FDA isn’t checking honey sold here to see if it contains pollen.

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Jan 16

Do you put dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone, in your chicken dishes? How about tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a chemical preservative so deadly just five grams can kill you?

These are just two of the ingredients in a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget. Only 50 percent of a McNugget is actually chicken. The other half includes corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and completely synthetic ingredients.

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Nov 14

Department of Health putting fast food companies at heart of policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease


McDonald’s and other food companies will help write policy on obesity and diet-related diseases. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

The Department of Health is putting the fast food companies McDonald’s and KFC and processed food and drink manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Mars and Diageo at the heart of writing government policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease, the Guardian has learned.

In an overhaul of public health, said by campaign groups to be the equivalent of handing smoking policy over to the tobacco industry, health secretary Andrew Lansley has set up five “responsibility deal” networks with business, co-chaired by ministers, to come up with policies. Some of these are expected to be used in the public health white paper due in the next month.

The groups are dominated by food and alcohol industry members, who have been invited to suggest measures to tackle public health crises. Working alongside them are public interest health and consumer groups including Which?, Cancer Research UK and the Faculty of Public Health. The alcohol responsibility deal network is chaired by the head of the lobby group the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. The food network to tackle diet and health problems includes processed food manufacturers, fast food companies, and Compass, the catering company famously pilloried by Jamie Oliver for its school menus of turkey twizzlers. The food deal’s sub-group on calories is chaired by PepsiCo, owner of Walkers crisps.

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Nov 14

ScienceDaily (Nov. 9, 2010) — University of Toronto scientists have found that chemicals used to line junk food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are migrating into food and being ingested by people where they are contributing to chemical contamination observed in blood.

Perfluorinated carboxylic acids or PFCAs are the breakdown products of chemicals used to make non-stick and water- and stain-repellent products ranging from kitchen pans to clothing to food packaging. PFCAs, the best known of which is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), are found in humans all around the world.

“We suspected that a major source of human PFCA exposure may be the consumption and metabolism of polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters or PAPs,” says Jessica D’eon, a graduate student in the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemistry. “PAPs are applied as greaseproofing agents to paper food contact packaging such as fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags.”

In the U of T study, rats were exposed to PAPs either orally or by injection and monitored for a three-week period to track the concentrations of the PAPs and PFCA metabolites, including PFOA, in their blood. Human exposure to PAPs had already been established by the scientists in a previous study. Researchers used the PAP concentrations previously observed in human blood together with the PAP and PFCA concentrations observed in the rats to calculate human PFOA exposure from PAP metabolism.

“We found the concentrations of PFOA from PAP metabolism to be significant and concluded that the metabolism of PAPs could be a major source of human exposure to PFOA, as well as other PFCAs,” says Scott Mabury, the lead researcher and a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto.

“This discovery is important because we would like to control human chemical exposure, but this is only possible if we understand the source of this exposure. In addition, some try to locate the blame for human exposure on environmental contamination that resulted from past chemical use rather than the chemicals that are currently in production.

“In this study we clearly demonstrate that the current use of PAPs in food contact applications does result in human exposure to PFCAs, including PFOA. We cannot tell whether PAPs are the sole source of human PFOA exposure or even the most important, but we can say unequivocally that PAPs are a source and the evidence from this study suggests this could be significant.”

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Nov 09

Frying chicken is fairly simple, if a little messy. You dip pieces of chicken into a mix of egg and milk, roll them around in flour and spices, then cook the chicken in sizzling hot oil until the pieces are brown, crispy and delicious.

But wait! Don’t forget to add a dash of dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone that is also used in Silly Putty and cosmetics.

Now add a heaping spoonful of tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), which is a chemical preservative and a form of butane (AKA lighter fluid). One gram of TBHQ can cause “nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse,” according to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives. Five grams of TBHQ can kill you.

Sprinkle on thirteen other corn-derived ingredients, and you’re only about twenty shy as many ingredients as a single chicken nugget from McDonald’s. And you were using pulverized chicken skin and mechanically reclaimed meat for your chicken, right?

No one in his or her right mind would cook chicken like this. Yet every day, hoards of Americans consume these ingredients in Chicken McNuggets, which McDonalds claims are “made with white meat, wrapped up in a crisp tempura batter.”

However chicken only accounts for about 50% of a Chicken McNugget. The other 50% includes a large percentage of corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and other completely synthetic ingredients, meaning that parts of the nugget do not come from a field or farm at all. They come from a petroleum plant. Hungry?

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Sep 17

I would prefer: ‘I Was Addicted To It’ (MSG, Aspartame etc.)

Article in German by F. William Engdahl:

- Junk Food macht genauso süchtig wie Heroin

“Junk food as addictive as heroin or cocaine”


Unhappy meals: American doctors’ TV ad features a corpse holding a hamburger and the line ‘I was lovin’ it’. McDonald’s, which has thrived in the recession, isn’t laughing


McDonald’s fast food is graphically linked to health problems in this ad from a doctors’ group urging viewers: ‘Tonight, make it vegetarian ‘

It is an image to sap the flabbiest of appetites. An overweight, middle-aged man lies dead on a mortuary trolley, with a woman weeping over his body. The corpse’s cold hand still clutches a half-eaten McDonald’s hamburger.

A hard-hitting US television commercial bankrolled by a Washington-based medical group has infuriated McDonald’s by taking an unusually direct shot at the world’s biggest fast-food chain this week, using a scene filmed in a mortuary followed by a shot of the brand’s golden arches logo and a strapline declaring: “I was lovin’ it.”

The line is a provocative twist on McDonald’s long-standing advertising slogan, “I’m lovin’ it” and a voiceover intones: “High cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks. Tonight, make it vegetarian.”

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Aug 21

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(NaturalNews) A diet including unlimited amounts of junk food can cause rats to become so addicted to the unhealthy diet that they will starve themselves rather than go back to eating healthy food, researchers have discovered.

In a series of studies conducted over the course of three years and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Scripps Florida scientists Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny have shown that rats’ response to unlimited junk food closely parallels well-known patterns of drug addiction — even down to the changes in brain chemistry.

“What we have are these core features of addiction, and these animals are hitting each one of these features,” Kenny said.

In their first study, the researchers fed rats on either a balanced diet or on the same diet plus unlimited access to junk foods purchased at a local supermarket, including processed meats and cakes. Within a short time period, the rats on the junk food diet began to eat compulsively and quickly became overweight.

“They’re taking in twice the amount of calories as the control rats,” Kenny said.

The researchers hypothesized that the rats were eating compulsively because, like drug addicts, they had become desensitized to smaller amounts and needed more and more for the same rush of pleasure.

Many recreational drugs work by directly stimulating the brain’s pleasure centers, particularly the dopamine receptor known as D2. Overstimulation of this receptor causes the body to start producing less dopamine, leading the addict to compensate by taking more of the drug.

Since dopamine can also be released by pleasurable activities such as food or sex, Kenny and Johnson speculated that food addiction could develop in the same way. To test whether the rats had, in fact, become habituated to dopamine, the researchers took the rats from the first experiment and hooked their brains up to a device that would directly stimulate their D2 receptors when they ran on a wheel.

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