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Jan 112016

Meet the Palmbergs.

This family took part in an experiment designed by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (SERI) and the supermarket chain, Coop.

The aim of the experiment was to show that organic foods are much safer than non-organic.

On the first day of this 14 day study, each family member produced a urine sample which was then sent to the SERI laboratory. Experts found that various pesticides, such as insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators, had gotten into their system through their previous non-organic diet.

Here’s a list of the pesticides (or plant protectors as they are sometimes referred to in the report) that were found in the family’s bodies:
MPCA (herbicide)
Ethylenebisdithiocarbamates (fungicide)
Atrazine (herbicide)
Chlorpyrifos (insecticide)
Thiabendazole, iprodione, diuron, vinclozolin (fungicides)
Boscalid (fungacide)
2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (herbicides)
Pyrethroids, such as cypermethrin and esfenvalerate (insecticides)
Propamocarb (fungicide)
Chlormequat chloride (CCC) and mepequat (growth inhibitors)
Note: in some cases the testing was on metabolites of the original chemical compound.

2 weeks later, after consuming only organic foods, the Palmberg’s urine was tested again. The amount of pesticides previously found had dropped dramatically, and in some cases, was practically undetectable!

To think that it can only take a couple of weeks of organic living to rid your body of these possibly-harmful chemicals is really amazing.

May 192015

dangers of aluminium

Before we start, let’s just make one thing clear:

The body does not need aluminium.

Here’s why:

– Aluminium creates oxidative stress on cells throughout the body, causing cells to age and damaging DNA.
– Aluminium is toxic to your skin.
– Aluminium is a suspected cause of osteoporosis as it accumulates in bone tissue, weakening it.
– Aluminium in anti-perspirants / deodorants stop the body from sweating and releasing hormones properly. This is a suspected cause of breast and prostate cancer.
– Aluminium takes magnesium, calcium and iron from the body.
– Aluminum causes granulomas. (Tissue inflammation)

I know, right?

Because aluminium is so easy to come by, it has invaded so many mainstream products to the degree that it’s pretty tricky to completely avoid exposure.

Aluminium is found just about everywhere:

– COOKWARE, especially cooking acidic foods on aluminium
(Use glass or stainless steel, not aluminium)
(Processed food containers contain aluminium, so opt for fresh and sensibly-packaged foods)
– DEODORANT, regular and crystalized (there are natural alternatives)
(Buy bottled water or a water filter)
– OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES, including Aspirin, Malylox

Aluminium and Alzheimer’s Disease seem to go hand-in-hand.

Aluminium accumulates in the brain, lungs, liver, kidneys and thyroid where it fights with calcium for absorption. Aluminium is a sucker for your central nervous system too. Toxic metals play a big part in brain diseases by producing oxidative stress, and studies show that aluminium is one of the worst culprits out there. Brain autopsies in the elderly have revealed that their brains contain a much higher (+20) amount of aluminium than in those of middle-aged people.

Let’s ask the experts:

– The Department of Neurology and Psychiatry at Saint Louis University believe that aluminium “may cause liver toxicity and lead to degenerative symptoms, including Alzheimer’s.”
(Brenner S. Aluminum may mediate Alzheimer’s disease through liver toxicity, with aberrant hepatic synthesis of ceruloplasmin and ATPase7B, the resultant excess free copper causing brain oxidation, beta-amyloid aggregation and Alzheimer disease. Med Hypotheses. 2013 Mar;80(3):326-7. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2012.11.036. Epub 2012 Dec 20.)

– The University of California, Irvine’s Department of Medicine has reported that aluminium causes inflammation in the brain.
(Bondy SC. The neurotoxicity of environmental aluminum is still an issue. Neurotoxicology. 2010 Sep;31(5):575-81. doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2010.05.009. Epub 2010 May 27. Review.)

– The University School of Medicine in Belgrade published information proving that consuming water with a high aluminium and low fluoride concentration is associated with a high risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
(Belojević G, Jakovljević B. [Aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease]. Srp Arh Celok Lek. 1998 Jul-Aug;126(7-8):283-9. Review. Serbian.)

– The School of Studies in Zoology at Jiwaji University in India describe aluminium as a potent neurotoxin associated with Alzheimer’s.
(Shrivastava S. Combined effect of HEDTA and selenium against aluminum induced oxidative stress in rat brain. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2012 Jun;26(2-3):210-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2012.04.014. Epub 2012 May 8.)

Apr 282015

“The Food and Drug Administration [FDA] considers the addition of MSG to foods to be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). Although many people identify themselves as sensitive to MSG, in studies with such individuals given MSG or a placebo, scientists have not been able to consistently trigger reactions.”

That sounds pretty convincing, doesn’t it? Well, try reading that excerpt from the FDA website when you’ve finished this post.

Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG, is a flavour enhancer mostly known for being added to Chinese food, when actually it’s in quite a lot of products. Canned soup, meats, frozen meals, crisps / chips, salad dressings and curries / curry powder, to name a few. Oh, and baby and infant formulas. Yep.

Monosodium Glutamate makes food seem tastier and fresher, and smell better, too. The weird part is that MSG barely has a taste at all, it fools your tastebuds by using your umami taste sensors. Umami is a savoury flavour (and also the flavour of glutamate). Therefore by using umami, MSG makes your food taste more concentrated, full of flavour, and generally better.

MSG is an excitotoxin, meaning that it over-excites your brain cells, either significantly damaging them or killing them. Studies have shown that the effects of this “simple flavour enhancer” can actually cause brain damage, worsen the extent of learning disabilities and trigger the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

The FDA have received numerous reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG. Symptoms of these reactions, now called MSG Symptom Complex (formerly Chinese Restaurant Syndrome), are listed below:

– Headache
– Nausea
– Sweating or flushing
– Drowsiness or weakness
– Numbness or tingling (commonly in your face and neck)
– Facial pressure or tightness
– Heart palpitations or chest pain

Long term effects include obesity, depression and eye problems.

The FDA has no limit on what amount of MSG can be added to food, because it’s “generally recognized as safe.” How safe do these scientific studies sound?

‘Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity’. Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct.

‘The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity’. GobattoCA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA.Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.

Or how about this one?

‘Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: an animal model of multiple risk factors’. Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, IchikawaK, Shino hara N, Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar.

The safety of MSG has become such a controversial topic over recent years, and more and more people are trying to cut MSG from their diet. Obviously, the food manufacturers have picked up on this after realising that their sales are going down. So for more sales you would like to think that they would remove MSG from their products, wouldn’t you? I would. But no. Instead they try and hide the fact that MSG is still lurking amongst the ingredients by using names that most people wouldn’t associate with Monosodium Glutamate. They know full well that their products wouldn’t taste as good, nor be as addictive and more-ish, without a flavour enhancer. But don’t worry, we have them here for you:

MSG has the HS code 29224220 and the E number E621

The following are alternative names for MSG:[Gov. 1][Manuf. 2][Manuf. 3]

Chemical names and identifiers

  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Sodium 2-aminopentanedioate
  • Glutamic acid, monosodium salt, monohydrate
  • L-Glutamic acid, monosodium salt, monohydrate
  • L-Monosodium glutamate monohydrate
  • Monosodium L-glutamate monohydrate
  • MSG monohydrate
  • Sodium glutamate monohydrate
  • UNII-W81N5U6R6U

Trade names


MSG may also sometimes be included if the product contains the following ingredients:
– Yeast extract, food, nutrient, or autolyzed yeast
– Calcium or Sodium Caseinate
– Gelatin
– Natural Flavouring (often, but not necessarily)
– Monopotassium Glutamate
– Textured or Hydrolyzed Protein
– Glutamic Acid or Glutamate

So here’s the question. Is it worth it? Is the false – but oh so good – taste worth the risk of obesity, depression, neurological diseases, even brain damage?