Environmental Pollutants and their effects on our health
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Mobile Phone Masts
•Studies of the sites show high incidences of cancer, brain haemorrhages and high blood pressure within a radius of 400 yards of mobile phone masts.
•One study, in Warwickshire, showed a cluster of 31 cancers around a single street. A quarter of the 30 staff at a special school within sight of the 90 ft high mast have developed tumours since 2000, while another quarter have suffered significant health problems.
The Sunday Times - April 22, 2007
•Similar studies have been reported in Austria, by Dr Gerd Oberfeld, showing a three-fold increase in cancer of those residents within a 400 metre radius of base stations compared with those outside this boundary.
•One needs distance from the antennas on the mast, not the mast itself.
•Mobile phones are much stronger emitters of radiation but for shorter periods.
•Using a cell phone regularly,even a modern one,raises the risk by 40 to 270% of developing a brain tumour called a glioma on the side of the head preferred for using the phone.
•People who have used a modern cell phone for more than 2000 hours in their lives, have 270% more risk of a brain tumour.
•The risk was highest for people under 20 years.
•Older-style analogue cell phones already have been shown as a source of brain tumours, but even with the development of digital cellular phones, the risk is still there.
•Mobile phone manufacturers have tried to suppress the dangers by funding their own distorted research that concludes the phones are perfectly safe.
•All people -- but children and teens especially -- should be warned against using mobile phones due to the increased risk of brain tumours.
Comparison of Radio Frequency energy
•FM Radio and TV
•Medical x-rays - ionising radiation - can break chemical bonds and therefore can do damage to the DNA
Radio Frequency Energy Safety
•Exposure to RF energy can be hazardous if the exposure is sufficiently intense. Possible injuries include cataracts, skin burns, deep burns, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
•Biological effects of RF energy are proportional to the rate of energy absorption. Within a broad range of frequencies (1 to 10,000 MHz), the frequency matters very little.
Microwave Ovens destroy nutritional value of food
•Microwave ovens heat food through a process of creating molecular friction. Thisquickly destroys the delicate molecules of vitamins and phytonutrients. One study showed that microwaving vegetables destroys up to 97% of the nutritional content.
•Microwaving destroys the natural harmony in water molecules, creating an energetic pattern of chaos in the water found in all foods.
•Minerals are largely unaffected.
•Humans are the only animals on the planet who destroy the nutritional value of their food before eating it. Humans actually go out of their way to render food nutritionally worthless before eating it.
•The invention of the microwave and its mass adoption by the population coincides with the onset of obesity in developed nations around the world.
•Microwave is a form of irradiation.
•According to Russell L. Blaylock, MD, one estimate is that annual radiological breast exams increase the risk of breast cancer by two percent a year. So over 10 years the risk will have increased 20 percent. In the 1960s and 70s, women, even those who received 10 screenings a year, were never told the risk they faced from exposure.
•Also results are 70% false positive and 10% - 40% false negative - Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, in his book, The Politics Of Cancer,
•Dr. John W. Gofman, an authority on the health effects of ionizing radiation, estimates that 75 percent of breast cancer could be prevented by avoiding or minimizing exposure to the ionizing radiation -mammography, x-rays and other medical and dental sources.
•Since mammographic screening was introduced, the incidence of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has increased by 328%. Mammography may also help spread existing cancer cells due to the pressure. (metastasis)
Other sources of radiation pollution
•Irradiated fruits and vegetables
•Radioactive waste from nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons facilities.
E- waste and E-pollution
•The study by Richard Clapp, a professor of environmental health at Boston University’s School of Public Health looked at data on the causes of death of around 31,000 former employees ofIBM who had died between 1969 and 2001 revealed that of the 27,272 men who died, there were more than 7,600 deaths from cancer which was significantly higher than 7,200 expected, according to national averages. Of about 4,600 women, more than 1,600 had died of cancer, which was also higher than the 1,400 expected.
•Many of the workers had been exposed to unusual levels of radiation, as well as solvents and chemicals while working at IBM.
•Also higher death counts from multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
•It was not possible to identify which workers had been exposed to which chemicals. The report also did not consider lifestyle details including smoking and other lifestyle choices that may have contributed to their deaths.
•More than 75% of TV’s, computers and other home electronics discarded by the developed world end up bound for Asia. Up to 90% goes to China. Only 10 % are recycled. The rest gets burned, destroyed or otherwise reduced to poisonous end-products.
•Inside electronics are gold, copper and other reusable precious metals that make this a viable enterprise. Many electronics harvesters extract the metals by putting the machines through acid baths.
•The result - lead, mercury and other chemicals are released into the atmospherethrough toxic gassesand put into lakes and rivers through wastewater systems. Harvesters burn the plastic cases, melting lead-based monitor glass and toss out the undesirable by-products.
•In some hotspots pollution levels are very high. In the Guiyu area, an agricultural sector in South China with many e-processers, the groundwater became so contaminated that drinking water had to be brought from 18 miles away.
•The groundwater had so much lead in it that it would have been considered 212 times more toxified than acceptable standards in Europe.
•Tin levels 152 times the EPA threshold. Chromium 1,338 times the EPA threshold Much of the old electronics donated by people and businesses for recycling in the U.S. are not recycled domestically,
•In China aloneexcluding the e-waste that is brought into the country about 150 million TV sets, washing machines, refrigerators, air-conditioners and computers are discarded every year.
•Other countries in the metal extraction business include India and Pakistan.
•Living with a smoker or in a major city places a person at greater risk of early death than living in the radioactive exclusion zone around Chernobyl, according to a study conducted by scientists at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Great Britain and published in the journal "BMC Public Health."
•Smith found that increased cancer rates among this group led to a 1 percent higher risk of premature death.
•By contrast, residents of central London were 2.8 % more likely to die from pollution-related heart and lung disease than residents of Inverness, the United Kingdom's least polluted city.
•People who lived with a smoker had a 1.7 percent increase in mortality risk.
Who and Where
•Both adults and children can suffer from the effects of lead poisoning, but childhood lead poisoning is much more frequent. Most often children with elevated blood lead levels are exposed to lead in their own home.
•Exposure is through deteriorating paint, lead contaminated dust and soil, drinking water, food, ceramics, home remedies, hair dyes and other cosmetics, leaded fuel, children’s toys.
•Much of this lead is invisible.
•Lead paint is the worst culprit and is dangerous only when it is not intact. All it takes is the lead dust equivalent of a single grain of salt for a child to register an elevated blood lead level.
•Remodelling and Renovating
•Lead in fuel - contaminated soil
Health Effects On Children
•Infants and children under 6 most vulnerable because their brains and central nervous system are still being formed.
•High levels - mental retardation, coma, and even death.
•Lead poisoning has been linked with juvenile delinquency and criminal behaviour.
Health effects on Adults
•- high blood pressure, fertility problems, nerve disorders, muscle and joint pain, irritability, and memory or concentration problems.
•Exposure from occupations related to house painting, welding, renovation and remodelling activities, smelters, firing ranges, the manufacture and disposal of car batteries, and the maintenance and repair of bridges and water towers.
•Workers must take care not to leave the site with contaminated clothing, tools, hair, or with unwashed hands.
•When a pregnant woman has elevated levels, lead is transferred to the foetus.
•Pregnancy can cause lead to be released from the bone, where it is stored for decades. The lead re-enters the blood stream and can end up in the foetus.
•Menopause is also a time when lead is released
•The amount of lead the body retains can be reduced by foods that contain iron, calcium and zinc. Foods rich in iron include eggs, raisins, greens, beans, peas, and other legumes.
•Lean red meat and oysters are examples of foods that contain zinc.
•Avoid giving children fried or fatty foods
•Wash hands before eating, after work with materials which contain lead
•Check your ceramic ware.
•Check your paints
•Do not store alcohol in crystal containers or acidic substances.
•Cover bare soil play areas with mulch, pebbles grass or shrubs. A child who plays in lead-contaminated soil will get some in his nails and eventually into their mouth or home.
Household Chemicals and Personal Care Products
Insect Repellents News Target
•DEET is not harmful when it is not absorbed through the skin. But nearly all chemicals that are placed on the skin, especially in liquid form, are eventually absorbed and enter the bloodstream.
•DEET is known to cause neurological damage, seizures and even deaths, especially harmful to children, which is why its use should be strictly limited with children.
•It should not be frequently used - (it's okay to poison yourself just a little bit, but not too much?)
•One of the best products is soybean oil. Soybean oil insect repellents may often contain cloves, cinnamon oil or other extracts containing rather strong oils from the natural plant kingdom.
Deodorants and Antiperspirants News Target
•The function of the armpits is to sweat to cool and to eliminate waste products. Skin is the body’s largest excretory organ.
•Many deodorants are made of aluminium which can accumulate and cause dementia and Alzheimers
•Diet - what comes out of your body reflects what you put in. Eliminate animal products, and plant products lacking fiber and made with refined white flour, added sugars, hydrogenated oils and other processed ingredients.
•A plant-based diet is an internal deodorizer. It's true: the chlorophyll and other phytonutrients will cleanse you from the inside out. Some of the best ones are parsley, cilantro, celery, all mint species, aromatic herbs - sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano.
Keep a check on the internal toxins
•Animals check their health by looking at and smelling their excreta.
•Dogs can detect cancer of the bladder just by smelling the patient’s urine.
Air Purifiers News Target
•Commercial air fresheners, contains chemicals that are hazardous to human health and may promote asthma or even cancer. Adding ozone to the mixture seems to potentiate the harmful effects of the chemicals. So having an air purifier and using a freshener is more toxic.
•To add a fresh scent to your home, use only natural essential oils with an aromatherapy diffuser.
Sunscreen News Target
•“The sunscreen industry makes money by selling lotion products that actually contain cancer-causing chemicals. It then donates a portion of that money to the cancer industry through non-profit groups like the American Cancer Society which, in turn, run heart-breaking public service ads urging people to use sunscreen to "prevent cancer."
•Sunscreen actually promotes cancer by blocking the body's absorption of ultraviolet radiation, which produces vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D, as recent studies have shown, prevents up to 77% of ALL cancers in women (breast cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, brain tumours, multiple myeloma... you name it).
•The real cause of sunburn is not just UV exposure: It is a lack of antioxidant nutrition. Eating berries, carrots and spirulina, will build up an internal sunscreen
•The same nutrients, by the way, also protect the optic nerve and eyes from radiation damage.
Why do doctors prescribe sunscreen?
•Doctor-prescribed medications are the fourth leading cause of death in America today. About 100,000 Americans die each year from following the advice of their doctor.
•Contain loads of chemical fragrance - extremely toxic, but allowed because its external. Its absorbed through the skin.
•These compounds are by themselves solvents, good at moving through cellular membranes and entering tissues of the body, including nervous system tissues can cause cancer, liver disorders, Alzheimer's disease and many other chronic diseases.
•Previously thought that skin was a barrier but now we know its not.
Ingredients in Beauty Care Products News Target, Dr. Connealy,
•Of the products tested, the worst offenders were those containing the cancer-causing ingredients coal tar, alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, and those containing the hormone-disrupting ingredient, phthalate.
•Hair dye products contain ingredients derived from coal tar. Several studies have linked long-time hair dye use to bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
•A research study conducted in 2001 by the USC School of Medicine found that 19% of bladder cancer in women in Los Angeles, California, may be attributed to permanent hair dye use.
•A 1992 study conducted by the National Cancer Institute found that 20% of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may be linked to hair dye use.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids
•Used in products advertised to remove wrinkles, blemishes, blotches and acne scars. US FDA research linked the use of AHA and BHA with a doubling of UV-induced skin damage and a potential increased risk of skin cancer.
•At the current rate, one in five people will develop skin cancer over their lifetime.
•Nearly 10% of the products which contain this are moisturizers and 6% sunscreens.
•Phthalates are industrial plasticizers widely used in personal care products to moisturize and soften skin, impart flexibility to nail polish after it dries and enhance the fragrances used in most products.
•Studies indicate that they cause a wide range of birth defects and lifelong reproductive impairments, targeting every organ in the male reproductive system and causing problems ranging from low sperm count to serious genital deformities that can lead to an increased risk of cancer.
•While the EWG only found four products with phthalate listed as an ingredient (all nail care products), there is no telling how many products actually contain it. The industry is not required to list fragrance ingredients or "trade secret" ingredients on products, and phthalates often fall into one of those two categories.
•In September 2004, the European Union implemented a ban on all beauty products containing phthalates. In the US a similar bill failed in 2006.
How to be sure?
•Go to www.ewg.org and check out the health risks of your favorite products. EWG has compiled a guide of 7,500 beauty care products and has ranked them according to their ingredients' potential to cause cancer, trigger allergic reactions, interfere with the endocrine (hormonal) system, impair reproduction or damage a developing fetus.
•Industrial chemicals are causing a "silent pandemic" of brain disorders in one out of every six children, according to a new study published in The Lancet. Lead researcher Philippe Grandjean, professor,Harvard School of Public Health, said children who were exposed to toxic industrial chemicals such as mercury, lead, PCBs, toluene and arsenic during foetal development often show signs of attention deficit disorder, autism, cerebral palsy and developmental delays later in life.
•The human brain is a vulnerable organ. The group of chemicals that causes the most damage includes solvents, pesticides and metals. Grandjean identified 201 distinct chemicals with toxic effects.
•Developing babies are far more susceptible to chemicals than adults. Their brains develop from a strip of highly sensitive cells that lack the protection of a fully formed blood-brain barrier, which does not develop until children are six months old.
•Nursing babies are also at much higher risk of toxic chemicals than their mothers because certain pesticides and industrial compounds accumulate in breast tissue. When infants nurse, the chemicals are passed to the baby in the breast milk at 100 times the level of the mother's exposure.
•Young children living in environments where their chemical exposure is exceptionally high (eg. farms) display increased brain development problems, compared to children raised in urban environments.
Pesticide and Parkinsonism
•People who were exposed to pesticides, even to low doses, were 70% more prone to Parkinson’s than people who were not.
DDT in Fish - DDT in water
•The report by the U.S. EPA shows that the pesticide, which companies dumped into the water soon after it was banned from use in the US in 1972, is still found with high levels in fish caught near the Los Angeles area.
•Its associated with increased risk of liver cancer, affects the human reproductive and nervous systems, and is toxic to many animals, especially aquatic life. The amount of DDT in fish caught off the Los AngelesCounty coast has not decreased much from the last survey in the late 1980s.
Chlorine in water
•It destroys bacteria, algae, cells and is also a carcinogen.
•An ultrasonic device by LG Sound called the LG Sonic Algae Control uses an underwater sound emitter called a transducer to control all kinds of algae, even rooted algae in swimming pools, tanks and ponds. The underwater sound waves kill the algae by ripping vacuole cells -- which contain the organism's life functions -- without leaving behind chemical byproducts to harm living organisms.
Dead zones in the ocean
•A report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has found that the number of oxygen-starved ocean "dead zones" has increased by more than a third over the last two years.
•Dead zones form when microscopic marine plants, phytoplankton --the backbone of marine food chains -- explode in mass, attracting oxygen-consuming bacteria. The oxygen depletion, called hypoxia, kills off large quantities of fish, oysters, sea grasses and other forms of ocean life.
•Phytoplankton levels naturally swell and die off, but abnormally large die-offs have been observed since the 1970s. The UNEP report says extremely high marine levels of certain nutrients -- such as phosphorus and nitrogen from fertilizers, sewage, animal wastes and other sources -- can cause dead zones.
•The total size of worldwide dead zones is estimated at 300,000 square kilometres. The majority of dead zones occur during fall and summer, but some persist year-round, such as the Baltic Sea's 80,000-sq/km zone.
•Restrictions on sewage dumping
•Treating the sewage before dumping
•Restricting animal wastes, fertilisers, by-catch from being dumped
•On Aug 3, 1997, Captain Charles Moore found 800 miles north of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in a part of the ocean which is avoided by both ships and sea life - because it is so calm - line of plastic bags ghosting the surface, followed by an ugly tangle of junk: nets and ropes and bottles, motor-oil jugs and cracked bath toys, a mangled tarp. Tires. A traffic cone. A stew of plastic crap- a landfill.
•Since then he has returned several times and each time it’s growing. Today its twice the size of Texas.
•It is making its way into the food chain. Dead seabirds that have been washing ashore in startling numbers, bodies packed with plastic: things like bottle caps, cigarette lighters, tampon applicators, and coloured scraps that resemble baitfish to them. (1 animal dissected by Dutch researchers contained 1,603 pieces of plastic.) All sea creatures are threatened from whales down to zooplankton.
•More than a million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals, and countless fish die in the North Pacific each year, either from mistakenly eating this or from being ensnared in it and drowning.
•Moore discovered minuscule pieces of plastic, some barely visible, swirling like fish food throughout the water.
•The North Pacific gyre is only one of five such high-pressure zones in the oceans. There are similar areas in the South Pacific, the North and South Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean. Each of these gyres has its own version of the Garbage Patch, as plastic gathers in the currents. Together, these areas cover 40 percent of the sea. That corresponds to a quarter of the earth’s surface.
Plastic - Eternal?
•Except for the small amount that’s been incinerated - and it’s a very small amount - every bit of plastic ever made still exists. Every year, we churn out about 60 billion tons of it, much of which becomes disposable products meant only for a single use. Plastic never really goes away.
•The raw material - nurdles - are fine plastic particles. The problem is not the big trash on the beach. The whole biosphere is becoming mixed with nurdles. We’re breathing them, the fish are eating them, they’re in our hair and skin.
The Good News?
•Twenty-three countries, including Germany, South Africa, and Australia, have banned, taxed, or restricted the use of plastic bags because they clog sewers, lodge in the throats of livestock, end up snagged in trees and snarled in fences. They also trap rainwater, creating perfect little breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
•The National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is using satellites to identify and remove ghost nets,that never stop killing. (A net recently hauled up off the Florida coast contained more than 1,000 dead fish, sharks, and a loggerhead turtle.)
•New biodegradable starch- and corn-based plastics.
•A consumer rebellion against dumb and excessive packaging is afoot.
•News is spreading about marine debris and hormone disruption.
Bisphenol A in Plastics News Target
•Commonly in polycarbonate plastics- an ingredient that lines food cans. Low doses lead to a range of health problems, including birth defects of the male and female reproductive systems in laboratory animals. Tests found that pregnant women and infants who eat even a single serving of some canned foods are exposed to unsafe doses of BPA. 50% of cans contain it.
•It could affect children’s metabolism predisposing them to obesity.
•The US produces 6 billion pounds of iteach year. BPA has been found in nearly every human who has been tested in the United States.
•These chemicals may disrupt the endocrine system by mimicking estrogen. In marine environments, excess estrogen has led to discoveries of male fish and seagulls that have sprouted female sex organs.
Bisphenol A American Plastics Council
Found in -
•hard, clear and tinted plastic baby bottles, water bottles, bowls, tableware, storage containers
•liners inside food and drink cans
•dental sealant to prevent cavities
•sports safety equipment
•spray-on flame retardants
To protect against it
•Limit exposure of food to plastics products.
•Never microwave foods in plastic containers.
•Avoid drinking plastic bottled water, juice drinks, etc,
•Greatly reduce or eliminate canned food
•Avoid storing food in plastic containers. avoid using plastic sandwich bags or plastic wrap products, wherever possible.
•Avoid freezing in plastic.
•Remember that if you are pregnant or nursing, BPA chemicals are passed through your bloodstream directly to your baby.
Mercury in Fish
•Mercury acts as a toxin to the central nervous system, endocrine system and kidneys. It is widely used in a variety of industrial processes, coal power plants, solid waste incineration and is present is compact fluorescent light bulbs.
•There is 3 times more mercury falling from the sky than 200 years ago
•Mercury in dental fillings also has a similar impact.
Top five cancer causing foods SUGAR
•Sugar - cells grow on sugar, refined products like white flour.
•What to avoid on the labels: high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, sucrose, enriched bleached flour, white rice, white pastas, white breads and other "white" foods.
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
•To make them hydrogenated, oils are heated in the presence of hydrogen and metal catalysts. This helps prolong shelf life butcreates trans fats, (which only have to be disclosed on the label if the food contains more than 0.5 grams per serving). To avoid listing trans fats, or to claim “trans fat free" on their label, food manufacturers simply adjust the serving size until the trans fat content falls under 0.5 grams per serving. This is how you find some food labels with serving sizes equivalent to a single bite of food.
What Hydrogenation does
•Promote heart disease,
•Interrupt metabolic processes,
•Cause belly fat
•Removes essential fatty acids- This affects brain cell function, hormones, gland function, oxygen transport, cell wall function (keeping things in or out of your cells) and digestive tract operation (putting together nutrients and blocking allergens)
•Your body needs essential fatty acids so you keep eating until you get them. If you're only eating trans fats, you'll never feel fully satiated.
•Since cancer needs high blood sugar and low oxygen levels, a person with lots of belly fat who just can't seem to put down those trans fat cookies presents the ideal environment for the development of cancer.
•Acrylamides are not added into food; they are created during the frying process. When starchy foods are subjected to high heat, acrylamides form. A Swedish study found that acrylamides cause cancer in rats, and more studies are under way to confirm that acrylamides also cause cancer in humans.
Sodium nitrite (and nitrates)
•Added to processed meats, hot dogs, bacon, and any other meat that needs a reddish color to look "fresh."
•Decades ago when meats were preserved, it was done with salt. In the mid 20th century, food manufacturers started using sodium nitrite - responsible for the pinkish color in meat to which consumers have grown accustomed.
•People get more nitrites from vegetables than meat. But during the digestion process, sodium nitrite is converted to nitrosamine, a carcinogen.
•Nitrosamines are also found in food items that are pickled, fried, or smoked; in things such as beer, cheese, fish by-products, and tobacco smoke.
Top 5 foods to avoid
•･Hot dogs･Processed meats and bacon･Doughnuts: Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, white flour, sugar, and acrylamides. ･French fries: made with hydrogenated oil and fried at high temperatures. Some chains even add sugar Not only do they clog your arteries with saturated fat and trans fat, they also contain acrylamides. ･Chips / crackers /cookies: generally contain white flour and sugar as well as trans fats.
What to do to avoid cancer?
•Eat mostly plants,
•Omega 3 fatty acids
•Vit C deters the conversion of nitrite to nitrosamine
•Exposure to sun to get enough vitamin D
•Drink plenty of water
•Don’t use personal care products, cosmetics, fragrances - most contain cancer causing chemicals
Mike Adams- www.newstarget.com
•Even the World Health Organization says that 70 percent of all cancers can be prevented with simple changes in diet and lifestyle. The truth is that most people give themselves cancer through the foods, drinks and products they choose to consume. In my opinion, over 90 percent of cancers are easily preventable.
•Remember that the cancer industry has no interest in telling people how to avoid cancer.
•GM foods contain their own built-in pesticide. It splits open insect’s stomachs, killing them.
•Biotech companies contend that the pesticide called Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is produced naturally from a soil bacterium. Organic farmers, have used solutions containing the natural bacteria for years to control insects. Genetic engineers insert the gene for Bt into the DNA of corn and cotton plants. They say that Bt-toxin is quickly destroyed in our stomachs. Even if it survived, we and other mammals have no receptors for the toxin.
Research: Bt spray is dangerous to humans
•When natural Bt was sprayed in Vancouver and Washington State to fight gypsy moths, about 500 people reported reactions—mostly allergy or flu-like symptoms. 6 people went to the emergency room for allergies or asthma. Workers applying Bt sprays reported eye, nose, throat, and respiratory irritation, and some showed an antibody immune response. Farmers exposed to liquid Bt formulations had reactions including infection, an ulcer on the cornea, skin irritation, burning, swelling, and redness.
•A spray manufacturer warns that repeated exposure via inhalation can result in sensitization and allergic response in hypersensitive individuals.
•Mice fed Bt-toxin showed significant potent immune responses. In addition, the Bt caused their immune system to become sensitive to formerly harmless compounds This suggests that exposure might make a person allergic to a wide range of substances, and it may not be destroyed on digestion.
The toxin in GM plants is more dangerous than naturalsprays
•GM plants produce about 3,000-5,000 times the amount of toxin as the sprays.
•The toxin in spray is broken down within 2 weeks by sunlight, high temperatures, or substances on the leaves; and it can be washed by rainfall or by consumers. A Bt producing GM plant, continuously produces the toxin in every cell.
•The natural toxin in bacteria is inactive until it gets inside the alkaline digestive tract of an insect. Once inside, a “safety catch” is removed and the Bt becomes toxic. The Bt plant toxin usually comes without the safety catch. The plant-produced Bt toxin is always active and more likely to trigger an immune response than the natural variety.
•Tests cannot verify that a GM protein introduced into the food supply for the first time will not cause allergies in some people.
Bt-toxin fails safety studies but is used nonetheless
•For example, the specific Bt-toxin found in Monsanto’s Yield Guard and Syngenta’s Bt 11 corn varieties is called Cry1AB. In 1998, an FDA researcher discovered that Cry1Ab shared a sequence of 9-12 amino acids with vitellogenin, an egg yolk allergen. The study concluded that “the similarity . . . might be sufficient to warrant additional evaluation.” No additional evaluation took place.
Bt cotton triggers allergic reactions
•A 2005 report in India describes 100’s of agricultural workers developing moderate or severe allergic reactions when exposed to Bt cotton. This includes those picking cotton, loading it, cleaning it, or even leaning against it. Some at a ginning factory must take antihistamines daily, in order to go to work.
•In India goats that ate the cotton plants died. GM crops have routinely resulted in sick, sterile or dead animals.
Safety Question for all
•How long does the Bt-toxin stay active in the cotton?” It there any risk using cotton diapers, tampons, or bandages?
•Cottonseed is also used for cottonseed oil which is used in many processed foods. Other parts of the cotton plant, are routinely used as animal feed.
Bt corn pollen may cause allergies
•Bt-toxin in GM corn can be eaten intact. It is also in pollen, which can be breathed in. In 2003, at the time when an adjacent Bt cornfield was pollinating, an entire Filipino village of about 100 people were stricken by a disease. The symptoms included headaches, dizziness, extreme stomach pain, vomiting, chest pains, fever and allergies, as well as respiratory, intestinal, and skin reactions. The symptoms appeared first in those living closest to the field, and then progressed to others by proximity.
•39 Blood samples showed antibodies in response to Bt-toxin. When the same corn was planted in four other villages the following year, the symptoms returned in all four areas, only during the time of pollination.
•The UK Joint Food Safety and Standards Group warned that genes from inhaled pollen might transfer into the DNA of bacteria in the respiratory system. Years later UK scientists confirmed that after consuming GM soybeans, the foreign inserted genes can transfer into the DNA of gut bacteria. This means that years after we decide to stop eating GM corn chips, our own gut bacteria may continue to produce Bt-toxin.
Studies show immune responses to GM crops
•Australian scientists took an insecticide producing gene (not Bt) from a kidney bean and put it into a pea, in hopes of killing the pea weevil. The version produced within kidney beans, was not harmful to mice. But that “same” protein, produced by the pea DNA, triggered inflammatory responses in the mice. Somehow, the protein had been changed from harmless to potentially deadly, just by being created in a different plant.
•Allergic reactions are a defensive, often harmful immune system response to an external irritant that the body interprets something as foreign. All GM foods, have something foreign and different.
Claustridium Difficile Colitis
•Cases of Clostridium difficile colitis, which causes severe diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, rose to 43,531 in 2003 from 17,058 in 1993, (which is more than double) according to a study in the Archives of Surgery journal. Death rates from the condition rose over the same time period.