* 1 – One out of every ten women of childbearing age has dangerously high concentrations of mercury ‘…within one tenth of potentially hazardous levels’ in their bloodstream.1
* 2 – Many people have developed colitis from chronic ingestion of mercury-containing laxatives.
* 3 – Industrial contaminants (such as dioxins, PCBs, and mercury), microbial contaminants (such as E. coli), and natural contaminants (such as aflatoxin) [can be found in foods].’2
* 4 – ‘In 1994, 62% of all food samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) had detectable levels of at least one pesticide.’3
* 5 – ‘PDP data from 1994-96 … [stated 25] percent of the food samples tested had detectable levels of carcinogenic (cancer causing) pesticides, and 34%’ possessed detectable levels of neurotoxic pesticides.4
* 6 – Some studies estimate 99% of the breastmilk in women residing in the United States contains measurable levels of DDT (Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane), the first modern toxic chemical pesticide.
* 7 – In the United States, eight times more antibiotics are used for the livestock industry than for human inoculation against disease.5
* 8 – In a study where pigs were fed large amounts of synthetic B vitamins, the pigs produced sterile offspring. Synthetic vitamins provide no nutritional value-they are poisonous!
* 9 – Chlorine, acetone peroxide, benzoyl peroxide, and nitrogen dioxide are the most common oxidizing agents used during white flour processing in the production of white bread.
* 10 – The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutritional lobbying group, claims that sodium chloride (common table salt) could be ‘… the single deadliest ingredient in the food supply.’6
* 11 – MSG is a toxic substance and causes adverse reactions, brain lesions, endocrine disorders, and other negative health problems.’7
* 12 – ‘The chemical, acrylamide, which is used industrially in the manufacturing of some plastics, is also apparently formed by the heating of starches. Foods with especially high levels of the chemical included French fries, potato chips and crackers.’8
* 13 – An alarming study published in the American Journal of Public Health estimates a 95% risk of developing cancer from regular consumption of chlorinated tap water!9
* 14 – After being inside the body for 20 minutes, Aspartame begins breaking down from its original compound into methanol, formaldehyde (a Class-A carcinogen used to embalm corpses) and formic acid (ant venom).
* 15 – Over 70% of the world’s coffee supply is contaminated with toxic pesticides and chemicals. It’s estimated that just one cup of coffee contains more than 2,000 chemicals, many of which are gastrointestinal irritants and cancer-causing agents. Also, the high heat used in roasting coffee beans causes the natural oils to turn rancid, further contributing to its chemical load.
* 16 – Playing and crawling on a typical floor exposes babies to contaminants such as dust mites, mold and mildew. Just one day of exposure introduces the equivalent of four cigarettes into an infant’s lungs.10
* 17 – ‘Every year, indoor air pollution is responsible for the death of 1.6 million people – that’s one death every 20 seconds…due to pneumonia, chronic respiratory disease and lung cancer…’11
* 18 – The EPA lists over eighty ‘regulated’ contaminants found in tap water such as chlorine, fluoride, arsenic, and numerous pesticides. This figure doesn’t even include unregulated toxins such as perchlorate (a chemical found in rocket fuel!).
* 19 – The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) estimates ‘…as many as 56 million people in the 25 states reviewed by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency … have been drinking water with unsafe levels of arsenic…’! 12 Arsenic is the number 1 cancer causing agent!
* 20 – Bottled water, infant formulas, toothpaste, mouthwash and even vitamin supplements, now contain fluoride! Fluorides are more toxic than lead and only slightly less poisonous than arsenic.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ‘Blood and Hair Mercury Levels in Young Children and Women of Childbearing Age – United States, 1999.’ Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Vol. 50, Issue 8. (140-3). Pub. 2 March 2001. Online. Accessed 17 Aug 2007. Available: www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5008a2.htm
2 United States Environmental Protection Agency. ‘America’s Children and the Environment: A First View of Available Measures.’ Document # EPA 240-R-00-006. Pub. Dec 2000. Pp. (32-3). Online. Accessed 30 July 2007. Available as PDF: www.yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/ACE-Report.htm/$file/ACE-Report.pdf
3 United States Environmental Protection Agency. ‘America’s Children and the Environment: A First View of Available Measures.’ Document # EPA 240-R-00-006. Pub. Dec 2000. Pp. (32-3). Online. Accessed 30 July 2007. Available as PDF: www.yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/ACE-Report.htm/$file/ACE-Report.pdf
4 United States Environmental Protection Agency. ‘America’s Children and the Environment: A First View of Available Measures.’ Document # EPA 240-R-00-006. Pub. Dec 2000. Pp. (32-3). Online. Accessed 30 July 2007. Available as PDF: www.yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/ACE-Report.htm/$file/ACE-Report.pdf
5 Epstien, S. ‘Potential public health hazards of biosynthetic milk hormones.’ International journal of health services : planning, administration, evaluation. Vol. 20, Issue 1. (73-84). Online. Accessed 8 Nov 2007. Available: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=search&db=pubmed (PMID=2407676)
6 Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D. ‘Press Conference on Salt: the Forgotten Killer.’ Pub. 24 Feb 2005. Online. Accessed 6 Aug 2007. Available as PDF: www.cspinet.org/new/pdf/final_mj_salt_statement.pdf
7 Truthinlabeling.org ‘Where is MSG hidden?’ Online. Accessed 7 Aug 2007. Available: www.truthinlabeling.org/II.WhereIsMSG.html
8 Kaufman, Marc. ‘WHO to Talk About Food Carcinogen Finding.’ The Washington Post. Pub. 27 Apr 2002. Online. Accessed 7 Aug 2007. Available: (Contact Washington Post Archives).
9 Morris, R., Audet, A., Angelillo, I., Chalmers, T. and F. Mosteller. ‘Chlorination, Chlorination By-products, and Cancer: A Meta-analysis.’ American Journal of Public Health. Pub. July 1992. Vol. 82, Issue 7. Online. Accessed 14 Aug 2007. Available as PDF: www.ajph.org/cgi/reprint/82/7/955
10 World Health Organization. ‘Indoor air pollution and health.’ Online. Accessed 10 Aug 2007. Available: www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs292/en/index.html
11 World Health Organization. ‘Indoor air pollution and health.’ Online. Accessed 10 Aug 2007. Available: www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs292/en/index.html
12 Natural Resources Defense Council. ‘Arsenic in Drinking Water.’ Online. Accessed 14 Aug 2007. Available: www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/qarsenic.asp”