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Artificial Coloring

Caramel Coloring


Homogenized Milk


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Hidden Hazards in Common Foods
Updated and revised 03/18/15

Processed Meats

In 1994, the National Cancer Institute released a bulletin stating that hot dogs have been directly linked to childhood leukemia. Our school systems still serve hot dogs.

In nearly all processed meats are nitrates and nitrites. Both of these turn into nitrosamines during digestion. Nitrosamines are carcinogenic. There are two ways to turn this carcinogen into harmless chemicals:

  1. Drink three or more cups of Green Tea with each meal.
  2. Insure that your intestinal flora (probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidus) is adequate. Both of these methods will turn harmful toxins into harmless chemicals.
  3. Take NAC (N. Acetyl Cysteine) with meals. This too turns carcinogens into harmless chemicals. 

Additionally, processed meats contain cholesterol, however, cholesterol is not a problem; the problem is oxidized cholesterol; or rancid cholesterol. These are damaging to your cardiovascular system. Top

Oh, by the way. There's another way to protect yourself against nitrates and nitrites: don't eat them (or cut back).

Pickles and Salt Cured Foods

Yes, your favorite pickles, and anchovies, contain carcinogens. Your best defense is the same defense used above with processed meats.

NutraSweet (Equal, Aspartame)

The FDA has received more complaints about this artificial sweetener than from any other food additive they have ever passed. Complaints range from headaches, to stomach cramps, to muscle fatigue, and NutraSweet has been linked to neurological disorders such as Fibromyalgia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

At 85 degrees, all drinks containing NutraSweet undergo a transformation. The NutraSweet turns into formaldehyde.

Now for the scary news. No medical journal has reported this, however, industry magazines, such as Flying Safety and Navy Physiology have: at high altitudes, because NutraSweet contains 10% methanol, oxygen deprivation soon follows consumption of diet sodas, leading to dizziness, loss of vision, sudden memory loss, and even epileptic fits.

When the FDA passed NutraSweet, they banned a harmless sweetener, Stevia, which comes from a plant. It has been used for over 200 years with no side effects. Japan originally made their diet Coke with Stevia, until they decided to standardize with the rest of the world. Soon after the FDA banned Stevia, a grass roots effort started up demanding the FDA show proof that Stevia was harmful. Since the FDA had no research to prove it harmful, they dragged their feet a couple of years, and finally gave in before Congress began an investigation. You can now purchase Stevia in most health food stores.

If you want the full story on Aspartame, how it passed through the FDA and what it does to you, we suggest you get the movie, Sweet Misery.


Artificial Coloring

Research show that all artificial food coloring produce changes at the cellular level. Dr Andrew Weil’s books point to these artificial colors as an underlying cause of cancers.

Caramel Coloring

Caramel coloring is burnt sugar. Ask any biologist about burnt sugar, and he will tell you that it is a carcinogen. Additionally, scientists have used caramel coloring in lab experiments on mice to interfere with leukocyte action (white cells). In other words, caramel coloring is immunosuppressive. The FDA knows this and insures that anything containing caramel coloring must note this on the label. Just luckily, this immunosuppressive property of caramel coloring drops away when you quit ingesting it. Top


Did you know that if you take a calf’s mother’s milk, pasteurize it, and give it back to the calf, it will die?

It is estimated that upwards of 40% of Americans have some form of milk intolerance, either lactose intolerance or milk allergies. If you have either one of these problems (and you may not know because years of milk drinking have made you get used to the reaction), your immune system suffers with each glass of milk.

See also: The Myth of Pasteurization.

Homogenized Milk

If you drink non homogenized fat free milk, you have nothing to worry about. However if you drink even two percent, odds are, the milk is homogenized. Homogenization releases an enzyme (usually part of the milk itself and harmless) that attacks your arteries. When arteries are pitted by this enzyme, the so called "bad" cholesterol tries to repair the pits by laying down patches in the holes. Bad cholesterol isn’t. It is trying to save your life and stop you from bleeding to death, internally. Studies of heavy milk drinkers who are in high school, show arteries with walls covered by cholesterol and plaque. Researchers said that the arteries of these students compared easily to those of people in their sixties. (Try this for more information on The Cholesterol Myths.)


For years we’ve been told by the National Cancer Institute that fats are responsible for cancer. However, new research shows that only certain fats are responsible for cancer, and that others actually fight cancer. In the Middle East, women have a 40% less chance of breast cancer, and yet their diet is better than 50% fat. However, their fat comes from Olive Oil. Top

Dr Andrew Weil recommends only using Olive Oil in your diet. Some people think Canola Oil, since it is a monounsaturated oil, is a good choice. However, most Canola Oil is chemically processed, and residues from these chemicals end up in the oil. Cold pressed Canola Oil is much better, however, its cost, about $50 per gallon, is usually prohibitive. It is not recommended.

Cotton Seed Oil: the herbicides and pesticides we put on our food are regulated by the Department of Agriculture. Since cotton is not considered a food, there are no rules as to which herbicides or pesticides may be used on it.

Two oils that are highly recommended are Coconut Oil and Palm Oil.

Rancid oils are highly oxidizing and carcinogenic. It is believed that the greatest cause of cancer in pets comes from rancid oils. Most people purchase large bags of dog and cat foods, open them, and keep them open till they are finished. As a human, we wouldn’t eat a bag of potato chips left open over night, but we will serve our animals food from a bag that has been left open for weeks. To avoid rancid oils in your food, keep your olive oil refrigerated. And if you bake using whole wheats or prefer brown rice to processed white rice, because these unprocessed foods contain natural oils, they too must be refrigerated.

Partially Hydrogenated Oils: in Europe, there is a movement to outlaw the use of partially hydrogenated oils, sometimes referred to as transfatty oils. These "man made" oils have been directly connected to skin cancer. Additionally, because their structure is so close to that of cholesterol, they take the place of cholesterol in the body. Where does the body use cholesterol? Your cell membranes contain cholesterol, as well as most of your brain. In your cell membranes, cholesterol forms the hydrophobic bond that keeps us from melting when we are wet. It is theorized, because transfatty oils have a long shelf life, that when they invade your body’s cells, they make the cell membrane nearly impermeable, not allowing toxins out or nutrition in. Additionally, Dr Johanna Budwig from Germany has been telling us since the fifties that these oils are responsible for most heart disease and cancers, and she reversed these two diseases using a simple recipe of flax oil and cottage cheese. Our cell membranes need the Essential Fatty Acids found in flax and fish oils. They are essential, not optional.

Budwig’s Recipe: three tablespoons of flax oil mixed with cottage cheese. According to her research, the flax oil must be bound to protein in order to become water soluble. However, this recipe tastes, to most Americans, terrible. You can modify this recipe the way I do, by adding a bit more cottage cheese, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, chopped celery, red pepper, and carrots, and a little kelp powder (a salt substitute with many minerals) or Celtic Sea Salt. Dr Budwig recommends eating this at least once a day (twice a day is optimal), if you have cancer, heart disease or an immune system disorder (the oils are not called essential because they are optional, they are essential), and at least once a week for prevention. (For more on Budwig and Omegasentials, a product that was designed from Budwig's research, check out: Johanna Budwig Revisited.)

A wonderful book to read is Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill. At the top of the list is Hemp oil, followed closely by Flax oil. Hemp oil, as you probably know, comes from the Hemp (marijuana) plant. Because our government doesn’t allow live hemp seeds imported into America, the seeds are first denatured. This gives us doubt as to the quality of Hemp oil and its contents.

Back to Partially Hydrogenated Oils: these are artificially saturated oils. In other words, the package might say, "No Cholesterol" but the truth is, this stuff is artificial cholesterol. The food industry loves these oils because of this, and because saturated fats (artificial or not) are flavor enhancers. Additionally, these oils have a long shelf life. So, while most of Europe is trying to outlaw these dangerous oils, our country’s food industry is escalating their use. To avoid partially hydrogenated oils, you must learn to read labels. They are found in most cocoas, nearly all baked goods, margarines, shortenings, non dairy coffee creamers, nearly all cookies and crackers, breads, nearly all junk foods including the microwavable popcorns, and most tortillas.

Partially Hydrogenated Oils are a leading cause of Type 2 Diabetes (non-insulin dependant) and heart disease. They change the proteins in our bodies in such a way as to reject insulin. The pancreas creates the insulin, but the body can't use it. Our diets are high in sugars, so the pancreas creates more and more insulin. The pancreas becomes overworked. Because the pancreas produces enzymes that eat cancers, is it any wonder that people with diabetes have much greater chances of getting cancer than those without? Top

American Heart Association Finally Gives In

October of 1998 will go down in history! For the past 20 years the American Heart Association has slapped its seal of approval on products containing Partially Hydrogenated Oils: breads, cereals, margarine. They ignored all the research that consistently connected these oils to heart disease (and numerous other diseases) opting to take donations and grants from those companies poisoning our food supply with these dangerous oils. It had to happen. The truth will out. The American Heart Association is now warning us (thought not too loudly) to keep consumption of these oils to a minimum. This is a major victory for every American.

Processed Sugar

Did you know that processed sugar is immunosuppressive? Many studies have proven this. The book, Sugar Blues discusses the actual biological response the body goes through after ingesting processed sugars, demonstrating his thesis that processed sugar is a drug, and not a food.

Please note, all sugars are immuno-suppressive, but processed are the worst. Top

The sugar from one can of soda pop can suppress your immune system for up to 6 full hours.

To make a long process short, within minutes of ingesting sugar, your blood sugar levels rise. The body, wishing to maintain homeostasis (a state of balance) does everything in its power to reduce this level of sugar. Though the human body can do many things at once, when it must focus its efforts on one process, other processes suffer. To use the example from above, when the pancreas is producing insulin, it is not producing enzymes to fight cancer.

Additionally, the World Health Organization now reports that Type 2 Diabetes is at epidemic proportions in countries where sugar and starches are consumed regularly (nearly all baked goods contain partially hydrogenated oils in the form of "vegetable shortening"). This type of diabetes is not caused by the pancreas not making insulin, but by the body’s inability to use insulin. We’ve over sugared ourselves… literally to death.

What is the best sugar? None really, but if you must have sugar, try a nutritional sugar, such as Sucanat (dehydrated cane juice), maple syrup (contains glyconutrients not found elsewhere), and honey (the only alkalizing sugar). The best sugar substitute is stevia. Personally, we treat all man made sweeteners as if they were poison (and some just might be).

Now here is something that every oncologist learns in medical school, though most seem to forget when they begin their practice: cancer needs sugar to grow. In the fifties, Dr Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering the metabolic action of cancers. He discovered that the process is anaerobic, or without oxygen. In other words, cancer metabolizes through a process of fermentation. Fermentation requires sugar. When a cancer patient ingests sugars (and starches and carbohydrates), it is the cancer that pulls the sugars from the blood stream. Cancer kills by starving the rest of the body.

Now, you may think this is a lot of hooey, probably because the American Cancer Society gives out cookies and Ensure™, or doctors give away cookies after chemotherapy, but researchers at the University of Minnesota are now testing a "smart bomb" based upon Warburg's research. A chemotherapeutic agent is wrapped in a coating that makes it harmless to the body until it finds a spot in the body where there is no oxygen. The only spot in a human body with no oxygen is a cancer site. Once in the oxygen free environment, the chemotherapy is released. (Note: we learned about this in 1994, but have yet to hear any updates.)

Additionally, you may have heard that apricot pits contain cyanide. However, some researchers knew that the cyanide was coated with sugars. This too acts as a smart bomb. The cancer needs the sugar. When these little smart bombs arrive at the cancer site, the cancer eats away at the sugar releasing the cyanide.

Note: apricot pits do NOT actually contain cyanide. They contain nitriloside. Cancer cells contain beta-glucosidase, an enzyme. When they meet, they create cyanide. See also: Laetrile.

Why don’t we all know about this? Well, some of us do. The Sloan Kettering Cancer Center knew about this. One of their public relations people, Ralf Moss, who’s job was to write up for the public the research conducted there, quit his job when research on apricot pits was suppressed. He now writes about the Cancer Industry, his latest book being Questioning Chemotherapy: A Critique of the Use of Toxic Drugs in the Treatment of Cancer . You see, the medicine made from these peach pits is called Laetrile. Top

References and Further Reading:

Sanchez A, et al. Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis. American Journal of Clinical  Nutrition 1973; 26: 1180-84

Ringsdorf WM jr, Cheraskin E and Ramsey RR jr. Sucrose, Neutrophilic Phagocytosis, and Resistance to Disease. Dent Surv 1976; 52 (12): 46-48

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