FPL nuclear plant canals leaking into Biscayne Bay, study confirms
March 7, 2016
Radioactive ‘tracer’ detected at up to 215 normal levels near canals
Editorial: How did toxic mine sludge flood Southwest
Colorado, many Texans’ home away from home?
August 14, 2015
People kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in water colored from a mine waste spill.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1
million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River.
10 American Cities with the Worst Drinking Water
Unknown to most Americans, a surprising number of U.S. cities have drinking water with unhealthy
levels of chemicals and contaminants. In fact, some organizations and state environmental agencies that collect and analyze water data say the level of chemicals in some Americans' drinking water not
only exceeds recommended health guideline but the pollutants even exceed the limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the national legal authority in these
Radiation In Our Food?
Yes. There are different ways radiation can enter our food
supply. After review of the many different incidents that have happened over the past years (see IN THE NEWS tab), it is evident that the plumes of plutonium/radiation have infiltrated our air,
water/rain and soil.
NBC Nightly News: ‘Has Radiation Entered Our Food
Supply Chain?’ — USA Today: News getting worse at Fukushima, widespread suspicion leaks into ocean ‘underreported’ — Expert: “I’m not trying to be alarmist… but how will we know it’s safe” for West
Coast? - March 9, 2014
Japan Fast-Food Chain to Grow Food 100 km from Wrecked Fukushima Nuclear Plant
A Japanese fast-food chain has announced plans to grow rice and vegetables on a farm 100 km (60 miles) from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear
disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. - October 2, 2013
Never Buy Meat, Potatoes or Herbs with "Treated by Radiation" on the Label
By Dr. Mercola
Irradiated herbs, seasonings and spices are exposed to HALF A BILLION chest X-rays worth of gamma radiation. This information is clearly publicized by the USDA and FDA.
The FDA presently supports the use of Cobalt-60 culled from nuclear reactors on all domestically produced conventional food.
The level of gamma-radiation used starts at 1 KiloGray -- equivalent to 16,700,000 chest x-rays -- and goes all the way up to 30KiloGray (500,000,000 chest x-rays or 10,000 times a human lethal
According to Green Med Info:
“Despite the irresponsible promotion of this process as safe, food irradiation destroys much of the vitamin
content of food, produces a number of toxic byproducts: formaldehyde, benzene, and formic acid, as well as unique radiolytic products, e.g. 2-alklycyclobutanoes, that have been demonstrated to be
cytotoxic (damages cells), genotoxic (damages DNA), and carcinogenic (causes cancer) in test tube and animal studies.”
By Dr. Mercola
You're probably well aware that certain foods, like
milk and juices, at your grocery store are pasteurized --
a process that uses heat to kill off bacteria from your food, and in the process destroys nutrients and denatures the food.
But you may not know that foods may also be
irradiated -- a process that exposes your food to radiant energy, including gamma rays, electron beams and X-rays.
Irradiation was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) in 1963, and today is used on more than 40 food products dispersed throughout 37 countries. If this sounds a bit alarming to you, you are not alone.
After nuclear disasters like the Fukushima meltdown
in Japan, radiation
poisoning to food is one of the primary health concerns. So how is it that food processors can expose your food to radiation on purpose, in the name of food safety?
Are There Health Risks to Eating Irradiated Foods
By Dr. Mercola
claims, "Irradiation is an important food safety tool in fighting foodborne illness," noting that the sources and
amounts of radiation applied to foods are not strong enough to cause the food to become radioactive. They also state that "food irradiation does not significantly change the nutrient content, flavor,
or texture of food." However, as Sayer
Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com, states:
"The FDA presently supports and actively promotes the use of Cobalt-60 culled from Nuclear Reactors as a form of
"electronic pasteurization" on all domestically produced conventional food.
The use of euphemisms like "food additive" and "pasteurization" to describe the process of blasting food with high
levels of gamma-radiation cannot obviate the fact that the very same death-rays generated by thermonuclear warfare to destroy life are now being applied to food to "make it safer" …
This is not a hypochondriac's rantings, as we aren't talking here about small amounts of radiation. The level of
gamma-radiation used starts at 1KiloGray (equivalent to 16,700,000 chest x-rays or 333 times a human lethal dose) and goes all the way up to 30KiloGray (500,000,000 chest x-rays or 10,000 times a
human lethal dose)."
As you might suspect,
exposing food to the equivalent of hundreds of millions of x-rays does not appear to be an innocuous act. Alternatively, evidence to date suggests it may be having a detrimental effect on the health
of those who consume it.
A New Class of Food Contaminants
By Dr. Mercola
2-alkylcyclobutanones (2-ACBs) are radiolytic derivatives of triglycerides found exclusively in irradiated food. The compounds are generated proportionally to fat content of the food
and the dose of absorbed radiation.
Research in animals suggests the compounds may promote
tumor growth and colon cancer, and studies show 2-alkylcyclobutanones are able to cross the
intestinal barrier, enter into the bloodstream, and be stored in the fat tissue of an animal. The compounds have also been shown to be cytotoxic
and genotoxic, which means they may damage cells and DNA, respectively. Studies on human cells also revealed potential
cancer-causing effects, with researchers concluding "this compound may be regarded as a possible risk factor for processes in colon carcinogenesis related to initiation and progression."
More Reason to be Wary of Irradiated Food
By Dr. Mercola
Needless to say, the research to date is raising major red flags that irradiation is NOT as safe as food safety officials would have you believe. In addition to the formation of potentially toxic
leads to the formation of furan from ascorbic acid, fructose, sucrose, or glucose. Furan in
foods has been linked to liver toxicity, including carcinogenicity.
Another study found that cats developed "mysterious" and "remarkable" severe
neurological dysfunction, including movement disorders, vision loss and paralysis, after being fed a diet of irradiated foods during gestation. When they were taken off the irradiated foods, they
slowly recovered. This is a major clue that irradiated foods deserve some serious regulatory scrutiny, but unfortunately they have already infiltrated the food system. And it's not as though this
concerning evidence was just recently brought to light. One paper
on potential dangers, prepared for the meeting of the Joint FAO/IAEA/WHO Expert Committee on Irradiated Food, dates back to 1969. The author stated:
" … irradiation can bring about chemical transformations in food and food components resulting in the formation of
Do You Want to Avoid Irradiated Foods?
By Dr. Mercola
In the United States, the following foods may be
|Fresh meat and poultry (including whole or cut up birds,
skinless poultry, pork chops, roasts, stew meat, liver, hamburgers, ground meat, and ground poultry)
||Wheat and wheat powder
||Dry vegetable seasonings
||Fresh shell eggs
Fortunately, the FDA currently requires that
irradiated foods include labeling with the statement "treated with radiation" or "treated by irradiation" and the international symbol for irradiation, the radura:
However, there are exceptions:
- Irradiated meat used in another product (such as sausage) does not have to contain
the radura image on the package (it does have to list irradiated meat in the ingredients, though).
- Restaurants are not required to disclose the use of irradiated foods. So be aware
that any time you eat out, you have no way of knowing if your food has been irradiated.
You can also avoid irradiation by choosing locally
grown, organic foods as much as possible. Certified organic foods may not be irradiated, and foods from a small, local farm are unlikely to be either. So, as I've said many times before, supporting
the small farmers in your area and, as much as possible, getting your food from these types of high-quality,
small-scale local sources is one of the simplest ways to access pure, unadulterated food.
Radiation in Our Drinking Water?
This State Concealed Dangerous
Radiation in Drinking Water for Years - (TX)
By Dr. Mercola - November 19, 2011
An investigation by KHOU-TV, a Houston-based news station, has brought to light some disturbing findings about water quality in Texas -- issues that could easily exist just about anywhere in the
It started with a four-month investigation that analyzed state laboratory tests from Texas water providers, ranging from 2004 to the present.
What they found was that many of the state's communities have drinking water that is contaminated with radioactive particles, some so heavily that it could pose a 1 in 400 cancer risk.
Despite the risks, residents were not warned about the radiation in their drinking water, even when it was above legal limits, and, as KHOU revealed, top Texas officials were actually covering up the
contamination to avoid regulatory actions.
Radiation Detected in Drinking Water in 13 More US
Cities, Cesium-137 in Vermont Milk April 9, 2011