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Junk Food-addicted Rats Chose to Starve Rather than Eat Healthy Food

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

A diet including unlimited amounts of junk food can cause rats to become so addicted to the unhealthy diet that they will starve themselves rather than go back to eating healthy food, researchers have discovered.

In a series of studies conducted over the course of three years and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Scripps Florida scientists Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny have shown that rats’ response to unlimited junk food closely parallels well-known patterns of drug addiction — even down to the changes in brain chemistry.

“What we have are these core features of addiction, and these animals are hitting each one of these features,” Kenny said.

In their first study, the researchers fed rats on either a balanced diet or on the same diet plus unlimited access to junk foods purchased at a local supermarket, including processed meats and cakes. Within a short time period, the rats on the junk food diet began to eat compulsively and quickly became overweight.

“They’re taking in twice the amount of calories as the control rats,” Kenny said.

The researchers hypothesized that the rats were eating compulsively because, like drug addicts, they had become desensitized to smaller amounts and needed more and more for the same rush of pleasure....

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Bisephenol A (Toxin) Found in Most Canned Food

Posted on May 20, 2010 in Featured Articles, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Inhabitat

via WebMD

See also: EPA Launches Major Investigation into Bisphenol A Found in Ground Water and

Bisphenal A (Toxin) Found in 90% of Newborns

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A small study released on Tuesday found that 46 out of 50 cans tested had traces of Bisphenol A — more commonly referred to as BPA.  BPA is an additive used to make shatter proof plastics, is a known endocrine disruptor and has been found in everything from baby bottles to SIGG canteens. With heightened concerns about young children and infants ingesting the chemical — endocrine disruptors can cause early puberty and developmental issues — and so many companies trading in BPA for safer plastics, why is it still in our canned food?

 The study released Tuesday was conducted by a coalition of consumer and food safety groups and tested the levels of BPA present in food held in the containers. One can of Del Monte French Style Green Beans from a participant’s pantry had a whopping 1,140 parts per billion. The metal containers used for canned foods are generally lined with a light layer of clear plastic which is the BPA culprit....

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Pesticides in Commercial Fruits & Vegetables Directly Linked to ADHD in Children

Posted on May 18, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: CNN

Children exposed to higher levels of a type of pesticide found in trace amounts on commercially grown fruit and vegetables are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than children with less exposure, a nationwide study suggests.

Researchers measured the levels of pesticide byproducts in the urine of 1,139 children from across the United States. Children with above-average levels of one common byproduct had roughly twice the odds of getting a diagnosis of ADHD, according to the study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics.

Exposure to the pesticides, known as organophosphates, has been linked to behavioral and cognitive problems in children in the past, but previous studies have focused on communities of farm workers and other high-risk populations. This study is the first to examine the effects of exposure in the population at large.

Organophosphates are “designed” to have toxic effects on the nervous system, says the lead author of the study, Maryse Bouchard, Ph.D., a researcher in the department of environmental and occupational health at the University of Montreal. “That’s how they kill pests.”

The pesticides act on a set of brain chemicals closely related to those involved in ADHD, Bouchard explains, “so it seems plausible that exposure to organophosphates could be associated with ADHD-like symptoms.”

Environmental Protection Agency regulations have eliminated most residential uses for the pesticides (including lawn care and termite extermination), so the largest source of exposure for children is believed to be food, especially commercially grown produce....

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Nicotine & Heroin; the Government Monopoly

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Kevin Hayden

Another prime example of how the Government says it’s protecting me and watching out for my best interests; banning any and all “herbal cigarettes.”  This includes those herbal smokes that are made from cloves, lotus petals or other wild flowers and natural herbs.  The Government has described this act as being done “for the children” and to keep novelty cigarettes out of the market so that youngsters don’t take up the habit.  Many of these clove or herbal cigarettes are flavored and are marketed at the occassional smoker who is not addicted to nicotine. 

While nicotine is obviously less potent than heroin, it’s addicting qualities are far greater.  And Big Tobacco has spent the last several decades perfecting this deadly concoction.  I never gave it much thought because I have always been a dedicated customer of Big Tobacco.  But now, in my attempt to wrangle free from their grasp, I find it mildly amusing at how difficult the Federal Government and FDA have made my escape attempt.

Over the years, I have tried to stop smoking several times, mostly without much willpower or real effort behind the attempt. ...

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Food Costs Rise to 26 Year Record

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Associated Press

Wholesale prices rose more than expected last month as food prices surged by the most in 26 years.

The Labor Department said the Producer Price Index rose by 0.7 percent in March, compared to analysts’ forecasts of a 0.4 percent rise. A rise in gas prices also helped push up the index.

Still, there was little sign of budding inflation in the report, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer. Excluding volatile food and energy costs, wholesale prices rose by 0.1 percent, matching analysts’ expectations.

Food prices jumped by 2.4 percent in March, the most since January 1984. Vegetable prices soared by more than 49 percent, the most in 15 years. A cold snap wiped out much of Florida’s tomato and other vegetable crops at the beginning of this year.

Gasoline prices rose 2.1 percent, the department said, the fifth rise in six months.

In the past year, wholesale prices are up 6 percent, with much of that increase driven by higher oil prices. But excluding food and energy costs, they have risen only 0.9 percent....

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Bayer Admits GMO Contamination Can Not be Stopped

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: NaturalNews

Hayden’s Note:

Score another win in the fight against GMO products and Big Pharma!


Drug and chemical giant Bayer AG has admitted that there is no way to stop the uncontrolled spread of its genetically modified crops.

“Even the best practices can’t guarantee perfection,” said Mark Ferguson, the company’s defense lawyer in a recent trial.

Two Missouri farmers sued Bayer for contaminating their crop with modified genes from an experimental strain of rice engineered to be resistant to the company’s Liberty-brand herbicide. The contamination occurred in 2006, during an open field test of the new rice, which was not approved for human consumption. According to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Don Downing, genetic material from the unapproved rice contaminated more than 30 percent of all rice cropland in the United States.

“Bayer was supposed to be careful,” Downing said. “Bayer was not careful and that rice did escape into our commercial rice supplies.”

The plaintiffs alleged that in addition to contaminating their fields, Bayer further harmed them financially by undermining their export market. When the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the widespread rice contamination, important export markets were closed to U.S....

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Obama Puts Pesticide Lobbyist in Charge of Agricultural Trade Relations

Posted on Apr 01, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Common Dreams

via BlackListed News

Sidestepping a stalled Senate confirmation vote, yesterday President Obama recess-appointed Islam Siddiqui to be chief agricultural negotiator in the office of the U.S. trade representative. Dr. Siddiqui’s nomination was held up in the Senate and was opposed by the Center for Biological Diversity and more than 80 other environmental, small-farm, and consumer groups. More than 90,000 concerned citizens contacted the White House and Senate to oppose the nomination. Siddiqui is a former pesticide lobbyist and is currently vice president of science and regulatory affairs at CropLife America, a biotech and pesticide trade group that lobbies to weaken environmental laws.

“Dr. Siddiqui’s confirmation is a step backward,” said Tierra Curry, a scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “His appointment ensures the perpetuation of pesticide- and fossil-fuel-intensive policies, which undermine global food security and imperil public health and wildlife.”

["Dr. Siddiqui's confirmation is a step backward," said Tierra Curry, a scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. "His appointment ensures the perpetuation of pesticide- and fossil-fuel-intensive policies, which undermine global food security and imperil public health and wildlife." (photo by flickr user benketaro)]

As undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Siddiqui oversaw the development of the first national organic labeling standards, which allowed sewage sludge-fertilized, genetically modified, and irradiated food to be labeled as organic before public outcry forced more stringent standards....

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