Tasty but still bad for health

by Richard Seah
news@newstoday.com.sg
 
SEVERAL newspaper reports have suggested that MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is safe or even good for health. The latest came from a lecturer in Natural Sciences and Science Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in a recent newspaper article titled Tasty facts about MSG.

I feel this warrants closer attention. Have we been blaming MSG unfairly for numbness of the face, neck and shoulders, dizziness, rapid heart beats and other symptoms of "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome"?

The article fails to discuss this at length but merely states: "Scientific evidence has shown no association of MSG with the concerns of hair loss, headache and allergic reactions."

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Political Sanity vs. Neurotoxins, by Dr. Betty Martini
2004-07-30
U.S. President being given powerful anti-depressants which interact with aspartame

The first correspondence I had with President George Bush was when he was Governor of Texas. He was about to sign into law the Dietetic's Practice Act. At the time, Monsanto owned NutraSweet and I explained that the dietitians were Monsanto's media hacks and that this law granted them a monopoly which is against most state constitutions. (They passed it anyway). I sent him a packet about aspartame, showing him that it is a deadly chemical poison and that the dietitians push it and defend the manufacturer. He wrote back that he disagreed - and he also got hooked on Diet Coke.

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Aspartame Documentary "Sweet Misery" Reveals the Dangers of the Artificial Sweetener and how it was Approved Through the FDA.  

After 7000 miles, and 25 hours of footage, "Sweet Misery" will reveal one of the most pervasive, insidious forms of corporate negligence since tobacco. The toxic long-term effects of aspartame are often dismissed as a "hoax" by the sweetener industry and at least five other internet websites. The real footwork, however, unravels something less comforting than a mere "Hoax."

(PRWEB) July 29, 2004 -- One month ago, Sound and Fury Productions finished post production for "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World." We call this a "Case Study of a Food Supply in Crisis" and it follows the introduction and marketing of aspartame.

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Fluoridation: No Benefit, another study shows
2004-08-19
Source: Joplin Indipendent

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Dental examinations of 4800 South Australian ten- to fifteen-year-olds’ permanent teeth reveal unexpected results – similar cavity rates whether they drink fluoridated water or not, reports Armfield and Spencer in the August 2004 “Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology” (1).

Children sampled lived in fluoridated and nonfluoridated metropolitan and rural areas of the Australian state, South Australia. Collected rainwater, or tank water, is the main non-fluoridated (non-public) water source for 37% of South Australians, 8% drink bottled water. The public water supply is fluoridated in Adelaide, South Australia’s capital city. The rest of South Australia is predominantly non-fluoridated, the authors report. “The effect of consumption of nonpublic (non-fluoridated) water on permanent caries (cavities) experience was not significant,” report Armfield and Spencer.

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How Dentists Manipulate Legislators to Win Fluoridation Battles
By Sally Stride
Aug 11, 2004, 13:46

"Real People Helping Real People"

Ignoring the democratic process and discouraging a healthy dialogue, California fluoridationists worked secretly, quickly and dishonestly to pass a 1995 California fluoridation law, according to “The Fluoride Victory,” published in the Journal of the California Dental Association.(1)

California Assemblywoman Jackie Speier, working with the California Dental Association (CDA), sponsored a fluoridation bill, eventually signed into law, forcing all California water companies, with 10,000 service connections, to add nonessential fluoride chemicals into the drinking water to prevent tooth decay, without constituent or local governing body approval, discussion or vote.

“To make the most of the element of surprise, it was decided that Speier would wait until the last possible moment to introduce her fluoridation bill,” writes author Joanne Boyd.

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Conference highlights fluoride health risks

From Fluoride Action Network
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Source: Enn Enviromental Network News

New research indicates that fluoride damages the brain; that the chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water increase the levels of lead in children's blood; that some humans are accumulating dangerous levels of fluoride in their blood and bone; that fluoride's toxicity in humans is not confined to teeth and bone; and that - according to senior Environmental Protection Agency scientists - the EPA's safe drinking water standards for fluoride are a fraud.

These, and other findings, were presented by scientists and researchers at the First Citizens' Conference on Fluoride, held on the campus of St. Lawrence University in Canton NY and at the Mohawk Longhouse at Akwesasne near Massena NY, from July 30 to August 3. People from 17 states in the US and two provinces in Canada attended the 3-day Conference.

The conference, organized by Fluoride Action Network, also featured presentations on the history and impact of fluoride air pollution on the environment.

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Is the force-feeding of fluoride really necessary?

By BRIAN CARLSTROM
Special to the News
Source: Hoodrivernews
August 3

The City Council is considering adding a known poison to our drinking water supply. The argument for adding fluoride is to force kids to ingest it, as they claim that it may help prevent dental cavities. There are some major flaws with this argument:

1. Most fluoride put into municipal water systems is a waste product from the manufacture/processing of iron, steel, aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, uranium, and fertilizer. The companies who end up with the “hot potato” known as fluoride have convinced many people that their trash is another’s treasure. Well, we should be suspicious. It is one of the most toxic waste products around. In the Fifth edition (1984) of Toxicology of Commercial Products, Fluoride is rated “4” (very toxic). For comparison, Lead is rated a “3-4” (moderately toxic). In their effort to convince people of fluoride’s benefits, the aluminum industry paid for a study to determine that it was “good for us.” Before this study, fluoride’s primary uses was for insecticide and rat poison.

2. The FDA has never approved fluoride for human consumption. For more information on this, check out:
http://www.toothwisdom.net/f.absence_of_fda.html
Japan and continental Europe have banned its use for human consumption, citing health concerns and medical ethics.

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Fluoride is hurting us, investigator says

Sunday, August 22, 2004
Steve Weinberg
Special to The Plain Dealer

In "The Fluoride Deception," free- lance investigative reporter Christo pher Bryson attempts to prove that fluoride added to community water supplies and products such as toothpaste harms teeth and other portions of the body in many, perhaps most, consumers.

Fluoride-related chemicals occurring in nature have crippled and killed factory and laboratory workers, Bryson writes, including those helping produce nuclear weapons during World War II.

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Prozac 'found in drinking water'
Source: BBC News

Many people choose Prozac over other antidepressants
Traces of the antidepressant Prozac can be found in the nation's drinking water, it has been revealed.

An Environment Agency report suggests so many people are taking the drug nowadays it is building up in rivers and groundwater.

A report in Sunday's Observer says the government's environment watchdog has discussed the impact for human health.

A spokesman for the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) said the Prozac found was most likely highly diluted.

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Health Highlights: Aug. 21, 2004

Source: HealthDay

FDA Readying New Warning on Antidepressants-Kids' Suicide Link

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is preparing new warnings on the link between antidepressant use and suicidal tendencies in children, according to agency documents released Friday.

The new warnings were prompted by a new FDA analysis that backed earlier studies of the link, the Associated Press reported.

Exactly what the warnings will say, and which drugs will be affected, hasn't been settled, according to the FDA documents. The agency will take the debate to its scientific advisers next month for help in deciding.

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