Food Forensics: The Hidden Toxins Lurking in Your Food and How You Can Avoid Them for Lifelong Health
By Mike Adams
Review by David Wineberg
There are two reasons Food Forensics is a scary book. The obvious one comes second: it is unbelievable how widespread toxic, fatal chemicals are. The first reason is that Mike Adams had to purchase his own ICP-MS lab equipment and have it professionally calibrated so that he could see how much of these toxic chemicals and metals are present in food, makeup, cans, bottles and plastic products. His lab is ISO-accredited. He did this because the information is not available anywhere else. He says we might find it bizarre the US government does not do this, and that he is the only reliable source. It is bizarre, period.
In his lab, Adams has been analyzing thousands of products. He determines how much lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic they contain. Far too often, the answer is far too much. Thousands of times the legal maximums. But since no one is required to report those facts on labels, no one bothers to take the measurements. Ignorance is legal bliss. Things are so bad that cognitive deterioration is the new baseline, the new normal just for the living in the Anthropocene Era
-The FDA used to be renowned for banning any chemical in food that might cause cancer. Now it rates how much of each carcinogen to allow in food.
-“USDA Certified Organic” and “All Natural” permit the inclusion of hexane and acetone
-Tests of 400 lipsticks showed lead in every single one
-We are so used to lead poisoning our brains we consider cognitive decline in our older years normal
-Arsenic pesticides in Washington state so saturated the soil that apple juice is loaded with it, 30 years after they stopped using it.
-The majority of mercury pollution in the world comes from dental applications. Even cremating bodies releases mercury back into the biosphere.
-Monsanto requested and received approval for up to 6000 ppm of Glyphosate (Roundup) in potatoes, and neither USDA nor FDA bother to test for it.
-For FDA rules, half a gram of trans fats rounds DOWN to zero (“Contains no trans fats!”) for labeling purposes.
-People with many chronic conditions showed improvement within two days of ending their intake of aspartame.
-Children have far fewer ADHD issues when artificial food colorings are eliminated.
-Biolsolids –recycled excrement - allows rejected toxins to re-enter plants and animals.
The book is divided into sections, detailing the stories behind metals, and chemical compounds we live in. The last section of the book is actual test results, with large, worrying numbers. Unfortunately, Adams has chosen to hide brand names, so there might be ten examples of test results of the same product, but you have no idea what brands they might be. I would very much like to see his analysis of bottled waters, and am surprised he has no data to present.
It looks more and more that Jack Lalanne was right: If Man made it, don’t take it.
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