Two interesting stories about our health

Last week I read two articles about health.

One revealed that there has been a big spike in bowel cancer amongst young people. Where traditionally the majority of people who developed bowel cancer have been in the over 50s age group, there is now an unusually high incidence of people in their 20s and 30s with it. As no one is 100% sure of what causes bowel cancer, there was no explanation offered. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/06/2919534.htm

 The other article discussed how children as young as nine have been entering puberty. This was a Danish study but from my understanding, the same is happening in Australia. My friend tells me that her daughter and her daughter’s friends all entered puberty at the age of ten. So why might all the above be occurring? Dr Anders Juul , head of the Department of Growth and Reproduction at the University hospital in Copenhagen, which carried out the research, and which is a world leader in the study of hormones and growth told the Sunday Times, “’It’s a clear sign that something is affecting our children; whether it’s junk food, environmental chemicals or lack of physical activity.’ Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1286253/More-girls-starting-puberty-age-nine.html#ixzz0r9jfcbYo

Well my view is that we are all part of a cruel and unusual experiment and these are just two of the outcomes. I believe we all have reason to be very concerned about the future of mankind. Firstly and most importantly, the food we eat is for the most part, a big concern. Our fruit and vegetables are sprayed endless times before they are picked – when they are still green, and then gassed to ripen.

 Supermarkets instruct the consumer to wash fruit and vegetables before eating them, but there is no way in the world that the poisons which have by now been incorporated deep into the tissues of the produce can ever be washed away. Most commercial breads, biscuits, muffins and cakes contain preservatives and anti fungicides. Since breads all seem to contain soy products, there is a fair bet that these are genetically modified if they are sourced from overseas as 90% of the soy crop in the United States is owned by Monsanto Chemicals.

I have often wondered about the saying, ‘the best thing since sliced bread’. When I was young my mother used to make her own bread. I used to love the smell of freshly baked bread and the flavour was awesome, but she stopped making it when my father told her he preferred the taste of packaged bread. How packaged white bread can be seriously called ‘bread’ is beyond me. If it is wet is becomes a gluey white paste. My brother swears that one of the major ingredients in white bread is powdered hens’ feathers from China. Certainly, sliced white bread contains something not quite from this earth!

 Poultry used to be fed hormones to make them grow faster. The poultry industry swears that this is no longer the case. They do admit to routinely feeding poultry antibiotics but they say that the enormous size of chickens is due to selective breeding. I have kept hens for years and they eat very well. However, there is no way they are anything like the size of the ginormous hens in the frozen section of the supermarket.

Our eggs for the most part come from caged hens which are kept in deplorable conditions, forced to lay eggs 24/7 and forced to stay forever in a little cage with no room to move. They never walk and they die young. The sadness they must feel would surely cross over to their eggs and then into our bodies.

Processed meats such as salamis, hams and commercially smoked salmon and fish (other than traditionally cured products) contain carcinogenic chemicals. Pigs are routinely fed antibiotics which are therefore deep in their flesh (the meat we later eat). They are kept in little pens and have their teeth yanked out. Their sadness is also in their flesh. Another additive give to pigs is PST [porcine somatatropin]. PST is a copy of a natural hormone produced in the pig. One wonders why pigs have to be given a copy of a hormone they already have. And why are we supposed to believe that a man made hormone is the same thing as the natural hormone?

And guess what? Beef from northern Australia are given oestrogen-based hormones. A common implant that’s used in northern Australia contains 43 milligrams of oestrogen. Lucky us, especially since the use of hormones in beef production has been banned in Europe since 1989.

This is possibly why a lot of men now suffer from gynecomastia or ‘man boobs’. This is a condition where a man’s body starts producing more oestrogen than testosterone.

The best chance you have is to buy organic food. This will not be sprayed. Ask your butcher for organic meat. If you can’t grind your own flour then at least buy unbleached flour. My friend Joe makes his own sour dough bread. He derides commercial breads as he says that they contain yeast which is a man made product.

This is the problem. We have moved so far from nature that we rarely eat natural foods. The concept of wholefood is a thing of the past. For example, go to the supermarket and see what has happened to milk. I defy the average person to understand the differences between all the milks on the shelf. But the bottom line is that they are no longer the whole milk from the cow. The fat and who knows what else, has been removed, and calcium and vitamins and who knows what else, have been added

! I am very keen on quince paste and I purchased a tin of the paste at a delicatessen this week. When I got home I looked at the ingredients and I certainly wished I’d checked them before I’d bought it. I promptly took it back and asked for a refund. It had been artificially coloured with Allura Red. This colouring has been banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Sweden due to its carcinogenic effects, but it is still allowed in the US and Australia. At least the Danish children can’t blame Allura Red for their puberty blues! But what is it doing to children in other countries?

 To further quote Dr Anders Juul from the article on premature puberty – “We were very surprised that there had been such a change. If girls mature early, they run into teenage problems at an early age and they’re more prone to diseases later on. We should be worried about this regardless of what we think the underlying reasons might be.”

This blog has just been about the dangers in the food we eat. I have not even touched on the dangers in our toothpaste, soap, bath gels, shampoos and hair conditioners. These invariably contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

To quote Wikepedia – Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), is a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). SLES is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent.[1] SLES has been shown to produce eye or skin irritation in experimental animals and in some human test subjects.[2] Some products containing SLES have been found to contain low levels of the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane.[3]

In garages, it is used to clean engine oil from the floor because of its powerful degreasing action. However, we have glands in our skin and hair which secrete natural oils to give skin and hair its lovely soft and supple texture and keep it waterproof. So by using Sodium Laureth Sulphate in your hair care products you are stripping your hair of all its natural oils.

Furthermore, it can lead to direct damage to the hair follicle, and if it gets into the eyes, can lead to permanent eye damage. Sodium Laureth Sulphate can cause cataracts in adult eyes and cause significant damage to children’s eyes.

 It can pass through the skin where it enters the blood stream. From here it will travel all over the body. It can build up in the liver, kidneys and brain. The body tries to tuck dangerous toxins as far as possible away from internal organs as it can. Hence the body stores toxins in your feet, joints and even testicles. If Sodium Laureth Sulphate is such a great garage degreaser, what damage could it be doing inside our bodies?

 Dr Anders Juul also mentions lack of activity as a possible reason for premature puberty. Children don’t walk anywhere anymore. Their parents drive them to and from school and at home children prefer to play with their computer games rather than with their friends in the park. So, perhaps these are not the causes of the spike in reported bowel cancer or premature puberty, but whatever the cause, the above factors can hardly be beneficial for the long term health of mankind.

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