Our kids’ bodies contaminated with chemicals (Part 18)

Updated 10 March 2015

Our kids’ bodies contaminated with chemicals (Part 18)

Last week, I finished discussing the recommendations of Christopher Gavigan, author of Healthy Child, Healthy World and CEO and Executive Director of the non-profit www.healthychild.org in order to protect children’s health from toxic chemicals everywhere in our environment. I also added some of my own suggestions. Now, I will write about other studies and scientific and medical researches.
According to a recent study, household pesticides are suspected in causing childhood cancers, especially acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a bone marrow malignancy, the most seen in children and luckily more treatable than other cancers. The research subjects came from the Washington area, where Lombardi and Children’s National Medical Center are. The urine analyzes in more than fifty percent of the children and their mothers contained metabolites, associated with pesticides known as organophosphates (OP). The research also showed that kids who developed the cancer were more exposed to such pesticides than the cancer-free kids. This includes all types of indoor pesticides: sprays, strips, ‘bombs,’ and others. Other American studies have also shown a strong association between childhood cancer and such pesticides.
Cancer in children is unfortunately on the rise, especially acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which is the most common kind to be diagnosed in children (one third of pediatric cancer cases). Although curable, ALL claims the lives of nearly 15 percent of afflicted children due to its ability to easily metastasize to organs and systems. This is also due to little children’s inefficient detoxification and undeveloped immune systems. A recent study in the medical journal, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, pointed to the common and sometimes overuse of pesticides in homes and living areas because of public unawareness of their hazardous effects. People trust and expect government environmental agencies to inform and warn them of the hazardous content in pesticides for home use.
Earlier research performed by Lombardi and Children’s National Medical Center also showed relationships between pesticides and cancer in children living in agricultural areas. Again the most common metabolites were organophosphates (OP). The urine analyzes of children with cancer had high levels of diethylthiophosphate (DETP) and diethyldithiophospate (DEDTP). The questionnaires completed by mothers of the cancer children showed a high percentage of pesticide use in these households.
Soldin, PhD, the epidemiologist at Lombardi and team leader of the study says, “We hypothesize that prenatal exposure coupled with genetic susceptibility or an additional environmental insult after birth could be to blame.” Unfortunately, ALL is not the only cancer young children are exposed to, but also brain tumors and cancers, which leave no space for recovery.
The types implicated are the pesticides, which include sprays, strips, ‘bombs’ or vapors, which are commonly used in bedrooms and indoor living areas and get inhaled by children all night long during their sleep and all day while playing. These and others should be avoided for the protection of children, parents-to-be, and everyone. Fetuses are also victims of such exposure through their mothers, as their immune responses are not fully developed during this sensitive growth period.
In earlier articles, I discussed the recently discovered association between the weedkiller and herbicide, Roundup, and autism in children. According to Professor scientist Stephanie Seneff of MIT, the chemical, glyphosate, in Roundup was detected in urine samples of autistic children and found in dangerous levels. She predicts that, at the rate autism is growing, it will reach the ratio of 1:1 by the year 2025. This is atrocious!
The FDA has tried to put some restrictions on the cosmetic industry, by minimizing the amount of 1,4-Dioxane in children’s products to a concentration not more than 10ppm (parts per million. FDA does not take into account that the chemical is not only in baby shampoo, but also in other baby care products (shampoo, baby wash, bubble bath…). Its cumulative effect can become so dangerously high that it becomes carcinogenic. Baby wash and shampoo and more than 10 other personal care products are used daily by women and little children, exposing them to skin allergies and other harmful health disorders. To check for 1.4-Dioxane or any other petrochemical substances, go to the Internet and look for the survey conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
A lot of questions are being raised about vaccines such as the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and other vaccines. Parents do not know what to make of the increased mental and learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, autism) afflicting their children. In desperation, they are ready to blame petrochemicals, vaccines, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, heavy metal (mercury, lead, aluminum), chemicals, radiation, artificial colorings and flavors, pesticides, fumes, industrial wastes and others as they have become part of food, drinks, vaccines, environment, soil, air, drugs, vitamins, toys, body care products, water, and food chain. Parents need information on what is being shoved into their systems.
Dr. Mark Randall, a retired vaccine researcher has an independent view on vaccines. He believes that some vaccines (DPT, MMR) are more dangerous than others. Not only that, he says that lots of vaccines are more contaminated than others, sometimes triggering the very virus the child is inoculated against. He compares it to playing Russian roulette. He says that, “The vaccine can harm the immune system,” masking the cause of other contagions, diseases, and even cancer (meningitis, SV40 monkey virus, bird-cancer virus and other viruses). It would not be known, which one of the vaccines or which lot has triggered a cancer, a virus, or a disease. In some rare case, the vaccine is not even effective.
Many people believe that vaccinations have wiped out contagious diseases, but Randall attributes the decline of disease to improved living conditions of better hygiene, cleaner water, better nutrition, advanced sewage systems, fresher food, and cleaner living places.
Vaccines should not be taken for granted as being totally safe and harmless. Pediatricians make parents of babies and little children think that vaccines are 100 percent effective and without side effects. This attitude gives doctors and parents the allowance to shoot children with all the vaccines on the chart before they complete the age of one, regardless of their necessity or the undeveloped immune systems of these babies and toddlers. Sometimes, they are given multiple vaccines in one appointment, when they are only two and three months old. The shots are not even spaced out to avoid preservative cumulative effect in the tiny defenseless bodies. The other problem with the vaccines is that some lots could be contaminated, therefore injurious when immunity is compromised.

Only a few days ago on March 5, 2015, the Justice Department in the US issued a report through the quarterly Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, which stated that 117 vaccine-related injuries and fatalities were settled only between Nov. 16, 2014 and Feb. 15, 2015 (in two months). The report listed the types of vaccines as well as the types of injuries that were incurred and the number of fatalities. Most of the injuries and deaths resulted from the flu shot. This is only to remind that there is a price one pays for overprotection (read website below in the references).
It looks like I shall continue on the same subject as I warned you earlier. Information will decide when this series of articles will end, Insha’Allah.

• Chemical in Everyday Products and Children’s Health by Philip J. Landrigan, MD
• Planet in Peril by Anderson, Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin, and Sanjay Gupta for CNN
• Interview with vaccine researcher (refused to be named) by Jon Rappoport (www.nomorefakenews.com)
• Autism Statistics – mindspec.org
• Why the manufactured food supply is designed to keep you addicted, not nourished by Mike Adams
• Four most dangerous toxins to the brain by Derek Henry
• Chicken feed contains cancer-causing arsenic: www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com
• Meat Companies Go Antibiotics-Free as More Consumers Demand It, by David Kesmodel
• http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2014/niehs-08.htm
• http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/09/06/red-bull-can-give-you-a-stroke.aspx
• www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/formaldehyde
• Nick Meyer, althealthworks.com
• http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/commissionchildvaccines.html

Individuals with medical conditions or on medication should consult their physicians when they decide to introduce anything new in their diet even if it is natural.

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Saudi home-bakers cooking up sweet business on internet

Nada Kutbi started baking from home for family and friends before setting up her Sucre De Nada pastry shop to expand her home business. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 22 May 2019

Saudi home-bakers cooking up sweet business on internet

  • Thanks to social media, business is booming for Jeddah’s cake and pastry makers

JEDDAH: Enterprising Saudi home-bakers have been turning to social media to help cook up some sweet business success.
The Kingdom’s food producers are proving to be some of the rising stars of the internet, and none more so than 53-year-old mom Nada Kutbi.
Her Sucre De Nada pastry shop in Jeddah has become one of the go-to places for homemade desserts and cakes, and the online side of her business is also booming.
Kutbi’s daughter, Nassiba Khashoggi, told Arab News: “She has basically been baking all her life, especially after having children. She used to make cookies for us and whenever she tried a dessert somewhere else, she would recreate it.
“In restaurants or gatherings, she would always analyze sweets and make them at home for her family. That was how she started baking.
“I don’t think she ever thought she could pursue it as a career, but everyone loved her baking and one of her closest friends encouraged her to start her business when she was a stay-at-home mom.
“It was in 2011-2012, and her friend basically forced her to start by telling her, ‘yallah! make a cake and I will buy it from you now.’”
Khashoggi added: “In the beginning we just went by word of mouth, but when Instagram came along, we made an account and started posting pictures and the customers loved her creativity and uniqueness. I don’t think many people knew what banoffee was before my mom promoted it.”
Although Kutbi’s unique takes and touches went down a treat with customers, it was not until Ramadan last year that she officially opened her bakery in Jeddah.
But stepping up from running a home business presented new challenges. “When you are running a home business there are few staff and it is easy to control,” said Khashoggi. But expanding requires you to put more trust in other people and that was difficult for my mom. Also, when we increased the number of our products it became harder to maintain the quality of goods.”
Kutbi aims to avoid storing, pre-baking or freezing her products and is not a fan of mass production and blast freezing, according to her daughter. “In short, she is against commercial baking,” said Khashoggi. “What is unique about my mom is that everything she makes is made the same day from scratch. It makes it harder for her to redo everything but that’s what makes her special.”


• The Kingdom’s food producers are proving to be some of the rising stars of the internet, none more so than 53-year-old mom Nada Kutbi.

• Kutbi’s unique takes and touches have been a hit with customer, but it was not until Ramadan last year that she officially opened her bakery in Jeddah.

Sometimes customers even send pictures or pieces of dessert to Kutbi asking her to recreate their favorite foods.
Another Jeddah-based bakery thriving on the internet is Ganache. Run by Anas Khashoggi, 58, and Jamila Ali Islam, 48, the pastry business has been operating for almost 20 years.
Khashoggi supported his wife after spotting her talent for baking and took a leap of faith by giving up his job and starting an online bakery.
“At that time, there was no social media, but we made an introductory website, which helped us gain popularity,” he said. That was in 1996, and the couple’s first store opened later the same year.
“Ganache has its own unique spirit as a family business, and it is run by Saudi youth who are managing the bakery and understand the Saudi market. The family committee is the one that approves the products,” added Khashoggi.