Our kids’ bodies contaminated with chemicals! (Part 8)

Updated 31 December 2014

Our kids’ bodies contaminated with chemicals! (Part 8)

In last week’s article, I discussed the effects of mercury toxicity on children’s health and brains. I pointed out to you where the heavy metal is found. Unfortunately, it is found in our food (fish), vaccines, certain pharmaceuticals, body care products, and more than you can guess. But, I also announced to you (I am sure some of you are already informed) the good news that the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally asked the Pfizer subsidiary to stop adding the toxic inorganic arsenic (3-Nitro) to chicken feed that helps fatten commercial chicken while giving them less feed. I only hope that the company does not continue adding arsenic to the feed for export (outside the US).
Now, I will go back to the topic of today. It is about aspartame, the “universal” sugar substitute, which is “concealed” in off-the-shelf packaged foods and which is detrimental to health and brain by being a neurotoxin.
Aspartame is the calorie-free chemical sweetener that replaces sugar for people to cut on calorie intake. It is around 200 times sweeter in taste than sugar, yet much less calorie intense (suitable for weight loss dieting and diabetics?!). The chemical is found in most sugarless drinks and processed snacks and drinks (sodas, flavored water, ice-tea, ice-creams, yogurt, cereals, chocolates, candy, chewing gum, sugarless throat soothing pastilles, cough syrups…). It is used freely and without restriction now under the name of AminoSweet. The manufacturer, Monsanto, claims it to be harm-free, but I advise you to do your own research on the Internet to have more scientific evidence (independent researches). It is a neurotoxin (toxic to the brain), especially to little children and foetuses through mother’s intake. Moreover, it makes you crave sugar more, especially if you are trying to lose weight or diabetic.
The FDA initially banned it in the 1970s for its adverse effects, but with Reagan in office in the 1980s, Donald Rumsfeld (member of the board of Monsanto, the manufacturer), with his political influence, had the ban lifted without restriction. Rumsfeld still sits on the board of Monsanto, the drug company that produces aspartame, GMO products, Roundup (dangerous weed-killer), Tamiflu (vaccine for bird and swine flus) and more.
Aspartame (aspartic acid, methanol, phenylalanine) is a neurotoxin for both children and adults. It is a chemical that triggers brain tumors as well. Anxiety attacks, slurred speech, depression, migraines, autoimmune disorders, multiple sclerosis (MS), and other symptoms are linked to excessive aspartame consumption (mostly through abusing diet sodas). The hazard coming from sugar-free beverages is that they give you freedom to drink without restriction to the point of abuse.
Sugar-free (diet, zero) sodas become even more damaging to the brain, when the soda cans are exposed to heat in cars or under the sun. Young American military men and women developed strange mental conditions when they drank Diet Coke and Pepsi cans exposed to hours of midday sun during The Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, in early 1991.
Aspartame is sometimes referred to on labels with E951 to have it concealed and make it difficult for the consumer to easily recognize it on packets and labels. Any product that has on its label “sugar-free” most probably contains a sugar substitute. Other sugar substitutes like saccharin and others are harmful as well. Watch for them. With so many comestibles containing aspartame, you lose count with how much you have consumed.
Safer low calorie sweeteners are stevia, coconut sugar, agave syrup and maybe xylitol. Even better, train yourself and children not to use sweeteners. Sugar is bad for the health, and aspartame is equally bad, but both are dangerous to the brain and health. (You have more information in my articles Say No to Aspartame, published in Arab News, April 13, 2011).
Many people believe that soda and soft drinks are harmless; thus parents allow their youngsters and even children to abuse them without restriction. Scientific evidence suggests otherwise. Highly sweetened (sugar, fructose, dextrose…) beverages could modify the brain proteins. Studies show that consuming them over a long period could cause hyperactivity in children through changing “the hundreds of proteins in the brain. This recent finding came after many others before, indicating that sodas have been linked to higher risk of “heart attacks, diabetes, weight gain, brittle bones, pancreatic cancer, muscle weakness, and paralysis.”
One Australian research was done on lab rat that were given sweetened water triggered hyperactivity in the rodents after the consumption of sugary water. Analyzed tissue from one section of their brains showed alterations in the proteins (300 proteins of them).
Simple sugar is also harmful. Once it is dumped into the body, the pancreas respond to it likewise by releasing high amounts of the hormone insulin to metabolize it. The process is done so efficiently and rapidly that the person becomes sugar and energy depleted, leading to increased craving to eat or drink more sugary stuff. This cycle continues until the person becomes obese and stricken with diabetes type 2, a devastating disorder that leads to cardiovascular disease, heart problems, strokes, and amputations.
The good news is that you can reverse early diabetic conditions by losing weight and quitting sodas, soft drinks, sugary foods, cakes, pastries, desserts, ice-creams, shakes, Frappucinos, snack bars (Mars, Bounty, Snickers…), fast and fried foods, chips, crackers, and most processed foods, which contain loads of sugar and fat.
According to researcher Jane Franklin of the Maquarie University of Sidney, consumption of sugary beverages have reached an “alarming increase” around the globe and “For many adults, these drinks represent substantial proportion of their daily caloric intake… [which] can cause long lasting changes to behavior and a profound change in the chemistry of the brain… as well as your waistline.” She also recommends drinking water instead and fresh juices and soft drinks should be consumed in moderation.
Coca-Cola president, Sandy Douglas, admitted that regular Coke contains “too many calories” (10 to 12 lumps of sugar in a can) by saying: “Sometimes I have a Coke Zero in the afternoon, but not a regular one because it has too many calories.”
It is not only about the excessive amount of sugar in soda and soft drinks; it is also about obesity that triggers diabetes type 2 and from then on cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, strokes, kidney failure, blindness, amputations and so on. How do all these disorders happen? Here is the story of five-year-old Kayla who managed to consume over four thousand Pepsi Colas during her short life, which according to her doctors, made her obese, which led to diabetes, amputation, and finally a heart-breaking death. The sad part is that sugar does not spare anyone, not even children. It is calorie-intense and nutrient-empty.
One Swedish scientific research suggested that the consumption of a single fizzy drink a day could increase the risk of prostate cancer by about 40 percent.
Soda and overly sweetened soft drinks should not be sold in schools. Parents should not keep them in their homes within reach of children. They should restrict the intake of such harmful beverages and keep a vigilant eye on their children’s diets and lifestyles. I have seen parents stop their children from ordering colas, yet they sip the soda in front of the child. They should set a good example for their children: NO SUGARS! NO FAST FOOD! NO SMOKING! NO ALCOHOL! NO DRUGS!
Next week, in Part 9 I will comment about energy drinks and I will continue discussing the dangers of sugar in more details with compelling scientific research, let alone that it leads to obesity and health complications.

• 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

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 doctor warns of e-cigarette risks after US ban over vaping-related deaths

In the US, some individuals were placed in induced comas after smoking home-made vaping devices. (Reuters)
Updated 14 September 2019

Saudi doctor warns of e-cigarette risks after US ban over vaping-related deaths

  • E-cigarette flavor can damage cells lining blood vessels and in turn damage the heart, say scientists

RIYADH: A Saudi doctor has warned of the dangers of smoking e-cigarettes after the US moved to ban the devices following a spate of vaping-related deaths. Dr. Shaikh Abdullah, a pediatric and adolescent specialist at King Abdul Aziz Medical City, in Riyadh, said vaping posed serious health risks including slow brain development in teenagers, lung and heart disease.
US President Donald Trump this week announced that his administration would ban flavored e-cigarettes in the wake of six deaths and 450 reported cases of lung illness tied to vaping across 33 American states. He said e-smoking was a “new problem,” especially among young people.
Although the sale and import of vaping products has been banned in Saudi Arabia since September 2015, some users in the Kingdom still reportedly manage to obtain the devices.

Heart disease
Abdullah, who works on National Guard health affairs at the medical center, said: “Smoking harms almost all organs in the body including the heart. Nearly one-third of deaths from heart disease are the result of passive smoking.
“One might be tempted to turn to e-cigarettes as a way to ease the transition from traditional cigarettes to not smoking at all. But smoking e-cigarettes is not advisable either.
“Vapor causes deposition of nicotine into the body, it is highly addictive and can raise blood pressure and spikes adrenaline which increases the heart rate and chances of heart attack,” he added.
Abdullah said that vaping could also cause slow brain development in teens and affect memory, concentration, learning, self-control and mood. In addition, e-cigarettes irritated the lungs and could lead to serious lung damage and even death, he added.

Smoking harms almost all organs in the body including the heart. Nearly one-third of deaths from heart disease are the result of passive smoking.

Dr. Shaikh Abdullah, Pediatric and adolescent specialist at King Abdul Aziz Medical City

In a statement, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said: “Both the FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working tirelessly to investigate the distressing incidents of severe respiratory illness associated with use of vaping products.
“The FDA and the CDC are working closely with state and local health officials to investigate these incidents as quickly as possible, and we are committed to taking appropriate actions as a clearer picture of the facts emerges.”
Arab News’ Rawan M. Radwan, who gave up smoking for vaping, said: “I feel that vaping is more recreational than an addictive habit. I do understand the dangers of e-cigarettes, but it’s still the preferred choice.”
Conventional smoking increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, COPD (lung diseases), asthma, diabetes, and most cancers. E-cigarettes are often considered to be effective in helping conventional smokers to quit.
However, the results of a 2013 clinical trial published in the Lancet, recommended more research was urgently needed to establish the overall benefits and dangers of e-cigarettes both on users and nonusers.
Vaping is the inhaling of vapor created by an electronic cigarette, a battery-operated smoking device with cartridges filled with liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings and chemicals.
Although there are more than 1,000 toxic chemicals found in cigarettes, the contents of vape juices are still widely unknown.
Radwan said: “Though I am not sure about its legality in Saudi Arabia, vape juice and devices are obtainable through sellers on the internet. Some stores provide vape salts and juices on customer request. I think vaping is popular because cigarettes and shishas are out.” She added that shisha tobacco cost SR100 ($27) or more per kilo, making e-cigarettes the more affordable choice. In the US, some individuals were placed in induced comas after smoking home-made vaping devices.
Trump met with top health officials at the White House to discuss ways to keep the products away from teenagers.
“We can’t allow people to get sick. And we can’t have our kids be so affected,” the New York Times quoted the president as saying.
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, in May this year, found that e-cigarette flavor can damage cells lining blood vessels and in turn damage the heart.

What does vaping-related illness look like?

The following is a look at the illness and how US doctors are treating it.

PATIENT PROFILE: Most of the US cases so far have involved young men under the age of 20 who were otherwise healthy. All reported vaping within 90 days prior to developing symptoms, and many had vaped within a week of feeling sick.
Patients experienced symptoms for several days to several weeks before being admitted to the hospital.

SYMPTOMS: Nearly all patients involved in the outbreak so far have reported respiratory issues, including a dry, or unproductive, cough that does not bring up mucus, shortness of breath and chest pain that worsened with deep breathing.
About 80 percent had gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Those symptoms often appeared before patients started having trouble breathing.
Most also had general symptoms of illness, including fever, chills, weight loss and fatigue.
Chest X-rays and CT scans revealed shadows or abnormalities in both lungs in all of the patients, which has become a defining characteristic of the illness.
An analysis of lung cells from five patients in North Carolina turned up pockets of oily deposits within immune system cells called macrophages.
Experts have not yet determined whether these are an artifact of the immune system’s attempt at removing vaping oils — a foreign substance — from the lungs, or if they are central to the disease process itself.

TREATMENT: Many of the patients had sought treatment before going to a hospital. Nearly half were initially treated with antibiotics either before going to the hospital or after being hospitalized, but patients failed to respond.
Ultimately, nearly all of the patients were hospitalized, with more than half admitted to an intensive care unit suffering from respiratory failure.
Most patients recovered after six days of treatment. Many responded to steroids, which reduced inflammation in the lungs. Doctors also believe time in the hospital that patients spent on a ventilator and not vaping helped the lungs heal.
Because no infectious cause has been found, the CDC believes the illnesses are the result of chemical injury to the lungs. It is not yet clear whether patients will have any lasting damage.

SOURCES: The New England Journal of Medicine and the CDC’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report