Sunday, January 11, 2009

Another reason to eat organic.

"Science" as the FDA and the EPA knows it is a completely unreliable way to study any substance, because it is "tested" in test tubes, isolated from any chemicals, hormones, enzymes or other substances it will come in contact with in real life, and using "test subjects" that are either not human or not representative of the population in whole. Here is an example of a more "real life" study from Japan (it appeared in the December issue of Bioscience journal) which shows a produce spray that is commonly used in the US interacts with enzymes and gene expressors in the body to cause obesity and slows metabolism. The FDA and EPA, of course, are either too understaffed to evaluate these products properly (as the article suggests), or, more likely, the companies that make the pesticide have bought and paid for studies showing it is "safe," which they submitted with a straight face and were accepted with a straight face.

This is why people no longer trust science here in the US - it is corporate, all the way, and we all know it.

Natural News
Chemical Used on Crops could Make You Fat
Monday, December 08, 2008
by: Sherry Baker, Health Sciences Editor

(NaturalNews) Many people who eat organic food and use natural products are trying to avoid pesticides that are linked to cancer and other diseases. Now Japanese researchers say there is another advantage to “going green” and avoiding toxins and chemical additives in the environment. A common pollutant has been found to have a potent effect on gene activity and could be contributing to the obesity epidemic.

According to an article published in the December issue of the journal Bioscience, the chemical tributyltin affects sensitive receptors in the cells of a host of animals, ranging from water fleas to people. What’s more, tributyltin has an impact at extremely low levels — a thousand times lower than pollutants that are known to interfere with the sexual development of wildlife species, for example. The chemical is known to be damaging to the liver as well as the nervous and immune systems in mammals . But what has just been recognized is that tributyltin also has powerful effects on the cellular components known as retinoid X receptors (RXRs) in a range of species. That’s important because RXRs can move into the nuclei of cells and turn on genes that cause the growth of fat storage cells and regulate whole body metabolism. This raises a disturbing possibility: The pollutant could be harming humans by causing slowed metabolism and weight gain.

Scientists Taisen Iguchi and Yoshinao Katsu of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan, who wrote the BioScience article, point out that effects of tributyltin on RXR-like nuclear receptors could be widespread throughout the animal kingdom, including the human species. And they note that the enormous rise in obesity over the past four decades coincides with the increased use of industrial chemicals over the same period.

Several other ubiquitous pollutants with strong biological effects, including environmental estrogens such as bisphenol A and nonylphenol, also have been found to stimulate the growth of fat storage cells in mice. In a statement to the mediam Iguchi and Katsu said it is "plausible and provocative" to associate the obesity epidemic to chemical triggers found in our modern, polluted environment.

Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to avoid tributyltin -- it is frequently used as a preservative in paints for boats, wood and textiles and it is also used as a pesticide on high-value food crops. And if you are expecting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make sure you are protected from this potentially dangerous chemical , think again.

A new report just released by the National Research Council warns the EPA’s process of generating risk assessments of the adverse effects posed by harmful chemicals found in the environment is bogged down. The EPA is rarely able to connect available scientific data with the information officials need for an accurate risk assessment. The reports states the EPA is struggling to keep up with demands for hazard and dose-response information and doesn’t have enough resources to adequately cope.

The risk assessment for trichloroethylene is an example cited by the report. A chemical used to remove grease from metal parts and an ingredient in adhesives, paint removers, typewriter correction fluids, and spot removers, trichloroethylene has been associated with cancer, heart problems and liver and lung damage for decades. However, although a risk assessment for trichloroethylene has been under development since the 1980s, official EPA risk management decisions about the chemical is not expected until 2010.

It should not take over 20 years to schedule a review of a product that is being used already in our food supply, class. You CANNOT rely on the government to protect you from the Robber Barons - they will use dangerous products in your foods up to the very last second they are banned, because they increase the profit margin. They don't care about your health and safety at all - they only care about how much money they can make off of you. So wherever possible, buy organic and locally sustainably grown produce, so you can talk to the farmers at the local farmer's markets and know what is being put on your food.

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