Saccharin: Symbol of Our Age

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"We live in a highly toxic environment, where all plant and animal species, including our own are
contaminated with harmful chemicals and threatened with extinction. The growing incidence
and severity of cancers, allergic/autoimmune conditions, physical and learning disabilities,
birth defects, etc. are byproducts of this toxicity.- Lowell Greenberg

Beeper message from Monica Lewinsky's mother to her daughter: "If you are in a restaurant, please bring home Sweet'N Low."

Sweet'N Low

"WASHINGTON -- The artificial sweetener saccharin, which for 20 years has been dogged by suspicion that it causes cancer, was denied the scientific equivalent of parole Friday when a board of independent experts recommended that it remain on the government's list of suspected carcinogens." - Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Copyright 1997, The New York Times

"Anybody who says saccharin is injurious to health is an idiot," said President Theodore Roosevelt at the turn of the century, when critics proposed banning it."


Use of Potentially Harmful Chemicals Kept Secret Under Law, 1/4/2009

"Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States -- from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners -- nearly 20 percent are secret, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, their names and physical properties guarded from consumers and virtually all public officials under a little-known federal provision.

The policy was designed 33 years ago to protect trade secrets in a highly competitive industry. But critics -- including the Obama administration -- say the secrecy has grown out of control, making it impossible for regulators to control potential dangers or for consumers to know which toxic substances they might be exposed to."

Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn, 1/12/2010

"Effects were mostly concentrated in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxification organs, but in detail differed with each GM type. In addition, some effects on heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells were also frequently noted. As there normally exists sex differences in liver and kidney metabolism, the highly statistically significant disturbances in the function of these organs, seen between male and female rats, cannot be dismissed as biologically insignificant as has been proposed by others. We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity....These substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and therefore their health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown."-From International Journal of Biological Sciences study on Monsanto's GMO corrn."


Cell Phone Safety: Danger

“The precautionary principle applies where scientific evidence is
insufficient, inconclusive or uncertain and preliminary scientific
evaluation indicates that there are reasonable grounds for concern that
the potentially dangerous effects on the environment, human, animal or
plant health may be inconsistent with the high level of protection
chosen.”- European Commission Communication on the Precautionary
Principle 2nd February 2000

- Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, 8/25/2009

- FCC Equipment Authorization Search (Need to know the product code of your cell phone)

While the FCC's official position is that cell phones are safe under the current regulatory limits, they have stated that "...there is considerable and growing controversy concerning the safety of cell phones. According to the FCC, “Recent reports by some health and safety interest groups have suggested that wireless device use can be linked to cancer and other illnesses. These questions have become more pressing as more and more people are using these devices for longer periods of time.”

According to the FCC, these health and safety groups recommend the following steps:

- Use an earpiece or headset- or better- your speaker phone.
- If possible, keep wireless devices away from your body when they are on, mainly by not attaching them to belts or carrying them in pockets
- Consider texting rather than talking
- Buy a wireless device with a lower Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)

Also, from page 16 of, Cell phones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, 8/25/2009

-The higher the cumulative hours of wireless phone use, the higher the risk
-The higher the number of years since first wireless phone use, the higher the risk
-The higher the radiated power from cell phone use, the higher the risk
-The higher the exposure (use on the same side of head as the brain tumor), the higher  the risk
-The younger the user, the higher the risk.

Added Considerations

- Even by current  accepted industry standards, cell phones should not be carried close to the body. Cell phone user manuals warn that cell phone radiation will exceed FCC SAR exposure limits if placed less than 5/8"- 1" (15 mm-25 mm) from the body. This is because this is the range of distance from the body at which the cell phone's are tested to comply with the FCC limit. It is interesting to note that this range is allowed, since a phone that achieves these limits at 25 mm versus 15 mm- may have the same SAR rating, but emit more radiation at the same power levels at the lesser distance. Also, the tests are performed by testing facilities hired by the cell phone manufacturer. In addition, there are never any spot checks of phones in the factory or field- if the test unit is within limits, it is assumed that all production units conform.

-  Avoid cell phone use in low signal areas since the cell phones must use higher power (emit more radiation) in lower signal areas.

- Phone Scoop has a great web site with detailed phone specifications and links to the FCC equipment test documents- including SAR/RF Reports. The SAR ratings that carrier's typically publish for a phone are at maximum power and the worst score based on carrier frequency and head/body position. My conclusion is that while the SAR rating is a useful (though incomplete) indicator of potential health effects, the actual radiation exposure varies considerably based on the phone position against the head/body, phone use (for example SMS versus outgoing call mode), the strength of the carrier signal and even the transmission technology (GSM or CDMA)- making it difficult to do a shopping comparison between phones/carriers. The general recommendation is to keep the cell phone as far away from the head and body as possible and not assume, for example, that a relatively lower SAR emitting phone can be safely used closer to the head/body than a higher emitting one. Radiation decreases exponentially, (one over the square root over the distance between you and you phone)- so significant decreases in radiation do occur with only short drops in distance.

- Children (ages 18 or less) should avoid cell phone use completely due to the fact that their brains are still developing and may be more sensitive to radiation. Furthermore, there may be variations in sensitivity for adults as well- depending on genetic and structural differences.

Finally, there may also be health issues with DECT phones. Avoiding these phones and moving back to corded technology may be prudent.


Purchasing a Home Water Filtration System

Purchasing a home water filtration system can be a confusing process. Manufacturers of such systems may work through independent distributers, manufacturer affiliated web sites that purport to make objective comparisons, or even multi-level marketers who make conflicting and unsubstantiated claims. There appears to be little government regulation concerning the quality of the filtration units or the veracity of manufacturer claims. There are however federal and state agencies that provide voluntary certification of some of the manufacturer's claims. There are also consumer magazines such as Consumers Digest and Consumers Report that provide testing on certain models.

Fortunately there is an excellent information resource from the Environmental Working Group that provides objective advice and assistance. The information provided applies to city/municipal water that has been tested as
bacteriologically safe.

The steps I would recommend to select a filtration unit include:

1- Browse to
2- Click on the What's in your water search form. This will help you obtain a report from your water supplier. Review the report to determine what substances in your water are known to exceed health guidelines and/or standards. Keep in mind that the best test is the water actually coming from your faucet. For example, lead and/or cooper levels may be too high because of your pipes and low water pH levels (acidity). You will need to take this into account when selecting your filtration system.
3-Click on the "Get  a Water Filter" search form. There you will find a good concise view of the different methods of home filtration. In addition, though dated, you may wish to review The North Dakota State University education materials pertaining to Household Water supplies.
4-Using the "Find a filter that works for you" window, attempt to find a water filter that effectively removes the contaminants that have been identified in your drinking water (Step from 2 above). However, do not feel bound to purchase the particular brand of water filters they recommend (they also receive a portion of the purchase price as an Amazon affiliate). Rather, determine the types of filters they recommend, e.g., reverse osmosis/carbon, carbon block, granulated active carbon, etc., and make your own brand selection based on cost, build quality, water usage, third party testing, etc. In addition, you may wish to consider filtration of other potential contaminants such as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that may not be mentioned in your water supply report, but may be introduced from back flow into the water supply.  

It is important to review the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) data for the units you are considering as well as testing from state agencies such as the California State Department of Health, Drinking Water Division. If a water filter manufacturer does not provide this information, then you should be suspect regarding their filtration claims.

Finally, new and dangerous contaminants are being identified all the time in public water supplies. Sometimes there is back flow from a private water system to the public water water supply- resulting in the introduction of potentially dangerous contaminants. Dumping of harmful petrochemicals and other substances into the water supply occurs all the time. However, in the end, a failure to live sustainably and the continued dumping of pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and petrochemicals into our environment will undermine any filtration system. Your best protection for your family is to work for a sustainable environment- not operate under the illusion that any form of house filtration or bottled water will fully protect you and your family.


Our Toxic World...A Brief Listing
Corporate Accountability Interrnational

Aspartame: The Real Story by Annemarie Colbin, C.H.E.S.

The Center for Food Safety

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Chemical Hazards in the Workplace

An appeal for clean air in the workplace

Your health and safety at work: CHEMICALS IN THE WORKPLACE

Agent Orange
bladder cancer


"FDA used to keep records on consumer complaints on aspartame, accruing a minimum of 92 alleged symptoms from ingesting aspartame, ranging from headaches, blurred vision, skin rashes, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis to that ultimate symptom, DEATH.

Dr. Torti, this chemical has produced a massive mountain of medical and neurodengenerative evidence, which I believe would lead you to order it removed from the market. While it is too late to do this now as a "precaution"; it is even more imperative to do this as a means of preventing further medical harm to future victims.-New Mexico State Senators Gerald Ortiz y Pino's letter to Frank Torti, the FDA Acting Commissioner, 2/12/2009

Sweet Poison
Synthetic Colors
high risk

Cell Phones
Purveyors of Poison

Parkinson's Disease


Super Size Me- The Fast Food Industry
Pet Food
California Drinking
PCB/Monsanto/Anniston, Alabama
heart failure

Autoimmune disease
Methyl Paraben
Carpet Cleaners
Genetically Modified Food
skin deep
self serving
double talk
new speak
free radical
kidney failure
liver failure
two faced


Trans fats



Contents of Aquafresh Toothpaste (American Dental Association Accepted), produced by SmithKline Becham

Active Ingredient: Sodium Fluoride

Inactive Ingredients: D&C Red #30 Lake, D&C Yellow #10, FD&C Blue #1, Flavor, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Peg-8, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Saccharin, Sorbitol, Tetrapotassium Pyrophosphate, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Xanthan Gum. 

Does this really taste good??
See: Consumer Guide to Toothpastes.

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Calorie Control Council

"Recent research further demonstrates saccharin is unlikely to cause cancer in humans. Saccharin's effects on the rat bladder relate to the salt form (sodium saccharin), diet, urine pH and sodium levels, protein concentrations and types of proteins, and the sex, age and strain of the rats fed sodium saccharin... Other research indicates that the bladder tumors developed by male rats fed high doses of sodium saccharin are related to very high doses of the sodium salt and not saccharin per se. Sodium ascorbate (vitamin C) and sodium citrate, found in many foods and beverages, demonstrate similar effects." See also, The American Counsel on Science and Health

In May 2000, the NTP (National Toxicity Porgram) released the 9th edition of its Report on Carcinogens and announced that saccharin had been delisted. The final decision was based on the recommendation of NTP Director Dr. Kenneth Olden, and endorsed by the then U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala. The NTP report was submitted to Congress.

Who do you Believe?

See: Annie Berthold-Bond, author of, The Green Kitchen Handbook (HarperCollins, 1997, Foreword by Meryl Streep), Clean & Green: The Complete Guide to Nontoxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping (Ceres Press, 1990).

"In 1991, I was diagnosed with an ‘incurable’ case of Grave's Disease, a fatal thyroid disorder, I never really had Grave's Disease but my doctors were convinced I did. I had aspartame poisoning with symptoms of 'textbook‘ Grave's Disease caused by aspartame saturating my foods. Modern medicine kept me alive temporarily, but I ‘cured’ my disease using The Aspartame Detoxification Programę. Modern medicine has led us to the "take a pill or cut it out mentality" for almost every modern health symptom, but this approach alone cannot cure disease as more and more people are personally discovering.

Using the Aspartame Detoxification Program I designed at the time of my 'disease', I restored my health within 30 days. If you use sugar-free products with aspartame and suffer with health symptoms your medical doctor cannot 'cure', more than likely you have aspartame poisoning," Dr. Janet Starr Hull,

Our Food

Food, Inc is a documentary that graphically depicts the the death, disease and degradation to men, woman, children and workers caused by industrial farming the domination of government by corporate agri-interests. It clearly draws the connection between agribusiness and dramatic increases in food born illness, environmental destruction and factory worker and farmer oppression. The factories used to produce our meat go beyond inhumane into the realm of genocidal nightmare- of which the moral, let alone health implications- are fundamentally destructive to the human species. Yet this system is unsustainable in the era of peak oil and global warming- and when it finally self destructs there may be even more starvation and resulting wars and destruction. This madness must stop! See also: Animal Rights


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