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Interview with FDA Spokesperson – Part Two

Updated on February 5, 2013
I. M. Clueless
I. M. Clueless

Interview with FDA Spokesperson – Part Two

I warned you in my previous article, “Interview with FDA Spokesperson,” that more gross, nasty additive information would follow. This is it – Part Two. I had no difficulty whatsoever channeling the same FDA spokesperson I created earlier. Mr. I.M. Clueless was idly standing by waiting for my brain wave transmission.

So let’s look at eight more disgusting, distasteful, repellent, repugnant, loathsome additives approved by the F.D.A. to be added to the food we eat.

Does this pose make me look fat?
Does this pose make me look fat?

“Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you!” – Tommy Smothers

#1 – Staph bacteria in meat

me – For more than 30 years, the livestock industry has given antibiotics to healthy animals to make them gain more weight faster. Public health experts warn that this practice contributes to the growth of drug-resistant bacteria including strains that can infect humans.

Mr. Clueless – Those antibiotics are given to prevent infection in the animals as well.

me – Yes, but are you aware that the meat we buy in groceries which has been infused with staph bacteria also includes the potentially lethal MRSA strain? Do you know what MRSA stands for?

Mr. Clueless – Of course: it stands for Multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

me – Which means that MRSA has developed resistance to antibiotics which include penicillins and cephalosporins. This bacterium is responsible for several very difficult-to-treat infections in humans.

Mr. Clueless – The good news is that cooking meat kills the MRSA bacteria.

me And the bad news is that just handling raw meat can give you a serious skin infection, especially if you have a cut on your hand.

Mr. CluelessThis problem though is rare.

meI can see where you got your name, my clueless amigo. The problem is far from rare. A study published in the journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases, found that MRSA kills over 19,000 people a year in the U.S. That’s more deaths per year than from AIDS.

Healthy Hint: A more healthy choice is to purchase grass-fed meat and eggs from organic farmers at your local farmer’s markets.

Wash your hands with soap and hot water after handling meat and do not pick your nose. MRSA likes to make its home in your nasal passages and you don’t need those woes.

Antibiotics in our Food Supply - Katie Couric

I am NOT overweight. I am pleasantly plump!
I am NOT overweight. I am pleasantly plump!
Crowded chicken factory-farm
Crowded chicken factory-farm

“A woman had two chickens. One got sick, so the woman made chicken soup out of the other one to help the sick one get well.” – Henny Youngman

#2 – Medicated chickens

me Have you ever heard that expression, ‘You are what you eat?’

Mr. Clueless – Yes, why do you ask?

me – Because if that is true and we are eating chicken, we may also be ingesting arsenic, acetaminophen, Benadryl, antibiotics, caffeine and often the active ingredient in Prozac.

Mr. Clueless – Do you have proof?

me – In two recent scientific studies, researchers at Johns Hopkins University detected those ingredients in the poultry feathers from factory-farmed chickens. Feathers, you know, are similar to human fingernails and can reliably collect traces of every substance that chickens eat.

Mr. Clueless – I know that items like caffeine and Prozac may be included in the chicken feed but I’m not certain of the rationale.

me – Simple. The caffeine – the chickens are fed coffee pulp – keeps them awake so they can spend more time eating to put on weight. And the Prozac keeps them from obsessing over how fat they are getting.

Mr. Clueless – Say what?

me – Just kidding about the rationale for the Prozac. It IS given to the chickens but for an entirely different reason. Chicken factory-farms are extremely crowded and the inhabitants are understandably stressed by existing literally on top of each other. The Prozac is used to calm them since stressed chickens grow more slowly and have tougher meat.

Healthy hint: To enjoy chicken that is less medicated, go organic to supply your chicken needs.

Organic regulations forbid the antibiotics and all those other extra drugs in chicken feeds.

Handful of wood pulp
Handful of wood pulp
Mountain of wood pulp
Mountain of wood pulp

#3 – Cellulose in cereals

me – Do you know what powdered cellulose is?

Mr. Clueless – It is wood pulp – tiny pieces of plant fibers and wood – and it has been deemed safe for human consumption according to the FDA.

me – Correct. And wood pulp or cellulose is fibrous which is why you will find it in so many high-fiber breakfast cereals and so-called ‘healthy’ snacks.

Mr. Clueless – More and more foods with added fiber, such as cellulose, are on the market now because many people are not eating enough foods that are naturally high in fiber such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

me – That’s true but adding wood pulp to our food to provide more fiber is not just an altruistic desire by food processors. As the costs of raw materials like flour, sugar and oil continue to rise, adding wood pulp to our food is an attractive way for them to cut costs.

Did you know that cellulose is also added to provide a firmer texture to baked goods, and to retain moisture that keeps food from seeming too dry? That’s why It is also added to low-fat ice cream, salad dressings and barbecue sauces – to make them taste more creamy.

Mr. Clueless – So what’s wrong with that?

me – The FDA sets no limit on the amount of cellulose that can be used in our food products. And I dare you to find the words, ‘wood’ or ‘wood pulp,’ on a food label.

Healthy hint: Look for terms like microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), cellulose gel, cellulose gum, powdered cellulose, and carboxymethyl cellulose. That’s manufacturer-speak for wood pulp.

Before you put any food on your table, please check the terms that appear on the label.

Titanium dioxide-flavored paint
Titanium dioxide-flavored paint

“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.” – Danny Kaye

#4 – Paint chemicals in salad dressing

me – Titanium dioxide is a common ingredient in many commercial salad dressings. Why does the FDA allow this chemical additive to be included?

Mr. Clueless – Big food corporations often add titanium dioxide to processed foods like salad dressing to make the color of the dressing brighter. The FDA also allows it to be added to coffee creamers and canned icing to make them appear whiter. White has long been a symbol of ‘clean.

me – Did you know that is the same reason why titanium dioxide is used in paints? To make the colors brighter?

Mr. Clueless – Actually, it is not just found in paints but also in the sunscreen you may be using.

me – I know. It is included in almost every sunblock product where it helps protect the skin from ultraviolet light. And in many cosmetic and skin care products, too.

Mr. Clueless – So what’s the problem?

me – The problem is that titanium dioxide is a component of the metallic element, titanium, a mined substance that is sometimes – pay attention, this is important – contaminated with toxic lead. Do you want that on your plate … or your face?

Healthy Hint: Opt for organic. Or make your own dressing with organic extra-virgin olive oil.

To keep your heart healthy and allay your titanium dioxide fears, Look for a dark bottle olive oil that lists ‘best by’ date of at least 2 years.

Veal calves confined  in cages
Veal calves confined in cages

#5 – Cloned genes in cheese

me Once upon a time, cheese makers used a natural substance called rennet which is derived from the mucosa of a veal calf’s fourth stomach to create their beloved dairy product.

(Now I know exactly why I have never been too fond of any cheese. Except for mozzarella when it crowns a pizza.)

Mr. Clueless – But demand and cost have escalated substantially. So now several alternatives have evolved: vegetable rennet, microbial rennet, and – the food industry's rennet of choice – a genetically modified version derived from a cloned calf gene.

me – That genetically modified version from a cloned calf gene approved by the FDA is used to manufacture the majority of cheese sold in the United States.

Mr. Clueless – Which is most fortunate for cheese lovers.

me – What is unfortunate, Mr. C., is that the long-term health effects of eating genetically engineered foods have not been studied in humans.

Since these genetic ingredients are not listed on cheese labels, it can be almost impossible for the consumer to avoid rennet from this source.

Healthy Hint: Check food labels on cheese carefully that seem to be nutritious. If they list substances as ‘enzymes,’ be VERY suspicious.

The cow is of the bovine ilk; one end is moo, the other milk.– Ogden Nash

#6 – Sex hormones in milk

me – Cows today produce almost double the amount of milk they did just 40 years ago. Do you know how that has come about?

Mr. Clueless – That’s an easy one. Cows are able to produce so much more milk now thanks to a genetically engineered, synthetic hormone called rBST or recombinant bovine somatotropin which was developed by Monsanto in the early 1990s.

Supporters of rBST say it is environmentally friendly and produces the same amount of milk from fewer cows. This saves feed, water, farmland and produces less manure and greenhouse gases.

me – But some countries, including Canada and those in the European Union, have banned rBST because scientists link that additive to prostate, breast, and colon cancers. In the U.S., the American Public Health Association, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Humane Society, and other health and animal rights groups are strong opponents.

Mr. CluelessThe FDA asserts that milk from rBST-treated animals is safe and nutritious.

me – Despite that claim, the good news is that the use of rBST in the U.S. has been declining, and many dairies are moving away from it due to decreased demand from informed consumers.

Not all milk drinkers are ‘sheeple.’ Several companies including Dannon, Yoplait, Kraft and Starbucks, as well as some large retailers, are now rBST-free.

Healthy hint: Got milk? Buy organic which is rBST free, It is much safer to drink for you and for me.

Happy Dancing Cows just released from winter quarters to graze

Natural Food Dyes

• Caramel coloring, made from caramelized sugar, used in cola products and also in cosmetics

Annatto, a reddish-orange dye made from the seed of the Achiote, a small tropical tree

• A green dye made from the chlorophyll of chlorella algae

Cochineal, a red dye derived from the cochineal insect, Dactylopius coccus

Betanin, a deep reddish color extracted from beets

Artificially colored rainbow cereal
Artificially colored rainbow cereal

I won't eat any cereal that doesn't turn the milk purple. Bill Watterson

Synthetic fake food dyes

  • Blue No. 1 - Brilliant Blue, (blue shade), a synthetic dye derived from coal tar
  • Blue No. 2 - Indigotine, (dark blue shade)
  • Green No. 3 - Fast Green, (blue-green shade)
  • Red No. 40 - Allura Red, (red shade), a dye manufactured mostly from petroleum
  • Red No. 3 - Erythrosine, (pink shade)
  • Yellow No. 5 - Tartrazine, (yellow shade), a popular azo dye

#7 – Fake food dyes

me – Why does the FDA allow food processing companies to use fake or artificial dyes in our food and drink?

Mr. Clueless – We prefer the term: color additives. They are found in hundreds of everyday foods, and are substituted for natural food ingredients to lower the costs to the consumer.

me – Perhaps synthetic fake food dyes are a replacement for actual healthy ingredients because they are cheaper than the real thing for the manufacturer.

Mr. Clueless – Do you have specific food products in mind?

me – I thought you would never ask. For example: Betty Crocker Carrot Cake Mix is actually a carrot-free product, with ‘carrot flavored pieces’ processed from corn syrup, flour, corn cereal, partially-hydrogenated cottonseed or soybean oil, and fake artificial colors Yellow 6 and Red 40.

And Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast contains 0% cherry and berry juice, despite its name. The color of this nutrition-deficient product comes not from healthy fruit, but the artificial dye, Red 40, which has been linked to hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in some children.

Mr. Clueless – Artificial food coloring is used in cereals and fruit drinks to make them more attractive and more "fun" for children to eat and drink. Kids love to eat the cereal that comes in a rainbow of colors.

me – More fun perhaps but also more dangerous. Orange and purple food dyes have been shown to impair brain function, while other dyes have been linked to ADHD and behavioral problems in kids and brain cell toxicity.

Scientists are presently conducting studies to learn precisely how the petroleum-derived chemicals in fake food dyes affect our health.

Healthy hint: To spot those artificial synthetic fake food dyes in your food, Read the entire list of ingredients so you won’t get screwed.

Be aware that the current trend, Is to list the fake food dyes at label's end. (See the list above.)

Evil microwaveable popcorn bag
Evil microwaveable popcorn bag
Popcorn before popping
Popcorn before popping
Yummy popcorn after popping
Yummy popcorn after popping

“Every once in a while, someone will mail me a single popcorn kernel that didn't pop. I'll get out a fresh kernel, tape it to a piece of paper and mail it back to them.” – Orville Redenbacher

“The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves.” – W.C. Fields

#8 – Evil popcorn bags

me – Do you know why I label popcorn bags, the microwaveable kind, as ‘evil’?

Mr. Clueless – No, I haven’t a clue.

me – Why am I not surprised? Are you aware that the inside of microwaveable popcorn bags is coated with an industrial nonstick chemical called PFOA – an acronym for perfluoro-octanoic acid?

Mr. Clueless – I make popcorn in my own microwave several times a week. What’s wrong with that? (bewildered voice)

me – The up side is that these suspect chemicals or PFOA are commonly used to coat the inside of popcorn bags to prevent sticking and grease leakage.

The downside is that a very recent study published in January 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nonstick chemicals in popcorn bags significantly damage the immune system. They are also linked to high cholesterol, sperm damage and infertility, and ADHD.

Mr. Clueless – I do know that PFOA was developed by the DuPont company more than 50 years ago, and is used to coat the inside of Teflon and other nonstick pans.

me – Correct. But scientists have since become concerned that PFOA contributes to long-term health problems. A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that children and teenagers with PFOA in their blood serum had higher total cholesterol levels and higher levels of LDL, the ‘bad’ cholesterol, than children who were not exposed.

Mr. Clueless – What are you suggesting?

me – Popcorn is a healthy way to add fiber to your diet, and recent research suggests it may also contain more antioxidants than fruit. Forget the microwaveable bag and make it the good old-fashioned way in a popcorn popper.

Healthy hint: Some restaurant carry-out bags contain PFOA to prevent grease soaking through, So ask for plastic or foam carry-out containers instead – they are healthier for you.

Thank you again, Mr. Clueless, for your invaluable spokesperson participation. I may call on you again when I gather additional information to report on other FDA-approved gross, nasty additives including: shrimp coated in cleaning chemicals, viruses in deli meats, and 10 other unhealthy additives you must absolutely, positively avoid.

‘Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory!’ – Albert Schweitzer

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Includes valuable information for older workers, and how to negotiate salary successfully.

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    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Our FDA, Alastar, appears to be taking lessons from those in government who are driven by greed not good. Thanks for the return visit.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, pras, for your pleasant comments and your visit from so very far away. The food you eat is probably much less tainted wih foreign substances than that we consume in the U.S. Thank you, too, for the Up vote. Hope all is well in your world.

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      What they did in the seed case Drbj was separate the largest consumer org. from standing firm with the organic dairy comp.- divide and conquer you might say. Anything banned by practically the whole Western world but the U.S. raises a very big caution flag here.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good job, my friend. I learn many things from the interview above. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and take care :-)


    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      I surmised from the photo of your handsome, healthy visage, Alastar, that you most probably observe healthy habits concerning what you ingest. Not surprised that you were not aware of the danger of the titanium dioxide and PFOA additives. Most folks are unaware of those sneaky additions.

      Re the subject of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), few long-term studies have been conducted and huge agribusiness concerns have the power and the clout (it would appear) to override FDA concerns (if there were any).

      Thanks for enjoying this interview, the healthy hints and the Up and the ping ping.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, gracenotes, for the visit and the informative comments. Yes, with regard to Omega 6 fatty acids, the recommended ratio is 1:4 (Omega 6 to Omega 3). But the actual ratio observed in most American diets is 20:1, which is not a very good sign of a healthy lifestyle.

      And there is no question that organic food is better for us but also more expensive. With regard to sunscreen and the presence of titanium dioxide, it does illustrate that hoary maxim: 'Damned if you do and damned if you don't.'

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh boy Drbj! You'll be glad to know Alastar was up on this one except for the titanium dioxide and popcorn lining. Eat very little beef, no chicks, and only organic with the other stuff. The interview and healthy hints were great and did you know the big Monsanto has pressured the last holdout a big, big organic dairy company to start using their GMO alfalfa seeds for the cows! Why does the FDA allow GMOs into organic foods is what I'd like to know. Voted up and ping ping Drbj!

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      7 years ago from North Texas

      drbj, what an informative hub.

      The MRSA problem with commercially available red beef is bad enough. However, a more insidious problem lies with the amount of Omega 6 fatty acids found in such beef, which is mostly grain-fed. We need some Omega 6, but not so much that it outweighs our Omega 3 load. It is my understanding that it takes a bit of time to get some of the Omega 6 out of our tissues, and we can apparently speed up the process by eating more salmon and sardines or by taking fish oil capsules.

      And, yes, I like grass-fed beef, but it is expensive.

      I guess I'm a goner with the titanium oxide in the sunscreen! I've been using sunscreen now, faithfully, for 20 years, on my face and neck. I see what my elderly mom has gone through with all of the squamous cell and basal cell cancers on her face. It is awful. My mom was told 40 years ago to use sunscreen, because she is a redhead, and she didn’t listen, sadly.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you, Jayden. It is my pleasure to shed some light on the food additive issue and using humor usually helps to make a subject, shall we say, more palatable. Thank you for reading and commenting on both FDA hubs. You might also like to take a look at "MSG, Fat Rats and Us."

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      7 years ago from USA

      Hi, drbj. I read the first part of the interview as well as this one but decided to comment for both here. I want to thank you for using humor to bring this issue out in the forefront. It is a shame that we are being fed additives that are not beneficial to our bodies.

      I have no doubt that you are helping many with this interview. Thank you so much.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, b. for loving my humor on a very serious subject. Yes, the message is indeed important and I hope readers will take it to heart delivered with this new spin. Your gracious comments are appreciated m'dear.

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Hi Drbj, Loved your Humor on a Serious Subject that is not often enough talked about. You bring forth a very important message. Most of this I'd hear before, but you dear Friend, put a new "Spin" on it with your Clever Hub!

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for your kind words, SuperS. Yes, do get yourself a hot air popcorn popper and pop away. Popcorn popped the hot-air way is good for you . . . so far!

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      You are on the mark, Dex. It is appalling that we are being fed additives that do nothing positive for our overall health. The only thing we can do is read the labels and make wise selections, organic whenever possible. Thanks for visiting and your perceptive comments.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      You are brilliant, amillar, to avoid feeding the corporations in every way possible.

      Am I certain that chickens obsess about their weight? Of course! That's what those hens are saying with their 'cluck, cluck, bock, bock' all the time.

      If your pet budgie did that, too, then the poor dear was simply imitating someone in the household. No names please. Thanks for your clever comments, m'dear.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Molly. I do agree with you. We were happier in the old days when we were ignorant. Ignorant about nasty food additives, that is. Do hope that your Mr. Acme is not evil enough to be involved in that gross but extremely profitable business.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Ruby. If I have made you more aware of some of the vile things that are added to our food and consequently you are looking at labels more closely, then I have done my job. Yes, it is scary so we have to be more vigilant. Sorry to be the one to tell you about the evil popcorn bags, but they have got to go. Thanks for the visit and the perceptive comments, m'dear.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Hello, again, Jaye. Yes, I am researching now the dangers of BPA as well as other perilous substances that the FDA persistently allows to be added to our food supply. I do hope the California initiative regarding GMO labeling succeeds and that other states follow suit.

      Thank you again for stopping by as well as finding my interview style engaging.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, teaches, for liking my presentation of a rather gross subject. Humor, like sugar, does help the medicine go down.

      So the info grabbed you? What a lovely compliment. Thank you for your Up vote and delighted you enjoyed the dancing cows video. They are pretty light on their feet.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Hey, Jim. 'Impeccable sources' are my favorite kind. Thanks for noticing and encouraging me. Keeping it up, I shall.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, mecheshier, welcome to my world. Especially since you make such lovely comments. No need for thanks, m'dear, the pleasure is mine. Thank you for the votes and the Up.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you, kingmaxler. The more I learned about these gross food additives, the curiouser and curiouser I got. (Alice wasn't the only one!)

      I have also reworked my own diet to eliminate these nasty additives as much as possible. I know it is more expensive to eat organic but it is healthier for us. Thank you for your gracious comments.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Pamela. Isn't this a 'fine kettle of fish?' Speaking of fish, I haven't begun to finish my research on that subject. Lots to tell you about.

      You are so right. If you do not grow the food yourself, only heaven may know what's in it. Thank you for your kind comments. It has been my pleasure to find, research and publish this information.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      The pleasure is mine, arb. Thanks for the read and the comments. Vigilance is our watchword. Right?

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Yes, mary, I am 'dead serious' as you so wisely put it with the information in these hubs about dangerous food additives and the FDA. Levity is simply the method I use to get the reader's attention and hopefully the information will have a longer-lasting impact.

      Be my guest, m'dear, and review this research as often as necessary for 'healthy' digestion. There is no question in my mind that life was simpler many years ago when people ate healthier because they grew their own food and raised their own stock. Impossible to do except on a farm today.

      What is left? you ask. Intelligent discretion when choosing what you eat knowing that the whole truth is not always indicated on the labels you may be reading. Sad, isn't it? Thanks for reading, your perceptive comments, sharing and the Up, m'luv. Hope you enjoyed every day of your recent lovely PR vacation.

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      7 years ago

      Great article. I think I will use a hot air popper from now on.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi DR. BJ! Thanks again for the humor and the important message. It is really a shame that we are being fed additives that do nothing positive for our overall health.

      This hub gives us the information we need to make wiser food choice decisions. Thank you!

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      7 years ago from Scotland, UK

      I try to avoid feeding the corporations, in every way possible.

      But are you sure chickens obsess about their weight? I once had a budgie that kept asking, "Does my bum look big in this?" Which was quite a coincidence, because my mum used to ask exactly the same question.

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      Mary Strain 

      7 years ago from The Shire

      Drbj, how I *long* for the good old days when I knew nothing about my food! I was so happy!

      This sounds like something Mr. Acme would do.

      Now that I know that food manufacturers are as evil as most other corporations, I may change Acme's main product to a mysterious food additive!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is an important hub. It's scary..I will be looking more closely at labels. You listed several things that i was unaware of, ( pop corn bags ) That's the PITS. Great article..Thank's.

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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Dr BJ....I hope you will follow this "interview" with a similar hub focusing on the dangers of BPA (which the FDA obligingly--for the plastics industry--doesn't consider dangerous enough to ban) an another about the mushrooming use of GMO crops and the even more dangerous possibilities lurking in Monsanto's plans. I've been collecting facts, but realize that anything I write about these two topics will be dry (certainly as compared with your engaging interview style), and my anger will show no matter how hard I try to keep it at bay.

      Since the FDA chose not to require labeling of GMO foods (and who will that decision benefit, I ask you?), I'm hoping the current California initiative (which is on the ballot) requiring GMO labeling will be picked up by other states.


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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I think it's time to start growing my own food. It's not new about all this information, but your writing does bring it out in a different light. I like the way you present it with a bit of humor and it grabs you! Great hub and voted up. Loved the dancing cow video!

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      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Great info from impeccable sources drbj! Keep it coming...

      The Frog

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Ah, Jaye, you discovered my secret. If I had just written a straight, serious hub about the FDA and their "nasty little tricks," I doubt there would be extensive readership.

      Thank you for noticing my 'engaging style' designed to pull in readers especially on this subject. Thank you for finding this informative and clever.

      The profit-at-all-costs motive seems to drive Monsanto even more than other food processors. Organic farmers are our only healthy alternative. Thank you for voting Up and across. It's my pleasure to have you visit and comment here, m'dear.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      That is exactly the problem, Amber. Like so many other industries operating in the U.S. (and elsewhere) today, profit drives the engine of commerce to the exclusion of everything else. Thanks for your very cogent comments.

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      7 years ago

      A wonderful Hub. Very informative and useful. Some great info here! Thank you for sharing. Voted up for useful and awesome.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, xstatic. Your comment, my friend, is right on the money. This 'scary stuff' will go on as long as (and you stated it so well) ... 'corporate farms and chemical producers pour money into the coffers of congress.' Thank you for the visit, the interesting, and the UP.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      You are very welcome, christopher. Thank you for your gracious comments. I will keep up the 'good work' as long as there is 'treat warning' info to share. And thanks, m'dear, for the 'brilliantly informative articles' phrase - one of my all-time favorites.

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      7 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      I am appalled at seeing all this information in one spot and well written to boot. I feel the pressure to rework my diet again. It is expensive to eat healthier and more organic, but I keep knocking the mass produce junk off my grocery list. Thank you for an informative and excellent hub.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Yes, Alicia, this information is fascinating and scary at the same time. We do need to pay more attention to what we eat and as you suggest, to the way we treat the animals who provide our food. As always, thanks for visiting, and your perceptive comments, m'dear.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you, Greeneryday. I was as shocked as you probably were to learn that the FDA does not seem to have a problem with chickens fed a chicken feed that includes Prozac, caffeine and other harmful substances.

      If government agencies can't (or won't) protect the consumer, then we must be informed enough to keep these additives out of the food we and our children eat.

      It was my pleasure to write this hub and I appreciate your visit, your Up and the awesome vote.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      As far as I can tell if you don't grow it yourself, don't eat it. It is an awful situation when our foods are filled with such crap. This information is "need-to-know" for everyone. You did us all a great service with such detailed information. Thanks for your hard work.

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      7 years ago from oregon

      Another great hub. Again, I was aware of much of this, but a few new ones, thanks.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      When I first began to read this, I thought: drbj is up her old funny Hubs again! Then I realized you are dead serious. You did a lot of research of this Hub, and I will have to read it again and again to digest all of what you are saying here.

      What is left that is safe to eat?? You know, the people who lived in the time when I was growing up lived healthier lives, I think. We raised our own beef, pork and chickens and grew our veggies. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do that again?

      Now we are at the mercy of the FDA.

      Thanks so much for putting the time and effort into this Hub. I Voted it UP, etc. and will certainly share with others to read.


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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Your warnings about the FDA's "nasty little tricks" are written in such an engaging style this hub may be read by people who would never read an article that bluntly stated, "The corrupt FDA, run by a former Monsanto attorney, is trying to poison Americans!" Maybe they will discover the scary status of this country's food supply by reading your informative and clever interview with I.M. Simple.

      Monsanto is trying diligently to take over the world (of seeds, that is) and ruin organic farmers. It's up to us not to let that happen. I never miss an opportunity to sign a petition against Monsanto, just like I never miss an opportunity to say, "I don't trust the FDA or the USDA."

      Voted Up and all the way across.


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      Amber Allen 

      7 years ago

      This would be a funny interview if only it weren't true. Instead it is a painfully accurate portrayal of the state of our food industry which puts profit above everything else.


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      Jim Higgins 

      7 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      All really scary stuff for sure and nothing will be done to remedy the situation as long as the corporate farms and chemical producers pour money into the coffers of congress. UP & interesting!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      You cover so much in these brilliantly informative articles and they are so wittily put together. Thanks for the treat and the warning against some treats.

      Keep up the good work.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a fascinating, scary and very important hub, drbj. Thank you for all the research and the wonderful - but worrying - details. We really need to think very carefully about the food that we eat - and the way that we treat most farm animals - and your hub will certainly help us to do this.

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      7 years ago from Some tropical country

      Wow I never know that broiler chicken fed would include Prozac and caffeine, unbelievable, imagine if those two ingredients accumulating in children's who eat those chickens, what a shock, we should now carefully choose what to eat. Thank you for writing this hub, it really opened my eyes... voted up for awesome


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