Is your body a chemical factory?

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Just the other day, I was watching good old Dr. Oz and my ears perked up when his guests presented their findings. It was enough to almost throw me from the bike - and that's saying something since I'm not tiny.

There are additives in your food right now that are very dangerous. In fact, there are many cases where these additives can compromise your health.

And, no, these aren't the good old days of red dye.

That's right. Behind door number one we have Brominated Vegetable Oil which has many properties. One of which is a chemical flame retardant . That's right, I kid you not. It's been banned overseas as they have discovered that it can infiltrate your thyroid and in the process due neurological damage.

Found primarily in sports drinks, this deadly cocktail is used to emulsify the additives in your drink so that it looks like something you might want to drink after a hard workout.

For 43 years this additive has been given the green light by the FDA. Now the agency is calling for an interim study to see if 15 parts per million is a problem. Duh!

So what can be done about this? Well, one of the people on the show was a young woman who was on a mission to get BVO out of the drinks. Pepsi Co refused and sent her a letter full of big sounding words to the effect of DROP DEAD AND LEAVE US ALONE.

Yes, she called them out and went on the trail to collect a fantastic number of signatures from across the country. All she had to do was show them this photo and the results were "pouring in" (pun intended) from everywhere.

As a follow-up to the show, Dr. Oz invited her on again. My how Pepsi Co. has changed its formula pronto. So for now BVO will not be in Gatorade (check especially the orange one) but the company is still going to use it in Mountain Dew.

And we have this amazing young lady to thank for getting the fire retardant out of Gatorade. I feel we'll hear more from her in years to come.

But it doesn't stop with BVO. Next up will be a blog for BPA and acryilamide so that will be interesting too.
Signed ~your investigative reporter, Jessica
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    emoticon and we need to watch out for........terrorists?
    1933 days ago
    wow! thats so interesting
    1935 days ago
    Wow-isn't that something how FDA even allows that to get a green light?! Glad I don't drink those! Never have...but, I can imagine what is lurking in other things like even in Diet Soda. Aspertame is another baddie!! Thanks investigative reporter... emoticon emoticon
    1935 days ago
    so thankful for people who get out there and doing something
    1936 days ago
  • SAMI199
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    I agree with It only takes ONE person to make a difference & thank you for posting this. I had NO idea! H2O for me,please...

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    1936 days ago
    I think I'm going to only order water at restaurants to drink. Yuk!
    1936 days ago
    That is great that she didn't give up, and that is just one product too bad they aren't removing it from the Mountain Dew as wel though to think I used to drink Mountain Dew. So many chemical soups in the products we buy anymore.
    1936 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Very interesting. I do not drink any of the products listed. However, I am certain that there are additives in other foods that I eat or drink.

    Thanks for sharing this!
    1936 days ago
    One person!!!
    1936 days ago
    One of my all time favorite quotes from one of my all time favorite people which is listed on my sparkpage: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
    1936 days ago
    I think the additives in our food that cause so many of the increases we see in diabetes, autism, and other chronic problems.
    1936 days ago
    I saw that episode too. Really disgusting! Thanks to that young lady for her investigating and acting on it! Lots of courage to do that!
    I think you're right . . . we'll be seeing a lot of her in the future!
    1936 days ago
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    1936 days ago
    emoticon thank you for the keeping us in the loop. Looks like it is time to put some pressure on these companies to change.
    1936 days ago
    I heard about this from a medical student friend on Facebook this morning but didn't know the details. I knew I had a good reason for only drinking water after my morning coffee and OJ, of course.

    Keep investigating and blogging, Jessica. The truth is out there!
    1936 days ago
    I saw that episode and was very thankful I don't drink anything that's orange. I can't believe that type of stuff is in our food! Our food system really terrifies me, especially when you start researching CAFO's or pesticide use.
    1936 days ago
    That sounds so toxic and gross! I don't drink pop or sports drinks, but it's still a good thing that there are people out there keeping an eye on companies and what they put in their products.
    1936 days ago
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