Studies and Progress Notes (June 2010)
* * * STUDIES and PROGRESS NOTES * * *
* * SPIRITUAL AWARENESS AND WHOLISTIC HEALING * *
Quantum Consciousness of Honeybees
How could bees of little brain come up with anything as complex as a dance language? The answer could lie not in biology but in six-dimensional math and the bizarre world of quantum mechanics.
by Adam Frank
Honeybees don’t have much in the way of brains. Their inch-long bodies hold at most a few million neurons. Yet with such meager mental machinery honeybees sustain one of the most intricate and explicit languages in the animal kingdom. In the darkness of the hive, bees manage to communicate the precise direction and distance of a newfound food source, and they do it all in the choreography of a dance. Scientists have known of the bee’s dance language for more than 70 years, and they have assembled a remarkably complete dictionary of its terms, but one fundamental question has stubbornly remained unanswered: How do they do it? How do these simple animals encode so much detailed information in such a varied language? Honeybees may not have much brain, but they do have a secret.
This secret has vexed Barbara Shipman, a mathematician at the University of Rochester, ever since she was a child. I grew up thinking about bees, she says. My dad worked for the Department of Agriculture as a bee researcher. My brothers and I would stop at his office, and sometimes he would show us the bees. I remember my father telling me about the honeybee’s dance when I was about nine years old. And in high school I wrote a paper on the medicinal benefits of honey. Her father kept his books on honeybees on a shelf in her room. I’m not sure why, she says. It may have just been a convenient space. I remember looking at a lot of these books, especially the one by Karl von Frisch.
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While the mechanisms for group consciousness and collective consciousness are as yet unknown, it is fascinating to see the overlaps of explorations of these areas with research and theory in quantum physics!
** FUTURE RESEARCH IN WHOLISTIC HEALING * *
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Healing for the collective PTSD of humanity
Though the mechanisms for collective consciousness are as yet unknown, research evidence confirms that spiritual healing can be sent by mental intent/ meditation/ prayer with measurable effects many miles away.
Humanity has accumulated in its collective consciousness many millennia of traumas, anxieties, fears, angers and hatreds. These are seriously impacting our behaviors today.
You might be interested to see my suggestions to clear the PTSD from humanity’s collective consciousness – hopefully to help us avert collective suicide – with a form of distant healing:
WANTED: PARTICIPANTS IN A RESEARCH SURVERY ON MEDITATION
We are a team of researchers at the University of Melbourne’s School of Behavioural Science. We are currently undertaking a research project exploring the potential benefits of meditation. Our project has been approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC #: 1033604.1).
We are seeking participants for the project and have approached people we know to assist by (i) participating in the study and (ii) forwarding this email among their networks to invite others to participate in the project. We hope that you will be able to help. Your assistance is of course voluntary and anonymous.
The study is for research purposes only. It forms part of Dominic Hosemans 4th Year Psychology course requirements at the University of Melbourne and is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Phillips. The study involves completing an online survey which will take between 20 to 30 minutes.
If you agree to participate in the study, you will remain free to withdraw at any time and to withdraw any unprocessed data.
For more information on the study or to access the online survey, please go to:
Dr. Phillips will be available to speak with you about any aspect of the study and may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (AUSTRALIA) 9035 5180. Should you have any questions or concerns about the conduct of the study, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Officer of the University Human Research Ethics on 8344 2073.
Thank you in anticipation for your assistance.
Dr. Lisa Phillips
* * WHOLISTIC APPROACHES * *
This Common Food Ingredient Is As Addictive as Cocaine
Most food and beverage producers don't want you to know about this. Why? Because it's rampant in processed foods and sodas, and is the single most contributing factor to the obesity epidemic. Here's what to avoid...
Dr. Richard Johnson is professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, where he runs the kidney division and is in charge of transplantation and research in blood pressure. He has also written the best book on the market on the dangers of fructose called The Sugar Fix.
About 70 percent of his work involves research and, for a number of years, he has been studying the effects of fructose on the metabolic system in animals and cell culture, as well as in clinical studies.
Most of this research is focused on how fructose might cause obesity, high blood pressure, kidney disease, fatty liver, and other health-related problems…
The majority of Dr. Johnson’s research has focused on how the number one source of calories in the American diet might cause obesity, high blood pressure, and a number of other common diseases…
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There are no two ways about it. Processed foods are bad for your health!
How to have a 3-4 times better likelihood of living longer
A study of 18,809 patients from 41 countries shows that stopping smoking, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly will significantly increase your lifespan.
Source: Chow, Clara K. et al. Association of diet, exercise, and smoking modification with risk of early cardiovascular events after acute coronary syndromes, Circulation. 2010;121:750-758.
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The paths to living longer are clear. The challenge is to get people to follow these paths.
* * COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES * *
Acupuncturists show students how to stay awake by stimulating pressure points
Simple techniques inspired by traditional Chinese medicine may help students stay awake during class. Researchers report that college students were more alert if they massaged or tapped areas on the back of the neck, the hands and legs - areas that acupuncturists believe can stimulate the release of endorphins.
The acupressure techniques need to be done for several minutes to be effective. In a study at the University of Michigan, researchers found students in a class were significantly more alert and less fatigued after self-administering acupressure treatments.
STUDY RESULTS: Thirty-nine students in the University of Michigan's School of Public Health participated in three days of all-day lecture classes. They were divided into two groups. One group gave themselves acupressure to stimulation points on the first day, and to relaxation points on the second and third days. The other administered acupressure to relaxation points for one day, then stimulation points for the second and third days. Students then rated their levels of sleepiness and fatigue at various points throughout each day. The stimulation group of students experienced less sleepiness and were more alert.
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Wonderful to see the promotion of self-help approaches for children's problems. The meta-learning of self-help rather than relying on being 'fixed' by others.
Qigong for hypertension
This is and excellent discussion and review of holistic approaches to hypertension, particularly with qigong. Numerous studies reviewed in this article confirm benefits of qigong in treating hypertension.
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Qigong and other such approaches appear to be excellent treatments of first choice for hypertension, particularly in consideration of the high rates of side effects with medication interventions. Users report that WHEE: Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT is also an excellent self-care method for dealing with hypertension.
More CAM reviews at
* * TECHNOLOGY * *
Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality
"This study was just routine," said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century. Surov and his colleagues set out to discover if Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of US soybean fields, leads to problems in growth or reproduction. What he discovered may uproot a multi-billion dollar industry.
After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the pups.
And if this isn't shocking enough, some in the third generation even had hair growing inside their mouths—a phenomenon rarely seen, but apparently more prevalent among hamsters eating GM soy.
The study, jointly conducted by Surov's Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Association for Gene Security, is expected to be published in three months (July 2010)—so the technical details will have to wait. But Surov sketched out the basic set up for me in an email.
He used Campbell hamsters, with a fast reproduction rate, divided into 4 groups. All were fed a normal diet, but one was without any soy, another had non-GM soy, a third used GM soy, and a fourth contained higher amounts of GM soy. They used 5 pairs of hamsters per group, each of which produced 7-8 litters, totally 140 animals.
Surov told The Voice of Russia,
"Originally, everything went smoothly. However, we noticed quite a serious effect when we selected new pairs from their cubs and continued to feed them as before. These pairs' growth rate was slower and reached their sexual maturity slowly."
He selected new pairs from each group, which generated another 39 litters. There were 52 pups born to the control group and 78 to the non-GM soy group. In the GM soy group, however, only 40 pups were born. And of these, 25% died. This was a fivefold higher death rate than the 5% seen among the controls. Of the hamsters that ate high GM soy content, only a single female hamster gave birth. She had 16 pups; about 20% died.
Surov said "The low numbers in F2 [third generation] showed that many animals were sterile."
The published paper will also include measurements of organ size for the third generation animals, including testes, spleen, uterus, etc. And if the team can raise sufficient funds, they will also analyze hormone levels in collected blood samples.
Hair Growing in the Mouth
Earlier this year, Surov co-authored a paper in Doklady Biological Sciences showing that in rare instances, hair grows inside recessed pouches in the mouths of hamsters.
"Some of these pouches contained single hairs; others, thick bundles of colorless or pigmented hairs reaching as high as the chewing surface of the teeth. Sometimes, the tooth row was surrounded with a regular brush of hair bundles on both sides. The hairs grew vertically and had sharp ends, often covered with lumps of a mucous."
“(a) The external appearance of the oral cavity. Gingival pouches (GP) with thick bundles of hair growing from their mucous lining are clearly seen. (b) Perforated bone tissue of the teeth of an adult Ph. campbelli. Numerous hollows are seen. A, hair.”
From A. S. Baranov, O. F. Chernova, N. Yu. Feoktistova, and A. V. Surov, “A New Example of Ectopia: Oral Hair in Some Rodent Species,” Doklady Biological Sciences, 2010, Vol. 431, pp. 117–120, Original Russian Text © A.S. Baranov, O.F. Chernova, N.Yu. Feoktistova, A.V. Surov, 2010, published in Doklady Akademii Nauk, 2010, Vol. 431, No. 4, pp. 559–562.
At the conclusion of the study, the authors surmise that such an astounding defect may be due to the diet of hamsters raised in the laboratory. They write, "This pathology may be exacerbated by elements of the food that are absent in natural food, such as genetically modified (GM) ingredients (GM soybean or maize meal) or contaminants (pesticides, mycotoxins, heavy metals, etc.)." Indeed, the number of hairy mouthed hamsters was much higher among the third generation of GM soy fed animals than anywhere Surov had seen before.
Preliminary, But Ominous
Surov warns against jumping to early conclusions. He said, "It is quite possible that the GMO does not cause these effects by itself." Surov wants to make the analysis of the feed components a priority, to discover just what is causing the effect and how.
In addition to the GMOs, it could be contaminants, he said, or higher herbicide residues, such as Roundup. There is in fact much higher levels of Roundup on these beans; they're called "Roundup Ready." Bacterial genes are forced into their DNA so that the plants can tolerate Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. Therefore, GM soy always carries the double threat of higher herbicide content, couple with any side effects of genetic engineering.
Years of Reproductive Disorders from GMO-Feed
Surov's hamsters are just the latest animals to suffer from reproductive disorders after consuming GMOs. In 2005, Irina Ermakova, also with the Russian National Academy of Sciences, reported that more than half the babies from mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks. This was also five times higher than the 10% death rate of the non-GMO soy group. The babies in the GM group were also smaller (see photo) and could not reproduce.
In a telling coincidence, after Ermakova's feeding trials, her laboratory started feeding all the rats in the facility a commercial rat chow using GM soy. Within two months, the infant mortality facility-wide reached 55%.
When Ermakova fed male rats GM soy, their testicles changed from the normal pink to dark blue!
Italian scientists similarly found changes in mice testes (PDF), including damaged young sperm cells. Furthermore, the DNA of embryos from parent mice fed GM soy functioned differently.
An Austrian government study published in November 2008 showed that the more GM corn was fed to mice, the fewer the babies they had (PDF), and the smaller the babies were.
Central Iowa Farmer Jerry Rosman also had trouble with pigs and cows becoming sterile. Some of his pigs even had false pregnancies or gave birth to bags of water. After months of investigations and testing, he finally traced the problem to GM corn feed. Every time a newspaper, magazine, or TV show reported Jerry's problems, he would receive calls from more farmers complaining of livestock sterility on their farm, linked to GM corn.
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine accidentally discovered that rats raised on corncob bedding "neither breed nor exhibit reproductive behavior." Tests on the corn material revealed two compounds that stopped the sexual cycle in females "at concentrations approximately two-hundredfold lower than classical phytoestrogens." One compound also curtailed male sexual behavior and both substances contributed to the growth of breast and prostate cancer cell cultures. Researchers found that the amount of the substances varied with GM corn varieties. The crushed corncob used at Baylor was likely shipped from central Iowa, near the farm of Jerry Rosman and others complaining of sterile livestock.
In Haryana, India, a team of investigating veterinarians report that buffalo consuming GM cottonseed suffer from infertility, as well as frequent abortions, premature deliveries, and prolapsed uteruses. Many adult and young buffalo have also died mysteriously.
Denial, Attack and Canceled Follow-up
Scientists who discover adverse findings from GMOs are regularly attacked, ridiculed, denied funding, and even fired. When Ermakova reported the high infant mortality among GM soy fed offspring, for example, she appealed to the scientific community to repeat and verify her preliminary results. She also sought additional funds to analyze preserved organs. Instead, she was attacked and vilified. Samples were stolen from her lab, papers were burnt on her desk, and she said that her boss, under pressure from his boss, told her to stop doing any more GMO research. No one has yet repeated Ermakova's simple, inexpensive studies.
In an attempt to offer her sympathy, one of her colleagues suggested that maybe the GM soy will solve the over population problem!
Surov reports that so far, he has not been under any pressure.
Opting Out of the Massive GMO Feeding Experiment
Without detailed tests, no one can pinpoint exactly what is causing the reproductive travesties in Russian hamsters and rats, Italian and Austrian mice, and livestock in India and America. And we can only speculate about the relationship between the introduction of genetically modified foods in 1996, and the corresponding upsurge in low birth weight babies, infertility, and other problems among the US population. But many scientists, physicians, and concerned citizens don't think that the public should remain the lab animals for the biotech industry's massive uncontrolled experiment.
Alexey Surov says, "We have no right to use GMOs until we understand the possible adverse effects, not only to ourselves but to future generations as well. We definitely need fully detailed studies to clarify this. Any type of contamination has to be tested before we consume it, and GMO is just one of them."
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GM foods have not been adequately safety tested. If there were no need for concern, there would be no need for power tactics to suppress this research.
Philips unveils world's first 60 watt LED bulb
Yesterday at the Lightfair International tradeshow in Las Vegas, Royal Philips Electronics unveiled its breakthrough EnduraLED light bulb. This bulb will be the world's first LED replacement for the 60 watt incandescent light bulb, which represents about half of all domestic incandescent light bulbs sold on the market.
The EnduraLED lamp will use only 12 watts, last 25 times longer, and deliver up to eighty percent savings on energy costs and avoided maintenance costs. However, the new bulb will produce a light level of 806 lumens, similar to the 60 watt incandescent. To achieve this efficiency, it uses an innovative design and a new technology known as remote phosphor technology, developed by Philips researchers in The Netherlands.
Every year in the United States, 425 million 60 watt incandescent lamps are sold, half of all lamp purchases. If these were all to be replaced by the new EnduraLED light bulbs, Philips estimates the potential saving of 32.6 terawatt-hours of electricity in one year. This would be equivalent to power the lights of 16.7 million US households, 14.4 percent of the total number of households in the county. Environmentally, it has the potential to eliminate the generation of carbon emissions by 5.3 millions metric tons per year.
The new LED bulb is a marked improvement over the last big lighting breakthrough, the compact fluorescent bulb (CFL). The CFL is actually much more efficient than the incandescent but is not without its flaws. CFLs contain trace particles of mercury which can provide a health hazard during disposal or if broken. They are not capable of operating by a motion sensor, and they are not dimmable. On the other hand, the EnduraLED is dimmable and can operate with a motion sensor. Even more, they do not contain mercury.
The standard 60 watt incandescent bulb has a life of 1,000 hours. CFL bulbs of the same wattage have a life of 8,000 hours. The EnduraLED bulb has an amazingly long life of 25,000 hours. According to calculations, over the lifespan of the new LED bulb, replacing the incandescent bulb would amount to $120 per lamp.
In an interview with ENN, CEO of Philips Lighting North America, Ed Crawford, stated that LED technology will replace all incandescent bulbs. The process is already beginning, and will accelerate once US legislation requiring the use of more energy efficient lighting begins in 2012. Presently, Philips has a 40 watt equivalent LED bulb on the market, and the 60 watt equivalent will be available by the end of this year, well ahead of the government legislation. The will put Philips ahead of the curve and position them well as the world leader in lighting technology.
Mr. Crawford also believes new LED technology will usher in a brand new era for lighting. With most lights, people simply flick on the switch, the light comes on, and that’s the end. On the other hand, LED lights are programmable by color, quality, and temperature. New research in organic light emitting diode (OLED) will allow the ability to create lighting effects in the home. LED lighting is the future, and Philips' EnduraLED takes a strong step in that direction.
Source: http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/41320 (Link Forwarded by Remy Chevalier)
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It's great when technology steps up to reduce energy use.
It's not so great when people come to rely on technology and science to solve the energy problems of our planet. We need people-power to do that!
* * ENVIRONMENT (HEALING OUR PLANET) * *
High levels of pesticides found in urine of children with ADHD
OBJECTIVE The goal was to examine the association between urinary concentrations of metabolites of organophosphates and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 8 to 15 years of age.
METHODS Cross-sectional data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2000–2004) were available for 1139 children, who were representative of the general US population. A structured interview with a parent was used to ascertain ADHD diagnostic status, on the basis of slightly modified criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.
RESULTS One hundred nineteen children met the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. Children with higher urinary dialkyl phosphate concentrations, especially dimethyl alkylphosphate (DMAP) concentrations, were more likely to be diagnosed as having ADHD. A 10-fold increase in DMAP concentration was associated with an odds ratio of 1.55 (95% confidence interval: 1.14–2.10), with adjustment for gender, age, race/ethnicity, poverty/income ratio, fasting duration, and urinary creatinine concentration. For the most-commonly detected DMAP metabolite, dimethyl thiophosphate, children with levels higher than the median of detectable concentrations had twice the odds of ADHD (adjusted odds ratio: 1.93 [95% confidence interval: 1.23–3.02]), compared with children with undetectable levels.
CONCLUSIONS These findings support the hypothesis that organophosphate exposure, at levels common among US children, may contribute to ADHD prevalence. Prospective studies are needed to establish whether this association is causal.
Source: Bouchard, Maryse F. et al. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and urinary metabolites of organophosphate pesticides. Pediatrics (doi:10.1542/peds.2009-3058)
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It has long been suspected that ADHD is caused by toxins in the environment, because there has been a great increase in ADHD in the past few decades. While some claim that ADHD is over-diagnosed and many complain that children are over-medicated for ADHD, I have personally seen thousands of children over the years who suffered terribly from their impulsivity, distractibility, inability to sit still or concentrate. Avoiding sweets and watching for food sensitivities was a help to many, but not a complete cure. Many whose poor social relationships and poor academic performances were serious problems were markedly improved with carefully titrated medications.
* * HUMAN ECOLOGY * *
Transition Town Healthcare
Transition Town communities comprise a growing movement to inform, educate and transform people's awarenesses about needs for and ways to develop approaches for decreasing our energy footprint on our planet and expanding our local self-sufficiency.
The motivating drives are the problems of peak oil and economic contraction, and the need to drastically reduce carbon emissions in order to mitigate the effects of global warming. These changes will require that we put greater reliance on resources available in our local communities.
If you’re interested in understanding these observations, I highly recommend:
Shaun Chamberlin and Rob Hopkins. The Transition Timeline: For a Local, Resilient Future. White River Jct., VT: Chelsea Green Publishing 2009
Rob Hopkins, The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience. Totnes, UK: Green Books 2008.
While these are focused on England’s issues, the readily generalize to anywhere else. In fact, there are now Transition Town groups in many countries around the world.
Helpful web references:
What I have not seen is a wise plan for healthcare in a local economy, where there may be limited medical resources and support from outside the community. There may be ways for avoiding the need for replacing medications, antibiotics, high tech diagnostics, and many of the other mod cons of current clinical and hospital care. These are very costly in terms of our carbon footprint. If anyone has seen discussions or planning for such contingencies, please let me know.
What I like about the Transition Town planning is that in addition to concrete suggestions from the experiences in growing numbers of communities around the world (http://www.transitionnetwork.org/initiatives), it also includes recommendations for helpful ways to inform and educate the public and to develop the plans that are appropriate for local resources and condition.
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Please let me (Dan Benor) know if you have any observations what post-peak-oil healthcare might look like – with a group of caregivers from a broad spectrum of healthcare approaches.
7 Foods That Should Never Cross Your Lips
Clean eating means choosing fruits, vegetables and meats that are raised, grown and sold with minimal processing. Often they're organic, and rarely (if ever) should they contain additives. But in some cases, the methods of today's food producers are neither clean nor sustainable. The result is damage to our health, the environment, or both. So we decided to take a fresh look at food through the eyes of the people who spend their lives uncovering what's safe - or not - to eat. We asked them a simple question: "What foods do you avoid?" Their answers don't necessarily make up a "banned foods" list. But reaching for the suggested alternatives might bring you better health -- and peace of mind.
The Endocrinologist Won't Eat Canned Tomatoes
Fredrick Vom Saal, Ph.D., is an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A.
The problem: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people's body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. "You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that's a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young," says Vom Saal. "I won't go near canned tomatoes."
The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings), such as the brands Bionaturae and Coluccio. You can also get several types in Tetra Pak boxes, like Trader Joe's and Pomi.
Budget tip: If your recipe allows, substitute bottled pasta sauce for canned tomatoes. Look for pasta sauces with low sodium and few added ingredients, or you may have to adjust the recipe.
The Farmer Won't Eat Corn-Fed Beef
Joel Salatin is co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming.
The problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. But more money for cattle farmers (and lower prices at the grocery store) means a lot less nutrition for us. A recent comprehensive study conducted by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. "We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure," says Salatin.
The solution: Buy grass-fed beef, which can be found at specialty grocers, farmers' markets and nationally at Whole Foods. It's usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don't see it, ask your butcher.
Budget tip: Cuts on the bone are cheaper because processors charge extra for deboning. You can also buy direct from a local farmer, which can be as cheap as $5 per pound. To find a farmer near you, search eatwild.com.
The Toxicologist Won't Eat Microwave Popcorn
Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., is a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group.
The problem: Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize -- and migrate into your popcorn. "They stay in your body for years and accumulate there," says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.
The solution: Pop natural kernels the old-fashioned way: in a skillet. For flavorings, you can add real butter or dried seasonings, such as dillweed, vegetable flakes or soup mix.
Budget tip: Popping your own popcorn is dirt cheap.
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The Farm Director Won't Eat Nonorganic Potatoes
The Fisheries Expert Won't Eat Farmed Salmon
The Cancer Researcher Won't Drink Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones
The Organic-Foods Expert Won't Eat Conventional Apples
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It pays to look verrrrrryyy carefully on the ingredients in the foods you buy and eat.
It pays to consult an expert in the field you are investigating.
It pays to read the literature on questions of substance – regarding substances in our foods that may be harmful.