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Toothpaste???

Oh joy... Especially that last line. Source, as usual, hakeber who seems to have a talent for finding info that leaves me nearly speechless. I think I begin to see why some folks like horror movies so much - the real world has things that leave the imaginary nasties in the dust... :(

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kengr
May. 26th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
There were news items I saw a week or so back about a lot of deaths in several countries due to the same chemical getting sold *as* glycerine and the tests faked.

A lot of people in Panama and some other countries died because drugs were made using it.

murasaki99
May. 26th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yep, we're in trouble. China, thanks to predatory pricing tactics, now supplies most of our vitamins and many food/drug ingredients. Quality control? None. Purity enforcement? None. NPR had a long segment on it yesterday, describing one buyer going to China to view an herbal tea factory, and finding they were accelerating the drying process by spreading the herbs out on a warehouse floor and driving diesel trucks over them so the hot exhaust would speed things along. They used leaded fuel, too, so besides the obvious soot and dirt, the herbs were full of lead.

Our government has been useless. Not protecting our own much safer suppliers of our food/drugs, and gutting the FDA's testing group.

Much of China's foodstuffs are rejected at the port by inspectors (who have enough manpower to check only 10% of imported foods) as 'filthy' -- this nonspecific catchall includes, rotten, contaminated, bugs, toxins, you name it.

And yeah, the heck of it is, we get their good stuff. Their own people die all the time from contaminated/counterfeit products. :-(
kayshapero
May. 27th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Time, past time for someone to do for/to current producers of food what classic muckraker Upton Sinclair did to/for the meat industry (speaking of which, project Gutenberg has a copy of The Jungle.) We need someone in high office to react the way president Theodore Roosevelt did when he found out just what was likely in his breakfast sausages... and we need it fast. The question is, have we anybody that highly situated left who is up to it?
murasaki99
May. 27th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Hmm, what is the fellow who wrote Fast Food Nation up to lately?
kayshapero
May. 27th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Eric Schlosser? No idea... fingers crossed.
murasaki99
May. 27th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
And of course, we should grow our own
Thanks to him I eat pretty much no fast food anymore. :)

Basically, we need to cook our own food, shop local farmer's markets, and grow as much of our stuff as possible. That's about the only way to be healthy. Oh yeah, don't take vitamins. I saw another BBC health article that said new research is showing vitamin pills may not help, and may even be detrimental to us (the China production question aside). Basically, a vitamin is meant to be consumed in the fresh food with other chemicals present and not in a pill. I am shocked, shocked by this. LOL. Rodale Press still exists and still produces organic farming books/resources. I still have a copy of Square Foot Gardening around somewhere.
kayshapero
May. 29th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Re: And of course, we should grow our own
Alas, it's going to be a mite difficult to grow my own metformin, lipitor et al. However you're right about the general outlook. Fortunately there are several decent farmer's markets held in the area during the week (especially the Wednesday morning one out in Santa Monica. Artichokes as big as your head... :))
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