Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Emergence of Disease

1910 : Margarine, a chemical synthesization of vegetable oil is introduced as a substitute for butter; by 1950 the average American consumed 8 lbs. of margarine a year. This was the beginning of highly saturated trans fats and high cholesterol levels, entering the U.S. diet.
In 1911, Crisco was introduced bringing heart attacks and coronary artery disease, virtually unknown to physicians at that time.

1921: General Mills Corp invented a character called Betty Crocker to convince generations of Americans to use processed foods. Prior to this date only 20 cases of endometriosis in women were recorded. By the late 1990's 20 % of women of childbearing age in the U.S. were afflicted with endometriosis.

1929: An additive called thimerosal ( a form of Mercury) caused death in lab subjects. Despite this finding, the additive was used in most vaccines for the rest of the 20th century.
A child named Virginia was the first child born with autism in 1931, the first year thimerosal was used in vaccines. In 1991, six month old babies received 87 times higher amts of thimerosal than what was considered safe.

1935: Only one case of cancer reported in the Inuit of Alaska and Canada in the previous 50 yrs. After adopting a processed food diet between 1935 and 1970, the cancer rate there exploded and rivaled other U.S and Canadian consumers.

1938: Big Pharma company Roche led the world in industrial synthesis of Vitamins. A law was passed from the FDA that enforced, not the safety of the product, but the accuracy of information on the product labels.

1947: Sex hormones are introduced into livestock for more weight and fat. One of these hormones is DES, later learned to cause cancer. Despite FDA banning DES, it was continued to be illegally administered to animals.

1948: MSG was added to processed foods, including baby food. By the end of the century, MSG was found to be triggering toxic reactions in the human body. In 1968 a scientist in Washington University in St. Louis found that MSG in mice caused brain damage, esp. in immature and newborn animals.

1950: Before this date, cattle grazed in open spaces and grass fed. Twenty years later, cattle are placed in crowded feedlots and injected with antibiotics and hormones, fed a diet of processed sewage, poultry litter, shredded newspaper, sawdust laced with ammonia, tallow and grease.

1953: George Waldbott, V.P. of American College of Allergists warned about flouride in water causing painful and acute allergies. When Dr. Waldbott’s patients stopped drinking flouridated water, so did their headaches, muscle weaknesses and stomach upsets.

1956: Perfluorochemicals used in Teflon introduced. In 2004, blood tests revealed that 96% of U.S. children had one of the nonbiodegradable chemicals in their bloodstream.

1961: Ritalin introduced for use by children with behavioral problems. In 1975, 150,000 children were on Ritalin. By 2005, one million American children are on the drug representing 85% of the world use.
1963: The drug thalidomide is given to pregnant women for morning sickness. More than one thousand babies were born with severe deformities. The drug was not removed from the marketplace until six yrs later.

From 1970 to 2001 a jump from 6 billion to 110 billion spent on fast food chains occurred.

1971: War on Cancer announced by U.S. Congress with the National Cancer Act in place. 30 yrs later, the overall death rate remained the same.

1971: Japanese food scientists synthesize a cheaper sweetener: high fructose corn syrup to introduce into frozen foods to prevent freezer burn. Once consumed, it was learned in later years, it arrives almost intact in the human liver, not breaking down.

From 1973-1991, there was a 126% rise in prostate cancer, 17 % childhood leukemia, 26% rise in childhood brain cancer, 25% in breast cancer, 41% in testicular cancer.

1973: FDA finally bans the artificial coloring agent Violet No.1 , a revealed carcinogen, used to stamp every piece of meat in the U.S.

1974: artificial sweetener, Aspartame approved. A year later, G.D. Searle and Company was found to have falsified some of the data, hiding info regarding animals fed aspartame had developed seizures and brain tumors. No recall or ban was enforced. In 1983 a neuroscientist wrote that aspartame increases body weight bc it stimulates a craving for calorie laden carbohydrates. In 1994, 88 toxic symptoms in humans occurred from 1200 food products with Aspartame.

1977-1994: learning disabilities increased 191 % in special ed children.

1980-2000: prescription drug sales tripled to $200 billion /yr in the U.S., a figure that represents half of all prescription drug sales in the entire world.

1995: A study by USC found that there was a higher incidence of leukemia in children who ate more than 12 hot dogs each month. Nitrosamines are used in processing the meat.

1998: 75,500 synthetic chemicals have been registered as appearing in consumer products, agriculture and industry. The American Journal of Epidemiology published that serious side effects from chlorinated tap water with an increase of miscarriages.

1999: Erythromycin, after 40 yrs of usage was linked to serious abdominal obstructions.

2000: National Academy of Sciences reports that half of all pregnancies in the U.S. result in less-than-healthy babies. One third of developmental defects are caused by exposure to toxic chemicals.

1983: Coke and Pepsi switched from a 50-50 mix of sugar and corn syrup to a 100% high fructose corn syrup sweetener.

1989: A lab in Boston found that giving flouride to rats in moderate amts in water, gave birth to hyperactive babies, retardation and cognitive defects. Higher levels are given to humans than what are administered to rats. In 1992, the University of Utah published that fluoridation weakens bones and increases the risk of hip fractures.

1992: FDA announced that 65% of women’s cosmetics contain carcinogen contaminants.

1998: FDA discovered that 55% of all grocery foods sampled contained pesticides.

1994: FDA approves the marketing of genetically modified foods. By 2002, 26% of corn, 68% soybeans, 69% of cotton in the U.S. will be genetically modified. And 60% of processed foods will contain these GMO’s.

2001: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announces that the food we eat is responsible for twice the numbers of illnesses in the U.S. in comparison to just seven years earlier.

2001: JAMA publishes a report that 6.7 million adult visits to the doctor for a sore throat between 1989 and 1999 and antibiotics were prescribed in 73% of the visits even though antibiotics do not treat viral infections.

2002: Big Pharma now employs 675 lobbyists incl. 26 former members of congress and spends $91 million a year on influencing decisions made by Congress.

2002: For the first time since 1958 U.S. infant mortality rate increases twice that of Japan and other industrial nations.

2002: One in four Americans visits a fast food restaurant.

2003: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 1/3rd of all babies born in the U.S. since 2000 will become diabetics.

2004: JAMA publishes a study that reveals that in the previous decade the number of adults with High BP increased by 30%.

2005: Breast milk sampled from women in 18 states is found to contain traces of perchlorate, a toxic component of rocket fuel. Texas Tech Univ researched that the source is likely to be food that was tainted from irrigation water that had collected the toxin in seepage from defense industry plants around the U.S.
2005: Yale School of Medicine researchers reported that food storage containers made of plastic
can lead to learning disabilities in children and neurodegenerative diseases in adults.

Present: U.S. ranks 46th in life expectancy and 42nd in infant mortality among nations of the world.
The U.S. spends more than twice as much on health care than any other industrialized nation in the world.

excerpt from one hundred lies

Bettye Cart

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