We begin this month’s Bulletin with a just-published study on non-stick cookware and osteoporosis. While Savers have been warned about this from the get-go, the fact that a mainstream publication is bringing this back to light is certainly a step in the right direction.
Next, there’s a shocking revelation about the sugar industry and how, decades ago, it gained the auspices of the National Institutes of Health to manipulate data on the effect of sugar on cavities.
And I’ve saved the best for last – there’s some exciting positive news that I can’t wait to share, so let’s get started!
1. Study Shows Fluoride-Based, Non-Stick Cookware Causes Bone Loss
Scientists at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine noted a connection between osteoporosis in women and high blood levels of chemicals called PFASs, or perfluoroalkyl substances.
PFASs are used in the manufacture of many products, including stain-repelling coating for furniture, food packaging, waterproof clothing, and non-stick cookware.
“‘These environmental chemicals are detectable in humans worldwide and are in the blood of 95 percent of the U.S. population,’ said first author Naila Khalil, Ph.D., assistant professor of community health at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. ‘We found significant negative associations between bone health and some of the PFAS compounds in post-menopausal women.’ …
Led by Khalil and senior author Kurunthachalam Kannan, Ph.D., professor of environmental health sciences at the University at Albany School of Public Health, the team of researchers assessed the association between blood PFAS concentrations in 1,914 U.S. participants and their bone density using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2010 data.”1
As the article indicates, non-stick cookware is not the only source of PFASs; but it is likely to be the most widely used item that contains this substance, and it is one of the few sources of PFASs that result in direct ingestion of the chemicals.
Non-stick coating contains fluoride, a toxic substance that is, unfortunately, very prevalent in the environment thanks to the widespread use of fluoride-containing fertilizers and, of course, fluoridated municipal tap water.
Clearly, it’s best to use cast iron or stainless steel cookware and avoid non-stick coating.
Savers are well ahead of the game, because you’re not only aware that non-stick cookware is bad for your bones, you also know about the bone-damaging effects of fluoride.
The Osteoporosis Hydration Protocol, a free report on water that’s included with the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, expounds at length on the dangers of fluoride, why it should never be ingested, and explains that corporations had to pay to get rid of fluoride waste leftover from their industrial processes. These corporations then teamed up with municipalities across the U.S. to give rise to mass fluoridation of city water.
This is not the first time that such an unholy alliance has had a deleterious effect on public health, as you’ll see next.
2. New Evidence Shows Collaboration Between Sugar Industry And National Institutes of Health (NIH) In Dental Cavity Cover-Up
A newly-discovered collection of 319 documents reveals an internationally-accepted position by the sugar industry that sugar causes tooth decay…and their collaborative plans with the NIH to find other methods aside from the obvious (reduction in sugar consumption) to reduce incidence of cavities.
“Thus aligned, the sugar industry trade organization and the NIH worked in parallel and ultimately together on developing alternative research approaches, with a substantial portion of the trade organization’s own research priorities – 78 percent – directly incorporated into the 1971 National Caries Program’s first request for research proposals from scientists.
‘The dental community has always known that preventing tooth decay required restricting sugar intake,’ said first author Cristin Kearns, DDS, MBA, a UCSF postdoctoral scholar who discovered the archives. ‘It was disappointing to learn that the policies we are debating today could have been addressed more than forty years ago.’”2
Sugar is a very profitable industry, not unlike Big Pharma. In fact, the similarities are noteworthy: Big Sugar’s alliance with the NIH is reflective of Big Pharma’s various alliances with the FDA, all designed to protect the industry in question.
It turns out that we’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of bisphosphonates, a move that would never have occurred if the FDA had actually taken into consideration the ample evidence of bisphosphonates’ dangers.
Unfortunately, given the dubious nature of the FDA approval process, this is not the least bit surprising.
I promised that we’d end on a good note, so that brings us to the third and final headline…which is great news!
3. Scotland Places Ban On Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
Joining countries like Kenya, Hungary, France, and Italy, Scotland will not be giving its consent on the cultivation of GM crops. Rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead believes that giving consent would be a gamble of the country’s future food and drink supply.
“[Lochhead] said that Scotland was known around the world for its ‘beautiful natural environment’ and banning the growing of genetically modified crops would protect and further enhance its ‘clean, green status.’
Mr Lochhead added: ‘There is no evidence of significant demand for GM products by Scottish consumers and I am concerned that allowing GM crops to be grown in Scotland would damage our clean and green brand, thereby gambling with the future of our £14bn food and drink sector.
‘Scottish food and drink is valued at home and abroad for its natural, high quality which often attracts a premium price, and I have heard directly from food and drink producers in other countries that are ditching GM because of a consumer backlash.’”3
How refreshing! For one thing, this story showcases the power of the informed consumer to shape policy. And this is an excellent example of leadership on the part of Mr. Lochhead, who is choosing to listen to the people and make choices based on consumer desire, not profits or special interests.
It’s heartening that other countries are making the non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) choice as well to varying degrees. China, for example, does not allow GMO crops to be grown domestically, and due to the European Union allowing individual countries to make the choice themselves, countries such as Germany, Greece, and Austria have banned the cultivation of GMO corn, the primary GMO crop that’s grown in Europe.
Let’s hope this is a trend that continues worldwide. As Savers know, GM crops can harm your bones and your overall health. And let’s not forget the environmental impact of GMOs.
Research has shown a disturbing tendency for GM foods to cause liver and kidney damage, something that can be devastating for anyone but is of particular concern for those with osteoporosis. This is because your kidneys and liver must be in good working order for the acid/alkaline balance to manifest in your body – a balance that is the very starting point for reversing osteoporosis.
It’s Impossible To Avoid All GMOs
Given the prevalence of GM foods, it’s easy to consume far more GM foods than you realize. That’s why it’s a good idea to be aware of the warning signs that something is not right with your liver and kidneys, and it’s also why a periodic detoxification is such an important step toward bone health. Remember, good kidney and liver function are crucial to reversing and preventing osteoporosis.
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1 Maurer, Heather. “Researchers show nonstick chemicals may be linked to osteoporosis in women.” Medical Xpress. June 10, 2015. Web. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-06-nonstick-chemicals-linked-osteoporosis-women.html
2 “‘Sugar papers’ reveal industry role in 1970s U.S. National Caries Program, analysis shows.” Science Daily. March 10, 2015. Web. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150310143922.htm
3 “Scotland to ban GM crop growing.” BBC News. August 9, 2015. Web. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33833958