September 20, 2012
A health-conscious friend of mine recently started one of those three-week body cleanses where you give up various staples in your daily diet – you know, things like red meat, sugar, dairy and gluten. I think in many camps it just goes by the broader term – normal food. His regimen was already so restrictive that all he really has to forego is grains, which they directed him to replace with brown rice. Naturally, out comes the latest study reporting “‘significant’ levels of inorganic arsenic, a known human carcinogen” in over 60 rice products. So much for a healthy cleanse. Irony aside, I was reminded of a June 2009 TS article on how the next phase of the bear market would produce general health difficulties and might disrupt our fragile food supply. In searching for the arsenic article, I also stumbled upon “what is believed to be the first lawsuit against Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. and Forever Cheese, Inc. on behalf of a victim of the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to cheese.” That’s a scary first for the paragon of pure food marketing. I think I just may add that second rainwater-collection tank to help grow my own produce.
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