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Did you know..new EU Laws secretly approved behind closed doors, threatens to destroy your health, rights & freedom of choice?

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

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SIGN THE PETITION NOW – www.ipetitions.com/petition/joininghandsinhealth/    If you are in the media please visit the website and get in touch with joininghandsin health. For more info and a video explaining what is going on please visit www.anh-europe.org/node/3113

YOUR ACTION IS REQUIRE IMMEDIATELY

Did you know…  new EU Laws secretly approved behind closed doors, threatens to destroy your health, rights & freedom of choice?  Therefore, you will no longer have access to thousands of  ‘safe’ natural products & foods used successfully for centuries to heal illnesses such as Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease or to  maintain overall health.

SIGNING OUR PETITION TODAY can stop this tragedy and help ‘safeguard’ yourself, loved-ones and future generations.

This groundbreaking PETITION is uniting UK VOICES to prevent thousands of ‘safe’ natural products (i.e. foods, herbs, vitamins, minerals, supplements & indigenous remedies) from being banned by 2011.  Founder Dounne Alexander MBE.FRSA believes, if this is left unchallenged, it not only poses the greatest threat imaginable to our health, (including our children & future generations), animal welfare and the environment – but also the survival of many cultural foods, holistic practices, therapists and ‘small’ health businesses.  In addition, centuries of ancient wisdom and spiritual beliefs will be written out of the history books and lost forever.  With the European Union and UK Government claiming that these Legislations were created to provide greater consumer protection, however, overwhelming evidence shows their true purpose is to assist global population control, power & wealth.

As the 2011 deadline fast approaches, it is vital that we all JOIN HANDS to protect the future… before it’s too late.

WHATS IT ALL ABOUT

Over 300 EU Legislations, secretly approved behind closed doors (since 2002), started coming into forced from 2010.  To avoid opposition, the European Union (EU), UK Government, Medical Establishment & National  Media have worked together to deliberately  keep the entire UK population (over 60 million people) in the dark.  For this reason, the majority of UK citizens have no idea that as from this year (2010), we no longer have the freedom-to-choose ‘natural health products’ or the right-to-decide what we wish to eat, drink or medicate – in order to manage our health.  Therefore, thousands of beneficial natural foods, proven ‘safe & effective’ for centuries and still commonly used today (to combat serious illness or to maintain overall health).. are being banned or their potency drastically reduced, making them virtually ineffective.  Whilst ancient cultural traditions (such as African, Chinese, Indian, ‘Ayurvedic’ and other indigenous practices), also developed and used successfully for centuries will be lost forever.

Many in the health industry are alarmed at the sheer disregard the legislations have for the ancient principle that Natural Foods are meant to Feed & Heal.  As confirmed by Hippocrates, (the ancient father of medicine), who famously quoted; “Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food”, and Paracelsus (father of Pharmacology) who stated, “All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature… the challenge of science is to find it.”  Also conflicting with the spiritual beliefs recognized & respected worldwide, these legislations will replace ‘natural foods’ (God-made) with ‘all things artificial’ (i.e. man-made).  In so doing, Religious /  Spiritual rights are being dishonoured, disrespected and denied.

WE ARE SIGNING THE PETITION IN HONOUR OF THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM

However, this is only the ‘tip of the iceberg’, as strict censorship also means we can no longer speak or teach each other about the merits and health enhancing benefits of natural foods, as handed down from generation to generation.  Therefore, centuries of ancient wisdom will be written out of the history books and lost to future generations.

Meanwhile, UK Regulators (funded by vested interests of the Pharmaceutical Industry and employed as EU Law Enforcers & Watchdogs), are currently criminalizing’ legitimate manufacturers & practitioners with heavy fines imprisonment, product confiscation, removal of ingredients (they classify as ‘medicinal’), or forced business closure… for “the crime” of restoring health naturally.  These Regulators have been given more powers than the police and includes the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Trading Standards, Environmental Health, plus others. Their actions are effectively driving the natural health industry underground; threatening the survival of thousands of small (established) health manufacturers, suppliers, practitioners, therapists and consumer health-choice.

HOW WILL THIS EFFECT YOU

If left un-challenged, the impact on ALL OF US; (including YOUR HEALTH) & THE ENVIRONMENT will be catastrophic and irreversible.

The fear is that organic / natural foods & health products will gradually be eradicated and in its place, Genetically Modified (GM), Irradiated, Cloned and other Artificial Foods will be promoted as the cheaper, healthier option, to prevent global starvation.  This clever ‘spin’ was deliberately created to instil fear, so the public would not object to these plans.  It is well known in the health arena that GM, Irradiated & Artificial Foods are DEAD FOODS and a major cause of chronic poor health, malnutrition, mental illness and infertility.  However, we have been unknowingly consuming GM & Irradiated Foods for over two decades, to the detriment of our health and an already overstretched National Health Service.  Armed with this knowledge, would you still encourage more of the same into the food chain?

It is also well known that prescription medication & legalized drugs destroys immunity, are extremely addictive, toxic and hazardous to both health and the environment.  Plus, rated the third biggest killers in the world (after heart disease and cancer); with side effects that often leave many permanently damaged.  Whereas, natural foods, herbal remedies & holistic treatments (used since creation), has an exceptionally high record for safety, effectiveness and sustainability… yet these legislations actively seek to remove them.

Sadly, when you follow the dotted line, you will uncover a disturbing plan to create an increasingly ‘SICK’ society, solely dependent on artificial foods, prescription medication & legalized drugs, whilst vigorously destroying the environment.  In other words, the creation of wealth through deception, fear and suffering.

THE TRUTH is incredibly disturbing.

What appears on the surface to be consumer health protection,

behind the scenes is actually legalized health suicide.

HOW CAN WE STOP THIS TRAGEDY

ONLY A NATIONAL PETITION CAN ‘STOP’ THESE LEGISLATIONS FROM BECOMING LAW.  Therefore, we need 35 million people (half the UK population) to sign ‘THE NATION SPEAKS petition today.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T SIGN?

From 2011, we will witness the greatest infringement and most restrictive regulatory system ever experienced on our democratic freedoms, personal choice, human rights & natural healthcare… resulting in an unprecedented threat to our lives, livelihood & health as we know it today.  Instead, we will be left with a system that will replace ‘natural health’ and enforce a ‘pharmaceutical drug’ dependent culture.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

The Powers That Be include the European Union (EU), UK Government, other powerful world Governments, the World Health Organisations, the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation; vested interest from the Pharmaceutical industry, other large Corporations and Media networks.  Working together, their goal is to eventually extend the legislations worldwide to create ‘what they have called’ The New World Order… whose hidden agenda is global population control, power & wealth.

PEOPLE POWER THROUGH COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY

We elect the Government to serve us, but as they have refused to consult, inform or call a Referendum – we need to take back control.  This will effectively remind them to listen to our voice, not only during election – BUT AT ALL TIMES.  This way the Queen, Government and the European Union will be forced to obey the voice of the nation.

The Nation’s Mandate :

In March 2011, JOINING HANDS IN HEALTH will submit this petition to the Government as the Nation’s Mandate to OPT OUT of the EU Directives, Regulations & Codex Alimentarius.  In its place, to establish an independent legal framework based on NATURAL LAW & COMMON LAW that will…

1. SAFEGUARD – Natural foods, vitamins, herbs, supplements & traditional medicines / indigenous remedies; and the natural health industry.

2. SECURE – The democratic freedom, health choice, human / religious & consumer rights of UK citizens and future generations.

3. PROTECT – Animal health & welfare.

4. PRESERVE – Our natural environment.

IT’S TIME TO GET ACTIVE! “Do not wait for Leaders.  Do it alone… Person to Person”…   Mother Teresa.

35 million signatures may seem a mammoth task, however if overnight success Susan Boyle’s audition on Britain’s Got Talent, amassed almost 100 million views (on You Tube) in 9 days, then 35 million signatures in 7 months is definitely achievable.  President Obama’s election victory is another perfect example of PEOPLE POWER through the internet and social networking.  Therefore, we can quickly reach this goal, if each person who signs the petition, forwards the link [ www.joininghandsinhealth.com/petition ] to at least 7 people; OR sends via mobile phone, email or social-networking groups (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, You Tube, Bebo etc).

Please remember to encourage family and friends to do the same.  FREE leaflets are also available by emailing info@joininghandsinhealth.com (please type <LEAFLET REQUEST> in the subject bar).  Kindly pass on to neighbours, local newsagents, local & high street stores, petrol stations, supermarkets, local & national media, businesses, various groups (i.e. campaigns, charities, faith, parent), personal networks, pubs, clubs, colleges & universities, theatres, libraries, internet cafes,  tea/coffee etc).

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“This campaign is about loving, respecting & valuing ‘LIFE’ and therefore, transcends politics, religion, culture, gender, class and race.  It is not against conventional medication or treatments but aims to preserve nature; secure consumer rights & protect freedom of choice.   However we strongly believe that what is taking place is a violent act against humanity, animals and the environment.

As Mahatma Ghandi once quoted –

The Roots of Violence is:

Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics  without principles.”

So… the Future is now in ‘YOUR’ Hands  to secure a safer, healthier life for yourself and your loved ones.  Please sign TODAY and spread the word. You must be a UK citizen or an ex-pat and over 18 to sign.

IN BRIEF – THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS PETITION.

♥ The inspiration behind the petition is founder – Dounne Alexander (61) MBE, FRSA whose business (GRAMMA’S) and extraordinary herbal products have been effected by these draconian legislations.  She decided to use her experiences to awaken everyone to the serious dangers we will ‘ALL’ face, if they are not stopped before 2011.  The legislations we oppose to are ‘The European Food Supplements Directives’, ‘Nutrition & Health Claims Regulations’, ‘Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive’ and the Codex Alimentarius guidelines.  Please visit www.joininghandsinhealth.com to find out more.

TO SIGN THE PETITION PLEASE GO TO – www.ipetitions.com/petition/joininghandsinhealth/

What’s in an ‘E’ – Info on Additives

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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This is ongoing as the information is quite large but I have decided to put it up on the blog, but it is work in progress.

In 1984 Food labeling gave us an insight into what was being put into our foods this allowed the consumer to see what was being added to these foods used for preservation and colouring but up until January 2009 there was no law that made it clear to the consumer what ingredients were used used to flavour food and drinks but thanks to an EU ruling this has now changed.

In spite of this labelling many of us still do not understand what the label is telling us, there is a mass of information including E numbers which we are not aware of what they mean so we tend to chuck it in the basket and not give it a second thought.  Sadly many now suffering the consequences of a build up of these synthetic chemicals both in body and mind.  It has been stated, by the people that recommend the amount of additives used, that most of them are at a safe level but I believe the concern is that we are eating food and drink with additives in larger quantities and we are feeding these additives to our children in the same quantities and over a short period time the food and drink laden with additives lead to, in some cases, dramatic changes in personality and behaviour, but why do foods need added chemicals – we are all drawn to certain colours and find some more attractive to our vision and pallet but maybe it is us the consumer who’s minds need to change regarding this.

Here I would like to list the additives put in our foods daily so you can make informative decisions for you and your children. It would also be an idea to check the behaviour of your children and indeed yourselves when eating food with E’s both before and after and possibly cut them out or at the very least, cut down. We are in a better position now then in the last twenty years as we are now growing our own vegetables and there is more choice in organic products but on the flip side of this the people who have the lowest income may not have a garden or the money to buy organic so reading the label and checking the additives may help people choose more wisely.

E220 Sulphur dioxide -Used in alcoholic beverages, beers, soft drinks, juices, cordials, used in all the stages of the production of wine, vinegar and potato products, dried apricots and other dried food. Interestingly any alcoholic drink above 1.2% strength does not require an ingredients label yet E220 is known to provoke asthma attacks and is associated with increased respiratory symptoms and disease, difficulty breathing and premature death. It is difficult to metabolise for those with impaired kidney function, triggers hypertension and emphysema, It also destroys Vitamins B1, B12 and E and is not recommended for consumption by children.

While we are mentioning wine it might be worthwhile noting that if you are a vegetarian or vegan and you are not aware, nearly all wines are produced with animal derivatives. They are;

Edible gelatine which is crushed bones normally from cows. Isinglass made from the swim-bladder of animal albumin ( a dried blood powder)

So unless the label states the letter ‘V’ for vegetarian or vegan you are better off leaving well alone.

Eggs – The colour of an egg yolk is measured on a scale from 1-15 most eggs that you eat on a daily basis have a colour reading of 11, however some manufacturers want a more orange appearance for the yolk and add orange pigments to the chicken feed in doing this they also pump the price up. Free- range eggs are not exempt from this tampering either and there is no law preventing this. Chickens that have a yellow colour to them have more than likely been given xanthophyll in their feed.The Fish industry is also another one that adds pigment dies not only for farmed Salmon but also for other fish, they can be dipped in a red die to give them that pink tinge. emmm lovely!!!

E110, commonly known as Sunset Yellow FCF and Orange Yellow S. It is a synthetic coal tar food colouring and an azo dye and is generally used in fermented foods. E110 is thought to worsen asthma and when taken in combination with benzoates it produces hypertension in children. Other effects of this additive is vomiting and severe weight loss. This E110 has been approved by the EU but has been banned in Norway.

Children’s food and drink that contain E110 or Sunset Yellow; Bob the builder Cake, Cheesy corn snacks by walkers, Clown cake by Asda, Football mixed sweets by Haribo, Fruit ‘n’ Grain Apple and Cinnamon bars by Asda, Fruit ‘n’ Grain Strawberry Bars by Asda,  Fruit Pastille Lollies Rowntree’s, Fruit Pastilles by Rowntree’s, Jelly Tots Rowntree’s, Jelly Pots Orange by Rowntree’s, jelly pots lemon and lime by Rowntree’s, Jewsters by Starburst, Kola Champion Flavoured Soft Drink By DG Jamaica, Let’s Party Cake by Lightbody, Little Madame Cake by Lightbody Celebration Cakes, Loony Tunes Taz Cake by Memory lane Cakes, M&M Minis Magic Marble Cake Mix by Green’s, M&M Minis Mini Muffin Cake by Green’s, Pizza Flavoured Doritos Crisps by Walkers, Red lemonade by Nash’s, Scooby Doo by Lightbody Celebration Cakes, Smarties by Nestle, Smarties Cake by Nestle, Smartprice Orange Jelly and also Strawberry Jelly by Asda,  Spiderman Cake by Lightbody, Star Mixed Sweets by Haribo, Sugar Animal Shapes by Supercook, Tangtastic Sour Mixed Sweets by Haribo, Tangy Cheese Flavoured Corn Chips by Walkers, Tizer by AG Barr, T&K lemonade (red) drink by C&C, Whiney the Poo Cake y Lightbody. There are many more but if you see this number you know that  possible effects.

Now you take these foods and drinks home for your children and you give them the following food and drinks which have additive E211 Benzoate  ( As stated above mixing the above E110 and E211 Benzoate causes hypertension in children) and you wonder why so many kids have behavioral problems, ADHD ( Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder) and breathing related dis-ease.


E211 Benzoate; Apple and Blackcurrant Squash (no added sugar) by Safeway,  Apple Squash (no added sugar) by Asda , Barbecue Dip by McDonalds, Blackcurrant and Elderflower Flavoured Spring Water by Asda, Blackcurrent Ice Lollies by Ribena, Blackcurrant Squash (no added sugar) by Asda, C Vit by Smith Klein Beecham, Cherry by Sodastream, Citrus Fruit Crush by Asda

Its time to let these manufacturers know that we will refrain from buying their products unless they remove these ‘harm full’ additives.

See here for parents comments on additives and the affects they have noticed on their children – http://www.foodcomm.org.uk/parentsjury/add_3.htm

We have trusted manufactures believing that they have had and do have our best interest at heart but sadly these corporations only have profits and brand names to protect, maybe its not their total responsibility because as humans we have allowed people to make decisions for us. Thankfully humanity is starting to see clearly and make the right choices for themselves and their families. We are approaching a time when we must see what is real and what is an illusion, make decisions for ourselves and not follow the hype of the media, whether this is about food, our health and well being, vaccinations or levels of crime if we allow ourselves to be controlled and not make the choices for ourselves we cannot blame anyone else because there is always a choice.

Thanks to www.ukfoodguide.net/childrensfoodsanddrinks.htm for the information on children’s food products and thanks to ‘The New E For Additives by Maurice Hanssen and Jill Marsden. This book is available from Amazon and all good book stores.

Be A Vegetarian and Help Animals and Combat Climate Change

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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This information comes courtesy of Doctor Art-Ong Jumasai Na Ayudhya –  Director of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education, Thailand
Chief Administrator of the Sathya Sai School, Thailand.  Official Trainer of Teachers for the Ministry of Education in Human Values Education. A former memeber of the Thai Parliament and former NASA scientist. He is also a vegetarian.  For details please see his blog – http://ssgi-biografi.blogspot.com/2008/04/dr-art-ong-jumsai-na-ayudhya.html

The following talk is by Dr Art-Ong Jumasai Na Ayudhya,  On why humans are not meat eaters

Vegetarianism is the right way

You can see very famous people in the past who were vegetarians Sir Isaac Newton, Aristotle, Mark Twain, Leonardo Da Vinci, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Plato, Pythagoras, Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. When you look at carnivores you can see their skeleton and you can see their big fangs that they use to kill other animals and the teeth behind they are all sharp, they don’t chew their food they swallow everything. The vegetarian eating animals’ teeth are quite different, humans do not have the same teeth as the meat eaters. We as humans are vegetarian, we have to chew the food just as the cows do, they chew their food to make sure that it becomes digestible. Our digestion starts in the mouth and then we look at the intestines we find that for vegetarians we have very long intestines, in fact it is about nine times the length of our body. The meat eaters they only have three times the length of the body and the reason is because if you have a plate of meat and a plate of vegetables after three to four hours the meat will start to rot, will go bad, but the vegetables will last until the next day and will not go bad. So in that case we can out all the nutrients from our intestines because we have a very long one, our own intestines are more suitable for vegetables not for meat. You can see the lifespan of the Eskimo people they don’t have vegetables, their lifespan is 27.5 years, whereas the Hunzas Tribe in Pakistan and the Otomi Tribe in Mexico have a lifespan of 110 years. A medical doctor called Sir Robert Mc Carrison studied these tribes and concluded, “I never saw a case of appendicitis or colic or cancer amongst these people.” In another study a group of Harvard doctors and scientists went to a village in Ecuador, the villagers there were pure vegetarians and again they found most of them reached the age of over 100 years. A study in America of 50,000 vegetarians found that they lived longer, they had significantly lower rates of heart disease and lower rates of cancer compared to meat eaters. Dr Kellogg a famous theologian once remarked, “It’s nice to eat a meal and not worry about what your food may have died of.”  You can see Chicken flu, mad cow disease, nipah virus and all kinds of problems with animals. When you look at the protein you can see soy milk powder contains 41.8% protein, whereas chiken and lamb only has 18 or 16% protein – you get more protein from soy bean. This is one of the problems that is causing global warming, you need seventeen more times more land to get the same amount of protein when you compare the livestock to soy bean, you need eight times more water to raise animals verses growing vegetables and grains and when you feed grains to animals as in America you only get back 10% of the calories and protein of livestock when you eat meat so a lot of good food is being wasted.

So this is the solution to world starvation, many people are dying, everyday children are dying because they lack food, 80-90% of all the grain grown in America is used to feed meat animals. So when you reduce meat production by 10% only, you would release enough grain to feed 60 million people just by a reduction of 10%. If people would consume only 50% they would release enough food to feed the entire developing world. So become a  vegetarian and we can save the lives of so many people. We will have enough food for the whole world. Former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, (21 December 1918 – 14 June 2007)  said, “The food consumption of the rich countries is the key cause of hunger around the world.”  Let’s do whatever we can to reduce global warming.

In ‘The Celestine Prophecy’  James Redfield wrote something along the lines of, When man stops eating flesh they will then stop killing each other.

Must Read Books

Not On The Label by Felicity Lawrence Synopsis – A shocking and highly readable expose of the state of the food production industry in Britain today. Felicity Lawrence will take some of the most popular foods we eat at home to show how the food industry in Britain causes ill health, environmental damage, urban blight, starving smallholders in Africa and Asia, and illegal labourers smuggled and exploited in Britain.

comments: I thought I had some idea about how supermarkets operate and how our food is produced, but I didn’t know the half of it. Read this book (then lend it to everyone you know), ponder its contents for a while and I am sure you will change your shopping habits. Too many of us are shopping in supermarkets and giving them the power to dictate their own terms. It is clear that they do not have consumers or food producers interests at heart. I’ve gone right off chicken (only organic and free range from now on), I’ve eaten my last ready meal, I think I’m going to try baking my own bread, definitely Fair Trade bananas and coffee from now on and I’ve just taken over an allotment to grow some of my own fruit and veg. Its time to start enjoying good locally produced and carefully reared/grown food again.

This is the book the confirms all the sneaky suspicions you have always had when shopping in big supermarkets. Why is nothing ever out of season anymore? Why is everything packed in plastic? Why do we pay the same price for chicken today that our Grandparents did? If everything is so clean and perfect now-a-days why do we still have outbreaks of foot-and-mouth and bird-flu and E-coli, not to mention CJD?

I live in Spain and it just happens that after having read the chapter on salad and the greenhouse of Europe (southern Spain, Almeria(Andalucia)) we went to Roquetas de Mar for a weekend break. This had been booked long before I read the book! When we were there we couldn’t stop thinking about everything the author had commented on during her stay in Roquetas, about the soil being used for 3 harvests a year, the pesticides needed to support this, water brought down from the north. In the meantime we, the tourist, were stuffing our faces at buffets and wasting water in an area that is a man-made oasis in the dessert. How long can this go on? I looked out of my hotel room window and saw the sea, the beach and a beautiful swimming pool. Then I went for a walk and could see all the plastic covering the greenhouses shimmering in the sun light and I thought of all the immigrants living in the rubble with no clean drinking water and little food, who wait by the road at sunrise to get selected to go to work or not. That lettuce is then sent by lorry to UK or other EU supermarkets.

The Labour Government, and Opposition for that matter, should be locked in a windowless room until they have all read this book. Once read, you will walk through the likes of Tescos and Sainsburys, Asda and Sommerfield with a heavy heart. Macdonalds is not quite the be all and end all of ogres portrayed by Fast Food Nation because in the end we all have a choice not to eat there. Increasingly, however, we do not have the choice as to where we buy our food. I for one am digging up the lawn and growing my own.

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser – Synopsis – Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser’s disturbing and timely exploration of one of the world’s most controversial industries, has become a massive bestseller in America and rightly deserves to be so this side of the pond. On any given day, one out of four Americans opts for a quick and cheap meal at a fast-food restaurant, without giving either its speed or its cheapness a second thought. Fast food is so ubiquitous that it now seems harmless. But the industry’s drive for consolidation, homogenisation and speediness has radically transformed the West’s diet, landscape, economy and workforce, often in insidiously destructive ways. Schlosser’s investigation reaches its frightening peak in the meatpacking plants as he reveals the almost complete lack of regulation. His searing portrayal of the industry is disturbingly similar to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, written in 1906: nightmare working conditions, union busting and unsanitary practices that introduced E.coli and other pathogens into restaurants, schools and homes. Almost as disturbing is his description of how the industry “both feeds and feeds off the young”, insinuating itself into all aspects of children’s lives, even the pages of their school books, while leaving them prone to obesity and disease. Fortunately, Schlosser offers some eminently practical remedies. “Eating in the United States should no longer be a form of high-risk behaviour”, he writes. Where to begin? Ask yourself, is the true cost of having it “your way” really worth it? —Lesley Reed –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

comments: It’s no use closing your eyes and pretending it doesn’t effect you, because every time to put meat in your mouth you are eating chemicals, anti biotic and crap….by the ton and some from human waste. He tells how dead cats and dogs are collected from vets and converted into food for the cows, and if you think he is exaggerating
THINK AGAIN

FAST FOOD NATION is one of those true life tales that’s as hard to put down as an edge-of-your-seat thriller. It’s Eric Schlosser’s detailed and eminently readable portrait of the American fast food industry: its founders (most notably Ray Kroc and Carl Karcher), its Southern California evolution, marketing strategy (especially as it targets kids), corporate alliances (e.g. McDonald’s with Disney Corporation), hiring and employment practices, franchising structure, food product design, flavor and color additives, food growers and processors, meat packers, food contamination, job-related injuries, union relations, regulatory agencies, and overseas operations. Everything you’re drooling to know – and then some. It sounds dry, but isn’t.

Did you know that Ray Kroc was so fastidious that he cleaned the holes in his mop wringer with a toothbrush? That the “smell” of strawberry results from the interaction of at least 350 different chemicals? That perfectly sliced french fries are formed by shooting the skinned spud from a high pressure water hose at 117 feet per second through a grid of blades? That none of the workers in McDonald’s roughly 15,000 North American stores is represented by a union? Or that every day in the U.S. roughly 200,000 people are sickened by a foodborne disease, of which 900 are hospitalized and 14 die?