Bismuth Could Stop Farts From Smelling, If Someone Could Make It Safe

We avoid mercury, arsenic, and lead exposure, but there’s one heavy metal that we gulp down in smaller doses: bismuth. And if it were less toxic, bismuth could one day keep us from stinking up elevators and other public places with our farts.

Source: Bismuth Could Stop Farts From Smelling, If Someone Could Make It Safe

But some people express love via a “Dutch oven” – fart in the bed, and pull the covers over the victims head so they can’t escape… ūüėÄ

Study: Kids Exposed to Toxic Chemicals on Artificial Turf

A new study shows that ground rubber found in sports fields and playgrounds often contains cancer-causing chemicals.

The so-called “crumb-rubber” — recycled tires that are crushed to bits — is used as padding in synthetic turf fields and in some playgrounds all over Northeast Ohio.

Source: Investigator | New study shows kids exposed to toxic chemicals on artificial turf

It’s not just an “anything causes cancer” argument as others are trying to make it out to be. Out of 124 cancer patients who were primarily soccer players, 84 were goalies (meaning they had a lot more contact with the rubber than other players).

Ground up tire rubber is from old tires:

  • Tire rubber contains cobalt as part of the vulcanization process.
  • Tires drive thousands of miles on asphalt roads, can come in constant contact with anti freeze, oil, pesticides, anything found on roads or parking lots.

Athletic fields is one thing – playgrounds are more of a concern to me because of the likelihood of children ingesting this stuff.¬† A family friend brought to my attention that Calgary (Alberta, Canada) had a similar issue almost a decade ago about lead in the grass of a residential area that was previously commercial zoned.¬† It wasn’t safe for kids to play in that grass…

Why Lead Is Bad For Humans

Given that humans have been using lead in various product for over 8,000 years (with the first known mining of it in Anatolia around 6500 BCE), you might be surprised to learn that we have known that lead is dangerous and shouldn‚Äôt be trifled with since at least 150 BC, when its effects on the human body were noted by famed Greek physician Nicander of Colophon. Nicander even went so far as to describe the metal as ‚Äúdeadly‚ÄĚ, writing extensively on the crippling effects it has on the human body in his work, Alexipharmaca.

Source: Why is Lead Bad For Humans?

Part of the reason for so many jokes about slack jawed yokels, pre-meth era, was that cider presses and stills tended to be made of lead.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Organic Based on the “Dirty Dozen” List

Switching to organic apples because they top the “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with the most pesticides? You may want to reconsider. It turns out the “Dirty” foods are fairly clean, and organic foods aren’t free of pesticides anyway.

The “Dirty Dozen” list, which aims to rank the fruits with the most pesticide residue, comes from the Environmental Working Group, and they publish their methodology on the report’s website. They basically download the test results from the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, which samples produce for pesticide residues, and come up with a ranking score for each fruit or vegetable based on six criteria relating to the number of different pesticide residues seen on produce of that type, the percentage of samples with pesticide residues, and the total amount of pesticide detected.

Source: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Organic Based on the “Dirty Dozen” List

This isn’t a suggestion to avoid organic produce entirely – it’s to be more aware because you can’t always trust what the label tells you.

Common Food Emulsifiers May be Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

Emulsifiers are used in processed foods, drugs, vitamins, vaccines, soaps, and cosmetics. They¬†hold ingredients that generally don’t like to be together, like oil and water, in a stable union. They are found in everyday products ranging from mouthwash to ice cream to salad dressing and barbecue sauce.

When emulsifiers¬†first came into vogue, they were classified by the government as GRAS‚ÄĒ”generally regarded as safe”‚ÄĒbecause in animal studies designed to detect acute toxicity and/or carcinogenic properties, they exhibited neither. But their consumption in the Western world has risen dramatically over the late twentieth century, largely in tandem with inflammatory disorders like colitis and metabolic syndrome, a¬†collective suite of obesity-associated diseases. That connection has prompted more refined safety studies on emulsifiers and other food additives.

The results of some of this new¬†work were published in Nature, implicating two specific emulsifiers in the development of colitis and metabolic syndrome in mice. The emulsifiers exert these effects by disturbing a¬†mouse’s microbial community.

Source: Common food emulsifiers may be linked to metabolic syndrome

Through natural cooking, compounds are formed and released which we are entirely ignorant of, we have no idea what we’re putting into our mouths or the larger effects of consuming things routinely, and that’s without adding in synthesized preservatives, coloring’s and additives.

It holds no surprise that artificial emulsifiers are terrible for your digestive tract and overall well being, that being said, its far more convenient and “legal” to go to a store and buy mayonnaise than it is to actually make it. Some are less than keen on fresh mayo, simply because they fear eating raw yolks…
A minuscule chance of salmonella is far more frightening than gorging on less than tested additives to your average consumer.

The industry is slowly changing.¬† It began with vegetarianism becoming mainstream… Gluten free has gotten more traction than lactose intolerance, but there are non-dairy alternatives available on the shelves now.