Weekend Wrap…Heard of ractopamine? No? Read on because you’re eating it!

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Welcome to our Weekend Wrap! We hope you had a great weekend. The Kansas City Chiefs remain undefeated which makes Mr. W Cubed (MWC) very happy. In sticking with our nutrition theme, we’ll discuss what to eat on, and what to run from, today. (Spoiler alert: ractopamine is in the “run from” category!)

The list of stuff to eat on would include anything from Chipotle, as those folks are setting a new standard for fast casual food quality by providing organic whenever possible and insisting on non-GMO for everything else. Check it out:

http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/november2013/chipotle-serving-non-gmo-integrity-food.php

They are trailblazers for speaking out about the evils of factory farming, artificial ingredients, and GMO’s. They will have to raise prices a bit, though instead of losing customers, I think they will gain a diehard following and show that money can be made by providing a healthy product (that costs more than Taco Bell slop) that people want.

Now we have several examples of foods to run from, post haste. See the list below for items that even those in the know will avoid:

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/12214-8-foods-even-the-experts-won-t-eat.html

Sidenote: I did purchase a can of organic tomatoes this weekend from Muir Glen because they indicated on the packaging that the lining of the can was BPA-free. So not all canned tomatoes may fall into this category. However there is no hope for conventional (and therefore GMO) soy and rBGH milk. Avoid those always.

Okay now we increase the scary factor. Have you heard of ractopamine? Neither did I until I read this article:

http://banoosh.com/blog/2013/11/03/ractopamine-the-meat-additive-on-your-plate-thats-banned-almost-everywhere-but-america/

They explain that the asthma drug-like growth additive, called a beta-agonist, has enjoyed stealth use in the US food supply for a decade despite being widely banned overseas (emphasis mine because here we go again with the crap being unleashed on Americans by an incompetent FDA). Ractopamine is a growth enhancer and livestock operations make more money with less feed (of course it’s all about the $$ and not animal or public health). It is marketed as Paylean for pigs, Optaflexx for cattle and Topmax for turkeys. The scary parts:

– “Data from the European Food Safety Authority indicates that ractopamine causes elevated heart rates and heart-pounding sensations in humans,” says Center for Food Safety.

– In an early Canadian study, monkeys given ractopamine “developed daily tachycardia”– rapid heart beat. Rats fed ractopamine developed a constellation of birth defects like cleft palate, protruding tongue, short limbs, missing digits, open eyelids and enlarged heart.

– Two cousin drugs of ractopamine, clenbuterol and zilpaterol, cause such adrenalin effects in humans they are banned by the Olympics.

– And so on…please see the article for more and try not to gag! As if arsenic in chicken feed wasn’t enough. Yet another reason for carnivores to go organic.

Also of great concern is the situation with Fukushima. As explained in http://www.ultraculture.org/foods-naturally-protect-fukushima-radiation/ Japanese officials have just admitted the grim truth that since the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and meltdown, 20 trillion to 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have leaked into the Pacific Ocean, plus a huge amount of cesium, as well as strontium—which replaces calcium in bones and stays in the bodies of humans and sea life. Over 300 tons of radioactive water are still leaking into the sea each day. And if that wasn’t enough, reactor 4 is severely damaged and sinking—the removal of the spent fuel rods will be one of the most urgent and dangerous tasks ever undertaken in the history of nuclear energy. A rodent chewed through the wiring recently, causing a power outage which came close to triggering an unstoppable nuclear chain reaction.

Those living downwind, especially on the west coast of North America, may have significant reason to be aware and take precautions. My friends on the left coast, please take precautions and add the foods recommended in this post to your diet! I included several examples on our Pinterest Board with the hashtag #radiationprotection – see http://www.pinterest.com/wcubedorg/healthy-recipes/.

And that wraps it up for today! Indeed, there’s crazy stuff happening in the world but the best thing we can do is focus on what we can do to improve ourselves and it. If enough of us do that, we will see large-scale positive change.

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I wish you the best in your pursuit for great health and hope this was helpful. Have a great week!

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