in rice? That is all that is on the news TV today. Do people listen
to this information and believe it? I sure hope not. Yesterday it
was arsenic in apple juice. Now to get the attention off of other
subjects (like obesity from junk foods) lets find another healthy
food and confuse the public even more. Please, please do not feed
into the fear. Do not fall into this misdirecting of our attention
trap. We live in a culture where we tell a story before we have all
the facts. We live in a fear based culture where some of us have lost
our common sense.
lets look at history. Brown rice has been eaten for thousands
of years. It is the stable food for more than half the population
on the planet. If these "supposed" high levels of arsenic
were in rice, why have we not had a problem way, way, before this.
They have reported high levels of arsenic can be a cause of some cancers
(again feeding on our fears). Why then has our cancer epidemic
only been happening in the last 50 to 60 years after the introduction
of refined, processed, and chemically sprayed foods? Also genetically
engineered foods (Maybe this hoopla has all come out to scare people
to accepting some genetically engineered form of arsenic resistant
rice the big chemical companies are trying to get into our food chain.*)
And to imply that rice consumption has anything to do with cancer
is absurd! Brown rice is one of the most nutritional foods on the
are looking for a culprit for our cancer epidemic maybe we should
look to chicken. The FDA admits that 98% of chicken consumed have
cancer. If the flesh you are consuming has cancer, your flesh will
develop cancer. And if you are looking for where we are getting high
levels of arsenic, 75% of the chickens consumed have high levels of
arsenic in them. The arsenic is in their food. Why is that not being
discussed on the TV?
been eating a whole foods, healthy macrobiotic diet for 17 years.
My diet is based around brown rice and brown rice products. I do have
a wide variety of other whole grains in my diet. I use brown rice
syrup as my main sweetener in my desserts. I drink rice milk because
I prefer the taste to the other dairy free milks. You would think
someone like me would be the person who would have the high levels
of arsenic they are warning people about. I have no arsenic in my
system. For the last 15 years I have done hair analysis to keep track
of my health. The hair analysis tests for toxic substances such as
arsenic. I have never and do not now, have arsenic in my system.
you know there are different types of arsenic? There is the organic
type that is found in nature, and inorganic type that is from manmade
chemicals. These chemicals are in the pesticides that have been sprayed
on our crops. The chemical residue is now in the soil. Which is why
the apple juices that had the highest levels of arsenic in them were
from other countries that sprayed their crops more than we do. And
the organic arsenic is found in some mineral supplements in small
quantities because it occurs
naturally in soil.
glad to see Dr. Oz on The View talking about this subject.
said do not stop eating brown rice and that it is a important part
of a healthy diet. He did say that you should include other grains
as well, quinoa, millet, amaranth. And I was so happy to hear him
correct the reporting that the white rice would be better because
the arsenic was found in the outer hull of the brown rice. When asked
if the white variety would be better, he said (to paraphrase), please,
please do not think white rice is better than brown rice.
Please use our common sense. A nutrient dense food source that has
been eaten for thousands of years with no problem can not be the cause
of our epidemic of chronic diseases we are plagued with now.
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are my thoughts on..................... Val
read the report in the November issue of Consumer Report magazine.
As I suspected in my Thoughts On article, written before I read this
article, there is only one sentence in the article that tells the
whole story: "Meharg, a leading researcher in the field, noted
the Department of Agriculture has invested in research to breed types
of rice that can withstand arsenic."