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To our readers

Ensuring environmental sustainability is a goal – Goal 7 – of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and Muriella’s Corner is committed to support its implementation, in partnership with all who intend to help more than one billion people release their creative energies, to help free them from the shackles of a life of continuing and overwhelming poverty.

Some of you might have noticed that water has been a recurring topic* on Muriella’s Corner and blogs. This seeming bias is due to almost three decades of work in the United Nations in the area of environment, water and sanitation.

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17 OCTOBER 2007

Muriella’s Corner

*These are earlier issues on water
To filter or not…
End of an era…error?
Environment and you
Water, water, ice
Tips for Travelers to the Tropics

Most of my work took me to developing countries over short and long periods, working with communities, governments and not-for-profit agencies in the drilling of wells, installation of handpumps, building of latrines.

The theme of water vibrates around the globe. In most developing countries, water quantity and water quality are main hurdles for the people. In others, water quality is the main challenge.

I have seen, first hand, the pain and suffering diseases cause to families who ingest and bathe in water populated by parasites – diseases like dracunculiasis (guinea worm), schisostomiasis,bilharziasis, and all the -isises- you can think of.

People’s lives are very affected, too ill to work, not enough time to go to school as fetching water is one of the main duties, especially of girls, and so on.

But they are forced to drink what is available, even though the source is questionable.

They have no CHOICE.

On the other hand, in the developed countries, there is no lack of water. In the quest to make the water potable, many chemicals are added. One of the most insidious is chlorine.

But, since exotic diseases are not present in the water supply, people are hardly concerned about the chemicals and as such continue to drink,shower and bathe in chlorinated water (swimming pools reek of chlorine).

Some are buying bottled water, but here again, hardly any attention is given to health issues – e.g. the water source from which the water is bottled is questionable; the plastic containers are questionable, pollution issues, the financial costs of buying a bottle of water – not enough to drink per day; no attention given to the water used for showering, bathing, cooking, etc., etc.

What is to be done?

The most important thing, we believe, is for people to know that they have a choice. Information propelled them to be users of bottled water, to choose to drink bottled water instead of tap water. But if their grasp of what propelled them is understood overall, they would also be concerned about the water used for showering, bathing, cooking.

We have prepared a comprehensive newsletter on Water with the following headings:

The Water Cure
Different types of water
Bottled Water – clear choices
Brands of Bottled Water; Filtration systems
Chlorine and cancer?
Chlorine and Asthma?
Testimony on drinking water
Discussion H2O

Given the amount of information this entails, we have decided to send it to you in short sips, so that you can click through and read the article you prefer. We recommend however that you read all of them as they will be of use to you as you make your choices.

We have also developed podcasts on water and can make them available upon request.

We will continue the focus on drinking water (quality and quantity), given the focus on this issues as Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals

-Reducing poverty and achieving sustained development must be done in conjunction with a healthy planet. The Millennium Goals recognize that environmental sustainability is part of global economic and social well-being. Unfortunately exploitation of natural resources such as forests, land, water, and fisheries-often by the powerful few-have caused alarming changes in our natural world in recent decades, often harming the most vulnerable people in the world who depend on natural resources for their livelihood.

Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015 to:

  • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources.
  • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
  • Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020. (Source: millenniumcampaign.org)

For full articles and links go to this webpage

Thank you

Muriella’s Corner

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The chemicalization of the American Breakfast

Industrial food processing and health issues

Note: Muriella’s Corner has been following the issues raised regarding chemicals in our water supply, our cosmetics, our children’s toys…but these refer usually to heavy metals and other toxic chemicals. But we have not been consciously following the processing of foods and how they are denatured and rendered devoid of nutrients, and how we willingly choose and buy these products usually because of the way they are marketed to us and not because of a conscious choice.

The Editor, Muriella’s Corner

Many of us are becoming increasingly aware of the intimate relationship between the foods we eat and our health. But how many of us ever consider that the way our foods are processed can be devastating to our health and that of the next generation?

Food processing is natural and traditional. Farmers, artisans, homemakers all process foods, especially to enhance digestion and to secure and preserve foods. However, with the advent of the industrial processing industry, these two basic reasons have given place to increased profits and reduced nutritional content in the foods processed.

Sally Fallon founder of westonaprice.org, takes us through the chemicalization of our American Breakfast – the dirty secrets of the industry processing our cereal, milk, bacon, orange juice…Read full article in Muriella’s Corner online newsletter

Packaged Cereals

In his book Fighting the Food Giants – A Former Corporate Insider Reveals How America’s Huge Food Conglomerates are Ripping You Off! , Paul Stitt describes how the extrusion process used for these cereals destroys the fatty acids and even the chemical vitamins that are added at the end. The amino acids are rendered very toxic by this process and lysine, a crucial nutrient, is especially denatured by extrusion. This is how all the boxed cereals are made, even the ones sold in the health food stores. All dry cereals that come in boxes are extruded cereals.

Old fashioned porridge

In Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats , it is explained that old fashioned porridges should be soaked overnight in an acid medium (in warm water with one tablespoon of something acidic like a tablespoon of yogurt, lemon juice or vinegar) to neutralize the tannins, complex proteins, enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid. The next morning, the porridge cooks in about a minute. Of course, you eat your porridge with butter or cream like our grandparents did. The nutrients in the fats are needed to absorb the nutrients in the grains. That was one of the great lessons of Weston Price, that without the vitamins present in animal fats (vitamins A and D), you cannot assimilate minerals and other vitamins. You can be taking mineral supplements, drinking green juices or eating organic food until it comes out your ears, but you cannot absorb the minerals in your food without vitamins A and D that are exclusively found in the animal fats.

Milk

The minute you start to process your milk, you destroy Mother Nature’s perfect food.

The industrial system of agriculture puts our dairy cows inside on cement all their lives and gives them foods that cows are not designed to eat—grain, soy, citrus peel cake and bakery waste. These modern cows produce huge amounts of watery milk which is very low in fat.

Milk from these industrial cows is then shipped to a milk factory. The largest milk poisoning in American history occurred in 1985 where more than 197,000 people across three states were sickened after a “pasteurization failure” at an Illinois bottling plant.

…Of the reconstituted milks, whole milk will most closely approximate original cow’s milk. The butterfat left over will go into butter, cream, cheese, toppings and ice cream. The dairy industry loves to sell low fat milk and skim milk because …READ MORE ON MILK, Milk Allergies, Powdered Milk.

Orange Juice

A quote from Processed and Prepared Foods states that “a new orange juice processing plant is completely automated and can process up to 1,800 tons of oranges per day to produce frozen concentrate, single strength juice, oil extracted from the peel, and cattle feed.”

In the processing, the whole orange is put into the machine. Enzymes are added to get as much oil as possible out of the skin. Oranges are a very heavily sprayed crop. These sprays are cholinesterase inhibitors, which are real neurotoxins. When they put the oranges in the vats and squeeze them, all those pesticides go into the juice.

What about the orange peel used for cattle feed? The dried left-over citrus peel is processed into cakes which are still loaded with cholinesterase inhibitors and organophosphates. Mark Purdey in England has shown these neurotoxins are correlated with “Mad Cow Disease” (Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis or BSE). The use of organophosphates either as a spray on the cows or in their feed is one of the causes of the degeneration of the brain and nervous system in the cow and if these components are doing this to the nervous system of the cow, there’s a possibility they are doing this to you also. In fact, a study carried out in Hawaii found that consumption of fruit and fruit juices was the number one dietary factor for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers speculated that the real culprit was the pesticides used in fruit—and concentrated in the juices due to modern processing techniques.

The FDA has decreed that we can no longer buy raw juice, because it might be a source of pathogens. But it might surprise you to know that they have found fungus that is resistant to pressure and heat in the processed juices. One study found that 17% of Nigerian packages of orange juice and 20% of mango and tomato juices contained heat resistant fungi. They also found E. coli in the orange juice that was pressure resistant and had survived pasteurization. So there is plenty of danger from contamination from pasteurized juices.

In one study, heat-treated and acid-hydrolyzed orange juice was tested for mutagenic activity. The authors hypothesized that the heating process produces intermediate products, which under test conditions, give rise to mutagenicity, and cytotoxicity. In other words you have got cancer-causing compounds in your orange juice. In another study, gel filtration and high performance liquid chromatography were used to obtain mutagenic fractions from heated orange juice.

Another study shows just how toxic and damaging these juices are to teeth. They found that rats had more tooth decay from these commercial juices than they did from soda pop, which is loaded with sugar.

One more thing about processed orange juice. Have you ever wondered why processed orange juice stays cloudy, why the solids do not settle? This is because soy protein combined with soluble pectin is added, and this keeps the juice permanently cloudy. It might be interesting to know, for those of you who are allergic to soy.

The full article and more contained in Muriella’s Corner newsletter

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Is cancer spreading or is it better reporting?

Cancer spreading or better reporting?

Not many decades ago, it seemed that cancer was a disease prevalent mostly in developed countries, sometimes called a disease of opulence.

 The World Health Organization reports that in 2005, out of 58 million deaths worldwide, 7.6 million deaths were due to cancer. 

Is this because of the introduction of new technologies to improve the monitoring and reporting of disease, or is it that more and more people are succumbing to the disease?

More than 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries, where limited or no resources are available for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Cancer deaths are projected to rise, with about 9 million people dying from cancer in 2015, and 11.4 million dying in 2030.

What is the impact of cancer in your country? 

Read more here
       

For information on how you can become involved in our documentary on breast cancer click this link

Toothpaste recall in USA culprit diethylene glycol

Toothpaste made in China

 CNN News this morning – June 28 2007 – has announced the recall of millions of tubes of toothpaste with ingredient diethylene glycol (a sort of anti-freeze).

Muriella’s Corner has been on the trail of diethlyene glycol and the toothpaste fiasco for a while now.

At the root of all this is the fact that consumers must be cognizant of what goes into their mouths and the mouths of their children for cleaning and brushing teeth.

Given the flurry and widespread concern at one time regarding fluoride in toothpaste, and now diethlyene glycol, brushing with soap seems a healthy alternative.

Diethylene glycol | A Detective Story

On the trail of diethylene glycol 

It’s happening. Again…

The masked killer/terrorist – diethlyene glycol – masquerading as glycerin.
The “Federal Detective Agency” (the FDA) is on the trail of the mystery of diethylene glycol, a product great for anti-freeze but not for human consumption. 
1997 – Haiti
The trail was hot about 10 years ago, in 1997 when it was discovered that tainted glycerin from China used in medicinal children’s products and taking the lives of 88 Haitian children.

The mission of the detective work was to learning how diethylene glycol, a syrupy poison used in some antifreeze, ended up in Haitian fever medicine, because an official thought that this information  might “prevent this tragedy from happening again”.
So far – no traces of records, closed factories, dead end, with no one fessing up nor accepting responsibility.
Diethylene glycol is almost always fatal when consumed by humans, typically leading to acute renal failure. The CDCs National Centre for Environmental Health reported that any formulations intended for oral consumption which may contain or are suspected of containing diethylene glycol should be immediately withdrawn from any possibility of human consumption and reserved for future analysis.
According to laboratory analysis performed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, diethlyene glycol, an ingredient of automobile, i.e. anti-freeze, was found in two samples of liquid acetaminophen called “Afébril” and “Valodon” manufactured locally in Haiti. There is no known antidote.
One of the main reasons for FDA’s alarm bells to chime at that time was not necessarily because of the deaths of children Haiti, but, given the proximity of Haiti to the US, the FDA feared that such an event could occur in the US.
Fast forward to 2006 – Panama

About 100 people died in Panama as a result of antifreeze diethylene glycol in consumable products.  China itself suffered about 10 deaths when consumers used diethlyene glycol tainted products.
At least five other mass poisonings were documented  involving the killer/terrorist chemical in the past two decades — in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Argentina and twice in India.


In 2007,  toothpaste manufactured in China and containing diethylene glycol was found in the United States and seven other countries, prompting tens of thousands of tubes to be recalled.

The chemical was also found in a batch of Chinese-made toothpaste exports in Nicaragua about two weeks ago, after which the FDA warned consumers to avoid toothpaste exported from China.
Recent information sustained this fear as toothpaste made in China was put on the FDA’s list of products recalled. And wait, there’s more…

Brands are being hijacked.  For example, Colgate-labelled toothpaste made in South Africa is sold in five-ounce (100ml) tubes in discount stores in the US.
 Officials from Colgate clarified that they do not make or sell toothpaste in that size tube nor do they import toothpaste into the US from South Africa.
While the government, companies and other agencies are doing their detective work, what can we do?

Consumers can first of all educate themselves about chemicals in consumer products and seek alternatives – for an alternative to toothpaste click here

Questionable products have been dumped, are being dumped, and will continue to be dumped overseas in record numbers and volume.  Consumers abroad are at increased risk of consuming tainted, outdated products. Local watchdog groups need to be developed to alert the public to this phenomenon, which might be central to any debate on  poverty.

Read up on labels, ingredients, be very aware of products manufactured anywhere.  There seems to be no safe haven for the consumer as regards product integrity.

Music for the Environment – Green Music

Forest Music, Water Music

We honor our family from the various ecological zones (ecozones) who make up this planet, this one earth, in which we live and which we cherish so dearly.

Our family can be found in forests, deserts (and these members are usually of a nomadic nature, really cherishing the planet by moving and laying fallow the earth for regeneration and sustenance).  However, with the destruction of forests their lifestyle is being compromised.  Their songs and poetry tell their tale.

Some of our relatives live in mountainous regions, some on the plains, some on small island states, with many of them deserting their natural habitats, which are being devastated, and moving in droves to urban areas…also being influenced by overcrowing, overpopulation, lack of sustainable services…

We decided to share music from others living in the various ecozones

Pygmy music/forest music

The Pygmies are usually forest nomads who live in Central Africa, especially in Congo, Central African Republic and Cameroon. Music is an important part of Pygmy life, with performances taking place during their daily work or events. Music comes in many forms, including the spiritual likanos stories, singing and music played from a variety of instruments.

Water, our sine qua non

Water means life.  Without water there is no life.  Our bodies are made up of water ( 75 % of our bodies are composed of water; our brain is 85% water). It is water that energizes and activates the solid matter.

People carry out rituals with water and in water.  At times, they organize to collectively hug a body of water (lake, stream, river…) Much is being talked about the power of water and the potential influence of water and the thought process.  One researcher did water experiments where he played both hard rock and classical music to water samples. Then he froze them and examined the musical effects on the water’s molecules. The more beautiful the music, the more beautiful the shapes of the molecules.

Water is energy.  We are energy.  Connecting the two can make beautiful music, if we choose to see that water can be a friend and not an enemy; if we choose to use these energies to bring about peace and harmony.

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