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  1. Water for the price of steak

    Why you never get what you pay for in the supermarket

    How crazy is it that we actually need a new regulation to stop people from selling salt water and calling it steak?

    Pull this stunt in any other industry -- try selling a tire made in part of cardboard -- and they'll lock you up.

    But the normal rules don't apply in the meat industry -- heck, the meat industry gets to write its own rules -- so most consumers don't know that 90 percent of all pork, 30 percent of chicken and 15 percent of beef are plumped up with brine.

    That's just salt water, and the industry claims it's there to replace moisture lost during cooking.

    But the real reason supermarket meat is pumped full of saltwater is to pump money out of your wallet. Since up to 40 percent of your "meat" can be brine, $10 in chicken is really $6 in chicken and $4 in salt water.

    It should be illegal, but it's not. As long as "solution added" or a similar term is on the label, it's all OK under the current rules -- even if the phrase is hidden somewhere in the fine print.

    That's why you've probably never heard of this until now.

    Under the proposed new rule, the added water content would have be right up front: "chicken breast -- 40% added solution" or something along those lines, right on the main label.

    Of course, even if that rule makes it onto the books -- and with meat industry money at work here, who knows if it ever will -- you'll be buying salt water steaks for years to come. The USDA says the earliest any change could take place would be 2014.

    But honestly, if you're still buying your meat from the supermarket, you'll never get what you pay for anyway.

    Supermarket meat comes from factory farms -- festering stinkholes of filth and disease.

    The brine might be the best thing in that meat, because other studies have found everything from antibiotics and other drugs to toxic heavy metals in store-bought beef. (Read more about them here.)

    Buy your meat right from the farm, or at least a butcher who specializes in quality organic meats. You'll pay a lot more for it... but at least you'll get real meat for your money -- not salty water.

  2. Acetamin-o-mania

    Taking down Tylenol

    Johnson & Johnson has been dragging its feet on Tylenol for years now -- and instead of cutting back on its dangerous main ingredient, acetaminophen, they've been pumping it into every product imaginable.

    Cold meds, fever reducers, painkillers, arthritis pills, allergy drugs, sleep aids -- you name it, it's really just acetaminophen in a different-colored package.

    All that acetaminophen in everything has turned the drug into the nation's leading cause of liver failure -- and even the feds have taken notice, urging new limits on the amounts used in common drugs.

    So with the FDA breathing down its neck, J&J has finally taken action -- and it's just about the tiniest possible action they could have taken: The company has literally changed a single digit -- one number -- on the label, and it's not even in the ingredients section.

    It's in the instructions that most people never bother to read anyway, where the maximum dose is being lowered to six pills a day instead of eight.

    That's it, they're done. Crisis averted. America, you're safe -- and you can thank Johnson & Johnson for that.

    What hogwash.

    Here's the reality of the situation: Acetaminophen is single-handedly responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths due to liver failure every single year.

    But that's not the only problem.

    This drug can also kill your kidneys, stop your heart, and even leave you in a coma. Throw in all the "usual" side effects -- nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, the sweats and such -- and you don't have a drug anymore. You've got a poison.

    I don't care if you take eight pills, six pills, two pills or one pill a day... it's still poison, and if you take it with any regularity you're putting your life on the line.

    If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Treat Tylenol and every other painkiller like the powerful drugs they are. Use them only in cases of serious pain, in the smallest possible dose and for the shortest length of time.

    Now why can't J&J just write that on the label?

  3. Antipsychotic drugs make dementia patients worse

    A 2006 study of Alzheimer's patients found that antipsychotic drugs provided no significant improvement over placebos in treating the delusions and aggression that accompanies that disease.
  4. Deadly Chinese blood thinner found in 11 countries

    The FDA has warned a Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturer about contaminated heparin - a blood thinner that's been traced to one of their plants.

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