1. Arsenic and apple juice

    I'm sure you've heard all about the Great Apple Juice Panic by now -- but you'll have to pardon me for not joining in the outrage.

    New tests by Consumer Reports confirm what the Dr. Oz TV show found over the summer: Common apple juice brands contain arsenic -- and some of them contain so much of the poison that they exceed the standards set for drinking water.

    And along with arsenic, Consumer Reports found lead -- again in levels that would be considered unsafe for drinking water.

    But forget drinking water standards -- ANY level of arsenic and lead is dangerous. Even without a drop of either, apple juice is nothing more than a tall, cool glass of pasteurized poison with no nutritional value anyway.

    I wouldn't drink it myself -- and I certainly wouldn't give it to a kid, not even one I hated.

    Ounce for ounce, apple juice contains as much sugar as soda. Even the "all natural," "no added sugars" and hippy-dippy organic brands are so overflowing with sugar that you'll get nearly 15 teaspoons of it from a single 16-ounce bottle.

    That's way too much sugar for a 200-pound adult. For a 30-pound tot, it's an overload that'll put him on a collision course with a lifetime of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

    If that's not bad enough, consider this: Like everything else these days, most store-bought apple juice comes from China -- where the pesticides flow even more freely than they do here.

    Not only is that almost certainly responsible for all the lead and arsenic turning up in apple juice, but I'm sure there are a few other "goodies" in there that haven't been tested for... yet.

    Bottom line here: If you want the great taste and health benefits of an apple, eat a real organic apple. Most of the nutrients are in the skin, which isn't even used for the juice anyway.

  2. Another win in the battle against fluoride

    Save big money by NOT poisoning your town

    There's finally an issue powerful enough to force communities to think twice about water fluoridation -- and it's not the decades of science that prove beyond all doubt that this toxic waste can rot the brain from the inside.

    It's money.

    The nationwide cash crunch has forced cities, towns, villages and counties from coast to coast to pinch every penny they can -- and many of them have found they can save big by pulling the plug on water fluoridation.

    The latest community to join the list is Pinellas County, Florida, which will save $205,000 next year alone by simply choosing to NOT poison its own residents.

    I call that a win-win.

    Money was also a motive in Mount Clemens, Michigan, which unanimously voted to end fluoridation -- saving them $40,000 a year, as I told my readers last month in The Douglass Report.

    They're not alone. Over the past few years, hundreds of communities have flushed their fluoridation programs -- and I don't care if the reason is money, science, or a late-night whisper from the man in the moon.

    ANY reason to end water fluoridation is a good one in my book, because exposure to this poison is scientifically proven to make kids dumber and turn adults into... well... just look around you and see what decades of this practice has done to society.

    Want more reasons? You know this stuff can discolor teeth -- even the U.S. government admits that -- but you might not realize that fluoride can actually weaken and break bone, and may even cause bone cancer.

    All that, and it's not even great at protecting teeth!

    One of the biggest studies ever found no difference in cavities between kids who got fluoridated water and kids who didn't -- and even the fluoride-pushing American Dental Association admits the benefit might be as low as 20 percent.

    If that's still not enough, consider this: China sells us as much fluoride as we're willing to buy... but they won't put a drop of it into their own water.

    Think they might know something we don't?

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