The secret ingredient that could rot your brain

The food industry is rushing full steam ahead with plans to use microscopic nanoparticles in just about every aisle of the supermarket -- even if those new "nanofoods" might leave your brain looking like a piece of Swiss cheese.

And that's not just a figure of speech.

A new study on fish finds that the same titanium oxide particles being readied for use in food -- and already widely used in meds, paints, and cosmetics -- can actually POKE HOLES in the brain and KILL essential nerve cells.

Now, I'm not one to hit the panic button over a single study on fish brains -- but the research confirms the worst fears of earlier in vitro studies, leading the author to compare titanium oxide nanoparticles to something you don't want anywhere near your dinner table.

"The effects on the fish brain caused by these nanoparticles have some parallels with other substances like mercury poisoning," says Prof. Richard Handy of the University of Plymouth. (The words are his, the bolding is mine.)

Prof. Handy also says these nanoparticles might not enter and leave the body like so many other substances.

Instead, they could build up inside you -- until the day you feel the breeze going in one ear… and out the other.

If that's not bad enough, a second new study finds that another common nanoparticle -- carbon nanoparticles, or CNPs -- can smash the cellular barriers in the parts of the kidney that produce urine.

This allows toxins that are supposed to be flushed out in your urine to slip into your bloodstream, while at the same time allowing essential nutrients from your blood to leak into your urine, according to the study in the journal Nanotoxicology.

These CNPs are in everything from electronics to medications. In fact, they could even be floating around in the air you're breathing, right now.

If you're holding your breath, I don't blame you. After all, since the feds refuse to regulate or even demand more study on these particles, it's about the only way to avoid them.

For more on the hidden dangers of the nanoparticles -- and their secret use in everyday products -- read this.