1. The sweetener that's MORE DANGEROUS than aspartame

    New sugar substitute could be the riskiest ever

    The same company that gave us the dangerous sweetener aspartame is back with one hell of an encore.

    It's called neotame, and it's like aspartame on steroids. It's stronger, sweeter, more stable, and cheaper.

    The only "-er" it's missing is the biggest one of all -- because it sure as heck isn't safer. It has everything that's helped link aspartame to more than 90 side effects, plus a frightening bonus: a chemical additive called 3,3-dimethylbutyl.

    How toxic? Don't ask the feds -- and don't even waste your time asking the NutraSweet Company, makers of both aspartame and neotame. They got this junk approved for use in your food back in 2002 based on fluff instead of science.

    One of the main human studies lasted just 13 weeks, an utter joke when you consider that most people gobble artificial sweeteners day in and day out for decades at a time.

    It's up to 60 times sweeter than aspartame and 12,000 times sweeter than sugar. In real numbers, that means a 12-ounce soda would need just .0002 of an ounce of neotame.

    Why am I pestering you with all these numbers? Not to show off my math skills -- but to show you one of the craziest loopholes in the history of U.S. law: Those amounts are so incredibly small that the feds consider them to be "trace" ingredients.

    And trace ingredients don't have to be listed on the label.

    So good luck trying to avoid this stuff. It could be in your food right now, and you won't even know it.

    There's just one way to avoid neotame, aspartame, and all the other -tames out there, and that's by sticking to a diet of real, fresh foods.

  2. Heart scans cause thyroid disease

    If heart scans are used right, they save lives. But that's a mighty big IF.

    Because if they're overused -- and let's face it, more than just a few docs are overusing them -- they can cause much more harm than good.

    You already know that the mass screening of patients with CT angiograms is ruining lives -- but it's not just because of the cancer-causing radiation delivered with each scan.

    Turns out the iodide dye used in these scans is toxic to the thyroid -- so toxic that patients conned into these tests suffer thyroid diseases at a stunning rate.

    New numbers show these patients are up to three times more likely to wind up with a thyroid condition than people who never get scanned.

    In real-world numbers, that adds up to one new case of hyperthyroidism for every 33 scans, and one extra case of hypothyroidism for every 36 scans.

    That means almost six out of every 100 scans will lead to thyroid damage!

    But even if your thyroid makes it out unscathed, your kidneys might not be so lucky. They have to work overtime to pump out all that iodide, and in many cases they can suffer serious and even permanent damage as a result.

    Your doctor might not even bother mentioning that risk -- but it happens so often it even has its own name: contrast-induced nephropathy.

    I won't tell you to never, ever get a heart scan. But before you get one, make sure you REALLY need it. If your doc wants a peek just for the heck of it, it's a sure sign he's really interested in your money... not your health.

  3. FDA approves irradiated produce

    The FDA is allowing fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to be zapped with radiation in order to kill bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella.
  4. Popular air fresheners may have deadly scents

    According to researchers from the University of Washington, air fresheners and fragranced laundry products often emit literally dozens of chemicals - some of which are considered toxic by federal law.
  5. FDA defends toxic baby bottles

    Now BPA is back in the news because of a tussle between government experts and lawmakers over its safety.
  6. FDA finally acknowledges toxicity of mercury fillings

    According to a new study, men with lower levels of vitamin D are two and a half times as likely to suffer a heart attack.

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