What Do 7 UP, Micro Beads and Lithium All Have in Common?

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Click on the picture to see the micro beads.
Picture credit: Wikipedia

 

They are all things we might not want, if given a choice~

 

Reading my email this morning suddenly became very disturbing.

Several different sources reported things being in our everyday products, that truly do not belong there.

First example: Lithium in 7 UP.

Yes that 7 Up, the one I used to drink as a kid because it was always around when my mom worked there.

What was most frightening, was the follow-up in the story.

It seems that when Lithium is present in drinking water, the rates of suicides decline.

Lithium apparently makes people happier, in safe levels that is, let’s not go nuts here.

I had heard the rumors for years about Coke and Cocaine, but had never heard about this until this morning.

Yikes, is there nothing that has not been altered?

Lithium was commonly used in the Rehab Center where I was a Nurse in California in the treatment of several conditions.

But, how safe was it to put in a drink consumed by millions, including children and pregnant women, without their knowledge?

Not really sure, but am glad they have stopped?

Next shall we talk about your toothpaste?

On the News this week was a story about tiny micro balls or beads now in some in toothpastes, being found in the gums of patients by Dental Hygientists and they are not happy about it.

They are causing numerous problems, like gum disease and infections.

These things are not biodegradable and stick around practically forever, it seems.

Not just in our bodies, but in our Environment as well.

Water supplies and aquatic life are the primary concern.

The beads have already been banned in Illinois.

Bans are already in place, or are pending, to keep our water safe from them.

New York will be next.

This is all not good!

If like me, you are a label reader for self-protection, in the case of toothpaste, this won’t work.

These sneaky Companies put the ingredients on the BOX, which of course we all throw away and not on the actual tube.

Not very nice!

Now the whole world knows about all of this and the Companies are bragging that it will be fixed by March of 2016.

Hello?

These little balls or beads are causing trouble and they need to go now Proctor & Gamble, Colgate, et., al…

For many years I used AIM because I liked the gel better than a yucky white paste.

But about 10 years ago I switched to Colgate for some reason, think because I had trouble finding AIM.

Then, about a year ago I saw a story on the News about an ingredient Sorbitol,  that I preferred not to have in my toothpaste and went looking once again for AIM.

I found it and switched back.

Remember, the true ingredients are on the BOX.

Today I will be taking a very close look at it to see if the little plastic balls are in it?

Oh and by the way, these same little balls are probably also in your favorite face wash and who knows what else.

We should all start looking at all of our products a lot closer.

As a consumer, I have a question?

Do we have any say in anything anymore?

These Mega Corporations are doing these things without our knowledge or consent.

Their decisions affect our lives and our Environment.

And the only way that we, the paying consumers, ever find out about these deceitful practices and often harmful additives, are when a whistleblower, or savvy investigative writer does a story which is then passed on to the unknowing, innocent dupes.

That would be you and me.

So, now you know what  7 UP, Micro Beads and Lithium all have in common!

 

Places to learn more:

Lemon, Lime—and Lithium? Turns Out, 7-Up Used to Contain the Potent Drug

Lithium  – Wikipedia

Cocaine  – Wikipedia

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST MICROBEADS IN COSMETICS

This Toothpaste Brand Might Be Doing Horrifying Things to Your Mouth

Microbeads in personal care products are polluting our oceans and lakes

Dental discovery may have you changing your toothpaste

‘Plastic micro beads’ to be removed from soap

Facial Scrub Microbead Ban May Be Issued in New York

The Scary Reason Illinois Just Banned Your Face Wash

 

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Has the King Left the Building?

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Public Domain Burger King logo

 

I did not want to write about this, ever.

As of right now, I guess I’m still living in denial.

But there it was in my mail this morning, the ugly news that was crystal clear.

Burger King is leaving its home state of over 50 years here in Florida and moving everything to Canada to avoid taxes?

Say it isn’t so, I beg you BK.

Whenever we are out running errands and get hungry, BK is usually my first choice because they have one of my favorite fast food combos, an awesome Veggie Burger accompanied by scrumptious sweet potato fries.

But, if this deal, this merger, does, or has already happened, there goes any hope I might have of finding a Veggie Burger on the run.

We have a few Burger Fi’s starting up here now and they have a nearly Organic Veggie Burger, that is out of this world, but the nearest one is nearly 45 miles away in Winter Park.

Not really convenient when you want a quick Veggie Burger, is it?

So Burger King will now have to be scratched off of my personal quick food out list.

According to the story this morning, this merger announcement has really ……… off their loyal customers, big time.

Burger King was never on the List because they are a favorite place to eat and are a very popular, well-managed and run, not bad fast food place here in Florida.

BK originally started in 1953 in Jacksonville and is now headquartered in the Miami area.

This whole merger story is beginning to smell really stinky.

If this merger is consummated and does go through, these two Corporations will become the third largest food chain in the world.

Yikes, that’s a lot of power.

In the meantime, BK’s 34-year-old CEO Daniel Shwartz, earning a reported $700,000 plus bonuses, says not to worry, that their potential merging with Canada’s Tim Horton’s Donuts, will keep the two companies separate.

Not so fast, is what most of their long and loyal customers think about this.

This may or may not, have been a Corporate containment reaction to the recent ugly public responses, that seems to have caught them off guard with the overwhelming public criticism of their proposed merger.

Some of the hundreds of public comments that have been made, are downright vicious.

Our own Florida Senator Bill Nelson is outright livid about this whole idea, knowing exactly how much Florida has to lose if it happens and said that if it does happen, he wants every single one of their restaurants removed from every Military Base in the United States.

Ouch!

Don’t mess with people and their burgers, even if it’s only a Veggie Burger.

So, Burger King, what’s it going to be, have you really left the building?

 

Places to learn more:

Burger King – Wikipedia

Looks Like The ‘Burger King’s’ Subjects Are Royally Pissed Off

Burger King Heads North Of The Border

Here’s Why Warren Buffett Is Investing $3 Billion in the Burger King-Tim Hortons Deal

Burger King’s Tim Hortons Offer Is Part Of A Huge Cost-Cutting Plan

Is Burger King moving to Canada?

Burger King’s Tax Inversion and Canada’s Favorable Corporate Tax Rates

How companies shrink their taxes by leaving U.S.

Burger King-Tim Hortons Cross-Border Merger Much More Than Tax Inversion

Burger King Is Run by Children

 

Boycott Coke!

Coca-Cola

Picture  credit: Wikipedia

 

An enraging letter/petition was in my email this morning and it has now become the subject of today’s posting.

Coke has been on  The List  since this Blog’s inception and today the impetus for writing about it was delivered conveniently in my email.

Personally I have not drank any soft drinks for many years now, right after I learned what they did/do to our bodies.

I discovered that drinking Diet Coke every day was the source of my migraine headaches.

I stopped drinking it and the migraines were instantly gone.

This was more than twenty years ago.

But today, Coke has a huge family of other products and some of them have been here in our house, for a very long time.

Simply Orange used to be a favorite and just a week ago, I brought home some coconut water after seeing it on the Dr. Oz Show and hearing how good it was for us.

After looking at the lengthy list of Coke products today, it was sad to realize that by my purchase of them, I too was/am empowering Coke to continue its evil plan.

Did I know that Coke and Monsanto were/are sleeping together?

No?

Until just recently, few of us were aware, that these two Giants have been secretly plotting against the World’s consumers.

Neither of them want you, me, any of us, to know that they are spending millions to keep GMO’s in our lives and our bodies.

The truly terrifying thing is that some of these Coke products claim to be Organic.

If they are, why would they support and defend, against the wishes of the very consumers who buy their products, a Corporation like Monsanto, whose primary source of income is the manufacture of GMO’s?

Together these two Mega forces have and are, defeating any hope of legalized opposition through their combined forces, against any bill demanding the labeling of GMO’s anywhere in America that could stop them.

It all borders on complete insanity.

Or, is absolutely brilliant marketing, by two of the most powerful Corporations in the world, who are simply sharing a brain.

Below is a link to a Boycott Coke petition, please do read it and if you agree, please do sign it and share it?

We are only the poor innocent dupes who are funding, by our consistent purchasing, the evil that these two Corporations will continue to inflict upon us, until we stop them, by refusing to buy ANYTHING that either of them makes.

In searching for reference points for this story, it was learned that Pepsi may also be included in this conspiracy.

I will leave them for another day, but it is something to consider in the meantime.

Think of a world without toxins, poisons and chemicals in all of our food.

A wonderful world without unidentified Genetically Modified Organisms.

Think of your children and what this means to their future health and well-being.

Boycott Coke!

 

Places to learn more:

The Boycott Campaign is here:

Coke_betrays_democracy_join_the_Coke_Boycott/

Coca-Cola  – Wikipedia

The Coca-Cola Monsanto connection

The Dark Side of Coca-Cola’s Healthy Brands

Food industry front groups exposed in new report: Monsanto, Coke, Pepsi and more

 

New Blog~

If you think that Organic and GMO foods are not a high stakes industry, please do take a look at this picture.

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Credit: Compiled by Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper

 

If you might have wondered where I have been, this is where:

http://organicopinion.wordpress.com/

It was the result of a bad shopping excursion that was the very last straw.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Naughty Nestlé

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Nestlé’s Corporate Headquarters in Switzerland
Picture credit: Wikipedia

 

Ooh! La, La!  They’re not just about delectable chocolate anymore.

Since 1866, Nestlé has brought the world visions of sweet treats that they simply could not resist, but not anymore.

Now with roughly a mind-boggling 8,000 products and over $10 Billion in profits in 2013, they have become one of the biggest and yes, most often criticized food Corporations in the entire World.

“Nestlé has 447 factories, operates in 194 countries, and employs around 333,000 people” –  Wikipedia.

But expansion did not come without great controversy for the Chocolate Giant and the list of subjects of abuse that have been made against this mega corporation is long and wide and includes:
chocolate price-fixing, child labor laws in Africa’s Ivory Coast, bottled water, infant formula, food contamination, ravaging rainforests, unions, human rights, corporate spying, to name only a meager few.

In fact, they abuse so many people, in so many ways and places, it is remarkable that they are still in business.

But that remark aside, they are not only alive and well, they are hugely prosperous and the seething critics chomping at their behinds, apparently have had little, to no effect, on their bottom line!

Sorry that did not quite work, did it?

Rather that go on ad nauseam, about what I have found out about this Company, I believe that it would be better if you went to the links below and read for yourself.

May I just say that in all of the years that I have been writing, I have never found so many reference points for a written work, as I did for this one, not ever!

These abuses are absolutely sickening and yet, Nestlé somehow, remains the most powerful, biggest and most wealthy, Food Mega Corporation in the world today.

Please my dear followers, do read some of the links below and learn all about the World’s favorite Chocolate Company.

Perhaps it may just be time for another Nation-Wide Boycott of Nestlé in this Country?

 

Places to learn more:  (there were so many more, it was staggering)

Nestlé – Wikipedia

SourceWatch – Nestlé

The unrepentant chocolatier

Nestle Chairman says water is not a human right. Tell him he is wrong

Nestlé: Corporate Rap Sheet

Community says “no to Nestlé

Nestlé’s approach to sustainable agriculture 

Nestle Audit Finds Child Labor Violations in Cocoa Supply

Nestle: Stop heartless animal experiments for health claims

The brands of Nestlé

Nestlé’s Horrific Corporate Record

Undercover Video Catches Brutal Alleged Cow Abuse at DiGiorno Supplier

 

Power to the Hawaiian People

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Lyon Arboretum, Oahu, Hawaii,
Picture credit:  Daderot

 

As there was not the overwhelming expected response to the posting about Monsanto, I felt no great need to rush on to the next name on   The List,  which is Bayer.

But then in my email this morning,  came the impetus to do it right now.

This story is but one of countless examples of the reasons why our Planet has reached such a critical tipping point.

This is a twisted tale of money, lobbyists, pesticides and toxins, seeds, GMO’s,  politicians and of course, the usual  Mega Corporations,  and squeezed in between them,  are the outraged residents of the  Aloha State, who have just passed a  NO GMO’s  law that will start in August of this year.

Bayer and its  “comrades in crime”  have pushed one of the most beautiful, natural Islands of the Pacific, Hawaii  to be exact,  to the edge and now the Hawaiians are pushing back, hard.

The players in this story are the besieged people of the Hawaiian Islands and in the opposite corner, Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow Chemical, DuPont Pioneer, etc., or as they are not so lovingly called, the BIG SIX.

Let the blood bath begin.

How many of you truly believe that the common people of Hawaii can outspend these Mega Groups, with their endless professional lobbyists, staunch political backers and millionaire donaters with their never empty check books?

It does not look good for the  ” people.”

This is all very personal to me,  having experienced this Garden of Eden personally several times, and being left with priceless memories of a truly perfect paradise.

The miles of never-ending fields of mouth-watering pineapples,  the crystal clear waterfalls, surrounded by a dizzying array of wild fruits trees, the abundance of pure, safe food everywhere that the eye can see, this truly is a place of miraculous beauty, and it is being held hostage, or put up for  sale right now,  by  the ” biggest bullies on the block.”

Thinking of what “ BIG AG ” is trying to do here, makes me see red.

What the people of Hawaii are attempting  to do is fight back,  albeit, perhaps in vain.

They are trying to force these BIG AG BULLIES  to identify what food  is modified and we DO have that right, all of us.

This is not the first dirty, legal  battle for these Mega Corporations, they have a lot on the line in Hawaii,  because you can be sure that the rest of the country is watching and right now,  a very frightening thought comes to mind:
so goes Hawaii, so goes the rest of the USA, maybe even the world!

This GMO Train Wreck has left the station, next stop, your dinner plate.

Stay tuned America, the entire source of your future food supply,  may be a modified genetic organism, a GMO and you may not know it, or be able to stop it.

How does that taste?

Here’s to the Power of the People, those Passionate Polynesians, the Hawaiian people!

 

Places to learn more:

The first story below, from those great people at Alter Net,  is truly  awesome, as  it names names
and shows who got how much and why.

Hawaii Is Ground Zero

Hawaiians fight back against GMO experiments

Biotech Trade Group Brings Muscle to Hawaii County GMO Fight

Opposition crops up to GMO foods in Hawaii

The BIG SIX

What the Fork

 

The List

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Yes, Wikipedia is huge, but they do try to get it right.

 

This new Blog will attempt to enlighten the reader, as if we need to have more to worry about,  about those Companies worldwide who have little, or no regard, for the health or well being of its customers.

That would be you and me.

What it comes down to is this, we are paying these companies without conscience,  to kill us.

They produce products that they know very well are either toxic,  or at the very least not safe, or healthy to consume.

This includes,  all of us Humans, all of the planet’s living creatures  and of course our beloved pets.

China’s lethal Jerky treats come to mind and they will still be sold in some pet food stores, like Petco,  until the Fall!

Hello, we are paying them to do this to us.

Now, just in case you have been away on Holiday, or perhaps checked out for the beginning of this year, a perfect example of exactly how much we can do when we put our minds to it, was the Blogger who recently exposed  Sub Way, for the not very tasty,  rubber mat  ingredient,  azodiacarbonamide 
in their bread.

If you watch their new ads carefully now, they actually say, “we no longer have this ingredient in our bread.”

Score one for us!

And a huge thank you to the tenacious Blogger who made this happen.

So, as this Blog progresses, these are the kinds of stories we need to continue working on and at.

Together we can force these Corporate  Bullies, these  ruthless, amoral,  greedy, gluttonous Companies to change.

It has already begun~

Now for the Initial List, please do comment and offer your suggestions for it:

(Several of you have already sent  suggestions and they are included)

Monsanto – DONE!

Bayer – DONE!

Wal Mart – DONE!

Facebook – DONE!

Nestlé – DONE!

Microsoft – DONE!

The Koch Brothers – DONE!

Donald Trump – DONE!

Keystone  Oil

Exxon

BP

Duke Energy

Apple

Google

Adobe

Tyson

Coke – DONE!

Pepsi

Burger King – DONE!

McDonald’s – DONE!

GM

Toyota

Bank of America

JP Morgan Chase

Syngenta —— Atrazine

And lastly, just about everything that China currently sells in this country, especially for pets!

Now, let’s see if we can’t add even more names to this list, shall we?