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Arsenic exposure and meat consumption- The “Poison-Free” Poultry Act

Arsenic exposure and meat consumption- The “Poison-Free” Poultry Act

If we analyze arsenic pollution geographically, the U.S. is the number one most polluted place in the entire world. This is because arsenic-containing pesticides have been used in the farming industry for decades. Rice is not the main exposure source in the US. In the US around three-quarters of arsenic exposure comes from animal products directly and mostly from the chicken that is considered to be a “healthier” meat source. In second place is beef, then pork, hot dogs, eggs, milk.

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Farmed fish- “Cesspool” paradise

Farmed fish- “Cesspool” paradise

Farmed fish have up to ten times the levels of pollutants than wild fish. Fish waste and also uneaten feed drop to the bottom beneath these farms and start to decompose. Also, the excrement of the animals themselves is used as fish feed. In order to cope with these conditions farmed fish are vaccinated as minnows. After vaccination fish is always on antibiotics and pesticides.

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Fish toxicity- The most toxic meat

Fish toxicity- The most toxic meat

Most of the pollution is washed away from the land and will end up in the ocean eventually. If the pollutant is persistent it will remain in the ocean. The concentration in the ocean water will be low but the plankton and algae will filter the water and then the bioaccumulation in the food chain will begin.

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Pesticides, GMO’s, and toxic overload.

Pesticides, GMO’s, and toxic overload.

Pesticides are neurotoxins for insects but not for humans. Exposure to these substances in the human population directly causes cancer and other tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, birth defects, infertility, and other reproductive problems, stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, sterility and infertility, brain and nervous system damage, damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, and other body organs.

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Tap water toxicity- Risk assessment

Tap water toxicity- Risk assessment

If we are living in a city where we are sure that the water source is pure this still does not mean that the water is “pure”. If we cannot escape chemicals in our food, we can try to eliminate them from the water we drink. By 2025, 1.8 billion people are projected to be living in regions with absolute water scarcity.

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Vitamin D deficiency- Risk Factors

Vitamin D deficiency- Risk Factors

There are only two vitamins that are not produced by plants. One is vitamin D that we produce ourselves during sunlight exposure and the other would-be vitamin B12. If you are a vegan it is only these two vitamins that you will have to supplement. Vitamin D deficiency is correlated with an increase in mortality rate and on top of that it is correlated with diseases that affect the quality of life.

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Acrylamide exposure- Chips, fries, and cancer

Acrylamide exposure- Chips, fries, and cancer

In the US acrylamide is classified as a Group 2A carcinogen and as an extremely hazardous substance. In 2002 it was discovered in extremely high concentrations in potato chips and French fries. The concentrations were so high that these two types of food would be banned for children in any normal circumstances.

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Meat Cancer and Mutagen, all in one bite

Meat Cancer and Mutagen, all in one bite

There is no known animal in nature except modern humans that grills meat. When we heat amino acids (building blocks of protein) in the presence of creatine and monosaccharide sugars, they have a reaction and amino acids lose their molecular form. Our body does not recognize them as different, and this causes mutations to DNA.

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