What Ralph Nader has done for consumer protection, Mike Adams is doing on behalf of consumer health. As activists, the two have much in common. Both have written prolifically on environmentally charged subjects, such as mercury poisoning and pesticides. Also, both have faced and confronted challenges to their convictions.
Ralph Nader and his associates, known as "Nader's Raiders," addressed environmental pollution as a consumer issue through books and published reports. Mike Adams, better known as the Health Ranger, carries his message about health and environmental threats through Natural News, the very widely read health news website he founded.
Mike created his health news site to inform and educate consumers about pharmaceuticals, medical practices, synthetic additives, vaccines, environmental waste and environmental preservation. His online newsletter also covers holistic living; general lifestyle; human behavior; nature, nurture and cognitive ability; agribusiness and the state of modern education. These and other topics tie into health and environmental well-being.
Through science-based research and journalistic investigation, Natural News is probing and uncovering the case of metal content in food products. Often unknowingly, consumers ingest and absorb hefty doses of metals (heavy metal) from food products under all food categories. It's because they receive no alerts and metals are not detectable through taste.
In contrast to dietary trace minerals the human body needs (examples: zinc, iron, selenium, calcium, iodine and magnesium), metals such as lead, tungsten, cadmium, titanium and mercury are toxic. Studies are still being done on the potential link between prolonged toxic metal consumption, cognitive impairment and vital organ dysfunction.
The root of food toxicity, including metal seepage, lies in the soil and water. In a series of webcasts and articles posted on Natural News, Mike describes the infiltration of toxic metals into even the cleanest soil and purest groundwater.
Much of the metal content comes from China's industrial output. "China is manufacturing a lot of consumer electronics and does not enforce its regulations on pollution," Mike explained. "Winds carry much of the industrial waste particles from manufacturing facilities. These particles fall onto U.S. soil, particularly in the agricultural Midwest." This industrial waste also taints foods from China, India and Southeast Asia.
Although consumers might expect chemical preservatives and even metal content from traditionally grown produce, a surprising piece of information is the presence of toxic metals in certified organic produce. Such news might be of concern to vegans, macrobiotics and those of us who simply try to eat organically, sustaining ourselves on organic whole grains, fruits, vegetables, seaweed and dried beans.
"Certified organic products do not account for impurities already in the soil," said Mike. "Organic is based only on the farmer's direct input. Although the farmer might not have used commercial fertilizers and sprays, the farm might be near a waste site."
Mike and his supporters are petitioning the USDA to limit the metal content of certified organic foods and reduce the toxicity of chemicals used in traditional farming. A former software engineer now turned science guy (he studied analytical chemistry during a career switch), Mike devotes plenty of time to lab research. "Nothing beats hard evidence to support a petition," he maintains. Now who can argue with that?
Some growers and manufacturers of natural food products are paying attention and taking action to reduce metallic toxicity but it will take time before the food industry fully complies.
In the meantime, some natural remedies that can remove or reduce the taint of heavy metal in your system are: fresh strawberries, fresh cilantro, peanuts or chlorophyll cocktails (e.g. wheatgrass juice).