"Hey, what's for breakfast today, Mom & Dad?" "Cancer, kids!" (Why isn't anyone listening to this?)
Garden City Park, NY: With summer starting to wind down and most families in America getting ready to send their children back to school, it looks like folks will have to seriously rethink their breakfast choices.
A new study was just announced by the national media, whereby an advocacy group called the Environmental Working Group has discovered trace levels of a dangerous crop-dusting herbicide called glyphosate in Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and a variety of other breakfast foods that the report shows could increase the likelihood of cancer in children.
This connection between processed breakfast foods and a chemical pesticide was further amplified just this past week for adults as well. In San Francisco, California, a judge ruled that Monsanto—an agricultural company owned by Germany-based drugmaker Bayer—has to pay plaintiff Dewayne Johnson $289 million dollars in damages because its popular weedkiller product, Roundup, gave him terminal cancer. And he's only the first of over 800 other cancer patients who are also suing the company.
This is yet again old news to former FDA whistleblower Dr. Renee Dufault (author of Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0436-0). Over twelve years ago, she first discovered that baby formula was comprised largely of corn sweeteners and vegetable oil. As she notes in chapter six of her book ("Spotlight on Autism and ADHD"), many baby formulas "contain corn sweetener in the form of corn syrup or corn syrup solids. Some formulas contain more corn sweetener than any other ingredient. I found one baby formula product in my local grocery store with a food ingredient label that claimed 54 percent of the product was made up of corn syrup solids and 26 percent of the product consisted of assorted vegetable oils."
This past October, when a major study conducted by new nonprofit organization The Clean Label Project found alarming levels of arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals in approximately eighty percent (80%) of infant formulas sold on the market, there were several media contacts (including a popular national TV program) that expressed interest in what Dr. Dufault had to say—only to then abandon further inquiry into the evidence, or to tacitly side with the processed food corporations that declared the hard data as either flawed or alarmist.
In light of what we now know about glyphosate and its potential impact on our health, we will have to see if Dr. Dufault's continued warnings will finally be heeded. If we do ignore the reality of this situation, we put ourselves and our children at peril.
Dr. Dufault's book Unsafe at Any Meal is now available. Read it—then eat.