How the Leaded Gas Industry Got Away With It

How the Leaded Gas Industry Got Away With It
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How the lead industry got the best science money could buy.

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As the whistle-blowing pediatrician who helped expose the Flint drinking water crisis put it, “The people in Flint have a 20-year lower life expectancy than people in a neighboring suburb. We were already struggling with every barrier to our children’s success. Then, we gave them lead.”

Her research showed that the switch in water supplies from the Great Lakes to the polluted Flint River “created a perfect storm” for lead contamination, doubling the percentage of kids with elevated lead levels in their blood. Whereas out in the suburbs, where they kept the same water supply, children’s lead levels stayed about the same. That’s how we knew it was the switch in water supplies. That’s what broke the story of the Flint crisis—a doubling of elevated lead levels.

But wait a second: even before the switch, when everyone was getting the same water, lead levels in children in Flint were twice that of the suburbs. There was already a doubling in elevated lead levels in Flint and other poor communities around the country; yet, where have all the crisis headlines been? So, even with all the bottled water in the world, the children in Flint will continue to live in a lead-polluted environment.

Many have pointed out the irony that the new water from the Flint River was “so corrosive” that “[t]he General Motors plant switched [back] to [a clean] water [source] when [they started noticing] rust spots on their new…parts.” All the while, water quality complaints from Flint residents were being ignored. But, there is an additional irony. General Motors is a major reason why the world is so contaminated with lead in the first place, as GM invented leaded gasoline. “Shortly after manufacture began, workers…began to become floridly psychotic and die.”

“In the wake of blaring headlines” about the lead-poisoned workers, “public health leaders…warned of the potential for damage to broad swaths of the population posed by [putting a] well established toxin [into gasoline]. Yet, despite these warnings, millions [upon millions] were harmed…, and this entirely preventable poisoning still occurs today.”

“[V]irtually all the lead in the environment” today is because we put it there. It used to be locked away deep underground or under the ocean, but that was before we drove it around the Earth. By the 1970s, “200,000 tons of lead was emitted from cars and trucks in the United States each year, mostly in urban areas.” Otherwise, the industry would have to use a higher octane gas, which is less profitable; so, “[t]he oil and lead industries…successfully thwarted government efforts to limit lead in gasoline for 50 years.”

But, how were they able to do that? “[B]ecause the industry assured the scientific community and the public that there was no danger.” Okay, I could see how a gullible public could be swayed by slick PR, but how do you manipulate the scientific community? By manipulating the science.

“The lead industry was able to achieve its influence in large part by being the primary supporter of research on [the] health effects of lead,” and they got the best science money could buy. “Long before Big Tobacco, the lead industry understood the inestimable value of purchasing ‘good science.’”

“Consequently, the vast majority of relevant studies…published [for decades] were favorable to the lead [industry].” They “even sent a delegation to try to convince the…EPA that…lead regulation wasn’t necessary because they [claimed] lead was an essential [nutrient] required for [optimal] growth and development.”

Of course, the exact opposite is true. Toxic to development, but there are nutritional interventions that can help alleviate lead toxicity—for example, food components that can help decrease the absorption of lead and help flush it out of your body. I’ve got a series of three videos coming up on specific dietary interventions, particular foods to eat, but—spoiler alert—in general, “food patterns that reduce susceptibility to lead toxicity [tend to be] consistent with [just] recommendations for a healthy diet.”

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

As the whistle-blowing pediatrician who helped expose the Flint drinking water crisis put it, “The people in Flint have a 20-year lower life expectancy than people in a neighboring suburb. We were already struggling with every barrier to our children’s success. Then, we gave them lead.”

Her research showed that the switch in water supplies from the Great Lakes to the polluted Flint River “created a perfect storm” for lead contamination, doubling the percentage of kids with elevated lead levels in their blood. Whereas out in the suburbs, where they kept the same water supply, children’s lead levels stayed about the same. That’s how we knew it was the switch in water supplies. That’s what broke the story of the Flint crisis—a doubling of elevated lead levels.

But wait a second: even before the switch, when everyone was getting the same water, lead levels in children in Flint were twice that of the suburbs. There was already a doubling in elevated lead levels in Flint and other poor communities around the country; yet, where have all the crisis headlines been? So, even with all the bottled water in the world, the children in Flint will continue to live in a lead-polluted environment.

Many have pointed out the irony that the new water from the Flint River was “so corrosive” that “[t]he General Motors plant switched [back] to [a clean] water [source] when [they started noticing] rust spots on their new…parts.” All the while, water quality complaints from Flint residents were being ignored. But, there is an additional irony. General Motors is a major reason why the world is so contaminated with lead in the first place, as GM invented leaded gasoline. “Shortly after manufacture began, workers…began to become floridly psychotic and die.”

“In the wake of blaring headlines” about the lead-poisoned workers, “public health leaders…warned of the potential for damage to broad swaths of the population posed by [putting a] well established toxin [into gasoline]. Yet, despite these warnings, millions [upon millions] were harmed…, and this entirely preventable poisoning still occurs today.”

“[V]irtually all the lead in the environment” today is because we put it there. It used to be locked away deep underground or under the ocean, but that was before we drove it around the Earth. By the 1970s, “200,000 tons of lead was emitted from cars and trucks in the United States each year, mostly in urban areas.” Otherwise, the industry would have to use a higher octane gas, which is less profitable; so, “[t]he oil and lead industries…successfully thwarted government efforts to limit lead in gasoline for 50 years.”

But, how were they able to do that? “[B]ecause the industry assured the scientific community and the public that there was no danger.” Okay, I could see how a gullible public could be swayed by slick PR, but how do you manipulate the scientific community? By manipulating the science.

“The lead industry was able to achieve its influence in large part by being the primary supporter of research on [the] health effects of lead,” and they got the best science money could buy. “Long before Big Tobacco, the lead industry understood the inestimable value of purchasing ‘good science.’”

“Consequently, the vast majority of relevant studies…published [for decades] were favorable to the lead [industry].” They “even sent a delegation to try to convince the…EPA that…lead regulation wasn’t necessary because they [claimed] lead was an essential [nutrient] required for [optimal] growth and development.”

Of course, the exact opposite is true. Toxic to development, but there are nutritional interventions that can help alleviate lead toxicity—for example, food components that can help decrease the absorption of lead and help flush it out of your body. I’ve got a series of three videos coming up on specific dietary interventions, particular foods to eat, but—spoiler alert—in general, “food patterns that reduce susceptibility to lead toxicity [tend to be] consistent with [just] recommendations for a healthy diet.”

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Doctor's Note

What relevance does this have for us today? See, for example, my video How Smoking in 1956 is Like Eating in 2017.

What exactly happened in Flint? That was the subject of my last video, Lead in Drinking Water.

What about leaded paint? That was the subject of my video before last, How the Lead Paint Industry Got Away With It.

Next, I review what lead actually does to you, in “Normal” Blood Lead Levels Can Be Toxic and The Effects of Low-Level Lead Exposure in Adults.

And then, finally, what we can do about it:

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  1. The concern with many vegans is what dietary choices can eliminate the lead stored in our bones and glands, organs, etc. from
    many many years ago, when we were growing up, young adults, etc. Most of us here are vegan now, so we are not ingesting
    the current-day sources of lead, at least not in the high-lead foods: fish, meat products, poultry, dairy, etc. (i assume these are
    the foods that take up the most lead).

    So hopefully, Doctor Gregor, you will focus on not how to prevent intake of current-day lead, but how to get rid of the
    lead in our body from our adolescent (animal-based diet) years.




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      1. The concern is that he will only focus on reducing the current absorption of lead by introducing dietary methods that
        reduce and or bind to lead in food currently being ingested. Hopefully he examines things we can do to get rid of the
        lead that was put in us decades ago.




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        1. That is definitely interesting, Nick. I’ve never thought about lead stored in bones. But from my understanding, whole plant foods naturally chelate heavy metals from our system. Based on what I’ve read, very powerful things can pull heavy metals for the “corners” of our body which (again, based on what I’ve read) could be harmful to those who don’t continue chelation cause it could release old stored metals into more open and vulnerable parts of the body. I’ve read a lot about cilantro being able to do this and pairing really well with chlorella for the best chelation. I would be really interested in seeing a video on the effects of cilantro and metal chelation and other methods as well.

          As far as blood work goes, when I’ve recently gotten my blood tested for heavy metals, everything came back fine. I’ve been vegan for a few years and a WPFB vegan for about 2 years. But I get you’re not just talking about blood levels. Still, I don’t think we should over worry and I think that eating lots of plants is truly our best bet, but it would definitely be helpful and interesting to see more about it for sure.




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    1. Nick, WFPBRunner has the gist of it. There are several foods which have been claimed to be natural chelators such as cilantro, foods high in sulfur such as allium vegetables, garlic and onions, and brassicaceae vegetables, broccoli and cabbage and foods high in selenium, Brazil nuts.

      I’ve got to imagine that some of these foods have been shown to actually act has natural chelators. Dr. Greger pretty much said as much at the end of this video.




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      1. But he is specifically asking if Dr. Greger will cover whether or not the dietary changes will remove long term lead in a persons body rather than just the lead they are currently ingesting, or is that what all chelators do?




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    2. Hi Nick, Thanks for your comment. I am one of the volunteer moderator at this website. Yes, this is a great video by Dr Greger, I am sure there are more new research information regarding how to heal our body about lead poison from Dr Greger to come. Meanwhile, I wanted to mention that our body is amazing at regenrating and renewing itself. I remember from our dietetic course back in the 80’s we learnt that our red blood cells regenerate every 120 days, white blood cells once a year, skin cells 2-3 weeks and colon cells every 4 days and the skeleton grows new cells every 10 years. So the point I am trying to make is that the cells in our body has ability to heal it self from bad dietary choices in the past, once we take action and feed it whole food strong plant based choices and of course be more aware of other environmental factors to protect ourselves.




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    3. You are a toxic waste dump?

      https://www.advancedbionutritionals.com/Modified-Citrus-Pectin/Deadliest-Poison-In-History.htm

      Why Even “Health Nuts” Are Contaminated With Toxins

      For 20 years, Charlotte Brody ate organic produce, used non-toxic household cleaning detergents, and avoided pesticides in her home and garden. “I’m the one hand-picking individual weeds from my garden rather than using chemical sprays, and going that extra mile to get my organic milk in a glass bottle,” she said.

      So when Charlotte volunteered to have her blood tested for the presence of 210 different toxic chemicals as part of a recent scientific study, she thought her blood would be relatively clean…

      But Charlotte was shocked when scientists at Mount Sinai Medical Center discovered 85 different chemicals in her blood including more than two dozen types of PCBs, seven dioxins, and a banned household insecticide. “I’m proof that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t shield you,” she said after seeing the results.

      Unfortunately, Charlotte’s story isn’t unique. Every person tested by Mount Sinai Medical Center in the same study was contaminated with an average of 91 chemicals each.24

      The evidence is clear: Everyone, regardless of their lifestyle, needs to detox their body.

      In another recent study, scientists tested a group of families for 107 different man-made toxins.6 They tested blood and urine samples from each family member. Every family member was tested including grandparents, parents and children.

      Here’s what they found… Every single person from the youngest to the oldest was contaminated with toxins. And the family members with the most toxins in their bodies were between the ages of 58 and 92.

      In fact, scientists discovered over 63 different chemicals in the bodies of the oldest generation! They found PCBs, organochlorine pesticides, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated chemicals, and more.7

      And these aren’t the only toxins that may be lurking in your body…

      A comprehensive survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found 148 different chemicals in the blood and urine samples of 2,400 Americans.8 More than a quarter of all the samples contained benzo(a)pryene, a toxin found in automobile exhaust fumes. And nine out of ten samples contained a mixture of toxic pesticides.

      National Geographic Magazine paid nearly $15,000 to test one of their reporters for the presence of 320 different chemicals as part of an undercover investigation into environmental toxins. They discovered that the reporter’s level of one flame retardant chemical was so high it would have been considered alarming, even if the reporter had worked in a plant that manufactured the chemical!9




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  2. The lead that was introduced to the environment as a fuel additive, did it contaminate water the supply?
    Or was it released to the air by car emissions?




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  3. I think most all the people involved in leaded gas meant well. Lead was just so useful in the difficult process of getting internal combustion engines to run. The engine knock could crack the engine. That part was easy to understand. The developmental disabilities foisted onto the general public was harder to grasp. People making money off it had a real hard time in understanding the downside. There was probably a lot of rationalization and blame shifting. That is kind of a scary weakness in our economic system, still going on today.




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    1. I agree because I’ve seen it happen. That is, the relationship between farmers and Monsanto. The chemicals are probably shortening the lives of the farmer and his family, but at the same time they are providing cost savings that keep them in business ’cause there’s just no way you can tend those crops manually, which was the old way.




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      1. They’ve invented this thing called permaculture, which makes organic gardening easier in the long run. It basically means using the systems of nature to help humans within the ecosystem. It was either invented in the 1970’s or it was just what everyone did until WWI.
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      2. Lonie you are VERY mistaken about the Monsanto chemicals providing cost savings and keeping farmers in business. VERY mistaken. In the country, Monsanto not only absolutely causes harm to the farmers and all those around the area (one little boy in Indie dropped dead while riding his bike past a Monsanto farm spraying their chemical round up… just a kid trying to take a bike ride) and increase birth defects, but they DESTROY businesses in a number of ways. First, round up destroys soil, it truly renders it dead and useless and the quickest “fix” is to douse the soil with even MORE chemicals. Furthermore, they design their seed sot be dependent on their chemicals. So more and more chemicals have to be used to make things grow. If someone does not comply with Monsanto… if they just decide they don’t like an organic farmer, they’ve spent big money suing them and destroying their livelihoods. In India, after many farmers were convinced into partnering with Monsanto, there became an epidemic of farmers committing SUICIDE because their livelihoods were destroyed. There hasn’t been a huge uprise against Monsanto by farmers in the U.S and all around the world for no reason. Other countries are actually banning them.

        To say there is no way you can tend to crops the old way is insane, at best. That is to say that we shouldn’t be here right now, because the “old” way (the way that actually isn’t toxic and allows things to grow and doesn’t destroy the earth and all life on it) didn’t work… It’s also to say that there isn’t an abundant supply of organic farmers… but there is. That’s also to say that Europe is starving to death because they do not allow GMO’s… but they’re not.




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        1. S: While I’m having a little difficulty following all the double negatives, I agree with you. Another reason to have an edit button!




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        2. Shaylen, you’ve put me in the position of defending my statements which also makes it seem I am defending Monsanto which I prefer not.

          In the U.S. there is apparently a more stringent oversight of chemical use or perhaps a better educated farm community on the use of Roundup, as there are few of the types of cases you refer to reported in the U.S. I haven’t farmed in years, but in order to use chemicals on our own crops, we had to either get a licensed operator to apply them, or become a licensed operator in our own right.

          To me, the organophosphate insect sprays were more to be feared as they are agents of eugenics through their acting as endocrine disruptors.

          As to your statement that it is more costly to USE Roundup than to maintain a crop such as cotton (which I am familiar with) through the use of manual labor, there are specialty cottons being grown that are genetically colored (no need for harmful dyes) and grown organically. These are very expensive but since they are niche products, can be grown with manual labor.

          I have a nephew who grows 2 to 3 thousand bales of cotton plus some peanuts every year. He does this with a small labor force and millions of dollars worth of machinery. It would take a small village of Mexicans to be moved here to maintain his crops without chemicals. And the reason I use Mexican nationals in my comparison is because Mexican Americans, German Americans, Italian Americans, Irish Americans, African Americans… will not do that back breaking work anymore.

          The only way to put the chemical genie back in the bottle is for some population thinning disaster to hit the earth and send us back to subsistence farming. The upshot of that happening is that with a shrunken population we would likely have a proportionately shrunken scientific community.

          It is my opinion that the reason we are seeing such exponential growth in scientific breakthroughs is because the population has grown and in doing so has caused more scientists to be educated. And yes, this has led to more chemicals with their attending health insults.

          It is my hope that the ever-evolving science will progress to the point where we have the chemicals that both benefit the many while protecting the individual.




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          1. Lonie, I do find it hard to believe since your original statement was in defense of Monsanto which is what put me in the position to rebut. Not that I’m criticizing you for have a different opinion.

            I’m not sure what few cases you’re referring to, but there are entire organizations of American farmers standing up to Monsanto and has been a growing concern and movement for years. But it isn’t just happening in America, it’s happening in Canada, India, and South America along with other parts of the world.

            Funny you should bring up cotton as GMO cotton has massively failed which you can read about here: http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/04/05/burkina-faso-farmers-seek-83-milllion-from-monsanto-over-gmo-cotton-failure/#.WBFX_Om4luW

            And here: http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/502011/13342-burkina-faso-is-a-trojan-horse-for-gmos-in-africa

            To quote the above article: “the reality of Bt cotton in Burkina Faso in West Africa is far removed from the hyperbole. The cost of Bt cotton seed in Burkina Faso has quickly more than tripled in return for no increase in yields exactly the opposite of the claims used to promote Bt cotton to Burkina Faso’s farmers of massive increases in yield. These kinds of wildly misleading promotionals for Bt cotton are already familiar from India – see item 2 – and South Africa”

            Your perspective on manual labor, using Mexico as an example, is interesting as well considering that once again, much of Mexico has largely become against Monsanto and GMO farming. Personally, I’d take their word for it over outsider perspective. Plus, their negative experience with the detrimental effects of GMO farming are easy to understand and to have foreseen. It appears, contrary to your belief, that there are many Mexicans who are quite FOR the “old” way of doing things. Many Mexicans literally protest against Monsanto and GMO farming: https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/mexico-protests-monsanto-with-a-carnival-of-corn/

            http://www.telesurtv.net/english/multimedia/From-Canada-to-Mexico-Activists-Speak-Out-Against-Monsanto-20170520-0025.html

            http://www.trueactivist.com/victory-in-mexico-indigenous-activists-win-major-court-rulings-against-monsanto/

            You speak of chemicals benefitting the many and protecting individuals, yet I feel you fail to acknowledge the fact that Monsanto and other GMO corporations fail to do both of these but are quite successful at doing the exact opposite.

            Monsanto is about money and monopolizing the world’s food supply. It is only their arrogance and carelessness that leads them to believe they’ll be protected by their own devastating effects. They are no friend of the scientific community, either, and have bullied scientists out of studying the effects of GMO’s through their typical threats as well as publishing findings.

            Here are some other articles that shed some light on Monsanto:

            http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-complete-history-of-monsanto-the-worlds-most-evil-corporation/5387964

            http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-seeds-of-suicide-how-monsanto-destroys-farming/5329947

            http://www.lightparty.com/Health/IndiaCheers.html

            http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/05/monsanto200805

            http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/12/ge-crops-affect-soil-fertility.aspx

            https://foodrevolution.org/blog/un-earthed-is-monsantos-glyphosate-destroying-the-soil/

            http://natural.news/2015-08-24-new-documentary-neil-young-exposes-monsanto-destroys-farming-families-refuse-submit-totalitarian-gmo-agriculture.html

            http://foodbabe.com/2016/11/15/monsanto/comment-page-5/

            http://naturalnews.com/2017-05-22-cancer-patient-speaks-out-about-the-devastating-effects-monsantos-roundup-has-had-on-her-life.html

            http://regenerationvermont.org/farmers-in-10-states-sue-monsanto-over-dicamba-devastation/

            https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/ten-ways-monsanto-and-big-ag-are-trying-kill-you-and-planet

            http://naturalsociety.com/gmo-crops-destroying-farmland-monsanto/

            http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/08/monsantos-roundup-herbicide-soil-damage

            https://www.pri.org/stories/2013-01-02/latin-america-growing-backlash-against-genetically-modified-food

            This one is a video; reporters were fired from Fox News for investigating Monsanto and failing to agree to never speak of their findings:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsglbfZLc_0




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            1. Shaylen, first of all I have not read any of your links. You are asking me to read the ones found that back up YOUR belief system, and life is too short to spend that way… plus I usually do not read posts more than two or three paragraphs long. My feeling is if you can’t effectively make the argument in that space, then one is just trying to overwhelm the debate.

              As for your reference to Bt cotton, I am assuming that refers to bacillus thuringiensis which is a genetic insertion of a common Gram-positive soil dwelling bacterium that acts as an insecticide… which means the farmer doesn’t have to spray organophosphates to the detriment of human health.
              That is, this is a plus for Monsanto in the environmental column.

              Another thing about Monsanto is they have obtained a license for the use of CRISPR cas/9 in their research for genetically altered crops. In being granted the license, they had to agree to not make their research terminal… that is, they have to allow their seed to remain viable in succeeding crops which means Monsanto can only reap high rewards from the first sale of their tech since it will be passed on to future seed generations which can be saved and planted by the farmer at no new technology cost.

              Are they and other manufacturers interested in profits? Hell yes!
              Otherwise, why do this and how is it funded? (Would you rather BIG GOVERNMENT BROTHER be the decider? I wouldn’t.

              Like I said earlier, I’m not a big fan of GMO but for the 90% (just a guess) of the world’s hoi polloi who will never become vegans but will subsist on gas station cheese enhanced foods, that tech is what will feed them.




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              1. Lonie, it’s not about backing up my beliefs, this is not cherry picked information. My beliefs, for that matter, are in response to years of learning about Monsanto and other GMO companies and their chemicals and the detrimental effects they have on the earth, farmers, and everyone (human or otherwise). Nor did I ask you to read the links, I simply provided you with them if you were interested. The links provided were provided in response to claims you’ve made, such as your claims about GMO cotton when in fact, GMO cotton crops, as previously stated with some really good links to learn more, have been a tremendous failure. As well as in response to your claims about Mexicans not wanting to do the labor, yet literally protest against Monsanto. As well as to address claims about Monsanto crops remotely being good for farmers or agriculture itself along with other claims and extra information about how corrupt Monsanto actually is.
                That is no more a belief system than the “belief system” that sharks are important to the ocean’s ecosystem and oil spills are detrimental to it. It’s reality, not a belief.

                I think it’s kind of a cop out to say that if someone writes more than you’d like to read, they’re trying to “overwhelm” a debate. I didn’t repeat myself, I simply addressed the claims that you tried to make. It is not my fault nor issue if you’d prefer not to read my response. But with a topic as important as GMO’s and namely, Monsanto, I will not ignore blatant misunderstandings or propaganda about them when I know better and know how important it is to speak the truth on such serious matters.

                No, the cotton crops have failed. If you want to learn why, that is why I provided the links. A few bottom lines: the quality dropped, yields dropped, costs were raised, etc.–all contrary to what was promised which is all too typical of Monsanto. Burkina Faso in Africa, for example, had began to phase them out completely due to its epic failure.

                “’We went from 39.2 billion (CFA francs) in losses to 49.3 billion in just one harvest. If we continue like that we’ll just dig the hole deeper,’ said Wilfried Yameogo, managing director of SOFITEX, one of the cotton companies belonging to the AICB.”

                There is a lot more on the cotton issue in the articles I provided and a third article linked in one of them.

                Big government IS the decider! It’s independent farmers who have created organizations against Monsanto; it is independent consumers who created the Non-GMO certification; it is independent consumers and conservationists speaking out against the detrimental effects of Monsanto and other GMO companies. Currently, Monsanto is one of the BIGGEST lobbyists and influences on government; they are HUGELY tired into government! There are people from the company who are judges, Obama appointed the ex vice president and lawyer of Monsanto as the head of our FDA, and the list goes on… It is everyone else who is speaking out against them, not the government. Monsanto has fought to keep labels in the dark, they’ve fought to infiltrate organics, they’ve fought to shut down independent and organic farmers, and the government has ignored the people’s outcry for proper labeling of GMO’s, and thus the non-GMO project was born… by the PEOPLE.

                You can say you’re not big on GMO’s, but that certainly doesn’t come across in your writing and blatant disregard at the devastating effects GMO’s have on the planet, the farmers, and all life on the planet. Monsanto and other GMO companies are the opposite of sustainable and the opposite of solution; they are one of the biggest epidemics on the planet. Until you’re more open to reading about Monsanto and learning about these effects, maybe you shouldn’t try defending them with their typical propaganda that never fails to disappoint, to say the least.




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                1. Shaylen, by the length of your post I draw the conclusion that you are way more invested in this discussion than I am, so I will give you the “win.”

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                    1. I do find it interesting though that you don’t seem to acknowledge the facts about Monsanto and GMO’s. It doesn’t seem like you were ever really interested in discussing it but rather believing what you already believe. Not trying to sound confrontational but I just had to be honest.




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                    2. Pretty good observations. You were never going to change my position on the matter, nor was I ever going to change yours. But in a debate you are not expecting to change your debate opponent… your target is the readers of the debate.

                      For that reason I participated to the level that I did, but since winning is no longer my objective in everything I do in life, decided to just move on to other interests, work, and happy chores. ‘-)




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    2. “People making money off it had a real hard time in understanding the downside.” No coincidence that this is often the way things go. I wouldn’t say they meant well, I think what they meant was to make as much money as they could and were careless and irresponsible in doing so.

      Lonie, I replied about Monsanto but my comment is awaiting moderation, I imagine because it contained links.




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  4. When I hear the word chelation, I automatically wonder if it removes all metals from our system? Some metals in small amounts are really good for us.




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    1. Hi Lonie, I am a volunteer moderator on the website.Thanks for your comment about Chelation. In this study it indicates how they could reduce the level of lead by using oral chelating agent 2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA, succorer) they could bring the lead level down in these children. In this study they point out that, there are many widely prevalent sources of lead exposure: lead-acid battery manufacturing and recycling [1]; mining, smelting, and refining of lead and other ores [2]; traditional medicines [3]; residential paint [4]; ceramic glaze and artisanal pottery [5]; ammunition; and metal alloys or pigments used in the fabrication or coating of children’s toys and jewelry. Most of these sources are poorly regulated in resource-poor countries.

      The State and Federal governments have set a recent legislation which required Medicaid providers to increase testing rates and laboratories to report lead levels electronically to the state, and has established a commission to coordinate future lead prevention activities.

      State and Federal agency and the policy makers have to work together to handle this issue. As well as local public health departments are responsible for the actual programmatic activities. Looking into environmental health, maternal and child health, health education, laboratory testing, infectious disease control, and death investigation and certificates. The responsibilities of local public health departments have also recently been expanded to include a focus on emergency preparedness. Funding for local health department activities comes primarily from block grants from the state, local tax revenue, and service fees. Some health departments also apply for grants from federal agencies and nonprofit foundations. As a result, the resources available across local health departments vary.

      Description of 3,180 Courses of Chelation with Dimercaptosuccinic Acid in Children ≤5 y with Severe Lead Poisoning in Zamfara, Northern Nigeria: A Retrospective Analysis of Programme Data
      Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Activities Within Michigan Local Public Health Departments




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  5. Great video, Dr Greger. But why don’t you do one on the heavy metal that is still being used in all the flourescent bulbs? Mercury. And how many of them get recycled, and how many just get put in the trash to pollute the environment?




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    1. National estimates in the 2014 NEI
      Lead emissions are 730 tons, 460 tons from aircraft. EPA has not yet restricted lead in avgas, even though unleaded avgas is available.
      Mercury emissions sum to 55 tons.
       switches and relays – emissions from the shredding and crushing of cars containing Hg components at auto crushing yards (2.1 tons)
       landfill “working face” emissions associated with the release of mercury via churning/crushing of new material (0.4 tons)
       dental amalgam – emissions at dentist offices and from evaporation in teeth (0.4 tons)
       human cremation – emissions primarily due to mercury in dental amalgam (1.2 tons)




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  6. OUR CORPORATE MANIPULATED POLITICAL SYSTEM IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF MOST HEALTH PROBLEMS

    Until the ability of financially powerful entities to control and manipulate our government, through campaign finance bribery – has been eliminated, we will continue to live in a toxic world where our lives and the lives of our children will be shortened, as we become increasingly dependent on a medical establishment heavily influenced by the same powerful entities.

    Thank you, Dr. Greger, for your continued efforts to shine a light on the problem we are facing – it is clearly the root cause of nearly all the health problems in our country today. As long as corporations like Monsanto get virtually anything they want out of our government, our lives and our health will continue to be irrelevant in any situation where there is a conflict between corporate interests and those of our people.




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  7. How nice it would be if Dr. Greger got sorta political, I have the feeling he would make an amazing head of our FDA. I think that’s the position that could do the most good. Of course not in the current administration, but they won’t last forever. Public health and all, it would be nice to have an advocate that can see through the BS to the facts. This video makes me wonder if we couldn’t sue for many of these past lead-related damages (the dumbing of America), class action perhaps. Some of these companies could at least contribute more toward affordable health care. Perhaps capping Health costs to the population, and charging all % increases to businesses.




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    1. When the power$ that be feel that he could not harm their profit$, and he had a few billionaire supporters, then he might be capable of playing their game.

      I don’t see it happening. I have to appreciate what he does, and watch the rest of the country/westernworld go down in diabetic flames.




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    2. You mean as opposed to the person Obama appointed as head of our FDA, Robert Califf, former vice president of Monsanto and big pharma lobbyist? Yeah, both parties are hugely corrupt and this kind of stuff will continue to happen so long as things keep going as Grateful-Vegan described above, no matter which political side of this two party system reigns. I totally agree, Dr. Greger would make an AMAZING head of the FDA among other things! Too bad these things aren’t decided based on credentials and ability.




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    1. I see that someone remarked on this. Not only your normal airline flying and military and what not but with all the extra flying being done putting those lines across the skies year after year, I thought all this lead and chemicals falling on us is insane.
      I really do not understand any of the thought processes that have lead us to the situation we are in
      Because what I do understand is that We us Americans do not take care of our children in any sense of the word. Period.




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    2. I don’t know about “gassers” but I’m sure they burn much less fuel overall than the cargo and passenger jets flying about.

      Jet fuel is diesel based. MOF some diesel engines can be safely run on jet fuel. AFIK lead was never added to diesel or jet fuels.




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    3. Pretty sure I’ve read that there are some airlines experimenting with using bio-fuels in their airplanes.

      Do not know if other airlines use leaded fuels, but would doubt the need for that as most of the passenger planes have jet engines rather than anything piston driven… which is where the lead offered protection.

      NASCAR finally switched away from leaded fuels a few years ago… guess they got tired of hearing their fans were just a bunch of dumb hillbillys so they stopped forcing them to breathe lead fumes during a race. ‘-)




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  8. The best science money can buy? Al Gore and the entire man-made global warming” scam come to mind. The facts are slowly emerging … more scientists are coming out from behind the curtain saying “we’ve been trying to tell you all along. Global warming by man is a myth.” Global taxation proponents and their hand picked “scientists” are now being faced with the real inconvenient truths of the global climate change hoax. Hearing a one-sided story for years does not make it factual.




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    1. Omg Doug… how does one begin to even comment on TOTAL disregard for common sense, observance of the world around them, irrefutable science, and a truth that couldn’t be clearer lest it was literally in YOUR face as opposed to how it will be with the grandchildren you likely want someday as people like you are so keen on reproducing, ironically. Of course your grandchildren aren’t the only ones who won’t have the luxury of denying the truth for a sense of comfort and avoiding the burden of personal responsibility, currently there are many humans suffering first hand due to the effects of global warming, and other animals have it the worst… mother polar bears swimming with her cub for 6 days straight just to find food because the polar ice caps are now so far apart is just ONE example of so, so many… and no, the baby didn’t make it.
      And hate when people like you try to blame all this on evolution. Evolution was a process that took thousands of years. What is happening within a single LIFETIME has never happened to this planet. Al Gore is not the poster child for being green, he’s an idiot, but who is the bigger idiot, the person being a bad example for a real issue, or the people who let one bad example define the real issue?

      I think you should take your own advice… hearing a one sided story certainly does not make it factual, and we all know (ok, well most of us know) which side that has been. It’s been the side hell bent on exploiting everything on this planet with no regard to consequence in the name of the almighty dollar.




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  9. That is an excellent point, Doug. Keep the bs going with the CO2, and hardly a word about the lead and mercury. Is this part of the plan? Watch my right hand very closely, so my left hand can pick your pocket. In Canada, we have a carbon tax. But no mercury tax, lead tax, or anything else. And we still put lead in the avgas. What am I missing?




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  10. Hi…. I was wondering if Dr Greger can provide some information about tinnitus, and why does it seem to get worse with the plant based diet, especially fruits. Thank you so much for all the information that you provide us with every day.




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  11. I have just submitted a nomination to have Dr Greger do a TED talk. I’m inviting any/all of you who are equally moved to do the same. A dear friend
    facing the threat of diabetes totally reversed her health by embracing the plant-based diet gave me the idea. Dr. Greger, if you’re reading this, I
    would suggest that you give the talk on a treadmill! Been following you for years. You’re badass!

    Link to TED nomination form below:

    https://speaker-nominations.ted.com




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