Monday, 06 January 2014 23:18
Opposition to TPP Widens! Jan 7/14
Opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership explodes on Twitter Special
By Justin King
Dec 27, 2013 in World
Activists from around the world will begin attempting to create a twitterstorm in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Twitter tonight. The opposition is coming from activists on both the left and right wing of the political spectrum.
The twitterstorm operation is set to begin at 7PM Eastern and will attempt to make the hashtag #StopTheTPP trend on Twitter, in hopes of raising awareness of the secretive trade deal being brokered among a dozen nations. The nations involved are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative hosts a blanket statement about the trade deal on its website stating in part
“For all TPP countries, an ambitious, comprehensive and high-standard agreement that achieves the goals established in Honolulu in 2011 is critical for creating jobs and promoting growth, providing opportunity for our citizens and contributing to regional integration and the strengthening of the multilateral trading system. “
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's representation of problems with the TPP. https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp
Activists hold a very different opinion of the trade deal, which has only been available for public scrutiny through leaks hosted on the Wikileaks website or other whistleblower pages . It should be noted that none of the disclosures so far have anything to do with job creation. An activist intimately involved with tonight’s operation, Emily Laincz said
I think it's really important for everyone to realize that this is a corporate bill, benefiting corporations while harming individuals-- There is no benefit in it for us. It will affect each and every one of us personally.
As far as the worst part of the TPP; it is circumstantial because everyone has their own concerns, be it Internet regulations, lack of food labeling rights, etcetera.
But, I feel the largest issue is that it will replace the citizen’s bill of rights with a corporate bill of rights which will allow corporations to sue an entire nation for not complying with new found laws under the "trade treaty."
The secrecy surrounding the trade deal has raised eyebrows across the globe. Activists and lawmakers alike have expressed concern over the lack of transparency in what is being advertised as a simple trade deal to bring jobs to nations that agree to the principals of the TPP. Laincz advised citizens to call their representatives.
What people need to stress is for their representative to call Rep. Miller and insist they sign the DeLauro-Miller letter.
The Delauro-Miller letter is a letter signed by over 150 Congressional Representatives that expresses their deep concern over the secrecy and methods being used by the executive to push the trade deal through Congress without giving the body the ability to amend the deal.
The Japan Times recently published an Op-Ed by William Pesek advising against Asia’s participation in the TPP. TPP is also being opposed by US Agricultural associations, as well. The watchdog group Electronic Frontier Foundation has voiced its opposition to the deal in a detailed summary found here.
Alex Freeman, another activist participating in tonight’s operation had this to say:
There are too many problems with the TPP and TAFTA, or whatever new name they have for it. I've seen them change it several times since this summer to keep it guarded. Ultimately, they are egregious corporate power grabs that are eroding constitutional process in their passage and will erode multiple states’ sovereignty in their implementation. The Constitution sets forth for the Senate to debate and negotiate treaties, yet many senators are unaware of the contents of TPP.
The treaty has been written by corporations and negotiated through a series of clandestine meetings. Without Wikileaks, we may not have known about them. What we do know of the contents of TPP shocks the conscience and chills free speech. Where Citizens United redefined money as speech for election purposes, TPP redefines it again to further alienate the voting populace in favor of world trade, corporate greed, and profits over people.
While large portions of the TPP are secret, leaks have given voters a glimpse at a small fraction of the deal. This draft of the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter is one of those few glimpses. The 38 page document is summarized below, and lends some credibility to the claims of those in opposition to the deal.
Intellectual Property Rights Chapter Summary:
Article 1: Requires that member nations adhere to a series of previously established copyright treaties, and requires foreign corporations to receive the same copyright privileges as domestic companies in court proceedings.
Article 2: Provides a system for allowing and organizing trademarks of corporations in order to protect their brand name.
Article 3: Eliminates the ability of an individual to maintain privacy while holding ownership of an internet domain. Requires member nations to maintain a database of owners and contact information.
Article 4: Extends the number of years a work is considered protected by copyright law. Requires member nations to establish criminal penalties for violating copyrights.
Article 5: Leaves exhibition of copyrighted works at the sole discretion of the copyright holder.
Article 6: Establishes a timeline for when a work is considered copyrighted after exhibition or publication.
Article 7: Bans the production of certain types of decryption equipment.
Article 8: Requires member nations to make patents available for any kind of process or technology, including plants and animals. Bars member nations from not providing a patent simply because the exploitation of that patent would be against the law.
Article 9: Provides a monopoly for ten years once a chemical agricultural product is approved by stopping a government from approving a similar product.
Article 10: Removes the presumption of innocence from copyright related civil, administrative, or criminal cases.
Article 11: Requires member nations to issue copyright rulings in writing and keep statistical data in order to combat copyright infringement.
Article 12: Establishes procedures for member nations to abide by in the event of civil copyright infringement.
Article 13: Requires except in exceptional circumstances that an injunction within ten days of complaint of alleged copyright infringement.
Article 14: Makes it easier for corporations to stop suspected copyright infringement or use of trademarks that are confusingly similar.
Article 15: Requires member nations to establish minimum criminal codes to combat infringement of copyright infringement.
Article 16: Provides a list of measures to combat digital piracy.
The overall language of the treaty makes it clear that it overrides national law.
Friday, 03 January 2014 20:39
Legal Action at Can Gov Common Wealth Welcome! Aug 17/13
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It is not yet entirely clear to us, exactly how many civil litigations may be required in order for us to accomplish our objectives. For example, we know that Action(s) will be required against the Federal government respecting the offence of private money ownership via the Bank Act, and the offence of privatizing of national assets via another Act or Acts, all or some of which may enjoin various Ministries.
We also know we will be required in each province and territory to take Actions regarding the offence of denying private property ownership and protection of subsisting Crown Grants via the Land Titles Acts, and of course, Actions against the various Ministries, probably both provincial and federal, regarding the offence of the fraudulent creation and attachment of the registered names.
All of the above institutions or agencies serve in one way or another to enact and enforce statutes and by-laws that abrogate our fundamental natural human rights, contrary to the superior laws of the nation and the international treaties.
Now concurrent with all of the above, we will be taking action against each of the various provincial and federal law societies, the BAR associations and the appropriate Ministries of Justice, as the members of these organizations are complicit with the activities of the aforementioned institutions and agencies.
These court actions are designed to utilize the tools built into the system itself, to actually cause foundational and permanent change to that system, as it was originally designed to be. The result will be our freedom from the enslavement of the banker dominated money system, and to have a government that will be our servant and not our master, taking instructions from us, and not from the bankers.
As Canadians, we are being [criminally] deprived of our Patrimonial Entitlements, that being our right to freely enjoy our fair share of the natural wealth and resources of our nation, and therefore we are not only entitled, but we are morally obligated to take action aimed at stopping that deprivation. That is what our process is all about.
Our objective therefore, as you will find set out within all our information, is based on the unique premise that we believe we have finally come to understand the root cause of the legal and financial problems we all face, and how to fix it. So we intend to take action specifically aimed at eliminating that root cause, thereby permanently preventing any such future problems for everyone.
We are not attempting to cure or remedy an individual’s current legal or financial problems that often result from that root cause, as so many other remedies and processes have tried in the past, and are pointlessly continuing to try. This is what we hope our information will help you come to understand, and this is the goal we need people like you to be informed about and become involved in, and why we need you to help support us attain the objective of permanent changes to the root cause of all our problems.
We have a lawyer who has agreed to hand in his bar card(s) and help us take the legal action necessary to accomplish our objective which he understands to a degree that very few, if any, in the legal profession do.
In conclusion, let us quote from a recent e-mail from this lawyer,
“I need every single one of you on board to justify my stepping away from my practice and making such a potentially explosive application to the superior courts. And all of you certainly need me (or another competent lawyer willing to sacrifice his “legal” career) to properly handle this action…. We can [and will] win this, but to win a case of this scope and nature will not be easy, fast, or inexpensive. Even as the sizable group we are, this will still be very much a ‘David & Goliath’ battle.”
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ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
“Human rights defender” is a term used to describe people who, individually or with others, act to promote or protect human rights. Human rights defenders are identified above all by what they do and it is through a description of their actions (section A below) and of some of the contexts in which they work (section B below) that the term can best be explained. The examples given of the activities of human rights defenders are not an exhaustive list.
A. What do human rights defenders do?
1. All human rights for all
To be a human rights defender, a person can act to address any human right (or rights) on behalf of individuals or groups. Human rights defenders seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights as well as the promotion, protection and realization of economic, social and cultural rights.
Human rights defenders address any human rights concerns, which can be as varied as, for example, summary executions, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, female genital mutilation, discrimination, employment issues, forced evictions, access to health care, and toxic waste and its impact on the environment. Defenders are active in support of human rights as diverse as the rights to life, to food and water, to the highest attainable standard of health, to adequate housing, to a name and a nationality, to education, to freedom of movement and to non-discrimination. They sometimes address the rights of categories of persons, for example women’s rights, children’s rights, the rights of indigenous persons, tthe rights of refugees and internally displaced persons, and the rights of national, linguistic or sexual minorities.
2. Human rights everywhere
Human rights defenders are active in every part of the world: in States that are divided by internal armed conflict as well as States that are stable; in States that are non-democratic as well as those that have a strong democratic practice; in States that are developing economically as well as those that are classified as developed. They seek to promote and protect human rights in the context of a variety of challenges, including HIV/AIDS, development, migration, structural adjustment policies and political transition.
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Friday, 03 January 2014 14:54
NSA Can Spy Offline & Steal Info! Jan 3/14
NSA can spy on offline computers wirelessly, says security expert!
LONDON - A well-known privacy advocate has given the public an unusually explicit peek into the intelligence world's tool box, pulling back the curtain on the National Security Agency's arsenal of high-tech spy gear.
Independent journalist and security expert Jacob Appelbaum on Monday told a hacker conference in Germany that the NSA could turn iPhones into eavesdropping tools and use radar wave devices to harvest electronic information from computer even if they weren't online.
Snowden interviewer says NSA leaker launched “global debate”
Appelbaum told hundreds of computer experts gathered at Hamburg's Chaos Communications Conference that his revelations about the NSA's capabilities "are even worse than your worst nightmares."
"What I am going to show you today is wrist-slittingly depressing," he said.
Even though in the past six months there have been an unprecedented level of public scrutiny of the NSA and its methods, Appelbaum's claims - supported by what appeared to be internal NSA slideshows - still caused a stir.
One of the slides described how the NSA can plant malicious software onto Apple Inc.'s iPhone, giving American intelligence agents the ability to turn the popular smartphone into a pocket-sized spy.
Another slide showcased a futuristic-sounding device described as a "portable continuous wave generator," a remote controlled device which - when paired with tiny electronic implants - can bounce invisible waves of energy off keyboards and monitors to see what is being typed even if the target device isn't connected to the Internet.
A third slide showcased a piece of equipment called NIGHTSTAND, which can tamper with wireless Internet connections from up to 8 miles away.
An NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said that she wasn't aware of Appelbaum's presentation, but that in general should would not comment on "alleged foreign intelligence activities."
"As we've said before: NSA's focus is on targeting the communications of valid foreign intelligence targets - not on collecting and exploiting a class of communications or services that would sweep up communications that are not of bona fide foreign intelligence interest to the U.S. government," Vines said.
The documents included in Appelbaum's presentation were first published by German magazine Der Spiegel Sunday and Monday.
Appelbaum and Der Spiegel have both played an important role in the disclosures of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, but neither has clarified whether the most recent set of slides came from Snowden.
Der Spiegel's revelations related to a division of the NSA known as Tailored Access Operations, or TAO, which is painted as an elite team of hackers specializing in stealing data from the toughest of targets.
Citing internal NSA documents, the magazine said Sunday that TAO's mission was "Getting the ungettable," and quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying that TAO had gathered "some of the most significant intelligence our country has ever seen."
Der Spiegel said TAO had a catalog of high-tech gadgets for particularly hard-to-crack cases, including computer monitor cables specially modified to record what is being typed across the screen, USB sticks secretly fitted with radio transmitters to broadcast stolen data over the airwaves, and fake base stations intended to intercept mobile phone signals on the go.
Additionally, the magazine reported the NSA was intercepting computer deliveries to install spying abilities on them, and suggested the agency was "compromising the technology and products of American companies" like Dell and Microsoft.
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Whistle blower gets computer hacked by NSA! By S A Miller New York Post
Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 16:58
Friday, 27 December 2013 16:35
Thyroid Cancer From Fukushima Dec 27/13
Thyroid Cancers Surge Among Fukushima Youths
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/23/2013 21:18 -0500 Zero Hedge website
It seems US sailors aren't the only ones who three short years after the Fukushima disaster are being stricken by cancers and other radiation-induced diseases. For once, the media blackout surrounding the Japanese nuclear power plant tragedy appears to have crumbled, and at least a portion of the truth has been revealed. Hong Kong's SCMP reports that fifty-nine young people in Fukushima prefecture have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having thyroid cancer. Notably, all of newly diagnosed were younger than 18 at the time of the nuclear meltdown in the area in March 2011. They were identified in tests by the prefectural government, which covered 239,000 people by the end of September.
And while it is not rocket surgery to put two and two together, now that the data is in the public domain, here come the experts to explain it away.
On one hand, there are those who seemingly have not been bribed by the Abe government to "bend" reality just a bit in the name of confidence. People such as Toshihide Tsuda, a professor of epidemiology at Okayama University who has called upon the government to prepare for a possible increase in cases in the future. "The rate at which children in Fukushima prefecture have developed thyroid cancer can be called frequent, because it is several times to several tens of times higher," Japan's Asahi Shimbun quoted him as saying.
He compared the figures in Fukushima with cancer registration statistics throughout Japan from 1975 to 2008 that showed an annual average of five to 11 people in their late teens to early 20s developing cancer for every 1 million people.
And then come those who probably would still be touting the great job Tepco is doing in containing the worst nuclear catastrophe in history, even though Tepco itself has now admitted the exploded nuclear power plant is out of control.
Tetsuya Ohira, a professor of epidemiology at Fukushima Medical University, disagreed. It was not scientific to compare the Fukushima tests with cancer registry statistics, he argued. Scientific? Or not politically feasible for a prime minister who is desperate to restart domestic nuclear power plants, since Abenomics is getting monkeyhammered thanks to soaring energy and food import costs (and, among other factors, leading to a crash in Abe's popularity rating), and any reality leaking, pardong the pun, from Fukushima will end both that ambition, and his political career prematurely.
Shockingly, a month ago, prefectural officials deemed it unlikely that the increase in suspected and confirmed cases of cancer was linked to radiation exposure. Their "logic" is that in the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, it was not until four or five years after the accident that thyroid cancer cases surged. Apparently the thought that the local cancer victims may have been subject to radiation orders of magnitude higher than Chernobyl thanks to a lying government which consistently repeated that "all is well" has not crossed anyone's mind.
"It is known that radioactive iodine is linked to thyroid cancer. Through the intake of food, people may absorb and accumulate it inside glands," said Dr Choi Kin, a former president of the Hong Kong Medical Association.
Children might absorb more of it than adults because they were still growing, he said, but it remained to be proven that the radioactive iodine came from the nuclear disaster instead of the normal environment.
Bottom line "experts" are divided about whether the Fukushima cancers are caused by nuclear radiation... which, perhaps, is why they are experts. As everyone else knows, a surge in thyroid cancer in a population in close proximity to an exploded power plant, can only be due to one thing: non-participation in the ponzi stock market. So start buying stocks, or else the p53 mutations are coming for you too!
The Galactics’ are helping to curtail the expansion of nuclear damage in our oceans etc but we need the announcements to get full blown clean duty to permanently eliminate all nuclear threat globally. All light workers are encouraged to Meditate on helping the devic and elemental kingdoms in that area. If we had our money much more could be done to help justice must prevail. Tami
TEPCO detects record radiation at Fukushima’s reactor 2, new leak suspected
Published time: December 21, 2013 16:06
Edited time: December 22, 2013 22:41
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TEPCO has found a record 1.9 million becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances at its No.2 reactor. Also radioactive cesium was detected in deeper groundwater at No.4 unit’s well, as fears grow of a new leak into the ocean.
The level of beta ray-emitting radioactivity in groundwater around the crippled Fukushima reactor No. 2 reactor has been rising since November, NHK reported.
Previous the highest level – 1.8 million becquerels (bq/liter), of beta-ray sources per liter - was registered at reactor No.1 on December 13.
Meanwhile, TEPCO’s latest examination of deeper groundwater beneath the #4 reactor's well has raised new concerns that there might be another source of radioactive substances leakage into the ocean.
For the first time, the analysis of water samples taken from a layer 25 meters beneath the No. 4 reactor's well that is facing the ocean has revealed radioactivity in groundwater.
TEPCO investigators detected 6.7 bq/liter of Cesium 137 and 89 bq/liter of strontium as well as other beta ray-emitting radioactive substances.
However, the company’s officials said that it is early to talk about a hotspot of radiation leak and more examinations are needed to prove that. TEPCO suggested that current numbers could be wrong because radioactive substances may have been mistakenly mixed during the process of getting the sample.
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 00:59
Benjamin Fulford Global Update & RV Questions! Dec 24/13
Multiple sources confirm 2014 will be the year of revolution in the West
Posted by benjamin
December 24, 2013
The year 2014 will mark the beginning of a fundamental change in how this planet is managed according to sources including the Pentagon, the Japanese imperial family and the P2 freemason lodge. NATO and other European groups promise to start the New Year with a $15 billion project to help the Philippines and show Europeans were fundamentally changing their international modus operandi, according to the P2 lodge.
There is also an avalanche of disclosure appearing in corporate mass media outlets about long taboo topics like 911, the Lockerbie bombing, the Kennedy assassination etc. indicating some sort of attempt at starting a truth and reconciliation process has begun.
We are also once again being told of mass arrests of cabalists that have begun in the US. This time US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew was named as one of those arrested for refusing to sign on to the new financial system, according to one Pentagon and one CIA source. A google image search shows the last time he appeared in public was 3 days ago. However, both myself and Christopher Story among others, have been told repeatedly that some top cabalist had been arrested only to have them appear in public the day after we wrote about the arrest. This could be that same old trick all over again. ( think timelines and clones folks Tami)
The same sources say that President Barack Obama will not return from his Hawaiian holiday this year. However, we were told the same thing last year but he did return. Nonetheless, it is becoming increasingly obvious on multiple fronts that cabal rule is collapsing at an accelerating pace in the West.
In the US, there is a growing move within the establishment to start exposing the truth about 911. When Congress members start asking questions in Congress about it, for example, they are showing that they know it is safe to start talking about it in public now. The move to blame the Saudis being given wide publicity is a precursor to taking down the Bush/Nazi/Zionist faction.
The truth about the Kennedy assassination is also now coming out, again as a part of that same trend. The sealed public documents relating to the assassination are due to be released to the public soon, according to sources close to Kennedy daughter US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. The sealed files are almost all held by the CIA, especially its’ Nazi/Bush faction the Directorate of Operations.
There is also a move to start disclosing the CIA’s secret Iranian connection, according to MI5. One of the most damning things to come out last week concerned the Lockerbie Bombing of 1988 in which a bomb blew up an airliner over Scotland, killing 243 people.
The official story is that it was done by Libya but now it turns out the operation was carried out to cover up the Iranian/Bush/Nazi drug connection, according to MI5 sources.
First let us review what the connection was in a bigger context. The Iranian revolution that replaced the Shah of Iran with Ayatollah Khomeini was a cabal run operation aimed at grabbing Persian imperial gold supplies (the gold was evacuated to Thailand), according to a cousin of the Shah. Later, George Bush Sr. got Ronald Reagan elected as President and himself as Vice President in large part because of the “October surprise;” the sabotaged rescue attempt by President Carter of the US Embassy officials being held hostage in Tehran. That operation was run by Bush agent Osama Bin Laden (aka Tim Osman) and his flunky Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The attempt by agency and government white hats to counter the Bush faction with the Iran/Contra hearings during the Reagan Presidency failed to remove the Bush faction. One reason was because the Lockerbie bombing killed US military intelligence and CIA officers who were on that flight on their way back to report that the Frankfurt (Bush/Nazi) branch of the CIA was running drugs out of the Beqaa valley in Lebanon for the Iranians. The plane was blown up to prevent them from reporting this to the Pentagon. Also, it happens that the commander of the Qods or Iranian special forces in the Bekaa valley became the Iranian Defense Minister a couple of years ago.
All this is coming out now because Bush and his faction have been defeated at a high level and arrests of Nazis have been proceeding at a fast clip. Incidents like Lockerbie are important to Pentagon types because they represent high treason. That is why we are hearing from CIA and Pentagon sources that nobody is in the mood for a touchy feely peace and reconciliation process.
Remember, this Nazi faction has been responsible for killing tens of millions of people since the end of World War 2. They were also planning to kill 90% of humanity with disease, nuclear war and starvation in order to start their 1000 year fourth Reich.
Now, they have lost control of most of the men with guns in the Pentagon and the agencies. Pentagon sources are now saying, for example, that they found a network of Nazi run laboratories in some of the former Soviet Republics that were producing and spreading biological warfare agents as a part of these plans. These laboratories are now being shut down.
The consensus is that these people will have to be taught a lesson that will never be forgotten by future generations in order to make sure such a monstrous entity never again arises within humanity’s power structure.
However, as we enter the solar new year on December 25th we need to remember the ancient tradition is to not only clean out the rot but to give birth to the new. In that vein, we would like to suggest that it is time to review and renew many of our ancient traditions.
Starting with Christmas could be one way. The Catholic Church and other Christian groups now admit they do not know when Christ was born and that Christmas is really a celebration of the Solar New Year that has been going on for untold millennia. Sites like Stonehenge in England and the Ise Shrine in Japan, for example, have been set up for celebration of the Solar New Year many thousands of years before Jesus Christ and the start of Christianity.
That is why it makes sense to change December 25th, the date the sun starts to move South again in the Northern Hemisphere, into January 1st. The celebrations of the birth of Christ could be moved to the spring, the most likely time of his birth. This could be set in line with the Lunar New Year and thus give countries in the West a celebration in harmony with Chinese and Muslim celebrations of the Lunar New Year.
Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. www.benjaminfulford.net
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 22:06
Truth About Splenda! Dec 19/13
By Dr. Mercola
Sucralose, marketed under the brand name Splenda, is a best-selling artificial sweetener around the world. (In the European Union, sucralose is also known under the additive code E955.)
It has been nearly eight years since I published my concerns about Splenda in my book, Sweet Deception. Since then, evidence continues to support the concerns I had back then.
Splenda is found in tens of thousands of processed food products sold in 90 different countries, many of which are specifically marketed to those seeking to either lose weight or manage their diabetes.
Mounting research, however, shows that not only does it tend to worsen both of those problems, but it’s also associated with an array of other troublesome side effects.
The web site www.truthaboutsplenda.com lists a variety of consumer complaints from Splenda consumption, many of which mimic other health conditions. Some of the most commonly reported adverse effects include:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Seizures, dizziness, and migraines
- Blurred vision
- Allergic reactions
- Blood sugar increases and weight gain
But that’s not all. Now, an in-depth scientific review1, 2 of sucralose published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health3 reveals an extensive list of safety concerns, including toxicity, DNA damage, and heightened carcinogenic potential when used in cooking.
It also blows a huge hole in the argument that Splenda is a good choice for diabetics and/or those seeking to lose weight.
Sucralose—NOT Safe for Cooking After All
The featured report came to several important conclusions—all of which challenge the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) status of sucralose. Of primary concern is that sucralose is not an inert substance.
When heated, it releases chloropropanols, which belong to a class of toxins known as dioxins. One of the selling points of Splenda is that it remains stable when heated, making it well-suited for cooking and baking, but these findings refute such claims. (Many other artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, are not recommended for cooking purposes as they’re known to break down in high temperatures.)
As reported by Sayer Ji at GreenMedInfo.com,4 research now shows that sucralose starts breaking down at 119 degrees Celsius; 180 degrees Celsius causes it to degrade completely.
Dioxin is a waste product of incineration, smelting, chlorine bleaching, and pesticide manufacturing, and its well-documented health effects include cancer and endocrine disruption. In fact, dioxin, which was a toxic component of the Agent Orange used to defoliate jungles during the Vietnam War, is easily one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man.
Another study5 published in October also expressed concern over the chlorination reactions that occur when sucralose is cooked in stainless steel cookware, generating highly toxic compounds, including dioxins6 and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs).
Recent animal research also suggests a link between Splenda consumption and an increased risk of leukemia.7 Based on such research, the time is more than ripe for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reconsider the GRAS status of sucralose...
Sucralose Also Destroys Your Gut Health
The featured review also concluded that sucralose destroys gut bacteria. (In fact, animal research8 published in 2008 found it could kill as much as 50 percent of your microbiome).
This is very important, as anytime you destroy healthy intestinal bacteria, you open yourself up to unfriendly micro-organisms that can cause health problems. Your immune system, which is imperative for general health, is dependent on healthy gut flora, so the idea that this artificial sweetener may destroy up to half of all your healthy gut bacteria is disconcerting to say the least.
Worse yet, sucralose appears to target beneficial microorganisms to a greater extent than pathogenic and other more detrimental bacteria. And remarkably, according to one study, these adverse effects on gut microbiota remained even after a three-month long recovery period...
Early studies, upon which its approval was based, claimed that sucralose would simply pass unchanged through the human gastrointestinal tract, but more recent investigations show that it is indeed metabolized in your gut. And, as reported in the featured review, “the identity and safety profile of these putative sucralose metabolites are not known at this time.”
The third issue is of particular importance for diabetics, who tend to use artificial sweeteners to manage their condition.9 Alas, both animal and human studies showed sucralose alters glucose, insulin and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) levels. A related study published in the journal Diabetes Care10 in September came to a virtually identical conclusion. Compared to the control group, obese patients using sucralose experienced a greater incremental increase in peak plasma concentrations, a greater incremental increase in insulin and peak insulin secretion rate, along with a decrease in insulin clearance. According to the authors:
“These data demonstrate that sucralose affects the glycemic and insulin responses to an oral glucose load in obese people who do not normally consume non-nutritive sweeteners.”
Toxicological Issues Still Need to Be Addressed
According to the featured review, there are “numerous toxicological issues regarding long-term exposure to sucralose” that remain “unresolved.” This includes:
- Genotoxicity (DNA damage) and potentially adverse epigenetic effects
- The generation of toxic compounds when heated
- Bioaccumulation (One 2009 study found unmistakable evidence that Splenda is absorbed by body fat, contrary to previous claims)
- Potential drug interactions
The paper also notes that the acceptable daily intake (ADI) set for sucralose may in fact be hundreds of times too high to ensure safety! According to more recent research, the no-observed-effect-level (NOEL) in rats’ gut bacteria is actually 454 times lower than earlier studies showed. If the biological effects of sucralose are similar in both rats and humans, then you could experience health effects even if you consume sucralose at levels well below the ADI. Also consider this:
“Sucralose is classified by the FDA as safe for human consumption as a food additive. The FDA stated that their decision was based upon results from 110 animal and human studies of the effects of sucralose. Of the 110 studies, two were on human beings, with one being a four day trial by the manufacturer,” The Examiner reports. [Emphasis mine]
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