Dr Oz: Toxic Heavy Metals in Organic Foods + Mike Adams
Mike Adams is known as the health ranger after he decided to share the truth about what’s in our foods. He is an activist that built his own lab to study the poisonous levels of toxic metals in organic foods.
Mike Adams is now popular with people all over the country, but no so popular with mainstream medicine because of what he has found. What he found was shocking: poisonous levels of heavy metals in what’s supposed to be our healthiest foods.
Adams explained to Dr Oz that many manufacturers of health products aren’t “playing by the rules” because they have contaminates in products that they don’t want the public to know about. He was working at an organic food manufacturing facility when he noticed a pattern in the raw materials they were testing and rejecting. It was then that he realized it was a systemic problem across the entire industry and he wanted to test more products to find the truth. He said if what he found ended up being a matter of public health, he would share his findings, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.
Dr Oz: Lead, Cadmium, Tungsten, Arsenic, Aluminum in Organic Products
Dr. Oz and Mike Adams shared that five heavy metals were being found in raw materials: lead, cadmium, tungsten, arsenic, and aluminum. So how are manufacturers getting away with their contaminated raw materials being released?
Mike Adams explained that certified organic products are not required in America to be tested for heavy metals. Manufacturers can sell products with high levels of toxins that would otherwise be illegal in other countries such as Canada. When he shared his findings, Adams said most companies responded positively saying they would make changes over time to lower the limits of heavy metals allowed in their products. However, a few companies are in a state of denial and are refusing to accept that there are toxins in their products being exposed to people.
The levels of these metals that were found in raw materials would not cause acute toxicity from eating one serving, but what happens if they’re ingested over a long period of time? The metals can accumulate in the body and affect the organs, most often because people don’t know how to avoid them. If they’re ingested over a long period of time, the toxins can get into the cells in our bodies and weaken our immune systems or even cause cancer, heart disease, and other various health problems.
Dr Oz: Heavy Metals in Rice Protein
Many people are using protein powders these days in various forms, with the idea that it’s making them healthier. But what they may not know is that the protein powder they are using may contain alarming levels of heavy metals.
Rice protein that is being imported from Asian countries contained shocking levels of lead, cadmium, and tungsten. Adams explained that rice protein from rice grown in California, however, was okay. The troublesome thing, is that most rice protein comes from Asian countries.
The FDA doesn’t regulate the level of heavy metals found in protein powders, but California has Prop 65 which limits how much lead is allowed. The legal limit is .5 MCG a day. Terrifyingly, rice protein powder that Adams tested, contained a level that was 20 times higher than the California legal limit. So what should you do?
Mike Adams and Dr. Oz explained that “across the board, hemp protein was clean regardless of where it came from.” Whey proteins and seed-based proteins also had very low levels of toxicity. If you’ve been using rice protein, perhaps you can consider switching to a different kind.
Dr Oz: Lead in Ginkgo Biloba Supplements
Gingko biloba supplements are popular among people looking to boost their memory capabilities. What they probably don’t know, is that the supplement, when coming from China or other Asian countries, contained almost 5 parts per million of lead, which is over ten times the level of lead found in rice protein. “I can’t believe we live in a nation that isn’t doing the testing that I just did,” Mike Adams said.
The problem is that ginkgo being made in Asia has no import restrictions. So basically a supplement that people are taking to increase brain function actually contains a toxic level of lead, which impairs brain function. “Contaminates can be contradicting the very purpose of taking the supplement,” Adams said. So do your research, and as Adams suggested, ask manufacturers for their heavy metal levels.
Dr Oz: Lead in Cacao + Detoxifying Foods
Another problem discovered by Mike Adams was the amount of lead found in cacao. He explained that there is about 500 parts per billion of lead in cacao. However, the cacao nibs consistently had lower levels of heavy metals.
So why isn’t the USDA and FDA doing anything about this? “In my opinion, they’re asleep at the wheel on this issue,” Mike Adams. “The FDA needs to put into place heavy metals limits.”
Dr. Oz contacted the FDA about this issue and their full statement can be found on the Dr. Oz website.
In closing, Dr. Oz shared foods that he uses in his family to help detoxify the body: strawberries, vitamin E rich foods like almond & spinach, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.