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Dangerous Food Additives Continued. PLUS COVID-19 Updates

My ongoing discussion of food additives continues with BHA and BHT (formally known as Butylated hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene.  BHA and BHT are preservatives that affects the neurological system of your brain, and alters behavior.  BHA has the potential to cause cancer. They can be found in breakfast cereal, nut mixes, chewing gum, butter spread, meat, dehydrated potatoes, popcorn, chips, and beer, just to name a few.  BHA is known to cause cancer in rats, and may be a cancer-causing agent in humans as well. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Toxicology Program's 2011 Report on Carcinogens, BHA "is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”  BHA may also trigger allergic reactions and hyperactivity. BHA is banned from infant foods in the UK and is banned from use in all foods in certain parts of the EU and Japan. While BHT is not considered a carcinogen like BHA, it has been linked to tumor development in animals.  BHT has also been linked to developmental effects and thyroid changes in animal studies, which suggests it may be an endocrine-disrupting chemical.  The bottom line in reviewing the research on food additives is that processed foods contain chemicals that are harmful to our overall health.  The ideal diet should be made up of 90 % whole foods and 10% processed food.  Sadly, the typical American diet is the other way around with 10% whole foods and 90% processed.  In our journey for good health, the first step is awareness that all foods are not created equally and food can be harmful to health.  The second step is to read labels and make the proper food choices that lead to good health. 

Thought for the Week:   Stop using anti-bacterial products like soap.  Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical used in a wide variety of consumer products, has many potentially harmful effects, especially for children.    Triclosan was found in 100 percent of urine samples taken from pregnant women in Brooklyn, NY.

Prenatal, Pregnancy Care:   Chiropractic care in pregnancy has been shown to, significantly decrease mean labor time, and assists new mothers back to prepartum health. In one study, women receiving Chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labor times than the group not receiving Chiropractic. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with Chiropractic care. Because the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better, there is significant less likelihood of back labor when receiving Chiropractic care through pregnancy.  Lastly, it is extremely important to be as healthy as possible leading up to the big delivery day. Chiropractic’s affect on immune system function is understated, but profound. Regular spinal adjustments have shown that spinal neural impulses have influences on immune function.  Research shows that spinal adjustments can increase the rate of DNA repair, produce a white blood cell increase, effect T-cell production and raise resistance enzymes in the body.  All important markers of immune system performance.  Having an immune system that is working properly is how to stay healthy not only in pregnancy, but in every day life. 

Covid-19 Update:  CDC reports that Covid-19 hospitalizations in children are more frequent than the flu, but still considered rare.  According to CDC, children have a much lower risk of Covid-19 than adults. Naturally the statistical risk rises with age.  CDC also states the children that were hospitalized had at least one underlying illness such as diabetes, obesity or asthma.  The same co-morbidities that influenced adult covid-19 hospitalizations.  Also reported on, the amount of 12-17 year olds hospitalized from Covid-19 the entire pandemic was “very few.”  The ones who were hospitalized suffered from underlying health conditions and had severe covid-19.  No deaths occurred from January through March 31st in that age group.  That being said, out of an overall pandemic hospitalization rate of 16,500 for all ages under 18, 322 children and adolescents died from Covid-19 complications. According to the CDC, during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, there were 358 total pediatric deaths. In 2019, 166 pediatric deaths were attributed to the normal flu season.  Since 2005, pediatric deaths from the flu season have ranged from 37-199.  The CDC goes on to say, “even though individual flu deaths in children must be reported to CDC, it is likely that not all deaths are captured and that the number of actual deaths is higher. CDC has developed statistical models that account for the underreporting of flu-related deaths in children to estimate the actual number of deaths. During 2017-2018, for example, 188 deaths in children were reported to CDC but statistical modeling suggests approximately 600 deaths may have occurred.” 

Covid-19 vaccination reaction update for your informed consent:  This week’s number of reported deaths among all age groups following COVID vaccines passed the 5,000 mark, up 759 from last week, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data comes directly from reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

VAERS is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed.

Every Friday, VAERS makes public all vaccine injury reports received as of a specified date, usually about a week prior to the release date. Today’s data show that between Dec. 14, 2020 and May 28, a total of 294,801 total adverse events were reported to VAERS, including 5,165 deaths — an increase of 759 over the previous week. There were 25,359 serious injuries reported, up 3,822 compared with last week.

Among 12- to 17-year-olds vaccinated, there were 40 reports of heart inflammation and 16 cases of blood clotting disorders.


Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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