By Dr. Bob McCauley
In Atlanta, GA, in the heart of the downtown, are two monuments to cancer and coca. They are the world headquarters for each of these organizations, which are right across the street from one another in Atlanta. I believe there may be a hidden message for us there, but we need to look closer.
You will not see Coca-Cola posting this video any time soon. But you don’t want to miss it. I grew up on Coke and lots of other garbage. No ever mentioned that coke, as well as all soft drinks, are incredibly dangerous to our health. In fact, I have always said that my bones are made our of Coca-cola and Oreo Cookies. What garbage! But we, meaning my family, didn’t know any better back then.
Or at least we didn’t know any better. Have a look, and then never touch another soft drink! Your body and your health will thank you.
While researching this creepy news I discovered that Coca-Cola Beverage Company actually has an Institute of Health and Wellness. How about that? The company that produces one of the most harmful products found on the market actually has an Institute of Health and Wellness. The arm of the American Dietetic Association that issues credentials to dietitian, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), has approved a program created by the The Coca-Cola Company Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness. Now that is gutsy, doubling down against anyone who might label their product unhealthy. Next will be drug dealers opening rehab centers. If you are looking for irony regarding Coke, the World Headquarters for Coca-Cola is kitty corner to the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, GA.
When small amounts of benzene, a known cancer-causing chemical, were found in some soft drinks 16 years ago, the Food and Drug Administration never told the public.
That’s because the beverage industry told the government it would handle the problem and the FDA thought the problem was solved.
A decade and a half later, benzene has turned up again. The FDA has found levels in some soft drinks higher than what it found in 1990, and two to four times higher than what’s considered safe for drinking water.
Both the FDA and the beverage industry said the amounts were small and that the problem didn’t appear to be widespread.
“People shouldn’t overreact,” said Kevin Keane, a spokesman for the American Beverage Association. “It’s a very small number of products and not major brands.”
“The issue here is not something that should cause anyone alarm or terrific concern,” said George Pauli, a top food safety expert at the FDA, “but if there’s something that can be reduced, we want to reduce it.”
Neither Keane nor Pauli would identify the drinks being tested because the investigation is still under way.
Pauli said that people ingest more benzene by breathing than they would if they drank a can of soda containing the chemical. Small amounts of the chemical also are naturally present in some foods such as fruits, vegetables and dairy products.
Still, Pauli added, “You want to avoid it in any degree you can.”
Of the 60 or so varieties of sodas, sports drinks, juice drinks and bottled waters that the FDA has tested so far, benzene levels have ranged from two and three parts per billion to more than 10-20 parts per billion. By DAVID GOLDSTEIN, Knight Ridder Newspapers, March 3, 2006.