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McDonalds Chicken McNuggets: The Chicken Which Should Be Banned

By Dr. Mercola

When you are cooking up your chicken at home, do you reach into your pantry to grab a dash of dimethylpolysiloxane? How about a pinch of tertiary butylhydroquinone?

These are just two of the ingredients in a McDonalds Chicken McNugget. Only 50 percent of a McNugget is actually chicken. The other 50 percent includes corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents, and completely synthetic ingredients that no home cook would have in her pantry. Dimethylpolysiloxane is an anti-foaming agent made of silicone. Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) is a chemical preservative so deadly that just five grams can kill you.

Organic Authority1 helpfully transcribed the full ingredients list provided by McDonalds:

"White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, extractives of rosemary).Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch.

Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent."
'McFrankenstein Creations'

There's no doubt about it. Processed food like that from McDonalds is just not part of a healthful diet – in fact, much of it cannot even pass for real food.

After reviewing the above article I am very grateful I can say I have never had a Chicken McNugget from McDonalds. If you can't say the same, at least you can commit to never having another one again. This sentiment was echoed by Federal Judge Robert Sweet in a lawsuit against the restaurant chain back in 2003 when he said:

"Chicken McNuggets, rather than being merely chicken fried in a pan, are a McFrankenstein creation of various elements not utilized by the home cook."
At the time, Time Magazine 2 reported that Judge Sweet "questioned whether customers understood the risks of eating McDonalds chicken over regular chicken." That was almost a decade ago, and I still wonder whether or not McDonalds customers truly understand the risks they take when consuming fast food on a regular basis.

If you missed Morgan Spurlock's documentary “Super-Size Me,” I highly recommend you watch it with your entire family. It's a real-life illustration of just how dangerous – life threatening, in fact – an excessive fast food diet can really be. And "excessive" consumption is likely far less than you imagine. Eating fast foodjust twice a week DOUBLES your risk of developing insulin resistance compared to eating it just once a week, for example. Insulin resistance, as I've discussed on many occasions, is one of THE primary driving factors behind most of the diseases we currently struggle with, from diabetes to cancer and heart disease.

The truth is, a McDonalds fare contains non-food ingredients that can seriously harm your health. 

This shouldn't come as any great surprise. After all, how healthful can something be that shows no signs of decomposing after being left on a counter for more than a decade… which is exactly what happened when a Happy Meal was put to this challenge. Clearly, there are more chemicals in there than actual, real foodstuff.
Chicken McNuggets: 'Made With White Meat'... and What Else?

According to McDonalds, their chicken nuggets are "made with white meat, wrapped up in a crisp tempura batter." But as the article above shows, these chicken nuggets are a far cry from what you might expect, based on that description. About half of it is actual chicken. The rest is a mix of corn-derived fillers and additives (most likely genetically modified), along with a slew of synthetic chemicals, including the two mentioned above:

  • Dimethyl polysiloxane, a type of silicone with anti-foaming properties used in cosmetics and a variety of other goods like Silly Putty
  • Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a petroleum-based product with antioxidant properties
The latter, TBHQ, is typically listed as an "antioxidant," but it's important to realize it is a SYNTHETIC chemical with antioxidant properties – NOT a natural antioxidant3 .The chemical prevents oxidation of fats and oils, thereby extending the shelf life of processed foods. It's a commonly used ingredient in processed foods of all kinds, but you can also find it in varnishes, lacquers, and pesticide products, as well as cosmetics and perfumes to reduce the evaporation rate and improve stability.

At its 19th and 21st meetings, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives determined that TBHQ was safe for human consumption at levels of 0-0.5 mg/kg of body weight. 4 However, more recently, the Codex commission set the maximum allowable limits up to between 100 to as much as 400 mg/kg, depending on the food it's added to 5. (Chewing gum is permitted to contain the highest levels of TBHQ.)
That's quite a discrepancy in supposedly "safe" limits! So, is the safe level zero, or 400 mg/kg? Who knows?
According to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives 6, one gram of TBHQ can cause:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Delirium
  • Sense of suffocation
  • Collapse
The good news is that it is not suspected to be a persistent toxin, meaning your body is probably able to eliminate it so that it does not bioaccumulate. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), based on animal studies, health hazards associated with TBHQ include: 7

  • Liver effects at very low doses
  • Positive mutation results from in vitro tests on mammalian cells
  • Biochemical changes at very low doses
  • Reproductive effects at high doses
REAL Food 'Lives' and 'Dies'

I previously commented on the curious ability of McDonald’s food to remain impervious to degradation. It's as if the food has been embalmed to stay "fresh" forever! After sitting on a shelf for 14 years, the hamburger bun has yet to develop a single trace of mold. It's barely even begun to shrivel. Folks, these buns bear absolutely no resemblance to real bread, and when you read the list of ingredients, this mysterious mummification feature becomes less of a mystery.

Always remember that wholesome, health-promoting food is "live" food, and the hallmark of live food is the fact that it will decompose. The fact that these burgers, buns, and fries do not decompose, even after a decade or two, is a clear sign that it's just not real food, and should not be part of your diet. Here are just a few of the “food” ingredients in a McDonald's hamburger bun:

  • Calcium sulfate 8 (aka Plaster of Paris)
  • Calcium carbonate 9 (Antacid)
  • Ammonium sulfate 10 (According to MSDS, “harmful if swallowed”)
  • Ammonium chloride11 (Causes irritation to the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea)
  • Calcium propionate12 (Preservative)
  • Sodium propionate 13 (Mold inhibitor)
You Are What You Eat...

The bottom line is, if you want to stay healthy and keep your children healthy, you have to avoid fast food and other processed foods and invest some time in your kitchen, cooking from scratch. Reclaiming your kitchen is part and parcel of healthful living, so you know exactly what you're putting into your body.
Ideally, you'll want to consume as much whole, raw, organic and/or locally grown foods as possible. That's one of the major reasons why vegetable juicing works so well – you're consuming living raw food! Most vegetables also have very low carbohydrate levels that minimally disturb insulin metabolism – another important trait of a healthful diet -- but there is something very special about vegetable juicing and eating live raw foods in general.

If you're "hooked" on fast food and other processed foods, please review my recent article about how to wean yourself off fast food in seven easy steps. If you're currently sustaining yourself on fast food and processed foods, this is probably the most positive life change you could ever make.

And if you have children, remember that feeding your children home cooked meals can have far reaching benefits, extending even to your future grandchildren. Yes, that's right! It is now well known that dietary changes can prompt epigenetic DNA changes that can be passed on to future generations. For instance, pregnant rats fed a fatty junk food diet had daughters and granddaughters with a greater risk of breast cancer.

Making wise food decisions can literally "override" genetic predispositions for disease.
Shopping Guidelines for Real, Health-Promoting Food

It is very difficult to control the quality of your food if you’re eating in a restaurant, which is why I recommend that you prepare the vast majority of your food yourself. If you’re going to occasionally dine out, you would be best served to avoid fast food places.

Whether you are grocery shopping or looking for dining options, the table that follows lists criteria to look for in identifying high-quality, health-promoting foods. If the food meets these criteria, it is most likely a wise choice and would fall under the designation of "real food." Optimal health also depends on your eating the right foods for your nutritional type. For a free Nutritional Typing test and information about my optimized Nutrition Plan, please visit this section of our site. Reclaiming your kitchen is part and parcel of healthful living, so you know exactly what you're putting in your body.

Grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)Not genetically modified
Contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugsDoes not contain any artificial ingredients, including chemical preservatives
Fresh (keep in mind that if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may be the better option)Did not come from a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO)
Grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free access to the outdoors)Grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)


Exposing the SCAM of Water Fluoridation

Neither the EPA or any other government agency has studied the effects of long-term ingestion of fluorosilicic acid, it is being used instead of sodium fluoride because it is cheaper.

Sodium fluoride, first added to public drinking water in 1945, is now used in less than 10% of fluoridation systems nationwide, according to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) 1992 Fluoridation Census. Instead, sodium silicofluoride or fluosilicic acid, known as silicofluorides (SiFs), are now used to treat drinking water delivered to 140 million people. While sodium fluoride was tested on animals and approved for human consumption, the same cannot be said for SiFs.

Where does this compound come from?
Fluoride is a by-product of aluminum and fertilizer manufacturing and contains heavy metals such as lead, arsenic and chromium. Fluoride is not a high-purity pharmaceutical, to put it conservatively.



Fluoride in drinking water was originally added in the 1940s to prevent tooth decay. Studies have now shown that fluoride causes dental fluorosis in 10% of the population. Even more disturbing than the cosmetic impact that fluoride can have on teeth, research is also linking fluoride to increased risk of cancer (particularly bone cancer) gene mutations reproductive problems neurotoxicity (hyper or depressed activity) bone fluorosis (decreasing density). In fact, in 1999, the EPA's Headquarters Union of Scientists took a stand opposing fluoridation of drinking water supplies. 

Material Safety Data Sheet
Sodium fluoride MSDS

Quotes from Dr Dean Burke. Former head of National Cancer Institute Research. 
34 years at the national Cancer Institute (N.C.I.)

"When you have power you don't have to tell the truth. That's a rule that's been working in this world for generations. And there are a great many people who don't tell the truth when they are in power in administrative positions."--Dean Burk (interview on the Owen Spahn Talk Show, San Francisco, June 1972)

"Such letters...from the FDA, are, filled with objectively demonstrable lies, practiced deceptions and deviousness, red herrings, directed misinformation, misdirected information, etc. ...Once FDA-NCI-AMA-ACS...concedes that Laetrile anti-tumor efficacy was indeed even once observed...a permanent crack in bureaucratic armor has taken place." - Dr. Dean Burke, co-founder, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Cyto-chemistry section: open letter July 3, 1973.

Dr Dean Burk. "fluoridation is a form of public mass murder."

"They (ACS) lie like scoundrels."--Dean Burk, Ph.D., 34 years at the National Cancer Institute (Peter Barry Chowka, "The Cancer Charity Rip-Off," East West Journal, July 1978)

"In point of fact, fluoride causes more human cancer death, and causes it faster than any other chemical."--Dean Burk -- Congressional Record July, 21st 1976

"I know of absolutely no, and I mean absolutely no means of prevention that would save so many lives as simply to stop fluoridation, or don't start it where it is otherwise going to be started. There you might save 30,000 or 40,000 or 50,000 lives a year, cancer lives. That is an awful lot of lives a year." Dr. Dean Burk PzD. (34 years at the National Cancer Institute). Judicial hearing, January 14, 1982. Safe Water Foundation vs. City of Houston, District Court of Texas, Harris County

In July of 2012, a team of Harvard researchers published a “meta-analysis” of 27 studies that have investigated the relationship between fluoride and human intelligence. The overwhelming majority of these studies found that fluoride exposure was associated with reduced IQ in children. In fact, 26 of the 27 studies that met the Harvard team’s inclusion criteria found a relationship between elevated fluoride and reduced IQ. The Harvard team thus concluded that fluoride’s effect on the developing brain of children should be a “high research priority” in countries like the U.S. where, despite mass fluoridation programs, no studies have yet been conducted to investigate the issue.

As noted by Dr. Philippe Grandjean, an environmental health scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health:

"It is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain." (National Research Council, 2006)

Over 40 animal studies showing that prolonged exposure to varying levels of fluoride can damage the brain, particularly when coupled with an iodine deficiency, or aluminum excess;
37 human studies linking moderately high fluoride exposures with reduced intelligence;
19 animal studies reporting that mice or rats ingesting fluoride have an impaired capacity to learn and remember;
12 studies (7 human, 5 animal) linking fluoride with neurobehavioral deficits (e.g., impaired visual-spatial organization);
3 human studies linking fluoride exposure with impaired fetal brain development.

The Fluoride Deception exposes the truth about water fluoridation and the phosphate mining industry

Fluoride: The Hard to Swallow Truth Documentary

Dr. Strangelove - Water Fluoridation 

A recently-published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have "significantly lower" IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas.

In a 32-page report that can be downloaded free of charge from Environmental Health Perspectives:
Despite the evidence against it, fluoride is still added to 70 percent of U.S. public drinking water supplies.

Reported effects of fluoride on your brain include:
• Reduction in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors
• Damage to your hippocampus
• Formation of beta-amyloid plaques (the classic brain abnormality in Alzheimer's disease)
• Reduction in lipid content
• Damage to purkinje cells
• Exacerbation of lesions induced by iodine deficiency
• Impaired antioxidant defense systems
• Increased uptake of aluminum
• Accumulation of fluoride in your pineal gland

99% of western continental Europe has rejected, banned, or stopped fluoridation due to environmental, health, legal, or ethical concerns

to see original letter from a country, click in left column
CountryFluoridation Status
ChinaBANNED: "not allowed"
AustriaREJECTED: "toxic fluorides" NOT added
BelgiumREJECTED: encourages self-determination – those who want fluoride should get it themselves.
FinlandSTOPPED: " not favor or recommend fluoridation of drinking water. There are better ways of providing the fluoride our teeth need." A recent study found ..."no indication of an increasing trend of caries...."
GermanySTOPPED: A recent study found no evidence of an increasing trend of caries
DenmarkREJECTED: "...toxic fluorides have never been added to the public water supplies in Denmark."
NorwayREJECTED: "...drinking water should not be fluoridated"
SwedenBANNED: "not allowed". No safety data available!
The NetherlandsInevitably, whenever there is a court decision against fluoridation, the dental lobby pushes to have the judgement overturned on a technicality or they try to get the laws changed to legalize it. Their tactics didn't work in the vast majority of Europe.
HungarySTOPPED: for technical reasons in the '60s. However, despite technological advances, Hungary remains unfluoridated.
JapanREJECTED: "...may cause health problems...." The 0.8 -1.5 mg regulated level is for calcium-fluoride, not the hazardous waste by-product which is added with artificial fluoridation.

EPA denies fluoride petition

Washington—The Environmental Protection Agency said a petition seeking to prohibit the use of hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFSA) as a water fluoridation agent "provides no information that would cause EPA to question the current approach." The EPA, which regulates fluoridation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, denied the petition. Source -- 


Ending water fluoridation is not a pipe dream. Since 1990, over 300 communities in the United States and Canada -- representing millions of people -- have rejected water fluoridation schemes. Read below to learn the seven ways you can join this historic movement. Source --

Here is a petition with almost 5,000 signatures to end fluoride usage --

Here is another -- 
Tell your Congressional representatives you want an end to fluoridation now!
Over 4,000 professionals have signed a STATEMENT being distributed by the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) calling for an end to water fluoridation worldwide. Signers include a Nobel Prize winner, three members of the landmark 2006 National Research Council report on fluoride’s toxicology, three officers in the Union representing professionals at EPA headquarters, the Executive Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, leading fluoride researchers, and medical, dental, scientific and environmental professionals from around the world.(To read the statement, and see the list of signers, click here.)
Below is your chance to send an immediate email to your own US Senators and Representative supporting the Professionals' call to end fluoridation and asking for a new Congressional Hearing on Fluoridation. If you like, you can personalize this message by adding (or removing) words of your own.
Providing your address information will allow us to send your message to your own Senators and US Representative. --

According to the Fluoride Action Network, as of July 2010, more than 3,000 professionals from around the globe have banded together in an attempt to end the fluoridation of drinking water. 

Previous articles about fluoride from Natural cures not medicine

Professional perspectives on fluoride:

Why you should decalcify your pineal gland from fluoride build up:

The effects of fluoride on the tyroid gland:

How to remove fluoride from tap water:

10 important facts about fluoride:

How to decalcify your pineal gland:

Many foods and drinks including chicken nuggets may contain fluoride:

For the good of humanity please share this information with friends and family.

Will Argentina be the next country to ban GMOs?

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina's agricultural industry has been dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996.

A country once known for its grass-fed beef is now dominated by soy, corn and cotton. Soy harvests alone have tripled, ranking Argentina as the world's third largest soybean producer.

Image: eeksy
But the pesticides powering this boom are poorly controlled and used in ways that were never anticipated by regulatory science, if not specifically banned by law.

Doctors and scientist worry the chemicals may be the cause of rising cancer rates, birth defects and other health problems.

Aixa Cano, a shy 5-year-old who lives in Chaco, Argentina's poorest province, was born with hairy moles all over her body. Her mother believes the skin condition was caused by contaminated water.

Fabian Tomasi, 47, never wore any protective gear in the years he spent pumping poisons into crop-dusting planes. Today, he is near death from polyneuropathy, a neurological disorder that has left him emaciated.

The Monsanto Co., one of several agricultural companies that sell pesticides in Argentina, says it is working with government officials and farmers to promote better pesticide practices.

But an Associated Press investigation found that Argentine farmers now use more than twice as much pesticide per acre as U.S. farmers do, making Argentina a laboratory for what can go wrong with biotech farming.

Source: New York Times

Seattle thrift store finds 2.5 pounds of marijuana in donation bin

"SEATTLE -- Despite the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington, Seattle police want to remind everyone that thrift stores can't resell donated bags of pot. 
The department released a lighthearted press release on Friday to remind the public of the rules after employees at a thrift store in North Seattle found a large bag of marijuana in the donation bin. 
In the release, police say "Donating to thrift shops is a terrific way to give a second life to your well-loved Velcro sneakers, keyboards or flannel zebra jammies," but they say tires, soiled mattresses, laptops and bags of weed are not welcome. 
A thrift store employee called police Thursday afternoon to say he found a garbage bag containing 2.5 pounds of pot in the store's donation bin. 
Police confiscated the marijuana and put it into evidence for destruction."
This generous donation, likely worth around $10,000, was unfortunately taken by the police. Despite
Washington state's recent legalization of marijuana, there are obviously jurisdiction and enforcement issues which have lead to this waste of a large donation which could have provided for many jobs for months.


How the "silver" fillings your dentist gives you are killing you

Jonathan Landsman and Dr. David Kennedy, an outspoken and intelligent critic of conventional dentistry revels the scientific proof about how mercury-based “silver” fillings cause many of the most serious health conditions of our time. If you or someone you love has mercury fillings – in the mouth – I urge you to take the time and watch this video – now.

In fact, Dr. Kennedy makes one of the boldest comments I’ve ever heard about the dangers of mercury toward the end of the video. I’m sure you’ll agree – Dr. Kennedy is a blessing to humanity for his tireless efforts.

Source: Natural News


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