Health and Nutrition
On March 29th, 2011, Michael Adams published an article at Natural News titled, "Vegan parents charged in death of baby raised on mother's milk; facing 30 years in prison". The article reported about an 11-month-old infant who had been fed only breast milk from a vegan mother. The child subsequently died from malnutrition. After the autopsy, it was revealed that the child was extremely deficient in vitamin B-12 and vitamin A.
Mike Adams wrote:
"The baby died at 11 months of age, and when ambulance workers arrived and found the baby dead, instead of consoling the parents, they called the police. Why? Because the parents were vegans."
Mike's detective-like analysis reveals that the emergency medical technicians were conspiring to keep the vegans down. When ambulance workers arrived, they found a child who was considerably underweight. Thus, the situation seemed very suspicious. The child had been suffering with a case of bronchitis, which was severe enough for a doctor to recommend that the child be hospitalized. The article at Natural News conveniently omitted this critical fact throughout its long glorification of the allegedly victimized parents. Those parents had ignored the child's spiraling health issues, took their sick child home, and then they continued providing it with nutritionally inadequate breast milk from the vegan mother. In contrast to this behavior, whenever people get sick, they require more fats and proteins in their diets, but the dead infant never got those.
"Never admit to state authorities that you are raising your baby on a vegan diet. This immediately raises suspicion among the state child protective enforcement morons who have zero nutritional knowledge and probably still run their own fundraisers by selling donuts to families. If asked, just tell 'em you feed your baby a 'balanced' diet that includes a little bit of meat, a bit of cheese, and so on."
Adams unintentionally admitted that a vegan diet is not balanced, and he recommended that vegan parents lie about what they feed their infants, in order to continue malnourishing their children unabated. Incredibly, Adams made these callous recommendations whilst reporting the death of a child, who died as a result of an inadequate vegan diet. Adams actually blamed the ambulance workers, and suggested that if junk food wrappers had been seen, then the paramedics would have had no problems with the child's terrible condition. He then self-righteously (and falsely) proclaimed that 7-year-old vegetarians do not get cancers. However, this young child never reached the age of seven because of a diet that was blessed by Adams, and the diet continued receiving Adams' blessing even after the child died from it. He blamed the emergency responders.
"And the third reason is because I would never want to be associated with the kind of people who live on steak and animal products as primary food sources -- those cigarette smoking, steak eating, pro-war, wife beating alcoholic numnuts who think global warming is a hoax and that that the whole world would be better off if we all just ate more beef and drank more milk." -- Mike Adams
Adams' zealous anti-meat stance is something that he keeps private most of the time, especially when he is on the Alex Jones Show. Alex's audience is comprised of more astute people than Mike's regular audience, so they already grasp the nutritional importance of eating meats. Adams appears to hate meat eaters on a very personal level, but these personal problems disappear whenever he is partnering with Alex Jones, who is a "flesh eater". Adams likewise carefully avoids mentioning his belief in man-made global warming.
"So what to do? Well, for one thing, if you are on a vegan diet, don't forget the B-12 and the omega-3 oils -- two nutrients that do tend to be very low in many who pursue vegan diets. A vegan diet requires a lot of nutritional monitoring to make sure you don't leave out a few things."
Vegetarians leave out more than just a few things. Vegetarianism is like a bad religion, because there are only two types of vegetarians: those who know nothing about nutrition, and those who do know but nevertheless ignore the facts. We previously reported about the necessity of both meat and healthy fats as components of a balanced diet. A vegetarian diet is so unhealthy they must regularly take nutritional supplements to compensate for their self-induced malnutrition. Without supplements, the drastic health implications are profound. Despite attempts by vegetarians and vegans to convince the world that their lifestyle is healthier, their vitamin B-12 deficiencies result in an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Adams typically neglects to mention most of the vegan deficiencies, but some further examples include carnosine, vitamin B5, safe and effective iron, and the most usable form of vitamin A, iodine, vitamin D, and of course, protein. The enormous nutritional deficiencies are why vegetarians must try (with varying success) to compensate by using toxic soy products. Even in the cases whereby soy products are capable of adequately compensating for the missing proteins, it still slowly destroys the person's overall health through its own inherent toxicity, and practically all soy is genetically engineered.
"There are a lot of negative effects associated with the consumption of red meat, and this is why more and more people are now giving up red meat and moving to healthier foods like fish, free-range chicken, or better yet, plant-based proteins like spirulina or soy products like soy milk and tofu. This is where you'll get your best protective effect and disease prevention, and you will be helping protect the environment at the same time. After all, it's far less stressful on the environment to produce food as plants than as animals."
Due to the lack of available proteins when no animal products are in the diet, Adams routinely recommends soy as a viable, healthy option for his vegan followers. The promotion of soy is one of the fastest and most reliable ways to distinguish when a guru's health advice cannot be trusted. The public has known about the soy dangers for decades. Virtually all modern soy is genetically engineered. Soy contains toxins even in its original organic state, and it is always processed with genetically engineered bacteria to lessen its toxicity, before they really start the chemical processing. Soy contains phytoestrogens, which are natural hormone disruptors that more-or-less mimic estrogen. These phytoestrogens produce severe hormonal imbalances, particularly in women; so soy consumption has greatly contributed to the epidemics of hypothyroidism and endometriosis.
Ironically, Mike's own Natural News features dozens of articles about the dangers of soy, but none of them were written by Adams, who continues to ignore soy's dangers. Adams acknowledged that pure soybean oil is used as a pesticide, but he still does not recommend against soy as a food. The phytoestrogens in soy are the plant's defense, which work to disrupt insect hormones to the degree that they cannot reproduce. Soy does the same thing with human fertility to a lesser degree.
In July of 2005, Adams released his backwards food pyramid, which he described as the "Honest Food Guide". It listed soy twice as a health food. Red meats were listed as the most unhealthy of all foods. In fact, meat was said to be far worse than donuts, soft drinks, or candy bars; but incredibly, diet products were the least harmful of the harmful items. Dairy products were rated in the middle, being unhealthier than candy bars. His top choices for human 'superfoods' included seeds, kelp, and of course, soy. Many of Adams' recommended foods are not even foods at all. Algae such as chlorella and spirulina are prominently listed and recommended as healthier alternatives to food. Mike's "honest" food guide notes that eating meats will cause a person to become "easily injured", have "chronic pain", and to be "frequently sick". "Sea vegetables" (algae, kelp, etc.) on the other hand, were claimed to produce "mental clarity", "accelerated learning", and they even prevent a person from becoming sick. These are the sort of false medical claims that could eventually land Adams in prison, since they specifically refer to products that he sells.
One of Adams' favorite words is 'superfood'. His superfoods ironically tend to be non-food items, or selected commercial products that are sold in the Natural News store. Mike's most commonly promoted 'superfoods' are chlorella and spirulina. The biggest problem with these algae is that they are typically contaminated with toxins and heavy metals. The National Institutes of Health warns that contaminated algae products cause liver damage, and even certified algae is potentially contaminated. This is because algae can only be accurately tested whenever the testing laboratory already knows what contaminants to test for. It is impossible to test for random unexpected contaminants, and that is what is found in sea water. With most algae supplementation, ocean pollutants will accumulate inside the liver, doing cascading organ damage over time. When the symptoms of a dysfunctional liver become severe enough to get noticed, the unchecked damage is usually quite serious. Health Canada reported that almost all of the blue-green algae supplements that they tested contained organ toxins, and they strongly cautioned against their usage. It is truly ironic that those who are eating Mike's so-called 'superfoods' are likely to develop liver dysfunction. Liver impairment makes a body much less effective in cleansing itself of future toxins. Red marine algae is the only underwater plant that is reasonably safe for routine supplementation, because it has a special tendency to not absorb most toxins, which is the opposite of most underwater plants. However, red marine algae is the only one not sold by Mike Adams.
|Another 'Health Ranger' recommended "superfood".|
A truth you will never learn from Adams is that most lean organic meats are absolutely harmless in moderation. All negative effects from red meats (such as beef and lamb) can be traced to industrial impurities. Examples are vaccines, artificial hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, metals, and most especially the nitrate compounds that are used to intentionally make the meats toxic enough for a longer shelf life. Those nitrate salts are extremely carcinogenic. Some of the meats even contain chemical additives to prevent them from turning green or gray. None of the known disease issues exist for organic, range-fed animals, so why does Adams never mention organic meat? If he really wants to save the maximum number of people from cancers, then recommending organic meats is more likely to help more people than recommending algae, which he knows will always be avoided by most people. He refuses to make a distinction between natural red meats and industry-tainted meats. Furthermore, he does not make distinctions between the types of red meat and their differing nutritional properties. These slight-of-hand tricks are political attempts to link harmful meats like pork with highly beneficial meats like beef, lamb and venison.
"I sometimes blend it with fruit smoothies as well. We just happen to still have this at a significant discount at our store, by the way." -- Mike Adams
On November 22nd of 2010, Mike Adams published the article, "The Top 10 Superfoods I'm eating everyday". The article did not mention vegetables or other wholesome foods; but instead, he recommended product formulations that are available in the Natural News store. These formulations include such ridiculous ingredients as algae and pumpkin sprouts.
"I don't think people should eat animals at all, but if you're going to eat them, the brain is actually one of the most nutritionally-dense organs found in any animal. From a nutritional standpoint, the brain is the best source of healthy oils in all land animals... Those who eat more DHA have been clinically proven to be smarter in adulthood. And guess what's found in cow brains? DHA." -- Mike Adams
Mike attempted to disgust his meat-eating readers; and in the event that this approach did not work, he encouraged them to get themselves killed. One of the reasons why people do not eat cow brains is because it causes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (the human variant of mad cow disease). This is an incurable disease, whereby a human brain develops tiny holes and becomes sponge-like. It is always fatal. For this reason, few people eat cow brains, tonsils, eyes or small intestines. Adams apparently despises meat eaters to such a degree that he recommended something which might induce a fatal illness in them.
|The Natural News recommended alternative to beef -- cow brains, as reported by 'The Health Ranger'. This food may cause mad cow disease, which is always fatal.|
People have renamed meats when discussing foods throughout history. For example, most people refer to a slab of cooked beef as a 'steak' instead of a 'cow slice'. Instead of deer, we say venison. The only exception to this rule of civilized society is fish. Whenever Mike Adams writes about meat, he usually uses the phrase "animal products", and sometimes even "flesh". Adams consistently refers to foods by their animal names, apparently in an attempt to disgust meat eaters. His word games can be noticed throughout most of his writings, and he infrequently even refers to steaks as "flesh steaks". Adams commonly refers to meats as "dead foods". Of course, the vast majority of all foods, meat or vegetable, are dead. Contrary to Mike's assertions, dead foods are not a bad thing. Food is usually cooked to make sure that everything, including bacteria, parasites, and various other pathogens are dead. Even Mike's top 'superfoods' are sold dead.
The Natural News store features 'Nascent Iodine', an iodine product that people are expected to drink for the purpose of detoxification. The site describes it as a "transformative iodine in a bio-elemental nanocolloidal state". We are unsure about what it transforms into, or where bio-elements are found. Iodine is not a cleansing agent, but it can slowly neutralize accumulated fluoride. It does not remove heavy metals or other toxins from the body, which is what a real cleansing formula does. Adams may have iodine confused with potassium iodide, a completely different substance. However, even potassium iodide does not really cleanse the body. It simply saturates the thyroid and ovaries with iodine-like compounds to prevent radioactive iodine from being absorbed into these tissues during nuclear emergencies. Iodine can speed the metabolism, but that neither results in cleansing effects either, which may be something else that Adams is confused about. He claims that his iodine product "maintains DNA integrity" and assists in "improving thinking". Iodine does neither. On multiple occasions, we have been contacted by people who have damaged their thyroids as a result of taking iodine orally, based on similar health shams.
|It's so powerful that it's "atomic", unlike those other iodines that lack atoms.|
We have written previously about the dangers of orally supplementing with elemental iodine. There are only two ways to safely supplement with iodine orally, and Mike's supplement utilizes neither. The preferred method is to have a diet rich in fish, which will solve a multitude of other nutritional issues. The other safe oral method of iodine supplementation is through red marine algae supplements, but they should be used with care. Transdermally supplementing with either iodine or iodide is usually safe in small amounts, so long as it is not povidone iodine. Supplementing with iodine (especially orally) can be fatal in a person who has Hashimoto's thyroiditis. There is no warning given about this at Natural News.
One of the reasons why Adams encourages the intake of iodine and algae is because vegetarians and vegans are often deficient in iodine, but the reason behind these recommendations is never admitted -- that his other recommendations cause the iodine deficiency. A Slovakian study showed that a quarter of vegetarians and 80% of vegans are iodine deficient, according to standards set by the World Health Organization. Most people obtain iodine from their consumption of chicken, fish and beef. The severe iodine deficiencies that are seen in vegetarian mothers and their very young, protein-starved children lead to cretinism; a type of mental retardation. The iodine deficiencies that are caused by vegetarian diets can have permanent detrimental effects upon the intelligence of developing children.
"Sunbiotics' Daily Chewable Tablets are a potent probiotic supplement enhanced with Organic Yacon Root - a superfood renowned for its prebiotic properties... These FOS have been recently classified as 'prebiotics.' Since they are not digested in the human gastrointestinal tract, they are transported to the colon where they are fermented by a selected species of gut micro-flora (especially Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus) and help to balance gut flora and aid digestion." -- Mike Adams
This so-called superfood is poorly digested, which is presented as being advantageous. The undigested bacteria then admittedly ferments in the colon, and that is supposedly healthy. Poorly digested foods are a major contributor to our modern disease epidemics. In particular, rotting foods in the colon tend to produce colon cancer. The proper way to clean the colon is by eating fibrous foods. As is usual, Mike rejects mentioning the best and most natural probiotic of all, organic yogurt; because it is an animal product. Probiotics are supposed to benefit intestinal flora to aid digestion, but Adams' product places additional strain on the body by resisting digestive breakdown. Yacon root is actually a carbohydrate that is very high in fructose sugar, so it will multiply the harmful bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, causing the opposite effect of a real probiotic. It will cause a dramatic yeast overgrowth instead of aiding the beneficial flora.
The Natural News store also sells Zeotrex, which is apparently, "The first and only product in the world using a combination of organic zeolites, herbs and minerals produced from a unique proprietary process". Zeolites are porous crystals that are made of aluminum and silica. They are extensively mined in some parts of the world, and are sometimes made synthetically. They are used by the nuclear and petrochemical industries. The Zeotrex product that is being sold by Natural News is marketed for its detoxing effects, but its primary ingredient is a heavy metal compound. Aluminum is one of the primary heavy metals that people who are detoxifying wish to eliminate, because of its tendency to contribute to neurological problems, such as Alzheimer's Disease. The Zeotrex supplement product is produced using a "proprietary process", which means that the company is unwilling to tell its customers how it is really made. Zeotrex also contains a "base of Humic and Fulvic acid", which are extracts of mud. The irony of detoxifying with dirt and aluminum is hard to ignore.
"And if you don't want to grow anything at all, you can just start juicing the grass as we have been doing for several months. The field grass mixes extremely well with pineapple juice to make a delicious, refreshing raw living juice right from the fields." -- Mike Adams
There is nothing living about a grass juice, and promoting grass as a staple food is beyond irresponsible. During the Irish famine that occurred between 1846 and 1850, over a million people starved to death, due to a crop disease that wiped-out the potatoes. Potatoes had been a primary food source for the Irish. Many of them were found dead with green stains in their mouths, which they incurred from attempting to survive on grasses. Grass simply does not have enough nutrition to sustain human life. One of the biggest contributing factors to the Irish famine was that British law prevented the Irish from hunting or fishing, so their lack of meat greatly exacerbated the starvation. Due to the fact that the Irish were not able to get any access to proteins during this period, some historians refer to it as a genocide by the English.
In recent years, we have had numerous requests from people who wished to know what mushrooms we thought would be best for curing their cancers. We had assumed that this was the result of various health scams that litter the Internet. We recently discovered that in October of 2009, Adams published an article promoting the use of mushrooms to fight cancer. Cancer is fueled by yeasts and fungus, due to the fact that cancer cells must derive their only energy from a type of sugar fermentation, instead of respiration with oxygen. The waste products of this fermentation build in the tissues causing cascading toxicity and increased acidosis. Mushrooms are fungi themselves, so they aid this fermentation process by providing the perfect nutrients for cancer cells. We discussed this topic in episode 25 and episode 16 of our audio shows, because the requests for mushroom information have been so frequent. Mushrooms are the vampires of the plant world. Their job is to clean up the wastes in soil. It would be more responsible and effective to recommend cigarettes and soft drinks to a cancer patient than it would be to recommend mushroom therapy.
In March of 2009, Adams' nutritional advice reached new lows when he published a video based in Ecuador, featuring the squeezing of sugar cane through an oily, diesel-powered press. He then drank the unsterilized sugar juice, and claimed that "...because it's raw. It's not cooked. It's not processed. It's actually very good for you". At one point, he commented that freshly squeezed sugar juice does not spike a person's blood sugar, because its naturalness somehow prevents it. He further noted that sugar juice contains phytonutrients, because the green liquid was "like a grass". Actually, the green color simply meant that it contained chlorophyll. Contrary to Mike's video suggestions, sugar should only be used to sweeten, and it should never be a staple of the diet. We have noticed Adams' fixation upon sugars and carbohydrates, so his behavior concerning the sugar juice is nothing new. It likely indicates that Mike never made a full recovery from his diabetes, or that his diabetes has been re-triggered due to his diet of "superfoods".
The Health Wyze Report was the first non-industry research organization to discover the dangerousness of canola oil. The canola plant from which canola oil is derived is a genetically engineered offspring of an equally toxic weed called rapeseed. The canola plant was engineered by the Canadian biotechnology industry to save Canada's faltering rapeseed oil industry, which had been banned in the United States, because rapeseed causes severe heart tumors. Canola's parent rapeseed had sometimes been a fatal cooking oil via heart attacks, and the cooking fumes from it caused lung cancers. Besides the biotechnology industry, canola oil owes its life to help from the nuclear industry. The world's first canola plant was 'born' in a biotechnology laboratory in 1976. Canola is the most dangerous cooking oil, and we felt that the unnaturalness of it would get the attention of Natural News.
In the summer of 2008, we made multiple attempts to contact Mike Adams and other representatives from the Natural News web site, concerning the topic of canola oil. Natural News was promoting canola oil to its readers as the healthiest cooking oil. All messages from Health Wyze Media about this topic were ignored, except for one of them. We desperately wanted to change Mike's position on canola oil. We so wanted to get the message out that we offered our canola research with the copyrights waived, if they would only run with the story. We offered to let Natural News take full credit and break the story. One of Adams' handlers finally replied, stating that Mike was too important to have his time wasted, and that he might entertain our message if we summarized everything into a small paragraph. In other words, beg.
A year later, Adams discovered that canola oil is bad, and suddenly other alternative health sites agreed in chorus, as if all of those health sites had always reported it; instead of promoting canola. It is similar to the situation with soy. One of Mike Adams' pro-canola articles from October 4th, in 2005, is still online; so not all of the evidence has been removed. That article parroted the F.D.A. position and republished official statements from the biotechnology giant, Dow AgroScience. In this last remaining pro-canola article from Adams, which is entitled, "Canada moves toward healthier cooking with canola oil", Adams actually wrote:
"Trans fat-free Natreon(TM) canola oil provides an alternative to hydrogenated oils used for restaurant frying, and the heavy marketing of this food seems primed to move the Canadian food industry toward healthier solutions for a population riddled with heart disease... A new generation of canola oil developed by Dow AgroSciences is a growing solution to a healthier Canada... Natreon canola oil is trans fat free and contains the lowest amount of saturated fat of any vegetable oil on the market. Natreon is abundant in 'good' mono and polyunsaturated fats. It's natural stability makes it ideal for food service applications, such as frying, and for products that require extended shelf-life, such as baked goods and snack foods... Dow AgroSciences Canada is an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences LLC, a global company based in Indianapolis, Indiana."
At the end of the article can be found, "Adams is an independent journalist with strong ethics who does not get paid to write articles about any product or company". The quote above came from an official corporate press release from Dow AgroSciences, which could be seen parroted at other health sites having the same "strong ethics". After his canola turnaround, Mike has since published articles such as, "Canola Oil is a Classic Example of Food Fraud" and "Canola Oil is Another Victory of Food Technology over Common Sense". We believe that his turnaround largely happened because our audience rightfully made this topic an embarrassment. It could be argued that doing the right thing late is better than never, but doing the right thing should not have taken him a year, and there is no way to know how many of his own people were harmed by his promotion of Dow AgroSciences and its genetically engineered canola oil.