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Organic Does Not Mean Healthy: Organic Brown Rice Syrup has Arsenic and is Widely Used as a Sweetener
Posted on 4 Mar 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Consumers are attracted to organic products because they are perceived to be healthier than conventional food sources. To borrow a phrase from Porgy & Bess (as I have done in the past), it ain't necessarily so. [See http://www.youtube.com/watch... Read More

Flame retardants found in butter
Posted on 10 Dec 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Researchers found very high levels of the flame retardant PBDE in one of ten samples of butter. The researchers believe the butter wrapper was the source of contamination, and they speculate that Deca-PBDE, which is being phased out of U.S. production... Read More

Organic Does Not Mean Healthy: Organic Brown Rice Syrup has Arsenic and is Widely Used as a Sweetener
Posted on 4 Mar 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Consumers are attracted to organic products because they are perceived to be healthier than conventional food sources. To borrow a phrase from Porgy & Bess (as I have done in the past), it ain't necessarily so. [See http://www.youtube.com/watch... Read More

Why are mammals warm blooded? Thank fungi?
Posted on 6 Dec 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The optimum body temperature for warding off fungal infections, without burning too much energy, is 36.7 degrees Celsius (close to the core temperature for mammals), according to researchers. The research supports an emerging theory that fungal organisms... Read More

Even toxics can act as a generic selection factor in the environment
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

One of the themes of this blog has been that virtually anything present in the environment can act as a selection factor influencing the course of evolution. A recent study on fish and PCB's and dioxins illustrates this point. Unfortunately for humans... Read More