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#1 Hum

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 22:46

Rice may contain measurable levels of arsenic -- a carcinogen -- but according to the Food and Drug Administration, consumers need not worry about their immediate health after eating rice and related products.

The FDA's new guidance, released Sept. 6 for consumers, however notes that the long-term health risks remain unclear. The agency said it needs to conduct more research to see if eating rice over time can raise risk for cancer and other health wies.

"These are the next steps," said Dr. Suzanne C. Fitzpatrick, senior advisor for toxicology at the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "To look at exposure levels, to analyze the risk, and determine how to minimize that risk for the overall safety of consumers, including vulnerable groups like children and pregnant women," she said.

Arsenic is a chemical that occurs naturally in the environment, and combines with other elements to come in tow forms: organic and inorganic. The chemical can occur naturally in soil, or be added to the environment through industrial processes like burning of wood and fuel, or through use of pesticides. Arsenic can't be destroyed, so wind may send particles into the air, water and land -- and subsequently into our food and water supplies.

Inorganic arsenic is the more toxic form of the chemical. Prolonged exposure has been linked to increased risk for cancers, but also other health issues including heart disease, diabetes and neurological deficits.

Previous research - including studies from Dartmouth University and Consumer Reports -- found concerning levels of inorganic arsenic linked to rice, and rice products like infant formula and cereal bars.

The FDA decided to conduct its own tests of more than 1,300 samples of rice and related products, and determined the levels of "inorganic arsenic" were too low to cause immediate health damage.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 23:09

saw a lot of old asian people at the mall today. not concerned.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 23:13

We are slowly killing ourselves.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 23:15

Well, no chinese for me tonight.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 23:16

We are slowly killing ourselves.

It doesn't really matter if your intake is lower than what will affect you within your lifespan.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 23:21

We are slowly killing ourselves.


You do realize that arsenic is naturally occurring, and that detection limits for arsenic (and lead, and mercury, and ...) have been steadily dropping as science continues to refine newer and more sensitive assays? The term "detectable quantities" doesn't mean the same this year as it did last year.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 23:23

^ Arsenic is a element, and used to be used in transistors.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 23:26

Personally I would like an older fashioned method of food growth, where the levels were slightly higher than these new 'sterile' methods, so long as the levels are well below safe it helps build natural resistances (obviously not against arsenic, but other elements)



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 23:33

^ Arsenic is a element, and used to used in transistors.

Yeah and mercury is found in fish.

 

Which we still eat.  Plus the body can't break down mercury.

 

That is probably a bigger danger than As and rice.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 23:43

You do realize that arsenic is naturally occurring, and that detection limits for arsenic (and lead, and mercury, and ...) have been steadily dropping as science continues to refine newer and more sensitive assays? The term "detectable quantities" doesn't mean the same this year as it did last year.

 

Cars emit less carbon monoxide as well, so I assume you wouldn't have a problem putting a hose in the tailpipe, right?

 

Recent studies are showing that Arsenic is MORE dangerous than previously known. 

 

One recent study demonstrated that consuming arsenic in 'acceptable' levels is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes with regard to lung damage, and has been demonstrated that even lung cancer associated with smoking is more directly related to arsenic in cigarettes than other carcinogens.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 23:46

Cars emit less carbon monoxide as well, so I assume you wouldn't have a problem putting a hose in the tailpipe, right?

 

Recent studies are showing that Arsenic is MORE dangerous than previously known. 

 

One recent study demonstrated that consuming arsenic in 'acceptable' levels is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes with regard to lung damage, and has been demonstrated that even lung cancer associated with smoking is more directly related to arsenic in cigarettes than other carcinogens.

So what you are saying is...don't smoke the rice.

 

Got it.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 15:09


The FDA's new guidance, released Sept. 6 for consumers, however notes that the long-term health risks remain unclear. 

 

Exactly. 



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 23:21

^ Considering the FDA is well aware of the over-population of Earth, I'm sure they don't care.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 00:31

^ Considering the FDA is well aware of the over-population of Earth, I'm sure they don't care.

 

I'm becoming more sure that they don't really care every day. I'm not sure exactly what the reason is, though.