Chemicals. You can’t get away from them!

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I thought I would follow up on my Monsanto post of January 14, 2015. It was by far my most controversial post, and a few people decided to unfollow me because of it. One even said in a comment, “I’m saddened and stunned that you have bought into their [Montanto’s] propaganda, so I will take a break from following your blog for awhile.” If I were vindictive, I would have taken a break from following his blog!

If you missed my first Monsanto post, see it here: I’m going with Monsanto on this one, for the moment.

Today’s post was inspired by a conversation with a grade-school friend about the complete and total Blue Bell Ice Cream recall due to listeria contamination. The CEO and President of Blue Bell, Paul Kruse, is an old Texas A&M colleague and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Brother. I haven’t spoken to him in 21 years, but 40 years ago, in college, I knew him well.

My grade-school friend, Carol, said on Facebook, “I’m glad they [Blue Bell] are doing the responsible thing by pulling all of their products and trying to figure out the cause for the listeria. I also wish they would pull all of the chemicals out of their recipes so I could buy their ice cream again!”

I responded that there are chemicals in everything. “Not in what I eat!” she exclaimed. That’s where she’s wrong. Grossly wrong. That wrongness comes from either not taking chemistry in high school or college, falling asleep during class, simply not caring or understanding, or listening to Fox (Entertainment) News talking points.

The universe is nothing but a mixture of chemicals. That’s why certain foods are acidic and cause acid reflux, and some foods are basic. As an example, go look at the Wikipedia entry for cucumber, right side. It will show you a list of all the chemicals that make up a cucumber.

As another example, take the common sugar Sucrose. Here’s its chemical makeup:

Sucrose

One great big chemical.

Some will tell me that Sucrose is just a bunch of elements—Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Carbon. That’s true. But many of the elements in and of themselves are bad for people. Arsenic, for example. Chromium. Lead. Mercury. Plutonium. So that argument is moot.

Let’s look at chocolate. Who doesn’t like chocolate? The main ingredient in chocolate is a chemical, theobromine. Looks like this:

Theobromine

Theobromine poisoning can result from the chronic or acute consumption of large quantities of chocolate, especially in the elderly. Theobromine can cause sleeplessness, tremors, restlessness, anxiety, an increased production of urine, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and withdrawal headaches.

Zoey the Cool CatEverything around you is comprised of chemicals. Your desk chair, your desk, windows, curtains, clothes, computer monitor, lightbulbs, even little Zoey the Cool Cat (picture ►).

The fact that the universe is one big mass of chemicals is why I believe there will never be a cure for cancer. Perhaps individual cancers (lung cancer, for example) but not all cancers. There are too many variables involved and we can’t isolate all those variables, especially since each individual body is different, too. That’s why I have O+ blood but someone else has AB-. That’s why people have allergies.

The different mix of chemicals is why we have different foods. It’s only a matter of time before the chemists at Monsanto succeed in creating a cucumber from scratch, using just a bunch of chemicals in a laboratory somewhere.

Monsanto’s problem is not that it wants to feed the world using genetically modified organisms (GMO). Their problem is that they want to rule the world by being the only company that has the food that the world’s population needs to survive. Even that might eventually come to an end—see the packaged and pill foods that the astronauts and fighting military personnel eat.

Meal, Ready To Eat

Meal, Ready To Eat (MRE)

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While we all might like those fresh vegetables, until humanity learns to masturbate, put a condom on it, or take a pill before or after, we’re heading to oblivion due to lack of food and water, or we’re going to have to accept that in order to feed the world’s population, we are going to be eating GMO’s and MRE’s. We are not going to have the room to grow those organic vegetables. I mean, which is more important? A rich person eating an organic salad, or millions of starving children?

Reminds me of the 1973 Charlton Heston movie, “Soylent Green,” where the woman was eating, spoonful by spoonful, a jar of strawberry jam. Strawberry jam was a luxury for them, a very expensive luxury.

I believe that’s where humanity is heading, and simply being against Monsanto isn’t going to stop it. We need to curb population growth or find new ways to feed, clothe, house, and heal that population.

The current crop of Republicans in the United States, however, don’t want anything to do with curbing population growth, or feeding, clothing, housing, and healing the population. All they care about is that the little embryo makes its way out of the vagina. After that, it’s own its own—no food stamps, no health care, no housing—until it’s of military age. Then they will take it for four years of fighting, fighting which will come sooner rather than later if we don’t try to solve this mess now. But simply being against Monsanto because one is a farmer or enjoys chemicals under the “organic” label is not going to solve the problem.

My wise old grandmotherAs my wise old grandmother (picture ►) used to say, “If you’re going to complain, offer a solution.” Well, my complaint is about humanity’s overpopulating the Earth, and my solution is masturbation, condoms, pills, and GMO’s…..

One final thing that my wise old grandmother said, and which I believe is very relevant to enjoying all that life has to offer:

Too much of anything is bad for you

So enjoy life.

Eat, drink, and be merry.

Just don’t do anything excessively.

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44 thoughts on “Chemicals. You can’t get away from them!

    1. wolke205

      PS I do anything to get away from chemicals. For sure they surround us all the time. But I try my best. It s not just food, especially Shampoos or Lotions… I only use products without silicone, paraffine, mineral-oils… I see the result every day. My skin is better, not that itchy like before for example…

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      1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

        That’s specific to YOUR body, though, because, as I said, each body is different. Thus, each person has to figure out what is good for one’s specific body. That, however, doesn’t mean carte blanche that any one thing is bad for everyone.

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        1. wolke205

          I think a bit different about that. For example Silicone always damages the hair. My English is too bad to describe it right to you why, but it s a fact that it does. And there are many more. But as long as you are healthy – do as you want. I was like this before. Now, after 20 years of being really sick from those chemicals…

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          1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

            It doesn’t sound like you’re thinking differently. You recognize that silicone damages your hair. Thus, you don’t use it.

            I don’t use shampoo on my hair, just plain bar soap, always figuring that if it was good enough for my skin and the hair on my skin, it should be good enough for the hair on my head, which is the exact same thing as the hair on my legs and arms! All of my 60-year-old friends have used shampoo all their lives. All of them are now bald. I’m not! Who can say?

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  1. travisthetraveler

    It is hard for many people to keep their eyes open after they have chosen a side and acted self righteous about it to everyone they know. It becomes more important to them that they were right all along than seeing the future unfold with uncertainty. Propaganda is everywhere, and most thick amongst the individuals we come in direct contact with. At least the larger entities have some rules and a purpose beyond bandaging personal insecurities with propaganda. It is the masses that are most dangerous in hard times and in times of great change. That is my opinion! Great post and great mind!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I think that’s why I really like science. It’s not afraid to admit when it is wrong. In fact, it keeps looking for ways that it might be wrong even when it has been declared right! If science proves me wrong, I have no problem with that.

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      1. travisthetraveler

        One thing I have been searching for in science is the science of behavior in terms of movement, not limited to measurable objects, but to include the energy that seems to move life forms tremendously by interacting with cognitive functions and triggering sensory reactions that compel the continuation or follow through of the energy itself. It seems to me that who we are is choice and we do not have an identity until others observe how we choose to deal with the energies that have been moving through life since life began. I would prefer to approach it scientifically rather than medically as a psychologist would as they are tasked with the purpose to treat people rather than to understand the meaning of it all. I attempted to stir up the concept a few years back but it was labeled pseudo science because we do not know how to measure and label the energy of movement as a fundamental element. For now, I am just feeding that area with physics and philosophy, but there must be some method to scientifically explain all things. Perhaps this is in the realm of Alchemy? I think my mind is rambling now so… Thanks for the conversation!!

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  2. babso2you

    Well said Russel! We are surrounded by chemicals. Did you know that there is arsenic in rice? Sulfites, which contribute to allergic reactions in people, is a chemical that naturally occurs on the skin of grapes. Safrole, which in found in black pepper and sassafras, can contribute to liver cancer? In the 1960’s there was a ban on sassafras due to the safrole, which makes up 80% of what is in the root of the plant. Well said again my friend! Have a wonderful Tuesday and hugs to you and Jim!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      All of that has been through my brain at times in the past. Not always remembered, but always recalled when prompted!

      And dare we forget that we need water to survive, but if you drink too much of it at one time, you can actually drown!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      That’s a good one. Gotta remember that.
      Another point is that when I was 10, in 1965, there were about 3.25 billion people on Earth. Now there are about 7.5 billion. Maybe everything we’re hearing about “all the” diseases and such is simply because there are twice as many people living in the same space, not to mention the 24/7 Internet news cycle.

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      1. Hack Chef

        Well, compare recent ‘pandemics’ of flu and ebola and such where the death toll can be counted on fingers and toes (yet incites hysteria) to the flu pandemic of 1918-1920 where somewhere between 50 and 100 million died – I think we’re getting along just fine..

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  3. The Coastal Crone

    We are chemical beings. Too bad all the Blue Bell products had to be pulled but it was probably a good decision on your friend’s part. We ate the last of our Blue Bell last month – it is the best! Good post, Ray! Grandmothers are SO wise.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      So my grade school friend, Carol, says that she “believes” processed food and such is what is causing humanity’s diseases and such. I gave up. One can never argue with beliefs, science and facts be damned.

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  4. paulaacton

    I remember having a conversation a few weeks ago with a Vegan who was lecturing me about my lifestyle who claimed that she only ate one hundred percent organic healthy food and that was the diet we should all be on but then could not answer me when I asked if her diet was so wonderful why she had to take loads of extra vitamin tablets every day. I don’t understand all the science bits I was crap at chemistry but I did well enough in Biology to know that our own bodies produce chemicals all by themselves and I am pretty sure my two dogs are manufacturing toxic gas but I love them anyway

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  5. stregajewellry

    Once again, a well written and thought out post. A lot of food for thought both here and in the Monsanto post AND lovely conversation in the comments. These are extremely “heavy” issues that seemingly have no answers that will satisfy everyone. I believe part of the problem and solution both, is moderation, not only population control but in the amount and quality of the food we consume. Using your chocolate example, is it really necessary to have hundreds of different kinds of candy bars, pop and cookies on the shelves, encouraging gluttony and obesity at every turn? AND must we subsidize the consumption of these goods by making them available with food stamps or whatever those government cards are called now? I work part time at a convenience store and believe me I see people come in all the time and use their food assistance to buy 30 to 60 dollars worth of this junk food all the time. Lest I get slammed for being an old geezer who wants to deny poor children the simple pleasures of treats, let me say that I’m not against “poor children” having some comfort food. Bake them some cupcakes for gosh sake, if you are not employed you have time to do this.
    I got way off track there. Sorry about that. A long rambling post. Back to moderation: in EVERYTHING, our officials who pass the laws who can be bought and influenced by their own greed, our “public assistance” that encourages the use of one’s time to eat drink and make more children. Moderation in advertising/media hype that steers people into false thinking, i.e. “this is better for you because it does not have “chemicals” added. Moderation in the amount of attention paid to playing games and attending to media devices instead of reading a book or an article and learning to think and problem solve.
    Russel, you have the beginnings of so many conversations/arguments you should start a “think tank”. A think thank run by fairly well educated people with no financial agendas who would address these issues with serious thought .

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  6. renxkyoko

    Finally ! !

    Most of the folks who write stuff like they are against chemicals are not scientists, but journalists with an agenda. If we write NaCl , instead of salt, H2O , instead of water, CH3COOH, for the vinegar in pickles, they will be up in arms, too.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Exactly!
      Many decades ago, back when I lived in Texas, an opinion journalist with either the Houston Chronicle or Houston Post wrote an article about a young boy who died from drinking too much H2O. You should have seen the letters to the editor berating the parents for not putting chemicals in a locked cabinet in the garage, or at least up high where the young boy could not get to them. Unbelievable that so many people didn’t have a clue what H2O was. SMH

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          Yep. The journalist proved his point, which was about rushing to judgment if I remember correctly, and told everyone in a follow-up column a week later, but the letters during that week were just amazing.

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