On ingredients and the facade of health and safety…

I came home today to find that my cat (twelve days out from minor surgery) had pulled open the scab beneath his stitches.  I read on an online forum about a product called “Bitter Apple” made by a company calling itself Grannick.  This product is supposed to make cats and dogs not want to lick the same place twice due to, what I guess they consider, it tasting bad.  So I looked it up wondering what they put in it, a product they deem safe enough to put on an open wound.  Here are the listed ingredients:

Water, isopropanol 20%, bitter principles, and extractives.

So, could they be any more vague here???  “Bitter principles” and “extractives”?!?  Seriously, who out there is aiming to steal Gammick’s share of the market with a similar product?  Not very hard to find things dogs and (especially) cats hate; my cat absolutely hates citrus for example.

Trade secrecy laws are ridiculous and dismiss our health and the right to make informed decisions/right-to-know.  And, once again, those holding public office, both with a “D” or an “R” by their name couldn’t give a damn; they are busy reaping the rewards put forth by lobbies [or in many cases these people in office are from the respective industry itself].  These public officials, along with publicly installed bio-tech executives, also deny any right to know whether or not the food we and our loved ones consume to be genetically modified.

How about I create a canned food product and try and get it distributed to local supermarkets while only stating the ingredients as plant material and liquid?  Who would want to eat that shit if I was peddling it on a busy intersection corner?!?  Yet all of those people that would look the other way and refuse my hypothetical product will later march into a market and buy food, lotions, medicines, cleaning products, drinks, soaps, laundry detergents, etc., without a fucking clue as to what is actually in it.  They operate on blind faith, one that believes [for some strange reason] a company seeking profit would never put anything unhealthy on a store shelf, or, are either suffering from absolute laziness and/or stubborn ignorance.  Obviously there are more people out there that would rather live life in a silly haze of ignorance.

Here’s a few examples of some products I have around the house that scare me enough to change my buying habits:

Snapple Peach Iced Teathese guys use the extremely vague term “natural ingredients”
Tom’s of Maine 24 Hour Deodorantthe NUMBER 1 ingredient is propylene glycol, which is a suspected carcinogen  
Garnier Hair WaxPhenoxyethanol, which the flaccid FDA itself states “is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea”

The three items above are a tiny fraction of the amount of stuff people, including myself, use every day.  There is always the back and forth banter on individual ingredients and substances (ex. high fructose corn syrup) like this with industry sponsored writers the naysayers to any negative claim…  For those of you that find being mindful of what you buy and use silly, enjoy being a guinea pig.

For those that don’t find this funny or silly I highly, highly, very highly recommend a book called “The Hundred Year Lie“… if you do have what it takes to read it you will not quite be the same.

It is a disturbing thought that 50% of the human population will develop cancer at least once during their lifespan… not surprising though.


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