Sunday, February 01, 2009

Poisoning Our Children?

It has recently come to light that mercury is used in the process of making High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). (What's scary is that the FDA has known about it, and done nothing!)

As a mother of children who have been adversely effected by mercury poisoning, I wanted to pass this on. And now my little MacKenna has begun exhibiting some Asperger's symptoms, but I have noticed that these symptoms show up only after she eats processed foods-- most of which contain HFCS. HFCS is highly addictive, and turns off the "you're full" button for most people's appetites. Does that mean more money for food companies? You betcha! Conspiring men in the last days? I believe that statement goes beyond the cigarette companies! Is there any wonder why obesity (especially in children) is on the rise? Just look at the labels on ALL the processed foods in your pantry tonight, and count how many things contain HFCS.

If you've seen the documentary "King Corn," you may remember that the process for making HFCS is "patented." In that film, the HFCS PR person would not let the filmmakers in the plant. (If you haven't seen that movie, you can watch it for free on Netflix, if you have a membership. I highly recommend it! King Corn)

Here's an article about the HFCS-mercury connection from US News and World Report.

And from the Washington Post.

Thanks go to Michal at "Relishing Motherhood" for sharing this on her blog. (She has some wonderful things to say about this, as well as a few more links.)

We were toning down our ingestion of HFCS in our home, but now I will be even more vigilant. This news is scary, but unintentionally poisoning our children is much much worse!


  1. Oh my goodness, that is super scary! Mike and I have been really careful about the artificial colors in our foods, but I hadn't really paid attention to HFC... Yikes. Thanks for the info!

  2. thanks for the shout out. and for spreading the word. my kids are now checking labels for hfcs as well! and costco just started carrying organic ketchup for a reasonable price. yahoo!


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