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A new study was just announced by the national media, whereby an advocacy group called the Environmental Working Group has discovered trace levels of a dangerous crop-dusting herbicide called glyphosate in Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and a variety of other breakfast foods that the report shows could increase the likelihood of cancer in children.

This connection between processed breakfast foods and a chemical pesticide was further amplified just this past week for adults as well. In San Francisco, California, a judge ruled that Monsanto—an agricultural company owned by Germany-based drugmaker Bayer—has to pay plaintiff Dewayne Johnson $289 million dollars in damages because its popular weedkiller product, Roundup, gave him terminal cancer.


And he’s only the first of over 800 other cancer patients who are also suing the company.

This is yet again old news to former FDA whistleblower Dr. Renee Dufault (author of Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0436-0). Over twelve years ago, she first discovered that baby formula was comprised largely of corn sweeteners and vegetable oil. As she notes in chapter six of her book ("Spotlight on Autism and ADHD"), many baby formulas "contain corn sweetener in the form of corn syrup or corn syrup solids. Some formulas contain more corn sweetener than any other ingredient. I found one baby formula product in my local grocery store with a food ingredient label that claimed 54 percent of the product was made up of corn syrup solids and 26 percent of the product consisted of assorted vegetable oils."

This past October, when a major study conducted by new nonprofit organization The Clean Label Project found alarming levels of arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals in approximately eighty percent (80%) of infant formulas sold on the market, there were several media contacts (including a popular national TV program) that expressed interest in what Dr. Dufault had to say—only to then abandon further inquiry into the evidence, or to tacitly side with the processed food corporations that declared the hard data as either flawed or alarmist.

Following the FDA’s first-ever approval on June 25th of a cannabis / CBD oil-based medication called Epidiolex, the flood gates have been flung wide open as sales of hemp CBD oil products have crept into the mainstream. At the same time, our country’s veterans have begun to make a strong demand and organized lobby for greater access to hemp / CBD oil products as a way to treat and cope with chronic pain and PTSD.

This would explain the trouble that Square One has had just trying to keep up with orders for its book, Healing with Hemp CBD Oil ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0455-1), by bestselling author and noted pharmacist Dr. Earl Mindell. We have already sold through four print runs of the book in four months, and it remains the #1 title on hemp CBD oil within the book trade as well.

Healing with Hemp CBD Oil—along with Dr. Mindell’s other titles The Happiness Effect, What You Must Know About Allergy Relief (co-written by fellow bestselling health author Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith), and What You Must Know About Homeopathic Remedies—is available now on Amazon.com, through Barnes & Noble (B&N.com), and everywhere else that books are sold. Read Full Article

Garden City Park, NY: Child learning and behavioral disorders are on the rise in the United States—but not in the United Kingdom. At least that is what is being reported in a new article out this week by Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute founder, and former FDA whistle-blower Dr. Renee Dufault (author of Square One’s Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat).

According to Dr. Dufault, the prevalence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD in the United Kingdom is declining with only 1.5% of children between the ages of five and sixteen impacted by this diagnosis. Meanwhile, in the US the number of children struggling with ADHD is increasing with each passing year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—with the prevalence rate nearly seven times that of the UK. (Autism prevalence in the US, by comparison, is nearly three times that of the UK.)

ADHD and autism are both considered learning disorders and children with these diagnoses are often provided with special education services in the US public schools, when learning is impacted and academic achievement goals are not met. Diet-related factors like the consumption of synthetic food dyes and high fructose corn syrup (HCFS), together with the lack of warning labels on foods containing such ingredients, are being linked to the learning disparities between the US and the UK.

Warning labels are required on the packaging of foods in the UK that contain ingredients known to cause inattention and hyperactivity—and this is pointed out by Dufault in her new study, which suggests how warning labels likely help parents make healthier food choices for their families. These healthier food choices seem to have led to improvements in child nutrition and behavior, allowing for the higher academic achievement scores observed in the UK.

Improvements in nutrition have long been linked to advancements in child neurodevelopment and learning. According to Dr. Dufault, other scientists have found that healthy diet early in a child’s life is a predictor for later academic achievement. That is why many countries initiate programs to ensure that pregnant women and their children have adequate nutrition and food. In the US, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is available to women of lesser means. Consequently, the states with the highest WIC participation also have the lowest autism rates in the US.

In addition to the present lack of warning labels on unhealthy foods, consumption of high fructose corn syrup may now be linked to the lower student academic achievement scores in the US. In a previous study led by Dr. Juliana F.W. Cohen et al. at Harvard University, researchers found that fructose consumption specifically from sugar-sweetened beverages during pregnancy and early childhood years was responsible for lower child cognition scores. Per capita consumption of high fructose corn syrup in the US is 41.4 pounds per person, but that same consumption level is negligible in the UK because sale of HFCS products is restricted by trade barriers.

Dr. Dufault’s new article builds on long-acknowledged science from many different fields, and in many ways picks up from earlier work that she and her team conducted and saw written about back in 2009. (To access an article on this same work published in 2010 and written by Dufault et al., feel free to click here.) In the conclusion of her article out this week, Dr. Dufault writes "warning label requirements for foods with ingredients found to lower cognition or increase hyperactivity and inattention in children may serve to reduce autism and ADHD prevalence in the US as parents will be able to make healthier food choices for their children."

So when it comes to the UK versus the US in the areas of scholastic achievement and lowered autism / ADHD rates, it seems that they have brought forth a new generation of Harry Potters. If the US truly wants to make America great again, it seems clear that the only way to do it will be to step up its food labeling guidelines—and to reduce consumption of processed foods.

There are, of course, a number of things parents can do to help protect their young children from falling into their backyard pools—for example, one can erect a sturdy fence that surrounds the pool. As a solution, this will likely cost you several hundreds— thousands, perhaps—of dollars. Even so, a pool fence has a gate latch that still allows a child to get too close to the water’s surface. What can you do then?

In the book How to Teach Your Baby to Swim (Square One, $14.95 USD paperback – ISBN: 978-0-7570-0198-7), the Institutes’ well-established "Gentle Revolution" approach to teaching children how to swim—when only a few months old, in fact—is shown in a clear and responsible way. Featuring a series of 160 photographs paired with detailed instructions, the book shows parents or any other responsible adults the very best way to teach a child how to dive, float, and swim. Best of all, much attention is paid to the important of a child’s early introduction and immersion with water—not just above, but underwater as well.