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Why Are Sand-Derived Products
Added To Food?

By Ted Twietmeyer
Sometime ago, I revealed using Burger King's ingredient list that silicon dioxide (commonly known as sand) is among several unpalatable ingredients used in their food products. [1] That old expression "Eat dirt" isn't that far off from the truth when looking at fast food ingredients.
Encompassing a quiet but huge market, silicone products come in many forms. Silicone oil outlawed in breast implants is just one of many members of the silicone products group.
Silicone products are silicon oxide polymers, with organic attachments and are technically called polysiloxanes. [4] In simple terms silicones are POLYMERS.
Just what is silicon oxide? It is a white or colorless vitreous insoluble solid (SiO2); various forms occur widely in the earth's crust as quartz or cristobalite or tridymite or lechatelierite. [5] In other words, this is a related mineral to ordinary sand - before organic attachments are made during processing.
Many women today do not know that at least 68 silicone-filled breast implants ruptured while undergoing mammography. This would cause the oil to be spread to abdominal organs causing serious health problems. Considerable pressure is required during the mammography process to obtain an image:
"Mammography requires breast compression, which could contribute to implant rupture. According to the FDA adverse event database, there were 41 reported cases of breast implant rupture during mammography reported between 1992 and 2002. An additional 17 cases of rupture during mammography were reported in the medical literature." [2]
Many people can readily find silicone in their home or apartment. Silicone is used as caulking around a bathtub to prevent leaks. Silicone-based material stays flexible practically forever. Caulking is just one of silicone's many forms as a product. For this particular use silicone is a perfect product.
Recently it was discovered that Polydimethylsiloxane (silicone) is used to manufacture Pizza Hut's cheese. This is the same silicone-based product banned in breast implants!  What food technologist or chemical engineer in their right mind would even consider adding silicone oil to cheese during manufacturing? Yet someone did just that.
This is equivalent to the insanity of connecting one side of the power line to the metal case of an electric toaster during manufacturing. It would not be long before something lethal happens ­ like touching the toaster and the stove, kitchen sink or faucet.
As the writer of an article exposing the Pizza Hut cheese manufacturing points out, Polydimethylsiloxane is *not* FDA certified as a food additive. It was approved by the FDA for use as an anti-foaming agent for food processing plant boiler water. [3] That only makes logical sense, since silicone oil is not safe to use as a breast implant filler fluid.
Just writing this article is making me sick, thinking about trying to digest a food additive used to calk bathtubs or reduce foam in water. It's down-right disgusting.
Perhaps there is a reason why sand or silicone products are added to food. For some products these additives may be intended to function as inert fillers, like the sand used in Burger King products.
Powder detergents are loaded with material that has nothing to do with cleaning laundry but everything to do with adding weight and volume. This allows manufacturers to make you think you're getting your money's worth. If you doubt this, consider the tiny amount of liquid detergent you need compared to a cup of powdered detergent. Why should mass-produced food be any different than soap? A filler is a filler.
The Pizza Hut Cheese expose' is yet another example of how much we DON'T know about what we're eating. We should not even remotely imagine for one minute that the government will protect us from corporate greed. Consider the role of law enforcement ­ they only show up AFTER a crime has been committed, never before. Government regulations are no different.
Usually many people have to die first or get cancer before heads are turned. But by that point it's too late for the victims. People will get sick and die early in life from food additives like silicone products or aspartame ­ and big corporations will just continue to get bigger.
The tombstones of the victims are often the foundation stones for corporate growth.
Ted Twietmeyer
[1] http://www.data4science.net/essays.php?EssayID=774
[2] http://immersivemedical.com/articles/Breast-Implant-Consumer-Handbook.html
[3] http://xmb.stuffucanuse.com/xmb/viewthread.php?tid=4855
[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicone
[5] http://www.thefreedictionary.com/silicon+oxide
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