Sunday, June 5, 2011


As predicted the toxic E.Coli were from a farm near Hamberg, Germany growing organic bean sprouts. What wasn't revealed was the source of the contamination. Was it a nearby dairy farm that was polluting the farm's water supply or was the manure from contaminated animals sold as fertilizer to an organic farm? Ruminants fed grains rather than grass or hay develop these toxic strains.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Toxic E coli

What does toxic E coli have to do with cadmium air pollution?

The latest outbreak in Hamberg, Germany is in a very cadmium polluted area. It was strange that the authorities initially accused Spanish cucumbers and then correctly withdrew that accusation. The shiga toxigenic E coli (which you can google for an excellent review) is associated with dairy and cattle that are fed grains rather than grass. There was a problem in the Pacific Northwest in the 1980's with tainted hamberger meat and then later in California with leafy vegetables that were close to a commercial polluting dairy farm.

The US Dept of agriculture wants to make sure that every small farm tests its produce for this e coli before bringing it to market rather than requiring the big polluting dairy, cattle, and pig establishments to check feces for the bacteria which would make more sense.

In Ohio, Gov. Kasich wants to cut the budget for organic farming which is really protecting us from Shiga toxigenic e coli.

Pathogenic e coli are generally cadmium resistant and cadmium may play a role in making toxins more toxic in the host. Indivudals who eat a nutrient dense diet, with plenty of fiber, good probitoics, who sleep well and exercise and keep their stress level down can be expected to fare best if exposed.

Vit C in high doses makes Staphyloccocus lose its plasmids, a special part of bacteria assoicated with virulence. It might have that effect on E coli with plasmids, like the the shiga toxigenic e coli.

A worthwhile study would be to see if rinsing produce with vit C water got rid of plasmid containing bacteria.

Sick patients with hemoplytic uremic syndrome should be checked for effects of cadmium. The target organ of cadmium can be considered the blood vessel.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

What is in the air?

There have been so many changes since 1980 when lead was removed from gasoline in the USA.

There are many health challenges with increases in autism, alzheimer's, obesity, diabetes, and mental healh problems. Just think of yesterday's news: air plane rage and the shiga toxigenic E coli in Europe.

The globe is changing with droughts, floods, violent storms, and global warming.

The plants are changing with decline of forests from beetle infestations and forest fires. Vine plants are invading. Algal blooms are choking lakes and ponds with bad smelling scum.

What ties all these together is an air pollutant present in tobacco, crude oil, and phosphate fertilizer. It has abilitites to cause stress in any living cell. Cells that adapt can become hardy and thrive and those with genetic susceptibilities can sicken.

Everyone suffering from stress needs to understand how this pollutant can aggravate their problem and what can be done to help.

This blog will discuss the problem of cadmium air pollution.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What is in the air?

Have you notice that many things have changed in the last 30 years? In health there has been a rise in autism, asthma, alzheimers, obesity,  and diabetes for starters. Judging from the ads on TV there is an epidemic of erectile dysfunction and incontinence.  

In the atmosphere  there is the huge increase in CO2 and the problems of drought, floodings, violent weather, and global warming.

In the plant world, there are toxic, smelly algal blooms choking lakes and shores and invasive  vine plants.

There is one air pollutant that can link all these problems.  It is below the radar of the mass media.  A huge amount of information is available, however, on the internet.

It is my purpose in writing this blog to introduce you to this pollutant which is present in crude oil, tobacco, and phosphate fertilizers.  

What is in the air? Cadmium.  30 years ago when lead was removed form gasoline,  the cadmium which is present in all fossil fuel became more bioavailable but its measurements in air filters declined.  Cadmium in air doesn't work alone and the explosion of chemicals  such as bis phenol A can affect the ability of the body to bind up cadmium so that it can't have an effect.

You can read my papers at

I will write each day about a topic influenced by cadmium and how you can act politically to get governments to pay attention  and what you can do as indivudals to thrive in a toxic world.