China’s economy has been growing at a rate of nearly 10 percent annually for the last 30 years, largely because they are exporting massive amounts of products across the globe.

They’re widely known for producing affordable (cheap) goods, and in the past year alone have made quite the name for themselves as a producer of toxic goods as well. Along with tainted toothpaste laced with anti-freeze, the United States has been grappling with a string of toxic disasters in the last year alone:

  • Pet food ingredients laced with toxic melamine
  • Imported livestock quarantined for disease and banned chemical contaminants
  • Catfish fillets from Chinese aquatic farms tainted with bacteria and heavy metals
  • Dried apples preserved with a cancer-causing chemical
  • Mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides (1)

Pet food contamination experienced a few months ago was linked to a possible exposure of Stachybotris (Stachybotrys) chartarum (of “black mold” fame) by one of the long time OIRF members and brought to my attention. A random selection of clinic patients who bought the tainted pet foods were tested via Photon Resonance Testing at my office in a small double blind clinical trial. Neither I nor the patient knew the test ampoule positive for Stachybotris. 10 out of 10 patients who had fed their pet(s) the tainted pet food tested positive for the Stachybotris. The doctor who supplied the test ampoules also sent the specimens to three different independent veterinary laboratories, each of which returned positive test results indicating the presence of the Stachybotris.

When any type of problem occurs, everyone starts wondering who to hold accountable. These continuous problems with tainted food and toiletries do beg the question, whose fault is it? In the case of the toxic pet food is it . . .

  • China’s, for manufacturing with cheap, improperly warehoused, and toxic ingredients?
  • The importer’s, for purchasing without knowing what’s in it and allowing inadequate storage procedures?
  • The FDA’s, for not inspecting the shipments when they arrived in U.S. ports?
  • The consumer’s, for purchasing it? (2)

In the United States, most are not benefiting from the massive influx of cheap goods. You may be able to buy products for under a dollar, but at what expense to your health? Meanwhile, corporate entities, like Wal-Mart – the largest food retailer in the United States, and China’s eighth-largest trading partner – are profiting handsomely.

It is clear, and has been for some time, that the FDA cannot, or will not, protect you from toxic foods, toiletries, or medications. By getting to know the people who grow and make the products you buy (at least a good portion of them), you can have peace of mind and not worry about whether or not the FDA is doing their job.

An exclusive article for Members
From THE BRIDGE Newsletter of OIRF
Published September 2007

© Copyright 2007, Dr. Brian L. MacCoy, Idaho, USA

About the author

Dr. MacCoy received his degree from the National College of Naturopathic medicine in 1976 after receiving his BA and BS degrees from Portland State University in 1971. Dr. MacCoy also received an “Appointment at Large” from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland as well as completing Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps training. Dr. MacCoy’s professional affiliations include Occidental Institute Research Foundation (Board of Directors since 1990), the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Naturopathic Medical Education Institute, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, American Naturopathic Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, and previously Portland Teen Challenge (volunteer 1994-1998). Dr. MacCoy has been in private and professional practice since 1976 and in Post Falls, Idaho since 1999 as well as working in Educational Administration. He was the Chief Administrative Officer for two years at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine directing all aspects of clinical and college daily activities.

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