Thursday, September 11, 2008

WSJ-Baby Formula Contaminated Like Pet Food

yeah, i have killer allergies as well. as a kid i'd break out in really bad heat rashes all over my arms and legs, sometimes my face. now it's mostly sinus and ear problems. sucks.

now i haven't had the chance to read the replies on this post, but when i heard brett's post i wiki'd melamine and found some interesting info.

here's the first interesting tidbit: melamine can be formed in the body of animals who ingest a pesticide called cryomazine. the report also says that cryomazine is converted to melamine in plants as well.

melamine combine with formaldehyde = melamine resin (it's a polymer used to set a glue.) looks like it's used in

"...countertops, dry erase boards, fabrics, glues, housewares and flame retardants. Melamine is one of the major components in Pigment Yellow 150,..."

so... it's used for quite a lot of things. what i find really interesting in the wiki is the reference to "melamine scrap" given to livestock and fish feed.

it's also in the wheat gluten used in the pet food incident in 2007.

people have been teeling us to use gluten free products for YEARS. families with children afflicted with autism seem te benefit from this diet. my nephew did but only slighly. since my sister started to restrict his diet he's anvanced more rapidly and she noiced a big change in his behavior including his communication skills.

i'm not saying that alone is what's helping him, but she's told me she notices a change in him if he accidentally eats something she knows has gluten in it.

china has used melamine for years and years and in april the u.s. restricted vegetable protiens intended for human and animal consumption to "detention without physical examination". these include "Wheat Gluten, Rice Gluten, Rice Protein, Rice Protein Concentrate, Corn Gluten, Corn Gluten Meal, Corn By-Products, Soy Protein, Soy Gluten, Proteins (includes amino acids and protein hydrosylates), and Mung Bean Protein"

my question now is...does someone know something i don't know here? from what little i understand about it's use it seems that china uses melamine way too much and in such quantities that it's severly affected a lot of the food we eat and give our children.

we STILL have no idea how it affects us. what if even the acceptable low doses are enough to cause severe allergic reactions? i'm more concerned about the affect on the nervous system rather the affect of high toxicity levels on the liver or bladder.

i haven't exactly found a direct link between melamine and soy beans (like the kind you can eat fresh in japanese cuisine), but a couple of years ago i found that i was very allergic to it. the affect on my nervous system was more severe than the affect that vicodine has. (the feeling that ants are crawling under your skin)

awfuly suspicious i think.

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