Oct 30, 2008
Take this seriously and pass it along Mike Mozart is a toy designer who also runs a video blog about new developments in the toy industry.
His reviews are normally light, cheerful affairs and completely apolitical.
If he appears distraught, it's because he is. This is serious.
Mozart has discovered that the US is the ONLY country, including China itself, that still permits melamine-contaminated food on its shelves.
That's right. This poison that killed and injured thousands of people, mainly children, may be in US food. We're the only country that hasn't pulled it from its shelves.
Here's what you need to know
1. Melamine was added to food products manufactured in China to simulate protein content. These food products were imported into the US by the ton.
2. Melamine itself is bad, but much worse - and not reported - is that melamine is an industrial product, not a food product and often comes contaminated with a wide range of dangerous industrial toxins.
There is no such thing as food grade melamine. None of it is suitable for food.
3. The widespread practice of adding melamine to powdered milk products has killed and seriously injured thousands of children in China.
4. The Chinese government knew this contaminated food was on the shelves killing children and said nothing so as not to put a damper on the "Olympic spirit."
5. As much 20 MILLION TONS of food manufactured in China that contains milk powder was imported into the US this year. Also, it's not clear how many US food manufacturers use milk powder manufactured in China in their products.
6. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refuses to test for melamine contamination - or if it has, refuses to make the results of these tests available to the public.
Further, the FDA refuses to force food manufacturers to remove the contaminated food from its shelves, something they are completely capable of doing.
7. Why is this being done?
Mozart theorizes: a) to prevent a scandal before the election and b) to avoid further deterioration of the US stock market.
Are these motivations plausible?
Long-time Brasscheck TV viewers know that the FDA has demonstrated over and over again throughout its history that it is a political instrument designed to protect well connected law breakers with next-to zero interest in the public welfare.
AVOID all food products manufactured in China and any product that contains milk powder that does not disclose its source. (Egg powder is also being identified as a potential source of contamination.)
The direct YouTube link for this video is:
Please share this information with friends, families and colleagues so they can make an informed decision about what they eat.
Knowing the parties involved, you can be sure that none of them can be trusted to look out for the public welfare.
On a separate but also very important topic is Hershey’s Chocolate Company is making a ground cover mulch made from cocoa bean husks that have one of the ingredients in chocolate which is fine for humans but deadly to dogs. It smells like chocolate and appealing to dogs Most adult dogs aren’t that attracted to it I understand but puppies are and many have died within 24 hours from eating this, where it is reported they have a seizure and abruptly die. Perhaps if gotten to the vet immediately with an understanding of the cause, it might be possible to save them. I understand Target and Home Depot among others are carrying this product and it isn’t labeled as being toxic to dogs.
Jul 9, 2007
Pet Warning! Please read and pass on to other pets lovers in your e book:
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 8:18 AM
Subject: FYI (Holistic Animal post)
Blue green algae toxicity *crosspost*
It is with a very heavy heart that I write this and I apologize for
its length. Please, PLEASE pass this around.
On Monday, June 25, 2007 I took my healthy 9 month old Border Collie
Vita swimming at approximately 6:30 p.m. Vita and two other BC's spent
about an hour and a half diving off the dock, chasing the Water Kong, and running
The temperature that day was just over 90 degrees, but none of the
dogs looked particularly winded or hot.
Vita emerged from the water and looked as if she was going to vomit.
She threw up lake water three times. I wasn't particularly concerned as
she took in a lot of water from retrieving and swimming so much and had seen
other dogs do that in the past without complications.
After the third time throwing up, she lay down and closed her eyes.
Her tongue was hanging out of her mouth and I began to suspect she may
have heat stroke. I immediately placed ice on her stomach and checked her
gums. They were pink. I took her temperature which was 101.9, still normal. I then
called my Vet who said these conditions did not indicate heat stroke and said
I needed to get emergency medical attention right away.
Vita was not responsive and when I picked her up to put her in the
car she was limp and her eyes were still closed. Her breathing was slow and
her heart was racing. I arrived at the emergency clinic only a half hour from
the time she showed signs of distress. The ER Vet asked me what sorts of
things Vita had been doing all day. I explained that she was crated as I was
gone for the latter part of the afternoon and that upon coming home, the only
other place she went was to the lake.
Vita's eyes were fixed and dilated and the Vet suggested there was
already brain damage. After administering an IV and oxygen, the Vet called
me in and said Vita was not responding and that it appeared that she was
suffering from some kind of toxic poisoning. Her heart rate was 200. He mentioned
that he had recently seen a couple of dogs who died from Blue Green Algae
Toxicity. I told him that the lake had what appeared to be algae blooms on the
surface of the water. Neither of the other two dogs showed any of the signs
that Vita had and that neither dog took in as much water as Vita apparently did. We
decided to put her on a ventilator overnight and give her a "chance" to pull
When I got home I did a Dogpile.com search of "Blue Green Algae
Toxicity in Dogs" and found some very disturbing information.
-Blooms can occur at any time, but most often occur in late summer
or early fall. They can occur in marine, estuarine, and fresh waters, but the
blooms of greatest concern are the ones that occur in fresh water, such as
drinking water reservoirs or recreational waters.
-Some cyanobacterial blooms can look like foam, scum, or mats on the
surface of fresh water lakes and ponds. The blooms can be blue, bright
green, brown, or red and may look like paint floating on the water. Some blooms
may not affect the appearance of the water. As algae in a cyanobacterial
bloom die, the water may smell bad.
-Some cyanobacteria that can form CyanoHABs (Harmful Algal Blooms)
produce toxins that are among the most powerful natural poisons known. These
toxins have no known antidotes.
-Swallowing water that has cyanobacterial toxins in it can cause
acute, severe gastroenteritis (including diarrhea and vomiting).
-Liver toxicity (i.e., increased serum levels of liver enzymes).
Symptoms of liver poisoning may takes hours or days to show up in people or
animals. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.
-Neurotoxicity. These symptoms can appear within 15 to 20 minutes
after exposure. In dogs, the neurotoxins can cause salivation and other
neurologic symptoms, including weakness, staggering, difficulty breathing,
convulsions, and death. People may have numb lips, tingling fingers and toes, or they
may feel dizzy.
Vita had indeed exhibited salivation and signs of weakness,
staggering, difficulty breathing and vomiting.
At 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 I called the Vet and was told
that they took Vita off the ventilator a couple of times during the night
and that she was not breathing on her own. I told him to discontinue the
procedure and to let her go.
I called the DNR here in Michigan and was told that Blue Green Algae
didn't usually appear this time of year and I told the agent that the
conditions were that of late summer in Michigan, very hot for the last two days and
reminded him that Blue Green Algae can appear at any time. He told me not to
panic or to alarm other people. I told him that had someone else panicked, we
wouldn't be having this conversation right now.
Later that morning I found out from a neighbor that her two young
boys had vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps last week and her Doctor
suggested she bring in a water sample. I do not know if she did or not.
I also talked to a woman from a neighboring county whose neighbor's
dog ingested a lot of water from a pond and died suddenly a couple weeks
As of this writing, Wednesday, June 27th, I have not heard anything
from Michigan State where I took Vita for a necropsy and toxoligical
For the time being, I would strongly suggest you watch your dogs
when swimming in small lakes and ponds as the potential threat of toxic
poisoning from Blue Green Algae is prevalent. Had I known that algae of any kind was
toxic, you can be sure my dogs wouldn't be swimming anywhere and that Vita,
whose name quite ironically meant "life" in Latin, would be alive today.
Missing you more than you can imagine.
May you rest in peace, Red Top Vita
09/05/06 - 06/26/07
5997 Mabley Hill Road
Fenton, Michigan 48430
Jul 9, 2007 8:28pm
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