Top 10 most Unhealthy, Cancer-Causing Foods

Top 10 most unhealthy, cancer-causing foods – never eat these again

The statement “everything causes cancer” has become a popular hyperbole, and one that some people use as rhetorical fodder to excuse their own dietary and lifestyle failures, particularly as they pertain to cancer risk. But the truth of the matter is that many common food items have, indeed, been scientifically shown to increase cancer risk, and some of them substantially. Here are 10 of the most unhealthy, cancer-causing foods that you should never eat again:

1) Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). It goes without saying that GMOs have no legitimate place in any cancer-free diet, especially now that both GMOs and the chemicals used to grow them have been shown to cause rapid tumor growth. But GMOs are everywhere, including in most food derivatives made from conventional corn, soybeans, and canola. However, you can avoid them by sticking with certified organic, certified non-GMO verified, and locally-grown foods that are produced naturally without biotechnology (http://www.naturalnews.com).

2) Processed meats. Most processed meat products, including lunch meats, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, contain chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh and appealing, but that can also cause cancer. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so be sure to choose only uncured meat products made without nitrates, and preferably from grass-fed sources (http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/processedmeat050305.cfm).

3) Microwave popcorn. They might be convenient, but those bags of microwave popcorn are lined with chemicals that are linked to causing not only infertility but also liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in microwave popcorn bag linings as “likely” carcinogenic, and several independent studies have linked the chemical to causing tumors. Similarly, the diacetyl chemical used in the popcorn itself is linked to causing both lung damage and cancer (http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400701/Microwave-Popcorn-Threat.html).

4) Soda pop. Like processed meats, soda pop has been shown to cause cancer as well. Loaded with sugar, food chemicals, and colorings, soda pop acidifies the body and literally feeds cancer cells. Common soda pop chemicals like caramel color and its derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) have also specifically been linked to causing cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/031383_caramel_coloring_cola.html).

5) ‘Diet’ foods, beverages. Even worse than conventional sugar-sweetened soda pop, though, is “diet” soda pop and various other diet beverages and foods. A recent scientific review issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of more than 20 separate research studies found that aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, causes a range of illnesses including birth defects and cancer. Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin and various other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to causing cancer (http://www.dailymail.co.uk).

6) Refined ‘white’ flours. Refined flour is a common ingredient in processed foods, but its excess carbohydrate content is a serious cause for concern. A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer among women. High-glycemic foods in general have also been shown to rapidly raise blood sugar levels in the body, which directly feeds cancer cell growth and spread (http://www.naturalnews.com/001812_cancer_prevention.html).

7) Refined sugars. The same goes for refined sugars, which tend to rapidly spike insulin levels and feed the growth of cancer cells. Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are particularly offensive, as cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize them in order to proliferate. And since cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise these days (http://www.naturalnews.com/038071_cancer_sugar_sweets.html).

8) Conventional apples, grapes, and other ‘dirty’ fruits. Many people think they are eating healthy when they buy apples, grapes, or strawberries from the store. But unless these fruits are organic or verified to be pesticide-free, they could be a major cancer risk. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that up to 98 percent of all conventional produce, and particularly the type found on its “dirty” fruits list, is contaminated with cancer-causing pesticides (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list/).

9) Farmed salmon. Farmed salmon is another high-risk cancer food, according to Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany. According to his assessment, farmed salmon not only lacks vitamin D, but it is often contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), flame retardants, pesticides, and antibiotics (http://www.albany.edu/ihe/salmonstudy/pressrelease.html).

10) Hydrogenated oils. They are commonly used to preserve processed foods and keep them shelf-stable. But hydrogenated oils alter the structure and flexibility of cell membranes throughout the body, which can lead to a host of debilitating diseases such as cancer. Some manufacturers are phasing out the use of hydrogenated oils and replacing them with palm oil and other safer alternatives, but trans fats are still widely used in processed foods (http://www.naturalnews.com/010095_hydrogenated_oils_unhealthy.html).

Sources for this article include: –http://www.care2.comhttp://www.naturalnews.com/021808_cancer_prevention.html

Source: Natural News via True Activist…

Read More: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/09/top-10-most-unhealthy-cancer-causing-foods-never-eat-these-again.html


Builder cannot compel the flat purchaser to opt for any other flat in lieu of the one agreed to be sold

When a project is abandoned by the builder, can the flat purchaser insist on a refund of the amount paid by him? Or would the builder be entitled to insist that the customer should opt for another flat in some other project? In a recent judgment dated January 4, the National Commission’s Bench of Justice J M Malik and Dr S M Kantikar, has held that the flat purchaser would have the right to get his money back along with interest and compensation.
Case Study: Reshma Bha gat and her son Tarun sold a plot of land owned by them in Bangalore. The money had to be invested to avoid capital gains tax, so they booked a flat in Delhi in a project called Napolean I, undertaken by Supertech Ltd. The flat was a 7-star luxu rious 4BHK apartment with servants quarters in Czar Suites, admeasuring 2,490 sq ft super built up area, costing Rs 73,84,300.
 
The allotment letter stated that possession would be given latest by December 2009. In case of delay, the builder had agreed to compensate the flat purchaser by paying damages at the rate of 5% per sq ft per month for a period of 12 months. An agreement was also executed.
 
Till September 2008, the Bhagats had paid Rs 63,99,727, nearly 87% of the agreed amount. When they went in March 2009 to inspect the progress of work, they found that no construction was being carried out.They recorded this in a letter, followed by two reminders. The builder responded, saying possession would be given by October 2010 and he would pay compensation for the delay as per the agreement. The Bhagats claimed that the agreed com pensation for delayed possession was too low, and demanded penal interest at a rate equal to banks levying on corporate hourses for loans advanced. The builder later admitted he had not constructed any 4 BHK flats in Napoleon I project, and instead offered a similar flat at another location. This was not acceptable to the Bhagats, who sought a refund of the entire money paid by them, along with interest. As the buil der refused to comply , they filed a complaint before the National Commission, claiming a refund of their money along with interest, compensation and costs, totalling about Rs 1.4 crore.
 
The builder contested the complaint. He questioned the jurisdiction of the National Commission. The builder also claimed the Bhagats were investors and not bonafide flat purchasers. The builder argued that the agreement provided that he would be entitled to offer an alternative flat, but the Bhagats had not accepted this offer.
 
The failure to construct Na polean I project was due to circumstances beyond its control, so it would be incorrect to consider the delay as a deficiency in service.
 
The National Commission overruled all the objections. It held the complaint to be maintainable as jurisdiction would have to be determined according to the value of the reliefs claimed, which was Rs 1.4 crore.Regarding offer of alternative flats, the commission held that nobody could force a consumer to accept another flat. Such a clause in the agreement would be arbitrary and un-enforceable. The builder alsofailed to produce any evidence to show why the project had been delayed.
 
Accordingly , the commission directed the builder to refund the entire amount of Rs 63,99,727 along with interest at 18% pa from the date of payment till refund.
 
Impact: A builder cannot compel the flat purchaser to opt for any other flat in lieu of the one agreed to be sold. The customer would have the right to get a refund of his money , along with suitable compensation.
Jehangir Gai
 

Cancellation Or Rejection Of Passport Without Any Notice

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The decision to issue a passport or not is a sovereign function. The Govt. of India does have the right to reject issue or rejection of Passport in appropriate cases.

Having said that, not issuing a passport for wrong and invalid reasons can amount to deficiency in services. And the aggrieved person can approach the Consumer Forums or the High Court for relief.

 

4 January 2016 – Bombay High Court 

The Bombay High Court took the passport office to task over pending applications and rejections without valid reasons. 

A division bench comprising Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice B P Colabawalla issued a warning to the passport office that if the court came across such cases in the future, the concerned passport officer would be penalized heavily.

 

Brief Facts of the Case

A Kandivali resident Amit Agarwal filed a writ that his passport, which was renewed in 2013, had been abruptly cancelled after he approached the passport office to get his birth date corrected on it. 

Agarwal’s lawyer, Vivek Kantawala, informed the court that the passport was cancelled without giving his client a hearing. Agarwal is a businessman who travels often – substantiated by the numerous visa stamps on his previous passport. He had applied for a renewal of his passport well before its expiry date of July 2014, and was provided with the same in 2013. 

However, when he approached the passport office to correct his birth date, which showed that he was a year younger than he was, the passport office cancelled his passport saying that Agarwal had failed to disclose a case that had been filed against him by his wife. Agarwal, in his petition, had said that the disclosure of the case was not held relevant by him as it was filed after he had already received his renewed passport. 

When the court inquired from the passport office about the compliance of the sections pertaining to the issuance of passports/travel documents, which mandate an order, the passport authorities had no reply. The court then issued a warning to the authorities, directing them to pass an order on Agarwal’s application by January 11. 

 

Court’s Observations

“We fail to understand as to why this court’s precious time should be wasted by the regional passport officer by forcing parties, like the petitioner, to approach this court and seek a direction of such nature. The passport officer must realize that it is his obligation and duty to consider the application. The applications, as made online, or presented physically, have all to be considered,” observed the bench. 

Asking the passport officers to treat online as well as regular applications at the same level, the court observed that the rules laid down under the Passport Act 1967 should be followed properly. 

“If the passport officer is satisfied after the enquiries that are required to be made that the passport must be issued with or without endorsement or should be refused, has to pass a reasoned order.
Hereafter, if applications of the above nature are kept pending without any orders being passed forcing parties to approach this court, then, we would take a serious view of the conduct of the Regional Passport Officer concerned and while allowing the request we would impose heavy costs to be paid personally by the Regional Passport Officer,” the bench added.

 

My Views

I myself have come across instances of cancellation of passport without issuing any valid show cause notice, without giving a personal hearing, on wrong and illogical reasons simply because the police submit some unconnected report. This illegal practice should be stopped.

 

Binoy Gupta – http://www.consumerforumhelp.com/?p=531

 


Consumer Alert – January 2016

Consumer Education and Research Centre
(Registered Public Charitable Trust)

January 2016                                                                              Vol. 3   No.4


COVER STORY
What hotels won’t tell you
Staying at a hotel is one of the best ways to get away from your routine and pamper yourself. Here we unveil some hotel secrets which will help you avoid unpleasant surprises and make the best of your stay. Read more

CERS MEDIATES

  • Syska made to pay insurance claim
  • Builder gives possession of flat after 3 years

If you have a complaint, email it to: complaints@cercindia.org

SETTLED IN COURT

Restaurants can’t charge more than MRP for bottled water      

United India made to pay unfairly deducted sum
CONSUMER TIPS  

Play safe while buying toys 

While toys provide entertainment for children and are also a tool for education and development, it’s important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Read more
TALL TALK

No kidding!
The claims made in the advt. that Pediasurecontains 37 vital nutrients that increase height, weight and immunity are too good to believe.Read more
SMART CONSUMER

Put used tea bags to good use!

For many people, tea bags are a one-use item. But used tea bags can be reused in an incredible number of ways from soothing puffy eyes to getting rid of body odour. Read more
NUTRITION & HEALTH

Silent epidemic of magnesium deficiency
Low magnesium is known as the ‘silent epidemic’ of our times which often goes undetected and untreated. Read more

PUBLIC INTEREST
Approach a consumer organisation for help
What if your complaint has not been heard or redressed in spite of the letter/phone call and/or post on social media? Take the next step. Read more
SNIPPETS
Did you know it’s better to take drugs for hypertension at night? And, news that lovers of seafood may not like – seafood may contain plastic! Read more
NEWS FLASH

  • Re 1 compensation for call drops
  • Banks cannot reject notes with scribbles
  • Keep junk food out of school, says FSSAI
  • ‘Expiry date’ and ‘best before date’ are distinct: HC
CERC NEWS
National Consumer Rights Day was celebrated on 24 December 2015 with a rally and other programmes. CERC was nominated to an expert panel on salt, sugar and fat in food. Read more
Consumer Education and Research Centre
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Tel: 079-27489945/6, 27450528, 27438752/3/4            Fax: 079-27489947
Email: cerc@cercindia.org
Website: www.cercindia.org

Toll-free Gujarat Consumer Helpline: 1800 233 0222       [from BSNL]
Send your feedback to: alertcerc@gmail.com


New Website for Consumers

Consumer Forum Help (www.consumerforumhelp.com) is a website for the latest articles and information about consumer law.

These articles will help every person know their rights as a consumer and protect their interests when the need comes to. Consumer rights protect consumers in getting their rights in many day to day things like medical insurance, flights, flats, properties, retail purchases and the knowledge of such rights will help every person throughout their lives.

Consumer Forum Help is headed by Dr. Binoy Gupta, an ex Chief Commisioner of Income Tax and a very highly learned LLB, ML and PhD in law. He and his team are sincere in their attempts at bringing rights to consumers and this website is their attempt at getting the information across to everyone.

Contact – How To Contact Us

Hello, we are always open to handling any type of case in the consumer forums in Mumbai. Please feel free to contact us for free consultation or for legal representation.

(However, we can only offer free consultation for cases in other places. But this will be a great help if you are ready to represent your own cases in Consumer Forums)

Email: eleena100@hotmail.com
Phone: 09819116360

You will directly be in touch with Dr. Binoy Gupta, ex Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, LLB, ML and PhD in Law.
He has half a dozen P G Diplomas in a variety of subjects. You can search for his name on google to see the various landmark victories he has had in consumer forum against such companies as BEST,  Zee, ICICI Lombard, and Insurance Companies. He specializes in cases against builders, housing societies and insurance.


Do-able Goals for Mumbai for 2016

Resolutions were for yesterday, today let’s get ticking on a checklist to mend MumbaiCapture
The year got off to a great start with the Chief Minister of Delhi quoting John Lennon’s “Imagine“. That song spurred a revolution across the world, with the words You may think I am a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. Of course the Delhi CM was promoting his dream of using the oddeven rule to reduce traffic congestion and pollution. But an injection of poetry into politics is a good beginning for the New Year.Here are some simple ideas, almost poetic in their impact. Ok, not poetic per se, but such is their impact that people may break into spontaneous shayari, praising the government. These are implementable within a one-year time frame. The examples are specific to Mumbai, but surely there is similarly low hanging fruit for other cities too.

  1. Convert all STD kiosks into public WiFi hotspots
  2. Convert Trash to electricity
  3. Unclog Bandra and Ghatkopar Stations
  4. Instal Escalators at all major railway stations

All of them are do-able within a reasonable cost and within less than a year.

Do we have the will?

 

Click Here for the full detailed story by Ajit Ranade in Mumbai Mirror


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NUTELLA

nutella

I used to love Nutella when I was kid–that is before studying nutrition and discovering its harmful ingredients. The scariest thing that people don’t know about Nutella is that it contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), also known as E621. It’s cleverly hidden inside an artificial flavor called vanillin which is labeled on every Nutella jar. It also contains the toxic GMO emulsifier soy lecithin and palm oil whose extraction is ravaging forests and wildlife throughout the world.

Nutella was introduced in 1964 by the Italian company Ferrero who still manufactures the product, however they do have local manufacturers in many countries.

As kids we went crazy over nutella in the 70s and 80s, but parents back then weren’t taking as many precautions as they are today, especially when it comes to reading ingredient labels.

According to the official US Nutella Website, the ingredients are as follows:

“sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), soy lecithin as emulsifier, vanillin: an artificial flavor”

Nutella claims their product contains “No Artificial Colors and No Artificial Preservatives”.

The definition of artificial is “made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally.” Every single one of their ingredients goes through very heavy processing which would imply that the natural state of these ingredients which contribute to color and preservation is completely absent from their formula. Their soy lecithin alone is about as artificial as an emulsifier/preservative gets.

Nutella contains 67% saturated fat and processed sugar by weight. A two-tablespoon (37 gram) serving of Nutella contains 200 calories, 11 grams of fat, 3.5 of which are saturated and 21 grams of sugar. To put that into perspective, a typical chocolate and nut candy bar has 250 to 300 calories and 12 to 16 grams of fat.

VANILLIN: AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR (MSG)
When most people see vanillin, they think…oh it has vanilla. However, this is likely one of the most harmful ingredients in Nutella. Scent and flavor of vanillin are nothing but chemicals. When we talk about actual real-life non-imitation vanilla flavor, what we’re really talking about is a bunch of molecules that are extracted from a vanilla bean.

The grandest chemical of all of these is vanillin. Sure, vanilla has plenty of other odor molecules, but vanillin is about 95% of the scent. And, thanks to technology, you can make it cheaply from petroleum and in a lab. The largest vanillin manufacturers in the world are in China and more than 90% of food products manufactured contain vanillin from China including Nutella.
The worst part of vanillin is that it contains unlabeled MSG. It is not a nutrient, vitamin, or mineral and has no health benefits. The part of MSG that negatively affects the human body is the “glutamate”, not the sodium. The breakdown of MSG typically consists of 78% glutamate, 12% sodium, and about 10% water. Any glutamate added to a processed food is not and can not be considered naturally occurring. Natural glutamate in plants and animals is known as L-glutamic acid. MSG Lurks As A Slow Poison In Common Food Items Without Your Knowledge and vanillin is one of them.

by NATASHA LONGO

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