Friday, August 31, 2012

Why Our Food is Dangerous to Our Health

The National Marine Fisheries Service lists China as supplying 70 percent of America's tilapia. China and Thailand are the largest suppliers of imported shrimp. After traveling over two thousand miles throughout Mainland China and spending five days on the Yangtze River, I have become alarmed at the condition of our imported seafood from Asia.

The waterways of China and Hong Kong are so polluted with industrial chemicals, farm effluents, and human waste that seafood exporters must rely on antibiotic treatment just to keep the fish alive. I witnessed several bloated and decaying bodies, both human and animal, floating down the Yangtze. The Yangtze River empties into the waterways from which much of the exported seafood is fished. Seafood from Asian Fish Farms is no healthier than seafood caught in the wild. Thai and Chinese fishponds are notoriously filthy and pumped full of antibiotics. The FDA discovered the presence of the powerful antibiotic, chloramphenicol, in the imported Asian shrimp. Studies link the antibiotic chloramphenicol, a carcinogen, to anemia and leukemia, especially in children. In a recently published article, CBS News Correspondent Wyatt Andrews quotes food safety expert Caroline Smith DeWaal, "Chloramphenciol is a serious problem in the human food supply," she said. "It's like taking a drug that's not prescribed."

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Catfish imports from China are another serious concern for the presence of antibiotics. Flouoroquinolone antibiotics, which the FDA has banned for use in food, are showing up in tests conducted on catfish imported from China. "Aside from the threats to health, the imports have also been a threat to the economy of the Mississippi Delta, which provides more than three-fourths of the catfish eaten in the United States," emphasized a report aired on National Public Radio. An influx of cheap imports from Asia is putting the American catfish farmers out of business.

Since only about one percent of our imported seafood is monitored by the FDA, most of the contaminated seafood ends up on our dinner tables.

Our imported fruits and vegetables are not fairing any better. According to an Associated Press analysis of FDA records, border inspectors consistently reject Mexican peppers and chilies. Ten percent of the rejected peppers and chilies were infected with salmonella. Since the FDA inspects less than one percent of all foreign food entering the country, ten percent of one percent is alarming. Mexican imports are disturbing sources of concern, not only from salmonella and E. coli, but also from the heavy pesticides the Mexican Agricultural Industry use in growing produce. It is referred to as "the circle of poison." Chemical companies sell Mexican Agrifarms pesticides that are banned in this county. There are no regulations in the United States for the exportation of banned or unregistered pesticides. Little, if any, oversight exists for the use of these pesticides on the fruits and vegetables grown by the Mexican agricultural farms. With fifty percent of the imported fruits and vegetables in the United States coming from Mexico, we have an intolerable problem of polluted food.

Because the FDA is underfunded and undermanned, it rests on the consumer to force change.

First, don't buy any fresh or frozen seafood from Asia. Support your local fisheries and fishermen. Fish farms in the United States typically use clean water, no antibiotics and no chemicals. If your local grocery store only carries Asian imports, request fish and seafood from the United States, or safer imports from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, for example. World trade is not going away. Just make sure you buy the safer imports.

Second, limit any fruits and vegetables from Mexico to reduce pesticide ingestion. Buy locally, if possible. Shop your local farmers and farm markets. Buy organic fruits and vegetables. Plant your own garden.

You are the author of your own health. Protect your well being with wholesome safe foods. Don't permit the source of a food to become a danger to your health.

Sandy Powers

Why Our Food is Dangerous to Our Health

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Khao Sok Rainforest in Thailand

Khao Sok rain forest is settled in the province of Surat Thani which is just a few hours drive from the favorite traveler destination in Thailand called Phuket. Khao Sok's rainforest is one of the few untouched rainforests in the world, it's even more diverse than the Amazon Rainforest. With lush green vegetation and a collection of spectacular wildlife I am surprised that most people who visit Thailand have never heard of it. It is maybe most illustrious for the Bua Phut (Rafflesia kerrii) flower which grows within the rainforest and blooms once a year. If you are a plant enthusiast Khao Sok is a great place to visit.

Some brilliant hotels there where you can stay in a treehouse and actually get closer to nature.


If your a real adventurous type, you can even go camping in the rainforest with an experienced guide who will teach you how to survive in the jungle. Going on your own or with new guides in not advised.
When people talk about Thailand they talk about the wild nightlife, great shopping or the gorgeous beaches, but Khao Sok offers a once in a lifetime experience. Why not get close to nature and visit the rainforest in the national park. I can tell you that having a great touch in the jungle with nature will be best than any nightlife, or beach experience, especially in this rainforest.

This is a place the you should visit if you ever do go to Thailand, believe me it will be one of the most unforgettable experiences you will ever have. I was there in March 2010 and didn't think it would actually whatever much as I am not actually into nature or the outdoors, but this trip has changed my mind forever.

Khao Sok Rainforest in Thailand

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pattaya Car Hire Guide

Pattaya is one of the cities in Thailand that it is located in the east coast of its gulf. On an estimate, it is about 165 kilometres southeast of the city capital of Bangkok. Pattaya is a self-governing municipal area. There are many tourist attractions in this place, making travellers come back to it for another round of adventure. This city is quite rich in history too, as well as being blessed with beautiful and attractive beach resorts.

The Pattaya beaches alone can draw hundreds of tourists in a day because it can provide anything from water activities to relaxation. There are three smaller islands in Pattaya that are great places for water adventures. These are the Ko Lan, Ko Khrok, and Ko Sak islands. If you would like to have a safari-like experience, simply go to the Elephant Village. There you can enjoy rafting on the lake and trekking on the jungle all you want. As for a milder but equally wild adventure, visit the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo and marvel at the sight of the largest reserve of Bengal tigers in there.


If you're coming to Pattaya for a vacation during the peak summer season, make sure that you reserve a car before hand. There are different car hire services around here and they offer competitive rates. However, it is still necessary that you find the best deal in town to maximize your savings, thereby increasing your fun. Major car hire providers have offices here, and they are Budget, Avis, and Holiday. If you can't book a car from them because all of their vehicles are sold out, local providers like Chalee Car Rent, Unity, and Q Cars can serve you.

Should you want to book a car here in Pattaya, do so by logging over the internet. That's the most convenient thing to do because you don't have to go anywhere else or talk to anybody to reserve the car of your choice. Furthermore, you will be able to compare car rates side-by-side from different companies. This way, you can easily find the right car at the best rate. Furthermore, if you book a car online, you can request for your car to be ready for you at the airport where you'll arrive.

Pattaya Car Hire Guide