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The Silent Killer in Your Kitchen Cabinet: Worse for Your Health than Alcohol, Nicotine and Many Drugs


Did you know that conventional spices contain harmful ingredients?  When you buy conventional spices, they often contain artificial Colors, preservatives, and gmos. Many of the spices most people buy are treated with chemicals, contain GMOs and are irradiated.

According to Thomas Fricke, co-founder and president of ForesTrade, an organic spice company in Brattleboro, Vermont, “Virtually all conventional spices sold in the United States are fumigated [sterilized] with hazardous chemicals that are banned in Europe.”

Sterilizing Spices with Toxic Chemicals and Radiation

Spice contamination usually occurs during processing storage, distribution, sale. Spices can be contaminated with insect parts, rodent hair and feces.  So in order to get rid of these not so yummy ingredients,  conventional spice producers sterilize their spices with toxic chemicals. such as ethylene oxide. Ethylene oxide exposed lab rodents had similar cancers, and cellular studies confirm that ethylene oxide causes genetic (DNA) mutations and chromosomal damage that can lead to cancer (see summary of relevant cancer data here).
According to The United States Environmental Protection Agency,”

The acute (short-term) effects of ethylene oxide in humans consist mainly of central nervous system (CNS) depression and irritation of the eyes and mucous membranes.  Chronic (long-term) exposure to ethylene oxide in humans can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes, and problems in the functioning of the brain and nerves.  Some human cancer data show an increase in the incidence of leukemia, stomach cancer, cancer of the pancreas, and Hodgkin’s disease in workers exposed to ethylene oxide.  However these data are considered to be limited and inconclusive


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