Food Additives Part 1: An Examination of What We Eat

By: Theresa Klepper
Edited by: Sharon E. Chin

“[The] FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health by, among other things, ensuring that the nation’s food supply for human and animal consumption is safe, sanitary, wholesome and properly labeled ”(2).

Picture of 2 week old cappuccino remains with syrup

Can we trust what we eat?
Our faith in the well-being of the food we eat sits on the shoulders of the FDA; it’s their job to make sure we can trust what we consume. Yet are the American people healthy? When we consider what the American people think they’re eating compared with what people are actually eating, we may want to ruminate a bit more before choosing what to munch on.

Today’s eatables often contain many harmful and unnecessary additives. For the inquisitive mind, therein lies the doubt: what am I really buying, consuming, and putting into my body? Am I just eating chicken, or am I getting more than what I bargained for? The thought of not knowing if food is safe casts doubt on the current strength of regulations on additives.

Let’s review these past case studies of food additives. In Part Two of this paper, we will discuss their availability, and examine who should be held accountable for their wide spread popularity….

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#Additives, #Fda, #Food, #Health, #PublicHealth, #Research

Viewing Mass Incarceration as a Public Health Issue

A recent editorial in the New York Times echoed a report by the Vera Institute on the need to understand and treat mass imprisonment as a public health issue.  Nearly 2.3 million people are locked behind bars in America’s jails and prisons on a given day.  Most of these are inmates in state prisons.  They are largely ill-educated, poor, and many suffer from mental illness, substance abuse or both.  They are the throwaways in a society that celebrates high achievers.  Our criminal justice system is no longer correctional—having largely abandoned most efforts to rehabilitate its prisoners.  Prisons are warehouses for many of society’s undesirables.  Little care is given to sanitary conditions and many facilities are incubators for illness and disease. …

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#Healthcare, #Incarceration, #PublicHealth, #SocialPolicy

Bringing Radiation Therapy to Rural Areas: Successes in India

 

Cancer patients treated at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Trust Medical Center.

Radiation therapy against cancer is only useful if people have access to it. If you can’t afford it, don’t have access to it, or don’t know enough to understand that it is safe, then it won’t be of much use against your cancer. On July 1st, 2014, the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics published a special issue dedicated to matters of bringing radiation therapy to underserved areas. …

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#Cancer, #Education, #HealthEquality, #PublicHealth

Child Abuse Reporting System Gets Needed Funding in Los Angeles

A little over a year after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office presented the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection with an overview of the county’s underutilized $2 million child abuse cross-reporting system, the county’s Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to release over $1.2 million dollars to support the use of that system. …

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#Abuse, #Children, #LosAngelesCounty, #PublicHealth

Mindfulness protects adults from physical, mental health consequences of childhood abuse, neglect

Fact #1: People who were abused and neglected when they were kids have poorer physical and mental health. The more types of ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) – physical abuse, an alcoholic father, an abused mother, etc. – the higher the risk of heart disease, depression, diabetes, obesity, being violent or experiencing violence. Got an ACE score of 4 or more? Your risk of heart disease increases 200%. Your risk of suicide increases 1200%….

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#Academic, #Compassion, #Healthcare, #Neurobiology, #PublicHealth, #Research, #Violence

Release of Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States: Guide for Health Care Sector_Part 1

The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council has recently released an abridged version of the 2013 “Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States” specifically developed for the health care sector. The original, a dense report at 465 pages, was fi ……

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#HumanTrafficking, #MentalHealth, #PublicHealth, #SexualExploitation