Catherine J. Frompovich
Recently there’s been some media buzz that a certain chemical voluntarily was taken out of beverages due to a concerned fifteen-year-old Mississippi teenager’s online petition, plus consumer concerns, to get brominated vegetable oil [BVO] out of soft drinks and beverages. Apparently, Coca-Cola has agreed to eliminate BVO from its popular sports drink Powerade as has Gatorade, made by PepsiCo. Sarah Kavanaugh’s Change.org petition gathered 200,000 signatures. Applause, applause, applause!
So, what is BVO?
It’s a synthetic chemical first patented to be used as a flame retardant!
Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is vegetable oil, derived from corn or soy [most likely GMO-grown] bonded with the element bromine. It’s added as an emulsifier, to prevent the flavoring from separating and floating to the surface. The FDA limits the amount of BVO allowed in fruit-flavored beverages to 15 parts per million.
Bromines are common endocrine disruptors, and are part of the halide family, a group of elements that includes fluorine, chlorine and iodine. What makes it so dangerous is that it competes for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine. If you are exposed to a lot of bromine, your body will not hold on to the iodine that it needs. And iodine affects every tissue in your body, not just your thyroid.  [CJF emphasis added]
Furthermore, BVO is/was an ingredient in several common bottled drinks, e.g., Mountain Dew, Squirt, Fanta Orange, Sunkist Pineapple, Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange, Powerade Strawberry Lemonade, and Fresca Original Citrus. 
Since BVO interacts negatively upon the central nervous system and bromines are common endocrine disruptors, there are many health issues that can be impacted by ingesting BVO. They can include psychiatric and psychological problems, cardiac arrhythmias, and thyroid problems—just to mention a few of the more serious issues.
Here’s a suggestion for crime investigators.
Routinely ask suspects and alleged perpetrators about their soda and beverage consumption; keep statistical records; periodically make reports as public health service announcements in order to demonstrate a possible “correlation and cause” effect that can point to ways of reducing criminal psychological ‘aspirations’ and/or actions. Should soft drinks with BVO be banned just like some are suggesting about guns? After all, something has to be programming a person’s mind to use a gun to commit a crime. Furthermore, for teens, BVO may play an active part in acne!
Interestingly, BVO use in food has been banned in the European Union, India, and Japan. What do those countries regulatory agencies know that the U.S. FDA doesn’t? Hmmm!
What other chemicals should kids and parents be concerned about?
Now here’s something this writer thinks every one of those 200,000 anti-BVO signatories ought to really be concerned about: toxic chemicals in vaccines! I wonder if teen activist Sarah Kavanaugh can become as concerned about chemicals and metals in vaccines like formaldehyde, ethylmercury (Thimerosal), polysorbate 80, aluminum in four formulations, sodium borate—plus others, as she was about BVO?
Comparatively, vaccines have so many chemicals in each vaccine that if savvy kids like Sarah knew what really is in vaccines, they would be refusing them AND placing online petitions to have them removed. So would their soon-to-be concerned parents.
Chemical pollution now is being touted as the probable cause of autism. This writer has no problem with that theory, which probably is true, especially since all the vaccines infants get at birth, 2, 4, and 6-month well-baby checkups contain numerous chemicals, which are chemical pollution.
One of the daily newsletters this writer subscribes to is NutritionFacts.org produced by Michael Greger, MD. It’s exceptionally well documented and promotes a plant-based dietary as the means of avoiding and dealing with diseases. Recently, Dr. Greger produced “Diabetes and Dioxin”
wherein he relates how diabetes may be a correlation and causation example resulting from dioxin, a chemical. Dioxin is not the only chemical or metal that can impact diabetes.
NaturalNews published a rather informative blog about that very topic titled “Chemical Causes of Diabetes: Overeating Is Not the Only Problem”.
In that article Dr. Mark Sircus, OMD, points out from his e-book, Survival Medicine for the 21st Century,
The development of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus is thought to be dependent on the interaction of environmental agents with the pancreatic beta cells. [CJF emphasis added]
What are environmental agents?
Man-made chemicals, as everyone knows. Chemicals are ingredients in ALL pharmaceuticals, including vaccines! As Dr. Greger points out in his video “Diabetes and Dioxin,” diabetes can result from “surrogates of exposure of a mixture of pollutants”, i.e., numerous chemical exposures. When will allopathic or conventional medicine finally understand and accept that?
Allopathic medicine still is reluctant to embrace a relatively “new” condition, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Why? Probably because their bag of medical tricks uses chemicals, which have to be eliminated and detoxified from MCS patients in order for their immune systems to stabilize and function normally again. Therefore, more chemicals given as the curative prescription doesn’t work; that’s when MDs pull out their script pads and prescribe SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) , which probably compound the problem for most MCS patients.
Another example of health anomalies or syndrome(s) ignorance is the new and baffling condition Morgellons [3,4], surfacing in highly-chemtrailed-sky areas of the country.
Probably, MDs and allopathic medicine apologists and acolytes don’t connect the dots that the very chemicals in the very medicines they promote can be or are the very cause(s) of many health problems. Think antibiotics! That’s called correlation and causation.
Since allopathic medicine is built around toxic chemicals in the form of legalized prescription drugs and vaccines, it may be a very long time before they finally see the light about their pharmaceutical drugs, especially vaccines, causing health problems and diseases.
Childhood diseases, especially chronic illnesses and cancers in particular, i.e., brain and leukemia, have increased exponentially in correlation with the increase in number of vaccines given, especially multi-valent vaccines—as many as nine (9) at one time. Wikipedia lists many childhood diseases http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_childhood_diseases_and_disorders .
Intussusception [obstructed bowel] is an increased-risk health factor as a result of an infant vaccine, i.e., the rotavirus vaccine co-invented by Dr. Paul Offit, MD, the vaccine apologist who says children can receive as many as ten thousand vaccines and there will be no harm. One has to wonder why allopathic medical doctors, pediatricians in particular, have not challenged such an apparent ludicrous statement that has no scientific validity to an ostensible “off-the-cuff remark.”
If Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s [5,6] research paper had to be removed from publication because he and numerous other physicians expressed their hypothesis about what they were finding in children regarding an apparent link between the measles virus in the MMR vaccine and what they found in children’s guts, why shouldn’t Dr. Offit’s 10K remark about vaccines be challenged and put to the test for proof, since it apparently influences vaccines’ supposed ‘safety’ perception?
Test Offit’s Hypothesis
Here’s my suggestion as how to prove Dr. Offit’s ‘puffery’ either right or wrong about his 10K vaccines pontification: Construct a live test, not on a baby, but on some animal, e.g., cat, dog, goat, lamb, about the same weight and/or age of infant ages who routinely are vaccinated with up to 9 vaccine actives at one visit: birth [1 vaccine only-HepB], 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months.
Inject each animal with 10,000 vaccines, which may be impossible to perform since there would have to be a minimum of 1,112 physicians with syringes [based upon getting 9 vaccine actives into one syringe] in hand to inject said animal(s). Impossible, I can hear readers saying. Yes, I agree. But so is Dr. Offit’s logic, in my opinion, and yet, his colleagues do not challenge him, rather they and the media choose to uplift him as the “vaccine apologist guru.” I wonder if savvy kids like Sarah Kavanaugh know that information and what would be their response if they did? See how the media works to influence the unsuspecting public?
So, the question really needs to be asked: Would kids petition for chemicals to be removed from vaccines if kids really knew how many chemicals actually were in vaccines that they probably didn’t want in their bodies, especially since they objected to BVO?
Diabetes and Dioxins
Fox News: Powerade drops controversial ingredient
Coca-Cola Finally to Drop Fire-Retardant from Powerade
The Psychosis-Inducing Beverage Ingredient You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Intussusception Risk after Rotavirus Vaccination in U.S. Infants
Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.
Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.
Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).