Low arsenic exposure can kill you

The lies are flying out of Washington so fast and furious that it's impossible to keep track of them all -- but there's one I want to you to remember, because it's one that could cost you your health if you fall for it.

It's the FDA's ludicrous claim that the levels of arsenic in water and food are safe.

I told you last week how that's just not true.

And now, new research backs me up, confirming that even low levels of arsenic exposure can increase your risk of death by heart attack or stroke by 50 percent.

And the government has the nerve to call that safe?

Clearly, there's nothing safe about it -- because the volunteers tracked in the study weren't poisoning victims. They were Americans just like you -- people exposed to low-but-steady levels of arsenic in water, mostly through tainted tap water.

And along with increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke, those same "safe" levels of arsenic can boost your risk of heart disease, peripheral artery disease, carotid atherosclerosis and more, according to the study -- and those are just your cardiovascular risks.

It's not just arsenic in water, either.

The FDA's most recent claim was specifically about arsenic in rice, and a second new study proves even that's dangerous (of course). This one finds that the levels of arsenic in rice can cause damage on a cellular level -- specifically the type of damage that can lead to cancer.

So much for "safe."

I'd say skip the rice, but I know many people will choose to eat it anyway. At the very least, keep it away from children (especially babies) and limit it to an occasional side dish rather than a daily staple.

And when you do eat rice, choose organic brown rice grown in California, which studies have shown contain some of the lowest levels of arsenic.

You can also get rid of the arsenic in water by installing a reverse osmosis filter or using a water distiller. Either one will set you back a couple a hundred dollars, but they're highly effective at removing contaminants -- including drugs, metals and chemical waste -- which makes them well worth the money.

And if you think there's a chance you've been exposed to arsenic or any other toxic metal, seek the help of a holistic physician who can test your levels and work on a natural detox program.