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  1. Arsenic in water linked to heart disease

    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.

  2. Arsenic in rice is unsafe

    FDA wrong about arsenic in rice

    There is no safe level of arsenic. None.

    That might sound obvious, but arsenic in rice and water has been turning up with alarming frequency -- and the FDA is too afraid to warn you about it. If there's any industry they fear almost as much as the drug industry, it's the food industry.

    Yes, the FDA is afraid of both the "F" and the "D" in its own name.

    So instead of telling you the truth about arsenic -- that you should avoid it completely -- the agency actually went ahead and issued a statement on arsenic in rice so absurd it would be laughable... if it weren't so dangerous.

    The agency claims the high arsenic levels detected in rice -- high levels confirmed by its own tests -- are nothing to worry about. It won't kill you on the spot, so it's OK to keep eating rice.

    But the agency also claims it doesn't know what the long-term effects of all that arsenic exposure could mean for your health -- and that's just plain false.

    We know plenty.

    We know that the arsenic in rice and other products can accumulate in the body, and when it does it can damage your immune system and increase your risk of cancer -- especially cancers of the bladder, lung and skin.

    We know arsenic can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and more.

    And we know that arsenic can build up in the brain and cause dementia or dementia-like symptoms.

    If rice were your only source of exposure, eating it regularly would still be enough to cause serious long-term damage in my opinion.

    But it's not -- because arsenic is turning up in everything from apple juice to tap water. And as I told you last year, it's even intentionally fed to chickens so their meat looks nice and pink in the supermarket.

    The feds won't tell you any of this because they're too busy protecting the corporate giants that produce and sell chicken, rice, apple juice and more.

    But I'm here to protect just one person: You.

    So take my word for it and limit your exposure to arsenic in rice and all other sources. And while you're at it, get tested for arsenic and other metals if you haven't done so already.

    A holistic doctor can run those tests and work with you on a detox program if you've been exposed (and, odds are, you have been exposed). And if you're in Southern California, I can help. Contact my clinic to make an appointment.

    I'm also available for one-on-one consultations via telephone. Call 855-DOC-MARK for more information or to make an appointment.

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