Thursday, June 22, 2006

Evil Additives - in your food!

I took an excursion into the realm of prepared food this past week. It has been an experience worthy of publishing.

I don't have flour in my regular diet so when I saw a gluten free donut- it was a donut - I liked donuts- it was a cinnamon suger covered donuts. This donut had no gluten but it had what I remember to be that familiar thick texture in the mouth- like one would expect of a gluten filled donut.

I did explore the label. I did note carboxy methylcellulose as something weird to have in an ingestible product.

But I ate the donut anyway

The next morning, in much abdominal pain, I attempted to .. well, the normal AM routine.. you get up; you go pee; - (it stopped there) -
...waiting on the pee thing
...."you go pee!" wish you could pee meditate on the 'go pee'idea begin to pray to the God of all creation that He will grant you the ability to PEE because the pain is intensifying and the tears begin to stream down your face

It intensifies from there with the knowlege of the location of your right kidney as the pain increases. I kid you not, that kidney was crying out in pain as was I.

LORD have mercy on me, the idiot who CAN read and take note of a weird substance noted on the label but....

She ate the donut anyway.

Death by Donut

Carboxymethylcellulose is associated with anaphalactic shock, that's my huff about it. Using this in a food product for gluten free applications knowing that people who have severe allergies are the target audience is a sin to begin with right there and it must stop! I consider it an act of terrorism on a certain group of severely sensitive individuals- me, my people, my sisters and brothers of EI/MCS and food allergy/intolerant persons- We are being targetted for death by donut.

But aren't donuts supposed to be harmless?

Let's start of with a brief forray into what Carboxymethylcellulose does in real life in a relativly inert substance, like say, a body of water. Carboxymethylcellulose is used to increase viscosity. It gels the water.

So, what is it that this additive, Carboxy methylcellulose, does to the intricate and brilliantly designed human body?

Typical use of Carboxy Methylcellulose are in gel applications (sub-dermal injections as well) to the body after surgery (to put something in a certain place to increase the likely hood of less scaring) but what the heck does any of this have to do with Carboxymethylcellulose as a food additive?

Who cares, right? Why is this of interest?

Is it okay for a donut to put you at risk for anaphalactic shock and subsequently death?

Is this okay with you? It is not okay with me. Kids eat donuts. Kids are more sensitive than adults. Kids are more likely to go over-kill on the donut eating freanzy. Kids are more likely to die slow painful deaths... by donut. It hurts. It was a very painful experience. It IS what I am experiencing RIGHT NOW. The Carboxy Methylcellulose is still in effect.

Check out these produts that have Carboxymethylcellulose as an ingredient If that link doesn't work, just copy and paste this [in pieces] into your browser:

CMC (Carboxy Methylcellulose) has been tested on lab rats in the area of consti[ation and the emptying of the bowels. Where the heck are they going with that one? What is the point of releiving consti[pation athe rick of damaging the kidneys? Like a person with one problem is going to willingly compromise one part of their sytem for the other. I think not. At least not unless someone deliberately LIES to them about the effects of CMC and merely implies theat a 'side- effcet' could be renal failure. As if any possible effect is inadvertant- it's not!

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CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE is a semisynthetic water-soluble polymer
in which CH2COOH groups are substituted on the glucose units of the
cellulose chain through an ether linkage.

Colorless, odorless, nontoxic, water soluble powder or granules, pH 6,5-8,0 :
stable in pH range 2 – 10. Insoluble in organic liquids. Reacts with heavy-methal
salts to form films that are insoluble in water, transparent and unaffected by
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