Coca-Cola: Dark secrets



Study - Toxicity, sugar, high fructose, addiction, glucose, lipogenesis, fatty liver

Coca-Cola is increasingly criticized for its use of unhealthy ingredients and poor business practices.  In spite of its increasingly bad reputation, some details of its operations remain little-known.

 Coca-Cola was originally called Pemberton's French Wine Coca and contained a mixture of  Peruvian coca leaves, kola nut, damiana and cocaethylene (cocaine mixed with alcohol). Druggist John Stith Pemberton invented his French Wine Coca in Atlanta, Georgia and it became very popular across the southeastern United States.

Once Atlanta introduced prohibition in 1886, Pemberton responded by creating a non-alcoholic version of his already popular beverage. The wine ingredient was replaced with sugar syrup and the new concoction was called Coca-Cola. The soda was marketed for its medicinal effects and became very popular among high-class white society. It was referred to by many as an "intellectual beverage."

 The Coca-Cola recipe was a closely guarded secret, but in 1891, an Atlanta newspaper reported what many had already suspected: Coca-Cola contained cocaine. Coke was forced to change its marketing strategy and began referring to their product as "refreshing," rather than promoting any medicinal advantages. Coca-Cola began taking cocaine out of its soft drink in 1903 because of racially-promoted fears among white society.

Wine Coca with a big dose of cocaine is sold as an intellectual drink.

According to the New York Times:

"Anyone with a nickel, black or white, could now drink the cocaine-infused beverage. Middle-class whites worried that soft drinks were contributing to what they saw as exploding cocaine use among African-Americans. Southern newspapers reported that "negro cocaine fiends" were raping white women, the police powerless to stop them."


Cocaine was eventually made illegal in the United States in 1914, but it wasn't until 1929 that Coca-Cola perfected its formula. Before that year, the psychoactive elements of the coca leaf could still be found in the soda in small amounts.


   Merchandise No.5

The Coca-Cola soft drink became completely cocaine-free in 1929, but coca leaf extract is still used to this day as an active ingredient in the internationally popular soda. The ecgonine alkaloid, which gives cocaine its accelerating effect on the brain, is extracted from the coca leaf before processing.

The Stepan Corporation, a New Jersey-based chemical processing company, performs the extraction on the coca leaves. Stepan has an arrangement with the DEA and is the only group allowed to import the coca leaf into the United States. 175,000 kilograms of coca leaves are imported into the United States each year by Stepan. That is a street value equivalent to roughly $21 billion of cocaine, according to the United Nations.


So what happens to the actual cocaine processed by Stepan? It is hauled away from the facility in armored trucks and then sold to Mallinckrodt, a pharmaceutical company whose United States headquarters are based in St. Louis, Missouri. The coca leaf extract is referred to as Merchandise No. 5.

   Colombia

In 2001, a lawsuit was filed in a Miami federal court against the Coca-Cola corporation and two of their Latin American bottlers - Bebidas y Alimentos and Panamerican Beverages, Inc. (Panamco). The lawsuit was filed by the United Steelworkers Union and the International Labor Rights Fund. Oscar Dario Soto Polo and 8 other union members, who were workers at the previously stated bottling factories, had allegedly been assassinated by "death squads" at the time of the lawsuit.

 Right-wing militias of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), Colombia's leading paramilitary organization, carried out the killings. The AUC has strong ties with the Colombian military and is also silently backed by factions of the country's business elite. The suit claimed  a plant manager publicly proclaimed "he had given an order to the paramilitaries to carry out the task of destroying the union." The assassinations were never in question, but Coca-Cola stated they were not responsible. A spokesperson  for the Atlanta-based company said in 2001, "Coca-Cola denies any connection to any human-rights violation of this type." The spokesman added, "We do not own or operate the plants." The plants were in fact owned by a Mexican-based company called FEMSA.


According to the FEMSA website:

"FEMSA and The Coca-Cola Company have been long-term strategic partners since Coca-Cola FEMSA was created in 1993. FEMSA is the majority shareholder of Coca-Cola FEMSA, with 48.9% ownership of the outstanding capital stock and 63.0% of the voting rights. The Coca-Cola Company owns 28.7% of Coca-Cola FEMSA's outstanding capital stock and 37.0% of the voting interest. Public shareholders own the remaining 22.4% of the outstanding capital stock (with limited voting rights)."

   Fanta


Fanta was invented in Germany in 1941. Its German-born creator, Max Keith, was also director of Coca-Cola Deutschland, which was Coke's most successful foreign operation by 1939. It was rumored but never confirmed that Fanta joined and supported the Nazi party.


                       Nazi commercials for Coca-Cola

Due to embargoes and other sanctions, Coca-Cola Deutschland was no longer able to acquire the ingredients to make Coca-Cola. Instead of halting production, Coca-Cola Deutschland created a new drink with domestically available ingredients—Fanta Orange—and continued business operations.

After World War II was over, all Fanta profits were turned over to Coca-Cola, along with the Fanta product line.


   Addiction to Coca-Cola

While many increasingly understand the toxicity of the drink, few are aware of its intensely addictive nature. 30-year-old Natasha Harris of New Zealand died an unnatural death—one experts attributed to her two gallon-a-day Coke addiction.

 According to the Huffington Post:

"A pathologist, Dr. Dan Mornin, testified at an inquest Thursday that she probably suffered from hypokalemia, or low potassium, which he thinks was caused by her excessive consumption of Coke and overall poor nutrition."


Addictive ingredients in Coke include caffeine, and perhaps even more startling is the sugar or high fructose corn syrup content. A 2013 study from Connecticut College showed that foods with high sugar content are just as addictive and dangerous as heroin:


"This correlated well with our behavioral results and lends support to the hypothesis that high-fat/ high sugar foods can be thought of as addictive, [...] Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat/ high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability," the study explained.

What's so frightening about addiction to Coke is that high fructose corn syrup is highly damaging to health. As  Anti-Media previously reported:


"The average 20-ounce soda contains 15 teaspoons of sugar, all of it high fructose corn syrup. When sugar is consumed in such high doses, it becomes a toxin.

"As part of the chemical process used to make high fructose corn syrup, the glucose and fructose — which are naturally bound together — become separated. This allows the fructose to mainline directly into your liver, which turns on a factory of fat production in your liver called lipogenesis. This leads to fatty liver, the most common disease in America affecting over 90 million people. High fructose corn syrup is the true culprit of the current epidemic of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia, and of course, Type 2 diabetes, which is a result of fatty liver."








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Is Your Food Being Hit With A ‘Healthy’ Dose Of Radiation?



The Invisible Nuclear Threat Within Non-Organic Food

There is a profound misunderstanding in the mass market today about the value of certified organic food.  The question is not whether the 50% higher or more you pay at the register for an organic product is really worth the added vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient content you receive.

Whether you know it or or not, nuclear waste (cobalt-60) has been used for decades to make your food "safer."

Even though organic food does usually have considerably higher nutrient density, it is not always the positive quality of what it contains that makes it so special. Rather, it is what you know the organic food does not contain, or what has not happened to it on its journey to your table, that makes buying organic a no-brainer to the educated consumer.  Let me explain.

The FDA presently supports and actively promotes the use of cobalt-60 culled from nuclear reactors as a form of "electronic pasteurization" on all domestically produced conventional food. They claim it makes the food "safer."1 The use of euphemisms like "food additive" and "pasteurization" to describe the process of blasting food with inordinately high levels of gamma radiation can not obviate the fact that the very same death rays generated by thermonuclear warfare to destroy life are now being applied to food to "make it safer."  This sort of Orwellian logic, e.g. WAR is PEACE, is the bread and butter of State-sponsored industry propaganda, and also informs other ostensibly "humanitarian" applications of weapons of mass destruction such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy.


  Inconceivably High Amounts of Radiation Used To "Pasteurize" Your Food

This is not a hypochondriac's ranting, as we aren't talking here about small amounts of radiation.  The level of gamma radiation used starts at 1 kiloGray (equivalent to 2,500,000 chest x-rays (40 millirems each) or 166 times a human lethal dose (5 Grays)) and goes all the way up to 30 kiloGray (75,000,000 chest x-rays or 4,980 times a human lethal dose).  The following table is a list of foods that are increasingly being "nuked" for your protection.

   How Do You Know If Your Food Has Been Nuked?

When you buy conventional food, there is little assurance that it has not been irradiated.  Although labeling requirements specify that irradiated food sold in stores should have the international symbol - the Radura - affixed to it, oversight is particularly poor in this regard, and restaurant food and processed food containing irradiated ingredients are not legally required to be labeled as such.


Labeled, or not, irradiated food is exposed to the same ionizing gamma radiation that destroyed life in Hiroshima, Chernobyl and now Fukushima. "Primitive" life forms like microbes refuse to ingest irradiated food (which is why we use it), but humans are gullible enough to believe industry pundits and governmental "authorities" like the USDA and FDA, who say doses of radiation applied to your food up to and quite close to a billion chest x-rays worth of ionizing radiation is safe for human consumption.

   Is Your Health "Collateral Damage" In The War Against Food Perishability?

Despite the irresponsible promotion of this process as safe, food irradiation destroys much of the vitamin content of food, produces a number of toxic byproducts: formaldehyde, benzene, and formic acid, as well as unique radiolytic products, e.g. 2-alklycyclobutanoes, that have been demonstrated to be cytotoxic (damages cells), genotoxic (damages DNA), and carcinogenic (causes cancer) in test tube and animal studies.

Also, gamma radiation is capable of increasing the allergenicity of food proteins such as milk by denaturing them, and this side effect was found to occur, ironically, even at low radiation doses.

How is it, then,  that a process that is so obviously detrimental to human health is allowed? There are at least three reasons driving this dangerous process:

1. Food Sanitization: food irradiation allows for the continuance of the fundamentally unsanitary and unsafe farming practices considered essential for the profitability of large corporation-owned factory farms.  When raw human sewage and wastewater in combination with manure from sick, antibiotic-raised animals is used as fertilizer, virulent strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria can infect the product, getting deep within its tissues where chemical sanitizers can't reach.  Gamma-radiation, which effectively penetrates deep within the product, enables the irresponsible, immoral and unsanitary conditions to remain.

2. Food Globalization: The increased stabilization and reduction in perishability provided by food irradiation supports the continued globalization of food production and distribution, furthering the agendas and profitability of transnational corporations, whose respect for the sovereignty, constitutional rights and public health of the U.S. or any other nation, is secondary to the primary aim of raw, unregulated capitalism in pursuit of profits at all costs.

3. Food Politicization: Finally, the military-industrial complex requires that the public perceive nuclear energy as not just an element of war, or potential ecological disaster, but as something "beneficial" that may protect us from harm. Nuclear waste, once the irrepressible hobgoblin of the nuclear energy industry, is suddenly transformed - under the guidance and support of our government - into both a profitable commodity and a "therapeutic" agent.

   It Gets Worse: Spraying Our Food With Virus Cocktail To Make it "Better"

In the same way that irradiating bacteria contaminated food does nothing to remove the unsanitary processes that cause the underlying problem, in 2006, the FDA passed, without any public review or oversight, the use of bacteriphage virus "cocktails" to be sprayed on meat, in an attempt to prevent Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks.  These bacteria-specific viruses, in theory, lay dormant waiting for virulent and antibiotic-resistant bacteria upon which they prey.

Although the FDA only approves the use of lysic bacteriphages which are not believed to alter the DNA of the cells they infect, the possibility of contamination with lysogenic strains which can alter DNA is significant, owing to the fact that these viruses are only between 20 and 200 millionth of a millimeter in size.  The FDA's decision to define bacteriophages as "Generally Recognized As Safe" (GRAS) food additives is premature, and therefore a red flag to those who are concerned about the underlying food safety issues that are not being addressed.

   Genetically Modified Organisms: The Food Experiment You Are Already Enrolled In

With the country still reeling from the implosion of the financial markets, new attention has been placed on the huge trade deficits the US has with its trading partners.  One major factor in our increasingly disadvantaged global trading position is our decision to use genetically modified organisms (GMO's), despite growing concern over its short and long term adverse effects on the health of the human body and the environment.  For example in 2006 "the most significant event in the history of the U.S. rice industry" occurred, according to David Coia of the USA Rice Federation trade group, when trace amounts of genetically modified rice was found commingled in the U.S. rice supply.

According to Green Peace, the U.S. sustained approximately 1.2 billion dollars in losses, when over 30 countries were affected by the contamination, and many closed their markets to U.S. rice, including the European Union and the Philippines.  Why the global outcry? Despite our government's arguably criminal avoidance of the evidence linking genetically modified food to adverse health effects, the governments of other nations are aware of the dire risks to human and environmental health these GMOs pose.  America one of the only countries in the world which does not require GMO ingredients or foods to be labeled as such. We can't expect the rest of the world to so carelessly experiment on its population with foods that have been profoundly altered to contain potentially toxic gene products from other species, as well as contamination with highly toxic agrichemicals such as Roundup, or similar glyphosate-based formulations.

                                                  Source: FTSI, Food Irradiation

Their reluctance to participate in the largest food experiment in the history of our species is directly reflected in the world' s increasing resistance to accepting food exported from the U.S., which has had huge impacts on our economic well-being. If you wish to withdraw yourself as a guinea pig from this national GMO experiment, remember, the only way you can know for sure that you food is not genetically modified is if it is certified organic, or certified GMO-free. (to learn about the devastating health effects of GMOs, go to seedsofdeception.com)

   Buying Organic Food: Vote With Your Fork!

Food quality has become an oxymoron in this country.  With the state-sponsored promotion of food irradiation, virus-laden food additives, genetic modification, pesticide usage and raw sewage fertilizer, Americans who don't go out of their way to buy only organic food, are unknowing participants in the largest food experiment ever performed in recorded history. Not too long ago, all cultures considered food sacred for its ability to sustain our physical, emotional and spiritual well being from the ground up.  Today, the forces of commodification and naked, unbridled "free market" capitalism have converted food into devitalized metabolic poisons, which slowly render those who consume them into commodities themselves, i.e. sickened patients, against whom are plied the thousands of branded 'snake-oil' potions conjured up by the conventional medical establishment's cauldron-like pharmacopeia.

Remember, next time you shop, know that buying organic isn't just about it being more nutritious than conventional food; rather, it provides the only assurance that can still shield you from the veritable minefield of potential health liabilities which is lurking within every supermarket across the land. Also, it enables you to affect real change by voting with your fork when the ballot box or government representatives increasingly moves in the wrong direction.


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