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Dr. Oz criticized for juice warning

Published: Fri, September 16, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

The federal Food and Drug Administration and a leading doctor are disputing suggestions by television-show host Dr. Mehet Oz that trace amounts of arsenic in many apple-juice products pose a health concern.

Oz said on his show Wednesday that testing by a New Jersey lab has found what he implied are troubling levels of arsenic in many juices.

However, the FDA says the lab methods were not appropriate and that its own tests show much lower arsenic levels. The agency warned “The Dr. Oz. Show” producers in advance that their testing was misleading.

Dr. Richard Besser, a pediatrician and former acting head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also scolded Oz on Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” show for scaring consumers with what Besser called an “extremely irresponsible” report.

The issue: Arsenic is naturally present in water, air, food and soil in organic and inorganic forms, the FDA says.

“Organic arsenic is essentially harmless,” the agency says, and it passes through the body quickly. Inorganic arsenic is the type found in pesticides, and consuming it at high levels or over a long period can cause concern.


1concerned(327 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Good and Bad arsenic. Um ok... Harmless arsenic sounds like an oxymoron.

FDA caught asleep at the switch again!

If people had a clue about all of the toxins, pesticides, chemicals and toxins in their food -we would all be really freaked out!

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2peacelover(839 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Amen, Concerned! I truly believe that is why cancer is on the rise to the degree it is. Ever look at the list of ingredients on some packaged foods, it reads like a chemistry manual. I try to buy items from the grocery store that have an ingredient list that is as small and as understandable as possible! Also I try to buy organic produce whenever it is available to me.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago


[4] Arsenic Medicaments for the Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Tarello, W.,
inventor; World Patent WO9501789 issued 1/19/95

Arsenic has been used therapeutically for more than 2,400 years.

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4concerned(327 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago


If only kids were ONLY getting a little "safe" arsenic in their apple juice and not bombarded with chemicals and toxins and heavy metals - maybe we wouldn't have unprecedented rates of chronic health problems (asthma, allergies, diabetes, cancers etc..) and Learning and behavioral problems because they have neurological damage. Then, your support of arsenic as a therapeutic intervention for CFS would actually matter.

I simply don't believe the TV doctors who say it's safe. Think cumulative effects of multiple toxins. And that children are more susceptible to harm of poisons and metals based on their size and their brains are still developing.

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5mjusino(15 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

All of a sudden the FDA decides to step up to the plate and comment on this. Meanwhile, for decades store shelves have been stocked with boxed, canned, packaged foods, toiletries, and beauty care items impregnated with all kinds of toxins, inviting chronic illnesses/diseases and obesity. Wake up, people, and smell the "toxins"!

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Your drinking water may be killing you . . ..


First on the list is chlorine. Added as a disinfectant to kill bacteria, chlorine can and has been keeping people from getting sick due to water borne pathogens. But, there again, chlorine can cause issues within the human body when consumed. You see, chlorine is a poison plain and simple otherwise it wouldn’t be able to do it’s job on the water supply. Sometimes too much chlorine can get into the water we drink and cause serious health issues not the least of which is the damage that can be done to the thyroid. Chlorine may or may not be directly responsible for damaging the thyroid gland but when chlorine reacts with other agents in the water, toxins get produced that may be responsible for interfering with the thyroid’s processes.

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7concerned(327 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

That's right Stan.

another problem with drinking water...


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