Soda Bad, Magnets...Not So Bad?

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  • 03/06/2012
The Center for Science in the Public Interest..not to be confused with The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest found yet another aspect of everyday life that causes cancer.

This time it's soda, or as we call it in Rochester NY: pop.

Add soda to the list of other things CSPI believes are dangerous including prescription drugs, french fries, Chinese food, plastic, food coloring and transfat (the latter was something CSPI pushed to get introduced in the food supply during the 1980s.)

What CSPI does is find things that sound scary, link them to cancer and other ills in RATs. It then raises money through newsletters and lawsuits.

There is no evidence, but for the CSPI study, that any of the above cause cancer or heart disease or anything else.  As one FDA official said about the soda scare study:

"A consumer would have to consume well over a thousand cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered in the studies that have shown links to cancer in rodents," said Doug Karas, an FDA spokesman, in a statement.

Meanwhile,  little infants can swallow dozens of magnets and, thankfully, survive:
PORTLAND — A 3-year-old girl was recovering Monday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital after doctors removed 37 'Buckyballs' magnets from her intestines.

Payton Bushnell complained to her parents of symptoms that resembled the flu, Legacy spokeswoman Maegan Vidal told KGW. Then, they took her in to get checked.

Doctors took an X-ray and found the balls, clustered in her stomach. She was expected to fully recover and was listed in good condition Monday morning. She has been in the hospital since Feb. 21.

The Oregon toddler was fortunate. In 2006 the government warned about risks from magnets used in toys after at least one child died and almost 19 were injured. As a result, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled almost 4 million Magnetix building sets and magnets were included in holiday warnings about dangerous toys. The risk occurs when a child swallows one or more small magnets, which can link together in the digestive tract and perforate the intestines.

Could it be that swallowing buckeyballs is less toxic than swallowing junk science from CSPI?  

I wouldn't even try that experiment on rats.


Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting innovative solutions that advance medical progress, reduce health disparities, extend life and make health care more affordable, preventive and patient-centered. CMPI also provides the public, policymakers and the media a reliable source of independent scientific analysis on issues ranging from personalized medicine, food and drug safety, health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

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