THE CANOLA OIL HOAX
By Carol Clark Keppler, B.S., M.A.
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 13:56:39 -0400
Hoax? An intentional deception? About a COOKING OIL? So who cares anyway?
The truth is -- we don't know the truth, or we'd be more than a little concerned. It looks like the American public has been sold a bill of goods -- again. We believed the immunization hype about flu shots for adults, and that the AIDS epidemic was caused by "green monkeys", didn't we?
Here's the latest one -- Canola oil for health conscious Americans! An overnight, instant top seller, Canola oil is on the tip of everyone's tongue -- not to mention in their blood and throughout their bodies.
Big displays in every health food store, touted in ads for healthy french fries by a local burger place, Canola oil is advertised by a local supermarket as being in all their baked goods. Used in salad dressings, in mayonnaise, cereals, cookies and in thousands of foods -- Canola is there with government approval.
WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
How much do we know about it? Here are some facts:
1) Used as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base as well as an illuminant for slick color pages in magazines.
2) It forms latex-like substances that cause red blood corpuscles to clump together.
3) It's real name is RAPESEED OIL, renamed, CANOLA OIL, (Canada Oil) for obvious reasons. It's one of the main crops grown in Canada where it is being field tested. It's grown in the United States as well.
4) Rape Oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986-1991 but no longer is used because of the animals that went blind and mad ('MAD COW DISEASE').
5) Experts agree that the effects of ingested Rapeseed Oil take at least 10 years to manifest - so not to be concerned.
6) Rapeseed is a member of the mustard family, one of the most toxic of all plants, and is shunned by insects.
7) Mustard gas, which was banned in war because it blisters lungs and skin, is made from rapeseeds.
8) Irradiation (!) is used to turn the rapeseed oil into acceptable Canola Oil??
What are the effects of Canola oil in our diet over a period of time? I think we're just beginning to see them, but, as yet, no one has put it all together. Symptoms usually come on so slowly one might not be aware that there is a problem.
Strange new diseases involving the nervous system may be caused by Canola oil which dissolves the myelin sheath off of the nerves throughout the body. As a matter of fact, the heating of most oils during the cooking process does the same thing. Very gradually over the years, symptoms develop, which at first are perhaps only annoying, but which eventually will be diagnosed as a disease.
Robert came to the Center with unexplained exhaustion and numbness and tingling in his extremities. Mary's husband was concerned because, he said, she was hyper-sensitive. A 2 year-old child cried all the time and was considered a "difficult child". Ray was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. June had heart arrhythmia's and a hearing problem All these symptoms were linked to loss of myelin sheath. Most of these people knew they had used Canola oil over the years.
MILES OF NERVES
The nervous system, once the insulation is stripped, can be likened to you home with bare wires inside the walls --a dangerous situation. In the body, symptoms may be many and varied:
1) tremors, shaking, "palsy" due to malfunction of nerve impulse transmissions,
2) uncoordination walking, writing and other automatic physical movements,
3) slurred speech,
4) excessive salivation,
5) deterioration of memory and thinking processes,
6) blurred vision,
7) fuzzy or low audio levels,
8) difficulty urinating/incontinence,
9) environmental sensitivity/allergic to smells, food, clothing, electrical equipment,
10) breathing problems/short of breath,
11) nervous/nervous breakdown,
12) numbness and tingling in extremities,
13) heart problems/arrhythmia's.
Little wonder. Canola oil contains erucic acid in the oil and glucosinolates in the meal, both toxic to humans and animals.