Many of us frequent social media. Whether we get information from Twitter or Facebook, the reality is that the majority of the quick news we get is from these sources. The unfortunate thing is that most people when they glance at their social media page don’t read any of the news they see. Whatever information they get, they usually get form the headline only. This is creating something that is called the “only read the headline” culture.

Selective browsing of a headline on Facebook or any other social media prompts a swift response and sometimes the response has nothing to do with the article or the topic or even the meat of the matter.

For example, the other day there was a headline that I saw on a Facebook page that said “Chemical in McDonald’s fries could cure baldness, study says.”

Well, I clicked on the headline and read the story out of Newsweek.

The article says that Japanese scientists found a chemical used in the preparation of McDonald’s French fries that can re-grow hair on mice.

It is a type of silicone added to McDonald’s fries to stop cooking oil from frothing.

According to the study, released in the Biomaterials Journal last Thursday, the breakthrough came after the scientists successfully mass-produced “hair follicle germs” (HFG) which were created for the first time ever in this way.

HFGs, cells that drive follicle development, are considered the Holy Grail in hair-loss research.

Of course, when Newsweek tried to contact McDonald’s to respond – they didn’t.

I thought – did Newsweek really expect a response to this?

Can we forgive them for not being too thrilled about the idea that a type of sand used in their fryer grease is drawing more attention to the chemical brew that is their food?

In a another weird case, the FDA reported two years ago that top named brand Parmesan Cheese was being sold that was a mixture of cheap dried cheddar and wood pulp.

Needless to say, everyone gagged in unison.

It was then declared that chances are many ‘cheese products’ aren’t actually cheese, but are food products made from cheese. If the product says “processed cheese,” “prepared cheese,” or “cheese food,” it’s not actually cheese.

The FDA actually put out a handy little guide for determining how much or how little cheese is in your “cheese products.” Here’s how to decode the label:

If the product is pasteurized process cheese it contains 100% cheese.

It is labeled pasteurized process cheese food it has to contain at least 51% cheese.

On the other hand if you put into your body something called pasteurized process cheese product it contains less than 51% cheese.

There is a little something that is added to fake cheese and some dairy products that is called “milk protein concentrate.” It’s a powdered, manufactured product with a super-high protein content that increases yield in dairy production. It was originally developed to be a key component of glue and other non-digestible products.

For years, it’s gone largely unnoticed, sneaking its way into all kinds of foods, from baby formula to snack foods. And what’s more is that your tax dollars are supporting its existence.

There is also a substance called “meat glue” or Transglutaminase, helps to create lots of fake foods: crab sticks, fake steak and fish balls. It’s used to bond proteins together, so a rib-eye-like texture can be made from scraps, or crab sticks from pulverized white fish flesh.

You already knew that the crab in your lunch roll wasn’t really crab, but what it truly is takes a scientist to reverse engineer. Most cheap wheat breads are made with similar modified glues and are more or less dyed brown.

Who can forget the Lawsuit that was filed against Taco Bell aimed at trying to get the fast food chain to admit that the meat in its tacos is only 35% beef?

Last yea,r the media was all over an ingredient called, “Pink Slime.” It was because of a defamation lawsuit that was filed against ABC news.

Back in 2012, ABC Correspondent, Jim Avila, reported on a practice of a South Dakota-based company called Beef Products, Inc.

To lower the fat content of its ground beef, the company added something it called finely textured beef product, made from the trimmings of the cow – lean bits derived from muscle and connective tissue, after it was butchered.

ABC News pointed out in its stories that the addition of “pink slime” was common and not unsafe to eat, but was not labeled on meat packages.

Beef Products, Inc. says sudden public awareness of something with such an unappetizing name cost it business, leading it to close three plants and lay off more than 700 workers. In the wake of the ABC News reports, fast-food chains severed ties with the company, and hundreds of thousands of people signed petitions to keep pink slime” out of school lunches.

You have to admit that the media calling lean meat pieces put into other meat to lower fat Pink Slime, doesn’t do meat products justice and to this day there are people that I have spoken with that say that they will absolutely refuse to eat meat because of “Pink Slime.”

When I tell them what it is, they look at me like I am lying to them. They think that it is some unnecessary chemical that they are using on meat that will softly kill them in their sleep.

The “Pink Slime” moniker was unfortunate especially when there are far worse things that have been unknowingly fed to Americans—things that may be creating a toxic stew inside of you.

In the 1970’s a scientist named Alex Van der Eb was able discover a cell line from human embryonic kidney cells that was called HEK293. In essence, fetuses that have already been aborted were being used for their renal cells. The cells were used as artificial taste buds.

The cell line has been cultured and grown in laboratories. Its primary use is as a protein or a protein vessel — sort of a natural test tube. It’s also pretty common and seems to be available at most laboratory supply companies and used by many R&D facilities. This cell line and natural test tube is used in synthesizing many things. One thing in particular is the food additive known as Senomyx.

Senomyx has been known to be used in Campbell’s Soup, Nestle Cocoa. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Diet Pepsi.

On the company website, Senomyx describes research to find new ways to improve food flavors by taking advantage of the mouth’s taste receptors.

While the Senomyx Company says that they have no ties to stem cell experiments or use of fetal tissue on their flavor enhancers Research on Google turns up a patent that was issued in 2008 for “Recombinant Methods for Expressing a Functional Sweet Taste Receptor,” in which a line item mentions using HEK293.

While many conspiracies have reported that aborted fetuses are in our food, the statement is merely half true – fetuses are not in our food, but stem cells are used from kidneys of fetuses in some cases to create flavor receptors that can be used to enhance flavors of some food.

Another flavor enhancer called Castoreum is the butt — literally of some jokes. Castoreum is used to simulate vanilla flavoring and is a natural substance that takes the tart out of Raspberry, Strawberry, and Rhubarb fillings I pastry and is taken from the anal secretions of a beaver.

Castroreum is also used in perfume and provides scents in deodorants and many well known laundry detergents.

Recently, there has been a controversy over an internet fad called “The Tide Pod Challenge.”

Videos circulating on social media are showing kids biting into brightly colored liquid laundry detergent packets. Or cooking them in frying pans, and then chewing them up before spewing the soap from their mouths.

It is kind of a strange form of PICA a disorder where kids ingest various things that have no nutritional value – like lint and paint ships.

Experts say the Tide Pod Challenge is dangerous.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning to parents several years ago about the liquid laundry detergent packets. The agency said the capsules — which are colorful, squishy and smell good — are attractive to young children but contain “highly concentrated, toxic detergent” that can cause harm.

In 2015, The Onion published a satirical op-ed from the perspective of a toddler who wanted to eat them.

At some point, the pods became alluring to older children. Last year, College Humor published a video titled “Don’t Eat the Laundry Pods. (Seriously. They’re Poison.).” It showed a college student researching the dangers associated with exposure to the packets, then devouring them. He ended up on an ambulance stretcher.

One expert conceded that young children are inclined to explore but was surprised at the number of older children and teenagers who are putting the packets in their mouths.

Last year, U.S. poison control centers received reports of more than 10,500 children younger than 5 who were exposed to the capsules. The same year, nearly 220 teens were reportedly exposed, and about 25 percent of those cases were intentional, according to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Now, there has legislation proposed by New York Democrats who want Proctor & Gamble to bear the burden of changing their packaging because according to law makers the Pods do look very appetizing.

Want to know how this whole thing got started? It just might be because New York Senator Chuck Schumer almost ate a Tide Pod once, thinking it was candy.

Emily Zanotti of the Daily Wire reports that he started his crusade against the popular laundry detergent packets in 2012 when he saw one on his aide’s desk.

Chuck Schumer says he almost ate a Tide Pod and so now there is legislation going on for morons.

It is also interesting to note that recently vaccine warning sites have now declared that 16 out of the 27 ingredients in Tide pods are found your child’s vaccine ingredients.

Indicating that while legislation is being levied against Proctor and Gamble in order to make their pods look less appetizing, the same toxic ingredients actually go into a vaccine.

Things like, borax, propylene glycol, diethylene glycol, dimethicone, ethanol are only some of the ingredients I can pronounce.

Now keep in mind they inject kids with this stuff which is worse than ingesting it.

We have all heard about cleanses to detoxify the body but detergent isn’t one of them and you should also beware of special diets that claim to detox your body.

No doubt, you’ve heard of juice cleanses, sugar cleanses, and detox diets they are all well and good, but they are simply tools to get you to avoid certain things and to add certain things to your diet.

Your body is fully capable of detoxifying itself, but only if you give it the necessary nutrients and minerals it needs to boost the immune system.

When people talk about body cleanses or detox diets, they talk about the dangers of “toxins” a lot, but usually in a very non-specific way: Toxins are all around us! Your body is filled with toxins that need to be flushed out!

But what exactly are these toxins?

Toxins are potentially harmful substances we come into contact with every day — pesticides on your produce, pollutants in the air, unpronounceable ingredients in processed food, or heavy metals like mercury and arsenic in the soil, to name just a few.

You’ve probably also heard that foods like gluten, dairy, and refined sugar are “toxic.” For many people, these products should be avoided if you want to have a shot at substantial weight loss—some dairy such as cheese, whipped cream and butter provide necessary fats that the body needs to survive.

If you’re constantly hammering yourself with environmental toxins and skimping on nutrients and proper hydration, your body’s natural detoxification system can be inhibited.

If you form new eating habits that support your body and help you stay healthy, you will start to feel better – and less toxic.

It’s always a good idea talk to your doctor before you make any significant dietary changes, especially if you’re on any medications or have an ongoing medical condition.

I had recent knee infection that caused me some significant pain. I decided that my love for sugar had to go –as I was being very careless about the sugar, gluten, starches I was eating.

Cookies, cakes, pies, croissants for breakfast – were making me sluggish—and all the various businesses that bring food to the office , like Krispy Kreme and Papa John’s Pizza were certainly not good for my body.

Now I am back to eating lean meat, and green vegetables; mostly salads, broccoli and I really am excited to try the new cauliflower simulated mashed potatoes and simulated rice.

Food companies are now once again creating low carb, high protein meals which make it easy to avoid processed sugars. For snacks I indulge in whipped cream and strawberries.

It appears to be working as my doctors have said my blood pressure is lower, and that I am continuing to lose weight.

That is the best detox I can think of — just eating right and taking in added nutrients from supplements.

With every toxic slow kill offering that is out there, I am beginning to steer away from things I know that will put me closer to hospitalization and death.

Call it paranoia or call it common sense – I just want to avoid the slow kill foods and activities in order to cleanse myself of all the horrible things I used to do to my body.