Cancer and a Heavy Liver

What BHA & BHT can do for you

LIVE FAST AND LEAVE A PRETTY CORPSE...?

Business practices in America have grown increasingly morally bankrupt. We've finally reached the point where DEATH is acceptable in exchange for your meat, butter, cereal and even chewing gum lasting FAR longer than I'm comfortable leaving food uneaten, anyhow. That's right ladies and gents, I'm talking about Butylated Hydroxyanisole and its partner in crime, Butylated Hyroxytoluene. For laymen and those disinterested in being overly verbose: BHA and BHT respectively.

THE MAHARAJAH OF MORTALITY: BIG, BAD BHA

BHA, upon its introduction to the food world, went under heavy scrutiny...but was somehow swept under the colloquial rug. ALLLLLLL the way back in 1978, extensive testing was done on multiple sample groups of mice. In every case, BHA produced cancer or pre-cancerous tendencies in cells. Why is it after the TONS of testing done, BHA still slips beneath the fingers of the nigh-omnipotent FDA? Might it have something to do with those fine gentlemen we call lobbyists and those wonderful congressional kickbacks? Truly I'm no political expert, but I seem to see a trend in sacrificing the lives of sweet, innocent, hungry people in our once-moral nation for the sake of Machiavellian business practices.

I'VE ALWAYS WANTED A BOWLING BALL FOR A LIVER

That's right, gathered business associates, for the simple price of fatty liver or chirrosis, you too can have food that'll last longer than you need it to. Live it up. Following testing that was nearly as grueling as that of BHA, BHT was identified as causing serious problems in the waste dispertion function of the liver as well as other issues in blood filtering. Although these problems were repairable to some degree, the damage done to the liver was extremely volatile in most test subjects.

NOW THAT I'VE GOT YOUR ATTENTION, LET'S WEIGH THE ECONOMICS IN ALL THIS...

Considering your position as a well-established business, I am aware that your profit margins are a VERY touchy subject. I also know that using these additives may vastly improve them on the surface. However, I would like to use the chess-player's technique of always thinking three moves ahead. Here's a logical procession of events for you:

  1. You insert BHA and/or BHT into your fantastic product to give it that nice, long shelf life.
  2. Consumers love your product, and now they can love it for much longer.
  3. Little reports of cancer pop up here and there, some supposedly linked to your product.
  4. Oh, no! A significant fractional portion of the population that eats your product starts eating into your profit, when they drag you to court over the cancer-linked deaths of their loved ones. Good luck with those $200-$400 an hour legal fees.
  5. Your "profit" is now devoted to assiting in taking down that national cancer treatment cost. (Pssst...it's estimated to be nearly 160 BILLION by 2020)


So, as you can see, your profits aren't profits when you play with BHA and BHT.