These protein powders may be toxic to your health, study says

Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 5:06 PM

Study Suggests Some Protein Powders May Be Toxic To Your Health

Protein powders are popular additions to smoothies, yogurts and other foods. However, some could be toxic, according to a recent report. 

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Researchers from the Clean Label Project, a nonprofit that focuses on the health and transparency of consumer product labeling, recently conducted a study to determine possible dangers associated with protein powders.

“You diet. You work out. You try to eat healthily. Often this means incorporating a protein powder into your daily routine. But what’s REALLY in the protein powder that so many of us reach for to put in our morning smoothies?” the scientists wrote in a statement. “We wanted to find out for ourselves.”

To do so, they examined 134 of the top selling protein powders from 52 brands, according to Amazon and Nielsen. They then screened them for more than 130 harmful ingredients, including heavy metals, pesticides, an industrial chemical used for plastics called BPA, and other contaminants linked to cancer and additional health conditions.

After analyzing the results, they found that more than 50 percent of the powders had detectable levels of BPA and over 70 percent had detectable levels of metals, including lead and cadmium. While BPA is commonly found in plastic water bottles, lead comes from water pipes and cadmium is an active component in battery acid. 

Furthermore, they discovered the organic powders on average had more than twice the amount of metals than the non-organic ones. And about 75 percent of the plant-based powders tested positive for lead. 

“Contaminants are the result of sourcing and production practices. Contaminants can be found in soils because of pesticides and mining run-off (ex. heavy metals) and can be absorbed into plants just like nutrients,” they said. “They can also be the result of the manufacturing process.”

To combat the issue, the scientists are encouraging buyers to be conscious by scanning food item labels for potentially harmful ingredients. They also compiled a list of the best and worst protein powders based on their findings. Take a look below.

Top 5 protein powders

1. Puori, PW1 Vanilla Pure Whey Protein

2. BioChem, Vanilla 100% Whey Protein

3. BodyFortress, Super Advanced Vanilla 100% Whey Protein

4. Performix, Pro Whey + Sabor Vanilla Protein with Amino Beads

5. Pure Protein, Vanilla Cream 100% Whey

Bottom 5 powders

1. Vega, Sport Plant-Based Vanilla Performance Protein

2. 360Cut, Performance Supplements 360ORI WHEY Chocolate Silk Premium Whey Protein

3. Quest, Chocolate Milkshake Protein Powder

4. Nature’s Best, ISOPURE Creamy Vanilla Zero Carb

5. Garden of Life, Organic Shake & Meal Replacement Chocolate Cacao Raw Organic Meal

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Emergency responders leave dead man on side of road, officials say

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

Man Allegedly Left On Side Of Road To Die By Emergency Responders

Emergency personnel left the lifeless body of a man they were unable to revive on the side of a road, according to reports. 

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Ty Ross took his dogs Jake and Holly for a walk around the Palma Sola Marina Feb. 26 when he suffered a heart attack, according to WWSB

His wife Julie Ross had her phone off while she was working out and when she was able to get to the scene, there was only a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy there, according to WWSB

Emergency personnel, who had been there for about an hour, had already left, leaving Ty Ross’ body half in the street and the other half in the grass. 

His body was in the sun for about three hours before a friend who runs a funeral home arrived to pick up Ross’s body, according to WWSB.

The Manatee County Emergency Medical Services’ policy is that an ambulance will not transport a person who has died, according to WWSB.

County officials told WWSB they are looking to change that policy in light of this incident.

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Cyberattack on City of Atlanta could compromise sensitive information

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 6:50 PM

A skyline view of Atlanta at night. The city has been attacked by hackers who have shut down the city’s computer systems. The attackers are demanding a ransom in exchange for unlocking the system.
A skyline view of Atlanta at night. The city has been attacked by hackers who have shut down the city’s computer systems. The attackers are demanding a ransom in exchange for unlocking the system.(Pixabay)

City of Atlanta officials are struggling to determine how much sensitive information may have been compromised in a Thursday cyber attack.

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They urged employees to check their bank accounts to make sure their financial information had not been accessed and said that anyone who had conducted transactions with the city could be at risk.

“Because we don’t know, I think it would be appropriate for the public just to be vigilant in checking their accounts and making sure their credit agencies have also been notified,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a Thursday press conference.

The city has also received demands that it pay a ransom of an unspecified amount, officials confirmed. But officials had yet to make a determination if it would pay the ransom.

“We can’t speak to that right now,” Bottoms said. “We will be looking for guidance, specifically from our federal partners.”

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The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service had been called on for advice.

For years, the FBI has warned that the use of ransomware — malicious software that threatens to block access to data or to publish it unless the infected organization pays a ransom — is a fast growing criminal enterprise.

Organizations often don’t learn they have been infected until they can’t access their data or until computer messages appear demanding a ransom payment in exchange for a decryption key, according to the FBI’s website.

The messages include instructions on paying the ransom, usually in the form of bitcoins — a crypto currency that allows for anonymous transactions online.

Both Davidson County North Carolina and the Colorado Department of Transportation suffered ransomware attacks last month.

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The city’s Department of Atlanta Information Management at 5:40 a.m. Thursday learned of outages of various internal and customer applications “including some applications customers use to pay bills or access court related information,” said Richard Cox, the city’s interim Chief of Operations.

Cox called it a “ransomware cyber attack.”

The public safety department, water services and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport operated without incident, Cox said.

Cox said the city would offer employees additional resources to help them protect their information in coming days.

Bottoms said that the city’s municipal courts should be open on Friday.

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Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said that her department’s emergency response system had not been affected at all.

Shields said that officers had reverted to writing reports on paper out of an abundance of caution, but that as far as she knew the police departments computer systems were still operational.

Shields insisted that earlier reports attributed to a department memo that warned that payroll might be disrupted were not true.

“We did not put out a memo,” Shields said. “I can’t control what is said. I’m deferring to experts here who said, ‘It won’t be affected.’ And I believe them.”

Bottoms also said that city’s 8,000 employees would be paid on Friday.

“I’ll be signing signing 8,000 checks today if necessary,” Bottoms said.

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Teacher finds meowing cat in student’s backpack

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Meowing Cat Found in Student’s Backpack

One fourth grade student’s backpack was quite literally the cat’s meow.

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Fourth grade teacher Carey Geipel started looking around her classroom after she heard meowing during a planning period March 16 only to discover a student brought a cat to school hidden in a backpack, according to a Facebook post

“We listen to a purse, lunchbox... it must be a cell phone ringing,” she wrote. “Nope. It’s coming from the backpacks. I lift a jacket and a backpack MOVES. I unzip the backpack and a cat’s head POPS out!”

Geipel made a phone call home to the student’s mother, who came and picked up the cat.

“Hello, Student is safe but we have kind of a weird situation,” Geipel wrote, recounting the conversation. “Your student brought a cat to school, on the bus, in her backpack.”

It turns out it is not even their cat, it belongs to their neighbor.

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12-year-old boy missing after getting on wrong school bus

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 5:58 PM

A 12-year-old boy has been missing for two days after getting on the wrong school bus at a metro Atlanta middle school.
A 12-year-old boy has been missing for two days after getting on the wrong school bus at a metro Atlanta middle school.(Pixabay)

A 12-year-old boy disappeared after getting on the wrong school bus on his way home from middle school in metro Atlanta.   

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Anthony Randolph III disappeared Wednesday after boarding the wrong bus at Redan Middle School in DeKlab County, police said.

Investigators said the boy got off the bus two miles away from his home.

He wasn’t supposed to be on that bus and school officials said they are working to figure out why the bus driver didn’t take him back to school.

“We need you home Anthony, fast, please,” the child’s father, Anthony Randolph Jr., said.

Randolph wiped away tears as he begged anyone with information on the disappearance of his son to come forward.

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A search is underway as police continue investigating the boy’s disappearance.

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