Thursday, July 06, 2006

It's like crack, but worse.

My brother's health teacher reported to his class that distributors of Coca-Cola have been using the syrup to degrease their engines for about 20 years. Police also carry gallons of Coke in their cars. And why would they do this? Because water won't dissolve blood on the ground left from an accident scene, but Coca-Cola will. After hearing this, I was inspired to find out what other practical things this classic soda could be used for.
According to the Health Resource Group:

*To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous China.

*To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

*To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

*To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

*To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains.

*It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

However, consuming this vile liquid is NOT recommended for the following reasons:

*The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a finger nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.

The following Myths are presented on the Coca Cola website as facts. Below we have listed the REAL health facts.

Myth: Aspartame is a safe low-calorie sweetener, approved by more than 90 nations and scores of health organizations, that has never been linked to any health risks.
Fact: Many people have severe reactions to Aspartame.

Myth: The sugar in soft drinks does not cause children to be hyperactive.
Fact: Soft drink companies frequently sell their products with an implied guarantee that it will give you a boost of energy and vitality. Sugar in various forms can create a short energy boost, just before you crash down and need another fix. One beverage producer creates beverages that are specifically marketed to offer different energy curves based on different sweeteners used. ***FURTHERMORE, I have personally witnessed children in various elementary school districts who were classified 504 as having Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, which can include hyperactivity, an inability to focus, disorganization, etc. Yet when a number of these children were put on Organic, sugar free diet (but still including natural fruits and dark chocolate), their ADD/ADHD dropped a noticeable amount.

Myth: Sugar consumption has not been shown to cause obesity. Obesity is caused by too many calories and not enough physical activity - not fructose, sucrose, soft drinks or any single food.
Fact: Soft drinks contain sugar. Sugar contains calories. After a short burst of energy, sugar consumption typically results in lethargy. Calories and lethargy contribute to obesity. Many people will admit that sugar gives them a short burst of energy and then causes them to be lethargic and less likely to be active. People focusing on single food addictions end up having health problems.

And in 2000, William C. Wardlaw III, the grandson of one of the first investors in Coke stock, protested the company, demanding that they stop using Genetically Engineered ingredients, or at the very least, label the cans so that people know what they are consuming.

In summation, you can avoid these health risks by NOT DRINKING COCA COLA. and for that matter, keep it far away from all other living things too.

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