Our “healthy” elderberry syrup contains heavy metals – really – just like most things that are not “healthy”.

Do you think “healthy” or “well” or “organic” labels on your food equate to extra special goodness? Sometimes it does and sometimes it does not.  Science can help you answer questions regarding the safety of food items within your home if you ever suspect a problem.

I was given a bottle of elderberry syrup, it came in a clear glass jar with a metal lid.  It had one label: a large oval label on the front.  The label looked like something someone printed from a home computer and the manufacturer information was not on the label so there was no way to tell who made the product, what the expiration date was or where it came from.  The label gave the user the impression of health.  Wellness words like “prevent cold/flu, well, purified …” were all over the label.  The label instructed users to consume one tablespoon every few hours at the onset of the cold or flu or one tablespoon a day to prevent the cold or flu.

A few weeks ago I sent a sample of this elderberry syrup to a food testing lab.  When the lab results for the elderberry syrup arrived, the findings surprised me.  The elderberry syrup contained small levels of mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium.

Pollution and natural occurrences of elements are our reality and several of the foods we consume contain heavy metals, but I find it extremely irresponsible to market something as healthy when the product contains heavy metals.  If a manufacturer makes a food product then it is his or her responsibility to get the food tested.  If the food tests positive for heavy metals (even if the levels are within the range deemed acceptable by the FDA) then it is not appropriate to market the food item as something special in terms of promoting health.

Beware of “healthy” foods in your home.  Know that if you have concerns about food items, food testing labs can provide you with details of what is in the sample and then organizations like the FDA can provide you with details on what levels are acceptable.

Really? In a cornfield? Come on! [huge huge huge huge eye roll here]

Public ridicule isn’t my thing, primarily because I have to live with myself and I myself have so many flaws that their summation exceeds all numerical values currently defined and undefined combined.  So my rant will be targeting an anonymous entity.

My trip to a spooky cornfield this year did not disappoint.  Sneaking around in the dark with actors trying to scare the holy $$@% out of me is horrifyingly delightful.  It is a seriously fun event and my friends and I always meet new people – you would be surprised how chummy strangers get when they are all terrified 🙂

However, the legal jargon I encountered upon entering the farm this year was a bit of a surprise.  I was expecting the normal warnings regarding health and safety but this place went a step further and posted the most ridiculous message I’ve ever seen, I’ve included a photo so you can see it for yourself:


Really? “…with any/all media without compensation throughout the world” and “You hereby waive, release and forever discharge…”  I can’t believe an actual human wrote and posted this.  Seriously? And how clever to post it for only those who have actually shown up with friends and children so it is too late to back out as to not disappoint the other members of one’s party.

When I visited their web site to get the address prior to departure, you would think such a serious statement regarding FOREVER and THE WORLD would be posted on their web site but I found no such thing.  Instead, under the FAQ section I found several statements regarding the fact that photos and recordings are not allowed.  Say whaaaa?

I am saddened to see that a simple and fun evening, out under the stars, running around in a cornfield with a bunch of nice strangers has turned into a social media reality gorge fest.


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