By Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© October 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


Rice, particularly brown rice, is one of the earthÕs finest foods.  It has been grown on earth for at least several thousand years, and probably much longer.  However, today I cannot recommend any rice at all because medical reports indicate that it has ALL been poisoned with arsenic.  This applies to all varieties of rice, including wild rice, and even sprouted rice.


Why has this occurred?  Rice seems to have an affinity for arsenic.  This means that rice tends to absorb more arsenic than some other plants.  Beyond this, I do not know exactly why this has occurred, as arsenic is not commonly applied to rice plants.  However, several scientific sources have reported the problem, especially in rice grown in China.  It seems to affect all rice, however.


Does this affect organically grown rice?  The unfortunate answer is yes.  Please avoid this product as well, at least for now.


What are the symptoms of arsenic poisoning from eating rice?  It is a mild arsenic toxicity.  You may not notice many symptoms.  However, symptoms can include fatigue, malaise, digestive upset or other rather vague symptoms.  Arsenic toxicity will also delay or even stop mental development that is discussed in other articles on this website.

For more details about arsenic toxicity, please read Arsenic on this website.


Can one taste or smell the arsenic-contaminated rice?  NO.  One of the problems with arsenic poisoning is that arsenic is tasteless and odorless.  So most people cannot tell if their rice is toxic.  Unfortunately, most all rice is contaminated at this time.


Can one wash off the arsenic by soaking the rice, or doing anything else to the rice?  No, not that I am aware of.  The arsenic is taken up by the rice plant and is inside the grain.  White rice as well as brown rice are contaminated.


Can I eat rice once a week?  That is better than eating it daily, as millions of people do around the world.  However, I suggest avoiding it completely until the problem is fixed.


What can I do if I have been eating a lot of rice for years?  The only way that I know of to remove arsenic deeply from the body is with a complete nutritional balancing program.  This will remove arsenic in all cases, so far.  It can take a year or more, however, so patience is necessary.



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