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VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE basmati from India, Pakistan, and California. We also tested the number of other grains and found several with lower levels of arsenic, like amaranth, millet, and quinoa. These are great alternatives to rice, and it’s important to vary the grains you eat. What’s the bottom line? Because there are so few regulations when it comes to arsenic in our food, here at Consumer Reports we want to give you the best information you need to make the best food choices for you and your family. For our entire chart on how to limit your exposure to arsenic in rice food and to learn about other grain alternatives, go to consumerreports.org. SK: That is just two of the things that you would not think of as being a problem. But it’s also two things for which there are no standards that are being tested. What makes children susceptible? One is that in an infant, all the tissues in their body are growing. Pretty much everyone knows someone who has gotten cancer. We develop cancers in parts of our body where the cells are rapidly dividing. The cells that line your lungs are always sloughing off. The cells that line your intestines and your stomach are always sloughing off and being replaced. Those are rapidly dividing tissues and so if a mutation produces a cancer cell there, it will really take off. It is rare to hear of anyone getting elbow cancer because the elbow cells are not dividing. In children, it’s everything that is dividing. So, one source of danger for them is that their bodies are comprised entirely of rapidly dividing tissues. They also have an immature blood-brain barrier. In adults, your body establishes the blood-brain barrier, which is a tremendously effective structure that prevents strange chemicals in your circulation from crossing into your central nervous system. In fact, it causes a problem sometimes when someone has brain cancer. It is really hard to get the chemotherapy to work in the brain because the blood-brain barrier stops it. Well, children have an immature blood-brain barrier. Things go right through into their central nervous system. They also have reduced levels of mixed function oxidases in their liver. Those are the enzymes your body uses to wipe out toxins. Adults have more than children do. And children weigh less and this makes them have higher proportional dietary exposures. 52