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The Truth About GMOs

I was planning on starting off this blog by explaining what I do everyday. I think what’s more important right now is for everyone to know what foods they should absolutely be avoiding. I’m sure everyone has heard by now of Monsanto & Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). If not, your in for a shocker.

It baffles me how many people I talk to on a daily basis who still don’t know about GMO’s. Well, I guess I’m not surprised. We have all been fooled by our government.

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What your about to learn should make you sick & angry. I don’t know about all of you but I’m tired of being lied to & taken advantage of. Our food supply has been poisoned right under our noses.

Believe it or not GMO’s have been in our food supply longer than you might think. The first GMO to hit grocery shelves was way back in 1994. Of course they have gotten much nastier over the years. It’s gotten to the point that over 90% of our food supply is all genetically modified. Some of you might be wondering how you’ve never heard of GMO’s before? I’ll explain….

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When the White House instructed the FDA to promote bio-technology, the person in charge of policy at the time happened to be Monsanto’s former attorney Michael Taylor. He lied about the opinions of the scientists working at the FDA. They warned their supervisors repeatedly that GMO’s could create allergies, toxins, new diseases & nutritional problems & that long term tests needed to be done. Instead the policy lied & said, “We’re not aware of any information showing that GMO’s are significantly different. Therefore, no safety studies are needed & no labeling is needed.” Once Taylor implemented this hands-off policy he was appointed Monsanto’s chief lobbyist & vice president. If that isn’t enough to get your blood boiling, get this. Michael Taylor is currently employed as the US food safety czar in the Obama administration. WHAT!?! Doesn’t get much more transparent than that.

So by slipping this stuff into our food supply without any knowledge of it, we find ourselves part of a massive experiment. In any other case there would have been 40,000+ studies done to be sure without a doubt that what is introduced to the public is safe. The exact opposite was done here, this policy was launched on fundamental assumptions that have since been proven wrong.

Once you start researching just a little you’ll find out the number of major food corporations that are opposed to labeling our foods & have donated thousands of dollars to fight California’s Prop 37 in November 2012 & Washington State’s I-522 measure in November 2013.

What could be so bad that they would spend thousands of dollars to not have to tell us if what we are buying has been genetically modified? Same reason why Monsanto has tried to hide it’s own animal safety studies. A lawsuit forced Monsanto to release their files & now we know the truth.

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There is good reason why GMO’s have been banned all over the world & no good explanation why the US hasn’t yet. In addition to the health dangers, independent studies also show that GMO’s don’t increase yields, don’t solve world hunger & massively increase herbicide use! In fact, there are now round-up resistant weeds. Farm experts say that such efforts could lead to higher food prices, lower crop yields, rising farm costs and more pollution of land and water.

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What few animal feeding studies we do have are pretty scary. There is so much evidence of harm in these animals that even the American Academy of Environmental Medicine recommended that every doctor should be prescribing a NON-GMO diet & the government should withdraw them immediately. These warnings have been ignored & United States is now the number one per capita consumer of corn in the world. In the US, corn is one of the top four most heavily subsidized food crops, so farmers have every reason to plant plenty of it. This is a perfect example of big business & big government merging. Talk about shitting where you eat huh!?!

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There are 2 major categories of GMO’s in use today. You have those that are designed to not die when sprayed with herbicide or round-up ready. There is already round-up ready corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets & alfalfa. They are all drenched in round-up & some is even stored in the food portion of these crops. So with every bite you are getting a dose Monsanto’s herbicide.

Then you have those that are designed to produce their own toxic insecticide known as Bt toxin (a pesticide that is designed to kill bugs by making their stomachs explode), sounds pleasant huh? They take this bt toxin gene that is naturally occurring in soil bacteria & they force it into the DNA of corn. Of which, is then consumed by you. So now the plants become registered pesticides, the plants do the killing.

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The biotech industry & the Environmental Protection Agency swore that the bt toxin was safe & would only interact with certain insects & not with humans or mammals. This was overturned in the Journal of Applied Toxicology in 2012. They took the bt toxin out of a corn plant that was genetically engineered, then applied it to human cells & it poked small holes in the human cells, causing leakage. So the same mechanism that kills insects was poking holes in human cells.

The EPA & biotech industry have also said, “don’t worry about the bt toxin because it’s destroyed completely in the stomach, in the digestive process where it’s completely broken down.”

This was overturned in 2011 at the Sherbrooke University Hospital. Doctors were able to identify the presence of pesticides associated with genetically modified foods in maternal, fetal and non-pregnant women’s blood. They also found the presence of Monsanto’s bt toxin. They found that bt toxin was in 93% of the pregnant woman & about two thirds of the non-pregnant woman. They found the toxin in the cord blood, it was in the fetuses!!! This might explain the rise in autism among many other developmental issues.

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One of the only human feeding studies ever done on GMO’s found that genes can transfer from a genetically modified crop into DNA of gut bacteria & might continue to function once there.

This might explain why 93% of the pregnant woman tested had the bt toxin in their blood. It is also suspected that maybe it was from eating the animals that are fed this bt corn.

To make matters worse, not only do we have this bt toxin that pokes holes in human cells. We have these round-up ready crops that are produced by Monsanto in seed form. Round-up’s active ingredient is called Glyphosate. Glyphosate is a broad spectrum antibiotic that just so happens to kills our beneficial gut bacteria. You should all be familiar with what happens when you don’t have enough of the good bacteria. This is what leads to inflammation & opening of the tight junctions in our intestines. Which then leads to intestinal permiability (leaky gut) & starts the whole cascade process which leads to autoimmunity & I could on & on. I explain this process in detail in The Human Genome blog.

So this is one way our digestive capacity is reduced by GMO’s. The other way it affects us is by reducing digestive enzymes. One of the handfuls of studies done shows mice that were fed genetically modified soybeans for 8 months had damage to their testicles cells, their pancreatic cells & liver cells.

This is one of those studies I was talking about earlier that Monsanto was trying to hide. There were a number of digestive enzymes impacted by these GMO soybeans. This means that if we are not able to digest our meats & proteins all the way because of a reduction in enzymes. We can’t get the building blocks absorbed to rebuild our own muscles & bones, etc.

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We’ve talked about digestive problems & we’ve talked about immune system problems. There are a couple more issues with round-up or glyphosate. One is it’s an endocrine disruptor, this is your hormones. They find that animals that were fed round-up ready crops, females had more testosterone & males had more estrogen. It was feminizing the males & virilizing the females. This could explain the increasing problems in the US with hormone imbalances that lead to arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, PCOS, anxiety attacks, & weight loss…You can forget about loosing weight when your hormones are all out of wack.

The last aspect I want to cover is this, glyphosate was originally patented as a broad-spectrum chelator. Meaning that it binds to trace minerals making them unavailable for digestion & assimilation. Trace minerals are like keys in locks to certain metabolic pathways. Many diseases can be traced back to nutrient deficiencies. So you see how this is starting to add up? So even by taking your vitamins & minerals, if your eating GMO foods you are affecting your ability to use them.

There are a total of 9 GMO foods on the market now, I’ve already talked about corn, soy, cottonseed, canola, sugar from sugar beets. Then you have alfalfa which is related to animal feed, little zucchini, little crookneck squash & papaya. There is also what they call recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). You have probably seen this on dairy products from time to time, rBGH is a GMO growth hormone given to cows to increase milk production. Sounds healthy huh?

I can’t stress enough how important it is to take this seriously. At this point, our food supply is heavily contaminated with genetically modified food’s & there’s just not enough studies to prove that these foods are safe for human consumption. The evidence for how toxic this stuff really is grows each day.

The number one excuse I hear from people when talking about changing their diet is, “it’s too expensive”. It’s really not, when I decided to make the switch I had those same misconceptions. It’s been proven that this can be done on a budget & there are tons of resources online to help with that. Think about it like this, spend a little more now on REAL quality foods that are going to make you loose weight, feel younger & have better sex! Or spend a lot later for all the prescriptions your going to need if you continue to eat this poison. After all it’s an investment in you & your families health & quality of life.

We are so lucky to live in a time with the ability to connect with each other like we do. We need to use it to our advantage. The thing that gets me most excited about all this is the potential each & everyone of you have. We are all in this together, all it takes is one week to start getting results & feel amazing. Most of us have no idea how good we are designed to feel everyday.

Use this information to help you, your family & friends. I guarantee everyone of you knows somebody who could use this. The diseases that so many end up with are not developed in our 40’s & 50’s, they actually start in our 20’s & 30’s.

I apologize for how long it’s taken for this blog to go up. My intentions were to try & post something at least twice a month. This one was supposed to go out a couple weeks ago but got erased due to a computer update. Anyway, going to do my best to get these out more regularly. Feel free to leave questions in the comments & check out the link below for excellent food options.

 

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The Human Genome Project

Where do I begin…. The Human Genome Project started in 1990 with the goal of sequencing & identifying the Human Genome. On April 14, 2003 the successful completion of the HGP was announced. What does this mean for us? Well it’s pretty amazing actually, it’s like having a complete set of blueprints to the human body. The culmination of work done by Scientists & Doctors to date is pretty amazing.

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This picture represents the complete set of human DNA in book form……The Human Genome.

We are in the midst of an epidemic of autoimmune diseases. Asthma, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ms, celiac disease, etc. These disease’s have only taken shape in the last 40-50 years. This amount of time is too short to blame on genetic changes. It takes centuries for genes to change not decades. We are changing our environment so fast that we cannot adapt & we are paying the price.

The completion of the HGP opened up countless avenues for study. Epigenetics for example, is the study of how our environment impacts & changes the expression of our genes. When I say environment I mean the food we eat, the air we breath, the chemicals we elect to use. Radiation maybe from the Fukushima disaster. The introduction of antibiotics coincides with the development of this epidemic of autoimmune diseases. Antibiotics are like a bomb that gets dropped on this village of bacteria. They kill both the good & bad colonies of bacteria.

Let me try to break this down as simple as I can. We know now that there are around twelve hundred different microorganisms that live in our gut at any given time. This is what they call the Microbiome & is thought to consist of 8,000,000 genes. The Human Genome is the full set of genetic blueprints that each baby inherits from it’s parents & consists of only about 20,000 genes.

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Those genes….the microbiome & our genes….the human genome are compatible & because they lived in piece with our mothers they will live in piece with us.

If we were lucky & born through natural delivery we inherit this wealth of bacteria from our mothers. This gut bacteria or gut flora is predominantly good bacteria. There is some bad bacteria but with out both we could not survive. The good is there to keep the bad in check in a sense. Unfortunately in this modern world we have an array of immune insults that if we aren’t careful can lead to a deficit in good bacteria. If your gut flora is abnormal the immune system cannot function well & we develop inflammation.

On the other hand, if you were born through c-section….both good & bad bacteria that was never supposed to be there can come in & affect us from birth. We know now this increases chances for autoimmunity by 3-4 times. Kinda scary huh?

Physiologists have known for decades that 90% of our immune systems are in our guts. The digestive system is the biggest & most important immune organ in the body. The environment we are exposed to impacts directly the composition of our gut bacteria. The food we choose on a daily basis has a dramatic impact on the development & maintenance of our gut health. It’s pretty safe to say we need to be very careful what we expose ourselves to because it has a direct impact on how we develop & age.

Every cell in our body is made up of the food we eat. Instead of thinking about food as carbs, fats, proteins, sugars, or calories. We should think of it like information. The food we eat talks to our genes & it can either be inflammatory or health provoking. It can sustain & maintain excellent health over a life time.

We know that just because you may be genetically skewed to develop cancer, celiac disease, or any other problem doesn’t mean you will. Thanks to the work done by cutting edge Doctors we now know there are three factors in the development of any autoimmune disease.

  1. A Genetic vulnerability to a particular condition (the genetic deck of cards you were dealt, you can’t change).
  2. An Environmental Trigger (the straw that broke the camels back). There are an array of tests becoming available that can identify these vulnerabilities.
  3. Intestinal Permiability (leaky gut). This is the one thing everyone of us can change & with only two components you don’t have the recipe for autoimmunity.

We need to heal & seal our gut lining so food has the chance to be digested properly before it absorbs into our blood stream. Once this is accomplished autoimmunity scales down & the immune system can rebalance itself & pull in all the soldiers that are fighting the battle.

Mainstream medicine continues to be driven by pharmaceuticals it seems & most Doctors aren’t going back to school to study postdoctoral. This is a very exciting time as far as technology & access to information. Share this information with as many people as you know. It really is amazing even with all this information how slow things spread. The next few blogs will help to bring all this around.