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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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Knowing This Will Save Your Life

It’s pretty well accepted science that we are supposed to be enjoying a diet high in healthy fats, low in carbohydrates & low in sugars. Researchers have looked at the remains of our earliest ancestors clear on up to the upper paleolithic, 12,000 years ago. It turns out that early humans were extremely high level carnivores. Not only were we high level carnivores throughout all of the data samples, but we were higher level meat eaters than foxes, wolfs & other known meat eaters. In other words, the earliest humans got most of their protein & calories from animals sources. Now does this mean that we’re designed to get our protein from animal source food? You better believe it! We have a much larger small intestine & a much reduced large intestine that helps accommodate what anthropologists & those that study these things refer to as a higher quality diet. When they talk about a high quality diet, they are referring to protein & fat from animal sources.

People have this perverse idea that eating a high fat diet is going to lead to heart disease. Since the 1970’s we’ve been brainwashed to think saturated fat was bad for us. This just isn’t true, the science doesn’t support that. I know a lot of you are having a hard time with these high fat recommendations but we need to look at the peer reviewed science that tells us what is best for human physiology. This is just one of the many studies that are continuing to come out showing that there is no evidence to support the notion that that saturated fat increases heart disease. In fact, the evidence suggests that a lack of saturated fat may be damaging.

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In 2008 a study was published in the New England Journal Of Medicine called, “Weight Loss with a Low Carb Diet, Mediterranean Diet, or a Low Fat Diet. They took 322 moderately obese adults, average age 52 years & put them on one of these three diets.

After 2 years time when you compared the people on the low fat diet vs the low carb diet, those on the low carb diet had a dramatic & significant increased weight loss & their HDL or so called “good cholesterol” went up dramatically. Their triglycerides went down 24 points & LDL went down 3 points. Fasting insulin was far better in the group eating lots of fat, which is to be expected when you cut way back on carbs.

The people on the low fat diet (that doctors will tell you to go on for high triglycerides) went down only 2.8 points & there was no significant change in their LDL.

Having high triglycerides is a sign you are consuming too many carbs. Which if your on a low fat diet you have to fill in those calories somewhere.

I say, “so called good or bad cholesterol” because there is a lot more to it than just HDL, LDL & total cholesterol. I’m still trying to figure it all out, but this is the way cholesterol is treated today. If your total cholesterol is over 200, doctors want to put you on a “statin” drug. We shouldn’t blame doctors, after all, they’re trained in pharmacology not nutrition. Just ask your doctor how much education in nutrition they received. In my opinion doctors should NOT be giving out diet advice.

LDL & total cholesterol are not accurate markers anymore, maybe 10 years ago. For doctors to tell you that you need to cut back on saturated fats & prescribe these cholesterol medications when they don’t even know inflammation levels is kinda ridiculous.

Let me explain, CRP or C-reactive protein is a marker that rises in response to inflammation. Homocycsteine is an amino acid found in our blood & if elevated can contribute to vascular inflammation. This is how you can have a cardiac event like a stroke or heart attack & not even have clogged arteries. Do you see the common theme here? INFLAMMATION!

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If statin drugs didn’t make 29 billion dollars a year annually, we would not be talking about total cholesterol & LDL. We’d be talking about HDL to triglyceride ratio, CT heart scans & carotid artery scans & last but not least inflammation markers like CRP (C-reactive protien), Homocysteine.

Even if you have good or elevated levels of HDL….which was a good marker 10 years ago. It’s not enough, now we need to know if the HDL is functional. Dysfunctional HDL is very complicated but it’s basically the response of white blood cells to bacteria, micronutrient deficiency or other invaders.

We’ve been conditioned to think the lower our cholesterol the better. Cholesterol is the reason for heart disease in most doctors minds. Well the overwhelming & exponentially growing evidence says otherwise…

Some of you might be asking, “so what’s wrong with statin drugs anyway”. Well, the side effects of these drugs are joint pain, muscle aches, memory loss, lethargy, etc. (All things that mimic old age). People think they are just getting older when in reality the drug they are taking to prevent heart disease is the very thing that’s making them age. Statin’s turn off Mitochondrial function. Our Mitochondria are the power plants in our cells, they are the engine in our cells. Statin drugs should be a last resort not the first line of defense!

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Cholesterol is not such a bad thing, it actually works like a healing agent in the body. When you get injured your cholesterol goes up. You need cholesterol for cells to divide, replicate & repair themselves.

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease. It’s an essential component of our cell membraines. Cholesterol is very important to our brain. The brain is 2% of our body weight but it contains 25% of our total cholesterol. When we sleep at night our brain makes more cholesterol, thats part of why sleep is good for us. It’s the limiting factor for the formation of connections between nuerons so we can learn things & remember things. Cholesterol is necessary for the production of all our steroid hormones & those that regulate our blood sugar, mineral metabolism, & all our sex hormones. It’s also necessary for the production of bile acids for digestion.

If you think about it, it really does make sense. 60% of the solid weight of our brains is made from fat. Fat is fundamental as a energy source in human physiology. It’s a fundamental structural component of really every part of our bodies. Healthy cells requires healthy fats, they are constructed with the fats we choose to eat. This is why highly modified, long shelf life types of fats in grocery stores are damaging fats that will destroy the brain.

Don’t worry I’m going to try & bring this all back around. It’s important to do your best to read this again & do a few google searches if you need to. Knowing this information can mean the difference in preventing & even reversing sickness in yourself family & friends.

Everyone of us has something to gain here, the standard American diet that most of us have become accustomed to is a inflammatory one.

One of the main sources of inflammation in our diets is caused by cheap oils/fats that boost omega 6 fatty acids in our bodies. These oils include corn, canola, soy, & vegetable. Omega 6 oils have lots of polyunsaturated bonds. Every unsaturated bond in the oil is easily oxidized. Heat, light & oxygen are what cause the oxidation. So most of these oils are oxidized before you even eat them. When you consume these unhealthy fats your body has no choice but to try & make cell walls out of them. When they are oxidized inside the body they promote free radicals & cause general systemic INFLAMMATION.

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What’s making us all sick is the combination of these inflammatory oils & SUGARS in our diets.

You may think, “I don’t have any issues with this stuff” but I can assure you we are not designed to be eating these chemicals on a daily basis.

There are no biological free rides my friends.

If you ignore this information you will most definitely be put on some kind of cholesterol lowering medication & or some kind of insulin to manage blood sugars that have been out of control for years because of good old,” heart healthy grains”. Macronutrients are proteins, fats, & carbohydrates. The primary macronutrient that seems to trigger insulin in the greatest way are dietary carbohydrates in the form of sugars & starches.

Did anyone notice with this whole low fat thing how diabetes rates have skyrocketed? When you go low fat you have to fill in those calories somewhere. Inevitably you’ll fill them in with more carbohydrates.

Wheat products increase blood sugars more than any other food. Why is this important? It turns out the less insulin we actually need in the course of our lives, the longer we live & the healthier we are. Did you know that 2 slices of whole wheat bread have more of a affect on blood sugar then 2 tablespoons of table sugar. The glycemic index of whole wheat bread is 72. Table sugar is 59-65, there aren’t many foods above 70. Glycemic index refers to how high your blood sugar goes 90 minutes after you consume something. Think about it, if your having cereal or a bagel for breakfast. Then a sandwich for lunch, maybe pasta or more bread for dinner. Your basically spiking blood sugars all day long.

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If you have high blood sugars, you cannot control cardiovascular risk. It might not happen in your 20’s or 30’s but eventually if you do not have control over blood sugar you will have a HEART ATTACK, BYPASS, or need STENTS.

If that wasn’t enough reason to make you stop & think.

Glycation is the process by which mild elevations in blood sugar bind to proteins. When this happens it dramatically increases the production of free radicals which damage everything in site. Glycated proteins or proteins bound to sugar dramatically increase inflammation. For example if you glycate the proteins in the lenses of your eyes, you’ll develop cataracts. If you glycate the tissues of your arteries, you’ll develop hypertension or rigid arteries. If you glycate the proteins & cartilage of knees & maybe hips, over time you’ll develop arthritis.

Another consequence of high blood sugar is low blood sugar. This is where the cycle of hunger kicks in, having to eat every couple of hours. That used to drive me crazy!

The important thing here is to know why your doing what your doing. I hope it starts to click for all of you like it clicked for me. It’s been life changing to say the least. Making the changes that I suggest comes with a great learning curve. I’m confident in all I say because I’ve been through all of this.

Incredible weight loss, relief from acid reflux. Relief from irritable bowel syndrome. Increased energy & deeper sleep. Relief from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis. Dramatically improve cholesterol values. Reduced blood pressures & inflammatory markers. I’m know I left out a lot, but these are all things that you can expect to improve dramatically.

A high fat diet is a way more sustainable energy source. Food cravings will be a thing of the past. No more mood spikes or eating & snacking every couple hours.

All it takes is 1 week to start feeling the changes. Bulletproof coffee is a great way to get these healthy fats into your diet.

My next blog will consist of what I do on a daily basis & should give some clarity on the changes necessary for health & wellness. Feel free to leave questions in the comments.