Monthly Archives: January 2019

Powerful personal story on domestic abuse and mental illness

This is a powerful new story told by the daughter of a women who suffered from domestic abuse, attempted suicide and incarceration in a mental institution. This book was written from the perspective of the mother and takes us through her emotional lifetime of trauma. I edited it and was totally engulfed in the tragedy and surprised at the ending. It is worth reading if you or anyone you know has been involved in the fear and sadness of a domestic situation or who has faced suicide or mental illness. I learned a lot and am much more empathetic for those who undergo this mental dysfunction. It will be out in February 2019.

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The Shattered Oak by Sherry Genga

A once vibrant oak tree in her yard began dying, voicing cries of help through its dead leaves and moss-covered branches. Inside the house Barbara too was in crisis, the recipient of her husband’s anger and rage. As time passes Barbara can no longer stay strong. While she deals with her own demons, the oak too weakens. Based on a true story, this woman takes us inside her emotionally charged existence, letting us feel the anguish of domestic abuse, divorce, attempted suicides, and incarceration in a mental institution. A savior finally unravels the mystery surrounding her dysfunctional mental state and leads her on the path to recovery. This book is a must-read for anyone going through domestic abuse or depression, or family members who are trying to make sense out of the situation.

This is an excellent book. We, as physicians, must always question that the obvious answer may not be correct. Medicine is a career of learning, unlearning, and learning anew as new diseases and cures are discovered. We should never avoid questioning a diagnosis or treatment as was well demonstrated by this book. –Mark Tuttle, MD

GMOs hidden in new labeling law

The USDA has released its final GMO labeling rule. The so-called GMO labeling law will apply only to a narrow set of foods. Congress and the USDA have offered a number of loopholes and exemptions to food companies, undermining any semblance of a consumer’s right to know.The agency has decided to use the term “bioengineered”—a term many Americans may not be familiar with—rather than GMO. Many Americans know the term “GMO” and can connect it to the labeling debate—so the government decides to use a different term that sounds more innocuous.

The rule establishes a threshold for the “inadvertent or technically unavoidable” presence of GMO material of up to five percent; foods that meet this criteria will not have to be labeled as bioengineered. An ingredient in a food can have up to 5% of its weight be GMO if it is “unavoidable” or “inadvertent” and not have to identify that there is GMO material in the food. So-called “highly-refined foods” made from GMO crops—such as sugar from GMO sugarbeets or high fructose corn syrup from GMO corn—will not require a label. The USDA has altered the symbol that may be used by companies to communicate the presence of GMOs. and says “bioengineered” rather than GMO and depicts a field and a sun, which is intentionally deceptive giving the impression it is healthy.

If you think that your state can pass a stronger labeling law, think again. The law passed by Congress prevents states from instituting labeling laws that differ with the federal law. And to make matters worse no one needs to tell you whether the feed that is given to animals we eat has been poisoned with Roundup needed to preserve these GMO strains. So what are you eating for dinner?

excerpted from http://www.anh-usa.org/usda-makes-gmos-disappear/

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