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Pesticides bad even if not GMO

The new GMO labeling law (scanning the barcode on foods) will tell you what foods are GMO. But they don’t mean that they are organic! When you look for non-GMO foods you might think you are safe. But, even if the food is not GMO it may contain the same pesticides used on GMO foods such as the glyphosphate. If you want to be absolutely sure these carcinogenic compounds don’t end up in your body we suggest only buying products that contain the USDA Organic label. This means not only are they GMO free but weren’t grown with pesticides.

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Confusing GMO labeling law

So.. the new law just passed in Congress lets you know if a product is GMO or not… or does it? Only if you have a phone with an app that lets you read barcodes. And they leave it up to the companies to determine what they say about that so who knows what the truth will be.

For the rest of us who don’t go around scanning supermarket shelf items, you can buy organic. Most health food products gladly announce GMO free and by definition, certified organic means – no pesticides. The Non GMO Project also encourages manufactures to submit their products for review so they can proudly display this label on their foods.

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If you aren’t up to snuff on why you should go GMO free – search what glyphosate (the pesticide used on GMO crops to kill weeds) does to you. Also check out the blog https://gmoupdates.wordpress.com for the latest info. You don’t want to be surprised by getting sick and wondering why all those good looking ears of corn, potatoes, apples, sugar cane, winter squash, papaya, soy, aspartame, canola oil and dairy from cows fed GMO feed could have wrecked your immune response.

Ten Days to a Longer Life workshop coming soon.

happyseniorEDITWe are finished creating our online workshop Ten Days to a Longer Life. We now need to create the videos for your viewing. Just to give you and idea of the subject matter: Modules on 1.Why we Age 2. Mind over Body 3. Longevity Foods 4. Foods that Derail Longevity. 5. Digestion. 6. Food Intolerance.  7. Basic Longevity Supplements. 8. Joint Problems & Arthritis 9. Stress and Sleep. and several bonus modules including Gluten-free Recipes and an intro module where we tell you our stories and how we treated our symptoms naturally.

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-Nina Anderson, C.N.L.P., S.P.N., author of 18 books on natural health                     -Suzel Cable, Certified Nutrition Coach

 

 

Can GMO food make us antibiotic resistant?

gmoGenetic engineering (GE) is the modification of an organism’s genetic composition by artificial means, often involving the transfer of specific traits, or genes, from one organism into a plant or animal of an entirely different species. When gene transfer occurs, the resulting organism is called transgenic or a GMO (genetically modified organism). Critics of genetic engineering believe that GE foods must be proven safe before they are sold to the public. Specific concerns over genetic engineering include:

Antibiotic resistance. Almost all GE foods contain antibiotic resistance marker genes that help producers know whether the new genetic material was transferred to the host plant or animal. GE food could make disease-causing bacteria even more resistant to antibiotics, which could increase the spread of disease throughout the world.

Allergic reactions. There are two concerns regarding allergic reactions. The first is with known allergens. For example, if genes from nuts are inserted into other foods, it could cause severe reactions in people with nut allergies. Therefore, there is concern that people with known allergies will not be aware that the genetically engineered food they are eating contains substances to which they are allergic. The second concern is that new allergies might be created, since new combinations of genes and traits have the potential to cause allergic reactions that have never existed before.

Loss of nutrition. Genetic engineering may change the nutritional value of food.

Foods that have been approved for GMO by the FDA but not necessarily in the grocery store yet are starred (*):  Alfalfa, Cherry Tomato*, Corn, Flax*, Papaya, Potato*, Rice*, Soybean, Squash, Sugar beet, Tomato*

More info: http://www.sustainabletable.org/264/genetic-engineering

Gluten sensitivity linked to GMO

cornThe Institute for Responsible Technology recently released a report proposing a link between genetically modified foods and gluten-related disorders. In the report, a team of experts suggests that GM foods may be an important environmental trigger for gluten sensitivity, which is estimated to affect as many as 18 million Americans.

There are 9 GMO food crops currently being grown for commercial use: soy, corn, cotton oil, canola oil, sugar from sugar beets, zucchini, yellow squash, Hawaiian papaya and alfalfa. The report focus’ on corn primarily as this crop is engineered to withstand an insecticide called Bt-toxin which is designed to puncture holes in insect cells. But, studies show it does the same in human cells linking it to leaky-gut which physicians consistently see in gluten-sensitivity patients. Therefore, to be safe eat only certified organic varieties of these foods.

For a full report visit www.glutenandgmos.com

-excerpted from Industry News column of Vitamin Retailer magazine Jan. 2014.

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Study confirms GMO can be toxic

The Seralini two-year study, remarkably the most detailed long-term study ever published concerning GMO health impacts, went through rigorous peer-review and was publicly available for over a year in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology. It revealed that consumption of GMO corn sprayed with RoundupTM showed liver and kidney organ damage, higher female morbidity rates (with females dying two to three times more than controls in all rat groups) and additionally, cancer tumors starting in the fourth month of the study. In treated males, the liver and kidneys were the most commonly impacted organs, and deaths were mostly due to liver and kidney disease.

 

Please, if you care about your health don’t buy GMO grown food or meat from animals fed GMO feed. Industry reports and studies will say there are no toxic effects, but if you research this you will find differently, including the destruction of bees – no bees – no food for humans!!

-reprinted from http://www.tricornernews.com/node/33724  Risky Business of GMO studies.

Corn in pet food not good!

DSC_0058Pet Foods with Plant-Derived Proteins May Contain More Harmful Toxins Than Pet Foods with Traditional Fish and Meat Proteins.’

We’ve been warning about GMO contaminated foods and this is a warning about pet foods. Although they don’t mention GMO, most of the corn (and wheat is suspect too) used in non-organic pet foods is GMO and this is an example of what can happen.

 

 The potential for an increase in deadly aflatoxins in pet food made with corn-based ingredients. The increased risk is due to extreme drought conditions in the U.S. Midwest. Aflatoxins are naturally-occurring mycotoxins produced by the Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus paraciticus species of fungi that grow on certain crops. Aflatoxins are highly carcinogenic. They poison the liver and promote tumor development. According to PetfoodIndustry.com: “Pet foods with plant-derived proteins may also contain more harmful toxins than pet foods with traditional fish and meat proteins, according to new research from the University of Guelph.” Animal and poultry science professor Trevor Smith at Guelph in Canada who has spent over three decades researching mycotoxins: “Although we have no exact numbers, we can estimate that when half of the food is of vegetable origin, there will almost always be some degree of contamination. If the food is mainly of animal origins, the chances of contamination are greatly reduced.” He counsels pet owners to minimize the risk by avoiding inexpensive pet foods containing vegetable cereals, corn or wheat fillers, and especially rice bran.

 

Aflatoxins frequently contaminate agricultural crops before they are harvested. Conditions that promote pre-harvest contamination include high temperatures, prolonged periods of drought, and insect activity. Aflatoxins can also be a problem after harvesting if the crop stays wet for too long. And they can grow on stored crops if the moisture level is too high and mold develops.The three plants with the highest rate of aflatoxin contamination are corn, peanuts and cottonseed. Processed foods containing corn can also carry a risk of aflatoxin adulteration. Infected corn and cottonseed meal fed to dairy cows has resulted in aflatoxin contamination of milk and other dairy products including cheese and yogurt.

 

Aflatoxicosis is chiefly a disease of the liver, causing GI symptoms, reproductive issues, anemia and jaundice. Certain types of aflatoxins are linked to cancer in animals. If your dog or cat ingests food contaminated with aflatoxins, you can anticipate one or more of these symptoms: severe, persistent vomiting; bloody diarrhea; lack of appetite; fever; sluggishness; discolored urine; jaundice, especially around the whites of the eyes, gums and belly. If you think your pet has eaten potentially contaminated food, even if he’s showing no symptoms of illness, get him to your veterinarian or an emergency vet clinic as soon as possible. And bring the food with you. Also talk with your holistic vet about natural liver detox agents like milk thistle, SAMe, and chlorophyll.

You can read more about pet health in our book “Super Nutrition for Dogs n’ Cats”  from Amazon.com

 -Reprinted from Health Pets by Dr. Karen Becker… www.Mercola.com

 

 

Genetic mods to our bodies?

gmoThe battle over GMO labeling goes on with the EPA proposing to RAISE the allowed residue limits of glyphosate in food and feed crops! (As reported by GM Watch)  We have mentioned several bad things that can happen to our bodies from ingesting the herbicide Roundup and from the results of eating animals fed GMO corn. This is the latest warning because now they are targeting wheat! This one outlines how the quest to turn off specific genes in a plant can also turn off genes in our bodies. I doubt that’s a good thing…

  • While Monsanto insists that Roundup is safe and “minimally toxic” to humans, new research argues that glyphosate residues on and in food enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and environmental toxins to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease

  • Glyphosate inhibits enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of organic substances, which, according to the researchers, is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals

  • The currently accepted dogma is that glyphosate is not harmful to humans because the shikimate pathway is absent in all animals. However, this pathway is present in both human and mammal’s gut bacteria, which play a massively important and heretofore largely overlooked role in human physiology

  • Rather than using in vitro DNA modification, a new breed of genetically engineered wheat is designed to produce double-strand RNA, by which the plant can silence specific genes. Research has shown that molecules created in the plant, intended to silence wheat genes to change its carbohydrate content, can match a large number of human genes and potentially turn them off as well

  • Former US Navy staff scientist Dr. Nancy Swanson did studies:

    “Prevalence and incidence data show correlations between diseases of the organs and the increase in Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the food supply, along with the increase in glyphosate-based herbicide applications. More and more studies have revealed carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting effects of Roundup at lower doses than those authorized for residues found in Genetically Modified Organisms.”

    “The endocrine disrupting properties of glyphosate can lead to reproductive problems: infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and sexual development. Fetuses, infants and children are especially susceptible because they are continually experiencing growth and hormonal changes. For optimal growth and development, it is crucial that their hormonal system is functioning properly.

    The endocrine disrupting properties also lead to neurological disorders (learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder). Those most susceptible are children and the elderly.” 

Make sure you look for GMO free labels or since there is no law, you may have to ask the manufacturer of corn, soy, wheat if any of their ingredients are GMO.

The JIVA products on our blog links are non GMO.

For more info: http://bit.ly/102BRtQ

8 ways sugar is killing you.

coneDr. Nancy Appleton, author of Suicide by Sugar, actually lists 146 reasons why sugar is ruining your health. We’ll look at eight for now.

 

(1) Sugar is a cancer cell’s favorite food. Even without having cancer, we all have a few cancer cells floating around.

When an acidic internal environment discourages normal cellular glucose metabolism with oxygen, those oxygen starved cells begin thriving by fermenting glucose and demanding more that our culture readily provides. Why encourage them?

(2) Candida yeast cells also exist in small amounts with everyone. When they overwhelm our friendly probiotic bacteria, we have Candida yeast overgrowth, which enables this fungus to infiltrate the body with all sorts of health problems.

Diets for discouraging and helping eliminate Candida promote complete abstinence from all forms of sugar until the overgrowth recedes. High sugar intake encourages Candida, which many say is cancer’s favorite habitat.

(3) Processed sugar and fructose are stripped of all mineral content and wind up leeching minerals from our bodies, including our teeth. They also inhibit mineral absorption, including magnesium. Magnesium is a commonly deficient and vitally important for over 300 metabolic processes.

(4) GMO corn is used to manufacture High Fructose Corn Syrup, and this process creates a mercury byproduct. GMO beets are used more now for creating sucrose (table sugar). Pure unprocessed sugar cane does contain nutrients, while processing involves nasty chemicals that can come along.

(5) Sugar is addictive. It stimulates central nervous system neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, giving you a pleasant buzz to crave more and promote overeating dead processed foods.

(6) Sugar creates glucose spikes that force the pancreas to produce insulin more often and beyond it’s normal capacity. This wears the pancreas down, limiting insulin production that leads to diabetes. Type II diabetes is insulin resistance, which is preceded by metabolic syndrome at least partly attributable to high sugar intake.

(7) A depleted pancreas can’t provide sufficient proteolytic enzymes to bust open cancer cell walls and render them defenseless from the immune system’s killer cells.

(8) Many nutritional experts attribute the rise of obesity and cardiac problems to higher refined carbohydrate and sugar consumption. And the condensed fructose in HFCS is absorbed first by the liver, which cannot metabolize it all and has to store accumulated fructose as fat creating fatty liver.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/039609_sugar_death_risk_lifespan.html#ixzz2OwPIL2l

Pretty scary about new engineered salmon

fishA company is trying to railroad through the FDS, Genetically engineered farmed salmon. And they are using an eel type fish DNA to change things. All this will end up in your body when you eat them and since there are no labeling laws, you won’t have a clue as to which are Frankenfish and which are not.

These fish are more carcinogenic, more allergenic, less nutritious, mess up your intestinal flora and can devastate wild salmon if they get out of their holding pens.

Read about the hazards and the company that is pushing the FDA to get their GMO fish approved. http://GMOcriticalupdates.wordpress.com