Do You Really Know What’s in Your Food?

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By: Vivien Veil

Do you read the food ingredients on the products you buy?  Yes, it takes a lot more time, but doing so will ultimately save your life – oh, and not to mention your family’s life.  Plus, as an added bonus, checking ingredient names can help you lose 10 pounds.  The U.S. National Health Interview Survey asked 25,000 Americans about their food shopping habits.  Those who inspected their food possessed lower body max indexes than their counterparts.  Imagine losing weight without getting off the couch –  simply by reading food labels!

Thanks to adverts and news coverage supporting Proposition 37 (the act of labeling genetically modified foods), people now understand the dangers of GMOs in their food.  But that’s not all.  The very controversial subject of Proposition 37 has even lured some people to go a step further – researching unfamiliar and hard to pronounce ingredients. 

We should closely scrutinize our food

Those shrewd individuals realized they can’t blindly trust their food providers, especially when it comes to their health.  After all, you only get one body.  Furthermore, food manufacturers are doing every sneaky thing in the book to try and deceive us even more – like using different names for trans fat, high fructose corn syrup and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Long and confusing words on our food labels belong in a science lab – not in our kitchens.

Shock came upon one of our contributing writers, Shannon Murphy, after reading a recent article about the harmful effects of genetically modified crops.  She couldn’t believe she had been feeding herself and her family GMOs.  She immediately emailed me photos of 11 popular brands in her kitchen, and asked me to please examine them for her.  Murphy told me, “I’m so confused! I don’t know how to tell if my packaged food has GMOs or not.  I know a lot of people eat these things that I have emailed you, so please share your findings with our readers.”  Well, Mrs. Murphy, your wish is my command. 

My findings blew me away!  I’m amazed to see corn and soy in almost everything!  And why is there corn in ice cream?  

Look at the results below, and please try and learn the names of these unhealthy and brutal ingredients.  Eventually you’ll be a pro at deciphering which products to avoid.  Please share this with everyone you know.  We must warn others about the toxic ingredients lurking in our “favorite” food brands, or else sickness and disease will haunt those dear to us.

 

 


12 TIPS FOR LIVING LONGER

  1. COOK AT HOME – the best way to avoid harmful ingredients is to prepare your food at home. Take up a cooking class or watch cooking shows if you don’t know how to cook.  Everyone should learn how to cook.  Hate to cook?  Buy your food at places like Whole Foods (just avoid anything they sell with corn).
  2. GO ORGANIC – try and stay away from conventional food.  Price should never be an issue when it comes to your health.  You’ll save money in the end because you won’t get a horrible disease or illness.  Who wants to spend their hard earned money on prescription drugs and medical fees?
  3. AVOID PROCESSED AND PACKAGED CUISINE – the majority of them all contain stuff you don’t want in your body.  Stay away from GMO lovers and those against GMO labeling, such as Kellogg’s, General Mills, Smucker’s, and Silk soy milk.
  4. SHOP AT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS MARKET – That way you’ll know you’re purchasing top-notch sustainably sourced food.
  5. WHOLE AND NATURAL FOODS – These foods are healthier and far more nutritious.  Eating whole and natural food means you’re actually getting the vital nutrients your body needs.  Eat food that is close to its natural state and your body won’t think it’s “starving.” No more overeating!
  6. LOOK AT THE FIRST THREE INGREDIENTS – That way you’ll know what you’re primarily feasting on. If the first word is sugar, put it back!
  7. STAY AWAY FROM HARD TO PRONOUNCE WORDS – If you can’t pronounce the ingredient, throw that food product back on the shelf or freezer.
  8. WAVE GOODBYE TO THE “OSE” FAMILY –  Don’t let these inside your house: Señor Dextrose, Madam Fructose, and Captain Maltose.  Who likes backstabbers anyway? Oh, and brown sugar isn’t always healthier.  All they’ve done is add brown food coloring to white sugar.
  9. WHEAT ISN’T WHAT IT SEEMS –  Wheat flour isn’t the same as “whole grain wheat flour.”  Don’t let them trick you.  Oh, and be very wary with Mr.Gluten.
  10. STAY AWAY FROM DECEPTIVE OILS AND FATS – If you see “trans fat” or “partially-hydrogenated” anywhere on that ingredient’s list, run!
  11. NEVER EAT FOODS WITH MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG) – That is if you want to save your brain cells.  Tip: It’s not just in Chinese food.
  12. HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IS YOUR ENEMY – Check out my article here if you’re still not convinced this ingredient is poison.

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

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By: Aurora Geib

There is a conspiracy of selling out happening in America.  Politics and personal interest it would seem determine government policies over and above health and safety issues.  When President Obama appointed Michael R. Taylor in 2009 as senior adviser for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a fierce protest ensued from consumer groups and environmentalists.  Why?  Taylor used to be vice president for Monsanto, a multinational interested in marketing genetically modified (GM) food.  It was during his term that GMO’s were approved in the US without undergoing tests to determine if they were safe for human consumption.

Michael R. Taylor is the Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He loves supporting Monsanto. He’s their best pal.

The Danger of GMO’s

The question of whether or not genetically modified foods (GMO’s) are safe for human consumption is an ongoing debate that does not seem to see any resolution except in the arena of public opinion.  Due to lack of labeling, Americans are still left at a loss as to whether or not what is on the table is genetically modified.  This lack of information makes the avoiding and tracking of GM foods an exercise in futility.

Below are just some of the food products popularly identified to be genetically modified:

1. CORN

Corn has been modified to create its own insecticide.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared that tons of genetically modified corn has been introduced for human consumption.  Monsanto has revealed that half of the U.S.’s sweet corn farms are planted with genetically modified seed.  Mice feed with GM corn were discovered to have smaller offspring, cancer tumors and fertility problems.

2. SOY

Soy has also been genetically modified to resist herbicides.  Soy products include soy flour, tofu, soy beverages (milk, etc.), soybean oil and other products that may include pastries, baked products and edible oil.  Hamsters fed with GM soy were unable to have offspring and suffered high mortality rate.

4. COTTON

Like corn and soy, cotton has been designed to resist pesticides.  It is considered food because its oil can be consumed.  Its introduction in Chinese agriculture has produced a chemical that kills cotton bollworm, reducing the incidence of pests not only in cotton crops, but also in neighboring fields of soybeans and corn.  Incidentally, thousands of Indian farmers suffered severe rashes upon exposure to BT cotton.

A papaya with the ringspot virus. The virus was overcome in 1999 with genetic engineering of papaya plants.

4. PAPAYA

The virus-resistant variety of papaya was commercially introduced in Hawaii in 1999.  Transgenic papayas comprised three-fourths of the total Hawaiian papaya crop.  Monsanto bestowed upon Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore technology for developing papaya resistant to the ringspot virus in India.

5. RICE

This staple food from South East Asia has now been genetically modified to contain high amount of vitamin A.  Allegedly, there are reports of rice varieties containing human genes to be grown in the US.  The rice will create human proteins useful for dealing with infant diarrhea in the third world.  China Daily, an online journal, reported potential serious public health and environment problems with genetically modified rice considering its tendency to cause allergic reactions with the concurrent possibility of gene transfers.

6. TOMATOES

Tomatoes have now been genetically engineered for longer shelf life, preventing them from easily rotting and degrading.  In a test conducted to determine the safety of GM tomatoes, some animal subjects died within a few weeks after consuming GM tomatoes.

7. RAPESEED

In Canada, this crop was renamed canola to differentiate it from non-edible rapeseed.  Food produced from rapeseed includes rapeseed oil (canola oil) and is used to process cooking oil and margarine.  Honey can also be produced from GM rapeseed. German food surveillance authorities discovered as much as a third of the total pollen present in Canadian honey may be from GM pollen.  In fact, some honey products from Canada were also discovered to have pollen from GM rapeseed.

This cow has been injected with Monsanto’s growth hormones to make it produce more milk. The cows utters get really large, tender and very sore. This swelling and pain means the cows get more infections, which makes them need antibiotics. Those infections also cause them to release blood and puss into the milk.
Did you know that BASKIN-ROBBINS, HAAGEN DAZS, BREYERS, AND DREYERS all use milk from cows injected with rBGH? Eat Ben & Jerry’s or another organic ice cream.

8. DAIRY

It has been discovered that 22% of cows in the U.S. were injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH).  This Monsanto created hormone artificially forces cows to increase their milk production by 15%.  Milk from cows treated with this milk inducing hormone contain increased levels of IGF-1 (insulin growth factors-1).  Humans also have IGF-1 in their system.  Scientists have expressed concerns that increased levels of IFG-1 in humans have been associated with colon and breast cancer.

9. POTATOES

Mice fed with potatoes engineered with Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki Cry 1 were found to have toxins in their system.  Despite claims to the contrary, this shows that Cry1 toxin was stable in the mouse gut.  When the health risks were revealed, it sparked a debate.

10. PEAS

Peas that have been genetically modified have been found to cause immune responses in mice and possibly even humans.  A gene from kidney beans was inserted into the peas creating a protein that functions as a pesticide.

Man-Made Disease: Morgellon’s Disease

The GMO link to strange disease

Morgellon’s disease symptoms are as follows: crawling, stinging, biting and crawling sensations; threads or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin; granules, lesions.  Some patients report fatigue, short term memory loss, mental confusion, joint pain and changes in vision.
Furthermore, there have been reports of substantial morbidity and social dysfunction leading to a dip in work productivity, job loss, total disability, divorce, loss of child custody and  home abandonment.

Prior to its reporting, the condition as dismissed as a hoax, but upon further investigation, the evidence pointed out that the disease was real and may be related to genetically modified food and chemtrails.

Despite this link being established, the CDC declared Morgellon’s disease of unknown origin.  Worse, the medical community could not offer any information to the public regarding a cause for the symptoms.

When a research study was conducted on fiber samples taken from Morgellon’s patients, it was discovered that the fiber samples of all the patients looked remarkably similar.  And yet, it did not seem to match any common environmental fiber.  When the fiber was broken down, and it’s DNA extracted, it was discovered to belong to a fungus.  Even more surprising was the finding that the fibers contained Agrobacterium, a genus gram-negative bacteria with the capacity of transforming plant, animal and even human cells.

Morgellon’s disease is not the only condition associated with GM foods.  A growing body of evidence has shown that it may cause allergies, immune reactions, liver problems, sterility and even death.  Moreover, based on the human feeding experiment conducted on GM food, it was established that genetic material in GM food products can transfer into the DNA of intestinal bacteria and still continue to thrive.

Heed the warning

Time and again, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has warned that GMOs pose a threat to health, and it is no accident that there can be a correlation between it and adverse health effects.  In fact, the AAEM has advised doctors to tell their patients to avoid GMOs as the introduction of GMOs into the current food supply as correlated with an alarming rise in chronic diseases and food allergies.

This should come as no surprise.  More than 30 years ago a food supplement called L-tryptophan killed 100 people and affected 5,000 – 10,000 more.  The cause was narrowed down to the genetic engineering process used in its production.  If the symptoms had not had three simultaneous characteristics – namely, they were unique, acute and fast-acting – the disease could never have been identified.

If science could assure us with certainty that serious consequences do not wait for us at the end of the line, it might be to our best interest to let this opportunity pass.  Progressive thinking in terms of profit is certainly wrong. But to brush off precaution on the convenient argument that there is not enough evidence to prove that GM food is indeed harmful is sheer irresponsibility.  It certainly is a lame excuse to offer in the event that GM foods are indeed proven to contain health hazards.