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.

 

Pesticides Cause Cancer

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No wonder cancer rates are skyrocketing!

If there’s one thing you should spend more money on – it’s on organic fruits and vegetables.  Yes, going organic costs more, but you can’t put a price tag on you and your family’s health.  Unless of course you are fond of getting ill.  🙂

Organic food holds more minerals, vitamins and enzymes than poison method farming (intensely farmed foods). Most importantly, you aren’t eating a cocktail of noxious insecticides, pesticides, and fertilisers.

Okay, you’ve sort of convinced me, but why is organic so expensive? Shouldn’t it be cheaper? 

It costs more because organic farmers don’t earn federal subsidies like conventional farmers. Yes, conventional food is cheaper, but that’s because you’re paying for them in your taxes. This pricing approach happened right after World War II in order to protect the food supply. The “caring” governments back then couldn’t bear to witness another food shortage crisis.  Come the 1950’s and voilà! The Pesticide Era is introduced with a BANG.

Also, conventional farmers spend far less money in producing their mass food production – thanks to the chemicals! They take advantage of pesticides because it increases crop yield, keeps costs down, and gets rid of pesky pests.

Organic farmers don’t have that luxury.  They work harder because it’s much more demanding than conventional farming.

At the end of the day, you pay for what you get.

Contrary to popular belief, eating pesticide laden food carries a myriad of deadly side effects — if eaten regularly, such as:

  • Cancer
  • Infertility
  • Low sperm levels
  • Sterility
  • Brain damage – affects your capacity to speak smoothly, identifying words, numbers, colours, etc.
  • Developmental obstacles in children
  • Birth Defects
  • Wheezing, chronic bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory illnesses
  • Organ failure
  • Skin rashes, athlete’s foot, ringworm and other skin irritations

 

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The good news is… There’s a light at the end of the financial tunnel!  The list above gives you the top 12 fruits and veggies that are laden with pesticide residue. So make sure to buy organic apples, spinach and so forth…I save money by buying normal avocados, pineapples, and melons.

If you’re unable to buy organic produce, don’t worry.  You can remove most of the pesticides by cleaning them properly.  Water alone won’t do it! Just be gentle with the berry family and fruits like peaches and apricots.  Place them in a colander and gently rinse the spray off.

Vegetable and Fruit Spray – 1

– 20 drops grapefruit seed extract, available at health food stores
– 1 Tablespoon baking soda
– 1 cup white vinegar
– 1 cup water
– Spray bottle

Vegetable and Fruit Spray – 2

– 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
– 1 cup water
– Spray bottle

Spray produce. Let sit 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly to wash away residue.

NOTE: The baking soda & vinegar will foam when mixed together. Use a deep pitcher and pour slowly.

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Avoid Soy Like the Plague

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Dangers of Soy by Vivien Veil

You see and hear about soy in all the fitness magazines and health shops.  So, is soy really a potent wonder food?

Well, according to those in the know, the answer is an emphatic NO. Unfermented soy products like soy milk and soy cheese unleash mayhem on your body, so it’s best to steer clear from them.

 

But what about all of those healthy Japanese people who devour soy?

The Japanese consume fermented soy products like tempeh and natto, which is far different from your average soy burger.  According to health guru Natalia Rose, “The Japenese do not eat nearly as much soy as soy product manufacturers would have you believe.  They do not eat the same heavily processed soy products that Americans eat, like imitation chicken and pseudo-fish.”   You see, the Japanese munch on edamame pods and small sums of tofu.  Rose states, “Soy sauce is fine because it isn’t concentrated.  You may also employ small amounts of raw miso in recipes.”

Tell me why unfermented soy is so bad then…

Soy pertains to the bean family. It counts chickpeas, kidney beans, peanuts, etc. as its cousins.  Waaait! Did you say peanuts? Aren’t they nuts?  No, they belong to the bean family.  Now let me finish.

All members of the bean family hold an unwelcome secret. They contain high levels of phytic acid. What the heck is wrong with phytic acid?  Phytic acid can block the consumption of calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, and zinc in your intestinal tract. Worst of all, it obstructs the consumption of iodine, which is imperative for growth and metabolism by the thyroid gland.

I’ve heard soy causes a lot of mucus.  What do you know about that?

Soy is the most mucus forming food.  It gives off something called mucoid matter. Mucoid matter is sticky and resembles the sludge monster.  This sludge monster likes messing with your body’s rhythm and productivity.  It’s an angry creature who likes to cause havoc in your respiratory tract, so asthmatics BEWARE.  This mucoid matter also creates digestive issues like IBS, and ultimately makes you gain weight and age quicker.

Does it cause cancer? I ask because EVERYTHING seems to cause cancer nowadays. 

Sorry to disappoint you, but yes, it has been linked to cancer. Here’s a list of everything it’s been linked to:

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Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease.

Other soy dangers:

  • Soy’s phytoestrogens mimic the female hormone, oestrogen. Soy likes to be a copycat, which in this case is deadly. Drinking just two glasses of soy a day is enough to change a women’s menstruation cycle.
  • Avoid giving infants soy. Babies who are exclusively fed soy formula eat the equivalent of 5 birth control pills worth of oestrogen daily.  Check Weston Price for more info on that.
  • Toxic levels of Aluminum and Manganese – soybeans are processed in aluminum tanks. Soy formula is up to 80 times higher in manganese than is found in women’s breast milk.
  • 91% of American soy is genetically modified (GM). GM soy is scary because it can lead to infertility problems.  Now that will reduce the population won’t it?
One thing is for sure. STAY AWAY FROM GM (genetically modified) SOY. Anything GM for that matter.  Do your research on why.  Google should be your best friend.

How do I avoid non-fermented soy? 

Avoid processed foods and learn to love natural whole foods.  Learn how to cook and prepare your own meals.  If you can’t do this most of the time, check the ingredients on the back of packaged foods to see if your enemy soy is visiting.
Check out Dr Mercola’s stuff on soy.  He’s got LOADS of articles on why soy is bad, and best of all, he’s credible and clued up.
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