We're told that if something is allowed into the food and water supply, it's supposed to be good for us, at at the very least, harmless. Since I've been reading more about foods and natural healing, I've come to believe that we've been lied to for years. Frankly, I don't know whether to be more worried or angry.
Let's start with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in food. We have been told by the government that these are safe, but when you look at the science, they appear to be anything but. I'm sure I'm not the only mom around here that's noticed the skyrocketing allergy rates. I believe GMOs are a huge influence on on health. Let's take a look at some of the science.
What is a GMO (genetically modified organism)?
The Institute for Responsible Technology states:
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic, hence they are also known as transgenic organisms. This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.
These are not combinations that would occur in nature, by plan or accident. These are not the same as hybrids, which combine traits of similar varieties/species by interbreeding. This is strictly high-tech, big money, basically playing God. There may be cases when this is warranted and the results are positive, but right now I feel we are like blindfolded children running through a maze lined with priceless figurines. Our understanding of the genome is so minimal at this point that we could be doing irreparable damage without even knowing it.
But we're told they've mapped the genome, right? So they should know what's going on. NOT TRUE! Yes, genomes have been mapped, but the new field of epigenetics has revealed that individual genes have “switches” that turn on and off in an incalculable array of combinations. I remember reading about a study where they isolated the gene for color in a flower. They wanted to create a really deep purple color in the flower, so they attempted to somehow “double up” the “purple” part of the gene. Instead of being deep purple, the flowers came out white.
Human being are infinitely more complicated than a flower. Studies now suggest that what your grandparents ate and how they lived has a direct impact on your health. Some studies even suggest that ancestral toxin exposure is linked to autism. It's estimated that GMOs are currently in 90% of processed foods. The majority of corn, soy and canola grown in the US are now GMOs. Even if try to avoid it, wind carried pollen and seed transfers the contamination. If you look at the corn pictured above (which was from my garden), you will notice one dark yellow kernel at the center right. This is contamination from my neighbor's field corn.
Are GMOs making us sick?
Robyn O'Brien links RGBH milk to increased allergies, cancer, antibiotic resistance and a host of other problems.
Is Our Drinking Water Safe?
And what about our drinking water? Municipal water supplies are regularly treated with chlorine (as a disinfectant) and fluoride (supposedly to reduce cavities). Both of these elements are chemically similar to iodine (check your periodic table), and they displace iodine in the body.
Couple this with the increased use of bromine (again, similar to iodine, and found in most baked goods as bromated flour and in many foods and beverages as bromated vegetable oil), and it's no wonder we've got an epidemic of thyroid problems.
Fluoride has also been linked to reduced IQ scores for children. Fluoride also interferes with the absorption of magnesium. Low magnesium levels have been linked to migraines, depression, muscle cramps, muscle tics, constipation, kidney stones, diabetes and a host of other health issues. (See The Magnesium Miracle for more information.)
How Can I Avoid GMOs in food and Fluoride in Water?
Read labels, eat less processed food (or eliminate it entirely)
Organic products are not currently allowed to use GMOs (although that may change). Most fruits and vegetables are not (yet) genetically modified. The Institute for Responsible Technology identifies the top foods to watch our for:
Currently Commercialized GM Crops in the U.S.:
Number in parentheses represents the estimated percentage that is genetically modified.)
Soy (91%) Cotton (71%) Canola (88%) Corn (85%) Sugar Beets (90%) Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%) Alfalfa (at Supreme Court), Zucchini and Yellow Squash (small amount) Tobacco (Quest® brand)
Other Sources of GMOs:
• Dairy products from cows injected with the GM hormone rbGH
• Food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the
sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet®) and rennet used to make hard cheeses
• Meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed
• Honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen
• Contamination or pollination caused by GM seeds or pollen
Get a good water filter
Reverse osmosis filters remove 95-99% of contaminants, including fluoride and radioactive particulates. Other filters that specifically remove fluoride are also available. Read the label – most filter pitchers do not remove fluoride.
Note – If you drink a large amount of water, you may want to consider remineralizing your water with cell salts or other trace minerals.
I encourage you to become an active label reader and become more aware of what's really in our food and water. I don't have all the answers, but I am deeply concerned. We can do better. Vote with your dollars, and let the government and big business know we want healthy food and water for our families.