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Is What We Eat and Drink Making Us Sicker and Dumber?

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We're told that if something is allowed into the food and water supply, it's supposed to be good for us, or 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.

Is what we eat and drink making us sicker and dumber? GMOs making us sick.

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.

Read Robyn's book, The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother's Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America's Food Supply– and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself.

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.

The hidden dangers of GMOs and flouride. Is our food and water making us sicker and dumber?

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12 Comments

  1. Loved this blog. I recently came to the conclusion about 5 months ago that I am allergic to cow's milk, causing upper respiratory problems, coughing, throat closing, etc. Have since switched to almond milk. It's scarey to know some of the stuff we are eating. It's all about money and we are partly to blame for wanting everything so cheap. Have you read 'Animal Factory' by David Kirby? Definite eye opener for me. Keep up the fight. Will be looking forward to more posts. Jen King

  2. Thanks, Jen. Sorry to hear about your allergy problems, but glad you found the source.

    I haven't read "Animal Factory", but I will take a look at it. The more I read, the more concerned I am about our food system.

  3. I wish people would start saying "industrial food" instead of "processed food." If you start being upset about processed food then you have to stop and ask yourself what level of processing is acceptable, and some people can really distract themselves being OCD about this and eventually give up on healthy eating altogether. Besides, a steak is a processed food and so is a chopped apple–neither is in their original form. I like the term "industrial food" a lot better because the foods most likely to be unhealthy for us are the foods you cannot make at home without ultra-specialized equipment that 99 percent of us cannot afford and the other 1 percent probably don't have room in their kitchens for it.

    But it's like we're afraid to say that anything industrial is bad. And we really need to get over this reticence because when you do the math and follow the money, quite a lot of what is harming us today comes from industrial sources. Even the Holocaust was as horrific as it was because the Nazis used efficient industrial methods to kill all those people. Had they been resigned to using guns or their bare hands they'd have been slower and they'd have been caught a lot sooner, having killed fewer people.

    I think it's going to come out that we screwed up at the point we decided to live like machines instead of people. Only if we forsake the life of a machine are we going to get back to anything like decent health, physically *or* mentally. Watch.

  4. I agree with Dana. The term "industrial" is also applicable to GMO, even at the research level, while "processed" is not.

    Karen

  5. Dana is right. I'm a long term label reader, and the situation just gets worse and worse. I keep asking 'if GMO is so great, why do they refuse to label it? Aren't they proud of it?' but apparently they are not.

    Even labeling is unlikely to be reliable. This week Mercola posted some alarming links with regard to organic brands which have been bought out by major industrial food companies:

    http://tiny.cc/6sv7x

    Worse, prices of everything are skyrocketing, which makes it harder to find the differential to buy organic.

    I haven't used corn since I discovered the percentage of GMO corn out there, unless it's organic. A couple of years ago when I was buying seed from an organic seed producer, I found they had only a half page of sweet corn. They had an apology for this in an inset box; they said that it was getting much harder to find corn uncontaminated by GMO, and they are committed to natural seed, so this was all they were carrying. Corn and canola are particularly difficult to keep isolated, and I no longer use canola, either.

    I have little space for a garden, and my health doesn't leave me the energy for it, and people like me are very much at the mercy of the food industry. I still cook mostly from scratch, but when the staples have become so compromised, even that is full of pitfalls.

    I have no answers either, but we do need some serious reforms at the least, at all levels of government. We are steadily being zoned and regulated out of food and dietary choices, which seem to me to be a basic *human* right.

  6. I think our food has something wrong with it because it seems like lately every one I know is getting treated for Cancer. I honestly think more people are getting Cancer than ever.

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