Quote: “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job” – Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications, October 1998.
Since 1993 there has been growth hormones in the milk Americans drink. The FDA approved growth, hormones cause 16 known problems with the cows. Imagine how many it is causing for humans. Kroger selling non rbgh milk as well as other brands. The name of the growth hormone is Posilac.
- Reproductive Effects: Reduced pregnancy rates, increase in days open, increased incidence of retained placenta, decreased gestation length and birth weight of calves
- Increased rate of clinical mastitis and Increased rate of subclinical mastitis (somatic cell count)
- Increased body temperature unrelated to illness (heat stress)
- Increase in digestive disorders, such as indigestion, bloat and diarrhea
- Increase in reduced feed intake (off-feed)
- Increased numbers of enlarged hocks and lesions and increased numbers of foot disorders
- Increased number of injection site reactions – swelling
- Reductions in hemoglobin and hematocrit values FDA Adverse Drug Reaction Reports After rBGH was approved, farmers submitted reports to the FDA describing harm the drug had caused to their cows. These included all of the above, plus others, such as abortions, birth defects, increased twinning rates and lameness. These harmful effects are widespread. From 1994 to 2005, the FDA received 2,408 adverse drug reaction reports from farmers that described harmful effects to cows injected with rBGH. (Freedom of Information Act documents received from FDA, Sept. 2010) There are currently about 65,000 dairy farmers in the U.S.
American food is killing us. Corn, soy, and milk are allegens that are processed and GMO. Soy, which is also one of the top eight food allergens, is now grown in the US is genetically engineered to withstand massive doses of weed killer.
Ditto for corn.
Corn allergies are on the rise, and while some genetically modified corn is engineered to withstand Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, other varieties are engineered to create their own internal pesticide (Bt toxin). The biotech industry claimed there were no health risks to worry about from these altered foods. In the case of Bt corn, the concern that your gut might turn into a pesticide factory was shrugged off with lame assurances that the Bt toxin wouldn’t survive once ingested.
However, just last month, a study revealed that Bt toxin was detected in:
93 percent of maternal blood samples
80 percent of fetal blood samples
69 percent of non-pregnant women blood samples
Turns out you cannot replace actual safety studies with lip service after all. Another recent review of 19 animal studies on genetically modified organisms (GMO) revealed that nearly 10 percent of blood, urine, organ and other parameters tested were significantly influenced by GMOs, with the liver and kidneys faring the worst. Additionally, Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and author of two books on the topic, has previously documented more than 65 serious health risks from GM products of all kinds.
Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce
Male mice fed GM soy had damaged young sperm cells
The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice had altered DNA functioning
Several US farmers reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn varieties
Signs of Food Sensitivities and Allergies
Paradoxically, the foods you crave are oftentimes the foods that cause you the most trouble, so that’s a good place to start. Common food cravings are milk, ice cream, pasta or bread. Other questions that can help you determine whether or not you might have a food sensitivity or allergy are:
Do you experience bloating after meals, gas, frequent belching, or any kind of digestive problems?
Do you have chronic constipation or diarrhea?
Do you have a stuffy nose after meals?
Do you have low energy or feel drowsy after eating?
Do you have frequent headaches or migraines?
Does anyone in your family have food allergies?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may want to investigate further.
High coffee intake can cause auditory hallucinations – hearing things that are not there – researchers from La Trobe University, Australia report in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, after measuring the effect of caffeine and stress with 92 non-clinical participants. Even five coffees per day can trigger this type of hallucination, they explained.
How it Works: Caffeine causes your brain to have a higher sense of alertness and an increased level of dopamine, improving your feeling of well-being and your mood. Consumed in liquid form, caffeine reaches all tissues of the body within five minutes, while peak blood levels are reached in about 30 minutes. Normally, almost all ingested caffeine is metabolized.
Side-Effects: 1 – 2 cups of coffee causes increased metabolism, increased rate of breathing, increased urination, increased fatty acids in the bloodstream and increased gastric acid in the stomach. It may increase blood pressure and if taken before bedtime disrupts sleep patterns. Larger doses can cause headaches, jitters, abnormally rapid heartbeat, convulsions, and delirium. Consumption above 650 mg a day (about 8 or 9 average cups of coffee) can cause longer term effects, including: chronic insomnia, persistent anxiety and depression, and stomach ulcers.
Effects on Reproduction: Caffeine can effect reproductive processes, including congenital abnormalities and reproductive failures, reduced fertility, prematurity, and low birth weight.
Most Common Medicinal Usage: Caffeine is most widely used in headache medication and other pain relievers; and is the main ingredient of non-prescription “Anti-Sleep” pills. Caffeine stimulates breathing in the treatment of apnea (cessation of breathing) in newborn babies, and is used as an antidote against the slowing of breathing caused by overdoses of heroin and other opiate drugs.
Dependence/Addiction: Regular use of upwards of 350 mg of caffeine a day causes physical dependence on the drug, meaning an interruption of regular use will produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe headaches, irritability and tiredness.
Dosage in Products: 10g of caffeine is considered a lethal dose. The lowest known fatal dose to an adult has been 3,200 mg – administered intravenously by accident. The fatal oral dose is in excess of 5,000 mg – the equivalent of 40 strong cups of coffee taken in a very short space of time. (http://sheerbalance.com/brettsblog/8-interesting-facts-about-caffeine/)
5-Hour Energy packs an extraordinary amount of caffeine into a tiny bottle. A two-ounce bottle of 5-Hour Energy has 138 mg of caffeine. That’s a Skrillexian 69 mg of caffeine per ounce. To compare, Coke has 2.8 mg per ounce, Red Bull has 9.5 mg per ounce, Starbucks coffee has 22 mg per ounce and espresso has 51 mg per ounce.
Zija has 92 nutrients that your body needs to function so you won’t feel the need for coffee.
Being from New Zealand, where clean and green is almost a religion, I had been well and truly indoctrinated against Genetic Modified foods and animals, and well… everything.
But I also had a science teacher in high school who while not pro or con Genetically Modified foods, he was VERY in favor of his students knowing about them, above and beyond the propaganda from both sides. He was, with out a doubt, the biggest influence on my life outside of my immediate family. I think a lot of people have that one teacher that effects them on a deeper level than others, that help shape your view of the world.
He refused to give his opinion on GE foods, although I always was under the impression he was in favor of them in general. Although his motto for life was everything in moderation.
When we covered this topic here on…
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