This is the worst thing you will read all day (but you should read it). It is no secret that Government agencies don’t enjoy, nor harbor, the presence of those who work against their dogma; a dogma typically stout with crony backdoor deals which prove very profitable. Government agencies are merely businesses which server to protect their own interest.
The case of Jonathan Lundgren, a Scientist who wrote an article for the scientific journal Naturwissenschaften, is just such a perfectly built example. His article had to do with clothianidin, a neonicotinoid, harming monarch butterflies. Neonicotinoids already have a rather salaciously bad rap, having been featured in several documentaries as the main cause of our bee population dwindling away. In this case, Lundrgren was focusing mostly on the butterflies.
Lundgren’s life would change drastically when he was scheduled by the National Academy of Sciences to give a speech on the ill-effects of GMO crops. A series of backlash events by the USDA have called into question the ability for any scientist to legitimately study the effects of GMOs and other controversial matters. If the Obama administration shuts down these scientists, it radically changes the thoroughfare of evolved information.
Lundgren’s full story is published in the Atlantic and it is a frightening ready. I suggest everyone read it (click here).
Here is an excerpt.
For anyone who cares about scientific integrity, or about agricultural practices and policies with profound consequences for everyday life, it’s a disturbing allegation. The potential ramifications extend beyond Lundgren to other scientists who might be discouraged from studying important but politically contentious topics.
Keeping in mind, this is published in The Atlantic, which by all standards is considered a mainstream news source. The fact that this transgression by the Obama Administration is so vile and so obvious, it has received even mainstream media attention over the matter, should tell you a lot.
Our food supply is our lifeblood. Government agencies silencing those scientist attempting to shed light on their transgressions is a terrifying thought. It is my hope that this type of information is shared more liberally, that more people understand what is happening.
Tom Brady is best known as the 4 Time Superbowl champion quarterback of the New England Patriots. In some circles, he is considered the best quarterback ever. And now he might also be remembered for his assault on the processed foods industry, of which he has a history of taking verbal jabs at. On his weekly radio show on WEEI, he once again called out processed food companies as being the evil empire which they are. This time his disdain targeted Coca Cola and Frosted Flakes. Below are some excerpts from the Interview. He really nails it.
Talking about big food in general.
“I think we’ve been lied to by a lot of food companies over the years, by a lot of beverage companies over the years. But we still do it! That’s just America, and that’s what we’ve been conditioned to. We believe Frosted Flakes is actually a food. And you just keep eating those things and wondering why we do have incredible rates of disease in our country. And no one thinks it has anything to do with what we put in our body.“
Talking about soda.
“You’ll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, oh yeah, that’s no problem, why? Because they pay a lot of money for advertisements. … I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that’s quackery. I think that the fact that they can sell that to kids — that’s poison for kids! But they keep doing it.”
Tom Brady doesn’t think much of donuts…
“Of course they taste very good. All those companies make lots of money selling those things, they have lots of money to advertise. When you go to the Super Bowl, who are the sponsors? That’s the education we get, that’s what we get brainwashed to believe. That all these things are just normal food groups that you should eat. And these are the things you should take when you get sick. I like to try to avoid those things.”
The food pyramid? Nah, Tom Brady doesn’t like that either.
“I disagree with that. I disagree with a lot of things that people tell you to do.”
Tom Brady approves of alternative health.
“There’s a lot of things that I see on a daily basis in Western medicine that I think, wow, why would they ever do that? That is crazy, that doesn’t work. That’s just how life is. There’s a lot of things that are the norm, that are very systematic, that just don’t work.
I’ve had doctors with the highest and best education in this country telling me that I wouldn’t be able to play football again. That I would need multiple surgeries on my knee for my staph infection. That I would needed a new ACL, a new MCL. That I wouldn’t be able to play with my kids when I’m older… It’s interesting because, like I’ve said, I’ve chosen a different approach, and that approach works for me.
Here is the full interview for anyone who is interested. This man is a professional athlete who’s body depends on health and energy. If he is using alternative health and avoiding big food, then how can we all not see the benefit?
Are the chemicals found in daily use products the new tobacco? That’s the claim being made today in a New York Times article. The relationship between the two is being qualified by the fact that chemicals and tobacco are harmful and in both cases, Government agencies have been ultra-slow to respond to the issues. The core focus is on endocrine disrupters, which have long been linked to reproductive issues, are now being linked to a host of other cancers and epidemics.
The Gynecology Federation’s focus on the endocrine disrupters, chemicals that imitate sex hormones and often confuse the body, endocrine disrupters are found in pesticides, plastics, shampoos and cosmetics, cash register receipts, food can linings, flame retardants and countless other products.
“Exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy and lactation is ubiquitous, ” the organization cautioned, adding that virtually every pregnant woman in America has at least 43 different chemical contaminants in her body. It cited a National Cancer institute report finding that “to a disturbing extent babies are born ‘pre-polluted.'”
The National Cancer institute report can be found here. Here is their list.
Environmental Exposures Related to Modern Lifestyles Conveniences of modern life—automobile and airplane travel, dry cleaning, potable tap water, electricity, and cellular communications, to name a few—have made daily life easier for virtually all Americans. Some of these conveniences, however, have come at a considerable price to the environment and human health, and the true health impact of others is unconfirmed. For example, mobile source air emissions (e.g., from cars, trucks, other passenger vehicles, ships), especially diesel particulate pollution, are responsible for approximately 30 percent of cancer resulting from air pollution. Disinfection of public water supplies has dramatically reduced the incidence of waterborne illnesses and related mortality in the United States, but research indicates that long-term exposure to disinfection by-products such as trihalomethanes may increase cancer risk. Chemicals used for household pest control can become a component of carpet dust, posing a risk to children when they play on the floor.
The Endocrine society is now increasing their warnings to include diabetes and obesity.
Emerging evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure to two of the biggest public health threats facing society – diabetes and obesity, according to the executive summary of an upcoming Scientific Statement issued today by the Endocrine Society. (source)
They also include other hormone-related cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer, prostate conditions, thyroid disorders and neurodevelopmental issues.
When are we going to learn that toxins are a serious dilemma which needs to be sorted out? To be honest, just saying the word “toxins” causes many people to think that pseudoscience is at it’s core. But the fact is, reality is setting in and now studies are revealing the true dangers which do exist. Our babies are being born ‘pre-polluted,’ this needs to be a serious wake up call to our society. To be honest, I hate receiving receipts and in any scenario where possible, I just tell them I don’t need one (I mean I don’t need to return or write off groceries in most cases). Any place that allows me the option for email receipts I also opt for. We need to take action and reduce our exposure to these toxins. New chemicals are constantly being placed in our lives, we need more transparency and education over the matters to exist.
Be very careful about what cleaning agents you use in your household. In addition, as mentioned before, there is no reason to always take receipts, just ask the register person to throw it away if you don’t need it. If you don’t have to be around car exhaust, don’t be. Pay attention to your exposure levels and reduce them wherever and whenever you can.
Milk. It does the body good, right? Not always. Dairy is constantly under health scrutiny anymore and this month’s study into a pesticide found to have been used in milk decades ago is reviving that scrutiny. The pesticide, heeptachlor epoxide, was used in the 1980’s. It’s first used on pineapples. It made its way into the milk supply when cows began eating remnants of pineapples in Hawaii.
The study showed that non-smokers who drank more than two cups of milk per day were significantly more likely to develop Parkinson’s. The study originally was supposed to monitor the effects of aging, hence the average age of each participant was 54.
For the study, 449 Japanese-American men with an average age of 54 who participated in the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study were followed for more than 30 years and until death, after which autopsies were performed. Tests looked at whether participants had lost brain cells in the substantia nigra area of the brain, which occurs in Parkinson’s disease and can start decades before any symptoms begin. Researchers also measured in 116 brains the amount of residue of a pesticide called heptachlor epoxide. The pesticide was found at very high levels in the milk supply in the early 1980s in Hawaii, where it was used in the pineapple industry. It was used to kill insects and was removed from use in the US around that time. The pesticide may also be found in well water.
The study found that nonsmokers who drank more than two cups of milk per day had 40 percent fewer brain cells in that area of the brain than people who drank less than two cups of milk per day. For those who were smokers at any point, there was no association between milk intake and loss of brain cells. Previous studies have shown that people who smoke have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
This isn’t dairy’s first run in with being linked to Parkinson’s. Here’s a study from 2007 that cited similar findings.
In this large observational study, we found that higher dairy consumption was associated with increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. The association was stronger in men and was mostly explained by milk consumption.
What’s further interesting is that the pesticide link isn’t full proof; in other words, the milk itself isn’t ruled out as the actual cause. The researchers were quick to point out that the study’s results could have been based on “chance.” And that the milk was never tested for the pesticide in question. In any case, heeptachlor epoxide isn’t used as a pesticide anymore.
Parkinson’s affects roughly 1 million people in the states and it has no cure.
Yep, this is actually happening. GMO Salmon is now approved by the FDA. So go ahead folks, eat your science lab fishy with that peaceful safe and secure feeling you eat regular fish that was made by nature with. Because that just makes all the sense in the world.
The FDA has approved AquaBounty Technologies’ application for AquAdvantage Salmon, an Atlantic salmon that reaches market size more quickly than non-GE farm-raised Atlantic salmon. The FDA regulates GE animals under the new animal drug provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, because the recombinant DNA (rDNA) construct introduced into the animal meets the definition of a drug. In this case, the rDNA construct introduces a trait that makes the AquAdvantage Salmon grow faster.
“The FDA has thoroughly analyzed and evaluated the data and information submitted by AquaBounty Technologies regarding AquAdvantage Salmon and determined that they have met the regulatory requirements for approval, including that food from the fish is safe to eat,” said Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.
The CEO of AquaBounty, Ronald L. Stotish, says it’s a “game changer.”
So what does this mean? It means corporations and labs are inventing your food, both vegetables and actual paraphyletic species. Of course, you can’t avoid eating it by reading the label, but you can avoid farmed salmon to avoid ingesting it. So buying wild salmon means you aren’t. Or buy farmed “game changer laboratory invented” salmon. Your choice. I think we all know the choice we plan to make.
The FDA is clearly got it’s hand in someone’s pocket, which is disturbing at the highest of levels. This is our food supply. I can’t see how they can pitch the “GMOs save the world” with this one, as I doubt highly they are producing this same for philanthropic purposes in Africa.
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“Monsanto has spent over $100 million dollars to defeat GMO labeling.”
Monsanto is laying off over 2000 employees, their revenue is way down, and they’ve had their spirit crushed all over the globe. Well, mostly over the globe. The United States remains a safe harbor for the seed modification company which has aspirations of a global takeover. With House Bill 1599 in progress, Monsanto still can come out ahead even in the face of all this global adversity if the bill is to become a law. And the fact is, that’s a reality we may likely be looking at.
The bill takes away the people’s ability to know what’s in their food, it also tramples on state’s rights. GMO foods will be looked at as just as safe as it’s non-gmo competitor (seriously). The FDA would not be able to object to any of this.
So what’s in your food? Do you know? Check out this video for further insights into a very important subject matter.
The European resistance to Monsanto and the GMO movement in general got even more support on Friday, when the European Commission stated that 4 more EU countries have opted out of GMO cultivation. Denmark, Malta, Slovenia and Luxemburg now make a total of 19 countries who refuse to allow GMO cultivation within their borders.
Many biotech companies remain unsettled regarding the EU’s allowance of opt outs among it’s contingents. The large number of opt out request suggest that Europe and it’s citizens are in a position to claim their stake in their own land and not allow infectious GMO activity to persist, all while the United States turns a blind eye as lobbyist money continues to flow. 19 countries just can’t be wrong.