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Will You Oppose Monsanto and Big Biotech?

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The opposition is rising!

This past May, the world Marched Against Monsanto to show its disapproval of GM foods and seeds in the agricultural sector, marketplace and in our food supply.

I attended in my local area (Boise, ID) with my son and met up with friends and family to support my community in saying no to GM seeds and products. There were hundreds of people in attendance and I was very encouraged by the passionate crowds.  We marched from Julia Davis Park down Capitol Boulevard to the State Capitol Building less than a mile away.

What are GMOs?

From the Non-GMO Project:

“GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.”

If you are new to GMOs, read this post Busting Myths About GMOs.

The most common GM crops are: 

  • Soybeans
  • Corn
  • Sugar beet
  • Sugar cane
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Papaya
  • Rice
  • Canola
  • Cotton
  • Alfalfa
  • Squash/zucchini

Source

Are GMOs safe?

Watch Jeffery Smith interview Dr. Stephanie Seneff, PhD. about Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship product, Roundup) and how the Western Diet has greatly contributed to gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease obesity, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Read all the details from the study done by Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsell showing how Glyphosate contributes to many modern diseases.

A recent study conducted at Flinders and Adelaide Universities in Australia shows that pigs eating GM feed are experiencing gastrointestinal inflammation and reproductive issues.

Most of the information claiming that GMOs are safe comes from sources which stand to gain from the profits of GMOs. If you follow the money trail on studies supporting favorable or no-harm outcomes from using GM technology, or which show organic food is no better than conventional or GM food, you will find these studies are funded by biotechnology companies themselves or other entities connected to these corporations.

Bias in industry studies

One of the biggest problems in finding non-biased research is that more and more we are witnessing corporations merging with educational facilities and also government agencies.

Here’s one example: Stanford Study on Organics: Manipulating Consumers into Buying GMO Products.

Here’s a testimonial from Thierry Vrain, former research scientist for Agriculture Canada, now promoting awareness on the dangers of GM foods.  Thierry refutes biotechnology claims that GM seeds bring higher yields, require less use of pesticides, that their technology is safe and that it has no negative environmental impact.

Vrain believes there is definite industry bias in scientific studies produced from these sources. Most of these studies are focused on field performance of engineered crops, and conclusions always come out in favor of GM safety for human consumption and environmental impact.

How can I avoid GMOs?

GMOs are prevalent in our food supply. If you are buying any type of processed foods, the likelihood of GM material appearing in these products is high.

It’s also difficult to avoid even if you are not buying processed foods and buy foods from local farmers. It’s always important to ask farmers questions to find out if they are using GM seeds, feed or other material in their farming practices.

Here are 4 ways to avoid GMOs in the foods you buy.

More information:

Institute for Responsible Technology

Moms Across America

Suggested books:

Genetic Roulette DVD: –> http://amzn.to/14ZWicn

Seeds of Deception, paperback: –> http://amzn.to/11sipSU

Kindle version: –> http://amzn.to/11f9vwr

No Kindle? No problem. Download a free kindle reader app for all your devices here —>http://amzn.to/ZbRIHS

How do you avoid GMOs?

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GAPS Diet Basics & Getting Started

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Looking for GAPS resources as a way to improve your health?

started the GAPS diet in May of 2011 as a way to eliminate symptoms of panic, anxiety, and insomnia. I’ve read and heard many, many testimonials from people who have healed on GAPS.

I’ve been health coaching for almost 3 years with an emphasis in GAPS by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride and related protocols. I have also provided GAPS workshops in my local community and educating people about how beneficial the basic foods that are used in GAPS are for lifetime health.

For these reasons, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a basic reference page for GAPS fundamentals and resources.

It’s been profound to learn about the healing power of traditional foods – the very same foods that Dr. Weston A. Price discovered in his world travels to isolated cultures who were consuming nutrient-rich foods that contained up to TEN times the amount of fat-soluble vitamins that we currently consume in our modern diets – A, D, E, and K2.

My health problems were chronic and spanned for over 2 decades of time. Things only got worse the older I got, with panic and anxiety like symptoms that I was told were connected to gallbladder problems (I had my gallbladder removed in 2001), and also thyroid (hormonal issues).

It wasn’t until I started GAPS that I saw an abrupt ending come to these symptoms I’d suffered through for at least half my life: racing heart, jitteryness, chronic fatigue, digestive problems of varying kinds, general feelings of doom and negativity, muscle weakness, nausea, and general malaise. I also experienced frequent colds and flus – especially in the winter time.

What is the GAPS diet?

Dr. McBride developed the protocol out of a lack of resources and need to resolve her own son’s issues who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Through both trial and error and diligent research, she discovered that many diseases including autism happen due to digestive breakdown which leads to nutritional deficiencies throughout the body.

Starches, grains, and sugar all contribute to breaking down lining in the gut and generate pathogenic bacteria. The gut lining becomes permeable due to poor dietary and lifestyle habits – processed foods, stress, use of antibiotics, steroids, NSAIDs, and birth control, lack of adequate rest, exposure to environmental toxins, etc.

When undigested foods and other substances penetrate the intestinal lining and go into the bloodstream. This causes an auto-immune response. Undigested substances that reach the blood-brain barrier cause additional issues:

These deficiencies are responsible for a variety of health issues including autism, hyperactivity, ADD, eczema, depression, dyspraxia, and many others that may be seemingly unrelated.

The common link in all of these disorders is breakdown of the mucosal lining in the intestinal tract from poor lifestyle and dietary choices – stress, environmental toxins, processed foods, and a lack of essential nutrients which are necessary to maintaining overall health and well-being.

Not only do nutritional deficiencies cause a wide array of symptoms which point to various health problems, many of these problems are the same in many people yet manifest themselves in unique ways.

Symptoms include:

  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Thyroid and hormonal problems
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Dyspraxia (motor movement issues)
  • Autism
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes and insulin- resistance
  • Digestive disorders such a colitis, Crohn’s Disease, IBS
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both)
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent infections
  • Joint stiffness or pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Food sensitivities

For example, a child with autism or hyperactivity could have the same basic physiological problems and experience symptoms of autism or hyperactivity, while an adult with similar issues might exhibit symptoms of chronic panic or anxiety. An elderly person could experience symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease – a condition that is linked to the presence of heavy metals in the body and nutritional deficiencies – especially of minerals since heavy metals displace minerals in the body. All conditions are exacerbated by heavy metal toxicity and not enough minerals in the body.

Although GAPS is an extremely beneficial and healing protocol that can help a variety of health issues, it is not a cure-all or guaranteed way to improve your health. If you have tried GAPS and aren’t healing or improving the way you need, check out these resources:

If GAPS hasn’t worked for you or yours, read this – Nourishing Our Children.

The GAP in GAPS? What you need to know – Nourishing Hope, Julie Matthews

General resource links

GAPS is based on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) created by Elaine Gottschall. Here is her book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet.

What can I eat on the GAPS diet?  Printable sheet reference guide showing what you can eat on the GAPS diet to hang in your kitchen or keep in a place where you have easy access

FAQ GAPS diet questions - from the Gut and Psychology Syndrome site

GAPS Diet Journey – testimonials, interviews, resources, and links

Gut and Psychology Syndrome/GAPS Diet Facebook page – great resource and forum for those getting started and for those looking for a place to interact and ask questions.

Explanation of GAPS dietary protocol including the Intro stages – additional information to supplement the book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, for the Intro part of the GAPS diet, 6 stages

5 most common mistakes made on GAPS – Healthy Home Economist

10 reasons GAPS is better than gluten-free – Well Fed Homestead

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Is GAPS safe during breastfeeding? - Health, Home, Happiness

Recipes

Internal Bliss - GAPS Cookbook

9 reasons to make bone broth  - health benefits and recipe for broth

GAPS-friendly recipes – The Liberated Kitchen

GAPS-friendly recipes – GAPS Diet Journey

GAPS recipes – MyGutsy

Recipes and ideas for what to eat on the GAPS Introduction Diet – Keeper of the Home

GAPS-friendly, grain-free pancakes w/vanilla, cinnamon, and raw honey

Cookbooks, guides, & cooking e-courses

Grain-free meal plans (menu mailers) – Health, Home, Happiness

GAPS Freezer Cooking Guide – Health, Home, Happiness

What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on the GAPS Diet – Cara Comini, Health, Home, Happiness

Beyond Grain & Dairy Cookbook - Starlene Stewart, GAPS Diet Journey

Go Grain-Free Online Class – Real Food Forager

Guide to Grain-Free, Dairy Free Baking, Sweets and Treats – Nourished Kitchen

Get Cultured Cooking Class – Nourished Kitchen (How to create fermented foods)

Interviews and related

Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride

My GAPS experience for panic disorder and GAPS radio interview

My interview on GAPS Diet Journey – Empowered Sustenance

GAPS Diet Journey Radio Interview – Loving Our Guts