Archive for July, 2011

Genetically Engineered Food

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

What kinds of food are genetically engineered?

There are currently six major foods sold in the U.S. that are typically genetically engineered. These are listed below with the percent that are GE:

Sugar beets                        95%

Soybeans                            93%

Cotton (Cottonseed oil)     78%

Canola                                  75%

Corn                                      70%

Papaya                                 50%

Because most of these are used widely, about two-thirds of processed food contains a GE ingredient. Conversely, the vast majority of raw fruits and vegetables are not GE. Organic foods, by definition, can’t be GE.

Does genetic engineering improve the nutritional quality of foods?

No. There are no GE foods on the market in which nutritional quality is enhanced beyond a non-GE food counterpart.

So why don’t we eat real foods?

GE foods make for more profits in pesticides, yields, and lower costs(?) at the expense of the animal or human eating them.

Unfortunately these GE foods create ulcers, disease and even death in humans.

So why don’t we eat real, unmodified foods? We look at the cost at the store of processed foods and expect our insurance to pay all of the medical bills it creates with disease and death.

Soda and Diet Soda

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Here’s what my friend Sherry Brescia writes about soda and diet soda:

Maybe it’s because people are going to lots of graduation parties and backyard barbecues, but I’ve gotten a ton of questions expressing concerns lately about soda, and especially diet soda.

So here’s what you need to know.

Onslaught of acid

Strictly in terms of health, ANY soda — diet or regular — is acid in a bottle (or can).  In fact, it’s SO acidic that it takes about 32 cups of water to neutralize the acid in just ONE can of soda in your body.

Having to neutralize that much acidity puts a massive strain on your kidneys, which are responsible for filtering acid out of your bloodstream and into your urine.

Your body also uses its own alkaline minerals (which includes calcium from your bones and teeth and magnesium from your muscles) to neutralize the acid. When these minerals are continually depleted by regular soda drinking, it can result in arthritis, osteoporosis, tooth decay and brittle, porous bones that fracture easily. (note: the incidents of these health issues are on the rise, especially in younger people)

Acid also hampers your stomach’s ability to break down your food, so since soda sales are on the rise, these drinks are major contributors to the explosion in recent years of digestive illnesses.

In addition to what processed foods and incompatible food combinations do, soda adds to bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation.

“Do the Dew” is taking on a whole new meaning, isn’t it?

For the rest of the story you can check out her webpage: http://www.greattastenopain.com/great.asp

There’s more in to the story!

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Did you know that most of our corn grown in the United States is unfit to eat. A large portion is turned into high fructose corn syrup. And all of the nutrition is taken out of this syrup. It just makes things taste sweeter at the expense of the person taking it.

Also a large portion of corn produced in the U.S. is fed to livestock. Cows were not meant to eat corn and if not slaughtered when they were would die of corn induced disease. Then we put antibiotics in with the corn to help keep the cows from getting too sick.

Now the ads come out saying corn is corn – a very underhanded way to say high fructose corn syrup is good for us. Corn on the cob is good. Corn for corn syrup and animal livestock is harmful to our system.

Check the facts and forget about the false advertising.

As Americans we can eat healthier but we have to stop eating junk food – which tastes good.

Don’t die from Vitamin Deficiency

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The many published scientific articles show that many Americans are deficient in the most necessary nutrients.

For example in recent years the lack of vitamin D in the body has brought on many health problems from breast cancer to common age related problems. Today’s studies have recommended increasing vitamin D intake to 1,000 IU per day. I personally take 5,000+ after listening to a doctor who studied the effects of vitamin D deficiency.

The largest study on vitamin D showed that 85 percent of those studied had less than the optimal blood level of vitamin D.

A recent study on vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) of 29,000 subjects showed a significant reduction in overall mortality in the quintiles of the highest blood levels of vitamin E than those in the lowest quintile.

Because most Americans eat too much processed foods they also suffer from lack of Magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6, and B5 (and B vitamins should be taken together).

Learning to pay attention to their food intake most Americans can obtain the nutrients they need by eating organically and taking a few supplements.

Some material taken from Life Extension, 2011-2012 Annual Directory.