By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
May 24, 2013
- Why the world is rallying against Monsanto
- Just how bad are genetically engineered foods?
- Here’s how you can join…
I’m not quite ready to turn in my stethoscope and become a political pundit yet, but I have some big news for you. (Yes, it may appear to be a matter of politics. But that’s not why I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. Not even close!)
So let me back up just a little bit…
Just a few weeks ago I alerted you to an alarming turn of events. A new bill was recently passed. And before the ink was even dry, media outlets were calling it the “Monsanto Act.”
That’s because Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically engineered seeds, is the entity that will benefit most from this bill.
And it places the long-term health of you, your family and our entire nation at great risk.
You see, this piece of legislature takes the regulation of genetically altered seeds out of the hands of the government. It doesn’t matter if they are deadly or dangerous. Once they’ve been planted, the USDA can’t stop the growth, harvesting or sale of genetically altered crops. And neither can the Federal Court.
Well – it appears the public won’t have it. I guess this is the last straw on the camel’s back. People across the globe have finally become fed up with being Monsanto’s lab rats and are ready to stand up for their rights.
On May 25, 2013 all of this pent-up outrage is going to be heard in a worldwide March Against Monsanto.
This isn’t a tiny little rally against City Hall. It’s a full-on public outcry.
And the number of countries and cities participating in this march is unbelievable.
People from Africa, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Columbia, Asia, New Zealand, Europe, America (and more!) are all rallying together to protect their food supplies from genetically modified foods.
If you’re not quite sure how a single company could create this much hoopla, you might change your mind after I share this next little bit of information.
Now I know a lot of people who keep eating genetically modified (GMO) foods despite the potential health risks. They’ve heard, over and over again, that GMO foods are just the same as natural foods. But that simply isn’t true.
And here’s a really good example of that.
Recently a 2012 Profit Pro analysis found its way onto the MomsAcrossAmerica.com website. It analyzed corn from both GMO and non-modified crops. And the analysis reveals some startling differences between the two.
For starters, GMO corn is drained of nutrients. When the two were compared here’s what they found.
The non-GMO corn had…
- 437 times more calcium than GMO corn (6130 ppm vs. 14 ppm)
- 16 times more potassium than altered corn (113 ppm compared to 7 ppm )
- 56 times more magnesium (113 ppm as opposed to 2 ppm)
But that’s not all they discovered.
While the GMO corn was lacking in ingredients it should contain, it also included some dangerous chemicals that should never show up in an ear of corn.
These included things like formaldehyde and glyphosate. When broken down to parts per million (ppm,) the levels were 200 ppm and 13 ppm respectively.
If that doesn’t worry you, it should.
I’m sure you’ve heard of formaldehyde. It’s the stuff morticians use to embalm human remains. But it’s not something you want in your body while you’re still alive.
Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. And breathing in as little as 3 ppm can damage pulmonary function in humans. That’s bad news for your lungs and respiratory system.
It’s been banned from use in many European countries. In fact, it’s so dangerous they don’t even use it for embalming anymore. But here in the U.S. we’re ingesting 200 ppm in every ear of corn we eat!
And what about glyphosate? That’s the stuff used in the popular weed killer, Round-Up.
But did you know Round-up is manufactured by Monsanto? So are the GMO seeds that allow farmers to spray as much of this herbicide on “Round-Up ready crops” as necessary.
And while these shenanigans might place millions of dollars into Monsanto’s coffers, they’re also stealing the life right out of your body.
If you don’t believe me, just take a look at this.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limit for the amount of glyphosate in our drinking water is set at .7 ppm. That’s because any amounts higher than that can cause kidney problems and reproductive difficulties.
But a single ear of GMO corn contains 18 times that amount. Research also shows glyphosate damages DNA, causes cancer and also acts as an endocrine (hormone) disruptor.
In the end, this isn’t anything as simple as a political debate. Far from it.
Getting GMO’s out of our food supply, demanding labels that identify genetically altered foods and challenging the government to take a stance against destroying our inherent right to purely natural foods is just good common health sense.
Here’s what you can do…
If you missed my last issue on how to avoid GMO’s, you can check it out here. It will give you all kinds of tips on how to avoid these genetically engineered foods.
You can also find a lot of great information in this great Non-GMO shopping guide produced by the Institute for Responsible Technology. It has a lot of great information on how to purchase non-GMO dairy, fruits, veggies, meats – even pet food and infant formula. Plus, it names specific brands that have been verified by the Non-GMO Project. Click here to download the guide: http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/ .
In the meantime, I urge everyone to get on the bandwagon and join the rally against Monsanto on May 25, 2013. You can click here to find out if a March Against Monsanto is being organized in your area, and exactly where it will take place.
www.http://Momsacrossamerica.com. Stunning Corn Comparison: GMO versus NON GMO.
National Toxicology Program (June 2011). Report on Carcinogens, Twelfth Edition. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Toxicology Program.
Green DJ, Sauder LR, Kulle TJ, Bascom R. Acute response to 3.0 ppm formaldehyde in exercising healthy nonsmokers and asthmatics. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1987 Jun;135(6):1261-6.
Basic Information about Glyphosate in Drinking Water. Environmental Protection Agency.
Gasnier C., Dumont C., Benachour N., Clair E., Chagnon M.C., Seralini G.E. (2009) Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and endocrine disruptors in human cell lines. Toxicology. 262: 184–191.