Thursday, May 30, 2013

The attack of GE wheat!

It's bad enough that Monsanto will most likely sooner than later get approval to sell their GE wheat seed allowing them to complete the ultimate GMO trifecta (soy-corn-wheat) as they continue their pursuit for global agricultural domination.  Yet despite this eventual seemingly unavoidable blow to all those that fight this uphill battle against genetically engineered foods, there is always that small glimmer of hope that someday somehow people will finally wake up to the truth and acknowledge the damaging global threat that genetic engineering poses within our food industries.

So one can only imagine then the severity of such a finding as illustrated in today's news:

Non-approved strain of GE wheat found in Oregon.

Now we can speculate the how in "somehow" GE wheat has escaped testing facilities and infiltrated its way into this farmer's fields... or the who that could possibly be involved and whether or not this was accidental or deliberate.  We can even contemplate that pungent odor in the air that can only come from foul play, as we debate the possible conspiracy theories.  But you cannot deny the detrimental side effects that will cascade from such a scenario.

The act of isolating GMOs and assuring they NEVER infect non-GMO crops has always been one of the biggest fears amongst the organic community.  It has already happened countless times with the already approved GE crops (corn, soy, and canola), but this could be a first with a non-approved crop.  No doubt a true nightmare becomes reality scenario!

This fight against GMOs will no doubt be a long one, and whether or not it's a winning battle or a lost cause for those that oppose it, only time will tell.  But in the meantime it is crucial that those that who choose to buck the conventional (factory) farming system and practice a more organic sustainable farming approach, get that very opportunity without the fear of contamination!      

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NASA awards grant for project that could end hunger, but at what cost?

Didn't NASA recently have its funding towards space exploration stopped (or limited), fueling countless billionaires to fund the next-gen in space travel?  And yet somehow they manage to muster up the funds to possibly end world hunger?

At first read (of the title) I immediately cringe at the very thought of the devastating possibilities this could have on human health and that of the environment.  And after giving the article a read NASA awards grant for 3-D food printer my fears are only justified. 

Why dose our future have to take this cyborg-istic evolutionary path of printing our food?

With all that I've learned about health and diet and the global benefits of getting back to nature as stewards of the land focusing on the importance of the microscopic world that exists beneath us, around us, and inside of us, it seems egotistical to think we can ignore (defy) this link with nature and simply turn to technology for the most basic of needs... food!

To me it seems like just another way for "industry" to control our lives.  Currently we have food manufactures, the factory farming industry, and pharmaceutical companies doing just that, and all we as a nation have to show for it are rises in both medical debt and the very chronic inflammatory diseases that put us there.  I guess from that angle though, food printing is the only logical next step...someone will surely benefit from this but mark my word, it wont be the consumer!

According to researchers on the project, except for insects, this "food alternative" will use mostly plant based sources to generate the protein, sugar, and carbohydrates required for printing.  The problem with this is, it's this sort of  high carb/sugar and low saturated fat based diet that is the cause of most chronic health problems.

So where's the healthy saturated fat and cholesterol in this printed food?  Absent of course.

And therefore where is the health benefit to those that consume it?  Absent of course.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Statins kill... not cholesterol!

If you still don't believe that saturated fat and cholesterol are necessary for a healthy lifestyle... and if you still believe that Statins are the miracle drug they are advertised to be... then I urge you to watch this video!

Statin Nation: The Great Cholesterol Coverup

Friday, May 10, 2013

Is sitting at work killing you?

I thought this was a very interesting article worth sharing.  It's based on research by a former NASA director of Life Sciences, Dr. Joan Vernikos, whose job it was to keep astronaut's health from deteriorating due to prolonged time spent in space. And her findings are quite astounding, in that they affect nearly every one of us that spends much of their day sitting at a desk! 

It turns out one of the most unhealthy things we can do is sit for a prolonged period of time (a desk job). 

"What she discovered was nothing short of astounding. “Standing was more effective than walking,” she says. And, it wasn’t how long you were standing, but how many times you stood up that made the difference. In conclusion, she discovered that it is the change in posture that is the most powerful, in terms of having a beneficial impact on your health.
In a nutshell, your body needs perpetual motion to function optimally. As Dr. Vernikos states, the good news is that there are virtually unlimited opportunities for movement throughout the day"

This is not the first time I've read an article on this topic, but that doesn't make it any less eye-opening.  To think that one can eat healthy and exercise regularly, and yet still may not be able to avoid the unfortunate effects of the modern day unhealthy lifestyle; especially the "desk-jockeys" of today's world.   Being one of those who work at a computer for much of the day, I take this research quite seriously!  For some time now I have been trying to limit my sitting by standing at my desk when possible, and now with this latest research I think I will focus more on constant movement; changing positions frequently as well as standing up and taking short walks.

Being healthy is a lifestyle choice, so make it wisely! 
  • Choose to eat local sustainably raised/grown foods.  
  • Choose organic non-GMO.  
  • Educate yourself on health and nutrition, and look beyond the mainstream news for research not funded by pharmaceutical companies.  
  • Get plenty of sun (Vitamin D) and go barefoot (outside) when possible.  
  • And above all KEEP MOVING!

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