What are the major sources of toxins and what can YOU do to reduce your exposure right now?
Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins, Step-by-Step
You will feel better by reducing your exposure to toxins as this will reduce the burden on your liver and other organs.
While we are surrounded by toxins, you can improve your health by making better choices in the products you use and don’t forget the thoughts you think can be toxic too!
Although you can easily get overwhelmed by all of the new habits you might want to put in place,
You should take the time to learn about toxins and choose one new habit at a time, step-by-step.
Even small steps will reap big rewards when it comes to your health and well-being!
1. Food – Your food has more toxins than you may think. Processed and packaged foods are full of chemicals and additives, preservatives and pesticides. These toxins can cause cravings, weight gain, digestive problems and food allergies.
Conventional produce is also full of pesticides. In USA over one billion pounds of pesticides are used on food. These pesticides have been linked to many health problems ranging from muscle cramps and heart rate changes to irritability and emotional instability.
To reduce your exposure to food toxins:
Choose whole foods, avoid processed foods and choose organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible.
Organic produce is grown without being sprayed by harmful pesticides and the soil has less chemicals as well as being more mineral rich.
Choosing organically produced whole foods is a great step you can take toward health and wellness.
2. Water. Your body is between 70 – 90% water and the water you drink is critical to hydrating your body at the cellular level. These days, knowing where your water comes from is of the utmost importance. Tap water is teeming with toxins. The Environmental Working Group (USA) found over 140 contaminants in tap water.
Another huge problem is looming! Over the past few years, studies have shown that pharmaceuticals, like prescription and over the counter drugs, are being found in tap water. This includes: antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds.
Toxins that leach from the plastic bottles in bottled water are another problem.
To reduce your exposure to water toxins:
We highly recommend naturally clean, pure, and mineral-rich water to nourish the body; well water, natural mineral water, bottled natural spring water and bottled natural artesian waters.
By drinking these types of water which contain essential minerals and valuable nutrients, you can increase your levels of magnesium, sodium, and potassium which are required to support almost every function in the body including the adrenals.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses a day of glass bottled well water, natural spring water, artesian or spring waters or natural mineral water.
3. Environment. Outside pollution from manufacturing, cars and second-hand cigarette smoke can be challenging to avoid but you can avoid a lot of the toxins inside and around your home.
Harsh chemical household cleaners containing bleach, ammonia and other toxic chemicals that can cause health problems ranging from nausea to skin destruction, fluid in the lungs and wheezing.
To reduce your exposure to environmental toxins:
Switch your cleaning and washing products at home to those with all-natural ingredients.
Choose “green” or chemical free fabrics for furniture, which often have flame retardant chemicals on them (very toxic) and paint that does not have VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Choose the non-smoking section of restaurants and public places.
Consider moving to live in rural locations for the clean air and land.
4. Beauty and personal care products – Beauty products like toothpaste, lotion, youth creams, soap, shampoo, conditioner, perfumes and makeup are full of toxic chemicals. The products we use to look our best may actually be the biggest source of aging and other adverse symptoms. Even some beauty and personal care products from health food shops can contain ingredients that can be the cause of harmful symptoms. Some important ingredients to avoid in your beauty and personal care products are:
Mineral oil,petroleum, Diethanolamine DEA, Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, talc, lanolin and phthalates. Triclosan (found in antibacterial products),sodium laurel sulfate, Parabens such as Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben.
.Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.
To reduce your exposure to toxins in beauty and personal care products:
Read ingredient labels on your personal care products and avoid anything containing the above ingredients.
5. Stress and negative thinking – The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 90% of all illness and disease is due to stress.
Stress can kill the good bacteria and yeast that live in your intestines. Good bacteria keep your immunity and digestive system healthy strong. When the good bacteria and yeast get killed off,, the bad bacteria and yeast are able to take over. This creates imbalance which can set the stage for illness and dis-ease.
To reduce your exposure to toxins from stress and negative thinking:
Create your own personal set of rituals to renew and restore every day.
Some ideas that you can begin to incorporate into your routine:
Get to bed early.
Take long weekends away somewhere quiet and peaceful.
Spend time relaxing and reading.
Take warm baths, get a massage.
Listen to beautiful relaxing music.
Practice yoga or t’ai chi.
Drink calming tea.
Meditate morning and night.
Use essential oils such as lavender for relaxation.
Turn off electric lights and light candles for a gently soft glow.
Practice deep breathing to help slow your heart rate and reduce anxiety.
Go outside and get some sun and fresh air, even on overcast winter days.
Create your own personal rituals of self-care to renew and restore every day- remember –step by step.
If you’d like to have some fun, spend some time in some beautiful countryside and set yourself up with a solid sustainable foundation for 2017 and the years ahead, we’d love to welcome you to a weekend down on Trill organic farm in Devon.
Seeds of Change is a weekend run by Daphne Lambert and Gareth Edwards 20th-22nd January 2017.
It’s New Year and after the festivities our thoughts turn to de-toxification and clean starts.
There is no doubt that a period of alcoholic abstinence or juicing (drinking liquidized or juiced vegetables) may help our bodies to eliminate some of the ‘toxic’ load of festive season indulgence.
To sustain the benefits of a week of juicing and cleansing you really need to know what to eat and drink when you get back to eating normally.
Join us for 2 days to have some fun, spend some time with someone who really understands food and who can explain how to eat nutritiously for 2017 and the years ahead.
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It can be challenging to focus on health and wellbeing in the run up to Christmas time celebrations. When all the dust has settled and we sit back in the big comfortable chair to digest our festive experience our thoughts may turn to de-toxification and fresh, (dare we use the word?) clean starts.
There is no doubt that a period of alcoholic abstinence or drinking liquidised or juiced vegetables may help our bodies to eliminate some of the ‘toxic’ load of festive season indulgence. You can do this yourself, have someone deliver juices to you (for London dwellers) or visit a centre where only juice is available and someone else makes it. If you are considering the latter option, I’d highly recommend Amchara de-tox retreats in Somerset or on Gozo (Malta). (“To book into Amchara we have arranged for you to claim a free treatment upon booking through Live Blood London -for all booking enquiries, please contact Emily directly on 0203 7622 488 or email@example.com quoting reference livebloodlondon”)
Having been to Amchara last year I only have one reservation about the detox path.
What do you do when you’ve finished the de-tox?
De-tox is a great principle, but it’s only half of the equation. To sustain the benefits of a week of cleansing you really need to know what to eat and drink when you get back to eating normally. After seven years of nutrition education, I finally found someone who can explain how to eat nutritiously and understands food better than anyone I’ve ever met.
If you’d like to have some fun, spend some time in beautiful countryside and set yourself up with a solid sustainable foundation for 2017 and the years ahead, we’d love to welcome you to a weekend down on Trill organic farm in Devon.
Seeds of Change is a weekend run by Daphne Lambert and Gareth Edwards 20th-22nd January 2017.
Most conventional experts don’t view cell phone exposure as a problem, mainly because they only look at one component of cell phone safety.
Their focus is on the thermal effects of cell phones and how your body absorbs the radiofrequency energy. The industry insists that because the energy of the fields is too low to cause heating of tissues, it can’t have any biological effect.
These thermal or tissue heating effects are measured and assigned a rating known as SAR, which stands for Specific Absorption Rate.
Industry suggests you compare SAR ratings, but the numbers are meaningless
When buying a wireless phone, the industry suggests you compare ratings and purchase one with a lower rating.
Please understand that the SAR rating by itself is virtually worthless.
The SAR level only estimates the heat from the radiation penetrating into your head from a cell phone – just ONE component of concern!
The SAR level does not measure the risk from the frequencies of the cell phone, the erratic pulsing and modulation of the signals, or the magnetic fields created by the batteries.
Scientists now know that many of the effects from cell phones are non-thermal. In other words, they occur at levels too low to cause significant heating to tissues.
What You Need to Know About Cell Phone Radiation
The frequency of a cell phone’s waves falls between those emitted by FM radios and those from microwave ovens, all of which are considered “non-ionizing” forms of radiation.
When you make a call, text, or use data on your cell phone, here’s what happens:
Your phone sends radiofrequency, or RF waves from its antenna to nearby cell towers, and receives RF waves in return to its antenna.
If you are holding the phone next to your face, as most people do, then about 70 percent of the energy from the antenna is absorbed straight into your head.
As you can see from the diagram below, age makes a difference in how much of this energy can be absorbed into the tissue. A younger child’s skull is much thinner than an adult’s and still developing, therefore more radiation is able to penetrate the brain.
It’s not until around age 20 that your brain is fully developed.
These visual images should serve as a powerful reminder to parents that it’s never a good idea to allow a child to talk on a cell phone held close to the head!
Mobile Phone Radiation
As you move your cell phone away from your head, this radiation decreases rapidly. So, clearly, the further away from your body you can keep your phone, the better.
Incidentally, the manufacturer of one of the top-selling cell phones advises against direct body contact with their phones. This is what they say right on their website:
“To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories. Carry phone at least 5mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.”
One of the most important bits of advice I can give you is to avoid holding your phone directly against your head, especially while your call connects—which is when the power surge is greatest.
Using your speakerphone function or a safe headset to keep your phone a safe distance away from your body is a much better option.
But Why Does the Wireless Industry Still Insist Cell Phones Are Safe?
You can search online and find study after study that says cell phone usage is safe. The wireless industry claims that thousands of studies have failed to pinpoint adverse effects.
But, is that really true?
First you need to dig deep and find out who funded the study. If it’s an industry-funded study, the results presented are just about guaranteed to favor the industry. Why would they publish results that didn’t?
But just because countless studies might conclude “no risk found,” it doesn’t mean those were the real scientific findings of the investigation!
Cell Phone Safe?
The earlier one starts using cell phones, the more harmful its potential effects can be
Dr. Henry Lai, a University of Washington scientist in cellular and molecular engineering, reviewed 85 papers on the DNA-damaging effects of cell phone radiation. He and his colleague had found from their own research that cell phone radiation could cause DNA damage in brain cells.
What did he find when he took a closer look at these studies?
A whopping three-fourths of the papers that showed no toxic effects were funded either by the wireless industry or the military. Eighty percent of those that showed potential negative effects were not linked to the industry.
Even Time reported:
Independent studies on cell phone radiation found dangers at more than twice the rate of industry-funded studies.
We’re talking about a very lucrative industry here… The total revenue of the U.S. mobile wireless industry is over $171 billion!
Could it be that the wireless industry may be twisting science just enough to dodge or at least postpone regulation? They do have a lot at stake…
The 2011 Ruling That Delivered a Major Blow to the Wireless Industry
As cell phone usage around the world expands, evidence continues to mount against their safety, even though the industry still insists cell phones are safe.
Possibly the biggest blow to the industry came in 2011 when the International Agency for research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), declared cell phones a Class B carcinogen.
This classification puts cell phones squarely in the same category of certain pesticides and heavy metals as well as engine exhaust.
But that’s not all… There are now more than 20,000 publications in the scientific literature that show significant biological effects at exposures well within safety standards, including about 4,000 that include non-thermal effects.
How Cell Phones Impact Your Cells’ Energy Centers – Your Mitochondria
Mitochondria Cell Phones Impact
Cell phones have been shown to harm your cells’ mitochondria
Your body uses electrical fields to communicate between your cells. The electromagnetic fields emitted by the phones are far more damaging to your body because they interfere with your body’s own cellular communication.
Another major way cell phones can potentially impact you is through their effect on your mitochondria within your cells.
Most of your cells have several hundred mitochondria. Over 90% of the energy that your body needs to function properly comes from the mitochondria, so their well-being is essential to your energy production.
Not only are they your body’s primary source of energy, your cells’ mitochondria determine the speed at which your body ages. If your mitochondria are working optimally, your body ages at a normal rate.
Researchers have discovered that the radiation from cell phones can harm your mitochondria, including flipping certain genes within the mitochondria.
As important as your mitochondria are to your health, this potential damaging effect on genes is very concerning to me.
Is the Newest Technology Any Safer?
Industry tries to assure us that third and fourth generation cell phones are safer in terms of non-ionizing radiation.
But are they really?
There’s no proof that 3G or 4G is any safer, and if anything, the preliminary research suggests they may be even less safe.
Here’s the problem…
Today’s standards for radiofrequency emissions weren’t designed for cell phones.
Rather, the current federal standards were developed to guard against thermal effects, but remember, as I explained above, that’s not the issue. As we’ve already seen, most of the studies on cell phones show non-thermal effects.
What’s worrisome now is that evidence is suggesting exposure to cell phone radiation can have biological effects without raising temperature.
Radio frequency waves from cell phones have also been shown to produce “stress” proteins in human cells, proteins that the body produces for self-protection.
I agree that getting rid of your cell phone is probably not an option these days. Today’s cell phones are much more than phones – they’re often your camera, video recorder, hand-held computer, and your lifeline to staying in touch with your work and family.
But with all this distressing data and questionable research, there must be something we can do to help minimize exposure. I believe there is…
How to Minimize Cell Phone Radiation Emissions
Cell Phone Dangers while driving
Not only is direct cell phone contact dangerous, using one while you drive is like driving impaired
So what can you do to make cell phone usage safer for yourself and your family?
First and foremost, I recommend you consider not allowing your child or pre-teen to have a cell phone.
For teens, I encourage you to educate them on the dangers of holding or storing a cell phone close to their bodies and to remind them to use a safe headset if they need to make a call.
And, no one should ever use one while driving, including texting.
Here are some additional suggestions for minimizing your exposure to cell phone radiation:
Reduce your cell phone usage. Turn your phone off when you don’t need it.
Use your cell phone on speakerphone whenever possible. Avoiding contact with your head is the most important safeguard you can take.
Keep your phone as far away from your body as possible. There’s a significant drop-off in radiation exposure for every inch your phone is away from your body. Don’t stow your cell phone in your pocket!
Don’t place your phone against your head while the call is connecting. This is when your phone is sending out its strongest signal and you don’t want this surge of radiation penetrating your head!
Use a landline at home and at work. Just because everyone else goes cordless, you don’t need to.
Avoid using your cell phone if reception is poor. The weaker the reception, the more power your phone uses to transmit, and the more exposure you receive.
Limit cell phone use in your car. The metal parts of your car – the roof, doors, and chassis can magnify the radiation. Plus your phone has to work harder and increase its transmitting strength as you travel between cell towers.
If you must make a call unprotected, limit it to less than two minutes. Radiation exposure is dose-related. The longer you spend on your phone, the more potentially harmful microwave radiation you’re exposed to.
Use low power Bluetooth® technology or a headset to keep your phone away from your body. But just remember that if you use your Bluetooth® or headset a lot, you are still exposed to radiation right near your head.
For the ultimate in safety, use an air tube headset that’s specially designed to reduce cell phone radiation. In just a minute, I’ll tell you about the one I use.
Why I’ll Only Use a Headset That’s Specially Designed to Reduce Radiation
Before I carefully studied this issue, I used my cell phone regularly and thought my off-the-shelf headset protected me from my phone’s emissions.
However, I soon discovered that:
Cell phones emit a radiation plume.
Most cell phone headsets have a wire that can act like an antenna and magnify the radiation emissions.
The wireless industry – and the government – is suppressing a great deal of scientific data to protect multi-billion dollar profits.
And then I saw this alarming evidence… Through the use of thermographic imaging, scientists can see the changes take place inside your brain when you use a cell phone directly against your head.
Instead of seeing “cool” blues and greens that are present in your brain when you’re not exposed to cell phone radiation, scientists saw reds, yellows and oranges which graphically display internal heating of your tissues and cells after only 15 minutes of cell phone use.
Until recently, scientists believed that these changes and cell phone-related interference with brain waves and brain chemistry ended when the call ended. Now they know it can last for up to an hour.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — not to be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — is an autoimmune disease that can have very serious consequences.
(IBS, on the other hand, is a functional bowel disorder. In other words, there are no significant physical conditions that contribute to the problem; hence it’s a functional disease.)
According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IBD affects more than 3 million American adults, nearly triple previous estimates.1 There are two types of IBD:
Both of these IBD conditions involve chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, fatigue and diarrhea. IBD also raises your risk of developing colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer in the U.S.2
What’s Behind Rise in IBD?
As with many other autoimmune disorders, IBD cannot be traced back to any single cause; rather, it appears to be influenced by several factors, including:
Toxic environmental exposures
Altered intestinal microbiome
Researchers believe the rise in IBD may be linked to dietary changes, as more people are now eating primarily processed foods high in sugars and synthetic chemicals. Other factors thought to play a role in IBD include:3,4
Excessive exposure to antibiotics
Pesticide exposure (glyphosate being identified as being particularly harsh on gut microbes)
“[I]n addition to the rising economic, ecological and ethical questions raised by GMOs, there is a growing health risk … Specifically, a higher risk for allergies, toxic intestinal bacteria, reduced immune function, liver problems and many other highly controversial links.
These risks apply to everyone, but especially those with irritable bowel diseases. For a patient with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, they’re devastating, making it difficult for patients to recover properly, especially with so many other complications involved.
Ultimately, GMOs create bowel hypersensitivity, increase inflammation and damage to the intestinal lining. This makes IBD and IBS cases much worse, as they contribute and in some cases, may actually trigger these diseases.”
How Glyphosate Affects Your Health
While Monsanto insists that Roundup is safe and “minimally toxic” to humans, independent research6 strongly suggests that glyphosate residues “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease.”
According to Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Anthony Samsel, a research scientist and consultant:
“Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”
Samsel and Seneff have also published research tying glyphosate exposure to Celiac disease and gluten intolerance.7
While genetically engineered (GE) crops such as corn, soybeans and sugar beets tend to contain higher levels of glyphosate due to them being more heavily sprayed, conventional non-organic crops such as wheat are also routinely doused with glyphosate pre-harvest to boost yield, a practice known as dessication.
In summary, studies have found that glyphosate:
Inhibits cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of organic substances. This, Samsel and Seneff believe, is “an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals.”
One of the functions of CYP enzymes is to detoxify xenobiotics — chemical compounds found in a living organism that are not normally produced or consumed by the organism in question.
By limiting the ability of these enzymes to detoxify foreign chemical compounds, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of those chemicals and environmental toxins you may be exposed to.
Impairs the serum sulfate transport system in your body. Consequences of glyphosate interfering with CYP enzymes and impairing sulfate transport include GI disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Destroys the tight junctions in the cell membranes in your gut, thereby leading to “leaky” gut and absorption of undigested foods you were never designed to absorb.
Makes the gliadin in wheat highly indigestible. Moreover, by attaching to gliadin, glyphosate may promote immune reactions.
Alarming Levels of Glyphosate Found in Popular Foods
According to independent testing by The Detox Project, glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup) is present at “alarming levels” in many popular processed foods.8
Scientists have found glyphosate can alter gene function in the livers and kidneys of rats at levels as low as 0.05 parts per billion (ppb).
Meanwhile, Cheerios was found to contain more than 1,125 ppb of glyphosate, Doritos more than 481 ppb and Ritz crackers more than 270 ppb. According to Dave Murphy, executive director of Food Democracy Now!:
“It’s time for regulators at the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] and the White House to stop playing politics with our food and start putting the wellbeing of the American public above the profits of chemical companies like Monsanto.”
GMOs May Be Responsible for Rise in IBS Too
IBS is far more common than IBD, affecting an estimated 70 million Americans. Symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), a functional GI disease, include frequent:
Abdominal discomfort and/or pain
Spastic colon (spastic contractions of the colon)
Gas and bloating
Avoiding gluten is an important first step in treating this condition. But avoiding GMOs and pesticides may be equally important. As noted by Naked Food:9
“If you … suffer from a chronic digestive issue, then you should know that the food you choose to consume could be carrying a gene that is designed to intentionally cause intestinal rupture. [GMO] foods that contain Bt toxin, a built-in insecticide that inherently works by imploding the stomach of the creature that is feasting on it, could very well be contributing to your intestinal angst.”
Bt Crops Are Pesticides
Bt plants are a different breed of GE crops. Contrary to herbicide-resistant GE crops, Bt crops are equipped with a gene from the soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), allowing them to produce Bt toxin internally. Plant-incorporated pesticides such as Bt (both the protein and its genetic material) are actually registered with the EPA as a pesticide,10 but the Bt plant itself is not regulated as such. This has resulted in the false claim that Bt plants have reduced pesticide usage.
The Bt toxin produced inside Bt crops is NOT actually included in the data collection on pesticide usage. So to say that Bt crops promote less chemical-heavy agriculture is truly a gross misrepresentation of reality. Every single cell of the Bt plant contains this insecticide, yet not a drop of it is counted. The failure to count the toxin inside the plant, and only counting the pesticides applied topically, is a significant loophole that makes Bt plants appear to provide a benefit that in reality simply isn’t true.
Moreover, while topically applied Bt toxin biodegrades in sunlight and can be washed off, the Bt toxin in these GE plants does not degrade, nor can it be removed or cleaned off the food because it’s integrated into every cell of the plant. The plant-produced version of the poison is also thousands of times more concentrated than the topical spray, so in reality, Bt pesticide exposure has risen exponentially, no matter what the pesticide usage data says.
Bt Toxin Is Exempt From Toxicity Requirements
Plant-incorporated Bt toxin in Bt soybeans is also exempt from the requirement of a tolerance level for residues,11 both in the commodity and in the final food product. The final rule on this was issued in February 2014. This is truly incomprehensible in light of the potential for harm.
Originally, Monsanto and the EPA claimed the Bt toxin produced inside the plant would be destroyed in the human digestive system, therefore posing no health risk. This was proven false when, in 2011, doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found Bt-toxin in the blood of 93 percent of pregnant women tested, 80 percent of umbilical blood in their babies, and 67 percent of non-pregnant women.12
The study showed that Bt toxin actually bioaccumulates in your body. Other research13 suggests it may produce a wide variety of immune responses, including elevated IgE and IgG antibodies, typically associated with allergies and infections, and an increase in cytokines, associated with allergic and inflammatory responses. A study14 published in 2011 found that Bt toxin affects human cells, both in isolation and in combination with glyphosate-based herbicides, including Roundup.
Since Introduction of Bt Crops, IBD Has Significantly Risen
That study also showed that the pesticide crystal proteins Cry1Ab, a subspecies of the Bt toxin, causes cell death starting at 100 parts per million (ppm). As noted by Naked Food Magazine, there are distinct parallels between the prevalence of Bt crops and GI disorders such as IBD and IBS:15
“Genetically modified foods that carry the Bt toxin first came to American households in 1996. Between the years of 1979 and 1998, the number of Americans to suffer from Crohn’s Disease … bounced back and forth between 225 per 100,000 people to 300 per 100,000 people.
In 2000, that number shot up to 375 per 100,000 people, and has been on the rise ever since. Ambulatory care visits from those who reported inflammatory bowel symptoms went from 275 per 100,000 people to 375 per 100,000 people between the years of 1994 and 1998.”
“The first and more important step you can take to protect yourself from damages that may be caused by GMOs is to change your diet. Non-GMO, free-range and otherwise organic foods should replace any GMOs you regularly consume. It also helps to avoid the most common food allergens, such as gluten and sugar products …
However, the damage caused may be long-lasting. GMOs may make you allergic to non-GM foods. Since the genetic material in GM soy transfers to the bacteria living in the intestines, it continues to function and spew proteins continuously. Clearing the body of these harmful substances is no easy task.”
The most commonly consumed GMO crops (which includes both herbicide-resistant and Bt varieties) are:17,18,19
Corn (found in most processed foods in the form of corn meal, corn syrup, corn starch, corn flour and so on)
Soy (which can hide under descriptions such as lecithin and starch, among others)
Canola (rapeseed oil)
You may also be exposed to Bt toxin via meat from animals fed Bt corn, and glyphosate via herbicide-resistant GE grain feed such as corn and soy, all of which are common staples in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). This is one of several good reasons for making sure your meats come from organically raised grass-fed animals.
Other Processed Food Ingredients May Also Wreak Havoc in Your Gut
Besides pesticides such as glyphosate and Bt toxin, processed foods contain a variety of other ingredients that can wreak havoc in your gut. Recent research suggests emulsifiers such as polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcelluloseplay a role in IBD and colorectal cancer, primarily by inducing chronic low-grade inflammation.20,21 As reported by Medical News Today:22
“Normally the intestine is protected from a variety of harmful bacteria via the mucus structures that cover the intestines, keeping the harmful bacteria away from the epithelial cells that line the intestine. But emulsifiers seem to help transport bacteria across epithelial cells … The team fed mice the two most common additives have also been linked to low-grade bowel inflammation and metabolic disease: polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose.
The doses were replicated so as to mirror the proportions these emulsifiers are commonly added to human processed food … Not only did emulsifiers alter the microbiotic environment in a way that is pro-inflammatory, but it also changed the balance between cell proliferation and cell death, which enhances tumor development.”
For Optimal Health, Opt for Organic Food
A large number of studies have shown that organic foods: 23,24,25,26,27,28
Are less likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues. (Synthetic chemicals are not permitted in organic agriculture, yet can occur due to contamination from nearby conventional farms.)
Contain fewer heavy metals (on average 48 percent lower levels of cadmium,29 for example).
Contain anywhere from 18 to 69 percent more antioxidants than conventionally-grown varieties.
May in some cases be more nutrient-dense. For example, one 2010 study,30 which was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), found that organic strawberries were more nutrient-rich than non-organic strawberries.
If you live in the U.S., the following organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods:
EatWild.com provides lists of farmers known to produce wholesome raw dairy products as well as grass-fed beef and other farm-fresh produce (although not all are certified organic). Here you can also find information about local farmers markets, as well as local stores and restaurants that sell grass-fed products.
Weston A. Price has local chapters in most states, and many of them are connected with buying clubs in which you can easily purchase organic foods, including grass fed raw dairy products like milk and butter.
The FoodRoutes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs and markets near you.
The Cornucopia Institute maintains web-based tools rating all certified organic brands of eggs, dairy products, and other commodities, based on their ethical sourcing and authentic farming practices separating CAFO “organic” production from authentic organic practices.
If you’re still unsure of where to find raw milk, check out Raw-Milk-Facts.com and RealMilk.com. They can tell you what the status is for legality in your state, and provide a listing of raw dairy farms in your area.
The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund31 also provides a state-by-state review of raw milk laws.32 California residents can also find raw milk retailers using the store locator available at www.OrganicPastures.com.
So you probably know that vitamin C helps to stop a cold in its tracks but have you heard of these four additional ways to bullet proof your immune system?
By Patrick Holford
Get your stores of vitamin D to full power
Most people’s vitamin D blood level is below 50nmol/l. You want to get this up to 80nmol/l for maximum protection. While 15mcg, which is what’s in in the multivitamin I take, is enough for most of the year, if your vitamin D level is average you want to boost this during the winter by taking the equivalent of 30mcg daily.
However TAKING VITAMIN D ONCE A WEEK works just as well.
Here’s what I do and why: if I’m already taking 15mcg every day I need an additional 15mcg x 7 = 105mcg a week. I take a vitamin D emulsion that gives 25mcg(1000iu) per drop. So, I just take 4 drops once a week.
A recent study of teenagers confirms this. The researchers found they needed up to 30mcg of vitamin D during the winter to boost vitamin D levels to a healthy level. Vitamin D boosts immune system’s ability to respond against invaders.
Eat a clove of garlic every day
Garlic not only boosts immunity, it triggers genes that ‘upregulate’ immunity a recent study shows. This effect has been shown to happen with just one raw clove of garlic a day.
A study this year showed that those eating garlic daily for 90 days showed reduced cold and flu severity, with a reduction in the number of symptoms, the number of days participants functioned suboptimally, and the number of work/school days missed.
I have a clove of garlic every day. Admittedly, I use it in cooking – I don’t think steam frying lessens its power much, but I also squeeze a raw clove into salad dressings.
Up your anthocyandins
These are the blue/red colour in berries. They’re especially rich in bilberries, black elderberries and montmorency cherries and blueberries and have been shown to inhibit neuraminidase which is the enzyme that viruses use to break into cells.
The vitamin C I take, twice a day, gives me a concentrated extract of both black elderberry and bilberry, but I also bump up my daily levels with a shot of either CherryActive or BlueberryActive every day. By the way, on a cold day make it hot – it’s delicious and warming.
Have a cold shower or swim
If you have a hot shower, and then a quick burst of cold shower, it stimulates your metabolism and boosts your immunity. So does cold water swimming. This is because you make more immune cells, according to investigators at Britain’s Thrombosis Research Institute.
However, if you get a cold keep warm. Have warm baths and showers. Your immune system can kill bugs better with a higher temperature – that’s why the body turns up its temperature when fighting an infection. You can help it.
Remember, if you get the first signs of a cold take a high dose vitamin C tablet containing zinc and black elderberry, every hour, or two tablets every two hours, until the cold ‘breaks’. Ginger also helps reduce throat inflammation.
Genetically modified food impossible to avoid unless you buy organic, Britons warned
BUYING organic meat, eggs and milk is the ONLY way to avoid genetically modified produce, Britons have been warned.
By ALIX CULBERTSON
It is increasingly difficult to avoid produce from livestock fed GM crops and it is in most meat sold in restaurants and supermarkets, the National Farmers’ Union conference heard yesterday.
A shocking 80 per cent of maize and soya beans, which are the main sources of food for cattle, are now GM due to the global nature of food sold in British supermarkets and on the wholesale market.
GM crops are not being grown in the UK, apart from a few small batches at research centres, but many shoppers are unwittingly buying GM-fed produce.
David Hughes, professor of food marketing at Imperial College London, said: “We find it convenient not to make a big noise about it.”
Fast-food giant McDonald’s admitted to using beef from cows raised on GM crops.
Connor McVeigh, director of supply chain at McDonald’s UK, said he knew customers did not want GM ingredients bit it was “becoming increasingly difficult to source non-GM feed within our supply chain”.
UK supermarkets have admitted although they do not sell GM foods, many of the meat products are fed GM crops after a pledge to ensure farm animals were reared on a GM-free diet was dropped in 2013.
With 90 per cent of North and South America’s soya bean crop being GM, it is difficult to get away from the crops which have DNA which does not occur naturally.
Peter Melchett, of the Soil Association, said British animals should be fed domestic vegetables instead of GM crops from the United States and Brazil.
He said: “When you buy a steak, how do you know what the animal has been fed on? It could have been fed on Welsh grass or it could be beef fed on Brazilian soya which is GM.
“Nobody is going to tell you. Are we too childish or infantile to be told this?”
He said the British public should be told what they are buying as there are potential health risks to humans eating GM-fed meat.
There are also concerns over an excessive use of weedkillers on soy production in the Americas, both for animal feed and human consumption.
Mr Melchett added: “If it’s so wonderful, let people choose.”
2013 marked the year GM became especially prevalent in Britain, with supermarkets dropping their non-GM feed pledge, and Owen Paterson, the former Tory environment secretary saying “not a single” steak in Lodnon restaurants was not made from GM-fed cattle.
At the end of last year, 19 European Union (EU) member states signed up to rules introduced six months before which permits individual EU countries to ban cultivation of GM crops.
Germany, France, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were among those who signed up, but it does not stop GM feed being used.
A proposal was put forward in early 2015 by the European Commission to introduce an opt-out provision on GM feed but this was rejected over fears it would hit the meat-trade.
British supermarkets are clear they sell GM-fed meat and the only way to avoid it is to buy organic.
Morrison’s website, says: “Like other supermarkets, we are unable to guarantee that GM animal feed is not used in the supply chain for meat and dairy products, unless it’s organic.
“Such a promise would add to the strain on farmers and increase the pressure on food prices, given the declining availability of guaranteed non-GM feed.”
Waitrose says: “We fully understand that some customers would like a wider choice of produce from animals fed on a non-GM diet.
“With that in mind, all the animals that supply our organic meat, eggs and milk are fed a non-GM diet.”
Sainsbury’s website says: “We do not permit the sale of own brand food, drink, pet food, dietary supplements or floral products that contain GM material.
“We are also aware that some customers have concerns regarding products from animals that may have been fed a diet containing GM material. As part of offering a choice to our customers, we offer a range of own brand organic products which guarantees the animals are fed a non-GM diet.”
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said GM crops are “considered to be as safe as food from animals fed on non-GM crops.”
But, it said a review by the European FSA had found it is “possible that DNA fragments derived from GM plant materials in feed may occasionally be detected in animal tissues.”
In 2009, a French court found Monsanto guilty of lying; falsely advertising itsRoundup herbicide as “biodegradable,” “environmentally friendly” and claiming it “left the soil clean.”
We’re now starting to understand just how false such statements are. For example, last summer, a groundbreaking study revealed a previously unknown mechanism of harm from glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.
The research showed that glyphosate residues, found in most processed foods in the Western diet courtesy of GE sugar beets, corn, and soy, “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease.”
More recently, a Norwegian study published in Food Technology1 found that genetically engineered (GE) soy contains high levels of glyphosate, along with a poorer nutritional profile, leading the researchers to question its quality and safety.
Evidence also suggests glyphosate may be a key player in Argentina’s growing health problems, where birth defects and cancer rates have skyrocketed among GE corn and soya farming communities.
If You Eat Processed Food, You’re Eating Glyphosate
While nearly one billion pounds of glyphosate is doused on both conventional and GE crops worldwide each year, GE crops receive the heaviest amounts. It’s important to realize that processed foods undoubtedly expose you to this toxic contamination, courtesy of the soy and vegetable oil used.2
Ditto for meats from animals raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), as soy is a staple of conventional livestock feed. As noted in the featured article by Rodale News:3
“That herbicide-laced soy winds up in thousands of nonorganic packaged foods and in animal feed for livestock like pigs, cows, chickens, and turkeys.
Why is this happening? Genetically engineered crops are manipulated in a way that could never occur in nature so plants like corn, soy, canola, cotton, and sugar beets can withstand high doses of glyphosate-containing herbicides that would normally kill them. The result? Roundupin food that people and farm animals eat.”
Beware: Glyphosate Is a Systemic Contaminant
It’s quite crucial to understand that glyphosate contamination is systemic, meaning it is present in every cell of the plant, from root to tip. It’s not just an issue of topical contamination, as with many other agricultural chemicals sprayed on crops.
Normally, you need to thoroughly wash your produce to remove topical residues, but you simply cannot remove glyphosate from your produce. And neither can food and animal feed manufacturers who use GE ingredients in their products.
This is a major reason for avoiding processed foods, over and beyond the fact that processed foods are less healthy for you from a nutritional standpoint.
Making matters worse, while evidence is piling up showing the hazards of glyphosate on human health, farmers are ramping up their usage of the chemical due to the proliferation of resistant weeds, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently raised the allowable levels of glyphosate in food by significant amounts.4,5
Allowable levels in oilseed crops such as soy were doubled, from 20 ppm to 40 ppm just lasts summer. It also raised the levels of permissible glyphosate contamination in other foods—many of which were raised to 15-25 times previous levels.
GE Soy Is NOT ‘Substantially Equivalent’ to Non-GE Soy, Researchers Say
The Norwegian study in question investigated contamination levels and nutritional contents of three varieties of Iowa-grown soybeans:6 Roundup Ready soybeans; non-GE, conventional soybeans grown using Roundup herbicide; and organic soybeans, grown without agricultural chemicals.
On average GE soy contained 11.9 parts per million (ppm) of glyphosate. The highest residue level found was 20.1 ppm. Meanwhile, no residues of either kind were found in the conventional non-GE and organic varieties. (Similar results were found in a 2012 nutritional analysis of GE corn, which was found to contain 13 ppm of glyphosate, compared to none in non-GMO corn.)
Such revelations have serious implications for Americans who eat an average of 193 pounds of genetically engineered foods each year.7 In an article for The Ecologist,8 two of the researchers point out that these levels are actually double, or more, of what Monsanto itself has referred to as “extreme levels:”
“All of the individual samples of GM-soy contained residues of both glyphosate and AMPA, on average 9.0 mg/kg. This amount is greater than is typical for many vitamins.
Monsanto (manufacturer of glyphosate) has claimed that residues of glyphosate in GM soy are lower than in conventional soybeans, where glyphosate residues have been measured up to 16-17 mg/kg (Monsanto 1999).
These residues, found in non-GM plants, likely must have been due to the practice of spraying before harvest (for desiccation).
Another claim of Monsanto’s has been that residue levels of up to 5.6 mg/kg in GM-soy represent ‘…extreme levels, and far higher than those typically found.’ (Monsanto 1999).” [Emphasis mine]
The researchers also found nutritional differences between the three types of soy. Compared to conventionally grown non-GE and GE soy, organic soybeans contained higher levels of protein and zinc, and lower levels of omega-6. According to the authors:9“This study rejects that GM soy is ‘substantially equivalent’ to non-GM soybeans.”
Toxicity of Roundup Has Been Vastly Underestimated
The Norwegian researchers also point out that the potential toxicity of Roundup has likely been vastly underestimated, as toxicity cannot be attributed solely to the active ingredient, glyphosate.
“When regulatory agencies assess pesticides for safety they invariably test only the claimed active ingredient. Nevertheless, these do not necessarily represent realistic conditions since in practice it is the full, formulated herbicide (there are many Roundup formulations) that is used in the field. Thus, it is relevant to consider, not only the active ingredient, in this case glyphosate and its breakdown product AMPA, but also the other compounds present in the herbicide formulation since these enhance toxicity,” they write.10
So, when you see “inert” or “inactive ingredients” listed on the label of a pesticide or herbicide, please understand that all this means is that those ingredients will not harm pests or weeds. This is how federal law classifies “inert” pesticide ingredients.11 It does NOT mean that those ingredients are not harmful to YOU, your children, or your pets.
Indeed, one 2012 study12 revealed that inert ingredients such as solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other added substances are anything but “inactive.” They can, and oftentimes do, contribute to a product’s toxicity in a synergistic manner—even if non-toxic in isolation. Certain adjuvants in glyphosate-based herbicides were also found to be “active principles of human cell toxicity,” adding to the hazards inherent with glyphosate. It’s well worth noting that, according to the researchers, this cell damage and/or cell death can occur at the residual levels found on Roundup-treated crops, as well as lawns and gardens where Roundup is applied for weed control.
They also suspect that Roundup might cause miscarriages and abnormal fetal development by interfering with hormone production13 — problems that have skyrocketed in Argentina, following the introduction of GE soy. A toxic combination of Roundup and fertilizers has also been blamed for tens of thousands of deaths among farmers in Sri Lanka, India, and Central America’s Pacific coastline (El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica).
Birth Malformation Skyrocketing in Agricultural Centers of Argentina
As noted in the featured BBC radio report14 above, Argentina has become one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of GE soy and corn, and along with it, the country has experienced an explosion of miscarriages, fertility problems, and abnormal fetal development. In the province of Chaco, birth defects have quadrupled in the decade following the introduction of GE crops.15
“[T]here is unease across the nation’s vast GM belt, especially about health. In the northern province of Chaco, the minister of Public Health wants an independent commission to investigate cases of cancer and the incidence of children born with disabilities,”BBC reports.16“Pressly interviews the University of Buenos Aires Dr. Andres Carrasco, who published a study in 2010 showing that glyphosate can cause birth defects in animal embryos.
Pressly asks Carrasco — what should have happened after you published your paper? ‘Very easy,’ Carrasco says. ‘The governments in Argentina — they should call for a moratorium.’ ‘But you then call the whole of the model into question — what does that mean for Argentina’s economy?’ Pressly asks. ‘What about if we are poisoning our people?’ Carrasco asks.”
More than 18 million hectares in Argentina are covered by GE soy, on which more than 300 million liters of pesticides are sprayed. In the village of Malvinas Argentinas, which is surrounded by soy plantations, the rate of miscarriage is 100 times the national average, courtesy of glyphosate. According to Dr. Medardo Vasquez, a neonatal specialist at the Children’s Hospital in Cordoba, featured in the documentary film People and Power — Argentina: The Bad Seeds:
“I see new-born infants, many of whom are malformed. I have to tell parents that their children are dying because of these agricultural methods. In some areas in Argentina the primary cause of death for children less than one year old is malformations.”