GMO’s are more dangerous to humans than just weight gain

Hi everyone,

One of my family members sent me a newsletter they received from the Mediterranean diet book. It suggests avoiding GMO’s because they make you gain weight. After reading this sad attempt at educating people on GMO’s, I contacted Enrico and Valerie to explain how they could have done a better job. They are in Italy, so they don’t have to worry about GMO’s like those of us in the US. The main goal of this newsletter is to sell more books, because it contained 2 links.

In my response, I gave a little insight into the dangers of GMO’s, not just the fact they might contribute to weight gain. I also attached a paper I wrote in the beginning of my grad school education. I’ve also attached it here…

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GMO’s are created when foreign DNA is forced into the DNA of a seed. That DNA contains the Bt toxin (to kill pests), Round Up weed killer (to kill weeds), or other virus killers. These are dangerous to humans and should not be consumed. The Bt toxin, for instance, rips open the stomach of bugs when they eat the crops. Do people at Monsanto think that when humans eat the Bt corn (sold at Wal-Mart stores) their stomachs will be fine??? The same thing happens to people, just look at the increased amount of GI problems in the US.

I’m disappointed that people that sell diets aren’t educated enough to do so. If they are going to start a topic of discussion, they need all the facts, or at least more than were offered in the attached email I received.

Ignorance kills.

Cindi

 

Attached email I received:

“Subject: Avoid These GMOs That Make You Gain Weight

Reply-To: support@mediterraneanbook.com

Hello,



As you probably already know, the Mediterranean diet (Click Here to Get The 28 Day Meal Plan Now!) is a whole foods diet with no presence of GMOs. That’s why it’s the gold standard in healthy eating, and it’s the most effective and easy way to lose weight and keep it off.



A weed killer sprayed on 80 % of genetically modified foods could be linked to obesity, digestive diseases, and other chronic disorders, according to a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) paper published in the journal Entropy.


Without genetic modification, herbicides would damage crops, making them susceptible to insects and disease. To solve this issue, genes have been tweaked to be tolerant of the herbicide. The downside, according to the study, is that the herbicides used to protect the plants are harmful to humans.


Common ingredients to specifically watch out for include some of the obvious ones like high-fructose corn syrup and soybean oil. But several others you will want to be aware of include many common food texturizing agents, flavor enhancers, thickeners, sweeteners, and fortifiers. 



Some of the common offenders include ingredients like xanthan gum, citric acid, maltodextrin, lactic acid, dextrose, caramel color, baking powder, malt syrup, modified food starch, mono and diglycerides, sorbitol, stearic acid, and triglycerides.



If you live in the U.S., produce items you will want to specifically and always avoid are those bearing a five-digit PLU (Price look-up code) beginning with the number “8,” as these are GMOs *. 



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Thanks for reading.



Ciao


Enrico and Valerie
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What is up with the State of Texas???

This article is a perfect example of how messed up the state of Texas really is. You can carry a concealed handgun into the Senate chamber in the Capital building in Austin, but you must hand over feminine products and diabetic supplies. I just don’t get this state…..Since when are guns allowed in a capital building???

http://www.forwardprogressives.com/texas-officially-loses-it-bans-tampons-and-diabetic-supplies-from-senate-chamber-guns-ok/

How to prevent another West, TX tragedy

Living only 50 miles away from West, TX, the plant explosion is constantly in the news, and the news is not good. The more the investigators dig into what happened, the more they find out about lack of regulation enforcement. West Chemical and Fertilizer tried to obtain an exemption from OSHA inspections, allowing less regulations for companies that sell more than half of their product to end users. However, OSHA doesn’t follow up with these companies, and in fact, had not inspected the plant in West since 1985.

How can this be fixed? For starters, OSHA can perform inspections like they are suppose to, no matter the size or exemption of the company. If OSHA and the EPA don’t enforce laws, companies are going to continue to get away with anything and everything they can.

Which is exactly what the plant in West did. Not only were they not inspected, they built the town right up against the plant. Why? Texas has minimal rules and regulations when it comes to protecting its citizens. But citizens don’t have to sit back and let it happen to them. There are so many grass roots efforts that have made big changes in our policies. Sadly, 15 people died for no reason in West, TX, and hopefully it never happens again. People are not going to sit around and let another apartment building, retirement home, or school be built within 500 feet of a fertilizer plant, ever again.

The one positive thing we can all take away from this tragedy is that we can prevent it in the future. It may be an uphill battle, especially here in Texas, but it can be fixed. We just have to make sure the government officials in Austin follow the laws to protect the citizens of Texas.

Time for reflection

As I finish up graduate school and prepare to graduate in a few days, I can’t help but reflect back on the past few years, and on my current job hunt. Having been unemployed, or underemployed, for the last 5 years, I am really excited to find a job in my new field. However, I am also a certified elementary school teacher, and along with my bachelor’s degree, yet I still can’t get hired.

I wonder if our society has reached the point of no return, as seen by all the garbage our country promotes on TV, especially reality shows. I can’t help but think that I have wasted my money (I have the student loans to prove it) getting a Master’s degree, when there are white trash shows, like Honey Boo Boo, portraying the wrong message. How can these white trash people be making more money than me? I guess I actually have morals, and think higher of myself than they do.

What is wrong with our society that hard working, highly educated citizens are unable to find work, yet the obscure and uneducated are paid to act stupid on TV? I just hope that our society can bounce back and regain the morals it once had.  I’m done with my rant, and will continue my job hunt 🙂

Cindi

 

Homemade Christmas Gifts

Here is a picture of my homemade vanilla extract and sugar scrubs. I’m waiting for my order of Dead Sea salt to make my scented bath salts. I’ll post those and my photo coasters when I’m done.

I also have 3 weeks of grad school left, them just 1 semester to go until graduating 🙂

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Squaw Valley

Here is another HDR photo. It’s Squaw Valley, CA. Being a CA native and having relatives that live in Truckee, I just love this area.

 

Squaw Valley