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To Your Health – January 2012
Welcome to the January 2012 To Your Health newsletter. We honor several health advocacy groups and the scientists who have attempted to inform us of the dangers of genetically modified foods despite being ostracized, fired and vilified. In addition we present two very important newsletters: Healthy Ways Newsletter from Dr. Bruce Fife (aka Dr. Coconut) and The Waterfall from Tim Hickey of Friends of Water, who has the best water filters I have ever tried.
May this year bring you more joy, more happiness, more prosperity, more peace and better health, and may your wishes come true.
To Your Health,
”What you shine a light on grows.” — Anonymous
“Smile while you still have teeth!” — Anonymous
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
— Henry Ford
Make fun of death. We are as dead as it gets, and we are fully aware of this joyous experience. We are with you every time you allow it. We are in every singing bird and in every joyful child. We are part of every delicious pulsing in your environment. We are not dead, and neither will you ever be. You will just get up one day, and get out of the movie.
— Abraham (Ester and Jerry Hicks)
Health Advocacy Groups
Health Liberty is a nonprofit coalition formed by Mercola.com, National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), Fluoride Action Network (FAN), Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Consumers for Dental Choice to help protect every American’s freedom to make voluntary health choices. Each partner organization has a rich history of advocacy and active campaigning for change and better access to truly empowering health information. Below is a description of each partner organization.
National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)
Founded in 1982, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is a national charitable, non-profit educational organization. NVIC launched the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America in the early 1980s and its three decade mission has been to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and protect the informed consent ethic in medicine. NVIC monitors vaccine reactions, research, development, regulation, policy making and legislation, and it works to protect vaccine exemptions in state health laws.
Barbara Loe Fisher is president of the National Vaccine Information Center, which she co-founded with parents of DPT vaccine injured children. She is co-author of the seminal 1985 book DPT: A Shot in the Dark and author of The Consumer’s Guide to Childhood Vaccines and Vaccines, Autism & Chronic Inflammation: The New Epidemic. The right to voluntary informed consent to any medical intervention, including use of a pharmaceutical product such as a vaccine that can injure or kill you or your child, is a human right that must be protected at all cost.
Fluoride Action Network (FAN)
The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) was founded in May 2000 to broaden public awareness on the toxicity of fluoride compounds and the health impacts of current fluoride exposures. Communities that fluoridate their municipal water supplies purposely disseminate a toxic drug to entire populations, without regard for differences in age or health status, and most importantly, without individual consent.
Dr. Paul Connett is the executive director of the Fluoride Action Network. He is a professor of chemistry at St. Lawrence University in New York and is a co-author of The Case Against Fluoride.
Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT)
The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), founded in 2003, has become a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. It focuses on investigating and reporting GMO risks and impact on health, environment, economy and agriculture, along with digging deep into the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices and reporting. It is led by a team of subject experts, consultants, media experts, writers, fundraisers, outreach workers and other professionals in and out of its Iowa headquarters.
Jeffrey Smith is the founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and a leading GMO expert and consumer advocate. An international bestselling author, he wrote Seeds of Deception, the #1 rated book on the health dangers of GMOs. His research shows that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply are perhaps one of the greatest threats to humanity.
Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) participates in the important issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, fair trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. It focuses on promoting the views and interests of the country’s estimated 76 million organic and socially responsible consumers.
Ronnie Cummins is the founder and director of the Organic Consumers Association. He has been a writer and activist since the 1960s, with massive expertise in human rights, anti-war, anti-nuclear, consumer, labor, environmental and sustainable agricultural areas.
Consumers for Dental Choice
The Consumers for Dental Choice is a nonprofit corporation established in 1996 by consumer advocates, mercury poisoning victims, scientists and mercury-free dentists. Its goal is to educate the public about the dangers of the dangers of mercury in so-called “silver filling,” which is one of the primary sources of toxic mercury exposure in consumers.
Charles G. Brown is the national counsel for Consumers for Dental Choice. He was formerly the attorney general of West Virginia. His legal expertise covers antitrust, consumer protection, administrative, and government relations.
Scientists Under Attack DVD Explores GMOs, Crop Failures
Check out this new film, Scientists Under Attack, an investigation into the scientific research on the health effects of Genetically Modified Foods. Please share this film with all of those who care about the safety of our food.
Biotech’s Dirty Tricks Exposed in New Documentary, Scientists Under Attack
Review by Jeffrey M. Smith
Film by Bertram Verhaag and Denkmal Films. 60 minutes, Plus 30 minute bonus documentary: Monster Salmon. $19.95
View the Trailer
Using stunning visuals filmed on three continents, veteran German filmmaker Bertram Verhaag tracks the fate of these two scientists, UC Berkeley Professor Ignacio Chapela and biologist Arpad Pusztai at the hands of a multi-billion dollar industry that is desperate to hide the dangers of their genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
BR Online says of the film, “Belief in noble and incorrupt research and science is reduced to absurdity.” Arthouse says the “movie shows how purchased truth becomes the currency in the perfidious business between science and multinationals.”
GMWatch writes, “Original research showing problems with GM crops is buried under a deluge of smears and follow up studies are not done.”
The Insect-Killing, Career-Ending Potato
“As a scientist looking at it and actively working on the field, I find that it’s very, very unfair to use our fellow citizens as guinea pigs.” — Arpad Pusztai, UK’s World in Action TV show.
Dr. Pusztai did safety studies on genetically modified potatoes. He was an advocate of GM foods until he ran these tests on rats. To his surprise, only the rats that ate the GM potato had severe problems — in every organ and every system he looked at. “After the animals were killed and dissected,” Pusztai recalled, “we found out that in comparison with the non-genetically modified potatoes, their internal organs developed differently.” The intestines and stomach lining, for example, increased in size, the liver and kidneys were smaller, and the overall rate of growth was retarded. And the immune system suffered.
Pusztai emphasized, “They found in those data 36 – 36! – very highly significant differences between the GM-fed animals and the non-GM fed animals.” Since the rats that ate the natural potatoes plus the insecticide did not have these issues, there was one obvious conclusion — the process of genetically engineering the potatoes caused unpredicted side effects, turning a harmless food into a dangerous one.
Pusztai also realized that the GM soy and corn already on the market had been produced using the same process that had created his dangerous potato. Thus, the GM crops being consumed in the UK and the US might lead to similar damage in the gut, brain and organs of the entire population. Thus, during a TV interview, Pusztai flatly stated: “If I had the choice, I would certainly not eat [GM foods] until I see at least comparable experimental evidence which we are producing for genetically modified potatoes.”
After the TV show aired, Pusztai was a hero at his prestigious Rowett Institute, where the director praised his work to the press, calling it world-class research. After two days of high-profile media coverage throughout Europe, however, the director received two phone calls from the UK Prime Minister’s Office.
“It’s only when we think there was political pressure coming from the top that the situation changed,” said Pusztai. “And then the director, to save his own skin, decided that the best way to deal with the situation [was] A) to destroy me, B) to make me shut up.”
Pusztai was told the next morning that his contract would not be renewed, he was silenced with threats of a lawsuit, his team was disbanded, and the protocols were not to be implemented in GMO safety assessments. And then came the attacks.
Coordinated between the Institute, biotech academics and even the pro-GMO UK government, a campaign to destroy Pusztai’s reputation was launched. They were determined to counter the negative media coverage and protect the reputation of GMOs — even if it meant promoting blatant lies and sacrificing a top scientist’s career. Because Pusztai was gagged, he said, “whatever they did say on TV, radio and wrote in the newspapers, I could not deny it, I could not correct it, I could not say what was the real situation.”
“The most hurtful thing of all,” remembers Pusztai’s wife Susan, “was that he wasn’t allowed to talk to his colleagues and his colleagues were not allowed to talk to him. So whenever he entered a room, they went silent within seconds.”
After seven excruciating months, a committee at the UK Parliament invited Pusztai to speak. This lifted the gag order, which allowed Pusztai to ultimately publish his research, and be interviewed for this film
The treatment of Pusztai and others illustrates what happens around the world to scientists who discover harm from GM crops. The work of Russian scientist Irina Ermakova, for example, was viciously attacked, and there were repeated attempts to intimidate her: papers were burnt on her desk and samples were stolen from her lab.
Peeking through these stories of personal attacks are the very real dangers of GMOs, which compel the audience to question the use of GMOs in their own diets. Consider the impact of Ermakova’s research on young women planning to raise a family. After she fed genetically engineered soy flour to female rats, more than half of their offspring died within three weeks.
The film also unravels the claims of biotech benefits on the farm level. A visit to Brazil introduces herbicide-tolerant Roundup Ready soybeans, engineered to make weeding a field easier. Farmers can spray Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide right on the field, and the GMOs survive. But this has led to massive overuse of Roundup, which in turn has led to the emergence of herbicide-tolerant superweeds — no longer controllable with Roundup.
FDA Cover Up
The FDA scientists who reviewed GMOs in the early 1990s were uniformly concerned about their health impacts, according to attorney Andrew Kimbrell, who runs the D.C.-based Center for Food Safety. He was on the team that sued the FDA in 1998, forcing them to turn over nearly 60,000 pages of secret internal memos. Kimbrell extracts key memos from massive filing cabinets in his office, reading the scientists’ warnings: toxins, nutritional problems, loss of biodiversity, change in water use, etc.
“So the scientists asked for these studies,” says Kimbrell. “But the politicians at the FDA and in the administration at that time said no. They suppressed the science. And these questions, these studies, have never been done.”
Instead, the US government maintains the illusion that nothing is wrong, and that this science works just as the biotech companies are telling us. This is beautifully illustrated with excerpts of biotech apologist Nina Fedoroff, the former science advisor to the Secretary of State. Her bland assurances about the safety of GMOs crumble with each new revelation in the film.
Healthy Ways Newsletter
This is Dr. Bruce Fife’s free newsletter on coconut products. Dr. Fife has written many books on the profound health effects of coconut oil and coconut water.
The Coconut Research Center is a not-for-profit organization operated by an all volunteer staff under the direction of Bruce Fife, N.D. Dr. Fife is the author of 18 books including The Coconut Oil Miracle (formerly titled The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil); Coconut Lover’s Cookbook; Eat Fat, Look Thin; The Detox Book; Saturated Fat May Save Your Life; and Health Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation. He is the director of the Southern Colorado chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation and serves as the editor of the Healthy Ways Newsletter.
I recommend cooking exclusively with coconut oil because it is saturated and thus stable even at room temperature and does not degrade during stove top cooking as butter does. I do not recommend cooking with olive oil because it is partially unsaturated. Coconut oil can be purchased with or without the taste of coconut in many health food stores and from many websites. Here is a summary of the health benefits of coconut oil:
Prothyroid (supports good thyroid function), anti-aging
Modulates weight up or down
Protective against cancers
Has antimicrobial (antiseptic effects)
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