I had a friend who was interested in learning more about GMOS aka (genetically modified foods) and their health ricks, and how they affect us. So I decided to knuckle down and finally write this post.
First, before I say anymore, I'm posting the link to the video that totally convinced me how bad gmos are. This video keeps on being taken down on youtube. So if this link goes bad, do a google search for the movie, Genetic Roulette.
I found another functioning video via this link. http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/12340/Genetic-Roulette
If you still have any questions after watching those videos, just do a google search about gmos, and you'll find plenty of information about gmos. The video below is another important video called Seeds of death.
If you haven't taken the time to watch the gmo videos I posted, you're probably drumming your fingers on the desk and wondering, "okay, why are Gmos bad, and what are they anyway?"
First, you must understand that Gmos are foods, seeds, and other natural God given sources of food that have been altered at their core, their DNA.
Have you ever heard about the potatoes that glow when they need watering? Potatoes crossed with Jellyfish = Frankenstein food. Sounds cool in theory, but would you want to eat something like that?
That's one example of genetic modification.
Another modified food more close to home and probably in your pantry, fridge, and cupboards, is corn, corn starch, your vinegar (some is actually made from corn) corn syrup, corn chips, etc. The point is, corn is practically in all the foods you eat on a daily basis.
What do gmos have to do with Corn?
You see, Monsanto (the biggest most vial nasty toxic chemical corporation I can think of) has been altering our food for some time. This company manufactured agent orange, and a host of other toxic chemicals, and is creating frakin foods for our table.
They have been altering corn for some time. Now more recently, they have altered it once again to make it roundup ready.
What does that mean? Well, besides altering it's genes (which is a chemical soup for cancer/tumors) they have made these corn seeds so that they produce their own pesticide that cause bug's stomachs to explode when they eat it. Yeah, that sounds nice, doesn't it?
But bugs are different than humans right?
But our stomachs react very much the same way. These gmo producing seeds cause inflammation in the gut, and make it so you get little holes in your stomach, so that the food goes into your system undigested. They also cause allergic reactions and all sorts of inflammatory problems, and make it so you can't absorb important vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Not to mention it can cause birth defects, and all sorts of hormonal related problems. I also read an article that showed how they have inserted genes of sterile women into the corn to make it play into the plan of global population control. So, if you ever plan on having kids in the near future, I suggest you stay away from gmos.
Oh yes, gmos can cause you to get fat. Studies on rats showed the ones eating gmos ate more, and became obese, probably because the gmo corn is far more mineral deficient than regular corn.
Also when animals are given a choice between gmo and non gmo corn, they will always go for the natural, non gmo stuff. See, animals know best.
Another important thing to take into account is that Gmos especially effect your kidneys and liver negatively because they act as toxins, and poisons.
When I first began researching gmos I was curious about the long term effect they had on humans vs rats, and other animals. I had watched the video that showed how, in only a couple days the animals grazing on gmo soy, or corn died in a matter of three days or so. Crazy.
I came across a article that talked about how the Hispanics are eating a high amount of Gmos, and how it is effecting them because of their heavy consumption of gmo corn, tortillas, soda etc. It talked about how they are becoming larger, and having more diabetic problems, and how they are some of the first victims of gmos. Although I think that's true, I think that everyone are now victims of gmos. Just look around you. People with all kinds of health problems that were hardly in existence years ago, are now everywhere.
When I first found out about gmos I was very skeptical. I mean, how could something so innocent, like corn, or soy be so toxic?
Me and my family pretty much had been eating all Mexican diet, corn, corn corn. It was a huge paradigm shift to change.
Even after learning about gmos, we picked some sweet corn that had been roundup ready gmo, and put it up in our freezer.
That was when we started getting educated, and learned just how bad gmos are. We decided that we should throw all our hard work out. Yes. I know it sounds wasteful. But once you become educated about something, if you don't act on what you know, it's like you're lying to yourself.
Plus you have to think of it this way. Do you want to eat poison?
But the truth is, if you give up a food, or anything in life, you have to fill that empty space. You have to find something to replace that hole, or you'll end up going back to your old habits. Empty space always pulls something into itself, good or bad. So find good things.
The hardest part was giving up corn chips. I love corn chips. They were my main staple. But blue corn chips haven't been modified, so that is my replacement.
Then there was ice cream, it's all full of corn syrup. But a few brands have sugar. So, I'm hoping that the sugar brand is non gmo.
Then there is soda. But there are a few brands that have sugar.
I love marshmallows and they're chock full of corn syrup (So I went out and earned how to make my own with non gmo sugar aka Zulka)
Then there was the question of corn starch. I searched around and found a brand that isn't gmo. Bob's red mill.
I also wanted to find a pure brand of masa. The answer again, Bob's Red Mill has nice non gmo masa.
I could go on. But you get the point. I'm still on my quest to eating healthy, and finding food that is pure and organic, or at least hasn't had it's genes tampered with. But I am still human. I still backtrack. But the point is that I'm trying, that I'm aware of what I'm eating or at least trying to be.
You might be wondering what other Gmos are out there besides corn?
Well the other culprits you need to watch out for are,
For the full list, visit the link above.
Certain times of rice ( I heard that jasmine rice from Thailand is safe, still not sure though)
Corn, Cottonseed oil,
zucchini and yellow crook neck squash,
GMO sweetener aspartame, NutraSweet and Equal.
Meat, dairy products.
Honey and bee pollen may have been gathered from GM plants.
Besides this list, I've recently heard that grain has been gmo'd, but not to the same level as the corn, hence the many wheat intolerance breakouts. (Which is very depressing for obvious reasons)
I haven't done very much research on the wheat gmo subject, but if I find a organic source of wheat, I'm going to go buy some.
So what do you do with all this cheery information?
I'm not sure. Cry maybe. I felt like it.
It's daunting, feeling like you have to change so much. Food is personal, it brings people together, and is a huge part of our culture. It makes you feel separated if you have to eat something different than everyone else, almost lonely. It makes my chest tight, and something inside me feel so angry that so much of what we eat has been tainted in the name of money, and corporate greed. Those are my feelings. But the truth is, do you want to eat something mixed and polluted, or something pure?
When I go to the grocery store I have to tell myself nope, can't buy that because it's full of poison. I guess I'm trying to reprogram my thinking, but it doesn't really work all the time. It is very frustrating, and disturbing. But at the same time, I'm glad I'm more educated than I was.
For the past year I'd been eating way too many corn chips, and my stomach was having some serious issues. I didn't know why. But now I know. So now I know what to do.
I'm glad to report that having been off corn, my stomach feels lots better. Sometimes if I fudge I can feel it, but so far, so good. I know certain wheat items give me stomach problems, but I'm still working on self control, and looking for healthy sources of non gmo foods. It sure is hard. But I'm doing the best I can.
Also I'm happy to report that having been off corn, my monthly cramps that usually feel horrible, were lots better. I'm also thinking it has something to do with me getting off calcium, and taking more magnesium. I also recently learned that the body can reuse calcium, and doesn't really need that much. However the body does need magnesium, and lots of it. And without magnesium calcium can actually do more harm than good, calcify your arteries, and cause all sorts of problems.
So take your magnesium folks. I used to take one a huge calcium pill every day, or even twice a day. I know that's a lot. But I thought it was super good for you. Now I just take up on the magnesium. Drink my goat milk, and try to eat some greens. I injured my knee last year, and since I've cooled it on the calcium, and uped my magnesium, it has really helped!
Well that's my health rant. There's so much more I could say, but I wont. I'll leave it at that.
You don't have to believe it. It doesn't hurt my feelings if you don't.
The truth is, that the truth can function on it's own with our without us.
I'm just giving you information that I've researched and cross researched. This information is not pleasant, because it is disturbing, and affects everyone in a personal level. Food. It's so basic. And it isn't fun to learn that something you love to eat is slowly killing you.
What you do with his new found information is your prerogative.
I for one want to be healthy.
If you are interested in shopping for non gmo items, a good place to start is this site, good luck: http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/tips-for-avoiding-gmos.html
Another important label to look out for is project non gmo verified. They guarantee that no gmos are in their products.