Posts Tagged ‘Dangers of GM Foods’

Christina Sarich ~ New Lawsuit Filed Against USDA Over Missing Docs Showing GMO Dangers

Surprise, surprise, Monsanto has undue influence. This does, however, raise some interesting questions about “organic” straw bale gardening, which I was just researching last night. I opted not to do it because I aim for less, not more water usage; however, I did wonder how we would know what kind of straw we’re getting if we buy it at a bigger store rather than from a farmer. “Data now shows that 90% of all alfalfa grown in the US is covered in Round Up Ready chemicals.” Do I want that in my lasagna garden beds and compost? Maybe a moot point since I used two straw bales for layering our front yard, but I will definitely check more carefully for future mulch layers. … Thanks, G!

Christina Sarich ~ New Lawsuit Filed Against USDA Over Missing Docs Showing GMO Dangers

NaturalSociety March 14 2014

Like many Americans, you may be beating your head against the wall trying to figure out how governmental agencies could so blatantly ignore the facts concerning GMO dangers. A new lawsuit filed March 12, 2014 by Center for Food Safety (CFS) demands that federal documents be released which might incriminate the United States Department of Agriculture over findings that GMO were harmful, while shielding the public from this knowledge. The complaint is filed with the US District Court for the District of Columbia, and can be viewed in full, here.

The lawsuit attests that political pressure was asserted on the FDA to approve genetically engineered alfalfa. It seeks 1179 documents from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) which explain why the agency reversed its original decision to deny GMOs, specifically RoundUp Ready Alfalfa, being promoted by Monsanto. The Director of CFS, Andrew Kimbrell, states:

“USDA determined Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa posed significant environmental and economics harms and initially proposed placing restrictions on it. Yet the agency went ahead and granted full unrestricted approval one month later. Did the White House intervene? Did Monsanto pressure the agency? The fact is we don’t know, and unless the court orders USDA to hand over these documents we may never know,”

In 2005, the USDA agency, APHIS, gave Monsanto permission to sell their poison alfalfa under the name RoundUp Ready. The very next year, CFS, along with a coalition of farmers, challenged the approval. And even though Monsanto tried to intervene, courts sided with the Center for Food Safety. APHIS was ordered to complete a thorough analysis of the GMO crop’s impacts on farmers and the environment before making a decision.

Read: Letter Reveals Monsanto Planted GMOs Before USDA Approval

Sadly, Monsanto got its way after appealing the decision at the Supreme Court level, even though the APHIS report showed significant damage to agronomics and the environment at large. The report recommended restrictions of this Monsanto crop.

In January of 2011, APHIS reversed its decision in favor of Monsanto, seemingly ignoring all the data they had uncovered showing that GMO alfalfa was not good for the environment, farmers, or consumers. They even stated that they ‘had no choice’ but to grant unrestricted approval. Alternative media then questioned the abrupt reversal, raising questions of undue influence.

“APHIS’s sudden change of heart on the approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa has led to the contamination of organic and conventional alfalfa to the detriment of U.S. farmers, and threatens the health of our environment and the survival of sensitive species,” said Sylvia Wu, attorney for Center for Food Safety. “The public deserves an explanation from the agency. APHIS cannot be allowed to disregard the public’s right to access governmental records guaranteed by the Freedom of Information Act.”

While it isn’t corn, wheat, or soy, alfalfa is the fourth most commonly grown GMO crop in the US. It is grown in every US state and asserts huge economic outcomes on farmers who grow it. Data now shows that 90% of all alfalfa grown in the US is covered in Round Up Ready chemicals.

Jon Rappoport ~ Shock: Comparing Deaths from Medical Drugs, Vitamins and All US Wars

I read this post last night, and it immediately reminded me of the time I spent apprenticing with the long-time herbalist/holistic optometrist/craniosacral therapist in Seattle who treated my 1998 brain injury and then encouraged me to start practicing as a Medical Intuitive. In our initial arrangement, I officially worked as his office assistant, but he traded his herbal and nutritional knowledge for my medical intuitive awareness about his clients. It was a win-win situation and a major confidence booster for the newly gone professional me. I remember he had a chart (this was 2001-2002) on his door with similar statistics to the later ones that Jon quotes below.

I’ve also had my own run-in’s with the dangers of medical drugs, again during my brain injury years. In one instance, I was given medication for my horrific “migraines” (which were far beyond what normal people call a migraine), along with a muscle relaxer for my very injured neck. I took one of the muscle relaxers and had a funny feeling not to take anymore, even though my neck hurt nonstop. (The physical therapists used to call me “the table,” because the table was actually softer and more flexible than my back at that point.) Anyway, I had a weird feeling not to take the muscle relaxer. I returned for a followup about four months later with that prescribing doctor, and he suddenly looked alarmed, then asked, “How are you doing with that muscle relaxer?” I told him I hadn’t taken more than one. He looked relieved, then said, “Throw those out. A new study shows that four people had complete kidney failure as a side effect.” Ummmm …. thanks for the four month late warning! Good thing my brain injury heightened my intuition!

Another run-in with the dangers of medical drugs became apparent during a routine neurologist visit for trigger point injections. (Ouch!!! Workers Comp sent a rep to one of those appointments because they suspected I was “milking treatments instead of getting massage.” After sixteen twitches and no signs of my muscles stopping their spasm, this nurse had to turn away, completely disgusted. “There’s no way you’re choosing this over massage, Laura, is there?” she asked. I was like: “Massage? They’ll approve biweekly massage instead of this crap? OMG, sign me up! I look like I had a run-in with a gang of vampires — and I’ll look like this for two weeks.”) Anyway, it was on one of those routine trigger point injection appointments that a nurse casually asked how my headaches were. “Oh, they’re ‘better,'” I said, “As long as I take 2 migraine pills a day. Thank God Dr. ___ gave me a refillable prescription.” “You’re joking, right?” she said. “Those are designed for two pills per month. How do you even have a functioning liver???? It should have shut down long ago with those doses.”

The kicker? When I finally found an alternative treatment provider (the herbalist/holistic optometrist/craniosacral therapist) who gave me some relief, he immediately discovered that my migraines came largely from slight double vision. Side effects of the migraine drugs the doctors pumped me full of? Double vision. These were just two of many personal examples I could share. At some point, I prayed to get kicked off Workers Comp just so I could reclaim control over my own treatment. When that happened, people around me thought it was a tragedy. Not me. I finally got well.

Given the raging emotions about Obamacare, I always want to ask people who want to help poor people have better access to healthcare: “What are you fighting for? Why would you fight to access this system? Fight for an end to food deserts. Fight for community gardens and diabetes control through food. Fight to ban GMO’s. Fight for herbal medicine and nutritional supplements. Why in the world is this country fighting to improve access to a system that actively fights against cures for cancer and diabetes, denigrates safe, time-tested prevention measures, and disempowers patients every step of the way???”

OK, my rant ends as Jon’s statistics begin …

Jon Rappoport ~ Shock: Comparing Deaths from Medical Drugs, Vitamins and All US Wars

People want to believe medical science gives us, at any given moment, the best of all possible worlds.

And of course, the best of all possible worlds must have its enemies: the quacks who sell unproven snake oil.

So let’s look at some facts.

As I’ve been documenting in my last several articles, the medical cartel has been engaged in massive criminal fraud, presenting their drugs as safe and effective across the board—when, in fact, these drugs have been killing and maiming huge numbers of people, like clockwork.

I’ve cited the review, “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?”, by Dr. Barbara Starfied (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 26, 2000), in which Starfield reveals the American medical system kills 225,000 people per year—106,000 as a direct result of pharmaceutical drugs.

I’ve now found another study, published in the same Journal, two years earlier: April 15, 1998; “Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients.” It, too, is mind-boggling.

The authors, led by Jason Lazarou, culled 39 previous studies on patients in hospitals. These patients, who received drugs in hospitals, or were admitted to hospitals because they were suffering from the drugs doctors had given them, met the following fate:

Every year, in the US, between 76,000 and 137,000 hospitalized patients die as a direct result of the drugs.

Beyond that, every year 2.2 MILLION hospitalized patients experience serious adverse reactions to the drugs.

The authors write: “…Our study on ADRs [Adverse Drug Reactions], which excludes medication errors, had a different objective: to show that there are a large number of ADRs even when the drugs are properly prescribed and and administered.”

So this study had nothing to do with doctor errors, nurse errors, or improper combining of drugs. And it only counted people killed who were admitted to hospitals. It didn’t begin to tally all the people taking pharmaceuticals outside hospitals who died as consequence of the drugs.

I found the link to this study at the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, in the middle of a very interesting article by Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki: “Commentary on the Safety of Vitamins.”

Here are two key quotes from her article:

“In 2010, not one single person [in the US] died as a result of taking vitamins (Bronstein, et al, (2011) Clinical Toxical, 49 (10), 910-941).”

“In 2004, the deaths of 3 people [in the US] were attributed to the intake of vitamins. Of these, 2 persons were said to have died as a result of megadoses of vitamins D and E, and one person as a result of an overdose of iron and fluoride. Data from: ‘Toxic Exposure Surveillance System 2004, Annual Report, Am. Assoc. of Poison Control Centers.’”

Summing up:

No deaths from vitamins (2011), and three deaths (2004) from vitamins (plus fluoride!).

106,000 deaths every year from pharmaceutical drugs (Starfield).

Between 76,000 and 137,000 deaths from pharmaceutical drugs every year in hospitalized patients (Lazerou).

The FDA and its “quack-buster” allies go after vitamins, demean “unproven remedies,” and generally take every possible opportunity to warn people about “alternatives,” on the basis that they aren’t scientifically supported.

Meanwhile, the very drugs these mobsters are promoting—and in the case of the FDA, CERTIFYING AS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE—are killing and maiming people at a staggering rate.

The masses are treated to non-stop PR on the glories of the US medical system.

In the Wikipedia entry, “US military casualties of war,” the grand total of all military deaths in the history of this country, starting with the Revolutionary War, is 1,312,612.

In any given 10 years of modern medical treatment? 2,250,000 deaths.

Consider how much suppression is necessary to keep the latter number under wraps.

Jon Rappoport
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Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives

From now until September 22, you can watch the full length movie, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives, for free on their website. Click here to find out what the top research and FDA scientists are saying about genetically modified foods and why Prop 37 to label GMO’s is so important to human evolution. Most people have no idea what they’re eating these days, but, according to scientists and doctors, what you don’t know about your food may, in fact, be causing everything from inflammation to gut disorders, diabetes, endocrine dysfunction and a host of other newish ills.

Despite the shocking info, this movie offers tremendous hope. According to John Robbins, Best-selling author of Diet for a New America and Food Revolution, it “shines a bright light of hope that we can reclaim our health and our food systems.” When people realize what’s happening to our food supply, more and more people will demand food sovereignty. Backyard organic gardens, local and state bans against GMO’s, supporting local organic farmers, wild food foraging: all of these things help. Please share Genetic Roulette with people who “don’t buy into that whole organic scam.” With scientists instead of tree huggers giving the info, perhaps we’ll reach critical mass for securing the real food, right now.