Genetically Modified Organisms – Our Food

Updated 4/9/2016.   DEFINITIONS You’ve no doubt heard about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) but perhaps not understood why many countries have already banned them and  why so many people in the US want foods containing them to be labeled so we can make the choice to avoid eating them. GMO stands for GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM. … Continue reading Genetically Modified Organisms – Our Food

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW MILKS & RAW MILK CHEESES

  In anticipation of my annual Thanksgiving feast last November, I was at the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City sampling cheeses from a farm called Consider Bardwell Farm.   The cheeses tasted like real food, alive with probiotics and free from toxic stuff. All the cheeses from this farm in Vermont are hand made … Continue reading HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW MILKS & RAW MILK CHEESES

Good vs Bad Bacteria in the Gut

    Our gut microbiomes are home to several pounds of minuscule microorganisms whose jobs include helping digest our food, producing certain vitamins, regulating our immune system, and keeping us healthy by protecting us against disease-causing bacteria.

Light Based Treatment for Alzheimer’s?

Updated on 4/26/2017. Light Based Therapy for Alzheimer’s   Researchers at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that a unique, non-invasive treatment involving flickering light restores disrupted gamma waves in the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease. Brain cells firing rhythmically and in sync produce waves, which … Continue reading Light Based Treatment for Alzheimer’s?

Psychobiotics for Anxiety and Depression

      It may strain the imagination to hear that several pounds of organisms live inside your gastrointestinal tract and that they are in constant communication with your brain, but it’s true. Actually, the communication is two way – gut to brain and brain to gut – and operates via biochemical signaling. This process … Continue reading Psychobiotics for Anxiety and Depression

List of Companies Using Monsanto’s GMO Products

    The biotechnology and processed food industries, led by Monsanto, have repeatedly spent huge amounts of money to prevent the labeling of GMO foods. They’ve been successful in the US – and the public is angry about this. For more information, see The Monsanto Protection Act is Back, and Worse Than Ever (Center for Food Safety, … Continue reading List of Companies Using Monsanto’s GMO Products

Glyphosate in Your Urine, Tap Water & Breast Milk

    High glyphosate levels are turning up everywhere: In our blood In urine In water supplies In breast milk “Glyphosate levels have been found to be significantly higher in the urine of humans who ate non-organic food, compared with those who ate mostly organic food. Chronically ill people showed significantly higher glyphosate residues in … Continue reading Glyphosate in Your Urine, Tap Water & Breast Milk

The Cost of Not Eating Organic

Updated 5/15/2016 & 5/16/2016.       Comments made by people I’d thought understood why growing and eating genetically modified and other non-organic foods are dangerous to humans, other animals and the planet spurred me to write this post. “Why should I pay more for organic carrots? They’re not any bigger than the other kind.” … Continue reading The Cost of Not Eating Organic

A Connection between Folic Acid, GMOs, and Autism

  This short interview with Dr Stephanie Seneff is quite interesting. She explains how supplementation with folic acid during pregnancy can interact with the glyphosate in genetically modified foods to produce an autistic brain in the fetus. Dr Seneff work is a good source of research information on the various health dangers created by glyphosate. … Continue reading A Connection between Folic Acid, GMOs, and Autism

CONSUMED – a Thriller Movie about GMO Foods


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  This email from Food Democracy Now! arrived in my inbox today and is worth sharing with all of you who read my blog. It’s about Consumed, a new feature film – a thriller –  about what genetically modified foods are doing to us.   GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Other names for the … Continue reading CONSUMED – a Thriller Movie about GMO Foods

Your Body on a Big Mac – Why It’s Called Junk Food

      Have a yen for a Big Mac? Here’s some information that may dampen the urge.     INGREDIENTS IN A MCDONALD’S BIG MAC McDonald’s lists these Big Mac ingredients on its McDonald’s USA Ingredients Listing for Popular Menu Items: 100% BEEF PATTY: 100% Pure USDA Inspected Beef; No Fillers, No Extenders. Prepared … Continue reading Your Body on a Big Mac – Why It’s Called Junk Food

Sugar Is Us

Updated 9/1/2015.   The USDA published its first nutrition guidelines in 1894 as a farmer’s bulletin. It recommended consuming a variety of nutrient-rich foods in proportion and moderation while lowering levels of fat, sugar, and starch intake.  (Wikipedia, 2015) Food Guides in the US 1894 -1920’s A few of the United States’ earliest food guides, … Continue reading Sugar Is Us

Prediabetics Have Fewer Gut Bacteria

Updated 8/29/2014,  9/7/2015, and 4/15/2016.  NOTE added at end of post on 9/6/2015. Last updated 10/22/2016. In the global diabetes epidemic, rates of new cases are rising rapidly. I hope this post will help you avoid becoming one of them.   Number of People Diagnosed with Diabetes Millions, by region Source: IDF Diabetes Atlas, Sixth … Continue reading Prediabetics Have Fewer Gut Bacteria

IN LIEU OF DIET SNAPPLE

Updated 7/20/2015. See info on Truvia at end of OTHER ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS section.       This post was prompted by a colleague who arrived on a hot summer day carrying a bottle of Diet Snapple sweetened with aspartame. Since I knew he’d battled cancer twice and is health conscious, I was surprised and sent … Continue reading IN LIEU OF DIET SNAPPLE

‘Safe’ in the US While Banned Elsewhere

Updated 6/28/2015 & 5/15/2016.   This post is for those of you who believe the regulatory agencies in the US tasked with protecting our health and the health of us and our planet are actually fulfilling their mandates. The US declares as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) the use of chemicals that other countries, notably … Continue reading ‘Safe’ in the US While Banned Elsewhere

Alzheimer’s & Factory Farmed Meat

    Aerial View of a Factory Farm Where Animals Are Raised for Food     Here’s a list of the top 10 causes of death in the US. Alzheimer’s is in there at number 6 (Nichols, 2014): Heart disease Cancer Chronic lower respiratory disease Stroke Accidents Alzheimer’s disease Diabetes Influenza and pneumonia Kidney disease … Continue reading Alzheimer’s & Factory Farmed Meat

Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, & Gluten Allergy

Last updated 6/2/2015. Gluten is a protein found in many grains and seeds, principally wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, and triticale. It is the composite of the storage proteins gliadin and a glutenin conjoined with starch in the endosperm of various grass-related grains. (Wikipedia, 5/29/2015) Although gluten-containing foods are an important part of the modern … Continue reading Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, & Gluten Allergy

More on the Revolving Door Between Monsanto and the Government

      This is a follow up to my last post, Monsanto’s RoundUp “Safe to Drink” – Laugh Out Loud Video (April 2, 2015). If you haven’t been following Monsanto and its role in genetically engineering our food, you may not be aware of the lengths the company has gone to insure it gets … Continue reading More on the Revolving Door Between Monsanto and the Government

Monsanto’s RoundUp “Safe to Drink” – Laugh Out Loud Video

      A few weeks ago the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that glyphosate, the main chemical in Monsanto’s bestselling weed killer Roundup, is linked to cancer in humans. This conclusion was reached by a panel of scientific experts from 11 countries after they had made “a comprehensive review of the latest available scientific … Continue reading Monsanto’s RoundUp “Safe to Drink” – Laugh Out Loud Video

Why You Should Avoid Flu Shots and What to Do Instead

Updated 4/15/2016.       In early December 2014 the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged that this season’s flu vaccine is not as effective as in years past because the viral strain circulating this influenza season has mutated. Of the 85 influenza samples the CDC collected and analyzed between October … Continue reading Why You Should Avoid Flu Shots and What to Do Instead