Monthly Archives: November 2015

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.

 

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GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Other names for the technology include Genetic Engineering (GE) and Genetic Modification (GM). GMO, GE, and GM all mean the same thing.
GMO is a different process from either hybridization and cross-breeding, both of which involve two related species.
In genetic modification, genes from one species are forced into another entirely unrelated species. While hybridization and cross-breeding have been done successfully for centuries, genetic engineering forcefully breaches the naturally-occurring barriers between species – and its long term effects and its effects on humans, other animals, and the environment have been inadequately studied. Much of the research on its short term effects have shown cause for alarm.
I recommend looking at this article if you want to learn more about GMO’s.

 

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Here’s the email about the movie, Consumed, and how you can get to see it where you live:

Help change the conversation on GMO! Attend a screening of a new movie thriller about GMOs in a theater near you! This is an amazing film, so let’s fill every seat to make sure the world knows how Monsanto controls our food supply!

Dear Joan,

We received some disappointing news this week and I think it’s important to remember what this movement is all about. Despite the FDA’s recent approval of GMO salmon, in the past 4 years, a national movement for basic transparency in our food supply has sprung up across the United States and inspired millions of like-minded citizens like us around the world.

This massive awakening has only happened because millions of people like you have become educated about the complex topic of GMOs and decided to take massive action. From shifting to a more organic and non-GMO diet, to voting for GMO labeling to signing petitions, to supporting the organic and non-GMO companies that produce our food responsibly and with basic transparency, we’ve sparked a movement whose momentum is just getting started.

From the very beginning, we knew this would be a difficult battle. But right now, even though they’re continuing to rig the regulatory system against us, major American food companies are scrambling to keep up with the growing demand that the GMO labeling movement has created for healthy, organic and non-GMO food.

And now we think it’s time to get creative! Which is why Food Democracy Now! would like to bring your attention to a must-see new movie about GMOs.

In case you haven’t heard about it, CONSUMED is a new dramatic thriller  (not a documentary) that sheds light on Genetically Modified Foods, champions the Right To Know movement, and promotes GMO labeling of foods sold in the United States.

Consumed tackles the complex issues of how corporations have taken over our food supply, bully and intimidate family farmers, corrupt science and the realities of improper safety testing from the American public.

Right now, you have a chance to help grow this movement even further, by making sure your friends and family go a see this dramatic new film, which could literally be the first blockbuster to tell the story of how companies like Monsanto have consolidated power in rural America and forced their products to be sold unlabeled here in the U.S. for more than 20 years.

To get tickets for Screenings in Cities Across America click here:  http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/1546?t=4&akid=1718.60187.sDPi5_

 

CLICK HERE to see a Trailer/Featurette on the film.

CONSUMED is arguably the first narrative feature film to truly tackle the complex and controversial world of GMOs in a substantive, yet entertaining way.

It features an incredible cast, including: Zoe Lister-Jones (Life in Pieces), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire), Anthony Edwards (Top Gun), Victor Garber (Argo), Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory), Griffin Dunne (Dallas Buyers Club), and Beth Grant (Mindy Project).

 

“Very entertaining, relatable, suspenseful and informative and a real eye opener

to what is going on. This film has re-inspired and educated me.”

– Erin Brockovich

CONSUMED has partnered with GATHR FILMS to release one night only crowd sourced screenings in movie theaters nationwide. Each screening will be an exciting community event that will generate awareness of the Right To Know movement and bring this important issue to the attention of thousands of new individuals across the country.

CLICK HERE and enter your city to find your local screening of CONSUMED.

We are encouraging individuals, organizations, and community groups to support screening events of CONSUMED and help sell out movie theaters across the US.

Reserve your tickets to a screening of CONSUMED at the theater nearest you OR become a host of a screening and rally your friends and colleagues to join you at this important community event.

Be a part of the release of this groundbreaking film!

Gathr’s support team (support@gathr.us  or 855.428.4787) is available if you’d like more information about how this works or how to rally local members to attend a screening.

Remember, democracy is like a muscle, either you use it or you lose it!

Thanks for participating in food democracy,

Dave Murphy
Founder / Executive Director
Food Democracy Now!

 

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REFERENCES

GMO Awareness. (2015). GMO Defined. See: http://gmo-awareness.com/all-about-gmos/gmo-defined/

 

 

© Copyright 2015 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

 

 

10 Foods Banned Elsewhere That Americans Still Consume

 

This well done infographic is from Dr Robert Mercola’s Newsletter published on 11/20/2015. It lists 10 foods that have been banned in other countries but are widely consumed in the US and clearly explains the risk factors to your health from each one.

 

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REFERENCES

Mercola, R. Mercola Newsletter. See:  http://www.mercola.com/

Mercola, R. (11/20/2015). 10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating Infographic. See: http://www.mercola.com/infographics/10-banned-foods.htm?e_cid=20151120Z1_DNL_SECON&utm_source=content&utm_medium=email&utm_content=secon&utm_campaign=20151120Z1&et_cid=DM90657&et_rid=1225103168

 

 

© Copyright 2015 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

 

Certain Antibiotics Could Affect Gut Microbiome for 1 Year

Jansson WIRED ANTIBIOTIC MICROBIOME KILLER

 

The article below appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine’s MEDICINE WATCH two days ago. A big thank you to David Miller, MD, for bringing it to my attention today.

 

MEDICAL NEWS |
November 15, 2015

Certain Antibiotics Could Affect Gut Microbiome for 1 Year

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

Gut microbial diversity may be diminished for up to a year following oral antibiotic use, suggests a small, industry-conducted study published in mBio.

Sixty-six healthy participants in the U.K. and Sweden were randomized to receive placebo or an antibiotic (clindamycin, amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, or minocycline). They provided saliva and fecal samples before and after receiving antibiotics.

Over the long term, the salivary microbiome was largely undisturbed by antibiotic administration. Meanwhile, microbiome diversity in fecal samples was reduced for up to 4 months in patients receiving clindamycin and up to 12 months in those receiving ciprofloxacin. Specifically, bacteria that produce the short-chain fatty acid butyrate — which is linked to lower inflammation, carcinogenesis, and oxidative stress in the gut — were significantly reduced.

In addition, genetic testing found more genes associated with antibiotic resistance in the fecal samples.

The authors conclude: “Clearly, even a single antibiotic treatment in healthy individuals contributes to the risk of resistance development and leads to long-lasting detrimental shifts in the gut microbiome.”

 

REFERENCES

Young, K. (11/15/2015). Certain antibiotics could affect gut microbiome for 1 year. New England Journal of Medicine – MEDICINE WATCH. See: http://www.jwatch.org/fw110857/2015/11/15/certain-antibiotics-could-affect-gut-microbiome-1-year

 

 

© Copyright 2015 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week – November 16-22 2015

 

This is information by the CDC on their Get Smart about Antibiotics Week program, from their website:

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

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Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.

On September 18, 2014, the White House announced an Executive Order stating that the Federal Government will work domestically and internationally to detect, prevent, and control illness and death related to antibiotic-resistant infections by implementing measures that reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and help ensure the continued availability of effective therapeutics for the treatment of bacterial infections.

The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. However, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed. Antibiotics are also commonly used for promoting growth in food animals, one type of use that is not necessary.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2015

During November 16-22, 2015, the annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week will be observed. The observance is a key component of CDC’s efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship in communities, in healthcare facilities, and on the farm in collaboration with state-based programs, nonprofit partners, and for-profit partners. The one-week observance raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

The observance is an international collaboration, coinciding with:

 

 

REFERENCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Get Smart about Antibiotics Week: -Overview. See: http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/week/overview.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (16 September 2013). Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013.

 

 

© Copyright 2015 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.