GMO, its a huge issue. But what is it.
Its the result of a laboratory process that inserts genes from one species into the genes of another to obtain a desired trait or characteristic.
Jeffrey M. Smith, author of “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives” and founding executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology, a leading source of GMO-health-risk information, says several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.
In fact, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid genetically modified foods altogether.
Ready to go GMO free? Here are 10 ways to shop smarter:
1. Go organic. The USDA National Organic Standards prohibit GMOs, so shopping organic is a great way to avoid them. “Plus, organic foods have (fewer) or no pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, and have a higher vitamin and mineral content as well,” says health and wellness expert Kathy Gruver.
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2. Load up on fruits and veggies. Most fresh produce is non-GMO, says Smith, but zucchini, yellow summer squash, edamame, sweet corn and papaya from Hawaii or China are considered high risk and are best avoided. Only buy those high-risk fruits and vegetables if they are labeled “organic” or “non-GMO”.
3. Look for the non-GMO-verified seal. Since GMOs require no labeling, this seal is one of the best ways to tell when foods are free of genetic modification. “Most companies won’t tell us what foods do have GMOs, so these seals help you seek out foods that don’t have them,”.
4. Beware of additives. The five most common GMOs — corn, canola, soy, cotton and sugar beets — often end up as additives (in the form of corn syrup, oil, sugar, flavoring agents or thickeners) in packaged foods, says Gruver, so check ingredient labels carefully.
5. Choose wild-caught seafood. Some farm-raised fish eat GMO feed.
6. Just say no to at-risk ingredients. Skip soybeans, canola, cottonseed, corn and sugar from sugar beets, which are at highest risk of being genetically modified.
7. Call ahead before eating out. The next time you plan a nice dinner out, beware of “invisible ingredients” like soy sauce, cooking oil and salad dressing, which might contain genetically modified ingredients, says Smith. But don’t be afraid to make special requests. “You could call in advance to ask if the chef can cook your fish in olive oil versus canola oil, for instance” .
8. Focus on fiber. Most grains, seeds, nuts and beans are non-GMO.
9. Avoid aspartame. An ingredient in diet sodas and low-calorie “sweets,” aspartame is indeed genetically modified. And that’s anything but sweet. “This synthetic sweetener contains a genetically engineered organism” .
Its that easy although alot to grasp at times. If your confused, take it slow and keep it healthy.
Adding fluoride to water is being considered by councils in England to improve dental health, the government’s public health advisory body says. Public Health England urged councils to act after reviewing the impact of water fluoridation on children in areas where it has been introduced.
About 6m people – 10% of the country – currently live in areas with fluoridated water supplies. It has been suggested water fluoridation can increase the risk of some cancers, hip fractures and Downs syndrome. Sue Gregory, PHE’s director of dental public health, said: “These findings highlight the important contribution that water fluoridation makes.”
Birmingham was the first place to fluoridate water in the 1960s and since then other areas across the Midlands and in the north west, north east and Yorkshire and the Humber, have taken the step.
But it has proved controversial.
Attempts to add fluoride to the water supply in Hampshire in recent years have run into stiff opposition and even ended up in court with campaigners saying they were concerned about the health impacts. Prof Damien Walmsley, of the British Dental Association, said: “The report is a timely reminder of the significant role that fluoridation plays in reducing tooth decay which remains a significant health problem in England.” But a spokesman for the National Pure Water Association said health chiefs should concentrate on alternatives, such as better dental hygiene, to improve teeth. Health concerns that elevated concentrations floride has on the body include arthritis, gastrointestinal effects, bone fracture, hypersensitivity, brain effects, kidney disease, cancer, male fertility, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, skeletal fluorosis, endocrine disruption, thyroid disease and acute toxicity
Fluoride is a highly toxic substance. Consider, for example, the poison warning that the FDA now requires on all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. or the tens of millions of people throughout China and India who now suffer serious crippling bone diseases from drinking water with elevated levels of fluoride. In terms of acute toxicity (i.e., the dose that can cause immediate toxic consequences), fluoride is more toxic than lead, but slightly less toxic than arsenic. This is why fluoride has long been used in rodenticides and pesticides to kill pests like rats and insects. It is also why accidents involving over-ingestion of fluoridated dental products–including fluoride gels, fluoride supplements, and fluoridated water–can cause serious poisoning incidents, including death.