David Christopher, M.H.

 

If you have an ant problem and you do not want to spend money on Orkin or buy environmentally hazardous products, then may I suggest using Aspartame and the ants will surely die. If you are not familiar with Aspartame then try: NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful or Crystal Light. These artificial sweeteners will surely kill the ants and maybe even you. The body tries to protect you from these Excitotoxins by storing them away in fat cells, which becomes a very stubborn fat to remove from your body. You can exercise and diet to excess but it is virtually impossible to lose these fats that store poisons.

 

An added insult of these artificial sweeteners is that they also accelerate weight gain. When an artificial sweetener is taken into the body, the body perceives the sweetness and releases insulin to utilize the recently acquired energy source. But no glucose is available, so the body sends out signals to consume carbohydrates and alleviate the jitters that accompany elevated insulin levels. These extra calories promote weight gain.

It is so sad to see people struggling with obesity, carrying around their 32 oz. “diet soda” truly believing that it will help them with their weight. These chemical sweeteners do not kill you right away but they cause various diseases and have also recently provoked suicide. Parkinson’s disease is one of many diseases triggered by these insidious chemicals The following is an interesting correlating example from the book “Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry” by Elaine Hollingsworth.

Inside Hollywood, there has been much speculation about the cause of the Parkinson’s Disease suffered by actor Michael J Fox, but the star’s addiction to Diet Pepsi (which contains aspartame) is no secret. One cast member who worked with Fox said he drank at least 12 cans a day. I have no way of knowing if that is true, since I have not spoken with him. I do know, however, from my own Hollywood days, that whenever a celebrity endorses a product, he or she is provided with an unlimited supply, and if there is a movie or TV show involved, cases are sent each week. Given Michael’s long-standing commercial endorsement of Diet Pepsi, it’s hardly surprising that not only is he himself now a victim of the neurological disease, but that several crew members who worked with him have also been reported as suffering the same terrible affliction. PepsiCo, Monsanto and their partners-in-crime have a lot to answer for.

 

These newsletter articles, by design, are meant to be short and easy to read. Therefore in-depth information is available atwww.dorway.com.

 

David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.  


Angela Sannapu M.H. Dip.H.Ir., Phoenix, AZ

The School of Natural Healing’s motto is “Cleanse and Nourish”. Many questions arise as to finding the best ways to nourish. A common question today is “Are GMOs a concern in healthy eating?” Genetically Modified Organism, or GMO for short, is an organism in which the genetic material (the DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. [1] There are no rules and no regulations (in the US) as to what parts of DNA can be used or even as to what species may be crossed with others. The majority of GMOs are food crops.  Pesticides and herbicides developed from bacteria are inserted into the DNA of the food supply to make them pest resistant or immune to the herbicide sprays.

 

For the US, the percentages of GMO crops include:

 

Soy (94%)

Cotton (90%)

Canola (90%)

Sugar beets (95%)

Corn (88%)

Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%)

Zucchini and yellow squash (over 24,000 acres are GMO). [2]

 

The food crops listed above produce a known toxin within every cell of the plant. As a result, the original DNA of the plant has been permanently altered or mutated forever. Research finds many of these mutations are not known before entering the market. Molecular biologist and protein chemist David Schubert states, “Introduction of one gene usually alters the gene expression pattern of the whole cell, and typically each cell type of the organism will respond differently.” [3] Therefore, a GMO is a new kind of plant or organism altogether and we do not know how it will react in our bodies or the environment.

 

Cotton and corn crops are most commonly altered with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). This bacterium is known to rapidly paralyze the invading insect’s digestive system thereby destroying it. Bt has also been linked to allergies and illnesses in humans and other mammals. [3] The Bt found in genetically engineered crops is “1,500-3,000 times the level found in sprayed plants. Since the Bt-toxin is exempted from the requirement of a tolerance, there are no legal limits as to how much can be expressed in food.”[3] If the spray is known to affect humans, how much more can we expect from the DNA inserted food?

There is also the question of “Anti-nutrients” which “are compounds that decrease the nutritional value of food, usually by making a nutrient unavailable or indigestible.” [3] These are commonly discovered in GMO crops. It is also found that one GMO crop can differ in nutritional value considerably compared to the next. Therefore, this would seriously question the school’s motto of “nourish” since the exact nourishment is unknown. No long term safety studies have ever been conducted on the effects of exposure to, or the consumption of GMOs, let alone the effects on the environment.

We do know these facts:

GMO foods came into the market in late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Soy allergies skyrocked by 50% in the UK, soon after GE soy was introduced. [3]

Bee Colony Collapse Disorder has threatened our pollenated plants since at least 2005.

There is an alarming rise of food allergies and their severity over the past 10 years.

Increase of digestive disturbances in humans over the past 10 years.

Appearance of “superbugs” and “superweeds” that are becoming less and less responsive to pesticides and herbicides.

There is no nutritional or environmental benefit from either growing or consuming GMO food.  In fact, the exact opposite may be true. To avoid becoming an experiment in this “Genetic Roulette” become aware of what you eat!  Look for organic. The “USDA Organic” label prohibits GE in their products. Also look for the “Non-GMO Project Verified Seal”. READ ALL food labels. If there is corn or soy listed in any form, it is most likely GE. Sugar is almost certainly a combination of sugar cane and GMO sugar beets. Dairy must be labeled no rBGH, no rBST, or no artificial hormones in order to be free of the GMO bovine growth hormone.

If the safety of GMO’s matters to you then let your voice be heard. Be alert to government regulations and bills in office. Call up companies and restaurants to inquire if they have GMO ingredients they may be using. Let them know you will not patronize a GMO friendly business. Encourage them to “go organic”.

Angela Sannapu is a Master Herbalist from the School of Natural Healing as well as a Diplomat in Holistic Iridology from the Internal Institute of Iridology. Angela may be reached for natural healing advice via her website at www.HerbalByte.com

 

[1] World Health Organization (WHO) definition of GMO

[2] http://www.responsibletechnology.org/faqs Date Aug 2013

[3] Smith, Jeffrey M.  Genetic Roulette Yes! Books 2007. Pages 5, 14, 68, 94, 95, 97

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