The Buck Stops Here (My Bucks – That Is!)

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The gardeners are spraying the plant beds in my condominium complex with Roundup weed killer today. They know the area around my home is off-limits. Several months ago I stopped the gardener just before he was about to spray  weeds close to my front door. I explained to him, I’m a cancer survivor and I don’t use poison inside or outside my home. I’m not sure if he understood everything I was saying but he knows to stay away from my place with that dreaded cancer causing insecticide.  I pull the weeds by hand so he won’t get in trouble for not doing his job. I also found a non-toxic way to kill weeds if you have to many to pull out by hand.

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Monsanto makes Roundup and is the same company who brought us Agent Orange, PVC, and DDT, all of which were banned because they were killing people.  Here is a list of Monsanto’s dirty dozen.

One would think any company with such a bad track record would have been out of business a long time ago— but that’s not true. They have reinvented themselves as saviors of the world’s food supply. By changing the DNA of a plant seed they claim they can feed the world and solve world hunger. At least that’s the bullshit their marketing department tells the us.

In case you don’t know what is happening to our food supply (with our government’s blessing), I put together some information that I hope you not only read, but share with others. Since our government leaders refuse to look out for our health, its up to us to look out for each other. This video explains, via humor why a poison expert is in charge of feeding us. (Michael Taylor, ex-bigwig at Monsanto was appointed by President Obama, to head the FDA. The very agency who decides what foods are safe to eat). Can you say conflict of interest?

Monsanto and other chemical companies have been messing around with our food since George Bush senior was vice president under Ronald Reagan. With the help of that Republican administration, Monsanto was allowed to write laws that favored them and the biotech industry. Public health? Ain’t nobody got time for that when billions of dollars can be made!

Monsanto refuses to allow third-party testing of its genetically modified foods (gmos) because their seeds are patented, so our government depends on Monsanto to do their own testing, which of course always turns out in their favor. A recent article in Food Democracy Now cites; eating gmos over a period of time (like I did for 8 years without knowing it because the food wasn’t labeled properly) causes cancer.

Don’t look to your legislature to tell you about it because Monsanto and other biotech companies pay these people BIG money in the form of campaign contributions bribes.

I don’t know if you noticed, but lately (for the last few years anyway) corporations are attempting to control and take over every aspect of our lives. Whether its our food, healthcare, water, air, or whatever; they want us to fall in line and just buy their junk and that includes their poor excuse for food.  And they definitely do not want us questioning what is hiding in their foods. According to them, we do not have the right to know what we are eating. Laws? They don’t want any stinking laws that could hurt their bottom line!

None of these corporations care about your or my health. They want money, more and more money and if you interfere with that — you become the enemy.

Since our government leaders sold their souls to keep their power and influence, it is up to us to put a stop to this madness. How? You ask. By telling your local merchants (grocers, restaurants, etc.) that you refuse to buy gmo foods and to stock more organic — OR you will spend your money on those places who do.

Chipotle is a good example of what public pressure can do. More and more of us are getting health conscious. Monsanto, along with the Grocery Manufacturers Association spent millions and millions of dollars defeating state propositions that would have required food companies to label foods containing gmos. The states who voted in the last couple elections to get foods labeled, were bombarded with ads claiming food prices would skyrocket if they had to comply with this new law. The truth is, labels are changed ALL the time (when it suits their needs). The real reason food companies don’t want gmos labeled is because they KNOW we won’t buy them.

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I am sure you will find many of the food companies you buy from are on this list. Do you want to continue supporting them when they clearly don’t care about you and your family? There are companies who are non-gmo verified already and don’t need to be forced by law to change their business practices. You can find them on this website. These are the companies who deserve your support.

As soon as I found out what genetically modified foods were, I stopped buying and eating them. It’s been over 4 years. I shop for fresh foods and stay away from canned or packaged foods. I buy organic when its on sale and stock up. Summer time is when my fridge is packed full with delicious organic apples, mangos, berries, bananas, pineapple, tomatoes, and cherries. I will however, buy conventional oranges, bananas and cucumbers because I can peel the skin. Yes, my food budget is higher than it was, but hubby and I are healthier because of my new diet. I am worth the extra expense — and so are you!

I refuse to give money to companies who refuse to do the right thing and be transparent about what is in their food. They do not deserve my money.

As for those politicians who said— under oath, they would defend and protect it’s citizens (you and me), I am completely disgusted with their behavior. We need to clean house and get rid of them and I mean all of them!

Our news media is nothing more than the corporations’ propaganda machine. News is nothing more than recycled and regurgitated gossip. I don’t care who is getting a sex change or who is getting divorced! All that information is none of my business. I DO care what is happening to our food and environment and that should be the lead story!

The number one thing I learned from volunteering at a cancer center was– too many young people are getting cancer! And it is the corporations who I hold accountable. They have managed to piss all over our environment so they can accumulate more and more of a piece of paper, called money. If we want things to change it is up to each of us to make it happen. There are more of us than them and we show our power every time we spend money.

Be well, stay informed and stop giving money to companies who do not deserve it!

Inge

BREAKING NEWS! I just read this in Yahoo News after this post went live:

Congress may block states from enacting law requiring the labeling of gmos!

 

It’s Not About Calories

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If you listen to media or look through any magazine, you would think we Americans are obsessed with our weight. And you are probably right. All the popular diet books preach that they have the answer to long-term weight loss, but they don’t emphasize the need to eat healthy. They do make billions of dollars every year selling the newest diet craze!  Even Weight Watcher’s, who has been around for years, makes most of their money selling their own brand of diet food. It comes in a box. Food in a box is not healthy, at least long-term. Any so-called nutrients are removed through processing and artificially re-added in some laboratory. Artificial anything cannot hold a candle to the real deal, Mother Nature.

These days our food not only contains chemicals, there are genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) we have to contend with and WE DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHICH FOODS CONTAIN THEM! (But we have a rough idea) That is because the chemical companies (like Monsanto) lobbied our government officials to prevent them from passing laws to get those foods labeled. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (like Kellogg’s, Pepsi, Con Agra) is guilty of this as well. However, they are willing to put information on their packaging that adds up to diddly squat and ends up confusing consumers even more. My recommendation is: don’t eat any of that crap. If you make your own: salad dressing, granola, etc. you at least know what’s in it. If you insist buying packaged foods, at least go for organic or NON GMO verified. Organic doesn’t mean there isn’t a bunch of sugar or salt added though.

We humans come in all shapes and sizes. I have been naturally slim most of my life but I still got cancer. I called my self a vegetarian for eight years prior to my cancer diagnosis. Eighty percent of my calories came from processed foods (made from GMO corn and soy). I ate cheese and yogurt and drank milk (with added rBGH) by the gallons. I love milk but now I know it is bad for my health so I stopped. I don’t even miss it anymore.

I was like you, the average American. I went to the store, picked out what I wanted and ate it. I never thought about it. If it was sitting on the grocery shelf, it had to be  safe to eat right?  After all, we have government agencies like the USDA and FDA that made sure our food was not only safe but is healthy. Boy was I wrong!

It took a cancer diagnosis to wake me up and inspire me to find out why I got sick. Colon cancer does not run in my family. Heart disease does so I figured I was eating the right foods to make sure my ticker kept ticking (my dad died of cardiomyopathy at fifty-three).  My radiologist told me to keep eating and it didn’t matter what I ate, just so I ate something (weight loss is the number one side effect for cancer patients. Chemotherapy and radiation can make food taste bad and some patients just doesn’t feel hungry). My doctor’s advice didn’t sound right to me so I went to my go to place when I need to verify information to be correct. All the cancer survivors I found ate healthy, organic, plant-based diets. That’s all I needed to convince me. If you want to be successful at something, find someone who already is and do what they do.

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I now understand it isn’t all about being skinny. The majority of us will never look like the models on magazines covers and we now know that even their photos  are air-brushed!  The main thing to be healthy and feel good. It’s important to love ourselves enough to eat foods that keep our bodies running at their optimum best.

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I came across a post by Dr. Lipman, integrative doctor and author, who calls himself a Health Evangelist (I love that!). He writes about the importance of eating healthy and forgetting about counting calories. Here’s a snippet of his article:

If you think that a calorie is a calorie – and it doesn’t matter if it comes from kale or cookies, then it’s time to rethink what you think you know about calories. Contrary to what your Momma, track coach or even Doctor led you to believe, all calories are NOT created equal, and thinking you’ll lose weight simply by counting them or cutting them will likely leave you hungry, irritable, malnourished and not much lighter than you were when you started. So instead of slashing and burning the caloric field, let’s level it with the following food for thought: read more here.

So throw away the scale and fill up your pantry and refrigerator with nutrient-rich foods. Your body will thank you.

Eat Your Veggies!

Inge