“Bought” Free Online Documentary Reveals Truth Behind Big Pharma

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Just a few weeks ago a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland, caused moms across the nation to fight each other over vaccinating their kids. The media added to the drama, beating the war drum, making it sound like the world was coming to an end!

I am not completely against vaccinations, although I think our kids (and adults) are getting over-vaccinated these days and its all in the name of “profit.”

When I was growing up, I got the polio vaccine in a sugar cube and diphtheria vaccine and a couple more (that I can’t remember). I got sick with the measles and the mumps  and I lived to tell the story. In my opinion, these illnesses are part of growing up. I have an immune system and its job is to protect me from disease. How do I expect it to work properly if I keep getting drugs (containing who-knows-what)  to “do its job”?

If you have kids, please watch this documentary and decide for your self. Vaccinate or not vaccinate. It should be your decision.

Its streaming free online for the next week. Share it, email it to other moms. We have to keep the conversation going…

Click here to start the movie.

 

Be well!

Ingebird

 

 

October is GMO Awareness Month

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This month is almost over and I have not written about GMOs (genetically modified foods) yet. Shame on me! I am a huge opponent of anyone messing with our food supply, especially when they influence our politicians to get their way… meaning “making sure they make billions of dollars and do not have to tell consumers what they are doing.” Can you say deceptive advertising? How about unethical?  Hopefully, most of you know about them, but in case you don’t…

What are GMOs? To answer that question I will let Monsanto tell you in their own words. I swiped this directly off Monsanto’s website: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) – Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs. In general, genes are taken (copied) from one organism that shows a desired trait and transferred into the genetic code of another organism.

Who and what is Monsanto?

Monsanto is one of the largest pharmaceutical and agricultural companies that produces genetically modified foods and seeds, drugs, chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. This multibillion dollar company has other branches in 100 different countries and is the main producer of genetically modified crops and seeds in the world.

Monsanto was declared the third most hated corporation in 2014. Why is that you ask?

In a Harris Poll this year measuring the “reputation quotient” of major companies, Monsanto ranked third-lowest, above BP (BP) and Bank of America (BAC) and just behind Halliburton (HAL). For much of its history it was a chemical company, producing compounds used in electrical equipment, adhesives, plastics, and paint. Some of those chemicals—DDT, Agent Orange, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—have had long and controversial afterlife. The company is best known, however, as the face of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Next week voters in several states will decided whether or not GMO foods should be labeled. Monsanto, other chemical companies and the grocery manufacturers association are pouring millions of dollars into misleading and deceptive advertising to scare these people from voting yes. It worked in California two years ago and they are hoping it works again. If you think our government will do the right thing and have these foods labeled, forget it. Michael Taylor, the former vice president of Monsanto now runs our FDA. Who do you think he will side with? President Obama appointed him. Shame on him!

In the menu section of my blog  you can find companies who are GMO free. The only way we can make change is to vote with our wallets. It is up to each of to educate ourselves as to what is in our food.  The buck stops with each of us. There are many reputable websites who already did this for us as well. Here are a few:

Food Babe

Non-GMO Project

Institute for Responsible Technology

Before I forget here is a list of “natural” food companies who pretend to care about your health and also give millions to make sure you don’t know what you are eating. I stopped buying from these companies months ago and will never be their customers again. There are too many legitimate companies who deserve my dollars instead.

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Be Well and Be a Savvy Consumer,

Ingebird

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