Thursday, June 3, 2010

Don’t’ Wear GMO Clothes; Don’t Eat GMO Foods - Boycott Frankencotten and Frankenfoods

Gentically Modified Crop Use Makes Minor Pests a Major Problem – Part I

Posted by Dr. Mercola, www.Mercola.com , June 01 2010

Killing Off One Pest Throws Nature Out of Balance

History of Bt Cotton – Increase in Mirid Bugs
Bt cotton was engineered with a gene from a soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis. Organic farmers use the natural form of the bacterium as an insecticide, spraying it occasionally during times of high pest infestation. The natural bacterial spray form is broken down within a few days to two weeks by sunlight, high temperatures, or substances on the leaves of plants, and can be "washed from leaves into the soil by rainfall," or rinsed by consumers.

Not so with GM Bt crops. Monsanto engineers isolated and then altered the gene that produces the Bt-toxin, and inserted it into the DNA of the cotton plant. Now every cell of their Bt cotton produces a toxic protein that kills certain pests, including the bollworm -- one of the major pests that threatened China’s cotton crops. The Bt toxin kills pests by splitting open their stomachs. “GM plants produce about 3,000-5,000 times the amount of toxin as the sprays. A Bt-producing GM plant continuously produces the toxin in every cell where it does not dissipate by weather and cannot be washed off.

When Bt cotton was first introduced, farmers were able to temporarily cut back on their use of broad-spectrum pesticides, which GM advocates use to support their flawed argument that GM crops are environmentally friendly. What happened, though, was that as bollworms decreased, mirid bugs, which are not vulnerable to the Bt toxin and were once only a minor pest in the area, increased significantly. Mirids are just as much of a threat to cotton crops as bollworms, so Chinese farmers have upped their pesticide use on the Bt cotton crops to kill the mirid bugs.
So now, not only are farmers planting Bt cotton crops to ward off bollworms, but they are spraying increasing amounts of pesticides to tackle the mirid bugs that only became a problem because of the Bt crops! This is hardly a benefit to the environment.

Mirid Bugs are a Threat to Green Beans, Vegetables, Fruits and Cereal Crops
The mirid bugs are not only a threat to cotton crops, they’re also a threat to green beans, vegetables, fruits and cereal crops as well. Worse still, the evolution of Bt-resistant bollworms worldwide have been confirmed and documented, which means Monsanto’s Bt crops are a miserable failure on all counts. Despite the fact that Bt cotton has done the area no favors whatsoever, Chinese researchers are looking into developing more GM crops that will kill both bollworms and mirid bugs -- even though it’s fairly obvious that a new pest will soon step up to take their place.

What About Bt Crops and Animals?
According to Jeffrey Smith, the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of genetically modified foods, in India animals graze on cotton plants after harvest. But when shepherds let sheep graze on Bt cotton plants, thousands died. Investigations suggests that the sheep mortality was due to a toxin. . . .” most probably Bt-toxin." In one small study, all sheep fed Bt cotton plants died; those fed natural plants remained healthy.

Jeffrey Smith visited one village in Andhra Pradesh and interviewed the villagers and reported: “Buffalo grazed on cotton plants for eight years without incident. But on January 3rd, 2008, 13 buffalo grazed on Bt cotton plants for the first time. All died within three days.
The village also lost 26 goats and sheep.

Buffalo in Haryana, India who are fed the Bt variety of cottonseed and oil cakes, suffered from reproductive disorders, skin problems, and sudden death of both adults and calves.
According to Jeffrey Smith: “Bt corn is also implicated in the deaths of cows in Germany, and horses, water buffaloes, and chickens in the Philippines.”
Related Links:
Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food
10 Reasons to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods
Enjoy Pesticides in Every Bite of GMO Food?

Blogs from
www.LitaLee.com
10/11/2008: GE Foods Freak out Rats; GE Sugar Coming To You Soon

10/28/2009: Frankencandy and Tainted Candy for Halloween?
http://blog.litalee.com/2008_10_01_archive.html

1/07/2009: How To Avoid Foods Containing Genetically Modified Organisms – Go Organic!
http://blog.litalee.com/2009_01_01_archive.html Scroll down to 1/07/09

Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
http://blog.litalee.com/2009_02_01_archive.html Scroll down to 2/1/09

1/17/2010: US court rules against Monsanto's GMO sugarbeets, says USDA failed to evaluate the risks http://blog.litalee.com/2010_01_01_archive.html Scroll down to 1/13/10

Articles: Genetic Engineering - Frankenfoods and More
http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=177

Don’t’ Wear GMO Clothes; Don’t Eat GMO Foods - Boycott Frankencotten and Frankenfoods!

Gentically Modified Crop Use Makes Minor Pests a Major Problem – Part II

What about the Effects of Bt crops on Humans?

In India, farm workers who handle Bt crops are already reporting allergy and flu-like symptoms. There’s also concern that the Bt toxin could remain active in your intestines, turning your digestive tract into a virtual pesticide factory. As Smith says: “The only published human feeding study revealed that even after you stop eating GMOs, harmful GM proteins may be produced continuously inside of you; genes inserted into GM soy transfer into bacteria inside your intestines and continue to function.

Roundup Ready Crops have Lead to “Superweeds” which are Now Devastating Farmers
Since 1996, when GM crops were first introduced, at least 10 species of U.S. weeds have developed resistance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp herbicide. Roundup Ready soybean, cotton and corn crops are the world’s largest group of genetically modified crops. The use of Roundup herbicide has increased dramatically since the GM Roundup Ready crops were introduced. In the first 13 years, American farmers sprayed an additional 383 million pounds of herbicide due to these herbicide-tolerant crops. And now the repeated exposures have given Mother Nature all she needs to stage her comeback in the form of devastating superweeds. As a result, farmers are being forced to spray their crops with even more toxic herbicides, along with return to labor-intensive methods like pulling weeds by hand.

Just Say No to GMO!

China’s GM-induced pest problems are likely a drop in the bucket compared to what the United States is in for. The United States grows two thirds of the GM crops worldwide since 1996, when GM crops were first made available commercially. Efforts are now being made to force the labeling of all GM foods and to educate the public so that organic foods will be chosen over GM foods. The labeling campaign is making progress, thanks to the persistence of Jeffrey Smith and the Institute for Responsible Technology. This institute has compiled an excellent Non-GMO Shopping Guide that you can download for free.

Below are some GM foods you can avoid by buying only the organic varieties. However I recommend seeking only organic foods, not just avoid those listed below.

Corn
Crookneck Squash
Hawaiian papaya
Soy (I don’t recommend any soy products other than organic soy sauce or tamari -LL)
Cottenseed
Canola oil (I don’t recommend any unsaturated oils or PUFA whether it’s GM or not - LL)
GM sugar from GM Sugar Beets (as of 2009)
Zucchini squash

Sources:
Nature May 13, 2010
Science May 13, 2010
NYTimes.com May 4, 2010

Related Links:
Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food
10 Reasons to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods
Enjoy Pesticides in Every Bite of GMO Food?

Blogs from http://www.litalee.com/
10/11/2008: GE Foods Freak out Rats; GE Sugar Coming To You Soon
10/28/2009: Frankencandy and Tainted Candy for Halloween?
http://blog.litalee.com/2008_10_01_archive.html

1/07/2009: How To Avoid Foods Containing Genetically Modified Organisms – Go Organic!
http://blog.litalee.com/2009_01_01_archive.html Scroll down to 1/07/09

Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
http://blog.litalee.com/2009_02_01_archive.html Scroll down to 2/1/09

1/17/2010: US court rules against Monsanto's GMO sugarbeets, says USDA failed to evaluate the risks
http://blog.litalee.com/2010_01_01_archive.html Scroll down to 1/13/10

Articles: Genetic Engineering - Frankenfoods and More
http://www.litalee.com/shopexd.asp?id=177

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Osteoporosis Drugs Found to CAUSE Leg Fractures

Bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva have terrible adverse side effects


www.Mercola.com April 17, 2010 - Issue 1444



“The case reports first surfaced about two years ago -- orthopedists reported that women taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to prevent broken bones were showing up with rare and serious fractures of their thighbones,” The New York Times reports. “The bone was snapping like a twig, sometimes splintering. Often there was no trauma, such as a serious fall, to bring it on. And some of the women were younger, in their 50s, with pre-osteoporosis but without the extremely fragile bones of people with the full-blown condition,” the NYT continues.
The fractures are highly unusual because they are occurring in the long bone of the thigh, when ordinarily thighbone fractures occur near the hip socket. Further, because this area does not have a rich blood supply, the fractures are difficult to heal.



Annual sales of osteoporosis drugs have about doubled to $8.3 billion since 2003, which is a solid indicator that many people are being kept in the dark about their serious risks. I have been warning about these dangerous drugs for over a decade and finally enough time has lapsed to produce the damage that I said they would if they were used long enough. Osteoporosis is NOT due to a drug deficiency and taking a drug for this will only worsen, not improve, the condition.
One simply needs to treat the CAUSE of the disease and not the symptoms. The irony is that with Fosamax you aren’t even treating the symptoms. You are just fooling your body to produce a denser bone that is actually weaker. It does this because Fosamax is a poison that kills the cells in your bone that help your body repair and replace the bone.


Osteoporosis Drugs Are Leading to Broken Bones


Fosamax is prescribed primarily to women with osteoporosis in order to make bones stronger and prevent broken bones from the disease. Recently the drugs have also been increasingly prescribed to women with osteopenia, a natural thinning of the bones as you get older, even though no conclusive benefit has been found.


Over the last couple of years, orthopedists have noticed that more women taking these drugs are suffering from serious fractures in their thigh bones -- an ordinarily rare occurrence. There are reports of the bone “snapping like a twig,” even during normal daily activities, which is again very rare as your femur (thigh bone) is one of the strongest bones in your body!


Fosamax Linked to Serious Bone Problems


Fosamax, again a drug used to strengthen bones, is associated with so many detrimental bone side effects it boggles the mind. Even reports of thigh fractures are not new. ABC News recently reported that the Food and Drug Administration asked Merck (the maker of Fosamax) to “add information about the report of femur fractures” to the medications’ package insert back in 2008! More than a year later, they finally did.


Not surprisingly, Merck also tried to hide the fact that Fosamax is causing jawbone death, a disease now known to oral surgeons as Bisphosphate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ) or “Fossy Jaw” -- a nasty side effect of Fosamax and related drugs that essentially causes your jawbone to rot and decay.


Bisphosphate drugs have also been associated with:


Serious eye inflammation and possible blindness
Liver damage
Atrial fibrillation
Increased risk of ulcers
Esophageal cancer
Renal failure
Skin reactions
Hypocalcemia (blood calcium levels are too low)


How Osteoporosis Drugs Kill Your Bones


Bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva, are problematic because they stay in your bone indefinitely and disrupt the normal bone regeneration process.
Healthy bones maintain their strength from a continual process of bone breakdown and bone rebuilding. Osteoclasts are the cells that break down your bone, and osteoblasts are the cells that rebuild it.


Fosamax and similar drugs poison your osteoclasts, permanently killing them, so the normal bone repair process is halted. Your bones will indeed get denser. However, denser bones are NOT stronger bones, which is the part they don’t tell you. In fact, eventually your bones become weaker and more prone to fracture.


Why?


Because bone is a dynamic structure that requires the removal of unhealthy bone and REPLACEMENT with new bone to stay strong. Fosamax does NOT build any new bone. It only kills the cells that break bone down, so your bone is not benefiting from its natural regenerative process. For women who have been taking this drug for five or more years, their bones have literally lost the ability to regenerate, and this is why many be faced with more brittle bones and fractures.


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