by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on IS THE ZIKA VIRUS IN BRAZIL BEING SPREAD BY GENETICALLY MODIFIED MOSQUITOES FUNDED BY BILL GATES?
The recent outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil could be linked to the release into the wild of genetically modified mosquitoes in recent field trials in Brazil funded by the Bill and Gates Foundation, it has emerged.
The Zika virus, which has been detected in 18 of the 26 states in Brazil, is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. A generically modified version has been developed by a British biotech company called Oxitec.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on These 5 Things Will Influence Your Health More Than Anything Else In Your Life
Most educational and government institutions around the world have a very poor track record when it comes to influencing the practical habits that keep their populations healthy. They say we are destined for disease depending on our genetics and biology without ever addressing some of the most significant determinants that shape our health.
1) What Your Skin Absorbs
Our skin’s production of vitamin D dramatically influences our health. It is influenced by age (people ages 65 and over generate only one-fourth as much as people in their 20s do), skin color (African Americans have, on average, about half as much vitamin D in their blood as white Americans), and sunscreen use (slather on sunscreen in the summer and you’re guaranteed to eliminate prime opportunities to soak in Vitamin D). Spraying toxic bug repellents, creams and other cosmetics influence your immunity. Children have a large body surface area and tender skin, making them more prone to cross-skin absorption. People over 65 tend to have thinner skin and have had years of exposure to sun, which also makes their skin absorb more of these chemicals. The last thing you should be doing after 60 is applying cosmetics, moisturizers (unless they are natural), makeup, and using conventional shampoos and conditioners. Researchers have discovered specific molecular signaling events by which vitamin D via skin production prevents inflammation. In experiments, many researchers have shown that low levels of Vitamin D, comparable to levels found in millions of people, failed to inhibit the inflammatory cascade–a series of rapid biochemical events which propagates and matures the inflammatory response within the immune system.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on From psych drugs to GMOs: How fraudulent science is run by corporations that profit from selling poisons
The hijacking of modern science by corporations hellbent on profiting at the expense of public health is no more evident than in published scientific literature. There, you’ll find all sorts of papers claiming that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe, chemicals are good for you and pharmaceuticals drugs are the only medicine worth taking — but how much of all these information are actually valid?
Back in September, it was revealed that British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) doctored studies to promote its popular drug Paxil as a treatment for depression. It turns out this drug isn’t safe or effective in any way, and yet millions of young teens and children have been prescribed this mind-altering medication under the illusion that it might help them overcome mental abnormalities.
Not only were these papers exposed as fraudulent, but major news outlets like The New York Times (NYT) are reporting that they actually demonstrated the exact opposite of what their authors claimed at the time. How can this be when papers of this type are run through the peer-review process prior to publishing?
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on Scientists Develop ‘GMO Painkillers’ Using Rat DNA, Yeast
Are you in enough pain to swallow this pill? Stanford scientists have developed a new way of creating painkiller components like hydrocodone by injecting 23 different engineered genes from plants, bacteria, and rats into yeast.
The result is the beginning of the journey towards ‘GMO painkillers,’ and another entrance into the world of genetically modified pharmaceuticals. A world that far expands beyond the tinkering of Monsanto’s GMOs. The ‘advancement’ places into perspective the depths to which the booming industry of DNA alteration will take us.
Overall yields from this new yeast-based system aren’t currently strong enough to replace the traditional use of poppies in the full-scale production of painkillers, but it does in fact directly convert sugar to hydrocodone. Perhaps more importantly, it can also produce something known as ‘thebaine’ from sugar, which is the key precursor to opioid compounds. We currently rely on poppies to fulfill this production when it comes to pharmaceutical manufacturing.
“Smolke’s yeast — which contains 23 engineered genes from plants, bacteria and rats — is capable of making a direct conversion from sugar to hydrocodone, as well as from sugar to thebaine, a precursor of opioid compounds that would essentially take the place of poppies in the production of pain medication, but would still requite refinement. But it doesn’t make much of it.”
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on US House Votes to Ban States From Labeling GMO Food
The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that prevents states from requiring labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, which passed 275-150, would instead create a federal standard for voluntary labeling of foods whose ingredients include genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
The bill’s supporters, including its sponsor, Representative Mike Pompeo, say genetically modified foods are safe and laws around the country would be expensive.
“Precisely zero pieces of credible evidence have been presented that foods produced with biotechnology pose any risk to our health and safety,” Pompeo, a Kansas Republican. “We should not raise prices on consumers based on the wishes of a handful of activists.”
The food and agricultural industries threw their full support behind the bill, while health and environmental groups and organic food industry players fiercely lobbied against its passage.
The bill was dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right to Know,” or DARK Act, by opponents, who say people have a right to know what is in their food and criticize any law that would take away a state’s discretion to require labels.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on New Study Shows GMO Soy Accumulates Cancer Causing Chemical Formaldehyde
Right now Congress is getting ready to cut a deal with Monsanto to try to kill GMO labeling and common sense regulations on new GMO foods. Incredibly, at the same time, a groundbreaking new study released this week reveals that genetic engineering significantly disrupts basic cellular functions in GMO plants at an alarming level.
In the first of its kind systems biology approach, scientists at the International Center for Integrative Systems analyzed more than 6,497 lab experiments to discover an alarming accumulation of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and a dramatic depletion of glutathione, a key antioxidant necessary for proper detoxification of cells and maintain a healthy immune systems in plants, animals and humans.
These findings shatter the myth that GMOs are “substantially equivalent” to traditionally bred non-GMO crops and show for the first time that significant damage is done at the cellular level to foods that have been genetically engineered through the process of transgenic insertion of foreign genes. These results mandate an immediate ban on new GMO crops and a serious evaluation of current scientific safety standards relating to GMO food.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on Organic industry in shock as Whole Foods pushes new rating system that promotes chemical agriculture as better than organic
Conventional growers can receive higher rankings than organic farmers by doing things like establishing a garbage recycling program, relying more on alternative energy sources, eliminating some pesticides and setting aside a portion of fields as a conservation area.
“Whole Foods has done so much to help educate consumers about the advantages of eating an organic diet,” five farmers said in a recent letter to John Mackey, co-founder and co-chief executive of Whole Foods. “This new rating program undermines, to a great degree, that effort.”
Tom Willey, an organic farmer for some four decades in and around Madera, California, is one of many who believe the Whole Foods program is just a subtle attempt at shifting the cost of a market program onto food producers.
“The reports we’re getting from speaking to farmers around the country are that they are spending anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 to comply with this program,” Willey, one of the farmers who signed the letter, told the Times.
by Lou Collinsin NewsComments Off on What BBC’s Panorama got wrong on GMOs
BBC’s Panorama programme on GMOs, which was aired in the UK Monday evening, has rightly attracted derision for its outrageous pro-GMO bias. Presenter Tom Heap ignored or skated over every major controversy about GM crops and gave a free ride to a handful of rabid GMO proponents.
Here are some of Heap’s monumental journalistic failures.