On Saturday, May 25th, 2013, there will be a worldwide march against Monsanto and GMO. Please find your local event and support the fight to save our food sources from the poison that is GMO. Share with everyone you can. We want to let Monsanto know that “We will not go quietly into the night…we are fighting for our right to live” (quote from Independence Day)
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Genetically Modified Organisms (or GMOs) were introduced to consumers’ diets back in the 1990’s. They were supposed to increase crop production, reduce crop losses due to insects and plant diseases, increase bio-available nutrients in our food, and lower food costs to consumers. Ideal goals, for sure, but have GMOs actually helped or harmed consumers since their inception?
In the almost twenty years GMOs have been in American grocery stores, incidences of food allergies, diabetes, obesity, autism, auto-immune disorders, infertility, and cancers have all more than doubled. Biotech companies, like Monsanto, claim that their GM seeds and, resultant food products, are not to blame for the increasing rates of these diseases, disorders, and health issues. How can that be? Think about it…GM seeds are created using parts of virus DNA (the most recent of which – Cauliflower Mosaic Virus promoter) injected into the DNA of Non-GMO seed cells in order to make the newly created seeds resistant to plant viruses, bacteria, fungus, and insects as well as insecticides such as Roundup. One problem that results from these GM seeds is that once the plants are grown and seeds harvested from those plants, these offspring seeds cannot produce new plants. They are, in fact, infertile. If these offspring seeds of the GM seeds are infertile, what do you think the food from these plants is doing to our bodies?
These GM seeds actually contain virus genes which produce a protein which suppresses immune function in plants, animals, and humans. They also cause nutrient deficiency in the plants; and insects that eat from those plants have adverse affects such as deadly gastronomical explosions…yes, their stomachs actually explode.
If these foods are nutrient deficient, don’t you suppose that in order for our bodies to get the nutrition they require, that our bodies would tell us we are still hungry for the missing nutrients by making us crave more food? Don’t you think that could be a reason why obesity, diabetes, and other diseases are increasing at such an alarming rate? If these plants can cause an insect’s stomach to explode, don’t you think there’s a possibility that these same plants could be damaging our gastrointestinal tracts? One other point I’d like to make…a major reason cows, pigs, and chickens have been given antibiotics and growth hormones (which has been proven to also be bad for humans) is to help them grow faster and stay “healthy” long enough to make it to the slaughter houses. It is also to fight off the bacteria and viruses that their immune systems can no longer fight, partially because of being caged in their own wastes, but also because of the GM feed they are given.
They only way to stop GM foods from being literally “forced down our throats” in increasing amounts is to avoid buying and eating GM foods. Read labels and look for the Non-GMO Project label or a label that specifically states that the food product is Non-GMO.
I would disagree with the statement “I have no time for exercise.” Exercise is cumulative. Five minutes here, five minutes there…it all adds up.
If you work in an office, sitting in front of a computer, take five minutes out of every hour to do a little something…squats, lunges, chair or desk dips. Bring hand weights to work, and work your arms and shoulders. Take part of your lunch break and walk around your building. All it takes is a little creativity to get a workout in by spreading it throughout the day.
You say, “Ok, that’s great for strength exercises, but what do I do about cardio?” Here’s what you do…do your strength exercises as fast as you can in each five minute session. Not only will you build strength, but you’ll raise your heart rate and increase your breathing, which is the whole point of cardio.
In an eight hour workday, those five minutes per hour add up to a 40 minute workout…a 12 hour workday would yield a full hour workout. Either way, it will help you concentrate better at your work tasks, and increase your productivity. You’ll also be less likely to be sleepy in the afternoon at work if you move around for five minutes out of every hour. Besides, if anyone asks you about it or comments that you look silly…just tell them it helps you focus better. You may find yourself starting a trend.
Our minds and bodies constantly master lessons from our surroundings. In other words, we seem to have a natural inclination to learn. That is the idea behind this week’s TED Radio Hour: “Unstoppable Learning,” brought to you by NPR. This episode explores that dynamic experience of learning that begins in the womb and how recognizing this essential nature will revolutionize the way we teach.
What happens when you stick a computer in a wall, three feet off the ground, in a slum without so much as running water? “Unstoppable Learning” kicks off with TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra, who found that he had stumbled upon a new method of education — self-directed, with no adults around. He found that the children in the slum, who had little access to education, were able to teach themselves English and even biology just from a computer.
In the next segment…
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We all hear constantly that exercise and nutrition are the keys to maintaining health. However, there are so many different diets available, how does one know what’s best? The same can be said for exercise routines.
Together we will explore the different exercise regimens, diets, and products to help you find a good fit for you. No one diet or exercise is a one-size-fits-all. So try different things out, explore, learn, and see what you like.