10 Monsanto Killers to eliminate from your diet

I found this article by Elizabeth Renter via Collective Evolution

Genetically modified foods have been shown to cause harm to humans, animals, and the environmental, and despite growing opposition, more and more foods continue to be genetically altered.

It’s important to note that steering clear from these foods completely may be difficult, and you should merely try finding other sources than your big chain grocer.  If produce is certified USDA-organic, it’s non-GMO (or supposed to be!). Also, seek out local farmers and booths at farmer’s markets where you can be ensured the crops aren’t GMO. Even better, if you are so inclined: Start organic gardening and grow them yourself.

Until then, here are the top 10 worst GMO foods for your “do not eat” GMO foods list.

Top 10 Worst GMO Foods for Your GMO Foods List

1. Corn: This is a no-brainer. If you’ve watched any food documentary, you know corn is highly modified. “As many as half of all U.S. farms growing corn for Monsanto are using genetically modified corn,” and much of it is intended for human consumption. Monsanto’s GMO corn has been tied to numerous health issues, including weight gain and organ disruption.

2. Soy: Found in tofu, vegetarian products, soybean oil, soy flour, and numerous other products, soy is also modified to resist herbicides. As of now, biotech giant Monsanto still has a tight grasp on the soybean market, with approximately 90 percent of soy being genetically engineered to resist Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. In one single year, 2006, 96.7 million pounds of glyphosate was sprayed on soybeans alone

3. Sugar: According to NaturalNews, genetically-modified sugar beets were introduced to the U.S. market in 2009. Like others, they’ve been modified by Monsanto to resist herbicides. Monsanto has even had USDA and court-related issues with the planting of it’s sugarbeets, being ordered to remove seeds from the soil due to illegal approval.

4. Aspartame: Aspartame is a toxic additive used in numerous food products, and should be avoided for numerous reasons, including the fact that it is created with genetically modified bacteria.

5. Papayas: This one may come as a surprise to all of you tropical-fruit lovers. GMO papayas have been grown in Hawaii for consumption since 1999. Though they can’t be sold to countries in the European Union, they are welcome with open arms in the U.S. and Canada.

6. Canola: One of the most chemically altered foods in the U.S. diet, canola oil is obtained from rapeseed through a series of chemical actions.

7. Cotton: Found in cotton oil, cotton originating in India and China in particular has serious risks.

8. Dairy: Your dairy products contain growth hormones, with as many as one-fifth of all dairy cows in America are pumped with these hormones. In fact, Monasnto’s health-hazardous rBGH has been banned in 27 countries, but is still in most US cows. If you must drink milk, buy organic.

9. and 10. Zucchini and Yellow Squash: Closely related, these two squash varieties are modified to resist viruses.

The dangers of some of these foods are well-known. The Bt toxin being used in GMO corn, for example, was recently detected in the blood of pregnant women and their babies. But perhaps more frightening are the risks that are still unknown.

With little regulation and safety tests performed by the companies doing the genetic modifications themselves, we have no way of knowing for certain what risks these lab-created foods pose to us outside of what we already know.

The best advice: steer clear of them altogether.

Additional Sources:
NaturalNews

Sources:
Natural Society
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10 Monsanto Killers to eliminate from your diet

I found this article by Elizabeth Renter via Collective Evolution

Genetically modified foods have been shown to cause harm to humans, animals, and the environmental, and despite growing opposition, more and more foods continue to be genetically altered.

It’s important to note that steering clear from these foods completely may be difficult, and you should merely try finding other sources than your big chain grocer.  If produce is certified USDA-organic, it’s non-GMO (or supposed to be!). Also, seek out local farmers and booths at farmer’s markets where you can be ensured the crops aren’t GMO. Even better, if you are so inclined: Start organic gardening and grow them yourself.

Until then, here are the top 10 worst GMO foods for your “do not eat” GMO foods list.

Top 10 Worst GMO Foods for Your GMO Foods List

1. Corn: This is a no-brainer. If you’ve watched any food documentary, you know corn is highly modified. “As many as half of all U.S. farms growing corn for Monsanto are using genetically modified corn,” and much of it is intended for human consumption. Monsanto’s GMO corn has been tied to numerous health issues, including weight gain and organ disruption.

2. Soy: Found in tofu, vegetarian products, soybean oil, soy flour, and numerous other products, soy is also modified to resist herbicides. As of now, biotech giant Monsanto still has a tight grasp on the soybean market, with approximately 90 percent of soy being genetically engineered to resist Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. In one single year, 2006, 96.7 million pounds of glyphosate was sprayed on soybeans alone

3. Sugar: According to NaturalNews, genetically-modified sugar beets were introduced to the U.S. market in 2009. Like others, they’ve been modified by Monsanto to resist herbicides. Monsanto has even had USDA and court-related issues with the planting of it’s sugarbeets, being ordered to remove seeds from the soil due to illegal approval.

4. Aspartame: Aspartame is a toxic additive used in numerous food products, and should be avoided for numerous reasons, including the fact that it is created with genetically modified bacteria.

5. Papayas: This one may come as a surprise to all of you tropical-fruit lovers. GMO papayas have been grown in Hawaii for consumption since 1999. Though they can’t be sold to countries in the European Union, they are welcome with open arms in the U.S. and Canada.

6. Canola: One of the most chemically altered foods in the U.S. diet, canola oil is obtained from rapeseed through a series of chemical actions.

7. Cotton: Found in cotton oil, cotton originating in India and China in particular has serious risks.

8. Dairy: Your dairy products contain growth hormones, with as many as one-fifth of all dairy cows in America are pumped with these hormones. In fact, Monasnto’s health-hazardous rBGH has been banned in 27 countries, but is still in most US cows. If you must drink milk, buy organic.

9. and 10. Zucchini and Yellow Squash: Closely related, these two squash varieties are modified to resist viruses.

The dangers of some of these foods are well-known. The Bt toxin being used in GMO corn, for example, was recently detected in the blood of pregnant women and their babies. But perhaps more frightening are the risks that are still unknown.

With little regulation and safety tests performed by the companies doing the genetic modifications themselves, we have no way of knowing for certain what risks these lab-created foods pose to us outside of what we already know.

The best advice: steer clear of them altogether.

Additional Sources:
NaturalNews

Sources:
Natural Society
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“Nanuschka” is not my real name

Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

Hello world, my name is Elna!  Nanuschka, Nuschka, Natie and Nanyn are names which were used by my family when I was but a tiny lass.  Nanuschka is the one that stuck with me and my mom still uses it from time to time.

E-lna, El-na, El-naaa, Eln-aaaa – more about that later!

I am so glad my parents used their full mental capacity when naming me.  Long standing tradition is to name the first girl after her grandmother on her mother’s side.  I am so glad they decided against Elsie Jacomina – I would definitely have wanted to change it!  So, thanks mom, thanks dad, you saved me a lifetime of struggles.

Google “Elna” and you find countless results of, you guessed it, sewing machines!  No important world changing historians, no famous towns or places.  Just sewing machines.  I choose to look on the bright side.  Luke at this picture:

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Do you see all the buttons and knobs?  This little machine is as multi-faceted as I am.  I have layers!

I have two very funny name moments, which I will share with you:

Walking in Tygervalley Centre one day, Luke saw the Elna Shop.  He turned to me very excited “Mommy, we found your job” and he insisted to go in.  He looked at every single machine and was just blown away by the fact that they each bore my name.  After a while it dawned on him: “Mommy,  you should sue these guys.  They are using your name without paying you!”  If only I could get the royalties….

For the second one I am going to share something with you that only 1 or 2 people know about.  When you read this, don’t judge me, I am only human!

When we were trying to conceive Luke, a herbalist told me to smoke the green stuff once a week.  True as bob, 8 weeks later I was 6 weeks pregnant.  One day while “under the influence” I started to ponder about me name.  I don’t know how long it lasted, but for a good while I just sat there sounding out my name – out loud.

E-lna, El-na, El-naaa, Eln-aaaa.

It sounded so very foreign and exotic, rolling of my tongue.  It may not sound that funny to you, but it still gives me the giggles to this day.  In fact, when I read the prompt that was the first thing that came to mind.

Would I change it, naaaah, I’ll hang on to it.  Some people took a long time to come up with the name when I came to be and it would be an insult to their time and love.

Killing yourself to look pretty?

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In 2011 I made peace with the fact that I am growing old(er).  The stretchmarks are a reminder of the precious 9 months I had Luke inside of me, before I had to let him go to be his own person (I’m a tiger who earner her stripes!).  The small beginnings of wrinkles are reminders of laughing in good times and (too much) frowning, trying to understand the world.  I stopped fighting the grey hair (of which I had my first around 16!) and am just leaving it to blend with the rest.  The grey’s are an intrinsic part of who I am, after all.  Gone are the days of heavy make-up before I dare to step foot outside the door.  If and when I feel like jazzing up my look, a touch of lipstick and some mascara does the trick.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not neglecting myself in any way whatsoever.  I am, in fact, taking better care of my body than I have in years.  For the first time in years I watch what I eat and I exercise.  Bottom line is this: I have made peace with who and what I am.  I no longer need to enhance my features to feel comfortable in my skin.  I no longer need to have my hair in the latest style or change my wardrobe every now and then just to fit in with what’s “fashionable”.  I am me, take it or leave it.  I am comfortable in my own skin and don’t need to prove anything to anyone.  This is me, I am who I am.

Although I fully understand cosmetic surgery for medical reasons, I am amazed at the lengths women will go to to simply look good.

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I came across an article this morning that left me speechless.  It would appear that botox, face lifts, eye- or nose jobs are no longer enough.  A new procedure have been invented, which is especially popular in South Korea.  In a predominantly male business environment, it is said that a woman requires both beauty and brains in order to be successful.  Unfortunately more beauty is required and thus the choice to have the surgery, which leaves you with a smaller, V-shaped jawline.  The recovery process is a lengthy and painful one.  I don’t know if they are simply unaware of the complications beforehand or simply choose to ignore them.  Herewith a few:

  • Facial numbness or paralysis – you can’t feel the spit dribbling out of your mouth.
  • Inability to chew or smile
  • Nerve damage to the tear duct – you can’t stop crying.

Already a 23-year old student have committed suicide because she could not cope with the recovery process.  More and more complaints are surfacing, but are being wiped under the carpet as a “negligible problem” due to the increased number of surgeries being performed.

I have two theories as to why women would do something as stupid as this:

  1. Personal insecurities – somewhere along the line someone told them that they are not good enough, pretty enough, tall enough.  Ladies, I’ve been there, I know what you feel.  You are perfect just the way you were created.  Don’t ever let anyone determine your own self worth.  Getting rid of these insecurities starts with loving yourself.  The profound moment for me was when I watched “What the Bleep”.  Near the end of the movie there is a scene where she lies in  he bath, writing “I love you” all over her body with a marker.  That scene is one which will always remain with me.  You have to love yourself first.
  2. To fit in or to be loved – here is a wake-up call.  If you are not part of the “in-crowd” or if someone does not notice you or love you because of who you are, they never will.  It does not matter how much you change yourself.  You will always be a reflection of their insecurities, you will never be good enough.  Believe me, if a man only loves me I am in my high heels, skinny jeans, hairdo, make-up and jewelry he is not man enough for me.  I am human.  When I wake up my hair is a (huge) mess and I have morning breath.  Sometimes I just want to wear a tracksuit, that does not change who I am.  If he can’t love you at your worst, he does not really love you at your best.

If you don’t like who you are, look inside and make the change there.  You will be surprised to see the difference it will make to the way you see yourself.

Love yourself or end up like this (courtesy of www.styleslum.com)

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Herewith my questions to you:

  • What drastic step, if any, have you done or considered to change something about yourself?
  • How would that change your life?
  • Why would you want to change something about yourself?

Vote for me!!!

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No, this is not me standing up and becoming a politician fighting for human rights.  It’s just me, entering a Creative Challenge and I need your votes, please?!

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My entry is one of 19 and I need you to vote here.

Voting is open now until midnight on the 2nd of June 2013.

Thank you!