Carolyn Mein, D.C.
The 25 Body Type SystemTM
June 20, 2014
Issue No. 12
Although GMOs are a "hot topic" these days, I find that many people don't know the basic facts about GMOs. This month I have written a detailed article which I hope you find informative and helpful.
This month I also mention a few nutritional supplements which are also useful for detox cleansing. If you would like to try these or any other products on my website, I have included a coupon at the bottom of the newsletter.
I hope and trust that all topics I present this month help you to enjoy a healthier, happier life.
Health and Happiness,
Dr. Carolyn Mein
In This Issue:
|What Are GMOs?|
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have been a popular topic in the news lately. Yet most people do not fully understand what they are and what relevance they have to nutrition and the foods we eat. Below are my answers to common questions about this important topic.
What is a GMO?
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of inserting the genes from one species into that of another. This is done in order to apply a desirable trait from one organism into another. This is also called Genetic Engineering. In the case of food products, it is called Food Biotechnology.
For millennia, people have used traditional breeding of animals, tree grafting, and seed hybridization. These techniques are limited to a species. For example, different kinds of tomatoes can be combined to produce a new kind of tomato with specific characteristics such as flavor, color, shape and texture. Tomatoes have been engineered to ripen during transit to the grocery store. Likewise, different breeds of dogs are commonly mated to produce house pets or show animals with specific traits or physical capabilities. However, a tomato cannot be combined with a cow, as they are different species. In the laboratory, genetic engineering does allow genes of otherwise incompatible species – even plants and animals – to be combined. The mule – the result of a male donkey and female horse – is sterile and cannot reproduce.
The questions and answers below will give you the facts you need to make an informed decision.
Why Were GMOs Developed?
Economics is the primary motivation behind the development of GMO foods. GMOs are an attempt to answer the growing food needs of a rapidly rising world population. Strains that are resistant to insects, or are more drought tolerant, will produce a higher yield crop even in less than desirable conditions or climates. Farmers might save money on insecticides as well. However, GMO crops cannot reproduce, forcing farmers to buy new seeds for each planting. These strains are the intellectual property of the corporations which developed them, and this cost offsets other gains.
GMO development has primarily focused on producing food crops that are resistant to virus and bacterial disease, herbicides, bruising, discoloration, and different growing conditions. Some GMOs produce their own pesticides. They have also produced foods such as tomatoes that ripen after they are picked and en route to grocery stores.
More recently, GMOs have attempted to increase the nutritional value in foods such as golden rice.
What Foods Contain GMOs?
The first commercially available GMO food, a delayed ripening tomato, was first sold in 1994. Since then, GMOs have largely overtaken the highest demand cash crops in the USA. In 2013, about 91% of soybeans, 88% of cotton, and 85% of the corn grown in the USA were from GMO seeds. Dozens of other high-demand cash crops including canola and sugar beets are also mostly GMO crops.
These staples are used in many product derivatives such as oils, flours, corn syrup, etc. which obviously also contain GMOs.
GMO testing with animals is ongoing, and as of yet no GMO produced animals have entered the food chain. However, GMO foods are used to feed livestock and chickens, and these GMOs infiltrate the meat, eggs, and dairy products produced by these animals.
So in reality, in just 20 years, GMOs have appeared in a huge segment of American foods.
A more complete listing of GMO foods:
Is it Safe to Eat GMO Foods?
Plenty of research has been published on the risks posed by ingesting GMO foods. Animal feeding tests have shown increases in pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems and organs, higher death rates, and other anomalies.
It has been widely proven that a broad array of human health risks result from GMO consumption. These include resistance or immunity to antibiotics, increased susceptibility to toxins, carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) and allergens, disease, and nutritional problems. In the 1980’s, one epidemic called EMS was traced to a GMO brand of L-tryptophan. EMS (Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome) related to contaminated L-tryptophan. The contaminated food supplement killed about 100 Americans and resulted in sickness or disability in 5,000 – 10,000 others. Children are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of GMO foods.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) reported that animal studies show the health risks of consuming GMO foods may include infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin imbalance, and physical changes to major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM recommends that doctors advise patients of these health risks.
After GMO soy was introduced in the UK, soy allergies increased by 50%. In March 2001, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the number of cases of food illnesses among Americans had doubled in just 7 years, corresponding to the first 7 years of widespread GMO consumption in the USA.
Are All Body Types Sensitive to GMOs?
With a few exceptions, spiritual body types are more affected by the consumption of GMO foods than physical body types, based upon their ability to detoxify the body:
Are GMO Crops Safe for the Environment?
Crops that have been modified to produce their own pesticide have been found to contaminate water supplies, affecting aquatic life and beneficial insects. Pollen from GMO crops can affect non-GMO crops of the same species due to cross-pollination.
Organic certification requires the exclusion of GMOs. However, GMOs will contaminate other nearby crops. The organic canola farmers of Canada have sued biotech companies, claiming that cross-pollination has made it impossible for them to continue growing organic, non-GMO canola.
Are GMO Foods FDA Approved?
The FDA does not require nor conduct safety studies. The FDA does not contest statements by the manufacturers of GMO seeds that they are safe. The FDA does not test these foods, and accepts what the manufacturers state about the safety of their products.
In the case of delayed ripening tomatoes, the manufacturer found that lab rats refused to eat the GMO tomatoes and had to be force fed. Several developed stomach lesions, and within two weeks, 7 of the 40 rats had died. The FDA approved that tomato.
Individual FDA scientists have warned that GMO foods may create toxins, allergies, nutritional problems, and new diseases. However, the FDA has done nothing to officially inform or protect consumers.
Due to increasing resistance from consumers in the USA, some GMO foods such as certain potatoes and tomatoes have been removed from the market. Some rural agricultural counties in California have voted to ban GMO crops. Wheat farmers banded together to oppose GMO wheat because they feared international resistance to GMOs would hurt export crop business, and as a result the wheat was not approved.
Do Other Countries Use GMO Foods?
The WTO (World Trade Organization) expressly prohibits countries from banning GM products. Unlike the USA, 64 other countries currently require clear labeling which identifies GMO products. Many countries, states or regions outside the USA have declared themselves GMO-free. This is especially true in Europe, where the media and press are more open about reporting on the health and environmental dangers of GMO crops and foods. The rejection of GMO foods and crops outside the USA is significant, and increasing.
|Essential Oil of the Month: Peppermint|
This month's featured body type is Liver (see below). One of the core emotional issues for Liver Body Types is Failure, and this emotion is stored in the thymus.
The Essential Oil blend that supports the release of (Fear of) Failure is Peppermint. The other side of this emotion is unfoldment, and the way out affirmation statement is "I accept growth."
Peppermint oil has a strong, clean, fresh aroma. It has long been used to soothe digestion. It is often diluted for ingestion or topical use, and can be mixed into drinking water (especially useful for airplane travel), or by adding one drop to 4 ounces of goat's milk or rice milk, or a cup of herbal tea. For indigestion, flatulence or diarrhea, rub 4-6 drops in palm, then rub on stomach and around navel.
For sinus pressure, rub one drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses and on the back of neck to relieve sinus pressure. Be sure to test first for skin sensitivity, and avoid the eyes.
To improve concentration and alertness, such as while driving when tired, place two drops on the tongue and rub one drop under the nose. Peppermint has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, and is good to inhale during airplane travel.
Peppermint has long been linked to the brain's satiety center, which informs the body when the stomach is full. Diffuse or inhale mid-morning to suppress the urge to snack.
Other uses for Peppermint oil:
For more about the Peppermint Essential Oil, vist the Young Living website.
|Are You a Liver Body Type?|
You might be a Liver Body Type if:
If this sounds like you, you may be a Liver Body Type!
Liver Body Type celebrities include Princess Diana, John Bradshaw, Bette Midler, and Alec Baldwin.
Learn more about the Liver Body Type
|Products for Detoxification|
With GMOs as this month's topic, I thought it might be helpful to mention a few products that help detoxify the body and the digestive tract in particular.
These supplements are available for purchase on my website at www.BodyType.com, as well as in the office. This month I am offering $ 5.00 off these or any other purchases on the website. Orders over $75 will enjoy $ 10.00 off. To redeem this offer, simply click any of the product links below – no need to remember a coupon code, the website will take care of that for you! (Coupon is good through June 30, 2014 and applies to ALL books, ebooks and products; offer excludes online body type test.)
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