For over 17 years, I’ve had constant thoughts about how my body got to this weird, sick place. It sort of drives me a bit crazy. Well, then there’s the fact that I am a bit crazy. I was reading some Facebook posts recently on people’s thoughts about GMOs. What are GMOs? They’re genetically modified organisms, and in this case, I am thinking about our food. Supposedly 80% of processed food contains GMOs, as in somebody changed our food using some science, well beyond my understanding. They changed what used to be nature’s food into science food, and without safety testing, threw it into our food chain. What? When did that happen? Yeah, I didn’t realize it either…. 1994, according to Wikipedia.
Well, I, in my constant thoughts about my RA (was it stress, food, poor sleep, etc…), have thoughts about GMOs. See, they were introduced in 1994, and I got very sick in early 1996. Makes you wonder, huh?
So, I was reading another article: Glyphosate: What You Don’t Know Might Be Killing You and listening to Robb Wolf’s podcast, episode 95. This got me thinking even more. In the podcast, Robb Wolf has a guest, Dr. William Davis, author of the Wheat Belly book. Dr. Davis had some awesome insight into how we got to genetically modifying our food. According to him, we got nervous in the 1970s or so about having a stable food supply (aka, too many people and not enough food). So, we started researching ways to increase yields from crops, and apparently we were quite successful. My husband believes some folks even won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in this area. I wonder if this is what those researchers had in mind when doing their work. Anyway, wheat plants got shorter in height, which made it so they could be planted closer together and yield more per acre, like 10 times more. Fast forward even more, and groups like Monsanto have developed plants that are genetically modified to be resistant to the weed killer, Round Up. Round Up contains glyphosate, which according research that’s coming out, is very toxic. So, plants that are genetically modified are doused with Round Up over and over, and then YOU EAT IT! I get to see this all summer long, as I live in a farm turning to suburban area where a plane zips by our house dumping chemicals all summer long. And although I don’t know for certain what the chemicals are, I do know that we feel sick after the spraying (which has been as close as 10 feet of our property, but even 2 – 3 miles away has an effect). Supposedly a BILLION pounds of Round Up are sprayed every year, making their way into our food and water supply. Concerned? You should be!
Not only that, but many plants are becoming resistant to glyphosate and are now becoming noxious weeds, as I’ve read about particularly with canola. Not worried about Round Up? Well, how about this? Monsanto has developed corn that produces its own toxins. These toxins break open the stomachs of certain insects. And yes, this corn is in our food. Think of all of the foods with corn syrup…. your sodas, your kid’s Halloween candy. You’re eating food that’s not been tested for safety in humans. Oh, and a study came out linking it to autoimmune disease.
Well, how did this happen? Certainly our government would protect us from such things, right? Well, it does let this happen when you have men like Michael Taylor, former attorney for Monsanto, working as the Deputy Commissioner for Policy for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Administrator of the Food Safety & Inspection Service for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Yeah, you really should read the Wikipedia article on him. It’s quite enlightening.
You should also read the Wikipedia article on Monsanto itself. Let me highlight some of the things that stress me out about it.
Monsanto has the technology to stop plants from making their own seeds (aka, the seeds you get out of your garden pumpkins wouldn’t grow if you planted them), making everybody dependent on Monsanto seed.
Monsanto developed and sold recombinant bovine somatotropin (also known as rBST and rBGH), a synthetic hormone that increases milk production. This milk (available at your local grocery store) was found to have increased levels of insulin-like growth factor 1.
Monsanto was the maker of Agent Orange, DDT and PCBs.
Monsanto spent $6.3 million lobbying Congress and the USDA in 2011 and spent $8.1 million fighting California’s Proposition 37 to label GMO foods.
There was a list of folks with US government and Monsanto ties.
The company has patented seeds, aka, patented life.
Mostanto developed the drug Celebrex, now owned by Phizer.
In 2005, Monsanto was the largest conventional seed company.
In the grand scheme of how I think about my RA, I try to control my life in terms of diet, exercise, sleep, stress, etc… The scary thing is there is so much crap in our food that’s not labeled, that I may never figure out how to totally get well. Scary, huh? If you really want to learn about some of this stuff, I highly recommend watching the movie Food Inc., which you can stream from Netflix if you’ve got it.
Unleashing my stress on the world,