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Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France

By Dr. Mercola

Most people do not realize that genetically engineered foods were only approved in the U.S. because the FDA hid 40,000 documents indicating their extreme toxicity.

Countries around the globe are making it increasingly clear that they’re not going to continue to let Monsanto abuse the health of their people and environment without putting up a fight.

On the heels of being sued by India’s National Biodiversity Authority on biopiracy charges, France has found the biotech giant guilty of chemical poisoning in a case involving a French farmer.

Monsanto Chemical Caused Farmer’s Neurological Problems

After inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weed killer, which was later banned in France in 2007, grain farmer Paul Francois said he experienced neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering.

A court in Lyon, France ruled in his favor, with the sum of damages to be awarded forthcoming. Francois is not the first farmer to come forward with health problems linked to pesticide exposure — not by a long shot. France alone receives about 200 such alerts each year.

However, in the last decade only about 47 of the cases have been recognized as being caused by agricultural chemicals like pesticides, mostly because the farmers are exposed to so many chemicals over the course of their lives, that it is difficult to place blame on one over another.

As Reuters reported:

“It’s like lying on a bed of thorns and trying to say which one cut you,” said a farmer, who has recovered from prostate cancer and asked not to be named.”

France, at least, appears to be taking the issue seriously. As the largest agricultural producer in the European Union, the country plans to cut pesticide use by 50 percent between 2008-2018.

Perhaps they’re simply fed up with Monsanto’s toxic products and questionable business ethics. A few years ago, a French court again found Monsanto guilty, this time of falsely advertising its Roundup herbicide as “biodegradable,” “environmentally friendly” and claiming it “left the soil clean.”

France has also recently asked the European Commission to suspend Monsanto’s authorization to plant genetically modified MON 810 corn, citing “significant risks for the environment” shown in recent scientific studies (Germany has also banned the cultivation of MON 810 corn).

Monsanto Accused in Suit Tied to Agent Orange.

The guilty verdict in France’s pesticide poisoning case is nothing out of the ordinary for Monsanto, and given the fact that it involves only one farmer is not likely to faze the chemical giant. On the other hand, in the town of Nitro, West Virginia, tens of thousands of people are involved in a class-action lawsuit that alleges the company spread toxic substances, primarily carcinogenic dioxins, all over the city.

For a period spanning 20 years, a Monsanto chemical plant in Nitro produced the herbicide 2,4,5-T, which is a component of Agent Orange, the extremely toxic herbicide used to defoliate jungles during the Vietnam War.

The suit claims poisonous residues from the chemical have polluted the area, putting residents’ health and the environment at serious risk. It is calling for Monsanto to monitor residents’ health and to clean up polluted properties, although recently a court rejected the cleanup request.

According to NPR:

“At issue in this case: whether Monsanto will have to pay millions of dollars to monitor the health of everyone included in the case … This is not the first time lawyers have sued Monsanto over health effects in Nitro.

In the 1980s a lawsuit was brought on behalf of seven former employees … The cleanup issue is still being appealed. Meanwhile the medical monitoring case is headed to trial after settlement negotiations failed.”

Why is the Head of FDA Food Safety Tied to Monsanto?

Michael Taylor, a former vice president of public policy and chief lobbyist at Monsanto, is now the deputy commissioner for foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Taylor, sometimes called “Monsanto Mike,” has become the flashpoint for public anger at the FDA over issues that include failure to require labeling of GM (genetically modified) foods, failure to enforce and punish food safety violations by large producers, and ongoing efforts to drive raw milk producers out of business.

In case you’re not familiar with him, Taylor is the person who “oversaw the creation of GMO policy,” according to Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology.

“If GMOs are indeed responsible for massive sickness and death, then the individual who oversaw the FDA policy that facilitated their introduction holds a uniquely infamous role in human history. That person is Michael Taylor. He had been Monsanto’s attorney before becoming policy chief at the FDA. Soon after, he became Monsanto’s vice president and chief lobbyist,” Smith said.

This may surprise you at first, but once you realize just how many of Monsanto’s employees have shifted into positions of power within the federal government, it suddenly becomes a lot easier to see how this biotech giant managed to rake in a net income of $126 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, despite being the mastermind behind some of the most dangerous products known to man, including Agent Orange, dioxin, aspartame and genetically modified seeds.

You Can Fight Back Against Monsanto

The revolving door between Monsanto and the biotech industry as a whole and the agencies in charge of industry legislation makes it very difficult to stop the ongoing madness of chemical pollution and the spread of genetically engineered (GE) crops. That does not mean it’s impossible, however. But it does require your active participation.

First and foremost, Monsanto is the world leader in GM seeds, so avoid buying GM foods! Since the industry has so far successfully squelched every attempt at getting genetically engineered foods labeled, avoiding them requires you to be an educated consumer.

  • Print out the Non-GMO Shopping Guide and refer to it often. It can help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs. You can also download the free iPhone application that is available in the iTunes store. You can find it by searching for ShopNoGMO in the applications.
  • Better yet, always buy USDA 100% Organic products when possible, as these do not permit GM ingredients, or buy whole fresh produce and meat from local farmers. The majority of the GMO’s you’re exposed to are via processed foods, so by cooking from scratch with whole foods, you can be sure you’re not inadvertently consuming something laced with GM ingredients.
  • When you do purchase processed food, avoid products containing anything related to corn or soy that are not 100 percent organic, as any foods containing these two non-organic ingredients are virtually guaranteed to contain genetically engineered ingredients, as well as toxic herbicide residues.

We CAN shift the balance by simply voting with our pocketbooks and forks. Europe successfully did this over a decade ago, without any government assistance, and Americans can drive GMO’s out of our food supply as well, but it requires educating the public about what GM foods are.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/08/monsanto-france-chemical-poisoning.aspx?e_cid=20120318_SNL_MS_1

Healthy Tidbits

How Fructose Harms the Body

 

Many fruits and vegetables naturally contain fructose. It was once thought that fructose would be the optimal sweetener to add to food. Why? Because unlike glucose or sucrose, ingestion of fructose does not cause insulin levels to rise.

However, just because fructose does not elevate blood sugar does not make it an ideal sweetener. Fructose ingestion can cause weight gain and problems with lipids (fats) in the body, as well as contributing to mercury toxicity.
Reference: Dr. D Brownstein Natural Way to Health Feb 2012 issue

Soft Drinks Make it Impossible to Lose Weight

One of the first uses of high fructose corn syrup was to sweeten soft drinks such as sodas and juices. These drinks are still one of the main sources of HFCS in our diets.
Studies published in the International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition and Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine have shown a correlation between soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup and elevated body mass index.

However, my clinical experience has shown that it is nearly impossible to lose weight without identifying and eliminating sources of high fructose corn syrup.
Reference: Dr. D Brownstein Natural Way to Health Feb 2012 issue

 

Love Your Liver

Your liver is your best friend and should at all costs be pampered! Did you know that your liver performs more than 500 different functions? Your liver filters, and these filters need to be cleaned regularity.

  • Try Caisse’s Herbal Tea or Try Liver Lover by Wiseheart Herbals (both gently clean the liver)
  • Watch your fat intake
  • Fresh lemon in water also helps.

Reference: MJ Ruggieri PhD

 

Fish Oils May Burn Fat

If you add fish oil to your new year’s weight loss program you can really boost calorie burning.

Fish Oil Omega-3’s

  • Helps with inflammation
  • Clears arteries
  • Helps fuel metabolism

People on weight management programs who took *Omega-3 and walked 3 days per week had a significant amount of weight plus body fat.

Holistic Health Research I

Cooking with Tumeric

There may be a new reason to use Tumeric in your cooking.

  • According to researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (USDA HNRCA), curcumin, “the major polyphenol found in turmeric, appears to reduce weight gain in mice and suppress the growth of fat tissue in mice and cell models”.
  • Tumeric is an ingredient in curries and one of its components is curcumin. It isn’t known yetwhether curcumin affects fat tissue growth in humans.

Source: Science Daily and Journal of Nutrition

Heidi Beke-Harrigan MLS, APP
hbharrigan@malone.edu or irharp1140@yahoo.com

Essential Herbs

Detox for Health

Pre-spring cleaning!

For a safe cleansing, start simple. First, substitute the following:

  • Honey for sugar
  • Herbal green teas for coffee
  • Water with lemon for pop
  • Whole grains for processed bread
  • A little fish instead of meat

Eat plenty of leafy greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and carrots, foods high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Eat small portions of the veggies raw once a day. Sprinkle with freshly grown sprouts for enzyme power.

After one week, try the following drink first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach:

  • One Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • A clove of garlic
  • The juice of a grapefruit

Mix in a blender. Follow with a glass of water adding the juice of a full lemon. This is called a Liver Balance.

Eat throughout the day a light diet of oatmeal, raw green mixed salads, steamed brown rice or millet, fruit, and herbal teas. You may add small portions of steamed vegetables such as broccoli,
cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and freshly squeezed vegetable juices.

Drink Polarity Tea for Digestive Balance.

The following week, repeat the Liver Balance two or three days in a row. By now you should be feeling clearer, more focused, lighter, more energetic. If you wish, you can continue for two more weeks, repeating the Liver Balance three to five days in a row the third week, and five to seven days of the fourth week.

Include while during this protocol:

  • Take Acidophilus and Chlorophyll daily
  • Dry brush your tongue and your entire body daily
  • Have a Polarity Lymphatic Session once a week
  • Take time for meditations. Cleansing affects the mind as well as the body, brings higher awareness!
  • Take walks, reconnect with nature

When you feel you are done, break your cleanse gently. Slowly introduce dairy, meats or pasta.
Your systems are clear and may need time getting used to these additions!
HAPPY DETOXING!!!

Reference: Charoula Dontopoulos, Herbalist, Polarity Practitioner

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