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Ageless MirrorAthlete Pacific Book Review by Allison Walker

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Updated: 8 March 2020, Marc Woodard

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Title: Ageless Mirror Athlete: Overweight and Unfit No More Author: Marc T. Woodard Publisher: iUniverse ISBN: 978-1-5320-5373-3 Genre: Health and Fitness Pages: 367. Book can be ordered on Amazon, B&N and iUniverse: Hard and soft book cover and digital copy.

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Pacific Book Review, by Allison Walker, June 2019

“The weight loss industry should be ashamed, opines lifestyle consultant and author Marc Woodard. Fad diets, the inundation of weight loss pills, and fitness equipment that sits in the corner gathering dust sells people gimmicks instead of solutions. Woodard’s book, Ageless Mirror Athlete, promises to expose the industry’s cheap secrets and offer readers a healthier way to live.”

“As a person looking to make a healthy lifestyle change, to lose weight or gain strength, maybe even to manage a disease, you are entrusting your lifestyle coach with not only your well-being, but with your life. Woodard knows this, is passionate about his job and it’s clear he holds equally high standards for others in his industry. This is why Woodard scorns the half-truths of weight loss products, and favors a more wholesome diet, regular exercise and good old fashioned calorie counting along with self-awareness. “

“Calorie counting, or at least awareness of caloric intake, is a key component of Woodard’s fitness plan. Understanding your body’s basal, resting and exercise metabolic rates is how Woodard’s clients lose weight safely, without sacrificing the foods they love. The book becomes technical, explaining the differences between carbohydrates, fats and protein; how the body utilizes each nutrient; and how to calculate how much of each you need. Thankfully, Woodard follows up with, You don’t have to finish reading to begin losing weight and feeling well right now. Instead, Woodard says, make a commitment to daily walking and minimizing processed foods. Ageless Mirror Athlete scorns fad diets in favor of this holistic, educated approach. As an example, Woodard points to high protein, high fat diets like Atkins and KETO. These diets work by throwing the body into a metabolic state of ketosis, wherein you lose weight very quickly but may suffer health complications with continued use. Woodard notes an extended state of ketosis may result in gout, kidney stones and kidney failure.”

“The Ageless Mirror Athlete plan focuses on habitual adjustment to daily routine, since unless you can maintain your lifestyle long-term, no diet or exercise plan is going to work for you. Instead of limiting the types of foods you eat, people learn a better awareness of the food being consumed, the quantity and their nutrient value. Exercise plans favor daily walks or bicycle rides. By making healthier lifestyle choices, clients have greater sustainable energy to get through their day. Woodard offers the example of a client, Sally, who was placed on a popular diet plan by a previous lifestyle coach. Sally was eating a high carbohydrate, low fat, low protein diet. At first she was able to meet her exercise goals, but eventually found she barely had energy to get through her work day, never mind spending energy working out. Under Woodard’s tutelage, they developed a more balanced diet plan to give Sally more energy, and an exercise program she was more easily able to commit to. Several months later, Sally lost weight and still practiced her healthy lifestyle.”

“Just as he promises, Woodard is the real deal. He promises to expose the truth behind the weight loss and body building industries, and he does. Ageless Mirror Athlete is a no-gimmicks call-out to all the diet plans, weight loss pills, and exercise equipment founded of false promises made by commercial interests.”

Disease Scientifically Linked to Genetic Engineered Food Crops

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Fast food’s consumed likely contain GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)

Updated: 22 September 2018

I remember long ago our family would plant hundreds of vegetable seeds in mid May on the family farm. This annual planting would produce a multitude of organic vegetables for meals.

Also one of our main crops (pumpkins) would be sold at the local market in October.

What we didn’t sell or consume would then be canned as a provisional food source that would last until next years crop was harvested. Times have definitely changed from when I grew up.

For as long as I can remember the foods farmed by American families were the most nutritious and healthiest throughout the world. However, that distinguished honor is no longer the case. A major factor for the decline of nutrition within the food industry has to do with escalating costs of farming foods-to-table. This has led to farming foods in labs before it hits the shelf.

Most consumers don’t know food industry’s are made up of 8-10 major food chain monopolies. But for the sake of simplicity I’m going to use a few examples of how reengineering of lab farmed foods is harming health. In this way it is easier to understand why it’s so hard for consumers to remove harmful foods from the diet… especially when labels don’t disclose GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) information. Monsanto has been producing man made GMO crop seeds and chemical food sweeteners (e.g., Aspartame brands: NutraSweet, Spoonful and Equal-Measure) for some time now.

Artificial Sweeteners in Nearly all non-concentrate.

Many food products consumed from the local grocery store now contain more engineered ingredients than one can imagine. The likes of Procter & Gamble (P&G) foods corporation is one of the largest producers of products that are petroleum based and comprised of Genetically Modified (GM) crops produced from GMO seeds resistant to herbicides and pesticides as was the case in the popular Pringles potato chip product.

Not so long ago, some 800,000 cans of Pringles potato chips had been recalled in Japan because the potatoes used to make the chips had the gene-altered NewLeafPlus and NewLeaf Y components developed by Monsanto in the vegetables DNA! This gene altered potato is approved for consumption in the United States but not in Japan! So one has to wonder, why is the gene altered potato still sold within American markets and not the Japanese markets? And should this ban mean something to the American people? I think it should and the proof is in what P&G did next.

They sold its Pringles business to the Diamond Foods Snack Company for $2.35b in 2011. Then in 2012 the Diamond deal fell apart and the Kellogg Company bought Pringles for $2.7b in cash. Thereafter P&G decided to focus more on its house hold cleaners and beauty products. These products have know carcinogenic ingredients [i.e., household cleaners, pet foods, cosmetics and personal care products].

Could it be that P&G and Diamond Foods Snack Company’s didn’t want the consumer backlash? Could it be that the new shareholder coalition Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and GMO health risk connection is making sense to the 40 plus food companies [i.e., Safeway, Sysco, Whole Foods, Kellogg, Kraft, Heinz, Hershey’s, Starbucks, etc.]. The shareholder coalition message to these companies reports how Monsanto and GE foods are bad for Investors. Could these decisions to bail out have anything to do with  consumer health and liability risk.

GMO Corporations have been criticized for funding anti-labeling attempts to prevent disclosure laws from becoming public knowledge, while also working to weaken Europe’s laws regarding toxins in household products. And now these messages have spread to the largest economies in the world!

California field ready to plant.

California consumer advocates continue to supports mandatory GMO labeling as attempted during a Ballot initiative in 2012. Over 80% of polls support GMO labeling for consumers. Since California is the 8th largest economy in the world if the initiative passed it would have had a dramatic effect on changing consumer packaging and ingredient decisions nation-wide.

“The California Senate rejected on Wednesday a bill that would require labels on genetically-engineered foods. This is the second time in two years that labeling legislation has fallen short in the most populous and agriculturally-productive state.” [RT.com, May 31, 2014]

“Now Colorado and Oregon have ballot measure out to the voters to determine if their states will support the labeling of GMO’s on food ingredients.” [MirrorAthlete, 23 Oct, 2014]

“While state-level initiatives continue, other groups are focusing their attention on passing labeling legislation at the national level. Among them is the Just Label It (JLI) campaign, a national coalition of more than 600 diverse organizations working for the mandatory federal labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods (JustLabelIt.org 2018). In time I believe GE labeling laws will become a mandatory federal law.

It’s interesting to note Monsanto and Procter & Gamble have the same institutional corporate owners. The top institutional owner of P&G foods is Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., holdings, which owns ~$4.9b in P&G stock (NYSE: PG). Proctor and Gamble current revenues (ttm) are ~$83.68b. Also Bill Gates invested and purchased 500,000 shares of Monsanto Stock (NYSE: MON) and supported the use of GM crop technology [data reviewed – Oct 2014]. I’m not sure about their positions to date.

It’s very difficult to make change to consumer product laws when windfall profits for investors, employee jobs, market economies and corporate holdings are at stake.

Regardless – No matter how much money these moguls have and what interests they control – They can’t hide the animal studies that tell consumers truths about GMO’s and potential impact on human health. Animal studies show how Monsanto’s GMO corn is likely linked to organ damage and Aspartame as a cause of diabetes and obesity.

Food carts – Serve some of the most unhealthy foods one could consume.

There are reported toxicity reactions divided by the estimated reporting rate and where scientific studies corroborate that chronic aspartame ingestion and health damage has affected well over one million consumers in the U.S. This is not so hard to fathom especially when you think of all the sodas and processed foods consumed on an annual basis. Artificial lab farmed sweeteners is one of the primary causes of diabetes and “near” childhood obesity epidemic in this country.

It is also not well known by consumers, Aspartame Monsanto’s artificial sweetener is 200 times sweeter than sugar per equivalent volume. And is also one of the most taste altering addictions that stimulate consumers taste preference for rich high fat calorie foods. Science shows us Aspartame products are also responsible for Formaldehyde poisoning! How’s that? Aspartame is an unstable chemical when stored (warehousing) too long in warm temperatures, the chemical properties of the artificial sweetener within soda cans converts to another type of dangerous chemical.

Monsanto has contributed greatly to changing our entire food chain by genetically altering many food crops DNA molecular structure – through GMO technology and super sweetening of foods.

Genetically modified crops have never been an integral part of the human or animal diet prior to the mid-latter 20th century. The health consequences for those who over consume GM crop products are currently unknown. Various scientific animal studies reveal to us that GM livestock feed and processed food ingredients correlate a clear negative impact on the function of the kidneys and liver. It is more important than ever that more research focuses on the toxicity and mutation GM crop varieties may have on vital organs and DNA.

Looking at Genetically Modified (GM) Crops a Little Closer.

GM lab farmed products is an engineered process where a recombinant (genetic recombination) technology uses DNA molecules from different sources to combine and create a new set of genes within crop seeds for example. This is done to make crops more resistant to decay, insects, chemical fertilizers, etc. In this way farmers can mass produce volumes of what appears to be healthy food for consumer markets using less chemical sprays and fertilizers.

It’s not just the GMO corn and potatoes that the consumers should be aware of when purchasing product within the marketplace. For example, corn is not only available off the husk, but also comes canned, as cooking oil, or processed corn starch, etc. Products such as cereals and baked snacks (as in seen in our Pringles example) are processed from the same crops which likely have artificial sweetener additives as well! Let’s not forget about the livestock being fattened up by GM corn feed. Now you can see how our food and personal use products have been re-engineered and connection to health problems.

Hyper-Sweetened foods contribute to disease

Is it any wonder Corporate controlled and protected artificial sweetener testing continues at Monsanto, torturing the ethics of academic medicine? [Prevailing Winds, Issue 1, 1995]. They do so without fear of retribution because the FDA, our consumer protection agencies turns a blind eye by accepting these corporate studies as safe consumer products. [US Congressional Record, Volume 131, No. 106, August 1, 1985, pages S10826-S10827]

Why does this type of regulatory protection continue? I believe it has a lot to do with corporate, institutional and governmental greed, power and control. This marketplace dynamic is contributing to higher health care costs and more obese children and adult health problems than any other time in history.

I’ve listed the Top GM Food Crops that likely contain GM DNA. If you want to know more about artificial sweeteners and GMO crops, simply see the referenced links below.

Corn – Monsanto revealed 50% of American sweet farm growers now use GMO seeds that have been modified to create its own insecticide. Mice studies show when fed with GMO corn, offspring are smaller and there were fertility problems.

Tomatoes – GM tomato seeds prevent the vegetable from easily rotting and have been specifically engineered for longer shelf life. Some mice fed these tomatoes after a couple of weeks died.

Dairy Products – Monsanto has created a recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone that’s injected into 22% of our U.S. dairy cows to increase insulin growth factor (IGF-1). It is warned by scientists that increase in IGF-1 in humans have been associated with colon and breast cancer.

Potatoes – Mice fed potatoes with Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki Cry 1 had toxins in their bodies. Although studies show stability of the Cry1 toxin in the mouse gut, there have been studies that show just the opposite results.

Peas – A gene from kidney beans was inserted into the DNA of peas to create a protein that functions as a pesticide. This GM crop has been found to cause immune responses in mice.  However, it is not known the impacts on human consumption.

Rice – South East Asia’s rice is now GM to contain high levels of vitamin. It is not known if rice production in the U.S. in now GM rice varieties with human protein genes to help thwart infant diarrhea in 3rd world countries. Unknown allergic reactions and other mutated gene transfers are now of a serious public health and environmental concerned as reported by an online journal, China Daily.

Soy – Products that are manufactured from the soy bean now have the GE resistive herbicide DNA structure within various foods (Soy products: flour, tofu, beverages, oil, pastries and baked products). Hamsters that were fed GE soy products resulted in infertility and a high mortality rate.

Cotton – Cotton has been GM to resist pesticides like corn and soy. Cotton is considered food because cooking oil can be extracted from the seeds and consumed. Thousands of Indian farmers suffered severe rashes upon exposure to Chinese agricultural methods in order to kill the cotton bollworm.

Does organic without certification really mean organic?

Rapeseed – Canola is made from the edible Canadian Rapeseed crop; which most are familiar as a popular processed cooking oil and margarine. Honey can also be produced from GM rapeseed. As much as 1/3 of all pollen present in Canadian honey may likely be GM pollen. For lack of animal studies it is unclear how these GM food sources will impact our health.

Papaya – Papaya crops produced in Hawaii was modified in 1999 to be virus-resistant. Also, Monsanto provided Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India the GM technology to further develop a resistant ring spot virus papaya for India. For lack of animal studies it is unclear how these GM food sources will impact health.

As consumers need more to worry about…  Research is also beginning to show links to Morgellon’s Disease correlated with GM recombinant foods.

This disease a few years back was a mystery, or something one conjured up in the head. But the opposite is being shown to be the case. Patients have presented strange skin irritations, skin anomalies and most specifically a mysterious tiny blue, red and black fiber growth that protrudes from an itchy skin lesion on areas of the body and where GM foods are concentrated, sold and consumed. There appears to be a direct correlation with these fiber samples that are not of human DNA origins, but in fact when comparing these fiber samples, Ahmed Kilani (researcher) found they belonged to a fungus. Then it was found by Vitaly Citovsky (biochemist) and determined that these fibers contained a substance called Agro bacterium. This substance is used commercially to produce genetically-modified plant foods!

For now, the lack of national labeling requirements makes it hard to know which foods have GM ingredients. You’re also now aware ~10 of our major farmed food staples may be partially or fully produced from GM seeds. And other products such as dairy, fish, meats and processed snack foods could have GM ingredients.

Regardless of organic certification – local farmed foods are typically better than most store bought foods outside of local farms.

Recommendation – If you currently have immune, or other health, illness or disease issues, or are concerned about GM foods – consume more organic foods. The best prevention to mitigate possible health risks from GM foods is to shop as organic as possible and purchase more foods labeled “certified organic.”

Be sure to vote for GMO food labeling disclosure laws when it gets on your states ballots as it is your right to know what your consuming!

References:

Adams, Mike. New Chapter Sells out to Procter & Gamble, Part of the Global Corporate Elite. Natural News.com. 21 March 2012. http://www.naturalnews.com/035312_New_Chapter_Proctor_and_Gamble_Monsanto.html

Benbrook, Charles, Phd. Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use. The First Thirteen Years. The Organic Center. Nov 2009. http://www.organic-center.org/science.pest.php?action=view&report_id=159

Brownstein, Michael. Monsanto Products to Avoid and Boycott Monsanto Products to Wear, Use. Food Freedom News. 28 April 2012. http://foodfreedomgroup.com/2012/04/28/428/

Coslett, Calli. The Effects of Aspartame on Obesity. Livestrong.com. 21 July 2011. http://www.livestrong.com/article/497741-the-effects-of-aspartame-on-obesity/

Dealbook. Diamond Foods and Pringles to Merge. 5 April 2011. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/diamond-foods-and-pringles-to-merge/

Dealbook. Kellogg Wins Pringles After Diamon Deal Falls Apart. 15 Feb 2012. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/kellogg-wins-pringles-after-diamond-deal-falls-apart/

Environmental Health. Genetically Engineered Foods. http://www.asyousow.org/health_safety/gmos.shtml

Ethical Investing. Aspartame (NutraSweet) Formaldehyde Poisoning, Health Destruction, and Lawsuits. http://www.ethicalinvesting.com/monsanto/aspartame.shtml

Farm Wars. GMO and Morgellonâ’s Disease. Skin Disease May be Linked to GM Food. 12 October 2007. http://farmwars.info/?p=188

Geib, Aurora. GMO alert: top 10 genetically modified foods to avoid eating. 1 May 2012. http://www.naturalnews.com/035734_GMOs_foods_dangers.html

Green America Come Together. Procter & Gamble. http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/responsibleshopper/company.cfm?id=279

Huff Post “Impact. Warren Buffett Donates $1.52B to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 10 July 12. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/warren-buffett-bill-gates-foundation_n_1659734.html

Jol Spiroux de Vend,´mois1, Franois Roullier1, Dominique Cellier1,2, Gilles-Eric Sralini1,3  A Comparison of the Effects of the Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health. Int J Biol Sci 2009; 5(7):706-726. doi:10.7150/ijbs.5.706. http://www.biolsci.org/v05p0706.htm#headingA11

JustLabelIt.org. GMO Labeling Isn’t Dead: See Which States are Leading the Fight. 22 September 2018. http://www.justlabelit.org/press-center/press-items/gmo-labeling-isnt-dead-see-which-states-are-leading-the-fight/

Millions Against Monsanto. Support the California GMO Labeling Ballot Initiative. 2012. http://organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm

Murray, Ronald. Hormones in our Milk Healthy?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets!  24 October 2010. http://www.mirrorathlete.org/2010/10/24/hormones-in-our-milk-healthy/

Stunsinski, Melissa. Monsanto’s GMO Corn Linked to Organ Failure, Study Shows. The Inquisitr. 9 July 2012. http://www.inquisitr.com/272568/monsantos-gmo-corn-linked-to-organ-failure-study-shows/

Tokyo (AP). Recall on Proctor and Gamble Pringles Potato Chips. 17 July 8:54 AM ET. http://www.purefood.org/gefood/pringlerecall.cfm

Woodard, Marc. Aspartame the Silent Killer? Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets! 25 March 2008.  http://www.mirrorathlete.org/2008/03/25/mirror-athlete-enterprises-health-blog-aspartame-the-silent-killer/

Woodard, Marc. Our Food is making us Fat and Causing Disease. Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets! 15 April 2012. http://www.mirrorathlete.org/2012/04/15/our-food-is-making-us-fat-and-causing-disease/

Woodard, Marc. Popular Sugar Substitute Healthy? Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets!  20 August 2010. http://www.mirrorathlete.org/2010/08/20/popular-sugar-substitute-healthy/

Wikipedia.  The Free Encyclopedia.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2014-18 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., www.mirrorathlete.org, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

Bacterial Gut Disease Connected to Engineered Crop Foods

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Updated: 22 June 2018,

Did you know that your digestive system is at risk of illness, disease and autoimmune disorders when your bacterial colonies are out of balance?

When the good bacteria are overridden by the bad ones, they override the good and begin to produce toxins and destroy tissue by feeding on it. The good bacteria is also known as pro-biotics. Pro-biotics are friendly bacteria that live in the gut and intestines and act to crowd out unfavorable pathogens, such as yeasts and toxic bacteria that may otherwise cause ill-health. Pro-biotics are naturally found in the body. You can also find them in foods and supplements.

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Good eats are okay for infrequent indulgences. But to do so daily will reap havoc on the intestinal gut system.

Our lower intestine requires at least 85% of friendly bacterial colonies to fight off micro-organisms like E. coli and salmonella. “Poor eating habits, chlorinated drinking water, stress, use of antibiotics, medical treatments can destroy the gastrointestinal micro flora and allow harmful bacteria to multiply. Thus, make the body susceptible to yeast and bacterial infection and other disorders including gas, cramping, or diarrhea (Gupta 2009).” Our colon can maintain health with a 15% balance of bad bacteria. However most people have these percentages reversed.

Within developing countries resistive bacteria to anti-biotics appears to be evolving through engineered foods. Big agriculture now produces most of our food crops and livestock feed from GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) seed. And those seeds are DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) engineered to produce crops that kill pests and thrive through a deluge of chemical spray that otherwise kill everything else around it.

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Today most commercial crop seeds are genetically engineered and farmed in a lab. Whereas the DNA has been modified to produce perfect fruit and vegetables with little sign of imperfection. And at some molecular and insidious level appear to be incompatible with our DNA and gut bacterial balance. The focus here is to examine how GMO foods may have an overall negative effect on bacterial gut and intestinal health. And how our bodies are less resistive to bad bacteria causing ill-health problems.

It is important to understand how GMO food and anti-biotic treatment relates to gut and intestinal health.

When our immune systems become weak, or ravaged with infection often patients use, or request anti-biotics for the wrong pathogenic problem. Or patients save them from a previous prescription to self-treat without doctor approval. In these cases the patient doesn’t understand how improper use of antibiotics may harm them.

For example, if you have a virus i.e., cold, flu, sore throat, bronchitis, and other sinus and ear infection, we often request anti-biotic medicine from a doctor. But treating a virus with an anti-biotic may cause more harm than good. Overuse of the drug is known to cause a resistance to them; thereby rendering an ineffective fight against infection.

Talk to your doctor about the differences between virus vs. bacterial illness and disease and proper drug treatment options. The point here, don’t take anti-biotics unless you need them.

Some of the foods you consume have modified DNA resistant bacterial organisms that appear to cause resistance to anti-biotic drugs. And when taking antibiotics unnecessarily increases bacterial bug resistance to the medication. And if you ever need a lifesaving anti-biotic, that super bug may be immune to it.

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Epidemiological medical evidence shows increasing evidence of resistance to antibiotic treatment in developed countries. The common cause denominator? Big-Ag within developed countries use GMO crop seeds sprayed with thousands of tons of insecticides and herbicides annually which are absorbed into the crops. Then sold within the marketplace. Virtually every processed food you encounter at your local supermarket that does not bear the 100% USDA “Certified Organic label is likely to contain at least one GE [Genetically Engineered] component. If it does not say “100% USDA Organic on the label, for example, if it says just organic or made with Organic, it is highly likely it contains GMO product” (Haug 2011).

GMO seeds produce large crop yields, including crops not fit for human consumption but used to feed livestock and 3rd world countries. The livestock grass, corn and grain feed are also chemically treated and absorbed into livestock through consumption and passed into humans that consume them. These GE foods appear to have an accumulative ill-health effect on the gut and intestinal health, aside from causing immune systems to become resistant to anti-biotics.

Also there is another potential risk associated with GMO crops. Whereas national crop seed shortages could occur if they fail to kill a highly resistive super bug or weed regardless of chemical application used. Nature has a funny way of surviving against all odds. This in genetics is known as survival of the fittest. And super bugs appear to be winning over mans ability to keep them at bay.

There are already signs this is occurring. There’s a lot of data that illustrates how it takes significantly more chemicals to kill the super weeds and bugs today because of crop seed DNA genetic manipulation where chemical application is used to boost seed resistance against evolving super bugs and weeds.

If something doesn’t change within our farming practices we may become dependent on other countries to feed us. Although this may sound far-fetched, it’s not outside the realm of possibility. How would this be possible? Let’s break down the GMO and anti-biotic resistive gene concept to better understand how a failure of crop yield could cause a disastrous global food bank shortage and health pandemic.

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A super weed is no match for a North Western nutria.

Aside from super bugs and weeds that become resistive to chemical sprays and genetically engineered seeds that fail to be chemically resistant; there is concern over global, or transatlantic plant manipulation and the antibiotic resistive cause and effect on human health. Antibiotic resistance genes are frequently used at several stages in the creation of genetically engineered plants. “Concern has been raised about the possibility that antibiotic resistance genes used to make transgenic plants [or Genetically Modified Plants] could be transferred to microorganisms that inhabit the digestive tracts of humans or other animals that eat them, and therefore might contribute to the already serious problem of antibiotic resistant pathogens” (CASA 2016). Most specifically on a national and/or global scale.

What is the relationship between GMO foods, bacterial balance in the body and illness and disease? Antibiotic resistance genes from GM foods are taken up by bacteria in the gut during digestion. “If bacteria carrying antibiotic resistance genes were ever to cause infection, it would be very difficult for doctors to treat. Until now, however, there is no real proof that the antibiotic resistance genes in GM plants pose a threat. Regardless, as a precautionary measure, some experts say that antibiotic resistance genes should not be used” (GMO-Compass 2006).

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There are reasons why organic farming plots are increasing within city urban and suburban areas.

Recall GMO seeds DNA has been changed to kill insects and survive a deluge of chemical sprays designed to kill weeds, molds and other bad microorganisms detrimental to healthy crop yields. Therefor it makes sense a GM-seed-to-crop food makes it possible for us to become host to a super bug, then un-treatable disease becomes more likely. Whereas a medical condition may not be any match against a flesh eating bacteria.

Many believe this has already occurred in the form of any number of bacterial organisms resistive to antibiotic treatment with the potential to cause life-threatening bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical site infections. MRSA appears to be such a bacteria. “During the past four decades, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA, has evolved from a controllable nuisance into a serious public health concern. MRSA is largely a hospital-acquired infection, in fact, one of the most common. Recently, however, new strains have emerged in the community that are capable of causing severe infections in otherwise healthy people” (NIH 2016).

If you want to know more information on topic simply type into any search engine MRSA, GMO and intestinal bacteria and disease.

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To improve bacterial balance within the body the best bacteria to consume is high in flora from raw vegetables and fruits and now in supplemental pro-biotic formulation. “Some pro-biotic foods date back to ancient times, such as fermented foods and cultured milk products. Interest in pro-biotics in general has been growing; Americans’ spending on pro-biotic supplements, for example, nearly tripled from 1994 to 2003” (MedicineNet.com 2016).

Research continues to explore and find encouraging evidence from specific probiotic formulations that suppress unfriendly bacterial bugs and build healthy gut bug balance. For instance, In November 2005, a conference that was co-funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and convened by the American Society for Microbiology explored this topic.

“According to the conference report, some uses of pro-biotics for which there is encouraging evidence from studies show how specialized pro-biotic formulation alleviates the following symptoms: To treat diarrhea (this is the strongest area of evidence, especially for diarrhea from rotavirus. To prevent and treat infections of the urinary tract or female genital tract. To reduce recurrence of bladder cancer. To shorten how long an intestinal infection lasts that is caused by a bacterium called Clostridium difficile. Prevent and manage atopic dermatitis (eczema) in children, etc.” (MedicineNet.com 2016).

Other symptoms supplemental pro-biotics may help relieve: constipation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS), bloat, gas, stomach ulcers, tooth decay, periodontal disease, vaginal infections, skin and respiratory infections that children acquire in daycare, diverticulitis & colitis, etc. They can also ease chronic yeast infections and enhance immunity through improved digestive absorption function and thereby provide essential nutrients to the body. Improve lactose intolerance, alleviate flatulence, rejuvenate healthy radiant skin, nails and hair, etc.

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Organic flora provides everything needed to keep us healthy.

When a healthy balance of intestinal micro flora, or probiotics is maintained within the body the bad bacteria (or pathogens) are in proper balance and typically improve overall body health. Talk to your naturopath or doctor about the right probiotic formulation to alleviate ill-health symptoms.

Pro-biotics are also widely used to alleviate Candida [a yeast species] symptoms where formulations vary for a specific application. Candida syndrome occurs when the normal population of intestinal yeast suddenly explodes. Overgrowth of one species of yeast called Candida Albicans supposedly causes candida syndrome, which is characterized by chronic fatigue, weight gain, a white coating on the tongue and joint pain.

“Taking pro-biotics such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Casei GG and bifidobacteria creates a hostile environment for candida yeast, returning your gut yeast population to normal levels” (Adams 2013).

Research and medical data shows a complex and complicated connection relative to gut-intestinal health, anti-biotic resistance and pre-pro-biotic treatment [discussed below], engineered food crops and illness and disease. But there is no doubt there is a connection.

The following recommendations should help to provide a healthy bacterial balance within the gut and intestines as a preventative health strategy to alleviate what ails you. It is recommended you consult with your physician prior to applying any of the “How to’s” listed below.

How to Improve Good Bacterial Gut and Intestine Health

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No doubt about it “Pickles” is going to get some good organic eats.

1. Increase flori balance through pro-biotic supplementation to include a daily vitamin and mineral (V/M). Especially if diet alone can’t be radically changed to a healthier one. In this way you’ll ensure anti-oxidant benefits while maintaining a healthy balance of pro-biotics to decrease and manage bad bacteria colonies. The best anti-biotic flori products seem to be in capsules, tablets, or powders.

These three supplements: A daily V/M, antioxidants and pro-biotic work in harmony to provide improved nutrient absorption, immune system function and intestinal gut health. You’ll then begin to look and feel better immediately once started. Of course ask your physician which products they’d recommend is right for you.

2. Ask your doctor about a pre-biotic which is different than a pro-biotic. Choosing or guessing which pro-biotic may be right may not be the 100% solution to alleviate what ails you. That is “the pre-biotic is a specialized plant fiber that beneficially nourishes the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. While pro-biotics introduce good bacteria into the gut, pre-biotics act as a fertilizer for the good bacteria that’s already there. They help your good bacteria grow, improving the good-to-bad bacteria ratio. This ratio has been shown to have a direct correlation to your health and overall well-being, from your stomach to your brain” (Prebiotin 2016).

3. If your drinking water is heavily chlorinated, filter it or buy bottled water. Chlorine kills good bacteria.

4. Improve your eating habits to receive optimum nutrients and consume less processed foods. Avoid “over-consumption of yeast-feeding foods such as simple carbohydrates, sugars, peanuts, and alcohol and milk products can encourage Candida growth” (Adams 2009).

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5. Reduce daily stress through yoga, meditation and low aerobics exercise [walk, bike, low intensity aerobics dance, etc.].

6. Avoid, or lesson dependency of antibiotics as medical treatment when possible or not needed when you have a virus. Antibiotics not only kill the bad bugs, they also take a heavy toll on the good ones. Ask your doctor for natural alternative pre-probiotic supplements and applicable medications.

7. Purchase 100% USDA organic foods when possible. Read labels and avoid purchasing foods you suspect contain GMO products.

8. Consume more yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, miso, tempeh, soy beverages, and garlic.

References,

Adams, Lawrence. “Best Probiotics for Treating Candida.” LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 29 Aug. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

Adams, Mike. “Using Probiotics to Prevent or Eliminate Candida.” Natural News. The Natural News Network, 28 Oct. 2009. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

CASA (Center for Advising Student Achievement. “Transgenic Crops: An Introduction and Resource Guide.” Transgenic Crops: An Introduction and Resource Guide. Health Professions Advising Colorado State University, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

GMO Compass. “Antibiotic Resistance Genes: A Threat?” Antibiotic Resistance Genes: A Threat? GMO Compass, 12 Dec. 2006. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

Gupta, Rupali. “Probiotics-small Bacteria Huge Health Benefits.” Healthy Living. Healthy Living, 30 July 2009. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

Haug, Catherine. “How GMOs Destroy Life, Soil and Your Gut Probiotics.” Essential Stuff Blog. The Essential List, 11 Dec. 2011. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

MedicineNet.com. “Probiotics.” MedicineNet. MedicineNet, Inc., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

NIH. “Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. NIH, 22 June 2015. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

Prebiotin. “What Is a Prebiotic vs Probiotic | Prebiotics and Probiotics.” Prebiotin. Jackson GI Medical, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2016 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., www.mirrorathlete.org, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.