I'd like add my voice now and say that we need to free our food from GMOs. I think we, as a nation, are obese because our bodies are reacting to the foreign DNA in our foods. Bodies can process normal food normally, but the extra strands enabled in food that is manufactured for money (genetically altered to resist dis-ease, insects, and spoiling so fast) are unknown substances. The body has automatic defense mechanisms, developed over millenia, to wrap those foreign things up in a ball of fat to keep our organs safe.
GMOs have nasty stuff like Round-up in them! I did a post on Round-up and what it does to dogs, but it does the same thing to any living creature (including humans).
Losing control of bladder function
Sleepiness (it could be fatigue)
Mood & depression
I've even got the MSDS sheet for it, to back up my claims.
Toxins in your body can make it very difficult to drop the weight. Your body is protecting you by keeping those nasty thingies separate from you in that protective fat cell:
In a closed system where exposure to toxic substances is controlled, your body does indeed deal with most toxins very effectively (mostly processed in liver and excreted via kidney.)
HOWEVER... the amount of toxic exposure we're experiencing is unprecidented. It's not uncommon for the liver to become over-taxed to the point that it cannot keep up. When this happens, toxins absolutely are disseminated, primarily to adipose (fat) tissues. Evidence for this is abundant! And we're only beginning to understand the multitude of physiologic effects.
CDC’s Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals tested 212 chemicals and found ALL to be in blood and urine of most Americans (and 6 specific chemicals to be in the blood/urine of EVERY individual tested.) Heavy metals are part of the picture, but for most people the following are more relevant with respect to toxic exposure:- BTEX compounds (volatile organic compounds)- PCDD and PCBs (vinyl and plastic)- Dioxin- PFOA (found in non-stick cooking coatings and thermal printing papers)- PDEs (flame retardant on clothing)- Pthalates (plastics)- Acrylamide (created when cooking fatty foods at high temp. Think KFC.)- MTBE (gasoline additive that's been taken off the market, but *every* individual tested by the CDC still had measurable amounts of MTBE in urine and blood.)- Bisphenol A (found in plastics and can linings)
I'm fully anticipating to be "taken to task" on this one, but frankly suggesting that there's no toxic accumulation in humans is outrageous. So pre-emptively I'm providing just a few of the hundreds of articles published in major peer-reviewed journals...http://www.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden2/e…http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20045…http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20951…http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/84662…http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16244…http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20188…
Another site says the toxins disturb the flow of homeostasis:
"Toxins disturb the natural flux and flow of homeostasis. The body's immune system must defend against these toxins. The battle waged by the immune system between toxins and homeostasis is expressed as disease. A strong immune system quickly identifies the enemy and works to destroy it, hence causing fast and possibly more severe symptoms that quickly abate. A weakened, worn out, overloaded immune system is slow to respond to the toxic invasion, or does not respond at all, and thereby does not cause much, if any, symptomatology. How many times have you known or heard of someone who was "so healthy" and who "never got sick", but ate very poorly and maybe even smoked cigarettes, that suddenly died of cancer "with no warning" at a relatively young age? What happened? Let us examine the body's normal, physiologically programmed methods of maintaining homeostasis, the key to health."
Still another, in a question and answer format, shows that our laws and governing bodies were developed long before science figured out what harmful effects there would be on all of us:
Q: Don't government regulations protect my family and me?A: Current regulations were developed well in advance of the new science that shows that small exposures to chemicals - once considered harmless - are indeed capable of subtle cellular changes. New evidence shows that these subtle changes can raise the risk for birth defects, cancer and other health problems. In addition, the regulations now in place are not designed to look at exposures in the context of the full burden of chemicals we carry. No one is looking at the health effects of the cumulative total.
U.S. regulations are the result of long, involved political processes in which special interests exert considerable influence. Industries with significant financial interest in the continued use of a particular product or chemical have historically been quite successful in limiting regulatory controls. More information about the chemical body burdens of individuals, particularly exposed communities, and national populations could help us make better decisions about which products we want to use, which food we want to consume and what laws need to be in place to protect us.
So, my version of what America could be is this:
Organic America. All foods grown in America would be organic, on farms honoring the spirit behind the Seven Generations concept of the Iroquois Nation of American Indians in their Iroquois Constitution:
In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations. - Iroquois proverb
The Iroquois nation, a confederation of Native American peoples, wrote in their constitution more than 500 years ago that leaders must “Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations” and that “the thickness of their skin shall be seven spans” to protect against “anger, offensive actions, and criticism” from affecting their making the best decisions.
These commitments of stewardship for future generations and moral toughness are a profound formula for ensuring intergenerational responsibility by considering the well-being of those who do not yet have a voice, but who may nonetheless be affected by our decisions today. As one commentator has observed, “The point [of considering seven generations] is to remove individual self-interests from public decision making. Seven generations is about the longest period of time that we can grasp subjectively. Some of us had great grandparents when we were born. We have known our grandparents, our parents, and ourselves. We may also know our children, our grandchildren, and possibly our great grandchildren. These seven generations are a yard stick of human experience.”
Americans would grow, harvest, & consume all organic foods. This would open up new venues & opportunities for innovation in:
- Pest control methods
- Weed control methods
- Harvesting methods so the vine ripened foods would be in stores sooner
- Transportation methods
- Farming methods to keep the land healthy and full of nutrients
- Organic fertilizer creation
- Seasonal menus and eating habits
- Feeding methods & best practices for our animals (both domestic and farm animals)
- Health benefits of real, unadulterated food
- Packaging methods re-creation for canned, frozen and preserved foods
- Preserving methods revisited!
In my version of America, we'd be the healthiest nation around. We could be the go-to center for the best methods available. America would build their people back up with nutrition so that instead of a sick, old, and dying place, we were full of innovative concepts and LIFE.
Nasty thingies in our foods wouldn't be hidden and shrugged off as conspiracy theory any longer. If the laws don't work, they are revoked and new ones put in place to support a safe future, seven generations into it.