Critical Reading for 2012: Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey M. Smith

Read it, share it, eat differently, shop differently. Only a ground movement can stop Monsanto.

The saddest thing about this book is that the copyright on my paperback edition dates from 2003, yet so few of us really understand the magnitude of the threat facing us from genetically modified foods.

 

This book is on my top ten list of critical and urgent reading for the 21st Century.

If you haven’t read it yet it’s late but hopefully not too late.

Seeds of Deception reads like a horrific thriller.

It’s a gripping narrative and the only real damper is that it’s a true story.

Chief among author Jeffrey M. Smith’s sources are ex-insiders from within scientific research organizations, the US Food and Drug Association as well as individuals and activists from the media and the general public who have been witness or victims to the deceit, bullying and strong arm tactics of the companies that research and generate genetically modified food (and organisms) for our food supply.

  • Research and reports that show that GM foods are far from safe is covered up.
  • Scientists and media personnel who attempt to expose the truth are threatened, bribed, fired or demoted.
  • The internationally recognized USA’s FDA ends up with officials who have strong ties with GM food companies.
  • Governments are taught by the GM experts of the food industry that GM foods will avert an inevitable food crisis.
  • A large majority of consumers don’t trust GM foods but can’t get GM foods labelled in one of the longest standing democracies on the planet.
  • What’s funny is that they don’t trust GM foods without even having the insights that Seeds of Deception provides. Some of the research that shows the physical harm demonstrated clearly by both independent and industry-affiliated studies is laid out clearly.
  • One of the scariest things we learn is that when a foreign gene is inserted into one species to get an intended effect, OTHER effects, completely unpredictable, also result. The nutritional composition of a food could then be completely re-arranged once genetically modified. Are these other effects evaluated or even sought out before the products go to market?

 

The answer, as are many others provided by this book, is chilling.

The facts are outrageous. Twenty minutes of meditation recommended after every chapter, just so you can keep your cool.

But yes, you need to read it, share it and take action. The already precarious position of our planet’s human food supply makes that mandatory.

A major action step for me is sharing the concepts from Seeds of Deception on the Stay Well Fire Your Doctor blog as my main blog theme for 2012.

Check it out at www.staywellfireyourdoctor.wordpress.com

For resources (books, CDs, DVDs, on-line videos etc) that you can use to learn more and spread the word, click:

http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/Home/index.cfm

 

Upcoming Book Reviews – and GM foods, Seeds of Deception

Been working on some book reviews for my website.

Will definitely be sharing them on this blog!

Last night I was encouraging my son to plan for his Creative Writing exercise and I showed him a quick and spontaneous plan that I could use to review Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey M. Smith, one of the Top Ten books that people of our generation need to read urgently.

Talking about the GM food industry was clearly the most (and only) interesting part of his home work last night for him!

He was distressed and outraged. “Why doesn’t someone stop them?” he asked.

Well clearly we can trust our polticians to do it so it’s going to be up to us.

Spreading awareness is exactly where we have to start.

Have you bought your copy yet?

 

Got Milk? Time to Get the FACTS.

Got Milk? Before you drink it, this is what you need to know.

While the advertisements keep coaxing us to strengthen our bones by drinking more milk, we forget that the countries that consume the most dairy have the most osteoporosis.

But even if that was just incidental the connection between milk cows injected with BGH (or BST), insulin-like growth factor and cancer is damning to say the least.

Once you’ve read this, you’ll want to know that the cows supplying milk to your cartons, your Rituals coffee, Haagen Daz ice-cream and baby’s infant formula, are NOT being injected with rBGH or BST.

If rBGH or BST are new to you:

  • rBGH is recombinant bovine growth hormone
  • BST is an alternative and more politically correct name for rBGH and it stands for bovine somatotropin
  • Supplied to cows by bio-tech companies that produce genetically modified foods. rBGH is a genetically engineered version of a natural hormone, mass produced in the labs.

Research over the last 20 years has shown emphatically and with different types of cancer, that higher levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) are closely related to higher risk of cancer. This research has been published in journals as prestigious as Science, the Lancet, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, The International Journal of Cancer, Cancer Research and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Now why mention IGF-1 again? We mentioned it when we spoke about refined carbs jacking up both our insulin and

IGF-1. What does it have to do with milk?

Well, cows injected with rBGH to boost their milk supply do give more milk but they also pass on their genetically recombinant hormones into our milk supply as well as high levels of IGF-1.

These cows are miserable fellows. Their abnormally high levels of IGF-1 relates to the intense stress they are under since rBGH radically distorts their metabolism.

But consider: the potential harm of rBGH injections to cows in Canada was what caused the drugs to remain unlawful in Canada. The Canadian vets would have risked being sued for an increase in “mastitis [udder infections], infertility and an increased risk of lameness.”

“Some treated cows are so lean and wasted by the end of their lives, they offered little value to slaughterhouses that normally convert the cows’ carcasses into meat.”

So why everyday are millions of cows injected with their twice monthly rBGH in the USA? Hang in there, we’ll get to that.

Is the IGF-1 in the milk destroyed by pasteurization or digestion? The Canadian Gaps Analysis Report which preceded the decision to keep rBGH off the Canadian market, notes that IGF-1 “can survive the GI tract environment” and “is absorbed intact.”

Yet as far back as 1998, a report of a Harvard study published in Science told us, “A strong positive association was observed between IGF-1 levels and prostate cancer risk.” Those with elevated IGF-1 levels were four times more likely to get prostate cancer than the average man.

“Four months later, a study in the Lancet found premenopausal women in the U.S with high levels of IGF-1 were seven more times as likely to develop breast cancer.”

Even before milk from rBST cows went on the market, research published in 2002 from a study of 1000 nurses, showed that the food most associated with high IGF-1 levels was milk. And this study was begun before milk from rBST treated cows became widely available.

Could the simple matter of keeping the cows in stalls rather than allowing them to be “free range” have elevated their

IGF-1. Perhaps. But how much higher is the IGF-1 level after rBST treatment?

Well, the first study on the subject reported an increase of 360% ! Conservative estimates by supporters of Monsanto, the company that makes and sells rBST, suggest 47-71%.

But what about the milk you are drinking?

Trinidad and Tobago’s dairy farmers do supply Nestle with some milk but certainly not all of what ends up on our shelves from their factories. Much of our local milk is imported.

What about when you go for ice-cream? Or buy an expensive, caffeine-filled latte? What’s your ritual?

Should we just throw our hands up in the air in utter despair and frustration?

Why do the American people allow this anyway?

Well, the FDA in the USA does not require farmers to have a prescription to purchase rBST. So vets can’t be sued as would have been the case in Canada. Companies like Monsanto have fought against the preference of the majority of Americans to have GM foods labeled and they have also enforced regulations forcing dairies supplying rBST-free milk to say, “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST- treated cows.”

I prefer to buy rBST-free milk. One local VET told me that the milk from the UWI Field Station is the closest to "organic" on the local market but 2.0L of fresh milk in my house will spoil before it's used. I'm keen to find out more about what our local farmers are up to and yes! I will share the information as soon as it comes to me!

They have a massive counter-campaign on-line to protect their commercial interests so information on the internet is a mixture of facts, hype and distortions of the truth, sometimes using research and statistics that have been manipulated and doctored to produce the results they want to quote to the public.

rBST causes udder infections so the cows are also treated with lots of antibiotics. Previous guidelines for the “allowable” percentage of antibiotic in milk have been increased to allow this altered milk to pass the tests.  

The precaution of not using the milk from the cows just after they have been injected (and when the rBST levels are highest in the milk) has been dropped in favour of profit.

I’m not trying to depress you. We need to know this so we can take a stand, take action and make better choices till we have a food supply we can rejoice about. It may take another two generations and many will be skeptical that it will ever happen.

I prefer to walk in faith and hope.

You can join Millions Against Monsanto @ http://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&&note_id=142147452526715&id=134547499953377#!/millionsagainst  and

the NonGMO project, an NGO on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&&note_id=142147452526715&id=134547499953377#!/nongmoproject

Keep informed!

And right here on Stay Well Fire Your Doctor, our next series will be on the genetically modified food industry.

Source for today’s article details on rBGH: Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey M. Smith