The largest chain grocery store companies in the US have agreed not to sell genetically modified salmon, but over 9000 stores might still be passing off GMO salmon as non-GMO if the industry isn’t required to disclose such information. Without a requirement that GMO foods be labeled, two of the largest grocery stores in the U.S., Kroger and Safeway, will have no way to uphold their recent commitment to consumers who want to know what is in their food.
The news that the chains decided to refuse GMO salmon was released Monday by a coalition of food safety, consumer, health, and fishing groups. It is a noteworthy choice for the companies to have made – rejecting GM AquAdvantage® salmon - regardless of whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves it for public consumption or not. It is indeed a mindful gesture to the millions of activists who have stated clearly they don’t want GMO foods.
Check out Anthony Gucciardi’s video covering how the FDA has been pushing for GMO salmon for years.
“By making commitments to not sell genetically engineered salmon, Kroger and Safeway have joined the large number of grocery chains, from Trader Joe’s to Target, that have wisely chosen to listen to the majority of consumers who do not want to eat genetically engineered fish,” said Dana Perls, Food and technology policy campaigner with Friends of the Earth. “Now Costco, Walmart, Albertsons and other retailers need to catch up and provide their customers with what they want: natural, sustainable seafood that isn’t genetically engineered in a lab.”
Seven years ago, Marcia Angell, who, for two decades, edited one of the most famous medical journals in the world, the New England Journal of Medicine, wrote a piece for the Boston Globe.
It was titled, Talking Back to the FDA (February 26, 2007).
In his book, Medication Madness, Dr. Peter Breggin quotes Angell’s article:
“The FDA also refuses to release unfavorable research results in its possession without the sponsoring company’s permission…It’s no wonder that serious safety concerns about drugs such as Vioxx, Paxil, and Zyprexa have emerged very late in the day—years after they were in widespread use.”
Serious safety concerns? Heart attacks, strokes, suicide and homicide, etc.
What’s this ongoing bureaucratic insanity Marcia Angell is referring to?
The drug companies do the human studies on new drugs before they are submitted to the FDA, who then decides whether to approve the drugs for public consumption.
The FDA examines these studies. But here is the catch. A drug company might submit four studies on a new drug to the FDA. The FDA might choose to render a favorable decision based on two studies.
Some cynically refer to the FDA as the Fraud and Death Administration. Harsh, but many see that name as a bit more than an accurate description. It is certainly the hub of the Medical Mafia wheel. A few years ago, during the height of the occupy wall street mania, some were calling for occupy the FDA. Unfortunately, that didn’t get far at all.
Some have even referred to the FDA’s activity as equivalent to dropping an atom bomb on each USA city each year. Why? Primarily due to the amount of deaths and illness it has sanctioned with its sanctioning of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and toxic food additives while banning safe and effective natural remedies and enforcing bans on healthy foods such as raw milk.
A Few Historical Episodes of the FDA’s Crimes Against Humanity
1. In the early 1900s, Dr. Harvey Wiley opposed the process of chemically bleaching flour to use as white flour for breads and pastries. As the head of the Bureau of Chemistry, the precursor to today’s FDA, he created a guideline for enforcing a ban on bleaching wheat chemically to produce white flour.
He quit his position after he had become frustrated from the lack of enforcement for his ban. It just never happened. And the legacy of unhealthy bleached flour white bread prevailed through the 1970s.
500 Page Report: FDA Failing to Keep Food Safe, Protect Consumers
2. A few decades ago, natural remedy cancer healer Harry Hoxsey won a libel suit against the AMA and Hearst Publications. The Supreme Court upheld that decision in the mid 1950s, but somehow the signal went out for the FDA to unleash their attack dogs. After confiscating herbal remedies from patients in their homes, the FDA closed and padlocked all 17 Hoxsey clinics in 1960.
Eating what’s quick, convenient, and tasty may fit your lifestyle for now, but you may be subjecting yourself to progressively worsening health. If you don’t shift to a healthier diet, someday sooner rather than later you’ll be a young person in an old person’s body, wondering what happened. Below are 8 foods you should avoid to age gracefully and avoid sickness.
Avoid These 8 Food-Like Substances
1. Despite FDA press releases announcing its ban of trans fats, trans-fatty processed hydrogenated oils are still ubiquitous. Don’t use them for cooking or salad dressings. They’re less expensive, but they’ve been processed only for creating a longer shelf life while shortening your time with a healthy life.
A similar tip: choose butter over margarine. You’d might as well use molten plastic because plastic and margarine have molecular similarities. Real butter is better. Use only cold pressed oils, but refuse any version of Canola oil.
2. Speaking of fats, ignore the low or no fat food choices. The theory that ‘whole’ fats and cholesterol create obesity and heart problems is bogus. Don’t fall for the cholesterol myth.
The Swedish Council on Health Technology has officially abandoned this theory, which has seen cardiac and obesity issues increase while consumers frantically avoid healthy fats. Increased sugar and HFCS are at the root of issues saturated fats have been blamed for. Continue reading
EWG January 21 2014
Washington, D.C. – People who follow the Obama administration’s guidelines on eating seafood could consume dangerous amounts of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, or too few essential omega-3 fatty acids, according to a new EWG analysis of fish contaminant and nutrient data.
“The federal government’s advice on seafood consumption fails to give people what they desperately need – precise, detailed information about foods that provide sufficient omega-3 fatty acids with minimal mercury contamination,” said Sonya Lunder, a senior EWG analyst and lead author of the report.
EWG’s analysis of mercury and omega-3 concentrations in seafood finds that eating fish indiscriminately can be dangerous: 10 of 35 seafood varieties popular in the American market would pose an unacceptable mercury risk to an average-weight pregnant woman who ate eight ounces weekly, as the federal government recommends. Since safe mercury levels are based on body weight, lighter women are at greater risk from mercury in seafood.
EWG concluded that many consumers who follow government advice to increase their fish consumption will not benefit as much as they hope, because 8 of the 10 most popular types of seafood, including shrimp and catfish, rank low for healthy omega-3 fats, which have been shown to lower cardiac risks, and boost infant brain development.
RealFarmacy July 25 2013 (thanks, Dale)
What if a company that you thought you could trust, knowingly sold you a medicine for your child that they knew had the potential to give your child HIV? How would you react? What if a government agency that claims the responsibility for protecting you from such treachery, not only looked the other way, but was complicit in this exchange?
Everyone has heard of Bayer aspirin, it is a household name. Bayer AG also manufactures numerous other products, from pesticides to medicine for hemophiliacs called Factor 8.
In 1984 Bayer became aware that several batches of this Factor 8 contained HIV. They knew this because there was an outbreak of HIV among hemophiliac children, and this outbreak was traced back to Bayer.
Forget the name “Obamacare” for the next few minutes. Because it doesn’t matter if you call our national health care system “BushCare” or “ReaganCare” or even “CarterCare” — it has forever been based on allowing food, beverage and pharma companies to sicken the population while invoking costly “interventionist medicine” to “manage disease” rather than preventing disease with nutrition.
I’m here to tell you that no system of health care which isn’t based on the nutritional prevention of disease will ever survive in the long run. That’s because the very idea of managing disease will always, inevitably, irreversible bankrupt your nation.
Obamacare will fail even if Healthcare.gov works
Even if the Healthcare.gov website magically works on November 30th — a far-fetched idea if there ever was one — the entire concept of Obamacare is based on nothing more than cost shifting the burden of paying for disease management.
Obamacare is modeled on the idea that a sufficient number of young, healthy people who aren’t yet sick will sign up and pay rip-off rates in order to subsidize the sicker people who are going to cost a fortune to manage. Why will they cost a fortune? Because America treats disease with monopoly-priced medications, surgery and chemotherapy instead of cheap-but-effective nutritional therapies, botanicals and simple lifestyle changes that have almost miraculous healing effects.
For every cancer patient where the government spends $500,000 on “disease management” interventions such as chemotherapy, there’s a bona fide cure to be had for less than $5,000 worth of nutrients and botanicals. That’s a 100-to-1 savings and it has a far better outcome, too, since chemotherapy actually causes repeat cancer as well as permanent damage to the kidneys, brain and heart.
Preventing disease is not profitable