Reboot 30 – Day 15


When i was growing up, back in the days of the dinosaurs and peace, love & beads, maybe one kid in the whole school had any kind of food allergy, most likely seafood, and maybe one or two had asthma. Now in our advanced society, a substantial percentage of kids in each class has at least one life threatening food allery and asthma.

According to the folks like the Journal of American Medicine Association (JAMA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that track this kind of thing, food allergies in children has tripled from 15% to 40% in the past decade and asthma has increased 50% in that same 10 years.

Can’t bring cupcakes or cookies to a bake sale anymore – wasssup wid dat? Wheat, what nurished man for thousands of years, is now one of the top allergens? Gluten intolerance is four times more common than it was in the 1950s.  

Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years and 68% of the overall population of America is obese. Another chilling fact is the number of people dying as a result of being overweight more than doubling in less than a decade. And that’s middle aged people. Obesity is fast becoming a bigger health issue than smoking.

Is it really as simple as people eating more and exercising less? I don’t think so. I think it is a double whammy of what they are eating.

Whammy number one is a systemic allergic reaction to the introduction of genetically modified food into our food chain.The scientific research and studies showing GM food is “sustanially equivalent” to natural food and not bad for us reminds me of the scientific community producing studies showing tobacco was not bad for us and did not cause cancer. Studies I’ve seen seem to indicate a direct link between the herbicidal protien manipulations of GMOs to how protien sensitivites cause allergic reations in people. Allergies, especially in grownups, are not necessarily an immediate reaction, but one whose severity increases with exposure over time.

Whammy number two is sugar addiction. Makes you want to eat & drink more processed junk. You’d think more sugar would be more energy, but it actually has the opposit effect.

These whammies are designed to keep the body from getting the full nutrition and energy it needs. They work on the brain invoking depression and indifference – I’m getting fat so I’m getting sad so I’ll eat ’cause that gives me a sugar spike high, but it doesn’t last because I am fat and I’m sad so I’ll eat – viscous, viscious cycle

Do we really have to wait until more people die and become sick and the evidence is beyond overwhelming to do something about processed and GM food? People can choose not to buy and smoke ciagrettes. When we see an ear of corn in our grocers there is no way to tell if that corn is the product of genetically modified organisms (GMO).

The way Monsanto is trying to control all seed production and distribution in the world is the subject for a different post…


4 responses »

  1. Awesome post! I’m doing a reboot also and today was a tough day for temptation, especially at night for some reason. Anyway, your post gave me that extra nudge to keep choosing this healthy path I’m on. Thank you for the reminder. 🙂

  2. Pingback: GMO = Sickness? « ReCLAIM My Life

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