Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Genetically Modified Foods

GMO's (aka Genetically Modified Organisms). Genetic modification involves the insertion or deletion of genes from the DNA molecule in plants, animals, and microorganisms. To do this artificially may require attaching a virus to it or manually inserting extra DNA into the nucleus with a very small syringe (example : gene cloning).
"Genes from other plants, viruses, bacteria, animals, etc. are inserted into the genes of certain products such as corn to make them more stable and resistant to drought, disease and pesticides." (source)

In 2002, 68% of all genetically modified crops were grown by U.S farmers.

Examples of GMO's in the US:
  • Rats and human genes in trout : link

  • Spider genes in goats : link
  • human genes in corn and rice : link
  • Fish genes in tomatoes : link

  • Corn or cow genes in salmon : link

The FDA is considering approving genetically engineered salmon "transgenic fish", from a company called AquAdvantage, for human consumption. This will be the first genetically engineered animal approved as food. This information was made public today. On a 2007 FDA docket about AquAdvantage transgenic salmon, Professor Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho concluded that "Foods derived from genetically modified animals are likely to be contaminated by potent vaccines, immune regulators, and growth hormones, as well as nucleic acids, viruses, and bacteria that have the potential to create pathogens and to trigger cancer." (source)

Check it out for yourself. AquAdvantage. It's all about productivity, not health.

Monday, July 19, 2010

5 Foods You Should Buy Organic

1. Meat - Conventionally raised cattle contain growth hormones, antibiotics, and feed that is grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Most beef you get is corn fed, rather than grass fed. Cows stomachs are meant to digest corn but the feed is inexpensive and obnoxious productivity is more important than quality.

2. Dairy - Not only is organic dairy products free of hormones and antibiotics, but organic dairy has higher levels of vitamin E and more nutrients than non-organic dairy.

3. Eggs - They are free-range, cage free chickens that have access to yards that have not been treated with chemicals. This is standard for USDA guidelines.

4. Coffee - No chemicals are used during processing. The growing approach is more environmentally friendly.

5. Baby Food - Infants and young children are more susceptible to the hormones, antibiotics and pesticide residue found in conventionally grown foods.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Body Absorbs 5 Lbs of MakeUp Chemicals Per Year

And that's just makeup. What about the lotions, sunblock/sunscreen, spray tans, perfumes, deodorants, shampoo and conditioners, etc. How many pounds of chemicals would all of that added up come out to be? No wonder people are so lethargic. We are slowly and continuously poisoning ourselves.
So then what? What do you do when everything around you has a laundry list of ingredients?
it's called being proactive. Common sense tells me that if i don't understand what something is, go look it up. Or if an Oreo has way too many things listed in it that i can't pronounce, then I probably shouldn't eat it.
My husband Robbie and I started taking vitamins that he researched and got from New Zealand, and we've been juicing for dinner about 3-4 times a week. I haven't felt this good in a long time. It's so stupid that all we had to do was eat whole foods, and take some quality vitamins to feel healthy. Why are so many people eating garbage day in and day out? because it's an addiction. The chemicals in those food's make you want it. How sick.
By no means am i a perfect example. I love McDonald's. I hate that i love McDonald's. I totally believe it's the crap that's in their food which pisses me off even more. I hate driving by the big golden arches. I hate seeing lines of people in there. I hate that their fries aren't even potatoes. I hate that their beef isn't even beef. I hate that they market to kids. Yeah, throw some apples in because that will make it all better.
Just sayin.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

a little of this, and that.

I can't wait till Fall is here. When i walk outside to my car after work, my glasses shouldn't fog up. That's just gross. If i wanted my surroundings to fog up on me, i would take a shower.
James 4:14-15: "You don't know the first thing about tomorrow. You're nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, 'If the Master wills it and we're still alive, we'll do this or that.' "
I should really start appreciating the time that i have at this moment rather than having my eyes transfixed on the future or past. It's nothing more than a vision, a dream.. and the last time i checked, my dreams are pretty messed up and i don't want to be there either.


I got a letter from my sponsor child, Shege, today. I would love to meet her, wrap my arms around her and tell her how proud i am of her. She tells me that she loves me through our letters. It's so humbling.. I asked her what she wanted me to pray for and she told me to pray that poverty would come to an end in her country. Doesn't Andy Stanley tell us to pray big?

Pray that everyday.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

a beautiful tornado

I am having a really hard time trying to figure out a basic topic to blog about. Since i'm a naturally random person it only seems fitting to have a blog that reflects who i am. However- that's blogging without a purpose. Or maybe that is the purpose. To blog without reason.

To be honest, i'm happy with being random. unorganized. and messy. This is a place where i can be a complete scatterbrained disaster.
This is a blog without a purpose.
life is random, and so am i.

your tornado.