GMO OMG

I watched this film the other day and renewed my disgust and dismay over the damage being done by GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) to our health and to the environment.

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At the start of the film we learn about the people of Haiti who refused seed donated by one industry giant and had the insight to recognize the motive behind this donation. They wanted to continue planting their own seeds, retain their right to those seeds, and not become indebted to the industry giant.

You may or may not have heard about the battles being fought over our Right to Know and to mandate labelling of GMOs. The fact that we are still fighting for the simple right to know what we are putting in our bodies and what we are feeding to our families while many other countries have enjoyed this right for years is frustrating and downright shameful.

The industry argues that there will be added cost to change the labels but the items they export to other countries are already being labelled! And they argue that if people see “genetically modified” on the label they won’t want to buy it. Doesn’t that prove that people don’t want GMOs and/or don’t trust that they are safe? Few long term studies have been done on the impacts of GMOs and one such study that is discussed in this film was later discredited for questionable reasons.

This film also reminded me of he sad truth that many people are not even aware of what is happening to our food supply. Have you ever asked your family members, friends, or coworkers if they know what a GMO is? Or if they are aware that 80-90% (or more!) of corn, canola, soy, cotton, and sugar beet crops are genetically modified?? And that over 80% of packaged goods contain GMOs???

We need more education and awareness around this topic and it seems we the people need to be the ones to spread the word. Watch this film and share it with your community.

To get the movie or learn more about it go to gmofilm.com

Related:
GMO Quick Info

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Fed Up

This is a film everyone needs to watch. The vast majority of us are overwhelmed by the varying arguments about what we should and shouldn’t eat and end up trusting those whose job it is to sell us a product (regardless of whether it’s good for us or not) to provide us guidance on what we should be eating.

Did you know sugar has been proven to be as addictive as drugs like cocaine and heroin?
Did you know 80% of the products on the grocery store shelves have added sugar?

Consumption of sugar drives cravings for more putting us into a vicious cycle of unhealthy eating and feelings of guilt and failure. And artificial sweeteners are no better! Did you know people who drink artificially sweetened beverages are more likely to be overweight? Artificial sweeteners have been proven to case cravings as well! When our body tastes the sweet flavor but never gets the sugar to fulfill that expectation we get more cravings.

And while many people need to be more active that is not the whole solution! We need nutrition education starting with kids in school – and I mean real nutrition, not a skewed version that supports the avalanche of unhealthy low-fat, fat-free, sugar-free, protein-added, fiber-added, franken-foods being marketed with meaningless tags such as “wholesome”, “natural”, and even “healthy”. Most school lunches are packed with sugar, starches, and salt – not what kids need to get started off right for optimal health. The rates of type 2 diabetes in children is on the incline.

And there is the major issue of affordability and availability. The general belief is that it’s too expensive to eat healthy, but there are options to eat healthy on a budget including shopping at farmer’s markets, buying a CSA share, or growing your own produce in your garden!

For those who do not have these options we have a gap that needs to be addressed. Healthy foods need to be made available to all people of all economic statues. The wrong foods are being subsidized and the cheapest foods in most markets are the most unhealthy. Why are we not subsidizing greens and carrots and apples??

I encourage you to watch this film and spread the word. Have your friends over for dinner and a movie! It may just change your life, and theirs as well!

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The Secret

This inspiring film focuses on positivity and the Power of Attraction. Like attracts like, and what you focus on you will draw to you.

This really made me think about where I focus my attention. Have you ever noticed that the more energy you spend thinking and fretting about something you do NOT want to happen, the more likely it seems that it WILL happen? So rather than focusing on what you don’t want you should be focusing on what you do want! I have also noticed that when you have a more positive outlook you are more likely to notice those opportunities that may bring you toward your goals. When you expect good things to happen you are more open to even the most subtle hint of opportunity.

I highly recommend this for anyone seeking inspiration and a new perspective. Most of us have set goals for the New Year – consider this homework toward achieving those goals! Go forth and be awesome!!

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Vanishing of the Bees

This film discusses the disturbing trend of the loss of honeybees known as CCD – Colony Collapse Disorder. Beekeepers reveal the mysterious and abrupt disappearance of hive after hive of seemingly healthy bees. Beekeepers are not only concerned about the pollination impact, but also about what this means from a big picture perspective. They believe that this is merely an indicator of the health of the environment and the sustainability of current common practices.

Holistic practices vs. industrial practices are compared including queen bee lifespan and artificial insemination, honey vs. sugar syrup as food for the hive, and local hives vs. migratory or trucked hives. The potential impact of topical and systemic pesticides are reviewed showing the relation of CCD to the introduction of systemic pesticides and GMOs. Also discussed is the increase in honey products being imported and supplemented with lactose and high fructose corn syrup.

You can help support the honeybees by buying local, buying organic, or planting your own garden.

Learn more about this issue and view the trailer here: http://www.vanishingbees.com/

Here’s another article from Natural News on this topic: http://www.naturalnews.com/042765_neonicotinoids_honey_bees_immune_systems.html

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Windfall

Great film revealing the realities of wind turbines. With the push for green energy sources we have seen wind farms pop up all over the nation. More and more, the companies installing these wind turbines are leasing land in rural areas and on farms where residents live in close proximity to these structures.

This film primarily focuses on the small town of Meredith in upstate New York and how this issue has divided its citizens. Video footage of the flickering shadows cast through windows into homes and recordings of the low thumping hum give you an idea of the reality of the daily impact of these turbines in residential areas. Residents share information on the noise and vibrations that are a constant annoyance and the health issues they have experienced that started when the turbines were turned on, including headaches, nausea, insomnia, and fatigue. Issues such as setbacks, ice throws, and equipment failures are discussed, as well as the realities of energy ROI.

View the trailer here: http://windfallthemovie.com

Also learn more about the health, wildlife, and environmental impacts of wind turbines here: http://wind-watch.org/

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Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat

This film focuses on the ever-expanding obesity epidemic and what we could be doing to combat this silent threat. Topics discussed include the school lunch program and government policies that are causing continuing health and weight issues. You will see the story of a 12 year old girl who undergoes liposuction to try to fix her weight issue, showing the disturbing rise in drastic weight-loss measures in younger patients. Includes interviews with public figures, authors, and experts including Bill Clinton, Ralph Nader, and Michael Pollan.

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King Corn

In this informative film 2 college graduates move to Iowa to plant and grow an acre of corn and try to trace it from its origins to where it ends up in the food chain to help them understand how analysis of the carbon in their hair shows corn as the major source. Through their experience we get a behind the scenes view of the production cycle, from the purchase of GMO seeds, through the growing cycle with plentiful use of potent herbicides, to the harvesting and sale of their crop. As they learn the ins and outs of subsidies and supply and demand they also learn how this grain is so widely produced and used for a variety of products, from a multitude of food additives to ethanol to livestock feed, that is virtually impossible to trace from source to end product.

View the trailer at this website: http://www.kingcorn.net/

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Save the Farm

After the LA riots the city gave the citizens of LA a plot of land in South Central LA to set up a community garden. Over 300 families used the land to grown organic produce to feed their families for over a decade, and were then given notice to vacate the land. This is about their fight to keep the land that the city sold back to the developer it was originally purchased from. This film shows how the community gardens changed their life for the better and you feel their heartbreak as their gardens are taken away.

To learn more about community gardens or to find or start one near you visit http://www.communitygarden.org/

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Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss

Best selling author Jonny Bowden provides detailed info on the history of low carb eating (it didn’t start with Atkins!), how your body processes carbs and why carbs cause some people to gain more weight than others, and addresses some of the myths about low carb eating. Also included are reviews of 38 of the most well known low carb plans with an overview of the plan, the general rules of what you can and cannot eat on the plan, and who may and may not benefit from the plan. Other topics include supplements and diet drugs and how to incorporate low carb eating into your life. Very informative book with a lot of information for anyone eating low carb or interested in eating low carb.

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The Gerson Miracle

Featuring Charlotte Gerson (daughter of Max Gerson) and her work. Max Gerson developed the Gerson Therapy which has been used to treat and cure many patients diagnosed as terminal (they report a 50% success rate). This therapy uses a plant-based diet, high nutrient juices, supplements, and detoxifying enemas to re-build the immune system and flush toxins out of the body. Charlotte has continued her father’s work along with her son and is the founder of the Gerson Institute in California and the first Gerson clinic in Mexico (it is illegal in the US to treat cancer with any method other than chemotherapy, radiation or surgery). Includes interviews with patients who have reversed their diseases and are now back to full health!

Related reading:
The Gerson Therapy: Information on how to apply the therapy for different conditions
A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy: Max Gerson’s final book with info on how the therapy works including 50 case histories

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