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A GMO labeling bill has passed the Senate but it may create loopholes in what will be considered GMO

Genetically modified organisms created for agricultural purposes may be required to be listed on food labels but the wording of the proposed legislation may allow some types of foods or ingredients to not be listed. Refined ingredients that would not be expected to contain “genetic” content (DNA or RNA) may not be required to be listed as GMO.

The risk to health however has to do with the proteins that the GMO DNA cause to be produced throughout the plant rather than the DNA itself. Allergens might be produced that weren’t present in the normal crops. And in Bt GMOs the Bt toxin is produced throughout the plant as an insecticide, even within the part we harvest for food use. And while it is believed to not be harmful to human health it was initially developed as an antibiotic and mineral chelator. And humans depend on having a healthy balance of microbes within the intestines and glyphosate may be harmful to them. A refined ingredient might not contain much DNA protein or much of a Bt endotoxin protein either but it would be nice to have a lab test showing that it wasn’t present in the refined ingredient rather than be concerned only about GMO DNA. Testing for glyphosate residue levels would be of interest to me also.

Read more about the Senate bill on GMO labeling, it is a bipartisan backed bill that is expected to pass the House:  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-food-gmo-vote-idUSKCN0ZO08N

“About 75% of the foodstuffs at the grocery store are now genetically manipulated, in what has been called the world’s largest biological experiment on humans.” http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36746-monsanto-bayer-and-the-push-for-corporate-cannabis

Sometimes progress can seem like progress but if it misinforms the public then is it really progress? A food label that claims to inform consumers about GMO content but which actually excludes major categories of refined ingredients that are based on GMO crops is providing disinformation – inaccurate information about the food’s content. Sick people who are trying to improve their health wouldn’t be able to trust the labels if the labels still allowed ingredients that were making the sick people to feel sicker. If the goal is supporting an individual’s right to know what is in their food then the labeling requirements ideally would include all types of GMO based ingredients whether the ingredient includes GMO DNA are not.

On a different but related topic — a couple recent posts [1, 2] included history about concerns I’ve had regarding excessive vitamin D and calcium supplementation, the new information I learned about glyphosate provides the likely solution – but more research is needed. The glyphosate information about CYP enzyme inhibition of vitamin D metabolism could be an explanation for the increase in low vitamin D levels observed in the U.S. population. And excessive supplementation with inactive vitamin D may not have been found to be helping as expected because of inhibition by the herbicide glyphosate.

A quote from a book on an unrelated topic: “When you solve a mystery, you destroy its power over you.”  – Dan Neuharth, Ph.D.,  If You Had Controlling Parents; How to Make Peace with Your Past and Take Your Place in the World. page 79, (Harper, 1998)

The question of why U.S. citizens had lower vitamin D levels than Canadians, when I knew our food supply had adequate amounts of vitamin D and that we would collectively be getting more sunshine than Canadians on average with most of the country being located farther south, was a mystery I’ve been pondering ever since learning of it in 2010.

And the inhibition of CYP enzymes by glyphosate could be a cause of low vitamin D levels that don’t respond well to supplementation and which could be affecting a large percentage of the population. There was a large increase of the herbicide with Round-Up ready GMO crops and with the introduction of glyphosate as a crop desiccant . (And magnesium deficiency may be another cause of low vitamin D levels when there is plenty of vitamin D available and which could be affecting a large percentage of the population, but more on that later.)

As a dietitian I was uncomfortable ethically in 2010 regarding the high dose supplements being given to people for long term treatment without monitoring the active hormone level and I am still uncomfortable about the potential risks for the minority of people who may develop elevated levels of the active hormone D. Elevated levels can cause worsening of chronic illness and even increase risk of death. A large number of studies have now been performed that have not found high dose supplements to be consistently helpful — and it turns out that the form of the supplements may be inhibited from being activated by glyphosate.

In past writing I’ve included information about types of infection that may be affecting hormone D metabolism in some people but infectious disease is likely to affect a smaller number of people than the population wide levels of low vitamin D that have been observed. Some pathogens are known to modify the vitamin D receptor metabolism. Inhibiting the vitamin D receptor would reduce immune function of the cell and allow the microbe to infect the cell. Infection likely is affecting vitamin D levels for some people but a food contaminant would likely affect a larger percentage of the population.

A GMO labeling law is progress but the law wouldn’t include crops that use glyphosate as a desiccant in addition to excluding some refined but GMO derived ingredients from being listed as GMO and it may be the glyphosate itself – the Round-up herbicide – in Round-up ready crops that is the biggest risk to health– not the genetically modified DNA. And similarly it may be the Bt toxin itself that the genetically modified DNA encodes for rather than the DNA that is a risk to health. The Bt toxin may be causing harm to the intestinal bacteria and may have been modified enough from the original Bt toxin that the genetically modified Bt toxin is now also a risk to the cell walls of human intestinal and red blood cells unlike the Bt toxin that previous research has been based on. Research with the GMO seeds by private research labs or scientists is being limited by the companies that own the GMO seed patents.

Intestinal bacteria can affect mood positively or negatively and an imbalance in magnesium, vitamin D, and calcium can also affect mood. My condolences to all of the families and individuals who have lost loved ones or friends to gun violence. Part of the reason I’ve been concerned about the excess supplementation of vitamin D is because an imbalance in vitamin and hormone D can lead to an imbalance in calcium and magnesium which can lead to severe irritability and even homicidal violence. Epsom salt baths are inexpensive and provide a form of magnesium that can be absorbed well even when there is an imbalance in the vitamin and hormone D levels which tends to promote calcium absorption in the intestines and increased magnesium losses in the kidneys.

Calcium is also important but the average U.S. diet tends to include many calcium rich sources and promote calcium supplements more than magnesium. Magnesium however is necessary for converting vitamin D into 25 hydroxy D and 1, 25 dihydroxy D in addition to CYP enzymes so magnesium deficiency might also be an underlying factor for low vitamin D levels that don’t respond well to vitamin D supplements.  “Data indicate a reduced risk of insufficient/deficient vitamin D status at high magnesium intake and an inverse association between circulating 25-hydroxy vitamin D and mortality, particularly cardiovascular mortality, among those with magnesium intake above the median.”  ~ People with more magnesium intake also had better vitamin D levels and reduced risk of death, particularly less risk of death due to heart disease.   http://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1741-7015-11-229

Unlike most other nutrients the blood levels of vitamin D can be affected in a number of different ways as it is actually a hormone rather than being simply controlled by intake of food or supplements. And levels of blood calcium and magnesium are also carefully controlled in a number of ways because they are electrically active. Excess calcium can cause muscle contractions and magnesium helps muscles relax. Excess calcium is associated with more severe coronary artery disease and magnesium deficiency is associated with heart attacks and strokes. Elevated hormone D tends to promote elevated calcium levels and may lead to heart disease and osteoporosis. Elevated calcium levels is also associated with increased risk for kidney failure. the following link has a chart that compares risks of elevated blood cholesterol and calcium and the difference is startling. http://blog.parathyroid.com/high-blood-calcium-risks/

Many nutrients are important (all of them in fact), and an older article (2013) reviews a variety of nutrients and research on violence and aggression and diet or other factors affecting violence such as psychiatric pharmaceuticals. Adequate omega 3 fatty acids may be protective. Cholesterol is essential too, low levels of it is associated with increased aggression according to the article. The review of research was in response to the increase in school shootings (2013): http://www.westonaprice.org/uncategorized/violent-behavior-a-solution-in-plain-sight/ – that link is to a site that promotes a diet based on the foods that are believed to have been available to ancient people. The article reviews a large number of nutrients and other topics and their possible role in promoting or preventing violence. Magnesium is just one of the many nutrients essential for health but it is also essential for a good mood. There were many other results for the search terms that I used, “magnesium deficiency violence aggression‘: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=magnesium%20deficiency%20violence%20aggression

Solving the mystery has led to information that has helped my health and a GMO label law might make it easier for me to avoid GMO products but it might not be that helpful if the law is written so that many types of GMO ingredients wouldn’t be included and a GMO-free label actually meant only possibly GMO free. The labels wouldn’t be reliable if foods might still contain refined GMO ingredients and yet not be required to have the GMO label.

The list of foods that might be sources of glyphosate or Bt toxin:

It is our right to protect our health and I find my health is improved when I avoid or moderate use of some of those foods, I wasn’t aware of the specific oils on the list but had been avoiding excess poly-unsaturated oils in general because it may increase inflammation to have too little omega 3 fatty acids and too much of certain fatty acids found in poly-unsaturated fats..

  • An imbalance in the two types of fats has also been associated with increased aggression per a link provided earlier:  (2013):  http://www.westonaprice.org/uncategorized/violent-behavior-a-solution-in-plain-sight/
  • And having certain types of controlling parents has also been associated with increased risk for aggression or violence per the book I quoted earlier in this post: “When you solve a mystery, you destroy its power over you.”  – Dan Neuharth, Ph.D.,  If You Had Controlling Parents; How to Make Peace with Your Past and Take Your Place in the World. quote page 79, (Harper, 1998)

Glyphosate and the  GMO Bt toxin may be affecting our intestinal bacteria which can affect our moods. Disrupted vitamin D metabolism can lead to an imbalance in calcium and magnesium which can affect our moods. When the body works it seems simple but it isn’t.

The GMO labeling law has language that will identify ingredients as GMO by how refined they are rather than whether the whole food was a GMO or not. Information about GMO content would be helpful but a refined ingredient might still contain glyphosate residue or Bt toxin or other unknown allergens that may have developed during the genetic modification of the organism. Research and testing of those chemicals would be helpful. Labeling laws would be a challenge for the food industry to comply with. Working on using less glyphosate and GMO crops (that have been shown to potentially be hazardous to humans or the environment), seems like a more direct route to improving health to me.

/Disclosure: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

A few loose ends

That last post wandered far afield so I’ll try to wrap up a few loose ends or tie them in a pretty bow perhaps.

Re: Vaccinations and autoimmune disease

Calcium chloride can be used as a safer adjuvant (activates immune system) for use in vaccinations. Aluminum and squalene when used as adjuvants in vaccinations have been associated with increased autoimmune disease.  Aluminum is a metal that is too large for the body to excrete easily so injecting it straight into the bloodstream bypasses the intestinal wall where it would have been to large to enter. Squalene is a type of oil derived from ocean sources (I believe – yes, from shark liver oil, [1] ) and might have triggered autoimmune antibodies developing in some people – perhaps / speculation/.

The excessive number of vaccinations being given to infants and children may also be part of the problem of increased autoimmune risk. Children are now getting as many as 40 vaccinations by the time they are 18 months. [3] In the 1970s only 7 vaccinations were being given to children. [2] The body’s immune system may become over-activated against all allergens and autoimmune antibodies in addition to becoming activated against the diseases the vaccinations were designed to protect against. In animal studies it was found that any number of vaccinations given greater than eight was associated with an increased risk for autoimmune disease later in the animal’s life (mice). For that study the heavy metal preservative mercury or adjuvant aluminum or other additives were not included. Only the disease antigens were included in the experimental vaccination as a test of the animal’s immune system response to over stimulation. Read more: [3]

In looking for that reference I found this from a 2014 research article “Autoimmune diseases affect approximately 8% of the population, 78% of whom are women” [4] (microchimerism may be the reason women are more at risk but I didn’t read that article to find out if it is mentioned, I was interested in looking at the statistics so I’m saving this link for later.)

Vitamin D metabolism is involved in autoimmune disease risk because it is involved in controlling the white blood cells activity against allergens. Too little vitamin D and you have a system that doesn’t work as well as normal and may be overactive against allergens and autoimmune antibodies. so if glyphosate is inhibiting our vitamin D metabolism then it is inhibiting our ability to be less allergic and less prone to autoimmune disease. Low vitamin D has also been associated with some types of cancer including breast cancer. [5] The following explanation is pretty simple but the gist is that activated vitamin D receptors can help identify cancer cells for the immune system to kill or to prevent the cell from multiplying or spreading to other parts of the body:

There are vitamin D receptors in breast tissue, and vitamin D can bind to these receptors. This can cause cells like oncogenes to die or stop growing, and can stop the cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body.  Therefore, it is thought that vitamin D may help in protecting against breast cancer, by making cells in the breast smarter. [5]

So vitamin D when it is activated to hormone D (and if it isn’t being inhibited by glyphosate) can help the immune system’s white blood cells to protect against autoimmune disease and against cancer.

So it’s not that autism is “caused” by vaccinations it’s that in some susceptible children the immune system becomes over activated and the detoxification systems become overloaded by heavy metals and other pollutants. Vitamin D deficiency, iodine, zinc, magnesium and sulfur and B vitamin deficiencies (particularly B12 and folate) may also add to susceptibility to having an overactive immune system that can lead to brain inflammation (encephalitis [6]) and may cause long term changes.

  1. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/367202/
  2.  http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/development-immunization-schedule
  3. http://naturalsociety.com/publicized-study-vaccination-schedule-bombshell/
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3328995/
  5. https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/breast-cancer/
  6. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/168997.php
Spider silk goat milk appears to be a very real and life saving product:
Cold water fish tomatoes also appear to have been a real experiment that was not continued due to poor results and negative press that resulted. The tomatoes never made it out of the research phase. The experiment was an attempt to develop tomatoes that would be more frost tolerant (Monsanto was not the company):

This was my “worse case scenario” food — tomatoes that might cause a fish allergy (allergies to fish and shellfish, like peanut and bee-sting allergies, can be more life threatening than some other types of allergies). From a dietitian perspective unidentified allergens in a major food ingredient are a worse case educational scenario. The patient either has to just cope with random symptoms occurring occasionally or learn how to avoid all foods that contain the ingredient or contain non-organic versions of the ingredient.

So people with a spider silk allergy would have to avoid all goat milk if spider silk milk was mixed into the general supply (but it is only being used for the non-food purpose. The spider silk is filtered out to use to make strong fibers for use in industry and for medical purposes).

There were probably a few other loose threads but I’ll start with those three.

/Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and  the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

Individualized nutrition counseling is a little like solving a mystery

Being a nutrition counselor can be like being a detective. Each patient has their own food preferences and cooking skills and their own health history and genetic make up. Basic nutrition recommendations are similar for most people but individualized counseling looks for ways to help the person with more specific ideas for their preferences and health issues.

The goal is to promote improved health and quality of life by reducing any negative health symptoms that might be caused by their dietary or lifestyle choices. The first step for a counselor is building rapport with the patient (which is not always easy either), and then asking about all of their symptoms and their lifestyle and dietary habits and then figuring out which, or if any, might be involved in causing the negative symptoms and which might be helping promote health. Then education is provided regarding which habits are likely to be helpful ones for health and which might need to be modified or limited in order to promote improved health.

Public health can be similar — the nutrient recommendations are basically the same for most people and are used for menu planning — however individual people may still have health or genetic issues that make the standard recommendations less helpful for promoting health or possibly even harmful.

Epidemiology is the study of health statistics at the population level. It can be like detective work also. Statistical trends in health and disease are studied in order to identify outbreaks of infectious diseases before they can spread to more people or to identify other changes in health that might be preventable through educational efforts or that might be due to a change in the environment such as increased asthma in areas with increased air pollution. Identifying a potential problem can then allow solutions to be attempted such as better filters being required for factory smoke stacks to reduce air pollution, or designing and implementing community educational programs to help people quit smoking or encourage them to use air filters in their homes, and then the health statistics can be tracked to see if there were any improvements.

Back-tracking to the 2010 vitamin D video story — my own health history was part of my motivation to research the issue of low vitamin D levels at the population level — but the other reason was I had observed a huge increase in supplementation of vitamin D in many random foods and beverages in varying amounts. I had seen the same thing happen in the past after research suggested a food or nutrient was beneficial. I thought it was funny when oat bran was being added to everything — oat bran is heart smart but it would be less heart smart if only a tiny amount is added to a frozen waffle product, so the box can say “heart smart” or something like that, rather just eating a bowl of oatmeal.

Random fortification of many different foods makes planning a balanced menu somewhat impossible. Liquid milk has a regulated level of vitamin A and D fortification but milk used for cheese and yogurt does not. Some cheese and some yogurt has extra vitamin D added but not all of the types and it can vary quite a bit in how much is added. So a menu planner would need to know the amount of fortification in a specific brand or type of product to be able to fit it within the day’s meals for a balanced diet. Vitamin D is also added to breakfast cereals and snack bar or breakfast replacement type products and it is naturally rich in sardines, salmon, tuna and other fish and is found in egg yolks and can be found naturally in mushrooms or may be increased in mushrooms that were treated with UV light which increases the vitamin D content.

During the 2010 advertising frenzy vitamin D was showing up sports drink type products and larger amounts, 50-100% of the Recommended Daily Value, was being added to some yogurts and meal bar type products. If a person ate a few of those foods plus some milk and cereal and salmon very often then they might end up eating more vitamin D than necessary — and it is just a slightly different form of cholesterol. As an advertising tactic proudly proclaiming that a sports drink is vitamin D fortified likely sounds better than that it is cholesterol fortified but if the person is getting plenty of sunshine or milk and cereal and other vitamin D foods then they wouldn’t need any extra in their sports beverage.

The advertising frenzy did stop eventually as the controversy around the topic increased towards 2012 it became less of a positive sales tactic. The increase in research however did lead to stopping the recommendation for routine screening and use of high dose vitamin D supplements for most people. Now individuals are screened as needed based on individual risk rather than having most patients screened.

Vitamin D is very important but it is one of those Goldilocks nutrients. A moderate amount is essential while health issues may result from too little vitamin D and while average healthy people can break down excess amounts, some individuals may have increased health risks if they have excess amounts in their diet or from supplements.

Transparency — I would be happy to go anywhere and talk to anybody about health, nutrition, politics, PTSD, or do whatever else, but my health has been very bad when I’ve tried to travel in recent months.

Transparency — I am not really healthy enough currently to be a grocery store clerk (part of my job history) let alone be President of the U.S. but my fears in 2011 about the escalating rates of obesity and chronic illness made me feel that the the country was no longer healthy enough for me to not try to share my concerns at the time or more recently. Did I expect to win though? No.

In the current two party system it is historically very unlikely that a Third Party or write-in candidate would win. However it can still make a difference to try because Independent and Third Party platform topics sometimes become incorporated into the main party’s platforms when it seems like there are voters who support the topic. 

Glyphosate use increased greatly over the last ten years and superweeds have already developed that are resistant to it. And now DDT a chemical that was in the dangerous herbicide Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War, which has been proven to have negative health effects, has been approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. with new genetically modified crops. Why should we not expect superweeds to develop resistance to DDT within another ten years then?

Increased rates of autism and Alzheimer’s disease overlapped with the increase in use of glyphosate. How are we to know what a combination of glyphosate and DDT will do to our bodies or our environment over the next ten years? How are we to know what health problems are likely to be present in the next generation of children. Children born within the last ten years will have been exposed to glyphosate for their whole lives; in addition to aspartame, Neotame (sources of formaldehyde) and other food additives and pollutants.

The genetically modified crops have also been shown to be less nutritious than natural crops and may cause health problems for farm animals.

If we care about tradition then we need to let farmers return to traditional seeds and traditional growing methods. Farmers for thousands of years have always saved part of the seeds from the current year’s harvest to plant the next year. The genetically modified seeds are required to be purchased each year as a patented item and farmers have been sued by the patent owning company if windblown seeds from a GMO happen to land in the farmer’s non-GMO field. [2] Increased rates of suicides by farmers has been associated with GMO cotton seeds but the story goes back farther than Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton seeds. High yield cotton had been the first creation but it led to increase in a population of pest insects and so the Bt cotton seeds were created to resist the increased insect problem, read more: [1] http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/09/no-gmos-didnt-create-indias-farmer-suicide-problem And more information on the benefits and responsible use of Bt crops, [2]: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/06/gmo-bt-pesticides-crops.

Food is supposed to be nourishment not decorative and addictive food like toxin delivery units. Most of our corn and sugar beets are now Bt GMOs which means they make Bt delta endotoxin within all parts of the plant — we can’t rinse the toxin off if the plant is actually growing it within the seed or within the beet. Supposedly, just like glyphosate, the Bt toxin isn’t supposed to be harmful to humans except that it does seem to cause symptoms for some people, it may be harmful for intestinal bacteria. The Bt protein binds to the gut wall of susceptible insects and causes it to break down and allow the insect’s gut bacteria to enter it’s body and cause septaecemia. More information: [3]https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef130. Other research suggests that the genetically modified plants are producing a slightly different form of the Bt delta endotoxin which may be toxic to a wider range of insects then the older version of the pesticide which was sprayed on the surface of plants. [4] http://earthopensource.org/gmomythsandtruths/sample-page/3-health-hazards-gm-foods/3-8-myth-gm-bt-insecticidal-crops-harm-insects-harmless-animals-people/

The glyphosate and Bt toxins are harmful to bacteria and our intestinal health, and our health in general, depend on having a good variety and quantity of bacteria. We are actually dependent on our intestinal bacteria for some essential nutrients that they produce and they also produce brain neurotransmitters. Some of the beneficial bacteria even help fight off negative bacteria by producing their own version of hormone D which then activates our own immune system to make our internal form of antibiotics. Yes, good guy bacteria in our gut can make hormone D in order to prompt our white blood cells to produce antibiotics that then keep bad bacteria under control.

It’s fascinating what you can learn on the internet these days. What will we have learned ten years from now? That chronic illness has escalated at an even faster rate? A glyphosate plus DDT plus aspartame and Neotame rate?

We don’t know what we don’t know until we learn it — and then ideally we should act on what we’ve learned.

In 2012 I eventually closed the vitamin D video from public display because it had became too controversial and the research about risks had not been reviewed. Research with high dose supplements showing their ineffectiveness or risks had not been completed at that time and I was making a recommendation to be cautious or stop the high dose supplements — opposite of the trend at the time.

This video was from May 2012 about something different I learned online:

Re-watching it four years later was interesting for me from a nutrition counselor perspective. My autoimmune hyperthyroidism was discovered late 2012 / early 2013 but having met other hyperthyroid patients I think this video is displaying symptoms. I was thinner in this video than I ever had been before (or am now) and the flamboyant manner in the early part of the video doesn’t seem like my normal style. Mania and loss of weight even while eating a lot are normal though for hyperthyroid patients. I had been able to eat a lot of cornbread at that time without gaining weight – that was kind of great, but mania is less so.

A note to myself was included in the text on a different video from April 2012:

Stop procrastinating and get a round tuit“, said self to self. [What’s a tuit?]

This is also me in earlier in the year 2012:

Dancing is a healthy form of exercise and stress reduction, I should get a round tuit more often.

Something I’ve been putting off is sharing one other disturbing theory I discovered about the rapid change in rate of autism. Graphs of the timeline when glyphosate and aspartame were introduced to the market and the increasing amount being sold closely parallel the increasing rate of autism. Sadly, very sadly, with a few tears, the graph of increasing rates of breastfeeding also closely parallel the increasing rate of autism. And the rate of autism within families correlated with whether the infant was born earlier or later in the mother’s pregnancy history. First children were more likely to have autism than later children. Children who breastfed longer (and just four months was considered long if I remember correctly) were more likely to have autism. Toxins are filtered out somewhat by the placenta so the developing fetus may be exposed to less than the mother’s stored toxins which collect over the lifespan but breastmilk tends to concentrate toxins which frequently are fat soluble. A mother’s body actually loses toxin load during breastfeeding and second and third children would receive less than the first child. [5] http://www.breastfeeding-and-autism.net/ [6] http://www.pollution-effects.info/  [7] http://www.breastfeedingprosandcons.info/ *These links are long and full of science research, and don’t share how wonderful breast feeding can be. I was in email contact with the author who is concerned that women should have access to the information rather than just hear about the benefits. He would like more people to write about the issue and seemed frustrated that he hasn’t gotten any feedback from people in positions of authority. Um, nobody wants to hear that breastfeeding might be associated with autism.

As a lactation educator and mother of two breastfed children I would never recommend not breastfeeding as a general principle. It is too wonderful of a bonding experience for mother and baby and there are many health benefits for baby and mom. However as a mother and person with similar genetic defects as people on the autism spectrum I was astonished by the information but I had already been aware that a women’s toxin load could be too great for healthy breast milk (see below) and it matched my own experiences as a mother. I breastfed both of my children for two years and a few months and it was the first one, the one who didn’t receive any vaccinations for the first years of life and who was fed mostly organic homemade foods, that was the one who displayed a few symptoms of autism later in life. There weren’t many and it never worsened into an obvious problem but some issues when under stress are still issues that the person has to learn how to handle. The second child who did receive vaccinations, albeit slightly fewer and more spaced out over time than the standard recommendation, and who got processed foods much earlier and more regularly, did not display any symptoms of autism later in life.

So the bad news our bodies may be so overloaded with who knows what toxins that breastfeeding is no longer safe, and yet I breastfed my first child for two and quarter years not just four months. So the good news might be that autoimmune flair up that can lead to autism in a susceptible baby might be preventable by limiting early exposure to toxins with a delayed vaccination schedule and use of mostly organic foods — (and also use of a baby sling and backpack most of the time instead of leaving baby in a car seat, and lots of interaction, eye contact, singing, no TV, art projects, Head Start, etc.). Vaccinations inject amounts of the metal aluminum straight into the bloodstream. The molecule is larger than what would be absorbed easily in the intestines and is difficult for the body to excrete once it has been entered the bloodstream. So the vaccination itself isn’t necessarily a risk to a genetically susceptible infant but the aluminum and formerly the mercury might add to a toxin load that the infant can’t detoxify well. Infants in general don’t have a well developed detoxification system and part of the genetic susceptibility is in the area of toxin removal.

So reducing the use of toxins like glyphosate and Bt foods and the food additives aspartame and Neotame (they break down to formaldehyde which is very toxic to humans and especially to fetuses and infants) might help reduce autism rate and other chronic illnesses and would be better for the environment. Bees and butterflies may be at risk from the genetically modified Bt toxin too not just the pest it was designed to kill. [4] http://earthopensource.org/gmomythsandtruths/sample-page/3-health-hazards-gm-foods/3-8-myth-gm-bt-insecticidal-crops-harm-insects-harmless-animals-people/

It wouldn’t be easy but feasibly a woman could have her body levels of toxins tested and then initiate breast milk production with an electric pump and then pump and dump the milk for a few months — prior to ever trying to get pregnant — in order to help clear her body of toxins before conception. Some of the changes that leave an infant susceptible to autism later in life may occur within the very early days and weeks of pregnancy possibly before a woman is even aware she is pregnant. Vitamin D is involved but that is in a different post. http://transcendingsquare.com/2015/12/22/preventing-autism-perinatally-before-conception/

So individualized nutrition counseling and public health epidemiology are both a little like solving a mystery.

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A draft article that I never posted:
Pollutants evaporate in hotter regions of the world and dissipate out over the cold regions of the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. Indigenous populations of the Arctic region have more contamination problems than the rest of the world. Breast fed babies there were actually sicker than formula fed babies on average – not typically seen when comparing health aspects of human milk versus formula [1].     Fair?    No.
Is the Arctic a big waste producing region? – an industrial factory zone? No, it is just very, very cold and toxins leave the gaseous form – ie get too cold and fall out of the air. They were produced elsewhere and just drifted til it got cold – life isn’t fair – ask a Polar Bear.
  1. by Joe Thornton, Pandora’s Poison, Chlorine, Health, and a New Environmental Strategy, (MIT, 2000) (pages 151-152) * Inuit children exposed to organochlorines in breast milk and had more ear infections and altered T-cell ratios, a sign of immunosuppression compared to formula fed infants. The formula fed infants had lower blood levels of organochlorines than the breast fed infants. [amazon.com]

/Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and  the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

An Open Letter to the President of the Royal Society and GMO Scientists; a link

For more on the history of glyphosate, and the companies involved in developing genetically modified organisms with increased tolerance to herbicides and pesticides read “An Open Letter to the President of the Royal Society and GMO Scientists,” by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA (June 14, 2016) [http://rinf.com/alt-news/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Open-Letter-to-the-President-of-the-Royal-Society-and-GMO-Scientists-1.pdf]

In an independent research study on animals fed GMO foods with or without Roundup/glyphosate  chronic deficiencies in kidney function was significant in 76% of animals of either gender.  Many diseases that have become more prevalent in recent decades have also been associated with increased applications of glyphosate including: “Hypertension; stroke; diabetes, incidence & prevalence; obesity; lipoportein metabolism disorders; Alzheimer’s; senile dementia; Parkinson’s; multiple sclerosis; autism; inflammatory bowel disease; intestinal infections; end stage renal disease;  acute kidney failure; cancers of the thyroid, liver, bladder, pancreas, and kidney and myeloid leukaemia.” [http://rinf.com/alt-news/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Open-Letter-to-the-President-of-the-Royal-Society-and-GMO-Scientists-1.pdf]

A shorter overview of the article is also available here: [http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/17/gmos-biggest-fraud-in-the-history-of-science/]

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